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Showing posts from December, 2010

Cheap Makeup for New Year’s Eve from e.l.f.

The makeup your wear on New Year’s Eve is just as important as your outfit.  As always, I’m a big advocate of looking glam for less.  So e.l.f. Cosmetics (Eyes, Lips, Face) is a great option for any budget fashionista.  e.l.f. cosmetics advertisement Most of the cheap makeup brand’s items range from  $1- $10, and all of e.l.f.’s mineral makeup is completely free of chemical dyes, preservatives, and parabens (preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer).   Even Oprah has crowned the thrifty beauty finds as one of her favorite things; O Magazine featured e.l.f.’s limited edition Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette ($10) in its December issue. With 100 fun shades, a mirror, and two double-sided eyeshadow applicators, this kit gives you endless options. It's too bad the kit is currently out of stock, but it should be back soon. Another great tool to kick your festive makeup up a notch is e.l.f.’s  Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil ($1).  The metallic pencil was feature

5 Weekend Getaway and Stranded Airport Bag Essentials

The Northeast has come to a snowy halt.  An arduous trek to the post office was futile; so much for the motto neither wind, nor rain, nor sleet, nor snow.  So what's a cabin feverish girl to do?  Shop... online of course . The inclement weather  has me dreaming of a winter getaway, but many folks are still stranded at the airport or train station. To make your travels easier, here are five items every girl should pack in her overnight bag: A model wearing "Cinders" Sweetslips, $15. Sweet Slips ($15): These foldable ballet flats by Cinder Trout are a treat for your tired feet.  But they're nearly sold out, so don't miss your chance to get a pair. SPairz ($10):  Even if you aren't planning a tropical getaway, these panties come in handy in case you're stranded at the airport or anytime you need to make a quick change. Slip N' Toss ($3.99): Carry a pair of these biodegradable emergency sandals when you go for a pedicure or stash a pair

Last Minute Gifts from Daffy's!

It's cold and the New York City sidewalks are jammed with clueless tourists and crazed shoppers.  But if you still haven't finished your Christmas shopping, there's one store that makes it worth braving the crowds. Daffy's ! Daffy's 34th Street store./Tracy E. Hopkins The family-owned chain has several stores in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, and a few in the tri-state area.   Daffy's has been in business for nearly 50 years and is the place to find high fashion at low prices. So armed with the gift card I received, I went to the Daffy's store on E. 18th Street and Fifth Avenue on a mission to find great holiday gift deals. Here's what I found: Larry Levine coat./Macy' Cozy Coats : The zipper on my long winter coat broke and I didn't want to pay $40 to replace it.  So I was geeked when I spotted a similar black down coat by Larry Levine in the women's section for $69 (retail value $200)! After using my gift card, I only spen

7 Hot Holiday Makeup Looks for Women of Color

You want festive and flawless makeup for the holidays.  But women of color often have trouble finding the perfect match for our wide variety of skin tones (some shades leave us looking unnaturally gray or orange). So I asked several pros for holiday makeup tips you can easily recreate at home: 1. Working Day and Night Kathy Cabral, a freelance makeup artist for Youngblood , says by using your favorite brands your daytime makeup can easily transition to a glam girl look for night.  For day, one or two coats of mascara will suffice. A neutral shade of eye shadow and a very light application of eyeliner will finish the look nicely. For light-skinned women of color, peach, taupe, and subtle shades work well for eye shadows. For medium-brown women, mauve, brown, and gray are good choices. For dark-skinned women, deeper colors like rich violet, chocolate, and navy look best. Eyeliner should be applied to the upper lids and, if desired, very lightly to the lower lids.  For nightt

Cheap Holiday Shopping Deals in Brooklyn!

Check out my first televised segment, for Brooklyn Independent Television (now Brooklyn Independent Media/ BRIC ), on crafty, creative and cheap holiday shopping finds in Brooklyn.  Hmm , since Oprah is taking a bow, maybe there's room for me on the tele : )

Winter Skin Care Tips from Guinot Paris

Guinot , a Parisian aesthetician training institute and skin care line, has been around for 40 years.  But it's new to me.  Recently, I experienced Guinot's heavenly signature Hydradermie treatment that uses galvanic currents via what look like mini massage rollers to penetrate active skin care ingredients and nourishing gels into the skin. After the facial, my skin was baby bottom smooth and looked refreshed and more youthful.  Guinot Paris products and spa services are offered exclusively in the finest salons and spas throughout the country. Call (800) 523-1030 or click here to find a Guinot spa near you. I was so impressed with my treatment and the Guinot products I tested (I love the one-step cleanser made with hyaluronic acid and natural essences), I asked Elizabeth Murchison, Director of Education for Guinot in New York City, to give Everything She Wants her winter skin care tips: What are top 5 winter skin care tips? 1. Exfoliation of the face and body are

UNICEF Christmas Gifts that Give Back

Give a gift that keeps on giving from UNICEF .  In addition to the charitable children's organization's popular greeting cards (available online , at IKEA, Pier 1 Imports, Hallmark Crown stores, and by calling 1-800-553-1200), it has an eclectic collection of gifts from around the world including henna candles, hand-beaded Indian ornaments, Pashmina scarves, and baroque pearls. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF also offers Inspired Gifts , which allows shoppers to buy lifesaving medical supplies, nutritional supplements, and educational materials for children in need. You can support the cause even if you don't purchase a gift directly from UNICEF, which has partnered with top brands including IKEA, Gucci, and FEED Guatemala Bags.  All of the money raised from UNICEF's holiday "gifts that give back" program will help the organization reduce the number of daily, preventable deaths in children under 5 from 22,000 to zero. FEED Guatemala Bags celebrate the country&

Black and Gold Holiday Party Accessories You Want

Whether you're going to your office holiday shindig or sipping nog with friends, you wanna dress to impress.  And black and gold accessories are the perfect way to jazz up your party ensemble. Here are a few festive options: For girls like me who are missing the high-heel gene, these suede flats by B. Makowsky ($130) are the perfect accent to any holiday outfit. Each Biacci bag is individually hand painted on soft grain cowhide leather.  These unique bags make a hip, Boho chic statement, and I love the drawstring bag ($49) from the Black Bouquet collection.  To purchase a Biacci bag (or artistic wallet), contact Sonia Kumra at . Leah & Bliss by Mona Leah and Tara Bliss is an eye-catching collection of handbags, laptop cases, makeup cases, and key ring holders ($89 and up) be-jeweled with Swarovski crystals, gemstones, and gold and silver studs. Isabel Toledo has designed the perfect holiday pump for Payless.  The four-inch, bowed

Stocking Stuffer Holiday Gifts for Him

Although this blog is dedicated to everything stylish, thrifty, and eco-friendly women want in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle, occasionally I like to share gift ideas for the men in our lives. So, whether they're hipsters, techies, or metro let's here it for the boys... at least for one post . Friend or Foe John Coltrane tee, $45 Friend or Foe 's licensed Blue Note cover art tees are the perfect gift for the music loving man on your Christmas list.  Feed your soul with one (or several) of these ultra luxe cotton t-shirts featuring legendary jazz and blues artists John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, John Lee Hooker, and Frank Sinatra. Whether they know it or not, men need a daily skin care regimen too.  Bullocks for Men products from the exclusive Soho House's Cowshed Spa are a good place to start.  The paraben-free Pocket Cow Bullocks sampler is a smart travel set that contains 20 ml tubes of body wash, facial scrub, shaving cream, and s