The Two Cent Chick

A bargain, thrift, beauty & lifestyle blog. Sharing my two cents to help you save yours!


Mad about Plaid! #ThriftStyleThursday

Do you deem certain patterns very “you”? That’s what plaid is for me. Aside from my #1 favorite pattern (polka dots), plaid is a classic that just won’t quit.

For today’s Mad About Plaid theme, I’m hittin ya with a double dose of the classic pattern in the form of a scarf (borrowed from my sister. That counts as thrifted, right?!) and a plaid shirtdress from thredUP.

P.S. I could not be more ready for fall. Can you tell?



L.L. Bean Plaid Shirtdress from thredUP // Scarf borrowed from sister // Sonoma Leggings from Kohl’s // L.L. Bean Bean Boots




Check out the other fabulous plaid looks:

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // Alligator Toe // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella // That Cheap B**** // Slight Impression


#MonthlyMani: Romance in Bloom

Romance in Bloom

Cue the awww’s because the fabulous #MonthlyMani girls and myself are celebrating National Romance Awareness month with the theme of “Romance in Bloom!”

I immediately thought of pinks, reds and creams as my color inspiration for this month’s theme, so I scoured Pinterest seeking the simplest yet most unique manicure I could create with that trio of colors.

I stumbled upon this marble water manicure  on the Julep blog and tested it out. Unfortunately, I’m less than thrilled with the results. My mani is a far cry from the beautiful marbled effect in the tutorial, but I’m glad I stepped outside my manicure comfort zone this month :)

#MonthlyMani Romance in Bloom 4


The colors I used were:

#MonthlyMani Romance in Bloom

China Glaze “Mediterranean Charm” 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro “Posh Pink”

Sinful Colors “Easy Going” 

Fall in love with the other #MonthlyManis: 

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Lanerbell from Just the Polish
Jacki and Leslie from Sistas from Cali
Megan from Eclecticity
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Angie from hashtagRANDOM
Brooklyn from thesparklinprep
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement


I’ve Used Up 111 Products In 2014!

I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve been finishing products left and right!

This year, my goal is to use up as many products as possible, and after this month’s total of 111, I just beat last year’s total of 104 products! Can I get a holla?!

On the other hand, I have bought several products but I still have not surpassed my goal of 10 or less products bought in 2014. Here’s what I bought so far:

I encourage you to still join in on Project Use Up! Leave a comment if you’d like to join in! Here’s products 89-111 that I used up:


89. Alberto VO5 Island Coconut Moisturizing Shampoo

90. Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Body Gel

91. Herbal Essences Body Burst Body Wash

92. Satin Care Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream


93. Redken Blonde Glam Shampoo

94. Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner

95. Organix Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Shampoo

96. Bath & Body Works Bali Mango Body Lotion (3 years old. Just finished. Feelin’ like a champ.)

97. Pantene Curl Defining Mousse


98. True Blue Spa Bronzing Self-Tanning Lotion

99. True Blue Spa Malibu Smooth Body Scrub

100. True Blue Spa Malibu Radiance Whipped Body Cream

101. The Body Shop Tree Tree Skin Clearing Toner


103. DevaCurl Light Defining Gel

104. Epielle Green Tea Cleansing Tissues

105. L’oreal OleoTherapy Deep Repair Mask


106. Almond Sugar Scrub

107. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC15)

108. Essie “A French Affair” Nail Polish

109. CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara (Hated this.)

110. Covergirl Professional Mascara

111. Bonne Bell LipLites in Cappuccino


Fellow Project Use Up participants: are you still making progress? Have you bought anything this year?


What Can I Say? I’m a Rebel.

As much as I’d love to think so, I’m no rebel.

But I do have my moments of nonconformity, like pairing chambray with denim. Perhaps this tends to be considered a faux pas because it puts “denim” (aka chambray) and denim together.

My sister, Meg, insists that these pieces should only be worn separately, never together. She also refuses to use the word ‘chambray’ because it’s too ‘fancy’ yet she sings ‘Fancy‘ like it’s her job. But I digress.

There are simply no rules when it comes to style! So rather than avoid this pairing, I actually tend to gravitate toward light chambray and dark denim. Fashion rebels unite!

P.S. I dyed my hair this week! See ya blonde and hello brunette!



Old Navy Chambray Shirt: Savers // Merona Jeggings: Target // Cutout booties: Old Navy // Red polka dot headband: Stolen from this dress 



I didn’t mean to, but I think with the new dark hair, red lips and headband I come off looking very Snow White!  And I’m totally ok with that :)


red lips

Check out my fellow sassy denim rebels this week!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // Alligator Toe // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella // That Cheap B****


Didn’t Buy These from eBay? You Probably Paid Too Much

As any penny-pinching gal knows, eBay is a goldmine for bargain treasures of all kinds. Specifically, beauty items (like the top three I mentioned in my Best Cheap Buys on eBay post).

And now I have two more gems to share that you should absolutely purchase from eBay for the best possible price!

Nail striping tape

Pro: I snagged 30 rolls of various colored nail striping tape for a mere $3.21! I’ve seen sets starting at 90 cents, so you too can pay a few bucks for 30 or more rolls of this fabulous tape.

Con: Mine came from Hong Kong so I had to wait about a month to receive my package. Totally worth the wait, though, because I can’t wait to try out some new manicures with these!

Metal Spiral Pins (aka imitation Goody Spin Pins) 



Pro: You know those genius spin pins that can help you create a flawless bun in seconds?! Well, I once had my very own set of name brand Goody Spin Pins and promptly lost them. So, I found the next best thing on eBay: 10-piece New Metal Spiral Spin Screw Pin Hair Clip Twist Barrettes. I paid $1.50 with free shipping! You cannot beat that! I’ve seen 2-packs of Spin Pins priced anywhere from $3-$7 at various stores.

Con: Just like the nail striping tape and so many other steals from eBay, these came from Hong Kong so the wait was about a month. But again, totally worth the wait!


Are there super cheap eBay beauty buys that I’ve yet to share?! Tell me all about it!





Influenced by India (Thrift Style Thursday)

I’m taking a cue from my blog friend Kristi from Alligator Toe (who shared her DIY pom pom athletic shorts for last week’s theme of mesh theme. Genius!) and showing up a new-to-me scarf from another blog friend, Nout, from Sandpaper Kisses!

She generously sent a few goodies my way, including this adorable snakeskin print scarf! There are snakes in India, right?! Therefore, I am (indirectly) influenced by India this week :)


Aviators: Dollar Tree (Yes, Dollar Tree)

Snakeskin print scarf: Gift from Nout

Sonoma Black top: Kohl’s

Worthington lace capris: JCPenney

Aerosoles Sandals: Kohl’s



See my fellow Thrift Style Thursday gals’ ‘Influenced by India’ looks!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // Alligator Toe // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella // That Cheap B****

Do you own any pieces that have that India vibe?! I’d love to hear about them!



One Direction Makeup Looks Collection “Up All Night”

Be still my teenage makeup-loving heart.

One Direction (aka the band I would be obsessed with if I was about ten years younger) is releasing a makeup collection “celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation.”  Set to release beginning August 11th at Macy’s, followed by introduction at other major retailers including Dillard’s and Lord and Taylor,  the three limited edition collections are reflections of the band: “fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness.”

I had the lucky opportunity to try out the “Up All Night” collection thanks to BrandBacker and Markwins. And what a seriously fun makeup kit it is!

One Direction Up All Night Collection

Several of these products are standouts, while others miss the mark:

Eye & Body Crayon in Stand Up (and stencils):

This crayon screams ‘versatile’ and could be used as a base for eyeshadow, eyeliner, in combination with the body stencils and probably more. The blue is a gorgeous cross between a dark cobalt and a light navy. I would definitely use this as an eyeliner for a pop of color!

stand up eyeliner


Eyeshadow set:

This is about the quality I expected from this kit: chalky eyeshadows with decent color payoff. The pink and light brown are the worst of the bunch; very little color payoff and they don’t really match the funky blues in the set. The blues are the standouts, with intensity that’s able to be built up to however sassy you’re feeling that night :)


Liquilights Glow Gloss in Taken:

Is it a bright, bold pink lip gloss you seek? Look no further than this glittery gloss. Perfect for a night out!

P.S. This is said to glow neon orange under a UV light. Bonus!



Lipstick in I Should Have Kissed You

The ideal base for the Liquilights Glow Gloss is this lipstick. Unfortunately, it lacks the smoothness and moisturizing properties of a typical drugstore lipstick. But for a matte Barbie/bubblegum pink, it does its job. Can’t you just picture the screaming tweens wearing this lip combo and singing right along with One Direction?!



Mascara in Little Black Dress:

Medicore (if not useless) products like this mascara are why makeup sets get a bad rap in the beauty world, especially collections like this that have mass appeal and are targeted at teenagers. The mascara does not add length or volume, just simply a darker color on the lashes and a bit of separation.

Nail Polish in Na Na Na

There’s something about this blue-green color that always catches my eye, but on a twenty-something like myself, it just comes off as immature. Plus, it’s not opaque even after three coats of polish and it took forever to dry. No thanks!

One Direction Na Na Na Nail Polish

Though this collection was hit-and-miss, I do like the way my makeup look turned out: 



Will you purchase one (or more) of these sets, said to be the “makeup release of the year”?


FTC: This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.


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