Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tip Off Tuesday: Whiter Teeth with Red Lipstick

Going to try the red lip this year?  When you choose your shade select one with a blue base rather than orange.  The blue hue undertone will make your teeth look whiter. 
NYX Matte Red Lipstick, Pure Red

Monday, February 27, 2012

Get Adele's Cover Look for Less

This list has all the products you need to create Adele's Vogue cover look for less.
Our Grand Total = $68
Adele's Vogue Cover for Less

The product steal featured in this collection is the e.l.f. highlighter for only $3 in many stores.  Adding that along the brow bone changes the look from good to glamor.  Not just this look either.  Use it daily to wake up your face and highlight your eyes.

Of course the signature cat eye is what captures Adele's look.  Want to use what you have and try just the cat eye?  Choose a liquid liner with a very thin brush.

The timeless beauty look was created with top of the line products and prices.  Here is the breakdown.
  • Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Blush Nude, $45
  • Caron Paris Poudre Compacte Poudre Peau Fine 05 powder, $45
  • LancĂ´me Teint Miracle Lit-from-Within Makeup Natural Skin Perfection SPF 15, $39
  • Dior Blackout mascara, $35
  • Shu Uemura false eyelashes in Slant Black, $21
  • Cle de Peau Beaute Intensifying Cream Eyeliner in shade 101, $60
  • Benefit Cosmetics Brows-a-go-go, $38
  • Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Glow pencil, $20
  • Make Up For Ever Professional Aqua Liner in Mat Black, $23
Vogue's Grand Total = $326

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hunting but not in the Woods

Bubbly for Brunch

This outfit is the prime reason to invest in stellar solids and basic pieces. You can style them endlessly. Floral on the feet I can handle and it makes this outfit so current especially with the addition of a few pastel touches.

At $234. those shoes are not a price I would pay for anything trendy. With a little searching and digging you can always find what you are after available in your price range. The hunt is on for a cute little peep toe floral heel.

How would you wear floral, big and bold or just a touch like printed shoes?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Working Out Work Out Wear

I posted how to wear the comfy work out wear here.  Let me tell you I put those outfits together from experience stemming from not wanting to wear pants...ever.  Here is a look I upgraded using accessories and our friend layering.

P.S. Those flats are a rocking little pair of Bisou Bisou that were originaly almost $70!

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Momma Go Round

Kid Style: Miss Matched and Managed Storage

The mis matched price breakdown.  My out of pocket cost $3.
headband / Dollar Tree $1
sweater / Target $0 hand me down (hand me down from sister org. $12)
shirt / Gap $0 birthday gift
scarf / $0 borrowed from sister
leggings / $0 birthday gift
socks / Dollar Tree $2
boots / Wal-Mart $0 Christmas gift

Buying ahead, second hand and hand me downs is the only way I keep that budget of $20 for a five year old.  I am a fan of reducing and reusing, clothing applies.  However I am not a fan of hoarding so we have a good system to keep the clothing cycle stored in an organized fashion. 

I have a three bin cart, laundry tote and shopping bag.  The cart is in my laundry room so I can sort clothes as if it is part of the laundry when the need arises and not create an extra sorting pile or task for later on.  Each bin has a job.
  • clothes to sell
  • clothes to keep for growing into
  • shoes and more clothes for growing into   
When someone outgrows something or items come into the house I get it right from the dryer to the right bin.

The shopping bag tucks right behind the cart for clothing items to donate.  When its full I drop it off, after I drive it around in my trunk for weeks.  The small tote goes on a shelf in my daughters closet and is for all the things that she will wear soon, her current size or size up.

I list my good quality clothing that we will not use or have gently used on Thred-Up.  When someone picks a box I print a pre-paid label off their web site and send the flat rate box out.  Once my items are received I get paid via PayPal!  It's a low hassle community.

310996_250x250 $5 for clothes

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tip Off Tueday: Breakouts? Don't Use a Sponge.

All though it is my favorite method of application a makeup sponge can hold bacteria, unless you are using a new one or freshly washed sponge daily.  Unlikely, right?  So if you are dealing with acne or just a break out ditch the sponge for your finger tips.  Open acne will heal quicker and break outs will disappear faster.  Then you can go back to your sponge, wash or change it weekly in any condition your skin is in.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Spring Shopping with Absolute Mommy

I am ready for spring in more ways than one and the fashion outlook is good. 

I started my spring shopping courtesy of Absolute Mommy and today I am posting some tips about wearing the runway trends in a real world way.   Click here to read the rest and see the sandals I scored at Forever 21.
accessories spring 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gold Hues Under $50



Vintage looking metals and pastels are the choosen ones this spring.  The metal is easy, bronze, silver and gold tones are easy to wear and pair with things.  Pastel is not everyone's cup of tea, but I will share some ways to work it in in small doses but today I am thinking gold.  Not nineties rope chain gold but this gold, current, modern, clean and stylish.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kid Style: Current Looks from Clearance Racks, Hand Me Downs & Thrifts

Twenty dollars, give or take a few, is what I spent to dress my five year old this year and in the years before.  I use hand me downs, thrift buys and clearance sales to do that.

The cutest outfits off the ad pages can cost upwards of fifty bucks per outfit.  Not happening over here.  They outgrow those things to quick at this age for me to justify that cost so we use them as style inspiration to pump out cute, comfy and affordable outfits.

To make it work stock up on the basics in the off season by buying ahead for the next size when they are at the lowest price.  Zero in on the solids and outfit staples like jeans, leggings, tee's and tanks.  That way it is easy to pull things together to complete outfits and layer.  Shoes are no exception, boots can be bought for a few dollars in the spring and flip flops will be cents by fall.

What ever look your after or style your kid has give it a shot.

top - hand me down xs junior top restyled as a dress | tights - Children's Place clearance | boots - hand me down

Kid style is a new series I am going run here as it is part of my daily life as a mom to three fashion loving girls.  It makes a return next Thursday when I share how I keep extra clothes around without clutter or creating piles of work to sort out. 
Plus an adorable outfit styled to mimic the look of the pricey Little Miss Matched brand with a full price break down.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tip Off Tuesday: How to Save Your Handbag

To preserve the life of your handbag minimize the load.  The word is seventy percent full and thirty percent free of stuff to keep your bag's shape and handles intact and looking good.

Nicole Miller Avery Cross-Body Satchel

I wonder will this help me find stuff in my bag in under a minute?  Doubtful, but I am optimistic.

What I Like: Beauty Buys Under $5

Beauty Secrets tweezers.  Has the precision of pricey tweezers with fun designs $1.49.

Sally Beauty Supply

Mr. Pumice Pumi Bar.  Softens feet miraculously $2.69.
Sally Beatuy Supply

Sea salt.  So many reasons but my number 1 is for a softening bath soak $1.

Dollar Tree
Art deco nail art pens.  Save lots of money doing your own mani and nail designs, kids love it too $1!

Dollar Tree
Qtips.  Crafter, beautifer, cleaner of things.  Good product, great beauty tool.


Five more I love that are all priced around $3.
  • Aussie Freeze hairspray.  Holds hair for hours like a bottle of twenty dollar Kenra spray.
  • Floss, any kind.  Not even kidding, clean healthy teeth go good with every outfit.
  • Cover Girl Cheekers.  Best inexpensive blush ever.  Applies easy and lasts all day.
  • Yardley bath soap.  This soap has minimal ingredients and still smells so good and is non-drying.
  • Sally Hanson Extreme Wear nail polish.  Pumps out great colors in full coverage and resists chips.
My ten inexpensive beauty buys can also be seen in the link below where Lena and friends share their list of ten things, check Lena's 10 fashion must have's, I completely agree with her.