Deal Divas' Favorite Things: Katie
My favorite things may get me into some trouble with the Deal Divas Powers That Be. They're not all thrifty. I could label a few as Favorite Guilty Pleasures, and I've hesitated in telling you about them all along.
But I think some things are worth the splurge (and some things definitely aren't). So here we go!
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I hate the feeling of paint on my face. Always have. Cute, shimmery animal designs at the school carnival? Hard pass. Cheek tattoos for your favorite team at a football game? Maybe, but I'm scrubbing it off ASAP. Liquid foundation? Smother me NOT.
Then I went to Sephora. I told an associate that my cheap foundation was giving me breakouts, and I needed something to even out my skintone for taping TV segments in the newsroom. I wanted to invest in big girl foundation, but I didn't want it to be all that noticeable. We tried out a few brands, and a fittingly pale, weightless shade of Make Up For Ever was the winner.
I'm on my second bottle now, and I don't see myself going back to drug store brands anytime soon. I'm a believer now in the idea that you shouldn't just slap anything on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin.
The name alone sounds obnoxious and completely unnecessary, and I'll admit I am not an expert in skin mechanics (obviously, since I just used that term). So why do I love this "toning mist"?
Remember when I got a free birthday facial at my hair salon in October? At the end of it, the esthetician told me I should consider buying an Aveda toner because it wasn't part of my (very basic) beauty regimen and it helps with clearing clogged pores. I had already declined when two girls at the counter said something like, "It only changed my life, but okay." I guess I was feeling like I wanted to change my life too, so, in a rush of heightened skin awareness, I bought it.
Regrets, I have none. I love spraying my face with this minty, herbal liquid. Yes, you just spray it at your face. It's a refreshing wake-up call - after cleansing, before moisturizing - that I actually look forward to each morning. Is it working miracles for my pores? Too soon to tell. I can tell you it's not hurting anything.
My recent drive for investing in facial products does not extend to nail polish. Quality nail polish is not important to me. I prefer cheap nail polish in as many shades as I can collect, in holographics, polka dots, pastels, blacks and blues. See, I'm the world's best obsessive compulsive nail-chipper, which means I change my polish a couple times a week. Rarely is a stop at CVS complete without throwing in a bottle du jour of Color Show.
I crave, crave, crave most everything on this site, but a lot of it is designer-made and super beyond my budget. But if you limit your perusing to reality, meaning the sale and everything-is-under-$100 Girl On a Budget sections, you can find some really unique pieces. I usually wait to buy things when the site is running 20- or 30 percent off everything sales. Plus, there's always free shipping.
This came to me as a birthday gift, adorably bound in a book-like box with whimsical script and an Oscar Wilde quote. I'm a sucker for packaging, but the fragrance inside is lovely, too. I'm drawn to florals, so I'm lucky I ended up with the Scarlet Larkspur fragrance with its not-unbearable fruity mix of blood orange, red currant, cherry and nutmeg notes.
I think you'd enjoy one of the fragrances for yourself, but it would also make a thoughtful holiday gift. Anthropologie is selling a $22 scent library from the San Francisco-based perfumer.