Confessions of a frugal fashionista

I’m a trend watcher! There, I admit it.

Every spring and fall season, I take great pleasure in trolling the blogosphere in the hopes of getting a sneak peek at the latest looks and styles for hair, makeup, clothes and even home decor. But, here’s the thing about trends:

  • They tend to come and go. And, if you’re not careful, they’ll take your hard-earned cash with them when they do.
  • If it’s a good one, odds are you’ll see it again. If you don’t think that today’s “wide-leg” pant is a reimagined version of the ‘70s-style gaucho, I have some Windex you can borrow to clean the rose-colored glasses you’re wearing.
  • They’re not typically marketed with women like me in mind. I mean, when was the last time you saw an over-40, curvy black woman rocking a leopard print lycra mini dress with a floppy sun hat and thigh-high boots? Granted, my last point might be a bit extreme, but you get the picture.

Don’t get me wrong; I think shopping is an awesome experience. But, my purchases aren’t just decorative. I think of them as investments, which is why most of my decisions are based on two key factors: quality and versatility.

Anyone who has spent more than two minutes with me knows how much I love makeup. I’m fascinated by how a little eye, lip and cheek color can change the entire look of a person’s face. But, finding the right mix of products can be costly, particularly when styles and selections change from one season to the next. Ultimately, it’s about figuring out what works best for you. I honestly believe that when you look good, you feel good. But, I’m not willing to break the bank doing it.

One of my favorite budget and style conscious tricks for doing a full face involves just two items: a lipstick and eyeliner. Here are the results:


If you want to try this trick on your own, check out this, this or this to achieve the look you’re after.

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1 thought on “Confessions of a frugal fashionista”

  1. in “the old days” lipstick was essential, and it still is. It can be used as blush on us pale old white women, as well as a light eye shadow. Complete the picture with the lips and you are good to go in an emergency. However, I much prefer your solution, Quin. Great idea.

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