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Dollar Shave Club Review

It’s bad enough to have to spend so much time shaving, but to also have to spend SO much money on razors ($4-$5 per blade) makes it ten times worse. I’ve heard a lot about Dollar Shave Club so I decided to do some research. I checked out the website and I read numerous blog reviews by women who had tried it. And I really didn’t find anything negative. So I decided to try it out. Everything definitely has a masculine look to it, but who cares. If this service had been made for women it would probably be at least twice as expensive.

There are 3 different blade options. I went middle of the road with The 4X ($6 per month – $1.50 per blade – and free shipping). I definitely didn’t want just one blade, but don’t think I need to deluxe, and I think most of the reviews from women I read were for the 4X. I also ordered the Easy Shave Butter ($8) because, again, it got great reviews and it sounded like some shave cream I used to love. I don’t like the foamy shave cream so I usually don’t use any, or just use a little conditioner (did you know that trick?). But I figured why not since I was ordering a new razor anyway, and I won’t need that every month.

Everything came in a cute little package (I realize it’s ‘manly’ and cute is probably not the appropriate adjective…but I think it’s cute).

I’ll start by saying I wasn’t quite as impressed as I hoped to be, but my expectations may have been pretty high to begin with. This is all in comparison to my Venus Embrace razor that I’ve had for years. For thing to remember is that it is a men’s razor, so it doesn’t have any kind of protective material (moisture ribbons or whatever they call it) around the blades like many women’s razors have. Really all this means is that I have to go slower when shaving….[long sigh]. Again, as first stated in this post, I hate how long it takes to shave. If I had a dollar for every….sorry, preaching to the choir, I know. Anyway, my first shave was hurried so got a couple nicks like a teenager shaving for the first time. But it was a good shave. The more sensitive areas women have to get to aren’t quite as easy with a men’s razor, either, but just slowing down helps. It’s definitely not so much worse than my women’s razor that I’ll give up spending less and having them delivered to my door! I may move up to The Executive blade but I’ll give this one some time first. It is also a little harder to grip in the shower than a woman’s razor. I haven’t actually dropped it yet but have had to readjust my grip and have almost dropped it.

The Shave Butter was definitely worth the buy. A little goes a long way, so you won’t have to buy it every month, and especially because I don’t use it every time I shave (hellloooo – that takes more time), I won’t have to buy it often at all. It definitely leaves everything smooth and softer than not using anything.

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PROS: cost, home delivery, good shave, shave butter

CONS: less protection around blades (have to shave slower), harder in sensitive areas, grip

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If you want to try it out for yourself, use my referral code and try it out! Then let me know what you think!


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The 5 Love Languages

I knew the concept of love languages and my love language before I read the book (you can do it free online), having had many friends talk about it, but I wanted a more in-depth understanding of the idea of love languages and how to apply it to life. Everyone (and I mean everyone) should read The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I read the singles edition but the original was written for couples. Now, before you stop reading this post and think this is a bunch of cheesy, sappy love stuff just answer these questions: are you a friend? are you a brother or sister? are you a daughter or son? are you a coworker? are you a husband or wife? If you answered yes to any/all of these (and if you didn’t, you’re obviously a computer), keep reading.

Think of this as the love that you experience with anyone who you have a relationship with, romantic or not. Although we all experience all 5 love languages, everyone has a primary one that they speak and/or receive best: words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, receiving gifts, or acts of service. What you speak and want to receive may or may not be the same language, but typically it is the same. Knowing the language of those you have a relationship with can completely change your relationship (for the better). Obviously this is especially important in the context of a romantic relationship, but it is also true of friendships, family, and coworkers. These concepts are grounded in the Christian faith and Chapman does a good job of drawing from Bible without that being the focus, which I think is important because many people will write it off immediately if it’s deemed a “Christian thing”. But this is a basic concept of loving those around us. Even if you are not a Christian you can’t deny that love is something you experience and may need to work on.

“Married or single, young or old, every human has the emotional need to feel loved. When this need is met, we move out to read our potential for God and out potential for good in the world.”

I would recommend knowing your own love language before reading the book (again, you can do that online or in the back of the book), but make sure you don’t just focus on that language. Chapman discusses each love language, how to recognize others’ love language, and real-world examples of how to show love using each language. Now, I’m realistic and realize it can take a lot of work and observation to figure this out so you obviously aren’t going to do this for every single person you work with and do life with. But it is important to do for those closest to you, especially if there is a particular relationship you want to work on and improve. Of course, in this edition, dating is discussed, different stages of love, and thing to consider when moving toward marriage. There are parts of the book that don’t necessarily apply to my life right this moment, but luckily I bought the book so I can go back to it later when it does apply!

I highly recommend everyone read this book. It’s a quick and easy read – I read it in 4 days – and you might just learn something about yourself as well as the people in your life. In fact, I challenge you to read this book and then tell me you hated it and it made no difference whatsoever in the way you think about relationships. Each chapter ends with questions to help you apply everything to your own life, as well as a study guide in the back if you want to read it with someone or a group!

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Paper Towns

20 days into the year I finished my second book. I think I’m on a good track to read 20 in the year! I had read and loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green a couple years ago but am sometimes hesitant to turn around and read more of the same author, especially when I love the book I just read. It’s unlikely that if I love a book another book by that author will disappoint, but why risk it??

I gave in, though, and picked up Paper Towns by John Green. I had also seen the movie previews but wanted to read the book first. And I’m glad I did. On the surface it’s a memoir for many of our high school experiences – cliques and friend groups, graduation. But it also speaks to relationships in general, as adults. The downfalls of putting someone on a pedestal. Imagining someone being one way and realizing they are not that way at all. Or even imagining an event going a certain way and experiencing something completely different. I’m very guilty of that. That’s not to say you shouldn’t have expectations – I think it’s quite impossible to not – but keeping them in check is just smart. After all, wouldn’t everyone rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed? Ok, maybe that’s a slightly cynical way to look at things, but in some instances it’s only best.

I highly recommend this book – it’s a quick, fun read and I’m pretty sure everyone can relate to one character or another. Enjoy!

 

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