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Boots Beauty USA No7 Giveaway!

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If you follow my blog or YouTube channel, you know that I am a skin care addict. I’m always on the hunt for the best skin care money can buy.

Okay, preferably, small money. I can’t walk into Neimans and drop $500 on an eye cream. I don’t know if there were to ever come a day that if I could afford that, I would actually spend that much. Wait. Yep. Yes I would. Not gonna lie. If I could afford it, and it was bottled, I would put goat spit on my face if it promised wonderous results. Or maybe something more luxurious, like myrrh or gold. Yes, platinum. I will bathe in platinum when I get to be Gwyneth Paltrow rich. Yay me.

But until then, I’m shopping at Target. Other places too, but Target mostly. I buy toilet paper, I buy moisturizer. It’s easy and it works. What if I told you that one of the most popular brands throughout Europe was at Target? That it’s so good the Queen uses it? Okay, I don’t know if she does, BUT it’s made in her backyard. Okay, not like outside the gates of Kensington Palace, but like in London. Close enough, right?

It’s popular worldwide, in the UK and here in the colonies. I mean, states. It even shares the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. I mean, what more do you want?

Also- I’m giving away 4 tubes of it to four lucky readers!!! Pew pew pew! (That’s the confetti cannon sound effects.)

Whether you’re looking to add hydration, luminosity or repair and prevent wrinkles-  Boots has something for all.


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Lift and Luminate for improved texture and brightening.

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Restore and Renew for more moisturized and younger feeling skin.

Protect and Perfect; and Protect and Perfect Intense for sophisticated antioxidant protection.

Protect and Perfect; and Protect and Perfect Intense for sophisticated antioxidant protection.

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To enter this giveaway for #MYBESTSKIN thanks to Boots No7, click below on the Rafflecopter form to follow Boots on social media and get as many chances to win.

For your first entry, comment below with what serum you would like to win.


Be sure to check out my YouTube video as well-

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This post is sponsored by Boots USA and is paying me dollahs dollahs, but don’t worry, words and thoughts are still all my own.


Halloween Makeup Tutorial – 20s style inspiration

Halloween for the makeup enthusiast is a bit like a Superbowl of fun and excuse to bring your best game. Hmm, no sports puns please, Frugie, we’re talking about makeup.

20s makeup tutorial, flapper makeup and hair, great gatsby inspired looks

It’s like the Oscars or the Cannes film festival to the film buff. You can play and play and play to your heart’s content and not be accused of going overboard! Want to make a zipper face? Do it! Feel like making an exposed eyeball- hmm, let me look that up on Pinterest!

However, I just created a very simple 20s inspired makeup and hair look for you. Nothing gross. Unless you don’t like it, then I can’t help you. But maybe you like Candy Corn, so you’re nothing to me anyway.


But unlike the forgotten Necco wafers at the bottom of the trick or treat sack- I think this tutorial will help you dazzle for theme parties and holiday parties in the future- front and center.20 style inspired halloween makeup and hair

So grab a pumpkin spice latte and check out my video. It’s 20 minutes, and very thorough. You’re welcome.

Featured products were from Strivectin, Jouer, Lorac, Maybelline and Too Faced.

This video isn’t sponsored, I just like those products!

If you can’t watch now- be sure to Pin for later!


My Perfect Body

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Here I go, taking off my clothes again for my blog.

I know. But bare (bear?) with me!

We are flooded with images of amazing bodies and then even when sometimes a body is not so amazing, there’s a barrage of comments to follow that are cruel and degrading. Sometimes from ourselves, sometimes from others.

As we put ourselves more and more out there- especially in the land of YouTube and social media, the scrutiny becomes even more so.

I wanted to show folks that even though I try to put my best face forward, the one with good lighting, a smooth complexion and an angle that maybe shows my jaw better than it looks in person;  that I’m absolutely flawed in many ways physically, and I’m okay with it!

Stretch marks, cellulite, jiggly arms. Hey, it comes as an entire package! But this isn’t about me, it’s about all of us and our daughters and our sons and that imperfections sometimes come from perfect circumstances.

If you want to know what I’m talking go ahead and watch my video and then embrace your own #myperfectbody.




Makeup dupes for you!

It’s long over due that I provide you with a Dupes post. Makeup dupes.

I’ve made a YouTube video on my YouTube channel (are you subscribed? You should be!) of all the latest dupes I have scouted out for you. Finding dupes is hard work. First you buy all the high end stuff. Then you go to the drugstore and look at things that look like the luxury brands, buy them and take them home and try things out over and over to see which ones are actual replicas of the luxury products. Doesn’t this sound so budget friendly and cost effective?

I’m being sarcastic of course. But truthfully, usually I stumble across the dupes in my ‘research’ (that’s code for hours at Ulta and Sephora and Walgreens) and then test them out and get all excited and want to share them with you, my viewers/readers.

I really do get so excited when I find an eyeshadow palette for $10 that seems identical to one that’s over $40! If you’re a makeup addict, you’ll love this video.

So, if you haven’t seen it already- here’s the dupes video you’ve been waiting for!

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Beauty Box 5 June Box- This might be the best one yet!

Frugalista Blog Beauty Box 5 June review

Hey folks,

I needed to tell you about this month’s Beauty Box 5. Because it’s So. Freaking. Awesome!

For me, what makes a great subscription box is generous samples, and a mix of full size products as well as stuff that I’m interested in, like nail polish and eyeshadow!

To review, Beauty Box 5 is a subscription box service sending you cosmetic goodies to your door each month. You can pay monthly at $12 or $8.25 per month if you pay for the year in advance.

The first product that caught my eye was the Nails Inc. nail polish in this adorable pink shade. Nails Inc is a brand available at Sephora and this is some good stuff. The bottle included is full-size and even though I have at least 100 polishes (shut up, you know you’re jealous!) I don’t have a color like this one. #NailsInc

Then when I saw the eyeshadow palette staring me in the face, I got really excited! What is this brand? LOL? I’ve never heard of it. But this was another full size diddy. It’s the Rotational Eye Shadow palette in So Rosemantic. I won’t lie- these six colors are bright and really pink- but look lots of fun. They’re located out of France and Australia. How cool is that? #LOLCosmetics

The Herbal Essences body wash and the Simple Skincare cleansing water are great to try. I’m not sure if the body wash is as orgasmic as the shampoos like in the commercials. But I’m willing to find out. Also, cleansing water is the new beauty trend and you need to try it!

I think I actually squealed when I saw the deluxe sample of Urban Decay Cosmetics Perversion Mascara! I love this mascara. It makes your lashes such a deep black without being clumpy. #UrbanDecayCosmetics

There was also a $20 gift voucher for Gorge Hair to order their haircare products. That’s an awesome bonus!

Beauty Box 5 offers you to shop in their online boutique, you have chances to win free product and credit by sharing on social media, and there’s always something new to discover.

Hey- I’m a beauty addict and they keep surprising me- so that’s impressive!

Let me know if you check it out.

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Break Up With Your Makeup- 2015 edition

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I have exciting news! Once again, I am teaming up with Galderma and their #BreakUpWMakeup contest! Because I know that we can use makeup as a curtain to hide behind, but we need to let our true selves shine through. Right? Come on! Join me. Last year they sent me to the Emmys after that contest, and this year, the prize is a trip to New York! You know you want to win it. I’ve never been to New York. (Cue break screeching sound) I know! Broadway dreams and everything, and this girl has never set foot in the Big Apple. I need to fix that.

You know I suffer (and I say ‘suffer’ mildly, it really isn’t that horrible in the scope of life and things, but it’s such a pain in the ass) from Rosacea. Rosacea is basically like pimples on your face that don’t go away. It can be a cluster of red bumps or a flushed complexion. Maybe it includes broken capillaries and really red skin throughout your whole face. Or maybe like me, it’s a smattering of bumps that usually come out when I use products that irritate my skin, I’m in the sun too long, or I have been drinking alcohol.

I remember the days of high school and college when I wouldn’t think of stepping out of my house without makeup. The shame was too enormous! My pale eyelashes, my barely-there brows, and oh, the giant zits on my chin! Good grief. I even worked in cosmetics in my early 20s and it was so difficult to come to terms with the fact that my skin was not behaving! I had the best of products at my disposal and I was still a mess.

Even now in my 40s, I deal with ‘bad skin’ days. Now you can add wrinkles, sagging, and giant Louis Vuitton bags under my eyes that go with the ‘bad skin’ days. Or, Bad Face days.

But as a teen, you might think that having acne or Rosacea, even Eczema can be world shattering and kill a social life or your Instagram feed! Don’t despair!  You are not defined by your complexion. And take comfort in knowing there are products that can help.

A routine of proper cleansing, and the right moisturizers as well as acne products and medications can really help.

Galderma is behind a prescription Rosacea medication as well as several products like Cetaphil that are formulated to be gentle on the skin, whether you suffer from acne, Rosacea or Eczema.

Follow the graphic below to enter for a chance to win a goody basket of fine products and a chance to win a trip to the New York Film Festival in September!

Also, there are helpful links and tips for getting that complexion so that you can be comfortable in your own skin.

Here’s a fun thing too-

Post a selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (by June 25, 2015) with the hashtag- #BreakUpWMakeup as well as loading your selfie to the contest including 100 words on how you stay confident on ‘bad skin days’.

Because folks notice your smile, your laugh, and your kindness, more than they notice your pores!

Kudos to my 15 year old who is in the ‘won’t leave the house without makeup’ phase of her life to be brave to post this!

This post is sponsored by Galderma. All opinions and words are my own.

Emma 15 and me, 42 sans makeup!

Emma 15 and me, 42 sans makeup!



Good luck! And I can’t wait to see your no makeup selfies!

Luxury makeup at discount prices

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Don’t let my blog name fool you. I might be frugal, but I love fancy. I dip into high end brands from time to time. Of course, when they’re on sale! Or when you just can’t find anything close to what it is you want, and you decide to shell out the cash for the goods. They say that you get what you pay for.

I was doing homework for my YouTube channel. Also known as, shopping for product, when I came across a website that offers cosmetic brands that are at discount prices.

Say what?

Yes! This is the marriage of two wonderful things! High end cosmetics AND a discount!!

It’s called We Make Beauty. And they carry brands such as Guerlain, Dior, Clarins and Sisley and many others. There’s fragrance, skin care, cosmetics, and hair care.  You can even find men’s products.

The best way to navigate their site is to go in without any expectations and just see what they have. The selection is wide but for instance not every foundation comes in every shade. You have to do a little bit of picking and choosing.

I have been a huge fan of Dior and Guerlain products for awhile. But they are pricey. I went on the We Make Beauty site and was thrilled to find my favorite Dior eyeshadow 5 color palettes as well as some Guerlain foundations. The savings was around 10 to 20% off on different items. I also had a coupon code so I saved even more!

If you’re a complete makeup addict like me- then check this out! Other perks include free shipping on orders over $50 and a rewards program.

I made a video with my purchases so you can check out what I got and how I put them to work!

Also, because We Make Beauty is so nice, they are giving you guys a promotion code that is valid the rest of the year! Use “Frugalista2015” to get 15% off all your purchases.

This could really become addicting!

Visit and use code Frugalista2015



Beauty Box 5 – March box

Has the country thawed out by now? The Vernal Equinox has passed and there are buds on the trees and I’m ready for my bikini.


I don’t wear a bikini. I wear a swimsuit Esther Williams would be proud of. We share the same birthday so I pay homage to her. But I can’t swim or do anything synchronized in a pool for that matter. Unless you count lifting my pina colada to my face in synch with my husband at the swim-up bar at the resort in Cabo.

Where was I? Clearly needing a pina colada.

March Madness is upon us – that’s a shout out to all you basketball fans.  The Yankees are in the Final Four, right?


It’s time for me to break down Beauty Box 5 for this month-

Here we go:

Eslor Introductory Collection– skin care packets. I hate packets. But it’s better than nothing for trying a new brand out and I can’t wait to check out these masks and treatments that are paraben free and lavish.

Elite Therapeutics body cream– smells like you’ve been to fancy spa and wore a plush robe with those disposable slippers.

Scandalous by Nanacoco Mascara– I have puny lashes and this mascara was nice but didn’t add a whole lot of WOW for my peepers. Great if you already are gifted with thicker lashes to begin with.

Styli-Style Eye Liner in raisin. This is creamy, never needs sharpening and pretty much budge proof. I like it.

Nanacoco likes BB5 because they also put in a lip gloss too! It’s shiny, not goopy and bright pink. Lots of fun.

Three of this month’s box items are full-sized! Excellent!

With every box there’s usually coupons and deals for free items. Worth your subscription price every time.


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Makeup for Women over 40

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I created a step by step tutorial on a basic makeup look. It includes my tips and tricks for how I put on my makeup as a woman in the ‘over 40’ category.

But I think it’s pretty useful for all ages.

Grab a cuppa and settle back and watch. For your enjoyment:

February Beauty Box Five Review

Beauty Box five is a subscription box program for $12 a month, or $10 per month with a 3 month subscription, or $8 per month with a 12 year subscription.

You receive 5 items; a mixture of deluxe samples, sample packets (grr, those always disappoint me!) and sometimes a full size product (my favorite!)

I have found that Beauty Box five crosses over between department store, boutique and drugstore brands.

Product is sent to me for consideration and all words and opinions are my own (obviously)

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Ahh February. Six more weeks of winter, right?

If you’re on the East Coast, you might be buried under a foot of snow reading this. Well, hopefully snuggled under a crocheted afghan with a roaring fire nearby.

If you’re on the West Coast, you might be looking at the buds breaching forth from the cherry tree sprigs as spring feels just around the corner.

We’ve had some days here in the northwest that feel absolutely positively spring-like. My apologies.  I’m starting to think about spring break, vacation, lip gloss, makeup, and sunshine.

So with that, let me share my un-boxing and review of this month’s Beauty Box Five. If you remember, last month was a bit of a sad trombone when it came to my BB5 box. I wasn’t very pleased.

But low and behold, they redeemed themselves with February! Not only are the products fun and a good fit for me, 4 of the 5 products are full size! This month marks their 3rd birthday so they must be celebrating.

Here they are:

Marsk mineral makeup- eye shadow in Vanilla Frosting. It’s a loose pigment. Haven’t tried it, but this pot alone retails for $22.50! Worth the box right there!

February bb5 marsk mineral eye shadow


Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel

I have to say that this formula is fantastic. I’ve used it in the past in conjunction with the coordinating base and top coats and the polish lasts several days. Truly.

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Absolute New York Love Lip Balm

Did you go to Baskin Robbins as a kid, (or an adult) and get the bubble gum ice cream? Did you also spit each piece of bubble gum out on a napkin to save for when you’re done with the cone and you can chew the gum all at once? Just me?

Well this lip balm tastes like that bubble gum and I love it! Plus it’s buttery smooth and not waxy. Pucker up!

February bb5 lip balm


Avon calling. This isn’t your mom’s Avon. Big eye shadow crayons are IT right now. You can smudge them on all over the lid like shadow, or carefully line your eyes like a pencil. The formulas set to a budge proof consistency.

February bb5 avon eye pencil

GlamGlow Youth Mud

This is the one item in this month’s box that isn’t a full size. But that’s okay, I’ll pop this packet in my travel pouch. Glam Glow is always a winner.

February bb5 glam glow


Happy Birthday Beauty Box five! Here’s to many more.