Family Dollar Fabulous Event: Best in Affordable Fashion and Beauty

Posted On Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime, Deals & Steals, Fab Under $50

Two weeks ago I made my way to Atlanta for their annual Fabulous event, where the store’s vendors talk about the products they have in store. From hair to makeup to fashion, there more close to two dozen brands on hand and they all had amazing products that are sold at Family Dollar.
Below are a few of my favorite moments from the event, as well as products I think you might love.

Links to Save By

Posted On Friday, July 18th, 2014
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime, DIY, Home Decor, shopping

Links to Save By, affordable fashion

21 Healthy Hair DIY Treatments for Summer-Starved Hair {my latest piece for BuzzFeed}

8 Outfit Formulas that Work on Every Body Type, Every Time {Redbook}

15 Ways to Save on Decor {The Everygirl}

10 Ways to Update Your Vintage Seating {Apartment Therapy}

6 Sale Sandals You Need in Your Life {Cheap Chicas}

Target Announces Black Friday in July Over 3 Weekends {The Recessionista}

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Beauty Review – Trader Joe’s Conditioner

Posted On Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

Last week I briefly mentioned Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner during my top {cheap} beauty product reviews. But since then I’ve used the conditioner several times and I must elaborate on this gem…and it’s only $2.99.

I have naturally kinky, curly hair and I constantly battle dryness. This creamy, lightly scented conditioner is free of sulfates, which strip hair of moisture, and chocked full of organic ingredients, including rosemary, mango, lemongrass, ginko biloba and echinacea. Actually, all but the last six ingredients are organic.

It’s described as a “hair moisturizer…infuses moisture and exceptional shine without weighing hair down.”

All I can say is, I agree 100%. My hair feels soft, silky and moisturized without being greasy. This conditioner is officially a part of my hair regime.

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Beauty on a Dime

Posted On Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

This post is for all the single ladies, all the single ladies (just kidding, it’s for attached chicas as well). It’s expensive being a broad, especially if you’re “high maintenance.” Between hair, nails, clothes and killer heels, the bills can start racking up. Of course we know true beauty is on the inside and all the good stuff, but what do you do when you wanna put your best face forward but your funds are practically nonexistent?

Hair: No look is complete if your ‘do isn’t done. Cuts, colors, perms any other chemical treatment you can think of costs more than we’d like to spend. Years ago I got the bright idea of dying my own locs. It resulted in orange hair. Well, not my entire head, just the roots and the rest was auburn. Not cool. I’m a DIY type girl but when it comes to chemicals, I’d rather stick with the professionals. But the pros are too frickin’ expensive. Bumble and Bumble and Aveda Institutes have cosmetology schools that offer free or low cost services. You won’t be assigned a world class colorist but they’re supervised, advanced students nearing the end of their course work. And if you’re in certain “urban” areas, then you know all too well about the Dominican salons. For $20 to $40 you can get the best blowout of your life. Whether you have the kinkiest kurls or straight strands, these mamacitas can do it all and you’ll walk out looking like a Pantene commercial.

Makeup: Cosmetic companies make a killing off of a woman’s need for the latest and greatest mascara, foundation and any other doohickey we’re convinced will make us beautiful. If you’re prepping for a night out, hit up a high end department store beauty counter for an expert makeup application. I have friends who’ve done this but I’m always so paranoid they’ll get ticked off if I don’t buy the products. When you do decide to actually purchase makeup, sites like Sephora and Ulta always some kind of promotion going on that offers free shipping, deluxe samples with your purchase and other goodies. And don’t forget your local drugstore pretty much has anything you want (who really needs to spend $25 for Dior mascara anyway?). The Sunday paper is chock full ‘o coupons for Maybelline and L’Oréal and the company’s individual sites often have coupons you can print. If you’re super cheap (like me!), you can’t go wrong with Wet n Wild. Seriously, one of the best eyeliners in my beauty arsenal is from their line. At around $1 a pop and in a ton of colors, can you really go wrong?

Mani/Pedi: The summer season is over but that’s no reason to slack off on taking care of your digits. In most areas you can find a salon that offers a $20 mani pedi combo on certain days. There’s nothing like being pampered, but on days where 20 bucks is still too much, once again, your local drugstore is your BFF. A bottle of polish costs a few bucks, divide that by the number of applications you can get out of it and your mani or pedi is only a few cents, versus $20. You can even get creative with designs, like this funky leopard print mani tutorial below.

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