I was selected to receive just. products for free or at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review.  TMI warning:  I’m going to discuss menstruation and menstruation products.just.

“just. was created to take the drama out of choosing period protection.”  No dyes, fragrances, or chlorine bleaching.  just. pads have a 100% cotton top layer and just. tampons have a 100% cotton core.  I like what I use but just.’s product content of cotton, instead of rayon, piqued my curiosity.  I also wanted to learn more about chlorine bleaching.  When I talk about my current product, I use a combination of o.b. tampons with an Always daily liner; or a Softcup (which I just recently learned has been rebranded to Softdisc.)

First I will share my experience with the just. pads.  The pads come in two absorbencies:  super and overnight.  Being a larger lady, I purchased the overnight pads.  When I opened the package, the first thing I noticed were how thin the pads were.  I tried to keep an open mind, but I kept thinking, “these are paper thin pads and I don’t think they will protect well.”  The top layer of the pad is very soft and I could tell it was cotton.  It has a much different feel than my current product.  For science, I tried to rip a pad apart with my hands, but nothing happened and the pad seems to be strong.  The adhesive was weak and the wings were the only reason the pad stayed in place.  I use pads for backup protection, but used this product as first-line protection to try to get an honest review from me.  I wore one for under an hour and I realized I had to change it.  Another hour, changed it again.  I thought to myself, “I don’t have time for this.”  I have an IUD so my periods are extremely light.  This pad wasn’t absorbent.  At all.  I’ll leave it at that.  The thinness of the pad was okay, I suppose, but I’m one who prefers the non-thin pads because they seem to work better than the ultra thin pads.  The just. product is no different.

The just. tampons come in a plastic wrapper and a plastic applicator.  I have a feeling that the just. products are developed toward women who are careful about what they put into their bodies, and not the environment, because these tampons aren’t being advertised with buzz words such as “organic” or “better for the environment.”  That being said, I prefer tampons without applicators, and if I had to use a tampon with an applicator, I prefer one made from cardboard.  just. tampons grow in circular width, which is nice since I know there are some brands that grow in length or width at just a few points.  In this aspect, just. are comparable to my current product:  ideally, they will conform to my insides.  Two hours later I feel like something’s not right.  The just. tampon has leaked because it’s not absorbing.  I don’t want to get graphic, but the blood is seeping down the sides and down the string.  I take it out and it’s not even absorbing.  I tried two other times and had the same result.  Thankfully I had used backup protection.

I read about chlorine bleaching online from a variety of sources.  This hasn’t been a thing in the United States for years so honestly, I think this phrase is a marketing gimmick.  All major manufacturers of tampons in the United States do not use chlorine bleaching in their manufacturing process.

Based upon my usage of these two products, I’ve come to one conclusion:  cotton might feel better, but the products definitely don’t absorb as well as their conventional counterparts.

Smorty: Paid to Blog

Smorty lets you advertise on blogs. This means that blog owners will be able to get earn money from blogging and advertisers will benefit from paid exposure in blogs. I’m a blogger through Smorty. The process of getting started with Smorty is easy. A blogger who wishes to use the Smorty signs up and has their blog reviewed by a Smorty staff member within a few days. Once a blog is approved, the blogger signs into their account and find the available blogging opportunities to them. The paid to blog offers start at six dollars per post and can range up to $100, depending on blog factors such as Google PageRank and Smorty’s unique “star rating” system. Once a blogger accepts an opportunity, they have one day to submit their posting to Smorty. With Smorty, bloggers don’t have to wait months to be paid because Smorty pays a few times a month and Smorty’s goal is to have bloggers paid within a week. The requirements for a Smorty blogger’s post being approved are very simple and extremely fair.

Cher’s Las Vegas Concert

I just downloaded some music off iTunes and noticed that I didn’t have many older songs. I dug up a few albums and transferred them to my laptop so I had more “elder-friendly” music to play at work. I came across one of Cher’s greatest hits albums. I forgot how good her music is. A few of my favorites are “Believe,” “Dixie,” and “Emotional Fire.”

After doing some research, I found out that Cher has a show in Las Vegas. Many of you know that I will do or find any reason to go to Las Vegas. What about getting Cher tickets in Las Vegas? There are two great things, it’s being held at one of my mom’s favorite hotels in Vegas. ANNNND, you know how everyone in my family likes making fun of Celine Dion? Well Cher’s show is replacing Celine’s show. I guess that might be a downfall since we can’t make fun of Celine anymore, but the great side is that Cher has great music. (Ha ha.)

Cher’s new show is being held at Caesar’s Palace, which is on the strip of Las Vegas. Her show will start in May of this year and is at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. There you go, about 200 chances to see Cher in concert!