Not Martha

links: shopping, beauty and misc.

The bra baby, bad name but very useful looking product, at Mighty Goods.

Kiehl’s store in Seattle offering curbside service, it may sound extravagant but you try finding a parking space at that mall after November 1st and you’ll wish every store did it.

Muji launches US site! at AT:NY.

Boss Lady recommends On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance. In the review they mention that the authors are smart and assume you are too, they had me right there.

Fantabulous! Blogger’s guide to online shopping part one and part two, at Design*Sponge.

How to be organized after an auto accident, at Unclutterer.

An ice cake for your dog, via AT:LA.

The Beauty Brains on why Windex won’t work on your zits, but they promise the Zeno Acne Clearing Device will.

Pictures of the Yotel at Gatwick airport on Apartment Therapy. I just heard a story about this on NPR.

This is something to try, at Makeup Alley (sorry it needs a sign in, but I highly recommend on, Makeup Alley is a good place to suss out how the masses really feel about beauty products) someone posted this recipe for making your own version of Bumble&Bumble’s Surf Spray: In an 8 ounce bottle put 2 teaspoons of epsom salts and add two squirts of a hair gel, fill with warm water. Spray on damp or dry hair. I wonder how well it works?

· comments [14] · 08-23-2007 · categories:beauty · shopping ·

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Aug 23, 2007 at 5:12 am

    I’ve been wanting the Zeno for a couple of years now, but it just seems like such a massive investment for what it is. But if it works…? Priceless, really.

    I never buy anything without reading the MUA reviews, and for the most part people seem to find that it works. I want, I want!

  • 2 MC // Aug 23, 2007 at 6:44 am

    I wishlisted the Personal finance book AND bookmarked the blogger’s guide to shopping link. I guess you can tell what my priorities are….and my weaknesses…

  • 3 megan // Aug 23, 2007 at 7:06 am

    MC – I didn’t even notice they were listed one after another. Oops.

  • 4 jird // Aug 23, 2007 at 7:48 am

    The ice cake dog thing is a cool idea, but the product is really just $30 for a bucket and a metal tray, right?

  • 5 Miss Sassy // Aug 23, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Bra baby – great idea. Can’t you just use a lingerie bag? I don’t wear underwire, though, so maybe I don’t know.

    I’d like someone (someone beside me, that is…) to try that Surf Spray recipe and report here.

    As always, thank you for the great links.

  • 6 megan // Aug 23, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Miss Sassy – I think the Bra Baby would be most useful for molded foam cups, which you don’t want to be beaten around too much in the washer.

  • 7 Nana // Aug 23, 2007 at 9:50 am

    My dog was perfectly happy with an ice cube or three (simple fool that he was). I’m not too handy or “crafty,” but I think I could make something similar with any bowl or container … and put the result on a plastic plate, or even on the grass.

  • 8 Alison // Aug 23, 2007 at 10:05 am

    The amazon reviews of the bra baby are really horrendous, which made me very sad because it seems like a great product. But the Bra Ball gets much better reviews (though they seem the same to me). Has anyone else tried these?

  • 9 megan // Aug 23, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Alison – Oh man, I didn’t see the reviews on Amazon, they really are dismal. The Bra Ball looks much more hopeful, perhaps just because the thing stays shut in the washer. I have a front loading washer – I wonder if I’d have more trouble with it.

  • 10 mel // Aug 23, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    I bought the Bra baby and returned it after using it once. The product supposedly keeps your straps from being twisted. But even when I tucked my bra straps into the small holes, as instructed, the bra straps came out of the washer all twisted.

    My friend bought me Woolite Bra Wash Bags (http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?CATID=77006&PRODID=74310)that only cost $3 each. She got them from a grocery store in Sacramento, although I’m sure you can get them anywhere. They are circular bags that have two zippered compartments. You can put a bra in each compartment or even your underwear. The bag has some shape, so it protects your bras better than if you were to use a mesh bag (which I used to use).

  • 11 megan // Aug 24, 2007 at 6:11 am

    Mel – Thanks for the recommendation!

  • 12 Lady S // Aug 25, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for the link to Unclutter. I was reading your blog less than an hour after my husband got hit.

    I have added Unclutter to my Bloglines. I think it will be very useful.

  • 13 Alison // Aug 25, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    I seem to recall getting an email from Kiehl’s telling me that they are offering curbside service at the Newbury St., Boston location as well (makes sense, as street parking there is impossible, and the lots are outrageous). I can’t find it now, though, to confirm (I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention since I am carless.)

  • 14 Entropy's bitch // Sep 3, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    I use the surf spray recipe. It works, but it’s better to use a little oil in it in addition OR instead of the gel. I use jojoba oil. Or you can use grapeseed or any type of oil you have on hand. less than a tsp per 8 oz. and a fragrance oil is fine.

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