5.15.2015

Ask Elle: Quick Makeup, DIY Body Butter, Primers, And More!

Happy weekend to US! Before I get into answering your questions, I'd like to remind you that it's the FINAL DAY to enter to win $100 to Sephora. Come on, you know you wanna!! 

Today I've got a fresh batch of cookies questions on beauty and life, so let's get started!




I haven't gotten crows feet yet but my eyes are getting wrinkles in the other corner ( close to my nose) any tips on how to make them less obvious or stop them lol.?? My other question is I get pimples so to speak that are just hard bumps they never come to a head, how can i make these painful but not that noticeable buggers go away
--Since I have no pics, age info, or history, this will be a very general answer: inner eye wrinkles can be from age, sun damage as well as health issues. Plus the skin is thinner there coupled with usage of those muscles make wrinkles. Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen to help. To hide, try Dermaflage or Frownies. It sounds like possible cystic acne--Depends on what you are ingesting as well as applying topically can cause that. See a dermatologist for a cortisone shot.

Happy Happy Blog Birthday! What's your favorite skin care product? Specifically, night cream or eye cream?
I am currently in LOVE with Scalisi Advanced Wrinkle Cream. If you have dry skin, you NEED this in your life. IT is so good and everyone I've recommended it to loves it as well. One of my friends uses it on her hands and the wrinkles there disappear. It's kind of like Botox in a jar. I've already gone through an entire jar. Eye cream-wise, I've been using one by La Roche Posay or a Vitamin C serum. 




I would love to know how you balance social/personal life and blogging and fit it all in during the day!
--It is a struggle and I am always behind, to be honest, but I'm not complaining. I get up at 6 and visit blogs, do emails, and social media interactions until 1 hour before I go to work. I then take pics for Insta and blog pics before going to work. I'll film if I need to.  I'm a nanny and my boss is at home with me most of the day, so it's hard for me to do anything blog-wise, but I visit social media and answer emails when I can. Once I get home and start blogging, it's 8:30 or 9. I edit photos and make graphics (this takes me forever) and then work on the post until 11:30pm. Sponsored posts are usually done months in advance so they can get client approval, so I'm working on those too. I try to do more emails (respond to blog comments, respond to pr pitches, business stuff) until midnight. I take Friday nights off. Saturday I film a video or two for my Youtube channel. I open and break down boxes for any samples I've received that week. I take pics and record info on them as well. I also will write down weekly results on how a review or beauty experiment is going. Sunday night, I start over with editing and writing posts. I check my schedule for the week and month, moving things around as needed (more on this on the next Ask Elle). It's a lot of work to do it all by myself, but I LOVE blogging.




Congrats!!! I'd like to know more about the usage of primer :)
--Check out this post on the best/worst primers here.

Wow 5 years! I think you've been around longer than most bloggers I know. Congrats to you! For my question: What are your favorite full coverage foundations and/or concealers?
--I like Estee Lauder Double Wear and L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte. I've been loving Makeup Forever's concealer lately.

Thank you for 5 years of education, tips, and all of your time poured into this! My question is what is your 10 minute quick makeup for weekday mornings?
congrats on your anniversary!! whoohoo for 5 years :) i love your blog and i'd love to see more tips on quick makeup routines (since i have very little time these days to get ready!) 

If you're on a budget, what is the one product that's worth shelling out the big bucks for, and what is one thing it's totally okay to go the cheap route on?
--Foundation is worth the $$. Save on mascaras.

Elle, I just love you blog and love following you on IG. You are such a breath of fresh air! I love you DIY beauty products, do you have any good recipes for making your own body butter?

Extra ELLE:
  • Last chance to win $100 Sephora gift card!
  • I've been on some sort of 90s alternative music kick thing lately. I read Girl in the Band by Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and watched the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck. I admit I am not a huge fan other either band, but both were interesting to experience.
  • Taking it easy this weekend to get over this illness and packing form beach trip next week! I've already started stock piling my magazines. I cannot wait! Have a great weekend!

53 comments:

  1. yes it's better to invest in a good foundation great tips!


    xo
    PinkSole

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  2. I love reading your Q&A's! I'm heading over to purchase the Scalisi! My skin is so dry and I need all the help I can get! Have a great weekend!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  3. My favorite Elle posts are the DIY beauty products. My daughter and I are stocking up on supplies so we can make our own this summer! Susan

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  4. I completely agree with you on the 'spend the $ on foundation/save the $ on mascara.' So true.

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  5. Aw thanks so much for answering my question! I am buying some online now.

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  6. I seriously love these posts! Thanks for answering my question! I still don't know how you have the focus to get it all done. You are seriously impressive girl!

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  7. I seriously need to try that cream you recommend....I'm still in the market for a really solid night cream and have total faith in your recommendations (seriously, you never steer me wrong).

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  8. You are a blogging rock star!

    The Scales skin cream sounds fab! I've been looking for a skin cream or serum and will check it out!
    Have a great weekend!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  9. Congratulations on this milestone, Elle; I hope to be following you for many more years to come!

    LOVED reading this Q&A!!

    xx

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  10. Great Q&A, Elle:) And totally agree about spending the $$ on foundations. So worth it!

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  11. Going along with the first question about eye wrinkles and how important it is to wear sunglasses and sunscreen (i'm learning the hard way...already have crows feet and I'm 27), what sunscreen would you recommend for face that doesn't leave you looking greasy or clogging pores? What's your favorite?

    Have a nice weekend! Hope you make the time to relax and get over that cold!

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  12. Seriosuly loving these question and answers! I need to try that wrinkle cream! Have a great weekend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles
    

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  13. I'm adding Scalisi Advanced Wrinkle Cream to my wishlist. I hope you feel better and have a wonderful beach trip!

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  14. I love these Q & A's Congrats on 5 years!! I so need to try those concealers you recommended.

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  15. Love this post and love your blog! Thanks for sharing about the Scalisi, my face has recently become very dry and I am in need of something new.

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  16. What a fun post! I'll need to check out that Scalisi! :) Glam Karen

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  17. Botox in a jar? I may need to try this! Have a great weekend!

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  18. you are truly and amazing blogger. To get up that early and comment on blog post. I'm lucky if I can get the coffee maker to work that early in the morning.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com

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  19. Foundation is worth the splurge always! Totally agree!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  20. Ok, botox in a jar is right up my alley! I HAVE to try! And Double Wear foundation is one of my go-tos! LOVE this post :)

    xo, Christina

    Fitness & Frills

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  21. I love all these q&a posts. I agree to splurge on foundations and save on mascaras!

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  22. I love a good documentary so I need to check out the Cobain one

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  23. What a great post Elle. You always have good beauty posts. I also make my own scrubs and body butters, since my sister used to do it for years in our family. It saves so much money. I need to try that eye cream, and La Roche Posay. Have a lovely week.
    New Look & New Inspiration <3

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  24. I love when you do these Q&A's! I think I need that Scalisi wrinkle cream!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  25. I am going to have to try out that eye cream! And I completely agree with you that foundation is worth the money but to save on mascaras bc there are some great drug store ones out there!!! I hope that you feel better sweet friend! I want to go to the beach!

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  26. It's come to my attention lately that I'm in need of an eye cream in the worst way. Perhaps I need to give this one a try? I love these Q&A segments! I always learn a ton, and get directed back to posts pre-my reading your blog days. Have a lovely weekend Elle!

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  27. Thanks for making me laugh! I think I want some cookies now...

    Elle
    Southern Elle Style

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  28. i definitely need to look into that eye cream... like you said, that area is super thin and i have been so mean to mine over the years (rubbing my eyes when i get allergies) and it's starting to show :( just reading your answer about balancing blogging, life and work made me tired - you are one busy girl Elle! I'd never know that you were behind, you rock this blogging game!

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  29. I just love how you formatted this post Elle. And I definitely learned a lot from these questions. You always have the best post girl.

    K / The House of KTS (formerly Pure & Complex)
    www.houseofkts.com

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  30. I really need to get that eye cream. I've spent a lot of money on eye creams over the past year because I'm starting to get wrinkles on the inner corners of my eyes as well. Nothing has worked! Thanks for answering Q's!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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  31. Such a great Q&A! Love your tips! <3
    xoxo,
    Amanda | TheChambrayBunny.com

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  32. Thanks for answering my question Elle! I haven't used any of those products you recommended so will check them out. The L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte sounds like what I'm looking for. Thanks again and have a lovely weekend!!

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  33. I'm loving this series, Elle! Hope you feel better for the beach!

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  34. I love reading your makeup tips, I'm totally not a big makeup girl but I love to watch tutorials and read all the makeup blogs, I know I'm totally weird! I think that spending money on good skin care and on foundation is totally important!
    www.styleiseverythingblog.com

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  35. Great Q and A! I didn't know you've had your blog 5 yrs. That's awesome!!! Have a great weekend.
    Betsy
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

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  36. I agree on the foundation. I am need of that eye cream, not enough sleep is showing. Hope it is a relaxing weekend!

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  37. Hey, thanks for answering my question Elle!! I may have to take a trip to a department store or Sephora to find a really good foundation! And I already go cheap on mascaras :)

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  38. Thank you for all of your great tips, great Q & A!

    xoxo,
    Brooke | KBStyled

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  39. You are so great to answer everyones questions! I love it!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  40. I love how you facilitate a post like this! And I enjoy reading more about you & your thoughts on some of these items. PS I love how you crossed out cookies & put questions ;) xx

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  41. Wow! I can say I am interested in the DIY products, I can wish you av great trip next week and that you recover soon, but what really amazed me this time is your daily schedule! I am really really amazed - at 6 you start, do loads of things and go to work, back home still does things, wow! You have loads of good energy, I wish I had too! Well done and that's why you have so much success, you deserve it!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  42. What a great Q&A! I love hearing about how other bloggers balance life and blogging :)

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  43. Thanks for sharing! AND YES so true about the foundation...splurge on that and save on the mascara!

    xo
    Victoria

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  44. Congrats on 5 years! I love the Q&A you did!

    To Hell In A Handbag

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  45. Frownies are great little things. I discovered them a couple of years ago. They seem to have made an improvement on the "eleven" lines between my eyebrows.

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  46. CONGRATULATIONS ELLE ON 5 YEARS! THAT IS AMAZING AND SO ARE YOU!!! Lot´s of Love to you my friend, xoxo, Sissi

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  47. Thank you for being so real! Having a blog and working full time really is exhausting but so so worth it!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  48. I got tired from just reading you're weekly schedule. I don't think you answered her question...hahaha you just made it a bigger question of how do you really do ALL of that. :)

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  49. I love when you do these posts. I agree with the mascara. I have trouble spending a ton of money on something that needs to be replaced every few months.

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  50. props to you for keeping up with that schedule!

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  51. You've gotten some great questions! I have no idea how you do it all! So much discipline to stick to that schedule!

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