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Alison Barretta

Content Writer and Editor

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, language education, and general musings about life.


Beauty & Lifestyle Pieces

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.

Consumer Pieces

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

Articles on this site contain affiliate links, meaning we may be compensated if you purchase a product or service after clicking them. Read our full disclosure policy here. Consolidation has been the name of the game for hotel booking sites over the last several years, much to the detriment of travelers.

The Shark Tank products that Amazon shoppers love most

Amazon recently became the official retailer of Shark Tank-backed products. When you visit Amazon LaunchPad, you'll find over 70 items that have been featured on the hit ABC reality show, with more being added every week. If you're anything like me, you often wonder if the products that Sharks choose to throw their money at are any good, let alone successful.

10 quirky kitchen gadgets you can find for under $20 at Amazon

The kitchen is one of the most vital rooms in any home. It's where we seek nourishment (like coffee!). However, if you find your kitchen is lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, you don't need to call upon the Kitchen Crashers team to completely demolish and rebuild your cooking space.

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!

Fox Business
Top 5 Stores for the Best Black Friday Deals

Anyone hoping to do a bit of Black Friday shopping this year might want to get started as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed; that way shoppers can take advantage of the best deals during the five-day span between Thanksgiving Thursday and Cyber Monday.

Personal Stories & Interests

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.

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
5 Things Tang Soo Do Has Given Me

In the three years I've been doing tang soo do, I've learned many forms, strikes, blocks, self-defense techniques, and sparring principles. (Oh, and I've become a little more fit.) To say that I've mastered everything I've been taught up to this point would be a big fat lie.

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.

Language Education

Online Course Rater
4 Alternatives to Duolingo That You'll Love More - Online Course Rater

Posted in Language Learning on July 1, 2018 Ask anyone to recommend a language-learning app and chances are Duolingo is the first response you'll receive. It's no surprise - Duolingo has collected numerous accolades ( even from us!) and has some powerful backers behind it, including actor Ashton Kutcher and author Tim Ferris.

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