Sneak Peek Inside the June Ipsy Glam Bag!

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These colors look great! I can’t wait to get my Ipsy Glam Bag!

I’ll let you know as soon as I get it! 😘

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Mini Skin Care Haul

If you have ever considered using coupons now is the time!

I’m on a pretty tight beauty budget and saving and using coupons helps me buy so many more drugstore beauty and skin care products than I would be able to at full price!! That allows me to have a little more money for an occasional high end beauty product!

My shopping trip to Target yesterday is a perfect example.IMG_5672

Target is currently running a sale on Pond’s Make-up
Remover Towelettes.

I really like these and they were voted one of
Allure magazines Best of Beauty. They are, however, a bit pricey,
so this is the only way I purchase them.

They usually run about $4.60 a package. Target has them on sale for $3.79 and when you buy 3 you get a $5 Target gift card.
I bought 3 packages and used a $1 on 1 coupon (from this Sunday’s paper 5/18)for each package as well as $1 on 1 package Target coupon
That took my initial total of $11.37 down to $5.37 for all three together! Then, I got a $5 Target gift card back so my net spent was only $.37 for all three!!!

(some Targets will only allow 2 identical coupons per transaction but that would still be a great deal!!)

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These were also on sale. I’ve never used these
before because they also run between $4 and $5.

Fortunately, I was able to work the same deal
for these as I did the facial towelettes!

Target had them on sale for $3.79 a piece and when you buy 3 you get a $5 Target gift card back. I bought 3 of them and used a coupon for $2 off 1 package for each package I purchased. This took my initial total, again, from $11.37 down to $5.37 after coupons AND I received another $5 Target gift card! Again, making my net amount spent for these only $.37 for all 3!!

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One of my very favorite drug store beauty products!

It’s a tiny little tub of moisture!
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These sweet little tubs are only $1.77

I really really like this lip product.

I initially purchased some for a night time moisturizer for my lips. But, it has such a pleasant rose scent and sweet pink tint, that I wear it all. the. time. now!

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Very sheer, but just enough color.

So, to recap…

Total out of pocket spent on skin care $14.28 Received $10 in Target gift cards = $4.28 for all of this
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How to Wear Animal Prints

I just wanted to pop on here, quickly, to encourage you!

If you are wanting to include more animal prints in your wardrobe, but not sure how, layer them!!

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I really like this top! And it was a steal for $2.50 at a BOGO 1/2 off clearance sale. Deb has those often.

I prefer to dress a little more conservatively so I’ve learned I can still wear wild little tops like this one, if I layer it!
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I love how the back has a little tail! Just enough to cover my backside when I have to bend over or squat. So cute!

And just enough peaks through in the front to add a sexy accent to an otherwise basic top
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Hope this has inspired you to be a little more adventurous! Follow me on Pinterest and Facebook by clicking on the icons above, and on Instagram #beautyinthetrenches

Five Fabulous Frugal Fashion Finds

Just for YOU!

I want to share a few, five to be exact, frugal fashion finds with you, that are available right now!

1.Up first are these very cute and very affordable sunglasses

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They are very similar to these sunglasses from Ray Ban
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$51 from Lord and Taylor
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$180 from Lord and Taylor

I really like animal prints and I really like these sunglasses, but I LOVE the price….
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$10 at Walmart!! And they have 100% UV protection

2. Next, a pair of adorable flip flops. Nautical is IN this year and if your fashion budget is tight, these are a great way to accent just about anything.

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$6 at Target ❤️⚓️❤️

3. Speaking of nautical…. These very simple earrings are only $10 at Icing

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4. And I found a matching necklace at the Walmart jewelry counter for $15
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5. Lastly are these very sweet, very versatile, sandals!
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If you follow me on Pinterest you’ve noticed I’ve pinned a few brown strappy sandals very similar to these

Here are mine
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I hope my frugal fashion finds have inspired you! Please share any frugal fashion you may find! Let’s share!
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OutFit of the Day

I’m hangin out waiting for my kids to finish up music lessons so I thought it would be fun to kill some time by posting an outfit of the day!

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Don’t you just love church bathroom decor?

I’m trying to build my wardrobe around basics. I’m always looking for simple pieces that are comfortable and basic so they don’t look outdated quickly.

This basic T from the Gap was a Goodwill find and is one of my favorite shirts right now!

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Modesty is also important to me. With a very busy family I need to be able to move and play without worrying about exposing anything!

This outfit fits my needs perfectly.
I love that Maxi skirts and the color navy are popular right now.

Here is the bag I’m carrying today.
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I bought my Ness bag from Baby Steals for a great deal and have been very pleased with it so far.

We start music day very early and have to drive about 45 min one way.
Needless to say, getting everyone up and out the door on time usually means I don’t get a shower!
Fortunately topknots and messy buns are trendy right now! I found a great tutorial here

I had to watch her do it a couple of times, but I finally got it down and now it’s one of my go to hair styles when I don’t have much time.

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Here is a close up of the back and side from another day.

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Well, thanks for killing some time with me! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Best ‘Foundation’ for Busy Mamas

I want to share something with you that I’ve discovered recently!

I may still be learning about make-up and fashion, but through trial and error, I’m figuring out what works for a busy mama!

This first item I want to show you is a bit pricey, but VERY worth the money! (a tiny bit goes a long way!)

VitaZing by Origins is actually a tinted moisturizer, but has really great coverage. Although the coverage isn’t heavy,the color is so great that it seems to match my own skin color and give me a healthy ” I actually get to sleep at night”look to my face. That makes it priceless right there!!

This really is a great product for busy mamas. It even passed my “road test”. That means it’s a realistic make-up product for busy women because it can be quickly and effortlessly put on at stoplights. 🙂

And, I love how moisturizing it is, and it has an SPF of 15! You can order it here, or pick it up at your mall.

Let me know if you’ve used VitaZing or if you have any “busy mama” beauty tips!