Haul--NEW Beauty from Sephora, ULTA, ELF & Drugstore

Let's check out what's new in beauty for this summer--and there's something for every budget. If you want mini reviews and swatches, be sure to check out the video at the end!

First up, new makeup from Sephora and ULTA:

  • Lancome Grandiose Extreme--This is the new version of my favorite Grandiose. The wand is longer and the formula is different. You've seen it in lots of my pics lately on here.
  • Tarteist by Tarte
  • Smashbox X-Rated--Included this just in case I haven't shared this before--got it a few months ago
  • Too Faced Born This Way
  • Tarte Shape Face Concealer
  • Cover FX Enhancer Drops--Add a drop to foundation for glow or use as a highlighter
  • Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lip Gloss & Matte Liquid Lipsticks--New collection of 60 lip products all in nude shades. You'll be seeing more of this soon on here.

And now new products from the drugstore and ELF:

  • Freeman Beauty Infusion Hydrating Cream Mask--I got these at ULTA, but put them in this section since they are $7.99
  • Freeman Beauty Infusion Purifying In-Shower Mask with Sea Kelp + Probiotics--not pictured, but it is in the video
ELF (online):
  • ELF Micellar Water
  • ELF Matte Nude Palette
  • ELF Matte Eyeshadow (it looks like a lipgloss in the pic above but it's more like an eyeshadow base)
  • ELF Beautifully Bare Makeup Base
  • ELF Sponge Trio
    • And more, but you'll be seeing those items soon on the blog!
  • Kate by Rimmel Nude Lipsticks
  • Rimmel Good to Glow Highlight
For mini reviews and swatches, please check out the video below:

There's some silliness in there, so I hope you enjoy.

What products are you interested in trying?

Extra Elle:
-Two videos this week, back to back! Not doing that again, hehe. It has been a long week. 
-This one was originally over 18 minutes and I got it down to 8!
-No plans this weekend, since I have some traveling coming up the next 2 weekends! Have a great weekend.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today for everyone. Did you see my beauty picks?


Mirror/Chrome Nails Tutorial

After trying different options over the years for chrome nails, I was about to give up, when I came across this polish set on the Born Pretty (an online Asian beauty store) website earlier this year. I was surprised to finally get those mirror nails I wanted. These were $9.99. Not an affiliate (I worked with them once years ago) link, fyi.

I shared a link on my blog's Facebook about this polish, and all of you wanted a tutorial on it. It's so easy and fast!

I received 2 polishes--one that says Top Coat and one that says Mirror Nail polish. There were no directions, so after a couple of attempts, here are the directions:

Paint the Top Coat (it's clear) and allow to dry fully. It doesn't take long at all.

Paint the mirror polish on top. It will instantly turn into the mirror effect and dries immediately. It looks exactly like chrome/mirror. No top coat can be added.

Here's a very quick video of the tutorial in action with more tips and tricks:

Extra Elle:

  • Not into these nails? Check out this collection of toxin-free polishes.
  • I have been playing around with powder chrome nails, so if you'd like to see that, let me know.
  • My blog's design will be changing soon and I'm seeking advice. Anything you'd like to see changed? I'm debating removing the ads from the top and side, but I make $200 a month on them. I debated signing up for affiliate codes, but does anyone ever click on those/make a profit?


#NSale Beauty: What To Get & What to Skip at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

With everyone talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I thought (thanks to your suggestion) I'd add my two cents, but focusing on the best beauty buys. I was sent the list of all of the beauty items from Nordstrom, and I've gone through every item, picking out the deals, the good stuff, and what to skip. Everything is linked (no affiliate codes), so click on what you want. Happy shopping!

Best of Hair:
--I didn't make a collage since fragrance is so personal, but check out the perfume deals--

Best of Skincare:
-Evian Spray--It's just water, y'all.
-La Mer--I love it, but not the price, and so many of you can't tell a difference, so I say skip.
-Fancy silk pillowcases--You don't need a pricey one. A regular-priced one does just fine. But I do recommend getting a silk pillowcase. I've used one since 1998. No bad hair days and no sleep crease on the face.
Makeup Palettes:

-Lotions and body wash--Unless you stock up on these, don't order them blindly based on the product brand name. Plus, you'll see deals on these quite often.
Best of Beauty Tools:
  • FlashNGo Hair Removal--This was my longest review of a product! I used it for 1.5 years and it really worked. 70% hairless legs
  • PMD--Fabulous exfoliation tool. I've had one for years. There are different colors.
  • Clarisonic Mia--I shared my unboxing of this on Snapchat. I love this (there are other colors too) as well as other Clarisonic sizes on sale. Fan for years.
Beauty Kits:
Tom Ford--Lovely packaging, but I've yet to be impressed with the products enough to spend that much. And I adore, ADORE TF.
-Dior Hydra Lipstick--$35 for a fancy lip balm? PASS.
-Butter polishes--these just don't last long on me at all

Did you buy anything from the #NSale?
What are you planning on purchasing (for us non-early birds)?
What luxury item would you purchase if you could?

Extra Elle:
I'm at work super early today, so I'll be late stopping by to visit your blog. Send me all the coffee!
--Which one of you posted about the ELF matte palette? I made a video featuring it (coming Friday) and think I have the wrong name!


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