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My Secret Weapon for Avoiding The Pink Tax

I’m sure you’ve heard of the pink tax, though it’s not really a “tax” at all. It’s been proven that women pay more for certain products and services than men do, and sometimes significantly more. We’re talking everything from razors and toothpaste, to toys and dry cleaning costs. It’s even gone as far as ink pens, which Ellen Degeneres famously ripped apart on her show. This phenomenon (…but is it really a phenomenon?) is known as the “pink tax”. It’s a name which refers both to a color universally associated with women, and also to the fact that the pink version of, …

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Product Review: An All-Natural Shampoo I DON’T Hate??

The last time I tried an “all-natural” shampoo, the kind with zero sulfates and no parabens, I could barely get it rinsed out of my hair. It felt like trying to wash my thick, wavy hair with mildly soapy water. I swear, my hair was dirtier coming out of the shower than it was on the way in. So when my new friends at Maple Holistics got in touch with me about trying some of their all-natural beauty products last month, I was wary. I’m committed to only recommending products on my blog when I TRULY like them, regardless of whether it …

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4 Easy Ways to Get Your Skin Glowing

image via When I was little, I used to mercilessly tease my big sister about her acne. I assumed that my day would come, that I would eventually contend with difficult skin, and she could tease me right back. Well, I never really had acne. And now I feel like a jerk. My skin has always been more dry than anything, but because it’s been a lower-maintenance aspect of my beauty routine (my HAIR being the highest), it’s only been recently that I’ve realized how much I was abusing it. The good news is, a few simple changes can drastically change the …

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What’s In My Airplane Bag

I keep my airplane bag as lightweight as possible because, let me tell you, I have had some really bad airport luck. Like this one time that I packed a ton of stuff in my carry-on tote because I was too lazy to make room in my suitcase, and I ended up stuck in the Atlanta airport for 17 hours. I lugged that thing around for SEVENTEEN HOURS, Y’ALL. Anyway, that wasn’t the first time I’ve ended up stuck in an airport, and since I mostly travel by myself, I end up carrying my stuff around with me everywhere I go. I’ve …

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5 Ways to Look Less Tired, Less Broke, or Less Burnt-Out

“Miss Pradhan, are you sick?” A student looked me in the eye and asked this last year, on a day when I really thought I looked halfway decent and was not even remotely ill. But no, no, he wasn’t fooled, and no one else was either. Post-grad life is many wonderful things, but it’s also EXHAUSTING. I don’t have the money laying around to always be buying the latest stuff, and since I’m a teacher, I usually stop caring about how I look by about mid-April because I’m that burnt-out. But then I learned that it only takes a few key moves …

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The Truth About LipSense (from someone who doesn’t sell it!)

I’d seen people raving about LipSense products from SeneGence for a few months on Facebook, but I’m usually not someone who pays much attention to products from direct sales companies. You know? In general I think the products under-deliver and are over-priced. Not to mention, it’s really hard for me to accept a product review from someone who is selling the stuff. You know what I mean? Well, I am not being compensated in any way, shape, or form for this post. Even if you wanted to buy it from me after you read this post, ya can’t. I don’t sell it! So from …