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What’s Hot/ What’s Not

    February Hot/Not

    By Lana Hy

    Staff Writer

    Hot: Barrettes

    Barrettes are made to easily snap onto one’s hair while pulling back strands. It is also a must-have accessory when it comes to placing them on front pockets of jeans to add style.

    Not: Bobby pins

    Bobby pins are notorious for breaking hair, especially when crisscrossing them for extra hold. In addition, one can scrape their scalp when not realizing that the protective plastic ends are no longer intact while wearing them.

    Hot: Zebra Mildliners

    Featuring water resistant, quick drying ink as well as caps that indicate its color, Zebra Mildliners are quintessential for bullet journaling. These highlighters are also ideal for note-taking, underlining, and color-coding.

    Not: Stabilo Highlighters

    Despite the aesthetic appeal, the colors are not as bold as the caps imply they would be. If looking for a new set of bright highlighters to make one’s notes stand out, do not take a stab at finding Stabilo Highlighters.  

    Hot: Kankens

    Not only are Kanken backpacks trendy, but they are waterproof and come with seat pads that are ideal for storing in the back pocket of the main compartment to keep objects inside of the bag from pressing against one’s back.

    Not: Herschel backpacks

    During rainy days, the leather of Herschel backpacks are prone to crumple. The cheap leather the company uses kills the crisp look of the bag. In addition, the struggles of opening as well as closing Herschel zippers are real.

    Hot: Tpumps

    Free samples, the option to customize drink flavors, and uniqueness of toppings such as taro and red bean makes Tpumps a pivotal stop for boba drinks. Plus, their price of  $3.50 for a 24-ounce cup is hard to beat.

    Not: Quickly

    Not only is the milk tea diluted, but the boba is too hard to chew. To make matters worse, the wait time is not as quick as one might think when there is a line. 

    Hot: ThermoFlask

    The ThermoFlask is an essential bottle when it comes to keeping your drink cool for 24 hours and warm for 12 hours. It is also durable, made of stainless steel, and toxin free.


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