The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Kiehl’s Tinted Lip Balm — Update

I previously wrote about ordering Kiehl’s Tinted Lip Balm, and promised that I’d come back with an update after using the product for a while.

Well, it’s been two months, so I’m ready to give my opinion now.

First, I think Kiehl’s does its job fairly well. With regular use of the balm, my lips feel soft and moist and they don’t get chapped or sunburned even when spending all day outside. If the product can deliver this kind of performance in the winter months too, I’d be a real fan.

Second, the color, which I was a bit worried about, is slightly darker than I’d like. Although it’s not “lipstick noticeable”, it is still very apparent when I’ve got a fresh coating of the stuff on. I suppose that’s the point, as there wouldn’t be any need to purchase a tinted product if you don’t want to see any color, but still. I think “less is more” would be a good rule to follow here.

Third, the lip balm feels slightly greasy immediately after applying it and stays that way for, I don’t know, 30 minutes or so (I haven’t actually put a timer on this). That’s too long, IMO. I wish this stuff would go on lighter and cleaner.

And finally, the taste. It’s sort of neutral, which is a good thing. It’s certainly not waxy like Chapstick, but it’s not exactly Lip Smackers either. Next time I might have to try a flavored version (the Cranberry sounds great).

Overall, I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed with Kiehl’s. I mean, it does what a lip balm should, so I’ve got no beef with that. But since it costs so much more than regular Chapstick or Vaseline Lip Therapy, I expected it to be MUCH better. As I said, I’ll give the flavored version a try. But I doubt I’ll keep spending extra money on this brand.

Theory Elisabeth Short Sleeve Turtleneck

theory elisabeth After living primarily in sports team tees for the past few years, I’ve been slowly overhauling my wardrobe to give it a more adult look. One of my recent purchases was this Elisabeth short sleeve turtleneck from Theory.

The Elisabeth is a great basic item to have. It’s made of 95% cotton and 5% Spandex for a nicely fitted (but not too tight) look, and the material is thin enough to wear comfortably in the summer. The top looks fantastic with shorts, jeans, or skirts, and I’m sure it will look nice as a base layer under a long-sleeve button-down when the weather turns cooler.

All in all, this is a wonderful addition to my wardrobe — especially since I was able to get it for $20 instead of the $75 retail price!

Digital Play Library

I am not a big fan of the theater, so I don’t watch plays or musicals very often. Nevertheless, there are times when I’ve wanted to at least read the script of a play if I’ve missed the small performance window. That’s why I’m glad to have found IndieTheaterNow.com.

IndieTheaterNow.com is a digital play library that has a decent collection of scripts to choose from. Scripts cost only $1.29 when purchased singly, but you can save a bit of cash by buying in lots of 5 (for $5.89), 10 ($10.99), or 25 ($20.99). No membership fee is required and no minimum purchase amount is specified. Payments are processed via Amazon Payments.

The only thing I dislike about IndieTheaterNow.com is that there are no portable reading options. You have to read the ply right there on the site, which is a bit inconvenient. Sure, you can go to the page on your iPad or iPhone for a quasi-portable experience, but the site isn’t optimized for mobile devices, so you have to play around with pinching, zooming, etc. It’s a headache.

What I end up doing is copying and pasting the play into a Word document, then saving the file as a PDF so I can read it on my device. This is not an ideal solution, as it takes quite a bit of time to copy and paste anywhere from 65-100 screens of text or more, but whatever.

Anyway, despite the portability issue, I really like IndieTheaterNow.com. I haven’t used it a ton, but I can still recommend it.

Adrian Monk’s Clarinet

yamaha ycl 650 I’ve been watching early episodes of Monk, which I rarely do since my favorites of the series tend to be from the 5th season on, and just saw the one where Adrian plays clarinet with Willie Nelson. I totally forgot that he even played an instrument, as it was NEVER mentioned after Natalie came on board.

Anyway, I’m now wondering what kind of clarinet it is. It sort of looks like this yamaha clarinet at wwbw, but then again I’m not an expert. They actually all look the same to me for the most part!

Oh, well… it’s not a big deal. I’m not planning to buy one or anything like that. I was just curious.

Buying Burberry

I’m thinking of buying a Burberry trench coat, but I know nothing about the brand. Apparently, they’ve got three main product lines: Prorsum, London, and Brit. The styles and prices in each line are a bit different, so I’m going to have to do some research to see which one would be best for me. And of course I’m going to have to start saving, too. $1000-$2000 for a coat is no small matter!

Gap Skinny Braided Belt

skinny braided belt Are braided belts back in style now? I don’t really keep up with these things, but I know the last time I saw everyone wearing leather braided belts, I was in high school or college.

Anyway, while shopping at the Gap last week, I ended up buying a belt because A) I needed a new one, and B) it was on sale. I went with a skinny braided belt like the one pictured here, only mine is in black. It looks good with shorts, which is all I really need since I have other belts that look better with jeans.

This belt definitely feels like a throwback, but I like it. I’m glad I bought it!

Adipure Gazelle Running Shoes

adipure gazelle My New Balance running shoes have already developed holes in them (the material has separated from the sole in several places), so I had to buy replacements after only 4 months instead of my usual 6-8 months.

This time I decided to try Adidas, and went with the Adipure Gazelle model. This is a minimalist shoe that is very lightweight and flexible. I’m going to test them out for a few weeks before posting a review, so check back at the end of the month!

Gap Shrunken Boyfriend Shirt

Shrunken boyfriend shirt - active yellow I hardly ever shop at the Gap anymore, but sometimes they have really good prices on basic wardrobe items that I can mix and match with existing pieces from my closet. That was the case a little while ago when I decided to buy this “shrunken boyfriend shirt” for $19.99.

This shirt has a tailored fit, three-button cuffs, and a button-down collar, and is made of incredibly soft 100% cotton that felt nicely broken in from the very first time I wore it. The sizing is a tiny bit on the big side, so my regular size (S) is a bit bigger than I’m used to. But I don’t mind here because this isn’t the sort of shirt I’d wear to work (so it doesn’t have to fit perfectly) and the extra room adds to the comfort.

This boyfriend shirt looks great with jeans, shorts, or skirts, and has quickly become a favorite. I wouldn’t pay the regular $49.99 price, but at $20 it’s a good buy. Recommended!