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‘Rocketman’ star Taron Egerton avoids reviews. Elton John emails them anyway.

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If anyone’s watching the reviews for Rocketman, it’s Sir Elton John.

The music legend who inspired the musical fantasy film sends daily emails to his onscreen representative, star Taron Egerton, who told Jimmy Kimmel this fact on Tuesday night.

“I try and avoid reviews, but Elton sends me them every dayEvery day,” he said. “It’s the same title every time: ‘And another one.'”

Of course, like Kimmel, you’re probably wondering what Sir Elton’s email address is. Is it i_remember_when_rock_was_young@hotmail.com? tinydancer71@live.com? Surely it’s not eltonjohn@gmail.com… Read more…

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Write Reviews and Turn Your Opinions Into Gift Cards on G2 Crowd

Have you ever wanted to get paid in mocha Frappuccinos? G2 Crowd can help with that. Well, sort of.

G2 Crowd is a business software review website, and it wants your opinions badly — so badly that it’s willing to pay for them with gift cards. Each review will typically net you a $ 10 gift card to Starbucks or Amazon. Sometimes you can get more. For niche software, the company can pay more than $ 25 per review.

And if you don’t like those two gift-card choices, you can use our guide to sell gift cards for cash or exchange them for better ones online.

How to Get Paid to Write Reviews for G2 Crowd

Writing reviews for G2 Crowd is fairly straightforward. You follow the corresponding link for an Amazon or Starbucks gift card (see below), select what software or app you use for work, then rate the software and answer a few short questions about it.

Be honest in that you actually use the software. Provide a screenshot of you using the software with identifiable information, where possible. This will speed up the verification process.

For example, you can log into many software services with your Gmail, LinkedIn or Facebook account. For my reviews, I logged into the software using my Gmail account, and my email and avatar were visible in the corner of the screen, making the screenshot easily verifiable.

If you can’t provide decent proof that you use the software you’re reviewing, G2 Crowd will probably reject your review. That means no gift card.

Here’s what you’ll need to start reviewing:

  • A LinkedIn account or business email address.
  • Corresponding promotion links for Starbucks and/or Amazon.
  • A screenshot to verify that you use the software or app.
  • About five to 10 minutes to complete the review questions.

If you don’t have a business email address or LinkedIn account, no worries. Making a LinkedIn account is easy and free. You can follow our guide to make your LinkedIn profile shine.

Be aware that if you go to G2 Crowd’s website and start reviewing products without following the promotion links, your reviews won’t qualify for the gift cards.

 

The company will pay for the first five verified reviews. After that, you can gain points or other incentives for additional reviews.

What Is G2 Crowd, and Is It Legit?

G2 Crowd, a business software review website, displays on a laptop.

G2 Crowd is a popular software review platform. Five former employees from BigMachines, a customer relationship management software company, founded G2 Crowdin 2012. Since then, the company has reached a reported valuation of nearly $ 500 million, according to TechCrunch.

So the business is doing well. And in short, yes. It’s legit.

I maxed out my paid reviews in one day, totalling $ 50. The website says it takes 48 business hours for the digital gift cards to appear in your account’s reward section. I got all the gift cards within a few hours. Some came the next business day.

By offering people gift cards, G2 Crowd is actually solving a problem with online reviews: polarization. An analysis published by Harvard Business Review states the reviews are typically biased, meaning people don’t often take the time to review things they don’t love or hate.

Think about it. What was your last online review for? A so-so experience? Not likely.

You were probably elated (five stars) that your server at Texas Roadhouse was hilarious and comped your dessert, or maybe you were furious (one star) that the courier left your package from Aunt Lisa outside in the rain.

So, hopefully, a few gift cards to Amazon or Starbucks can get you to give a more honest review and a rating somewhere in between that evening at Texas Roadhouse and the package-delivery debacle of 2017.

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A subscription box cynic reviews the new Sunday Riley box

A subscription box cynic reviews the new Sunday Riley box


A subscription box cynic reviews the new Sunday Riley box

Let’s be real, the idea of a brand-new subscription box can sound boring as hell. Since the birth of the subscription service trend, we’ve tried them all, from the O.G. Birchbox, to zodiac-themed boxes, to subscriptions for our fur children. Most of the time, the contents are uninspired, whether it’s products you’d never use in your life or travel-size items that don’t justify the monthly cost. I haven’t signed up for a subscription box in years because of this. Usually when I hear about a new one, I can’t help but scream, “BORING!” At this point, the only subscription I know I’ll never regret is a wine club. But when I heard about Sunday Riley coming out with its own subscription box, I felt my ears perk up. It is Sunday Riley, after all. ICONIC.

Whether or not you’re skin care-obsessed or just a casual beauty consumer, chances are you’re familiar with the name Sunday Riley. The brand is synonymous with aspirational skin care—it’s pricier than what the average beauty lover wants to spend, but piques interest because so many people swear by its products. In fact, celebrities such as Julianne Moore, Victoria Beckham, and Jourdan Dunn are all fans. Good Genes, the exfoliating lactic acid treatment, is a cult favorite despite its stinging sensation, unattractive scent, and $ 100+ price tag. The fact that such a beloved skin care brand launched its own subscription service is something that can’t be overlooked. So when the peeps at Sunday Riley offered to send be a box to review, I thought, why the hell not?

The lowdown:

Courtesy of Sunday Riley

Sunday Riley’s first-ever subscription box is called The Wellness Box. It focuses on products that are geared towards not just physical beauty, but mental and energetic wellness. So aside from beauty products, you’ll also get supplements, crystals, and a meditation app subscription.

The contents are as follows: Sunday Riley Good Genes (15 ml), Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip (30 ml), Thinx Hiphugger, bkr Bottle, IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Air Dry Styler (1.7 oz), Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle, WelleCo Super Elixir 7-Day Supply, a free month of the Headspace App, Kitsch Cleanse Ritual Collection Microfiber Hair Towel, Clear Your Space, Clear Your Mind Kit, and a Sunday Riley Travel Cosmetic Bag. The total worth of the box is $ 300, but you get it for $ 95. You can choose to purchase alone or sign up for an annual subscription for $ 380 (there are no discounts if you sign up annually, though I feel there should at LEAST be $ 20 off or something ).

First thoughts:

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Honestly, when I first opened the box I was immediately impressed. My eyes shot to a Smith & Cult nail polish and a BKR water bottle. I knew we were getting into something good. These are high-end items, so Sunday Riley did NOT skimp.

Standout faves:

Sunday Riley Good Genes and Ceramic Slip

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I gotta start off with the actual brand, OBVI. Now, I’ve used Good Genes and love it, though it takes a minute to get used to the smell and sensation (Disclaimer: I don’t really have sensitive skin, so if you do, you might want to use this with caution). I haven’t used a Sunday Riley cleanser, though, so I was excited to try Ceramic Slip. It will take a minute to figure out whether Ceramic Slip will be in my usual rotation, but so far, it’s a pretty decent cleanser.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle

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I love, love this polish brand. The fact that there’s a full-size bottle in a nice, rich, red shade brought me joy.

One free month of Headspace

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I’ve been super curious to try Headspace forever, so it’s cool that they have this in there. Can’t wait to quiet this wild mind!

Kitsch Cleanse Ritual Collection Microfiber Hair Towel

Courtesy of Sunday Riley

I love me a towel head wrap, and this one is so cute (and usually costs $ 23). Imagine the #maskmonday selfies.

Clear Your Space, Clear Your Mind Kit ( includes Palo Santo and two crystal tower points in Obsidian and Rainbow Fluorite)

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As someone who works with crystals on the reg, I was pleased to see the size of these points. Obsidian is good for protection against negative energy (be gone, haters) and Flourite is amazing for creativity (I use it when I’m writing). In other boxes I’ve gotten that included crystals they’ve been teeny tiny nugs, so the fact that this comes with two good-sized points is impressive. Elsewhere, these sizes of crystals can cost you $ 20 and a little upwards, if you’re lucky.

Thinx Hiphugger

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Everyone I know who uses these period panties swears by them, so I’ve been dying to try a pair. Unfortunately the one included in the box I got wasn’t my size, but you can choose your size (XS-3XL) when you order. These usually cost $ 34. 

bkr (500 ml)

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You cannot go wrong with a bkr bottle. These are so handy, and cost $ 38 on their own. If you don’t own one already, you’re going to be happy you got one. Let’s hydrate, queens!

Final thoughts:

I thought pretty much everything in this box was legit. Almost everyone can benefit from these products, though of course, it all comes down to personal preference. If you’re already a Sunday Riley fan, you’ll enjoy it, and if you’re a newb, this is a good way to try their products while getting a shitton of other stuff as well. Upcoming Sunday Riley subscription box themes will be geared towards athleisure and travel. I’m actually really curious to see how those will look—if the contents will be anything like the Wellness Box, they’re probably going to be bomb.

Order the Wellness Box at Sunday Riley’s website.

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