All posts by Chelsea Pech

High Fashion, Low Maintence: Scandit App Lets You Shop and Save

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Shopping around for the best price can be tedious and time-consuming, and even when you shop smart, it’s hard to tell if you got the best deal.  Luckily, one phone application makes finding the best prices as easy as point, click and shoot.

Scandit, a free application now available on the iPhone and Android phones, displays a full range of prices for products just by scanning the product’s barcode right on your mobile phone.  The application pulls prices from all retailers and websites carrying the product at lightning fast speeds, so you can buy at the best price anytime, anywhere.  The Scandit application even allows you to save items you want to keep an eye and find out when the best piece is available.

Using Scandit, I found out I overpaid at the drugstore for my Sally Hansen nail polish strips.

I paid $9.99, and Scandit shows the product is available for the best price at Harmon Face Values for $8.29.

Check out the Scandit video and see how this amazing application works!

Photos: Cover – Scandit; Bar code – Sergio Roberto Bichara; Phone screen grabs – Chelsea Pech/BeautyXpose

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: The Second Hand Wardrobe

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Imagine getting these $690 Ferragamo boots for only $25!

Looking good on a budget is always a challenge, especially now, during the worst recession our country has seen since the Great Depression.  But this is certainly no reason to be depressed.  There are tons of ways to save and look great.  You just need to know the right places to look for the best deals.

One outlet no budget fashionista should ever overlook is second hand shopping.  Textile artist and professional speaker Cheryl Gorn literally wrote the book on second hand shopping (The Second Hand Wardrobe) and is on a crusade to dispel any misconceptions about the shopping trend.

“We have this thing in our heads that the clothes are going to turn you into a poor person.” Says Gorn.  “The stigma is just ridiculous.”

Gorn started second hand shopping years ago when she had no extra income to spend on clothing.  A friend in even worse financial straits than her took her to a thrift store.  The excursion became fun when Gorn and her friend started pulling the worst clothing off the rack and joking with each other.  Gorn did not leave empty-handed though.  She bought a t-shirt for just 75¢ and says she wore it until there was nothing left.  Gorn wrote her book as resource for those who don’t have a thrifty friend like she did to drag her to a second hand shop.

There is no better time than now to go second hand shopping, according to Gorn.  Since international trade agreements opened up, most of what Americans wear is made overseas, where production and labor are cheap.

You never know what treasures are in there!

“People own a lot more stuff than they used to,” says Gorn.  “Their closets are bursting and you can’t keep buying clothing without having to get rid of some of it.”

If your closet is bursting at the hinges, consignment is a great way to make some extra money off clothes you haven’t worn in years.  A consignment store will take your lightly worn items and sell them at a discounted price.

“If they sell it, they will give you a percentage of what they make,” says Gorn.  “It is usually an even split, but can also be 60/40.”

Gorn has seen some amazing items in consignment and thrift shops.  It is not uncommon to see unworn clothing with the tags still on or mint-condition designer duds for super cheap.

“The fun thing is going to a thrift store and finding those choice items and paying almost nothing,” says Gorn.  “I found a beautiful pair of Ferragamo boots last week for $25 at a consignment store.”

There is more to second hand shopping than personal financial benefits.  It is a very eco-friendly way to shop and also sends a strong message to the fashion industry.

“When you shop used, you’re ignoring what the fashion industry is saying you should be wearing,” says Gorn, “You’re making your own style statement.”

Photos: Ferragamo; Elvis Santana (thrift store)

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Royal Hats

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Once you got over how drop dead gorgeous Kate Middleton looked at her Royal Wedding to Prince William you probably noticed the events biggest fashion trend: hats.  Everyone from Victoria Beckham to Queen Elizabeth was rocking some head wear, and some of these ladies were really working it.  You don’t need to go all funky with Phillip Treacy a la Princess Beatrice, but there are some amazing hats for this spring and summer.  I recommend you pick one up before the Kentucky Derby this week, the ultimate hat showcase.  Check out some of my suggestions below.

1. John Robshaw Floppy Hat – Lucky Brand: $39.50

John Robshaw Floppy Hat

2. Polka Dot and Corsage Fascinator – ASOS: $25.10

Polka Dot and Corsage Fascinator

3. Face Framing Cloche – Target: $12.99

Face Framing Cloche

4. Bow and Feather Derby Hat – White House Black Market: $68.00

Bow and Feather Derby Hat

5. Round Crown Cloche – Target: $12.99

Round Crown Cloche

6. Gatsby Straw Hat – Ralph Lauren: $38.00

Gatsby Straw Hat

 

What do you all think about the hat trend?

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Floral Accessories Under $20

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Spring is in the air, and flowers are everywhere.  Floral sundresses are the ultimate spring wardrobe staple, but there are more subtle ways to show your flower power.  Floral jewelry and accessories are cute and can be super cheap.  Pair a floral purse with a solid tee and jeans or a floral hair clip with a chic dress.  Check out some of the great floral items I found for this season.  Bonus: They are all under $20!!

 

Merona Straw Fedora, $12.99, Target

Faceted Floral Ring, $5.80, Forever 21

Multi Flower Hair Clip, $4.99, Urban Outfitters

 

Flower Earring Trio Set, $12.50, Torrid

Lulu Floral Print Infinity Scarf, $18.00, Nordstrom

 

Epoxy Floral Necklace, $10.00, Wet Seal

Scarf Print Tote, $16.99, Old Navy

I Heart Floral Sunglasses, $10.50, Delia’s

Filigree Floral Cuff Bracelet, $14.00, Kohl’s

 

Skinny Floral Belt, $14.34, Asos

 

High Fashion Low Maintenance: NARS Summer Classics

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Summer is the season to go bright.  Hot pinks, electric blues and neon yellows are super cute and so in right now.  Always up-to-date, NARS introduced their Summer 2011 collection, full of this season’s brightest and best tones, along with classics that always make summer sizzle.  Check out some of the line’s best products in my favorite summer shades.

Duo Eye Shadow in Scorching Sun, $33

This fruity summer duo in glazed apricot and orange gives eyes a chic summer glow.

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Paladium, $24

Line your eyes in this turquoise and silver glitter pencil to make your eyes pop.

 

Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, $25

Bright, hot pink lipstick makes a bold and sexy statement.

Lip Gloss in Wonder, $24

This mandarin orange gloss infused with pink and gold glitter is as gorgeous as a summer sunset.

 

Nail Polish in Bad Influence, $17

With all these bright shades on your face, try out a nude nail color.

Photos: NARS

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Truth Art Beauty

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Want to design your own beauty products made of the freshest organic ingredients? Um, YES!!

Truth Art Beauty gets your creative and organic juices flowing with its online service that lets you customize the fragrant and fruity ingredients you want in your beauty products.  With an endless array of possible combinations, you can design your own or shop Truth Art Beauty’s amazing recommended blends.

There are four different natural products available to design on Truth Art Beauty.  The Eye Balm is designed to gently care for your most delicate skin:

And the Face Nourish spray keeps skin hydrated and healthy, not greasy.

The Body Salve spray can be used on skin all over your body, as well as the exfoliating and nourishing Body Buff.

With ingredients like oils from apricots, macadamia nuts and raspberries, your products will sound good enough to eat, and will be purely nourishing for your body.  Truth Art Beauty is committed to provided only pure, natural and organic products that are certified good for your skin.

Truth Art Beauty promises there is no way to make a wrong combination, and if you don’t like your customized product, they offer a full refund.  These customized products make amazing gifts, and right now, the site is offering free shipping on purchases over $50.

Photos: Truth Art Beauty
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes

Sticky Fingers: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Sally Hansen’s new Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips are an easy and creative way to show off fun nail designs.  The strips are stickers, which easily apply to nails with no dry time.

How it Works

Once you place the sticker on your nails, just use the nail file included in the packaging to file away the excess strip to fit your nails.  The stickers are made of actual nail polish and can be removed with nail polish remover.  Each package contains 16 strips to account for any mistakes you may make or any chips and nicks you sustain.

The nail strips feel sturdy on nails and definitely strong enough to last 10 days or even longer.  No dry time means you can do anything with your hands just seconds after applying the strips.  Salon Effects strips look so much like real nail polish most people think you are a super skilled nail artist.

My favorite thing about these strips is the awesome array of 23 design and color options to chose from.  I have attempted some creative nail designs on my own and I cannot even do a French without professional help.   Sally Hansen Salon Effects offers designs even the most talented manicurists can achieve.  Some options are leopard print, camouflage, hounds tooth and lace.

Check out these photos of the nail strips I tried out in the multicolored pattern, Collide-o-Scope.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish in Collide-o-Scope

 

Close up of Sally Hansen Collide-o-Scope

Photos: Chelsea Pech/BeautyXpose

Give Heels a Rest with Kushyfoot Flats To Go

To many girls, heels are a necessary part of life.  Sure they are uncomfortable, hard to walk in and sometimes even painful, but they make your legs look longer and leaner and give you a powerful four-inch height boost.  Beauty is full of sacrifices and since we refuse to give up our stilettos, we deal with unsightly blisters and super sore heels on a regular basis.

Knowing that a workday or night on the town is not complete without the appropriate high-heeled footwear, the experts at Kushyfoot developed a product to make your day or night a lot more comfortable.  Kushyfoot’s Flats To Go give your feet a relaxing and fashionable break from your dreaded high heels.

These flexible and soft, faux leather flats fold up tightly to fit even in the smallest purses.  With an elastic back, they slip easily on and off to relieve your feet from those horrible heels.  I tried out a gold pair of Flats To Go while on a Spring Break trip to Las Vegas.  I sported them while walking on the strip, heading to a different casino and then swapped them for my heels when I arrived at my destination.  They looked like cute and inconspicuous ballet flats — nowhere as cute as my black pumps, but definitely worth traveling comfortably.

The Flats To Go sole felt like heaven to my feet on the walk back to my hotel after a long night dancing on four inches of extra height.  The wavy sole cushions and massages feet, healing my toes, which had been scrunched in almond-toed pumps.  The flats fold up so neatly, I did not expect them to supply enough cushion to my ailing feet, but they are textured just right to supply ample comfort.

I am skeptical to how long these flats will hold up since I am walking some rugged, city streets, but only wearing them for short bouts will help them last.  They are a definite must-have for every vacation.

Kusyfoot Flats To Go are available at retailers nationwide or at kushyfoot.com.  They are reasonably priced, ranging from $3.49- $9.99.

Photo: Kushyfoot
Disclaimer: Product furnished complimentary for review purposes

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Ulta Sale

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Nothing gets me more excited than a killer sale — literally, nothing.  Right now Ulta is running a sale with some of their best deals to date.  You can stock up on some of your favorite beauty items for super cheap and even get free shipping.  The site’s “2 for” deals lets you pick and choose items for as low as $2 each.  Check out my favorite duos in each price category and pick your own before the sale ends.

1. Metallic Automatic Eyeliner & Glitter Nail Laquer –  $2 each

Embrace two of spring’s hottest beauty trends with this cool metallic liner and glitter polish a la Katy Perry.

2. Eye Base & HydroShine Lip Gel – $3 each

Use this primer to keep your eye shadow from fading or flaking.  This gloss comes in a tangy, orange shade Papaya, perfect for summer.

3. Eye Shadow Quad & Eye Crayon – $4 each

Chose the set of four shadows that best compliments your or an eye crayon in one of twenty colors.

4. Color Instincts Foundation & Incognito Concealer – $5 each

This amazing foundation goes on white and adjusts to blend into your skin tone and this concealer is great for spot-on blemish treatment or diminishing under-eye circles.

What do you think? Will you be scoring big at the Ulta sale?

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Stock up on Sun Protection

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Ever since the thermometer hit above freezing, I cannot seem to get summer off my mind. Since everyone’s favorite season isn’t here just yet, there is still time to stock up on some summer necessities.  As always, the number one accessory for summer is SPF.  The sun is about to get stronger and it is never to soon to start using some sun protection.

Check out some of my favorite summer sun products below.  You will not want to step out in the sun without some of these in your beach bag.

1.  Supergoop Everyday UV Slim Travel Tube, $12

Not only does this slim tube travel well, but it also offers powerful UV protection and unbeatable moisture.

2.  Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes, $34

Not a fan of goop?  Supergoop offers quick and easy sunscreen wipes, specially formulated for sensitive skin.

3.  Sephora Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer, $21

Protect you skin from the powerful summer rays and the dry summer heat with this SPF 20 moisturizer.  You can even deepen your tan with one of five shades.

4. Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother, $6.99

The skin on your lips is extra sensitive, but you can get a great gloss and sun protection with this lip soother.  It is available in six summery colors and an array of fruity flavors.

5.  Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, $35

Accidentally take in too many rays?  Reverse come of the damage with this vitamin-enriched powder designed to prevent premature aging.

 

6.  Warren-Tricomi Protect Organic Hair Shield, $15

Everyone knows it is important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but the summer sun, surf and chlorine can do just as much damage to your hair.