Are you familiar with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, an eco-friendly, super cute line of cleaning products?
Few women realize that Mrs. Meyer is a real person and the inspiration behind the brand. Mrs. Thelma Meyer is an Iowa mother of nine, and her daughter named the company after her to honor her old-fashioned values and useful cleaning tips.
Her new book was launched last week, making her tips available to everyone: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You to Clean Like the Dickens.
We have always wanted to clean like the dickens, and our cleaning dickens is functioning much better as a result of Mrs. Meyer.
Thelma Meyer was one of the original women to make "green” chic in the world of cleaning. This fun and quirky book gives tons of suggestions on using common household items to solve problems and keep your home clean.
But this is not just Mother Blogger's cleaning book. The book has some great beauty-related tips that we found interesting and and helpful.
With four girls growing up in her house, Mrs. Meyer knows how to keep beauty green, chic, and budget-friendly:
- To get hairspray off of mirrors: Pour rubbing alcohol on a cloth and clean in small circles. You can also use a baby wipe if you have them handy. Then grab club-soda that you’ve put in a spray bottle and give the mirror a spritz, wiping it clean with bunched-up newspaper.
- Cleaning up broken glass: If your makeup mirror falls on the floor, you’ll want to remove all those little pieces from the floor. Dab a piece of bread on top of them, vacuum, then wipe down the floor with a water-dampened cloth.
- Removing Mascara from clothing: Mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups cold water, apply the solution to the stain, and then blot until it’s gone.
- Makeup Expiration Dates: If you have trouble keeping track of how old things are, start writing the dates on them with a permanent marker when they’re new. Mascara lasts only three months, and it’s important that you remember when you opened it, because that wand gets a buildup of bacteria that you don’t want in your eyes. Sunscreen lasts one year and lipstick up to three.
- Keeping the Bathroom Smelling Fresh: Fill a spray bottle with water, three drops of lemon oil, and two drops of eucalyptus oil. Shake this really well before using.
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For the MonaVie fan or women on the go, make Acai Energy Boost packets your New Year's resolution.
What are Acai Energy Boost Packets?
Each packet is an instant antioxidant drink mix that combines acai and other super fruit powders and extracts with energizing green tea, yerba mate, guarana, and a special dark chocolate extract. With no added sugar, preservatives, artificial colorings or flavorings, this is a good way to start the new year. You can purchase 24 packets for $19.98 -- at less than 90 cents a drink, this is budget-friendly nutrition.
What we liked: It was easy to use, gym-bag/handbag-friendly, and whether it's a placebo effect or not, we felt we had more energy.
Although we adore print magazines, we are always leery of beauty editors' lists of favorite beauty products or their Best of the Best lists.
Why? Because big advertising dollars may influence or brainwash the staff's favorites.
But we admire and trust ShopSmart.
Launched in the fall 2006, ShopSmart, a sister magazine of Consumer Reports, draws upon Consumer Reports’ celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews.
In their recent Best of the Best mascara lists, 34 women tested 16 lengthening and/or thickening formulas of mascara. Was the winner the darling of print magazines, Maybelline Great Lash Washable mascara?
Discover the Best of the Best mascaras.
Beauty product review of Alima Pure Holiday Collection: Alima Pure is the perfect mineral makeup for the "green" fashionista on your holiday shopping list. The Holiday Collection is presented in two acts designed to create classic, festive looks. It's a modern take on vintage Hollywood glamour.
All we can say is "Encore! Encore!"
Why are we so taken with Alima Pure? Learn why.
Are you familiar with the award winning knitwear label Lutz & Patmos? (Lutz & Patmos Sweater at $495 on sale for $297 at Saks.)
Lutz & Patmos is an award-winning New York-based sweater and knitwear label known for its striking designs, luxury fibers and subtle details.
But here's the deal du jour: In collaboration with West Elm, Lutz & Patmos introduced their first collection of home furnishings, a collection of throws and pillows with the brand's signature cable and zigzag patterns. They are available in a rich fall color palette with a mix of classic sweater colors. ($39 to $89 exclusively at West Elm.) Add these budget-friendly designer pillows and throws to your holiday shopping list.
Gift these to yourself, too. Spend some cuddle-time in front of a fire with your significant other, open a bottle of wine, and "Baby, forget it's cold outside.
More deals du jour on GWBBB.
Ah-ha Uses for Beauty Products
Consider this the MacGyver's 911 guide to beauty. These "off-label" tips and tricks will solve last-minute emergencies and more.
Don't throw out that metallic gold eyeshadow just yet! Instead of chucking products that don't work quite like you had hoped, find out what else they can do for you. These beauty tips, culled from beauty blog confessions, expert beauty advice and our own personal experiments, will have you reusing your makeup in no time, not to mention save you money and get you out of emergencies (like that day you forgot your concealer at your friend's wedding). Read other beauty tips from GWBBB.
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Yes, ladies, there is such a thing as chic jeans for real women who eat.
Although I don't have a lot of "junk in my trunk
has given me a little menopot,
the spare tire that menopausal
women acquire, which has made finding The Perfect Jeans
a challenging task. Read more.
Sephora's Ultimate Blockbuster - Collector's Edition Palette $48 (Valued at $320)
For you or beauty fashionistas on your holiday shopping list, this is a budget-friendly way to create thousands and thousands of looks.
With 71 eyeshadows, 13 cream eyeshadows, 5 blushes, 1 compact powder, 60 lip glosses, one lip liner, one eyeliner, 4 brushes, 3 sponge-tipped applicators all housed in a smart black case, Sephora's Collector's Edition Palette is total beauty in a box.
With a total of 159 items at $48, you are paying about 30 cents apiece. That's brains on beauty! Read more.
Secrets to a perfect home spa pedi: Artemis Woman's Heel Smoother
($29) Beauty product review
by Mother Blogger
Hahahahahahahaha!!! Hehehehehehehe! Hahahahahahahahahaha!
That's the sound of my voice when I'm sitting in the massage chair getting a pedicure.
Yikes. Oh-oh. Eek.
That's also the sound of my voice when I'm sitting in a massage chair getting a pedicure.
With a ticklish spot on the bottom of my feet and an aversion to someone shaving my heels with blades, I am either laughing or crying.
When Artemis Woman's battery-operated pedicure tool arrived at my feet, I was tickled pink to give this tool a test-drive and save my sole!
TGIF! Total Beauty Web Tour
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on the Internet. With budget-friendly
products to budget-friendly
advice, check out what these beauty bloggers
have to say: Read more.
Beauty Product Review: Nikkel Medical Grade Microdermabrasion Kit (for in-home use) -- Microdermx - New!
What is Microdermx? Read the review.
Jamie arrived home this weekend in a boutique-style Mossimo cropped jacket. Do you know where she bought it?
- 3/4-Sleeve Cropped, Double-Breasted Shirt Jacket
- Made of 55% Linen, 45% Cotton
- Button Closure
- Regular Collar, U-Neck
- Slant Pockets, Front Pockets
- Midweight Fabric Construction
When she walked in the house I said, "Did you spend all your money at a boutique?"
The cropped jacket is from Target for $27.99.
Having spent a fortune at the salon last Monday (tint, highlights, lowlights, cut), I spent a week in my faded pink ball cap to reduce my newly purchased hair color from fading. Hairs my story, sad but true: I have been known to walk out after an expensive day at the salon, paying hair-raising prices, and re-cut my hair, re-tint my hair, or re-highlight my hair.
After letting the natural oils run through my hair this past week -- again, to reduce the fading -- I washed, conditioned, and styled my locks. Hairs my story, sad but true: I needed some color around my face. So I threw on my cap, ran to CVS, and purchased a tried-and-true favorite, L'Oreal Paris Hi-Light Syliste , $11.99, (H90 Ice Champagne) for medium to light blonde color-treated hair. Shhhh, don't tell Kev, my stylist extraordinaire.
I combed H90 on pieces of hair around my face, I conditioned my hair and reapplied my faded pink ball cap again. After washing my hair later that day, the color of the highlights were soft, not brassy.
I've got to tell you, girls, I've spent big money to keep my dirty blonde and gray locks looking like they did when I was a prepubescent blonde, but sometimes I wonder if I could create this look at home on a monthly basis for a fraction -- I mean, a fraction -- 1/20 specifically -- of the price.
Beautynomics: In the post I wrote last week -- Is Consumer Vanity Outweighing Fear of Recession? -- the question was posed with regard to what luxury consumers will forgo in a recession. Admittedly, not only are salons grumbling about losing clients, but I have heard clients grumbling about the cost of services -- yours truly included.
Celebrity Beauty Secret: Look at Heather Locklear, age 47, who appears to be getting younger, who represents L'Oreal for the Superior Preference campaign. Okay, I'm sure Heather is not applying the color herself or worrying about salon prices, but she does use a DIY L'Oreal product. What's Heather's beauty secret? Heather Locklear’s glorious blonde locks owe their claim to fame to Superior Preference color #9 ½ BB (Extra Light Beige Blonde).
Hairs my story: Although I won't forgo my regular salon visits as of now, in this tight economy, I will squirm a little when I pay my salon bill.
How about you? Will you look for cheaper options for your hair?