@echolikebells I feel you, this was me in August. My car kept dying and dying and finally a problem was diagnosed and the repairs would have cost almost $3,000 I think. It so wasn't worth it to fix either. However, I could not afford a new car at all. Fortunately, my sister has been living in NYC for the past 3 years (and shows no sign of leaving) and her perfectly good 2004 Honda Civic with about 70,000 miles on it has been sitting more or less unused at my parents' house since then. I ended up paying to get the car transported up to me, switched the tags and title, and got a "new" car that way. I'm already starting to save for a new car--I'll have to replace my sister's car eventually, but in the mean time I am happy I dodged a bullet. But yes, cars are the absolute worst, just the worst. Good luck.
Penny Arcade has been making a lot of PR slips these last few months...see the return of the Rape Wolves from PAX.
@Meaghano I, too, have tiny five year old hands; I don't get manicures very often though, like I said above, just for fancypants times. Pedicures are awesome. You are on the right track with fancy makeup friend--Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is the best and I wear it on a daily basis, as is Benetint blush. You are selling yourself short in the article above, you clearly have a makeup head on your shoulders--my advice for good and easy fancy eyeliner is Urban Decay EVERYTHING (Like for serious their eye makeup is incredible and their pencils come in amazing colors and all go on so easily, each one is $18 so it is super easy to buy them all and oh, I have), and I am a huge fan of Buxon Mascara which is, I think, $18 and is waterproof and makes your lashes look huge and it also separates nicely. I have also heard good things about DiorShow but I think it is more expensive, and Benefit Yes They're Real Mascara is also a good choice. Back to UD...The Urban Decay pencils come in a ton of colors but Perversion is an excellent pitch black, Zero is a slightly lighter black, and they have some excellent browns (I don't wear a lot of browns so i don't know the names), their silver eye pencil is my new wintery favorite and it makes me feel like a character from a Star Trek show, and basically any of their funky eye pencil colors are super fun to play with--I have purples, greens, blues, teals, neons, golds, you name it--it is my favorite way to play with my look on a daily basis. Also their Naked palettes are great basic eye shadow kits. $52 and worth every penny. They just released Naked3 yesterday and I covet it. UD eye makeup is one of the few cosmetic items that I will just drop money on, no question, there are so few duds in their line. All this stuff is at Sephora and Sephora.com and is really really fun. You are lucky your hands do not crack every winter it is super sad for me.
@angry little raincloud Thanks for the tips, the MAC Lip Pencil I've had for years is about to die and I need another... My mom gifted me with gorgeous Armani and Guerlain lipsticks recently and they actually stay decently when layered on top of a pencil. Thanks for the Cruella tip. Also what's with the ladies not getting professional mani-pedis!!! They are wonderful and relaxing but you need to bring a book so you don't get antsy at the dryer. I know we are talking lipsticks but I need to say that Urban Decay pencil eyeliners have changed my life and I have like, no lie, 25 of them. Also Urban Decay eyeshadows, in particular any of the Naked palettes (who wants Naked3 for Chanukah? I WANT NAKED3 FOR CHANUKAH).
@EM That's key too--don't speak to anyone. If someone asks if you need help just smile, say no, and keep walking.
@jenninthecity Practice makes perfect! I didn't know how to wear makeup when I first wore it either, and I also can't draw a straight line on my eye, but over time I've perfected a look that works for me. If you are wearing pencil liner it doesn't have to be straight, you can smudge it and it looks fine, and also just hold one eye closed with your finger (I can't manually close one eye either it is fine).
Okay, I understand that Sephora can be incredibly intimidating to people who don't wear makeup (which I don't understand, as someone who loves and wears makeup on a nearly daily basis and doesn't feel put together or professional without it, but like someone above said, free to be, and to each their own etc. etc.). The only way handle Sephora is to go in knowing EXACTLY what you want. You can't really go just to browse. That method is the path to death and destruction. That said, the one thing in this article that blew my mind is the not using hand cream. How can you go through life without moisturizing your hands?!?! You live up north! I live in the South man, and when it gets 50 degrees here my hands crack and bleed. I use hand cream ALL THE TIME. It is the only way I can get through the winter without my hands falling off. And yes, when it gets cold, I wear gloves, but they don't help, only hand cream helps! And yes, Target-style hand cream works just fine, no need for the fancy stuff. Also, get a manicure, they are great, and they are super cheap in NYC. I don't get regular manicures because I am hard on my hands and also $$, but I do get them for special occasions and fancy events. I am actually more astonished by a grown woman never having a professional manicure than a grown woman not wearing makeup. No mother-daughter bonding manicure trips as a kid?
I went to my 10 year high school reunion last May. Sounds like the writer and I went to a similar school--over privileged people, not very prepared to face the world. However, I had THE BEST TIME at my reunion, but I went to a weird high school so that is that. I'm sure the fact that I am 110% better looking now, with 150% better hair than I had 10 years ago, was something of a factor. Yes, this is superficial, but come on, high school guys.
My pre-husband is in dental hygiene school and man, brush your teeth after you eat, for serious. Just do it. I need to get better about it, but the stories he has told me about the patients he sees...wowzers, take care of your teeth y'all!!!
@mintyesq Chapel Hill and Durham are really fantastic--I live in Chapel Hill and work in Durham, and though my taste has evolved more toward Durham, both are really lovely places to live, work, and play. Raleigh is pretty nice too but I get there less frequently.