Beauty & Fashion

Beauty & Fashion

How to Sell Your Stylish-Yet-Unwanted Clothes

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If you’re like me you’ve acquired more than your fair share of “trendy” clothes over the years. You get clothes from more fashionable friends, or from your mom’s closet, or, I don’t know, Forever 21 or something. I haven’t bought a brand new pair of jeans since I dropped out of art school five years ago, and I […]

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How Online Style Trading Can Revitalize Your Closet

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If you want to save on clothing, your options are limited: You can buy used, you can try to make your own (with a little help from Joann), or you can trade. Swapping clothes is hardly a new activity, whether it’s family hand-me-downs, friendly borrowing, or even more formalized clothes swap parties, clothing has always had […]

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Spend Less on Your New Spring Wardrobe

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Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, but it’s close enough. We had to “spring forward” our clocks over the weekend, after all. There ought to be an upside to losing that hour of sleep, and there is: new clothes. You can always save on standbys like Ashley Stewart and Old Navy when you use […]

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Ridiculously Effortless Costume Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet

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It’s no secret that I love any excuse for a party, and my favorite time of the year to indulge in festivities is almost here! Halloween, babydolls, when candy corn sales are in full swing and it’s the one time of year that you can literally be ANYTHING YOU WANT for a day, without question. […]

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The Creepiest Halloween Costumes For Your Kids in 2014

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Every year, as Halloween rolls around, we find the conversation renewed regarding the overextension of “sexy” themed women’s costumes. But there’s another costume cold war that doesn’t get nearly the attention that the sexy lady one does. Each year, children get creepier and creepier on Halloween, and we seem to be doing nothing to stop it. […]

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Battle of the 24-Hour Lipsticks

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My main quibble with lipstick is the fact that it doesn’t permanently stick to your lips. I pretend like my “go, go, go” lifestyle prevents me from reapplying it, but the reality of the matter is that I’m insufferably lazy. As a result, I’ve been wearing long-wear lipsticks for years; frankly, they’re all I wear. […]

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Thrift Stores Can Be Great for Savings Or Make You Really Itchy

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(photo credit: screenshot of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop music video) Guys. Ladies. Fellas. Friends. We all love bargains. Bargains are what America is all about. Anyone in America who doesn’t love a bargain is probably in Al Qaeda and should immediately be detained and hopefully water boarded until they realize how great bargains […]

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More Ways to Gender Swap And Save

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It really should be no secret anymore that advertisers love splitting us up into smaller, easier-to-market-to groups.  And most of the time when they do, we end up spending more for the same product.  The plus side to this though is that once we’ve peeled back this marketing matrix and seen it for what it […]

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Working Out Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive with These Proven Methods

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Whenever I need to tighten up my spending habits, I notice that things like gym memberships and pricey exercise classes seem to be the first to go. I tell myself, “I’ll just go for more runs” or “I’ll work out at home,” knowing good and well that I’ll be eating cookie dough by the ton […]

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On the Cheap with Megan Koester: The Big Night Out

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Need to look gorgeous for a hot night out but don’t have the cash-ola necessary to make your designer dreams a reality? No sweat, sweetie! Just go to the mall, slap on a face of free makeup, “borrow” a dress, and strut on down to your destination. You’ll be beautiful on a budget…of $0! TRANSCRIPTSpeaker […]

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Try On Your Perfect Bra At Home With True&Co

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There are few things in this world less comfortable than an uncomfortable bra. Childbirth, while I’ve never experienced it, seems as though it would be more unpleasant than the sensation of an insufferably tight brassiere digging into your shoulder flesh like a toddler burrowing into wet sand. Pretty much any other painful event a woman can experience, however, pales in comparison.

Finding a suitable over the shoulder boulder holder is a must for any comely lass who doesn’t want to suffer a life of misery. If you’re tired of being victimized by your hooter holsters, online retailer True&Co claims to have the solution. They’re all about helping you “find the perfect fit.” They promise to do so with “no fitting rooms” and “no measuring tape.” You may ask yourself, “How the hell is that possible?” It being 2014 and all, the answer’s simple: Via a confusing, over-stylized website!

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Banana Boat For Men Asks: Are You Man Enough To Fight The Sun?

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As someone who lives her life treating gender like it’s merely a suggestion (because it is), I’ve grown quite accustomed to the way that marketing loves to divide the world up in order to trick us into giving them maximized profits. While my life history has made me perhaps more keenly aware of it, I’m hardly the first to notice, or even to break down why it happens. What I can do, however, is provide you with some examples of some ways that shoppers of any sex and gender can cut costs by cutting through gender roles.

A new addition to the slate of seemingly unnecessarily gendered products this year: sunscreen. Banana Boat has recently launched the all new Banana Boat For Men. This is apparently to combat the waves of sunburned men who have refused to use a product as girly and effete as Banana Boat Sport? I guess I find it hard to believe that there are legions of lobster-looking bros out there who have been adamant that they’d rather get skin cancer than put on any of that chick stuff, but apparently Banana Boat is banking on the idea that there are. Or more likely, they think that by creating the solution the problem will start to exist. All I know is I’ve been to plenty of beaches and I’ve never heard anyone complain about sissy sunscreen.

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Should You Subscribe To Mavens By Julep, Stitchfix, LeTote Or Not?

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I’m continuing my foray into some of the more interesting internet subscription service options and whether or not they’re actually worth that monthly fee.

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The Premise: Nail polish brand Julep provides a monthly themed box of high-end nail polish and cosmetics for a fee of $24.99. Users pick from a style profile, with names like “It Girl” or “Boho Glam,” and are sent selections for that month’s theme. While you’re given a box that matches your style profile by default, you can opt to choose a box from a different style profile.

The Experience: I spoke with Meredith, a User Experience Expert in Southern California who is a big fan of the service. A self-described nail polish addict, Meredith finds that the subscription service has really helped her curb her spending without sacrificing her nails. “Last year my New Years resolution was to stop impulse buying nail polish, so I got the [Mavens subscription]. It keeps me on budget and they have enough different “packages” each month that I never feel like there’s nothing I don’t want.”

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Menstrual Period Subscription Boxes Are, Apparently, a Thing (and a Waste of Money)

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I have been menstruating for over half my life. I’m used to it. I’m, dare I say, pretty good at it. The monthly act of going to the drug store and buying my tampons, cramp meds and assorted accouterments that no longer faze me like it did when I was fifteen. I don’t think there’s anything unusual about the ease with which I deal with the emotional terrorist that is Aunt Flo.

But if I were the sort of woman who, let’s say, wasn’t comfortable getting their Tampax rung up by a bored-looking teenage clerk in a primary colored vest, I could get a period subscription box, filled with a combination of feminine protection products and sweets, delivered to me in a plain, unmarked receptacle once a month. That’s right—the subscription box trend has expanded to the realm of reproduction. But are they worth it? I sent away for a few of them to find out.

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Like Netflix but for Clothing: JustFab, Adore Me, and Gwynnie Bee

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As internet subscription services begin to outnumber websites featuring quizzes about things like ‘Which Caroline in the City character are you?” I find myself wondering which of them are actually worth my monthly fee and which have a press release that just fit nicely into a click-through blurb?

I decided to test a few of them out to get a feel for how they actually benefit a user, and how much they live up to their promising allure.

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