April Chat: Life, Q&A, #JALS, IPSY

Hey you! Um, where did April go? I can't believe it either! Well, today I'm skipping the beauty talk and getting personal! Every month I share my month in review. It's a fun way to allow you to get to know me. Check it out, below:

  • In the video, I'm giving you an update on my life lately, as it's been a month since my Daddy died suddenly. I'm doing better, but there's a new thing I've been dealing with--watch the video to let me know if it's happened to you.
  • For my 5th Blogiversary, I answer 3 questions that you asked:
    • Why did I start my blog?
    • What is my biggest blogging accomplishment?
    • Where do I get my DIY ideas?
  • Every month I share my #JALS challenge results
    • I do "Just a Little Something" every a month, a small challenge. This month was to do something healthy every day!
    • For May, I am choosing happiness, because life is too short to be unhappy.
  • And of course, there's an IPSY review! My pictures wouldn't load, so here's a screenshot:

I received--
  • Julie G polish (wearing it in video)
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo
  • Hikari blush (wearing it in video)
  • Nude Dude shadow (wearing in video)
  • Crown Brush
  • Cha Cha Tint (extra item, in video)
Charlie, who slept the whole video, but is still cute!

Extra Elle:


  1. Aw I love this Elle! You are so pretty! I didnt realize you had been blogging so long! You're great at it, keep it up! And I don't think you look mad!

  2. I think you do a great job of infusing your personality through your videos and your Extra Elle!

  3. Really fun post, happy 5th and I'm glad you are slowly feeling better :)
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  4. Beautiful! Love your idea of something healthy every day... xx www.GlamKaren.com

  5. Glad to hear the crown brush is good in this month Ipsy. Since i'm going to be getting the same one but my bag won't be here until next month. Also I so happy to hear you are sleeping better again.

  6. I am so very sorry for the loss of your father once again, I just cannot imagine. Plus, it is still very fresh and it hurts. =( Life isn't fair. I am at work so I cannot listen to the video now but I promise I will come back to it. Thanks for the link-up too and for always being so fair and honest. April flew by, I know. =(

    Have a great weekend, Elle!

  7. I am so very sorry for the loss of your father once again, I just cannot imagine. Plus, it is still very fresh and it hurts. =( Life isn't fair. I am at work so I cannot listen to the video now but I promise I will come back to it. Thanks for the link-up too and for always being so fair and honest. April flew by, I know. =(

    Have a great weekend, Elle!

  8. You have made quite a name for yourself in this community in 5 years. Go you!

  9. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, losing a loved one suddenly is so difficult and I am glad to hear that you are in a better place. Happy 5th blogiversary as well, congratulations!

    Brooke | www.kbstyled.com

  10. I watched ur video.. loved knowing abt ur blogging journey.. i love ur posts.. keep up the good work u do!!

  11. So amazing that your blog has been successful for so long! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  12. Love to hear about your blogging journey!! Five years is one incredible accomplishment, girl!

  13. Congratulations on 5 years girl!!! As much as you've accomplished in 5 years your journey is only beginning!

  14. What a fun post!! I am absolutely in love with Klorane Dry Shampoo!!

    xo, Christina


  15. You always keep it real, Elle, and that's one thing I love about your blog and videos. I am also shy, and when people meet me, they often assume I'm unfriendly because I'm not super talkative right away. I still haven't had the courage to do a blog video, and I'm often hesitant to share pictures of myself. I'm sorry you're dealing with the anxiety issues, and I hope they'll subside as time goes on. I love your goal of choosing happiness for May.

  16. Cheers to five years, lady!! Such an accomplishment! Keep on going :)

  17. Charlie is just the cutest - for sure!!!
    Always love to see what mugs you are going to have for your monthly videos :)
    Here's to seeing where life takes you in the next 5 years.

  18. I'm so glad to hear you're sleeping better and having a better month than last. Girl, you've been through A LOT and are so strong!

    I know where you're coming from re: worrying about your other loved ones after losing your dad. When my grandpa died, I feared every phone that came in for a few months after his death was bad news about someone else. I've been there, girl! I hope it resolves for you soon. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  19. I love your video's! So lucky you got the polish and concealer brush in your Ipsy bag! I need to have a monthly challenge! I'm going to try doing something healthy everyday for the month of May! Thanks for the idea!

    Doused In Pink

  20. Aw I am so glad to hear you are doing better with your dad passing and that you are finally sleeping better! I know that it really takes time to get to that accepting stage! Yay for bloggiversaries!! Can't believe you've been blogging for 5 years! So exciting!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  21. You have the most amazing personality sweet Elle! You know I'm still continuing to pray for you and hoping that you do find more and more comfort every day since the loss of your dad. Hugs my love!!


  22. Elle... I really enjoyed your video... I have to tell you that I've been following you for sometime but rarely commented... it wasn't until you wrote about your dad passing away that I connected with you more... I have been enjoying my visits here and this video showed me just how personable you really are ♡

    Have a great weekend ahead xox

  23. Love your personality - congrats five years, its not an easy task! Thanks for sharing!

  24. You're so right about April flying by. Glad to hear you're doing better and sleeping better these days. I always have anxiety about losing my loved ones.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  25. You are just adorable!
    New to your blog...you are great at what you do! So sorry about your dad, that is so hard. You are doing a great thing by getting out there and talking about it and helping others that are maybe going through the same thing!

  26. That ombre candle is a GREAT idea. And I love the candy inspiration.

    Yellow looks great on you. And I love your accent.

    I hope you are doing okay with the loss of your father. hugs.

  27. Loved your video- you're beautiful! Keep up the good work-love how you're helping others.


  28. April did go by super fast! Will be watching your video later tonight!

  29. Actually can not believe April is over. Looking forward to watching. Happy 5 Anniversary WOW
    Siobhan xx

  30. I really loved this video! I'm glad to hear that you're in a better mindset now. It was great hearing about how you started blogging. I can't believe I've already had mine for 2 years. I hope that mine can grow to your success one day!

  31. We seriously love watching you talk about your posts. You always have the biggest smile!! So sorry for your loss (how did we miss that?) but you seem to be keeping it together and you're so strong, girl! Can't believe you've been going strong for 5 years, so amazing and so ready for year 6!!

    xx 365Hangers

  32. You feel like you look awful?! Girl, seriously, you look amazing. I was thinking that when I first started playing this video. Your blue eyes are so gorgeous! Also, love that eye shadow on you!

  33. Also, I'm so glad you started your blog! I'm thankful to have met you as a friend, but I'm also thankful to have a beauty blog that I really can trust. Every suggestion I've taken from you has worked out well for me. That speaks very highly of you!

  34. I didn't know you were using IPSY. I recently joined and I am waiting to get my first box! I loved your video and have been thinking of doing one myself. I am glad you are doing better and being happy is definitely a great way to spend May!

    xoxo A
    The Miller Affect

  35. Loved your video. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. The nail polish and lipstick you are wearing are such a fun color of pink. Congrats on 5 years!! Awesome.

  36. Simply gorgeous!! & Happy 5 years! That is amazing!! xox

  37. you are stunning! happy 5 year anniversary! such an incredible accomplishment!!

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

  38. I'm glad to hear you're doing better, Elle! & Happy 5 years anniversary! Woo-hoo! That is a HUGE accomplishment. I can totally relate to your anxieties about Charlie (who is so darn cute, btw!). I haven't been through a traumatic loss but my Paisley is just so precious to me and it freaks me out that something could happen to her! I'm glad I'm not the only one.

    The Closet by Christie


  39. Aww this is great! Love this fun post!! <3

    Amanda | www.thechambraybunny.com

  40. Such a lovely pic, Elle! I am looking forward to watching this video on Sunday--with java in hand. :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  41. I'm sorry to hear about your dad, mine died at the beginning of this year as well. It gets easier!
    And I hate with technology just doesn't work with you. That's how I felt the entire time using the Blogger app. So bad.

    Breakfast at Gracey's

  42. I love your makeup!! Looks so clean and professional. Congratulations on your blogaversary!!! Keep bringing the real beauty secrets!


  43. How is it already the end of April? Love how you get your inspiration for DIY projects! Also, I think it's wonderful that you are choosing happiness :)

  44. Sorry for you loss and so glad you are keeping in good spirits! Your doggie is so cute!!

    à la Plage style

  45. Wow, Elle! Thank you so much for this post. I love how authentic you are. Happy is a great choice for May and I will be joining you in your #JALS challenge soon! XO Talk Pray Shop

  46. Elle, you are so right-- I do not know what happened to my April! It was a whirlwind.

    I realized something during this video. I am totally one of those people who is still doing the same hair and makeup that I did in high school. I am way overdue for a makeover!

  47. I love watching your youtube videos because I honestly feel like we are sitting down to chat and catch up. You really do show your personality through it and I think you have the best beauty reviews from anyone because you are honest, and you talk about all kinds of products...not just expensive ones. I love how you get inspired through random every day things like a Tilex bottle, so funny! I too am working on realizing that not everyone is going to like me and that I cant please everyone. It is hard! Good luck this month with your challenge :)

  48. Congrats on 5 years of Elle. So glad you've gotten more comfortable in front of the camera because I love your personality :) I have the same issue of being shy and people think I'm a bitch just because I'm shy in the corner lol

    Looks like a great Ipsy bag! Glad Klorane made a dry shampoo for darker hair because that was my biggest issue with them (white residue). On my way to read that post!

  49. It's great post! Thanks for sharing!


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