Useful things including a dual lip and eye primer and book recommendations

A battery organizer to keep fresh batteries at hand
From CB: I just organized my junk drawer and I feel super accomplished about that. With this battery organizer it could be so much nicer though. This is just $14 and comes with spots for AAA, AA, C, D & 9V batteries along with those little watch batteries. It also has a tester with it. It has 4,086 ratings, 4.5 stars and a B from Fakespot. People call it “fabulous,” say it makes a “huge difference” in their battery organization and that it’s a “major step in reorganizing my junk drawer.” Some people say the battery tester isn’t good, but I already have two battery testers at home.

Ear support patches to protect and fix earlobe and earring sag
From CB: I saw this on Buzzfeed, where I found some of the products today. Lobe miracle is one of those products I didn’t know existed but have a need for. It goes on the back of your earring before the little closure to take the weight off your ear. You get 60 clear patches for under $9. They help to both support your ear and remove visible sagging on pierced ears. This has 289 ratings, 4.4 stars and an A on Fakespot. Women call them “amazing,” say they’re great for heavy statement earrings, and that they “work perfectly” to keep earrings upright and hide earlobe tears.

LED strip lights to light up your car interior under $17
From CB: Did you know you could get strip lights that respond to music for the interior of your car? These would annoy my teenager so much and I want them. These are stick-on LED lights that are easy to install and are powered by your car lighter. They come with a dimming remote and in multiple colors and options. They’re cool to the touch and safe around children. The ones that respond to music are the highest priced at $16.59. They have 3.9 stars, 2,000 ratings and a B on Fakespot. Drivers call these “awesome,” “dope,” say they’re “easy to install” and that “the colors are bright and well mixed with plenty of options.”

A double duty lip and eye primer base for under $6
From CB: I’ve tried so many different eye primers and some irritate my eyes. I’ve never heard of one that you can use on your lips too, or maybe you can use them all on your lips. This dual primer by Shany is paraben free and is $5.09 for .1 ounces of product. Reviewers say a little goes a long way and not to be deterred by the small package. It has 838 ratings, 3.8 stars and an A from Fakespot. Women write that it “works wonderfully,” is “the first primer I have used that actually does what it is supposed to,” that it has “amazing staying power” and that it “lays such a smooth, silky base that my eyeshadow had never looked so good.”

A door jam alarm with loud siren for peace of mind
From Hecate: This door jam will let you rest easy no matter where you are. When the sensor foot is depressed, it emits a shrill alarm that will both startle the intruder and alert you to a door opening. It’s good for homes, apartments and dorm rooms. Plus, it’s portable so you can take it with you traveling. You hear so many horror stories that will convince you to take one of these with you wherever you go. For under $10, this is great for personal security. It has 804 ratings, 4.3 stars and an A from Fakespot.

Body scrub with Himalayan salt and lychee oil for that spa feeling at home
From Hecate: To be honest, I got a little obsessed with Himalayan salt in cooking so when I saw it in a body scrub, I was naturally drawn to it. And this one has “Majestic” in its name so it seemed like the perfect Galentine’s gift for my gal-pals. This salt scrub has 4.5 stars, 1369 reviews and a B from Fakespot. Many of the reviewers said it smells really nice and that it feels great too. One woman mentioned it was great for her sensitive skin and felt gentle.

Cashmere throw pillow covers in so many pretty colors
From Hecate: You’ve probably caught on to my cashmere addiction by now, so I’m pretty enthusiastic about these throw pillow covers. They come in three sizes – 12×20, 18×18 and 20×20 and 14 colors, so they can match a wide variety of decor. You get two for $16, which is such a bargain. They’ve earned 4.5 stars out of 288 reviews and a B Fakespot. If that’s not enough, one reviewers said they, “look like store bought pillows” and one confirmed, “they are very soft and good quality.”

From Hecate: It’s Book of the Month time! February has a lot going on so I’m doing two recs – the second will be next week. A couple of you asked for some Romance/Erotica recommendations a few months ago and Valentines Day seemed like the perfect time to finally get them out to you. My book of the month is: The Way You Love Me by Francis Ray. Francis Ray is a best selling author many times over and a good storyteller. This book is the first in her series Grayson Friends, which is a spinoff of her Graysons of New Mexico series. TWYLM revolves around Shane Elliott and Paige Albright. I could take or leave Paige but she did bring out the hottest in Shane. The story is charged straight from the beginning and keeps a good tension throughout.

Runner Ups. I’ll admit, I read a lot of duds but here are a couple which rose to the top

Quick and Dirty: Ravenous by Helen Hard. This is book 11 in the Steel Brothers series and one of the highest rated in the group. However, I didn’t read the actual reviews until I finished it and they all said to read the other books first to follow the story. It was a little confusing as a standalone, but if your just reading for sex, it still kind of works. I imagine it would be even hotter if I knew the background, though.

Lesbian: The Club by A. L. Brooks. The main story revolves around a sex club. However, the various stories of the club members range from anonymous on-offs to slightly more involved. It’s a good mix of smut and an actual story. The sex starts on the first page and never lets you down.

Gay: I tried to hit a variety of areas but I’ll be honest, I ran out of time and didn’t get to reading this one. However, the Temptation series by Ella Frank was recommended to me and the write ups sound really hot. The first in the series is Try. All the books in this series have high ratings on both Amazon and Good Reads.

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  1. Liz version 700 says:

    That door jam may be bought by me right this second. I would love to have it for travel. A few years ago I was staying at a hotel ALONE for work and I kid you not, as I was in bed at 11 the door started to open! I saw a couple and the woman said “oh my god this room is occupied!” I learned that my room was rebooked with me in it! Thank god I had the security latch on place and that the couple was a nice normal non rapey couple! I had more than a couple of things to say the next morning after barely sleeping, I can’t help but wonder if the door security thing will hold at every hotel now. This would be a nice extra safety measure.

    • Snappyfish says:

      I just bought 3. One for each of my exterior doors!! Thx so much for post!! Also plan to take one when I travel

      • Nancypants says:

        My 18 year old had that problem and she used mask sheets which I got her from Amazon.
        I think I read about these here and bought her several types to try for skin purifying; charcoal, cactus, etc.

        She also bought a package deal from a local (chain) spa (Hand and Stone) where she gets to choose what she wants each time. She gets facials and microdermabrasian . NOT dermabrasian. That requires hiding for a week or more and painkillers. Micro derm isn’t like that and it doesn’t hurt but you’ll get the best results after 2 or 3 treatments.

        Her skin looks really pretty now and improved quickly.

        These are scrunchies:
        They are called bunny ears and are really cute and Easter is coming. Cute to add to the basket if you do that.

        I got a diffuser a few weeks ago.

        I had it in the Amazon cart but saw it on sale at the grocery store for $14.. So easy. Tap water, no filters and shake a few drops of oil in with the water. I like peppermint or eucalyptus.
        It only lasts about 2-3 hours but it’s easy and adds a tiny bit of moisture along with the scent and all.
        I start it up just before bed.

        I’m not sure about these Amazon links. I had to get a new laptop and it’s not user-friendly or maybe it’s user error.
        Sorry! This was supposed to be a reply to Melissa M.! Dang it!

  2. Anners says:

    The door security wedge is an awesome idea for solo travel!

    Can any CBers recommend good cooling sheets? I’ve passed the magical threshold of 40 and apparently now I sweat in my sleep. Sigh. I was tempted by Peach Skins, but some reviewers say they’re really hot. I trust people on here, though.

    • Nancypants says:

      Dear Anners,
      Good luck with all that. It can last for years.

      All I can tell you is to use all cotton sheets and sleep in all cotton clothing and keep it light like a cotton t-shirt and panties. Cotton no polyester blends or anything.

      The best sheets I’ve found were Ralph Lauren cotton sateen but I haven’t been able to find them for a while, so, I bought all cotton Wamsutta sateen sheets. They are silky soft as well after a couple of washes and those “cool pillows” help.
      I either got them from Amazon or Bed, Bath & Beyond.
      The thing is, it doesn’t matter about the temp of your room; it’s your internal temp and it can feel like you have a fever.

      Also, put a couple of soft cotton t-shirts or tanks within reach so you can change your wet top during the night and I go to bed with a box of baby wipes and a small, dry hand towel on the night table. You might also put your hair up to get it off your neck.

      • Melissa says:

        Everything Nancypants said. Daily night sweats for 10+ years here: This is what helps me:
        -100% cotton sheets, no exceptions.
        -100% cotton nightshirts. I have about 10 I rotate, sometimes i can sweat through 3 nightshirts a night. When I wake up drenched, I blindly grab a fresh one on my way to the bathroom and change. I suppose I could keep them in the bathroom, but I do this all in the dark from memory so it doesnt matter.
        -A towel next to your bed so that if you wake and your sheets are sopping wet you can lie it on top and go back to sleep. I use a busted thin beach towel, but whatever works.
        -Thin layers of cotton blankets instead of one heavy one. I can’t sleep with fleece, it’s way too hot.

      • Anners says:

        GAH! Thanks for the cold hard truth bombs ladies. No one warns you how betrayed you can feel by your body as it ages. Or maybe they do and my arrogant young self just didn’t listen. It’s the worst!

        I will check out bamboo and cotton sheets and see if that helps. Thin towel and baby wipes are also a good call. I can’t believe I used to sleep in flannel sheets with thermal pajamas. Sigh.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      To me, the coolest sheets are cotton percale. 100% cotton. Targets Opalhouse brand has affordable and cute 100% cotton sheet sets. Don’t buy anything microfiber or sateen. They are not breathable. Bamboo sheets are cool and soft as well.

    • TPA says:

      They are very expensive but I LOVE Brooklinen’s linen sheets, especially for the summer! I splurged on the Linen Hardcore Bundle, then we did a remodel and got a King-sized bed so my lucky 14 YO is enjoying the first set I bought! They are really nice and light and get better wash after wash. I don’t iron anything so that wasn’t a concern for me!

  3. Melissa Manifesto says:

    Can anyone recommend anything for blackheads/whiteheads and tiny flesh colored bumps on the face?

    Also, a quiet essential oil diffuser? Thank you!

    • Anners says:

      I’ve had good luck with Aztec Healing clay

      I also used the ordinary products and saw an improvement in blackheads. Also hear good things about pixi toner.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      You need a chemical exfoliator BHA/AHA. I recommend Paula’s Choice, they’re the gold standard and there’s always a discount code when googling.

  4. tempest prognosticator says:

    The door jam and the battery organizer… two things I didn’t know I needed until now.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I have that battery organizer, it’s great. No more loose batteries in the junk drawer, and I can easily see what I’m running low on.
    The door alarm seems great. I’d be buying that if I didn’t have a security system already. It would have been great for college though.

  6. antipodean says:

    The battery organiser looks amazing, and I have ordered one poste haste! One of those things you never knew you needed. I love these posts, so full of good ideas, and recommendations from people I trust. Keep up the good work CB.

  7. Cheryl says:

    Ha! I’m just thinking that those interior car lights would be annoying to your kid until they’re actually old enough to borrow moms car to drive around with their friends and play their bassing out music in parking lots, or wherever it is teens congregate nowadays (although they would NEVER in a million years admit that it was your idea to install them in the first place lol). Teens absolutely love those sorts of novelties, but ONLY when mom and dad aren’t around

  8. wildwaffles says:

    Back when I was in my 20′s and living alone in an apartment in a not-so-great area, I had those door alarms. They gave me a lot of peace of mind. Bummer is they didn’t stop my car from being broken into 3 times.