Drunk Elephant The Littles discovery set

I was curious about Drunk Elephant, so I bought The Littles discovery set.

The Littles

I’ve exchanged brief messages with founder Tiffany Masterson via Linkedin and found her very responsive and friendly. I haven’t tried all the products in the discovery set. Here are the ones I’ve tried:

  • Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
  • Lalo Retro Whipped Cream
  • T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is the gentlest cleanser that I have used. I like to do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Lalo Retro Whipped Cream is a very good moisturizer with a whipped consistency. While I had  no problem with the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum the first time I used it, I experienced irritation the second time I used it. I skipped all treatment serums and used gentle creams to soothe the irritation the following day.

Of the three products, I’d be most inclined to buy Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Fortunately, there is a sample in Sephora’s 2019 Birthday Gift!

Nine products, one #FOTD

Face of the Day

  1. Annabelle Eye Primer | Base à paupières
  2. VINTAGE by Jessica Liebeskind Brighten & Define Eye Shadow Palette in Vanilla/Espresso
  3. NYX Professional Makeup Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette (lilac)
  4. VEGAMOUR vegaLASH Volumizing Mascara
  5. StriVectin Line BlurFector™ Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer
  6. Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Linen
  7. Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Butter Bronzer – Light Bronzer
  8. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in Mauve for Me
  9. Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint lip balm in Merlot

Blue Bottle #Coffee starts trial to ban cash

Paying for Blue Bottle coffee by credit card

Paying for Blue Bottle coffee by credit card. Photo: Photos by Paul Chinn / The Chronicle

Found through Twitter:

Blue Bottle will ban cash at twelve locations across the USA as part of a month-long experiment that aims to speed up purchases. Two participating stores are in San Francisco.

Is banning cash a ploy to exclude people unable to obtain credit cards or other electronic payment methods?

“For a lot of low-income San Franciscans, credit cards or other phone-based mobile payments aren’t an option,” said San Francisco Supervisor Vallie Brown.

I’m inclined to think that banning cash is a ploy to discourage the poor and homeless from entering their stores.

There were many different takes on this tweet. I prefer to pay cash for purchases under twenty dollars, as paying cash and accepting change is a tangible way to gauge how I spend my money. If I get a five-dollar bill, I just sock it away.


Chinn, P. (n.d.). [Dianne Francisco pays for her order with a credit card at Blue Bottle Coffee at Market and 10th streets in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. At left, is barista Greg Alfaro. The cafe inside the Twitter headquarters building is one of a handful of Blue Bottle stores that will go cashless for a trial period beginning March 11.Photo: Photos by Paul Chinn / The Chronicle]. Retrieved March 1, 2019, from https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/00/66/73/17002238/5/gallery_xlarge.jpg

EducatëdHillbilly™. (2019, Mar). Am I a total racist for thinking this is a way to keep poor & minority customers out of their hip San Francisco coffee shop? [Twitter post]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/RobProvince/status/1101531306620530688.

Narayan, S. (2019, March 01). Blue Bottle buys into cashless trend. Retrieved March 1, 2019, from https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Blue-Bottle-buys-into-cashless-trend-13653830.php

Unicode Consortium approves #PeriodEmoji

The Unicode Consortium has approved a #PeriodEmoji to “de-stigmatize” menstruation.



I’m not commenting on de-stigmatizing menstruation, I’m speaking here as someone who has worked in standardization. Unicode Consortium has done outstanding work in machine coding of scripts for both modern and historical languages. Approving emojis is beneath its exalted mission. Time to spin off this activity into a new consortium: The Universal Emoji Consortium? Hell, create a whole new ISO infrastructure!


Byrne, K. (2019, February 10). Opinion: The new ‘period’ emoji is a reminder that destigmatising menstruation has a long way to go. Retrieved February 16, 2019, from https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/period-emoji-unicode-menstruation-iphone-android-poverty-stigma-a8772166.html

Unicode Consortium. (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2019, from https://www.unicode.org/

Dear Dahlia Paradise Dual Palette in Lady Oxford

Dear Dahlia is a makeup brand from Korea, but it projects a glamorous image rather than the cutesy image that other Korean makeup brands project.

It’s also cruelty-free, clean beauty, and vegan.

Dear Dahlia Paradise Dual Palette in Lady Oxford

Dear Dahlia Paradise Dual Palette in Lady Oxford

I discovered Dear Dahlia through Facebook and its targeted ads. I was enchanted by its faux-marble packaging and ordered its Paradise Dual Palette in Lady Oxford.  Dear Dahlia mailed my package from Seoul and I had to sign for the package at the Post Office.  The lady at the counter looked at my package quizzically.  Maybe she was from Korea. I told her it was makeup.

As you can see from the picture above, the Paradise Dual Palette has a matte eyeshadow duo on one side and a creme blush/lip tint on the other.  The eyeshadow duo could also be used to fill in the eyebrows.  In other words, a complete look from a tiny compact.

The Paradise Dual Palette (other color options are available) costs $ 32.00 USD.  You may order Dear Dahlia makeup through its website  https://en.deardahlia.com/.  Sign up for its newsletter and get free international shipping for orders $30 USD or more.  Dear Dahlia’s handle on Instagram is deardahlia_beauty.

#thejanuarycure Assignment 14 get rid of paper clutter #apartmenttherapy

Assignment 14 of Apartment Therapy’s January Cure is to get rid of paper clutter.  The pictures below show BEFORE and AFTER.  The papers in the bankers’ box contain personal information, and I plan to shred these papers.  Trash includes papers without personal information such as receipts and expired coupons.assignment 14

I re-discovered the paper at right while I was sorting papers. I received this bad fortune when visiting a temple in Japan 🇯🇵. I took a container filled with sticks, shook it around over my head, and drew a stick. The sticks are numbered and the number corresponds to a cubby hole where I drew the fortune. As you give a little money to get your fortune, I suppose the idea is draw fortunes again and again until you get good fortune. 😃 More pics:
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