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Friends and Family Fall Sale at Assured Allure!

Our Friends and Family Fall Sale is going on until midnight, Monday, October 10th.  20% off your entire order, which means everything is on sale!  Even items already marked down!  Here are just a few great pieces you can get:

jenna-cuff-braceletThis is our Jenna Cuff in Wine, which will be a very popular color this fall season again.  Perfect, because I love this color and think this is such a pretty bracelet.  At 20% off you can get our Jenna Cuff Bracelet for only $12.00.

 

 

 

 

cluster-bead-necklaceOur Cluster Bead Necklace is an elegantly effective amount of bling when needed.  It seems like a simple beaded necklace, but brings enough sparkle to make you want to wear it all the time.  This will be your new go to necklace when you’re running out the door to meet your friends in the evening.  With an additional 20% off, you can get this gorgeous necklace for only $12.00.

 

 

cosette-necklace-copyFor making the perfect work statement our Cosette Necklace wins that race hands down!  It simply looks stunning with a beautiful suit or a tee shirt and jeans.  I simply love the versatility of this necklace, not too much, not too little…just right!  With our sale you can get this lovely piece for just under $25.00.

 

 

 

thelma-earringsAnd with a touch of druzy, our Thelma Earrings are the perfect running around earring for a busy woman on the go.  Pick these up, on sale, for just under $11.00.

 

 

 

 

Be sure and check all our pages for many more great deals at our Friends and Family Fall Sale!

Jewelry Trends for Spring 2016

As we look forward to warmer weather, there are lots of new jewelry trends for Spring 2016 and here are a few we thought you might like.

Pastel Colors – As you know, Rose Quartz (a blush pink color) and Serenity (a light blue) are two colors that are leading the pastel color scheme this spring. Some other popular colors, according to Instyle Magazine, also include Lilac Grey, Buttercup, Fiesta, Green Flash, and Iced Coffee, among others. And our Cosette Necklace comes in three of these popular colors.

Cosette Necklace
Cosette Necklace

Statement Necklaces – This trend continues into Spring 2016. And with the popularity of denim shirts right now, a statement necklace is the perfect piece to wear around the collar. Try it! Our Fleur Collar is the perfect piece for this task.

Fleur Collar
Fleur Collar

Chokers – This hot trend is #1 on Fashionisers list of accessory trends for Spring/Summer 2016. And they are coming out in several different material variations, such as the traditional velvet chokers with embellishments or with metal, pearls, chains, and leather. Our Lauren Link Chain Choker is a perfect embodiment of the new materials….it has two variations of chain in the same necklace and is interlaced with leather and topped off with a suede tassel. It’s a stylish piece that gets lots of compliments.

Lauren Choker
Lauren Link Chain Choker

Nautical – As Fashionista points out in its article, its all about nautical details, from the stripes to the rope embellishments. You will want to check out our Multi Chain Nautical Charm Necklace to help you get this fun spring look!

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Multi Chain Nautical Charm Necklace

Ring Stacking or One Large Statement Ring – While stacking rings is still popular, if you don’t want to pile on several rings, you might consider one large statement ring.  It sometimes looks a bit more elegant and is easier to wear than several smaller rings.  Our Ogden Crystal Ring is a perfect for making a statement and is a stretch ring so it’s practically guaranteed to fit.  Its an easy on and off ring and is just so gorgeous, you can’t pass it up.

Ogden Ring
Ogden Crystal Ring

Follow all the jewelry trends for Spring 2016 here at www.AssuredAllure.com today!

Online Fashion Consignment – Clothes for cash!

Remember the days of the garage sale?  Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem like you see garage sales like you used to. When I was young, it seemed someone in the neighborhood was having one every weekend. And my mother dragged me to every one of those! Which means that I have an aversion to them, although I do think they are very good way to re-purpose household items that would otherwise get thrown away. Now, there’s a better and more convenient way.

If you’ve collected an overabundance of nice clothes, purses, and shoes, there are some great online fashion consignment sites you might want to check out. Going this route will not only help you clean out your closet but you can also earn some money too!  Here are some of the sites that you might like.

ThredUp – They send you a bag, for free, you fill it up, send it back and ThredUp sells the items and takes a commission. Super convenient. They are looking for items that are like new or without a lot of wear and tear, or may even still have tags. You can leave your earnings with them and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal.  Every year ThredUp donates 10% of their Clean Out proceeds to Teach for America and you can also donate your earnings to their non-profit partners if you like.  And they also accept children’s clothes.

Poshmark – You take a picture of what you want to sell with your phone and post it using their free app.  And then hope it sells!  Poshmark promotes a community of buying and selling with other Poshmark “closets” and you actually follow other peoples postings based on your likes.  So you are selling to your contemporaries. This service is more of an eBay process approach, which means you do more of the work to sell the product, and they tend to focus on name-label products, such as Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Michael Kors.

Tradesy – You sell anything in your closet that’s in great condition. Again, you take the picture of the item, but they will help with enhancement of that image. If you aren’t sure of a price, they will suggest a price. And if an item sells, Tradesy sends you a free pre-addressed box, a prepaid shipping label, packing material, and you ship your product out. They earn a commission on your sale price and if a customer wants to return the product they will process the return for you. This is more of a hybrid of the first two online services listed here.

Threadflip – They either send you a shipping kit or you can print a prepaid shipping label at home to send your products to them.   Your products are then inspected and if they don’t make the cut are either returned to you or donated to Goodwill.   For items they accept to sell, they will photograph, price, sell and ship. You can leave your earnings with Threadflip and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal. This and ThredUp are very similar models.

I’ve given you tidbits on sites that you can buy and sell primarily clothing and purses, but there are sites that you can use to sell other products too, such as swap.com or eBay Valet.

While most of us know about eBay, eBay Valet lets you simply package up an item you want to sell, ship it to eBay using a free prepaid label and then eBay Valet will handle the rest. They will photograph your item, create a professional looking post and deal with customer inquiries. Once your item sells, they’ll ship the product to the buyer and send you up to 80 percent of the sale price via PayPal. There are some limitations on what you can and can’t sell.   This is a site you cannot use to sell clothing or anything worth less than $40, but if you have electronics, sporting goods, or instruments, then this is the site for you.

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I love the fact that the online world has given us these alternatives. No more garage sales! Not to offend the garage sale lovers out there. After all, my mom still loves them. And, yes, sometimes I still go with her.  But if I do go, I’m wearing our Crystal Tube Bracelet.  A piece that can be worn anywhere!

Happy Selling!

Patti

Dry Shampoo – Some helpful hints

Up until about a year ago I was a “wash-my-hair-everyday” kind of girl. I couldn’t stand the idea of not washing my hair, even if that meant blow-drying long hair, in the middle of summer, in a southern state. We’re talking 100 degree, 100% humidity averages, where you instantly start sweating the minute you get out of the shower. No matter what the thermostat is set on. Well, needless to say, I finally got tired of that. So instead of packing up and moving somewhere cooler, I figured out that dry shampoo could actually take on the task of cleaning and refreshing hair. But even now I only go a day between washing, or in other words, I traditionally wash my hair every other day.

One thing I have learned after going through a maze of what dry hair shampoo to use or not is that what you use really depends on your type of hair. One of my sisters has fairly thin hair and stopped washing her hair everyday years ago. But what she uses may not necessarily work for me, since I have thick hair. And my hairdresser claims she only washes her hair once a week! Sorry, but I can’t imagine that. I guess I should fess up to the fact that I have oily skin and hair, so after a week that would get scary. I know the oil secretion would adjust over time, but sorry, I just can’t go a week.

Another determinant of which dry shampoo you like will be the scent that comes with it. Some are strong, some not so strong, but almost all of them do have a scent. So if you are scent sensitive, you will probably have to try a few before you find one that is right for you.

And keep in mind some dry shampoo’s are better than others for color treated hair. This was big for me as I am now on the “trying different colors and highlights” bandwagon.

I have discovered that the key to a dry shampoo working well is to spray or apply accordingly and then leave it for two minutes before you brush or style your hair. This will give the product enough time to absorb any excess oil or odor.

I put together a condensed list of what made several “best and worse” dry shampoo lists floating around the web. And I include comments from what I’ve tried and haven’t tried.

Best Dry Shampoo’s

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Not only have I seen this on almost every best list for dry shampoo’s (totalbeauty.com, thefashionspot.com, allure.com), it really does not leave the dreaded white residue and smells great. It is a bit on the pricey side at $20, but worth it to me and most reviewers.  Or you can try the travel size for pricing as low as $9. I typically try new products this way, so if you want to try, purchasing the travel size may be the way to go.

Batiste Clean & Classic Original – Like the above, this is on most best’s lists and the scent is good. It sprays on white, so you will just need to brush through after letting set a bit. Batiste also makes several other versions of a dry shampoo, but the “original” version is what makes it on all the best lists consistently.  You can find the “original” version at most drug stores.

Naturia Dry Shampoo by Rene Furterer –  This is another great dry shampoo with a subtle scent. According to TheFrisky.com it adds volume and shine. You can buy at Drugstore.com  It comes in full and travel size, so choose carefully since this is a bit pricey.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – This is not technically a dry shampoo, but has been used as one and praised consistently. The only issue here is the price….$42 a bottle on Amazon. But they do have a smaller travel size that sells for much less.  And this was on The Fashion Spots best list for dark hair.

Worst Dry Shampoo’s

Tresemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo – On several worst lists and for good reason. It is tough to spray on and not overspray. It does not blend well into the scalp, or rather it still shows after extensive brushing in darker colored hair. I have used this and, personally, do not like or recommend.

The following were on both the best and worse list of several reviewers’ depending on the reviewer.

Psssssssst – According to Elle.com this dry shampoo can keep your hair refreshed for days.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – This was one of the first ones I tried and I loved the scent. And it works well on most hair color’s.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo – Again, some loved and some did not love….but you have to love the price. At only $4, it may be worth a try.

According to The Fashion Spot there’s a way to make a do-it-yourself dry shampoo that will make it easier on the budget and the environment.

But I have to say, according to some older and wiser ladies who did not have dry shampoo until a few years ago….plain baby powder does the trick and does it well.

And what do I put on after I have gorgeous tresses? I absolutely love our new Regis Necklace!

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It’s a trendy, yet subtle way to add some style if you are not a huge statement maker. And it comes with matching earrings! No looking for a pair to match up with it.  And remember we have free shipping until after the holidays!

Happy Shampooing!

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Your Travel Wellness Oasis – Airport Spas!

airport spaTravel in itself is stressful and with waking up early and running through the airport to just sit and wait having a spa nearby to freshen up sounds like a great idea! There are several airport spas popping up at hubs around the country and you’d be surprised at how popular, affordable and chic they are.

Increasingly, airports are vying to be your go-to beauty destination.  As they transition from transportation hubs to full-on shopping malls with chic boutiques, name-brand retailers and restaurants affiliated with celebrity chefs, more airports also are welcoming spa and salon businesses that help passengers glam up, too. The newest on-the-fly beauty services go well beyond the typical chair massage. Travelers at Chicago O’Hare can choose a walk-in or pre-booked “back facial” (an upper-back acne treatment) at the recently renovated Terminal Getaway Spa. LaGuardia fliers can try a shine-enhancing hair glaze and blowout at WT GO, a spinoff of the upscale New York salon Warren-Tricomi that opened in January. Meanwhile, men seeking old-school pampering can pop into the two-year-old barbershop at Buffalo Niagara International Airport for a hot-towel shave and a few minutes in the massage chair.

Not exotic enough for you? Try a fish pedicure at Wellness Oasis at Singapore’s Changi Airport, which involves plunging one’s feet into a pool full of callous-munching fish. Or, if you decide your bikini line needs immediate tending, “We’re ready, and the wax is hot,” said Adeline Moya, vice president of business development at Be Relax, a French chain with 38 locations world-wide including airports in North America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia (its name is a slightly awkward translation of a French idiom).

Beauty is just the latest development in the continuing evolution of airports that began after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when heightened security measures required travelers to arrive much earlier than they had before. After the security logjam comes the seemingly endless wait known in airport-speak as “dwell time,” a perfect opportunity for businesses to find profitable ways to amuse their concourse captives. The travel and retail industries are hoping to grab a piece of the $439 billion “Wellness Tourism” market, a travel category that includes beauty and which in 2013 grew at a faster rate than tourism overall, according to a study by the Global Wellness Institute, a Miami industry group.

This year, XpresSpa has added seven new spots at various airports. Meanwhile, its competitor, Be Relax, will have 11 new locations by the end of 2015, including Boston Logan, Toronto Pearson and Washington Dulles. A 3,000-square-foot branch is slated to open at Dubai International Airport in early 2016. Retail stores are getting in on the trend, too: Estée Lauder last year opened a 5,320-square-foot boutique at Detroit Metropolitan Airport; aside from selling its brands’ products, the store includes services like the “Arrive Hydrated” skin-care consultation, which uses products from the prestige line La Mer. Benefit recently discontinued its Sydney Airport brow service but still does brows at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, and Auckland Airport, New Zealand.

Fliers can also go the do-it-yourself route with beauty vending machines, which started showing up at airports about two years ago and have only multiplied since. Vending machines from 3FLOZ dispense travel-size beauty and grooming items, while Benefit Cosmetics’ “Glam Up & Away” kiosks sell mascara, blush and lip color and have mirrors on the side so travelers can touch up right after

buying. Nail-polish brand Essie has vending machines at five U.S. airports, letting bored travelers give themselves manis at the gate.

Travelers also often assume beauty services at airports cost more than those on the outside. That isn’t necessarily the case. Blowouts at WT GO in the XpresSpa in La Guardia’s Terminal C run $45 to $95 (the pricier version includes the glaze treatment); blowouts at Warren-Tricomi’s regular salons are $65 to $100. A basic XpresSpa manicure costs $30, about a third more than the national average, but

a haircut at the Old Fashioned Barber Shop at Buffalo Niagara is just $15—which might explain why some regular clients are locals who drive to the airport for a cut.

Still, some services just don’t fly. At Terminal Getaway Spa, which has locations in Chicago, Orlando and Charlotte, the most popular service remains that old airport standard: A 20-minute, $42 chair massage. Women business travelers tend to decline facials, because they’re already made up for the day, said Marko Iglendza, the chain’s founder and CEO. Nor does Terminal Getaway offer blowouts. “Say you’re flying to a meeting,” Mr. Iglendza said. “Would you really go to the airport to have your hair blown out? You might be late; there might be traffic. Would you really risk it?”

“There are two things you can do to waste time in an airport: get drunk or get your nails done,” she said. “I didn’t think arriving where I was going drunk was going to work.” Ha! Well put ma’am, well put.

So have you put the airport spa scene to the test? Share the services you’ve seen or tried and what you think with us on Twitter or Facebook using hashtag #airportspa.

Fabulous Fall Bags & Matching Fashion Jewelry

If the finer things in life like super expense bags such as Chanel’s new mosaic bag that costs a whopping $9,000 or Fendi’s Peekaboo mini clutch, priced at $4,150 are way out of reach there are some amazing alternatives you need to know about. We’ve done some digging and come up with some gorgeous trendy fall bags and matching fashion jewelry accessories from our online store to help you pay the bills and look chic doing it!  If you’re looking for a stylish fall bag that looks far more expensive than it is, consider your shopping done. Here are some gorgeous fall handbags and perfectly matched fashion jewelry accessories that fit the bill.

mango-bucket-bagMango

Since Mansur Gavriel launched in 2013, the bucket bag has been back in the spotlight. But there’s no need to cash in your savings. Ya know?

Pair this sophisticated bag with our super popular Alexa Collar for the whole look. Priced at just $36 it’s a winning combination. alexa collar

 

 

 

marie-turnor-lunch-clutchCroc-Effect Bucket Bag, $79.99 at Mango

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Fringed handbags made a name for themselves this fall on the runways of Altuzarra, Burberry Prorsum and more. When you’re looking for affordable options, try a rich autumnal shade. Neutrals and bright colors can look a little cheap in this price range.

halle watchPair this fun look with our Halle Silicone Watch for the full-effect.

 

 

 

 

J.Crew

jcrew-blue-clutchJ.Crew’s tassel clutch is perfect when you want a clutch that works for day and night. Plus, it comes in lemon as well as indigo (shown here).

 

Suede and Leather Tassel Clutch, $128 at J.Crew

Pair this look with something sparkly… like our Mia Drop Earrings for a fun look you’ll feel fancy about! E27521-2T

Get a Farm-to-Table Beauty Boost with These Great Brands

The farm-to-table beauty concept has extended well beyond the walls of high-end restaurants and boutique grocery stores to the beauty world as well. Organic fruits and veggies are no longer the only ‘organic’ thing consumers are worried about. Now that the light is being shined on all the harsh chemicals going into all our skincare, haircare, makeup products and more the organic beauty product movement is kicking off with a lot of gusto. We discovered some great organic beauty boosts that you may want to incorporate into your daily routine. Thanks to TheFashionSpot.com for the run-downs on these great brands! 

formulary_55Formulary 55

Farms: Washington and now Colorado

Brand Story: Founder Cordelia began with simple bath and body products handmade in her kitchen and sold at local farmers markets. She’s since moved to a larger space in Colorado where her products are sold in 11 countries.

Must-Have Product: The line’s seriously affordable bath tablets are just as relaxing for the mind as they are the skin. Formulated with almond oil, essential oils and epsom salts, the effect is a clear mind and brightened skin.

Milk & Honey Bath Fizzy, $6 at Formulary 55

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Farm: Tibet

Brand Story: Not only does the brand pride itself in using recycled plastics and partnering with the Forest Stewardship Council, it also has a direct relationship with the Himalayan villagers who harvest the sea buckthorn berry used in its face oil. The Dalai Lama has even recognized the company for its living wage and respectful treatment of its employees.

Must-Have Product: Sibu Sea Buckthorn 

vmv_hypoallergenicsVMV Hypoallergenics

Farm: Leyte in the Philippines

Brand Story: VMV not only sources its ingredients from nature (like its coconut oil from a USDA-certified organic farm in the Philippines), but it prides itself in never adding fillers that are known to cause allergic reactions. It’s actually the only brand to provide rating system grades based on how many allergens the product doesn’t contain. In its 30 year run, less than 0.1 percent of consumers

farmacyFarmacy

Farm: Upstate New York

Brand Story: Co-founder Mark Veeder discovered a unique flower growing at his home in upstate New York. After further analysis, he found the now named Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy was rich in phytochemical compounds that fight the signs of aging and reduce pigmentation. The brand’s full collection (now available at Sephora!) also includes farm-friendly fare, such as kale, carrots

Blossom Jeju

Farm: Jeju, the largest island off South Korea

Brand Story: A main reason Korea is leading innovations in beauty is because of its approach to using natural, pure ingredients. Blossom Jeju taps camellia extract, a rich antioxidant, from the gorgeous island Jeju (so it’s technically not a farm), where it grows on the wind-swept cliffs.

Must-Have Product: The brand’s 100% Camellia Seed Dry Oil hydrates and illuminates a gorgeous glow without the greasy after-effect of most oils.

Blossom Jeju 100% Camellia Seed Dry Oil, $30 at Glow Recipe

Bottega Organica

Farms: New York and Italy

Brand Story: All of the products are formulated through a unique blend of pure, natural ingredients and concentrations of anti-aging medicinal plants harvested and processed in both Italy and upstate New York. The innovation behind the innovative approach is thanks to one of the co-founders, Dr. Andrea Alimonti, a world-renowned geneticist.

Must-Have Product: Ignore everything you’ve heard about oils being bad for acne-prone skin. The brand’s Anti-Blemish Oil uses the peel oil from oranges to soothe acne, while prawn sage fights bacteria.

Bottega Organica Anti-Blemish Oil, $68 at Bottega Organica

Must-Have Product: Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is 100 percent pure, preserving skin’s tone and texture by repairing damage at a cellular level. Apply just a few drops to fingertips and dab onto your skin before your moisturizer.

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, $34.95 at Sibu Beauty

cocovitCocovit

Farm: South India

Brand Story: Founder Rikita Kapadia wanted a coconut oil that could be extracted from the fruit without heat (this takes a lot of its powerful antioxidants with it!). The brand’s unique process picks fresh organic coconuts from the Cocovit coconut farm and formulates a richer, fresher oil sans heat.

Must-Have Product: Its first (and signature) product, Cocovit Coconut Oil, is multipurpose. Apply to your hair, skin and cuticles for non-greasy hydration.

Cocovit Coconut Oil, $38 at Cocovit

Fall Makeup Trends from the Runway to You

With the changing colors of the leaves also comes changing makeup shades and trends – after all, you can’t wear soft summer pastels with the darker shades of fall. And what better way to see what’s trending than by scoping out what the pros at Fashion Week are doing! Considered the melting pot of future beauty trends, it’s easy to see what’s going to be huge for fall when observing beauty looks on the runways. From eggplant lips at Marc Jacobs and Marchesa to graphic eyeliner designs at DKNY and Suno, the beauty experts at TheFashionSpot.com zeroed in on some great, totally doable trends for fall. And while some looks are better suited for the runway, we’re also giving you the inside scoop on how to get the looks, although a little more subtle, at home. Without further ado, check out the hottest eye, cheek and lip looks for the season. Try these out and post pics on our Facebook and Twitter pages- we’d love to see your fall glow!

marcjacobs dark lipsAt Marc Jacobs (left), eggplant-colored lips were the center focus of the makeup look. And after seeing it also make an appearance at Giles and Marchesa, we’re pretty stoked about this vampy, 90s-inspired color for fall. It’s the perfect accessory for any knit or chunky sweater. To make it your own add a clear or pale gloss to soften the look and make it shine.

The biggest piece of advice for this fall (and pretty much always) is that it’s always about balance. If you do a strong lip, you don’t want to overdo it elsewhere. But if you’re not ready to go all out on the lips, opt for a gloss. This way you’re still able to get the same gorgeous color, but it won’t be as intense since glosses are typically less pigmented.

diffused-smokey-eyeThe smoky eye is back with a vengeance but there are some ways to soften it to make it doable at home, the office or out at night. From Diane von Furstenberg (left) and Nicole Miller to Monique Lhuillier, it’s evident that the standout bold look has been pared down for fall. Pat McGrath, Max Factor’s global creative design director, who coined the look a “diffused” smoky eye, created the look at DVF with kohl pencils in black and brown. And since it’s more on the relaxed side, it can be worn both day and night.

RXR0437C2-2TKick up the smokey look at notch with our Medora Spiral Ring– chic pearls and gold twist around your finger for a fiery look.

apres-glow-jcrewThis next look is by far the most demure and accessible of the fall trends. Makeup artist Troi Ollivierre created a gorgeous “flushed cheek” look on the models at J.Crew (left) and we think it’ll work for everyone. Expect this trend to be apparent for fall, as we also spotted the look at Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors.

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This softer look is gorgeous with our Oval Links Necklace – soft, yet sophisticated you can’t win day or night with this combo!

heavy-metal-tadashi-shojiFinally, metallic eyes were popular on the runway but while we adore this look, it’s not super practical to glue glitter or sequins to your eyelids (like at Tadashi Shoji) when going out at night — unless it’s New Year’s Eve. To get the look at home, opt for a metallic glitter eyeshadow shade. It will give the same effect without all the hassle. You can also apply a few pieces of chunky glitter around the edges of your eyelid, if you want to be more daring. Just make sure to get skin-safe glue.

Pair this metallic look with our Felicity Crystal Braceletfelicity crystal bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Beauty Box Subscriptions

Beauty box subscriptions are all the rage and why now- you get a ton of great new beauty samples to try each month for a low fee. It’s always a surprise what you’re getting and you find some really great fixes for skin, makeup, hair and more! TheFashionSpot.com compiled this excellent list and we agree- these are the top beauty box subscriptions out there plus one extra one we love for clothing enthusiasts who don’t have time to shop called Stitch Fix.

First off if you shop for makeup, skincare and beauty products you know about Sephora. The beauty shop that is almost every major mall across America has now put together a great $10/mo program that gets you handpicked samples from top brands. The retailer is doing a test run of the $10 a month service in a few cities (Boston, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio), filled with products galore. The box also includes a bonus sample every time- yay!

Wawantablentable offers three to five full-size and premium beauty products for $40 the first month and $36 if you continue your subscription. First, you customize your profile so that Wantable can whittle down the kind of products you’d like to receive, while keeping information like your skin tone in mind. When the box comes, you can keep the stuff you like and return the stuff you’re not too keen on. Simple as that!

 

goodeboxGoodebox starts at $18/mo and provides a selection of healthy beauty products for the earth-conscious maven. The goodies are trial size but they do find some unique, high-quality stuff! Learn more about some of the brands they love.

 

 

 

Stitch Fix’s claim to fame is that they have real personal stylists who act as your personal shopper and from what we’re hearing it really does a great job of taking your personal style test and matching you with great clothing that will really fit. Similar to other beauty subscriptions Stitch Fix sends you a customized box of clothes each month based on your style profile, you go through it and keep the items you love at a 25% discount when you buy 5 of the items and the styling fee is $20 which is then applied to your final order. The personal shoppers select pieces customized to your spending preferences so the items that arrive won’t be way out of budget. If you love clothes but have limited time to shop this may be a great way to add to your wardrobe over time.

If you’re a YouTube fan then you’ve probably come across beauty vlogger Michelle Phan who specializes in makeup how-to videos that are now world famous. Her program, ipsy gets you four to five deluxe samples or full-size packages of products for only $10/month. And if you’re not sure how to use them, fear not — ipsy also includes tutorials to inspire you on how to use the products.

BeautyDNA is $25/mo and specializes in personalized products that best address your concerns/desires. Like if you have acne or oily skin they will focus on skincare products.

Test out any of these programs and share your review of them with us on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #beautybox. We can’t wait to see and hear about the results!

Fabulous Ways to Reuse Old Scarves

If you have silk scarves balled up in your underwear drawer, winter scarves spilling out of your closet and summer scarves hanging on just about every hook, doorknob and doohickey in your bedroom, congratulations: You’re a class five scarf hoarder. According to TheFashoinSpot.com there are at least 15 fabulous uses for your old scarf stash. To make space for your new stash without getting rid of your old ones, there’s only one remedy — to DIY morning, noon and night. So round up your scarves, roll up your sleeves and get cracking. You’ve got work to do. Here are just some of the awesome ideas that The Fashion Spot came up with to get the ball rolling or the ‘scarf tying’ as it were.

framed-scarvesDecorate an empty wall by framing your old scarves and bandannas. Choose one large statement scarf as the focal point or select a group of color-coordinated scarves to make a wall collage.

 

 

 

 

 

scarf-vestVest -Blanket scarves and thicker, winter scarves make the best layering pieces. Jessamity will give you the complete tutorial on how to turn your scarf into a vest in no time.

Create a body pillow with your favorite scarf patterns. Grab a handful of scarves and patch them together with the help of Country Living U.K.

Another fun way to reuse a scarf in a pattern you still love is to turn it into a Hobo Bag. One of the reasons Hermes scarves are so popular is their versatility. One minute you can wear it as a turban, the next minute you’re toting it around like a handbag.

If you’re really crafty you can easily take a great scarf and turn it into a cute new pair of sandals! One pair of flip flops, one pair of scissors and two scarves are all you need to give your summer sandals a major facelift.

Headscarves are still super popular and an easy way to reuse a scarf you haven’t worn much. One of the easiest ways to upcycle your scarves are by wearing them as turbans. To learn how to tie a scarf 15 ways, click here.

henley cuff ring rasha split ring crossing leaves split ringNow that you’re armed with all these fabulous and simple ways to reuse your old scarves it’s time to add some NEW accessories to the mix as well! Brand new rings are in and priced to sell – all are under $15 each!