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Published February 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

Savvy Consumer: Treats under $40 for every occasion

You don’t have to break the bank to look and feel your best. Shop for these under-$40 bargains for the latest trends in fashion and home goods. For select items, proceeds go to philanthropic organizations, so by buying, you also are giving.

By: Good Housekeeping Reports, INFORUM

You don’t have to break the bank to look and feel your best. Shop for these under-$40 bargains for the latest trends in fashion and home goods. For select items, proceeds go to philanthropic organizations, so by buying, you also are giving.

Take a bow ($32): Dazzle your date this Valentine’s Day, courtesy of LuLu’s date-ready Qupid Reflect Blush Satin Bejeweled Slingback Pumps (lulus.com).

For snappy dressers ($12 each): These Scented Shelf & Drawer Liners (containerstore.com) pack a fun, graphic punch along with mood-lifting aromas: soothing Herbal Cucumber, subtly spicy Blue Waters and floral Evening Garden.

Wrap it up ($34): Each Three Sisters Jewelry Cleopatra Personalized Wrap Beaded Bracelet (threesistersjewelrydesign.com) is woven from more than 2 feet of copper and brass beads.

Play it by ear ($36): Three easy-elegant, under-an-inch Swarovski Crystallized Baguette Earrings (swarovski

crystallized.com) can pair with everyday work dresses or weekend denim.

Hearth warming ($20): Feel instantly cozy with Lafco’s firewood-scented Little Luxuries Feu de Bois candle tin (lafcony.com; lid and matches not shown). The only downside is it won’t toast marshmallows.

Good and fruity ($3): Grapefruit-seed oil creates the creamy softness – and the citrus scent – of Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit (drugstores).

Leader of the packed ($20): Chic and compact, Mele’s red Chantal Travel Jewelry Case (hayneedle.

com) has sectioned storage to order rings, earrings and necklaces.

Raising the bar ($13.60 for two): Purchased Hand In Hand’s triple-milled shea butter Orange Blossom Soap duo (abesmarket.com; enter promo code “GoodHouse”), and a bar will be donated to a child in need.

Feather your nest ($34): If your sofa is looking dreary from the winter, summon some spring with Pottery Barn’s 18-inch-square Birdcage Pillow (potterybarn.com) in a cotton-linen blend.

From Russia with love ($26): Detailing all the decadence and deceptions of the Russian royal court, Eva Stachniak’s Juicy The Winter Palace (bookstores) traces czarina Catherine the Great’s ambitious ascent.

Happy hour ($40): L.L. Bean’s battery-powered, vintage-inspired 1931 Big Ben Alarm Clock (llbean.com) updates a time-tested classic with a push-button backlight and snooze feature.

Flower power scarf ($39): by Gatin is drawn by a pediatric cancer patient, on this silk scarf. Proceeds benefit the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (childrensart.org).

In good taste ($8 for 3 ounces): Chocolate gets a savory sprinkle: Pure Dark’s Sea Salt Rounds (puredark.com) are bite-size buttons of absolute addictiveness.

Go flat out ($3): SnapSac’s flat-pack Petite Tote Neutral (snapsac.com; use code “GHFEB12” for free shipping) makes errands eco-friendly: The bag folds down to a stash-in-your-purse size so it is always ready.

Skill set ($10): Like a tiny, totable tool chest, ThinkGeek’s stainless-steel Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool (thinkgreek.com) stows a bottle opener, a knife blade and screwdrivers.

Mug shot ($6): Mornings are less of a grind with Melitta’s cheery cherry-red Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer (melita.com) – in seconds, gravity gives you a steaming serving of java.

Top chop ($28): Slice, dice and set down hot pots worry-free – Joseph Joseph’s Thin Stripe Workshop Save Multi-Function Board (gracioushome.com) is made of tough tempered glass.


Makeup: Easy does it

A swipe of lipstick can boost your confidence, but too much makeup may undermine other people’s trust in you, a recent study shows. Researchers photographed the faces of 25 women four ways: bare-faced, and with natural-, professional- and glamorous-looking makeup. Two groups then viewed the images either for fractions of a second or for an unlimited amount of time. Both groups rated women wearing more makeup as appearing more competent and attractive. But the long-view panel also perceived the most “done up,” glam women as significantly less trustworthy than those who were less made-up or bare-faced, while they judged the natural-look women to be especially trustworthy.


A tech-savvy Valentine’s Day

Talk is cheap with this new app.

With the Candy Valentine Hearts app, you can send a customized e-confection to your cutie-pie-without forking over any dough. Download (itunes.apple.com), pen a three-line message and wear your cyber heart on your sleeve.

Photo credit: Jesus Ayala

Photo caption: These heels are great for a night out at just $32.

Recalls Alert

The following products and vehicles were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unless otherwise indicated, discontinue use of the products immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about the products, call the manufacturer or CPSC’s toll-free hotline, 800-638-2772. Only some cars or trucks recalled are affected. Contact a dealer for your model to see if it is included in the recall. The dealer will tell you what to do.


Child Bicycle Trailers and Conversion Kits, sold by Thule Child Transport Systems Ltd. at specialty bicycle stores nationwide and on various websites from December 2005 through August 2010 for between $400 and $925 for Chariot bicycle trailers and from October 2002 through August 2011 for between $40 and $70 for bicycle trailer conversion kits.

Chariot Carriers convert to strollers, jogging strollers and bike, hike or ski trailers. Recalled conversion kits have hitch arms that attach the carrier to the bicycle with model number “20100503” printed on a label attached to the aluminum tube next to the warning label. Older conversion kits without a label, but with a release push button located where the hitch arm inserts into the carrier, are also being recalled. The issue with this product is that the bicycle trailer’s hitch mechanisms can crack and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle. This poses an injury hazard to children in the bicycle trailer. Consumers should stop using the recalled bicycle trailers and bicycle trailer conversion kits and contact Chariot Carriers for a free repair kit, which the consumer can install.

Mini Cooper 2007-2011 BMW is recalling certain model years of the Mini Cooper S, because the electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat, which can lead to vehicle fires. BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water pump for free. The recall is expected to begin during February 2012.

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