Affordable Beauty: The clothing Challenge | By Ardith McCann

As I post here on Amy Miranda Makeup about affordable beauty and skincare topics, it seems appropriate to talk about another aspect of beauty and style, aka clothing. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been very budget-friendly wardrobe challenged. Quite honestly, I’ve been downright frustrated in my pursuit of summer clothing items to add to my capsule wardrobe (the one I so successfully created back in 2012). Flailing at Windmills I often feel like Don Quixote, flailing my digital-money sword against retail clothing windmills. I feel alone in my shopping constraints and experiences, especially when I compare myself to style bloggers I follow and their commenters. Doesn’t anyone else feel as I do? Everywhere I turn, style bloggers are Read More

Fragrance Rollerballs are No Longer Bargains | by Ardith Lowell

Fragrance Rollerballs are No Longer Bargains + Kat Von D’s Fragrances Make a Comeback!   I was just talking with my husband about this fragrance pricing trend I’ve noticed, one that really bugs me. It makes me think it’s worthy of a blog topic: Up to a 50% increase in the cost of fragrance rollerballs. Over the past five years, I’ve come to appreciate the concept of multiple personal fragrances. The beauty of fragrance rollerballs has been twofold: 1) you get to experiment with a variety of fragrances at an affordable price, and 2) you don’t waste money buying larger sizes that can sit on your countertop for literally years. However, over the past year I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend, Read More