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Alison Barretta

Digital Content Creator

In Northeast Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent some of my days. Most of my younger days were spent writing at home. Now I work with words for a living.

Specialties and interests include eCommerce/online retail, product reviews, skincare and beauty, travel, martial arts, influencer marketing, and general musings about life.


Skincare & Beauty

The Queen of Wrong Style
5 Skincare Myths I Once Believed

Once upon a time, I avoided parabens like the plague and used moisturizer as a spot treatment.

Korean beauty brands with Amazon storefronts - 9to5Toys

Finding Korean beauty on Amazon is incredibly easy these days. However, many of these products are sold by third-parties that may be pushing counterfeit merchandise. Fortunately, several K-beauty companies have been opening up their own Amazon storefronts to help guide consumers towards legitimate goods at reasonable prices.
The 5 Best Sheet Face Masks Under $5

Korean beauty products are all the rage in America these days. Beauty emporiums such as Sephora and Ulta have their own dedicated sections loaded with all the cleansers, moisturizers, masks, and other essentials that make up the highly involved K-beauty skincare process.


Queen of Wrong Style
Most Instagram-Hyped Beauty Purchases End in Disappointment

Recently, I shared my Skincare Wish List, which made me realize how much I rely on Instagram when it comes to prospective beauty purchases. Most of the products I featured were discovered via IG accounts I follow and trust. So it made me wonder about the buying habits of other beauty lovers.

The Monday Diaries
5 Lessons I've Learned About Blogging in 2 Months of Mondays

It's already been two months of Mondays. This blog isn't my first rodeo. I've been posting my ramblings and rumblings to the Internets for as long as I can remember. I've maintained several blogs and blog-like things in the past, and most of those have gone the way of the dodo.

Online Retail

Buy Grocery Store Sushi and Get More Fish

Today is International Sushi Day, and we're wondering which establishments offer the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying the delicious dish. Contrary to popular belief, our research shows that grocery stores like Whole Foods actually have more fish than most restaurants!


Too Many Adapters
The Best Sites and Apps for Saving Money on Accommodation

It’s easy to get lost in the homogenous slew of online booking sites, especially since most don’t offer anything different from the standard. With a bit of extra work and flexibility, though, there are still bargains out there.

The best travel accessories for long flights from $5 - 9to5Toys

Have any long-haul flights coming up this summer? That's awesome! But how prepared are you for hours of air travel? Often, we're so wrapped up in pre-flight rituals and arrival protocols that we tend to neglect how to best take care of ourselves while we're thousands of miles above ground.

Personal Stories

Thrive Global
4 Ways the Martial Arts Have Improved My Life

What began as an endeavor to become less lazy has turned into so much more than that. Here's what the martial arts have done for me physically and mentally.

The Monday Diaries
Why Skincare?

Throughout the last year-and-change, I've been cultivating a dedicated skincare routine. Gone are the days when I would wash my face with a single cleanser once a day, use astringent haphazardly, hardly ever moisturize, and (forgive me) fall asleep with a full face of makeup.

The Monday Diaries
Motivation Monday: 4 Inspirational BoJack Horseman Quotes

One of the realest series I've ever watched is a cartoon about a washed-up television star. Who is also an anthropomorphic horse. BoJack Horseman is a comedy, albeit a dark one. It delves into topics that are an antithesis to its lighthearted character designs: depression, narcissism, social and familial dysfunction, the many flavors of addiction, and death.

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