While mainstream media is abuzz with the falling (and rising) prices of stocks, I've rounded up my own list of bargains, in beauty and style, of course. That's right, deals abound outside of Wall Street, so stock up on must-haves at cut-rate prices.
Get your shop on
The moment I discovered shoppingnotes.com I wanted to share, but as any good reporter knows, fact-checking is an essential element in crafting a great story. So, I got my shop on — online, that is, and I saved big, thanks to the site that alerts registered users when the price of any online product drops (or rises).
Now, due diligence done, I can heartily recommend that women who like to shop online and love to stretch their hard-earned dollars, head to shoppingnotes.com to register the items you must have. Then buy them when you can actually afford to. Now that's a sensible economic policy.
Swap your stuff
I've warned more than once about the dangers of drugstore beauty-product shopping. Yes, products cost less, but without testers, or expert advice, those short-term savings can really cost you in the long run. What to do with that powder that was two tones too dark or the lipstick that was far from flattering? Why, trade it in, dolls.
Log on to makeupalley.com, and sign up for a free membership. At this online community for all things cosmetic, you can review your favorite products and swap your not-so-favorites. Recent items for swap, many never used, include Laura Mercier's Blushing Face Tint, MAC's Mineralize Blush and a Bobbi Brown Bush Duo — proving once and for all that one woman's turquoise shadow is another woman's treasure.
The Fabu-less life
I love Target because, long before the bailout, this cheap and chic retailer was lending a hand to those of us who couldn't afford designer goods by making newsworthy deals with some of fashion's biggest and brightest. Think Isaac Mizrahi, Liz Lange and Michael Graves.
Target's newest designer pairings don't disappoint. I've always loved Monica Botkier, an upscale handbag designer whose collection of luxury bags was launched in 2003 and counts among its fans Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum and Lindsay Lohan. This season, I found myself yearning for Botkier's Italian lambskin Kika clutch in Metallic Snake ($295 at botkier.com). Imagine my glee when I found the Botkier for Target collection and snatched up a gray python clutch for less than 10 bucks.
And with all the money I saved, I was left with enough green to buy stock in L'Oreal for about $90 a share, a significant discount from its 52-week high of $143.50. Proving that, when you invest in yourself, you're sure to reap the rewards.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.