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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Deal Divas' Favorite Things: Keyonna



Deal Diva Keeley couldn't have said it better. I mean, it's no secret that I likes to get my shop on. But like Keeley, I'm more focused on look and price rather than brand.

In fact, I eschew paying top dollar just to bear someone else's name on my person. The closest thing I come to designer wear is my growing collection of Nine West handbags and shoes -- all purchased from discount stores like Ross and T.J. Maxx. And I so rarely wear perfumes or makeup that I've been working on the same lipstick, eyeshadow and blush set for three years.

That's a long way of saying that coming up with my "favorite things" list at first seemed a daunting task. But when I sat down and looked at my daily routine and occasional shopping habit, a few clear winners emerged. They are:

Sally Hansen XTreme Wear nail polish, $2.79

Discovering Pinterest has turned me into something of a mani junkie in recent months. All that experimenting with different nail designs has also meant a whole lotta experimenting with different colors and polish brands. I've encountered streaks, stains, bubbles, runniness and applicator brushes that just needed help. But with the first swipe, I was totally feeling Sally Hansen XTreme Wear's formula. It goes on thick and smooth, only one coat needed. Even the colors sound cool: So far, I've only tried Gunmetal and Coin Flip, but I plan to dish out some dough for more.

Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes, $4.67 (30-count)

One of my fondest childhood memories is watching my mom dip into her jar of Ponds cold cream as she prepared for bed. I associated the nightly skin moisturization regimen with adulthood and couldn't wait until I was old enough to partake. While I still adore the smell of the original cream, the easy cleanup and transport of these towelettes have won me over. Not only do they work great on dry skin, but they effortlessly remove dirt and makeup, including stubborn eyeliner -- all without the burn I've experienced with some other brands. Both the Original Fresh and Evening Soothe (white tea and chamomile) scents smell divine.

Shoes are awesome. Online shopping is awesome. So can we all just agree that is the perfect love child of the two? The site's positives are simple: Great selection (including narrow sizes and Nine West!). Great sales and clearance section. And a Rewards program that offers free shipping, frequent coupons and the occasional free tote bag or other gift to members. #Winning!

Aussie Hairspray, $5.99

I realize that hair products tend to be a very personal thing. But let me just give a shoutout to Aussie's flexible hold spray, which has yet to fail me or my updo. This brand caught my attention merely because I was scouring Target one day for hairspray and Aussie happened to be on sale. I've been pleasantly surprised. It smells great, adds shine and keeps the strays in place.

Look, I'll just say it again: I'm cheap. That being said, this Deal Diva would probably never shop at Urban Outfitters based on sheer product prices alone. But lemme tell ya, when this retailer's clearance section gets fired up, it can set my credit card a-blazing! I've scored some great jewelry and clothes (and compliments!) for next to nothing. Which, of course, only makes me want to shop more. Eh, the irony.

But enough about me. We wanna hear from you guys! Tell us about your favorite things in the comments, tweet us @dealdivas, or send us Instagrams of your favorite things using the hashtag #dealdivasfavoritethings.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:46pm]


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