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Beauty Products you MUST try!!

Walking down the cosmetic aisle of a drugstore can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming. The costs of individual items are usually not severe enough to break the bank, but as women, we can never walk out with just one item, and so the tab easily adds up. What is even more frustrating, is buying a product that just doesn’t look good or that doesn’t work. If you are ready for a few new products this winter that work and are affordable, then your time is now.

There is nothing worse than dry, cracked lips during these winter months. For a quick and easy fix, try Maybelline’s Baby Lips repairing lip balm for only $3.99 at any drugstore.This stuff makes your lips feel like a baby’s bottom and it comes in a variety of tinted colors like pink, peach, or red to give you that extra boost. 

It is said that eyes are windows to the soul. If this is true, then why not emphasize them as one of our best assets.Save a little, and treat yourself to Urban Decay’s NAKED 2 eye shadow tray found at Sephora for $50.00. The colors are absolutely gorgeous and transitional.

There is almost nothing sexier than a woman confident enough to wear a bright pink, or red lipstick. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor for only $5.49 is amazing. This lipstick goes on smooth, stays on, and the colors are gorgeous

During the winter months our hair tends to go on the fritz. It can feel dry, or frizzy and overall just hard to style. John Frieda’s Frizz Ease conditioner for $5.99, found at any drugstore is unreal. This conditioner makes your hair silky smooth, without making it feel too soft. 

 ROC Rectional Correction Cream found at drugstores for $19.99, literally rocks. After four weeks this cream starts diminishing any brown spots or lines that you may have. 

Painted nails are one of the easiest ways a woman can look put-together and polished; no pun intended. Really though, it does not take much to paint fingernails and it looks so good!Sally Hansen hard as nails xtreme wear nail color for only $2.49 found at drugstores. This nail polish looks good, stays on, and is cheap

Stay fabulous during the blah winter months!

The New Year is here, and if you are like most women, you are craving a new look. It could be anything from a new haircut, to a new wardrobe, to a new workout regime. Regardless of what your goal is, start off on the right foot with small, manageable, and affordable changes.  It can be tempting to drop hundreds on facials, teeth whitening, or even brand name clothes. Yes, it seems like a good idea at the time, but in the end we are right back where we started-feeling financially stressed and overwhelmed; defeating the purpose of the positive changes that we thought we were making. Instead, start out on the right foot by purchasing inexpensive items that are still fun and fabulous.

 A Camel coat or jacket is an amazing way to incorporate a fresh, new look into our winter wardrobes.  Black has always been a go-to and is undeniably flattering, cream is a winter classic, and bright blue or red is almost expected. Camel on the other hand is fresh, it’s flattering, and creates a rich sophistication to any pair of jeans, dress, or pair of black pants. 

A bright colored bag seems like a fashion no-brainer when we need that extra pick-me-up but it’s not something most of us think to purchase.  Typically, in the months of January or February, we hang onto our basic black or brown bag to get us through the winter months so that we can save for something new for spring. Why save color for spring? There’s no time like the present to embrace color.

A long sleeve dress seems thoughtless, but again, it’s not something that most women own. Most women own sleeveless or short-sleeved dresses that are forced to be paired with jackets or cardigans. Although this look can be cute, it can seem very typical and yes, wintry. Why not purchase a long-sleeved dress that can be fabulous on its own, or even better paired with a great scarf or a statement necklace?

Ankle boots are so transitional, and actually quite sexy. Ankle boots are the most understated of the boot family, because they are not as noticeable as knee-high boots, yet they always seem to make an impact on any outfit from jeans, to skirts, to pants. 

A fitted blazer is always an easy go-to, but you can never have enough. Treat yourself to a fun, bright colored blazer, or one with stripes, or studs. Blazers are an easy way to add style and personality to an outfit without trying hard-They ad shape to a basic t-shirt and are always appropriate for wherever you are going.

What to wear to winter weddings and events

During the beginning of the fall and into the holidays, dressing for weddings and special events seems like a no-brainer. During these months, access to glitzy dresses and statement jewelry is right at our finger tips. Now that the holidays are over, and most of us are so tired of black sequins, metallic, or even the color red it can seem painful to turn to our holiday wear when we need something for a wedding or event in January or February. Most of all, we are ready for a change-not quite Spring attire yet, but something fresh, beautiful, and glamorous.
Dressing for a winter wedding or special event can really be quite fun. It’s an opportunity for us to mix and match colors with neutrals, while mixing in some of the fun jewelry or shoes that we may already have. 

For the ultimate classic look go with Lace. Lace is going to be super hot this season and is going to be even hotter into the spring. Steer away from cream or white lace so that you don’t look like you are trying to compete with the bride. Pair your lace dress with a big gem stud earring, no necklace, and a few simple bracelets stacked. This style of dress looks beautiful paired with a simple strappy sandal, or a classic pump that you already own

Dorothyperkins.com lace dress $59.00, Windsor store earrings $8.90, Windsor store bracelet $13.00, Forever 21 pump $30.00, Debenhams.com clutch $19.00

If you are feeling like you need a fashion “pick me up,” try a simple shift dress with sleeves in a bright color. A bright color like hot pink, blue, or green is crisp and fun.  Keep the overall look wintery and classic by pairing your shift dress with a pair of black opaque tights. Pair with a simple black pump and keep your jewelry feminine and light.
H&M dress $34.95, Black Tights Forever 21 $7.80, Target pumps, Black velvet pumps heels.com $50.00,  H&M gold layered necklace $13.00, Zappos.com earrings $48.00, Accessorize.com pink clutch $29.00

If you want to try to incorporate items that you already have without feeling too “holiday-ish” start with one of your little black dresses. Have fun with your little black dress by pairing with a fitted blazer. Pair with fun, printed tights with polka dots or stripes, and finish off the look with a pair of black velvet pumps, a statement necklace and simple stud earrings. This look is classic, yet playful in one.

Mango.com jacket $59.99, Dorothyperkins.com black dress $44.00, polka dot tights Nordstrom.com $13.00, Aldo shoes suede pumps $45.49, Aldo clutch $35.00, Necklace romwe.com $12.00, Forever 21 earrings $2.80

It’s a New Year… Time to change it up

From a fashion standpoint, there is nothing better than a wardrobe clean slate-especially during the months of January and February. Our typical black pants, jeans, or sweater dresses can just feel so boring-so typical. But-if you are like most women, purchasing a new wardrobe is completely out of the question; especially after just being hit from the holidays.

Instead of stressing over wearing the same old, same old change it up! Try mixing and matching unexpected colors and patterns for a new, fresh look - with items you already have. The look and feel of the outfit will be new without having to spend a dime. Try some of these unexpected, fashionable color combos to get you through these winter months.

Emerald Green paired with anything in your closet
Jacket houseoffraser.com $64.00, H&M peplum top $34.95,  H&M pants $34.95, Ankle boots asos.com $31.00, Topshop clutch $32.00, Forever 21 earrings $4.80
Pink and Navy
Jcrew skirt $60.00, Mango blazer $24.99, H&M blouse $19.99, Pink pumps Asos.com $66.84, Asos.com bag $28.00, H&M Necklace $12.95, Nordstrom gold studes $18.00
Orange and Plum

Orange jacket sheinside.com $54.00, Plum Blouse H&M $19.95, Leopard Booties Dorothyperkins.com $35.00, Aldo Messenger bag $50.00, Gold earrings windsor store $8.80, Gold bracelet asos.com $14.00