Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get $135 for Makeup in Only 1 Year

I used to be a drugstore makeup girl, picking up a mascara here and there. I don't know if you've looked around lately, but drugstore is getting pretty expensive relative to mid-end makeup! A holiday or value set on sale can net you a ton of high-quality goodies for less! Still, you need to have that money saved up and ready to pounce. Here are my best tips to pump up your makeup budget:

1. Sign up for Sephora's Beauty Insider Program. Even if you don't imagine spending any money at Sephora right now, there are free offers throughout the year:

* Free Birthday Gift: has ranged from Philosophy bath soaps to a mini lipstick and mascara. It may not be a ton of makeup, but it's always fun to pick up some makeup for free!

* Free $15 for Beauty Insiders in November sale: This is (hopefully) coming up very soon! Sephora normally offers a free $15 to beauty insiders for one sale period. 

Sunday night wrapup (8/3)

Reading: Stoner by John Williams. I'm about 40% of the way through and shocked at how amazing it is. I found it through a Goodreads list of once cult favorites you've never heard of. It's about the expectations and disappointments in life; how a man in 1920s and 30s St Louis reconciles his ideal with the day to day.

Watching: Chicago Fire Season 2. So disappointed! I was a huge fan of Season 1 and I feel like it got 20x soapier in about six episodes. A lot of "drama"...and very little permanent movement or development. (There is a point where a character actually says, " We were here a year ago in this same exact position.") My theory is that most of the S1 writing staff has moved over to S1 Chicago PD, so I will give that a shot soon.

Listening: I really like the Grooveshark playlist by Ben for chill indie rock this week: "Sunny Disposition".

Doing: Reorganizing my closet and preparing a bag of stuff for donation. If it doesn't fit or it doesn't work with my wardrobe, it can still be the perfect piece for someone else. It's still mindboggling to me that people throw out their clothes in the trash instead of donate!

Links: This piece that it is still early for the internet. I have been thinking about it a lot. Sure, it may have been easier 5-6 years ago to start a biz, digitally market, or gain an audience, but this is the best time going forward! Read it and maybe you will be as inspired as I am.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Free NYLON Subscription

I love magazines. Since I was little, I have always looked forward to getting them, reading them, and then rereading! If you love magazines like me, you might want to jump on this deal!

Fill out this form for a free subscription ASAP!! These go very quickly, but are legitimate. (Also, you may want to put your phone number as a Google Voice number to prevent telemarketing).

What are you waiting for?? GO!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Congrats & New Giveaway!

Congrats to Cara M who won the Shiro giveaway! My new giveaway for a $25 giftcard to Ebay is open now!

Laggies Movie Review: Not What You Might Expect

I just got back from a free screening of Laggies (and if you missed it, here's my tips on finding & getting into free movie screenings).

From the trailer, I was expecting it to be a comedy about a woman acting like a teenager. There would be a few laughs, a good soundtrack, and not much else.
Laggies Movie Review
Laggies was totally not what I expected (in a good way!) It was an extremely thoughtful movie that ranks right up there with Young Adult & Girl Most Likely for developed characterization. It's not serious or moody; most of the time, I was laughing!

The movie opens with Keira's Megan: a woman in the habit of letting other people decide her fate. She is with her highschool boyfriend and still works as a sign flipper at her dad's business at 28. When her boyfriend proposes (not a big spoiler-this happens pretty early in the film and is featured in basically every trailer), she "gives herself a week" to figure her stuff out. This leads to some adventures with teenagers, but (despite being prominently in the trailer) this is a small part of the movie.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Makeup Graveyards & Fan-Fiction Death

Ugh, I am so disappointed this weekend by Death Comes to Pemberley! I was prepared for campiness, but the whole execution of this movie was terrible. If I'm a fan of Pride and Prejudice enough to watch this, I don't need to be reminded of major plot points! I also was not a fan of Elizabeth, who seemed too easy breezy to me.

I am so sad that Tati's Makeup Graveyard series is ending! Tati is one of the few gurus who preaches (and practices) common sense when it comes to makeup collections. Instead of hoarding, she highlights what products she gives to her family. Much healthier than all those Ikea shelves stacked to the roof! I am feeling inspired to go through all my makeup, reorganize, and give away.

Last but not least, I've been getting back into hand-lettering. I took a class a while back on Skillshare called The First Steps of Hand-Lettering: Concept to Sketch, but I got inspired again after seeing a few vintage prints on Etsy. Instead of admiring, I decided to practice myself! It won't be as perfect, but it's something fun to work on!

How is your week going? What are you working on?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reader Survey Giveaway: $25 Ebay Gift Card

In an effort to create better, more targeted content for you, I've created a reader survey! Every person who fills out the entire survey will be entered to win a $25 Ebay giftcard!! 

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Thank you for taking my survey! This survey will close November 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST, and the winner of the $25 Ebay gift card will be announced and emailed.

If you are reading this after November 2, please comment here or email me (an affair of character at gmail dot com) to let me know your thoughts. I appreciate your feedback.