Right ways to deal with the wacky weather at reasonable prices

Are you, your skin, AND your hair flipping out because of the unpredictable and inconsistent climate of Chapel Hill lately? You’re not the only one. I’ve gone from having a humidity-induced frizz ball of hair, to painfully chapped and cracked lips, to dull and dry skin, to a blindingly shiny and oily face in the past week. The array of looks I’ve sported this week has been endless – but certainly not by choice! I’d rather not worry every day about how my appearance has altered from what I intended when I left for campus in the morning! Luckily, there are products that are easily and inexpensively available to help relieve the worry and in extreme cases, pain! Here are some products to look for to survive this weekly whacky weather we’re having:

Petroleum and beeswax have been pinpointed as the two most important ingredients to have in a lip balm to best  battle chapped lips. Burt’s Bees contains both petroleum and beeswax and can cure any case of chapped lips at  hardly any cost at all (Under $4 at drugstores and the Student Store).

Besides chapped lips, a dry face usually accompanies cold weather as well. Treatment is easy enough with the right moisturizer. There are many moisturizers available but it’s imperative to make sure your moisturizer includes the ingredient hyaluronic acid. If you don’t have moisturizer right now but are realizing you urgently need to get some, run to Walgreens and try Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 (Under $10 at drugstores).

For the warmer days we’ve been having, you’re probably experiencing the opposite of dryness! You might wearing a shiny or even oily face, especially on those warmer days when you have a million things to do and are a girl on the go all over campus! Oil-free face-wash and moisturizer and foundation powder with SPF are good steps to take to start off the day, but on long days you can reduce shine later with blotting papers! There are many brands of blotting sheets, but try Boots Expert Shine Control Papers for less than $5 at drugstores.

Nothing is worse than spending precious time styling your hair just to step out and have it either Fructis SLK/SHN ANTI-HUMID SPR Size: 8.25 ozflatten or frizz because of humidity. To harness the untamed hair that happens because of humidity, the best inexpensive products to use are from the Garnier Sleek and Shine line, such as the Anti-Humidity Hairspray Ultra Strong and Anti-Humidity Styling Cream (under $5 at drugstores).

With the warmer temperatures, we’re eager to put on sundresses, shorts, tanks, and sandals. With this shedding of layers comes more skin exposure and the responsibility of getting back into a regular shaving routine. Unfortunately, oh-so-unpleasant razor burn can come along with smooth and hairless legs. For treatment of razor burn, dermatologists recommend applying topical lotions that contain hydrocortisone, such as  Aveeno Maximum Strength 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream (under $8 at drugstores).

Keep all of these products in mind when getting ready every day and you should be ready to cope with the crazy Chapel Hill weather!

Shiny Like the Moon

We all do our best to wake up with plenty of time to groom ourselves in the morning, but every so often, you just can’t drag yourself out of bed. Before you know it, you’re rushing to get to class on time – at this point, appearance isn’t of great importance. Sometimes, it’s late enough that you aren’t able to hop in the shower, wash your hair, and finish the rest of your morning routine. But with the appearance of more and more dry shampoos and conditioners, this can all change.

Even if you wake up too late to give your hair a full-on lather, various companies offer hair-cleaning solutions that don’t require the use of water. The products promise to get rid of oil and smell, without leaving residue. Just sprinkle some of the powder on your hair, leave it on for a few minutes, comb it out, and you’re done.

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

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totally tattooed- no needles necessary

It’s the middle of winter and you may be weary of your jewel-toned peacoat, black leggings and boots. So how do you spice up your winter look?

How about rocking a designer temporary tattoo?

Chanel debuted these beauties at their Spring-Summer 2010 fashion show in Paris. Each dainty tattoo plays a trick with the eyes- upon first glance, it’s hard to tell if they’re tattoos, or actual jewelry. Buy the pack of 55 and you’ll have a unique accessory for every night on the town.


Chanel garter tattoo

Beyonce’s House of Déreon temporary tattoos are bold and exciting.  Check out this dramatic spine tattoo. For a more subdued look, try one of the striking spider tattoos. At $34 for the deluxe pack, they’re affordable too.


House of Dereon skeleton tattoo

Betsey Johnson released a line of temporary tattoos this fall. Rock hers for a punk-look. Choose from snakes, an owl, a black cat or spiders and you’re sure to be a conversation starter.


Betsey Johnson temporary tattoos

Rodarte, who designed the costumes for Black Swan, used henna-inspired tattoos in its spring 2010 runway show. M.A.C. makeup artist James Kaliardos worked with the sister duo behind the brand for a month to create the tribal looking tattoos.  There aren’t any for sale, but if you’re feeling especially artistic, pick up some henna and use these as inspiration to try your own.


Rodarte henna-tattoo

Keep people guessing and look totally fabulous this winter with a temporary tattoo or two.

Perfect Holiday Gift Guide

Tight on cash this season?  We’ve found the perfects gifts for the fashionistas on your list- all items $35 or less!

Essie Mini Polish Set
$17; essieshop.com

Essie’s winter 2010 collection creates an aura of mystique with a vision of wintery beauty that is darkly decadent and supremely elegant.

This 4 piece mini collection includes these fun hues:  masquerade ball, silken cord, hot coco, going incognito.

Sephora’s Black Studded Makeup Bag Collection
$24; sephora.com

A limited-edition ensemble of fiercely stylish cosmetic bags.  This range of chic makeup bags fuses attitude with function, to hold every aspect of your beauty arsenal. Four sizes and shapes, all featuring black faux leather and edgy studs, will get you organized and accessorized at the same time.

Ruffled Echo Touch Glove
$35; echodesign.com

Echo has combined two of their best selling styles from last year to give you the new and improved ruffled Echo Touch glove.  Keep your hands warm while you keep in touch!  Echo Touch gloves are engineered specifically with the new wave of technology in mind.  Adhered to the index finger and thumb of each glove, our eLink fabric interacts with touch screen devices, making them compatible with the iPod, iPhone, iPad and other touch sensitive digital devices.  Made of wool blend.

bareMinerals Keychain Kisses
$15; ulta.com

These mini shades contain a healthy infusion of 100% pure bareMinerals and a blend of exotic oils, botanical extracts and protective antioxidants for long-lasting hydration, superior shine and shimmering color – all without any stickiness. Plus, they’re keychain-ready, so you’ll always have your lucky lipgloss at your fingertips.

Studded Scarf Ring
$32; echodesign.com

Are you seeking studs? Echo’s studded scarf ring is trend appropriate and also looks great with any casual outfit.


Neutrals, metallics and gem tones….oh my!

While the summer months produced “it” nail varnishes of warm and bright hues to echo the heat of the sunny season, as winter nears, nail polishes are taking an edgy turn. Vamp up your nails this winter season with the hottest trends in nail color. Rock the opulence of a metallic or gem tone for a night out on the town or slick on a couple coats of a neutral shade to match any of your winter swag. These super-sexy shades are sure to catch some attention.  – Kayleigh Winslow

New Year’s Make-Up Musts

Image from: amberdesire.com

January 31st – the one day it is acceptable to adorn more sequins and glitter than you can ever imagine.  This year, don’t forget to match that sequined mini with a sparkling shadow or liner.  Glittered lids were seen all over the 2009 runways – and not just in the typical silver and gold shimmer.  Urban Decay has a line of multi-colored glitter liners, perfect for that eye-catching New Years look.  Feeling confident enough to cover the whole lid? Apply a glitter eyeshadow from bottom of eyelid to brow line, or blend two different shades. Don’t forget to line the lower lid and inner corners for an eye-opening look. Try M·A·C Glitter eyeshadow in a classic gold or a daring fuchsia, first applying vaseline to the desired area so the glitter will stick.  If the eyeshadow is too much with your sequin dress, focus on just your eyelashes with a glittery mascara or even a pair of fake lashes for a bolder look (Sephora’s glitter lashes).  Remember, focus on one area to avoid a disco-ball disaster.  But don’t forget your glittered top hat and 2010 glasses to bring in the new year!

Live Your Fairytale with New Disney Princess Designer Gowns, Rings

Why leave behind notions of a Disney happily-ever-after as an adult when you can continue to dream as a Disney princess? It may be a small world after all, but every little girl can now continue growing up as a princess!

Images from disneyconsumerproducts.com

Kirstie Kelly, a renowned couture designer, teamed up with Disney Consumer Product to launch a line of princess-inspired wedding rings and gowns. The Tiana gown, named for the latest African-American addition to the Disney princesses, will be the signature piece among the collection that includes the Snow White Diamond Edition gown, “Maidens” for bridesmaids, “Blossoms” for flower girls.

The jewelry collection, Kirstie Kelly for Disney by Mouawad, includes a showcase of diamond and platinum engagement rings and weddings bands. The collection evokes the spirit of each princess without being unnecessarily tacky (a red diamond or ruby for Snow White would be a little much!). Rather than highlight the princess through the ring with obvious and tacky details, subtle references of each princess can be seen throughout. For Cinderella’s ring, it evokes grace and charm with its pave and millgrain borders. For Ariel’s ring, there is more of a boldness and artsiness.

Are the rings and dresses cute or tacky? Let us know!