Shampoo bars, a spray mop, a versatile convertible dress and more

From CB: I splurged on a treadmill for my dog! I was going to get a people treadmill and try to train him on it, but the used ones at Play it Again weren’t much less expensive. He will do about ten minutes at a time if I feed him treats and he seems to like it. This was easy to put together, it has a small footprint and I was surprised how easy he was to train, although of course your results will vary. My dog is a German Shepherd and he’s five months old, just FYI. Here’s a link to a smaller version of this treadmill. Here are some more things Hecate and I are looking at on Amazon.

This set of three “Facelift in a Bottle” serums will transform your skin

From CB: This set of three serums by trusted brand Eva Naturals is under $25 (it also has a $3 off coupon) and comes with an eye firming gel, retinol serum and vitamin C serum. It has over 3,000 ratings, 4.5 stars and the same score on ReviewMeta. If you’re new to serums or want some to gift a friend these would be excellent. Reviewers say these absorb well, aren’t greasy and help reduce age spots and wrinkling. “I have used the vitamin c and retinol serum for over a year and they have really improved my skin texture and helped control my acne. I also have a lot of acne scarsand they look less deep now.” “It definitely works! My husband took over my first set after seeing the results! Fine lines almost gone, some more major lines reduced and I have been able to skip a few Botox injections. It took years off my face!”

An asymmetric turtleneck sweater you’ll live in this fall

From CB: I saw this on People magazine’s site and thought it looked so cozy and comfortable. This oversize sweater by Anrabess comes in 33 colors, including stripes, and in sizes x-small to x-large. It is priced at under $40 and has over 25,000 ratings, 4.4 stars and the same score on ReviewMeta. Reviewers say it runs big so you may want to order a size down. They love how versatile, stylish and comfortable it is. “Received loads of compliments the first day I wore this to work! I love that it can be dressed up or down, work or casual. The perfect ‘go to’ piece in the closet – in fact, I have to temper myself to not wear it every time. It washed like a dream, no pilling.” “Nice and soft and perfect with leggings. Love the shorter front, longer back. Fit is a bit baggy but not bulky. Size down if you want a more streamlined, slimmer fit. “

A large easy to use spray mop to quickly clean floors

From CB: Now that I have a puppy I need to clean more frequently. I have a Swiffer with the wet pads but it’s expensive and wasteful to replace them. This spray mop by Bona has a reusable microfiber cloth and is extra wide to quickly clean your floors. It comes with a bottle of liquid cleaner that is easy to replace. People say cleans well without being heavily scented or leaving a residue. This mop has 4.6 stars, almost 13,800 ratings and a B on Fakespot. I’m convinced by the reviews that I need it. “Wonderful product. Cleans and shines my wood floors. The extra-large pad makes cleaning and shining the floor much quicker. Loved the system so much I purchased another for my Mothers floor… She loves it as well!” “Easy to put together and works great. I have 4 rooms of hardwood floors and this made them all look so clean and it didn’t take long at all!”

Biodegradable shampoo & conditioner bars are easier to travel with too

From Hecate: My niece just turned me on to these sustainable hair products. They’re parabens, phthalates, preservatives, dyes, synthetic fragrances, plastic and silicone-free, vegan shampoo and conditioner bars with biodegradable packaging. The company, Ethique, has partnered with Bindi Erwin with their body care line, including this hair care. They’re ph balanced, soap free and suitable for all skin types. And they use cocoa butter and coconut oil so they don’t dry your hair out, either. You get both shampoo and conditioner bar for $31. There are also bars for curls, dry hair, and unscented. Over 6,000 people gave the line 4.4 stars and Fakespot rated them an A. And they work for everyone, “I’m a guy with shoulder-length wavy hair, and after experimenting with some much more expensive “no-shampoo” products, I came back to this bar.” And many of the reviews talk about how well it works, “This is a high quality conditioner and the best part is that it comes in compostable packaging.” I love the environmental aspect of the product so the fact that it works so well sells it for me.

A dog poo bag carrier so you don’t have to carry the full bags

From Hecate: I don’t think I’ve ever recommended these and I have no idea why because they are the best thing ever – dog poop bag holders. Attach them to your dog’s leash and make your dog carry their own poop! I mean, they pooped, it should be their responsibility, right? And the dog doesn’t mind. There are a lot of different styles of these holders, but the smaller ones didn’t work very well for me. These simple rubber ones work great and can hold several bags, should you need that kind of thing. Plus they come two for $6, And since we’re all about choices, you can have almost any color you want, to match your leash or your poop bags. ReviewMeta gave these 4.1 stars. I’m telling you, these are a game-changer, “I was pleasantly surprised at how well this solution works for carrying loaded bags.” And l totally second this person, “it has changed my walks 100%. I love this item. I don’t have to feel weird walking around with a bag of poop. Hands are free to deal with my crazy dog 😂 that likes to chase squirrels 🐿️,” right down to the squirrel part.

A versatile convertible dress for holiday parties

From Hecate: Since I just cleaned out my closet, I’m looking for clothes I can use multiple times. But I hate re-wearing formal stuff. So this kind of dress would be perfect because I can wear it so many ways. It also has range, from sexy to conservative. That’s helpful for the holidays when most of my things are at people’s homes or restaurants and I’ll want to be more comfortable than not. The dress comes in so many beautiful colors, there’s about four that I want. It’s a true wrap dress, so the sizing is one-size for $50 or one-size plus for $60 and the comments say that’s fine. The dress also comes with a tube top in the same color for those who don’t want to show skin in the backless options. Over 7,500 people rated it with 4.4 stars and ReviewMeta confirmed. I was wondering about the length and one review said you can cut it yourself with no problem, “ I decided to just cut it with scissors and it ended up being perfect! It didn’t fray or run or pull- you couldn’t even tell it was cut.” Good news, it works for all chest sizes as well, “I’m BIG chested with mom saggy boobs (like DDD/E) I like being fully 100% lifted and supported, I was able to tie this and with pasties have no bra and felt no sag!! I felt fully supported and covered.”

Fall leaves string lights to brighten up your home

From Hecate: I thought these were kind of cute for fall decorating. They’re just little strings of LED lights with amber colored leaves to make a quick mantle statement. Or they can be used in an autumn wreath or even a Christmas tree, which is an interesting take. They are battery operated but waterproof so they can be used indoor or outdoor, which opens up the possibilities. The string lengths come in 8.2 feet and you can get a single, double or triple pack ranging from $10 – $14. Over 800 people rated these with 4.5 stars that ReviewMeta confirmed. Customers said their simplicity made them elegant, “Set of 4 and very elegant for decoration a Fall event or Thanksgiving.” They also loved how easy they were to use, “Since it’s battery operated it was easier to put on prior to the first entrance. The colors and lights blended well.” I think I might get a string for the center of my dining table.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I have that sweater. I have it in cream, orange, black, red and green. So I like it, just a little bit. I wear a medium in most things for a comfy fit and for me the medium is a bit big, but I like it bc its cozy. It’s just hard to wear under a blazer or anything. but I love them and wear one probably 3 times a week. They’re just so cozy and warm.

    • Liz Version 700k says:

      Those sweaters look like they could become my new obsession!!!

    • pamspam says:

      I have it in black…sadly, it’s in my donation pile haha. But the sweater IS really nice – I just needed to make space and I already have several black sweaters and honestly it’s just never cold enough in LA to wear this one. If you’re in a cooler climate, you’ll probably really love it.

  2. StellainNH says:

    I ditched my swiffer years ago because I didn’t like the pads. I wanted something reusable. I do love Bona. My floors look great and the reusable pad is easily washed.

    • Twin Falls says:

      I have a regular bona mop that I use with method squirt on floor cleaner because I like the way it smells.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      My tile floor is slate, so it isn’t perfectly flat. There are ridges and dips in the stone. Do you think this mop would work for me? Thanks for your time 🙂

  3. Bran voyage says:

    I feel stupid for asking this question but I just ordered the serums and I can’t find the answer: do you put them on one right after the other? Use them on different days or different times? I have no idea about this stuff but my skin needs HELP

    • Celebitchy says:

      You alternate nights and days and use one at at time! At least I do. You will also want a hyaluronic acid serum and/or niacinamide. None of these should be expensive and check out the earlier posts for more. Just start with these first!

    • Adr1s says:

      I do alternate them, the first time Celebitchy posted about the Eva Naturals things I bought another pack that had a peptide serum and a niacinamide serum with the vit C

      My face LoOOooOves that Vit C serum, everytime I use it I wake up with less redness (my skin is prone to acne) and it just feels good. The other ones are kinda meh but maybe because I don’t really have the problems they tackled. I’m on my 3rd bottle of vitamin C

      The hidrating eye gel in this package I think could be used everyday, so use that one around the eyes and alternate the other two in the rest of the face, don’t put the other serums near the eyes because they might have ingredients that could irritate them. Only the eye gel since it was developed for it

  4. Cathy says:

    Ethique products are lovely . I started using the shampoo bar when I wanted to cut down on the plastic bottles I was buying. Great on my hair and smells good too. Another great New Zealand product.

    • Deb says:

      Cathy, I was looking at these just yesterday on Amazon. Do you mind telling me about the “finish” of the shampoo bars? I’m a little leery if they have cocoa butter and coconut oil because I have fine, limp, no body, miserable hair. I’m afraid they’re going to weigh my hair down too much. Or is it just the conditioning bars that have butter and oil? Also, my hair is short and doesn’t need conditioning. Thanks in advance!

      • pamspam says:

        Hi Deb! I also have fine (and thin) hair and liked the Ethique shampoo. I personally didn’t love the conditioner bar, but if it doesn’t work for you try Kitsch. I just started using the Coconut Oil deep conditioning bar and I really like it. Ethique also makes lotion bars you should try. I bought reusable glass bottles for them off Amazon and it feels good to be using less plastic.

      • Deb says:

        Pamspam, thanks! And thanks for the rec on the lotion bars. I’ve been shopping for those as well and I’m just always so leery of Amazon reviews. 2 items off of my checklist!

  5. Lauren Too says:

    That dress looks lovely. I need it.

    • clarabelle says:

      I agree about the dress. I won’t have need for a formal dress, but am almost tempted anyway. This looks beautiful and the multiple “looks” are genius.

  6. Trish says:

    Okay I need that swiffer mop. I’m so sick of buying the pads, they are expensive even the store brand ones.
    Been wanting to try shampoo bar since i heard Drew Barrymore likes them. I was in the shower the other day and thinking, a bar would be better because you know how you can’t get to your crown and the back of your head unless you use more shampoo? I have long hair so I feel like I use too much shampoo and a bar would get your scalp clean but not dry the hair.
    Trying that definitely.

  7. alsf says:

    Love these posts