HUGE Beauty Haul--New Sephora, Drugstore, Target & More!

How was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was very low-key--there was a ridiculous amount of events going on in Atlanta, so I stayed inside and away from the madness. I'm getting over a cold, so I did nothing but watch movies and read. It was awesome! I also made you a video sharing products I'd purchased over the summer.

This post, plus video, took me over 6 hours to do (pics, filming, editing, etc). I can't help but laugh since I worked so hard on this and readers will scroll through this in a minute. Do you ever feel that way? You gotta laugh. But I managed to cut down over 40 minutes of me rambling whilst on cold meds into 19. In typical Elle fashion, I can't just share a product with you without giving a mini-review, so pour some coffee (or sugar or water) and get comfortable:

See swatches and close ups after the jump!

Check Out #Crisising

Have you heard about POPSUGAR's new Beauty show #Crisising

#Crisising is a show about getting you out of those not-so-pretty situations. I think we've all had to deal with those, am I right? 

So what does the show cover? #Crisising covers everything from how to deal with the worst tan lines of your life ahead of a weekend wedding, to how to deal with getting caught in the rain minutes before a big date.

But #Crisising shares these real-life situations in a hilarious way, PLUS how to get out of them!  It's a sexy take on how-to material :)

The first episode deals with Morning After Makeup. And today I'm sharing the pilot episode you to to check out below:

    You can find the show here on Youtube. The show is under 5 minutes and shares a few beauty hacks--you know I love those! There's currently a $500 Benefit giveaway, so be sure to check it out!

    This post was sponsored by POPSUGAR. 
    While I was compensated to write a post about POPSUGAR Beauty's #Crisising, all opinions are my own.


    August Coffee & Chit Chat

    Another month, another Coffee and Chit Chat! If you are new to this series, I vlog about my month. It gives you a chance to get to know me better, plus hearing my Southern accent is free! While these are my least-viewed videos (tbh), they are my favorite to film since it makes me come out of my shell and show you a side that doesn't always come through on the blog. So sit down, pour the coffee and let's chit chat!

    This is my most personal video I think I've ever done.

    Normally, I'm very positive and upbeat, but this month I ended up sharing something very personal about myself. I wasn't planning on doing that, but I had this feeling that someone out there needed me to talk about it. I encourage you to watch the first 4 1/2 minutes.

    Can't see the video? Click here.
    Blocked at work? Copy & paste this link into Google Translate. 
    Click "translate" and the video will show. Boom. No excuses!

    Highlights from the video:
    • Coffee choice
    • Mug of the month (send me one by starting here)
    • Month in review
    • Fave tv shows/movies of the month
    • Fave posts and videos of the month
    • Products I love and didn't like
    • And a special cameo appearance from the World's Cutest Dog 
    • I also wanted to share some wonderful news with you, since you are my friends :)
      • My blog reached over 6 million all-time views! 
      • I'm one of the vloggers featured on the FabFitFun FB ad!
      • I also had my first radio interview--listen to it here.
      • I've been nominated for Atlanta's Best Beauty Blogger for Tastemaker Magazine! I am freaking out with happiness! 
    screenshot from video
    So I hope you enjoyed the video and enjoy your Labor Day Weekend. I'll be taking it easy (yeah right) and will be back on Tuesday. Tell me your plans!
    Have a great day. 
    Be safe, behave, and be well, 
    Love, Elle

    PS: Enter to win $50 to ULTA
    and enter my Neutrogena Giveaway!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    As Sold on Instagram--Do These Products Really Work?

    I don't think a day goes by that someone on my Instagram isn't asking me to try a product they are selling. And there are so many Work-At-Home products out there allowing for additional income and I hear all the time of amazing success stories.

    Today I'm sharing my reviews on a few of these popular beauty products.  All items were sent for consideration or as a contest prize. I am not affiliated with any products shown but some links are affiliated with sellers. My opinions do not reflect everyone who sells or tries these products. As I always say, this is just one girl's opinion--try the products yourself!

    First up is Perfectly Posh, a gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free natural line of skincare and bath and body products. And they have just about everything from lotions, scrubs, masks, hair stuff and more. I got to try several things, and really liked just about everything I tried. I only wish the samples were bigger, not only for thorough testing, but so I could see how big the products are for the price. I know--just being greedy! But these little treats are designed to give you a taste of the fun so you'll want to order. My fave is the Snarky Bar--it is an awesome exfoliating bar for the body. Products are all under $25 and feature cute packaging.


    Glambot Review! Buy or Sell New and Preowned Makeup!

    Let me know if this situation has happened to you: You buy an expensive beauty product and end up hating it. You want to take it back but it's either too late, you've lost the receipt, or the store won't accept used products. You either throw it out or it sits there, taking up space in your makeup drawer. This has happened to me!

    But I've got a solution! What if you could sell those used items that didn't work for you? Have you heard of GlambotGlambot is an online makeup marketplace where users can buy and sell cosmetics. I love this idea! Finally, there's a safe venue to sell preowned makeup. I've been burned by Ebay, have had fake products, bad sellers, and swaps, so having a valid service is wonderful. I'm in love. Check out some more info below:
    • What brands do they sell?
      • High end brands--all the good ones, including MAC. They even have limited edition items. Naturally, used items are much cheaper than new ones. Go look!
    • What quality is the makeup?
      • They sell new and used, and each product has a "fill" in the description (as in new, 80% full or 50% full). They have brushes, palettes, skin care, and more--not just makeup.
    • Is preowned makeup safe?
      • Luckily, Glambot's proprietary 5-step authentication and sanitization process guarantees each item is authentic and safe for you to use!
    • Are the products fakes?
      • These are guaranteed authentic.
    • What if I don't like my order?
      • If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return the item for a full refund within 14 days of purchase if unopened and in its original condition. Shipping is covered.
    • How do I sell?
      • Make sure the item qualifies, send for free, and if it meets qualifications, you'll get cash or Glambucks. Payment takes 3-5 business days or instant Glambucks credit. You don't have to take pictures--just send it in.

    I was given some credits (Glambucks) to try out their service, and here's what I picked up:

    Tarte Crease Brush, Too Faced Blush and Gloss, DiorSkin Nude Foundation
    I was happy with everything I got! The brush I used in this tutorial (see it in action!). The other products were listed as 80% full (I think the gloss was new), but they looked new or slightly used. I admit, I did extra sanitize mine because I am cray. Overall, I was very pleased with Glambot, including the customer service, and would highly recommend it! 

    And remember, if used makeup isn't your thing, you can sell your new or preowned makeup. It's free to ship and free to sell!

    If interested, I have a discount code for 10% off! Click here. Go check out the products and the brands--I literally spent HOURS going through all of the makeup. If you're looking to score some high end makeup at a cheaper price, give Glambot a try.


    My Fave Things! 100th Video, $50 Ulta Giveaway, Neutrogena Giveaway

    Hey you! Today I reached a milestone on my Youtube channel--100 videos! I cannot believe it. I used to be so nervous and shy when I first started, and it gets easier with each video. When I asked what y'all wanted to see, my fave beauty products topped the list. I hope you enjoy!

    Check out our attempt to take a family pic!
    View video here!
    Video highlights:
    • Hair care products and tools
    • Brushes
    • Foundations
    • Perfumes
    • Lipsticks
    • Eyeshadows
    • Blushes
    • Nail polishes
    • Mascaras
    • Extras
    • Surprise special guest! And he's wearing a sombrero!
    Tell me your favorite beauty products 
    or my fave video of yours in the comments!
    To thank you, I'm giving away one $50 Ulta Gift Card. Enter using the Rafflecopter below:

    This is for US residents, and end September 1st, 2014.
    Winner will be contacted via email provided.

    I also have a second giveaway! I'm giving away the Neutrogena Pores No More kit. I had a chance to take the #PoresNoMore challenge, where for one week I used the products above to help clean out and minimize the appearance of pores. To enter this giveaway, leave your name and email in the comments below. If you're worried about spammers, you may spell it out like this: yourname (at) gmail (dot) com. Open to US residents and ends September 1, 2014. Winner contacted via email provided. Good luck!!


    Easy Summer to Fall Makeup

    I'm in a summer slump. I'm kinda over summer, but yet I'm not ready for fall (thanks, hot weather). And my makeup lately has been reflecting that--an in between. I wanted a little of that summer sparkle but with a darker lip like I normally wear in fall. Happy weekend and hope you give this a try!

    For foundation, I wanted a satin finish--in between my dewy skin of summer and the matte skin for fall. I'm wearing Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation.

    For eyes, I used the Sonia Kashuk's Eyes on Neutral Matte and Eyes on Shimmer palettes. Any neutral palette will do. Check out the video below for specific recommendations!

    Use a flat shader brush and pat the gold shade all over the lid. I chose gold because I wanted that summer sparkle. Creepy eye pose, optional. ;)

    For the transition shade, use a light matte peach. Apply with a crease brush into the crease and gently blend it out with a clean crease brush.

    Take a crease brush and apply the warm chocolate brown in the outer corner. Use a clean crease brush and blend it out. Please see the video for more details.

    Time for a little secret: instead of blending and blending with one shade, I then take a dark chocolate and make a tinier sideways V and blend it out.

    Add liner, mascara, and brow highlight as desired. I used Loreal Telescopic mascara.

    For blush, I used Tarte blush in Exposed. It is a nude and one of my year-round favorites.

    I lined and filled my lips in a darker berry (Prestige in Fleur) and then placed Mac's Twig on top. Now these colors are way too dark for me, so to lighten things up, I added Mac's Sweet and Sour on top. The result is a pretty nude that isn't matte.

    Watch below to see how to create this look:

    If you recreate this look, tag me so I can repost your look!
    Have a great weekend. Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


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