By Mary N. DiZazzo

Budget-Themed Beauty

Ciao bella,

These are sketchy times when it comes to opening your wallet. It seems most of us are on a budget. So let’s see how we can still stay glamorous and feeling great without coming up empty.

Find the cosmetology schools in your area. Book an appointment with a student that is near finishing his or her hours. I remember when I was going to school and I was given a client, I wanted to do a great job, especially in front of my peers. We were all competing in a way. The schools charge a low cost for an appointment—always supervised by a teacher.

The make-up counter anywhere—Saks, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor—just go in and ask for some make-up tips—pick up samples. All the girls are happy to apply your face. Just ask.

Instead of full massages, inquire about “spot” massages where one part of the body is focused on.

Try getting a full manicure one week and then a polish change the next.

Pedicures are so luxurious—so try a mini-pedi sometimes.

And of course, always take advantage of promotions and customer loyalty offers.

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!


P.S. Also please check out “A Day of Make-up With Paula Dorf”—Sept.18th. Appointments are going fast—Call “A Matter of Face” 617-74BLUSH (617-742-5874 here in Boston’s North End, 425 Hanover St. World Renowned make-up artist Paula Dorf is coming to show you the latest technique

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or