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Beauty Review: "Bring It Home Beauty" DVD

In an effort to cut back on beauty expenses, The Budget Beauty Babe reviews a how-to-do-your-own-hair DVD. —BB

by The Budget Beauty Babe
Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to see Confessions of a Shopaholic (great movie, I recommend it if you haven’t seen it) and it got me thinking: In what ways can women cut back in this economy in order to save some money? Like, reeeally save some serious cash?

A couple of years ago, when my own finances were particularly tight, I decided to start cutting and coloring my own hair. When I received really positive feedback about how my hair looked, I realized what a good idea it was, and I stuck with it. While this method of saving a buck may not be for everyone, I suggest toying with the idea at least for a moment to see if there’s a chance you can’t do at least one thing at home and save some cash.

Adam for MANGO Collection Now Available at Mangoshop

The new limited edition Adam Lippes for Mango collection is now available online. I've been a distant admirer of Lippes since he hit the fashion scene (ie., I like the look but don't own anything), so I was looking forward to this collab with Mango. Many of the pieces in this diffusion line are adorable, especially the dresses, but the prices are not cheap: A linen/cotton blend ivory skirt will cost you $79.90 while a purple trench will set you back $219.90. Guess I'll be stalking the sale section in a couple weeks. P.S. Does anyone else think Mango's website is a royal pain in the you-know-what to use? Wish they'd make it easier to browse, link to products, copy images. It's not blogger friendly at all. Anywho, get more details about the collection after the jump.

Today at Gilt: Winter Accessories Sale, Ben-Amun, Michelle Vale Handbags, Effortless Outfitting

Today's sales at Gilt Groupe include a Winter Accessories Sale (featuring hat designer-to-the-stars Eugenia Kim), Ben-Amun jewelry (and you thought Erickson Beamon for Target was expensive!), Michelle Vale Handbags, and Effortless Outfitting. All sales start today, Thursday 2/27 at 12 PM ET. Use this link to join the sales:

Look for Less: Nine West Lawrence Pump

At first glance, you might think you're looking at a pair of matching shoes, but you'd be mistaken: The shoe on the left is by Nine West, it's called the Lawrence Pump and it retails for $78.95 at The shoe on the right is available at Target (I should know, I bought them less than two weeks ago!), it's called the Pari by Mossimo and sells for $29.99. I really love this style shoe, it's subdued enough for the office yet fun enough for drinks after. And amidst a flurry of strappy gladiators and cage heels (many of which are undeniably fierce), this shoe doesn't scream trend whore. It just whispers, tee.

Left: Nine West Lawrence Pump, $78.85 at
Right: Mossimo Pari Sandal, $29.99 at