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Beauty Bargains: 5 under $5

Jessica Palmer

It's no secret that I love bargains...and the 5 under $5 is tag going around online right now so I thought I'd join in the fun too! I don't think I could really just narrow the list down to only 5 items under $5...so this may be a re-occurring series. But these 5 I currently use on a very regular basis so I think it's a good place to start!

1. Nail Polish by Julie G: I absolutely LOVE these! You can find them at the drugstore for less than $3...they are very opaque (meaning lots of color!) An you can almost get away with one coat! They go on smooth and wear long. Go snag some, you'll be happy you did!

2. Liner and brow brushes from the craft store: Yep. I've mentioned this tip numerous times before and I will keep shouting it from the rooftops! Those liner and brow brushes you're paying so much for are the same things you find in the detail painting section of the craft store! They work just as well at a fraction of the price...I've paid as little as $0.50 but never more than a buck or two.

3. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny: less than $3 at Target and worth far more! This matte bronzer is great for daily basic contour and adds a lovely sun-kissed glow! It's not packed with red, so you won't look like an oompa-loompa! I'm on my 4th one at the moment and even keep this in my pro kit now.

4. Rimmel Scandaleyes liners: these guys are around $4 and are so smooth and creamy! They glide on easy and smudge out great, but once they set they're there to stay! Waterproof creamy liners for under $5?! Yes please! The nude one I love for the water line for a wide-eyed look.

5. WetnWild Megalast lipsticks: Are you tired about hearing about this? Sorry (not sorry)...but these are just worth so much more than the $2 they charge! Pigment packed and super long wearing...and tons of amazing shades!

What about you? Any products you love that are under $5? Let me know, I want to try them! By the way, do you follow me on Instagram and Vine? Follow @polishandpout and see my magic trick that goes with this post ;)

Cheers to Deals, Steals, and 5 Dollar Bills,

 

The Messy Manicure: Brush Stroke Mani How-To

Jessica Palmer

I've been feeling inspired when it comes to nail art lately, as evidenced by my recent posts...So here's another mani to try! It ends up looking like brush strokes on a canvas or a little tie-dyed!

I love this style because you can be messy and not super calculated...so it takes no precision! Its like a messy manicure...but on purpose! A nail novice or nail expert will have fun with this one.

I recommend doing this one hand at a time, as the clear coat is what smoothes out the brush strokes. Too much dry time will change the outcome and may result in a little texture. Try it out and let me know how yours turns out! And no need to use all shades in the same family...mix it up!

Cheers to Tie-Dye, Brush Strokes, and Messy Manicures,

 

Ombré Manicure: Mint and Teal

Jessica Palmer

Ombré everything has been a big trend for a few years now and I am loving the look as nail art too! Here's an easy way to get an ombré mani...it's very simple, the bulk of the work really is in the clean up.

 

A couple of tips:
- Don't rub the sponge on the nail, that will remove the polish. Just press in an up and down motion.
- When you load the sponge, if you apply it a similar width as your nail bed, the clean up will be minimal.
- Reapply polish to the sponge as necessary
- Repeat application until you reach the desired opacity. But wait a minute in between coats so you don't remove the previous layer with your sponge.
- Your clear coat will smooth out any texture, so don't wait for your ombré to dry before applying the clear coat.

Give this a shot and let me know how it turns out! The color possibilities are endless!

Cheers to Mani's, Ombré, and Trendy Tips,

                                             

Nail Trend and Your Beauty Destiny

Jessica Palmer

If you follow me on Instagram(@polishandpout) you know that my 3 great loves are lashes, lipstick, and nail polish. As I was painting my nails last night I marveled at the fact that for about 7 years straight I painted my nails the same color! I also recalled that 3 years ago I decided to change that because of something that happened to me at work (when I worked at a makeup counter). I posted the story on Facebook (I wasn't blogging at the time). So I thought I'd share it with you along with P&P's favorite nail looks lately...perhaps it will inspire you to branch out from your usual mani too!

Glitter, glitter, and more glitter. All over, as an accent, tips, fade, outline...you name it!

Neon and colors so bright you can practically see your nails in the dark!

The accent nail is still alive and well...if you're like me and the big bulky nail gems and plastic flowers et cetera seem cumbersome then opt for decal or paint accents!

Bold colors and bold lengths! Sporty and square nails are WAY OUT and have been for a LONG TIME. As in, do not touch square with a ten foot pole. Almond, rounded, and stiletto nails are dominating trend and will continue to do so for a long time I'd wager! Don't let the length scare you, you can rock the current shape short too!

If almond nails are still uncomfortable for you, start with a rounded edge. Think natural in shape. Baby steps. And do yourself a favor and watch a Marilyn Monroe movie or something from that era, pay attention to all of the lovely starlets nails...you'll be on board with rounded nails after I guarantee it!

I've been crushing hard on pastels and lavender especially...light purples too!


Maybe you're stuck in a beauty rut like I was: "The other day I complimented a coworkers nail polish...it was a gorgeous shade of teal. She responded by offering to loan it to me so I could paint my nails the same color. "Oh no thank you, I usually paint my nails black," I said. She asked how long I've kept my nails black for, so I told her about 6 years or so. She looked at me like I was nuts and said, "You HAVE to get out of that rut!" I brushed off her comment at first, but then later that day I had an epiphany. I saw someone who had apparently stepped out of a time machine. You know the type: mullet-like hair with big bangs, hot pink lipstick, blue eye shadow, a skirt that is older than her children and shorter than it should be. She looked like she was an extra in an 80's teen flick, but worse because while she had continued to age, her appearance screamed "It's still 1984, right?!" Was this to be my fate? I looked down at my nails and suddenly they were mocking me. I do need to get out of my rut! So the next chance I had I picked up a bottle of white nail polish. It seemed the natural choice since it's the exact opposite of what I normally wear. I must admit, it looks pretty chic. I highly recommend white polish for spring and summer. And while I most likely will return to my black polish in the nearby future, this week I changed my beauty destiny and proved to myself that I will not be stuck in the past! Now I just need to figure out what to do with my mullet..."--April 22, 2010

Cheers to Mullets, Manicures, and Changing your Beauty Destiny,

Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Lover!

Jessica Palmer

Stocking are probably my favorite part of presents at Christmas! Sure, big pricey presents are nice too, but all those little things that you like or need, your favorite treats...all in one giant sock...I mean, what's not to love?! And I don't know about you, but when I'm the one filling a stocking I like it to be as full as possible, and to have the most fun and legitimately enjoyable things inside!

Christmas socks, chocolate, magazines, maybe a small gift card...Hmm what else? Skip the weird cheap gift baskets in the holiday aisle and grab some of these instead!

 

 

1. WetnWild Eyeshadow Trios $2: Biggest shock ever that these shadows are amazing! They come in singles and larger palettes too...so affordable.

2. ELF Shine Eraser oil blotting sheets $1: It is far better to touch use this way, rather than packing on powder on top of the oil and bacteria on your face throughout the day

3. WetnWild Megalast Lipstick $2: Great pigment, long lasting wear, totally amazing!

4. Sephora Facial Cleansing brush $6: Consider this the poor man's Clarisonic. Gets my face so much more clean than when I just use my hands and is great for exfoliating too!!

5. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny $2.75: Currently my favorite bronzer! Buildable colour, matte, and none of that annoying red that's in most bronzers

6. ELF powder brush $1: Of all of the brushes that I use on my clients, the one that people compliment the most for how amazing it feels is not my $45 brush, not my $29 brush...it's this one! Go figure.

7. Ardell Fashion Lashes $3-$5: flirty fun for New Years Eve perhaps?

8. Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipsticks $4: No1 is the perfect Holiday Red! Love these and cannot get enough!

9. Sally Hansen InstaDry nailpolish $3: great colors, wears fantastic, and dries in about a minute

10. ELF Zit Zapper $1: tea tree oil and salicylic acid to give blemishes the ol' one two punch!

 

Aaaaand a few more special extras if you want to turn this stocking into an amazing gift instead...

 

 

1. Rimmel Gel eyeliner $7: waterproof, black, and a brush built into the lid...I used this on my Fall brides and loved it!

2. Philosophy Shower Gels $5: Love these travel size gels they do at Christmas time...they ACTUALLY smell like what they say they do! If you buy 3 they're only $5 each! Hot buttered rum anyone?

3. Naked Basics Pallete by Urban Decay $27: The latest and greatest in the Naked family...already in love with these 5 matte shades and one satin finish highlight...neutral perfection!

4. MAC Viva Glam V lipstick $14.50: This lipstick looks great on EVERYONE. I mean everyone!! It's the perfect neutral everyday colour, it looks like "lip" but with a little extra pop.

5. Designer Makeup bags $7-$25: Ross ALWAYS has fantastic makeup bags, many from my favorite designers and are a fraction of their usual cost. Have you priced makeup bags lately? Even no-name bags at Target cost a pretty penny...why not get one from Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, or Calvin Klein for cheaper instead? Plus, a makeup bag is cuter to stuff than a stocking anyway!

 

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Cheers to Stockings, Makeup, and Christmas,