June 11, 2017

Vacation in a bottle…Pretty summer fragrances

summer fragrances

Ah, like the Bananarama song goes…”It’s a cruel, cruel summer…” (I totally just dated myself, but I love the 80s!) Fortunately the latest round of summer fragrances are tropical enough to transport you from your non-air conditioned living room or stuffy cubicle into a breezy, tropical paradise. The kind of paradise where your only worries are whether you have enough SPF on and why there isn’t an umbrella in your drink….(probably because it’s 9am on a Monday and your boss or kids would judge you…weirdos.)

Anyhoo, I have rounded up my favorite beauty products to use in the summertime, including several perfumes, body lotions, and a wash/scrub combo. The items below may smell like an expensive island vacation, but they are much more affordably priced (at $25 or less) so you can put more money in your real vaca fund!

Pretty summer fragrances

summer fragrances

Product details clockwise from top right:  Ulta Aloha Pineapple Body Butter $8,  Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Shower Gel $21,  Pink Fresh & Clean Vacay Body Mist $18,  Cliffside Coast Perfume Ocean Sea Salt $25, Me! Bath Summer Rain Shower Sherbet $19Watermelon Bath Bomb $4Pink Beach Flower Wash & Scrub $19,  Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Lotion $14, Bvlgari Aqua Marine Fragrance Spray $15.

June 21st marks the first day of summer but you don’t have to wait that long to slather yourself in the fresh, relaxing and tropical scents of summer. Mahalo!




Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a small percentage of each item sold- it does not change or increase the price of the product whatsoever. 

May 12, 2017

Easy wedding hairstyles you can do yourself!

easy wedding hairstyles

Depending on the bride, hair and makeup can be even more important than finding the perfect dress. To make sure they look their best on their special day, most brides book experienced and oftentimes, very expensive hair and makeup artists.  I was lucky enough to have my cousin Kendy, a truly talented hair stylist, do my hair for my wedding day. Because we were on a strict budget for the wedding, had my cousin not been available, I most likely would have ended up doing my hair myself.  To help other brides on a budget who are not fortunate enough to be related to a professional hair stylist, I have compiled a list of gorgeous and easy wedding hairstyles, along with easy step-by-step tutorials that make doing your own bridal “do” a piece of cake!

Easy wedding hairstyles

Most of these hairstyles can be worn anytime, not just at a wedding or special event. The trick to transforming a regular hairstyle into “wedding hair” is the accessories. Be it a rhinestone headband, birdcage veil, or a floral halo, accessories are the key to making a pretty hairstyle special event worthy. Below are a few of my favorite bridal hair looks, followed by a couple of super easy hairstyle tutorials from hair guru and beauty blogger, Kate Bryan.

easy wedding hairstyles

I love the casual elegance of this low messy bun with a loose crown braid. Like I mentioned above, this could easily be an everyday hairstyle, but add some bling or a sprinkling of baby’s breath, et voila, gorgeous bridal hair.

easy wedding hairstyles

Half up hairstyles are a great option for girls who aren’t used to wearing their hair up, but still want a style that is fancier than their everyday hair down style.

easy wedding hairstyles

This last look is perfect for the Bohemian bride. It’s romantic and free-spirited style would fit in perfectly with an outdoor or garden-themed wedding. Flowers and/or ribbons are a must for making this casual style appropriate for a special event.

Tutorials for easy wedding hairstyles

I’ve showcased Kate’s hairstyle tutorials on this blog before, but only because they are seriously so easy to follow, and this is from a girl who is all thumbs when it comes to hair.

Kate has tutorials for almost every kind of hairstyle you’d need for a pretty wedding do. The bow style below is one of my favorites, and would be perfect with a dress that had a low cut back.

So if you don’t have the money to hire a professional stylist for your hair on your wedding day DON’T FRET! Simply pick an easy style from the options above (or another pretty style from Pinterest) and hit up Kate’s Youtube channel for a detailed video tutorial that virtually walks you through recreating the wedding hairstyle of your dreams.

If you are in the market for some affordable but glamorous hair accessories check out these beauties below!

easy wedding hairstyles

Flower rhinestone bridal hair comb, $5.99

easy wedding hairstyles

David Tutera Birdcage veil, $13.84

easy wedding hairstyle

Peach rose crown halo, $8.99 (Tip: add in real flowers between the fake ones for a gorgeous floral halo at half the cost!)



April 26, 2017

Pretty spring makeup- a bright lip is it!

bright lip

Bright lipstick is my Holy Grail beauty product. When I’m in a hurry and I don’t have much time to do my makeup, I put on a bright lip color. Add some tinted CC cream and a swipe of mascara and BAM, I’m done! Ha-ha, just kidding… Like I would ever leave the house without concealer. My neighbors would think I inhaled bath salts and zombie-fide myself. But I digress… If you want to look polished, but don’t have time to painstakingly follow the twenty-something steps in your average Jaclyn Hill makeup tutorial, just throw on a bright lip. Of course, if you do have the time then, by all means, hit up Youtube and watch y’all some Jaclyn, she’s insanely gorgeous and her tutorials are the bomb.

So many women are afraid they cannot pull off a bright lipstick. They think it will draw too much attention to any flaws in their complexion or facial features. But while a bright lip certainly draws attention, it mostly does so to your mouth alone, which means it can actually help detract from a multitude of other sins. Keeping the rest of your makeup fairly simple means you can wear it during the day, even running errands or the office. Just add some winged eyeliner and you’re ready for a hot date, fundraising gala, red carpet event…

My bright lip picks

Below are the lipstick and lip glosses I use when creating a fab bright lip. All of them can be found at your local drugstore for under $10:

bright lip

I actually have this $5.99 Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle from NYX in both Pink Lace (above) and Pink Cloud, a pretty pale pink color. I use the Pink Cloud as a blush – it’s  a perfect dupe of the $40 YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Frivole Rose. That’s a $34 savings- insert virtual mic drop here.

bright lipThis gorgeous hot pink from L.A. Girl is called Bliss and reminds me a lot of the $17 MAC lipstick Fusion Pink, only it’s a much cheaper $3.99.

This glamorous red from the Rimmel Provocalips line has the greatest name, “Kiss Me You Fool”. Ah, if I had a nickel…It looks like the lip color Sienna Miller is wearing in the collage above. Bonus- it’s long wearing and only $6.99.

bright lip

I think this bright pink lip stain from J. Cat is pretty close to the bombshell shade Emma Stone is wearing here. Only I doubt she is wearing a $5.00 lipstick. Welllll, she could be…she seems like the kind of girl who wouldn’t poo-poo drugstore items. Unless of course she swallowed one. (Yeah, I went there…)

bright lip

This beautiful fuschia-red from Fiona Stiles is normally $16, but right now it’s on sale at Ulta for only $8.00. Most of the other lipsticks shown here are matte, but this Hydrashine lip color is creamier and glossier, while still delivering a brightly pigmented look.

I’d be remiss if I did not include the iconic Fire & Ice lip color from Revlon for $8.49. This orange-based red that first made its appearance in 1952 looks like it might make your teeth appear more yellow, but it doesn’t seem to do that to my less than snow-white teeth, and it is flattering on a variety of skin tones.

bright lip

And last but certainly not least, is this $7.99 Electric Pink from Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational line. Despite its name, it’s one of the most wearable brights in my makeup bag. Because it is a matte shade, the color is a muted bright making it appropriate for everyday wear. And, take it from a consummate lip licker (uh, my own, jeez), it lasts much longer than most long-wearing lipsticks out there.

So the next time you’re out of time, or the next time you need a pop of color to brighten up your makeup look, try one of these super affordable bright lipsticks above!





March 23, 2017

Hate the way you look? Watch this popular beauty blogger’s video!

popular beauty

I came across the video below on the YouTube channel of Stephanie Lange, a popular beauty blogger. I started watching her videos because she has terrible skin and hooded eyes and does some of the most amazing makeup tutorials to address these issues. I don’t have any alerts or notifications set for her channel, but the minute I saw the title of this particular video I had to watch it.

Stephanie wears a bit more makeup than I personally prefer, but I still think she is just gorgeous. This video showed me how beautiful (and wise!) she is on the inside as well. If you have ever woke up thinking you hate the way you look or ended up thinking that way after comparing yourself to others (people you know, social media influencers,  celebrities, etc…) then this video is for you!

Isn’t she great? And don’t you feel better after watching this? Yes and yes, right?! Be sure to share this post with any girlfriends or female family members you feel need a boost. #truebeauty #girlpower #momboss #sherules



February 9, 2017

Drugstore dupes of La Mer moisturizer

I recently saw a fashion blogger I am obsessed with adore, Kendi from KendiEveryday, include a La Mer moisturizer in her list of top 2016 products.  She admittedly did not just run out and purchase this insanely expensive cream on her own volition, it was gifted to her at a PR event she attended (luuhcky!!). But apparently, it worked so well she HAD to buy it despite its astronomical price.

Now, having online stalked followed Kendi for years I know she is not reckless with her money. She is a smart entrepreneur who has endured her share of financial highs and lows and would never buy a product this expensive just over hype. That being said, I still can’t afford this reputable but ultra-expensive cream. I immediately hit Pinterest, Makeup Alley and Google to search for drugstore dupes of La Mer products.

Drugstore Dupes that will save you hundreds

Below are the top two drugstore products that were recommended the most as dupes for La Mer Creme de la Mer. I tried both and prefer the Pond’s, but only because it has a slightly less rich consistency, otherwise both worked beautifully.

drugstore dupes

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream: I was introduced to this cream by a blogger and Youtuber I love, Rachel Talbot. Rachel’s skin always looks so glowy and flawless, and while you can edit photos on a blog, she also has beautiful skin on her Youtube videos, and there is only so much you can blur on video! The amazing thing with this dupe is, not only did Rachel like the Ponds cream as much as La Mer, she liked it better! The price difference is jaw-droppingly huge- a 3.4oz jar of Creme de la Mer is $465 (no, I will not get out) and you can get a 7oz jar of Rejuveness for around $11.

drugstore dupes

Nivea Creme:read a ton of reviews that recommended Nivea Creme as a Creme de la Mer dupe. Most of them pointed out how both products have a lot of the same ingredients. What is weird to me is that Nivea Creme is actually a body cream, so it’s really rich. Like buttercream frosting rich. But with an almost identical ingredient list, it more than qualifies as a drugstore dupe. Click here to get a gorgeous 13.6oz glass jar of Nivea for around $13.

Happy saving my Faking Fancy beauties!







January 9, 2017

The perfect winter skincare routine

I live in Colorado, where the humidity is pretty low year-round, particularly in the winter months. Lips get more chapped, fine lines become more pronounced…every part of your body that was slightly dry in the spring and summer now become positively parched. To help prevent my skin from looking and feeling like the Sahara desert every winter I worked hard to develop the perfect winter skincare routine. I looked for products that were not only effective but affordable. This girl can’t afford a $100 face cream and shoes food.

Winter skincare routine

Below are my favorite products for making sure my body is super-moisturized from head to toe!

winter skincare routine

Product details

Top row: Korea Moisture Your Face Mask $7.99, Dry Bar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask $15, Sephora Avocado Hand Mask $6, Middle: Baxter Hydrosalve Lip Balm $10, Bottom row: Shiseido Instant Fix Mask Eye Wrinkle Smoother $18, Boots Mediterranean Eden Luxuriously Rich Body Butter $9.99, Forever21 Botanical Choice Foot Mask $2.90.

I’ve heard beautiful women in their sixties and seventies with gorgeous skin claim their “secret” to a youthful glow was anything from vaseline to rice bran oil to $300 face serums. Personally, I think the secret is consistency. When you hear women like Jaclyn Smith and Christie Brinkley talk about skin care the one thing they have in common is a dedication and commitment to moisturizing, exfoliating and protecting their skin every day since their teen years.

Stick to a regular regime with products like the ones above and a brighter future (or at least brighter skin in the future) is yours for the taking!




January 5, 2017

Tutorials for quick and easy hairstyles

easy hairstyles

Are you tired of your hairstyle or lack of? Have you been wearing your hair in a ponytail for the past three months? If you answered yes to either of these questions (or to both like me), then this post is for you! I watched hours and hours of YouTube to find tutorials for easy hairstyles that were as simple as they were pretty. I can’t tell you how many tutorials with the term “easy” in the title involved a curling iron, a flat iron and six different styling products. Ummm, no. Next video…

Below are my favorite easy hairstyle tutorials, categorized by hair length:

Easy  hairstyles for short hair

These next two tutorials come from my favorite hair guru of all time, Kate at The Small Things Blog. She is so stinking cute, and an actual hairstylist she really knows her stuff. She started doing tutorials years ago when she had a shortish bob and now she has long hair, so she has a wide range of tutorials for various lengths. Her styles are all really pretty and her instructions are super easy to follow.

Easy hairstyles for medium length hair

Easy hairstyles for long hair



July 21, 2016

Genius makeup dupes with NYX products!

I looooovvve shopping for makeup.  Love, love, love it. Makeup stores are to me what New Year’s Eve is to most other people. A new start. A fresh beginning. The hope for something better..or at least the hope of finding the perfect nude lipliner… Places like Ulta and Sephora are just heaven for me. The bright colors, the pretty smells…and that’s just the sales people…

The downside to loving makeup for a frugal shopper such as myself is that you can spend $100 at most department stores or specialized makeup stores and STILL walk out with the teeniest, tiniest, ittiest, bittiest bag.  A bag that looks more at home on the arm of your daughter’s American Girl doll than in your hand.

drugstore makeup duplicates

I mean…jeez.

Genius makeup dupes

A few years ago I came across the NYX Cosmetics counter, and I have been obsessed with this high-quality, affordably priced makeup line ever since. Below are my top five NYX makeup dupes and their (more expensive) product counterparts. I dare you to make the switch if you are using one of the costlier products listed- and prepare to be amazed!


nyx dupes

Clockwise from top left:

  1. NYX Mood Lip Gloss $4.50 – duplicate of Smashbox O intuitive lipgloss $24.00
  2. NYX HD foundation $13.00 – duplicate of Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation $43.00
  3. NYX matte lipcream in Stockholm $5.99 – duplicate of MAC “Kinda Sexy” lipstick $17.00
  4. NYX Eyebrow Marker $9.99- duplicate of Anastasia Brow Pen $21.00
  5. NYX Photo-Loving Primer $14.99 – duplicate of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $36.00

The difference in the totals for the products above is $48.47 for the NYX, and $92.53 for the other brands. So let’s say you just replaced these five products with the NYX version, and that you had to repurchase them about every three months…you’d save $370.00 a year and look JUST as good!  Now, you will still probably end up with a tiny bag to bring these products home in, but now that small bag represents the much smaller price you paid for the same amount of products that do the same thing and look the same on. And that my Faking Fancy friends, is a beautiful thing.

drugstore makeup dupes

Amen Calvin, amen.




*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post- all opinions are based on personal experience.

January 18, 2016

Top drugstore makeup dupes of fancy expensive products

drugstore makeup

I love going to sites like Pinterest and Makeup Alley to find drugstore makeup duplicates of expensive department store makeup. Nothing makes me feel better than when someone compliments my makeup or my skin, except of course knowing that I paid way less than the average woman on that makeup!  Below are my top three drugstore makeup dupes of department store makeup items:

  1. Makeup primer
    drugstore makeup

    Photo courtesy of The Drugstore Princess

    I was buying the travel-size Hourglass Veil primer at $20 because I could in no uncertain terms afford the $52 full-size version. So I was downright ecstatic when I saw that The Drugstore Princess did a review of drugstore versus department store duplicates for makeup primers and found a duplicate of my adored Hourglass primer! And at $16, the NYX version is $36 cheaper that the full-sized Hourglass version!!!  Hello awesome budget beauty find- and THANK YOU Drugstore Princess!

    2. Lipstick

    drugstore makeup

    Photo courtesy of styleglam.com

    I am a lipstick whore hoarder, I have about three of them in every purse I own at any given time. I like to have options okay? What if I am in the grocery store wearing my every day pink and the local fire department pulls up for their weekly chili haul? Mama has to whip out her fiery vixen pink lipstick stat..I mean, I need to represent the neighborhood step-mom and represent well yo. To afford this many lipsticks, I have to keep the price at $10 or under.  At only $4, NYX Fig is a lovely duplicate to the more expensive MAC Chatterbox.

    And speaking of fiery vixen pink…

    drugstore makeup

    Photo courtesy of stayglam.com

    I love me a bright pink lipstick! It is so great when you have little time to get ready, but still want a glam look. The best part about a bright lip is you need little else in terms of makeup, just a swipe of mascara and some groomed brow -and BAM, instant glamour. I think Wet-n-Wild lipsticks run between $1-2 at my local Walgreens versus the $.93 Style Glam has in their photo above. But even at $2 it is $14 less than the department store counterpart, MAC Pink Poodle.

    Not into saucy brights? Then this lipstick should fit the (lowered) bill perfectly…

drugstore makeup

Photo courtesy of makeuploversunite.com

MAC’s Snob was one of my first MAC lipstick purchases, and of course when it ran out I just cried into a bottle of Jack and thought about selling one of my kidneys for another tube. Luckily, Revlon’s Pink Pout is an almost identical match (I actually like Pink Pout better as it is a tad deeper pink), and it is about $8 cheaper.

3. Foundation

drugstore makeup

Photo courtesy of TheBestbyDianneblogspot.com

I saved the best for last. The experts say if there is one thing you should splurge on, it is foundation. However, if you don’t have the money to splurge  on ANY makeup item then that advice isn’t very helpful. I splurged on foundation for my wedding because, well, it was my WEDDING, and I wanted a foundation that photographed well.  Makeup Forever’s HD foundation got the best reviews in the photogenic area hands down.  When I ran out of the MUF foundation I did not have another $40 to splurge, so I did some homework and found out that Revlon’s PhotoReady foundation is an almost exact match in terms of coverage, wear and sheen. And it is only $13 (and that’s without my typical use of a coupon or drugstore special!).

Need more help in finding a drugstore dupe of your favorite foundation? Check out the Drop Dead Gorgeous blog post below. Still need help? Try browsing through the Budget Beauty Babe blog. True to its namesake, it is an amazing resource for all things related to affordable beauty!

drugstore makeup

Photo courtesy of  ddgdaily.com


I hope you find this post helpful my Faking Fancy beauties! If you like the info in this post you’ll love my article on beauty school facials!





December 23, 2014

Easy homemade spa products!

easy homemade spa products

Homemade spa products are a not just great way to save money on beauty products; they also make really great gifts! Below are a few of my favorite easy homemade spa products- all of these items are super easy to make and will be appreciated by any woman in your life! Since all three of these items use similar ingredients, you can make multiples of ALL of three products for well under $25.  When you work out the cost per item, it turns out to be about $.025 per product – take that Sephora!

Easy homemade spa products

For Christmas year I made a lovely trio of homemade lip sugar scrub, tinted lip balm and cuticle butter, which I packaged in some connected screw top bead storage jars that I found at a local craft store. You can also package separately in cute little tins or jars that can be found at many healthy food stores or at online retails like this one. There are four ingredients in all three recipes that might not already be in your cupboard: sweet almond oil, Shea butter, beeswax, and fragrance or essential oil. The other ingredients most people have in their pantry already: brown sugar, white sugar, honey, coconut oil, a tube of lipstick or lip balm…

The tinted balm and cuticle cream give you the option of adding a fragrance or essential oil to make them smell pretty. I already had some essential oil of rose from a homemade face serum I make for myself, so I added that. If you do not already have an essential oil or can’t afford to buy one you could add vanilla or coconut extract to give it a yummy smell. And the recipes are super simple too, no double-broilers or other fancy equipment needed!

easy homemade spa productsAs you can see from the picture on the right, I also made some relaxing “Ocean Spa” bath salts. Aside from the “Ocean Breeze” fragrance oil I had to order online for about $3, the other two items were all in my cupboard already- blue food coloring and Epsom salts. And the best part? Not only is this recipe incredibly cheap to make, it is insanely easy. Just throw about 3-4 cups of Epsom salt in a big bowl, add 2-3 drops of food coloring based on your fragrance oil, and then 4-5 drops of fragrance oil. Mix it up until the fragrance and coloring are evenly dispersed and spoon into little baggies. I simply used the cheap, twist-tie sandwich bags and tied them with matching colored ribbon. I literally think the cost of each bath salt bag is like $.15 per serving. And people LOVE them. I always make enough for leftovers because nothing beats a lovely, light blue bath that smells like a high-end, seaside spa!

Giving gifts that inspire women to take a time out and take care of themselves makes me happy. No matter what we have going on in our lives, we should always make time for a little “me time”, especially around the holidays. Whether it is a babysitting coupon, homemade truffles or a tinted lip balm, homemade gifts made from the heart spread the joys of the season like no other.



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