Budget Beauty: Beautiful and Unique Prom Dresses That Don’t Cost a Small Fortune

Budget Beauty: Beautiful and Unique Prom Dresses That Don't Cost a Small Fortune #prom2015 #fashion

When I went to my prom (way back in 2003!), I didn’t have a whole lot of money to work with. It would have been nice to have the options kids have now, for prom dresses that don’t cost a small fortune. For the price of some dresses, they’d better magically transform you into a fairy princess and give you domain over all the little woodland creatures.

The prom dresses at Tops Wedding come in TONS of different styles, and most of them are under $200. These make me wish I was 17 again, so I could go to prom in one of these. Here are my hand picked favorites (click for a gallery view, and click the links at the bottom for a closer look at each one):

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Keep Track of Discounts on Prom Dresses

I’ve always felt that you shouldn’t let yearly or seasonal trends influence you. You know your own unique style, and you know what looks good on you. This website has so many different styles, you should be able to find at least one that jumps out at you. If you want to keep track of their stock and discounts, you can follow them on their Facebook, Tumblr and Google+ pages.

It’s not just prom dresses, but pretty much any kind of dress you would need for any occasion. You can even pick out jewelry at discount prices to go with your dress!

You know what else is great besides a discount prom dress that you love? Free shipping.

Disclosure: This is a paid post. It was paid for by the owners of the linked website, but the words and opinions are my own.

Filed Under Budget Beauty Reviews, Fashion, Outer Beauty on March 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment

February’s Bargain Beauty Review – $1 Eye Shadows!

Happy March! Hopefully you won’t be as cruel and inhumane as February. Being stuck inside can have its advantages, though. More time to explore (i.e. surf the internet), plan for the future (wish lists! set long term and short term goals!), find new stuff to watch and reflect on what you want and how you want to be.

I also don’t know what it is about winter that just makes you want to chill (that wasn’t supposed to be a pun, I’m just that good) more than usual. When I’m not working and being a ~responsible adult~, I’m resting, which lately has involved designing houses in the Sims 3, scrolling through Tumblr, and Netflix.

One thing I discovered that I love, is the online accessory store “Shop Miss A“, which is basically an online $1 store!

Just as with any $1 store, you have to be careful what you buy for so cheap. I haven’t gotten any of their jewelry, except for a star-shaped nose stud, which looked much bigger in the picture on the website. I do plan on getting some jewelry from them in the near future.

The main problem with this shop, however, is the best stuff doesn’t stick around for very long. If you see something awesome, grab it!

These eye shadows are really nice. A pretty good deal for $1 each. Here are the swatches of the colors I got:


The eye shadows are American Eyedol wet/dry Baked Shadow in Terracotta and Granite (out of stock now :().


Airy Minerals Loose Powder Eye Shadow in Yours Truly, Spirit (gorgeous deep plum), Glory and Intuition. I love Intuition the best, and wearing granite wet as an eyeliner. I also grabbed the e.l.f face powder brush and their eyeliner brush, e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip (great highlighter for the tops of your cheek bones), and a bronzer that turned out to be a little too light for my skin tone! I over-estimated my paleness this time.

Filed Under Budget Beauty Reviews, Outer Beauty on March 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

When anxiety strikes

It’s hard to do things.

And the thing is, I know this isn’t just run of the mill stress. Things are way better now than they were even a year ago, and I handled it fine back then. Now things are better, and it’s like my mind doesn’t want to accept that it is. Sometimes when I’m sitting at the computer screen, I can’t think and all I can do is cry and try to breathe. There’s nothing wrong and I’m freaking out like the world is coming down around me.

It just started getting like this over the past few months. Time will tell if I can ride this out and hopefully it will go away, or if I’ll need to go on meds… which I’d really not like to do because I can already barely afford the ones I’m on now. (My inhaler is expensive!)

I stopped drinking coffee everyday, to see if that would help. I have to say I’ve been a lot more mellow (but more tired in the morning) since I’ve just been drinking tea. My intestines are also happier.

I’ve been working out quite a bit for the last 6 weeks. I think I needed to let myself rest more between workout days and not push myself so hard. I got a little overzealous. I don’t think that causes anxiety, but it was causing a strain on me physically.

Last week, it came to a head. I looked in the mirror and started crying. Later in the week, I decided to take a few days off and relax. I had to.

I took to playing the Sims 3 (designing sim houses is my new hobby) and a little retail therapy. I got a pretty necklace from one of my favorite artists and Etsy shop owners, and some awesome budget makeup, both of which I’ll talk about more in depth in a future post when time allows! I feel a little better and more like myself, but it’s taking some effort to stay that way.

I’m looking into trying a few safe and inexpensive herbal remedies that are supposed to help with anxiety, and we’ll see how that goes. I hope the rest of you are doing well!

Filed Under Chicken Scratch on February 9, 2015 | Leave a Comment

11 Things that are sexy that aren’t physical

My crushes always had very little to do with looks. Most of the time I wouldn’t even notice someone’s physical features until I got to know them, and found myself liking their personality. They do say that the brain is the largest sex organ in the body, so that makes perfect sense.

When you find yourself attracted to someone, not just thinking that they look good, their looks and personality all seem to blend together. There are also a lot of random things that you could find extremely attractive in other people. I know I’ve had plenty of random attractions! Here is a list of sexy traits that don’t really have anything to do with looks…

A person’s laugh. Their laugh might be melodic or adorably outrageous or infectious.

Their sense of humor. There are many different types of course, it all comes down to taste. I love it when someone can be crazy without caring what others think.

Good with kids. Not everyone finds this as amazing as some people do. The credentials for finding a mate and having babies.

Good with animals. Anybody that can genuinely care about other creatures without asking for anything in return.

Concern for other people’s welfare and the courage to speak out. This seems like a no-brainer or something that just makes you a decent person, but it’s actually pretty rare! I think a lot of people hide the fact that they care because of our society’s warped way of thinking. If someone continually speaks out against injustices, they are awake and have their priorities straight. That’s awesome and we need more people like that.

Talents! (singing, cooking, being able to dismantle a computer and put it back together in record time, etc.) Being able to unleash themselves into what they do.

Ability to see through the surface of things. Thoughtfulness and considering things that others didn’t is fascinating and valuable.

Spontaneity. If they can come in and take you on an adventure (I use that term loosely, like for just leaving your house) out of nowhere, then they are fun and someone I want to be friends with.

Good leadership skills. A good leader doesn’t just tell people what to do. They get input from others and make compromises. They get their hands dirty along with everyone else. They wouldn’t tell people to do something they wouldn’t do themselves. Some people are just bosses.

Intelligence (there are different types of intelligence). Personally, I love a huge…… vocabulary.

They make you feel comfortable when you’re around them. Some people have a really happy, chill, comforting vibe. I aspire to be like this, myself. They seem to fully (or mostly) accept themselves and see the good in other people, or they can do any of the above (good leadership skills, spontaneity) with grace.

Also, sometimes you don’t even know that you like a certain random personality trait until you see it in someone else. Someone in particular makes you like it, and that’s dangerous, because then you can get really attached to them! haha

What non-physical traits do you like in other people?

Filed Under Inner Beauty on February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment