Three Surprising Uses for White Vinegar
Posted 8 months ago by Amanda Raye
Vinegar isn’t just for cooking. Though it might seem like any old product that sits in the back of your kitchen cabinet, there are actually a few surprising uses for vinegar that you wouldn’t expect.
All you’ll need is a small spray bottle filled with white vinegar.
1. Have product buildup?
If you just got out of the pool, or have been using a lot of product, you might really need a good clarifying shampoo to remove buildup and start your day with fresh, clean hair. But, if you don’t have the time or the money to buy a special clarifying shampoo, all you have to do is spray your dry hair with vinegar before getting in the shower. Just shampoo and condition as usual.
2. Have a sunburn?
As we should all know by now, tanning is a big no-no when it comes to healthy skin. But, if you do have a mishap with a tanning bed, all you have to do is spray some white vinegar on your burn to cool and soothe, while restoring the lost acidic level to your skin.
3. Have dirty windows?
Run out of Windex? Just spray your window or mirror with white vinegar and wipe. Since vinegar is acidic, it’ll dissolve the buildup on your mirrors and windows without streaking. It also has strong antibacterial properties!
10 Mood Boosters Under $10.00
Posted 10 months ago by Amanda Raye
1. Paint Your Nails
♥ Kick back, play some music, and paint your nails a fun trendy color!
2. Wear a Bright Colored Lipstick
♥ You’ll instantly feel sexy!
3. Make a Cup of Tea or Hot Chocolate
♥ Summer or Winter, it’s comforting anytime.
4. Re-Organize Your Bedroom
♥ For some reason it’s always refreshing to add a little change to your space.
5. Sell Old Clothes to a Buy/Sell/Trade Store and Buy More with the Credit
♥ Free new wardrobe!
6. Wear a Pair of your Favorite High Heels
♥ Even if it’s just for a morning coffee run.
7. Put your Bedding in the Dryer for 10 Minuets
♥ It feels so amazing to fall asleep in a nice warm bed.
8. Go for a 30 Minute Walk in the Morning
♥ It’ll get you nice and energized for the long day ahead.
9. Buy the Latest Issue of your Favorite Magazine
♥ Nylon anyone?
10. Call an old Friend
♥ It’s always nice to have a nice long chat with an old friend.
Bored? Reinvent Yourself by Changing Your Hair & Wardrobe!
Posted 11 months ago by Amanda Raye
Just graduate from high school or college? Just move to a new city? No matter the stage you are in life, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself!
How do you know if you need to? If your haircut/color is the same as it was when you were 13, it’s time for a change. The word “reinvent” sounds kind of pricey, but no worries, there’s a Broke & Chic way!
Take all your clothes and head over to your local buy/sell/trade store and keep the credit, don’t take the cash. They’ll give you about 55% on what ever they decide to take, meaning…brand new wardrobe! Try to go for clothes that look amazing on you but aren’t in your comfort zone (ex: If you have always worn boot cut jeans go for skinny jeans instead). Invite a friend to join you for advice!
Once you’re done getting a fabulous new wardrobe, it’ll be time to get a new hair-do! If you’ve always had long hair, go short. Scared of losing length? Play around with color instead. Go light, go dark, dip dye your ends. Have fun! Go to Salon Apprentice to find a free or discounted salon service in your city.
Miley is a good example of someone who got bored and wanted a change. In our opinion, she looks great! You don’t have to chop off all your hair and go platinum, but changing things up for yourself will be fun and healthy.
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Recreate Lime Crime’s Off-Beat Lipstick Colors For Less
Posted 11 months ago by Amanda Raye
I’m loving the off-beat lipstick color trend and am hoping it takes over. Doe Deere of Lime Crime Cosmetics really got it right!
Buying the real thing is clearly better, but if you don’t live near a Space.NK to try it on, don’t like ordering on-line, or just don’t have an extra $20 laying around — This is my tutorial.
The Wonderful World of Lime Crime Cosmetics
Lady Gaga is wearing D’lilac, Ke$ha is wearing No She Didn’t, and I’m wearing Cosmopop — all by Lime Crime.
Below is a sample of some off-beat lipstick colors from the Bloomingdale’s in Soho. The first row is Lime Crime and the second row is MAC. I absolutely love the blue!
What You’ll Need
- Eyelid Primer (preferably e.l.f. since it’s only $1)
- An eyeshadow color of your choice (I used a blue and a lime green from an e.l.f. eyeshadow palette)
- Apply eyelid primer to lips like you would a lip gloss
- Wait about 30 seconds for it to dry
- Choose a vibrant eyeshadow color
- Apply eyeshadow to lips as you would your eyes. Applying about 3 layers does the trick.
You just created your own off-beat lipstick color!
Let us know in the comments if you gave this tutorial a try!
DIY: Get Sexy Beach Waves for Less
Posted 11 months ago by Amanda Raye
Who doesn’t love their hair after a day at the beach? Don’t waste your money on the expensive “beach wave” products. Do it the Broke & Chic way!
What You Need:
- Small empty spray bottle (3 oz)
- Sea salt
- Warm water
1. Fill the spray bottle with warm water.
2. Add about 2 tablespoons of sea salt.
3. Let sit for about 5 minuets. (or until the salt has dissolved)
4. Shake it up.
How To Use:
Shampoo and condition before bed and towel dry as usual. Evenly distribute salt water spray into hair. If you have curly/wavy hair, use a smoothing balm or leave-in conditioner before the spray (to prevent frizz).
Once evenly distributed, brush through hair and put it in a braid. In the morning you’ll have beautiful hair that’s full of texture and volume.
*If your hair isn’t fully dry when you wake up, use your blow dryer with hight heat and low air.
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How to Save on Your Morning Coffee
Posted 12 months ago by Amanda Raye
Our coffee habit can get expensive. Especially if you go out for coffee every morning instead of making it at home…
Below are a few tips that might save you a ton of money over the course of a year.
Forget Those Pricey Brush Cleaners, This Tip Is Way Cheaper
Posted 1 year ago by Amanda Raye
Don’t have the extra money or energy to run out and purchase a brush cleaner? Just use your mild face wash! Do it at night to insure they’ll be dry by morning. Remember…you should be doing this once a week. Get in the routine of doing this every Sunday night. That way you can start each week with a fresh makeup brush!
Don’t own any brushes yet? Try the brushes from eyes.lips.face for only $1/brush. Want to splurge? Try the Bare Minerals Buffing Brushes for $49 a set.
12 Diet Tips to a Healthier You
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
The holidays are officially over. Cookies, cakes, champagne, chocolate and of course the sweet potato casserole has all happened and you’re one week into your “eat healthier” resolution. You won’t fail if you follow these 12 amazing diet tips!
1. Drink plenty of water.
No, Diet Coke doesn’t count. Many people confuse hunger with thirst. Before you grab those Doritos, grab a bottle of water first. If you still feel hungry go for it, just not the whole bag.
2. Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you can take away.
Start by making sure you’re getting the recommended daily 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables. Make veggies the star of the plate, not just the side. Ratatouille anyone? Don’t have time to cook? Make a daily stop to your local juicer for a green juice. Don’t worry, they actually taste good. Try the Supa Dupa Greens at Juice Generation. It’s filled with kale, spinach, cucumber, romaine, parsley, celery and apples!
3. Be choosy about your midnight snacks.
Don’t be a mindless eater. Most snacking occurs after dinner, when your relaxing on the coach in front of the television. You could down a whole bag of cookies if you’re not paying attention. End the eating amnesia by just not buying unhealthy snacks. Buy yogurt, granola bars and apples instead of potato chips and candy. Even better, substitute late night snacking with a cup of decaf herbal tea.
4. Enjoy your favorite foods.
Everything in moderation is the key to a long healthy life. If you swear off cookies forever, your diet will last less than three weeks. It’ll end with a sprint to your local bakery out of sweet deprivation. Don’t eat 20 cookies, eat three instead. Actually pay attention to the serving size on the back. Your best bet is to NOT buy in bulk. Just get a slice of pizza for dinner — not a whole pie.
5. Enjoy your treats away from home.
If you’re kitchen is filled with ice cream, candy and cakes…it’ll be eaten. If you want something sweet, leave the house for it. Even better, ask for that ice cream sundae in a kid size instead of the famous and fattening 5 scooper!
6. Try eating several little “meals” a day.
If you consume less calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight. Instead of having 3 large meals a day, have several fist sized meals throughout the day. You’ll be able to control your appetite better.
7. Only shop in the outer area of the grocery store.
If you pay attention, all the processed foods are in the center, while all the fresh and healthy items are on the outside. Don’t even let your self wander into the middle.
8. Have protein at every meal.
Protein helps to keep your body fuller for longer. Plus, it’s way more satisfying than carbs and fats. Think yogurt, tofu, almonds, skim milk, lean meats, hummus and edamame.
9. Get your body moving every day.
Gym memberships are expensive. If you can’t afford one at the moment, there are tons of other alternatives to get your heart pumping. For one, stop taking the elevator. All buildings that have elevators are required to have stairs…take them. Hiking up 6 flights of stairs a day will do your lungs, heart and legs some good. Also, don’t fight with the other drivers for that parking spot right in front of the door. Opt for that lonely spot way at the other end. Your car could benefit from this too. If no one’s parked next to you, no one can slam their door into yours. Double win!
10. Buy some cute workout clothes.
You’re more likely to go for a jog outside if you have a cute pair of hot pink sneakers to put on. Don’t opt for drab workout gear, make it colorful and stylish. Check out your local Target for some affordable and stylish gear.
11. Instead of going out for milkshakes, go out for smoothies.
Not only will you be getting some of your much-needed daily fruit servings, you’ll also avoid the 500+ calories in that milkshake. Just make sure it’s a healthy smoothie. Some places add sugar infested sorbet and sherbet to their smoothies. Really pay attention to the ingredient list on the menu. You want it to have soy, whey or hemp protein, fruit, ice and perhaps fat free yogurt or milk. Have to have that milkshake? Ask them to make it with skim milk instead of whole, or just ask for the kid size.
12. Don’t reward yourself with food.
If you do loose weight, reward yourself with a new pair of shoes, or a new dress. Not with a big greasy burger.
These are just a few Broke & Fit tips for you to start 2012 off right. If you have any more to share, feel free to leave them in the comments! Happy New Year!
Thrifting 101: Accessories
Posted 2 years ago by Natalie Garza
I know firsthand that shopping at a thrift store can be a scary experience, especially if it’s not something you normally do. If you’re a little wary about trying it for the first time, start out by shopping for accessories before you attempt clothing. In fact, belts, purses, jewelry, and shoes are some of my favorite things to shop for at thrift stores. It’s easier because you don’t need a dressing room and accessories usually cost less than clothing.
Thrift stores have a surprising amount of belts, only costing between $1 and $3. The deals are so good that I almost never buy new belts anymore unless it’s an awesome deal — I can’t justify it when I know Goodwill has an identical belt for a quarter of the price.
Purses are really fun to thrift for, especially if you can get your hands on something vintage. Most purses at thrift stores are usually well-priced, but you need to make sure all the zippers and closures work and that there aren’t any stains on the inside.
You’d be amazed by the jewelry you can find at thrift stores. Among the cheap plastic bracelets, beaded necklaces and rhinestone earrings, there are bound to be great pieces (sometimes vintage!) hiding underneath all the crap. You just have to dig. Once you get your hands on that amazing vintage cocktail ring, you’ll know what I mean.
Shoes are a little more difficult to shop for, but totally worth it. Like most things at thrift stores, I usually find the best shoes when I least expect it. Every time I thrift, I skim over the shoes just in case something catches my eye. If you find a pair, don’t forget to try on both the left and right shoe and walk around in them a bit before you buy.
These are some of the shoes I’ve thrifted recently:
Above, the brown Italian leather oxfords were $5, the black leather boots were $12 and the red suede Sam Edelman heels were $3. If you’re still on the fence about thrifting, give accessories a chance first. Then, after you get the feel for thrift stores, move on to clothes!
Be sure to tell us what other tips and advice you’d like to know in preparation for your first trip to the thrift store! Share your questions in the comments below!
New Shoes Don’t Have to Mean Painful Blisters
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
Mornings always feel better when you get to start your day off with a new pair of fabulous shoes. The downfall: blisters. The stiff, unbroken-in material rubbing against your skin could potentially have you on the brink of tears by the end of the day. Blisters happen when you have to much friction — a constant rubbing motion against your skin. The heel and big toe are usually the most affected, however, the bottom part of your feet can also suffer if you don’t wear socks.
The solution is prevention. Don’t even give those fabulous new shoes a chance to hurt your feet. When it comes to casual shoes (sneakers, flats, oxfords…), put a Band-Aid on your heels, big toe and the skin right above your big toe before you even leave the house. That way, the shoes will rub against the bandage, not your delicate skin.
Heels are a bit different. Nobody wants to see bandages sticking out of their sexy pumps on a hot date. Instead, put Band-Aids on and wear them around the house. Clean your room, do the laundry, run to the store in your favorite pair of skinny jeans…bandages well hidden. When the time comes to wear your heels for that hot date or night out with the girls, they’ll be broken in and comfortable. You’ll look good, feel great and never have to deal with sore, blistered feet. Prevention is key!
Last Minute Christmas Gifts, Just a Click Away
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
Turkey in the fridge? Check. Cookies in the oven? Check. Presents all wrapped and under the tree? Oh no!!!!! The holidays are a great time to re-connect with friends and family, however, they can also be stressful — so stressful in fact that you forgot to buy your third cousin Mary and Aunt Karen a gift, or maybe you left your best friend’s gift in your dorm.
It’s Christmas Eve and every store is rightfully closed. What are you to do? A subscription gift of course! Your friend or relative may not be able to open your gift on Christmas, but instead they’ll get to open up a new gift every month until Christmas 2012!
Birchbox: Perfect for the girly girl. Every month Birchbox members will receive a curated box of luxe beauty samples. They’ll receive anything from skincare to makeup to cult beauty tools, from well-known brands as well as emerging gems. All this for only $10/month. Gift one to three months instead of a whole year (to save on money)!
Craft Coffee: Perfect for the coffee lover. What’s better than discovering amazing new coffees from around the world? An expert panel at Craft Coffee carefully selects the best premium coffees from small artisan roasters around the country. Once signed up, your person of choice will receive 12 ounces of amazing coffee from three different roasters. Starting at $19.99/month. This gift can get pricey, so just buy a month or two!
Prefer tea over coffee? Check out Steepster Select.
Bluum: Perfect for the new mom. Bluum is the newest way for moms to discover and test products each month. Once a month, Bluum sends a box with 4-5 deluxe product samples like organic skin care, lip balm, stretch-mark cream, small toys, snacks and baby wipes to member’s homes. In the convenience of home, moms can try the products and leave reviews, which earn them store credit towards purchasing full-size products. Three months only $33.
Take advantage of these awesome subscription services, and let us know what you think! Happy Holidays from B&C!
The Best Gadget Gifts for Christmas 2011
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
By: Nisha Sharma
Gadget lovers will have a merry time ripping into their presents this Christmas, whether it’s buying expensive presents or looking for freebies. The following is a collection of this year’s top-rated gadgets from $10 to $199.
1. Capacitive Gloves: $10
Most smartphone users complain that they have to remove their winter gloves to use the touchscreen. These capacitive gloves have conductive fibers in the fingertips that activate the touchscreen. The gloves work on any smartphone, tablet computer and digital audio player. When deciding on a glove size, remember that a snug fit is needed to ensure contact with the touchscreen.
2. Exomount Universal Car Mount: $15
GPS service is a popular smartphone app, but drivers must hold the device while trying to navigate in unfamiliar territory. This adjustable car mount adapts to any smartphone and secures the unit firmly onto the dashboard where it can be easily seen.
3. X-Mini II Capsule Speaker: $25
Travelers will love this palm-sized, collapsible speaker that pumps out a powerful sound. It comes with a standard 3.5 mm jack and attaches to MP3 players, iPods, smartphones and almost any electronic device. For an even bigger sound, several X-Minis can be daisy-chained together. It comes in black, red and white.
4. TK 421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard: $30
This gadget ends the frustration of trying to type on a smooth touchscreen. The case has a swivel-out keyboard with tactile keys, putting an end to touchscreen typos. When closed, the keyboard is sandwiched inside the case, so keys won’t accidentally get pushed. The TK421 fits any iPhone.
5. Roku LT Streaming Player: $50
The Roku LT is a cute little purple box that allows viewers to stream videos to their television without hooking it to a computer. Movie lovers can stream videos from Netflix or Amazon Video on Demand. Music lovers can listen to Pandora or access the playlist from their MP3 player. TV lovers can stream shows from Hulu and more. It has a built-in WiFi, so every TV in the house can access Roku.
6. Western Digital My Passport Essential SE Ultra Portable Hard Drive: $119 -$174
This tiny storage device is like having an entire digital library or office files to go. The wallet-sized hard drive now comes in 750 GB and 1 TB capacities, plus many colors.
7. Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor: $185
Someone on Santa’s list may prefer working out and hiking to computer devices. This training tool helps athletes measure their speed and distance in real time, plus see if they are training at their target heart rate. With its GPS capability, it’s an essential tool for hikers and bicyclers. The watch comes in grey with a choice of pink or red stripe.
8. Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphones: $199
These lightweight headphones give listeners the sensation that they’re right in the recording studio with their favorite musician. They cancel 98.2% of ambient noise, so music lovers hear nothing but Sony-quality sound. One AAA battery supplies 22 hours of power to the headphones.
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