Sunday, November 15, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Hello Kitty PINK Hot Chocolate!

Okay, maybe this is more of an "Alana's wishlist" post, but quite frankly, this is the most adorable thing I've seen recently and I simply had to share.

If you're one of my regular readers, then you know how crazily obsessed I am with Hello Kitty. It's quite an addiction. Suffice it to say, if a product comes in a Hello Kitty theme, I probably own it. My husband even tends to support this addiction, so I'm probably more obsessed with Hello Kitty than ever before.

So the fact that there is actually Hello Kitty Pink Hot Chocolate out there is, needless to say, something I'm lusting over. I mean, any type of hot chocolate that involves my fave little kitty is something that I'd find awesome. But the fact that it's also PINK?! Well, I almost can't even handle it!

I really do think that any lady in your life, young or old, would absolutely love to find this in their stocking. I really can't imagine anyone who wouldn't want such a cute product.

You can purchase the packets in a set of five for $7.95.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fashion Faux Pas: Scroguard--a Condom for Your Whole Pelvis!

Yes, I know...the picture above is quite disturbing. This product was actually brought to my attention by my favorite (and only) sister, Jenna-Rose, who knows about my need to see ridiculous things.

So, here it is: The Scroguard. The basic idea? It's
a product developed to reduce skin-to-skin contact in the genital areas that are not covered by a condom. According to the site, it is made to prevent certain STDs:

"Both genital herpes and HPV can spread to your scrotum and pubic region through direct skin-to-skin contact and genital secretions during sex, even from someone who has completely normal looking skin with no visible warts or sores."

While I do commend the company for attempting to help lower the risk of getting an STD, I find this idea to be a bit preposterous.

Honestly, if I were about to bone someone, and he pulled out plastic panties with a hole for his penis, and then threw on a condom, I'd not only be concerned--I'd be freaked out and would immediately get out of that situation.

I really don't know what would be worse: if the guy had the panties on beforehand (during a date), or if he changed into them right before sex. I mean, let's be honest. Even putting a condom on can take up a bit of time. I imagine that putting on the Scroguard, even with the fancy snaps, would also take another large chunk of time. So, it would basically take around five minutes before the guy is ready to bang, which is a turn-off all on its own. But seeing the plastic, diaper-esque, undies would probably be a deal breaker for me, as well as the most absolute turn-off possible.

The site also lists the type of people they think would benefit the most from using the Scroguard:
  • Men with a high sex drive who enjoy sexual variety.
  • Couples and individuals who love to swing.
  • Casual sex partners and committed couples who want peace of mind.
So, it's kind of like a fact, that'd probably be a better name. And THANK GOD the site gives directions--how would anyone know how to put on plastic panties? From the directions, it's easy to see how confusing this product can be:
Step 1: Before sex, put on Scroguard. Fasten buttons.
Step 2. When ready, put on a condom as you normally do, being sure to tuck the base of the condom inside Scroguard.
Step 3. Make love. After sex, unfasten the two buttons of Scroguard and remove. Then pull the condom off.

Thanks so much, Scroguard! I especially enjoy the instruction to "make love". The customers the site describes don't really seem like the "make love" type. But hey, it sounds classier, so whatevs!

In case you were wondering, you can either dispose the Scroguard, OR wash it and reuse it! Woohoo! I'm sure that's great news as each individual one is about $20. Pretty pricey. I say, get some plastic wrap and just make your own if you're into this idea.

Happy guarding, guys!

That is all.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Who DOESN'T Need a Pet-Holding Hoodie?!

That's right. I'm posting two cat-based blogs in a row. I'm just going to admit it: I'm going through kitten withdrawal. Ever since Cyrus the cat (and his owner, our housemate) moved out, I've been desperately wanting another little animal to snuggle with. Don't get me wrong--I love my husband, and he rocks at snuggling, but there's just something so awesome about having a little kitten lay with you while you watch a movie or something.

Honestly, f I weren't married, I'd be pretty concerned that I was on my way to becoming the "crazy cat lady".

But I digress.

Due to my cat obsession, I stumbled upon this gem: a hoodie with a little pocket that can hold small animals (exactly like a cat, or even a small dog--yippee!!). It's called the Mewgaroo Hoodie, and it's basically a sweatshirt featuring a specially-designed pouch precisely made for keeping dogs, cats or other small pets feeling cozy, safe and close to their owners.

The company that created this spectacular sweatshirt is Unihabitat, a Japanese pet supply company. Okay, so admittedly you'd probably look a bit funny if you were to walk around downtown wearing one of these. Especially since the hoodie isn't just a simple sweatshirt with a pocket. Of course it isn't. It's Japanese, after all.

The Mewgaroo Hoodie takes pet lovin' even further. Much further. Unlike all those, what they call "boring, run-of-the-mill hoodies not made with animals in mind", this sweatshirt also features sewn-on ears and paw pads to complete the proud animal-lover look.

Here's a picture of the sweatshirt on a model to give you an idea of the entire look:

Soooo, yeah...this isn't something I would personally wear out in public. But still, if I were at home with my cute little pet (once I manage to trick my husband into getting one), I can definitely see myself wearing this. In fact, I kind of like the quirkiness that the sweatshirt offers, at least for home use.

But obviously, the real breakthrough with this hoodie is in the pouch. Anticipating that some dogs and cats are prone to shed, the perfectly pet-sized pocket includes a removable lining for easy cleaning. I think that's a great feature.

This sweatshirt seems so well-made and really thought out; I really love it! So where can we all go to buy one??

Well, unfortunately I fell in love with the product before even looking at where I could buy it...The entire product webpage is currently catered only to Japanese-speaking consumers (SO unfair!), so we can only hope that it will soon be available for wider release before too long.

I'll keep all of you fashionistas posted on an international release, which I'm sure will occur before very long, as the product is getting a TON of worldwide media attention.

So, let's all cross our fingers and hope that this is something we can buy before Christmas, and that we'll all be snuggled up with our little furry friends by the new year!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fashion Faux Pas: Cat Pasties

Really? Is THIS what we've come to?!

I originally set out to write about cute cat fashion items because I've recently discovered that I don't hate cats (which is a huge surprise to anyone who knows me). Unfortunately, my search ended with the discovery of these Cat Face Pasties.

First of all, I am beyond disturbed by the picture. The spilled milk, the "sexy" look...and cute little cat faces covering nipples.

After reading the description, I was only more troubled:
These cat face shaped nipple pasties are a great present for any cat lover, be it yourself or someone else! The pasties are made from a leatherette backing which is covered with sequins. The cat's face is made with googly eyes and thread and can be created in black, white, brown or any other colour you feel like, just let me know.

These pasties measure 7cm across. Adhesive is not included however they can be held on with either body tape or simple double sided tape from any stationary shop.

Googly eyes?!?!! Am I crazy, or do people really want to wear googly-eyed pasties? Not only that, I love the fact that the adhesive isn't included. I feel like that's the whole point of pasties (though I am admittedly not an expert)--aren't they specifically made to be ready to stick on your knockers?

So okay, maybe there's a classy way to wear these things. Maybe a dress that's a tiny bit low-cut and a cat pokes out with it's little googly eyes...wait, no. That's still f-ing creepy.

The cat pasties are about $20, as are most of the designer's other pasties. To be fair, not all of her designs are as creepy...but I will never wear googly-eyed cat faces over my nipples.

That is all.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Don't Be Gross--Clean Your Makeup Brushes!

I'm definitely guilty of using some pretty disgusting makeup brushes in my time. For some reason, it didn't really occur to me that they might need a good cleaning. Then I noticed a bunch of random zits. Now I have crazily dry skin (if you're a regular reader, I'm sure you've read my many rants about it!), so I was pretty confused as to what would cause breakouts. After a little research, I found the problem. And honestly, I had no idea that not cleaning makeup brushes could effect your skin so much!

Now that I'm aware, I'm a little OCD when it comes to having clean brushes. I've found countless articles online with tips and tricks to clean your brushes, but here's what works for me:
  • Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water and rinse out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time.
  • Spritz a brush cleaner on your brushes your brushes, Mary Kay has an amazing brush cleaner that I'm currently in love with.
  • Rinse the brush tip under running wateruntil the water runs clear from the brush. You don't want any cleaner left behind!
  • Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
  • Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry (I usually leave them overnight).
So there you go! After cleaning your brushes, you'll immediately notice a difference in how they work. In fact, a lot of my brushes feel brand new after a cleaning.

If you don't have any makeup brushes, or are looking to purchase a new set, try the Mary Kay Brush Collection. In includes a powder brush, a cheek brush, an eye color brush, an eye crease brush and an eyeliner/eyebrow brush. It also comes with a super cute case.

If you're looking for new brushes as well as a cleaner, Mary Kay's Brush On Beautiful set has just that! It includes all the brushes you need, a pretty cosmetic bag, and their fabulous brush cleaner.

Any of these products are amazing--I absolutely love them. The Brush Cleaner on it's own is $10, the Brush Collection is $55, and the Brush On Beautiful set is $65.  Their brushes are honestly incredible and last practically forever (unlike the cheapo brushes you get at a pharmacy).

So, now that you know how important it is to clean your makeup brushes, get to it! Your skin will thank you.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

THE Comfiest Skirt Ever--for $9!

So, I have to give credit to my fabulous sister for this one. We were aimlessly wandering around Walmart one day and I was looking for some comfortable, yet cute, bottoms. When we came up to Faded Glory's Fashion Printed Short Knit Skirt, she told me that she owns a few different ones (they come in a ton of colors and patterns), and she highly suggested I give them a try.

So I did. And I'm in love! I could honestly spend every day wearing these skirts.  They're about as comfy as my yoga pants (I know, I know...sounds impossible), but they look absolutely chic and fun, depending on the print and/or color you choose.

The stores seem to be constantly rotating through different designs, which is fine by me! That said, it's definitely a good idea to grab a solid black skirt, as well as a solid grey one to start off with. They can be dressed up or down, depending on the look you're going for, and they look much more expensive than they are.

Also, grab a few different patterns that you like! The pictured skirt comes in a few different colors, and the way that the stripes are placed creates a slimmer shape for anyone who wears it.

Each skirt is only $9, which is probably why I own about ten of 'em! You can purchase them online, but I've just had much better luck in the stores, as far as finding pretty patterns goes.

Either way, once you start wearing them, you'll wonder where the hell they've been all your life--I know that was my reaction!

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beauty Storage Secret: The Original Pink Box

The Original Pink Box in use!
If you haven't heard of the Original Pink Box, you're not alone. I had absolutely no idea what it was. When I looked it up, it just reminded me of a smaller version of my Dad's old tool box--and rightfully so, since that's basically what it is.

Little did I know that tons of beauty experts have been using this sturdy box to organize their beauty products for years. How was I not aware of this?! It's one of the best ideas ever!

The box is large enough to hold all your beauty loot (even if you have an embarrassingly large collection of 435784954023 different products like I do), yet it doesn't take up a ton of space.'s pink. Need I say more?

The Original Pink Box comes with two deep drawers (complete with matching liners--Oooo, fancy!) and a top section so that you can keep your makeup in separate sections. Extra bonus? It also has a lock! Hey, some products can be pricey, so why not keep them safe?

You can also purchase the box in an array of other bright colors and sizes, but trust me when I say that the Original Pink Box is the way to go. It is a little expensive (around $100), but this is definitely something that'll last a long time.

Happy organizing!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fashion Faux Pas: WHAT is Going on With This Whole Armpit Hair Thing?!

It started innocently enough. A few hippie chicks ditched their razors and opted to go natural. I honestly have no problem with that--do whatever makes you feel good! What upsets me the most is that women having armpit hair is now a "trend". Yes, just like skinny jeans, the long bob, and countless other normal things.

The model in the picture above is actually quite pretty. That said, I just can't stop looking at her pits! To get a man's point of view, I showed the picture to my fiancé, and he immediately said, "That's gross.", with no prompting.

What's even worse (if you can believe that there is anything worse than growing out strands of armpit hair), is that people are actually dyeing their pit hair bright colors! There are even a bunch of actual tutorials on how to do it! If for some reason I went crazy and decided to stop shaving my armpits, the last thing I'd want to do is draw more attention to them by dyeing them various hues (which are readily available to those who want them).

Don't forget to color coordinate!

I've seen countless articles about how the armpit hair trend is "a huge step for women". I'm all for women's rights, but this is ridiculous. If you want to grow it out simply for yourself, great. If you're trying to make a fashion statement, you're an idiot.

That is all.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

10 Ways We're Ruining Our Hair Without Even Knowing it

When I was younger, I absolutely hated my hair. It was, and I know I've written this before, a pile of wavy, frizz grossness. I didn't know about products for curly-haired girls, and chances are most of them didn't even exist back then. So, I resorted to flat ironing my hair on a regular basis, coloring the heck out of it, and just being all-around mean to my hair.

Now, I've finally learned to embrace my curls (with a ton of styling products thrown in), and only flat iron it a few times a month. But even I still make mistakes.

Here are the top damaging hair mistakes that most of us don't even realize we're making:

1. Not Cleaning Beauty Tools
Dirty utensils--brushes, combs, straighteners, curling irons--recycle grime into fresh, clean hair, which can irritate your scalp and clog pores on your head. and for the love of god, please get rid of those things when they pass their expiration dates (yes, those exist).

2. Spending Too Much Time in the Sun
I always forget this one. You need to apply SPF something-or-other all over every inch of your body and that includes your hair. Certain sprays and leave-in conditioners are loaded with secret sunscreen, so keep an eye out for those on labels.

3. Drying Hair with a Towel

Another one I still have a hard time avoiding... It's a huge no-no for those with big waves or curls to use a towel to dry your hair. Why? Those types of hair are naturally drier than other hair types. The rough fabrics will agitate the cuticles in your hair, causing unnecessary friction (and frizz). Instead, opt for a microfiber towel or cotton T-shirt.

4. Forcing Knots to Come Out
Ditch the skinny little comb--paddle brushes are where it's at. If you're trying to untangle a knot with a comb, there's no flexibility to the tool, which is a real pain for your hair to deal with and it causes breakage. Paddle brushes have a special cushion so that you can gently work to unravel your hair.

5. Eating Poorly
Okay, I'm not exactly great at when it comes to healthy eating (ex: my many McDonald's trips each month), but it's gotta be said: you really are what you put inside your body. Water and vitamins A, C, and E are are vital for your hair to maintain its glossy texture.

6. Pulling Back Sunglasses

You know when you step indoors and pull your shades over your head because, well, you're not outside? Yeah, you're totally killing your follicles. Not only does that pressure from your glasses stress out the hair, but you also risk plucking strands when you step back into sunlight and pull the glasses over your eyes again. Just avoid it.

7. Overwashing
Though it depends on the hair type, chances are you do not need to wash your hair everyday. I wash mine a couple times a week. Plus, you can even train your hair to go along with this--yes, the first couple weeks suck, but in the long run, your hair will thank you.

8. Dyeing Hair Frequently
Surprise, suprise! Something else I do a bunch, although not in a crazy way. Touching up your roots/highlights every four to six weeks is perfectly normal. If you're going every two weeks, Hair dye chemicals make your head more delicate and fragile to work with.

9. Going Overboard with Dry Shampoo
Yes, dry shampoo has gotten me out of quite a few jams, especially when I feel like crap and need to be somewhere quickly, but don't want to spend the hour it takes to fully wash and style my hair.  That said, too much of the good stuff can leave your hair dull and can even block your scalp's pores, which can cause pimples or cysts.

10. Wearing Tight Hairstyles

I used to wear my ponytails and buns a bit too tightly, just to keep it in place. But even I notices the severe breakage it was causing! I mean, this about it--styles like that are literally pulling the life out of your follicles.

Now go forth and treat your gorgeous hair with some dignity!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Finally! Shimmer Has Become EXTREME!

Oh lordy. If you even vaguely know me, then you know I'm obsessed with anything containing glitter or shimmer. I even make my own glitter lotion with obscene amounts of loose glitter so I can wear a ton of glitter all over my bod constantly. Honestly? I'd live in glitter, if it was socially acceptable.

So when I saw Physicians Formula had come out with an Extreme Shimmer eye collection, I pretty much has a seizure of delight.

I have to admit, the packaging was what caught my eye first.  I was literally at a drugstore with my fiancĂ©, ran off because I saw something shiny (I know, I know...) in the makeup department, and it was love at first sight.

I've always been a Physicians Formula girl--their products are amazing and though they're on the pricier end of drugstore makeup, they're also quite a bit cheaper than what you'd find at makeup counters in department stores.  The brand really caters to those of us who want great quality in our makeup, but don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of cash on it.

With the new Extreme Shimmer collection (I absolutely love the idea of shimmer somehow being "extreme"), I decided to try out one of the eyeshadow palettes. I went with the nude palette, rather than the smoky one, simply because warmer colors tend to look better on my skin. That said, chances are I'll be purchasing the other one in the very near future.

Since I knew the shimmer was, in fact, probably going to be extreme, I waited to use it for a night out.  Hey, even a shimmer enthusiast like me doesn't bust out too much glitter during the daytime!

I absolutely loved the shadows. The amount of shimmer was perfect--my eyelids didn't look disco ball ish, but they had a distinct shimmery glow to them. Also, since the colors are on the lighter side, it's hard to overdo it. I layered on about four different shades for depth and it still didn't look like I used a ridiculously crazy amount of makeup.

Each fabulous palette is $11.95. You can find it in most drugstores or purchase it online at the Physicians Formula website.

Get your glitter on, gals!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Oh Yeah?! Well, I Told My Therapist About You!

I love a good, bitchy tee. Emi Jay has oodles of them, but my absolute favorite is their I Told My Therapist About You Tee.

To me, it seems like the perfect insult--and a heck of a comeback! Plus, you don't even need to say it. Simply wear this top around people you hate (or people you want to confuse), and see how it plays out. It's the best passive aggressive article of clothing I think I've ever seen!

A cute tee like this is actually great to have on hand, humorous statement aside. This is one of those great shirts that you can simply toss over your sports bra, or make it a little fancy with some bold accessories. Either way, it's a fun top.

It's also crazily soft, as are all Emi Jay's tees, and the fitting is a little bit loose and lightweight. Perfect for the super hot days we've been having.

The top comes in three colors: black, grey, and white. Personally, I like it white, as I think it has the most versatility, but hey--it's your call! They're all fabulous. Each one retails for $38.

Happy shopping, ladies!

(Oh, and you can totally tell your therapist about this post).

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fashion Faux Pas: The Return of the Snuggie--Beach Style

Just when I thought we were finally done with the whole Snuggie thing, I stumbled upon this: the Beach Snuggie. It's "the beach towel with sleeves!"...I'm sorry, but this is utterly ridiculous.

First of all, the original Snuggie is nothing more than a backwards bathrobe. Seriously--go grab your bathrobe and throw it on backwards. The result is exactly the same.

As for the beach just seems horribly stupid. I get that some people want to stay covered while beachin' it up. My practically translucent Scottish skin hates the sun and I've got a sunburn even as I'm writing this. But there are just so many better options out there! Get a cute cover-up dress! Anything but this!  Hell, if you really want a "beach towel with sleeves", for some crazy reason, just get a terry cloth robe!

In general, the Snuggie has always been in my top five most hated products.  But this takes it to a whole new, and terrifying, level.

Honestly, if I see someone at the beach wearing one of these, chances are I'll flip out.

But, if you feel like taking the chance, or if you're a crazy person, you can get the Beach Snuggie at a bunch of department stores, as well as on for $15.

That is all.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Who DOESN'T Want to be a Disney Princess?!

I know that I've mentioned this several times, but wearing trinkets that remind us of our young obsession with princesses never goes out of style. The only rule is to keep it classic. Don't go for the gaudy Cinderella pendant in the Children's department.

Instead, try something like this gorgeous Disney Sterling Silver Cinderella Heel Necklace. It doesn't scream, "I'M A PRINCESS, DAMMIT!!!", but it has just enough to remind you of your fave fairytale.

Even if you're some kind of Disney hater (doubtful if you're reading this blog), this could still be worn as a simple necklace with a heel--maybe for a fashionista out there?

The necklace is incredibly dainty. It's the type of accessory that can be worn constantly and doesn't draw attention away from your outfit. At the same time, it looks a bit glamorous and certainly appears to be more expensive than it actually is.

I posted a pic of myself wearing the necklace on the left--Don't mind my translucently-white skin--It's super pretty, right?! The little heel is just fabulous.

Each necklace retails for $24.99 at Target. Amazing deal, no?

And if you aren't into Cinderella, but still want something Disney-inspired, they've got a whole collection of baubles to choose from.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Say Goodbye to Chafing with Bandelettes!

No matter what size you are, I'm willing to bet that you've had to deal with thigh chafing. It's uncomfortable and annoying. Bandelettes is a company that specializes in helping with that problem. They sell thigh bands that are as sexy as they are helpful.

I'm the kind of girl who wears dresses and skirts most of the time, especially with spring finally showing up. So it's safe to say that yes, my thighs do chafe, even though I am not overweight. People often think that only severely overweight people have this problem, but in all actuality most of Bandelettes' customers range in size from 4-12. For the majority of women, this is a product that will help you out immensely.

I tried out a pair for myself--the gorgeous Black Onyx ones--and absolutely loved them. Wearing them under my springtime frocks worked perfectly. I didn't have any chafing, the bands stayed put thanks to the silicone they're lined with, and my boyfriend even commented that they looked super cute poking out from underneath my dress when I walked. Huzzah!

So, it gets an A+ in my book.

Bandelettes offers lots of band choices, but they're all gorgeous. I say, buy a few pairs in different colors so that you've got something to wear under anything you might need to. Honestly, these bad boys make the world a better place (at least according to my thighs!)

Each pair is only $15.99, and they seem to last a while--I've been wearing mine on and off for a few weeks and they show no sign of giving up!

Check out their site for some fun options and never deal with thigh chafing again.

Disclosure: This post contains a product sent for review consideration. My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! If you have any questions about this, please email me.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Look For Less: Structured Backpack

Let my sore shoulders rejoice! Backpacks are finally back in style! If you know me at all, then you know that my purse  practically weighs about five million pounds (give or take), and I always tend to carry it on the same side. I've seen a chiropractor and was told how horrible this was for my back, neck, and shoulders...but alas, fashion came first and I did not listen.

But that's all changed. I can now carry my belongings evenly distributed across my back, and look fabulous!

This season, backpacks are everywhere. Personally, I like a nice, structured bag in a neutral color--I'll simply get more use out of it. But how much cash is this body conscious bag worth?

Pictured above are two nearly identical backpacks with one big difference: price, of course. On the left is Proenza Schouler's PS Courier Small Backpack, which retails for $1,675. Pretty pricey, right?! I'm sure the quality is great, blah blah blah, but even if I had the extra cash to purchase such a bag, chances are I'd use it for a vacation or on a shopping spree at Target. There's got to be a better way! (Spoiler: there is). The bag on the right is the Structured Faux Leather Backpack from Forever 21. It costs a low $33 normally, but is currently on sale for $20. EEEEeeeee!!!

Which bag you buy is up to you, but my advice? When it comes to a trendy fashion accessory, go for the cheaper option. You never know when it'll go out of style, and no one wants to be stuck with a pile of stuff that's outdated.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sorry, Fashionistas!

I know it's been a ridiculously long time since I've posted. I somehow managed to get some sort of "relapse flu" for a couple weeks, had intense fibromyalgia pain, and had migraines on and off.

So that's my excuse. I know, I is more important. Don't fret, ladies! I have TONS of things to write about, including some product reviews and even some fab giveaways coming up.

Stay tuned for the extra sassy fashion posts you know and love!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Cleaning! When to Throw Out Your Coveted Cosmetic Goodies

With spring in the air, all I want to do is clean! Sorry, that was a complete lie...I hate cleaning, especially when it means I have to get rid of cute clothing/accessories/makeup that I own. Still, it is a good time to go through your makeup supply and decide what needs to go.

Personally, I get fairly attached to a lot of my makeup.  There's a lot of, "Oh, I got that eyeshadow palette as a reward for scoring a new client!", or "That lipstick is from when I finally decided to go red!", going on in my brain.

But that doesn't mean it's okay to keep expired makeup. Not only do cosmetics accumulate tons of bacteria over time, they also simply don't work as well.

As I do every year, I've written up a little guide to assist you ladies with this very sad task. Trust me--I know how emotional it can be, and I fully support having some kind of celebratory ceremony in honor of what you throw out.

Here are the facts broken down:

Lip Color
Your lipsticks and glosses are only good for two years before it’s time to toss them. Any longer than that, and they'll start to look and feel cakey and heavy on your lips. Not flattering.

Sadly, mascara is only good for a few months before it’s time to get rid of it. To make it lwork its very best, be sure to pull out the wand in one straight out motion rather than pumping it. Pumping the wand up and down will trap air and bacteria in the tube. After about three months (whether you pump or not) your mascara will start to dry out and become clumpy.

Liquid foundations will stay good for about one year and powder for about two years after opening them. After that you will find that it’s lacking in the coverage department. You may notice with older foundations that the color may have started to change a little and look a little yellow or orange.

Blush, Bronzers and Eye Shadow

Depending on the product, you will find that after a year or two (it’s a broad range, I know) you will find that your blushes, bronzers and shadows will begin to harden up and the color won’t go on as smoothly and nicely as it used to. That's your cue to toss it.

Liquid liner is pretty prone to microbial growth and is it’s smart to treat it the same as mascara--it’s only good for about three months, then it’s time to replace it. A pencil liner on the other hand, can last up to three years (make sure to sharpen it between uses), but it too will eventually become crumbly or stiff.

As for anything else?
If you’re still not sure if your makeup is good or bad (I mean, who really keeps track of how old a tube of lipstick is?) ask yourself these questions:

Does it smell funny? Toss it.

Has the color changed? Toss it.

Has the consistency changed? Toss it.

Hope that helps! And the best thing about throwing out old makeup, is that it makes room for some fun new purchases, which are completely necessary and very important (as far as my boyfriend knows)!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fashion Faux Pas: Bringing Back the Fanny Pack

I got an email a couple years ago asking me to review a "new and revolutionary alternative to handbags" created in London. They were cleverly called "bum bags". Of course they were clearly fanny packs. Well played, London, but I went to school for words and figured out your little code quite quickly. Of course I did not accept the offer at the time, and basically puked at the mere idea of bringing back such an ugly fashion accessory!

Unfortunately, it didn't end there. More and more, I'm seeing stores I usually LOVE selling fanny packs. It is so disappointing.

Yes, I understand that it's handy to throw your essentials in while you're at the beach or whatever. But surely there's something else you can do that doesn't make you look like you've got an extra little fat pouch jutting out of your body! I mean, why would anyone want that?!

Fanny packs are simply not flattering. I don't care if you make them in my fave print (I'm looking at you, Victoria's Secret, and your leopard print design). No matter what you do, the look is still the same! It's touristy, ugly, and just makes you look way less fashionable than you probably are to begin with.

I swear, if I see people sporting these fanny packs, I WILL get violent. There's just no excuse for it.

The fanny pack pictured above is from Victoria's Secret's PINK line--a line I'm usually obsessed with--and it retails for $12.95. Just in case you were wondering.

I only have one request: Stop the fanny pack madness once and for all!!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fab Clinique GWP at Macy's!

If you know me at all, then you know I can't go very long without scoping out the latest cosmetic goodies out there. And, of course, I mainly enjoy those that come with a lovely gift with purchase...but who wouldn't?!

Right now, Clinique has a super pretty GWP at Macy's. I'm totally LOVING the makeup bags!

All you have to do is spend $27 on Clinique products and this GWP (valued at $70) is all yours.

Here's what you get:
-Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
-Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
-Color Duo in your choice of Pinks or Nudes:
(Pinks includes Eye Shadow and Blush compact in Pinks and Duel Ended Different Lipstick in Raspberry Glace and Long Last Glosswear in Kissy Fit)
(Nudes includes Eye Shadow and Blush compact in Nudes and Duel Ended Different Lipstick in Tenderheart and Long Last Glosswear in Sunset)
-High Impact Mascara in Black
-Exclusive Lulu DK cosmetic bag duo

I love when you get some say in what your GWP contains. Personally, I think the pink products are simply perfect for spring, but you can't lose either way. Each item in the set is something that I use on a fairly regular basis, except it's in a mini version. It's great for travel, or if you're a little crazy about makeup like I am, you can throw these products in your "emergency makeup bag" that you have in your purse.

Not sure what to buy to qualify?  Since you'll be getting a bunch of fun makeup, why not try out some fragrances? Macy's has a brand new Limited-Edition Clinique Happy All Around Fragrance set that's great to give as a gift, or keep for yourself! The fragrance trio includes classic Clinique Happy; warm, romantic Clinique Happy Heart; and spring-floral Clinique Happy in Bloom. It retails at $42.

Clinique Happy All Around Fragrance set

Happy shopping!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bikini Luxe Necklace GIVEAWAY!

Bejeweled Dainty Necklace
Huzzah! Winter is officially over (even though it is still snowing up here in New England lately, and the temperature isn't really changing...but I'll take what I can get). Thankfully summer is rapidly approaching. I am SO ready!

In my search for awesome summer must-haves, I came across a fab site, Bikini Luxe. In addition to the gorgeous swimwear they've got to offer, the site also caters to ladies who want to dress up their bikinis with accessories.

I've always been the type to pair my swimsuit with a super cute bracelet or earrings. Why not?

I absolutely love that they're on my side with this.

Sassy Fashionista has teamed up with Bikini Luxe for a fantastic giveaway to remind you that summer is really on its way!

The piece we're giving away could honestly be worn year-round, but would look extra cute with one of their swimsuits. We have one Bejeweled Dainty Necklace in sterling silver (a $33 value) to give to a lucky reader!

I'm totally in love with this piece! It goes with virtually any outfit and the size is perfect. The "jewel" is fairly small, so while it does get attention, it also isn't gaudy. It's just perfect.

To enter the giveway, simply send an email to with the subject line reading "BIKINI LUXE". The giveaway ends April 5th and the winner will be alerted via email.

Good luck, ladies!

And be sure to check out the Bikini Luxe site for more great products.

Disclosure: This post contains products sent for review & giveaway consideration. My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! If you have any questions about this, please email me.

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