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Comic-Con: Superhero Survival Guide

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Nerds, geeks and fantasy-fanatics are uniting this weekend for one of the biggest events in pop-culture, Comic-Con. Planning on joining them? Geek-out properly with the survival guide below:

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What to wear:

If you’re wearing a costume (and we recommend you do), it’s wise to bring a sewing kit incase any ripping occurs. Costumes can be hot, so consider inserting sweat guards to keep any odors at bay and freshening up the costume with Febreze. Make sure to keep any props you have lightweight as you’ll be carrying them around with you all day. If you don’t want to wear a costume, it is still important to show off your inner-nerd. Rep your fandom with a graphic tee. Girls, pair your tee with denim cutoffs for a classic look or consider wearing it with a skater skirt for a more feminine appearance. Whether you wear a costume or not, comfortable shoes are essential.

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What to bring:

Incase you loose any of the people in your group or want to post pictures of your epic day while you’re at the event, having a charged phone is a must. Bring a portable charger with you to ensure you won’t be stuck phoneless and consider bringing a camera to capture your favorite Comic-Con memories. Take a lunchbox (preferably one with a comic–themed design) to carry snacks and a refillable water bottle so you don’t spend money on water and food at the event. Lastly, bring a backpack to hold all your belongings and any freebies or purchases you are bound to pick up at the event.

Summer Fashion: Maxi Dresses

A breezy maxi dress is a summer fashion staple as the simple wardrobe piece effortlessly creates a chic and feminine look. Check out the tips below for how to wear this dress style best:

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Dress: A maxi dress is a statement piece, so go for one with a bright color that suits summer. If you want to make even more of a statement, choose one with a fun pattern that stands out even more. The length of a maxi dress is crucial. Make sure you choose one that shows your shoes—if it drags on the ground, hem it or use a woven belt to shorten it.

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Accessories: Just because it’s long doesn’t mean it’s formal, so keep the accessories casual. Woven belts, bags and hats go great with your casual summer look. Avoid rhinestones and go with ethnic or earthy jewelry instead. We recommend choosing one jewelry focal point such as an armload of bangles or a statement necklace.

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Layering: If its cooler out or you want to cover up a bit more, add a denim jacket, sweater, shrug or cropped cardigan. Avoid overly structured and formal looking blazers and jackets.

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Shoes: Pair your dress with gladiator sandals, ballet flats or wedges. Heels and platforms will look too dressy when paired with a casual summer maxi.

6 Ways to Save More Money on Cosmetics

Jackie Curtis is a stay-at-home mom who writes about health and fitness, money management, and beauty.

If you’re like me, you probably have an entire bathroom drawer dedicated to makeup you’ll never use again. And frankly, it doesn’t make sense to keep spending big bucks on makeup you might end up hating. While I love to experiment with different shades and products, I know better than to spend top dollar on cosmetics. And by finding ways to save on makeup, I free up cash to splurge on products I know and love. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to save on cosmetics.

1. Look for Combined Products
You can save money and simplify your daily beauty routine by looking for products that are designed to perform multiple functions. What’s more, buying one product instead of four can save major cash. For example, consider the whole moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen part of your routine – together these products cost about $30. Instead of buying each product separately, invest in a $12 tube of BB cream - a product that combines all three. You’ll save money and time with this do-it-all approach.

2. Swap High-End for Better Budget
There’s a time and place for high-end beauty brands. If you’re in love with a particular high-end product, it might be worth the splurge to keep it in your cosmetics bag. For everything else, it’s time to start bargain-hunting.

Some budget brands offer amazing, professional-level products without the hefty price. HD concealer, for instance, can be seriously pricey – the Smashbox version is $22. Luckily, the budget brand E.L.F. offers a similar formula for just $3, and it works just as well.

When you’re not sure whether to buy a high-end or budget brand, search the Internet for several similar products and read the user reviews. You might be able to score a great product at an equally great price.

3. Make it Last
There’s nothing quite like the sadness I feel when I start scraping the bottom of my mascara tube, or start to see the telltale shot of metal peeking through a well-used eye shadow palette. The real trick to saving money on cosmetics is to stretch the use of your favorite products and really make them last.

Add a few drops of saline solution (I use contact solution) to an almost-empty mascara tube to moisten the dried product and make it last a few more weeks. If you’re running low on your favorite perfume, uncap the bottle and empty it into a small bottle of unscented lotion to create your own custom-scented lotion.

The tools you use to apply your makeup can also help stretch your product’s life. If you use cosmetic sponges for foundation, trade them in for a stipple brush. A stipple brush creates a smoother, air-brushed finish, plus, it doesn’t absorb product like a sponge, diminishing product-loss over time.

4. Choose Double Duty Colors
If you want to wear pink lip gloss, blush, and eyeshadow, why buy three separate products? Look for double-duty colors that suit your skin tone, then wear all-over face powders or cream-based cosmetics that you can apply to all of your features. Pinks are universally flattering – if you have olive skin, opt for peachy pinks, if you have fair-skin, look for rosier tones, and if you have dark skin, choose a berry pink that brings out your cheeks, lips, and eyes.

5. Fix Broken Products
There’s nothing worse than opening up your bag to find broken powders or smashed lipsticks. While they might be messy, don’t throw them away. With a little effort they can be salvaged for future use.

For broken eyeshadow or powder, tap the broken crumbs back into the original palette. If it gets messy, lay a piece of plastic over the powder and use a plastic knife to tame it back into place. Then, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the powder – two or three drops is plenty. Finally, use a coin to press the powder down. Just like that, you’re back in business.

If it’s your pricey lipstick that’s been smushed, clean out an old lip gloss pot and scrape the smashed lipstick into it. From now on, simply use a lip brush to apply the color to your lips. In just a few minutes, you have usable color without ever opening your wallet.

6. Use One Coat
Many cosmetic companies urge you to use more product than you actually need. There’s no good reason to apply two coats of mascara or to wash, rinse, and repeat when in the shower. These are total urban legends. If you’re looking to save money, stop applying two coats and invest in a primer instead. By using a primer – a product that keeps your makeup looking fresh – you won’t need to pile on other cosmetics. I’ve even found that eyeshadow pigment pops more on properly-primed skin, making it possible to use less color.

Conclusion
Makeup is supposed to be fun, but if you’re constantly purchasing new product, it could end up blowing your budget. By making simple beauty swaps and getting the most out of what you have, you can get your money’s worth while feeling better about your overflowing beauty drawer.

(Almost) Introducing the All New Shopping Search By TheFind, for Android

Many of you have been using Shopping Search by TheFind on iOS and Android. And as Android’s reach grows amongst mobile devices, our Android product team is working hard to submit a completely new iteration of the app to Google Play.

In the meantime, we have created a closed community on Google+, where some of our users, fans and friends can take the forthcoming app for a little spin and give us their expert shopper feedback. This app is being built for you and our ultimate goal is consistency, a great user experience, reliability, and performance. This is why it’s crucial for us to have our friends and fans in our Google community as we prepare for launch.

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We want you to get to know the app, love it, and tell your friends about it. If anything prevents you from doing so, you will let us know, won’t you?

What’s new?

  • The app has a whole new look and feel

  • The Catalogs feature is much more refined, with tons of new titles!

  • And there is more. Maybe you can tell us what you notice and what’s most useful.

Please join the community here, using your gmail account. Please be sure to have a Google+ profile activated before asking to join, as this is a community requirement for Google.

We thank you in advance and can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Sincerely,

Your friends at TheFind

This Week on TheFind Blog: Best 2014 Toys, Travel Gadgets, 4th of July Fashion, B2S Shopping Q&A with SheFind’s Jeanine Edwards and Green Household Products

Been swamped lately? In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what’s happened on TheFind blog this week:

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-       Get your kids toys that don’t require technology with these top toys of 2014.

-       Pack light for your summer trip with handy travel gadgets.

-       Learn back-to-school shopping tips and fashion trends from our Q&A with shopping and parenting expert Jeanine Edward.

-       Get inspired for next year’s 4th of July attire with these patriotic fashion tips.

-       Make your home more eco-friendly with these green products.

4th of July Fashion – Celebrate America’s Independence in Style

While Independence Day calls for wearing red, white and blue, looking patriotic without going overboard can be tricky. Check out the 4th of July fashion tips below to find just the right amount of USA.

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Patterned skirts or shorts are a fun and easy way to tie in a patriotic color theme without being cliché. Look for a skirt or shorts with a red, white or blue color theme or stars and stripes design and pair it with a top in the missing color. The combo will leave you looking fashionably chic, while still showing your patriotism for Independence Day.

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Similar to the above look but reversed, look for tops in a red, white and blue color theme or stars and stripes design and pair them with solid white bottoms or jeans. For a more feminine look, search for a dress with a patriotic color theme.

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If you want just a hint of red, white and blue, consider showing your USA support through accessories. Look for nail polish, purses, scarves or jewelry in shades of red, white and blue or look for star and stripe designs to add a subtle bit of patriotism to your outfit.

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Though its not as subtle as the above looks, consider incorporating an American flag pattern into your outfit. Whether its on a top or pair of shorts, as long as its paired with simple, solid pieces you won’t look like you’re trying too hard.

Back-to-School Shopping Q&A: SHEfinds.com & MOMfinds.com’s Editorial Director: Jeanine Edwards

Looking for some expert advice on back-to-school shopping? Check out the first edition of TheFind’s Back-to-School shopping Q&A series with shopping and parenting expert Jeanine Edwards. Jeanine, Editorial Director at SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com, shares her insight on back to school shopping tips and fashion trends.

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What items do you anticipate will be trendy this fall?

Many of the fashion trends that are popular for adults will also be popular for kids. Think combat boots, distressed denim and boho styles for girls and cool graphic tees and hoodies for boys. Skip Hop backpacks are always popular for the preschool set during back to school and Skechers Twinkle Toes sneakers continue to be wildly popular among little girls.

What should parents avoid when back to school shopping?

Don’t force your child to accompany you if they don’t want to. It will only make an already stressful situation more miserable. Don’t wait until the last-minute. Shopping under time constraints always makes the situation more stressful than it has to be. Remember you’re the one controlling the purse strings, not your child. Set a budget and stick to it—don’t let temper tantrums persuade you to spend more than you can.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money?

Coupons, coupons, coupons! Even if you never use coupons any other time of year, BTS coupons are usually worth the extra time and effort. Also, sign up for email alerts and follow the stores you’ll be shopping on Facebook and Twitter in the event they share exclusive deals there. Buy in bulk. There are certain items your kid will need throughout the year (think pencils, paper, etc.) so it pays to spend extra on a quantity that will last you so you don’t have to restock every few months. Don’t go crazy on items you’ll need to replace throughout the year. Items like shoes will need to be replaced at least once or twice during the school year. Don’t go crazy buying your child every style of shoes in his/her current size when you’ll only need to buy them again in a few months. Lastly, use cash-back sites like ebates.com. You’ll get a percentage of your money back when you shop through this site on retailers like The Children’s Place, Kohl’s and JCPenney.

How does online shopping aid in your back to school purchasing?

Well the obvious answer is it’s way less stressful. There are no crowds and your kid can pick and choose what he/she likes without being dragged through a crowded store. Online shopping can also offer savings. Some sites will offer coupon codes and promotions that aren’t available in stores. Lastly, we’ve found that the selection is typically more plentiful online. So, while you may have a hard time tracking down a specific item or size in a store, it will likely be easier to find online.

Are there any items that you recommend parents wait to buy and why?

It can be tempting to take advantage of all the school supply sales that happen in early August, but we recommend resisting the temptation to go all out. Sure, you can buy items you know you child will need (like pencils, loose leaf paper), but we always think it’s better to wait until to the first or second day of school to shop for supplies. Teachers often provide a comprehensive supply list so you know your child will actually need. Another thing you might consider waiting on is clothes and shoes. Because it’s still pretty warm for the first weeks of school, kids will probably be able to continue wearing summer clothes. Plus, by waiting until mid September/early October to shop for fall clothes, chances are some of it will be marked down to make room for the next season’s items.

How do you work out wish-list discrepancies with your kids?

First, it’s important to be honest with your children. Don’t promise to get them everything on their wish list if it’s not financially feasible. That being said, we like the idea of having kids earn wish list items. Not only will this reward good behavior, but it will also give you time to save up for pricier purchases.

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Visit SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com for more tips and trends like these and for more updates from Jeanine, follow her on twitter at @momfinds.

Personalize Your Style – DIY Clothing Ideas

Want your style to be more unique? Customize your wardrobe with the DIY clothing ideas below:

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Tie-Dye Denim: Tie-dying your denim, whether its a denim top or jeans, is a simple way to make it more unique. Begin by bundling up the fabric with rubber bands and rinsing it in water. Then pour three quarts of bleach and three quarts of water into a plastic container and place your denim into the mixture. Let it sit for 20-60 minutes and once the color begins to lighten, remove your denim piece, snip off the rubber bands and rinse it with water. Toss it in the dryer and your denim is ready to wear! See here for more detailed instructions.

Embellished Tops: Give plain blouses a bit more glam by adding embellishments. What’s great about this craft is that you can create your own pattern, making it tailored to your personal taste.  We recommend using sequins, tiny pearl beads and flower shaped beads for the embellishments. Using an embroidery canvas, sew different formations of beads, pearls and sequins in little patches.

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Distressed Denim: Give your plain denim pieces more edge by distressing them. Use scissors, an x-acto knife, box cutter, sandpaper and a cheese grater to add as much distress to your denim as you want, the look can be adjusted to your personal preferences. Before you distress your clothing item, make sure to have a protective divider so you don’t cut through to the other side of your shirt or jeans. See here for more detailed instructions.

Zippered Shirts: Adding a zipper to your plain shirt will give it interest, creating a more fashion-forward feel. To make the one pictured above, first cut the neck ribbing and shoulder/sleeve seams. Then cut two pieces of fabric to 22 inches wide, sew a 22-inch zipper onto it and then sew it to the cut neck ribbing. Top it off by cinching in the waste to give the shirt more shape and your plain shirt will be transformed. See here fore more detailed instructions.

EDC Survival Guide

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The Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is this weekend.  For those attending, this is your chance to show off your craziest, brightest outfit. Still not sure what to wear? Check out the guide below to help you choose an outfit that suits you. Whatever you choose to wear, make sure there is plenty of neon.

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-       Head Wear: Whether it be cat ears or flower headband, head accessories are a must to top off your outfit. Consider adding a bright colored wig to your ensemble as well. At EDC, pretty much anything goes.

-       Tops: Bikini tops, sports bras, tanks, graphic tees and crop tops are all suitable options for EDC – as long as they’re in a shade of neon. Avoid strapless tops that could lead to unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions.

-       Bottoms: Tutus are an EDC staple, but colorful shorts will work, too. Whichever you choose, pair it with furry leg warmers, fishnets or bright tights to add even more pizazz to your style.

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-       Accessories: Giving and receiving Kandi is an EDC tradition, plus it’s a great way to add even more color to your outfit, so be sure to wear plenty of Kandi beaded necklaces and bracelets. Even though its night, mirrored sunglasses make a great fashion statement and with all the lights and bright neon, they may even come in handy. You can also keep with the daisy theme by incorporating fake daisies onto your outfit wherever you can.

-       Shoes: Though heels may be tempting, they are not ideal for three days of dancing. Your feet will thank you for wearing comfortable, supportive shoes. If you have some cute shoes you’re dying to wear, invest in Dr. Scholl’s Gel insoles.

-       The Necessities: You’ll need something to carry your snacks, ID, phone and whatever else you need with you. Go with a small backpack or fanny pack that will keep you hands free. It’s also wise to carry a reusable water bottle that you can refill at any of the water stations.

Q&A with TheNest’s Style Director: Alexis Jonnson

Welcome to the first installment of TheFind’s Q&A series with style leaders from our favorite publications. Style director of TheNest.com, Alexis Jonnson, shares her shopping secrets and personal style tips. With a passion for décor, fashion and art, Alexis is a true style guru savy to all the latest trends. We’re so excited that she decided to divulge her tricks of the trade.

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How do you find out about new trends / brands?

One of the most fun parts about my job is going to market appointments to get sneak peeks of what decor trends are coming. Everything from one brand showrooms to trade shows, they’re always so informational and inspirational. If anyone’s in the NY area, I highly recommend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair – I was blown away with some of the designs I saw.

What are some of your favorite trends / brands?

The funny thing is that I wasn’t so keen on the California mid-century thing until I moved East. I always appreciated the designs, but it was never my taste. Now that I’m NYC-based, I’m finding that those are the lines I’m drawn to. As far as brands go, I love Jonathan Adlers accents — they’re hilarious! Tom Dixon is also super contemporary-cool and West Elm is great as far as mainstream companies go — they’re definitely coming out with more styles that are breaking them away from the higher-priced Ikea cliche they were once branded with. Big brands are great for affordability but I really love the smaller guys that are doing artisan work — Apparatus, Stephen Kenn and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence for Bernhardt Designs are so amazing! I’m also excited that VS Furniture has launched a new collection of Richard Neutra’s designs that were previously reserved for the specific homes he designed.

Do you search for specific brands for your readers and do you try to stay within a specific price range?

I like to mix it up by adding in more obscure, off-the-radar boutique brands with the more mainstream go-tos. I am conscious of price ranges and while I do keep it affordable, I find a high-low sampling to be the most enjoyable route for our readers. After all, a little inspiration is always fun and while affordability is key, there are always those fun splurge pieces.

How do you decide which styles/trends to splurge on?

I go with my gut. Trends are fresh and fun but not something that typically sway me. My style is relatively eclectic but I’ve developed it by following my instincts — if there’s a piece that really speaks to me and I have the, “I must have you” moment, I’ll go for it. If it has good bones and will stand the test of time, it’s a worthy investment.

Do you have any online shopping habits?

I have too many! Since I’m doing so much market research (online and off) to find great products for our readers, I’ve definitely experienced impulse buying. Online shopping is just too easy, especially with such a hectic work schedule, who has the time to actually go into stores anymore — it’s a rare treat to do so!

What tips do you have for our readers?

I’ve noticed that it’s common to feel like you have to “finish” your home, especially after a move. I believe that your home is a work in progress, just like you, and always developing. Forget other people’s opinions and make your space comfortable for you because, after all, you’re the one living there! It’s ok to take time to find the right chair for your reading nook or the dresser that’s both functional and beautiful. Trust that you’ll find it and you’ll know when it’s the one. I especially apply this to art — go with your gut, not with the piece that matches your couch!

What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without?

I am utterly obsessed with the vintage Hollywood Regency tall boy dresser that I found on Etsy. This was a case of needing extra storage space for my new (and tiny!) New York apartment as I just moved from Los Angeles. I had purged all of my furniture and was sans dresser but needed more storage for my clothing. After almost purchasing another dresser that I wasn’t crazy about but just for the sake of needing one, I’m couldn’t be happier that I waited a few more days to when I came across a gem. It’s the most beautiful shade of blue, holds a ton and fits perfectly into the nook I intended for it.

What inspires you?

I’m a true art-a-holic and get so inspired by walkingthe halls of galleries and art museums or the beauty of editorial fashion shoots. They’re so beautifully staged that you never know how one tiny accessory could inspire a whole idea. But it’s always on a daily basis of what surrounds me — someone walking by me on the street, a conversation with a friend about a project they’re working on…architecture or even the honey color of a rocking chair. Other people’s innovation and expression of how they interpret the world truly inspires creative thinking.

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