This Post Will Change Your Life

When I went to see the Shins a few months ago, some obnoxious milquetoast---probably a close relation of one of the Judds who stood right behind me with their shirt collars up, talking throughout each and every song---waited until the opening bars of New Slang and then called out "this band will change your life!"

And everyone snickered because he was referring, of course, to the infamous---and really slightly obsequious---line in Garden State, when Natalie Portman's character hands her enormous headphones over to Zach Braff's character and says "you gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear."

Recently, I've found myself slinging the phrase "it changed my life" around like it's on sale at the Safeway, ten for a dollar, like life-changing miracles happen to me every day courtesy of George Foreman and Oprah. Seriously, everything seems to be changing my life at the moment: having a dishwasher, for example, changed my life. (I rather suspect it saved my relationship too.) This new thing I bought at Target, which I fill up with water and then keep in the fridge so I can have a cold glass of water whenever I want it, just by pressing a button, that changed my life. Those rubbery things you roll the garlic in to get the skin off, those changed my life. Swiffer changed my life. The discovery of Good and Plenty candy changed my life. Clorox changed my life. My god, even Bagel Friday changed my life. (Also my pants size. Although the less said about that, the better.)

And so, having officially cheapened "it changed my life" forever, I decided to make a list, a proper list of all the most important discoveries I've made over the last few months and years, things I really think you should know about too. (Uh, just so you realize, we're talking lip gloss here, not, like spiritual understanding or anything.) I suppose it's sort of a "here are a few of my faaaaaaaavorite things" kind of deal. But without the cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels! doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles!

Of which, I am sure, you are glad.

And now, forthwith, a list of things that have changed my life (or which, I guess, I just really, really like):

Purity Made Simple
When I first moved to San Francisco, my skin went crazy. I don't know if it was the sudden cold after six months of Southeast Asian humidity, or if it was the stress, or if it was both, but seriously, I was like pepperoni pizza central. I'd never had particularly bad skin before, but suddenly! The zits! The pores! The unexplained rosacea! I had been using a Kiss My face product, which I'd liked just fine for two years, but which suddenly gave out on me. I tried a few other things, which just made the problem worse, and then---out of pure desperation, as I'd just been offered an interview for the dream job I have now, and didn't want to dissuade anyone from hiring me because they thought they might catch my bad case of acne---I decided to pull out the big bucks. I bought the Make Up Optional kit by Philosophy, wincing and grimacing at the price---more than I'd ever spent on my skin IN MY LIFE---and wouldn't you know, in a week my skin was clear. Swear to god. When it all ran out (which, by the way, wasn't for months and months), I just bought the Purity Made Simple cleanser and the Hope In A Jar moisturizer---the serum didn't really do anything for me, and I still have the eye cream, but use it infrequently---and those are the two products I use every night and honestly, I couldn't be happier with my skin. It's quite unfathomable, actually, how much better it is than it's ever, ever been. Plus this stuff smells fancy and that's enough for me.

Cover Girl LipSlick in "Daring"
One of the things people e-mail me about the most, more than what sort of clothes they should bring to San Francisco or how much money they should take to Southeast Asia, is what lip gloss I use. You see, I am never without my lip gloss. Remember when I set myself on fire? I was wearing my lip gloss! Of course I was wearing my lip gloss! I am even wearing my lip gloss in scary near-death situations! And here's the thing: it's not actually a lip gloss, it's a lip slick---a sort of balm-meets-lipstick type thing. It has been, quite possibly, my proudest discovery; for years, I was looking for something that would turn my lips the awesome color they go when they're chapped, something natural and not too shiny or lipsticky or bold. And then I found it! And it only cost $3.49! Before I went traveling last year, I foolishly only bought TWO of these to last me, when I really should have brought twenty; I ran out within the first month and believe it or not, those are a bitch to get in Burma. I ended up rubbing my lips with tree bark or something.

Skype
If you haven't used Skype, you really should. I signed up for the one where you put $10 on your account, and then you can dial any number in the world THROUGH YOUR COMPUTER, and it rings on the person's telephone. And then you speak to them. ON YOUR COMPUTER. And most of the time they have no idea that you're on your computer, they just think you're on a phone, and they're all "um, shouldn't we go? This must be costing you hundreds of dollars!" and you're all "oh no, it's fine, it's, like, two cents a minute or something, let's keep chatting!" and they're all "oh, um, really, are you sure? It's just....I've kind of got to go. We've been talking for two hours already. Don't you have anything better to do?"

Seriously, Skype actually has changed my life, because even though my entire family lives abroad, I wasn't making any transatlantic phone calls before---I couldn't afford to make them on my cell phone, and we don't have a land line, so if I wanted to talk to my mother, I'd just text message her and then wait for her to call me back. Which seems so archaic now that I can press some buttons on my computer and have her voice in my ear FOR ALMOST FREE! It also means I can call my 81-year-old grandmother in her nursing home every Sunday morning, and that's worth every single cent. Although I've given up trying to explain what the Internet is and have just started pretending I'm talking on a normal phone. The other day I had to explain what Sean does for a living, and I realized that "designing web sites" really meant nothing to her, and as far as she's concerned, I'm dating a lazy layabout who stares at some sort of screen all day. With maybe some doodling included.

Iced peppermint tea
Put three peppermint tea bags in a pitcher (I actually use the cheap Trader Joe's $1.99-a-box ones), pour hot water over them, and let them steep for a few minutes. Add a packet or two of Splenda, then refrigerate. Come home from your Exercise Class Of Death absolutely exhausted and hot and sweaty, looking for a reason to go on living (coincidentally, often found in the refrigerator), and see the iced peppermint tea you made on a whim last night, not knowing if it would work. Pour yourself a tall glass. See God. Consider your life changed.

Almond Butter
Repeat above scenario, changing out "Exercise Class of Death" for "Horrible Encounter With Bitch From Hell At Auto Glass Replacement Shop"---dude, that is seriously a story for another time; in fact I may CC the Internet on my very strongly-worded letter to the management of Glass Pro San Francisco---and "peppermint iced tea" for "almond butter." Almond butter is my new favorite thing, and is perfect on crumpets; again, I just bought the Trader Joe's kind. I found it hideously expensive at $5.99, but Sean bought it for me as a treat.

Pandora
You have to try this. Have you tried this? It's like a mix CD from the Internet! You type in your favorite band and IT PLAYS SONGS BY OTHER BANDS YOU MIGHT LIKE. Seriously, I have a big huge crush on whoever invented Pandora.

I realize, of course, that having finished this list, I will now think of eight more things I should have added, but this will do for now, since it's late at night, I've rather lost momentum, and I need to get up for work in the morning---those Cover Girl Lipslicks aren't going to pay for themselves, you know.

But meanwhile, what about you? Any life-changing discoveries you want to share with the world? Any must-have products? I'm very keen to know what Changed Your Life. Unless it was that Shins song, of course. In which case, well, take a number.

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Adele
Jul 17, 2007

I am going out first thing in the morning to hunt down quite possibly the only Lipslick in my small New Zealand town.

I'm on Skype - and YES - it really has changed my life. As has the built-in camera on my MacBook and the great application Photobooth which enables you to take pictures of yourself and new haircut without having to resort to camera and angles and mirrors and omitting toilet basins in the bathroom.

Facebook - this has very nearly ruined my life by its addictive nature of networking possibilities and attention-deficit ways of relating to people I'd forgotten I knew, but now feel compulsive need to 'throw a sheep' at on a daily basis.

Steamlock bags. At last, perfectly steamed veggies without bothering with the tower of pans and steamers.

And on that glamorous note...

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Nomes
Jul 17, 2007

Piss piss and bollocks, you've just done an internet list, and now I'm gonna tag ya with this puppy anyway.

It's the "7 things you never knew about me" list, and then you've got to tag 7 other bloggers.

(I feel like an included kid, for once, instead of the expat with the weird accent who comes from a place far far away, so work with me here).

And good idea with the peppermint tea. Now I just have to force myself out into the 38oC heat for a run to warrant feeling the benefits...

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Robin
Jul 17, 2007

Hi Holly, thanks for the recommendations! I've been looking for a good cleanser, so I'll definitely try the Purity Made Simple. Should be available here if it's at Sephora.

But guess what isn't available in Belgium? Pandora. Yup, the equivalent of frowning guys in suits comes on my screen when I try to access it from here (and I guess, anywhere outside the US), due to fussier copyright concerns.

From another expat, a hearty "I second that motion" regarding Skype. Hello family! Hello nieces and nephews! I can now afford to listen to your assorted babbles and pouts and whispers for as long as you will stay on the phone.

For me the equivalent of the Lipslicks discovery was Clinique's Color Surge ButterShine Lipstick in Delovely. It, too, does color, gloss, and moisture, all in one little tube! I found it for my wedding and am quite hooked. But I'll try Lipslicks too, because it's cheaper, and it's everywhere Clinique is not!

OK, and I'll add one more thing: Lush's solid shampoos. For the frequent traveler in these days of no liquids, pastes, or gels, carrying a little tin of these solid shampoos is perfect. They last forever, do great things for my hair, and smell good. I'm a big fan of Lush in general (especially the honey soap), and I'm jealous because you have a store in San Francisco!

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Blythe
Jul 17, 2007

Hey Robin, Pandora works here in Deutschland, I wonder what's up in Belgium?

OOPS - scratch that! It used to work here, but now it doesn't. Which is my new Lamest Thing Ever, along with iTunes' different versions which do not allow me to download Take That songs (yes, you can mock me now) on the US version.

When are The People Out There going to figure out that the internet doesn't care where you live?

And, hear-hear on Skype and all things Trader Joe's!

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Tan
Jul 17, 2007

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment. I had never heard of this until I mentioned to my sister that I had to get up in the middle of the night and read a magazine for half an hour whilst resting icypoles all over my legs to stop my mozzie bites itching like crazy. She just said casually `use Lucas Paw Paw'. Felt strange asking for it in store but apparently the whole world knows about it except for me! It soothes bites, is the best lip balm I've ever used, calms rashes & burns...and something about nappy rash but I'm not a mum so I didn't read that bit! I never go anywhere without a tiny little tube in my bag :)

Pandora appears to be US only :( But I'm looking for somewhere in Oz that sells Philosophy products right now...thanks for the tips!

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jive turkey
Jul 17, 2007

Skype is awesome. And so much fun to tell people about, because you can see it written all their faces that they think you're blowing smoke up their asses. After all, international calls at mere cents per minute is pretty freakin' unbelievable.

Another product that has changed my life is Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I'm a chronic lip-biter (which is especially painful during the winter months), and this stuff will soothe and heal my lips overnight.

Enjoyed reading your list! I'm going to give Lipslicks a try...
Tell us more!

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Chris
Jul 17, 2007

One word: ROOMBA! I know you have a love affair with the Dyson, but the ROOMBA! goes all on it's own and then back to charge! I PINK PUFFY HEART IT! I have 3 large dogs and live in the south which means every season is shed season. Being able to have the ROOMBA (2, actually) run itself ragged instead of me has kept the floor clean, the dust down, and my house presentable. With the ROOMBA I can still have a life and a husband and everything.
Yikes- I sound like a stalker.

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Jess
Jul 17, 2007

I've just recently finished reading your archives and just want to say you have cracked me up so many times over the past few weeks. Your writing is fantastic!!
Anyways, on to the topic at hand. I love Skype!!! My husband is Brazilian and we used to spend $150 a month easily on phone calls home!! Now we spend maybe $25-50 a month. So much cheaper. I also really like the feature that lets you buy a phone number in the country that you call most. This way his family can make a LOCAL CALL(!!) and get connected to our computer. That is way cool!!
Also, I've got a tube of the lipslick that you use in my purse right now. Yes, it's great. So, thank you for that!!
The thing that has changed my life most recently is this RedBox thing. It is a movie rental thing that is found in grocery stores and McDonald's. They have mainly new releases for $1 a night!! Such a good deal. This way I can rent those cheesy bad romantic comedies I'm too cheap to go to in a theater and that my husband doesn't care to see for really cheap. The best guilty pleasure indulger around!

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Lou
Jul 17, 2007

Grrr! Great comment lost to your automatic refresh. Anyway- Lipslicks awesome- my shade is "Hipster". Still wish I could find something that doesn't test on animals and isn't made from god-knows-what, though.

And Skype? Try it with a webcam. I get to see my folks in another state every Saturday morning in the flesh which has changed my life. My three year old niece is often there and even though she doesn't add much to the converstaion, it's wonderful to see here there running around and making faces. Plus, it works seamlessly even though I have a mac and my folks a PC.

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Katie
Jul 17, 2007

Best investment I've ever made was in a Sonicare toothbrush. I call it my "infomercial product", because I would seriously commit testimony to film for it. Not only does is make your smile look like a million bucks, it's great for your dental health to boot! You feel like you get your teeth professionally cleaned morning and night! Awesome.

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missbeegail
Jul 17, 2007

Holly, I'm a new reader and I adore you. But not in a creepy, stalker way where you might be scared I am digging through your trash collecting your old Lipslicks tubes. No, rather in a fun, girlcrush way where I'd like to take you out for a drink (or six) and talk about travel and boys.

ANYWAY...

You know those automatic check out things they have at some grocery stores now? The ones that let you, say, drop in to pick up condoms or embarrassing ointments or whatever and ring it out yourself, without ever making eye contact with anyone? Yeah, those have changed my life! Apparently, I make a lot of semi-embarrassing runs to the store.

Also, these August-to-August planners are the greatest!

Finally, Threadless has so changed my life. Nude no more.

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ali
Jul 17, 2007

oh my god...i totally throw around that "it changed my life, i swear" line a little bit too much.. ;)

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Alice-Anne
Jul 17, 2007

Lipton Diet Green Tea with citrus. I was able to kick my (seriously bad) Dr. Pepper habit, by substituting these. I feel like I am drinking healthier-- no caffeine, carbs, or calories. However it does have a good bit of sodium and artificial sweetener, so maybe not.

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Chiada
Jul 17, 2007

Not to be a health nut or anything, but Probiotics have seriously changed my life. My husband got me started on them. Man, girl, if you have any sort of lactose intolerance or any kind of digestive problems, you need to get yourself some high quality probiotics, such as the Mega Flora brand and take 2 a day. Also, raw milk has changed my life. I grew up on regular 2% milk. But when I got into my 20's, I started having problems with drinking milk. Heartburn, indigestion, etc. Now that I drink raw milk, which means it hasn't been pastuerized and therefore the good bacteria hasn't been killed off, I can drink milk again with no problems.

Also, in response to Lou about finding a good product without junk in it, I've become addicted to a couple of different lip glosses: Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer, Hemp Organics Moisturizing Lip Tint, and TerraGloss by Alba. I also love love love! Larenim mineral makeup. It has no talk or parabens or junk in it - just healthy pure stuff for your face.

The last thing to have changed my life (again, sorry for the 'healthy' preaching) if the health food store where I can find all sorts of products, from food to supplements to cleaning supplies. The cleaning supplies are what really impress me because now I am not affected by noxious fumes coming from Windex or Chlorox Disinfecting Wipes and what not. I love the natural cleaning products because they do the job and they don't make me sick.

That is all for now. : )

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Unstrung Harpy
Jul 17, 2007

I have to second Skype with a webcam. It completely saved my long-distance relationship because my fiance and I could not only talk to each other FOR FREE for hours a day on our computers, but could see each other as well. I hate those weird silences in phone conversations where you're not sure if the call's been dropped or if the other person's surfing the internet while you're babbling on or something. The web cam prevents all that! (Though of course it also means the other person can see you when you look like crap. And then take screen shots of you, just for fun. Though maybe only my fiance is that sadistic?)

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Tracy27
Jul 17, 2007

Jive Turkey, the first thing that came to mind for me was Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I love it so much. I also love Alba Botanicals Mango Vanilla Shave Cream - it leaves my legs super-soft (Trader Joe's has a ripoff version that's almost as good).

New kitchen gadgets regularly change my life. My Zyliss garlic press. My citrus squeezers. My Kyocera ceramic knife (nothing cuts tomatoes and sushi fish better). Our huge round wooden chopping block that's always on the counter ready to under the knife.

Lastly? TiVo! Sad, but true.

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steppingoverthejunk
Jul 17, 2007

moving back to the coast after being landlocked for 15 years is my greatest discovery...that and how to make grapefruit sorbet in my icecream maker. Oh, and Basis face cleanser.

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steppingoverthejunk
Jul 17, 2007

Where's Jemima??? Is she okay?

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Shelly
Jul 17, 2007

Philosophy RULES! Seriously. I've been using it for 2 months now and my skin is the best it's ever been! You really can't put a price on good skin.

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Heather B.
Jul 17, 2007

Miss Jessie's curly pudding has turned my hair less fro like, which is a plus. Also Pandora, I play Shins radio. I'm listening to it right now as a matter of fact.

Oh and frequent flyer miles. Amazing. Why I never caught up on this is beyond me, but now I'm all excited about the FREE flights.

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Chanelbaby
Jul 17, 2007

Holly, I met the guy who invented Pandora. He came to the AARP (my current place of employment) to give a talk on how Pandora came about, since they just launched AARP Music with us. At any rate, he is cute, and laid back, and really nice, and passionate about what he calls a song's "musical DNA." He employs an army of trained musicians to sit in probably some funkily designed space all day long rating each song on over 400 aspects. I believe they are planning to expand into classical music -- hoorah!

Also, steppingoverjunk I would LOVE a recipe for grapefruit sorbet. It is an INFERNO here in DC at the moment and everyone is walking around looking limp and damp.

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Allison
Jul 17, 2007

I've been anonymously reading your site for a while now, but have been called out of my lurkerdom (is that a word?) to finally leave a comment, for the following reasons:

1. I am hopelessly, passionately, probably a little CREEPILY in love with my favorite tube of lip gloss - CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint in 1139. To say that it changed my life would probably be an understatement, as I'm pretty sure I couldn't possibly live without it. I mean... it's minty!

and 2. I spent literally the entire morning on passiveaggressivenotes.com (work? work who?) no thanks to your last entry, ha! There used to be a researcher I worked with who would leave passive/aggressive notes all over the lab... some gems included "Why are you looking in here?? This is [name withheld]'s drawer. Go away!!!" and "[Name withheld]'s!!!! Touch and DIE!!!!" I SO wish I had taken pictures!

Anyway, I'm sure you hear this all the time, but love the blog! I share your passion for travel, so keep the travel tales coming (like I needed to tell you that)! :)

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ScottsdaleGirl
Jul 17, 2007

Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation.

SonicCare toothbrush (although the replacement heads are pricey)

Haircolor that is GOOD FOR YOUR HAIR

Avon Online Ordering

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Leah
Jul 17, 2007

Oh god, Netflix. We watch like four movies a week. It's good to know that wasting one's life in front of the television can be affordable!

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Schnozz
Jul 17, 2007

Dude! The Lipslicks! I so hear you on that. I wear Hipster, and people are always asking me what I use. I've tried every expensive lip gloss in Sephora and I've never found anything better than good old Lipslicks.

Of course, I have to chastise you for telling everyone else about it. Now Cover Girl is going to find out and raise the price to like four dollars. FOUR DOLLARS, HOLLY.

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Jen
Jul 17, 2007

I would just like to comment on the power of blog persuasion. I read this first thing when I got into work, and just now while out for lunch, I stopped off at a drug store to buy the lip gloss you recommended. Without even blinking an eye.

I sort of feel like a sheep, but also very grateful that I didn't have to stand in front of the makeup section for than a couple minutes because you narrowed down the infinite array of choices to just one brand, one color. So thank you, because I'd been looking for a cheap lip gloss with just a hint of natural color. Can you recommend a cheap eye shadow next, please? :)

(And to piggyback on Schnozz's comment above, I just paid $4.06 up in Seattle for the lip gloss! CG is on to you!)

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georgia
Jul 17, 2007

I think I'm the only person in the history of the world that HATED the Philosophy line...it serioulsy made me break out. But!, the DHC line is totally amazing and I adore it! Since I moved back to Los Angeles I've been dealing huge pores, and shine like you wouldn't believe. I started using DHC's White Sunblock w/Spf 25 and now I can go all day without reapplying my powder. Weee!

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parp!
Jul 17, 2007

Heh. I'm reading this, and all I can think is "I must buy everything! All the wonderful things, becuase NOTHING ever changes my life!" Then it hits me...and it's so very innocuous that I didn't even REALIZE it changed my life (but it did)
-True Lemon Crystallized Lemon Juice-
Seriously, I love love love lemons and limes...I eat them whole with salt, squeeze them in my food and may have actually brought my own limes on numerous plane flights (because the limes slices they provide are so little!). The ability to carry lemon juice in my purse? In adorable single serving packets? Truly (heh heh) wonderful.

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Caroline
Jul 17, 2007

Georgia, I'm with you. Actually, I thought I was the only person that the Philosophy cleanser didn't work for. I got a RIDICULOUS case of contact dermatitis on my cheeks and forehead over Christmas after using the cleanser. I considered it karmic retribution either from 1. poor people that I was not giving money to over the holidays since I was spending it on frivolities or 2. my siblings who wanted better presents.

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Melanie
Jul 17, 2007

Baa, baaa, I'm sheepily going to have to buy that lip gloss. It is cheap, and I can't control myself when something is cheap. There's also the fact that I have creepily looked at pictures on your blog and thought "boy, that's a great lip color!". I have stopped the creepy at actually asking what you use, though, so I'm glad that it's been done for me.
I'm scared to shell out for Philosophy stuff, though.
Life changing for me have been Burt's Bees lip balm, which is awesome and minty and softening and Orbit gum in sweet mint - it is sooo yummy and actually lasts a long time. I bet there's more but I can't think of them right now.

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Gretchen
Jul 17, 2007

Philosophy products also changed my life -- not just the skin care line, but the bath/shower gel/shampoos. If you think Purity Made Simple is great, try the Microdelivery daily facial wash -- it's like Purity, but with a bit of dermabrasion thrown in for good measure. And the shower gels! The summer ones are sort of fruity and I can do without most of them, but Pumpkin Pie, Hot Cocoa and White Chocolate Hazelnut are to die for.

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jinius
Jul 17, 2007

In NYC we have Mario Badescu spa where they have the BEST products for your skin. Seriously, if you are in the area you should pick up their aloe moisturizer. Your face will feel like silk.

Dulce de leche icecream from Haagen Dasz. Didn't know pleasure this good could be bought for less than five dollars.

Tori Amos's album Little Earthquakes. What can I say...I was 16 and in highschool and thought she was singing directly to me. Everyone has that one cheesy yet profound highschool music experience.

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Gloria
Jul 17, 2007

I adore Bare Essentuals. I will NEVER use anything else on my skin. It gives my complexion a healthy, smooth glow. And it is so simple to flawlessly apply. I promise I don't work in their marketing department but it has given my skin the appearance I dreamed of having. In three to five minutes flat each morning!

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Katie
Jul 18, 2007

So excited to see Basis face wash made the list, too. I've just about tried it all for my skin, but this stuff is, like, 4 bucks for 8+oz and kicks ass. I bought a pack of 4 from Amazon & schleped them back to Germany with me (because Amazon wouldn't ship it to Germany for me. Weird.). Plus it smells like grapefruit.

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elise
Jul 18, 2007

Dr. Pepper chapstick! It is my CoverGirl slicks, my Clinique lipbalm, my Burt's Bees, my everything.

It's maybe a dollar something a tube, too. I always have at least three or four floating around my house and various vehicles. Mmmm. It really is the best color ever.

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Cait
Jul 18, 2007

Jinius, I was just about to gush about how much I love MB products- the rosewater face spray is my favorite. I keep a bottle in my gym bag for after I work out- it's a quick clean up and feels amazing.
I also really love Etsy.com- It's sort of this marketplace website and some of the jewelry on there is fabulous. You can also get organic soaps and shampoos inexpensively.
My last two would have to be my Puma running shoes and my Ipod. I run a lot, so I spent quite a bit of time utilizing both of them.

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Marcheline
Jul 18, 2007

Pandora ROCKS. Been listening to that for years at work. The best part is you can make your own "radio stations" for when your moods change.

You know, like, every five minutes?

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ElizabethSheryl
Jul 18, 2007

Truffles from Harry & David. They are so delicious and rich and omg, that I have a package sitting in my fridge (ya know, since it's July and will melt) that have lasted me over a month because I don't ever want them to go away. I personally love Dark Chocolate so I got those, but all of the different types I've tried have been great...and at christmas I was given some other super-fancy brand and they did not compare. I just moved to Oregon and the town where Harry & David is so everyone is all-YAWN- about it, but growing up in Las Vegas all I ever got from there was the ability to wear Flip Flops in January.

I too love pandora and my little portable dishwasher. I also really like www.last.fm which gives you the ability to track the music you listen to on your computer and then you can go and see the "trends" you have, who your top artists/bands were of the month/year/week and for a nerd like me it's heaven. And they have little widgets to put on your blogs so e-stalkers can see what you are listening to at the moment. :)

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Terri B.
Jul 18, 2007

Netflix. I have a problem getting DVD rentals back to the store on time AND the store often didn't have the DVDs I wanted to watch (you know, 5,000 copies of the most recent popular movie but ZERO copies of Rashoman. Soooo ... I guess you could say Netflix has changed my life!

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kimberly
Jul 19, 2007

Wow. I just popped in here from your guest appearance at Y's blog and I think I'll be here a lot. :) I love your setup. And I tried that Pandora thing? Why oh why have I not found that til now?! Thanks!

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Elise
Jul 19, 2007

Milka chocolate. With Biscuit. A Hershey bar will never taste the same again...

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ailikate
Jul 19, 2007

You should try sun tea. You just put teabags in a clear pitcher, fill with water and put it on a sunny windowsill. Tea from the sun! I think it makes better iced tea than brewing.

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Radiantsky
Jul 19, 2007

The philosophy stuff didn't work for me either, sadly. I really wanted to love it too. I still like buying their yummy scented bath sets from Sephora as gifts for my hard-to-shop-for friends though. (Yay for free gift wrapping).

My top picks, offhand would be... Ipod video, Tivo, Bare Escentuals, Proactiv Solution, and the Handheld Bug Zapper. I know, the last one is ridiculous. It's like a tennis racket that fries bugs, and living in the South, it's just insanely useful, especially for flies in the summer. It also means I can kill spiders without touching them and never have to clean up bug guts (just whole, charred bugs, lol). Gross? Yes. Useful? You bet.

Also, back to the girly stuff.. Buzze Latte lipbalm from Bare Escentuals. I keep a tube on my keyboard so I can use it obsessively.

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kPizzle
Jul 20, 2007

Oh sweet lord, thank you for pandora, doll. It is possibly the best thing on the Internet.

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kerrianne
Jul 20, 2007

I just! stumbled on Pandora two days ago and now I get to listen to Cat Stevens at work and the world makes sense again. Or so I like to tell myself.

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KN
Jul 20, 2007

Everything okay on your end Holly? I know a 4.2 isn't exactly an 8 or anything, but I bet it can still mess the city up pretty badly. Let us know you guys are alright.

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Leah
Jul 20, 2007

KN (in case you don't hear from Holly): 4.2 ain't nuthin. Didn't knock a single thing off a shelf.

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lauren
Jul 20, 2007

First of all, Alf forever changed my life back in the late 80s. Then a couple years ago, he changed my life again when, alas, I found his old seasons on DVD! Also, YOU MUST TRY THIS-Lemon Lavender Candle from Yankee Candle Co. MOST! BEAUTIFUL! PUT! YOUR! FEET! ON! THE! COFFEE! TABLE! kind of relaxing scent. Best smell everrr. Also, if Yankee Candle is still doing the BOGO, try Sand and Sea, it's new and smells like a day at the beach without the sun burn and big fat hairy men speedos.

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B!
Jul 21, 2007

Holly, this post really has changed my life. I've been vehemently opposed to purchasing drugstore cosmetics for quite some time, but I thought, "Well, if Cover Girl is good enough for beautiful Holly, then it's got to be good enough for me!"

So yesterday I bought the LipSlicks in Daring, and I'm addicted! It really is the perfect shade, shininess, and oh-so-moisturizing.

Thanks, lady!

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Herbal Supplements
Jul 25, 2007

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