How long has it been since you got an Easter basket? You deserve a treat after being a good girl all through Lent - but that doesn't mean you need to go into a Cadbury Egg coma come Sunday morning. Instead, treat yourself to a handful of sale beauty items.
Clean Outdoor Shower Fresh Eau de Parfum ($19 on sale)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Grifter ($9 on sale)
PINK Nail Paint in Total Flirt (2 for $15)
Nails Inc Kensington Square Nail Polish ($5 on sale)
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate in Foxfire ($10 on sale)
Our mothers told us to avoid looking cheap, but we can't help but think frugality is flattering. Does This Make Us Look Cheap? is your Friday dose of sale items to snag over the weekend - because being a tightwad doesn't mean you don't have taste.
If you're looking for the perfect item to blow your entire tax refund on, may we suggest the Sphere Skull Leather Clutch ($1,795) by Alexander McQueen?
It has a certain regal, yet morbid, appeal to it. Game of Thrones couture, perhaps?
The zigzag chevron design has been hammered (pun intended) into our brains as synonymous with everybody's favorite hapless blockhead, Charlie Brown. Obviously chevrons have been popular in home decor for some time now, but we still can't get that yellow shirt out of our heads. We're fine by that, and this delicate Hammered Gold Chevron Necklace ($38) is a fine homage and a wonderful piece of everyday jewelry.
Do you want perfect, beachy hair without having to deal with sand, sweat, or embarking on a soul-crushing search to find a flattering swimsuit? We suggest running some of this Urban Surfer Wax ($9) through your hair to achieve a "just got back from the beach" look without even leaving your house.
Are charcoal cleansing and beauty products the way of the future, or just a current trend? Will all sponges soon be made with ultra-fine charcoal powder? The benefits seem to be undeniable, so we'll be buffing our faces with this all-natural Binchotan Facial Puff ($16) from now on. Obviously we'll be using it with our charcoal cleanser, and follow it up by brushing our teeth with our charcoal toothbrush and applying some charcoal lip balm.
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Such clock cuteness is ideal for a kid's nursery or playroom, or you know, just about anywhere you can think of. We certainly wouldn't hold it against you if you hung the Hot Air Balloon Clock ($98) in your own bedroom. Everyone can use a bit of whimsy in their lives - even grown-ups.
If you're passionate about geodes and count mineral collecting as a pastime, it may be worth your hard-earned money to invest in this 3.1 Phillip Lim top ($375). Obviously, if you'd rather bid on a hundred more rare crystals to add to your collection, we understand, but this is also a rare opportunity to show your love for geodes everywhere you go in a manner much easier than carrying them around with you in a box.
This cleansing conditioner ($32) from Wen is a five-in-one formula that does the work of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner. We don't know which excites us more: The allure of softer, more manageable hair, or being able to clear four bottles out of our already-crowded shower caddies.
First off, the animal shown here is not a cougar, even though that's the item name. Cougars don't have spots. We're going to go ahead and call this a cheetah print, as we can see the telltale black lines on these kitties' faces. The point, however, is that this is a good way to go with an animal print without donning stripes or spots yourself. Blasphemy? You always wear leopard print? Then mix things up a bit by wearing this Charlotte Tarantola cardigan ($128) with some other leopard print item - it's clever matchy, but not matchy matchy.
Forget baking. For that fresh aroma of chocolate chip cookies, all you'll need is a match and the Milk and Cookies Candle Set ($15). Molded to look like a stack of cookies and a cookie being dunked in milk, the candle display looks as lovely as it smells. If you're able to resist the urge to buy some Toll House immediately after sitting in a room with these candles, your willpower is way better than ours.
We're huge fans of TLC's What Not to Wear, and we've often wished we had our own personal Carmindy to apply our makeup every morning (not to mention Stacy's endless supply of fabulous frocks). This Carmindy & Co. 5-Minute Face Kit ($59) is probably as close as we'll ever get to realizing our dream. Containing mascara, eyeliner, blush, lip butter, and highlighter, this set includes everything you need for a flawless face in less time than it takes to brew your morning coffee.
Sleepwear bottoms almost never have pockets, and we're thankful that Maison Du Soir decided to put them in these luxurious silk floral shorts ($80). Where else would we store the extra Girl Scout cookies that we couldn't fit into our mouths while we were taking the nightly sleepwalk down to the kitchen? (Cookie crumbs on silk? Sacré bleu!)
We think the Owl Night Light ($55), designed by Clifford Richards for The Original Metal Box Company, wins for the cutest way to ward off boogeymen and closet monsters. The aluminum owl will illuminate your kiddo's room while also looking spectacularly trendy; the vintage design is just as chic now as it was in the '60s.
How cute is this egg carton Bath Bomb Set ($15) from Level Naturals? So cute you won't ever want to use it, probably. If you do decide you can part with an egg or two, just drop one into your bath to unlock its aromatherapy and moisturizing powers.
These Lythgoe Flats ($50) look just like the tap shoes we had as kids, minus the taps. They're going to make you feel like dancing everywhere you go - at the bus stop, down the aisles at the grocery store, and when you're sitting at your desk listening to music. The soles are soft so you won't be bugging your officemates (which is a good thing), but probably not quite as satisfying as having real tap shoes on your feet.