Tuesday, August 23, 2011

LUSH Products

I love LUSH. I really do and I know I've talked about this before. Really, though, they're fantastic. I ran out of shampoo recently. I use a combo of their solid and liquid shampoo and it's done wonders for my greasy hair. 

Granted, that being said, their stuff is a bit of a price jump when you're used to the main commercial brands.

If your concern is for lowering your environmental impact and getting away from all the harsh chemicals, LUSH is the way to go. I've used a number of their products, but here's what I got today.

"Up You Gets" - This emotibomb is fantastic! Emotibombs are aromatherapy for the shower.  "Up You Gets" is a full of citrusy goodness to wake up in the morning.

"Stepping Stone" - Great food product full of citrus, cocoa butter and pumice. I love the smell of this.

"Squeaky Green" - First time trying this shampoo bar. I've used Karma Komba and Seanik before, but this one is a newbie to me. It is made with rosemary, nettle and tea tree and it is supposed to do wonders for oily hair. Fingers crossed!

"Jungle" - I tend to avoid most conditioners because they leave my already greasy hair even worse. I do like "Veganese" which is one of their best sellers, but it's more on the expensive side. The shampoo bars usually last a bit longer and this one can even double as a shaving cream. It's full of the creaminess of avocados and bananas, coupled with passionfruit and kumquat.
Picture (clockwise from top): Jungle, Stepping Stone, Squeaky Green, Up You Gets

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pruning the Facebook Weed

I love Facebook. I truly do. It's enabled me to stay in touch with friends I haven't seen in years, it let's me see what's on their minds, what they're up to and what they're excited (or depressed, depending on the friend) about.

It is all that and a bowl of applesauce. However, it feels like it is just out of hand. Now I'm no Facebook All-Star. At my highest I had about 290 "friends" listed. Granted, I only spoke with about 50 of those, and probably only 10 on a regular basis. Most people I had just ended up hiding from my newsfeed anyway.

Which brings me to my main point: what is the purpose of Facebook when your numbers get that high? I look at people with 600+ friends and wonder why they do it and how. I just went through and "un-friended" approximately 100 people. Why? Because it just seems stupid to me. I was adding "friends" only to make the number go up. There was no desire to stay in touch, no fervent hope to rekindle old friendships. Just wanted to have another notch in my platonic bedpost. Now I have a modest 200-ish and wish I could cut it down even more. There are people on that I never interact with and really have no desire to do so and the only reason they're staying there is because I know it will be a bigger hassle than it's worth.

During this latest stage of the ongoing Facebook purge, I also went through and changed the majority of my privacy settings. I was surprised by how much I had unwittingly left open to the public. Granted, it was mostly my photos (available to "everyone" to see? Eek!) and also a few other sections -who knew the default was for any of your networks to see your information? Ouch. Anyway, it's done. I've still got a number of lists set-up to manage privacy and control what select groups can see, but it will be so much simpler now.

On that note, I'm headed out. Happy (almost) Friday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Why is that whenever I need to stay awake, I'm struggling to keep my eyes open and whenever I should be asleep I find myself wide awake? Like now, for instance. I've actually been trying to fall asleep since 9:30pm this evening. Three hours I'm still here and the mind is going a mile a minute.

Granted, I've got stuff on my mind. Decisions to make, options to weigh, etc. Things as trivial as "What am I going to do for lunch tomorrow?" and "Should I stay in my current lease for another year?" to the more life-altering "Where do I see me in five (or ten or fifteen) years and how do I get there?"

Well, here goes another try at this sleep thing. Bonne nuit.