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Natalie A.
Review for Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner with Saw Palmetto & Mint - 6 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
This is a nice toner, but probably not the best. With a good toner, I can usually see the leftover dirt that was still on my face on the cotton ball I use, but not with this one. It makes me feel like it's not doing as good of a job as it could be. However, this feels so refreshing and cooling on the face (not in a minty way). I love how clean it makes my skin feel. I have dry skin though, so I've put this aside for a few months now because I felt like it was stripping my skin a little bit and I needed a break from it. Maybe this is better for those who are normal/oily.
Combination, Dry
Blackheads, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness
Review for Spirit Airlines - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
This is definitely not "luxury" travel by any means, but it's affordable. I've only flown Spirit for very short trips (max 2-3 hours), because I find that any longer would probably be too uncomfortable for me.

Staff is not the friendliest. We had one guy on our flight back home that was cracking jokes, making everyone laugh whenever he made announcements. But that was the only pleasant experience we had. Everyone else looked like they would rather work anywhere else, no smiles, no greetings, very off-putting. That doesn't bother me, but I saw some staff be quite rude to other people who were asking questions or had issues. That's not how staff should handle their customers.

The planes themselves are very tight and compact, and they're quite small compared to other airline planes. The seats just feel like they haven't been cleaned in ages (not that they looked dirty, but I just got bad vibes) and there's very little wiggle room between you and the other two in your row. 

There are no TVs, no complimentary drinks or snacks. For those reasons, I wouldn't be able to fly for much longer than I have with Spirit. I get quite restless on planes, and I found it super uncomfortable to sleep on Spirit, plus no entertainment to distract me? Nope. I'd rather pay a little extra for some movies on a longer trip.

Finally, Spirit gets you with hidden fees. Sure, you might find a cheap ticket, but then you have to pay extra for your luggage, extra to pick your seats, extra to print your boarding pass at the airport, etc. When it's all racked up, you end up paying around the same, if not more, as other airline prices. In my experience, I have never found a significantly cheaper plane ticket on Spirit. In fact, I find that Spirit has some pretty expensive tickets overall, and you get so much less on this airline.

If you can find a cheap ticket on Spirit and it's a short ride away, I'd say go for it. But don't fly Spirit for a 7-hour flight. There are definitely better airlines to get the most bang for your buck.
Review for Expedia - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
I've never had a bad experience with Expedia. I most recently used this site to book a last-minute trip to Chicago with two of my friends to see Coldplay last summer. They gave me the best deals (I checked multiple sites various times to make sure I got the best deal) and I was able to book both my flight and hotel all in one sitting. I stayed at the Hard Rock hotel right on Michigan Avenue, which was a less than five-minute walk away from the Bean and a bunch of other touristy attractions. The hotel was just as depicted, beautiful and clean. Our flight was with Spirit, and although Expedia did not guarantee that me and my friends would be sitting together, we did, both to and from Chicago.

That being said, I've never had to deal with their customer service, so I don't know what that's like. I don't doubt that it's frustrating, as most customer services are. However, if you encounter no issues with your trip, Expedia is a great route to take.

I printed out everything, my flight and hotel confirmations, and took them with me on my trip. Just in case I had to prove to someone that I did indeed book this through Expedia, but I never ended up having to even take it out of my bag. It's always good to be cautious, however, and always have proof of your bookings on paper in case anything goes wrong.

Overall, I'd use Expedia again. I think it's great for all kinds of trips. Of course, do your research; sometimes, another travel engine will have a better deal on packages or rates. You just have to be on the lookout.
Review for The Bachelorette - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
I watched ONE season of the Bachelorette (JoJo Fletcher) just to see what all the hype was about. I thought it was so stupid!! Then again, I'm not really one for reality TV, but I couldn't understand how anyone could watch season upon season of this show. I find it so scripted and unrealistic that it really just takes away any kind of novelty from the show.

My issue is: Do people really think this is an appropriate way to find love? With cameras following you around all the time, while you're dating 30 guys at once to see if, by some sheer miracle, the producers picked your soulmate from a casting call. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

Then, the whole engagement thing at the end? That's too much. To propose to someone you hardly know, just for fame and ratings? 

I think anyone that goes on this show is not at all looking for love, but looking for a way to make it to Hollywood. Luke Pell actually went to my university and to a friend of mine's university, simply to take pictures with a bunch of girls. 

I'm not interested in anything this show has to offer. The conversations between people are scripted, the show purposely leaves things out or puts certain clips in to make someone appear like the bad/crazy apple of the group just to pump ratings, everyone there is simply seeking out fame, and there is absolutely nothing appealing about this show.
Review for ASOS - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
I've heard about ASOS for a while now, and I haven't been able to find clothes anywhere so I decided to search their site. I found a couple of things but heard really mixed reviews about their service online, so I was a little hesitant to place my order. I took a risk and bought three things: a tee, a white long-sleeve v-neck, and a black bomber jacket.

Nothing went wrong with my order, so I'll have to say it's a good experience if everything goes smoothly and you don't really have to deal with their customer service. I immediately got a confirmation e-mail, and a day or two later, my order had already shipped and I kept track of it daily to make sure everything was going well.

My order actually arrived a day earlier than expected, which was great considering I'm in the US. Luckily, everything I got looked exactly the way it did online.

The one thing I'll say about ASOS, at least from my first experience, is that the sizing is really hit or miss. I wasn't sure what my size would be, so I went with US 2 for everything. The tee I ordered was slightly smaller than I would have liked it to be. It fits, but not as loose as I had hoped. I'm worried if I wash it, it's going to shrink and be useless for me. And I really love that tee! Then, the white long sleeve was actually a little baggy. Which is fine, because I can layer it and it'll work out. But it was also a US 2. Finally, the black bomber fit perfectly, but maybe a US 0 would have been a more snug fit. The US 2 gives me a baggy fit.

I don't mind how my purchases turned out, but I'm hesitant to order something in the future because of the sizing situation. It'd be great if ASOS could put in the details of a product whether it runs big or small, so that we know whether we should size up or down. That's really my biggest issue with this store.
Review for Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes Body Lotion - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
I got this in a set as a Christmas gift and I'm obsessed with the scent! I actually liked it so much that I had bought it for someone else as a gift before even knowing that I'd get it myself! It's a very feminine and strong scent, but I always get compliments whenever I use it on my legs. I love putting it on after shaving because it really moisturizes my skin and makes my legs feel so smooth and look so shiny. I'm obsessed.
Combination, Dry
Blackheads, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness
Eczema, Rosacea
Review for Trader Joe's Just Mango Slices - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
These are SO GOOD. I tried them once at my friend's house and was like, what on Earth is that?? She simply handed me one and I was sold. I love mango and this is the perfect snack to take to school or work. They're nice and chewy and taste exactly like mango. I find that just one pack will last me about a week, if I only eat a few a day. Plus, these are super affordable. So if you're on a budget and want some healthy snacks, these are a great option. I truly love them.
Review for Tangled - 8 months, 4 weeks ago
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
I feel like this movie never got enough love and was out shined by Frozen! (Forever upset that Frozen got its own ride in Walt Disney World's EPCOT, but all Tangled got was a themed restroom area in Magic Kingdom... The ultimate betrayal.) This is my favorite newer Disney movie, for sure. And it's so underrated.

I love the take on Rapunzel and how sweet, funny, and charming the movie is. The animations are amazing and the overall plot is fun and exciting. Plus, Mandy Moore can do no wrong in my eyes.

Flynn Ryder is probably my favorite character. The songs are not my favorite, except for "When Will my Life Begin" and "I See the Light". Maybe that's what Frozen had over Tangled; all the songs were bangers, but that wasn't really the case with Tangled. I look past the music because the movie is just that good.
Review for The Vampire Diaries - 8 months, 4 weeks ago
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
I attempted to read the book years before anyone even decided to turn it into a show, and I hated it. Couldn't even finish it. Then the show was announced and I decided to give it a try. I can honestly say this one time, the show is better than the book.

The show started off really well, lots of pulling on my heartstrings. The acting is phenomenal and the actors portraying the characters are even better. Elena always got on my nerves, but that's nobody's fault but her own.

Nothing on this show looks fake, everything is portrayed pretty realistically. I think this show finally nailed the whole vampire thing. No sparkly skin that can't be in the sunlight, just normal-looking people who crave human blood every now and then. This is probably my favorite portrayal of vampires to date.

I'm giving it 3 stars because the show was only good for so long. When Nina Dobrev left the show (the main character for crying out loud), I felt like everything went downhill. There is no Vampire Diaries without the woman who writes in the diaries! Mind you, Nina Dobrev played various characters on the show, and she did an incredible job portraying each character as a separate entity from her main character, Elena. She was so good that even though it was always her, sometimes in the same exact clothing as Elena, I could tell when it was someone else other than Elena. There were subtle differences that differentiated them all from each other. And she nailed every single one of them. I admired that.

I think when she left, there really wasn't much of a plot left and it became more about her friends and the Salvatores, which is fine, but it's not the same without Elena there. At that point, the plot got really repetitive and boring. Oh, another crazy serial killer risen from the dead that needs to be stopped using some witchcraft that needs to be discovered by one person, and then a plot twist that really becomes totally expected. I got pretty tired of the same circular plot, so I have stopped watching. I have heard, however, the show finally ended and Nina Dobrev came back for the season finale. 
Review for Grey's Anatomy - 8 months, 4 weeks ago
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
I was extremely late to jump onto the bandwagon for this show, but I am now a loyal fan. Grey's Anatomy never appealed to me before for whatever reason. I was a much bigger fan of House because that show is witty and focuses a lot on the patient and the process of diagnosing extreme cases, which I found really interesting. Then it kind of sprinkled in some employee drama. Grey's Anatomy is the exact opposite.

The show focuses on the scandalous lives of all the doctors, with very little attention to the medical side of things. Patients are only ever really important when they somehow tie into some sort of emotional conflict one of the doctors is personally dealing with. Don't get me wrong, this show makes me sob every single time due to the patient story lines (and also often the massacres of the doctors) but I wish it focused more on the medicine. Then again, that's what House is for. Grey's is different.

It's on its 13th season and I'm beginning to get a little bored. I've lost interest because nothing has really happened that makes me jump out of my seat with excitement or terror. Like others have said, the plot is starting to become repetitive. Like, oh, another plane scare? Been there, done that. Someone else is dying? What's new. Even the patient cases are becoming repetitive. There is no longer anything new and exciting about the show. And maybe it has something to do with the fact that most of my favorite characters are permanently erased from the show.

I also have issues with certain holes in the story line that just aren't realistic enough for me. *SPOILERS* Like how is Meredith a good mom to three young kids when she spends the entirety of the show in the hospital? And Arizona has a prosthetic leg from the plane crash, yet she seems to be doing mighty fine with her life. I sometimes forget that this is the case because they fail to make it a problem frequently enough for me to believe it. 

Overall, I think it's a good show but it's lacking in certain areas and I've just grown tired. Definitely the earlier seasons are more exciting and fun to watch, so still worth giving it a try.

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