Project Runway

I don’t always get a chance to sit down and enjoy a lot of television these days, but there are a few shows I always make sure are ready to go on my DVR…….one of them is “Project Runway”. And if you like Project Runway looks like I do, read on………

I didn’t watch the early seasons, but you can bet I know what’s going on now. I have my favorite challenges too, like the “Unconventional Challenge”. You know, this is the kind where they have to make an entire outfit out of things they buy in a pet store, or something crazy like that. It’s so hilarious at first, but then I find myself completely impressed with the talent these up and coming designers have. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn (“Make it Work”), Nina Garcia and more…….love them!

Are you a “Project Runway” fan?

This season you are probably noticing that Mary Kay is the official beauty sponsor of Lifetime’s Emmy®-nominated hit series! After all, designing the fashion is only part of the experience. The model must walk the runway and be ready head to toe. I’ve seen many times where the makeup and hair just missed the mark.

This season, with the help of Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco and a team of celebrity make-up artists, competing designers will finish their runway looks in the Mary Kay Color Design Studio, exclusively using Mary Kay products.

Project Runway look
In addition to his work with Mary Kay and Project Runway, Luis has been the lead makeup artist backstage at red carpet events like the Emmys and has worked with a number celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum, Charlize Theron, Milla Jovovich, Kristen Bell and Christy Turlington.

He has a tip for fall……..

“Green is one of the hottest shades for fall and I love how it brightens any color eyes!” –Luis Casco

Mary Kay Project Runway Sketch

Interesting! I’ve never used green for eyes, but I’m willing to try anything!

Here are some tips for you and I to get the same Project Runway looks:


For high-impact, wearable color, layer three shades of green eye color over a cream eye color base.

  • Apply Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Meadow Grass as a base and sweep Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Emerald on the outer halves of eyelids to enhance the color.
  • Brighten eyes by layering Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Lime onto the inner thirds of eyelids.
  • To add drama, apply Mary Kay® Eyeliner in Black along the top and bottom lash lines, blending outwards toward the corners of the eyes.
  • Generously apply Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara in Black to the top and bottom lashes.
  • TIP:Use Mary Kay® Facial Highlighting Pen on the brow bone for a brightening effect!
  • Watch the Emerald Smoke Video Tutorial for more help


Balance bright green smoky eyes with well-defined dark lips. 

  • To perfect your unique lip shape, use Mary Kay® Lip Liner in Cappuccino before and after applying lipstick!
  • Use Mary Kay® True Dimensions Lipstick in Mystic Plum directly from the tube for best results.
  • TIP:Use a cream eye shadow brush dipped in a little foundation to clean up the edges of your lips.


When sporting bold eyes and lips, keep the rest of your makeup simple.

  • Use your fingertips or a clean Mary Kay® Liquid Foundation Brush to blend Mary Kay® Cream Blush in Cranberry on the apples of cheeks.
  • TIP:For the perfect fall shade, blend the blush with a tiny bit of foundation to let the color’s intensity build!

Don’t forget to tune in each Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime, and visit for your backstage pass to Project Runway’s Mary Kay Color Design Studio!

Mary Kay Cosmetics

Now some extra fun for you! (Thanks to Mary Kay, I just got the same items that I’m giving away and can’t wait to try them all out)!


One (1) lucky winner will receive a Project Runway Mary Kay Prize Pkg which includes all of the products used to recreate the “Emerald Smoke” look above except the facial highlighting pen and cream blush.

For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me what color you normally use on your eyes, if any. That’s it.


You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):

2. Like A Frugal Friend on Facebook
3. Follow A Frugal Friend on Google +
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5. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or on Bloglovin
6. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
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8. Follow Mary Kay on Twitter
9. Follow Project Runway on Twitter
10. Tweet the following as is: Win a Beauty Prize Pkg featuring @MaryKay & inspired by #ProjectRunway from @AFrugalFriend

(leave as separate comments please for each entry)
Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.


Vera Bradley Free Shipping + Take Extra 25% off

by A Frugal Friend on September 1, 2014

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Today, Labor Day, Sept. 1st…..check out the Vera Bradley deals:

  • First, enjoy an additional 25% off all sale items!
  • Second, enjoy FREE SHIPPING, no minimum purchase required!

Yes, Vera Bradley Free Shipping – the event that so many of us wait for!

Don’t forget that the Vera Bradley website allows you to sort by price! Love that feature. So head to the sale section (click below) and sort by price!

Don’t forget too that the price you see is ONLY the sale price. At checkout the price will lower an additional 25% off!

SHOP: Vera Bradley – Free Shipping on all US Orders! No Threshold!

Enjoy (and think Christmas) as I spy many great stocking stuffers!

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Affiliate Link in Post Today only, free shipping at Gymboree with code DAYOFF! Only good through the end of today, Monday, September 1st! Use Promo Code at checkout: DAYOFF Items to look for:

  • Halloween Shop starting at $9
  • Clearance Items, many just $3.99

SHOP –>Today only, free shipping with code DAYOFF at Gymboree!


*NEW* Disney Frozen Magnetic Dress Up Playset

by A Frugal Friend on August 30, 2014

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I am absolutely loving all the new Disney Frozen Toys that are just now coming on the market. Oh, the holiday time will be exciting!

Just spotted – the new Disney Frozen Magnetic Dress Up Playset!

Wooden magnetic playsets are so fun for young children – we have many sets, but I’m guessing this Disney Frozen Magnetic Dress Up Playset one will be widely popular this year!

Grab it now before it’s hard to find!

SHOP: Now only $14.99 Disney Frozen Anna Wooden Magnetic Playset

Be sure to also check out the brand new Disney Frozen Spot It Game – just released!



Treat Free CArd
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Treat is offering any customer 1 free greeting card between now and Sept 2nd at 11:59pm PST!

Use Promo Code at checkout: 1NEWTREAT

This offer is good for anyone, not just new customers!

Have it shipped directly to the recipient and you’ll only pay the price of a stamp!

Free Greeting Card from Treat by Shutterfly

Enjoy! Perfect timing for Grandparents Day!


This post and giveaway is part of a campaign for Microsoft/Walmart talking about back to school and technology. All opinions are my own and additional disclosures below.

Walmart Giveaway #MicrosoftBTS

This time of year, who couldn’t use a $500 Walmart Gift Card? Okay, really, any time of year?

Have I got a giveaway for you! I’ve joined with some fabulous bloggers to bring you just that!

Do I have your attention? I thought so. :-)

I know that I certainly could use a gift card like that because it’s back to school season. Funny thing….while I knew that clothing, shoes and crayons would be on my back to school shopping list, I didn’t figure I’d be contemplating adding some technology for a 2nd grader. So much has changed since I was young.

In fact, I learned that much of what she’ll work on in science and math will be online. I had no idea! I need to learn which product will help her best.

Microsoft is the helpful answer. is THE place.

Why? The amazing selection and great prices of course! I certainly don’t want to spend any more than I need to and with so many choices from laptops and tablets to the 2-in-1 tablet hybrids, I’m a bit indecisive. Any recommendations?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

I’ve been looking at the 2-in-1s and tablets but she’s also quite familiar with laptops.

But it’s the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which has my attention. Oh boy! I’m impressed with this one fact – “with up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life”! So many decisions to make and I’m just glad that Microsoft and Walmart are helping me figure it all out.

Now for the extra fun!

Microsoft Connected Campus $500 Gift Card Sweepstakes

Microsoft Connected Campus partnered with bloggers such as me for their program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. Microsoft and Walmart believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Microsoft and Walmart policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


Keeping It Clean with Cottonelle #LetsTalkBums

by A Frugal Friend on August 28, 2014

Thank you to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post and getting the conversation started #LetsTalkBums!

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I’m a mom. I’ve dealt with all kinds of “accidents”. The okay kind and the OMG kind. Oh, the stories I could tell.

Moms are used to talking about “Bums”. It’s out of necessity. We talk to our kids. We get advice from other moms.

But when it comes to our own “Bums”….”Mums the Word”.

Let’s talk and be real. Babies and young children, they probably get a lot more clean in that area than you or I do. They have someone cleaning for them and paying attention to detail. Ha!

But the average American, well, we just leave it at using bath tissue. That’s it.

Why do we work so hard to get our babies clean and yet ignore our own? Good question!

So I challenging you to give the Cottonelle wet+dry system a try! And I’m going to make it even easier for you with a $1.50 printable coupon!

Yes – a great coupon! Perfect timing, huh?

Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths


Now, I remember from my early Mommy days, that you disposed of wipes in the trash, not the toilet. But with the Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths, they feature SafeFlush Technology…….so they start to break down immediately after flushing.

Yes, flushable and sewer and septic safe!

Pair them with Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper for that extra clean that we all want (and might need)!

One thing that I really appreciate is that the Cleansing Cloths dispenser is so neutral and simple that it fits right in with any bathroom decor you might have.

So try it out! But, HURRY – This $1.50 Coupon won’t last forever!