Archive for the ‘beauty’ Category

Honest Sunscreen

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

It’s the babies first proper swim season and we were super excited to see Honest Sunscreen on coupon at Costco just in time for the pool.

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2-Pack for $11 through May 31st!!!

Time to show those thighs, ladies!

Worth The Splurge: Mustela for Mommy and Baby

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

One of the nicest compliments we get is that our babies smell so good! It makes us feel like at least we are doing something right in keeping our babies clean and fresh.

We owe it all to our favorite baby products by Mustela. They are gentle, smell delicious and are super concentrated so they last a really long time.

Our favorites are THIS hair and body wash and THIS Musti “baby perfume”, which is perfect for a quick refresher in between baths.

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Nothing beats picking up your baby in the middle of the night to a yummy fresh baby smell…heaven! One thing is for sure, you will love these baby products so much, you’ll want to use them too!

Have you tried any Mustela products? Please share your favorites!

Em’s Everyday Makeup

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

When I got married I had baggage alright…bins and bins full of expensive makeup!

Once I had to start budgeting with someone else I started experimenting with cheaper makeup instead of my usual expensive brands..

Five years later and I’ve narrowed down my everyday makeup to just five items that I love, love love!

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Neutrogena sunscreen: This sunscreen not only protects my face from the sun but also is a great moisturizer before applying makeup. Both Costco and Target often have this on sale.

Covergirl concealer: For those northern European bags under my eyes. This is as good as anything I’ve tried…which has been a lot! Available at any drugstore.

Guerlain bronzing powder: Now I am super white because of all that sunscreen, I defo need THIS bronzer. This is my one ‘worth the splurge’ makeup product. I apply a little all over my face and a little extra on the apples of my cheeks and nose instead of using blush. I have tried lots of cheaper bronzers and nothing looks as good, and this one lasts at least a year. Do you have any good ones to recommend? Sarah also raves about this product, see HERE.

Wet n Wild eyeshadow in ‘Nutty': THIS $.99 eyeshadow is amazing! I was a MAC eyeshadow girl for many years and this is just as good… I just use it to line the outer corners of my eyes. Available at Rite Aid/Walgreens.

Maybelline ‘full n soft’ mascara: Non-clumpy mascara that can be layered and comes off really easily at night. I hate sticky mascaras. Available at any grocery/or drugstore.

My routine takes less than five minutes, lasts just as long and looks just as good as the products I used to use.

Have you had any great finds with inexpensive makeup? Please share!

Holler Dollar: Pumice Sponge

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

One of the bad things about summer is flip flop feet.


You know what I’m talking about!




To help your pedi last a little longer,

make sure to pick up one of these pumice sponges on your next visit to the Dollar Tree.


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A little scrub with this nightly

is magic!

Worth the Splurge: Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

We all have good hair days, and not so good hair days, but this Pureology shampoo and conditioner duo are the best I’ve ever used at giving my hair consistent results.

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Instead of layering lots of products, these two protect alone keep the ends of my hair hydrated, tame my tangles easily, and still give me the volume and look I want. My hair smells and feels so nice when I use these products!

They are definitely a splurge, but when you buy in bulk it really reduces the cost. For example these 1/2 gallon sizes should last about a year, so isn’t really that expensive when you break it down.

If you haven’t tried these products before give a little travel size sample a try and see how you like it before you commit to the bulk sizes.

Do you have any hair products you are loving lately?

Goody Keep It Smooth Hairbrush

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A few weekends ago, we got away to Brad’s parents home in Midway, UT. I inevitably always forget to pack something…this time a hairbrush.

Some girls may be able to go a day without a brush, but this messy head cannot! Off to Walmart I headed, where I picked up the cheapest paddle brush I could find…

boxwoodclippings_$3 goody paddle brushWith my expectations set pretty low on a $4 brush, THIS Goody ‘Keep It Smooth’ hairbrush turned out to be amazing! It tames my tangled mess of a head way better than my more expensive paddle brush that I’ve been using for many years and is only $3 online!

So if any of you are less than thrilled with your current brush (or need an extra to keep stowed in your overnight bag), give this $3 brush a try!

Girls Spring Dresses

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

After 7 years of fertility issues we really had no preference when it came to genders,  but when we found out we were having twin girls the dress dreams began flooding in!!!

This year, I’m lucky to have the most adorable hand-me-down dresses, but that didn’t stop me from looking anyhow! Dress No.1 below comes in both baby blue and pink, to DIE for for twin girls don’t you think? Originally priced at $44 it was a “no way”, but now it’s on sale for $33 (HERE) and was as low as $26 on Ralph Lauren this week.

Which has me asking the question: what is your price point for dresses? Or any clothing items for your children for that matter?

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Dresses 2,3 and 4 are ALL UNDER $25! Which I think is pretty amazing. What do you guys think?

(No.1: $33.75 HERE, No.2: $16.87 HERE, No.3: $23.99 HERE, No.4: $24.99 HERE)

Please share your tips and tricks!

Twinkle Toes

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas is the one time of year I like my nails manicured. Usually I am way too rough to expect my nails to be perfect for more than a day, but something about having them pretty for Christmas day makes the day even a little more special and helps me feel a little put together when I’m lounging around my pajamas and no make up.

boxwoodclippings_sally hansen golden rule nail polishI recently found this Sally Hansen color ‘Golden Rule’ at Target. It reminds me of my glitter champagne baubles on the tree and thought I should give it a try. It is so sparkly, dries fast and is very long-wearing, making this perfect for my Christmas 2013 twinkle toes :)

I’ve never had glitter nails done professionally, but I think two coats of ‘Golden Rule’ looks pretty great and is so much cheaper than the professional version too!

What will your nails be wearing this Christmas?


Worth the Splurge: Clarins Bath Tonic

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

We are always trying hard to stretch our pennies and try our best to live frugal lives. However, we started our worth the splurge feature for when we need to share something really, really amazing. Drum roll please….

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I was a little skeptical when my Mum showed this bottle to me and said it was worth its weight in gold. $30 for a shower gel, c’mon. One shower later and I was sold!

Just a pea-size of this heavenly essential oil concentrate will melt away all the worries of the world, and apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. I had to look long and hard to find it. Nordstrom has discontinued it and Saks even has a limit on how much you can buy.

Prepare to be amazed at how this will rinse away all your holiday stress!!! This would also make the most amazing present for Christmas.

Sign up for Saks email and receive 10% off your first purchase. Also, free shipping and returns with code: HOLIDAY.

If you need more gift ideas, check out all of our stocking ideas for her, him and the kids.

Holler Dollar: Trader Joe’s Soap

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

I think I have found the best holler dollar around… Trader Joe’s Oatmeal and Honey Soap. This pure vegetable soap with no harsh chemicals smells of milky cinnamon, helping me feel very fall-y and melting my daily stressors away at the same time. It’s creamy texture makes it perfect to sub for shaving cream and leaves my skin clean and soft.

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I am planning to wrap these up in fabric and give them as gifts for Christmas this year, which I am really excited about. At $1.69 for a two pack, they work out to be only $.85 each! I can’t wait for everyone to try them.

Read more about this soap HERE. Thanks Trader Joe’s, you really are my favorite!!

Holler Dollar: V05 Shampoo + Conditioner

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

For those of you with thin straight hair, this Holler Dollar is for you! Introducing my favorite shampoo + conditioner V05’s Extra Body Combo…
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Unfortunately or fortunately for me expensive shampoo’s and conditioner’s  take all the life out of my hair making it more limp and almost impossible to even tie in a pony. My hair is naturally very soft and silky which is usually not something to complain about, but sometimes it’s maddening  to work with.

By much experiment, I’ve found the ‘cheaper’ shampoo’s on the market to be better for my hair, they actually give my hair some volume without weighing it down and yes it’s a major HOLLER that my favorite turn’s out to be only a $1 or under if on sale.

Do you have favorite beauty products for around a buck? Do share!

Worth the Splurge: Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzer

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

One of Em’s friends we suggested we do a “worth the splurge” post every-now-and-then, we loved the idea (thanks Bethany), so here we are our first recommended splurge…


This Guerlain’s bronzer was recommended to us when Mum was shopping for a new bronzer, we were sold on the spot which doesn’t happen very often! I’m not kidding when I say, I actually went to the ladies while Mum was trying some on and when I got back my mother looked more fresh and beautiful than when I left. I had to try some for myself, and also instantly feel in love.

$51 is way more than I usually pay for a bronzer, but our generous mummy surprised us with our own…naughty woman!

We each got matched to our shade, and surprisingly I wasn’t the lightest! Mine is 04 Sun Blondes, shown here…

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We’ve had no buyers remorse as this baby has us looking radiant all day. Can you see the difference?

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(It’s even better in person:)

Usually bronzers last at least a year so we figured it’s actually quite cheap when you divide $51 into 365!

Also, (as mentioned before) we LOVE shopping at Nordstrom, especially with new expensive products it’s great to have the guarantee that we can return it at any time if we’re not happy.

On that note, have you local readers been noticing how Fashion Places’s Nordstrom has not been so great lately? We’ve totally switched to City Creek, way better customer service.

Anyhow…do you guys have any splurges we need to know about, do tell?!

NYC Prospect Park Pink Nail Polish

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Come spring I am dying to pull out my pink and coral clothes from closet hibernation. The same holds true for my toes! I have been obsessed with NYC’s Prospect Park Pink for the past few weeks.

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It’s the perfect blend of peachy pink and has my toesies excited for the months ahead. It dries in a rapid 60 seconds and cost only $1.99 at Target!

What colors do you gravitate toward this time of year?

Beauty: Mane n’ Tail Shampoo

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

I’m always on the hunt for great beauty products that won’t break the bank. When I notice someone’s pearly whites or luscious locks you bet I’m the first to ask what they use. My brothers are no exception to this, and last year I noticed Luke’s head full of curls looking a little fuller and bouncier. Luke shared his secret of this product for taming his curls:

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Yes, it can be used on our horsey friends, but is also fantastic for any hair type. I am in love with this product! I use it as a clarifying shampoo about once a week. It strips product build-up, brings body and life back to my hair and really does result in “shiny, manageable hair”. If you want your mane to look and feel like a superstar, you need to give it a try.

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Pick up a bottle of Mane n’ Tail on sale right now at Rite-Aid. You can also find it at Walgreens and Sally’s. Thanks for the beauty tip Lukey!

What is your favorite hair product?

Target Tuesday: Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Threshold ombre throw pillow $14.99

Red stipe pillow $19.99

Essie really red nail polish $7.79

Red ikat pouf $39.99

Huffy men’s cruiser $119.99

A favorite red notebook $2.99

Today we are hitting up Target with our sister, Helen who flew in town for a long weekend.  You can always rely on Target to hit the bulls-eye with Target-red Valentine’s loot! What are you loving at Target right now?

A Survivor’s Guide to January

Monday, January 28th, 2013

My goodness, I don’t usually get the ‘Winter Blues’, but this year I’m praying Spring shows her face early this year. Here are a few things that I’ve been loving this month, simple necessities to see me through.

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1. Nightly bath with gorgeous products: to warm up and relax

2. A cozy book: to take me somewhere else

3. Fluffy slippers: to keep me snug

4. Enticing Drama’s: to help entertain

5. Green smoothies: to make up for all the carbs!

What are your survival secrets?

Holler Dollar: Best Tweezers Ever!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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We haven’t done a holler dollar in over a month, have you guys noticed that many stores have upped their prices in their dollar sections? We’re not impressed.

However I eventually found a good buck to blog about…these Sally Hansen ‘Little Details’ tweezers have been my fave for years, but I’ve recently had a hard time finding them in my usual stores. I was ridiculously excited when I found them at the Dollar Tree, and for only a dollar…holler! (Usually $4)

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These are a must for any makeup bag and possibly the best dollar you’ll ever spend!

Christmas Beauty Shortcuts

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The number one thing I hate about doing my nails is how long it take for them to dry. I can sit idle for hours and still manage to smudge the polish (Yes, Mum I’m applying thin coats). Who has time for that this time of year?

This is the number one reason I’ve been in love with OPI’s Opening Night Champagne for several years:

It applies ever so evenly and is hyper-pigmented with it’s metallic, shimmery champagne color that it only requires one thin coat of polish (you can even skip the base and top coat). Five minutes to dry and I’m out the door for all the Christmas festivities. Perfect…

WRONG, the color has been retired and can only be found in England for $30!!!

What the heck? So friends, I’m in the need of a new one-coat metallic beauty, and any beauty shortcut tips, please.

Anyone else running around like crazy with no time to curl their hair?

Packing Tip: Cosmetic Grab Bag

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

In my early 20’s I worked for Clinique in England. I LOVED that job, mostly because I LOVE the products and all the freebies I received. At the time I traveled quite a bit and often without much notice, and that’s when I came up with my ‘cosmetic grab bag’. It’s simply my soap bag ready to go at any moment.

Today it’s still one of my favorite packing tips. Just having it ready and handy has proved to be very useful and a real time saver. It’s especially nice to have all new products ready and waiting; and as you can see I like the travel sized items from Bath and Body Works which are often free with coupons. Sometimes I get really nerdy and try and colour coordinate all my products, but hey it’s fun and festive. :)



Salon Anxiety

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This week I visited the salon for some much needed hair care before the the lil’ bro’s upcoming nuptials.

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I realized while sitting in that spinny chair of horror that I would much rather be in a gynecologist office than be in that chair…

I realized that I felt this way for three reasons:

  • #1 I feel my hair is “my one true beauty”, and I am putting that into a 20-year old, stranger’s hands!
  • #2 I work at an infertility clinic, so going for a doctor’s visit is quite normal for me.
  • #3 I once left a popular salon paying over $100 with pink hair.

No, it wasn’t supposed to be pink! it was supposed to be like Rapunzel’s or Sleeping Beauty’s, not Katy Perrys and now as a result, when that little blue bowl of bleach comes closer to my locks my heartbeat starts to raise.

Luckily, this time I am in the clear. I was in skilled hands and it turned out beautiful. But probably when I go next, the stylist will be gone and I will be back to square one.

Does anyone else feel like this or do I need to be medicated?