to shop / sales & read/watch


  • Costco Beauty: These are member-only items with extra discount that brings them to ~50% off. Ending today.
  • Lo and Sons  is 40% off everything and additional 15% off with code SUPPORTSMALLBUSINESS. Small businesses are really hurting now. See my review of their Hanover Deluxe 2 backpack.
  • Ulta has been doing their 21 days of beauty. I’ve stayed away, because I don’t really need anything. I missed this morning’s 50% off Lancome Genifique serum. I also missed yesterday’s Nordstrom Genifique mask set. (Please let me know if you’ve tried the mask.) If you really want anything, check after midnight or first thing in the morning, because things do sell out. There is one more week left.
    • Highlights for daily Beauty Steals, which is usually 50% off. Expect Sephora to price match if they carry the item.
      • Wednesday – 50% off on some Kbeauty brands, including COSRX.
      • Saturday – 50% off Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum. Peach and Lily never discounts this. I like this as a versatile hydrating serum.
    • There are also weekly Hot Buys.
  • Nordstrom – another sale after their large, unplanned sale. It’s best to have a wishlist and check on it. Also check your recent purchases. If the price dropped <14 days, you can ask for a price adjustment on the chat.


I really regret not renewing my NYPL library card before the outbreak… no free ebooks for me!

  • NYTimes. I subscribe but their Coronavirus coverage is free if you sign-up. It’s the only news alert I get on my phone.
  • Apple News+ (formerly known as Texture). You get all the news publications (including pay walled WSJ) and magazines (and back issues). I had to select an Uber reward and two months of this ($9.99/month) was way more useful than a $5 Uber reward.
  • Favorite Instagram of late: Kathleen Jennings Beauty. She likes to mask, goes high (like CdP masks) and low. She also has a blog. I’m still a fan of blogs.
  • Xiaohongshu (Little Red Book) is a Chinese app and is like a combination of Instagram, Pinterest, and Amazon. I use it primarily for reviews on products — it’s unfortunate that Instagram can’t be searched. Con: must be able to read simplified Chinese.
  • Forums:
    • TPF – don’t bother visiting if you do not like fashion or purses.
    • Huaren – the Beauty and Fashion boards are my favorite, you can use Chrome translate, although it is not perfect and some things come out very strangely.

Watched, Watching, Will Watch

  • Netflix’s Crash Landing on You Korean drama. I got a little obsessed with this and I hadn’t seen a Kdrama in a decade.
  • Hulu Little Fires Everywhere
  • Starz Outlander
  • Homeland

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