Some updates from this week; I believe I mentioned in my last post that Tuesday was the day firms would start sending out offers. Aaaand well…I was able to land offers from both firms I interviewed for!
The first, I’m pretty sure I missed the call for because I was at work. I left my phone at my desk while in a meeting, and my phone for some reason turned off by itself (thus why I’m getting a new phone soon…) so I can’t even tell if someone called. Regardless, I went to check my uni email and found the offer emailed to me. 10 seconds later, my mom called me asking if I received an offer from the firm. She couldn’t be a mind reader…so obviously I asked how she knew. It turned out the firm fedex-ed a box of stuff to me, branded with their logo, like a backpack, pen, water bottle, usb, etc etc. Well THAT was something. Later in the afternoon, one of the partners called me to congratulate me (I assume I missed the first call).All the while, nothing from the other firm…until I was called by one of their HR. But I couldn’t really talk to her freely since I was at work, and someone was actually waiting to speak with me. So I told her I’d call her back. Which I did. And landed in her voicemail.
Anyway, the next day she called me back just as I was about to head down to take the metro, and in a nutshell, she said I was a bit of a special case because they really liked me and received very positive feedback on my assessments. But they were looking to hire only one person (full-time tax I suppose hired significantly less than the usual audit route, because I know audit they hire a lot of people). In any case, she said they were trying to work it out and see if they could open up a new position for me, and would get back to me latest on Friday (Big4 offer acceptance deadlines are Monday evening). She asked if I had any offers I needed to respond urgently to, to which I told her I did have another offer, but had until Monday.
Nothing on Thursday. Job related anyway. I went out with some friends for sushi that evening, which was nice until I realized it wasn’t Friday. I had felt like it was Friday all day and there’s nothing like realizing there’s one more day except a punch in the gut. WORK TOMORROW WOOT.
Friday morning, around 10:30am (and their 8:30am), she called me back extending an offer, stating things went well on their end and they managed to open up a position for me. I would be receiving an email from the onboarding team a bit later, and they are giving me until Tuesday. To be honest, I’m pretty skeptical about the whole ‘opening a new position for you’ thing. I feel more like I’m backup for whomever ended up rejecting their offer…but the priority is, WHAT DO I DO.
WHERE SHOULD I GO.
I have a Dev of Accounting Thought midterm on Monday…I don’t even have the time to just keep thinking it through (lol as I write this post XD)
Truthfully I feel like the benefits at the second firm are a bit better (with salary being the same), but it rubs me the wrong way that I’m probably a backup. And no call from partner to congratulate (I KNOW it’s just a phone call but it’s a conventional Big4 hiring step!!!) The 1st firm has been so nice and clearly didn’t flip-flop around with their decision (they fedex-ed me a box of stuff for godsakes). Someone actually called me yesterday afternoon to follow up and see if I had any questions.
Eh, I’ll probably discuss it tonight with my parents to see if they have any advice.
On another note, I ordered a few things on Zipia and Stylenanda a while back and finally met up with my friend to collect my stuff/pay up. I was going to order two things on Zipia; a denim blouse and white oxfords but the shoes went out of stock…and came back into stock AFTER we made our purchases. HA. Sorry shoes, maybe next time. Zipia this time was hit with customs so I very unfortunately practically paid double the cost of the item. The blouse was only $22 USD but I had to pay $38 CAD…UGH. So much dislike. Fortunately, the shirt is as nice as in the photos. I love the wash and the intricate design on the back.
Stylenanda can be extremely expensive in terms of their clothes, but their cosmetics are very decently priced, in my opinion. I’ve heard good things about their makeup, so I wanted to give it a try. I actually ordered 3 things; lip lacquer, cream blusher, and a concealer, but I think they ran out of stock for the concealer. At first they seemed like they would ship it later but ended up just cancelling the order and returning the money. Anyway, Stylenanda’s cosmetics line is called 3 Concept Eyes, and the packaging is pretty minimalist.
I got the cream blusher in #Coral Coral, which is $13.21 USD (by the way their prices in Korean Won are cheaper…it’s 12,000 WON which is around $11.30 USD), and their famous lip lacquer in Show Time. The thing about 3 Concept Eyes makeup is the intensity and pigmentation that a lot of Korean makeup lacks. Korean makeup tends to be on the more sheer side, for a natural look, which fits me well because I’m not one for crazy colours anyway. But it’s nice to have more pigmented makeup to work with.
I’m in love with the cream blusher; it is very pigmented and you have to be pretty careful with how much you use or your face will just look ridiculous. Tiny amounts squeezed out of the tube will suffice, at which point you carefully spread it across your cheeks. It gives this very pretty glow that lasts and doesn’t fade through the day, at all. I know because I wore it on Thursday. I applied it around 6:45am and returned home around 11pm. The colour was still vivid. It tints your cheeks and actually I feel like even after using my makeup remover, the colour was still there.
The lip lacquer is decently raved about, with a large selection of colours to choose from. They are extremely vivid. I can’t say too much about it yet because I haven’t gone out wearing it, but I did try it the night I received it. The pigmentation is no joke, and again, a little goes along way. The final texture is exactly as they advertise; soft and press powdered-like. It’s really interesting, because it doesn’t emphasis the lines in your lips or any drying bits. It looks amazing with a clear gloss over it; my main reason for buying it. The colour Show Time is such a bright hot pink, I would rarely wear the colour full on, but for a tint or gradient lip, it’s perfect and gorgeous. I think this is will have fairly decent lasting power. This sells for $20.21 USD (or 18,000 won).
Stylenanda will ship for free if you buy over $200 USD. If you spend over $100, shipping will be $10. If you spend less than that…$20. Or, you could just be in Korea and go to their store XD
Did I mention I have a bit of a girl crush on Park Sora (above model)??? She’s very pretty. And er small swatches from me, obviously with meh photo quality. I realize now I should’ve separated this into two posts but I’m lazy so whaaaatever.