Gluten Free Makeup

Gluten Free Makeup

The marketing beast strikes again. It is one thing to respond to consumer inquiry. It is another to proudly proclaim that a product is free of a substance that is irrelevant based on how the product is used. You know, for the sake of profit.

In this case – gluten.

Triggered

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Upcoming Travel – Quart Bag Packing Plans

It isn’t often that I have to travel for work. When I do, I find myself in a prep frenzy in the weeks prior; since it isn’t routine for me, I get a little neurotic about it. I’m attending a conference in Texas … so I need to survive Texas, which is contrary to my mid-Atlantic nature.

 

Carry On

I’ll only be gone for a few days, so I’m not checking luggage. My colleague is, but I can’t fathom checking a bag for a day to, two days at, and a day from. I’m fortunate to work for a company who will reimburse for checked baggage fees, but I don’t care for the hassle. You have to get to the airport earlier, you have to wait at the baggage claim, and there’s risk of loss when you have connecting flights (I do).

My last trip was the same duration and I got by with just my SwissGear laptop backpack and my purse. Granted, I had the backpack packed to the gills (laptop, tablet, surprisingly heavy tablet keyboard, clothing, shoes, toiletries, note binder, etc etc etc.) and it was a bit much to carry on my back for extended periods of time – but I did it. I knew this bag wouldn’t let me down; I carry this bag every day for work (with a lighter load, of course!). It has held up to almost eight years of abuse wonderfully, and I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to repurchase when I wear this one out.

This time, I’ll be bringing a small carry-on suitcase (this one is similar) and that same backpack. For a purse, I’ll throw this inexpensive Giani Bernini packable tote (I have a burgundy one) in the suitcase and pop it out for use between the to-and-from travel. The tote is big enough to carry my laptop if I don’t want to bring the backpack to the conference (jury is still out on that).

Disclaimer: None of this is “cute.” I work in a technical field and am utilitarian to (nearly) a fault. When it comes to bags (in general but especially for travel) if it isn’t practical, I don’t want it in my life. If you’re here for chic luggage advice, regrettably you’ve come to the wrong place.

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Speculation: New Kat Von D Lipstick?

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

Every now and then, because I evidently find it entertaining to try to sabotage myself, I glance over Sephora’s sale section. This time, I noticed that Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipstick line is clearanced for $12 each. In spite of both my No Buy and my lipstick-unfriendly Invisalign, I immediately threw Adora in my cart in hopes that it would hold out. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t; just two days later it was out of stock, along with a ton of other popular shades.

The last time this happened was with their Painted Love lipstick line a few years back. The idea of Adora going away saddened me – but then it was brought back with Studded Kiss.

Speculation

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Pinkwashing

This is a legacy post that has been given a facelift. Some content has been edited for flow and clarity, but the essence of the post is the same.

It is October, which means a lot of things – dark lips, darker eyes, fun crazy eye looks inspired by candy corn, Halloween-look YouTube tutorials…you know. Things that matter.

It also means that it is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Which means everything is coated in a pink so similar to Pepto Bismol that you’re half-surprised there isn’t a lawsuit afoot. This phenomenon has come to be known as Pinkwashing and the goal (supposedly) is to raise awareness. We find people clad in pink all month feeling awfully good about the difference they’re making…but spoilers, your pink tee isn’t funding mammograms for early detection. Treatment. Etc.

We need less, “awareness,” bullshit and more research for treatment and prevention.

If you wish to support research efforts, actually try to support the cause by researching who you are planning to donate to. Unfortunately, not all charities are as noble as they’d have you believe.

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Invisalign Week 10 Update

Aiming to correct my teeth - Invisalign

Last night, I switched to my tenth Invisalign tray! Since my last update, there hasn’t been much new or different to report.

It’s amazing that I’m already at Invisalign Week 10 – it doesn’t feel like two and a half months have passed. The first 2 days

Attachments at Invisalign Week 10

As the orthodontist suggested, the roughness of my attachments has subsided. That said, they aren’t what I’d call smooth; when I eat, food is attracted to them. All the more incentive to quickly address oral hygiene after eating!

Changing Teeth

My teeth have changed a lot! Each week when I change, I compare my newest tray against my first tray and marvel at the changes. My husband notices a difference in my smile already – so do I.

I’m smiling openly, more often. I’ll never have perfect teeth (it just wasn’t in the cards for me) but I am so excited to have significantly better ones.

Adjusting to the Process

I feel like I’ve had an easy time adjusting. I personally don’t feel that it is a huge imposition to my life to carry around a small tube of toothpaste, floss, and a brush. I suspect my perception differs because the magnitude of my corrections is far more significant than most bloggers talking about their Invisalign experiences. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers with minor adjustments – not that they don’t feel like a big deal to those individuals, but realistically closing a gap the width of a pin or moving a single tooth 1mm isn’t as drastic as what I’m undergoing.

I’m not having any difficulty keeping my trays in for 20-22 hours per day.

The Bottom Line

Even with my complicated case that includes drastic changes I feel that my experience has been smooth sailing so far. I also have an extremely experienced provider – so that is definitely a factor that contributes to my success. If you’re considering Invisalign, do your homework on the process and on providers in your area so you aren’t surprised by anything. At no point was any discomfort I experienced significant or unable to be addressed by ibuprofen, if it was needed at all.