Beauty on a Budget for March 2017

Although tomorrow is the first day of Spring 2017, winter is still hanging on here in Brooklyn, New York.  We were hit with very heavy snow fall during a Nor’easter two weeks ago.  Since then the streets are clear but piles of hardened snow and ice remain.  It is cold and damp so my outings in search of bargains are still limited to the immediate neighborhood.


I happened upon Personal Care’s Deep Cleansing Skin Cream while out on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge this past Saturday.  As the seasons change, so does my personal care regimen.  In the deep of winter I often use only cold cream to remove my make-up and clean my face.  As Spring nears I do not need such heavy moisturizing.  I sometimes use Noxema to clean my face during the Summer but I do not buy it on a regular basis because the price is too high for a chain drug store product.  I was very pleased to come upon Personal Care’s version of Noxema.  It contains camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oils but in smaller quantities.  There is also soybean oil to give this cream a light and moisturizing consistency.  My skin was not irritated when I used this product and so far I am very pleased with how clean my face feels after washing with it.



I wanted to find a rich, creamy bar of bath soap that provides an alternative to Dove which is not over $1 a bar.  Silk Route Beauty Products makes a packet of 3 bath sized soaps that is available in my neighborhood for $1.19.  The soap, according to the label, does not contain any fragrances containing alcohol nor animal fats.  It is rich in milk cream and promises an luxury bathing experience.  I decided to give it a try.  I figured if I didn’t care that much for it I would use the bars of soap to hand wash my lingerie.  This morning I opened a bar and was very pleased with the floral fragrance and the rich lather.  My skin was smooth after the bath without any tautness or dryness.  Plus the rich purple color is very appealing when the soap is placed in a pure white soap dish.


For days when I need an extra treat I bought Perfect Purity brand’s Sweet Pea Blossom Body Wash.  The light fragrance is indeed sweet but not cloying.  It reminds me of the perfumes that were sold for little girls when I was growing up.  The Sweet Pea Blossom layers well with the Midnight Orchid bath soap.  I find it an uplifting little treat at the start or end of the day.  By the time the warmer weather comes I will be in a spring time mode already with all thoughts of winter already in the past.

The products featured in this posting are available at Deal 99 cents and up in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.  The prices I paid are very reasonable and the quality more than I expected.

3-bar pack of Silk Midnight Orchid Soap….$1.19

Personal Care deep cleansing Skin Cream…$1.19

Perfect Purity’s Sweet Peal Blossom Body Wash…$1.29

Store Information:  Deal 99 cents and Up, 7109 Third Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

Note:  This posting is for informational purposes only.  I do not receive any payment from the stores or from the manufacturers of products I write about.







Beauty on a budget: A touch of Spring

After weeks of being cooped up because of the cold weather I took a long walk this past Sunday.  It was a day where hints of Spring were everywhere in Bay Ridge.  I saw bees flying in one garden where a few flowers had begun to bloom.  The tips of the trees are looking fuller, a sign of the green buds that are forthcoming.

I longed very much for a light floral fragrance to fill the air but it’s still too cold for the earth to send forth the fragrances of grass and flowers.  I was in the mood to buy a fragrance but without the money for any kind of a name brand, pricey purchase.


I ended up at one of my favorite 99 cents and up stores where they are selling copies of designer fragrances at $4.99 a bottle.  My late Mom loved Anais Anais, a fragrance that not only evokes Springtime for me but a feeling of well being since memories of my Mom always lift my spirits.  When I saw the tester bottle of Ana Ana I was very skeptical.  I decided to try it.  To my surprise Ana Ana was very light, reminding me mostly of lily of the valley.  I went outside the store and waited a few minutes to see what the fragrance was like after a few minutes.  It was still light but growing faint.

I decided to buy the bottle anyway.  The fragrance remained faint but that is fine with me because I do not like a fragrance that is very noticeable.  I decided to use Ana Ana as a tool for aromatherapy.  In the evening I will spray my bed with it before going to sleep or spray my lingerie before getting dressed.  Having this fragrance around me even for a short time is very pleasing and worth the $4.99.  So many happy memories arise and you really can’t put a price on that.

I bought Ana Ana at New Wang Fa Trading at 6926 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.


Note:  This posting is for informational purposes only.  I do not receive any merchandise or remuneration from the manufacturers of products featured nor from the stores mentioned.


Holiday Greeting Card Sale at Rite Aid: Buy one get 2 more boxes free!!

If you’re a Rite Aid Wellness Cardholder and in the market for reasonably priced holiday greeting cards then hurry down to your local Rite Aid quickly!  The holiday cards shown in this posting are all part of a sale that will delight a bargain shopper.

Wellness Cardholders are eligible to two free boxes of holiday greeting cards when they buy one at Rite Aid.  The two free boxes must be of equal or lesser value than the one being purchased.

The range of cards available is priced as low as $6.99 for a box of 14 cards and as high as $19.99 for a box of cards that are larger in size and include foil lined envelopes.  The variety of greetings and graphics ensure that almost everyone will find a selection they like.

My selection included two boxes of cards with pretty illustrations that are made even more attractive by the glitter used on them.  I also got a box of cards with a photo of a very pretty Christmas wreath.  I had to include the receipt from my purchase to prove to you this sale is for real.

This is a wonderful opportunity to buy extra cards to have on hand when giving a cash gift to a service person or to send to friends or relatives you’d like to reconnect with.  There’s no reason to skimp on sending cards this year when the opportunity to get an extra supply is as easy as purchasing and just paying for one box!

I purchased my cards at the Rite Aid located at 6900 Fourth Avenue near 69th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.  You can reach this Rite Aid via the R train to 69th Street/4th Avenue.  Their phone number is 718-748-8184.

Note: All cards shown here were created by Pinecone Design Ltd. of Toronto, Canada. They are distributed and sold through Rite Aid.

Paper Products for under $1.00 each–now that’s a bargain!

H.M.Y. Discount Inc.
6926 4th Avenue
Bay Ridge
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Nearest transportation: RR train to 69th Street/4th Avenue station.

Once I became self-employed and started working out of my living space I noticed how much more I used of everything around me. It became necessary to keep it clean more often and to have more products on hand for the kitchen and bathroom.

H.M.Y. Discount is now my go-to store for paper products. They are one of the few stores I know that have paper products for under $1.00.

During a recent trip I was able to restock my home office/living space with the items shown here. Many 99 cents stores are starting to push the price of paper products upwards in small increments. At D.M.Y. I found the following for under or at $1.00:

Daisy Napkins…………. .99 cents a pack
Plenty Paper Towels……. 1.00 a roll
Daisy Bathroom Tissue….. .59 cents a roll
Elegant 2-Ply Facial Tissue.. .99 cents a box

The paper products are displayed on a rack by the entrance to the store. Inside you will find a very neat and orderly layout with a good variety of stationery and housewares. There are even very pretty rhinestone and crystal rings, bracelets and earrings on the counter near the cash register.

A small increase of 10-20 cents per paper product such as the ones I purchased will quickly add up when you buy them on a regular basis. To those who do not shop this carefully it seems like extra work to go to one store for a certain type of product. But in the long run it pays off.

I always take the amount of money I’ve saved and put it into a large 10-12 oz glass jar. Over a period of time the coins will add up. It’s not unusual to have $50-60 worth of coins once you’ve filled up the jar up to the top. With this extra money I’m able to shop for holiday cards and have enough left to pay the postage.

Does your Barbie doll need a wine rack for the holidays?

I’ve posted previously about what great 1:6 scale props refrigerator magnets can sometimes be.  I haven’t had much time to delight in my dolls and creating dioramas the past 4 months due to having to move into a new apartment.

Now that I’m settling in and getting to know the new neighborhood in Bay Ridge I’ve done a lot of 99 cents store shopping.  There’s lots to report and photos are being worked on.

In the midst of all this activity my two Repro Barbies are finally unpacked and looking for the ideal place to pose in the new apartment.  I’m considering a home for the holidays scene and selecting what to include.

When I saw the refrigerator magnets made by Jin Bin I had part of the scene come to mind.  Good food and drink are always part of the Christmas celebrations I remember so why not do an Italian style Christmas with Barbie theme, I asked myself.

The detail  on the little bottles of wine is superb.  At 99 cents each these magnets are worth getting.  I haven’t found any Rements that come close to these and the price definitely makes these worth a walk up to Third Avenue if you’re as enthusiastic about your dolls and dioramas as I am.

These magnets are available at:

99 Cents Up & Less (Third Avenue ATrading)
7219 Third Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd Streets)
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nearest Transportation: R Train to Bay Ridge Avenue/4th Avenue

I recommend getting to the store soon.  There were more of these magnets at the start of last week than there are now.  They make great gifts for 1:6 scale doll enthusiasts as well.

Pretty Alarm/Travel Clocks and Coffee Mugs

99 Cents Up & Less (Third Avenue ATrading)
7219 Third Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd Streets)
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nearest Transportation: R Train to Bay Ridge Avenue/4th Avenue

I like to use pretty things that help me get started in the morning. This is why I took time to select a new alarm clock and coffee mug that would express how happy I am in my new apartment.

Bay Ridge has many variety, discount and 99 cents stores that offer almost everything you need for your everyday shopping. 99 99 Cents Up & Less offers the a great variety of housewares, stationery, gift items and personal care products. The variety is larger than at smaller stores because they have combined two stores into one.

The “Love Is” alarm clock turned out to be exactly what I was looking for in an alarm clock and then some!

The clock has a cover that I think makes it sturdy enough to become a travel clock. The picture is fixed into the frame so you cannot put your own photo in. This is so cute, though, I don’t think it should be changed.

The cover opens to a clock face that has another cute picture of a girl and boy on a bicycle. The pinks, yellow and white make this a very pleasant way to get up and start the day. The alarm, too, is audible but not shrill.

The pictures remind me of the 1960s and 1970s because of the upbeat and cute quality they have. For $2.99 I think I got a good deal–a clock that wakes me up in the morning and also brings back memories of the 1960s and 1970s. In a way it’s like a mini-time machine, for me anyway.

There’s also an assortment of very colorful, lightweight ceramic coffee mugs. I’m not one for heavy, large or oversized coffee mugs and bowls such as the ones available in some high end stores. A lightweight mug can serve well for coffee or tea.

This Butterfly mug is made by All for you Products. It’s a good example of the other colorful, feminine styles available for $1.99 a mug.

Customer Service is also very good at this store. Since the aisles are very narrow you may need help locating an item. Just ask and one of the staff will gladly help you.

The Ozark Trail Water Bottle

I have at long last found a water bottle that does not leak and can be clipped onto my Messenger Bag when I go out and about on my Saturday morning walks.

Ozark Trail 1-Liter Water Bottle.

I filled the bottle with tap water and kept it in the refrigerator overnight before using. Then on the next morning, I placed the bottle into the covering and went out for about 4 hours. The water remained cool (not cold) and there was no leakage. The soft yet sturdy handle makes it easy to hold a bottle this large. The clip is sturdy and remained in place all the time I was out and walking around.

This water bottle and cover are made by Ozark Trail. I’ve looked the brand up on line and found that it is still available at Wal-Mart stores but no longer available on-line. The price at Wal-Mart is about $3.88

I got mine at Deals and Discounts at 6910 5th Avenue, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY. The price was $2.99 Since there’s no Wal-Mart in my immediate location I was very pleased to find this product at Deals and Discounts.