A produce saver, a pet blanket and a neck and chest firming cream

I got the NYX hydrating primer and I really like it. It doesn’t make your face look shiny, just a little more glowy that usual. However it’s not as good an allover primer as the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel. So I use the Monistat first to fill in lines and put the NYX over it for that dewy look. I also really love the bamboo cosmetics organizer. It looks so fancy on my bathroom counter filled with my serums, cleansers and creams. I have a lot of products since doing these posts and they’ve really made a difference in my skin. (My favorites: niacinamide serum and hyaluronic serum.) Here are some more things Hecate and I are looking at.

Bamboo cosmetics organizer Niacinamide serum Hyaluronic serum

A versatile and affordable eyeshadow palette
From CB: I’ve featured this eyeshadow palette so many times because it’s my absolute favorite, I’ve bought it twice and I’m about to buy a third one. (I keep telling myself I should just switch to other colors, and I do use them but I want a full palette again.) You get 8 colors for under $14 and the quality is as good as high end palettes at twice the cost. This has over 12,000 ratings, 4.4 stars and the same score on ReviewMeta. I own the Nude Exposed palette but it also comes in darker colors in the Matte palette, and in Nude Naturel. If I buy a different set of colors I won’t be wasting any so I think that’s what I’ll do. Women write “I would compare the quality and color palette to Urban Decay,” “The color payout is amazing” without much fallout and “The colors are gorgeous, rich in tone and will flatter anyone.”

A bestselling doormat to keep dirt and mud out
From CB: I’m in the market for a new doormat as I have one of those straw ones from the last person who had my house and it’s falling apart. I looked through so many mats on Target and Amazon, many of which are said to bleed color when they’re wet. These doormats by Gorilla Grip are the bestselling doormats on Amazon. They come in five different sizes and in 27 different colors and prints. They have over 10,600 ratings, 4.5 stars and a perfect score on ReviewMeta. They’re said to be great at absorbing dirt, mud and water, to stay in place and to clean up easily too. “Great rug if you have an old dog,” “works perfectly and has not moved around at all” and “ the mud and dampness seems to magically evaporate very quickly. And it vacuums up amazingly.” Some reviewers say it smells like rubber when you first get it but that this goes away after a couple of days outside.

A neck and chest firming cream you can use on your face too
From CB: I looked through so many neck firming creams and most have fake reviews, but this is one of the more affordable creams. This neck firming cream by Maryanne Organics has almost 500 reviews, 4.6 stars and a perfect score on ReviewMeta. It’s around $20 for 1.7 ounces and has a pump to avoid product contamination. It has collagen, retinol, hyaluronic acid and natural ingredients like coconut and jojoba. You can use it on your face too. Reviewers write that it’s a great overall cream “goes on like butter and feels awesome,” “has almost no smell, absorbs very well” and that it seems to work “ I already see improvements in my face, neck & my décolletage,” and “after 2 weeks I see firmness and tightness.”

A produce saver that really works
From CB: Bluapple is a little blue apple container with an absorbent activated carbon packet that absorbs ethylene gas to keep produce fresher longer. It’s $20 and comes with two apple containers and 8 replacment packets. You switch out the packets about every three months. It has 1,500 ratings, 4.3 stars and the same score on ReviewMeta. They’re said to really work to prolong fruit and vegetable life and to reduce food waste. Reviewers write “I was skeptical at first but these really work,” “My produce is lasting at least three times as long without spoilage,” and “Before we got these, our produce would go bad so quickly (sometimes in 3-4 days) but now that can easily last 1-2 weeks.” One caveat is that you’ll want to let your fruit ripen first as these will delay that process.

A pet blanket to stylishly protect your furniture
From Hecate: I saw this blanket elsewhere and thought it looked like the perfect compromise to protect furniture and serve as a pet bed. It’s a soft blanket for your pet to lie on that comes in five different colors so you can match it to your room for just under $25. I have two dogs, who each need their own bed, and it’s always a constant struggle of where to put them so the room looks good. A blanket can serve as a bed and be folded on the back of a chair when company comes over. Plus, these are pretty enough to leave out. They are also waterproof so with Winter muddy paws around the corner, you may not have to spot clean the furniture every five minutes. And since they are washable, instead of vacuuming the couch every other day, just take the fur covered blanket and toss it in the machine. The blanket has 495 ratings and 4.4 stars on ReviewMeta. One reviewer said it will blend right in with the decor, “This product looks like a nice nondescript throw blanket and functions like one too” while another said their cat’s hairballs were no longer requiring all their time, “This blanket has saved me from having to clean my sofa and wash all my bedding on many occasions.”

A portable camping lantern with a fan for cool comfort
From Hecate: This little light hangs right in your tent and serves double duty as both fan and light. It runs on D batteries and many reviewers said it lasted a full three nights on the fan’s high setting. The reviews also said it was very light and can attach to a pack, making it easy to carry. I am looking at it for my earthquake kit after I got the idea from a hurricane preparedness site. It has 12,000 ratings and 4 stars on ReviewMeta. With the fan coming in just under $20, one reviewer emphasized that it a great little piece of lightweight equipment, “I definitely recommend getting one for its price and use.” Many reviewers said it was very easy to hang and use,most able to suspend it from the ceiling of their tent with no problem, “Love it just hooks easily. Had it hooked in the top of my tent above me.” A few commenters said it looked like really cheap plastic but actually worked much better than expected. For emergency equipment, it sounds like a good bet.

A contemporary night stand and light tower with a charging port
From Hecate: I know this is a little pricier than we usually recommend but this does serve as furniture. I got a version of this standing light with shelves for my side of the bed where I have just a tiny space for a nightstand. I love that it checks both the night stand and light boxes. I was worried about such little shelf space but it has worked out well! I usually stack my unread books several deep but now I can only keep a couple on a shelf – it keeps me honest. However, I got a cheaper version than this and it is pretty shaky, I’m just lucky it’s supported by the bed and wall so it doesn’t fall over. So I am recommending this version, which is better made and reviewed. But this one also comes with built in charging ports, which I would love. It comes in three different stains and earned 4.3 stars on ReviewMeta with 2,600 reviews. One reviewer said the ports were a real selling point, “ he ports are very convenient since I can use them to charge my phone and power my Echo Dot as well as my Onyx speaker” and another just couldn’t imagine anything better, “Well if this isn’t the most perfect next to your bed lamp than I don’t know what is!” Like I said, I use this in the bedroom but I can think back on about three tiny apartments that this would have been a godsend in the living room.

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16 Responses to “A produce saver, a pet blanket and a neck and chest firming cream”

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  1. DailyNightly says:

    You’re using the Monistat on your face?? Where are you using their yeast infection treatments?

    • Celebitchy says:

      It’s not for yeast infections, it’s an anti-chafing gel and it’s just as good as high end primers.

      • DailyNightly says:

        It’s an anti-chafing gel for your bikini area, not your face. The brand makes yeast infection treatments as well. It says ”
        “Prevents and relieves chafing and skin irritation on inner thighs, bikini area, under arms and breasts”

      • Chanteloup says:

        Sometimes items have more than one use. The other day, I used to some salt to clean out a pan and [gasp] the container didn’t tell me to.
        Break free, do what works for you.

    • Carlybee says:


      Many of us sweat by it. It’s a great makeup primer! And it’s cheaper. It’s an odorless, colorless gel that mattifies and keeps oiliness in check.

  2. Lila says:

    I love that eyeshadow palette. I bought it based on a previous recommendation, and even though it gets used all the time, I haven’t panned a single color yet.

  3. Giddy says:

    For anyone who doesn’t want to spend that much for the nightstand, there are plenty of lamp options on Amazon that have built-in charging ports. Or, what I did was buy an extension with charging ports and attached it to the side of my nightstand. It is not visible to the casual viewer.

  4. ClaireB says:

    I have the green leaf doormat inside my front door and still looks very nice and vacuums up well after at least a year. I’m very pleased with it and it’s definitely worth the money.

  5. LittlePenguin says:

    I have been looking at those produce savers for awhile now! Especially as I have been trying to cut down on grocery store visits this year. Might have to finally bite the bullet and order them!

    • Carlybee says:

      They really do work. Been using them for about 2 years now. It definitely saves fruits and veggies in the fridge or out. The only thing it doesn’t seem to affect is bananas.

  6. KellyRyan says:

    Living in the mountains and purchasing electric throws we use six-seven months out of the year they don’t have a long use life. These make excellent pet blankets, or people covers. Sunbeam for the lower price, Sherpa for longer product life.

  7. tealily says:

    I like that pet blanket. What a good idea! My dogs stink up my couch and blankets. That looks like a pretty one to give them that can just be theirs.

  8. DrSnark says:

    I’m interested in the neck firming cream! I tried the pricey Perricone Sub D neck cream and it gave me a rash plus it seemed to make my neck skin more droopy.

    • CityGirl says:

      Oh it did that to me too and when I called to cancel Future shipments and get a refund on my purchase, they told me I was imagining it.

  9. al13 says:

    how much sparkle is in those eyeshadows? They look a bit sparkling/glittery.
    I’ve been wanting to replace my peach/beige base color, but I think i want one more matte/not sparkle. And the matte version of this palette has fewer colors I’m likely to use.

  10. Liz version 700 says:

    I love love love the eye shadow pallet. It is as good as any high end eye shadow powder from the high end brands. I bought it the first time you suggested it and at least 2 more times.