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Hello readers. Long time no read.

As absent as I have been here on my blog website, it’s only because I have been all over the place on my YouTube channel.

It’s not that I don’t like to write anymore. I do. Sort of. Writing is hard. But I like makeup. A lot. So I’ve found my passion and I’m diving in. Like, head first. Or feet first cannon ball style.

I enjoy the thrill of finding new products. Of opening new packages of lipstick and seeing their glossy, gleaming smooth surface. Foundation excites me. It’s a little bit strange for those of you not in makeup land. I get it. [Read more…]

The best gluten-free makeup

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I am not allergic to gluten, but some of my friends are. They can get really sick even if they use makeup products with gluten in them! I’m sure to some of you this is news and you never thought it mattered if there was gluten in beauty products. Well it does matter.

I have searched high and low for what would pass my beauty test. Would I use these products even though I don’t need to? Yes.

So here’s a quick list to reference.

But please watch the video. I go into detail of the products I like and some I don’t, and what to look for from companies as well as what products deserve honorary mention.

I hope this is helpful. Grab a rice cake and enjoy.

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Luxury makeup at discount prices

frugie blog luxury makeup discount we make beauty

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

Frugie Blog and how to wear makeup over 40

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:

Beauty Favorites of 2014

It just wouldn’t be right to not round out the new year with all the beauty products I loved last year. There was a lot of makeup! And most of it was awesome! I’ve collected, curated, and narrowed down what I think is worth your hard earned money.

Check out all the products in the video!

Frugalista Blog best of beauty 2014

Lipstick dupes you’ll want to check out

I have done the leg work for you and shopped around for drug store versions of high end, luxury lipsticks. You’re welcome.

Disclaimer: In my opinion, these look identical. Some formulas have a different finish even though the shades are similar. Also, the prices will vary based on where you live. I have included links if you’d like to just shop from this post.

One of MAC’s most popular lipsticks is Riri Woo. It usually sells out as soon as it launches. It’s a classic red. I found a L’oreal one just like it. Not as matte as the MAC, but the color is just as true.




Frugalista Blog Dupes Riri Woo and L'oreal lipsticks


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Buxom lipstick is a great brand, but their Full Bodied lipstick is $21. Wet N Wild on the other hand, is as low as $1.99 at some retailers. Hmm, and no one will know the difference!

Frugalista blog dupe lipstick buxom vs wet n wild

Believe me, I love a YSL lipstick. The case alone is a piece of art for your vanity table. But at over $30 a tube, it feels excessive. Here’s another Wet N Wild option in the same shade but a different formula. Also, this shade is what some would call Marsala which is the Pantone selection of the color of the year for 2015.

Frugalista Blog dupe lipsticks YSL and Wet n wild



I love Laura Mercier cosmetics. I love just about everything she makes. And her lipsticks are so nice too. But again, we can feel guilty spending $27 on a lipstick. So here’s another L’oreal option, a great formula, excellent wear and under $10.

Frugalista blog lipstick dupes laura mercier and l'oreal


Happy dupe shopping!

Holiday Countdown- new video, new giveaway

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It’s almost a month to Christmas and I’m a busy little bee buying stuff. Sort of for myself (it’s called research) and also for others (I’m not that selfish).

Here’s some new things I’ve discovered; gadgets, brands, products and fun stuff.

I’ve included my Beauty Box 5 November un-boxing for you. Check out the specials on their website this season!

AND- I have another GIVEAWAY!

The giveaway is open internationally this time! (Hello UK and Australia readers!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Drugstore Haul and the latest frugal finds!


It’s time for another round of What I Found At the Drugstore!

I am always on the hunt for goodies. I’ve got new things from Milani shadows, Rimmel lipstick, Sonia Kashuk and more.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already done so. Let me know if you’ve found anything recently you love too.

My subscription box addiction

Two things I know. You can’t brush your teeth while eating Oreos. And, I have an addiction to subscription boxes.

It’s true.

I might need to join a support group. It might be a new TV show on TLC. It’s not necessarily my fault when they are SHOVED IN MY FACE all over the Internet.

And here I am enabling you too.

I am your dealer. Your pimp. Because now I’m telling you how great these babies are.

And I’m telling you that you should sign up.

One in particular is Beauty Box 5. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen me describe each month’s box of goodies.

This month is pretty awesome too. Here’s a picture to see. I could tell you all about it or you could see for yourself.  For more details, go to their website and check it out- Beauty Box 5

Frugalista Blog invites you to try Beauty Box 5

I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.