Do lip plumping glosses work a little or do they just sting temporarily?

I love that under $11 Vitamin C serum so much (I can’t say enough good things about it and am now using it on my hands) that I got my mom some and bought them as gifts. I also got my mom the ice roller as she has hot flashes. Hopefully she’ll have a report for me by next week. This week I looked up lip plumpers. I don’t have an issue with my lips and wouldn’t mess with them but I saw the ads on Instagram and wanted to look them up. I have some Bare Minerals lip gloss that’s supposed to plump your lips. It just tingles a little and doesn’t do much, but I like the colors in the set. I get fatter lips from eating too much salt and sugar, which I do regularly.

Lip plumping glosses which have the most legit ratings
It’s dismaying how many lip plumping devices there are on Amazon. They just kind of suck your lips and bruise them, I’m assuming. Most have bad Fakespot ratings, as do most lip plumping glosses. There are four glosses I found among the top 40 bestsellers in this category which have Bs or above on Fakespot: Fusion Beauty Lip Fusion XL ($30, 52 reviews, 4 stars and an A), PYT Plumping Lip Gloss ($15, 3.9 stars, 44 reviews and a B), Protege Lip Service ($20, 4.2 stars, 154 reviews and a B), and Lips Plus ($20, 3.8 stars, 347 reviews and a B.) I’m picking the PYT because it’s the cheapest, it’s said to be all natural, and women with sensitive skin say it doesn’t burn. However I doubt any of these actually work to plump the lips. It’s just a temporary effect and you may be paying too much for that. Lips Plus has before and after pics in the reviews and I can’t tell the difference. If you want some good lip gloss that’s affordable, try the NYX butter gloss we’ve talked about that before.

An eye depuffing gel with witch hazel that actually works
I went to CVS and this eye depuffing gel by Dickinson’s was already in the basket so I took it as a sign and bought it. (I googled it first!) It seems like it actually works although the results are subtle. It does feel soothing and I like how smooth it makes my skin. This has 64 reviews, four stars and an A from Fakespot. Users say it shrinks undereye bags, reduces puffiness and makes you look more alert and less tired. If you’d like an old school trick for reducing eye puffiness, just use Preparation H there. I used to do that when I was hungover.

Affordable lace up wedge booties in so many colors to match fall outfits
Is anyone else looking forward to putting outfits together this fall? I like the ease of summer outfits in that I just throw on a dress and some jewelry, but layering and putting on jeans and boots is fun too. My favorite boots are wedges and ankle boots with heels. These low wedge heels by Dream Pairs are super affordable at under $32 and come in sizes 5-12 and 15 different colors and finishes. Honestly they have a D from Fakespot but I checked over 15 different pairs of boots and the best any have is a D. Even Crocs and Toms brands have Fs! Women call these very comfortable, say they can wear them “all day long,” that they get compliments on these and that they can be dressed up or down.

Essential fragrance oils that smell like fruits and baked goods
Do you know people who sell those DoTerra or Young Living oils? The people who shill those mlm product lines seem so gullible yet scammy to me. Those mlm businesses can be a good deal for hustlers who get in early but then they have to drag in all their friends and family. It’s unsustainable. Plus they usually sell things which you can find cheaper elsewhere. Essential oils have terrible ratings on Fakespot and it took me a while to find some to recommend. Good Essential is the only oil brand I found which has As and Bs on Fakespot! The rest have Ds and Fs. These are fragrance oils though, they’re not food grade, but you can use them in diffusers and add them to cleaning products or homemade candles. I would not recommend using them in body products. I use a drop of peppermint oil with vinegar and water to make a homemade cleaning spray. (More on that here.) People say these smell great, that they really eliminate bad odors, and that they love the unique scents. These all have at least 4 stars and come in fruit smells, holiday desserts, floral scents and more.

A pet backpack with airholes and a little bubble for them to look out!
I saw this in one of Nicole Kidman’s Instagram videos and it’s adorable. This pet backpack has 4.2 stars, 269 reviews and an A from Fakespot. It comes in 12 colors and prints for the small size and in black or white for the large. It’s said to be easy to assemble however it depends on the temperament of your cat or dog whether they take to it. One woman’s cat broke through the dome. Another cat figured out how to work the zipper so the owners have to use a safety pin on it. Others say their cat will willingly use it to go to the vet when you can’t pry them into a cat carrier. The pictures people share of their cats in this thing are priceless. It also fits small dogs.

A de-shedding tool for cats and dogs which owners love
I’ve been thinking about this since I watched my friend’s border collie for two weeks. I can’t believe how much hair that dog left around the house. Furminators are dog and cat brushes which are said to dramatically reduce shedding. The cat version has over 7,000 reviews, 4.7 stars, and a B from Fakespot. It’s easy to use and clean as you just press a button to release the hair. Owners say it makes their cats’ coats shinier, that their cat enjoys being brushed with it, and that it reduces the amount of hair the cat leaves on the furniture. The dog version has over 14,000 reviews, 4.7 stars and an A from Fakespot. Dog owners rave about how much their dog loves it and how much hair it gets out.

A dog tag that looks like a customized state license plate and driver’s license!
Hecate sent me this link to adorable dog tags you can customize with your state and a vanity plate. The other side has room for a photo and your contact information and it’s formatted to look like a little doggie driver’s license. This has 161 reviews, 4.5 stars and a B from Fakespot. These would make a great gift for a friend or for your own dog. This dog tag is around $20 and dog owners say it’s super cute and more than worth it. They also praise the company’s customer service. You have to purchase the product first and are sent to a website where you can fill out your information and upload a photo. The sticker on the front of the license plate is the month and year of your dog’s birth!

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  1. CJW says:

    I have those booties and not only are they cute they are sooooo comfortable.

    • Harryg says:

      I have a lot of Dream Pairs shoes because a while ago I had to quickly put many outfits together, and they are all so great! I have boots and pumps and strappy sandals. The sizing is accurate and they are really comfortable.

      • Eliza says:

        My toddler has a lot of their kids shoes. It’s really hard to find cute shoes that aren’t OTT glitter but fancy enough. They’re probably a little pricey considering she’s 1 but she walks so well in them and she gets so many compliments. I didn’t know they made adult shoes. I might check these out for fall.

  2. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Gahhhh… the white kitteh looking out of the bubble is sooooo cute!

  3. Lightpurple says:

    I don’t have that particular furminator tool but I do have one of their combs and another gadget for fur removal for my Maine coon. It came as a packaged set for about $11. The gadget has 2 sides with different spaced teeth on either side depending on what you’re doing to the cat. It’s wonderful and collects so much fur and gets at the worst mats easily. I just hold the thing in the direction of the cat and she walks against it, removing buckets of excess fur.

  4. Prairiegirl says:

    Lip plumbing glosses don’t work. Save your money!

  5. Ali says:

    Those dog tags are too cute!!

  6. Kris says:

    There *is* one lip plumper which does actually plump: City Lips. Its expensive, and yes, the effect is temporary, but its literally the only thing which doesn’t dry out my lips (chapsticks included).

  7. Adrien says:

    I always wanted to own an astronaut cat backpack ever since I saw one on a Japanese pet website. I saw some in a local pet shop but they were pricey and the only available designs were Pokemon balls and Minions.

  8. Harryg says:

    If you have puffy eyes, especially in the morning, try taking large doses of kelp to boost your thyroid.

    • Renee says:

      Is the Kelp in a pill formula or a drink? I have horrible puffy eyes and undereye bags. I’ve tried everything, cucumbers, cold compresses, etc but nothing has really worked. I’ll try the Kelp.

      • Giddy says:

        The only thing that works for me is tea bags. I get the family sized bags so that a large area is covered. Let the tea bags soak in ice water for a few minutes, then squeeze out excess water, lie down and cover your eyes with them. (be sure to put an old towel under your head to catch drips) This is what I use if I have severe allergies or have been crying until my eyes are swollen. By the time I have re-wet the tea bags a couple of times my eyes are usually much better.

      • manda says:

        @ Giddy–what kind of tea? Regular black tea? You only soak in cold water, or do you steep (steap?) first?

        @ Renee– I did some googling of this kelp thing and it seems to be included in many eye creams. I didn’t see anything about supplements. You might want to talk to your doctor before taking “large doses” of anything (which I am sure you would do, not trying to be a know-it-all, but you know that too much of good stuff can be bad…)

      • Giddy says:

        @manda, regular black tea. I buy Lipton’s family sized tea bags. You don’t steep them first, just put them down in a glass or bowl of ice water. Once they have gotten soaked through they are ready to use. I think they are so soothing. I hope that helps.

  9. Cate says:

    I have a Himalayan cat and the Furminator does a good job keeping her fluffy and silky and she really likes it. Tons of hair comes off that thing!

  10. Jules says:

    For good quality essential oils, buy from Eden Botanicals. Cheap essential oils are made with cheap fillers and adulterated.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      Totally. I have never tried that particular brand but I like other ones like Perfect Potion. The distillation process required to make essential oils is inherently complicated so they are inevitably expensive. At best cheap essential oils are poor synthetic substitute that have no of the plants power ie antibacterial, soothing etc…

  11. Jules says:

    And please just say no to the lip plumping.

  12. tealily says:

    One of my friends had a TERRIBLE reaction to a limp plumping gloss once, so I’ve always steered clear. Her lips blew up like balloons and it was very, very painful.

  13. My3cents says:

    The ferminator really works, you have to put the effort and time put it gets out a lot.

  14. Pixelated says:

    Buxom glosses are my favorite ‘plumping’ glosses but really, the effect is very temporary. I think that if you want to make your lips look larger (no shame, I love me a good gloss!) is to find one with subtle shimmer or a high shine. I really like the Sephora Ultra Glossy gloss (you can get them on sale for hella cheap, like $5).

  15. anony7 says:

    OMG those cats-in-carriers pictures are precious!

  16. Bellah says:

    We have a similar dome backpack for our kitty. We use it to take her with us on walks down to the pier sometimes and she loves it. She gets to survey her surroundings and get some fresh sea air from a secure spot with her humans within direct sight.

    She probably also loves all the attention. She’s a Devon Rex with different color eyes so everyone stops us to take a peek at her.

    She hates going to the vet. So I won’t use it for vet visits because I don’t want the negative association. It’s really cute how excited she gets when my daughter takes out the backpack.

  17. Shannon says:

    OMG, I have those wedge booties in black. LOVE them and I’m so excited for fall to wear them again.

    And don’t even get me started on this mlm shit. A friend of mine I met when we started law school is now going to drop out of school because Younique is how she’s going to “make her legacy.” GURL STAHP. And of course I’ve been guilted into buying some stuff from her and honestly, what I’ve got, is basic as best, I had to just throw out at worst. But she’s my friend. That’s all these things do, make your friends buy stuff from you because they feel sad for you.

  18. Nanea says:

    Those dog tags! We have a Goldie, and if he could talk, he’d probably love a tag like that very much! I really have to find out later if they also ship to Europe…