Let's face it - all too often great shoes come with a price, and wreak all sorts of havoc on your poor feet. Stilettos, platforms, those super cute flats that you bought on sale 1/2 a size too small.... Obviously, abandoning your footwear friends and wearing comfy sneakers 24/7 is not an option. So what's a girl to do? Our outdoorsy friend recommended these admittedly unglamorous British blister band-aids from Compeed, which are about $8 on Multipharmacy. Realizing they would be a serious lifesaver for shoe-induced pain, we tried them. And they work! We love this scientific description of why they are so great: "Compeed is an advanced type of plaster [that] relieves pain and pressure. The unique Hydrocure System allows the plaster to absorb moisture from the skin, forming a cushion that provides optimum healing condition." But they forgot to mention that now you can safely try on those insane Balenciaga shoes! --ALISON COOL
LiSi Cosmetics: The High-End Makeup Brand You Can Actually Afford
Full disclosure: I rarely wear makeup and, like many women out there, I hardly ever stray from the cosmetics brands I already know and love. So, back in November, when blogger Christina Brown of Love Brown Sugar invited me to the launch of a nail polish she collaborated on with new beauty brand LiSi Cosmetics, I was a little skeptical. She raved about the product, the amazing quality and even more amazing price point (everything is under $15!)--but, I had to see for myself. And when I did, well, I was sold. Read on to get the scoop on the new brand, which aims to "bridge the gap between high-end quality products and affordable prices and caters to women of all ethnicities."