Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gun Control? How About Mental Health?

Gun control is obviously an important topic right now in the United States.

Guns should be banned, because only countries with guns have violence.

Um, wait, that's not true.

Okay, guns should be banned because guns obviously make violence worse.

Wait, this isn't necessarily true, either.

Then violent video games are to blame. Because the United States is the only country that allows violence in video games.

And we're the only country with violent movies.

(Please tell me you all can hear the sarcasm in my tone of writing.)

I'm not saying guns should be handed out like candy. I'm just saying that a lot of people's arguments are bullshit; it's more about pushing their own agendas than really helping the average person.

Right now, I'm writing this blog post with a splitting headache because I haven't gotten much sleep lately. Why? Suddenly, this year, my insurance won't cover the pill I take to help me sleep at night.

Not that sleep is important. Lack of sleep doesn't cause physical ailments, and it certainly doesn't cause any kind of debilitating mental health issues.

My insurance also won't cover my Wellbutrin prescription anymore. The medication I've been on for years to help with mood disorders.

Of course, therapy is a much better way to treat mental health problems, but it's expensive and time-consuming. My health insurance doesn't cover psychiatrists or psychologists or therapy at all. It's my primary physician who works with me on this.

I wish mental health coverage were as easy to get as, I don't know, let's say… a gun? I could walk out and buy a gun right now, easy as pie. But my health insurance won't help me get the mental health care I need, that my doctors tell them I need.

Why am I paying for insurance if they won't listen to my doctors? What is the point of health coverage if it doesn't cover what a person needs to function?

It is cheaper and easier to get a gun than it is to get mental health care.

Soldiers—people with weapons training—come back from combat with PTSD. These people fought for our country, fought for our government, and our government helps them how much? I don't know what the statistics are, but I think the American public is lucky that these soldiers would usually rather commit suicide than shoot up a public place. Sucks for the soldiers and their families, though.

Some celebrities admit to struggling with depression. Struggling. These are people with money and connections. If they struggle with mental health disorders, what chance does the average person have?

My health insurance didn't even notify me that they would no longer be covering my medication this year, because they didn't have to. This health insurance isn't free or anything; I pay them. Money. More of it than they deserve, obviously.

I don't always function very well. Things like finding a new insurance company to cover me are so frustrating and stressful that I usually curl up into a ball rather than complete the task. I'm lucky that I have people in my life who care enough about me to help me out with these things.

What was my point?

I guess the most important thing to take away from this blog post is the knowledge that people in good mental health don't walk into schools or movie theaters and shoot up innocent people. A person can own fifty guns, watch nothing but violent movies, and play first-person shooters all day long, and still, that is not an indicator that the person may ever kill even one other human being.

But then there's that person who doesn't get the help they need… Do they own a gun? It doesn't matter. They'll find a way to get one, or they'll find a different weapon. Homemade explosives can be made with easily accessible materials. Even a car in the wrong hands can kill a lot of people. Or maybe they'll just strangle their children; you don't even need a license to have kids.

Perhaps America should look beyond the symptoms and try to treat the underlying cause. Amputating a limb is no good if you keep throwing venomous snakes at a person.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Giveaways

Free Makeup & Beauty Samples MAC Lip Conditioner and iPod Shuffle Giveaway

MAC Lip Conditioner and iPod Shuffle Giveaway

This giveaway ends September 9.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Giveaways for May


Dragon Lady Nails 750 Follower Appreciation Giveaway

Dragon Lady Nails 750 Follower Appreciation Giveaway

This giveaway is open internationally and closes May 31 at midnight.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Giveaways for October

Sweeps4Bloggers The Inspired Life Giveaway [Closed]

The Inspired Life

Two winners will receive a copy of The Inspired Life. Giveaway ends October 25, 2011 at 8pm Pacific Time. Giveaway is open for residents of the US & Canada only.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Twitter Accounts

I got my Kittenish Beauty Twitter account back! Yay!

I've decided to keep using @kittenishbooty for giveaways. If you want to find chances to win some giveaway booty, you should definitely consider following!

So, I have three Twitter accounts now.

@kittenishbeauty for beauty and blog tweets



@kittenishbooty for giveaway tweets



@kittenishcutie for personal (often humorous) tweets



You can follow one or even all three! This makes it easy for you to subscribe to JUST the stuff you want to see. Cool, huh? *^_^*

Friday, August 19, 2011

My Blog's New Twitter Account Suspended

Dead Twitter Bird
So, a couple days ago I made a new Twitter account just for Kittenish Beauty: @kittenishbeauty. Yesterday, it got suspended.

I contacted Twitter immediately to contest it and am awaiting a response. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

I was trying to move any blog- and beauty-related contacts over to the new account, and I think I added too many too quickly and that's what got my Twitter account flagged. Oops.

Again, I apologize for the inconvenience and I hope to get this sorted out as quickly as possible.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Giveaways for August

Delco Deal Diva K-Y Intimacy Experiment Kit Giveaway [Closed]

K-Y Intimacy Experiment Kit

Win a "K-Y Intimacy Experiment Kit" which includes a copy of the amazing 10 day K-Y Intimacy Experiment, K-Y Intense Arousal Gel for Her, K-Y Yours+Mine Kissable Sensations for the Body, K-Y Yours+Mine Couples Lubricant, heart shaped candies, Aromafloria Stress Less Bubble Bath, a journal, a pen, and three tiny rubber duckies. Ends August 28.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Giveaways for July

ChicnSavvy Reviews Zinn Beauty Prize Pack Giveaway [Closed]

Zinn Beauty Prize Pack

One Lucky ChicnSavvy Reviews Reader will WIN a Prize pack from Zinn Beauty! This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on 8/2 at 12:01 a.m. Est.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hoppin' Tuesday

Hey everyone! There are some fun Twitter Hops and Blog Hops going on today. Don't miss your chance to check 'em out and take part!

Leave a comment and let me know you're a new follower so I can follow back :)


BWS tips button

blog hop


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Super Awesome Perfume Collection

Okay, the perfume collection isn't really that awesome, but I think the photo of it is!

I took the photo for a perfume contest. I didn't make the finals =(

I'm actually quite sad about that.



The perfumes are (in no particular order): Japanese Cherry Blossom (BBW), Amber Romance (VS), Crabtree & Evelyn Vanilla, Ylang Ylang (Cream Perfume Company), Be Kissable (Avon), Vanilla Musk, Dark Vanilla, Vanilla Fields, Dream Angels Heavenly (VS), Harajuku Lovers Love.

You should check out the finalists for the perfume contest. There are some cute photos in there.

I really wanted a chance to try the "I Heart Unicorns" perfume. It sounds so fun! It's nearly impossible for me to drop $50+ on a bottle of perfume that may not work for me, though (especially since I don't have $50+). =/

Me and my guy worked hard to get that photo just right. It would have been nice to at least make it to the finals.

Also, I might as well mention that this perfume collection isn't really complete... there's a bunch of perfume that's either 28 hours away at my parents' house or in the mail on its way to me.

Anyway, I'd love to hear your opinions of my photo (even if they're negative). Cheer me up or give me some idea of why it's not a winner. Please be commentful!

Mort

Groundbreaking Report from the Field

So, I have... almost interesting news. I have finally decided... !

... to make a badge.

Yes, my blog now has a badge. Nothing earth shattering, just a little button that shares the same theme as my blog.

I probably should have done this a long time ago, but really my blog was just such a little thing that it didn't seem necessary. It's probably still not necessary, but dangit I want my blog to have a badge. It makes it official.

(Makes what official? I have no idea.)



Friday, June 3, 2011

Giveaways for June

Sweeps4Bloggers Thor: Tales of Asgard DVD Giveaway [Closed]

Thor: Tales of Asgard DVD

The publicist would like to give Thor to three Sweeps4Bloggers readers! Giveaway ends July 1, 2011 at 8pm Pacific Time. Open for residents of the US only.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger Outage

Blogger is driving me nuts. It was down forEVER, and now that it's back a whole lot of comments I made on other blogs are missing.

I'm hoping it's not permanent, but so far the staff hasn't answered anyone's questions about the comments. They keep saying missing posts will be restored, but there hasn't been any mention of the fate of missing comments.

I guess I'll have to assume that comments will be restored. The last thing I want to do is go through the time-consuming task of rewriting all the missing comments only to have the comments be restored and then boom! Duplicate comments everywhere.

I hope everyone will be understanding about this issue.

UPDATE: The Blogger Team recently stated on Twitter that missing comments will be restored over the weekend. Yay!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Giveaways for May

Dad of Divas Libre Loose Leaf Tea Mug Giveaway [Closed]

Libre Loose Leaf Tea Mug

Enter to win a Libre Tea Mug for yourself. This contest will run until June 1, 2011 at approximately 11:59 pm Eastern. Winner must be a resident of the U.S or Canada.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Prizes Received in April

I've won some giveaways during the month of April, and I've received a few of the prizes.


I won bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer and bareMinerals Deep Cleansing Foam from Blaq Vixen Beauty.

I won bareMinerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment from Tiaras & Tantrums.

I won NeoCell Resveratrol Antioxidant Capsules from Leslie Loves Veggies.

I won It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product from Thrifty and Chic Mom.


I won Mountain Mama's Kitchen Co. Juicy in-a-Can Candle from Mom's Focus on Cyber World.

It's going to be so much fun trying everything out!

Monday, April 18, 2011

My Lip Stuff Lip Balms Review

A while back, I won a set of My Lip Stuff lip balms through a Sugar Pop Ribbons giveaway. Well, I figured it was about time I share how much I love these balms!

My Lip Stuff Lip Balms Review ♥


I received six flavors: Blackberry, Dulce de Leche, Chocolate Raspberry, Caramel Apple, Maple Cream, and Carrot Cake. So far I've only gone through the Maple Cream and Carrot Cake balms, and they were wonderful!

Ingredients: Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Aloe Vera, Essential &/or Flavor Oil.

My Lip Stuff Lip Balms are so soft and creamy! A perfect, smooth texture. At first swipe, my lips are moisturized and slick. Over time, the balm melts into my lips and leaves behind no waxy residue. It's like applying oil to my lips.

I love that I can apply My Lip Stuff Lip Balms as much as I want and I'm never left with any white layers of product at the corners of my lips.

Since balms and glosses go on my lips, taste is important to me. I can't stand products that taste nasty. Luckily, these lips balms smell and taste wonderful!

I highly recommend My Lip Stuff Lip Balms. With over 500 flavors to choose from, there's bound to be at least one you'll want to try. It's available in a tube ($2.50) or pot ($3.50), and there are also lip glosses, an unflavored lip tint, a lip balm for men, and more! Plus there are skin products and Do-It-Yourself Lip Balm kits.

For those vegans out there, My Lip Stuff has a series of lip balms with Candelilla Wax instead of Beeswax.

My Lip Stuff Lip Balm Flavors


I'm going to keep lists of flavors I like, flavors I don't like, and flavors I'm interested in. I'll try to remember to keep the lists up-to-date as I try new My Lip Stuff Lip Balms in the future.

Before I tell you which flavors I enjoyed and didn't enjoy, you should know a little about my personal tastes:

I like strawberry, cherry, fruit, mint, cinnamon, spice, cream, sugar, and vanilla flavors in lip balms. I enjoy lip balms that tingle.

I do not like raspberry, cucumber melon, or chocolate flavors (I love to eat chocolate, but I don't enjoy it in lip products).

I'm so-so on coffee and cola flavors in lip balms.


Flavors I like:
  • Carrot Cake
  • Maple Cream

Flavors I won't get again:
  • Chocolate Raspberry

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wet n Wild MegaEyes Defining Marker Review and Photos

My hands aren't very steady, and I have almost no experience with applying makeup. But, I am interested in tightlining my eyes. And an eyeliner marker seems like the best way to do that. So, I picked up a product that got good reviews on Makeup Alley


The Wet n Wild MegaEyes Defining Marker. It was only $3.99. I've tried ELF's Eyeliner Pen, and it was completely dried up when I opened it. I never got a single use out of that one.


Well, I tried to line my eyes with the Wet n Wild Marker, and I wasn't seeing anything at all. So I drew a heart on the back of my hand to test it out.


Can you see it? Just barely, right? That's because the tip of the marker was almost completely dried out.

I drew a line on my hand with the side of the marker, to make the test complete.


The side of the marker still had ink. But I can't line my eyes with the side of the marker. And I do mean can't.

Anyway, the whole point of an eyeliner marker is to be able to use the fine tip to line eyes without the mess of liquid liner. If the tip can't be used to line eyes, the product is useless.

So, I wasn't able to line my eyes with this marker even once. The Wet n Wild MegaEyes Defining Marker is a total fail.

My search for a good eyeliner marker continues…

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Trim Ergo Foot Paddle Review

I recently noticed that my heels had become rather rough. I went to Walmart with the intention of getting a pumice stone, but then I saw this.


The Trim Ergo Foot Paddle. It's much nicer to look at than a pumice stone, with its frosted contoured handle and pink ceramic surfaces.

The paddle has a coarse surface for calluses and a fine surface for smoothing rough skin. The surfaces sparkle a little, like crystal.


After the first time I used it in the shower, the rough peeling skin on the bottom of my heels was gone. I do a quick session with it on my feet each time I shower. My feet get a bit softer each time.

I really like the Trim Ergo Foot Paddle. It's easy to handle, it's nice to look at, and it does its job.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

This Week's Haul

Here's what I've bought recently.


I needed a pumice stone, but I saw this at Walmart and liked it more: the Trim Ergo Foot Paddle. It's pretty!

The Argan Magic products are getting great reviews, so I went to a nearby CVS and picked up a bottle of the Argan Magic Intensive Hair Oil.

I saw the Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Intense Cleanse Shampoo and wanted to try it out. It has little scrubby beads to "purify hair and scalp." I'm hoping it'll be good for exfoliating.


The Skin MD Natural lotions finally showed up at a nearby Walgreens (2 of the 20 nearby Walgreens had the Shielding Lotion, and 1 of the 20 had the Lotion with SPF 15). So, I picked up both types: Shielding Lotion and Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15.

Only one of the ten nearby Target stores has the Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap haircare. I picked up the Dandruff & Scalp Elixir and the Deep Cleansing Shampoo (because the Garnier Fructis Shampoo's exfoliating beads have failed to impress me so far). They smell lovely!

Seriously, between the Skin MD Natural lotions and the Shea Moisture haircare, why are the products I want so difficult to find??

Anyway, I also have the new[ish] Suave Dry Shampoo Spray. I don't remember when I picked that up, but it wasn't long ago. I haven't tried it out yet.


That pink heart on a stick is the Hard Candy Shimmer Puff. Isn't it cute? (^_^)

I bought a pretty glass nail file at Walgreens for 99 cents.

I've already started using the Wet n Wild Megalash Serum, so in a little less than four weeks I'll get to find out if it works for eyelashes like mine.

I'm a lip balm lover, so when I saw the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm I just had to try it. I picked it up in Sunny Berry, which is nice and natural looking. However, I'm not a fan of the cucumber melon scent.

I was happy to see the elf Cream Eyeliner at Target. I picked it up in Plum Purple and Gunmetal. They also had one elf Makeup Mist & Set (just one), and I love face mists, so I grabbed that, too.

The lip gloss at the bottom is Rimmel Moisture Renew SPF 15 in Cherry Boost. The packaging says it contains Collagen and vitamins A, C, and E.

Last is the Wet n Wild Megaeyes Defining Marker in Blackest Black.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Giveaways for April 2011

Nuts 4 Stuff One Love Organics Youth Preservation Serum Giveaway [Closed]

One Love Organics LOVE SPRINGS ETERNAL Youth Preservation Serum

Thanks to One Love Organics, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader wins a full-size bottle of Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum. This giveaway ends April 29, 2011. Open only to residents of the United States.