Ask Elle--Beauty Q&A

How was your weekend? I hope it was filled with lots of fun and relaxation. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know I met Cee Lo at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Anyway, I'm currently in Disney World for the next few days (and it's gonna rain the whole time)! So many of you kindly responded to my Beauty Q&A last week, thank you. Here are the answers to your questions. I hope they help. Have your own beauty questions you'd like answered? Leave a comment, email, or Tweet me. 

  • Paris asked, "What's the best mascara?"
    • For volumizing, I will always love L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black or Covergirl Lash Blast for drugstore. For more expensive, DiorShow is great.
    • I curl my lashes, wiggle the brush back and forth horizontally, and use the brush vertically on the outer edges of my lashes.

  • G asked, "Is there a rule with matching lipstick with blush?"
    • Yes, always match the two, but it doesn't have the be the exact same shade. I mean, as in, the same color family (similar pink with pink, peach with peach, etc). However, with red lips I personally don a neutral blush.

  • Nearly everyone, "Which is better, Birchbox or MyGlam?"
    • When I filled out my Birchbox profile, I said skin care was what I'd spend my money on. Now, all I get is skin care, even though I changed my profile. That's a strike against Birchbox right there. But, they offer really high-quality and super expensive brands I wouldn't normally try/have access to. Others seem to really like their boxes since they get different stuff than I do.
    • MyGlam has had shipping issues, but they seem to have fixed that. They offer full-size or deluxe samples. My vote? MyGlam.
    • CLICK HERE to see what I get each month from both, so you can decide!

  • creativefashionglee, Memory asked, "What makes hair thicker?" 
    • While Biotin makes hair longer (or try a vitamin with folic acid, like prenatal), friends of mine swear by Phytophanere Dietary Supplement. It's pricey ($25 for 60 capsules) but it really works, they say. Since my hair is long and thick already, I don't use either. 
    • By the way, Biotin usually starts to show some results after a month or so.
    • Please consult your doctor before taking any medications or supplements. I advise this for any recommendations I give.

  • Teresa asked, "What really works for under-eye puffiness?"
    • First the basics: avoid salty foods and alcohol before bedtime. Drink plenty of water. Get a good rest. Sleep with your head elevated. Common sense, right? Now the good stuff:
    • I swear by cold water on your face, cold tea bags under your eyes (mint works really well), frozen cucumber slices under your eyes (I will add a tiny bit of powdered ginseng too), or these cucumber patches. There are lots of creams/potions, like Philosophy's Eye Hope, the Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller or Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller (they make one for dark circles too). I've also used frozen spoons before but be careful.
    • If it's a persistent problem, it's probably allergies. I would advise seeing a dr. or allergist for a prescription to relieve it.
    • PREPARATION H DOES NOT WORK. The formula sold in the US was reformulated many years ago. 
Any beauty questions you'd like answered? Let me know, below!

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  1. definitely going to try l'oreal mascara and philosophy eye hope

  2. Hey Elle, my request for Readers' Request Week is more tutorials on celeb hair styles - those are definitely my favourite of your posts!

  3. Love your answers! I'm going to try that mascara! (Come see my video tutorial on how to get knock out lashes!)

  4. a very helpful post. hope to read more of these soon=)

  5. Hi Elle, hope you having a stunningly fun time at Disney! So cool you met Cee Lo! Very informative post, you are a fountain of beauty knowledge. I liked the helpful tips for under eye puffiness

  6. Good advice. There's one subject that's always perplexed and vexed me -- foundation. Can't find one that look natural on my skin. It doesn't help that my skin is ruddy and masculine. Any leads?

  7. I love a face cream that has cucumber :), I love the way it feels on my puffy face :).

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  8. Lot of info here! Though I'm not a big makeup girl, I'm going to forward the MyGlam site to my sister who loves makeup and beauty products too :)

  9. Great little series....I love this!

    LOreal Voluminous is one of my fave mascaras on the cheap!

  10. Excellent tips for the fashionable, modern woman;-)

  11. Ok, here's my question! I wash/blowdry/straighten my hair daily. As a result it's dried out, thin, and disgusting. Would it be less damaging to just go out and get a chemical straightening such as a japanese straightening? That way I get just get up and go. Or would the chemicals make me bald!!!!

  12. Thanks for the tip on the L'Oreal mascara - Chanel inimitable is my go to pricier brand but I always like to try new products!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  13. I had no idea Preparation H didn't work anymore - I've never tried it but I always hear people talking about it and was shocked to read you exploding the myth on that one!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  14. Love your answers! Have a great time in Disney World!

  15. Another great Q&A, Elle. I agree about the drugstore mascaras you picked...those two are da bomb!

  16. I'm with you on the mascara. It's my fave. Also interesting that you prefer MyGlam to Birchbox. I was actually wondering which one you would go with.

    Have fun in Disney. Hope the sun comes out! xoxo

  17. I have heard so much about volumonous mascara over the years, but have never tried it. I'm going to pick some up next time I'm at Target.

  18. Interesting stuff. Might try that l'oreal mascara when my current one runs out. x

  19. This is super helpful! I've always wondered about what to do about under-eye puffiness. Cold tea bags sounds great!

  20. Great advice across the board!!!! I am especially fond of the eye puffy dealings---- something I struggle with!

  21. I'll have to check out that mascara. Great advice :)

  22. Love your answers. You sound so knowledgeable.

    I would love some advice on a skincare routine for oily skin.

  23. Oooh I want to try My Glam now. Thanks for the tips girlfriend!

  24. awesome.. thanks for the info!!

  25. Such a great post with awesome info! Thanks!


  26. DiorShow is a great higher-end mascara, and I use Biotin and it rocks. thanks for introducing me to the Phyto supplement. will try that once I finish the Biotin.

  27. That's crazy that you met Cee Lo, how cool! I hope you have fun in Disney World (and that the rain stays away!). Thanks for the great beauty tips once again--I'm checking out that mascara!

  28. I've been using my lipstick as my blush (its a technical process)and I love that you confirmed for me that it's great to match them...I thought, "I;m not only matching them, I'm using the same process!" And teabags I swear by! They also work for bruises (and hickeys).

  29. Great tips! Next mascara i will try will be the L'oreal one. I would love to see a tutorial of Jessica Chastain's hair at the Oscars. It was so casual yet super chic!

  30. I'm glad I just saw this about Birchbox... I was about to sign up for it. May try MyGlam instead! xoxo


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