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Let’s face it:  today’s economy is gradually improving, but our glamourous guilty pleasures aren’t getting any cheaper.  I’m a total beauty junkie, and keeping a low bill at the register can sometimes be an impossible task.  Luckily, Ghada from SmallWorldBeauty reached out to me with an opportunity to write a piece about staying chic without being reluctant to whip out that wallet!

We’ll stick to the basics here, nothing is better than a natural beauty.  One of my favorite moisturizers is drugstore brand Vitamin E cream.  I always make sure to pick up a jar from the local drug store because it’s super cheap, and it hydrates the skin thoroughly.  Vitamin E is great for reducing fine lines and dark spots that may have been the result of acne.  Not only is it cheap, but it will leave your skin feeling soft and is even better after using an exfoliant. 
And now that I’ve brought it up, exfoliating gloves are also a great spa accessory to own .  There are so many pros to owning this product:  you get a spa treatment as often as you like, your body is left as soft as silk, they’re CHEAP… Must I go on? Once again, your reliable drugstore is the place to snag this steal.  It’s way more effective than a loofah or a regular washcloth.  For skin that is even more supple, try slathering on some baby oil gel before you dry yourself off after a shower.
For a more glam approach to being frugal, E.L.F. cosmetics is a great way to go!  I’ve always heard good things about this line, but I’ve always passed it up simply because I assumed it was expensive (it’s sold at Target).  However, I was convinced to take a look at the collection when I found a 10 piece brush set for 10 bucks… can’t beat that!  Nothing in this collection at Target is more than $3!  Foundation, lip stains, concealer, and even FALSIES are unbelievably inexpensive.  I was convinced that this line was a scam, so I tried out one of the lip stains and I have absolutely  no complaints!  It actually worked better than some of the more expensive models because it STAINS your lips as opposed to acting as a gloss.
Aveeno has a Clear Complexion skincare line that is to die for! Not only is it inexpensive, but it contains ingredients that don’t contain harsh chemicals and promote healthy skin.  One of my favorite products is the Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, partly because it’s a light foam that gently removes makeup and debris from the face without all the extra irritation that some other cleansers may contain. 
And I love getting manicures, but sometimes relaxing in the spa takes a little too long and becomes just a tad bit too relaxing if you know what I mean : D .  I always get caught up and spend way too  much time and pay for services that I probably don’t even need.  A frugal way of keeping your nails looking looking flashy is to get nail foils.  They’re a great opposition to Minx nails, and just a bit cheaper.  The technique to apply them is the same,and they last for an adequate amount of time. A good brand to get is Blixz Nail Foils.  Only $17.50 for a mani that lasts a month?  That’s a deal that’s not to be turned down!
Of course there are several other products that would make my list, but I wanted to tell you of my absolute favorites!  Trust me, if I had time to go on and on about my favorite beauty steals, you’d be sick of me by the end of my ranting.

I can’t remember who was in the commercial, all I remember is that I saw a FREE tote filled with beauty products that comes with a purchase of $60 after taxes.  I was sooo in there!

Haha… my sister and I were NOT playing!  We were waiting in line by 3:45!  I had it set in my mind that I would buy anything that wasn’t underwear (like beauty products and such), and I managed to keep that promise to myself.  I’ve always heard spectacular things about their cosmetics, but I’ve never tried anything other than the lipgloss.

So we walked in… I’m looking for the makeup, and immediately… I’M IN HEAVEN!  I didn’t get much because my main focus was getting that tote… but I did get a quad, and five-color eye palette, and bottle of perfume I’ve been wanting since last Christmas.

Side note: I don’t know what it is with me and palettes lately, but I have like 50 right now in my makeup bag.  They don’t even fit!

Anyway, the quad I got is called MENAGE.  It’s gorgeous, see for yourself:

My eyes are green, and this quad is a major color complementer.

I also got the Midnight Glamour palette that is superrr fierce!  It’s amazing before you even open up to see the makeup!  The outside of the palette is a huge jewel that looks like a lighter sapphire.  It was $26… can’t remember if it was on sale or not, but it only has five colors… Bummer, but the hues are definitely worth the buck.  And it’s limited edition– meaning it will probably be gone before Christmas.

And lastly, I got this ultra-sexy perfume that I’ve been dying for (partially because of the fly pump-hehe).  It’s from the Sexy Little Things line, and it’s a classic smell if I ever smelled one.  Definitely date-worthy! 😀





“Heaven… I’m in Heaven… and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…”





I love you Victoria…



… but I’ve been up to good things :D!  The bad news is that I’ve been away for so long because my reliable Sony Vaio all of a sudden DIED… my motherboard failed.   So I’ve been out of a computer since August.  Thankfully, my hot pink customized laptop is on it’s way to the rescue!

I haven’t really been up to much… I started a second job as a teaching assistant for Pre-K and it’s by far the most interesting job I’ve ever had.  These kids are so bold, ,and sometimes I can’t believe the things they say or do… like, their parents seriously think it’s ok!  Being a parent myself, I’ve learned what NOT to do in the first month of school.   Kids are really something else!  There are always a few rotten apples in the bunch, but even they are the ones that make the experience worthwhile.

ENOUGH about that… It’s Norfolk State’s homecoming week and I finally get to meet up with my girls after a busy summer!  I’m more than ready to hop in some stilettos and go out… we’re supposed to be going to a cabaret (that means it’s SATC time).  I’m trying to keep it simple: strapless and sleek.  Easy does it, right?  After all of these long work days I’m in dire need of a chicas night out!

Drink of choice for the night: White Russian!  Happy homecoming NSU!

You can call me Steph, and you should be able to tell that this is my first post on WordPress!

Ok so, background: I’m a college graduate looking for work! I just had a baby and he’s my love… I’m a beauty blogger and an intern for a great haircare company. Beauty and hair are my passion… primarily because I love having nice hair and taking pride in my appearance.

I actually have a Tumblr account as well, but my blog entries just aren’t suitable for what that website (or its users) is made for.

So this starts my WordPress journey! You’re gonna love me, I promise!

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