An illuminating peel off facial mask, a remote control organizer and Halloween stuff


Hecate and I are still excited for Halloween, even though it’s of course going to be different this year. I’m bummed that it’s falling on a Saturday too because the last time it fell on a Saturday I got so many trick or treaters. I’ve since moved to a house at the bottom of a steep driveway and I doubt kids will be trick or treating anyway. If any kids come, they’re getting whole chocolate bars from our house. Here are things Hecate and I are looking at on Amazon.

A tried and true shoe cleaner to get your favorite shoes looking like new

From CB: Pink miracle shoe cleaner works for all shoes including sneakers, golf, tennis and dress shoes made of washable materials like leather, vinyl, suede and cloth. It has almost 6,000 ratings and 4.1 stars on ReviewMeta. You just need a few drops so a bottle will last a long time. It also comes with a brush. People write that this doesn’t stain white shoes at all and that it works really well. This is said to restore shoes “as good as new,” to work quickly and easily and give “immaculate” results. It’s called a “miracle in a bottle” and said to “work wonders.” “I’ve restored tons of dirty shoes to an almost new complexion.” “I thought my fav shoes had had their day but they look as good as new after a clean with this magic shoe cleaner.”

An exfoliating and illuminating glitter peel-off mask

From CB: I mentioned that I did an at-home facial a few weeks ago and was surprised how well it worked. I read a bunch of articles before coming up with a routine: double cleanse (cream wash then foam/gel wash), steam, exfoliate, mask, tone, serum, moisturize. (I’ve linked my favorite products for those where available!) I just found this glitter mask that looks awesome too. The I Dew Care Disco Kitten Glitter peel off mask has1,800 ratings and 4.2 stars on ReviewMeta. It looks so fun when it’s on and is said to leave your skin so soft and smooth. Reviewers say “My skin instantly looks amazing 😍 I have glowing skin after using the mask and my face feels so smooth,” “My skin feels hydrated and [this] has cleared up my old acne scars!,” “My skin… looks bright and moisturized. It does what it claims and it works great on my sensitive skin.”

A pet odor and stain eliminator that really works

Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain and Odor Eliminator has enzymes to eliminate odors from cat and dog urine and poo. People rave about how it solved ongoing frustrating cat urine smells and stopped their cat from peeing in their house. They also say they tried so many other products before finding this one. This is the #1 bestseller on Amazon in Dog Odor & Stain Removers and it has over 26,300 ratings, 4.2 stars and a perfect score on ReviewMeta. Pet owners call it “magic in a bottle” and write “this was the only product that worked” to eliminate cat pee odor,” “this stuff is a miracle” and that it eliminates even very old stains from vomit and poo. “There is absolutely no smell whatsoever. I am so impressed with this product. Head an shoulders above other things on the market.”

A remote control organizer so all your remotes are in one place

From CB: This is one of those things you don’t realize you need until you know it exists. Although I try to put my remotes in the same place I am always misplacing my remote controls in the couch and leaving them in the kitchen. This leather-like remote control organizer by Sithon has five compartments and comes in 17 different colors to match your decor, most under $18. It has almost 2,000 ratings, 4.7 stars and the same score on ReviewMeta. It can also be used for office supplies, makeup and holding your keys and small items. People call it “just what I needed,” “perfect,” “rich-looking” and say it’s “small enough to not be obtrusive but large enough to do the job of holding up to five devices.”

Pillow spray to help you sleep

From Hecate: I have some sleep issues, which have only been amplified by menopause. I’ve purchased a weighted blanket, a sleep mask and a noise machine but a few of my friends swear by a good pillow spray. The ‘good’ part seems to be critical because a couple are little more than glorified air fresheners. ThisWorks Deep Sleep pillow spray costs a little more but it’s one of the best rated with 4.5 stars, 4,500 ratings and a B on Fakespot. Most of the comments talk about how well it work, “With the pillow spray, soon as my head hits the pillow, i’m out again and I mean “out”,” and that it’s a solid part of a healthy bedtime routine, “I still use it every night as a calming bedtime ritual.” I did see in the comments that sometimes there was an issue with consistency from bottle to bottle, but fortunately Amazon’s return/exchange policy is so easy.

Cute Halloween-theme cookie cutters with a recipe book

From Hecate: Today is officially October! I’m not even going to pretend that I haven’t been biding my time until I could recommend Halloween stuff! First off, cookie cutters in boo-alicious shapes like witch hats, pumpkins and ghosts. Plus, they come with their own recipe book for only $12.99. I use cookie cutters mainly for breakfasts, to shape toast, eggs and pancakes. These have 225 ratings and 4.7 stars, with the same score on ReviewMeta. Ann Clark is a well respected cutter company, “I love Ann Clark’s cookie cutters, including that they are made in Vermont!! They have cute shapes and cut cleanly.” Plus annclark.com has additional recipes and decorating tips. Not only are they quality, customers said wash up is easy, “Very easy to clean and we do placed cleaned cutters in cooling oven to fully dry.”

A Halloween-themed Friends t-shirt send up

From Hecate: This combines my love of Friends with my love of Halloween by spoofing on the tv show by replacing the cast with famous horror film characters like Pennywise,Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. This shirt has 37 reviews and 4.6 stars on ReviewMeta. Amazon has a couple of versions but I like this design because of the simplicity and that most people won’t know what’s off about it at first glance. Plus there’s the added eeriness of a 7th ‘Friend’ in the lineup. The shirt is available in grey, black and red and sized from x-small to 3XL. And it’s versatile, as one review points out, “Such an awesome shirt for fall, could be dressed up or down.”

Crystal earrings with blood spatters

From Hecate: I just ordered these so I can let you know what they’re like as soon as I get them because they don’t have any reviews yet. But I was looking through Halloween jewelry and these jumped out at me. They’re classic three crystal teardrops with “blood” splatters to spookify them. I have a few novelty earrings for halloween – some bats and spiderwebs and such, but I love that these are a more traditional silhouette with a Halloween spin so I can wear them even if I wanted a more sophisticated look. I’m thinking of pairing these with the Halloween Friends t-shirt above and a blazer.

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