Cheap & ChicCheap & Chic: April 2011

ONE. Maybelline Falsies Waterproof Mascara — I can’t gush enough about Maybelline’s Falsies Waterproof Mascara – their claim to give you an instantly “false lash glam that won’t smudge, smear or slide off” is positively true. We’ve all spent years dedicated to researching the best mascaras from luxury beauty retailers, to department and drug stores – and what I love most about this accessible product is the flexible spoon brush wand that gently glides onto your lashes without clumps; creating both fuller and longer lashes. Available in two shades (as well as a washable formula) from your local drug store for under $10. This mascara powers through the day and night but at that price, I’ve been stocking up! – Liz

TWO. McEvoy Ranch 80 Acres Hand and Body Wash in Blood Orange — I’m totally obsessing over this soap right now. It smells fabulously of fragrant citrus – a blend of tangerine, grapefruit and blood orange. Plus, while it cleanses, it’s also incredibly moisturizing and doesn’t strip the skin of oils. At $20, it’s perfect for the guest bathroom (you’ll surely impress guests)…or keep it to use yourself! – Connie

THREE. Scotch Naturals WaterColors Nail Polish in Whisper — With all the pale pink that’s been popping up on spring’s trend radar, it’s not surprising that I’m attracted to this luxe little bottle. Reminiscent of Butter London, this “soft candy pink with white shimmer” polish gets extra eco points for being non-toxic, water-based and free of acetone or heavy metals. It also lacks the big “three” (toluene, dibutyl phlalate and formaldehyde). I’m told Scotch Naturals’ formula takes a while to dry and may chip or streak during the first few uses, but apparently it gets better after your nails grow accustomed to the non-solvent-based formulas. Makes we want to put all 17 gorgeous shades to the test! – Charli

FOUR. 1909 Lunch at the Palace San Francisco Lunch at the breathtaking Garden Court at the Palace Hotel San Francisco is one of the chicest  things we’ve ever done in the city.  The space is really like nothing you’ve ever seen anywhere else- dripping with gilded chandeliers, original architecture and artwork from when the hotel first opened. And now we can do it every week if we wanted to with the 1909 lunch, which includes a tour of the iconic hotel and a two course lunch for (you guessed it) $19.09!  The lunch menu, which was created for the hotel’s 100th year anniversary in 2009, is so popular that it’s still being served every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Check out the menu here and call (415) 546-5089 to make reservations.  Perfect for a special occasion- or you know, just another Saturday lunch at the Palace.  –Carolyn

FIVE. West Elm Pleated Ruffle Pillow Cover — I’m totally obsessed with shopping for things for the home lately in anticipation of my upcoming move. (Seriously, I’ve been to my local Pottery Barn, CB2 and West Elm so many times, I half expect them to start greeting me by name!) I just spotted West Elm’s new Pleated Ruffle Pillow Covers online and I absolutely love them. They’re such a pretty mix of patterns and textures and I love the unexpected playfulness of the pleats. Plus, they’re neutral enough to match most decorating schemes, so you don’t have to worry about them clashing with your other items. I’m going to have to go visit these in person this weekend and hopefully bring a pair home with me. – Stacey

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