Four ‘back to school’ beauty hacks – stock up during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week!

Four Back-to-School beauty hacks!It’s the end of the summer season and time to refresh your beauty products for fall. Meijer’s annual Fall Beauty Week is coming up – September 11 through the 17th – with tons of products on sale including skin care, cosmetics, and hair care. There are four essential items that you need for your backpack, locker, dufflebag or desk to be sure you look your best while also saving precious time. They will all be on sale during the Fall Beauty Week so get your shopping list started now!                                                                        samples

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

1. Ensure a great hair day with headbands. My picks – Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands and Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap. The Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands are thin and are perfect time savers in the morning, plus they won’t slip off during workouts. I love the versatility of the Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap, which is also terrific for keeping hair out of your face when cleansing or applying treatments and masks.

Back to school beauty hack:  Wash your hair at night to save time in the morning.  Put your towel dried hair into a loose bun or ponytail wrapped with a soft headband for soft, beachy waves when you wake up.

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

2.  Get a great complexion with no-fuss foundation. My pick – Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2. This liquid foundation truly looks natural thanks to cutting edge pigment technology. It lasts all day with or without a primer, and does a great job of making imperfect skin look almost flawless.

Back to school beauty hack:  Even if you are running late, you have time to put on foundation. Forget about brushes or sponges – just put a pump or two on your palms, rub together to warm up, then pat on your face. Voila – instant perfect skin that looks natural and buffed in seconds. (Just remember to wash your hands after!)

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

3.  Don’t forget your brows! You can get great brows in seconds. My pick – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil. Groomed brows make a huge difference and they are easier to do than you think. Using the pencil end, make short strokes that are about the length of actual brow hair to fill in sparse areas, then use the spoolie to blend in.

Back to school beauty hack: Always brush brow hair straight up for the best eye-opening look.

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

4.  Brighten your look instantly with lip gloss  My pick – NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue. There’s a reason your mother always said never leave the house without lipstick. Seriously, if you are only going to do one thing it should be your lips. Lipstick can be tricky to apply without a mirror, but lip gloss takes less precision. The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic. It’s moisturizing and has great slip without any stickiness.  It comes in lots of gorgeous shades but I especially love the pretty pink of Merengue.

Back to school beauty hack:  Smaller tubes of lip gloss are the best! They save you money because you will definitely use the entire product before it goes bad.

Don’t forget, all four of these essential beauty products are on sale during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week from September 11 through the 17th. Put them on your shopping list – I know you will love them for all your back to school needs.  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

Three ideas for fun fall hair!

Ok, so my summer ponytail is a thing of the past…but there are some really fun ways to dress things up for fall.  Here are three of my favorite hair pieces that were sent to the BIZ.

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1.  Republic of Pigtails:  This fantastic little shop has all kinds of great items for little ones and for grown ups.  Fascinators, headbands, hats…it has them all, mega style with a bit of an attitude.  My pick is the Nahla Topi ($36) in leopard with a black bow.  Come on, how fun is this??

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The jaunty little hat sits atop a headband on an angle.  It is such a great way to jazz up an outfit.  I love it with a little black dress and a coordinating clutch.

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Republic of Pigtails

You’ve got to check out this absolutely adorable store…and if you have little ones in your life, I dare to take a look and not buy something!

Hair2Wear Braids

2.  Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection Double Braided Headband ($10):  This is one of those awesome headbands that look exactly like real hair, so people just think you are amazingly talented.  Every time I wear this, someone asks me how I did it.

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You can see how intricate the detail is.  The band is very stretchy, so it doesn’t hurt my head and it stays in place nicely.  It’s a great band for pulling back bangs or for dressing up a simple bun.  It comes in 11 different colors – mine is Medium Brown.

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3.  Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection Thick Headband ($10)  This is my go-to for a little style in 2 seconds.  It is perfect for day or nighttime looks.  With hair down, it’s a great look with a chunky turtleneck and jeans.  Put hair up in a bun, and this instantly glamorizes.  The shade pictured is Medium Brown, but a great idea is to get funky and pair your hair with a contrasting choice.

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Put some fun in fall and invest in a few easy to use, super quick ways to get a little more attitude and style into your look!   – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Wantable October Accessories Subscription Box

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This month’s Wantable Accessories Subscription Box has some wonderfully bold selections!  Not only are there great pieces with mixed metals and natural stones, there’s also an item that I am proud to wear because it supports childhood cancer research.

Headbands of Hope Everest Headband

Headbands of Hope Everest Headband

Wearing my Headbands of Hope headband

Wearing my Headbands of Hope headband

Headbands of Hope Everest Headband (retail value $14.85):  This is a very cool fabric stretchy headband that can be worn so many ways.  It works as a classic headband or as more of a headcover.  The best thing about it?  For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to childhood cancer research.

Ayla Earrings

Ayla Earrings

Ayla Earrings

Ayla Earrings

Ayla Earring (retail value $17):  aren’t these awesome?  No one can really tell they are rock goddess skulls unless up close.  These are perfect with a classic, sedate outfit for a subtle rebel touch.

Nicolette Necklace

Nicolette Necklace

Nicolette Necklace (retail value $24):  This is a long double-chained statement necklace with distressed metal, amber stones, and a fringe of chains.  I wear this with a dark solid colored top and play up with the necklace shades in my makeup.

Cate & Chloe Savannah Bar Earrings

Cate & Chloe Savannah Bar Earrings

Savannah Bar Earrings

Savannah Bar Earrings

Cate & Chloe Savannah Bar Earrings (retail value $54):  Yes.  These earrings alone are worth almost $15 more than the price of the box.  I have long dark hair, so these silver bar earrings are exactly what I need.  They show up when my hair is down, and are so elegant with an updo.  Gorgeous.

All together, my box has a retail value of $109.85.  I swear, every month is better and better.  I can’t wait to see what next month brings!  – Lisa

**box received for review; affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes.

Fashionistas rejoice! The Wantable July Accessories Box

My Wantable July Accesorries Box has made me very happy with four summer accessories that totally perk up my warm weather jewelry and hair collection. The selection Wantable sent the BIZ this month is pretty terrific.

My loves, likes, and dislikes

My loves, likes, and dislikes

July Accessories Box

July Accessories Box

For July, all four pieces definitely fit my preferences – I love sunglasses, hair accessories, drop earrings, and statement necklaces. Trends this month include Aztec influences, gold, and turquoise.

The Aubree Sunglasses

The Aubree Sunglasses

The Aubree Sunglasses (retail value $18) have a cool, funky print – pixellated chevron. You can’t go wrong with the wayfarer shape. These are absolute perfection for the beach.

The Valerie Headband

The Valarie Headband

The Valerie Headband up close

The Valarie Headband up close

The Valarie Headband (retail value $14) is one of the few classic pieces I have gotten from Wantable. The black band features a gold and rhinestone jeweled accent that shows up beautifully and works with dressy and casual outfits. It’s a headband that looks great with long, loose locks or with a braid or ponytail.

The Carlisle Earrings

The Carlisle Earrings

The Carlisle Earrings (retail value $16) are delightful gold tone drop earrings with faceted turquoise colored stones. Talk about boho heaven! These stunning earrings work great with a loose summer dress and a casual, messy bun.

The Carlisle Earrings and the Amber Necklace

The Carlisle Earrings and the Amber Necklace

wearing the Amber Necklace

wearing the Amber Necklace

My favorite item in my Wantable Accessory Boxes tends to always be the necklace and this month is no exception. The Amber Necklace (retail value $42) is dazzling…photos really don’t do it justice. Distressed gold tone tabs are accented with light and dark green jewels. It’s a fashionista’s dream necklace.

The total value for this month’s box is $90…truly a great value for a $36 box. Wantable continues to impress the heck out of me. What accessories did you get in your Wantable subscription box this month?   – Lisa

*box received for review; affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes.

Amping up my style with the Wantable March Accessories Box

The March Wantable Accessories Box is inspired by the iconic Marilyn Monroe: Wantable March 14 How can you not love Marilyn? Her words are just perfect for this box, which is all about taking your look to another level with bold styles, stunning colors, and interesting textures. You may love or hate the pieces I got in this month’s Wantable Accessories Box, but I can guarantee none of them will bore you!

Hair bands and earrings

Stasha Headbands and Django Earrings

earrings up close

Django Earrings up close

wearing my earrings

wearing my Django Earrings

The Django Earrings (retail value $22) make my boho heart skip a beat. I am crazy about the lava lamp-style stone center with the feathery looking metal pieces. While these are a style I love, they are much more over the top than earrings I usually wear.  I definitely feel like I am ‘amping it up’ a bit when I wear them. Since they are extravagant, I pair them with simple hair and makeup and still feel like a star.

Hair bands

Stasha Headbands

Yay, yay, I literally jumped for joy when I found hair accessories in this box!! Even more exciting, there are actually three different headbands that can be worn together or alone.  The Stasha Headbands (retail value $18) have a variety of textures and colors, and they have a stretchy elastic so they don’t hurt my head by the end of the day.

Gold Hair Band

Gold Headband

Patterned Hair Band

Patterned Headband

Leather Hair Band

Leather Headband

My selections include a shiny gold metallic headband, a colorful southwestern print headband, and a camel-colored braided faux-leather headband. It’s a fabulous array that ranges from dressy to casual, and I am beyond thrilled that I have three of them to play with.

Ear Cuff

Pearlina Ear Cuff

Ear Cuff

Pearlina Ear Cuff

Ok, so here is where my box veered WAY out of my comfort zone.  At first, the Pearlina Ear Cuff (retail value $10) was a mystery to me. An ear cuff? What is that?? I had to Google ‘ear cuff’, for goodness sake. (Although at least I realized it was an ear cuff…I’ve read some blogger complaints that they received just ONE earring. I guess I am a little cooler than I thought.)  I still don’t really understand how to wear it, although I am fascinated that this edgy piece has the classic combination of gold with pearls. I think this style requires a piercing in the upper cartilage of the ear, which I don’t have…but I am seriously thinking about getting one.  Am I too old for this?  I mean, I saw Helen Mirren twerking, so maybe even though I am in my later 40’s maybe I can get away with it?? I’d love to know everyone’s opinion!

Sunglasses

Hullabaloo Sunglasses

love the detail!

love the detail!

wearing my sunglasses, ready for some sun!

wearing my sunglasses, ready for some sun!

The Hullabaloo Sunglasses (retail value $22) are a little more in my comfort zone, but they are definitely ‘statement’ sunglasses. I absolutely adore a retro look so I am thrilled with these – in fact, this may be my favorite item in the March box. I am smitten with the silver toned metal with black and white and the unexpected southwest print is really cool. These sunglasses are simply stunning when worn with turquoise jewelry.

Did you notice that my March Accessories Box had six different items?  There was so much fun inside!!  And with a retail value of $72, there is plenty of justification for splurging on yourself. I love all of my goodies, although I am still puzzling over the ear cuff.  What do you think, should I take the plunge and get a cartilage ear piercing? I’d love to know what you think!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration,  affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes.