15% off at Gap Outlet & Banana Republic Factory Store

Hi Ladies!

Just a quick heads up…check your husbands Sunday newspaper for the USA Weekend magazine insert.  The back page has TWO great coupons!  There is one coupon each for 15% off at Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores.  The coupons are both good until April 26.  The catch is that you have to spend a minimum of $75 at Gap Outlet and $100 at Banana Republic Factory.  This would be a great coupon for the mom who needs to stock up on summer clothes for the little ones at Gap Outlet or the professional couple looking for new work clothes at Banana Republic Factory.

For the stores closest to you check: bananarepublic.com/factorystore and gap.com/outlet

Happy Shopping!

15% off coupons for Gap Outlet & Banana Republic Factory Store

Smooth, voluminous, soft-as-silk hair for less than $2!

Good Afternoon Lovely Ladies!

This posting is focused on a great and inexpensive hair product; my hair type is FINE…so fine my husband likes to affectionately call it angel hair.  Anyways, I feel compelled to share this WONDERFUL product with you.  I have been using Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care Treatment for ages, probably since I was a teenager in the early 1990s living in the Chicagoland area.  This product is a crème conditioner in an one oz. package that sells for around $1.39 at Sally Beauty Supply, these stores are all over the US.

This product is so great for several reasons.  It is very economical (each pack can be stretched to two uses for those with angel hair like mine).  There is no commitment with it like a new shampoo, as you won’t be stuck using something you don’t like for two months.  It produces results, especially if you haven’t had a deep conditioner in a while. It is great for ALL hair types it will calm the frizzies soften all types of hair.   Finally, it is super easy!  Shampoo as normal and then apply in lieu of your regular conditioner.  This product is a no brainer for everyone.

Last time I was in Sally I received a great surprise…Ion is now selling hot oil tubes for hair as well!  Remember that great VO5 hot oil for hair that sold three to a box?  I so cannot find that product anymore (looked everywhere), but Ion stepped up to fill the void in the market.  They are now selling a product called Deep Penetrating Moisture and Repair Hot Oil.  This product is less than $3 and very worth it.  Simply heat the bottle in a cup of hot tap water for a few minutes then apply before shampooing.  This product is great and cheap if you are attending a special event, looking for a new conditioner, or just want to change up your normal hair routine for the summer.

One last note…last time I was in Sally they randomly had a BOGO (buy one get one) sale on for the entire line of Ion products.  I bought six items for less than $7!

Christian Siriano for Payless Spring 2011 Line

Flats from a previous Christian Siriano for Payless Collection

Hello again fashion lovers!

If you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog, one of my most favorite designers is Christian Siriano. I loved him since the early bits of snark he threw during the first episode of Project Runway Season 4. His styles are sleek, elegant, playful…and ungodly expensive. So, it is a given that as soon as I learned he was doing shoes for Payless Shoe Source, I was on it quicker than an aspiring model at a trunk sale.

I purchased a pair of shoes from his line last fall and they were fabulousness enriched with style and charm. Honestly, if I had the funds I would have purchased the whole line! What those Christian Siriano shoes were not is comfortable. In fact, they were like beautiful little torture devices pinching and squeezing my feet enough to make Vladimir the Impaler wince. Because I will always take style over pain I have continued to check the Payless website for the new designer lines (Isabele Toledo & Lela Rose also have lines for sale) to ensure I knew exactly when they were released.

The Spring 2011 collection was put out a few weeks ago and I had my eye on a fab pair of snakeskin wedges. Unfortunately, I was not the only one because the pair I wanted sold out in my size on the website in record time. The diva in me needed to at least see these shoes and try them on! I send an email to Payless customer service and I was told that they could only be found in the select stores that carry the designer lines (usually in big cities).

http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=cat10376&subCatId=&skuId=084562130&productId=68857&lotId=084562&category=&catdisplayName=Brands

Christian Siriano Zanzi in Multi

After some sleuthing, I learned that the Payless at Westfield San Francisco Centre carried these lines and had the pair I wanted in my size! Coincidentally, I was going to the dentist at UCSF (hubby works there) the following day and the Mall is located just steps from the public transit line I used to get there. Yay! I don’t make special trips to SF just for shopping, so I was excited that I could squeeze in a mall visit while I was already down there.

When I arrived, the store was tidy and pleasant. The designer lines were located at the front and to my great surprise…they were also on sale! These lovely shoes were on sale for $34.99 and they look so, so much more expensive. They are so luxe…and as comfortable as a 4” wedge heel can be. I cannot wait to wear them and I will do so the first chance I get.

My only fear is that…if I fall in these heels I will surely die because I am so high off the floor. I have been known to fall in heels…more than once…(sometimes witnessed by a crowd of boys). If I die though, I know I will do so looking fabulous.

Fabulous Fresh Accessories for spring 2011 at Forever 21

Earrings (Forever 21, $4.80)

Bracelet (Forever 21, $5.80)

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a lovely treasure of the shopping world…the jewelry department at Forever 21. Before I go any further, I need to reiterate that I have NEVER purchased a stitch of clothing from Forever 21. I am not criticizing those who choose to buy their clothes. Simply stated I am nearly 31 and happy to be so…! But about six months ago I saw a few interesting pieces in a beauty mag and I wanted to take a closer look at them.

The jewelry section in my store is halfway back from the entrance and spans nearly the entire width of the store. It is HUGE and I was in love at first sight. There is pretty much every kind of accessory a girl could want including earrings, necklaces, bracelets (lots!), scarves, sunglasses, rings, and did I mention earrings? Walls of earrings! It is fabulous. I love to browse the racks examining the new trends and gleaning ideas. There is something for everyone…and in that I mean they stock everything from diminutive post earrings for the most demure of us and also some seriously outrageous looks! Lovers of big earrings: This is your haven. Come and bask in the light of an entire kiosk of earrings guaranteed to rival the size of a standard tea saucer.

There are also lovely and dainty items such as the pink lacquer floral post earring with gold and rhinestone accents. These earrings have a gorgeous look, are in the pastel palette that is soo popular for spring, and are a perfect accessory for any spring outfit! Most importantly, they are extra economical at only $4.80 and are appropriate for the fabulous girl of all ages. Watch out Moms, your daughters will surely want to borrow these baubles!

http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=acc%5Fearrings&product%5Fid=1083636386&Page=all&pgcount=25

Another splendid find from the Forever 21 jewelry section is a beaded cuff bracelet in turquoise, cobalt blue, and silver. I abso-lutely love this bracelet. It is so trendy, pretty, and unexpected. The bracelet is comprised of three sets of beads braided and formed with wires. It is truly a cuff bracelet and does not have a clasp to fasten it closed but the wires are strong enough to keep it in place. Finally it is comfortable to wear and does not snag clothes or arm hair (I hate that). The turquoise accent make it super stylish but the neutral navy and silver allow it be convertible among your wardrobe. I have been wearing it non-stop since I bought it. It is also available in a pink/purple.  I had to resist buying both colors, because this lovely piece was only $5.80!

http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=acc%5Fbracelet&product%5Fid=1062098002&Page=all&pgcount=25

So even if you don’t want to be Forever 21 (or ever return to your 20s), run and check out their fabulous jewelry selection!
Happy Accessorizing!

DOUBLE Bonus Days at Macy’s (Clinique & Estee Lauder)!!

Clinique Bonus Days Kiosk

HI Ladies!

Just a quick heads up that we have a DOUBLE bonus days going on at Macy’s right now.  Clinique is offering a lovely bag and assorted goodies in your color choice with a purchase of $21.50!  Also Estee Lauder is offering a cosmetic case, bag, and make-up with any fragrance purchase.  This is your chance to go out and grab a new perfume (my fav estee lauder is original Pleasures) and that new product from Clinique you have been eyeing.  Maybe a sunscreen? I recommend the City Block SPF 25 ($18) because it is light, oil-free, and can be worn under make-up.  The price is a little expensive for my tastes, but I have spent a lot of time in the sun so a good sunscreen is a must for me.  But I digress.

Bonus days are awesome for several reasons.  First, they allow you to replace your mascara relatively often, which is a must for preventing eye funk.  This is especially important if you share your makeup!  Secondly, taking advantage of bonus days allows you get the latest colors for the season in both make-up and a cute cosmetics bag.  Finally, you can obtain the expensive and admittedly higher quality eye creams and moisturizers.  More importantly you don’t have to drop the better part of $100 to get a product that doesn’t end up working for you.

What did I get for my bonus days item, you ask?  Actually, I skipped it this time. Gasp. I am waiting for the Lancôme bonus days. I got an inside line that it will take place in June! I love their sample sized eye creams.  J

What did you get for your bonus item?  Any recommendations from the gallery for affordable (or long-lasting) Clinique products? Is there an Estee Lauder perfume that you love, can’t live without, and would recommend to all stylish ladies?

Happy Bonus Days!

Miracle Blemish Cream for less than $10!!

Hi Fierce Fashion Fans!

Today, I am sharing a newly discovered beauty product by Neutrogena: Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Gel with Microclear™ ($7.99 @ Ulta). This product is a miracle in a tube and highly affordable. I wasn’t getting the same results after using a $30+ Clinique pimple cream from the department store for a few years. So, I decided to try a new product. I was looking for an economical choice as well. I picked this up after reading about it in a beauty mag.

My skin is very oily, which makes it prone to blackheads, clogged pores, and pimples. So, a good pimple cream is a must-have for my makeup basket. I have the unfortunate experience of getting blemishes that are red, hard, and painful. TMI, right?

This product is one of those rare gems that actually produce the results it promises. The pimple on my chin was less red and swollen within 24 hours of use and totally gone within three days (with repeated applications). The gel went on nicely with no residue and provided cooling to the affected area. Plus, the skin discoloration that I experience after a blemish was markedly reduced!

Yay, thanks Neutrogena!

Introduction!

Hey ladies!!

Simply stated, fiercefrugalfashion is a forum for ladies to share their secrets of fabulous while shopping on a budget.

Lets face it girls, in this economy we all have to count our pennies.  So, I decided to create a forum to discuss affordable beauty products that actually work and stores that sell trendy clothes for reasonable prices.  Occasionally, I will post on an awesome item I find for a great price.

A little about me… I am thirty years old (gasp), I love fashion, beauty products, and feeling beautiful inside and out.  However, I am NOT a model, or even close to it.  I am 5’1″ and average a size 10 (petite!). I DO NOT like to spend a lot of money on clothes and products.

I want all of use to be as lovely we can be, even if some of us are living on a budget in a recession!    Feel free to post and share your great finds and bargains!

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