Steal Rachel Bilson's Cheap Beauty Favorites

Friday, July 10th, 2009

rachel bilson lucky

I love Girl With a Satchel’s Erica, and I especially loved what she said about the new Lucky Magazine cover with Rachel Bilson: “…while Rachel Bilson is pretty but won’t steal your boyfriend’s attention”. I also love Rachel Bilson. With so much love, why am I cranky?

Well, most of the fashionable items that Bilson told Lucky she likes are super expensive. Of course, I’m used to that with this magazine – or magazines in general. But if you really want something that Rachel Bilson covets, what can you get? Beauty products are less expensive than the leather jacket she’s selected, so let’s look at those.

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Black – $8.  Bilson tells Lucky Magazine, “I love this mascara from Neutrogena. I put it on in the morning and never have to think about.” This seems to be a very popular mascara, I’d try it for sure.  ... Read More

Hilary Swank Promotes Gray Nail Polish

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Hilary Swank is swanky with Oprah. Photo from

Hilary Swank is swanky with Oprah. Photo from

Hilary Swank was recently on The Oprah Winfrey Show and she wore the cutest outfit. It was a black blouse, black and white polka dot skirt, yellow belt, and for a final touch – gray nail polish. During the interview, Oprah noticed them. Hilary said she’d done them like that for Halloween, and she also got Oprah to admit that she didn’t so much love the color. Ha! Luckily these two have a report where it didn’t seem like Oprah was insulting Swank.

I think it depends on your skin tone for whether a gray nail polish will compliment you. No matter if you’re looking for a metallic nail polish, matte nail polish or sparkly nail polish – there’s a gray polish out there for you. The China Glaze polish color I’m listing is the one closest to the one Swank was wearing – it has an almost violet tint to it in the right light. If you’re not feeling gray, try silver nail polish. And if you hate it all? Be a rebel and go gold.

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Examining ways to Copy the Latest Hair Styles from NY Fashion Week

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Who says you only need one writing utencil in your bun?!

Who says you only need one writing utencil in your bun?! Photo by Evil_Erin on Flickr

Jeanie Syfu is a TRESemme celebrity stylist who attended New York Fashion Week and looked at the hair trends for us. She focused on what hair styles to do and how to create the hair style with styling products. I won’t be taking ALL  of her advice, but some is fairly helpful.

You see, there is a bit of a translation you need to do when you get hair advice on TV/magazines. Those people are in a different environment, with lots of money, and they also have to plug their products most of the time. So, I listen to what they say and then translate it to apply for real life  functionality.

She says: Good hair styles include messy buns with controlled ‘front hair’. Use one big simple hair accessory. Try disheveled hair textures, ... Read More

Gifts for Him: Good Christmas Gifts (See also: Cheap Christmas Gifts)

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

gifts for him

Urban Outfitters has a lot of great, silly items that make good Christmas gifts. So this is my list of  good gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season, using Urban Outfitters. Don’t fret (I know you hate to do that!), I also did a post for girls and more girl-centric gifts: Gifts for Her. Make sure to find a urban outfitters free shipping code & urban outfitters coupon code if you shop

Well, it’s really hard to shop for guys. Seriously. What do you buy a guy for Christmas? Usually I have no clue. Which is why I’m on the hunt, early! Of course, these are gifts for guys in their teens/20’s/early 30’s – considering the store. They’re silly gifts, but guys often do like silly things. Usually I’m baffled because the only things guys like are super expensive things and it’s like – okay, but I can’t buy you a new Wii! Anyway! If you have to buy a present for a teenage boy? This is your go-to store for cheap Christmas gifts.

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“What Kind of Jacket Should I Wear for Fall?”

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

trench coats

Photo by ldhren on Flickr

Fall is a wonderful time, especially (in my opinion) if you live in an area where the leaves turn gorgeous colors of red and purple, you can visit apple orchards, pick your own pumpkin from a patch if you’re so inclined, and wear some cozy cardigans. The one thing that sometimes baffles me about Fall is what kind of jacket to wear. It’s waaaay too early for heavy winter jackets.

My answer to the question is the same answer to “What kind of jacket do I wear for Spring?” and that answer is: trench coats! I especially like the longer, belted trench coats. There are a surprising amount of variations, though. Even more surprising? There are plenty trench coats under $50.00, yay.

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How to Wash Your Hands Properly & How to Use Antibacterial Gel

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Stonewall Kitchen Antibacterial Hand Gel, Grapefruit Thyme, 4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)

I’m sure you think you know the answer to, “How do you wash your hands?” but considering H1N1/Swine Flu and the normal Flu…it’s time for a teensy tiny little refresher. Because, do you know the best way to wash your hands? It’s how you wash your hands that is more important than what you wash your hands with. The technique is where you make it or break it.

Stonewall Kitchen Antibacterial Hand Gel, Grapefruit Thyme, 4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6) Buy in bulk to save money. This has a positive review on Amazon in terms of scent and in terms of not drying your hands.

The Best Hand Washing Technique

And what IS the best way to wash your hands – technique wise? It’s all about timing. You need to get those scrubbly bubbles going for at least 20 seconds. I’d guess most people usually only wash their hands for about 10 se ... Read More

Online Shopping at “Anique Michelle” (Discount Code for Readers!)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

vest on sale

I was recently told about a great online shop called Anique Michelle, which features items that are both stylish and affordable. Nothing in the shop is over $60.00 – that’s what we like to hear! The owner of the shop, Anique, says, “I am very passionate that style doesn’t have to cost a lot and it is my goal with Anique Michelle to provide stylish clothing, jewelry and accessories at an affordable price.” And while many people claim they want to do this, Anique actually does.

If you don’t have access to an H&M (which has stylish items at low prices) then this is your next best bet! And in fact, since so many people do have access to an H&M store, and we want unique items – this is actually your er, first best bet. 😛

All items from this online boutique are shipped out within two days of receiving the order, and the shipping time is usually 2-5 days. The packaging is supposedly awesome because it comes in a wine-colored mesh bag with a thank you gift of ring pops or a candy necklace/bracelet. You won’t need to worry about cute Christmas gift wrapping if you order from here.

Because Anique knows that she’s smart readers like good deals, she has generously provided a discount code for you all to use, valid through the end of November so you can do early Christmas shopping. ... Read More

Fun Wallets to Enjoy Like the Rockstar You Are

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

fun wallet plaid

I’ve put together a grouping of seven different fun wallets for you to peruse whilst (do I sound British?) you procrastinate about doing work, or homework, or those sorts of things that you inevitably have to do. Speaking of, I have dishes to unload from the dishwasher… Eh. But maybe I’ll just keep shopping online. It feels, somehow, much MUCH more rewarding.

From rubber, plaid, cats or owls – I’ve got you covered when it comes to the funkiest wallets under $50.00.

Item: Clubhouse Plaid Wallet from Zappos $31.00

Kiss closures at the top of wallets are my favorite kind, they’re so easy to use when I’m out shopping for more stuff. The plaid has enough pink in it to look cutsey.

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Gifts for Her: Good Christmas Gifts (See also: Cheap Christmas Gifts)

Monday, July 6th, 2009

gifts for her

You may not win a shopping spree contest but we can still take a virtual shopping spree online at Urban Outfitters. Make sure to find a urban outfitters free shipping code & urban outfitters coupon code if you shop The store has a lot of great, funky things that make good Christmas gifts. So I present you here with a little list of good gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Stay tuned for the one aimed at guys! Because yea, they deserve presents too, I guess 😛

Urban Outfitters has a ‘cheap gifts’ section and I’ve looked around to see what is worth a purchase. Stuff I don’t like? While the Cupcake on a Rope is cute, who really wants to bother with soap on a rope? I’d skip the Lace Pedestal Jewelry stand because whoever you buy that for you’re really dooming to a lifetime of dusting that thing all the time.

Thoughtful gifts! I like the ... Read More

Updating your Little Black Dress for Fall and Winter Parties

Monday, July 6th, 2009

bow belt

"What do I do with THIS?" Photo by le vent le cri on Flickr

You Asked the Style Question: I don’t want to have to buy a ton of new dresses and skirts. How can I update a black dress for Fall & Winter parties? When I add different shoes and a necklace it doesn’t feel like enough. I wanna be stylish, but I also need to save money. – Marie, Georgia

She’s Smart Answers: Ah, a common question that’s not always easy to figure out! Let’s tackle it. It’s great to actually get some wear out of your LBD (little black dress) since too often we disregard them and they stay hanging in our closet. We rationalize that we’ll wear them all the time, so we accumulate many black dresses (I admittedly have).

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