Ask Belle Roundup Vol. II, No. Ten
Oct 29, 2012
I’ve noticed in a few posts that you mentioned that you buy some beauty products on eBay. I’m addicted to a few high-cost items and would love to try to find them for cheaper – but I’m scared of getting a fake product. Do you have any tips/tricks for this?
Thank you! Jessica
Half of my wardrobe (maybe more) was purchased on eBay, but I would never buy a beauty product there. Why? Too many horror stories about people who bought expensive serums and got bottles full of colored water.
Instead, look into a retailer like SkinStore.com, which has great 20-percent-off sales regularly. You’re far better off saving up for the real thing than taking a chance on eBay. Plus, if you don’t like the product you purchased, a retailer like Nordstrom or Sephora will take it back, you won’t find that on eBay.
I continually find myself snatching up ballets flats, kitten heels (I know you hate, but I can’t walk in anything over 2″ without looking like a zombie…) and the like, only to find that after pretreating my feet with Dr. Scholls or Bandaids, I STILL get blisters.
I would love to know your secrets on breaking in a fabulous pair of shoes without killing your feet in the process.
I always like to take new shoes for a few trial runs before I wear them to work. I’ll wear them to brunch or wear them while I run errands in the neighborhood. To get the shoes through this swkward breaking in phase without winding up covered in blisters, I wear anti-chafing stick like this one from BodyGlide. I’ve heard you can also use clear deodorant.
You should also think about stretching out your shoes yourself. Pinterest has some great ideas for shoe-stretching techniques like the wet wool socks and blow dryer method.
How often do you dry clean your dry-clean only clothes? While I always dry clean blouses after one wear, I feel like I am always guessing when it comes to blazers, skirts, dresses, and sweaters, in absence of visible stains. Do you wear slips or camisoles to extend the time between cleanings?
I usually dry clean blouses and shirts every four to five wears. Same for skirts and pants. Blazers can go longer, maybe every six to eight wears.
I Febreeze in between to extend the life of the dry clean, and use a Tide stick on small spots. Of course, this all goes out the window if something has a stain or an odor. And everything has to be dry cleaned more frequently in the summer, I might only get one wear out of a dress in August when I might get four wears out of it in October.
I’ve tried the home dry cleaning kits, I wasn’t happy with any of them. I found the chemicals used were heavily perfumed and the clothes always had a lingering body odor that the kits only seemed to enhance. Plus, I never felt like the items were ever truly clean.