#frugalfashionista : fashion face

I’ve been eyeing the too faced chocolate bar palette since I had seen the tutorial by Marianne Ramos. But spending $50 on a palette was hard to bite on. 

This past Xmas my new boss gave me a gift card to Sephora. It was such an awesome gesture. I knew exactly what I was going to purchase with it. When I found the time I headed to Sephora and picked out my semi sweet chocolate bar palette. 

Filled with an array of fun colors and scents of subtle sweetness I was a happy customer. I even walked out with a second item of Sephora brand contour/highlighting stick seeing as I was running out of my smashbox version. 

$49 too faced palette

$20 contour/highlight duo stick

Worth the investment!

Much love – MA 

Instagram: maryqueenofnewengland 


#frugalfashionista: fine fingernailsĀ 

Who doesn’t love getting a fresh gel manicure? When you’re as addicted to them as I am it can become a costly added expense. So maybe once in a while why not DIY? I found  OPI polish at a discount at marshalls, along with that I found a gel-like topcoat set. Results don’t last as long as a real gel manicure, but it’s not a bad alternative until you’re next manicure!

Much love -MA

Find me on Instagram: maryanncarandang


#frugalfashionista : mastering make up

Can’t get set up any better than this. Smashbox has come up with the perfect trio for contouring and highlighting. It even comes with a pencil sharpener and a little pamphlet that shows you how to do it based on your face shape!

I had help from the make up artist too and she really did a great job. So if you’re ever in the columbus area, look for Amy at sephora in jcp, Polaris!

Much love – MA



#frugalfashionista : navy nails

You love those black nails. And how could you not, they’re so chic and they go with everything. But sometimes you want something that feels new.

Try another deep shade like burgundy, or navy. These deep shades have the same chic effect, just a new taste for your usual black claws.

My fav navy of the moment: “577 dark huemoor” from Sally Hansen’s salon collection

Much love -MA


#frugalfashionista : great value for great quality makeup

I hate to be a hater but drugstore make up is never a good frugal option for good quality and lasting results, In my opinion and experience anyway. I used drug store make up throughout highschool and used to think people who spent more than $8 on makeup pieces were crazy….until I tried it myself.

Have you ever looked at someone in passing, so well put together, face glowing? FACE GLOWING and smooth?! It wasn’t until after I started trying out higher end make ups that I realized my face could achieve those flawless looks too!

Better make up doesn’t always mean you have to break the bank. Some of my favorites still remain in the $20 area. Not bad for flawless!

MAC lips – the thing I love about MAC is that they have almost everything in the color palette that you can’t always find in drugstores! My personal favorites, the nude palette. Even now I find it impossible to find nudes that work or even exist in drug stores. My personal favorite “creme de nude”

Urban decay, blackout eyeshadow – lasts long and has never caked on me

Bare minerals finishing powder – gives your face that photo finish clean smooth matte look. It especially helps when your face gets oily quick. I tried to use a drugstore brand to test it out as a cheaper option…def a waste of my $11.

Treat your face a little šŸ™‚ you’ll love the results.

Much love -MA