240 Karma points
Editor, writer, and newbie illustrator, keen to explore as many odd hobbies and fantasy novels as I am allowed. Fueled by coffee, curiosity, and cupcakes.
Two words: hummingbird cupcakes, and if you haven't tried one yet, you don't know what you're missing. Even if banana and pineapple aren't your thing, Magnolia Bakery offers up everything from sea salt caramel cookies to Snickers Bar pies to homespun comforts like pumpkin muffins and blueberry lemon scones. Stop in first thing for breakfast or just a quick mid-day snack to give yourself a heartfelt pick-me-up.
If you need some serious bang for your buck this trusty little microphone is just $30 and produces crisp, clear, high quality sound while reducing static and background noise. USB plug-in means you can get recording right away without hassle. Whatever your recording needs, the Fifine is an excellent starting point.
Even if you don't have curls, everyone can use a super moisturizing and gentle way to keep those locks clean and tangle-free. Starting at $24, this is the perfect middle-priced product to keep away frizz, split ends, and other stray damage. Packed with nourishing Vitamin E, this shampoo is not only sulfate-free, it is paraben-free and silicone-free as well!
For just $15 per month and five beauty samples in each box that give you a taste of everything from skin care to hair care to makeup, it's no wonder Birchbox has had such success since its launch in 2010. Even better than the nail polish and fragrance goodies, you can also customize your subscription box to include additional products and take advantage of their regular sale items. Perfect for getting everything you need and trying something new at the same time!
The beauty of BoxyCharm is that for just $21 per month, subscribers will receive five full size products worth an average value of $100 or more. Primarily makeup focused, this beauty box is unique in that it often includes tools as well as products, and who doesn't love getting a new set of brushes in the mail along with that gorgeous new eyeshadow palette?
You'll find a few locations throughout New York City of this now viral sweet shop, the brain child of pastry chef Christina Tosi and Momofuku founder David Chang, but no matter which one you check out, there's something for everyone. Grab yourself some birthday cake truffles, a compost cookie (we promise it takes way better than it sounds), or their signature cereal milk soft serve ice cream.
Two best friends Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald set out to craft the world's greatest, softest, yummiest cookie, and the rest is history. If you are in search of a treat where just one portion is more than enough to keep you satisfied, look no further as these cookies are incredibly fulfilling, as well as being doughy, decadent, and delicious.
Any place that is written up by Food & Wine magazine as the "Best Cupcakes in the United States" definitely deserves a shout out. The S'mores and Coconut Cloud are both sure to catch your attention, but we have to give a very special nod of approval to Little Cupcake Bakeshop's most widely loved and longest-lasting claim to culinary fame, the Brooklyn Blackout. You'll almost never want to eat any other kind of chocolate treat again (almost).
Especially for beginners, the Snowball iCE is an excellent place to start, and definitely budget-friendly at just $43. Its USB plug-in allows for quick and simple set up for both Mac and PC without any additional equipment or software required, so you can get to recording in no time. This mic is particularly good for podcasters who anticipate having guests chat with them as it can record sound in all directions.
Very accessible and easy to find in your local Target or supermarket for just $8, OGX has an excellent and diverse line of hair products that stay away from sulfates. What we love about their Coconut Milk shampoo, though, is the use of whipped egg whites to deliver strengthening protein to your hair while soothing coconut oil makes hair silky soft without weighing it down.