1. Be a peacekeeper – PeaceKeeper “cause-metics” is the first cosmetics line to give all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues. Their ideals include supporting slavery free labor, fair wages and cruelty free products. Their product line includes eco-friendly nail polish remover, lip gloss and lip paint. Check out PeaceKeeper “cause”metics and don’t just look beautiful – do something beautiful too.
2. Be a good tippr – Along the lines of Groupon and Living Social, Tippr consolidates deals and considers itself the new wave of collective buying. Local merchants contract with Tippr to offer great deals on things like boot camp workouts, personalized cosmetics, and haircuts at deep discounts to Tippr subscribers.
3. Be a music aficionado – I found out about rdio through Minka Wiggin’s AuralNotes website. Rdio (prounounced ar-dee-o) is a new social music service that allows you to follow your friends and listen to their playlists. Collections and playlists are instantly updated and you can sync music and listen, even when you’re offline. The service starts at $4.99/month, but you can take advantage of their free trial here.
4. Be a bookworm – Whether you’ve gone the way of the ebook or you’re old school like me, if you love reading a good book – in any format – then goodreads is the site for you. Goodreads allows you to get and give great book recommendations, keep track of what you want to read and collect your favorite quotes.
5. Be an insider – If you like visiting great city neighborhoods and hot spots but hate being a tourist, Not For Tourists (NFT) should be right up your alley. Written and designed by city dwellers, NFT will help you discover secret spots you never knew existed. NFT cities include Amsterdam, Austin, Philadelphia, Chicago and London. You can also sign up to submit listings, reviews and custom mapguides.