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Beauty IRL: Face Mists Are Fancy Bullshit And I Love Them Anyway

Beauty IRL: Face Mists Are Fancy Bullshit And I Love Them Anyway

There is perhaps no beauty product more superfluous than face mist. Yeah, you kind of need moisturizer, and some would argue that lipstick or eyeliner is a requirement, but a bottle of water that contains mysterious “minerals” and is scented with various flowers that you spray on your face intermittently throughout the day is not necessary for anything, ever. But, as a recent convert to the cult of fancy face water, I’m here to say that there’s some truth to their mystique. Keep reading »

Make It Work: How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Shit

Make It Work: How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Shit

The elusive dream of all office employees is being able to work from home. “What a privilege and a pleasure it will be!” you tell yourself, envisioning freshly sharpened pencils, crisp legal pads and steaming mugs of coffee, like a stock photo of productivity. “I will get so much done from my home office!” Reality quickly sets in. You don’t have a “home office,” per se, but a desk that you got from a roommate who moved out, or a corner of your kitchen table that isn’t covered in mail, or your couch, your coffee table and a really soft pillow. Soon, you find yourself doing work in dead silence, trapped in a prison of your own making. The world is crumbling outside, or maybe it isn’t, but you wouldn’t know because you haven’t left your house in three days. Even the most introverted among us need to see people sometimes. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to work from home more often, here are some surefire ways to make your new home office life a little easier. Keep reading »

Beauty IRL: Suggested Beauty Routines For Probable New Year’s Eve Scenarios

Beauty IRL: Suggested Beauty Routines For Every New Year's Eve Scenario

You don’t have to go out on New Year’s. Everyone else is going to be stumbling around the city in sequined jumpsuits, consumed with the eternal quest for the best place to put on their 2015 glasses and grin wildly for the camera, as that big ball makes its inevitable descent in Times Square, so it doesn’t really matter if you’re asleep by 11:30. I am averse to crowds, and have a love-hate relationship with putting on fancy clothes for things that I consider to be non-events. I am a New Year’s Eve grump, through and through, though I have been convinced in the past to put on something nice and head out into the night. This year, I’m not feeling the weird pressure that I usually do to go out and spend a lot of money while wandering around from bar to bar looking for something that isn’t rib-crushingly crowded and full of douchebags. I’m content to spend the night in or to go out — wherever fate decides to take me, I’m good with it. And, I have a look ready for every option.

I am not here to tell you what to do on New Year’s Eve, but I am here to give you three potential scenarios for ushering in another rotation around the sun, and the beauty routines to go with them, if you choose to celebrate. Keep reading »

Make It Work: 5 Career Resolutions For 2015

Make It Work: 5 Career Resolutions For 2015

Generally speaking, New Year’s resolutions are bullshit. They’re entertaining cocktail party fodder at best, a way to talk to people you’ve just met over the cheese plate about how you’re definitely going to quit smoking/go to the gym/take up tantric meditation this year. They are a self-soothing practice, stated with the intent to make you feel like you’re actually going to do something different this year, that there’s something wrong with the way that you have been doing things, but now you have the chance to change. You’ll make a big stink about declaring these resolutions, and maybe even really commit yourself for the first few weeks, but almost without fail will fall back into your regular habits as soon as February hits. That’s okay. You are fine the way you are, and if you feel like you need to change, you can start anytime. The only area where you should take the opportunity to make a few New Year’s resolutions is in your career. The thing about work is that it’s something we all have to do, but we do have some control over how and where, and these resolutions are all about making the most of the situation. After all, you are an at-will employee. No one is holding you hostage at your job. But you’re there an awful lot, so do what you need to do and make it better for yourself. Make these workplace resolutions in 2015 and you will be on your way to personal and professional greatness. Keep reading »

Make It Work: The Best & Worst Presents To Give At Your Office White Elephant Gift Exchange

Make It Work: The Best & Worst Presents To Give At Your Office White Elephant Gift Exchange

The holiday season brings a wide swath of work-related traumas to endure: waiting for your holiday bonus, drinking too much weird tequila at your holiday party and making out with that dude from accounting, figuring out what to do when your boss gets you a present, but you’re empty-handed. But there is none as time-honored as the office White Elephant gift exchange, a fun activity in which you get a clear-cut vision of the actual largesse and cunning of the people you spend most of your waking days with. For the uninitiated, here’s how these things work. You pick from a pile of wrapped gifts. Once everyone has selected theirs, you have up to three opportunities to trade for something that could be “better.” When you’ve hit the limit, you’re stuck with whatever you got. Then, open the presents, revel in the joy of the season, and grumble over the fact that you’re walking away with three lottery tickets and a six-pack of Orbit gum. Everyone, go home. Keep reading »

Beauty IRL: Get Your Nails Done

Beauty IRL: Get Your Nails Done

Here’s an excellent Tuesday night ritual. Pour yourself a drink, turn on all the lights in your living room and sit down to do your nails. Take as much time as you need. Dig through that shoebox full of nail polish and nail files that have lost their grit, and find a color you’re really feeling. Essie’s Fifth Avenue? OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark? Paint your nails, but take time. You know how at the salon, sometimes they leave that tiny stripe of polish on the side of your fingers? Doesn’t that drive you crazy? This time, you’re in charge, so do it right. Take time to sit down and not touch your phone or answer an email, because you can’t right now, and because you’re busy. This is an activity you can do with other people, but I find that it’s best done alone. Doing your nails is a menial task, one that requires concentration but not much thought. I find that I do some of my best thinking while taking the time to diligently push down my cuticles and use the good top coat. When all is said and done, I’ve accomplished something, as little as it may seem. Keep reading »

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