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@Lily Rowan oh, got it, sorry! I found the sponge when I was in a serious relationship & wanted to quit the hormones and it seemed like the greatest thing ever. Now I tend (try) to stick with condoms the first few outings until trust/monogamy has been established.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm 0

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@Oliver St. John Mollusc I love your costume idea. You definitely need to recycle that with bunnies when you know more fun dudes in the future.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm 0

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@j-i-a THANKS that is amazing (how is there a Hairpin post I MISSED what) and I am relieved to realize that due to the whole stay-still-for-15-minutes thing I didn't miss an important opportunity to use this to change my life this week. Good luck to you and your containers though!

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm 0

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@Lily Rowan Not sure what you mean exactly? Not a barrier in the way condoms (male or female) are. Little round sponge that goes inside on your cervix. It will probs move around in there (if he's doing it right, har har) but it's ok b/c it also has spermicide. Pros: not hormonal, doesn't affect sensation, excellent for timing (once it's in you can have sex whenever for the next 24 hours, so there's no fumbling in the moment if you thought ahead). Cons: expensive, not always in stock at drug stores (but can be ordered for cheaper online), like a couple of percentage points less effective than condoms or hormones according to the research.

Sorry to hijack this thread for my extensive birth control comparison knowledge. But I still want to know what dick hole mind control is! I feel like it could have come in real handy if I'd learned about it a week ago. :-/

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm 0

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@KatieBarTheDoor Sephora sells lots of brands that don't test on animals. I'm not sure their helpers are always the MOST knowledgeable but they've definitely been able to help me pick the right shade of concealer etc. And you can return stuff if you get it home and hate it.

My preferred brands, which all appear at a cursory glance to be animal-testing-free:
Benefit (concealer, mascara, blush, highlighter)
Urban Decay (their Naked line is great for face-makeup, I use the BB cream)
Smashbox (eyeliner)

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm 0

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@j-i-a WHAT IS THIS I must know! I am not on birth control. (PSA for ladies who smoke and/or are over 35: the sponge, guys. The sponge.)

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm 0

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@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Yeah where is McGillicuddy? Baseball is really exciting! It is very exciting to have 4 super talented major market teams in the postseason. I am a Sox fan and really hoping for a Sox/Dodgers series....but I am just digging this whole postseason in general. BASEBALL!

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm 0

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You guys you guys my Susan Miller horoscope suggested that even though this month is a disaster of epic proportions, Mercury going into retrograde miiiiight be a good time to reconnect with a former person of interest in whom I am still interested and while I don't normally plan my actions by horoscopes there is someone I've been debating contacting for months so... I sent the email and he seems pleased to hear from me and we're going out next week. Worst case scenario=more effective closure, possibly friendship / best case scenario=???????!!!!!!!!!!!???????? I am trying to enjoy the anticipation (he's non-toxic, so there is minimal risk here) without making myself totally nuts but it is hard.
Do you have dramatic reconciliation stories to inspire/frighten me, Hairpin? Has Sue Mill be right on for you this month? I am interested in your stuff, internet strangers.

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm 0

On Remembering the Alice Series

Ah, I did not know this series had continued past, like, 4 books! I read "Alice in Rapture, Sort Of" 1,000 times. And all of PRN's witch books. This has been a good week for "let's talk about the YA you remember" posts, which is my favorite thing to talk about in the world. Thank you, internet.

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm 0

On The Treat Yo Self Pie

10% spending all my Birchbox points in one go
30% having martinis and french fries for dinner
20% politely breaking the hearts of nice men from the internet after 3 dates
40% reaching out to old flames and discovering they're still burning

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm 0