Do you ever walk into a drugstore and wonder what the cosmetic trends of the moment are, whether it's a hairstyle or nail polish shade? It is, after all, so easy to get lost in the sea of displays. Spring is the perfect time to get experimenting, particularly with all of the weddings, outdoor events, and warmer weather ahead.

Plus, trends are a fun way to express your wilder and/or in-the-know sides, but because they're not always everyday appropriate, you might consider finding a more cost effective alternative for sporting your style. Well, I've got you covered. Here are some of my tips for identifying trends on the cheap when you


  • On Bella: Check out some of my tagged themes to get the creative juices flowing, like Trend Alert; 2009 Spring, our most recent seasonal tag; or head to our Fashion Week coverage at 2009 Spring Fashion Week.
  • At the department store: If you don't have time to make a visit to the mall or your favorite department store, check out their websites for high-end inspiration. Often department store websites will feature a gallery of various designer's collections for the season. I like Neiman Marcus's comprehensive Spring 2009 look book.
  • Check out Pantone: When it comes to predicting color trends, Pantone leads the way. While they focus on predictions for fashion and the home, many of their featured colors also trickle down to makeup and nail polish shades and even hair accessories. If you're looking for the hottest shades right now, check them out here.
  • Other Sugar sites: When it comes to the latest fashions and colors, celebrities often get first pick at collections, and have easy access to the top stylists. In this case, it's always great to check out Pop and Fab for some beauty brainstorming.