Eye Creams on a Budget

Applying Eye Cream

When I turned 18, one of the best beauty secrets I ever received was that from my grandmother, and consisted of but two words: Eye Cream. Ever since, I’ve been rather obsessed with the stuff (yes, I sometimes slather it all over my face and neck) despite the occasional hefty price tag.

True Confessions: I Wear False Lashes


I bet it wasn’t too long ago you looked in a magazine or  saw a mascara commercial where the model’s eye lashes were all the way to the ceiling and the claim was that “Triple Lash Super Long” Mascara did it. You found the same mascara in the store and applied it on your own […]

How to Plump Lips Naturally

Ways to Naturally Enhance Lips

Ever found yourself staring at Angelina Jolie’s lips? Yeah, uh, me neither. Okay, that’s a lie. Angie has a great set of lips. There, I said it. They really are her trademark, and to be honest, it would be nice to get a fuller lip without surgical enhancements. Wondering if that was even possible, I […]

Best Budget Spray Tanner?

Question: What’s the Best Budget Spray Tanner? Remember that time you got all spray tanned up before an impromptu party, ended up an ugly orange, and had to take a panicked shower with baking soda? Self tanners are an awesome alternative to painful sunburns, peeling (yuck), and scary skin cancer, but they can also be […]

Summerfy Your Skin: 3 Best Skin Exfoliants


Wow. When it finally got warm enough in Chi-town for me to ditch the thick pants, I was left with the reality winter left in its wake. Pasty, crackly skin and don’t even get me started on my feet. Hopefully your Project Exfoliation isn’t as serious as mine, but even if it is, these are […]

5 Five-Minute Beauty Tips for $5

Affordable Beauty Products

As a busy budget babe, I’m all for ways to save money and time without cutting any of my beauty habits. Over the years I’ve accumulated seasonal beauty tips for less, which means that I can fit them in on a Sunday afternoon or those few minutes between work and dinner. Here are my favorite five-dollar […]

How to Get an Elegant Updo: Go Glam with It’s Judy Time’s OLAY/BlogHer TV Tutorial


Confession time:  Until recently, I considered a basic ponytail an updo.  A fancy updo.  To me, away from face = all things glam.  Bonus points if my ponytail managed a cute tip flip (think Charlotte in Sex in the City).  Then it truly was an elegant ‘do.  Sigh.  Clearly, my hair‘s been lacking in the glam department.  So I decided to get on track by […]

Five Tips for a Relaxing Bath


Looking for a way to relax without dropping serious coins on a massage? Consider taking a relaxing bath. When done right, your muscles will relax. Your skin will hydrate. Knots will dissipate. Stress will evaporate. And it won’t cost you much. They key is to know how to take a relaxing bath. Here are the […]