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Do NOT add it to your list

The last Tuesday of the month means all the recommendations coming in courtesy of Lauren and Bre. You should go read all of those lists because they’re incredibly helpful. But you know what comes in handy for me sometimes? Knowing what NOT to add to my list. You know, those products that suck and are a waste of time and money and energy. So this month, I’m sharing what I think you should skip right over. 

NYX eyeshadow. Their lip products are THE BEST and the eyeliner is pretty fabulous, too. But the eyeshadow leaves a lot to be desired. The color payoff and pigmentation is shit, it almost never looks like what you think it will, and I have never had luck blending it in any sort of decent capacity. If you’re on a budget and don’t want to use products tested on animals, you’re better off with with e.l.f or Wet N Wild. 

Reese’s coffee creamer. Seeing as how Reese’s peanut butter cups are my favorite candy in the history of time, I was (way too) excited to try this. Then I did. And I cried a little. It’s AWFUL. Not even remotely close to good. Do not waste money or a cup of coffee or taste buds on this crap. 

Books by Ruth Ware. She’s a terrible writer who writes terrible books about terribly annoying characters. If you want to read thrillers written by women, I can recommend at least 5 who are better and none of them are Gillian Flynn, either. 

China Glaze nail polish. I am not a nail polish snob. I have all brands from drug store to salon quality and by far the worst one I have ever used is China Glaze. While the colors look phenomenal, they last maybe a day. MAYBE. I have never experienced nail polish that chips so much and so quickly even with using the amazing Orly bonder and a solid top coat. It is almost not worth the effort to do your nails using this shit. (However, if you have a suggestion for how to make it not chip, I’m all for it because some of the colors I have really are outstanding)

ios11. This is mainly for my iPhone users. If you’ve already updated, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, please wait until they fix the battery drain issue. I’m not a heavy phone user, not even when I’m in the car, and my battery drains faster than a keg at a fraternity party. There are some good features added but you can honestly do without those. It’s incredibly frustrating needing to charge my phone 3 times a day. 

I know there’s a few TV shows and movies I want to suggest avoiding but I think I’ve blocked them from my brain since the titles aren’t coming to me right now. 

Okay, now that you know what I think you should avoid, what do you recommend that I not add to my list?


  1. Kristin

    When people say they love Ruth Ware’s books, I discredit everything else they have to say because how can I trust that? The Woman in Cabin 10 was terrible. In a Dark, Dark Wood wasn’t the worst but I wouldn’t go back for more.
    I liked Gone Girl, but I really disliked all of Flynn’s other books so that was a one-off.

  2. Elizabeth

    Thank you for this! I haven’t updated to ios11 yet but I usually forget about the updates until after they’ve come out with a fix or two. I saw the Reese’s creamer ad and while I love Reese’s in general, I couldn’t imagine peanut butter flavored coffee. Some things aren’t meant to go together. Haven’t read any of Ruth Ware’s books – I do have Woman in Cabin 10 in my TBR but it’s not on my must-read list. I’ve got nothing to recommend or suggestions to avoid … this summer has sucked me dry and I need to reboot my brain.
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  3. Ashley The Wandering Weekenders

    I love that you did a different spin on the Add It To Your List! I completely agree with you about Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, which makes me wonder if she’s ever going to release another book! And that really sucks about the Reese’s creamer! It’s one of my favorite candies too!

  4. Stephanie

    Good to know about the Reese’s! I like my coffee black but John is a big fan of creamer and Reese’s are also his favorite candy, so it’s probably something I would have picked up for him if I saw it. Now I know better!
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  5. Nadine

    I love a good DONT buy list too!!! I am with you on the new iOS! I highly regretted the update. I haven’t read any Ruth Ware books, but In the Dark, Dark Woods is always available at my library and I keep thinking…well maybe next time. I think maybe just skipping it all together sounds good after reading this. Thanks for keeping it real!

  6. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

    I swear they design iPhones so when you update and the batter drains every 5 seconds, they know you are going to be tempted to buy a new one. I would say, do not buy water bottles unless you are in a country (or flint, mi) where the water is sketchy. It’s such a huge waste for the environment!

  7. Linda Sheridan

    My Sean told me about the iOS 11 update. I haven’t been notified to do it yet. I love the less expensive makeup. I also love the LancĂ´me mascaras in the give a ways lol.
    Don’t turn on or quickly turn off news related stuff. I can only
    Take so much. I say what I need to and get away.
    Alexa and my playlists are better.
    Good idea for a blog. Carpe diem.
    Love, Steph’s Momma

  8. Audrey

    The Ruth Ware comment cracked me up. I hated The Woman in Cabin 10 and I don’t plan to try another book of hers any time soon.
    Haven’t tried NYX eyeshadow. I love their lip stuff and their eyeliner, but I don’t even bother with the shadow now.
    My iPhone battery is complete crap. I didn’t even think about it having to do with the ios…
    I put essie on my nails a few days ago and they’re chip city right now. So pissed.
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  9. Kay

    My goddamn battery lasts like 2.5 seconds its awful!!!! Ugh! Sucks that I only found our about the drainage after I updated.

  10. Heather Lockhart

    I’m with you, sometimes the DO NOT TRY THIS is just as helpful as “add it to your list.” I actually just finished a Ruth Ware book (my first) and had so low expectations going in that I got done and though “meh.” It met my low expectations, ha. Agree that there are MUCH better thriller options out there

  11. ShootingStarsMag

    Nice take on the link up! Sometimes it’s good to know what NOT to try out. I don’t know if I’ve used China Glaze…maybe in the past. But yeah, I don’t want to do my nails for it to chip the next day. Waste of time unless it’s just for one night out, I guess.

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  12. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    I have tried to read Ruth Ware’s books but I end up turfing them by the 3rd chapter, they’re so bad.
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  13. Rebecca Jo

    I’ll have to put Ruth Ware on my warning list so when I’m thumbing through clearance books, I dont stumble down that path.
    I HATEEEE when a coffee creamer is just disappointing. I just got some pumpkin creamer from Natural Bliss & I’m not too thrilled with that either.

  14. Bre

    HAAAAAAAATED Woman In Cabin 10. By the middle of the end I just wanted to know how more ridiculous could it get!
    Thanks for the warning on NYX eyeshadow. Sometimes I think drug store brands can be just as good but a waste of money is still a waste of money.

  15. SMD

    Poor Gillian Flynn caught in the Ruth Ware crossfire. LOLOL

    Also this post made me remember I had Reese’s PB cups in my drawer so now I’m eating those.

  16. Christina

    Technical difficulties over here. I don’t know where my last comment went, so sorry if this is a duplicate. I love this twist on the linkup! I’ve read two Ruth Ware books, but one was DNF. I didn’t even add her newest to my list. I HATE the updated podcast app. I subscribe to so many that I need to be able to manually sort. I just downloaded the lastest update so maybe that’ll fix the battery issues, but we’ll see. That’s been a nightmare!

  17. Lindsay

    NYX eyeshadow is the shits, agreed. Damn, I’ve got ios 10 and I thought that was shit. My battery also drains like no tomorrow. Jumps percentage points as I stare as the bloody battery, it’s so annoying.
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  18. Brandy

    I just upgraded to an 8+. iOS 11 did drain my battery quickly before I upgraded from my 7+, I noticed. I’m pretty sure that there will be an update coming out within the next week to correct this – hopefully.


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