If you’re like most women, and some men, you never leave your house without your purse or handbag. With so many styles of bags (tote, satchel, clutch, shoulder strap, hobo) to name a few, and many colors and designers to choose from, purse and handbag lovers could carry a different bag every day of the year and never use the same one.

For most of us, even the deepest of purse adorers, we do carry the same bag frequently. Fashion lovers tend to, well, fall in love with their handbags, and for good reason. A rocking purse or handbag can spruce up an outfit much the same way as a sensational pair of shoes! For those of you with lots to carry, the tote bag will be a perfect purse for you.

A handbag or purse is often fashionably designed and used to carry personal items. A “tote” is a large double handed bag with an open top and an open main compartment. The straps of tote bags tend to be parallel and large enough to sling the bag over your shoulder, and the bag itself is often large and boxy.

Tote Bag Fun Fact: The tote is generally made of sturdy cloth, often using thick leather at its handles or bottom; leather versions often have a pebbled surface. Common fabrics used for totes include heavy canvas (often dyed and treated to resist moisture and mold), jute, nylon, easy care synthetics and natural fibers.

The term ‘tote’ means “to carry,” and can be traced back to the 17th century, but wasn’t used to describe handbags until 1900. The major tote bag craze in the United States began in the 1940s with the release of L.L. Bean’s Boat Bag in 1944. Because they were easier and less cumbersome than carrying luggage, most people opted for using tote bags.

During the 1950s, tote bags began to enter mainstream culture. Come the 1960s, the tote bag began to embrace personal style (as many practical items do that get crossed over into fashion), at which time Bonnie Cashin released her own line of tote bags called Cashin Carry Tote Bags, which combined style and functionality. And…the tote as a fashion staple purse was born! To be carried, adorned and worn!

Canvas tote bags have been sold as a more eco-friendly replacement for disposable plastic bags given how they can be used multiple times over. Many stores offer inexpensive or even free tote bags at the register, and they have become a common marketing tool stamped with logos and used by nonprofit businesses as promotional gifts.

Many people prefer carrying tote bags not only for their stylish appeal, but also for the size. For those of you who carry many items, totes are both pleasing to look at and practical. Let’s face it…you can stuff many, many “can’t leave the house without them” items in a tote bag! Fabulous totes that will float your boat!

Purse and Handbag Fun Fact: Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as women. The modern purse, clutch, pouch or handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway.

With so many colors, fabrics and designs available to spice up your tote bag, all fashion divas should invest in a trending tote that will match any outfit and be practical to boot. A real style treat for the glamorous you!

Terrific totes truly will float your boat!

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All glamour girls know that one secret to a perfect makeup job is applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation to your face. Both concealer and foundation are used to make the skin appear more uniform in color and blemish free. Generally, concealers are more heavily pigmented than foundations and can be used alone or applied underneath a light coat of foundation.

To differentiate between the two cosmetics, concealer is used to mask dark circles, age spots. large pores and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but thicker, and used to hide different pigments by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. Foundation is a skin colored makeup applied to the face to cover flaws and/or change the natural skin tone. Some foundations also function as moisturizers, sunscreens and astringent base layers.

In a complete facial makeover, concealer is applied first and foundation is applied over the concealer. This gives you the canvas for applying various cosmetics to your face and creating makeup magic!

Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if used too heavily and the cosmetics don’t match your skin tone, they can turn into makeup that cakes up! So how do you apply the perfect amount of concealer and foundation that makes your skin look youthful and near makeup free?

How to Avoid Makeup Cake Face:

1. Do not apply a thick foundation over your entire face. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, but when applied it should be almost invisible. Dot concealer on any ruddy or blemished areas, then cover up uneven spots like the cheeks, around the nose and the chin with foundation.

2. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture. This can lead to makeup cake face. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizing cream to your face underneath the concealer and foundation.

3. Apply a foundation primer. Foundation primers settle into your pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.

4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

Concealers and foundations come in both powder and liquid formulas. For gorgeous, glowing skin with no makeup cake up, brush a small amount of translucent face powder over your foundation. This will create a blemish free base to work with when applying eye shadow, blush and lip gloss, as well as blend your concealer and foundation together to give off a “perfect” face!

Both concealers and foundations are available in a variety of shades, although concealers tend to be more  heavily pigmented. When applying foundation, try to match your skin tone or go one shade darker than your natural skin tone to avoid makeup lines and see preferred results. Concealers with yellow undertones are used to hide dark circles. Don’t go with white concealers as this can sometimes cause a gray hue where applied.

Love the skin that you’re in by applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation, ensuring your makeup flatters your face and doesn’t cake up!

You now look magnificent. Go attend that brunch, concert, baby shower or birthday party in style. Let the only cake in the room be on the table and not your face! Win the makeup glamour race with your exquisite cosmetic taste!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website


In the realm of cosmetics, mascara is by far one of the main makeup items that brings out the luster and allure of your eyes and face.  Mascara is a cosmetic used to enhance the eyelashes by darkening, thickening, lengthening and/or defining the eyelashes. Mascara normally comes in three forms – liquid, cake or cream – and is made using various formulas. Most mascaras contain the basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives.

With the majority of mascara colors being shades of black and brown, colored mascara is a refreshing change and can be used to highlight and magnetize your eyes. Ways to wear colored mascara is matching the mascara shade with your eye color or eye shadows, or matching your color of mascara with your lipstick and/or your outfit. No matter how you choose to wear it, colored mascara is chic, cool and fun for everyone.

Cool colors for a magical mascara experience!

As all fashion divas know, aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal practice. The beauty business is a billion dollar industry and revered worldwide. Mascara can be documented in ancient Egypt. Records from around 4000 BC refer to a substance called kohl that was used to darken eyelashes, eyelids and eyebrows. If you want to grasp the true allure of mascara and long, luscious eyelashes, coat one eye with heavy black mascara and leave the other eye  mascara free. Check your look in the mirror. The eye that has lashes coated with mascara will look larger and more noticeable than the bare eye. Give it a try!

Colored mascaras come in shades of purple, blue, green, gold, silver, pink and orange, to name a few. For the cosmetics lover who has so many choices, what’s a gal to do? Much like you mix and match your lipstick and blush shades, why not experiment with various colors of mascara? Even if you prefer blackest black (definitely my preference) doing something different and ramping up the colors of your mascara will give you a new look and elevate your mood. Let colored mascara change your beauty  attitude!

Mascara Fun Fact: Mascara is used around the world on a daily basis. In 2016, U.S. consumers (this includes me) spent 335.6 million dollars on the top 10 leading brands of mascara. Yes, the beauty and makeup business is truly a much adored universal business. Most mascaras have a shelf life of two to four months. If you ever find your mascara stick drying out, merely add a few drops of water to the brush before inserting the brush into the mascara stick, and the mascara will once again go on thick and lustrous. Swipe away the glamour girl way!

Top brands of excellent mascaras include L’Oreal, Revlon and Maybelline. I use L’Oreal Voluminous and love the product. You can find mascaras on the market that include lash-boosting serums, botanicals and pro-vitamin enriched formulas, along with waterproof mascaras.

Mascara Removal: I have found that petroleum jelly works best for removing mascara! Eye makeup removal creams are also available in finer stores, drug stores and beauty supply stores.

For eyes that sparkle, shimmer and shine, make sure to have plenty of colored mascaras filling up your makeup drawer! That’s for sure!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website



Long, short, thin or full, our hairstyle and hair type matters to all of us. How we choose to wear our hair, the color, the length, and the texture reflects how we view our personal look and style as much as the makeup and clothes that we enjoy.

Our hair is actually a protein filament that grows from follicles in the dermis. The most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair type, and hair care. Many of us define ourselves by our trending tresses. The Andre Walker Hair Typing System is the most universal system used to classify hair. According to this system, there are four types of hair: straight, wavy, curly and kinky. In the realm of our luscious locks, it seems that many of us wish to change our basic hair type. People with straight hair long for curls, while those with naturally wavy hair wish for straight tresses. Even if you only want to change your hair type once in a while, there are various hairstyles that work wonders for every hair type.

Hairstyles That Work Well for All Hair Types:

• Curly Ponytail: A ponytail is the easiest hairstyle that you can try. Simply pull your hair back into a high ponytail, securing it with an elastic band so you don’t break the hair. Divide the ponytail into 2 or 3 sections and use a curling iron to add curl section by section. Secure the curls with hairspray, if desired.
• The Bob: Since the bob is a short haircut that tends to curl in under the chin. This hairstyle works well for everyone. If you just can’t seem to grow your hair long or you prefer hair that is short and sassy, then why not opt to go short and trendy? This hairstyle fits all hair types.
• Off The Forehead: Hairstyles that are parted down the middle of your head or are blow-dried and brushed back off the forehead can be done with all hair types. To keep the hair completely off of your forehead, wear a headband, which not only secures the front section of your hair but is a great way to accessorize.
• Straight Hair: Yes, even wavy, curly and kinky hair can be made straight by using a flat iron and a hair straightening leave in conditioner.
• Cornrow Braids: While some people with kinky hair are blessed to have natural looking cornrow braids, even those of you with straight or wavy hair can wear a head full of cornrow braids. If you desire this beautiful, exotic look, go for it!
• Twisted and Wavy Hairstyle: Create a middle part and take one inch of hair from both sides. Twist these sections at the back with a pin to achieve this look. Jazz up this feminine, flowing hairstyle with a flashy hair accessory.
• Wet Hair/Slick Back Look: This look is sleek and sexy. Simply run some gel on your hair from the hairline to the crown and spread the gel evenly throughout your hair, using a wide tooth comb to neatly comb your hair back. Congrats! You’ve got the wet head look.

Most of us have gone to a professional hair salon at some time, got a fantastic weave, color, haircut, and hairstyle only to discover that once we got home and shampooed for the first time, we never get our hair looking as wonderful as it did when we left the salon. How do you remedy this disappointment?  Practice, practice, practice. Over time you’ll be able to get your hair looking simply divine!

No matter what hair type you have, there are ways to change it up with hair and beauty professionals and products. Do you love stick straight hair? Loose, feminine waves? Tight spiral curls? Tighter S curls?  Experiment with various hair types from time to time for looks that are elegant, youthful, chic, trendy and purely sublime!

With the right hair products and time, you truly can master the perfect hairstyle that makes you the signature, unique you that you are. Your hair stands out by far, from color to style to shine. Are you ready for a new you? I suggest changing up your hairstyle and see for yourself the fashion and beauty wonders that it will do!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website


It was announced in the news today that Michael Kors Buys High-Fashion Label Versace for $2.2 Billion. Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. will buy Italian fashion label Gianni Versace SpA for 1.83 billion euros ($2.2 billion), bringing the American luxury company closer to its goal of becoming an international house of fashion brands. Versace adds high end couture credibility and heritage to Kors. Last year, Versace had revenue of 686 million euros and returned to profit. Donatella Versace is the house’s creative director and will continue to lead the company’s creative vision. She and her brother, Santo, will become shareholders in Michael Kors. CNBC

If you follow fashion, you are familiar with lead brands such as Michael Kors and Versace, along with Gucci, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Coach and many more.  What is behind the world’s fascination with purchasing and wearing designer clothing and designer purses?

Calvin Klein, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Steve Madden, Coach, Gucci, Guess: the list of famous fashion designers goes on. Shopping online or in finer stores presents you with numerous clothing items and purses/handbags with a status symbol designer label attached.

Have you ever wondered what it is about designer fashion products that intrigue the public and have become so popular around the world? Certain knock-offs often look the same, and store brands can look and feel just as attractive and appealing. Yet if our clothes or handbags are kissed by a designer manufacturer and label, it somehow makes us feel more stylish and powerful.

It’s all in the power of the name, and the way you feel about yourself when you wear and hold your favorite designer name of choice.

The glory of the bag! The handbag/purse is the one item that every designer brand counts on to bring in major sales. Every season the showrooms of the world’s biggest fashion houses are filled with new ranges of bags to tempt you. Devoted public relation campaigns present the newest and most distinguished details of the handbags, from the material used to the clasps and handles. Let’s not forget the inside of the bag. Oftentimes, the fabric that lines the inside is just as attractive and expensive as the outside look of the purse.

Your handbag is often viewed as a way to convey your individual style to the world. Beautiful, alluring purses not only hold your personal items. They make you feel good as well, especially when you have matched the bag to your outfit.

Designer clothing works in the same way. Sure, many lovely pantsuits, dresses, or blouses fill the racks of stores, but sew a Calvin Klein or Versace label on the garment, and see how the clothes look and feel even lovelier when you put them on. Designer brands exude a feeling of being rich or classy attached to them. This feeling begins in your mind, as it all boils down to how you feel about yourself when you are wrapped in designer clothing. A brand doesn’t necessarily sell clothes or products, it sells hope that you will look as good in their items as the models do, and leave you with a feeling of status and charm.

Oftentimes, designer branded clothing and purses are made with better fabrics, have a better fit and an all-around better quality. People are willing to pay high-end dollars for designer products, but they expect the products to be made of a finer quality and last far longer than less expensive fashion items.

Isabel Marant RTW Fall 2018

For most women, our handbags and clothing are items that combine the virtues of practicality and utility along with displaying our personal taste and style. Designer brands often come attached with a feeling of power and economic prosperity, which makes us feel good and successful. Designer clothing for men is as popular as branded garments for women.

Everyone relates to their own identity and prefers to look chic and cool in their choice of dress. Wearing designer clothes isn’t something to obsess about but it certainly can be fun, even if you only splurge for your favorite designer label once in a while.

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website

No matter how busy, fun and energetic our lives are, we all need an occasional mood boost. For those days when you’re not reeling in excitement or busyness, or perhaps you’re  feeling blah or a bit off, generally two things lift your mood! Food and/or makeup. So at these times reach for those potato chips or French fries, or experiment with cosmetics in your makeup drawer. Your not so good mood will vanish and rule no more!

Get an instant mood boost from these simple beauty products!

6 Beauty Products that Brighten Your Mood:

  • Ravishing Red or Barbie Pink Lipstick: As a fashion and makeup buff, I feel that all shades of lipstick act as mood enhancers, but colors of ravishing reds and Barbie pink lipsticks take the cake. If you doubt me, just try it. When your lips are coated in reds and pinks, your entire face stands out, and this ups your mood. It’s hard to feel blah or down when your ruby painted lips light up the town!

  • Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette: As we enter into the fall, why not paint your eyes in shades of oranges, golds, tans and peach? This eye shadow palette offers numerous colors to choose from and tends to last once applied. For those of you that prefer to stick to blue, green or purple eye shadows, why not change your routine and shoot for the gold? Too peachy!

  • False Eyelashes: If you want to watch your mood go from a 5 to a 10 in no time, put on a pair of false eyelashes. I feel natural long eyelashes, or false eyelashes, are the number one beauty item to bring out the luster of your face. No matter what event you are attending, or what clothes you are wearing, add false eyelashes and high heels and rev up your outfit and your mood in seconds!

IT Bye Bye Under Eye Cream: Sleep is a beautiful thing, but for many of us, it’s very hard to get a full 8 hours of sleep a night. The result? Bags or black marks under the eyes. To cover these bags and rejuvenate your eyes and your appearance, try IT Bye Bye Under Eye Cream. You may be dog tired, but your eyes won’t show it and no one else will know it! Say Bye Bye to under eye bags!

  • Glamour Nail Art: Most everyone adores a professional manicure and pedicure, especially when you’ve earned it by working so hard. You deserve a break. After your next pro manicure, or even a do it yourself manicure, paint your nails with a glamorous, classy polish and nail art. Colorful, fun nails look cute and youthful, but sometimes you want to feel like a sophisticated fashion gal. Go for black polish with strips of gold, or add rhinestones and gems. Gorgeous and classy!

  • Estee Lauder Beautiful Sheer Perfume: Now that you’ve dolled yourself up and improved your mood, top it off with a splash of Estee Lauder Beautiful Sheer perfume. The fabulous scent of this perfume is neither too heavy or too light, but perfectly right. For perfume that smells delicious but doesn’t over power, Beautiful Sheer continues to smell good hour by hour.

When you find yourself needing an instant mood boost, beauty products never disappoint. For those of you that prefer a more natural look, if you glam yourself up only once in a while you’ll adore the finished look! A definite glamour girl will be hooked!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website









Most people think of the colors orange and black relating to autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Although wearing these two colors together does look seasonal, orange and black garments work well all year round. Autumn, known as fall in North American English, is one of the four temperate seasons, marking the transition from summer to winter, beginning in September in the Northern Hemisphere and March in the Southern Hemisphere. Fall is when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools down considerably from the summer months. One of the main features of fall is the shedding of leaves from trees and the changing of color. Many leaves change from green to rich golds, yellows and oranges.

Season Fun Fact: Many people believe that the changing of seasons occurs due to the rotation of the earth and the proximity of where you live to the sun. This actually doesn’t make much difference in temperature. The changing of the seasons is due to the axis of the earth and the slight tilt of that axis!

In the United States fall begins on September 21 and ends on December 21, transitioning us into winter. In the United States, Halloween and Thanksgiving are recognized and celebrated, with pumpkins, gourds, sweet potato pie, witches, broomsticks and many other festivities with the colors orange and black. In the fall, dressing in garments of orange and black is back!

The color orange is bold, brazen and fun. In color psychology, orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. The color orange represents the optimism, uplifting and rejuvenation or our spirit. Orange is such a bright, happy color that it helps us bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in the recovery from grief.

The color black is sexy, diplomatic, secretive and mysterious. In color psychology black gives us protection from external emotional stress. Black is the absorption of all color and the absence of light. Black hides, while white brings to light. Black covers, white uncovers. Mix orange and black for a fashion passion heart attack!

Since orange is such a bright, bold color, some people prefer to wear less subtle shades or orange. For those of you that adore orange but feel the color is too powerful or brazen for you, why not wear various shades of orange? There is peach, golden orange, amber, burnt orange and dark orange. Another way to wear orange in a fun, youthful way is through your cosmetics. Orange eye shadows, lipsticks and nail polishes conjure up images of frivolity, festivities and fancy fun!

You can always dress in black or white and let your orange and black purse or handbag do the fall fashion talking!

The color black in fashion is often seen as a color of sophistication and elegance, as in the little black dress or the black tie event. Affluent and success oriented men and women often select black clothing as it can give an impression of elegance, sophistication, power and confidence. Black is associated with sexiness and seduction (think black lingerie) and is one of the most widely worn colors in clothing.  Black clothing looks formal, dignified and sensual.

Mix your black garments with orange clothing to add a splash of stimulation and pizzazz to your outfit. Orange is a warm and inviting color, is highly noticeable and gets people thinking and talking. You do the walking and let your garments do your confident, flirty talking!

A Joe Black outfit on the catwalk at Docklands.

For Fall 2018, be the fashion siren queen when you step out in garments of orange and black! You’ll look and feel spectacular…imagine that!

Positive Keywords of the Color Orange:

  1. Sociable
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Cheerful
  4. Confident
  5. Optimistic
  6. Flamboyant
  7. Adventurous
  8. Creative Flair
  9. Warm Hearted

Positive Keywords of the Color Black:

  1. Protection
  2. Comfort
  3. Strong
  4. Contained
  5. Formal
  6. Sophisticated
  7. Seductive
  8. Mysterious
  9. Endings and Beginnings

Fall is back! Spice up your wardrobe with orange and black!

Mix in with the fashionable fall season, but stand out dressed in glorious orange and black garments. You’ll not only steal the show, but you’ll be the best dressed fashion plate wherever you go!

Orange is the new black? There’s room for both of them, and they mesh together as deliciously as peanut butter and chocolate! Visual stimulation at its finest!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website




T-shirts are comfortable, trendy and popular garments in most people’s closet and/or drawers.  A T-shirt, known as the basic tee, is a style of cotton fabric named after the T shape of its body and sleeves. Most tees are short sleeved with a round neckline, known as the crewneck, which lacks a collar. V-shaped necklines are also popular. T-shirts are typically made of cotton textile in a stockinette or jersey knit and have a distinctively pliable texture compared to shirts made of woven cloth.

T-shirts originally started as undergarments and have transitioned from undergarment wear to general, all use casual clothing. The most popular color for T-shirts is white, but the sturdy shirt can be found in all color choices.  For those of you that own one basic white T-shirt, there are numerous ways to wear the one shirt that makes it useful for casual to dressy wear!

Various Ways to Wear the White T-Shirt:

  1. Under a printed or floral jacket: By leaving the jacket open, showing the white tee, your jacket will take on a different look.
  2. Under a jumper or overalls: The basic white tee works wonders when worn with  a jumper or overalls.
  3. With lots of denim: Denim clothing is stylish and fashionable. If you are dressed in head to toe denim, it might help to break the look by wearing a white tee. I personally feel that when wearing a T-shirt with blue denim, a white T-shirt is the best looking way to go.
  4. With high waisted dress pants: There is something about the mix of a casual white T-shirt and dressy, high waisted pants that complement each other with style. Add a dress belt, high heels and jeweled accessories to make youy uptown outfit feel a bit casual. This is a striking look.
  5. With a pencil skirt: Tuck a white tee into the waist of your pencil skirt and I guarantee you that you will love the look!
  6. With shorts: T-shirts work well with all lengths of shorts. From short shorts to Bermuda shorts, a basic white tee will look lovely.

The best thing about mixing and matching your white tee? It matches and goes with everything!

Most T-shirts extend to the waist or sit on the hips. Hip hop fashion calls for tall T-shirts which may extend all the way down to the knees. A similar item is the T-shirt dress or T-dress, a dress length T-shirt that can be worn without pants. T-dresses look great with fishnets or opaque stockings!

Numerous ways to wear a basic white T-shirt!

Since the 1960s T-shirts have flourished as a form of personal expression. Think of T-shirts with quotes, sayings, pictures, designer logos, etc. splashed across the front for all to see. Share a portion of your personality with a slogan that means something to you printed across your white tee.

A plain white tee can literally be the glue that holds your outfits together. Change up your garments and your outfits with one basic shirt, the white tee. It really is that easy.

The white tee can worn with so many garments that the comfortable, trendy shirt can work for any occasion. An evening at the theater, a fine dining dinner, a fast food lunch, a Sunday brunch. Are you stepping out for coffee or tea? Why not go dressed chic and cool in a defining white tee?

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website


If we added up how much money we spend each year on health and beauty products, it would most likely be lots of hard earned cash! Even if you aren’t one who lavishes yourself with makeup, perfumes, toiletries, etc. you still need to buy basic health and beauty products from time to time.  I know that it is often true in products and other items that you get what you pay for, meaning the more expensive something is, it most likely is also higher in quality and performance.  This is true sometimes, but not always. Much like the saying all that glitters is not gold.

I have outlined for you  6 basic beauty products that can be purchased for a reasonable price at most drugstores and grocery stores that really do work as well, or better, than salon or beauty store brands.

6 Drugstore Available Beauty Products That Really Work:

Vaseline – Vaseline, a brand of petroleum jelly, works wonders for many beauty needs. Vaseline helps soothe dry skin, remove makeup, heal and/or prevent chaffing, moisturizes chapped lips and soothes minor cuts and burns, helping them heal. Vaseline is cost effective and makes the list for the variety of beneficial, effective  ways that the product can be used.
SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color by Maybelline – I generally prefer to wear lip glosses, as I like the shine. However, for those of you that prefer a more dry lip, you want matte lipsticks all the way! I recommend Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color. The lipstick is long wearing without coming off, doesn’t smear or smudge and the colors pop. For a great colored lip that lasts all day, Maybelline makes the way!

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer – This moisturizer made by Jergens works wonder for dry and sensitive skin. When you apply it your skin will soak it right up, not leaving an oily or greasy residue. Whether you apply the moisturizer to your hands and skin throughout the day, or after you shower for the night, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer will leave your skin soft and smooth.

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner/Sheer Volume: I’m recommending the Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Volume because this is my most favorite of all Pantene hair products (they have lots). With that said, I want to note that all Pantene shampoos and conditioners give you your money’s worth in how they work and leave your hair shiny, silky and healthy. As someone who cares about her hair, I have tried expensive salon products through the years and I still feel Pantene surpasses many of them for a great shampoo and conditioning!

LOREAL Paris Voluminous Super Star Waterproof Mascara: If you want long, luscious, natural eyelashes then I suggest you try LOREAL Voluminous Super Star waterproof or regular mascara. This mascara comes with  a primer application that you swipe onto your eyelashes before applying the mascara, which allows your lashes to look longer and thicker once you put on the actual mascara. For dramatic eyes, I suggest you use Blackest Black or Black, as these two colors stand out to highlight your eyes in a fierce way.

Sally Hanson Nail Polish – Whether you prefer Sally Hanson’s Insta-Dri, Regular Nail Polish, Gel, Argan Oil, and their other types, you can’t go wrong with Sally Hanson nail polishes. The polish brushes easily on your fingernails, looks thick and luscious, is difficult to chip and stays on for a lengthy period of time without needing a retouch. Apply a clear nail polish as a basecoat and topcoat and your perfectly polished nails will look like you indulged in a professional salon manicure.

We all want beauty products that work and we’re disappointed when we try a new item and it just doesn’t perform like promised. For health and beauty products that don’t disappoint you or your wallet, give these 6 items a try. Beauty never looked and felt so easy on your eyes and your pocketbook.

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Last week I was watching abc7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles and noticed as the anchor Leslie Sykes was broadcasting a story, her makeup job looked gorgeous. Yes, even amidst often times unhappy news stories, when you are a fashion and makeup buff, you notice the cosmetics and clothing of people on TV and in the movies. For the fashion buffs, think Holland Taylor on Two and a Half Men. She was always impeccably dressed.

On this particular newscast, Leslie Sykes was wearing blue shades of eye shadow with a pinkish/lavender frosted lipstick. She looked beautiful and her makeup job was perfection. Almost as a throwback to the 1980s (as so much of these fashion and beauty trends are popular today in 2018), this color combination worked well and looked stylish and regal. Although I love all colors and shades of eye shadows and lipsticks, blue eye shadow and pink or lavender lips has always been my favorite combination. With my alabaster skin, blond hair and blue eyes, I feel the most like myself when I stick to wearing these lovely cosmetic colors.

Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow makes your eyes stand out and look more attractive by adding depth and dimension to your eyes, complementing your eye color, making your eyes appear larger, or simply drawing attention to your eyes. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures and is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream or mousse form. Popular shades of eye shadow include brown, gold, purple, lavender, pink, green and of course various hues of blue.

Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. Lipsticks come in many colors and are generally found in matte (dry) and gloss (wet) formats. Dark red was one of the most popular lipstick shades throughout the 19th and 20th century. In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors. She inspired other companies to introduce different shades of lipsticks and lip glosses as well. Today, you can find lipsticks in almost all colors, including blue, green, black and brown, yet the most standard colors are reds, pinks, purples, golds and oranges.

Lipstick Fun Fact: Frost lipsticks are making a comeback. Shimmery or frosty lipsticks may contain mica, silica, synthetic pearl particles, such as bismuth oxychloride, to give them a glittery or shimmering shine. Lipstick is made from grinding and heating ingredients, then heated waxes are added to the mix for texture. Oils and lanolin are added for specific formula requirements. Afterwards, the hot liquid is poured into a metal mold and the mixture is chilled. Once they have hardened, they are heated in flame for half a second to create a shiny finish and to remove imperfections.

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Depending on skin tone, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention. Natural eye shadow can range anywhere from a glossy shine to your eyelids, to a pinkish tone, or even a silver look. Eye shadow can be applied in a wide variety of ways depending upon the desired look and formulation. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow is blending well, however, I find blunt, dramatic applications of eye shadow to look bold and sexy, especially for evening wear.

Blue eye shadows and pink lipsticks make a 2018 splash – but never go out of style!

Cosmetics are lovely and attractive. Makeup has been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40) and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burial dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmatae” was first used to describe Roman’s whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.

From eye shadow, to lipstick, to blush, to perfume, when it comes to cosmetics, make sure to make room! Your cosmetic bag and your gorgeous makeup application will thank you!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website