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Win Cool Stuff: $200 Anne Klein Gift Card

And the winner is… #107 Gabrielle Smith! Congrats to our winner and thank you to everyone who entered.

Please note: This contest is now closed.

Anne Klein just launched an online sweepstakes where one person will win a luxurious 5-night getaway to the El Dorado Royale Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. In honor of this sweepstakes launching, the lovely folks at Anne Klein are giving away a $200 Anne Klein gift card to one lucky Budget Babe reader! I was browsing their site earlier and saw some amazing coats under $200 (love this herringbone walker) that you could definitely scoop up, should you happen to win…

To enter, drop me a comment describing your ideal winter getaway. Make me wistful, ladies!

Contest Details:

  • Contest ends Thursday, November 5th at 12 noon EST. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, November 6th.

  • Open to readers ages 18 and older, living in the continental US

  • One entry per reader

  • Be sure to add info(at) to your email safe list so you can be notified if you're the winner.

Off the Rack: More Fall Shoes at Target

Classy ankle booties you can wear with skirts or pants.

Here are some of the latest highlights from the shoe department at Target. Expect to see some fun new ankle booties (shown above), as well as knit faux-fur booties (not pictured), snow boots (also not pictured) and new Frye knock-offs (keep scrolling!). I'm waiting for the Carlos Falchi collection to hit before I buy any more cheap shoes, but the Frye look-alikes were especially tempting. Anyone own any of these styles?

Distressed faux-suede high boots. Edgy with a feminine shape. Loved these.

I need a pair of dressier, pointy-toe boots to wear with dresses. Could these be the ones?

Beauty Review: freshMinerals Super Volume Mascara

Beauty Review: freshMinerals Super Volume Mascara

freshMinerals Super Volume Mascara, $10.00,

The Budget Babe's beauty expert Kiki Bella reviews a new mascara, compliments of freshMinerals. —TBB

by Kiki Bella
Here's a fantastic product that works well and looks great: Super Volume Mascara by Fresh Minerals. First off, this mascara just looks super cool. It comes in a sleek metallic tapered tube that has a great feel to it. It will definitely make any makeup bag a little prettier. The mascara itself also is fantastic. It goes on well and has amazing, no-clump abilities. My lashes looked like they were scared to go near each other, it separated them so well! Beautiful rich color, easy to get off (yet didn't smudge)—a definite pick-up.

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New Designer Sample Site: Row Nine

There's a new designer sample site in beta called It's an invitation-only private sale where you can save 30-80% off the finest luxury brands. (Translation: It's VERY expensive!!) But, you never know what sales might crop or when you might get lucky. I signed up but haven't purchased anything yet. Let me know if you've shopped with them before…

As a special incentive to Budget Babe readers, Row Nine has offered to give anyone who joins using this invite link a $15 credit to use towards any future purchase on their site. This offer is only good now through Sunday, November 1, so join today—and spread the love: You will earn a $50 credit for each of your friends after their first purchase on RowNine.

Off the Rack: Faux Fur Shrugs at Target

Faux fur can go horribly wrong whether it's done on a champagne or beer budget. Target has attempted to bring this top fall trend into focus with an assortment of faux fur shrugs. I think they succeeded with the cat print shrug ($39.99) and the brown/black minx ($39.99), but failed miserably with the gray-tipped mystery-animal (a Yeti perhaps?). I love faux fur and don't want to dismiss this collection entirely as I think it depends on what else you wear and how you wear it. Fashion Toast could probably make any of these shrugs look stellar. I, on the other hand, would probably look silly. Anyone feeling the faux-fur at Target?