Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fashionista Takes Us To The Dollar Store!



We love the Dollar store especially our local 99 Cents Only Store where you would be very surprised at the great things you can find (especially snacks). Check out the great little story from Fashionista.com below!


Ever since I moved to New York and my disposable income went the way of the dinosaurs, my neighborhood dollar store has become one of my favorite places to shop.

It used to be that I'd stop by just to stock up on household cleaners, toilet paper and various oddities (where ELSE can you find a small pouch of naturally colored, shiny river rocks to line the bottom of your betta fish bowl?). But lately, I've been noticing another side of the dollar store -- a more... beautiful side... That's right: Crazy cheap beauty tools and products!

There are way more than you might assume -- so I popped into the fabulous 99 Cents and Up! store in Astoria, NY, to enlighten those of you who still think buying your beauty necessities at Walgreens is budget shopping. Well, consider those prices CHOPPED. Because, really, what's more beautiful than saving tons of cash?

(All photos: Nora Crotty. All photo backdrops: 99 Cents and Up!, Astoria.)



Whoever said you had to pay upwards of $6 for a decent bottle of nail polish was totally full of it ('it' being a stroke of marketing wizardry genius). This brand called 'b.s.n.' -- no uppercase needed -- sells a ton of makeup products, and every single item only costs $0.99. I'd almost be outraged if it weren't so awesome.

So yeah -- let's talk nail polish first: b.s.n.'s range contains no fewer than 125 colors, including glitters and different finishes. I'm especially fond of one with green and gold rounded glitter (second from left in the above photo). Very mermaid-y. But obviously, the best part is, if you buy a bottle on a whim and decide you don't really like it that much after all... it cost under a buck! That's less than a bag of M&Ms from an NYC street vendor. And I should know -- I've tried bartering before. (Word to the wise: It never works.)





Usually, it's only (slightly pricey) specialty brands that carry super bright, varied shades of lip color. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that b.s.n.'s range involved more unconventional colors along with the usual pinks and mauves. I'm talking lime green, true blue, emerald and fluorescent pink.

There are also a ton of glosses (and an array of neat eyeliners, some with glitter), all costing, again, just $0.99. It's a pretty awesome way to test out releasing your inner Rihanna -- and you can always invest in the more expensive stuff later on, if you like what you see.

If you don't believe me re: the magic of b.s.n., here's a video I found on YouTube of a lady talking about how awesome and cheap it is for 17 minutes. Maybe you'll trust her opinion more.


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