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Beauty Splurge vs. Steal of the Week: Volumizing Mascara


DiorShow Splurge vs. Steal

In this weekly column, I’m bringing you my favorite budget-friendly beauty products (and their high-end equivalents!) that are available online and in-store. This week, we’re chatting Dior DiorShow mascara and its beauty dupe. Also make sure to check out my newly revamped blog, HonestlyJamie.com for even more beauty product reviews and tips.

Olsenboye for JCP Spring 2014 Lookbook


Olsenboye Spring 2014 Lookbook

It's not a line we think about a lot, yet the Olsenboye for JCPenney collection always has cute and trendy pieces at affordable prices, and this spring's line-up is no different. Check it out if you're in the market for a demure crop top, loose-fit print pants, or flirty floral sundress. And don't forget to check out the accessories: I actually just picked up this polka-dot backpack ($39) from this collection on my last trip to the mall and it's so fun! I was on the fence just because it's from the "juniors" department but your positive comments on Instagram sealed the deal for me. Shop the spring collection in stores and online at JCPENNEY.COM. See anything you like in these lookbook images?

BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up: Kimye Covers Vogue, Miranda Kerr for H&M Spring Fashion and More


BB's weekly fashion link round up

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover Vogue's April Issue.

H&M is all about spring fashion with Miranda Kerr in this TV spot and the new lookbook.

E! Online covers the reveal of Kate Upton as the new face of Bobbi Brown.

Honestly Jamie is enamored with the Balenciaga Rosabotanica perfume.

Sydne Style shows you how to wear spring's athletic trend.

Style It has the scoop on the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit line (plus a mail-in rebate offer!)

Cosmo shows us how to get beautiful glitter nails.

A Vintage Splendor is lovely in Lulu's spring fashions.

Today Show bakes up cookie stuffed brownies and cheesecake in a jar.

On Westfield Style, I'm loving power pastels and spring break must-haves.

On Pinterest we're smitten with this Oh Chic sweatshirt.

Rebecca Minkoff TV has a lesson in layering spring jewelry.

Inspiralized whips up a tasty spring cucumber salad.

H&M's Mid-Season sale is going on now - save up to 70%! Get free shipping over $50 with code 1671. Plus, use code 1682 to get 20% off your entire kids purchase.

Off the Rack: Eva Mendes for New York & Company Spring Collection


Eva Mendes for New York & Company

Eva Mendes' first spring collection for New York & Co. has hit stores, and this past week I had a chance to scope it out in person. I was drawn into the store by a pink and white embroidered lace dress ($80) that happened to be from her line, so it's succeeding in the sense that it grabs your attention. Once inside, I eyed a lace skirt ($65) in the same embroidered lace fabric paired with a draped-front blouse ($47), and tea-length floral dress ($80) that were both unique and feminine and sexy in a throwback kind of way. Eva is inspired by vintage fashions and it shows (in a subtle way - longer hemlines, cinched waists and the prints). It's an otherwise modern and fresh collection that you can wear to work, family gatherings like Easter or spring Christenings, date nights - even a spring wedding! (Especially this sexy strapless number , $80.) Just be sure to wait for a sale, and as readers have advised, sign up for email alerts from New York & Co. to get coupons. No need to pay full price at this store.

Shop the Eva Mendes collection online at nyandcompany.com. Free shipping over $50 (no code needed).