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40% OFF!! End of Season SALE!

It’s FRIDAY lovelies! Celebrate and SHOP my End of Season 40% OFF SALE!

Treat yourself before school starts up again… Get those birthday presents… Order yourself those final touches for summer styling… Shop for those summer/ fall weddings… Early holiday shopping…

Shop Sale Styles Now through August 13 at 40% OFF!

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In LOVE with a REBEL…

As in MAC “REBEL” SATIN LIPSTICK

I walked up to the MAC counter for a couple specific things and began to have an internal debate on whether to purchase a dark lipstick or not (considering I really didn’t have one in the shade I was thinking of and it is Fall/Autumn – perfect lipstick time). Clearly, you can see which side won, but I tried to hold out and failed!

I partially blame the wonderful MAC girl, who suggested the shade, which I initially swatched on my hand like always and at that point I was like hmmm maybe. Then she practically bounced up and down saying “try it on!” I did and wow – I was sold!!

It’s perfect for Fall/Autumn and Winter and looks aaaaamazing in person. Seriously, if you’re looking for a lipstick on the darker side, do not pass on trying this one on!

Within the one hour of purchasing it, leaving MAC, a little more shopping and heading home, I got complimented and asked what lipstick I had on by 10 people!! Half of those were the Sephora beauty associates – clearly disappointed that they couldn’t get it there in their store!

Ughhh… I look so tired in this picture (because it was taken at like 2AM after a looooong day), but it gives you a look at the lipstick on.

As expected of MAC lipsticks, it is highly pigmented and of superior quality, and as with many highly pigmented lipsticks, this will stain your lips after hours of wearing it.

It is a “satin” lipstick, so it has a slight sheen and does NOT dry out your lips – great for all day wear!

lalalalala… who loves REBEL… I do


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Life on a (Beauty) Budget!

The amount of money women (and some men) spend on beauty products and regimens is staggering – and I would know!

And let’s face it, sometimes you have to ask yourself, where the hell do they get the money to spend on that beauty crap?!? I have been on both sides of this, the spender and the questioner.

So I have been in a transition, financially speaking, which has caused a necessary change my spending habits. The main topics in my blog should be proof enough that beauty and fashion are both weaknesses of mine.

Now while I am the girl that always goes shopping with a coupon or during the biggest sales, I am also a firm advocate of buying a product that I believe in – despite the price tag. And really, what is your face worth to you?  I know that some call me crazy or may simply not agree with this, and that is okay.

I’m also the type of person that stocks up, as in if there is a sale on some of my favorite products, I will purchase multiples and toss them in the drawer. Yes, THE drawer full of products I use religiously, and will not expire before I use them.

I think this habit of stocking up during sales or just when I had the funds to purchase multiples, has worked in my favor, considering my much reduced beauty budget.

This shift in my beauty budget has caused some changes, right down to this blog: less money in the budget means fewer opportunities to try out new products, fewer new products to review, and no real hauls of products or fashion worth talking about.

When you are on a budget, one of the smartest areas to cut down on spending are the luxuries – which, depending on who you are, your beauty regime could be considered one of your luxuries. Now I say “smartest” as apposed to easiest because hey, sometimes it just isn’t that easy to cut down on the things you deserve and that you feel are worth it, or just make you feel good.

Not all products I use would break even the most frugal people, but some would certainly be classified  as luxuries.

So I thought, since I was going through this, many of you may be going through a similar situation and maybe you would like to hear some of my tips and methods for surviving on a beauty budget!

Now some of these things may work for you, while others may not, but have worked for me in the past and now…

Invest in quality products that will last

  • Examples: Prestige cosmetic/skin care lines’ serums and specialty treatments

Find less expensive, yet comparable products to more expensive options

  • Examples: SPF face lotions, shampoos and conditioners, high quality drugstore cosmetics, body lotions and cleansing products, and be sure to also checkout your local beauty supply stores

Skip the salons and spas, do your own nails and hair coloring

  • Personally, I do not have a need/want to dye my hair, but ask a friend you trust with your hair to help

If you are able, have a hair dresser friend you trust trim/style your hair

  • Treat your friend to a homemade dinner or take them out for lunch, especially if they don’t ask for anything in return for cutting your hair

“MAKE” some of your own products

  • Examples: Fragrance body oil, face masks, body wax, and  hair treaments

Opt for shaving, depilatory creams or at home waxing

  • If you don’t have the time to keep up with shaving, opt for reasonably priced depilatory creams that keep hair away a bit longer, or make your own wax – sugar paste is quick, cheap and easy to make!

Take care with your clothing

  • Wash your clothing properly, hand wash if necessary, to ensure your clothes keep their color, shape and quality

Try out upcycling

  • Use old product containers or clothing, revamp/decorate them into something new and creative like a new outfit or storage containers
Stock up – a.k.a. THE drawer
  • When you know that great once-a-year sale is coming up, set aside a little extra money and stock up on your favorite items, even if you haven’t run out yet – that way you’ll always have a stocked drawer of those most-loved products and if you run out and can’t afford to go buy more, your covered.

Make a wishlist!

  • One of my favorite things to do: Make a list of products or items that you don’t need but simply want, luxury items you can’t just buy on a whim anymore, and once a month – or when you are able – get yourself something on that list (set aside a bit of money every week/month towards your wishlist fund)


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Accessory HAUL: ModCloth & BleuDame

So I went on a bit of an online shopping accessory spree last week – BUT I had coupon codes! Yeah… I’m just trying to justify my spending 😀

So I received my stuff over the weekend from both ModCloth and BleuDame.  I’m a frequent shopper of both sites – I wish they had rewards programs!

So here is what I ordered from BleuDame…

BleuDame Wrap-Around Snake Cuff Earrings

BleuDame Nicole Richie Aztec Arrow Necklace

BleuDame Antiqued Bird Claw Cuff Bracelet

And here is what I ordered from ModCloth…

Now I understand it is almost summer, and some may say I’m crazy for buying scarves in Spring/Summer weather, but I just didn’t want to miss out on these two scarves – plus they are quite lightweight.

 ModCloth Sunset the Mood Scarf in Teal 

ModCloth Painting Faces Scarf in White/Black

ModCloth Sir Thing (two-finger) Ring

RAWWWWRRRRR…

and one more thing from ModCloth

ModCloth Tea Rex Infuser in Green