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.

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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 know...makeup 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.

Mascara
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.

Foundation
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.

Eyeliner
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)!

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