Archive for January 2012

Inner Beauty

January 30th, 2012 — 6:12pm

yoga_childposeBeauty is more than what meets the eye! It comes from within. From an inner balance that you can achieve by adding different exercise practices into your life. A healthy body is a happy body! One great way to  center your mind and body but also tone up is the practice of  yoga! One of our favorites is a hot yoga practice! It not only gives you the benefits of yoga but it also makes you sweat! It is important to know what your body needs and commit too a healthy lifestyle, especially in an often times ruthless industry! This trust in ones-self and balance, comes only from within! And what’s even better, (for all those living in the Los Angeles area, they offer free yoga every day at Runyon Canyon!) Talk about a Bargain! If you are new to yoga, this might be a great article for you to check out!

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All the best!

Tara Darby & Cristina Nardozzi

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Beauty Tips & Tricks

January 27th, 2012 — 1:13pm

Shimmer-Eye-ShadowThere are two really quick beauty tips & tricks we wanted to share with everyone! First off, for those that have to keep up with roots, it can be a nightmare when you just don’t have time to get to the salon or your budget that month might be a little tight. Here’s a great trick to stretch your “in-between” salon time. Just take a little bit of your favorite hairspray (apply to your roots), followed by a shimmering gold or brown eyeshadow (depending on your hair color)! This will save you time and money, and being Bargain Beauties, well, we just love that!

Another great little tip is the use of Petroleum Jelly to help avoid blisters in your favorite pair of heels! Just take a little bit of vaseline, apply it too your heels or wherever a blister may occur and then slip on your favorite shoes! We found both of these tips and tricks here!

Let us know what your thoughts are! If you have any bargain beauty tips & tricks we would love to hear from you on our facebook page!

All the best! Tara Darby & Cristina Nardozzi

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January 27th, 2012 — 9:38am
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They Meant It When They Called it Beauty Sleep

January 26th, 2012 — 5:41pm

r-BEAUTY-SLEEP-large570Today we wanted to share with all of you a great article on the importance of sleep!

With a busy schedule we understand that it can be difficult to find time for rest and relaxation. However we wanted to stress the importance of getting a good nights sleep. Rachel Grumman Bender talks about how sleep actually repairs the outer skin cells while you snooze, keeping your skin healthier and younger. She calls it a dose of “Vitamin Z”. Of course there are excellent products out there to hide our tired eyes but the best medicine for beauty is to allow time for a goodnights rest!

Let us know what you think and be sure to check us out on our Sashes&Crowns Facebook page!

Take some time tonight for a few extra zzz’s

xoTara Darby & Cristina Nardozzi

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“The Kitchen Spa”

January 25th, 2012 — 9:47am


Keeping your skin healthy can be a nightmare. Especially when we, as women, are often times required to wear a decent amount of makeup. When competing in pageants, it can be hard to keep you skin happy and hydrated, especially due to the long hours and stress that often times takes place . That’s why we were so excited when we came across this great article about a spa in your kitchen!

All of the items listed in this article are amazingly beneficial for your skin and inexpensive! What more could you ask for?! Take a look at the article and tell us what you think! Leave us a comment on our facebook page, we would Love to hear from you!

P.S. Another great in the kitchen skin tip is the use of raw honey against minor breakouts. Just dab a little raw honey on one of those undesirables and watch it disappear!

Stay healthy, happy, and hydrated (that includes your skin!)

Tara Darby & Cristina Nardozzi

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Do It Yourself Bronzer

January 24th, 2012 — 1:32pm

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Take a look at this article written by Keegan Baur. It’s all about a super inexpensive do it yourself bronzer! We all need a little extra glow, especially in these winter months. All you need is a few items from your kitchen pantry! This is exactly what the Bargain Beauties are all about!


Share with us any bargain beauty deals that you come across! We would love to hear from you on our Sashes and Crowns facebook page.

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All the best, Tara Darby & Cristina Nardozzi

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When Pageantry & Fashion Merge

January 15th, 2012 — 1:11pm

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Most of us expect to find emerging fashion trends to debut on a red carpet, the big screen, or pages of a glossy magazine.  But have you ever considered that a pageant could be the perfect stage from which to launch the latest designs?  Last week at th Miss California USA 2012 Pageant in Palm Springs it seemed like deja vu of the recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Considering that Southern California is a major fashion mecca and that most of the contestants are professional or aspiring models, this should come at no surprise.  As we watched these talented ladies compete for the coveted crown, we couldn’t help but notice the chic styles that donned the runway. As former Miss USA state titleholders (Tara Darby– Miss AL USA ‘04  & Miss USA Top 10, Cristina Nardozzi– Miss MA USA ‘05) pageant coaches and models we are experts on all things pageant.  Here are a couple of the highlights and how you can transition the look from runway to everyday.

One major stand-out was the bling & dazzle that accompanied the swimsuit competition.  The contestants rocked their fit physiques in fully beaded skirts, jeweled bracelets, necklaces and chandelier earrings.  You can make a splash at the pool by wrapping up in a sequined sarong and pairing it with chunky lucite or plastic bangles (which can survive the heat & water). Rather than 6 inch heels (which could lead to an accidental tumbling into the pool) opt for a lower nude wedged heel that can easily be slipped on and off without complicated straps. Try this look, and you’ll definitely impress the pool boy.

Liquid sequins are apparently all the rage this season.  Our favorite gowns included Miss Kensington’s aqua blue sparkler by Mac Duggal with a daring slit and Miss Mirimar’s form-fitting Jovani bronzed goddess silhouette.  To get the look without breaking the bank, find a store near you that specializes in “rented retail”.  One of our favorites is right here in tinsel town, One Night Affair on Sepulveda Blvd. When we are back in our home States we head over to Joyce’s Formals in Birmingham, AL and The Crowning Touch in New Bedford, MA. You can also incorporate this sparkly trend into your everyday wardrobe by pairing a simple cotton top with a sequined short or mini-skirt.  But to avoid looking like you are heading to a belated holiday shindig, keep the jewelry to a minimum & pair it with flats or rugged boots.

While there can only be one winner at the pageant (Miss Hoag Hospital, Natalie Pack, was crowned the new Miss California USA 2012), we can all win with these on-point fashion trends.  But no matter how en vogue a gown may be, or how svelte a bikini clad body looks, nothing is more fashionable than a confident, intelligent woman who radiates inner beauty.That’s one trend we know will always be in style.

Stay Stylish, Tara Darby & Cristina Nardozzi


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