Someone Call The Maury Show

“Why?” I asked, and clamped my hand over my mouth in horror. I’d meant to say ‘who.’ “S-sorry,” I stuttered, “I meant to say, ‘who?’ Freudian slip!” Oh my God, just stop talking, Josie.

“Freud, what?” Elizabeth replied, sounding confused, and I felt triumphant. You may weigh as much as my thigh when nine months pregnant, but my brain is better than yours!

“Nothing,” I said. “Nevermind. You caught me off guard and I’m not making sense. How did you get my number?”

“William,” Elizabeth said, lightly. Then there was silence…except, was that a baby I heard in the background?

“So…can I help you?” I prodded. But there was still silence. I realized Elizabeth wasn’t paying attention to me anymore. I could hear her shushing what definitely had to be a baby, and not soothingly.

Finally, Elizabeth came back on the line. “Jesus,” she huffed. “It’s like, I’ve fed it, the nanny changed it, what else does it want?”

I was stunned speechless. I am not a kid person, but I couldn’t imagine referring to my child as an ‘it’.

“Anyway,” Elizabeth sighed. “The reason I’m calling is because I need you to do me a favor, the way I did you a favor getting you a job.”

I bit my tongue to keep from pointing out that she may have gotten me the interview, but I was the one who got the job —and kept it after a massive layoff. “What is it?” I asked, tightly.

“It’s William’s birthday on Thursday—did you know that?”

“I didn’t,” I said.

“Well, I wanted to surprise him with a present. It’s this antique typewriter that apparently Hemingway used or something. It cost me a fortune and it isn’t even functional, but he went crazy for it when we saw it at this auction a few months ago. I wanted to get it in his office before he gets there in the morning, and I was hoping you could just leave my name with security so I can pop in there quickly and drop it off on Thursday morning.”

I was still trying to process everything Elizabeth had just said. From the sound of it, William and her were back together, and I’m assuming that meant he was the father? Was that the ‘good news’ William received over the weekend?

“Why don’t you just give it to him at home?” I asked. If they had a baby together, they had to be living together, right?

“Because he wants it for his office. And I want to surprise him. I have my trainer in the morning so he’ll think I’m on my way to that but really, I’ll set it up in his office so it’s there when he arrives.”

I couldn’t think of any good reason not to help her, so I said, “Um, sure. I guess can put your name in the security system as a guest.”

“Perfect,” Elizabeth said. Then she said goodbye without even thanking me. Harrumph.

I finished cleaning up, got ready for bed, and put the whole conversation out of my head until Wednesday night, when I had dinner with Peter.

After we’d settled into our seats and I had a big fat glass of wine in front of me, I said, “You’re never going to believe who called me on Monday.”

“Scorsese,” Peter said. “He saw you on TV and wants you in his next movie.”

“Weirder,” I said. “Elizabeth.”

Peter had been buttering a piece of bread but he froze, and a clump of butter slid off his knife and onto his plate. “What the hell did she want?”

I told him about our conversation, when I got to the part about putting her name in the security system, Peter said, “Tell me you didn’t do that.”

“Why?” I asked, a sick feeling forming in my stomach.

“Did you?”

“Before I left work tonight, yeah. I can take it out. It’s not permanent. Should I?”

“I would,” Peter said. “I don’t think William and Elizabeth are together. And I definitely don’t think that’s his baby. I don’t think he wants anything to do with her.”

“What makes you say that?”

“Because I saw her last weekend, with the baby, and he has a full head of red hair.”

I didn’t know what the red hair comment was supposed to mean, but I was too curious about the fact that Peter had seen Elizabeth to focus on that at the moment. “Wait, you saw her?” I asked.

“I ran into her,” Peter clarified. “That’s what I wanted to tell you about.”

“What happened?”

Peter said he’d gone for a run in the park on Saturday, after I’d left his apartment. After he was finished, he took a walk down to the reservoir to stretch. Sitting in a bench, with a stroller by her side, was Elizabeth.

“She was crying,” Peter said.

Even after all the shitty things Elizabeth has done to other people, the image of her crying on a park bench on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, with a newborn and no one to share that joy with, tugged at the strings on my heart. I am a human!

“Why was she crying?” I asked.

“She’s alone, Josie. She has no one. Her family is supporting her, financially, but they’re furious with her. William wants nothing to do with her—I imagine—and she has a newborn. I can’t speak from personal experience, but from what I can tell, having a newborn is hard as hell even when there are two parents. She’s doing it on her own.”

“She has a nanny and her parents pay for everything,” I pointed out.

“Right, but she doesn’t have any emotional support,” Peter said. “Which is her own doing, no doubt. Elizabeth is a very troubled person, and it actually concerns me that she’s alone with a baby for the better part of her day.”

“But why do you think William doesn’t want anything to do with her?”

“Because,” Peter reached into his pocket and dug out his phone. He punched something in, waited, and showed me the screen. I was looking at a Facebook picture of a red headed man with his arm around a pretty brunette. His name was Andy Goodman. “Everyone knows she slept with Andy, even though he’s married, and the baby has bright red hair. William isn’t very smart, but it doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together.”

“William told me he had gotten ‘good news’ over the weekend,” I said.

Peter snorted. “Probably that the kid is Andy’s, which means he doesn’t have to be tethered to my crazy ex-wife for the next eighteen years.”

“So basically, I need to get back to my office right now and remove Elizabeth’s name from the system.”

“Just do it tomorrow,” Peter said, waving his hand. “I’m starving.”

“I can’t relax right now,” I said. “What if she decides to drop it off tonight? William will kill me if he finds out about this.”

“Maybe that’s for the best,” Peter said.

“What does that mean?” I asked.

“Why do you even want to work at that place? It’s unstable, they’re bleeding money, and your boss is a dick.”

“I like working for William,” I said, defensively.

Peter laughed. “Since when?”

“I know he’s an acquired taste but I’ve acquired it,” I said. “He’s a shark. And he trusts me. I feel like I have a lot to learn from him. I don’t want to screw this up.”

Peter sighed, irritably. “You really want to go over there right now? We can’t even eat?”

“You don’t have to come,” I said. “But I just can’t relax until I take care of this.”

Peter didn’t say anything, but he signaled to the waiter and asked how much we owed for the wine. I slurped down as much as possible before we left.

My building always gives me the creeps after 8 PM, which is when the lights automatically shut off. If you’re there late, you have to manually turn them on. When I know I’m going to be working late, I frequently stake out by the lights around 7:57 so I can flick them on the moment they shut off. Otherwise I have to scramble through the dark to the far end of the office, and every time I encounter an object that is even remotely human shaped, like a coat rack, I give myself a heart attack thinking it’s a rapist.

I said hello to the nighttime security guard, Mel, and introduced Peter. “I just forgot something,” I said. “I’ll only be a few minutes.”

Peter said he would wait downstairs in the lobby, which was fine with me. He’d given me the silent treatment since we’d left the restaurant, only mumbling, “It’s fine,” when I told him again that he really didn’t have to come with me.

It was easy enough to remove Elizabeth’s name from the system. The hard part was going to be calling her and backing out on our deal.

It really freaked me out that I was so quick to believe her story and bend to her wishes. I don’t doubt that she spent an arm and a leg on an antique typewriter, or that it was something William went crazy for at an auction they attended a few months ago, back when they were dating. I also don’t doubt that it would have been a surprise for William, but it would have been a terrible one that could have gotten me into serious trouble. I suddenly felt vulnerable, the way I had when I first moved to New York. I’d moved for my ex-boyfriend Eric, and when I found out that he was cheating on me it was this terrible moment where I realized I had no idea how to protect myself, that my instincts were off and I couldn’t trust them the way I thought I could. I thought everything between us was fine. Better than fine—great. How could I have been so wrong, especially when it was so obvious to so many other people that Eric was a total douche canoe? The Eric thing and the Elizabeth thing are two different situations, but they both demonstrate poor judgment that in retrospect, make me question myself. How could I have possibly thought everything with Eric was fine when he disappeared for days on end, and how could I have possibly thought that letting Elizabeth into William’s office without his permission was a good idea? It was beyond idiotic. I was so mad at myself.

I decided to call Elizabeth from the privacy of my desk. She answered on the second ring, “Josie?”

“Hi,” I said. “I just wanted to tell you I can’t put your name in the security system anymore.”

“Why?” Elizabeth demanded.

“Because I don’t feel comfortable letting someone into William’s office without his permission.”

Elizabeth laughed, meanly. “I’m not someone, Josie, I’m the mother of his child. And when I’m not happy, William isn’t happy.”

Even though I knew she was bluffing, that statement still terrified me. “I’m sorry, Elizabeth. I wish you all the best.” I hung up as she started to say something back to me.

I took a deep, shaky breath. I didn’t know if I’d done the right thing. Maybe now I’d enraged Elizabeth so much she would show up tomorrow anyway and cause a scene.

Downstairs in the lobby, Peter was hunched over his phone, texting away. He looked up when he saw me. “Crisis averted?” he asked with a smile. The way he said it, it was condescending, like I’d made a big deal out of nothing. It was infuriating.

I stalked past him. “Yeah,” I said sarcastically. “Crisis averted.”

“Come on,” Peter said, following me out. “I was just kidding.”

We paused on the street corner. “Want to just order from the Thai place you like?” Peter suggested.

The Thai place I like is by Peter’s apartment, not mine. “Actually,” I said. “Do you mind if we just catch up later? I’m kind of in the mood to be alone.”

Peter studied my face. “Why?”

“I’m just freaked out by this whole thing,” I said. “I’m freaked out by myself, that I could be so stupid. I’m losing my focus. I can’t fuck this up, and I almost just did.”

“Josie, it’s fine,” Peter laughed. “You fixed it. William never has to know.”

Peter’s laughter worked me up even more. This wasn’t funny. “But I know,” I said. I realized I was near tears. “I know that I came this-close to a royal screw up two weeks after my company fired over half the staff. I can’t afford to be distracted right now.” As soon as I said those words, I realized what a game changer they were.

“And you think I’m distracting you?” Peter shot back.

I could have turned it around right there. I could have backed down and said, no, of course not, I was just making a mountain out of a mole hill. But I would be lying to myself and to Peter, and I couldn’t do that. If being with Peter was the right thing for me at the moment, I wouldn’t have so many second thoughts. I loved Peter, I really did, but the truth was I did not want to be in a relationship with him. I didn’t want to be in a relationship with anyone. I’d finally found my niche in New York, and I wanted to give that my all for a little bit. I didn’t want to have to share that with anyone else.

“I’m just not the type of person who can do two things, two important things, at once.”

Peter dug his hands in his pockets and nodded. “I’m not going to try and change your mind,” he said. “But I think you’re making a big mistake. You can have both, you know. It doesn’t have to be one or another.”

But I didn’t want both. And I didn’t want to be with someone who couldn’t fully support me right now, and Peter’s suggestion that I just find a new job demonstrated that he didn’t. “For me it does. I can’t reign in my feelings for you. I can’t take things slow with our history. And even if I could, you don’t want to take things slow.”

Peter sighed. “Fine, Josie. Go find yourself, soul search, whatever. I can tell you, speaking from experience, it’s not nearly as much fun as it sounds. There are a lot of douchebags out there.”

“Awesome,” I said. “Sweet pep talk.”

Peter stepped off the curb and held his hand up. “Here’s a cab for you,” he said. He opened the door for me, but wouldn’t look at me as I climbed inside.

I started to say something but he slammed the door in my face. Fine. If that’s how it’s going to be. I gave the driver my address and settled into the backseat, blinking back tears. I did care about Peter, and the thought of not having him in my life was heartbreaking. But I knew, without a doubt, that not having him in my life was the right decision.

5 Ways To Save Money For Your Dream Vacation

People tend to push aside the vacation they want because of money—or lack thereof. By using these tips, you can save money and have the vacation you have always dreamed of.

Everyone has a bucket list—or at least a list of places that they want to travel to. Whether you want to visit the Amazon Rainforest, see the Northern Lights, go on a safari in Africa, climb and explore Mayan ruins, explore the pyramids of Egypt or hike the gorgeous mountains of British Columbia, you will have to save money. This often prevents people from doing what they truly want to do.
Let’s face it: traveling is expensive, which easily deters people from even considering crossing these places off their bucket lists. However, traveling to whatever destination your heart desires can easily be done. All you need to do is use the right methods to save for your travels.
Don’t sit back and let life pass you by while you wait, and definitely do not let your dreams and exciting things you want to do in life slip past you. Don’t struggle to fit travel in; incorporate it into your life and money plans with these easy and effective tips and tricks on how to save money.
1. Change stash
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Having a system where all your change or even extra bills go is a way to ensure that you are putting money away every time you spend as long as you use cash. This method works wonders because no one likes carrying around change.
By doing this, you are also less likely to buy something small because, psychologically, you won’t want to break any bills or use your credit card for said item. The bonus to this is that you won’t even realize the amount of money that is adding up as long as you don’t touch it and you just put excess change and the occasional bills in. You will have a lot of money saved up by the time you are ready to count it.
2. Hunt for deals

Hunting for deals is a smart way to save some cash: why pay more when you can pay less for the same thing? When buying everyday items, it is a good idea to wait for items to go on sale, look at other stores that offer the same thing or use coupons.
The money you save on the necessities you are buying will add up faster than you think. Just remember to avoid buying items you don’t need. Similarly, when booking your trip, use sites such as Trivago or Kayak as they will also help you find great deals for your airfare and hotels with offers from countless other sites.
3. Luxuries vs. necessities
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In order to save up for what you really want, you need to realize that there’s a difference between necessities and wants. For example, instead of buying new shoes, purses or clothes, save that money. Similarly, you can always pack a lunch with snacks, which will not only help you to stay healthy, but will also help you keep your piggy bank full. The same applies to coffee: if you can make it at home, then go with that because it will save you money and remove the temptation to buy it on your way to work.
4. Credit cards
These can be evil: you go to the mall, say you’re going to buy one thing, but then buy a whole bunch of items and don’t pay too much attention to how much you’ve spent. You then feel like you can keep spending thanks to this small piece of plastic, which really only wants your money in reality. Once again, this is where cash comes in handy: by using cash, you will realize how much you are spending, and will not feel the urge and temptation to spend as much.
The only benefit to credit cards is that you get benefits such as cash back or those that allow for cheaper flights thanks to air miles. Some stores also offer credit cards, so if you are going to buy something from a particular store regularly, use the card for that store as it will give you points that you can use for future necessities, meaning you won’t spend actual money on that item. Just remember not to spend money on items that you don’t actually need; acquiring points will take a long time, but it will also help with future buys and future plans.
5. Money challenges
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If you insist on having Starbucks every day and not giving up that luxury, then challenge yourself every month to go without buying an overly expensive coffee for a week. Who knows: you may actually like how much money you save and might continue the challenge.
This challenge can be done with a variety of things, and is an effective method when it comes to saving money, making you realize how much you spend on certain things, and how you can continue to save even more money.
These tips and tricks on how to save money are easy and effective because all the money you’re saving technically still comes from your job and income, but it isn’t involving you saving money from where there is no money.
The money you would be saving comes from other places you already spend money, meaning it isn’t money you technically don’t have. All you have to do is save, and not touch the money you’ve saved up for travel.
Live your dreams, be happy and take the vacation you have always wanted. Do not let traveling pass by you. Use these tips and tricks to save for what you really want. If you have any more tips and tricks on how to save money for your dream travel destinations, feel free to share!

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Party Foul

 

Peter didn’t write back to my text for almost twenty-four hours. Just as I was starting to think I blew it, he sent me this, ‘Bet my crazy day tops your crazy day. What’s your week like?’
 
We made plans to grab dinner later in the week. I also texted Ashley to see how she was doing.
 
‘I tried the ole hickey trick and it worked. Thank you for that information, middle school sleepover parties,’ she wrote.
 
‘What’s the hickey trick?’ I wrote back.
 
‘Use a comb and work it over the hickey, gets the circulation moving or something,’ she responded.
 
I found it absolutely absurd that we were talking about a bruise on her neck, left by her monster of a boyfriend, like it was a hickey. But I’d spent the day on various domestic violence websites (which was surreal), and from what I’d been able to glean, putting the ‘victim’ (also surreal that Ashley is a victim) on the defense would only alienate her more. The best course of action was to withhold judgment on him, and on her decision to stay with him, and instead stress how wonderful/amazing/special a person Ashley is, and how I’m concerned she isn’t being appreciated as such. Passing judgment is a gene coded into my DNA, I’m sure of it, so this was going to be a challenge for me.
 
I woke up early on Monday, went to a spin class, and hit up the fancy market on my walk home, where I spent a small fortune on cheese (necessary). The first episode of Social Media featuring moi was airing that night, and a few friends were coming over to my apartment for a little viewing party. It took all of my willpower to keep from diving into the Gruyere when I got back to my apartment. It was only 8 AM. Inappropriate.
 
I’d invited Nina, Kate, Kevin, and Ashley, though I didn’t actually expect her to show. I hadn’t invited Richard because I’d invited Peter, but Peter couldn’t make it because he had a work event. Now, I was on the fence about inviting Richard, especially because the theme of that morning’s spin class had been about making peace—with ourselves, with the pigeons of discontent in our lives. Plus, I know Kate would wonder why Richard wasn’t there and I couldn’t lie and say I’d invited him but he couldn’t make it, because she was still in touch with him and there was a chance she would bring it up to him, like, “Missed you at Josie’s party!” And then he would be like, “Wait, Josie had a party and didn’t invite me?” And Kate would wonder why I lied and Richard would sink into an even deeper depression, having lost his job and his friends, and with little motivation to go on he’d be forced to abandon his dreams of being a writer, move home at twenty-eight years old, and mow his parents lawn to cover his share of the electricity bill. I couldn’t have that on my conscience!
 
So, with the intent of making peace and preventing a Richard meltdown, I texted him and invited him.
 
When I arrived at work, I got the shock of my life. William was in his office, already plugging away at his computer. It was 8:55 AM. The earliest I’d ever seen William in the office was 10, and even then it was only because he had a meeting with the CFO of the company and he’d bitched about it for days.
 
“Hi,” I knocked on his door. “How come you’re in so early?”
 
William spun around in his seat. He had a big grin on his face. “It’s Monday morning. Time to start our day. Time to start our lives, honey buns!” Gross.
 
William pointed his finger at me. “Don’t tell HR I said that.” He placed his meaty palms flat on his desk. “Just got some good news this weekend, and I was too excited to sleep.” He nodded to the piece of paper in my hand. “So what have you got for me?” I’d been on my way to leave the cover of the latest New York Mag issue on his desk. The infamous Grumpy Cat was on the cover, with the coverline, Boom Brands.
 
“Have you seen this?” I asked, walking over to him and handing him the cover.
 
William sighed. “Sometimes I loathe the world we live in.”
 
It was something Megan would have said. But the difference between William and Megan was that William listened when I told him I thought we needed to open our scope even more now. We’d started off with celebrity memoirs, now we were on to bloggers. These boom brands were the next big thing, and we had to be the ones to scoop up the Grumpy Cats of the world, whip together a cute little picture book that would make for the perfect coffee table book or stocking stuffer, and then rake it in.
 
“Great. Find me the next meanie cat,” William said when I was done.
 
“Um, Grumpy Cat,” I said.
 
William waved his hand irritably. “Whatever. Can you get me a latte?” He put both hands on his rotund middle. “Skim. I’m watching my figure.”
 
It’s like he was daring me to tweet about him, hashtag #Sh&tMyBossSays.
 
Social Media had secured a 9 PM time slot. The first two episodes had been a little ho-hum, in my opinion, and the Internet community seemed to agree—the show hadn’t garnered much press at all. I couldn’t decide if this was a good thing or a bad thing. The shows that seem to take off and net a ton of attention usually involve drunken cat fights, occasional violence, tan fake breasts, and gaudy displays of wealth that eventually came back to haunt the stars when they are forced to declare bankruptcy come season three. Of course I wanted our show to do well, but if it wasn’t doing well because we lacked all of the above, I was willing to concede defeat.
 
I’d told everyone to come by around 8. Richard had texted me back to say he’d love to come but he couldn’t stay long enough to watch the show. ‘Kind of awkward but I have a date,’ he wrote.
 
I started to write back, ‘That’s great!’ realized it sounded fake and insincere, and settled on, ‘No problem. It will be good to catch up.’ Nina said she thought he was still trying to make me jealous, but I actually thought exactly the opposite: That was Richard’s attempt to alleviate some of the tension that had crept into our friendship. His way of letting me know he understood nothing was going to happen between us—he was moving on, and there were no hard feelings.
 
Richard was the third to arrive, behind Kate, who had come over with me straight from work, and Nina, who’d arrived early because she heard there was cheese from the good cheese place.
 
Richard presented me with a bottle of wine and gave me a hug. Richard has always been trim, but he looked skinnier than when I’d seen him last, and it hadn’t even been that long. “Are you eating?” I asked like a concerned abuelita.
 
“I’m not drinking,” Richard said. “It’s amazing how quick the weight falls off when you lay off the sauce.”
 
“What do you mean you’re not drinking?” I asked.
 
“I just decided to take a break,” Richard said. “Clear my head, keep my focus sharp. At least until I find a new job.”
 
“How’s that going?” Kate asked.
 
“I have a few solid leads,” Richard said. “But I’m also kind of working on my own thing.”
 
“You’re writing?” I asked.
 
“Eh, not really,” he said. “I don’t really want to talk about it because if it doesn’t take off I don’t want to be that delusional guy who was standing in your kitchen, talking about how it would.”
 
I was intrigued, but I didn’t press. The idea of branching off on my own has always excited me, but I just don’t see a way to make it happen yet. The book I wrote for Big Apple Publishing barely paid me, and it didn’t even have my name on it. The publisher wanted to print it, especially after they found out that I was going to be talking about it on a TV show, but Bill—my old boss who I was in touch with here and there—recommended I stick to the pen name. ‘If you ever want to be a serious author,’ he’d written me, ‘I’d strongly recommend that you use a pen name with this.’
 
After that, the rest of my friends started rolling in—Kevin, and then, shockingly, Ashley. Oh, but that wasn’t the shocking part. Nope, the shocking part was that Ashley arrived with Tom.
 
I’ve only ever had the urge to be violent with someone once in my life, and that was with my ex-boyfriend, Eric, the night he told me he’d cheated on me. It literally took all of my willpower not to throw a chair at him, and I had to tell him to leave because I was so enraged I was afraid of what I might do. I felt that feeling again now, especially because Tom was gripping Ashley’s hand, a little bit too tightly, and he had a big, shit eating grin on his face and nary a mark on his body, which I could clearly see because unlike Ashley, he didn’t have to cover up his bruises with a bulky turtleneck. What a piece of shit, this guy.
 
I locked eyes with Nina. By the expression on her face, she was feeling the exact same way.
 
“There’s the big star,” Ashley said, enveloping me in a hug. She was overcompensating, trying to placate my rage by being extra sweet, her way of proving everything was peachy-keen. Ashley was never this gushy with me.
 
“Hey,” Tom said, thrusting a too-expensive bottle of champagne into my hands. Then he hugged me. And I hugged him back, because what else could I do?
 
“Hi,” I said coldly, tightly gripping the bottle in my hand, contemplating taking a swing at his balls with it. “I should put this on ice,” I said, and made a beeline for the kitchen.
 
Nina followed me. “What the fuck?” she hissed, when we were alone.
 
“I know,” I said.
 
“You hugged him!” Nina seethed.
 
I turned around. “What do you expect me to do, Nina? We talked about this. We push her away if we push him away.”
 
“I can’t do it,” Nina said. “I have to go. I can’t be in the same room as that asshole.”
 
“Nina!” I called after her. But she’d already unhooked her jacket from the back of a chair. She gave Tom the evil eye as she stormed past him. “You’re not fooling anyone,” is all she said to him, and Tom gave her a look, all innocent, like, ‘Whatever do you mean?’ Ashley looked at the ground, her cheeks burning red.
 
My apartment rattled as Nina slammed the door behind her. Everyone froze, wide eyed. “What was that about?” Kate whispered behind me.
 
“You don’t want to know,” I said.
 
Thankfully Tom and Ashley only stayed through the end of the show—in which I had about 90 seconds air time total. I needed more lipstick and a spray tan but other than that I looked pretty good. I’d had nightmares that I’d see myself in high def and realize I needed a face lift or something. Richard had to leave before it even began, but told me he had it DVRd back at his place. By 10, everyone had cleared out. I was cleaning up cheese rinds (Nina certainly didn’t leave hungry) and washing out wine glasses when I heard my phone vibrating. I dried my hands off, and rushed over to my bag, thinking it might be Peter. I thought it might be him asking how everything went. But when I retrieved my phone, I saw that it was from a number I didn’t recognize.
 
“Hello?” I said.
 
“Josie?” It was a woman’s voice.
 
“This is Josie,” I said. “Who is this?”
 
And because the universe decided that Tom wasn’t enough toxicity for the evening, the voice said, “It’s Elizabeth.”
NOTE: I dont own this story

20 Amaing Beauty Products For Under $10

If you’re in love with makeup, you’ve probably spent paycheck after paycheck splurging on beauty products, but why not save a few bucks on amazing, affordable makeup? Check out our favorite beauty products all under $10.

Buying makeup can be a blessing and a curse. We quickly fall in love with all the options for foundations, eyeshadows, and lipsticks, but when the prices start adding up after a Sephora or Ulta haul, our wallets and heads might start feeling a little light.
Weeding through all the beauty products at the drugstore might seem like a tedious thing, but there are some amazing finds that are sometimes overlooked. If you’re still trying to stock up on makeup without breaking your bank, this is our list of 20 great beauty products under $10.
Primers
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime ($7.99)

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The Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime is a great drug store primer that has a lot of beneficial powers such as blurring pores, smoothing fine lines, and evening the skin tone.
This primer comes in three different shades. One is meant to blur and illuminate the skin to create a healthy glow. The second is meant for fairer skin tones and acts as a redness control. The last primer is meant to smooth out pores and fine lines. You can get them here.
Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer ($8.50)
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This ivory colored primer is lightweight, long lasting, and blends well into the skin. It is best used under makeup to create a flawless “PhotoReady” look, but can always be worn on its own. Get your best deal here.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer ($5.39)
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If you have large pores and oily skin, this Maybelline primer will be your next Holy Grail item. The Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser will visibly blur pores while also leaving the face with a matte finish which is perfect for those with combination or oily skin. Buy it here from Amazon.
Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish-Mattifying Gel Mini ($10)
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If there is one primer in higher end brands that you’ve heard, it’s most likely the Benefit POREfessional. Beauty vloggers all over Youtube have raved about this product. Often said to be the higher end version of the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, this gel primer is lightweight, reduces shine, and blurs the look of pores.
Foundations
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation ($4.97)
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With a roster of 24 shades, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is perfect for normal to oily skin types. The shade ranges include pink, golden, and red undertones, and the brand recently added new shades to the collection. This foundation will help to control oil and blur pores. Buy it here now.
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($7.99)
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This oil-free foundation from L’Oreal might be one of their most popular products. The True Match foundation comes in 32 different shades and promises to match not only skin tone but texture.
If you’re not into full coverage foundation, this has promises for light to medium coverage and is suited for all skin types. You can get it here now.
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer ($9.99)
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One of the newer items on this list, Milani’s newest product is a foundation and concealer duo. Only $9.99, this foundation is definitely buildable up to full coverage. This product promises water-resistant wear as well as coverage for under eye circles and redness. Although there are 14 shades, this product is known to oxidize (turn darker) after applied to the face.
Concealer
Maybelline FIT ME Concealer ($4.38)
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Often compared to the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer might be one of the most talked about drug store items. Although this only includes 6 shades, the concealer is most commonly used as a highlight shade which can be tweaked and work with a variety of skin tones. This oil free concealer makes it ideal for all skin types. Buy it here now.
NYX Dark Circle Concealer ($6.00)
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We’ve all had those days, nights, weeks, or even months where we don’t get enough sleep and we start to see the evidence in the form of dark circles. Sometimes foundation might not fully cover these circles and leave a gray shadow underneath the makeup. NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer is specifically designed with an orange tint to help counter dark circles. You can buy it here.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer ($5.49)
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Coming in an impressive 24 shades, the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer might be the most talked about drugstore product. Available for under $3, this product provides a great amount of coverage while helping to even the skin tone. In addition to their regular concealing shades, they also have 3 ‘corrector’ shades that help even out redness or hyperpigmentation. Get your best deal on Amazon.
Powder
Maybeline FIT ME Set + Smooth/Matte + Poreless Powder ($4.99)
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Both of Maybelline’s powders help cover the range of skin issues. The Set + Smooth is more catered to normal and dry skin while the Matte + Poreless powder is crafted for normal, but more specifically, oily skin types. With promises of lasting up to 16 hours, these powders are light weight, long lasting, and come in 12 shades. Get it here.
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder ($6.87)
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Available in 6 shades, the Revlon ColorStay carries shades from light to deep. This powder will help control oil and smooth out the skin. The shades include a translucent powder which is perfect for giving the face a matte appearance without adding any addition color. You can buy it here.
Milani Prep + Set + Go Transparent Face Powder ($9.99)
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When it comes to setting under eye concealer, the point is to have a powder that will leave the face looking bright without giving any flashback with a camera. Translucent powders are the go-to for this situation, and Milani recently came out with their own translucent/transparent face powder that will help control shine, blur pores, mattify the skin, and leaving the skin looking bright.
Eyes
Ardell Glamour Wispies ($3.99)
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If you love it when your lashes flutter in the wind, Ardell Glamour Wispies are the lashes for you. Not only will these lashes give you the length and width that you’re hoping for, but the wispiness of the lashes create a very natural looking eye.
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner ($7.99)
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When it comes to makeup, we’re often intimidated by liquid liner and creating the perfect winged liner. The Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner comes with an ultra-skinny tip that is perfect for precision. Not only does this liner come in the classic black and brown shades, but it also comes in a bright navy and green color. Buy it here.
Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette – The Nudes ($9.29)
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If you’re a beginner or a pro in makeup, you would learn to love and appreciate the colors and pigmentation in the Maybelline “The Nudes” eyeshadow palette. With 12 shimmer and matte shades, this palette is especially catered towards the newer makeup aficionados.
Along the back of the palette, Maybelline includes ideas for creating different eye looks. Get your best deal on Amazon.
L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara ($7.49)
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False lashes might be a part of your regular makeup routine, but if you’re looking for something to enhance your natural lashes or even your falsies, the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara packs two punches in one go. Not only does it separate the lashes to increase the intensity, but it also adds length. They credit the increased intensity to the Carbon Black pigments in the mascara. Buy it here now.
Lips
Colourpop Ultra Matte/Satin/Metallic/Glossy Lips ($6)
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Colourpop is an Indie brand that has shot to the forefront of beauty since its launch in 2014. Selling all of their lip products for $6 or under, Colourpop has an impressive catalog of 100+ shades including matte, metallic and satin lip sticks.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99)
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When it comes to lip products, NYX is on top of their game. Their Soft Matte Lip Cream is only $6 and comes in an amazing 34 different shades ranging from pale nudes to blues to purples. These cream lipsticks glide on smooth and leave a ‘soft matte’ finish. Get your best deal on Amazon.
Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème ($8.99)
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Matte lipsticks are one of the hottest trends currently, and Milani has definitely stepped up to the plate in this game. With 18 shades of their Amore Matte Lip Crème, these lipsticks are not only highly saturated, but they promise long wear and transfer proof application.
Now that you’ve got 20 beauty products under $10 that you can splurge on, let us know in the comments below some of your favorite affordable beauty products or makeup brands!

 

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