Pin-up Hair, Makeup and Clothing…on a budget!

Hello lovely ladies!

If any of you have ever dabbled in the “pin-up” craze; but don’t have the funds to furnish that wardrobe, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Rockabilly/pin-up clothing can be expensive, but luckily for you, I have found ways to successfully create the look without the expense. All items I’ve posted are under $40. I have also added a video that will show an easy pin-up makeup & hair combo that anyone can do!

Firstly…your staple “pin-up” items

1. High-waisted jeans

You can purchase high-waisted jeans in a lot of stores. What you’re looking for is; flat color(no shimmer, sparkle or fading), no tears or embellishments (unless we’re talking buttons),tight fitted, ankle length or pedal pushers. You can even roll up these jeans at the bottom and it looks awesome!

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http://www.gojane.com/80360-bottoms-high-waisted-skinny-jeans.html

2. High-waisted shorts

The key to these shorts are that they should be: short but still “lady-like.” Meaning, short but not so short that you have to continually pull them down to cover your tushy. Feel free to go with patterns and bright colors. Just again, no tears or fading. Also, shorts don’t have to be tight 🙂

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/230340487/vintage-polka-dot-shorts-high-waist?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_search_query=polka+dot+shorts&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

3. Feminine blouse

I tend to wear…tight fitting with loose fitting. So if I’m going to wear a loose blouse, I will wear it with tight pants and vice versa.

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tight shirt blouse

http://www.rainbowshops.com/Sweetheart-Mesh-Crop-Top/1303058753942,default,pd.html
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4. Cardigans

The trick with cardigans is that…again, they be tight and short. Bold colors and prints are perfect!

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http://www.modcloth.com/shop/cardigans/the-dream-of-the-crop-cardigan-in-red

5. The pencil skirt

These should be tight and high waisted. They should always hit at or below the knee.

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http://www.rainbowshops.com/Dot-Print-Pencil-Skirt/1062020623445,default,pd.html

6. Something leopard

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Trustworthy-Sexy-Blusas-Femininas-Crop-Top-Leopard-Camisole-Shirt-Women-s-Tank-Tops-Vest-Tank-Tops/32242252001.html

7. A beautiful vintage dress

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Women-s-Sailor-Nautical-Pinup-Rockabilly-Vintage-Retro-Pencil-Dress-D03544-45/32262836046.html

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-Novelty-Ball-Gown-Vestido-De-Festa-Women-UK-Rockabilly-60s-Dress-To-Party-Evening-Plus/32243645227.html

8. Some classic pumps

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Bid-size-34-43-women-pumps-2014-thick-heel-high-heels-open-toe-wedding-shoes-woman/1897749800.html

There you have it. Check out the video below to see me put the pin-up hair and makeup into action. I had to cut a lot of it, turns out I talk a lot.

Money Saving Tips of the Week for Thrifty Mom’s

Hey ladies!

Firstly, I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in a while. Between potty training, working and my new statistics class, I’m being stretched really thin. I will try to get caught up on my posts within the next few days! 🙂

Also, thank you for all that follow me! I recently got 60 likes and I am pretty excited about that!

So, without further adieu…here are this weeks money savings tips

♥ 1. Download the Cartwheel App immediately

If you are a Target shopper but don’t have time for the whole coupon clipping stuff or the hassle of a rebate program, this will become your new best friend! It is a Target app that will allow you to bundle their digital coupons right from your cell. You just hand your phone to the cashier with the bar-code up and poof; all savings are deducted.

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♥ 2. Save your samples

When you leave the dentist’s office with your grown woman “goodie bag” of toothpaste and such, what do you do with it? I hope you keep it! Designate a drawer in your house for all things sample and trust me, you will use these babies if you’re organized with them.

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♥ 3. Cut the cable in rooms that aren’t often occupied

Do you have a den in your house with a TV in it that has been used a whopping 3 times? Cut that TV, get yourself a Chromecast, AppleTV or a Roku and use that Netflix you pay for every month!

You can even take this a step further and cut Cable out of your house all together! I have been living without Cable or Satellite for the last year and a half. I have a variety of devices throughout my house; Chromecast, digital TV antenna, a couple Roku’s and also an amazing App that you can download called Sling TV. It’s the first Live, legal television that streams online. For $20 a month, you get stations like ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Disney Channel, the History Channel and more!

Right now, they are offering promotions for a Free Roku Streaming Stick, 1/2 off Roku3 and Free Fire TV Stick! The quality is awesome if you have fast internet.

https://www.sling.com/

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♥ 4. Subscribe to promotional emails for your favorite places and companies

So maybe this one isn’t everyone’s favorite because those emails can end up taking over your Inbox but if you make yourself another email account strictly for promotional emails, you won’t be sorry. Let me just show you some of the email’s I got this week…

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♥ 5. Got gift cards?

If you have old gift card’s that are still valid and you’re not really looking to use them any time soon…sell them! I have done this numerous times and my favorite site is Cardpool. You just go into their site, enter your card’s information along with the balance and mail it off. They send you the money really quickly as well.

http://www.cardpool.com/

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♥ 6. Buy gift cards

So this might seem redundant but buying previously owned gift cards from a reputable company is pretty awesome. Purchase where you frequently shop and you can get instant savings. Currently on GiftCardRescue.com, you can get a Vons gift card for 10% off.

http://www.giftcardrescue.com/

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♥ 7. Thinking there is nothing left in your fridge to make dinner?

You could be wrong. Check out SuperCook, you simply include the ingredients that you already have and it will find you a recipe to match! Don’t run out to the store just yet.

http://www.supercook.com/#/recipes/All%2520recipes

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Ok, so just 7 tips for this week. I can’t give you all my secret’s at once!

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Makeup Haul!

I have been waiting patiently for this to come in the mail. I’ve been stalking the mail man since I found out that it’s been shipped. As I’ve said before, I don’t splurge unless I love the products. I love Younique products and they just came out with a few new products I had to try! I made the money conscious decision of purchasing a Collection because I calculated my savings.

Let’s get right into it!

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So what was inside? Only all these amazing products!

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  1. Moodstruck 3D Fiberlash Mascara
  2. Lip Pencil (I got Primal shade)
  3. Eye Pencil (I got Proper shade)
  4. One fantastic sharpener
  5. 2 Mineral pigment eye shaddow’s (I got Awestruck & Provoked)
  6. Mineral Touch Pressed Powder (Taffeta shade)
  7. Stiff Upper Lip Stain (I got Sultry shade)
  8. Beachfront Bronzer (Sunset shade)
  9. Amazing Younique makeup bag that has built in pockets for your brushes

First, I pretty much started with a blank canvas. Just concealer and primer.

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Next, I only used the Mineral Touch Pressed Powder and the Bronzer. I was really happy with the texture and coverage of the powder. It was very soft! The bronzer had a little shimmer but not too much.

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Next, I started playing with the mineral pigments. I kind-of expected an explosion of powder when I opened them but the powder was not as loose as some of the cheaper brands I’ve tried.

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Next, I applied some eye liner and regular mascara…

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Then, I did something awesome…I used my 3D Mascara! I also applied a neutral lip. I’ve been using this 3D Mascara for a while and it’s my favorite. All my girlfriend’s use it and all my colleagues at work. Everyone is hooked on it! It literally makes your lashes look so much longer and it’s water resistant!

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Finally, I wanted to check out the Lip Stain but it would be too much together with my eye makeup so I wiped that off. Be warned though, this is a lip stain; it will stay exactly wherever you put it! I also used my Lip Pencil. Younique lip pencils are great. If you get a neutral color, you can use it all over your lips and NEVER re-apply during the day.

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One of my favorite part about shopping at Younique is their Monthly Kudos. This month, when you spend $75, you get $10 Y-Cash! That’s pretty awesome.

If you like this set, it is called Show Stopper and the link to order is below.

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https://www.youniqueproducts.com/rachaelwalter

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Think before you splurge…

So, If you’re like me, you power walk past Sephora in an attempt to avoid some outrageously expensive product from catching your eye. Now, many of these products are absolutely fabulous, but there are some things you need to consider before splurging.

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1. How long is this product going to last you?

Look at the fluid ounces and check the instructions. So many times I have bought a new product that looked like a decent sized bottle only to see that the fluid ounces weren’t any more than my old product. If the instructions indicate to apply generously, then you can also assume the product will get used up quickly.

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2. What do the reviews say about it?

With our access to internet directly from our purses, there is no excuse anymore not to do your homework when purchasing a pricey product. Take a quick look at Amazon or look up good blogs about it. In some cases, you can scan the product. Just because your friend adores a product, doesn’t mean that you will. Everyone’s skin is different but if 100 consumers have rated a product well, you might just love it.

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3. Check your prices

This goes along with checking reviews online, it’s easy to price check products online. Be careful with distributors that you haven’t heard of before. There are a lot of “knock off’s” of high end makeup and products.  Some are even sold on the internet at a discount because they have expired. Because the US doesn’t require that manufacturers of beauty products label an expiration date, you could essentially be purchasing a product that is a year old. Scary!

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4. Check your Inbox

Before you go out to the mall or rush onto a website to purchase an amazing product, check your inbox. If you are on company’s emailing list, you might find a special promotion or discount. So many times, I have purchased a beauty product only to find a 10% off coupon in my inbox. Don’t do this! Those emails get annoying but they can save you money if you pay attention.

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5. Ask if the store you are purchasing from, offers any samples or promotions

If you’re going to drop $50-$80 on a face lotion, see if they offer any samples of it first. You might hate it or you might love it, but at least you will know right off the bat. Sometimes store’s offer rewards for your purchases, ask what they are. While you’re at it, ask the associate if they expect your product to go on sale soon!

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6. Ask about the return policy

If the store you are purchasing from has a no return or exchange policy, run! I’m always a bit skeptical about companies that say they have a return policy but only if the product is unopened. How can you find out if you like it?!

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7. Make sure you will actually use the product

If you’re purchasing it and saying to yourself, “Oh yes, I’ll use this in Vegas when I go next.” That might not be for a while, and it might have expired by then. Wait until you actually need the product, you might have found a better one by then anyways. If you open up your cabinets in your bathroom and you see a ton of products that you’ve hardly ever touched (like most of us) you really need to be smart when it comes to your purchase.

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And there you have it, I try to keep my splurges to every 3-4 months out of the year. This way, I know I’ll appreciate my new purchase. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I just look at the bottles for a little while, admiring them.

Enjoy and happy shopping!

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