Put on a happy face! Shopping for cosmetics at the chain drugstores

I recently went through my small cosmetics stash. I can’t remember the last time I bought new make-up. It might have been two years ago when Gilly Hicks had an online sale. At that time I bought some lovely eye shadows, lip glosses and blush all in shades of soft, glittery pinks.

Now, though, these colors seem too pale and too understated for the change in image I’m undertaking. Since I’m once again drafting patterns and sewing clothes inspired by the fashions of the late 1940s and 1950s, I thought it would be enjoyable to seek out some old school cosmetics in old school colors.

Before The Great Recession caused me to rethink and reapproach how I shop, I’d think nothing of going to Macy’s Department Store on 34th Street in Mahattan. There I could always count on a skilled make-up artist from Elizabeth Arden to select just the right shades that were becoming.

I now look back and wonder how I could ever have spent upwards of $20 or more for eye make-up or lipstick. Times and ways of thinking have definitely changed my approach.

I wasn’t sure where to start my search in the quest to find the make-up I need. This was where the weekly circulars that are distributed with The Marketeer throughout Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Sunset Park came in handy for me.

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Bargain shopping for lingerie for retro inspired outfits

I am very happy that I can once again spend time on designing and sewing women’s clothing inspired by the very feminine styles of the 1920s – 1960s. Creating retro inspired fashions requires consideration of what is worn underneath the garments. Since retro styled clothing is more structured than what is manufactured today, it is necessary to have lingerie that adds even a light to moderate amount of shaping to the body.

I’ve been surfing the specialty lingerie shops online for lingerie that will provide the shaping needed to wear the more structured styles of the 1950s. Bullet bras, waspies, and boned girdles can be very expensive, sometimes costing more than the entire outlay for fabrics and accessories for an outfit. With a little creativity and careful shopping I decided to work with what is available to me and my budget, adapting the designs I create to the modern offerings in lingerie. I believe it is possible to find modern day lingerie that will help me achieve a shapely silhouette without the constriction of heavily boned corsetry and the expense this kind of lingerie entails.

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Alternatives to Tiger Balm

I haven’t been out and about much because of an attack of food poisoning that left me very sore and achy for the past two weeks.

I’m not the kind of person who likes to take too many asprins or even Tylenol. I prefer to take lots of hot baths, rest, stay hydrated and let time do the healing when I have any kind of muscle pain after sickness or strenuous exertion.

In the past I found Tigers Balm to be very effective in alleviating the discomfort of sprains or aches, especially if used in conjunction with a heating pad. But that was a long time back. When I went in search of Tigers Balm recently I thought the prices were much too high for such a tiny jar. The average prices in Sunset Park Chinatown range from $5.99-8.99 for the name brand Tiger Balm. There are similar products available for lower prices but since I’d never tried them I wasn’t confident about purchasing them.

Blue Ice Gel by Lucky.

I’ve had good results from other products produced by Lucky Brands so when I saw the Blue Ice Gel at Pathmark Supermarket in the $1.00 section of the Personal Care products aisle I decided to give it a try.

The first difference I noticed between this gel and Tigers Balm is the way it blends right into the skin. There is no heavy, sticky residue. The main ingredients are menthol and camphor. At first the scent of the ingredients is obvious but quickly fades. The cooling effect of the gel begins to take effect shortly after application. I did notice that I had to apply the gel every 1 1/2-2 hours whereas Tigers Balm had more lasting effects. But the Tigers Balm also remained very noticeable in that the scent was still lingering all around. This made it hard for me to apply the Tigers Balm before I had to go out and be with other people.

Overall I found the Lucky Brand Blue Ice Gel a good buy for my money. Even with the need to frequently reapply it there’s still plenty left. Plus it did not irritate my skin.

If the 99 cent stores in your area sell Lucky Brand products you may be able to find the Blue Ice Gel there. Otherwise it is available at Pathmark in Boro Park.

Pathmark Supermarket at the Fairmont Mini Mall is located at 60th Street and 13th Avenue in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn.

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