Elle's Quick Tips: Instagram Edition

Hey you! I feel like I've not spoken to you in days! How was your weekend? I watched way too much Netflix--House of Cards and Game of Thrones. Oh, and what did you think of the Academy Awards? Is there a hairstyle or makeup look from the Oscars you'd like me to recreate? Note: I totally recreated looks during the commercial breaks. Also, I'm running THREE GIVEAWAYS this week, so be sure to scroll down and enter them all if you'd like. Finally, next week is ASK ELLE week--I'm taking suggestions for any beauty trick or technique you'd like to learn.

I like to vary what I post on my social media accounts--on Instagram, not only do you get to see way too many pics of my dog Charlie, but I also share mini beauty tips on the weekends. I thought I'd share a recap of some of those tips (shared clockwise below). I hope you enjoy and follow me for more.

  • Pepto Bismal can be used as a face mask or as a zit zapper!
  • If you don't have access to dry nail spray, use canned air, like the kind you'd use for electronics to dry your nails. Note: canned air is illegal in some states.
  • I use this $1 sauce bottle for my diy face/hair masques/rinses/products. It makes it so easy to use and to store.
  • Wet N Wild lip pencils are some of my fave cheap beauty products. They're around a dollar, but I got these on sale for half that! I fill in my lip with the brown liner and then apply a nude gloss or lipstick on top. It's the only way I can wear a nude lip without looking dead. I fill in my lips with the cranberry liner and then add a cherry chapstick on top for that "just bitten" look.
  • Starbucks napkins--my favorite free beauty tip! These are the best for blotting excess oil from your face. See all of the beauty products that I make from Starbucks here.
  • If you have any of the following: allergies, are a frequent traveler, or dry skin, then you need a mini humidifier! I swear by mine! I can even take this one in the car.
  • I use this brush (traditionally used to apply hair dye) to easily apply my face/hair masques. It's not as messy this way, is more sanitary, & allows better, precise application. Buy at beauty supply stores for less than a dollar. They make a smaller one, too!
Those are my tips! Share yours below!

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  1. Nice tips, I think I'll use the Starbucks napkin trick lol, xoxo.

  2. Dry nail spray?! How did I not know about this? I need some.


  3. Amazing pics! And great tips:)


  4. Hey Elle! I really love Reese's hair for the Oscars:)
    And you're so lucky you have Game of Thrones on Netflix there. We don't get it here in Canada, but we do have the House of Cards.

  5. i loved this recap! i don't always get to look at my instagram or twitter feeds so this was nice :)

  6. i never knew this about pepto!


  7. Great tips, especially the Starbucks napkin tip. You can always find a Starbucks when you're out & about!

    always, koru kate

  8. I love your instagram- full of cute pics (Charlie!) and useful beauty tips. :)


  9. Blotting papers are one of the best inventions. I use the clean and clear brand and think it works great.

  10. I had no idea you could use Pepto Bismol for that lol! how crazy!

  11. Always learn something new here, Elle! thanks for that :)

  12. Who knew there was another purpose for pepto bismol!?

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  13. Wow, these are some great tips! I had no idea Pepto could be used for zits!

  14. Love all of these tips. I'm trying your coffee scrub tonight!!!

  15. Love catching up on TV during the weekend! And what great tips...I have to stock up on Starbucks napkins now :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  16. I love all of these quick tips. They are so easy and simple that anyone can do them and they take almost no time.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  17. Ok the one I can't get over is the pepto one, WOW! Who would have thought?! Amazing tips. xo, Julie

  18. i always love the dog pics! he is SO CUTE!!!

    and beauty tips always help. i heard one a while ago that i finally tried -- almond oil. i add it to body lotion and it helps with extra dry skin!

    i think jessica chastain probably had one of the best makeup and hair jobs of the night. and reese witherspoon's hair also looked super!

  19. such a great post,nice tips

  20. I watched house of cards in like 2 days... Loooooove it!!! And can't wait for the new season of GOT!!!!

  21. Love these tip. I never knew about the dry air

  22. Wow!! Awesome tips!! You have the best beauty tricks. I will definitely have to try out those lip liners and the Starbucks napkin trick.

  23. Elle, these are such great tips! I can't wait to read your Starbucks post :) I loved the Oscars! I'm dying to try out Charlize's short do

  24. i love that you recreated oscar looks during commercials! I want to see pictures!

  25. I've never heard the tip about Pepto Bismol! I'll have to try it.


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