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Beauty Review: Avon Advance Techniques Anti-Frizz Capsules

Beauty Review: Avon Advance Techniques Anti-Frizz Capsules

Recently Avon sent me a few samples of products from their new hair care line, including a container of Advance Techniques Anti-Frizz Capsules. My hair has always been a bit wavy and prone to frizz at the first signs of humidity, and it only got worse when I started highlighting it. So I've always been on the lookout for products that can tame my frizz with a minimum amount of effort required on my behalf. I have yet to find the Holy Grail of de-frizz smoothing serums (currently I apply a dab of Pantene Pro V Restoratives Frizz Control Ultra Smoothing Balm onto damp hair, then blow-dry), but these Avon anti-frizz capsules are among some of the most effective products I've tried—I didn't say they were perfect, but they work on wet or dry hair, helping to smooth frizz and flyaways without making hair (or your hands) feel gross or smell stinky.

New Pricier Bag Styles at the Mall: Will You Be Buying?

The Budget Babe is quoted in The Wall Street Journal article OMG These Bags Cost a Lot by Elizabeth Holmes

Recently I spoke at length about the low- and mid-level handbag markets with journalist Elizabeth Holmes and, as luck would have it, she quoted me in her article on the same subject, entitled "OMG, These Bags Cost a Lot! With New Styles at High Prices, Mall Chains Make a Big Push Into Designer Turf" (The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, May 27, 2010).

Holmes takes a in-depth look at the push from certain mid-priced retailers such as Ann Taylor and Talbots to offer quality leather handbags at a reasonable price in the midst of the recession—and questions whether or not shoppers will take the bait.

She asks, "Will the average shopper shell out for a mall store brand bag that's almost as expensive as a luxury-label bag?"