Beauty On A Dime

Beauty On A Dime

by Megan McIntire

AXE Unleashes The Anarchy!

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AXE recently caused an uproar with the launch of their new collection: Anarchy.

The men’s brand features 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner for men, shower gel, deodorant, a bodyspray for him and for the first time, a matching one for her!

Although AXE brands itself as men’s products that smell so good they can turn a woman on, they’ve finally branched out by creating a product specifically for women.

The bodyspray for her includes a fruity mix of apple and blackberry, along with notes of sandalwood, amber and vanilla. And considering the entire Anarachy collection is under $5.29, it’s no wonder AXE remains one of our favorite drugstore steals.

In honor of the new line, AXE hosted a celebratory bash earlier this week and pulled out all the stops by premiering the new T.V. spot for the collection as well as a music-bumping performance by Fabolous and a choreographed dance routine. It’s safe to say that anarchy has officially ensued–and we couldn’t be more excited!

Julianne Hough Shares Her Get-Glam Secrets

I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favorite get-ready moments is when I’m glamming myself up for a night out with my girls. I find that I tend to be a bit more adventurous with my beauty choices, adopting new hairstyles and intensified makeup instead of my usual day-to-day look. Country singer and Dancing With The Stars veteran Julianne Hough feels the same way: She’s teamed up with Caress to share her secrets to a great night out, from how to get glam to how to make sure you have a blast with your girls. Check out my video interview with her to get the scoop!

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The Best Beauty Sale EVER


There are a few things I look forward to each year: Cheesy summer reality TV (hello Housewives), gift-giving occasions, new commercials with the oh-so-sexy Old Spice guy, and the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

For those of you not familiar with this mind-blowing event, it’s a giant sale that Nordstrom throws every year that lasts for two weeks. Hundreds of highly covetable beauty brands will offer special discounts on their fabulous products and some limited-edition products and sets just for this sale. A sampling of some of the brands this year: Bliss, MAC, Juicy Couture, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl’s, Chanel, Dior, Marc Jacobs and way too many more to name.

Now, not having access to a Nordstrom store here in NYC (I know, a total travesty but one we’re resigned to nonetheless), I have to get my shopping kicks from the retailer online, which makes this sale all the better. It doesn’t officially start until tomorrow (July 16), but I can pre-shop the sale online to my little heart’s content. Right now I’m DYING over the Lippmann Collection All That Jazz Nail Polish Color Trio and the Laura Mercier Portable Beauty Collection. The Laura Mercier in particular is a need-to-own item because it features an absolutely adorable blue bag plus five gotta-have-’em makeup essentials, all for just $65 (a $164 value)!

So what are you waiting for? Get over to the Nordstrom site and get shopping now, before all these awesome beauty steals and deals are gone!

Beauty Gifts Worthy Of A Queen (aka Mom)

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Mothers are notoriously difficult to shop for, or at least mine is. Come Mother’s Day, she always says “oh honey I don’t expect anything from you, just your love is enough for me” which is code for “You better get me something shiny, I did give birth to you after all.” I spend weeks agonizing over what to get my mom and usually end up breaking the bank trying to impress her with something designer or some expensive trinket, only to have her go gaga over one of my latest perfume acquisitions, which I usually end up giving her as well.

Because of this, I’ve put the kabash on the out of control presents, instead opting to get her beauty gifts I know she’ll adore. If you’re mom is also difficult to please, consider surprising her with one of these genius fragrance gift kits. Created by Coty, the brand behind pretty much all of your favorite celeb and designer fragrances (hello Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and SJP), each kit features a full-size fragrance, $20 savings pass to 1-800-Flowers, gift bag and giftable pouch–it’s like a DIY Mother’s Day kit. Available in six different fragrances–Pure Orchid by Halle Berry, Halle by Halle Berry, Faith by Faith Hill, Celine Dion Sensational, Vanilla Fields, Jovan Musk for Women and Jovan Satisfaction for Women–there’s literally a scent to suit every mom. Best of all they’re just $15.99 apiece, so you don’t have to go bankrupt trying to impress her.

But why let mom have all the fun? We’ve partnered up with Coty to offer four lucky readers their very own Halle Berry Pure Orchid Gift Set. With notes of papaya nectar fizz, jungle cactus flower, exotic Masdevallia orchid, blackberry creme and star anise, it’s a decadent, slightly sweet, very sexy scent you’ll want to wear everywhere. Just tell us in the comments section below what you love most about your mother and you’ll be automatically entered to win.

Contest ends Friday, May 07 at 5 P.M. EST. Be sure to read the full rules and regulations.

Congrats to our winners Carolyn, Debbie, Lindsay and Shannon. Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their reasons why their Mom rocks!

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Brand Obsession: Love & Toast


Sometimes a brand comes along that’s so fabulous, so unique and so amazing, that I just can’t help becoming one of those crazy, obsessive types about it. Such is the case with the quirky bath and body brand Love & Toast. Created by Margot Elena, the same mastermind behind Lollia (another fab brand you should definitely check out), this whimsical line features packaging so gorgeous and fragrances so delish, it will make you squeal like a twelve-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

Love & Toast is more than just a pretty face though. The products also preform amazingly. My favorites are the hand creams, which are available in the brand’s six signature scents: Honey Coconut, Gin Blossom, Sugar Grapefruit, Mandarin Tea, Paper Flower and Pomme Poivre. Unlike most hand creams, which can feel slippery and greasy on the skin, these actually sink into your hands instantaneously, leaving behind a silky soft-feel and absolutely zero greasy residue. The creams are 97% natural and made with fab moisturizers like organic olive, hemp and jojoba seed oils, plus shea butter, aloe and vitamin E.

Now all of this is enough to make a girl go a little nutty, but it’s the price of these that really take me over into the psycho-stalker zone. The hand creams retail for $10 while the perfumes go for $36, rollerball mini-fragrances are $8 and lip balms are $10. Best of all, they’re conveniently found at Amazon, one of my go-to online beauty desitnations. Combine that with the great scents, amazing packaging, natural ingredients and the fact that all the products actually work fabulously and you’ve just entered me into the Love & Toast #1 Fan Club.

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Beauty Obsession: Solid Fragrance Sticks


When it come to my beauty routine, I am all about convenience — if it makes my life easier I am completely sold on it. With the holidays fast approaching and all of the traveling that comes with it, I’ve been particularly focused on finding products that will make my seasonal wandering easier.

One of the hardest things to bring along with you on the road is fragrance. That’s why I am OBSESSING over these adorable solid fragrance sticks from Crazylibellule And The Poppies. That’s right, solid fragrance; each of the chic, totally portable scents is actually a soft and creamy fragrance stick!

Now that might seem a bit weird to some of you die-hard spritzers, but I find I actually prefer the solid experience. I just rub the stick directly on my wrists or neck and it glides on smoothly and smells fab. Best of all, because they don’t use alcohol as a base, the scent lasts longer on your skin.


I’ve been in love with the brand since they first launched here in the U.S. a few years back. After years of devotion, I’ve found that they just keep getting better, launching more and more gorgeous scents that I find myself absolutely coveting. Case in point: the new Vanilla Ganache from the Poule de Luxe collection. It’s a gorgeously sweet, slightly floral scent that features notes of vanilla, peach, cacao bean and dewberry. Senior Beauty Editor Amber says it reminds of her of Thierry Mugler Angel. I absolutely cannot stop applying this one, it is addictive.

I also love the price: At $16 you can afford to stock up on a wardrobe of solid scents. I highly suggest Rose à Saïgon from the Les Garçonnes collection and the Blue Orchidee and Lilas Spiritual from the Shanghaijava collection. Check them out and safe travels this holiday weekend!

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Avon Reese Witherspoon Autograph Giveaway Full Rules And Regulations

Eligibility and Indemnity: Open to U.S. and Canada residents only. All participants in this contest must be 18 years of age or older on the day of submission of the entry and supply a valid email address. Employees of and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate families and persons living in the same household as such are not eligible to participate. THIS CONTEST IS VOID IN ANY LOCATION, STATE OR COUNTRY WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. To be eligible, you must agree to abide by these rules and be bound by all DAILY MAKEOVER decisions relating to this content, which are final and binding in all respects, including, without limitation, determination of the winners.

Win Reese Witherspoon’s Fragrance!


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Celebrity beauty is a pretty touchy subject over here at Daily Makeover HQ. We can get into long and impassioned arguments about just why we love (or hate) a celeb’s hair/makeup/shoes/etc. Fortunately there is one celeb we can all agree on, and that’s the always lovely Reese Witherspoon.

I’ve got the biggest girl crush on the talented actress — I love her style choices and went ballistic when she debuted those killer bangs on the red carpet at the 2007 Golden Globes (Ryan who?). She’s just one of those celebs you feel like would be an awesome shopping buddy, someone you’d want giving you style and beauty advice.

Naturally, when I heard the Academy-Award winning actress was launching a new perfume with Avon I got all kinds of excited. I’m not usually one for celeb fragrances, but I had a feeling an eau de Reese was something I could get behind. The fragrance, called In Bloom, is exactly what you’d expect from a good Southern gal — it features notes of magnolia, Georgia peach tea leaves, gardenia, jasmine and amber. It’s a totally floral and feminine fragrance that also has an edge of strength and sensuality to it that’s just gorgeous. It’s definitely a scent to try.


Now here’s the best part: We’ve partnered up with Avon to offer four lucky Daily Makeover readers an autographed bottle of In Bloom. That’s right, we’ve got four bottles signed by Reese herself to give away. Just tell us in the comments section below which of her beauty looks you like best (check out her style gallery for a Reese refresher) and you’ll be automatically entered to win! How cool is that?

Contest ends on November 17, 2009 at 1 P.M. EST. Full rules and regulations here.

Congrats to our winners: Rita, Sophie, Caroline and Seraphina. Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their favorite Reese looks!

As one the web’s largest beauty sites, constantly receives products from beauty companies for editorial review. Please read our Editorial Ethics Pledge if you’d like to know how we select products to feature.