Inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Costumes

Looking great for that Halloween party or even walking around with the kiddos doesn’t have to be difficult–or expensive.

If there is one thing that I have learned over the years, Halloween stores are fun, but incredibly costly. What is the point of being a fairy if I’m having to pay forty dollars and up for a single costume that likely won’t be reused? Since then, I have had the fun of learning some easy, inexpensive DIY Halloween tricks.


There is no reason to waste money on cheap face paint and Halloween-brand make up when you can use what you already have. Lipstick can easily become fake blood stains, lip liner turns into jagged scars, and a little bit of eye shadow and foundation and quickly turn you into a dirty zombie or a mermaid straight out of a fairy tale.

Whether you want to take the makeup a bit freestyle or look up some of the amazing costume makeup tutorials on the internet (there are some really creative ones to be found on both YouTube and Pinterest), using already owned makeup can offer the same results that all of those fancy makeup packets at your local Halloween store would get you.

Costumes in your closet

No, I’m not talking about last year’s costume. With a little creativity, just about anything in your closet can be turned into a costume. A long, black dress can help you become the lovely Morticia. A sequin covered skirt could be the start of a beautiful mermaid’s tail. You could even dress up that plaid shirt to become the zombie of a once-innocent farm girl.

With a starting point as simple as your closet, buying extra bits and bobbles to add to or alter your costume can help make it very inexpensive to pull off.

If what you are looking for can’t be found in your closet, thrift stores often have pieces that may work for what you are looking to achieve–or even cheap, pre-owned costumes.

Out of the box ideas

When it comes to Halloween, getting a little crazy is perfectly acceptable. Whether your idea of being out of the box involves using a box (cardboard is excellent for creating fake wings of all sorts, by the way) or replacing the wigs for teased hair and hair spray, there is an unlimited wealth of costume ideas out there. Don’t be afraid to use objects from around your home.

Albeit, putting Nutella on your face may be a bad idea no matter how wonderful it tastes.

What are you going as for Halloween? Share it with me down in the comments below!

Fall Fashion 2014 Color Trends

fall fashion color trends 2014

The change in trends can be so expensive when you have to dish out cash on new pieces each season to keep up. However, one cheaper alternative to keep up with the Jones’s is by staying up to date with which colors are trending each season. Take the mothballs out of the closet, ladies! You could be wearing what you already have.


We’ll be pulling out more orange than the pumpkins this fall! While muted oranges have always been a fall favorite of mine, the orange life is definitely taking over this season. Whether you’re rocking a bright, citrus pop of color or going for a more toned down look, you can’t go too wrong with a well placed touch of orange this fall.

Besides, it’s a great way to make your casual outfit look a little more fun.


I’ve always thought of red as a wonderful color for the cooler weather. You don’t just fit in with the changing scenery–you stand out. If you really want to pack a punch this season, ditch the little black dress for a sexy red shade instead.

When it comes to dressing up, a muted red is one of my favorite ways to go. It’s bold, daring, and utterly darling.


No one under 21 here. Just kidding! Whether you’re looking for a top with a little pizzazz, a gorgeous new pair of jeans, or an accent piece with a pop of color, the wine family is the perfect place to go this fall.

Personally, I’m in love with this color. It practically dresses itself up. Besides, not much beats a wine colored scarf on a black and white striped top.


Unleash your inner little girl! If you’re going for a softer touch this fall, you’re in luck. Pastels are in, giving us a wide range of light and simple colors to choose from. Bold looks are amazing, but there is a lot to be said for how chic pastel can be.

I love lighter clothes and I rarely wear them during the fall season. This year I’m definitely going to be mixing some pastels into my mostly dark wardrobe.


Blues are so versatile and provide a wide range of shades to choose from. Mixing and matching with the other colors on the list isn’t hard at all!

I was honestly shocked when I found out that blues were trending this fall, though. I can’t say that I’m displeased, but when I think of fall, my mind automatically goes for all of the warm colors. It’s nice to see that things are shaking up a bit!


Grays are, by far, one of my favorite parts about this season. From knits to wraps, skinny jeans to silky blouses, almost anything you want to wear can be found in a gray shade. Not to mention, it’s another really versatile color that can be matched with many of the colors on this list.

Me? I’m going to be rocking my gray skinny jeans all season.

What about you? What colors are you going to be rocking this season? Let me know in the comments below!

What To Wear This Autumn/Winter Season

Trench Coat

As the night’s draw in and the temperature starts to drop, there’s nothing to be glum about – especially when you can wrap yourself up in this season’s latest trends and bid farewell to the summer in style.

Besides, a big part of Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion is all about daring to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe so you can carry a bit of that warm weather feeling around with you until the end of the year and when it comes to the festive season, it’s time to really get glammed up.

Overhauling your whole wardrobe might seem like a large expense, but if you find yourself with some cash from some action on a bingo site like Big Brother Bingo or happen to have a penny or two (at this time of year, that’s really lucky!), it’s worth getting some key items to make sure your look fits in this season.

Here’s our guide to autumn/winter 2013’s must-have items and looks.

Channel your inner rockstar

This edgy style has been spotted on catwalks at both New York and London Fashion Weeks. Givenchy and Versace are just a couple of the luxury labels that featured models in tight leather pants and tops complete with zips and studs.

If you don’t want to embrace the look fully, soften the punk/grunge look with a floral design jumper or demure silk top combined with a black leather skirt and biker boots.

Go square

Following on from the summer’s hot monochrome print trend, tartan is taking over and about to explode on to the high street this autumn and winter season.

Skirts, trousers, coats, jumpers, tops – nothing is immune to a splash of tartan and the good news is that it comes in a range of colours so those who want to fit in this season will easily be able to find a shade that suits them. Go for bright and bold to add a touch of warmth to your wardrobe.

And while there will be plenty of high street labels stocking the style, for those who really want to stand out, it’s worth splashing out on a quality designer brand – especially if you’re feeling flush after a bingo win – as this timeless design is bound to come back into fashion again once this season’s through.

Think big

Big is beautiful this autumn with pillow-sleeved jackets, billowing trousers and oversized coats a resounding message at both London and New York Fashion Weeks at the start of September.

The great thing about this style is that it makes cozying up in the cold weather incredibly easy as you can easily layer up under large jackets, coats and jumpers. Make sure you team the look with more tailored pieces to avoid it becoming unflattering and ill-fitting.

Go all out

When it comes to the festive season shiny fabrics, gold, silver, sequins and opulence are obligatory.

Now’s the time to go all out and don your most luxurious purchases and to really stand out at Christmas parties, treat yourself to a makeover to match your outfit. This season super slick and androgynous looking hairstyle are in, but if you don’t dare to go for this, try another trend for autumn/winter – low ponytails.



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Burts Bees Lip Shimmers

I have fallen completely in love with Burts Bees Lip Shimmers. They aren’t lipstick, but they sure show up like them! I love all the different colors that you can choose from. Whether your shade is light pink or dark mulberry they have something for you.

I love how slim and compact they are. I can slip one into the pocket of my blouse or pants without having an odd shape visible. Made from all natural ingredients these lip shimmers are sure to brighten up your holiday makeup ensembles. I love how moisturizing and soft they feel.

My only problem with them is that they are very easily broken, but I think that’s partly due to the extreme weather conditions that my state has most of the time.

All in all I love the lip shimmers from Burts Bees and hope they come out with a few more colors soon. They have five star ratings all over the web so it’s not just me that has fallen in love with them.

Burts Bees Lip Shimmers are available at Target, Walmart, and Walgreens stores nationwide as well as online at

Best in Beauty From P&G

We are huge fans of P&G here at Fashionable Media. And we know that their brands such as Olay, Cover Girl, Pantene and more all make the most have beauty products. Did you know these facts about them however? They have….

  • Earned 155 awards—and counting—from leading beauty editors over the past five years
  • Been awarded a staggering 82 Allure Best of Beauty and Readers’ Choice awards over the past two years, illustrating that – not only do beauty editors love our products – so do women across the country!

All the beauty experts agree that their brands deserve the recognition that they receive. Gurus like Pat McGrathBruce Grayson and Danilo  all swear by these products to the the latest red carpet and runway looks. And they have divulged their list of beauty must-haves so that anyone can build an award-winning beauty regimen.

Pat McGrath’s favorite product is the Cover Girl lash blast mascara and we agree! This mascara never clumps and always looks great for any occasion.

Dr. Sarah Vickery’s favorite product is the Cover Girl & Olay 2n1 foundation and primer. I honestly love this product. It is light and airy without covering your face in grease.

Danilo’s favorite product is the Restore Beautiful Lengths smoothing cream. We have never tried this product, but it is getting awesome reviews from everyone!

Claire Girdler’s favorite product is the Venus razors. And my P&G beauty staples would have to be the Venus Embrace razors. These razors are totally awesome and give you a nice clean shave without harming your sensitive skin. I swear by these razors and Venus is the only brand that I use. (Review coming soon!)

And don’t forget, it is the perfect time to update your beauty regiment! Through the end of this month, P&G is offering a $15 rebate with the purchase of $50 worth of any Venus, Olay, Secret, CoverGirl, Clairol, Herbal Essences, Aussie, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, and Crest 3D White products.

What are your beauty staples from P&G?