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!

2.04.2016

Laura Mercier Candleglow VS. Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

Y'all, I like to have glowy skin, as evidenced by this post on winter foundations, and as evidenced by this post on my highlighter collection. I might have over 20 of them. I might be obsessed.

I have dry skin, what can I say?



Two new glowy/luminous foundations hit the high end market recently, and I had to find out which one was better. I purchased them both at Sephora. As a dry skin girl with visible pores, sometimes powder highlighters can accentuate those issues. Sometimes I just want a glowy foundation. After a crazy amount of testing, I'm here to report my thoughts:



Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation
  • $48
  • 1 oz
  • pump
  • 24 shades
  • light coverage

Here I am without flash and with flash. I wanted to show the amount of coverage you get, so no concealer or primers were used.

As much as I tried, I couldn't really build coverage with this. That is typical of a dewy foundation. It wore fine and I really liked it.

This one is oil-free.


Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation
  • $44
  • 1 oz
  • dropper
  • 8 shades
  • light coverage
And again without flash and with. Many foundations have titanium dioxide and/or reflective particles, like mica in them. When a flash camera is used, this is called flashback. Just something to keep in mind if you're having your pictures taken.

With the Becca foundation, I had to build up the coverage. If I tried to use a large amount at first, it would look awful. But if I did a couple of small layers, it looked better. 

I couldn't stand the dropper applicator. It was frustrating to use.

The dimethicone did cause me to get pimples sometimes when I wore this.

I felt it settled into pores and fine lines after hours of wear, without a primer.



Here I applied one foundation to each side of my face. The Becca is on your left.  Laura Mercier is on your right. The pictures are with flash, natural light, studio lights, and after an entire day of wearing. Again, I didn't wear concealer. Can't tell a difference? You can definitely tell I have a cold! ;)

Overall:
  • Both of these looked much better in person than they are photographing. That's hard to do with a natural, glowy foundation. If I'm glowing in pics, I'm usually piling on the highlighter.
  • Becca had more of a dewy glow and was a bit tackier on the skin.
  • Although they are quite similar, Laura Mercier Candleglow was my favorite of the two, although online reviews have Becca as the better one.
  • Would I purchase either foundation again? No. But I have enjoyed wearing them.

Oily Skin? Check out these posts:
Extra Elle:

  • Behind the scenes: I took pictures of the foundation bottles on 4 different days, with 4 different backgrounds, before deciding I liked these the best. That's crazy, right? And the pics of me, I took on 3 different occasions.
  • I'm starting to get better from this nasty cold. I'm hoping it's gone by the time I head to Disney World this weekend!
  • Since Google Friend Connect is deleting anyone from it without a Google account, you won't be able to follow my blog if that applies to you. Please follow me on Bloglovin instead. Thanks, y'all.


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