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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

7 Ways to Do Black Friday

Thankfully, more and more retailers are starting to make big statements about not opening for early shopping on Thanksgiving night. Unfortunately many retailers aren't there yet and many people have to go to work after they eat Thanksgiving dinner. Black Friday still means long lines, early openings, and people generally acting kinda crazy and rude. I mean, how do we go from a day of gratitude to a day of "I'll punch someone to get a slightly discounted toy for my kid" so quickly?! Instead of feeding into that, I like to stay home and decorate for Christmas, though I already did that this year, and spend time with my loved ones.

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Here's some things to do this Friday instead:
  1. Instead of Black Friday shopping, take part in Buy Nothing Day. How do you participate? Simple: buy nothing on Black Friday. 
  2. If you do shop, shop at locally owned stores. It's a great and easy way to give back to your neighbors and your community. Etsy even has an option to find local events or locally-based stores. Which brings me to...
  3. Support a small online shop, like ones on Etsy, Society6, Redbubble, Storenvy, etc. There are so many amazing creators on those sites with great products to choose from.
  4. Donate to charity, even if it's just a couple dollars. This year, with certain upcoming events, I'm making it a point to donate to environmental, pro-immigrant, LGBTQ, and women's health organizations. 
  5. Donate to a GoFundMe or similar. I see GoFundMe pages floating around Twitter and Facebook all the time, usually for someone's crushing medical expenses or surgery for a pet. Even if you don't know the person who needs help, it would mean so much to them to receive a small donation from you. 
  6. Support your favorite creator. Many YouTubers, bloggers, etc. have Patreon accounts or some other way to just give them a little tip, whether it be one-time or recurring. You could also buy an album from a band you love, whether they're on iTunes or Bandcamp. If you really love what a certain person is making and you have the means to support them, consider throwing a dollar or two their way. If you can't donate, simply "like" their Facebook page or share their content. 
  7. Take some time to think. Sure, I love getting presents and I love covering my house in sparkly decorations but when it comes down to it, the holiday season needs to be about the warm fuzzy feelings above everything else. Humans produce insane amounts of garbage, spend ridiculous amounts of money, and generally go a little bonkers this time of year. Take some time for yourself to relax, reflect on what Christmas means to you or what you would like it to mean, and figure out ways to do Christmas better. 
How do you spend Black Friday? 
Monday, November 14, 2016

Music Monday #30

Here's some jams I've been loving this past week. What have you been loving lately? Send me recommendations! 
Don't forget, you can follow me on Spotify and see all past Music Monday playlists here.
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: November Birchbox

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First and foremost, can we appreciate this beautifully designed box? Yes? Okay, let's move on. I was very excited to receive this month's Birchbox, especially after the September and October boxes were a bit underwhelming. I spoiled the surprise and peeked at my items online before they arrived and sighed in relief because, finally, I was confident that I would love the products I was being sent. Scroll on to find out if I was right!

  1. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain, $25- Each month Birchbox allows you to choose from 3 products, and I chose this product over an eyebrow pencil and a blush/highlighter duo. It adapts and changes colors to compliment your skin tone, which is pretty cool. The product itself was a peachy color, but when I put it on it turned more of a light rosy-bubblegum pink. While it's a cool idea, looks pretty, and smells great, I don't think this is a product I would purchase. The color was very sheer and I just wasn't as pleased with it as I thought I would be. I sort of regret not choosing the blush/highlighter duo. But if you like sheer, multi-purpose cosmetics, go for it!
  2. Marcelle New-Age LumiPOWER 3-in-1 Moisturizer, $26-  I used this moisturizer day and night till it was gone and didn't notice any differences in my skin. From my experience with it, it's not any better than a moisturizer you could find at the drugstore. It's not bad, just not special, certainly not special enough for me to drop $26 for a full size bottle. 
  3. R+Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner, $29- I've been conditioner-only washing (or co-washing) for a while to help preserve my color. I've been using my Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask almost everyday to co-wash, even though it isn't technically a cleansing conditioner, and it's been getting the job done well but usually I have to shampoo my hair after 2 days. I used this product on day 4? 5? Who knows. It had been quite a while since my last shampoo. I got in the shower as a super-greaseball, and I was expecting my hair to still be really greasy when I got out.I didn't put any other products in my hair, just this one. Holy wow, my hair felt like it was freshly shampooed. So light, no grease, and a subtle, pleasant scent. This product does cost a bit more than I like to spend on a single hair product, but it might be worth it, especially if I'm going to keep my colorful hair around for a while. I love this stuff. 
  4. JUARA Candlenut Body Creme, $35- This stuff smells so good, clean and not overpowering, and is very moisturizing. However, the sample was so small that I can't say much else.
  5. Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, $24- I was so excited to receive this! I feel like Benefit is synonymous with good lookin' brows. I've also used their Goof Proof Brow Pencil and loved it (but unfortunately it was also a free sample sent to me and the color was way too dark for me--I looked ridiculous). I was afraid the color Birchbox sent me would also be too dark, even though it is the lightest color available. My brows are naturally platinum blonde, almost white, so when I don't fill them in they're basically invisible. I first used product by itself on a no-makeup day and it wasn't too dark at all, it still looked natural. Then I tried it out on top of my eyebrow pencil to further define my brows and keep the hairs in place. I would definitely buy this. 

Have you ever used these products? Have any similar products to recommend? Want to sign up for Birchbox? 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stocking Stuffers for the Sass Queen

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Halloween has come and gone so now it is truly the most wonderful time of the year, Christmastime! One of my many favorite things about Christmas is the stocking tradition. Growing up mine always included lots of chocolate, an assortment of nuts (which I always gave to my sister), a toothbrush, an orange, and then lots of little items that varied a bit as I got older. As an adult, I struggled the first time I tried to gather some great stocking stuffers for friends. I couldn't give my friends nuts and a toothbrush, I don't think they would be charmed by that.

If you're like me and go a little crazy with stocking stuffers, it can really add up! So I've made a list of items that are $15 or less that would make great stocking stuffers for the "sass queen." I definitely still recommend including candy, hot chocolate mix, and tea bags! You can't go wrong with any of those.

1. Girl Power socks, $9.98 OR Duchess of Sassytown socks, $9.99, in case your sass queen isn't down with cursing.

2. Queen of the Shower Cap, $8.50.

3. False lashes. My favorites happen to be Ardell's Curvy lashes, $3.99. Don't forget the lash glue, $5.99.

4. e.l.f Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow, $3.

5. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick set of 3, $15

6. Tattly temporary knuckle tattoos, $5

7. Unicorn tissues & wipes duo, $5.50

8. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater, $7

9. Ulta Salon Formula nail polish in Aubergine Queen, $1.97

10. Tony Moly I'm Real sheet mask, $3.75

What do you usually put in stockings? What's the best thing you've ever received in a stocking?