Hypoallergenic Earrings From Amazon

I Tried Hypoallergenic Earrings From Amazon, Here's How It Went

As someone who is allergic to everything, I am constantly on the prowl for jewelry that wont leave me sore and swollen.

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Back in October, I got my ears pierced yet again in hopes that this time I wouldn't have an allergic reaction and have to let them close up. So far, so good, and I am happy to say that even with extreme allergies I have made it to the "earring change" phase. Now that I can take out my old earrings and put in new ones, it is imperative that whatever cute jewelry I chose doesn't make my ears sore and irritated. This means no fake metal, no cheap gems, and lots of research behind every earring choice I make. After having no issues with the solid gold and silver earrings my mother so generously donated to my pathetic cause, I was ready to branch out and try some new bling.

So, I turned where every young person turns when in search of things to buy: Amazon.

This plentiful land of cheap knockoffs and hidden treasures had to have something for my fragile baby ears, right? Kind of. I ended up scrolling through multiple pages of earrings under searches like "titanium earrings women" and "hypoallergenic stud earrings safe for ears" in a desperate attempt to not waste my hard earned money on some fake metal crap. I found two different sets and apprehensively placed them in my cart.

The first set I chose was this Fibo Steel set of four styles for $14.99. These seemed promising, they are stainless steel, nickel free, and were set a price I wasn't too suspicious of. The reviews were pretty solid and most people that had sensitive ears claimed not to have any issues at all. But how sensitive is sensitive? The company information listed on the Amazon page had a few spelling and grammatical errors that seemed as though it was second-hand English and the pictures only showed one of the four pairs that came in the set.

Upon arrival, they were all individually packaged in a sealed bag, but only three of the four pairs came with a little paper holder. I washed them in hydrogen peroxide like I do all my jewelry and dried them with a clean towel. I tried the round sparkly pair, and after wearing them for a little over a day I was having no issues! I can usually tell right away if I'm going to have a reaction, and I seemed to be off the hook! This was an incredible victory for my tenuous ears, Amazon appeared to be in the clear. If I had to rate these earrings, I'd give them a solid "allergy sufferer friendly" out of 10.

The Fibo Steel Earrings in ActionMegan Carmen

The Second set I found was slightly more suspicious, but they were too adorable to pass up. This Hefanny Jewelry set of 10 was priced at $10.99 and claimed to be saving you 45% off the original price. The English in this listing is much more choppy and the reviews were mostly positive but only talked about the look of the earrings, not the way they felt. These earrings are unique, they come in three parts. The stud, the extra flowery piece, and the rubber backing (of which I received a total of 25) are all separate and allow you to mess around and change up the look.

When they got to my house, I immediately noticed that they were a somewhat flimsy metal and despite saying on the listing they were hypoallergenic and made of "environmental metal alloy" I was not hopeful they would leave my ears unscathed. I was impressed with the packaging, however. Each pair came in its own little bag and the package included a tiny plastic storage box. After washing with hydrogen peroxide I was ready to test them out. The first pair I tried was the gold sunflower pair with the pearls. For the first several minutes everything was okay, so I put in the rose gold lotus flower pair. They were okay too, but after about 45 minutes I started to feel it; the itching, burning sensation that comes with cursed jewelry. Gosh Darn it I had such high hopes!

The next morning, however, I didn't have any residual effects from the earrings. I think they are risky, but might just be safe enough to wear and snag a cute picture or two and then take them out. If I had to rate these I'd give them a "Disappointing, but predictable" out of 10. In hindsight, I should have seen this coming.

each style of the earrings laid out The Three Piece EarringsMegan Carmen

So as far as buying earrings on Amazon goes, I'd say its either a success or a total failure. If you don't have sensitive ears and have never had a problem finding jewelry then you won't have any issues finding something cute and stylish for a good price. If you're like me and finding things that don't set your body on fire is like trekking through a minefield, then I would say Amazon is a "shop at your own risk" type of endeavor. I've got to say, I am more impressed than I thought I would be, but I definitely don't see myself doing this again.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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5 Inexpensive Websites For Summer Clothes

If you are looking to online shop for your summer closet, check out these stores.

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Summer is here and so is a whole new category of fashion; high waisted swimsuits, mom jeans, graphic tees, chunky sneakers, and many more styles that have become popularized in 2019. If you are trying to save some money while keeping up with the latest fashion trends, online shopping on the right platforms is a great way to get the most bang for your buck!

Listed are the five most cost-effective online stores that each have their advantages and disadvantages so you can spruce up your summer lookbook. The best way to get the most clothing items on these online stores for the cheapest is to search for promotion codes online and take advantage of any email sign up deals, student discounts, and general sales they are currently promoting.

1. Zaful

If you are looking for a very cheap option so you can put the most in your cart, Zaful is your best bet. This store is stocked with everything under the sun including swimsuits, tops, bottoms, jewelry, shoes, hats, and more starting at 4.99. Zaful offers 15% off of your first order as well as free shipping for orders over $49, so you can fill your cart with more items than you think you are paying for.

2. Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal is a great store for quality items that will live a very long life in your closet. Although the prices seem high at first glance, the online platform has constant deals occurring such as their current 50% off everything sale as well as their 60% off everything for students sale. Nasty Gal is a great brand to build your closet essentials due to the great condition and material of their clothing items.

3. Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Little Thing is a great online store to shop for summer events because of their beautiful dresses and tops. I recommend purchasing occasion wear from this brand because a lot of their loungewear and regular items are overpriced for what they are worth. In the sale section of Pretty Little Thing, you can find many dresses and dress pants for over 55% off. If you are looking for a few fancier outfits for summer occasions, check out the sale section of Pretty Little Thing to get some nice looks for cheap.

4. Misguided

Misguided is an online store that has a unique vibe in the clothing they sell that is worth a browse because of their eccentric and fun styles. The platform has recurring sales that range from 25 to 50 percent off, which allows you to get twice the amount that you pay for. If your style includes graphic t-shirts, oversized t-shirt dresses, and good quality loungewear, Misguided offers great quality items with low prices to spruce up your summer outfit aesthetic.

5. Boohoo

If you love rocking matching sets and co-ords, look no further that Boohoo for the best patterns, styles, and prices. Boohoo usually has a 50% off sale going on, which goes a long way when you can purchase a matching two-piece set for as low as $20. Although Boohoo sells beauty products and accessories, their sets and outfits are the best items to get your money's worth in quality and quantity.

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