beauty http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/344/all en-US 7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-buying-cosmetics-Dollarphotoclub_67027622.jpg" alt="woman buying cosmetics" title="woman buying cosmetics" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to The Huffington Post, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/beauty-products_n_3975209.html">women spend over $426 billion a year on beauty products</a>. This can get exceedingly expensive for women who buy into the high priced anti-aging skincare lines and like to stay on top of the latest cosmetics trends. Fortunately, there are a few new ways to save that don't require sorting through the bargain bin at the end of each season.</p> <p>Here are the seven best ways to stretch your dollar in the beauty department.</p> <h2>1. Sign Up for Surprise Beauty Box Subscriptions</h2> <p>Beauty box services like <a href="http://www.glossybox.com/">Glossy Box</a>, <a href="http://www.ipsy.com/">Ipsy</a>, or <a href="http://www.beautybar.com/SampleSociety/LandingPage.qs">Sample Society</a> all work in more or less the same way. You select a plan with the type of products you're interested in getting and how long of a contract you want (typically, the longer your contract, the bigger the discount). Then every month you get a box in the mail, filled with sample or full-size beauty products to test out.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Most of these services are upfront about the fees and quality of products, but there's no way of knowing what you'll receive from month to month. It's possible to end up with a box full of products that you have no interest in using.</p> <h2>2. Sign Up for Retailer Rewards</h2> <p>Beauty companies that offer rewards systems pay you cash, redeemable points, or special discounts depending on the dollar amount you spend at their store. Some may even offer lower members-only prices. When signing up, make sure to ask about the program's benefits, so that you can figure out the best way it can work for you. For example, the CVS reward program offers personalized coupons, weekly sales to members, and 2% cash back on all purchases. Other programs to consider: <a href="http://www.beauty.com/">Beauty.com,</a> <a href="http://www.sephora.com/">Sephora</a>, <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/">Sally Beauty Supply</a>, <a href="http://ulta.com/">Ulta</a>, and <a href="http://www.cvs.com/">CVS</a>.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Rewards programs are a good deal, but read the fine print. Some companies may limit the items available to purchase with reward points or price reward items ridiculously high. For example, Sephora offers one reward point for each dollar spent, but it takes 100 points (or 100 dollars spent) to redeem one sample-size mascara.</p> <h2>3. Shop Online</h2> <p>Online beauty retailers like <a href="http://www.dermstore.com/">Dermstore</a>, Beauty.com and <a href="http://www.beautybar.com/">Beautybar.com</a> can offer better prices because they don't have the same overhead costs as a traditional brick and mortar. These retailers pass on the savings through daily or weekly sales, special promotions, and additional coupons found on third-party coupon websites.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You don't get the luxury of trying new products like you would in-store and to receive free shipping you have to meet the minimum order value of $35-$50.</p> <h2>4. Buy the Bundled Kit</h2> <p>Some brand-specific retailers promote the use of their products in a group or kit, for best results. For the full package, they offer big savings. For example, at Murad their &quot;<a href="http://www.murad.com/environmental-shield-30-day-kit">Environmental Shield Introductory Kit</a>&quot; costs under $40, but if you bought all the components separately, the cost would be $125.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>As long as you want all the products in the kit, this one's a no-brainer.</p> <h2>5. Get Those Free Samples!</h2> <p>There are four ways to get free samples.</p> <ul> <li>When the woman at the department store counter asks if you want a free sample, you say, &quot;Yes!&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stores like Sephora have sample containers waiting to be filled with products you'd like to try; you just have to ask an employee for it.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Check websites like <a href="http://womanfreebies.com/">Womanfreebies</a> and <a href="http://www.shopathome.com/">Shopathome</a> for updates on a variety of free stuff including bath and beauty supplies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Manufacturers new and old are fighting for your business and offer free samples so that you can try them out, so check their websites for details.</li> </ul> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You may not get the full benefit of a product from a sample size. Especially with skin and hair care products, potential results may not show up until a certain number of uses that can't be fulfilled in a one or two-time portion.</p> <h2>6. Compare Ingredients</h2> <p>According to a ShopSmart interview with cosmetics chemist Randy Shueller, &quot;if the first five ingredients are the same or nearly the same, then <a href="http://www.shopsmart.org/2014/11/smart-swaps-to-save-big-on-cosmetics-and-skin-care.html">the product is probably very similar</a>.&quot; They compared three similar products and found that the less expensive products were 50% cheaper &mdash; for the same ingredients!</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You'll have to spend a little more time doing the research on these ingredients. But even if you know them inside out, the unfortunate truth is that beauty product labels don't state the usage amount of the ingredients listed. For all you know, they used a drop of the ingredient you need in your beauty product.</p> <h2>7. Buy Reusable Applicators</h2> <p>Every time you use a traditional foundation applicator, you have to throw it away. Instead, replace your one-time use foundation sponges with a reusable foundation brush or beauty blender sponge that will last you up to 3-6 months. Depending on how often it's used and how well you take care of it, it may even last longer. This will eliminate your restocking fees and decrease the unnecessary waste that's produced by traditional sponge applicators.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Nothing more than a change and learning curve, but there are hundreds of YouTube beauty tutorials that will show you the best ways of using it.</p> <p><em>What are your best beauty savings secrets? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nayri-leanna-gregor">Nayri Leanna Gregor</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-beauty-an-expert-tells-all">Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-adjustments-you-should-make-mid-year">12 Money Adjustments You Should Make Mid-Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drug-price-lists-for-six-major-pharmacies">Generic Drug Price Lists For Six Major Pharmacies - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty cosmetics savings shopping Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Nayri Leanna Gregor 1269224 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful-woman-mirror-457968633-small.jpg" alt="beautiful woman mirror" title="beautiful woman mirror" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you are busy &mdash; whether it is with your kids, caring for an aging parent, investing in friendships, or diving into a job you love &mdash; it can be especially hard to feel attractive. When you don't have the energy or time to focus on how you look, or when you end up neglecting the things that make you feel the most attractive, it's even easier to feel ugly and dump on your appearance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-be-more-attractive-work-these-5-magic-words-and-phrases-into-your-vocabulary?ref=seealso">Want to Be More Attractive? Work These 5 Words (and Phrases) Into Your Vocabulary</a>)</p> <p>But there are some easy ways to feel better about how you look, even when you can't do a whole lot to change your features or your figure.</p> <h2>1. Don't Compare Yourself</h2> <p>Or, at least, don't compare yourself with people whose bodies are unrealistic goals for most of humanity. If your standard of attractiveness is too high, you'll always be discouraged. Since most of us will compare ourselves whether we want to or not, try to compare yourself to other normal people in your culture, and who are about your age. This will make you feel so much more attractive than when you compare yourself to unachievable ideals.</p> <h2>2. Wear Sexy Clothes No One Can See</h2> <p>In most contexts, you won't want to wear especially sexy clothes on the outside. However, wearing that silky something just because you want to do it can make you feel so much more attractive, not to mention confident. If sexiness isn't your thing, you can wear clothes that are special for you. Hide your ninja socks in your tall boots or sneak a snakeskin belt under an oversized shirt, and you will feel more attractive than ever.</p> <h2>3. Focus on Other People</h2> <p>If you think about yourself all the time, you'll become more and more self-conscious. Instead, think about other people. Make attempts to talk, to draw them out of <em>their</em> shells, and even to connect people to each other. When you're doing this, your feelings of insecurity will grow smaller and smaller, which means that you'll feel better about who you are and how you look.</p> <h2>4. Know What You Love About Yourself</h2> <p>Even if you don't love the way you look and feel chronically underappreciated, there are things about yourself that you like. Make a list of these, and refer to it until you can remember these things by heart. When you know what you like about yourself, you will feel more confident about yourself in all areas, including how you look.</p> <h2>5. Think Positive Thoughts</h2> <p>Try consciously thinking, &quot;my eyes are a gorgeous shade of blue,&quot; as opposed to just focusing on your flaws. This will help you balance the places where you aren't attractive with the places where you are, which will raise how you feel about your looks overall.</p> <h2>6. Smile More</h2> <p><a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smile-it-could-make-you-happier/">Smiling makes you feel happier</a>. And, when you feel happier, you are likely to feel good about yourself and your life, including how you look. While smiling may also influence how other people see you, this is just for you. Smile to feel better about everything in your life, including your appearance.</p> <h2>7. Stand Up Straight</h2> <p>Square your shoulders and remind yourself that you can take on the world if you have to. When you are able to look the world in the eye, you will feel better about all aspects of who you are. This means you'll feel more attractive, and also more powerful, more influential, and more confident.</p> <h2>8. Remember What Your Body Can Do</h2> <p>When you feel unattractive, it's easy to focus on all of the things that are wrong with your body. When you think about what your body can do, the gifts it gives you, you will feel more attractive simply because you will feel better about your body, and it's hard to think well of something and be down on it at the same time.</p> <h2>9. Make Something You Are Proud Of</h2> <p>This may seem counterintuitive, but think about it. When you create something that makes you glad, it's easier to feel attractive. Even if you still aren't thrilled with your appearance, you will be reminded of your inner beauty and the things that you can create from the lovely place. Focusing on inner beauty may seem cheesy, but the truth is that who you are on the inside counts for so much more, and making things will help you remember this.</p> <h2>10. Find Clothes You Love</h2> <p>It's hard to feel unattractive when you are wearing clothes that you love. Even if you love a dress because it is so soft or a shirt because of the way it feels against your skin, you will feel better about your body and, therefore, should feel more attractive, too. If you don't know how to find clothes you love, go shopping with someone who loves to shop. They should be able to help you find exactly what you need to feel better.</p> <h2>11. Lower Your Stress Level</h2> <p>Stress can make us anxious and we are more likely to feel unattractive when we are anxious. Thus, it makes sense that lowering your stress level would make you feel better about your appearance. If you're not sure how to do this, try taking some down time. Do something you love, even if you only have 15 minutes. Read, watch TV, paint, or cook, then check in with how attractive you feel when you're done.</p> <h2>12. Say &quot;Thank You&quot;</h2> <p>When you give thanks, you focus on what is good about your life. If you're feeling unattractive, focus on things you're thankful for about your body. You may love the texture of your hair, or the way your calves fit so well in boots. Even if most of the things you're thankful for are little, the act of giving thanks for them will help you feel more attractive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-shows-that-saying-thanks-can-improve-your-health-and-happiness">The One Word You Need to Start Using Today to Have a Better Life</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you help yourself feel more attractive when you're down on yourself? What do you love to do that makes you feel like you look good?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-be-more-attractive-work-these-5-magic-words-and-phrases-into-your-vocabulary">Want to Be More Attractive? Work These 5 Magic Words (and Phrases) Into Your Vocabulary</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-get-motivated-for-your-workout">7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-benefits-of-being-a-morning-person">9 Benefits of Being a Morning Person</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-even-shy-people-can-fake-confidence-and-get-ahead">10 Ways Even Shy People Can Fake Confidence and Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Personal Development ambition attraction attractiveness beauty confidence Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:00:04 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1252366 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Surprising Things You Should Keep in Your Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-looking-refrigerator-463890563-small.jpg" alt="woman refrigerator" title="woman refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you keep in your fridge? If you're like most people in America, you store milk, eggs, meats, cheeses, soft drinks, juices, and a whole bunch of fruit and vegetables. In short, the fridge is for food, right? Well, not always. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fridge-or-counter-where-to-store-fruit-for-best-flavor?ref=seealso">Fridge or Counter? Where to Store Fruit for Best Flavor</a>)</p> <p>Turns out there are lots of things better served cold, like these 12 surprising items you should consider keeping in your fridge.</p> <h2>1. Candles</h2> <p>You can extend the burning life of taper candles by storing them in your refrigerator. Place them in something that will stop them absorbing moisture, such as zip-lock bags, foil, or cling wrap. Then when the time comes to use them, you'll get more bright for your buck.</p> <h2>2. Rechargeable Batteries</h2> <p>When you're not using batteries, don't keep them in the junk drawer or garage cabinet. Instead, pop them in the fridge; batteries can be preserved by keeping them cold. You can extend them by minutes or hours, and can get some seemingly dead batteries to come back to life. The freezer works well for this, too.</p> <h2>3. Whole Wheat Flour</h2> <p>That's not a mistake. The wheat germ in whole-wheat flour has a short shelf life, and can go off pretty quickly. You should keep your whole-wheat flour in the fridge, but make sure you put it in an airtight container. Flour acts like sponge for other odors and flavors, and anything strong (like onion) can taint the whole batch. Nobody wants a bunch of onion flavored cupcakes.</p> <h2>4. Metal Spoons</h2> <p>Why would you want access to a cold spoon? This is a tip from people who work in the beauty profession. If you wake up with bags under your eyes, pressing the back of a cold metal spoon against them can take away the puffiness and swelling. This is, however, only a temporary solution. It also works with slices of cold cucumber, but the great thing about spoons is that they never go bad.</p> <h2>5. Skin Cream and Sunscreen</h2> <p>If you don't like the idea of pressing icy-cold metal to your face, store your skin cream in the fridge instead. Keeping it nice and cold will have a similar effect to the cold spoons, and it's also a soothing thing to put on in the hot weather. This goes double for sunscreen on hot days.</p> <h2>6. Nail Polish</h2> <p>Celebrity manicurist (yes, there is such a profession) <a href="http://www.kaitmosh.com/">Kait Mosh</a> says that heat and light are the enemies of nail polish, and will thicken it up over time. As the father of two young girls, I can't tell you how many times I've tried applying goopy nail polish, with awful results. To stop this happening, keep your nail polish in the fridge. It will prolong the life and keep it flowing freely.</p> <h2>7. Bowls and Plates</h2> <p>If you're a fan of ice cream (and who isn't?) or other cold foods, it doesn't hurt to devote a section of your fridge to a few plates and bowls. They stack nicely, and when it comes time for a helping of ice cream, the cold bowl stops it from melting as quickly. It's also good for any other foods that will benefit from staying colder, longer.</p> <h2>8. Olive Oil</h2> <p>You may not realize it, but olive oil is delicate. Many experts agree that the best way to store olive oil is in the same conditions as wine &mdash; roughly 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, very few of us have a wine cellar or wine fridge, so the next best things is a spot in the regular fridge. (Note: High-end or premium extra-virgin olive oils should not get the same treatment, as it interferes with the flavor and aroma.)</p> <h2>9. Camera Film</h2> <p>Does anyone still use traditional camera film any more? Yes, they do. Like vinyl, it's starting to make a comeback. There are certain effects people want from traditional film that are difficult to fake in the digital world. However, it's a lot more difficult to get hold of camera film these days, and it's more expensive. So make sure it produces the best results by keeping your camera film in the fridge. It won't extend the shelf life though.</p> <h2>10. Nuts</h2> <p>You can double the shelf life of nuts by keeping them in the fridge. A tub of them in the pantry will last three months, but that can be extended to six months in your fridge. You can also freeze them and extend their life to over a year. Just like flour, remember to keep them in air-tight containers as they will absorb odors from strong-smelling foods.</p> <h2>11. Flower Bulbs</h2> <p>Professional gardeners can chime in on this one, but many people store tulip bulbs in the fridge for 12-16 weeks as a method of &quot;<a href="http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/gardening/planning_tips/the-big-chill-learn-a-few-tricks-for-forcing-tulip/article_f11f53a6-ba73-11de-b0f4-001cc4c002e0.html">forcing</a>&quot; them to send up shoots:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">You can chill the bulbs in the old-fashioned way by potting them up and placing the pots in cold storage (40 to 45 F). An easier method, especially if space is limited, is to place the bulbs themselves in the fridge for the big chill, then planting in pots.</p> <h2>12. Dead Birds</h2> <p>How could I not include this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmLqs8qkP_Y">one</a>? Of course, don't expect to get your money back from the magic store. You have to admit, it's the most surprising item on the list!</p> <p><em>What do you keep in your fridge, other than the obvious items? Let us know.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-awesome-uses-for-milk-crates">20 Awesome Uses for Milk Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beginners-guide-to-finding-your-interior-design-style">Beginner&#039;s Guide to Finding Your Interior Design Style</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle beauty crafts fridge refrigerator Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1235099 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-153803493-small_0.jpg" alt="makeup shopping" title="makeup shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>2014 is one hot year for new and innovative beauty products. But lest you hog <em>all</em> the beauty in the world, we've narrowed down the list to these top 10 beauty must-haves. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products?ref=seealso">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a>)</p> <h2>1. The Switch Kit by Amika</h2> <p>Finally, a good hair product that's also a space and money saver! <a href="http://loveamika.com/blog/amikaSwitchKit/">Amika's new Switch Kit</a> comes with a base that can be used with three different barrel sizes, so you get the look you want without having to buy another hair tool. With a digital temperature control, you can adjust the level of heat from 150&deg;F to 430&deg;F (66&deg;C to 221&deg;C).</p> <p><a href="http://loveamika.com/blog/amikaSwitchKit/"><img width="273" height="300" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/amika%20switch%20kit.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>2. Amrezy Palette by Anastasia of Beverly Hills</h2> <p>Named after one of Instagram's most reputable makeup artists, Amrezy, this palette was constructed and launched by long time beauty maven, Anastasia of Beverly Hills. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LQAHU5G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LQAHU5G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S7ZVK7YC33NQQB7Q">eye shadow palette</a> has 10 gorgeous colors, perfect for both special occasions and everyday casual makeup.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LQAHU5G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LQAHU5G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S7ZVK7YC33NQQB7Q"><img width="409" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/anastasia%20amrezy%20palette.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>3. The 2014 Fall/Winter Nail Collection by Gabriel Cosmetics</h2> <p>Gabriel's <a href="http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/index.cfm/product/194/fallwinter-nail-color-collection.cfm">newest polish collection</a> was inspired by the high fashion runway styles. It comes with six shades and three different spectrums: glossy, matte, and pearl. The best part of this line is that it is one of few companies that uses a &quot;5 free&quot; formula &mdash; meaning it is free of the harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, and phthalates.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/index.cfm/product/194/fallwinter-nail-color-collection.cfm"><img width="528" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/gabriel%20cosmetics%202014%20collection.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>4. Honey Dew Me Up Primer by NYX</h2> <p>Infused with light-reflective gold flecks, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M3GQ0EY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00M3GQ0EY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVBC3PFJB3CTZE5U">this primer</a> is made to create a radiant appearance by reducing redness and discoloration.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M3GQ0EY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00M3GQ0EY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVBC3PFJB3CTZE5U"><img width="355" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/nyx%20honey%20dew%20me%20up.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>5. Matte Lipsticks by Dose of Color</h2> <p>Punctuate your style and add a pop of awesome to any look with Dose of Colors' brand new line of <a href="http://doseofcolors.com/index.php?route=product/category&amp;path=59">matte lipsticks</a>. Created by makeup artist and cosmetics expert, MakeupbyAnna, this genius color palette of lipsticks is a vegan product that's both cruelty and paraben free.</p> <p><a href="http://www.doseofcolors.com/index.php?route=product/category&amp;path=59"><img width="388" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dose%20of%20color%20matte%20lipstick.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>6. They're Real! Push-Up Liner by Benefit</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KX7A30W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KX7A30W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OP4Y5WCDLTAJX6GR">angled brush and push up</a> gel is made to tightly hug your lash line and simplify the application process. The gel formula has a matte black that stays where you put it without smudging, budging or drying out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KX7A30W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KX7A30W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OP4Y5WCDLTAJX6GR"><img width="300" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/theyre%20real%20liner.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>7. Rescue Me Hair Mask by Leyla Milani Hair</h2> <p>Here's a beauty essential to have with all the wear and tear that hair goes through, from being under the sun, challenging weather conditions, and everyday products and oils. Made by the ultimate hair queen, Leyla Milani, this intense formula of argan oil and shea butter penetrates the hair cuticle from the inside out, <a href="http://leylamilanihair.com/collections/styling-products/products/rescue_me_hair_mask">bringing the bounce and strength</a> back to your hair.</p> <p><a href="http://www.leylamilanihair.com/collections/styling-products/products/rescue_me_hair_mask"><img width="385" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Rescue%20me%20hair%20mask.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>8. Perversion Mascara by Urban Decay</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.urbandecay.com/perversion-by-urban-decay/604214923263.html">primer and mascara duo</a> can really add some punch to your lashes. The high-tech brush is made to add volume and separate each lash for a silky, long lasting finish. According to beauty expert, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkYQR-Iq5qw">Sona Gasparian</a>, the applicator's defined bristles are what makes the biggest difference by adding fullness and length to the lashes. The unique texture of the mascara's formula allows you to apply less layers for an everyday look or multiple coats for a more dramatic finish.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbandecay.com/perversion-by-urban-decay/604214923263.html"><img width="450" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/urban%20decay%20perversion%20mascara.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>9. Mavens Sculpt Series by Motives</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I8MGFPQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I8MGFPQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AXJ637JQE3RHHUTX">Mavens Sculpt Series</a> comes in two complexions: Fire for warmer skin tones and Ice for cooler skin tones. These palettes have four crème foundations best for highlighting cheekbones, covering under eye imperfections, intensifying the brow bone and creating a stunning profile and definition. Motives Cosmetics is expertly crafted in collaboration with six YouTube beauty sensations including <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNayKPfs-yY">Teni Panosian</a>, and cosmetics gurus including, Lauren Rindinger and La La Anthony.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I8MGFPQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I8MGFPQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AXJ637JQE3RHHUTX"><img width="500" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/motives-mavens-sculpt-series-1.jpeg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>10. Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum Spray by Tom Ford</h2> <p>Last but not least, Tom Ford's captivating perfume, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JJHY9KC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JJHY9KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I7IRAFFAIBZFNAPP">Velvet Orchid</a>. Derived of oriental florals and combined with strong notes of citrus, lavish petals, rum, and honey, this scent is ultra feminine and exotic.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JJHY9KC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JJHY9KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I7IRAFFAIBZFNAPP"><img width="318" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tom-ford-velvet-orchid.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nayri-leanna-gregor">Nayri Leanna Gregor</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-serums">The 5 Best Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners">The 5 Best Hair Straighteners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dry-shampoos">The 5 Best Dry Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty accessories beauty beauty products Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:12 +0000 Nayri Leanna Gregor 1215969 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Health and Beauty Edition http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-health-and-beauty-edition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-health-and-beauty-edition" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/makeup-200334975-001-small.jpg" alt="makeup" title="makeup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on keeping your health and beauty costs low!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2012/08/13-healthy-beauty-replacements/">13 Healthy and Cheap Beauty Replacements</a> &mdash; Instead of purchasing blush, use just a small dab of lipstick to get some color on your cheeks. [Learnvest]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/04/29/money-stress-and-your-health/">Money, Stress, and Your Health</a> &mdash; Did you know that people who are stressed are four times as likely to get ulcers? [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/save-time-money-with-these-7-beauty-hacks">Save Time &amp; Money With These 7 Beauty Hacks</a> &mdash; If you break your powder cosmetics, you can use rubbing alcohol to put them back together! [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/health-habit-tips-beginning-runners/">How To Make Healthy Habits Stick&hellip; Tips From A Former Couch Potato</a> &mdash; To make healthy habits stick, discover what truly motivates you to change and create new habits. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/01/22/11-frugal-beauty-secrets-every-woman-must-know">11 Frugal Beauty Secrets Every Woman Must Know</a> &mdash; Shampooing less frequently and eating foods that clean your teeth are a couple frugal beauty secrets every woman must know. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/diy-beauty-treatments-healthy-for-your-body-and-light-on-your-wallet/">DIY Beauty Products You Can Make at Home</a> &mdash; Instead of purchasing deodorant, try using coconut oil instead. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/04/24/in-store-health-care-savings/">In-Store Health Care Savings</a> &mdash; Did you know you can get tests for high cholesterol, hypertension, and more at pharmacy-based clinics? [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2013/09/keep-parents-healthy-and-safe/">Keep Parents Healthy and Safe</a> &mdash; To keep your aging parents health and safe, know about their insurance plan. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Homemade-Body-Lotion-31092101">Easy and Budget-Friendly Homemade Lotion</a> &mdash; There is no need for you to spend money on lotion with this awesome DIY! [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/3-steps-to-setting-health-and-nutritional-goals-as-a-parent">3 Steps to Setting Health and Nutritional Goals as a Parent</a> &mdash; When setting health and nutritional goals as a parent, make sure the goals are measurable. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-health-and-beauty-edition">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty best money tips Health Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1149321 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Beauty Products You're Using That Actually Do Nothing http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cream-78739718.jpg" alt="facial cream" title="facial cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="183" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all want to stay healthy and look our best. So we troll the beauty aisle, picking up little pots of ointment, bottles of cleanser, and tubes of cream that all promise breathtaking results. In fact, the only thing that's breathtaking is the price tag. Healthy and beauty experts tell us that 90% of these products are simple soap and moisturizer in expensive packaging. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products?ref=seealso">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a>)</p> <p>Save your money and protect yourself from a plethora of unnecessary chemical ingredients by tossing these 14 pointless beauty products to the curb.</p> <h2>1. Foot and Elbow Lotions</h2> <p>Any lotion or moisturizer that claims to be specially formulated for one specific part of the body is a scam. Cosmetic companies would love nothing more than to see you buy a separate product for each appendage. The truth is that a good quality body lotion can be used on any and all body parts, and there is no discernible benefit to targeted lotions.</p> <h2>2. Anti-Aging Creams</h2> <p>There is no such thing as a face-lift in a bottle. The value of an anti-aging cream can be determined by its <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/in-depth/wrinkle-creams/art-20047463">active ingredients</a>. Most are nothing more than moisturizer in a fancy container. It appears to plump and smooth for the moment, but results are temporary.</p> <h2>3. Toner</h2> <p>Many of us have been taught that <a href="http://beauty.about.com/b/2007/02/23/do-you-really-need-toner.htm">toner</a> is an important part of a daily skincare regimen, but this is outdated advice. Toner is nothing more than a cleanser meant to remove soap residue. The good news is, most modern facial soaps leave little to no residue, so you can skip the second-cleaning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel?ref=seealso">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a>)</p> <h2>4. Cellulite Cream</h2> <p>Like anti-aging creams, we want so desperately to believe that <a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/3859.php">anti-cellulite creams</a> can smooth and tone our bodies. Unfortunately they can't. If you look closely, most of these products claim to reduce &quot;the appearance of cellulite.&quot; Big red flag. While the caffeine in most formulas will temporarily firm the skin, the only thing that can really remove those dimples is a healthy diet and some exercise.</p> <h2>5. Lip Exfoliator</h2> <p>Remember what we said earlier about products &quot;specially designed&quot; for a single body part? Rip off. Same goes for the sugar and oil concoctions now being marketed as the short-cut to soft lips. Your lips, like the rest of your body, are capable of exfoliating naturally. If you want to help it along, wash with a cloth and then apply moisturizer.</p> <h2>6. Makeup Remover</h2> <p>Makeup can clog pores, and you should never leave it on your face overnight. However, a $5-$10 bottle of makeup remover is an unnecessary expense. Simply use your regular facial cleanser to remove the bulk of the residue. If you used particularly heavy or waterproof makeup (especially on your eyes), dab a bit of moisturizer on a tissue and rub gently to remove it.</p> <h2>7. Foot Masks</h2> <p>No one likes dry or cracking feet, especially during sandal season, but if you're using foot masks, you're wasting money for no reason (and you probably feel kind of silly). Use a pumice stone to slough away dead skin in a jiffy, and then apply your regular body lotion to heels and toes before you go to bed at night.</p> <h2>8. Pore Strips</h2> <p>Blackheads are what happens when dirt and oil gets trapped in our pores. Since we've got lots of pores, it's easy to get lots of blackheads. It would be great if there were an easy way to just suck them out of our entire face at once, but there isn't. <a href="http://www.practicalskintuition.com/just-the-faqs-do-pore-strips-work/">Pore strips</a> claim to lift away blackheads, but since many linger just under the skin's surface, they rarely do. Instead, they leave the area dry and irritated &mdash; perfect conditions for acne and more blackheads.</p> <h2>9. High SPF Sunscreen</h2> <p>The connection between sun exposure and skin cancer is obvious, so we slather on lots of <a href="http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/beauty-tips-products/useless-beauty-products#slide-10">sunscreen</a> to protect ourselves. If SPF 25 is good, SPF 100 must be better, right? Wrong. There is no proven benefit to any SPF higher than 30. Anything more is just a waste of money and a false sense of security. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work?ref=seealso">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a>)</p> <h2>10. Heat Defense Hair Serum</h2> <p>In a world where hair is brushed, dyed, ironed, and curled on a regular basis, it's no surprise that it occasionally looks fried. Various serums and sprays claim to defend your hair against heat treatments, but most benefits are temporary at best. Some make your hair sticky and even more prone to breakage.</p> <h2>11. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo</h2> <p>Spotted a few flakes on your shoulder? You might want to reach for the anti-dandruff shampoo &mdash; but don't. Most of these soaps actually dry your scalp out, creating even more flakes. The best thing you can do for a dry scalp is brush your hair. Brushing redistributes your body's natural oils and sloughs away flakes.</p> <h2>12. Color-Enhancing Hair Care</h2> <p>You just spent $120 on a new hair color, and you want it to last forever. The stylist will likely try to sell you a &quot;color-enhancing&quot; shampoo or conditioner, but don't take the bait. &quot;These shampoos <a href="http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/beauty-tips-products/do-color-shampoos-work#slide-6">have more additives than others</a>&quot; and &quot;contain a temporary color stain that's more detrimental than beneficial.&quot; The best way to keep your color fresh is reducing shower frequency.</p> <h2>13. Shaving Cream</h2> <p>They feel nice, but most shaving creams are an expensive way to help the razor glide smoothly over your skin. Look for a moisturizing body wash with lots of glycerin, and kill two birds with one stone.</p> <h2>14. Vibrating Mascara</h2> <p>Mascara is hard enough to apply correctly, who on earth would you want the stick to vibrate on purpose? This <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5350743/vibrating-mascara-wand-cant-do-you-or-your-makeup-well">high-cost beauty product</a> is yet another example of stupid idea wrapped up in fancy packaging, accompanied by a flashy commercial. Save your $15 and apply mascara the old fashioned way &mdash; with a steady hand.</p> <p><em>What beauty products have you found to be a waste of money? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners">The 5 Best Hair Straighteners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about">10 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blow-dryers">The 5 Best Blow Dryers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-serums">The 5 Best Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Style beauty beauty products rip-offs Tue, 27 May 2014 09:00:25 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1140444 at http://www.wisebread.com 24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-462333123.jpg" alt="flowers in hair" title="flowers in hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Inspect the label of conventional makeup, shampoo, or body lotion, and you'll find a long list of unpronounceable ingredients, many of which haven't been tested for their impact on human health or the environment. Tired of all the chemicals in cosmetics, many consumers are in the market for natural and organic alternatives. The only problem is, these safer products can be quite costly and hard to find. To help, we've created a long list of places &mdash; online and off &mdash; where you can buy quality natural <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-beauty-products-ive-learned-to-live-without">beauty products</a> at a price that won't sabotage your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-natural-diy-facial-products-you-have-to-try?ref=seealso">4 Natural, DIY Facial Products</a>)</p> <h2>1. Spirit Beauty Lounge</h2> <p>If you'd rather not spend too much time inspecting labels, <a href="http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com/">Spirit Beauty Lounge</a> aims to be your one-stop shop for safe, natural beauty products. A member of many well-known environmental organizations, this carefully curated site features only natural, organic, and sustainable brands.</p> <h2>2. Pangea Organics</h2> <p>Colorado-based <a href="http://www.pangeaorganics.com/">Pangea Organics</a> crafts high-quality beauty products in small batches, using only pure, organic ingredients. For frugal shoppers, they offer an Organic Loyalty Program. Participants save 15% on Pangea products and get free shipping on qualified orders.</p> <h2>3. Miessence</h2> <p>Founded in 2003, <a href="http://www.miessence.com/shop/en/">Miessence</a> is the world's first extensive range of internationally certified organic skin, hair, body, cosmetic, oral, and nutritional products. You can shop online or search for an independent representative in your area to save even more. If you live in Australia, Miessence can also be found in <a href="http://www.miessence.com/shop/en/support/storeLocator">some stores</a>.</p> <h2>4. Target (Burt's Bees, Physicians Formula)</h2> <p>If you're a regular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-at-target">Target shopper</a>, you'll be excited to learn that there are some natural products hiding among the conventional brands in this popular chain's health and beauty section. Specifically, look for Burt's Bees and Physicians Formula.</p> <h2>5. Aveda Salons</h2> <p>Do you get your hair styled at an <a href="http://www.aveda.com/index.tmpl">Aveda salon</a>? You might not realize that the in-store shop also carries a wealth of natural skin-care products and make-up. Don't have an Aveda near you? Shop at the brand's online store, where you can also score free samples or discounted shipping. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-find-the-best-freebies?ref=seealso">Where to Find the Best Freebies</a>)</p> <h2>6. Whole Foods</h2> <p>It's no secret that food prices at Whole Foods Market can destroy your grocery budget, but their significant buying power also delivers some attractive prices on premium body care products. Use their convenient <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/sales-flyer">online flyer</a> to know when your favorite items are on sale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save?ref=seealso">12 Smart Ways to Save at Whole Foods</a>)</p> <h2>7. Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers</h2> <p>Many natural beauty product brands can be found at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, from bargain-priced basics to high-end European formulations. Subscribe to their <a href="http://www.naturalgrocers.com/health-hotline/main-page">online sales flyer</a>, and you could save even more.</p> <h2>8. CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens</h2> <p>As awareness about chemicals in cosmetics becomes more mainstream, many traditional drug stores and pharmacies have begun to offer natural alternatives at competitive prices. Look for Burt's Bees, Physicians Formula, Yes to Grapefruit, and some store brand organics. Also keep in mind that these companies offer regular discounts for in-store and online shopping.</p> <h2>9. Pharmaca</h2> <p>Prefer to support a pharmacy that offers only natural beauty products? <a href="http://www.pharmaca.com/">Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy</a> is stocked with high quality brands like Jurlique, Jane Iredale, Dr. Hauschka, and many other <a href="http://www.safecosmetics.org/">Campaign for Safe Cosmetics</a> participants. Shop online for access to money-saving promotional codes.</p> <h2>10. Your Local Food Co-Op</h2> <p>Buying power isn't limited to big chain stores. Local food co-ops often have a section for natural beauty and personal care products. Since most food co-ops are owned by their members, joining means you could have a say in which brands are stocked. Check out <a href="http://www.coopdirectory.org/directory.htm">Coop Directory</a> to find a co-op near you.</p> <h2>11. Befine Skin Care</h2> <p><a href="http://befine.com/">Befine</a> products are made with the most nutritious super-foods. They're also free of allergens, fragrance, parabens, and preservatives; completely vegan; and never tested on animals. Save money by buying direct from their online store or testing out trial sizes.</p> <h2>12. Farmaesthetics</h2> <p><a href="http://farmaesthetics.com/">Farmaesthetics</a> offers 100% natural skin-care products for face and body. These products are used and sold in some of the finest spas and retailers in the world, including Four Seasons Resorts &amp; Spas, Urban Outfitters, and Terrain. Skip the high cost by visiting their unique flagship store in Newport, Rhode Island. Or sign up for their email newsletter to get access to exclusive online discounts, giveaways, and promotions.</p> <h2>13. Nourish Organic</h2> <p><a href="http://nourishorganic.com/">Nourish</a> makes a diverse and splendidly-packaged line of chemical-free, environmentally friendly skin-care products. Look for them in natural grocery stores like Vitamin Cottage, Sprouts, and Whole Foods. Or save money by shopping online: Nourish regularly offers web exclusive discounts and free shipping for orders over $69.</p> <h2>14. Boots Botanics</h2> <p>This UK-based brand prides itself on being inexpensive. That said, you do have to be careful, as there are many conventional formulas mixed in with the plant-based ones. <a href="http://us.boots.com/">Boots</a> is available at many well-known retailers but shopping online gives you access to discontinued offers, and earns free shipping for orders over $25. And signing up for their e-newsletter puts special offers and promotions in your inbox.</p> <h2>15. Amazon.com</h2> <p>By now, you're probably aware that Amazon is the place for much more than books. Search for &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=natural%20beauty%20products&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;sprefix=natural%20beauty%20products%2Caps%2C335&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dhpc">natural beauty products</a>&quot; in the Health &amp; Personal Care category, and you'll get thousands of discounted results. Be sure to do your homework, however, as not all &quot;natural&quot; claims are what they appear.</p> <h2>16. Lavera</h2> <p>This online beauty company only offers products that are natural, safe, free from animal testing, and gluten-free. Shop online, or, if you're in the Pacific Northwest, look for Lavera products at any of these <a href="http://www.lavera.com/stores/">natural and speciality retailers</a>.</p> <h2>17. Costco</h2> <p>If you're a member of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-you-could-buy-at-costco">Costco</a> buying club, you already know that the discounts on home and grocery items are significant. The same is true for <a href="http://www.costco.com/skin-care.html">natural skin-care products</a>. And don't forget that Costco members can shop online as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco?ref=seealso">Things You Should Buy at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>18. Ecotools</h2> <p>Safe, natural living isn't only about the products. You also need to think about the tools used to apply them. <a href="http://www.eco-tools.com/">Ecotools</a> is known around the world for its incredibly soft, non-toxic, 100% cruelty-free cosmetic brushes, hair brushes, and even faux eyelashes. Shop directly from their website for special promotions and free shipping on orders over $35.</p> <h2>19. Shop N Save</h2> <p>It might sound like a dollar store, but <a href="https://www.shopnsave.com/">Shop N Save</a> is actually a top retailer for <a href="http://www.avalonorganics.com">Avalon Organics</a>, makers of skin, hair, body, and baby-care products that are free from parabens, harsh surfactants, and petroleum-based ingredients.</p> <h2>20. Every Man Jack</h2> <p>Men want natural personal care products just as much as women. That's why every guy should know about the <a href="http://everymanjack.com/">Every Man Jack</a> brand of high-performance products free from parabens, phthalates, dyes, and sodium lauryl sulfate, and never tested on animals. Shop online or look for Every Man Jack products at Duane Reade, Publix, Fred Meyer, and HyVee stores. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-and-dirty-skin-care-for-men-how-grandpa-used-to-do-it?ref=seealso">Skin Care Tips for Men</a>)</p> <h2>21. Sprouts</h2> <p>We've already mentioned this specialty grocer as a place to find several natural beauty product brands, but shoppers should especially be on the lookout for <a href="https://www.desertessence.com/">Desert Essence</a> skin, hair, and dental care products. No <a href="https://www.sprouts.com/">Sprouts</a> near you? Shop online for free shipping and samples with any $30 purchase.</p> <h2>22. Cracker Barrel</h2> <p>After feasting on biscuits and gravy, be sure to stop by the gift shop of this popular restaurant. Cracker Barrel just happens to be a top retailer for the <a href="http://www.jrwatkins.com/">J.R. Watkins</a> brand of natural beauty products.</p> <h2>23. Ulta Beauty Salons</h2> <p>Visiting an <a href="http://www.ulta.com/salon/">Ulta</a> full service salon chain for new hair or nails? You might be surprised to learn that they're also a top retailer for <a href="https://www.giovannicosmetics.com/locator.asp">Giovanni Cosmetics</a>, which makes unique hair and skin-care products without parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, or animal by-products. No Ulta near you? Giovanni products are also available at many <a href="https://www.giovannicosmetics.com/locator.asp">national retailers</a>.</p> <h2>24. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps</h2> <p>For over 150 years, <a href="http://www.drbronner.com/">Dr. Bronner's</a> has made classic soaps and personal care products that are all fair-trade certified and organic. While this brand is available at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Sprouts and the like, you could save big by shopping their online store. Look for bulk sizes, online specials, and free shipping on orders over $35.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-keep-your-dispoable-razor-blades-sharp-use-your-arm">Want to Keep Your Disposable Razor Blades Sharp? Use Your Arm</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-habits-science-says-will-make-you-smarter">5 Habits Science Says Will Make You Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-makeup-hacks-from-the-pros">12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-big-dental-bills-with-safe-and-inexpensive-products">Avoid Big Dental Bills with Safe and Inexpensive Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Health and Beauty affordable beauty products beauty cheap beauty natural beauty products Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:36:25 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1137337 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-hair-care-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-hair-care-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5479434966_fc2c9acc05_z_1.jpg" alt="Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs" title="Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to cut hair care costs, rules for regifting, and getting the most from social security.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=e7cb42f7-bcf9-4cc8-bf7a-0ff228c3089e&amp;ref=bfv">19 Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs</a> &mdash; Choosing a low-maintenance cut is a good way to save on hair care costs. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-rules-for-regifting/">5 Rules for Regifting</a> &mdash; If you plan on regifting this holiday season, make sure to rewrap before regifting. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/get-the-most-from-social-security.html">Get the Most From Social Security</a> &mdash; To get the most from social security, hold off on filing for your benefits for as long as possible. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://inspiredtoaction.com/2012/02/101-fun-activities-to-do-with-your-child/">101 Fun Activities to Do With Your Child</a> &mdash; Have some cheap fun with your kids by going to a bowling alley or a movie theater. [Inspired to Action]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/15-stocking-stuffers-suck.html">15 Stocking Stuffers That Don't Suck</a> &mdash; Movie tickets and gift cards are just a couple stocking stuffers that don't suck. [Bargaineering]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.giftcardgranny.com/blog/free-gift-card-with-purchase/">15 Companies Offering Free Gift Card With Purchase</a> &mdash; This holiday season, companies such as Best Buy and Red Lobster are offering free gift cards with purchase. [Gift Card Granny]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/12/14/6-reasons-why-you-should-rent-not-buy/">6 Reasons Why You Should Rent, Not Buy</a> &mdash; Sometimes it's better to rent instead of buy a home because you might not qualify for a mortgage. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/12/real-estate-101-taxes.html">Real Estate 101: Taxes</a> &mdash; One of the tax benefits of rental property is is the depreciation of the property you purchased. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cool-Upcycling-Projects-24338804">111 Upcycling Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind</a> &mdash; Consider making cork coasters with your leftover wine corks or a dyed rope vase with any extra rope you have. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-tips-to-help-your-kids-sleep-while-away-for-the-holidays">8 Tips to Help Your Kids Sleep While Away for the Holidays</a> &mdash; One of the best ways to make sure your kid sleep while away for the holidays is to make things like home as possible. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-hair-care-costs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-great-hair-without-the-salon">10 Ways to Get Great Hair Without the Salon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty best mone tips hair hair care Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959888 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5255408257_e123a8fff3_z.jpg" alt="Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank" title="Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on looking great for holiday parties without breaking the bank, job hunting sins to avoid, and building an emergency fund quickly.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank/">Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank</a> &mdash; If you need clothes for a holiday party, consider borrowing something from a friend! [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/7-Job-Hunting-Sins-Avoid-5657179">7 Job Hunting Sins To Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't make the job hunting mistake of investing too little time in your job search. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-quickly-build-an-emergency-fund/">How to Quickly Build an Emergency Fund</a> &mdash; Are you trying to build an emergency fund quickly? Try having a garage sale to make some money to put in your emergency fund. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/reasons-keep-your-money-in-the-bank/">Your Mattress is Not FDIC Insured - Four Reasons Keep Your Money in the Bank</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to keep your money in the bank because it will earn interest. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/triple-your-savings-in-two-months.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ReadyToBeRich+%28Ready+To+Be+Rich%29">Triple Your Savings in Two Months</a> &mdash; To triple your savings before the new year, sell stuff you don't use and minimize eating out. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/39-ways-to-enjoy-your-thanksgiving-leftovers/">39 Ways to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Leftovers</a> &mdash; Use your leftover cranberry sauce to make cranberry pancakes. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/three-classes-every-high-school-should-require/">Three Classes Every High School Should Require</a> &mdash; Do you think every high school should require student take a personal finance class? [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/3857/understanding-short-term-disability-insurance-ttolar/">The Basics of Short Term Disability Insurance</a> &mdash; Short term disability insurance provides a level of protection against loss of income if you find yourself unable to work for a few weeks or months due to injury or illness. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5961786/how-can-i-make-a-long-plane-or-car-ride-suck-less">How Can I Make a Long Plane or Car Ride Suck Less?</a> &mdash; Make the most of long plane or car rides by learning a new language. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-host-and-survive-your-first-thanksgiving">How to Host and Survive Your First Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; When hosting your first Thanksgiving, make sure to enlist help! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin">7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about">10 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look">12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty best money tips clothes holiday party Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:36:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955929 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Department Store Beauty on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-department-store-beauty-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-department-store-beauty-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2370680255_420213edb1_z(1)-1.jpg" alt="Department Store Beauty on a Budget" title="Department Store Beauty on a Budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on department store beauty on a budget, 5 cheap foods to avoid, and gift ideas for your host or hostess.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://shebudgets.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/beauty-products-on-a-budget/">Department Store Beauty on a Budget</a> &mdash; Look awesome without breaking your budget by shopping online. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Unhealthy-Cheap-Foods-20078839">Good for Wallet, Bad For Health: Avoid These 5 Cheap Foods</a> &mdash; While it may be cheap, you should definitely steer clear of fast food. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://getbuttonedup.com/2012/11/28/16-perfect-and-perfectly-affordable-hostess-gift-ideas/#">16 Perfect (and Perfectly Affordable) Hostess Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; One great gift to get your hostess is a set of personalized coasters. [Buttoned Up]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/how-to-save-money-on-groceries-no-coupons/">8 Tips to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons!</a> &mdash; Save money on groceries without clipping coupons by eating less meat. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2011/10/and-yet-another-recommendation-for-the-lowly-thank-you-note.html">And Yet Another Recommendation for the Lowly Thank-You Note</a> &mdash; If you had a job interview, it may be ok to just send thank you notes to the key people you interviewed with. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/value/archive/reasons-to-buy-emerging-markets-stocks.html">5 Reasons to Buy Emerging Market Stocks</a> &mdash; One good reason to buy emerging market stocks is because demographics favor emerging nations. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/5453/8-reasons-why-you-should-not-buy-a-home-kmulligan/">8 Reasons Why You Should Not Buy a Home</a> &mdash; Don't buy a home if you don't have a down payment. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/cheap-halloween-costumes/">15 Cheap and Creative Halloween Costumes for 2011</a> &mdash; This Halloween, consider being Charlie Sheen! [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheap-credit-cards.org/credit-cards/how-to-spot-atm-skimmers/">How to Spot ATM Skimmers</a> &mdash; To spot an ATM skimmer, look around the ATM and see if there are any unusual objects sitting around such as cigarettes or or a can of soda. [Cheap Credit Cards]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/why-its-okay-to-not-breastfeed">Why It's Ok to Not Breastfeed</a> &mdash; It may be ok for you not to breastfeed for certain health reasons. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/09/best-of-money-carnival-126-hosted-by-sustainable-personal-finance">Best of Money Carnival #126: Hosted by Sustainable Personal Finance</a> &mdash; Be sure to check out the Best of Money Carnival, hosted by Sustainable Personal Finance. The Best of Money Carnival will feature ten of the best money-related posts from the last two weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/09/carnival-of-personal-finance-332-hosted-by-beating-broke">Carnival of Personal Finance #332: Hosted by Beating Broke</a> &mdash; Don't miss the weekly Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted this week by Beating Broke. The Carnival of Personal Finance will feature some of the best articles from around the web from the past week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/09/carnival-of-wealth-2">Carnival of Wealth</a> &mdash; Be sure to check out the Carnival of Wealth hosted by Control Your Cash. The Carnival of Wealth will feature some of the best articles from around the web pertaining to wealth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/09/totallymoney-blog-carnival-0">TotallyMoney Blog Carnival</a> &mdash; Don't miss the TotallyMoney Blog Carnival hosted by Boomer and Echo. The TotallyMoney Blog Carnival will feature the pinnacle of personal finance and money posts from around the web.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-department-store-beauty-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about">10 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look">12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know">7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty best money tips Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:00:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 759245 at http://www.wisebread.com Being Happier Through...Botox? http://www.wisebread.com/being-happier-through-botox <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/being-happier-through-botox" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frown.jpg" alt="" title="This is how I used to feel every morning." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="208" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I never thought I'd admit this publicly, but I have had Botox injections before. Yes, I am only 33. And no, I don't have some kind of dysmorphic disorder, and I'm not completely obsessed with every wrinkle or line on my face. I don't adore the process of aging, but whaddya gonna do, you know?</p> <p>But I will admit to a certain amount of vanity, and the truth is, I got really upset when I noticed this rather deep line between my eyebrows. It's not so much from aging as it is from frowning. I frown a LOT. I work at a computer all day, and when I have to concentrate, or when I'm nervous, or when I'm angry or sad, I frown. I frown when I sleep, I've been told. I'm a frowner.</p> <p>I won't lie; I'm not a super happy person. I'm grumpy a lot of the time, and I have been since I was very young. My family is not a miserable family, although depression does tend to run in the Slavic side. My childhood was relatively happy, but I'm not what you would call &quot;joyful.&quot; I'm not depressed, but I definitely come from a long line of women who aren't particularly fond of perkiness. During college, I went through a period of rather extreme depression, and while I found that medication helped at the time, it's not a long-term solution for me. I've come to accept that I've never been, and will never be, a bright and cheery kind of person.</p> <p>Also, I get angry easily. Most of my mornings start with me glaring at myself in the bathroom mirror for about five minutes. Most of the time, though, I don't realize that I am frowning &mdash; I do it all the time, while writing, talking on the phone, watching a movie, and I don't even realize that it's happening until I've been doing it for about an hour and my forehead starts to ache.</p> <p>About a year ago, the presence of that rather deep line between my brows got the better of me, and I paid a very nice nurse at a local surgeon's office approximately $140 dollars to inject toxins into my face. Honestly, I was terrified that I would end up looking like those stretch-faced, zombie women on TV, unable to express the most basic emotion through facial muscles. My nurse assured me that she had Botox, and she looked, at age 40, really great &mdash; not frozen and zombified. I took the plunge.</p> <p>Aside from the cost, my only complaint about the treatment was that I had a pretty bad headache for about a week. Once that disappeared, though, and the muscles started to relax, I was happy to see that the line between my brows pretty much disappeared. And yes, the muscles couldn't move, so I couldn't furrow my brow. I could still raise my eyebrows and narrow my eyes, and obviously my cheeks and mouth weren't affected, so I could FROWN, but not furrow. I simply couldn't activate the muscles that would draw my brows together.</p> <p>Then I noticed something: I felt a lot less angry. Whenever I would find myself getting frustrated at something (usually at work), just as I could feel my face pulling into a frown, I would realize that it just couldn't be done. I couldn't frown. And without the ability to do that, I didn't stay angry very long. Momentary irritation tended to fizzle, and while it's true that my job wasn't any easier, I just didn't get as upset about it. I even mentioned it to a coworker, who assured me that I was (1) crazy and (2) trying to justify having spent $140 on Botox. I told my parents, both medical professionals, about the effect on my mood, and they both sighed heavily and wondered what they had ever done to raise a daughter who couldn't love her own face.</p> <p>Well, who's having the last laugh now? That would be me (yes, I can still laugh), after finding that <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/id/233142">my experience</a> of having botox improve my mood is not only common, but that it has a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facial_feedback_hypothesis">scientific explanation</a>. Facial feedback hypothesis, which has previously told us that smiling can actually make us feel happier even when we naturally aren't, can also explain why someone who is unable to frown fully doesn't maintain a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/20/AR2006052000979.html">steady state of anger</a>. It turns out that it's not just your moods that affect your facial expressions, but your facial expressions that affect your moods. Thus, someone who forces themselves to smile when they feel down can significantly improve their own mood, and someone who stops frowning when upset can stem the tide of anger or depression.</p> <p>Botox, it seems, can make you happier. Or at least, Botox can make you less unhappy.</p> <p>I'm not going to pretend that the over-application of Botox doesn't freak me out. Between aging Hollywood madams on TV and physicians wives elbowing me aside at the shoe department at Nordstrom, I agree that a totally Botoxified face is a terror to behold. But in small amounts, I have to say, it really has been a godsend.</p> <p>My $140 worth of Botox lasted longer than expected &mdash; approximately 6 months (I was told to expect 3). Twenty-three dollars a month for an improved mood is worth it to me.</p> <p>No word yet on whether total facial paralysis limits all kinds of emotions, although I imagine limiting one's ability to smile might make them less happy?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/being-happier-through-botox">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-you-cant-focus-and-how-to-fix-it-now">12 Reasons You Can&#039;t Focus — And How to Fix It Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-mind-everyday">5 Terrible Things Science Says You Do to Your Mind Everyday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/44-ways-to-improve-your-health-and-happiness">44 Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty anger management beauty botox depression happiness plastic surgery Sun, 14 Feb 2010 19:00:03 +0000 Andrea Karim 5255 at http://www.wisebread.com Sometimes I wish I had beautiful long blonde hair and ample cleavage. http://www.wisebread.com/sometimes-i-wish-i-had-beautiful-long-blonde-hair-and-ample-cleavage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sometimes-i-wish-i-had-beautiful-long-blonde-hair-and-ample-cleavage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/57771524_9da42a3c85.jpg" alt="Barbie" title="Barbie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not on my body of course; that would be freakish. And if you’re visualizing it right now, I’m really sorry…especially if you’re eating. No, I’m basically reacting to several incidentover the past few weeks/months/years which have forced me to come to the following conclusion: getting deals seems to be a whole lot easier if you’re easier on the eye.<br /> <p class="MsoNormal">I’m no oil painting: shaved head; average features; I could certainly lose a few pounds. But I do have an English accent. An ace up my sleeve which has, on occasion, helped me sway a few people here and there. Not by much, but enough to get an additional 10% off or a freebie thrown into a purchase. It’s peanuts to what I’ve witnessed with my own four eyes (I wear glasses, often another setback) when a pretty lady uses her charms on the average guy. I’m sure I’ll hear cries of sexism, but this has nothing to do with the intelligence of the girls…rather, the lack of intelligence of the people sucking up to them. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’ve chatted with girls at work who have escaped speeding tickets not once, but on three or four occasions. I have had two tickets from two violations. I put my hands on the wheel each time, used very polite language and was extremely courteous. It got me nowhere. But some of the girls at the office, and their friends, told me how easy it was for them to get away with no ticket at all – just bat your eyelids, hike up your cleavage and play ‘the little girl lost’ routine. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">If there are any male police officers out there, I’d like to ask a question; what do you really think is going to happen when you let a sassy blonde get away without a ticket? Do you really think she’ll give you her phone number? Seriously, why let her break the law and let others pay for it? </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/134701415_bbbc8e879b.jpg" alt="Ogle Street" title="Ogle Street" width="400" height="300" /> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just the other day I saw three guys in Circuit City crowding around a pretty blonde who was looking at Blu-Ray players. I was annoyed because I couldn’t find anyone to help me find the DVD I wanted for my wife’s Mother’s Day present. But of course, I didn’t quite stand out in the same way as this part-time Playboy model did. In the end, I had to go to the in-store computer terminal and find the thing myself. <span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I have been in bars where the waiters have literally shouted past three rows of people to ask a scantily-clad blonde what she was drinking. We all look, shouting “Hey, what about us? Waiter! Over here?!”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You name the situation, I guarantee I’ve been shunned in favor of the beauty queen who graces the establishment with her presence. It’s almost like some girls expect special treatment. Indeed, a very cocky girl I know says that her looks have got her everything from free cab rides to free landscaping. And all because she’s a dead ringer for one of those “Girls Next Door.” </p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s not always blondes of course, pretty ladies in general seem to have an advantage over those of us with more down to earth looks. Some guys have the edge, too. I’ve often felt like the Hunchback Of Notre Dame when a 6ft chiseled guy with abs of steel has stood next to me at the bar and waved to the bar staff. The girls rush to his aid, the guys want to be his best bud. This may have something to do with <a href="http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/11/halo-effect.html">The Halo Effect</a> , a common term used in business. You can read more about it, but many people out there associate positive (or becoming) looks with other positive traits, like kindness or intelligence.  </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Why, as a society, do we feel the need to give an extra helping hand to people who clearly have already been given an advantage? Why do we suck up to the pretty people? What do we think we’ll gain by it? And what can folks like me, the ordinaries, do to compete with them? I’d love to hear your own stories on the matter. If you’re one of the blondes with ample cleavage for instance, how often have you noticed special treatment? Conversely, did you get the opposite treatment because of your looks?<span>  </span>And if you’re more of a ‘blend in with the crowd’ person, how did you get one-up on the person blessed with a rather nice outer shell?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s strange to think that just the way we look can alter the kind of deals we can get. Online, it rarely makes a difference. I find most of my deals that way. But put me up against someone with the looks of Jessica Simpson and my entire negotiating skills pale in comparison. Fair? Hey, considering the way people react it seems natural to use what you’ve got. (And if I had it, you can bet I’d flaunt it.)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sometimes-i-wish-i-had-beautiful-long-blonde-hair-and-ample-cleavage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The stuff I try never to buy new</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs Shopping bargaining beauty blonde deals looks Tue, 13 May 2008 04:01:38 +0000 Paul Michael 2088 at http://www.wisebread.com Announcing the winner of the Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit drawing http://www.wisebread.com/announcing-the-winner-of-the-burts-bees-essential-body-kit-drawing <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/winner.jpg" alt=" " width="242" height="218" /></p> <p>Congratulations to the winner of our <a href="/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit">Burt&#39;s Bees Essential Body Kit</a> frugal beauty tips contest!</p> <p>As you know, I asked readers to send in their frugal and/or homemade beauty ideas. Dozens of you wrote in, and in a random drawing, the <a href="/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit#comment-25239">following comment</a> was selected as the winner:</p> <p class="blockquote">The best make-up remover I&#39;ve found is baby oil. Yup, simple cheap baby oil. You dab a little bit on a cotton ball, rub that across your eyes, and even the most stubborn water-proof mascara comes right off. It even moisturizes!</p> <p>That&#39;s right, Rebecca won the drawing! An email confirmation has been sent out to Rebecca, who will receive one free Burt&#39;s Bees Essential Body Kit compliments of Wise Bread.</p> <p>In addition, I was so taken with <a href="/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit#comment-31957">Ben&#39;s remedy</a> for cracked heels that I&#39;ve decided to send him an extra kit, just for offering such an innovative solution. </p> <p class="blockquote">Grind up some fennel, sarsaparilla, and aloe vera, and add them to some olive oil. Allow this to macerate for a week or so. Add the oil to an equal amount of beeswax, and melt them together in a 300 degree oven. Apply this mixture to dry or cracked heels to soothe, soften, and heal them.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who participated!</p> <p>(Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/ingorrr/">Ingorrr</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/announcing-the-winner-of-the-burts-bees-essential-body-kit-drawing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit">Win a Burt&#039;s Bees Essential Body Kit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products">5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-serums">The 5 Best Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-really-need-soft-water">Do You Really Need “Soft” Water?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-facial-toners">The 5 Best Facial Toners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty Burt's Bees frugal home remedy make-up nautral organic skin care Fri, 18 May 2007 02:58:58 +0000 Andrea Karim 656 at http://www.wisebread.com Win a Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit http://www.wisebread.com/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/bees.jpg" alt=" " width="250" height="211" /></p> <p>Want a chance to win a Burt&#39;s Bees Essential Body Kit, completely free, from Wise Bread?</p> <p>Clue us in to your favorite all-natural beauty secret! Have a family recipe for rice bran scrub that leaves your skin glowing? Know something about sesame oil that we don&#39;t?</p> <p>Let us know what your secret is by commenting on our site, and all participants will be entered in a drawing for an Essential Body Kit from Burt&#39;s Bees ($13 value), with free shipping. Make sure to use your real email when placing a comment so that we can get in touch with you if you are the winner.</p> <p>Anyone (outside of Wise Bread writers and editors) are eligible to win. We&#39;re looking for fresh, frugal, natural ideas. Here&#39;s an example from a friend of mine:</p> <p class="blockquote">My parents used to buy coconut oil from the market in Nairobi where we lived. They would then take all three of us kids, scrub us really good in the tub, and coat us with coconut oil, from head to toe and have us sit outside (naked, but we were only 5-7 years old) in the warm sun for about an hour. Not directly in the sun, of course. The we&#39;d get hosed off, and then washed with a gentle soap. Our skin would be soft and supple for a full week afterwards. To this day, I still like to give my hair a coconut oil treatment every month or so. I comb the oil through my hair while leaning over the bathtub, then wrap it in a towel and sit around and read for an hour. It&#39;s a little like doing a Vidal Sasson hot oil treatment, but more natural and cheaper. Then I wash my hair with a gentle shampoo and condition it. Very shiny. A note of caution, though - if you oil your hair and then get into the shower, it will be incredibly slippery. Take precautions not to slip.</p> <p>Your idea doesn&#39;t have to be purely of the kitchen ingredients-variety. A friend of mine pointed out that kissing her stubbly boyfriend&#39;s mug is a grea exfoliator. A brunch pal suggested that there is nothing better for the complexion than a quick romp in the sheets in the afternoon. </p> <p>See how easy it is? You don&#39;t have to write a lot - just a few words about a home remedy beauty treatment that you like, and the benefits it gives you. Again, be sure to use a real email address so we can contact you if you win our homebased beauty tip drawing.</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Burts-Bees-Essential-Body-Kit/dp/B000KAAD8O">here to see what is included in the Essential Body Kit</a>.</p> <p>The dealine for contributing your home-based beauty trick idea is May 15th. We&#39;ll announce the winner the day after.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/announcing-the-winner-of-the-burts-bees-essential-body-kit-drawing">Announcing the winner of the Burt&#039;s Bees Essential Body Kit drawing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products">5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-serums">The 5 Best Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-facial-toners">The 5 Best Facial Toners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty Burt's Bees home remedy make-up nautral organic skin care Mon, 30 Apr 2007 22:59:44 +0000 Andrea Karim 578 at http://www.wisebread.com Is Green Tea All It's Cracked Up to Be? It's close. http://www.wisebread.com/is-green-tea-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-its-close <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/green_tea.jpg" alt="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kankan/" title="Green tea by Kanko" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>I&#39;ve been enjoying the snarky articles at Slate.com recently focusing on the commoditization of Eastern traditions, such as <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2162283/">yoga</a>. As someone who purchases but never uses yoga clothing, mats, and accessories, I can truly appreciate the hypocrisy in the American tendency to turn something that is supposed to be purifying and healthy into something that is really a money-making scheme.</p> <p>However, I have to take issue with Jacob Weisberg&#39;s recent article that more or less tries to <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2163503/nav/tap1/">dismiss the trend that is green tea</a>, mostly by linking to the myriad of products that use green tea as an ingredient. I&#39;m bothered by a few issues that he raises, mostly because, well, I really freaking love green tea.</p> <p>Now, I long ago discarded the notion that the East has much to teach us about metaphysical stuff. Don&#39;t get me wrong - I&#39;m an Asiaphile. But it&#39;s not because I find any deep and inherent wisdom in the cultures that make up &quot;the Orient&quot;. I like Asia because the land is stunning, the languages are fascinating, the history is long, and the men are handsome.</p> <p>That said, Easterners are as messed-up as as Westerners. Sure, there are some lovely traditions to be had all across Asia, both found in extinct rituals and current practices. But there are lovely traditions to be found in Portugal, too. Only we don&#39;t categorize the Portugese as particularly deep, whereas I think that Asians get put on a spiritual pedestal that isn&#39;t fair to anyone.</p> <p>Commercialism and greed are rampant everywhere in the world, and I don&#39;t think that someone who grew up in, say, Vietnam, has any more to teach the world than someone who grew up in Alabama. So my defense of tea-drinking isn&#39;t stemming from any illusion that the West is merely a commercial shell of a place with no soul, and Asia is the land of enlightenment or anything.</p> <p>There&#39;s no Ganesh on my bookshelf at home, get it?</p> <p>OK? Good. Now that that is out of the way. Green tea.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>It&#39;s an acquired taste...</strong></p> <p>Like coffee, beer, and avocados, your first impression of green tea might have been something like, &quot;Oh. That&#39;s, uh. Hm. Ick.&quot; When I first tasted green tea at the age of 12, I can&#39;t say that I was delighted with it, either. Our exchange student, who hailed from Tokyo, had brought packets of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha">matcha</a> with her for us to sample. To me, it was like drinking a ground-up version of the hay that we fed the horses in 4-H. Only bitter.</p> <p>It wasn&#39;t until I traveled to Japan for the first time that I started to really appreciate green tea, if not the long ceremonies surrounding it that caused me to experience some severe Charlie horses (I do appreciate the meditation and skill and patience involved in tea ceremonies, I simply can&#39;t sit on my knees for the length of one). After that trip, I developed a real love for green tea, of which there are many kinds. Also, I decided that green tea flavoring was the best. thing. ever.</p> <p>So, my feathers get ruffled when I read someone who wants to disparage green tea for no good reason, other than the fact that they are sick of hearing about it, and kind of want to make fun of a few products and their respective marketing campaigns. </p> <p>If Slate.com&#39;s Jacob Weisberg had written an article saying &quot;I&#39;m really sick of hearing about green tea&quot;, I&#39;d be fine, because that&#39;s honest. But alas, that was not his tactic. I understand the need to snark about some things, but the green tea attack feels forced and pointless. Also, there are some criticisms of the green tea fad that I just don&#39;t find legitimate.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Eastern Tradition Hijacked by the West</strong></p> <p class="blockquote">In the United States, &quot;Eastern&quot; tends to blur together Hinduism, Buddhism, and hucksterism. It inevitably involves something to buy and usually something to eat as well. Only this harmonic-entrepreneurial convergence can explain the invention of <a href="http://www.serendipitychocolates.com/detail_pages/greentea_truffle.htm" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">New Zen Green Tea Truffles</font></a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bissingers-Green-Gummy-Pandas-Three/dp/B000BNLF3W" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Green Tea Gummy Pandas</font></a>, snacks that transform a foggy idea of virtue into morsels of vice. </p> <p>Now, I agree that the whole <em>East=Wisdom &amp; Peace</em> thing can be tedious. I throw up a little when I see Chinese character stepping stones in gardens. But I don&#39;t think we can apply this to green tea. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: They Started It!</strong></p> <p>It&#39;s a fallacy, and kind of cocky, to assume that just because a trend is popular, it must have started in the West. Green tea is a very popular flavor throughout Asia, and has been for a long time. You can get green tea EVERYTHING in China, Japan, and Korea. Yogurt, Pocky, ice cream (the only ice cream I like, actually), mochi, chocolates, cookies, gum - the list goes on forever. (Also, there&#39;s lots of melon-flavored stuff, and I sincerely believe that honeydew-flavored yogurt is the closest thing to heaven that most people can ever hope to experience).</p> <p>The traditional Asian palette hasn&#39;t (yet) been tuned to super-sweet tastes, and green tea is a nice flavor in that it tones down the hyper-sugary taste of many desserts and treats. Desserts in East Asia tend to favor sweetened red beans, lightly sweet gelatin, and sometimes sweetened milk. But usually, dessert in Asia is fruit. </p> <p>Recap: the green-tea-in-everything trend didn&#39;t start in the US, but I&#39;m glad it being adopted here, because it&#39;s freaking delicious.</p> <p>Also, sure, &quot;Zen&quot; food might sound pretensious, unless you happen to understand the &quot;Zen&quot; that is a good piece of chocolate. &quot;Zen&quot; truffles are logical to anyone who finds <a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/choco.html">bliss</a> (scroll down to &quot;Chocolate and The Nervous System&quot;) in cocoa.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Who Knows if It&#39;s Good for You? </strong></p> <p>Next, Weisberg attacks claims that green tea is really, really good for you.</p> <p class="blockquote">Under the Food and Drug Administration&#39;s policy of permitting &quot;qualified health claims&quot; for which there is <em>some </em>evidence—often based on industry-funded research—marketers can make all sorts of improbable boasts (see under <a href="http://www.pomwonderful.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">pomegranate juice</font></a>). Even when it rejects such assertions, <a href="http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/qhc-gtea.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">as it has for green tea and all cancers</font></a> as well as <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12718769/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">heart disease</font></a>, the FDA seldom does anything to stop them. </p> <p>He has a point here, and the long-term benefits of green tea may not be well-established. In fact, I&#39;m sick and tired of studies that show <em>this</em> and studies that show <em>that</em>. Bran, beta carotene, vitamin C, chromium, soy - we&#39;re told to consume them like crazy to prevent cancer, and then told a few months later that they CAUSE cancer. </p> <p>Until we really buckle down and have some less biased studies, I wouldn&#39;t recommend that anyone drink lots of green tea, especially in the stead of actually exercising and eating well. I don&#39;t know if green tea can really prevent health problems or cancer or anything else.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: It&#39;s Good for ME </strong></p> <p>But I do know this: I am a diabetic (Type 2, for those who need to know), and drinking green tea<strong><em> lowers my blood sugar</em></strong>. </p> <p>I know this because I have tested my blood sugar before and after drinking green tea, and it will drop my sugar by as much as 30 points. I&#39;m not saying that it works for everyone (it has the opposite affect on my sister, who has a bad blood sugar spike with any caffeine), but it works for some people, and shouldn&#39;t be discounted. Not that my experience alone is enough to validate the health benefits - but I think it should be studied, in the same way that cinnamon was.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Coprorations Blah Blah Blah Fat Americans</strong></p> <p>Weisberg follows up with the familiar &quot;Well, BIG BAD COMPANIES put green tea in stuff that isn&#39;t healthy, but you <em>think</em> it&#39;s healthy because it has green tea in it, but it&#39;s <em>not</em> healthy because it&#39;s Starbucks&quot; spiel. He even goes so far as to diss my local favorite green-tea joint <a href="http://www.kootsgreentea.com/">Koots</a> (Holla!), as a seller or less-than-healthy green-tea-infused items (green tea cheesecake - try it when you&#39;re in town).</p> <p class="blockquote">This follows on the success of Starbucks&#39; <a href="http://www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_beverage_detail.asp?selProducts=185&amp;strAction=GETDEFAULT&amp;x=21&amp;y=7" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Tazo Green Tea Frappuccino</font></a>, which also uses matcha, green tea in pulverized form. A &quot;venti&quot; has 560 calories if you hold the whipped cream. (The unappreciated business genius of Starbucks is not charging $4 for a latte but rather giving adults permission to drink milkshakes, on the pretext that they are merely tea or coffee.) This is exceeded by the 640 calories in the &quot;power&quot; version of the <a href="http://jambajuice.com/menuguide/matchagreenteablast.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Matcha Green Tea Blast</font></a> from Jamba Juice, a <a href="http://www.jambajuice.com/talk/franchiseinformation.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">franchise chain</font></a> chasing Howard Schultz&#39;s caffeinated footsteps. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: It&#39;s Tasty, and No One is Lying About the Calories </strong></p> <p>You know, I don&#39;t think there&#39;s a single item at Starbucks that I enjoy that comes in at under 400 calories. And it is possible that people in line at Starbucks are saying to themselves &quot;Hm. The white chocolate mocha with raspberry... that sounds good. Oh, wait, green tea frappucino! That&#39;s GOT to be good for me!&quot;. But those people are dumb, and they&#39;d choose something terrible whether the green tea was there or not. </p> <p>[Also, I know a lot of women who have Starbucks for breakfast. Just a drink. 500 calories for breakfast isn&#39;t that bad. 3 meals a day x 500 calories + 200 calorie snack = 1700 calories a day. Now, if a 500 calorie drink is being consumed as a snack, then you&#39;ve got a problem, but I don&#39;t know many women who &quot;snack&quot; at Starbucks, and their frappucinos are a meal.]</p> <p>A trend is a trend, Weisberg! The next big push from Starbucks is going to be South American-influenced flavors. You got something against mangos and pretty Brazilian women in skimpy bikinis? Eh? Everyone loves a Brazilian!</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Down with White-tea! (Get it? White-tea? Whitey? Har!)</strong></p> <p>Next, in what I can only assume is an attempt at humor, Weisberg goes after the beauty industry for putting green tea in its products, and says this [emphasis mine]:</p> <p class="blockquote"><a href="http://www.origins.com/templates/products/mp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5756" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Origins &quot;Perfect World&quot; products</font></a> are made with increasingly fashionable white tea, which is sort of baby green tea (think baby arugula). According to the company, white tea is &quot;among the most potent antioxidants, anti-agers, anti-stress, anti-smoke, anti-pollution antidotes.&quot; <em><strong>How is it that tea becomes more medically potent as it loses color and flavor?</strong></em> Next in this progression will be an invisible <em><strong>ghost tea with the regenerative properties of fetal stem cells</strong></em>. </p> <p>Ha! Stem cells! What a riot! It&#39;s funny AND it&#39;s topical! </p> <p>Well, it was topical a few months back, anyway.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: A Lesson in Oxidation</strong></p> <p>First let&#39;s look at the beauty argument; beauty-wise, green tea is mostly good for tightening your skin. </p> <p>Bonus beauty tip: Steep a bag of green tea, and use the cooled water to water your houseplants. Take the tea bag (if you are using bagged tea) and swipe it around your face. It&#39;s like a tiny facelift. It doesn&#39;t last all day, but it&#39;s nice for a couple of hours. All caffeine is great for reducing puffiness, so you can dab a little aloe and green tea around your eyes to reduce puffy skin during allergy season. </p> <p>Next, there&#39;s Weisberg&#39;s unfortunate belief that white tea can&#39;t possibly be as good, medicinally, as green tea.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea">brief explanation</a> for those who, like Weisberg, think that young tea has LOST flavor, as opposed to NOT DEVELOPING THE FULL FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA:</p> <p class="blockquote">...[T]ypes of tea are distinguished by the processing they undergo. Leaves of <em>Camellia sinensis</em> soon begin to wilt and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidation" title="Oxidation">oxidize</a> if not dried quickly after picking. The leaves turn progressively darker because <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophyll" title="Chlorophyll">chlorophyll</a> breaks down and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin" title="Tannin">tannins</a> are released.... The next step in processing is to stop the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidation" title="Oxidation">oxidation</a> process at a predetermined stage by heating, which deactivates the enzymes responsible. In black tea this is done simultaneously with drying.... Young leaves (new growth buds) that have undergone no oxidation; the buds may be shielded from sunlight to prevent formation of chlorophyll. White tea is produced in lesser quantities than most other styles, and can be correspondingly more expensive than tea from the same plant processed by other methods. It is less well known in countries outside of China, though this is changing with increased western interest in organic or premium teas. </p> <p>Basically, the message is this: it&#39;s a leaf that grows until it is picked. After it is picked, it begins to oxidize unless it is dried. As it oxidizes, it gets darker. The darker it gets, the less beneficial stuff it has in it. It&#39;s still good for you, but not as good for you as it was when it was lighter and less oxidized. How difficult is that?</p> <p>Weisberg ends up by snarking some more about green tea-infused booze, which I think we can all agree simply isn&#39;t an argument worth making. It&#39;s alcohol. Ergo, it&#39;s good. </p> <p><strong>MY</strong> point is the green tea is da bomb, whether on your mug or in your mug. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Yeah, but it tastes... meh.</strong></p> <p>I know some of you are thinking this. I&#39;ve known a lot of people who claim that <em>they just can&#39;t get into green tea</em>. This is almost always because:</p> <ol> <li>They are buying crappy tea and</li> <li>They are burning the tea when they brew it</li> </ol> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Buying</strong></p> <p>If you want to enjoy a cup of green tea, you have a couple decisions to make. First, decide if you want to pay more for good tea. Yes, you can buy bagged tea, and yes, there are good bagged teas. But you might as well buy loose leaf tea. It&#39;s just better quality, and you have more choice over what you are getting. With ground-up, bagged tea, who knows what kind of leaf is in there?</p> <p>Tea bags are filled with ground up tea, either because ground up tea brews faster and the industry is worried that you won&#39;t wait more than 30 seconds for your tea, or because what you are drinking is the dust that is swept off of the floors in tea factories and farms around the world. Either way, you can guarantee higher quality tea if you buy it loose leaf.</p> <p>Don&#39;t go nuts. Go somewhere that sells the tea, like a Whole Foods or an Asian market, and buy a little bit. Not much. No more than $10 worth. Oh, and do your darndest to buy organic. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Brewing</strong></p> <p>White and green tea have more anti-oxidants, and for some reason, scald really easily. Scalded tea is really bitter, and one bad cup can be enough to put someone off of tea for a while.</p> <p>Although you can brew a tasty cup of Earl Grey with boiling water, you have to use cooler water to make a cup of white or green tea. In fact, in many tea houses in Asia, the water you use is close to tepid, just under steaming. Me, I just pour a cup of boiling water and then add about 1/5 cup of cold water, and that does the trick. I steep my tea for about three minutes the first time and about seven minutes on the second round (you can reuse the leaves).</p> <p>Enjoying green tea doesn&#39;t have to be a transcendental experience or a guilt-trip. It&#39;s just a tasty thing that might be good for you.</p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kankan/">Kanko</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-green-tea-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-its-close">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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