StyleBlueprint publishes its Cheap Thrills only twice a year. This is our chance to share our finds that are not necessarily cheap, but that are really great deals. These are the things that give you a little rush … the things you need to tell your friends about so they don’t miss out. Here’s what’s giving us a thrill these days.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Did you know that European Wax Center offers the first wax free for all new customers? So that’s a thrill right? Even better, if you like what you see (or what you don’t see, as it may be), you can get a Wax Pass, where you prepay and get a discount on future services. See here for the menu of services.
Everyone loves to know about a good drugstore buy, and we have found a keeper. This anti-dark circle eye roller by Garnier Nutritioniste features a metal roller ball that soothes your under eye and reduces puffiness and dark circles. The icing on the cake is that it is a concealer, as well, so it’s a two-for-one bargain. It retails for around $12 at most major chain drugstores and comes in all skin tones.
If you need just a basic, everyday moisturizer, Trader Joe’s makes one of our favorites: the Nourish Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer for only $5.99. This lotion is light enough for daily use, with retinol, glycerin, aloe and a host of other goodies, but there’s no fragrance. If only it had sunscreen, too, it would be the perfect product.
Treat yourself to wellness, relaxation and complete relief with a massage, the benefits of which are far reaching. While many of us may have never had a massage or do not have the time to get one, Elements is sweetening the deal by offering $20 off a regular priced massage, usually $89, to all first-time clients. With locations in Westport Village and Middletown, we bet you could find 70 minutes to relax, for less than a dollar a minute, can’t you?
We’ve told you about the Messie Shop, which has current clothes at current prices and last season’s designer clothes at 70 to 80 percent off. Find stunners like these Jimmy Choos, but you’ve got to make an appointment. Or, plan to attend the one Sunday a month open house from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to see their schedule or to make an appointment.
The Fashion Post hosts its Basics sale once a year, when they put quality items like navy blazers, suits, dress shirts and dress pants on sale. The sale, going on now, lasts through February 20 and is a great time to stock your man’s wardrobe with all the timeless basics he needs. With Derby season right around the corner, it’s perfect timing.
Where else can you find earrings for less than $10 and necklaces for less than $20? That are cute? And look expensive? And are trendy? Work the Metal, always. You can find inexpensive, on-trend jewelry every time that is at such a great price point you can buy a piece for you and something for all your friends.
It’s hard to think about your patio when there is snow on the ground, but like we reminded you with the men’s clothing at The Fashion Post, Derby is right around the corner. You’ll need some seating for your guests this spring so you can enjoy your bourbon on the patio, or porch or lanai … you get the drift. Until February 21, Digs is having its huge preseason sale, with up to 60 percent off outdoor furniture and up to 30 percent off indoor furniture. They need to move inventory out and get ready for spring, and you need to pounce on these deals!
Sometimes it’s hard to be in the right place at the right time to try all these great, local food trucks, but Pollo has made it easy and set up a station in the Springhurst Kroger. They sell a limited menu from Pollo and from their new food truck, Carnivore. On the menu are chicken quesadillas and chicken gyros. We are stuck on the chicken gyro and have not tried other choices, because it’s just so good. And $6 for a huge, fresh sandwich with pillowy bread, perfectly seasoned chicken topped with fresh tzatziki sauce, and lots of thinly sliced onion and tomato? Well, it sounds like a thrill to me!
We told you about the great prix fixe lunch at Lilly’s last month, with three courses for only $19. If you are the type who likes to try lots of different things on the menu, go there on a Wednesday night, where they offer small plates and half-price bottles of wine. The menu changes weekly, but the last one we saw had ahi tartare, smoked duck nachos, oxtail ravioli and lamb meatballs, all for $7 to $8 a plate. We’ll take one of each, please.
On the second Tuesday of each month, a special treat awaits at 21c and Proof on Main. There is a free guided docent tour of their current exhibition, followed by lunch at Proof on Main. Besides the complimentary tour, you get a complimentary sweet treat at the end of your experience, as well. This culture-filled excursion lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants pay for their own lunch.
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