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5 luxury foundations you will love

5 luxury foundations you will love by Frugalista Blog

You know I’m a frugal gal by nature (ahem). But every now and then, make that kinda often, I like to buy a premium product when it comes to cosmetics. I am one to try just about anything, department store to drug store brand, to find just the right one!

The old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’, does ring true for the following products. You really do get your money’s worth, in my opinion, for wearability, color matching, color trueness, and beneficial ingredients.

Some of these are pricey- be warned! So in contrast, I will soon post my top 5 drugstore foundations. Bargain hunters- not to worry.

Diorskin Airflash by Dior

Don’t be concerned by the spray mechanism. It’s a fine mist that is so even and light, you won’t get it everywhere. I pull my hair back and wear my bathrobe while applying this. It does have some fall-out. But the end result is a light, second-skin look that is dewy. Medium to full buildable coverage.

Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua

I kept hearing about this foundation all over YouTube. The first time I tried it I wasn’t convinced. Because it goes on so light, I felt like I didn’t see much improvement in my skin. But then I realized how the light caught my skin and flaws were blurred and my skin looked healthy. This is a great foundation to layer over other foundations or BB creams if you want to play with coverage and finish. Transparent to medium coverage.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

I’m curious why this foundation doesn’t get more buzz.  Honestly, it is such a reliable product. Apparently there’s silk fibers and linen in the actual foundation. Hmm, well whatever it is, it wears true and flawless. Medium to full coverage.

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

What I love about this product is that it is convenient to travel with, has skin friendly good for your complexion- ingredients, and even though it is satin finish, oilier skins can wear it too. Medium coverage.

it Cosmetics IT-O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

The it Cosmetics line is designed for people with skin issues (which is everyone, right?!). Whether you have acne, rosacea or aging concerns, they are developed to provide skin care ingredients within their cosmetics so you get double duty. This foundation was another one I wasn’t sure about the first time I used it. But my skin really likes it. It seems to look fresher and less lined. The product doesn’t get in my little creases. It’s perfect if you like light coverage that blends easily.


There’s my list of luxury foundations. If I might add a disclaimer- I am not endorsed or sponsored by any of the above brands. I chose these based on personal use and preference. There’s a lot to choose from at the department store and some formulas work better for some than others.

If you have a favorite I didn’t mention, I’d love to hear about it. Remember, like Marilyn Monroe said, “a smile is the best makeup a girl could wear.”




April Beauty Box Five Review

BeautyBox five April review by Frugalista Blog


April showers, Easter, Easter eggs, spring, ahhh- we did it. We made it out of winter. Now bring on the cute shoes, colorful scarves, juicy lipstick colors, glowing skin. I’m ready.

And like the Easter Bunny brings chocolate edifices of himself, the mail man brought me my April BeautyBox Five. It’s always the highlight of the month. And with its bright blue box, it’s like a robin’s egg waiting. Okay, that sounds really weird, but it is robin’s egg blue and I love that color.

Let’s begin- (be sure to read to the bottom for a special BeautyBox Five offer.)

BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette- sampler

Three little eye shadows give you a glimpse of BH Cosmetic’s full size eyeshadow palettes they offer at great values. A favorite of YouTubers and beauty bloggers, BH is affordable and fun.

Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick

Wait. What? A lipstick brand I haven’t heard of that’s less than $5? HELLOOO! I liked the way it tastes or doesn’t taste. Sometimes lipsticks taste weird or too flowery. Also, it’s hydrating and paraben free!

Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes

These are the bomb dot com! Maybe it’s the cute container they came in that would fit so conveniently in your purse or beach bag. Maybe it’s the fact that they are infused with aloe vera and remove eye makeup or just wipe sticky movie theater popcorn fingers. Stop it. You know that happens to you too.

Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer

Remember above when I mentioned I was ready to glow? Well, I’m a huge fan of Jergens lotions that provide a smidgen of self tanner with moisturizers. Their natural glow formulas always work perfectly and, well, naturally!

Bonne Bell Lip Definer

Uhm, 1985 called and wants Bonne Bell back. Just kidding! I haven’t seemed to come across Bonne Bell in quite some years and didn’t realize they made more than lip gloss. I was impressed with this pencil. It was smooth and easy to blend. If there’s something I hate is chalky lip pencils. And less than $4 retail, these you can get in every color to have around whenever you need a touch up.

Well that’s my Beautybox Five roundup for this month.

Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already. Also, hurry over and check out their Makeup Madness Box before they’re gone. Five full size makeup products valued at $114 for only $29!



Sorry (not sorry) about my cellulite

Here we go again. It’s ‘bikini season’. Otherwise known as, let’s shave all our nether areas and expose them to strangers while romping at the pool or beach with our kids wearing a strip of fabric to cover our butts.

I know it’s occurred to some that wearing a bikini is pretty much like wearing a bra and panties, but in public. I think I would prefer the 1920′s swim fashion of bloomers and long shirts, but that’s just me. I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing a bra and panties in public. I like coverage. Is this because I jiggle and have pooches? I don’t know. Maybe.

All winter long as I stuff myself with scones and donuts, I think of how I should be drinking green tea and sipping watercress soup if I want to look good in a swimsuit come June. And let’s be honest, I’m stuffing myself with scones and donuts, not just in the winter, but all year around. The fact that I’m NOT a size 1X is pretty much due to genetics. I have my father’s side to thank for that. Although, back to the watercress, who the hell eats watercress?

So then here comes June. Actually, here comes spring break. April. And I put the swimsuit on for the first time in months but I don’t look at myself in the mirror. I just put it on and head out to the pool with my swim cover on and sit in my chaise.  I am thinking, why didn’t I work out more? Why is there so much cellulite this year than last year? What is that weird looking vein cluster? Was that there before?

But then I look around. And not to get too uppity, but there’s a few of some other moms with cellulite too. And I start to feel better. I relax a little as I’m shoving Pop chips in my face. What’s pool time without snacks? If you don’t bring chips to a pool, you’re dead to me.

Okay, then there’s one mom. There’s always THAT mom. The really fit one with like, 4 kids, to make us feel bad. If she works out, why don’t I work out? And she’s wearing a two piece she bought from Athleta. Heck, she’s probably one of their models. And I put the Pop chips away.

I take stock in the fact that I try. I do. And even though I keep seeing magazine cover after magazine cover (Us Weekly, I’m looking at you) of “Kim’s Wedding Workout” and I’m sick of seeing it. But I have to admit that even though she’s got curves, she’s looking fine. OH WAIT! She spends thousands upon thousands of dollars zapping her cellulite in some plastic surgeon’s office.

Ha! So there you go. If I spent thousands of dollars zapping my cellulite, I’d look like Kim too. But I don’t. I put that money in a college fund. Or family vacation. Or a woman I sponsor in Rwanda. (I’m not bragging or anything.)

My point is- WE ALL HAVE CELLULITE! (Except Athleta mom. You just go back to your paddle board, lady, I’ll deal with you later.)

You have cellulite. And you have cellulite- and YOU and YOU and YOU!

If we surround ourselves with real women, moms and grandmoms, sisters and friends, NOT magazines, we will appreciate what we have and not worry about the extra.

And don’t get me wrong. I’m planning on working off those winter scones and donuts. But it’s not because I want to fit in a bikini. It’s because I need to climb the ladder to my son’s loft bed each night. It’s the case of wine from Costco I want to be able heave into my minivan without throwing out my back. Use it or lose it baby. And I plan on using my quads and arms for good. Not just at the pool.

Sorry, not sorry about my celllulite by Frugalista Blog

My Skincare Routine- featuring Kate Ryan Skincare {DISCOUNT CODE}

I have had a number of comments over time on what I use for skin care. Let me tell you- a lot of stuff. That’s what!

But until last year, I have been very loyal to the kind people at Kate Ryan Skincare.

Since reaching out to me last summer, I have used their products consistently. Even though they send me stuff to try,  I still buy my own from them sometimes too! I think that’s a good testament right there to know how much I like the products. Have you seen my bathroom? It’s like a Sephora store in there.

The thing I like most about Kate Ryan is their philosophy. They believe in quality ingredients without fillers. And they offer these products at a price you can’t beat. Most ‘natural’ products either don’t have the sophistication or results and some are way too expensive. This is why I find the best of both worlds with Kate Ryan.

They have online skincare consultants if you would like more information or how to customize a system for your skin.

They truly are the nicest people!


Here’s my skincare routine in a video. I try to keep it short and sweet and give you a run down of all the products that I use from their collection that are good for aging, dry or sensitive skin. Which are all of my concerns!

Keep in mind the lighting in my bathroom is so awful. I wish I had a studio to do this kind of thing.

After you watch the video, visit their website and shop for a few things using this exclusive discount code for my readers only! Enter FRUGALISTA20 at checkout and receive 20% off your purchase from now until June 1, 2014. Perfect for Mother’s day!



Birthing a teenager

When you have a baby your thoughts are surrounded by this little bundle of joy. Wait. Scratch that. Bundle of joy? Bundle of crying, pooping, difficult to latch on toothless beast. That’s more like it.

Emma is 14 today. I remember when she was born and the soft skin on her back felt like I put my hand in a vat of warm butter. I had no idea what to expect. I could barely wrap my mind around the number of cells that divided and divided over the 39 weeks bringing me this fleshy, peach fuzzed, pink child.

The sense of overwhelming duty to feed this human was daunting. Everything hurt. My boobs were sore beyond imagine. I couldn’t get her to latch on. Her cries of hunger brought me to tears. Like Pavlov’s dog, her squawks sent chills straight to my nipples. I wanted to run away. But I also wanted to love her and never let her go.

Then a thought occurred to me, somewhere in that first week of having a newborn. What if I don’t like her when she becomes a teenager? What if we clashed and hated each other and didn’t speak? Maybe she would rebel against me. Maybe she would slam the door in my face every time I attempted to connect with her.

When babies grow to be 3 year olds, everyone says, “Wait until they become teens. Then you’ll really have your work cut out for you.”

Guess what? Everything I feared, hasn’t come to fruition. Yet.

I find myself loving and growing with Emma more and more as she enters womanhood. We bond over gross things like tampons and body hair! She tells me about her friends. Her fears and her loves. We still ooh and ahh over Disney princesses.

We have frank discussions about sex. She asks me questions, and I answer. Always trying to wrap it in a context her young mind and heart can relate to. But trying not to sugar coat things to unrealistic proportions. I want her to be a strong, sexually independent adult female. I want her to gain her own claim on her boundaries, intimacies, and relationships.

Radical? I don’t think so. I think one of the greatest hardships we face as parents is letting our children actually leave the nest. I don’t want her to leave. But I want her to. You know what I mean?

She has the spirit and poise and intelligence to do wonderful things. Could she be a UNICEF ambassador to developing countries? Sure. Could she travel the country in a Broadway production? You bet. Do both of those scare the shit out of me? ABSOLUTELY.

But I can’t let her know those fears. I think what scares me most, is if she DIDN’T try those things. If she limited herself and succumbed to her own fears and shut herself in to just stay close to home, and follow the simple path.

Don’t get me wrong. Her happiness is based on her choices. If she goes to junior college and finds a nice job, gets an apartment nearby, and is happy- then perfect.

If she decides to live in Belgium? Then perfect also.

Where am I going with this? All of a sudden I’m breathing in a paper bag realizing I have four more years before she is emancipated in the eyes of the state.

Back to the little girl I’m raising. None of the things I feared have come true. Her door is open, our conversations flow. We’ve had words, she’s rolled her eyes at me. She’s stomped up the stairs and looked at me like I had two heads. But in the end, we connect.

And that’s all I can ask for.

Dearest Emma, I truly want your heart and mind to soar to its fullest potential. To find love and content within yourself and the people you surround yourself with. God bless you and keep you.



You and me girl. Let’s keep it goofy always.

What happens when you put old boobs in a new bra?

They’re still old boobs. But hey, they are somewhat perkier.


James was hinting that my old togs and under things were somewhat dreary. Really? We need to go down this road? I need comfort. I need flexibility. Watching Downton Abbey is hard work. I need the most accommodating wardrobe possible. I am no Victoria Secret model.

You’ll have to click on over to Bonbon Break to read if I gave in to James’ lingerie wishes. And what exactly happened to the ‘girls’.

A guide to married sex in your 40s

Twenty somethings- listen up. Twenty years from now, sex is going to be really different. Especially if you get married and have kids. I don’t know what single person forty something sex is like. You’ll have to ask someone else.

But almost middle aged sex (forties count as middle aged right?), is really different. Some might say lazy and infrequent. I say, simplified and comfortable.

First there’s foreplay. There are two kinds of foreplay. The Race Track and the Camp Fire Starter.

The Race Track is when you’re laying on your side away from your husband. You ask for a back rub. He reaches out one arm and traces what feels like a figure eight. He continues with this pattern for about 10 times and then says, “there, how’s that?”

Wow. That’s, uhm, excellent. I feel SO relaxed. It was just like the spa.

The Camp Fire Starter is when you’ve both gotten in bed on each prospective side. I call this, the safe zone. I lie on my side, he lies on his. He decides to explore the slight possibility, we’re talking slim here, that I might be ‘interested’. He ventures out of the safe zone and daringly puts his hand on my pajama covered knee and rubs back and forth. It’s a random kind of thoughtless motion. Nervous back and forth, back and forth. The friction starts to cause heat and sometimes sparks fly. Not those romantic sparks. But actual static electricity emitted from the flannel.

I then joke, “are you trying to start a S’mores cookout here, or would you like to get busy?”

Next. Lube.

I don’t know what else to say but you will need it. Peri menopause makes your lady box like a beach. A sandy and dry beach. Even when you think you might be raring and ready to go. It’s a dehydrated box of fruit leather.

Now let’s move on to position.

Not positionS plural, no. Position. There’s really only one. I like to call it the side by side. It’s a way I figured out how for both of us to be on the bottom.

Sad, huh?

He’ll say, “Dontcha want to get on top?”

I’ll say, “Uhm not really. How about you?”

Him, “I’m kind of tired. It’s good, you go.”

Me, “I think it feels better with you on top. You get up.”

Him, “I’ll lay here and you turn to the side.”

Me, “Oh, this is genius. We can BOTH lay down and do it!”

There’s an actual part of me, the part that is from the neck down, that wants to just have sleep sex. I think it would be awesome if we could just have intercourse with our minds. I’m sure some evolved person like Sting, or Gwyneth Paltrow has come up with a way to do this.

It would be the perfect lazy person sex. Mind sex. Didn’t the movie Judge Dredd with Sandra Bullock have them do that? Or am I getting my 80′s pre-Speed era movies confused?

So let’s review-

Race track and Camp Fire are the two kinds of foreplay.

Lube is necessary because your lady business is like a food dehydrator.

One position is all you need. The side by side.

And there is your Guide to Married Sex in your 40s. Don’t get too excited now.

Oh, and after you’ve copulated and are enjoying a cigarette, be sure to read your copy of I JUST WANT TO BE ALONE.

What? You didn’t expect me not to plug the book did you?



Buy the book and I will show my pasties. I mean pastries.

It’s come to this. Bribery. Yep. Or mutual favors. Either one, you be the judge.

Like Mama Morton says in the musical Chicago,

“They say that life is tit for tat
And that’s the way I live
So, I deserve a lot of tat
For what I’ve got to give”

So yeah. Reciprocity.

Buy. The. Book.

You heard me. Did I whisper? No.


Here’s why. We are working our balls off to get on the New York Times Best Seller List. It’s a big flippin’ deal.

Self-published works just don’t get there. So we want to sell a bajillion more copies than Danielle Steel or that smutty E.L. Whatsherface James.  Because we’re super lady writers.

It’s a bit like the little engine that could. Or David and Goliath. Or when Laura beat Nellie Olsen in that horse race in Walnut Grove. I’m not really sure where I’m going with this, but the point is to buy the book. How about several and give them as gifts. And then spread the word for everyone to buy the book.

What’s in it for you? Geeze people. It’s like you’re never satisfied. Not only do I give you a truly juicy book of stories, but I guess I need to sweeten the deal. Huh?


If we get to the New York Times best seller list:

I, Frugalista Blog, will create a video of myself ordering in my local Starbucks Drive Thru while topless.

You heard (read) me. Topless.

Okay, in order not to get arrested, there might need to be some nipple coverage. We’ll figure that out.

Deal? Deal.

So go on. What are you waiting for? Order it!!

Click here to order via Amazon



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Frugie goes commando to get on the NYT list

*commando (sort of) but not arrested.

March Beauty Box 5 Review

March Beauty Box five Review by Frugalista Blog

Here it is. Time for my monthly peek in to the Beauty Box five- box.

That’s redundant. Sorry. It’s really a box that I’m peeking inside of though. Actually, I didn’t just peek, I dove in and dug into all the goodies that were in there this month!

Ready? Here goes.

My favorite of the five,

Tree Hut Shea Body Butter

Anyone else have the scales of a dragon’s egg from Game of Thrones? Winter has been a bitch. Let’s admit it. So this ultra buttery body butter that’s paraben free, smells like the tropics and deep conditions your skin, is just what my parched skin needed.

Jane’s Pick All Natural Soaps

You’ve seen those funky bars of soap at natural and health stores, or gift boutiques that have bits of stuff in them, are different colors, and kinda see-thru? Well this is like that too. Super gentle, rich and latherful and all different aromatherapy combinations, this will gently cleanse and nourish your winter-parched skin. Also- they told me it doubles as a shave foam. Whoopie- double duty!

H20 Plus Hand & Nail Cream

Silk in a hand cream? Yes please. Marine botanicals? Sure thing. I’ll take it. I’m washing my hands like a surgeon scrubbing in for Grey’s Anatomy. I might be a little OCD for fending off the cruds going around. So I NEED hand cream. Any time I get a tube the perfect size for my purse, I squee a little. This one is no different.

Swissco Dual-sided Facial Pad

I admit it. I was dubious to this product at first. A loofah for the face? Are you kidding? Loofahs bother me on the bottom of my feet. Why would I use one on my delicate visage? Well, was I surprised. Call me loofah-ed, because this baby was super soft. I will still be careful and not use it too frequently. But gee whiz, did it gently scrub my skin.

And last, but not least,

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base

A little pot of something magnificent is what this is. Holy cow. Was it a concealer? A foundation? An eyeshadow primer? IT’S ALL THREE! I know. I know. I’m still getting used to all its magical powers. I’ve used it to cover blemishes and conceal under my eyes. It’s so convenient and compact, I might pop this in my purse for emergency touch ups.

There you have it.

The Beauty Box 5 round up. Have you subscribed yet?




My Concealer Routine (includes video!)



My Concealer Routine by Frugalista Blog

Do you suffer from dark under eye circles? Has age, motherhood and life in general sucked all the liveliness from under your peepers? Do you wake up and wonder if the Louis Vuitton fairy came and left suitcases under your ocular vestibules?

Well, have no fear. I am here to help. I’ve narrowed down a quick and easy concealer routine, complete with products I used, to show you how to minimize all that dark shadows business going on. And not the funny movie kind with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Now, keep in mind, I still look human after this makeup routine. I don’t have fillers, Botox or a magic airbrush wand to carry with me wherever I go. So I’m not going to look like a 21 year old. Or a magazine cover. It’s still just me. Slightly less tired looking though.


Take a look and tell me what you think. If I’ve confused you or forgotten to explain any detail- please let me know!

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer

L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation in 144

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim

L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Under Eye light

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Light

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Blush Auto Erotique (limited edition)

Tarte Angelic Nude Lipstick