2.12.2016

Hit or Miss? NEW Beauty Reviews: Drugstore and Sephora

So this past week I did something I've never done before on the blog: I took a break.

In case you somehow missed me blowing up your Snapchat or Instagram (ellesees on both), I was at Walt Disney World! Normally when I'm on vacation, I leave the blog stocked with videos and posts, but not the time. I was too sick the week before to do so. It left me so much anxiety, and I missed being here. I hope you missed it, too!



And I'm back with lots of reviews for you!


Covergirl Oh Sugar!--This tinted lip balm is moisturizing, a nice tint, and a great scent. I wouldn't purchase it again, but I was pleasantly surprised by this!

Clinique Sweet Pots--(Sephora)--One side is a lip scrub, one side is a lip tint, put them together and you have an adorable macaron-esque product. However, looks are deceiving here as I wasn't that impressed with either product. You can make you own MUCH better versions from this post. Cute, but skip it.

MAC Retro Lip Mattes (MAC)--Y'all know I love a matte liquid lipstick (try reviews here and here) so I had to get these. I really liked them. I'm wearing the pink one in the video at the end of this post.

Defy & Inspire Polish--This is Target's own new brand of polish. Full of cute colors and names, the 5-free polish is okay. They don't last that long, but are fun to try. I'm wearing it in the video at the end!

Maybelline Masterprime--Part of my haul here, I loved these. Great eye shadow primers that really lasted and didn't crease.

Covergirl TruNaked Goldens--I didn't think these were anything special and wouldn't repurchase.

Wet N Wild UltimateBrow--This brow mascara has a large wand and is messy. I wouldn't repurchase.

Glam Glow Lip Plumper--(Sephora)--Expect a bigger review on this soon, but essentially this didn't plump my lips at all.




Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist--(Sephora)--A lovely makeup refresher, but it wasn't that big of a difference. I'd skip it. It does feel nice, smell great, and uses fabulous ingredients.

Pantene Air Spray--Alcohol-free hairspray! Finally frizzy hair (like mine) can use hairspray! I really liked this.

L'Oreal Root Coverup--Of all of the methods to hide my grey roots temporarily, this is my fave new product. It works and I LOVE IT.

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion--Just apply and have streak-free color, until your next shower. I really loved this. Very subtle but not (on me) orange. Check it out below:


And finally some Valentine's treats I got from Pixi by Petra. You can get this brand at Target.
Lipstick--Every time I wear any of these, I get asked what am I wearing. Gorgeous, glossy lipsticks.

Lip Contour Liner--Because sometimes lipstick just loves to bleed outside the lips.

Glowtion Day Dew--This is a pinkish brightening lotion that gives skin a glow.

And now for the video, where I go into more details on these products:



Which products would you like to try?

Extra Elle:
  • Did you miss this post on $500 shopping spree? Go enter already! ;)
  • Home two days and then back on the road--this time for my niece Emmalyn's 1st birthday! I'm so excited for her princess party!
  • In case you skipped the top, I spent 5 days at Walt Disney World. I had a wonderful time, but the weather was really chilly and windy! But the crowds were light!

2.10.2016

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2.05.2016

20 CUTE Valentine's Day Beauty DIYs


I love Valentine's Day, y'all. I do.

I see it as a day to celebrate love. All kinds of love: family, friends, pets (Have you seen my dog Charlie? Adorable), and of course, romantic.

You don't have to buy anyone anything, but it's fun to make something, regardless of the occasion or the recipient.

I've got over 100 diys on the blog, but picked over 20 that would make perfect diy ideas for Valentine's Day. Or any day. Enjoy these sweet treats!

DIY Heart Funfetti Fizzies--The first bath bomb recipe I ever shared! These are heart-shaped and have a fun confetti surprise inside.

DIY Bubblegum Lip Scrub--Because who wants to pay those Lush prices? Your lips and wallet will thank you!


Beauty DIYs With Valentine's Day Roses--Have you ever wondered what to do with those roses from Valentine's Day? Instead of throwing them out, give one of these 6 recipes a try.


DIY Chocolate Bath Salts--You won't believe how easy these are to make! Add some to the bath and soak.


DIY Macaron Bath Bombs--How adorable are these? I mean seriously!



DIY Strawberry Milkshake Masque--If you have acne-prone skin, try this.


DIY Chocolate Sugar Scrub--Your skin will be soft and smell amazing!


DIY Cupcake Bath Bombs--These make the cutest gifts and are always a hit!


DIY Solid Perfume Made from EOS--You probably have everything you need to make this! One of my favorite and first diys!


DIY Cherry Ice Cream Solid Sugar Scrub--Looks like the real thing and is a twist on the regular sugar scrub. Great for travel, too.


DIY Chocolate Body Butter--No description needed! Smells delicious and your skin will feel amazing.




DIY Tinted Lip Balm--Another I-had-no-idea-how-easy-this-is diy! You seriously have everything you need!



DIY Shower Jellies--Just like LUSH, but in easy-to-use form! These have been a huge hit!



Rosemary Mint Bath Salts--So relaxing! No tub? Try these in a bowl for your feet. Ahh!



DIY Chocolate Milkshake for Hair--Don't drink it! It's a hair masque. And it is SO good for hair.



Glitter Heart Nails--One of my favorite nail art ideas ever! The trick is a glitter pen. 


BONUS: Sweet ideas for your Sweetheart and over 50 CHEAP DATE IDEAS! These have been used in marriage seminars nationwide--my first "big" post I ever did!


Which of these would you like to try?

Extra Elle:
  • A friend of mine said she was going to hire a professional to take pics for her blog. I told her to keep practicing. I showed her this post--it amazes me how far I've come in a few years from a cell phone camera with too many filters. You can tell which of these are some of my earlier diys.
  • I'm heading to Walt Disney World for the next week, so there might be a post here and there until I get back. Be sure to follow me on Snapchat (ellesees) or Instagram to see! See ya real soon!

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