The Two Cent Chick

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Autumnal Hues! (#MonthlyMani)

EEEK! I cannot describe how much I love fall, but I’ll try to express my love through today’s #MonthlyMani: Autumnal Hues :)

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Love all things polish? You should join in #MonthlyMani, a monthly nail art link up. This month’s fantastic bloggers are:

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Angie from hashtagRANDOM
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement

Instead of the reds, oranges and golds I typically gravitate toward in the fall, I chose to go the dark, beautiful sky route using:

Fall Colors #MonthlyMani polishes

Essie Grow Faster Base Coat // Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Polar Purple // Love & Beauty Glitter Topcoat // Essie Matte About You

I was inspired by two pins:

Here’s what I came up with!

Autumnal Hues

I used the Essie Grow Faster Base Coat, followed by two coats of the Sally Hansen Magnetic Polish, followed up with the slightest bit of the Love & Beauty Glitter Top Coat on the tips of my nails and painted over it all with Essie Matte About You.

The gorgeous, deep matte purple in the first picture and the stunning purple sky with a scattering of stars just screamed autumn.

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The mani also goes great with the newest addition to my fall decorations (thanks to a sweet co-worker)!

Fall Colors #MonthlyMani

The magnetic polish is the very definition of cool: no two nails look alike!

What’s your favorite autumn nail polish color?

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Youthful, Glowy Skin with SOBO (Makeup-Free Me Week)

(This week is my own personal challenge of Makeup-free Me week. Here’s Day 2!) 

The number one reason I don’t leave the house without at least a little makeup? The current state of my skin.

I really hit the jackpot:

  • It’s sensitive
  • I have broken capillaries on my cheeks (aka I look like I’m permanently blushing. So cute! Not.)
  • I often have break out on my chin and forehead
  • I’ve got dark circles that look like I haven’t slept in days
  • It lacks that elusive “glow”

So makeup helps. Not to completely cover, but to balance out what I don’t like with what I want to enhance.

I shared my bargain skincare routine back in March, and though some products are here to stay, I do love to explore new brands.

Like this awesome product: SOBO Ultra HGF Youth Serum with Pure Seaweed Extract (FTC: I’m testing this product for free thanks to BrandBacker and SOBO). SOBO stands behind their all-natural, organic skincare with the following philosophy:

Made from the very best stuff on earth, SOBO skincare products are fair trade and made using only the purest, most wholesome ingredients under the sun. These ingredients also happen to be some of the most effective components available in skincare technology today.

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The claims:

  • Visibly Reduces the Signs of Stress and Fatigue
  • Gentle, Hypoallergenic Formula is Perfect for All Skin Types
  • Hydrates & Revitalizes Your Skin

Pros:

  • I’ve only been testing my sample for 7 days, but I’ve already noticed a more glowy appearance to my skin! Extremely hard to capture in a picture, but trust me when I say I can definitely notice a difference.

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  • Did I mention that SOBO products are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances, and more?
  • There’s little to no scent, which I always look for in my skincare.
  • The formula is lightweight! One-two pumps on your skin and a few seconds later it’s absorbed!

SOBO Ultra HGF Youth Serum

Cons:

  • The price. This is a bargain blog after all, and $57 for 1 oz is not exactly in my price range.

 

Overall, I’m very impressed by this youth serum. Since I’m only in my mid-20s, I don’t think I need to spring for a product like this yet, but if you’re in the market for a serum, you’re in luck.

Here’s a coupon code for 25% off your SOBO purchase: TRYSOBO

Note: Discount code does not expire and applies to entire first purchase. Not valid in combination with other coupons.

SOBO also offers an Ultra Age Repairing Cream with ResveratrolAge Smoothing Eye SerumEssential Moisturizing Cream and other cleansers, moisturizers and more!

Do you use serums? Have they improved your skin? 

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FTC: This was a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.

 


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Makeup-Free Me Week (and an eShakti Dress)

Maybe it’s because a new season will soon be upon us and I’m feeling inspired, maybe it’s because I’m a glutton for punishment or maybe it’s because I just like a challenge, but I’m going makeup-free this week on the blog!

The challenge this week was really inspired by Kristi from Alligator Toe and her makeup-free Thrift Style Thursday post a few weeks ago. Her message? Just be you! And that’s my goal!

You’ve seen me without makeup in my bargain makeup routine and bargain skincare videos, but pictures are a different story.


So I’m kicking off the week, with a gorgeous new dress sent to me from eShakti! Last fall, I shared three of my eShakti purchases (the Black Retro Poplin Shirtdress, Shawl Collar Chambray Dress and Belted Chambray Skirt) and now I’m showing off the Ditsy floral colorblock dress.

The one genius aspect of eShakti (besides the fact that eShakti offers clothing in sizes 0-36W) is the fact that they offer custom clothing. That’s right- you can literally type in your exact measurments and order a stunning dress, skirt, blazer and so much more!

I opted to choose a size close to my typical dress size and take advantage of other customization options. Here’s the standard dress without customization:

And here’s what my dress looks like:

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I added elbow length sleeves and chose the “above knee length” hem for my dress. And I couldn’t be happier with the results!

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That floral pattern, though. Can’t get enough.

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The dress is a bit low cut for my tastes (something I should have paid more attention to before choosing this dress), so I paired it with a scarf from Clothes Mentor.

The booties from Kohl’s are one of my favorites from last fall, making their return today!

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Well, this close up proves it. Makeup-free me!

eShakti “believes that all women have the right to wear affordable fashion that is made for them and makes them look their absolute best.”  Check out their Facebook page, Pinterest page and Twitter for real pictures of real women wearing eShakti, coupon codes and so much more.

P.S. Now is a great time to make an eShakti purchase. They’re offering their Buy 2, Get 1 free sale (sitewide) and there’s also a $25 coupon for new customers.

In conclusion, embrace you this week and always! Wear a pretty dress and don’t forget to smile :)

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How to Make Drizzled Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

I’ve written extensively before about how much I adore fall (including these dynamite lists: Why I Love Fall and Why I Love Fall, Part 2). Last year, I posted my favorite pumpkin recipes during my self-proclaimed Pumpkin Week, which you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be repeating this year!

But it’s time to kick off my favorite season a bit early with a must-make recipe: Drizzled Pumpkin Spice Popcorn. I guarantee your first batch will be gone before you can even say “Drizzled Pumpkin Spice Popcorn.”

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Unlike most of the recipes I find using Pinterest, this one came straight out of my noggin. It was inspired by an insanely expensive bag of Angie’s Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Flavored Popcorn (Angie’s is the maker of Boom Chicka Pop). Delicious? Of course. But worth the $4 price? Not for this bargain-hunting gal!

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I used my old standby recipe for kettle corn and transformed it into the perfect fall snack:

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Enough popcorn to cover the bottom of your pan
  • Sea salt (preferably)
  • Your favorite fall spices: Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon, etc.
  • White chocolate wafers + a little vegetable oil

1. Pour sugar, vegetable oil and popcorn into pan at medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved and cover. (It’s ok if there’s lumps)

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2. When popcorn begins to pop, move pan around in a circular motion above burner to maintain even heat. When you hear about 3 seconds in between pops, take the pan off the heat immediately. 

3. Pour the popcorn out onto a large pan (with tall sides, like a cake pan). Sprinkle on your salt and spices. I separated my popcorn onto two pans for even coverage:

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4. Melt your white chocolate + a little vegetable oil in the microwave. Drizzle over popcorn. 

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5. Inhale. 

 

As a comparison, Angie’s is on the left and my version is on the right:

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I had to consciously stop myself from eating the whole batch. It’s that good.

Let me know if you try this recipe, and more importantly, tell me your favorite fall recipes!

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

I’m so honored to have received my second blog award, the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Thank you so much to the lovely Joey and the Owl for nominating me!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

The Rules are…

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer ten questions.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate ten people

The ten questions:

1) What is your favorite thing in your closet?

Could there be a tougher question?! I’m going to be semi-specific and say boots :)

2) Heels or flats?

FLATS. FLATS. FLATS. I simply cannot do heels, as much as I’d love to. I’m happy with my height and I enjoy not tripping/falling flat on my face.

3) Where is your favorite place to vacation?

The Adirondacks. Quiet relaxation, no technology. Bliss.

4) Favorite childhood memory?

Camping trips with my family (see above)

5) What makes you unique?

I’m definitely am ambivert; pensive and sensitive at times and obnoxiously loud at others. I also have never sworn in my life (seriously).

6) What is your favorite family tradition?

Christmas Eve=going to Mass, the best darn homemade cheese puffs you’ve ever had in your life and being with my family.

7) What color do you think looks best on you?

Besides black, I gravitate toward shades of blue.

8) What is your favorite movie?

The Sandlot! I will never stop quoting that movie. It’ll be my favorite FOR-EV-ER.

9) Why did you start blogging?

I started The Two Cent Chick because I genuinely want to help my readers save money whenever possible (and if there’s laughing along the way, all the better)!

10) What are you scared of?

Spiders, sharks (and/or seaweed that feels like a shark grazing your leg. Same thing in my mind), haunted corn mazes, failing and bees.

 

I nominate:

Sandpaper Kisses

Alligator Toe

Being Zhenya

Fashion for Giants

Spoolish

Erika’s Style Diary

Slight Impression

Buttons and Birdcages

Sincerely Miss J

The Adored Life

 

My ten questions:

1. What three pieces of clothing define your style?

2. What TV show can’t you get enough of?

3. Which song will make you smile no matter what?

4. Most embarrassing moment?!

5. One beauty item you cannot imagine life without?

6. Book that you’d recommend to anyone?

7. What’s something you achieved on/because of your blog that you never thought was possible?

8. What blogger(s) would you love to meet in real life?

9. Favorite fall fashion item?

10. Who’s your celebrity style crush?

 

Thanks again Joey and the Owl!

 

 

 


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Pinterest-Inspired: Vest + Gingham for Casual Friday

Woohoo…it’s the final day of my week of Pinterest-inspired outfits AND it’s Friday! Click here to Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

For today’s look, I used another fantastic outfit from the stylish Bekah from Matters of Merrymaking.

Today’s inspiration: 

 

My interpretation: 

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Old Navy Cargo Vest // Van Huesen Gingham Shirt: Clothes Mentor // Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans // Claire Scrunch Flats: Payless // Aviators: Dollar Tree

I went for the boyfriend jeans instead of the skirt in honor of Casual Friday :)

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vest and gingham

And so concludes Pinterest-Inspiration week! I will definitely be doing a similar challenge sometime soon.

Have you challenged yourself when it comes to your wardrobe?

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Pinterest-Inspired: Blazer + Pleated Maxi Skirt

Holla for day 3 of my Pinterest-Inspired outfit challenge! Click here to see Day 1 and Day 2.

Today’s inspiration:

 

My interpretation: 

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 jcp Blazer: JCPenney // Sonoma Striped Top: Kohl’s // Jennifer Lopez Maxi Skirt: Kohl’s // Sonoma Booties: Kohl’s (last year)

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I wore this pleated maxi once before and I’ve been waiting for the right time to wear it again. What better time than a random September Thursday?

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