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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!



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

February Beauty Box five Review


Feb Beauty Box 5 review by Frugie


I just received my beauty box five yesterday in the mail! I haven’t even had a chance to try the products before I am sharing them with you. If I wait too long, it won’t be February anymore, so let’s dig in!

Rockstar Nails – they describe this as a one-coat polish and it comes with a bottle of ‘caviar’ – a separate bottle of little beads that stick on to your top coat for a pearly type texture coating.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner- it’s claim is to get volume without the perm. Well, who still gets perms these days? But volume sure would be nice from a shampoo!

I think I’m most excited about the Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads. They come pre loaded with makeup remover, are alcohol free and have nourishing ingredients like Argan Oil. How cool and convenient is that? I’m excited to take it with me on vacation this week.

Finally a makeup item- a new mascara from Elizabeth Mott called It’s So Big. I think they mean your lashes after you use this stuff.

And then a bonus gift card for $10 towards A cute website of monogrammed and personalized jewelry for a perfect gift or yourself.

You know what to do. Check out Beauty Box Five and subscribe!!


Super Glam Valentine’s (or any time) Makeup Tutorial

valentine makeup tutorial by frugie blog

I was asked for some advice with getting a glam look and I answered with this video. I put on false eyelashes, smokey shadow, and deep lips. I’m doing it all. It’s super hot and super sexy!! Well, it’s hot because I have a hot flash, and sexy? Well, I’m just not gonna go there.

Feel free to do or not do what you want. I think this eye shadow looks nice paired with a nude pinky lip for a softer appearance.

But go bold if you so choose!!


BTW- the video is long. Grab a cup of something nice and warm, get a cupcake and snuggle in. Or break it down in to parts; first part- eyeshadow, at about 8 minutes false eyelashes, then foundation- final two minutes- lips.

Smokey Eye Tutorial (for those over 40) or anyone who doesn’t want to look like a hooker


An easy smokey eye tutorial 40 year olds

It’s been ages since I’ve posted a makeup tutorial so I’m excited to give you this one! Sorry brother. I know these bore you. Maybe next week I’ll blog about something controversial that will entertain you.


Okay, down to business. I have been asked by a few of you who want to know how to put on eye shadow. It’s a lot easier than you think. You can do this. And a lot of tutorials on YouTube are of twenty somethings and their winged out eyeliner. I don’t do that very well. Despite my efforts.

And since everyone and their cousin does a smokey eye, I thought I would give you the tools of creating that look for yourself. And not looking like you pulled an all nighter with Keith Richards.


January Beauty Box 5 Review

Another month, another box.

I love my mailman. Well, he doesn’t know this. In fact, he looks like he’s from a work release program, but hey, it’s fine. As long as he brings me my Beauty Box 5 each month, I’m happy.

Beauty Box 5 is a beauty subscription program. Every month, for $12 you get 5 items in your pretty pastel blue box. There’s full size and deluxe sample sizes each time.

I love surprises, I love product and I love receiving packages. This is why subscription programs are perfect for me.

This month’s items at first didn’t excite me, I will admit. I’m a sucker for makeup and there wasn’t any in my box. But as soon as I tried a few of what was included, I was very pleased.

For starters, the EPIC BLEND Hemp Lip Balm is Ah May Zing!

I love how it feels like butter. This balm is gluten and petroleum free and is not tested on animals. LOVE!

Beauty Box January Hemp lip balm

Epic Blend Hemp Coconut Lip Balm Retails $3.39

I thought it was cute they included a compact mirror with the logo from the new cutie patootie Zack Efron movie, That Awkward Moment. I feel like this title sums up my life completely and pulling this little guy out will be a cute accessory to probably an awkward real-life moment!

beauty box 5 january box purse mirror


Also included in this month’s box-

Jergens Daily Moisturizer Retail $6.99 for 21 fl oz.


Nubar Cuticle and Nail OIl Retail $10.00 for .5 fl oz


H20 Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash Retail $17.00 for 12.5 fl oz.


not pictured, Swissco Bath & Shower Exfoliating gloves, one pair $5.00


I hope the Beauty Box 5 people send me some makeup next month! I’ll let you know what’s in it. There’s always at least 2 products that make the $12 completely worth it! And getting 5 items is a fun way of trying new things. Check out their website and sign up for your own subscription or gift one to a friend!


GLAMGLOW mask- the best beauty mask ever?

Product alert- product alert- product alert!


My friend told me that Costco was carrying the GLAMGLOW mask. Yes. Costco. So I ran my little yoga pant booty down to the exact location she saw them at and bought two boxes.

You can’t blame me. These babies are the cult fave of the beauty world. Product gurus and beauty editors rave about the GLAMGLOW  jars of wonder that claims a ’10 minute facial in a jar’.



The little jar looks like this-

GLAMGLOW the best mask ever?


There are three formulas- (click here to see the website and what they look like.)

The black jar which is the YOUTHMUD; the white jar which is the SUPER MUD  (this is the one I got) and a new blue jar called THIRSTYMUD.

I probably should try the black jar since my skin can use all the youth-ifying it can get. But the white jar is what Costco had, so I’m going with that. And since these retail normally for about $69, Costco’s price was $34. A steal!

It is just like putting mud on your face. It’s minty, and smells a bit like Eucalyptus and licorice. It has a bit of a grit to it. I heard it healed any blemishes and rids the skin of blackheads. It reveals glowing skin and gently exfoliates. I was hesitant to try it because of my sensitive skin. But I went ahead- here goes-

You can modify the length of time you leave it on for.






If you’re looking for mask that zaps blackheads, clears pores, and minimizes break-outs- this is it!

However, any skin can use this. Even my sensitive skin fared well and it didn’t bother my Rosacea. It brightened, it tightened and it cleared my skin. Sure it’s a spendy price tag, but I think it’s worth it. A little goes a long way. Buy it from Sephora and you can always return it if you don’t like it.

And fingers crossed your Costco has it too!



Drugstore and Ulta Haul!

Check out all my latest makeup goodies I bought from the drugstore. There’s lots of new products out there and I’m navigating through some of them.

Some are hot, and some are not so hot. I give you the scoop in my latest video:

click on the picture to go to the video. Enjoy!

Drugstore Haul video


The new Bonbon Break is here- and say hello to one of the newest editors…


That’s right. I have an official fancy pants writer job. I’m an associate editor of Bonbon Break Magazine! AND Bonbon Break is newer and prettier than ever!

There’s a whole group of associate editors with me, including our master and commander at the helm, Val Curtis. She is dedicated, fearless and completely sleepless, I’m guessing, based on the number of hours she put in to snazz up the site. She wrangled all of us together to bring you what we hope to be, the best of little bites of inspiration, fun, ideas, escape… whatever you need you hope to find in an online magazine.

So without further ado, let me take you into the Bedroom- where I’ll be inspiring you, humoring you, and hopefully entertaining you.

My inaugural post, presenting ….

You’re Hotter Than You Think

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