How to Do Vegas Pool on a Budget…

Just a quickie as I am on vacation.  In Vegas.  At the pool.  With a cocktail!   Bien sur!

But wanted to show how you can still look fashionabulous at a swanky pool yet not kill you pocketbook.

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Here’s the down low:

Bikini from Target
Hat from a swap meet vendor
Shoes from Charlotte Russe
Shades from the Dollar Tree
Jewelry were gifts from great friends

All it takes is a little creativity/thinking outside of the box and knowing where to shop!

Happy summer!

The Power of Great Relationships…

One of the classiest things (and not to mention budget-friendly) is cultivating great relationships with people.  It doesn’t cost you a thing and yet it can bring you so much!

I have a colleague that I met a couple years ago.  I had hired her as the hair/make-up artist for a project I was doing and loved her from the get-go.

Through the years, anytime that I had a project in which I needed assistance, she was always the first person on my list.  She’s super sweet, extremely reliable (something that is sadly rare in today’s age) and not to mention obscenely talented!

How talented might you ask?  Check it out!

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Utter fabulousity!  Right!!!  My boring brown hair was completely functional (it covered my grays) but seriously lacked in the form part of it.  I mean, come on!  I work in a creative field!  Shouldn’t I have creative hair to match???

She touched-up my roots and then used the bayalage technique to handpaint in luscious caramel highlights.

Then she got to work chop-chopping away at my snooze-fest of a bob.  First up was some serious texturizing all around.  I wanted to keep a bunch of my length, but desperately needed a new lease on hair.  She finished the cut by adding some great bangs.  I don’t know why I always poo-poo bangs.  I look pretty darn good in them!

Now, here’s where great relationships come in handy!  We negotiated…she did my hair and I cooked her a super yummy, healthy dinner and gave her two large bags of produce fresh from my backyard in exchange for a discount on my services.  If you have great relationships with people, then this sort of thing is possible.  But if you have a bad reputation in business…then forget about it!  Your reputation and business relationships are EVERYTHING in life.  And it doesn’t cost you anything to maintain positive ones.

Always strive to do the right things, treat people the right way.  It most definitely pays off.  In this instance, I got not just good hair days, but GREAT hair days!

And my super cool shades…Dollar Store BABY!!!

Super special thanks to the insanely talented Melissa Dawn Edwards of Southwestern Styling.  Www.southwesternstyling.com

I’m Sorry!

I want to start out by apologizing to all of my readers.  I have been cheating you.  My philosophy is all about being classy on a budget.  Yet I have been completely one-sided.  I have been focusing only on the make-up side of things (I guess that tends to happen when you are a make-up artist by trade.) It didn’t dawn on me to offer you, my readers, more.

I have always had the reputation of being classy and chic.  And I most definitely embody the budget side of things considering a majority of my wardrobe I purchased at my local Goodwill.

But it wasn’t until recently that I discovered that I was shorting you all some stories and knowledge that comes with being classy on a budget wholely and spherically.

A new friend of mine saw my web address in the signature of an email I sent her.  Upon seeing it, she said, “Well, I want to be classy on a budget!” and she promptly clicked onto the link only to find a web site centered around cosmetics.

So, here is my pledge to you…a rebranding so – to – speak of Classy on a Budget to no longer include just cosmetics, but also how to be classy on a budget in all aspects of your life including interactions with others, clothes & fashion, entertaining, food & cooking, career, interior design, etc.  Anything and everything to help you live classy on a budget.

I hope you’ll join me in my journey, share in my experiences as well as share your experiences and ideas with me.  After all, you don’t have to be rich to be classy!

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My classy daughter.  :-)

Bring On the Oil!!!

I was out of country recently visiting family and friends in Belgium.  And since Paris is only a couple hours from Belgium by car, a trip to the City of Lights was absolutely mandatory!  And no trip to Paris is complete with out a trip to a French pharmacie. Those glowing green crosses are a mecca for every beauty obsessed junkie in the world!  I did notice some things this visit though.

Now-a-days there seems to be a certain hype about French women.  It seems that everyone is obsessed with what they eat, what they wear, how they stay looking so great for so long, how they remain sexy into their golden years.  There’s tons of books out there on all sorts of subjects regarding French women (in fact, I’ve read a lot of them!)

But one of the things that has intrigues me the most is the French Woman’s love affair with beauty oils.

Americans seem to have an aversion to oils.  The skincare aisles are full of products to eliminate oils and even those products for dry skin seem to tout “oil-free” on their labels.

But the French women LOVE their oils and have FABULOUS skin.  Hmmm…

They use cleansing oils, moisturizing oils, facials oils, hair oils, cuticle oils, body oils, aromatherapy oils, etc.  You name it and they probably have an oil for it and French women probably use it!

So, needless to say, yup…I picked up some oils in France and also picked up some available stateside and began to play.

Here are some of my favorites…

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment

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(Photo from http://www.theglossy.sephora.com)

This oil is from Figi and is rich in natural essential lipids to help fortify and strengthen the skin.  It has omega oils also for moisturization.  And it actually helps with firming up your skin courtesy of lupin seed and marine extracts.  I absolutely LOVED this oil on my face, but at $65 for an ounce, it’s a little out of the Classy on a Budget price tag, but the next time  I get a gift card to Nordstrom, Sephora or Nieman Marcus…

Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil

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(Photo from http://www.us.boots.com)

This oil is available at Target and who doesn’t love that!!!  It uses sweet almond oil and argan oil as it’s main base and while I’m not a “granola girl”, this product is 100% organic.  I just like it because it works and I can afford it!  Try replacing your night cream with it and see how great your skin looks in the morning!  $8.00 for an ounce.

Botanics Hand & Body Nourishing Body Oil

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(Photo from http://www.target.com)

This is the partner-in-moisturizing-crime of the Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil.  Uses a blend of saltflower, jojoba and almond oil to moisturise and iceland moss which is rich in natural sugars to help calm and hydrate your skin.  Best way to use it?  After a long day outside at the beach or pool…shower, slather on tons of this stuff and then crawl into a cool bed with cotton sheets.  You’ll wake up feeling like a new woman!  $8.99 for 5 ounces.

Sonia Kashuk Body Oil

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(Photo from http://www.target.com)

Another fabulous Target item!  This uses sweet almond, cottonseed and apricot oils to hydrate as well as a regenerating lipo vitamin complex to make the skin even better.  The cool thing about this one…it comes in four amazing scents (my personal favorite is Red Promisia) and it also comes in a spray bottle for easy application!  $10.99 for 5 ounces.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for Face, Body & Hair

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(Photo from http://www.beautywowza.com)

And this my friends would be what I brought home from Paris and started this whole oil obsession!  It also uses sweet almond oil as its base but also adds camellia, hazelnut, macadamia and vitamin E oils to moisturize.  Yet it’s not greasy and soaks in super fast!  In fact, you can even use it in your hair without making your hair a greasy mess!  $29 for 50 ml.

So, I must say, I’m a convert.  I love my beauty oils!  And I’m always on the lookout for new ones to play with!

Look Ma! No Tools!!!

I have been completely lazy lately with regards to make-up.  I’m blaming it on the warm summer weather we are having already here in sunny San Diego.  I mean come on!  Why spend 45 minutes doing a phenomenal face when 5 minutes outside and it’s melting faster than my ice cream cone.  (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

One of the things I’ve discovered though is how utterly amazing our fingers are!!!  Truly!!!

I’ve actually started using my fingers to put on all sorts of cosmetics and thought I’d challenge myself to use nothing but my fingers to do my entire face!

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So, what do you think???

Here’s a list of the products I used and used only my fingers to apply!

-No7 True Identity Foundation in Light

-Cream blush from Chanel Paris LA Multi-Use Make-Up Palette

-Chanel Eye Brow Pencil in Brun Naturel

-No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow duo in Moonlight Shadows (light shade only)

-Chanel Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Safari

-L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Rose for Romance (rose and medium brown color)

-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey

-No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara in Brown/Black

-No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Blush

-L’Oreal Lip Gloss in Blushing Harmony

All in all I’m pretty proud of it!

7 Days / 7 Ways Spring Eye Make-Up : Day 7: SPA EYES!!!

Ok, so I know that this is a far reach and many will call it cheating.  But in my honest opinion, these eyes are the BEST to have in the spring time!   And those eyes would be the ones protected by sunglasses, with a great friend spending the day at the Glen Ivy Resort and Spa in Southern California!

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I figured this was the perfect way to end spring eye make-up week!

7 Days / 7 Ways Spring Eye Make-Up Day 6: Call Me Coral

Day 6 is here already!  And it’s Friday!!!  WOOHOO!!!

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Sexy, no?  :-)

Today’s look incorporates a nice peachy/ coral eye shadow all over using a dark brown in the outer crease and eye liner.  And let’s not forget our Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascara! #lashout

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Nice.  Simple.  Fun with color but something that can be worn every day yet still have people respect you.  It’s all about experimenting but still remaining classy.

Stay tuned!!!  One more day of my 7 day challenge!