Absolutely delicious. Shockingly delicious, actually. The texture of the noodles reminds me of the classic Cup Noodle noodle — but feels substantial and more healthy. I throw an egg in there and it's peak comfort food. The tonkotsu was my favorite. I keep them for nights I just don't have the energy for dinner, or for backpacking/camping trips.
Shipping was $14, which is just INSANITY to me. I can't remember the last time I paid over $10 for shipping that wasn't international or like...furniture. I did buy a second pack after my first variety pack, but I can't reasonably make another purchase from Noodie until they figure out that shipping charge. Really boggles the mind — esp since it's literally...just noodles? So light? I honestly came very close to emailing someone on their operations team to be like "Can you explain to me why it costs $14 to ship these?" There must be a reason, but I can't figure it out. Why am I still rambling about these shipping costs.
I have over 50 pairs of Parade underwear. I latched onto the brand early in their launch, before they exploded, and have continued to purchase their new SKUs as they've expanded. So I can def give you a thorough review on how their underwear age over time. Here are the pros: - The color combos slap. I'm almost always impressed by the wide variety of colors and patterns they launch, especially in their bundles and packs. - Really soft. The band, the mesh, their RePlay fabric, the Universal fabric. Buttery and soft. - The brand itself has a remarkable ethos, which I think is a big reason they've done so well. Their partnerships and collabs and philanthropy work is gr8, as it their commitment to sustainability. Feels good to buy from a brand like Parade.
The bad: - Their RePlay underwear styles don't age well — the mesh gets frayed/faded quickly, and the underwear band gets weirdly bent out of shape in the wash (a complaint that MANY people have). You can smooth it out and it's not a major issue, but it's annoying. The color of the mesh and the RePlay fabric eventually fade out of sync, which doesn't look great. - Their bralettes don't fit super well. You can even see it in the photos. I'm an A-B cup, pretty small overall, so it's not a support issue. They're just weirdly proportioned. I have about 5-7 bralettes of theirs and I rarely wear them. I always reach for something else instead. That said, they're VERY very soft. It's just the fit that's kinda whack. - This is totally objective, but some of their pattern/style choices are utterly baffling to me. A company with this much money and creative resourcing should be dropping incredible shit, every time, but I find myself regularly underwhelmed or really confused by the prints/patterns they launch, which sometimes look like clearance bin underwear from Target (e.g. most of their floral patterns; their recent floral lace launch which I thought was hideous, attached a screenshot)
These were so goddamn yummy. The packaging was stunning. I'm a bit obsessed with fruit snacks of all kinds, so I was really excited to try these. Sometimes freeze-dried / dehydrated fruit snacks have a weird musty preservative flavor/after-taste, and I didn't get that at all with Tala. The other issue I sometimes find with dried fruit snacks is that they lose a lot of sweetness/flavor — not an issue with these either. All the flavors I tried — banana, pineapple, and mango — were rich and sweet and wonderful. Texture was perfect. Packaging was stunning, also.
My only hangup is — obviously, drumroll — the price. These end up being around $2.50 a packet, with around 10-15 lil fruit chunks per pack. Obviously for the quality of product and the elevated packaging, it's not unreasonable. Just something to consider when doing price comparisons. Def a luxury snack and perhaps not a sustainable habit for most folks. *snorts mango powder off the coffeetable* One other thing — and this isn't a dig @ Tala, just a (maybe obvious) critique of freeze-dried fruits being touted as substantial "snacks" in general — I positively inhaled these. They're VERY light, not filling in any way, and one evening I accidentally ate through like 5 packs, like an animal, just sitting on my couch surrounded by wrappers. So if you're buying these to get like any meaningful ~calories~ or ~protein~ maybe stick to beef jerky or something.
I used these patches for ages cus they're just so damn cute. Truly amazing branding, great customer service, and super-fun partnerships all the time.
At the end of the day — it's objectively not an effective zit sticker. It's just not. If I wanted a cute star sticker on my face, I'd just use a sticker. If you want an effective zit sticker, buy an effective zit sticker/hydrocolloid patch. Because starface stickers are very very very cute (I'm a sucker for a Sesame Street collab), but these ain't it. The star-shaped design makes it so you lose a lot of the real estate/coverage needed to actually be effective on a pimple/whitehead. They don't stick very well because the arms of the star sometimes fold in on each other. When you pull them off the adhesive backing, they sometimes get stretched out or lose their stickiness. And compared to most other leading zit stickers, they're wayyyy thinner, which makes it so they absorb way less than an actual hydrocolloid patch would. I bought a pack of Mighty Patch zit stickers from Target randomly when traveling and was blown away by how much more effective it was — actually worked on my zits overnight. I stopped using the starface patches immediately. Also, this is neither here nor there, but I tried to set up a subscription with them like 3 times and it never stuck.
I've bought like 5 of these bathing suits and I'm always checking their site for more. I'm admittedly a very mainstream/conventionally-acceptable body shape and size (lean, 115, 5'6) but I adore these bathing suits so much for their versatility. So so so soft, so many beautiful colors, and they're very smoothing.
This isn't a dig at the company but something to keep in mind before you purchase — this is basically like buying a cashmere sweater. The care instructions for this fabric are very specific because it's a super-unique fabric. I accidentally left one of my YouSwim suits balled up, damp, in a bag for a couple days and the elastic was permanently ruined. If you need something more hardy and forgiving that can manage some wear and tear (e.g. if you surf or do a lot of swimming or diving or something, and your suit gets put through the wringer) then maybe get a Speedo suit or something less pricey, and save this one for the more relaxed beach/poolside/sailing days.