Happy New Year! A new year has crept up fast but hey here we are in 2014! Now I would be telling the biggest white lie ever if I were to write about how much money I've spent on various fashions or proclaiming, “This is how you shop smartly,” blah blah blah. No, I for one have not had the means as of late to rack up on whatever the latest styles are and come home with fancy shopping bags or order online and await packages to be delivered. It just isn't my reality right now, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a few joys of treating myself to something special, much like these 5 fashion and beauty ideas that accompany this article! Now, if you are in a position to do what I envy most right about now (shopping!) then of course by all means shop, splurge, spend! But all is fair in beauty, love for fashion and a war-drobe that includes inexpensive finds. Without further ado here are 5 ideas to consider to give your wallet a rest when it comes to skin regimens, clothing, hair and more!
Aloe Face Wash
If you ever have one, two or maybe three blemishes/pimples that have begun a party on your face without invitation, maybe you should try a different skincare regimen. Even if you don't have a regimen per se think about this simple way to help clear up any bumps. Use aloe! Yup that's right, the plant. The contents inside aloe such as various minerals can help dry up a pimple party goer, helping redness and a worsened breakout. Simply press out the gel inside the aloe plant and place it on the problem areas. You can buy aloe at most farmer's markets like Whole Foods and it shouldn't cost you more than a buck, or two.
Yup, it sure is winter time. In Philadelphia the temps are steadily getting lower and below freezing, so it's a smart choice to dress warm. If you're into comfy sweaters/sweatshirts but the ones you own are sort of plain, try to play it up with some embellishments (rhinestones). You can purchase them mostly at arts & craft stores like Michael's and Jo-Ann Fabric ranging from $2-$5 for a pack. To apply the rhinestones you just need a glue gun and voila, place them along the collar/shoulder areas or wherever you'd like. Have fun with it, it's a cool DIY project!
More often consumers are figuring out that typically one-use products now have a multipurpose. Like coconut oil, not only can it be used for cooking but it also can be used for the body as well. Specifically where hair on your head is concerned coconut oil has many great benefits in improving one's hair. You don't need to apply a lot either, use leisurely. It is packed with tons of moisture and nutrients that soothe the roots and mane. A personal favorite of mine is from Trader Joe's. Their “Organic Virgin Coconut Oil” for $5.99 is like a dream come true.
It's no secret that nail polish and all of the fun colors out there are very popular nowadays. For those who paint their own nails or head to a salon, you're privy to what shades to use and how to add some flavor to an otherwise plain nail. But for those who need a hint or two on what polishes to use try Zoya, a cool website with colorful polishes galore. Their rich hues start at $8 a bottle. Don't forget stores like Target and Walmart where you're bound to find brands like Essie starting at about $7.
Though more known today Pinterest for awhile was a best kept secret! Whether on the phone (free app) or the website users can browse and “pin” images from all sorts of categories like recipes, hobbies, events and yes, fashion. Try to utilize Pinterest as an inexpensive tool to discover tips and tricks that “interest” you when it comes to style and beauty. The search bar is your friend as you can type in words and phrases to help you navigate what you're trying to find. Get pinning!