Shopgirl: Newest trivia trend happens twice a day

Trivia is one of those things that is just better as an app – no cheating, no messy tables with cards all over the place, and you play it for just a few minutes or as long as you want.

 

My favorite game right now is HQ, a live trivia game that happens twice a day and that has real cash prizes with no buy-in required.

It works like this: at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., you get on the app and play a single-elimination trivia round with hundreds of thousands of other players.

There are 12 rounds, but as soon as you miss a question or don’t answer within the time limit you’re out.

Whoever is left standing at the end wins the cash prize (or splits it with the other people who are still standing).

The questions aren’t too difficult, but it’s still hard to get all 12 correct. The real-time nature of the game really gets that adrenaline pumping and makes it a fun way to play trivia on your phone. Download for free!

 

WHAT’S TRENDY. Getting bored with your current lip game? Here are a few trends I think will take off in lipwear over the next few months.

First, high gloss level but just clear: like Glossier’s pink clear gloss, or just a clear high-gloss like Neutrogena’s MoistureShine in Gleam or Glaze.

Another great trend that’s easy and timeless is a diffused, natural look that isn’t the matte nude that’s been so popular, but more of a soft rosy look. I like Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip balm in Red Dahlia, or Dior Addict Lip Glow in Natural Pink.

However, that peachy nude you see everywhere is a classic for a reason.

The best drugstore matte lipstick is NYX’s Matte Lipstick, and their “nude” shade is super universal. Tom Ford’s Bare Peach is also gorgeous.

 

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE. The Columbia County Orchestra will have its Christmas Pops Concert on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Augusta Scottish Rite Center on Washington Road.

This is a free concert, and it’s such a great way to support local musicians who are both amateur and professionals.

They work hard to prepare a great program, and we are so fortunate to have so many great local artists who love to give to our community.

A dessert reception will follow the 7 p.m. performance.

 

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