Rosie the Riveter Halloween Costume

I dressed up as the iconic vintage Rosie the Riveter for Halloween from the 1940s.It was a huge hit and I surprised by the amount of people who guessed it right away.I originally wanted to do something in the 1940s to 1950s theme and, more importantly, I didn’t want to spend a single dime! Everything you see in this photo, I already owned.

What I used to achieve the makeup look:

MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NW 20
Pixi Lumi Lux Lip Palette – a mix of the darkest red, purple and clear gloss (similar)
Prestige Liquid Eyeliner in brown/black
ELF Mascara in Clear
Maybelline Pressed Powder in Fair (similar)
Lancome eyeshadow in white, dark brown and light brown from Lancome Absolu Voyage Complete Make-Up Palette
Wet’n’Wild Eye Expressions eyeshadow in pearly white (similar)
Maybelline Define a Line Brow Pencil in Brunette

10 Facts About Me

10. I spent four months in Italy in 2006.


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Ethical Ways to Buy Makeup

I’ve decided to become more ethical  and aware of what makeup products I purchase. The following is my plan of attack for finding quality products at low price that are well made, good for your skin and not tested on animals. This process may seem like a lot of work but over time it will save you money.

Narrow Your Search by Ruling Out Companies that Test on Animals

Visit a website with a reliable list of cosmetics companies that do and do not test on animals. I prefer PETA because I find them to be trustworthy. On their site you can search for companies that do and do not test on animals as well as companies listed as “Cruelty Free.”

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Don’t worry! You will have a lot of options since there are many mainstream brands that do not test on animals including Revlon, Almay, Rimmel, Prestige, Wet ‘n’ Wild just to name a few. And those are just the ones found in the drug store!

Find Out Which Products are High Quality

Locate the latest edition of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me by Paula Begoun, a book that rates products from the majority of cosmetics lines. Items are rated from Poor to Excellent, so you’ll know where your item stands and why it received that rating. Jot down a list of products you may be interested in based on the description, your interest and skin type.

Visit Makeup Alley and Create an Account

Makeup Alley is an invaluable resource to makeup lovers as it allows users to give feedback on cosmetics products. This site serves two purposes in your search: It provides information on products Don’t Go may not review and it gives you an idea of how the product works on a wide variety of people. Got an oily t-zone? Have dry skin? Users with these skin types give reviews on how the item worked for them. Consider this your virtual department store cosmetics counter.

Is it Toxic?

Now that you have a more defined list of products, the next step is to find out if there are any harmful chemicals or by-products that may be damaging to your health. This step can be taken at any time in this process before you go to the store. Visit The Cosmetics Database to find out if your potential purchase is harmful. Products are rated from Low to High Risk.

Check the Sales

Target stores that have sales for products you’re interested in. You can do this through visiting a store’s website directly.

Hit the Store With List in Hand

Now that you have ruled out companies that test on animals, products that don’t live up to their promises as well as products that won’t work for your skin type, it’s time to the store where the sales are! This is your chance to view the products in person and make our decision. If you can, take advantage of stores that allow you to test the product. Keep in mind to ask about the store’s return policy as you should be able to return items that just aren’t quite right.

This process seems involved, but it’s very much worth it. If you follow these steps, you should end up with a product that suits you, your skin and your values.

What to Wear to a Wedding Without Breaking the Bank

A little black dress ruined my budget. It all started rather innocently. I had a wedding to go to and I wanted to look good. Instead of purchasing a new dress, I decided to wear a little black dress I bought a year ago. At the time it seemed like this would be a cost saving tactic.

I was wrong. Oh, so wrong!

First I thought I would just need some shoes and maybe a new purse. I found the purse first–a cute Jessica McClintock clutch for $15.99 at TJ Maxx, which was more that I wanted to spend, but it made the dress more unique.

Then came the shoes. My only qualifications that they had to be any color but black. I searched and searched AND searched for a suitable pair and found them at TJ Maxx twenty five miles away from my house. The shoes set me back $40.

After the shoes came the jewelry. I opted for just earrings and the hunt took forever because I immediately ruled out pearls (too expected) and cheap costume jewelry (easily broken). I finalized on purples studs with sparkles for $24.00, also from TJ Maxx. Unfortunately, the back would not stay on one of the earrings, so I had to return them, which is why there are no photos.

After everything was purchased and I thought I was done, I realized that it was going to be cold in Pittsburgh and that I would need a sweater. I wanted what can only be described as a long cardigan without buttons that matched the color scheme of my purse and shoes. After 3 hours, I found what I was looking for at The Loft. Another $35 gone.

In that same shopping trip, I visited to the MAC cosmetics counter for the first time in over 10 years and asked if I could see the new Pro Longwear Foundation. The makeup artist applied that along with two other foundations. Of the three, I ended liking the Studio Tech cream foundation the best. At first I didn’t think much of it, but when I got home, I looked in the mirror and was stunned to see how flawless my skin looked. I went back out to the store and purchased the foundation. Goodbye $29!

$144 later, I was ready to go to Pittsburgh. I loved my outfit, though, and the accessories completed the look. I wish it cost less in the end, but, as they say down South, “It Is What It Is.” I’ve wore both the sweater and shoes to work this past week and got compliments on both, so I suppose it was money well spent.

Next time I just hope I don’t blow my budget.

Fashion Blogging and Product Placement

Questions Answered in the Video

As we watched the Chilean Miners being rescued last week, there were many things to take note of – the amazing faith of these people, the joy of life, love and family, and – interestingly enough – product placement. As you watched the rescue efforts did you notice the products? What were your thoughts?

Product placement is all around us today, what do you think makes it such a marketing gold mine?

On your blog, either now or in the future, what is/will be your stance on highlighting specific products?

If the opportunity arose would you give a bad review of a product?

Do you view your blog as a product? Where have you or do you hope to place it?

I made the video before going to bed and find it quite funny I am wearing my hoodie. Can you be a fashion blogger and rock a hoodie and ballerina bun?

I want to clear up come questions about my answers to number 4: I took this question from the perspective of a company asking me formally to review a product. In that situation, I would be constructively critical if I disliked the product. However, I would not be flat out negative. For example, instead of saying, “This lipstick sucked!” I would say, “I used this lipstick on five separate occasions and was disappointed in the color/texture/application.” There’s a difference between giving background and being flat out negative.