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Runway to Real Way: Balmain Fall 2008

Balmain isn't a designer I usually pay much attention to, but a recent post over at Who What Wear highlighted the designer's Fall 2008 collection in a way that got me excited to see more. Naturally, I wanted to see if I could find looks inspired by the glam/punk/rock'n'roll collection that were within my budget. With elements like plaid, zebra, metallics, fringe and lace aplenty, I discovered that injecting some of Balmain's edgy vibe into your own wardrobe is totally doable this season. Keep reading to see the goods!

Beauty Review: Ulta Automatic Eye Liner

The Budget Beauty Babe finds an eye liner that stays put, no matter where your mood swings might take you. —BB

by The Budget Beauty Babe
I must admit that I am usually biased against store-brand anything. This applies to makeup, as well as my cereal. But, for the sake of being fair (and following my success with Ulta brand nail polish) I decided to try out Ulta’s Automatic Eye Liner. All I can say is, I feel so stupid for waiting so long to try it! This stuff is just fantastic. It's automatic (always a plus, no sharpening), long-lasting (it seems to be smudge-proof even on the lower lid, which is an amazing feat in and of itself--I even tried rubbing it and nothing showed up on my finger!) and waterproof (good for those of us who watch too much Oprah and cry all the time). I picked up classic black, a lovely shade of teal blue, and raisin, a deep purple color that is an exciting addition to any fall makeup palette. After this eye-opening experience, I'll never doubt store brands again.

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Awesome Outerwear from Old Navy

Old Navy has something for everyone when it comes to affordable, stylish outwear. Classic trenches, puffers and peacoats will please your sensible side in neutrals like black, beige and white. Or, go for bold, bright colors to boost your mood when the weather takes a turn for the worse. (At these prices, you don't have to worry about growing tired of, say, a flashy fuschia or attention-getting green.) And, you'll have money left over for coordinating scarves, hats, and gloves. Keep reading for more of our favorite picks. Thanks to reader Alexandra for the tip!

[Above: Old Navy Pique Wool-Blend Coat in Beet Sugar, also available in Siberian Blue, Black, Green Envy. $89.50]