Feb 11, 2014  •  In Beauty, Personal, Reviews

3 Budget-Friendly Products I’ve Been Diggin’

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Each of these items run less than $10. They’re all used and loved by yours truly, and I will definitely be making repurchases when they run out. I can’t recommend these enough!
Palladio Rice Paper, $4
I’ve used blotting paper in the past — all the popular ones like the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, and Boscia Blotting Linens —  and I can’t for the life of me figure out why I’ve never tried these before.
Not only is the Palladio Rice Paper less than half the price of the ones mentioned above, they…

Feb 7, 2014  •  In Personal, Reviews

At-Home Try Ons: Warby Parker vs. Classic Specs

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I was incorrect in guessing that my glasses frames from Warby Parker hadn’t yet shipped, because they arrived yesterday!
Once again, I apologize for my sucky selfies.
My favorites are the ones on the top two rows. 
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I also ordered at-home try on frames from Classic Specs:

The frames from both companies seem to be of comparable quality. (Although I’ve worn glasses since my early teens, I’ve only owned one pair of designer frames — Giorgio Armani — and I personally don’t believe the markup of a high-brand name is worth the extra $$$ in…

Feb 5, 2014  •  In Personal, Reviews

I Can See Clearly Now

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The past two months were some of the roughest of my life.
My family and close friends were plagued with various health problems and hospitalizations, two of which resulted in death…and one a stillbirth. 
J and I are getting buried in medical bills (did you know what if a hospital stay runs from the end of one calendar year to the beginning of the next, your insurance company can deny claims until your annual deductible is met for both years?). 
Even smaller things like my iPod getting stolen, and my cell phone needing to be replaced, added to my seemingly-endless…

Aug 22, 2013  •  In Beauty, Personal, Reviews

Three More Amazing Beauty Products

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I envy women who can look “dewy” and “refreshed” during the hot, humid days of summer. Not only does my combination skin kick up its sebum production into overdrive, I tend to sweat…a lot. (Attractive, I know.) So while my normal routine may work just fine during other seasons, I have needed a tad bit more help in the past couple of months.
The first product I have introduced to my makeup routine is the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.

I have stated in the past that I do not use a primer under the Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation because the…

Aug 19, 2013  •  In Geek, Reviews, Web

How I Fixed My Netflix Streaming Problems Using OpenDNS

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Starting a couple of weeks ago, I began to run into Netflix streaming issues. Movies would take forever to load, and when they finally did, they would start lagging after just a few minutes.
I then realized that this only happened between the hours of 9pm-11pm.
I knew that there weren’t any programs or processes running on our end that may contribute to this issue. And as someone who doesn’t have cable, regularly using Netflix to unwind at the end of a long day, I got pretty annoyed.
I began to suspect that either our ISP or Netflix itself was…