Cover Look For Less: Katie Holmes for Glamour Magazine

This and edited pic below via Glamour.com

And so I wrap up my July series, Cover Look for Less, with the beautiful Katie Holmes for Glamour Magazine (August). Be sure to check out the other looks here. As always, I use cover looks that are easy to recreate and are budget-friendly. Enjoy.

I used images from inside the magazine as my inspiration for this look.

1.--I used the Covergirl eyeshadow Quad in Natural Nudes.  I smudged the lightest shimmery shade into the inner corners of the eyes and brought down about halfway under the bottom lash line. I added the last shade in the quad on the lid, and added the darkest shade into the outer corner of the eye (like a sideways V) and blended it out and under the bottom lash line.

2.--For mascara, I used the Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal. I have a tutorial coming tomorrow with this! Curl lashes and apply a coat of mascara on top and bottom lashes.

3.--Katie has some amazing cheekbones that are really brought out with her contour. I used the Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzer. It's $5 and smells like coconuts and works perfectly for her skin tone. A darker peach blush can be used in its place if contouring isn't your thing.

4.--Her lipstick is a lovely nude shade that is so natural and wearable. I've been obsessed with the L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Prive nudes. They have something for just about every skin tone. Pictured here is the Julianne shade, but I think the Jennifer's Nude is closer to the shade she wore (I didn't like the way it looked in the collage).

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DIY Beauty Hotel Hacks


I love to travel--I've been all over the US and have visited 19 countries (so far!), and sometimes things don't go as planned. We've all been there: luggage gets lost, flights get cancelled, bad weather happens, and more unexpected events have popped up, no matter how prepared and well-packed we are. And so over the years I've figured out little tricks here and there to help. Enjoy my Beauty Hotel Hacks below:


F A C E & B O D Y

  • For exfoliating facial scrub, use a packet of sugar and 1 vitamin E capsule mixed together. Scrub away the grime and rinse. 
  • To instantly soften skin, get a cut lemon (I get mine from the hotel bar or a restaurant), and rub on elbows or knees. The rough spots will disappear, thanks to the acid in the lemon. Add a packet of sugar for an exfoliating scrub.
  • Plain oatmeal mixed with a little water is wonderful at relieving itchy skin. It can be used as an exfoliant, too.
  • Use tea bags and tie under tub faucet for an easy DIY bath treat.
  • Take plain Greek yogurt from the breakfast bar and use on face to relieve tired skin. Great for sunburns, too.
  • Keep baby wipes in the mini-fridge for an extra refreshing feel after a day of traveling in the heat. I've also done this with a wet washcloth. It's a great way to wake yourself up, too!
  • Use baby wipes as a makeup remover.
  • Try dabbing on Mylanta to soothe razor burn, rashes, or sunburn (make sure skin isn't broken). 
  • Try Milk of Magnesia as a primer for oily skin.
  • Use shadow or bronzer as a liner in a pinch. 
  • Use powder bronzer as a shadow.
  • As a treatment, dab some Pepto-Bismol on a zit. After 30 minutes, wash off.
  • Crush a couple of aspirin (use the glass in your hotel room) and add a few drops of water to make a paste. Dab on zits, leave overnight, and rinse away in the morning. Bonus hack: this can also be used as a scrub!
  • If your zit has popped, squirt some Visine onto a cotton ball/tissue and dab onto the zit. The zit will shrink and the redness will be gone. Cover with a skin-matching cover up.
  • Raid the mini bar--pour iced tea on cotton pads and leave on eyes 20 min. to relieve tired eyes.
  • An oldie but a goodie: use hair conditioner or lotion for shaving.
  • Chapstick (plain only): rub on heels to prevent blisters, rub on a stubborn zipper, tame unruly eyebrows, instant moisturizer for elbows or knees, or eye makeup remover in a pinch.
  • Depending on the brand/type of deodorant you have, deodorant is great at stopping nicks from shaving.

  • This is crazy, but it works! If your scalp is oily, and you're without dry shampoo, try a packet of plain oatmeal on your roots. Just massage in and brush out. And no, it doesn't leave oats in your hair.
  • Another idea born out of desperation/boredom: Tear up strips of a paper bag. Wrap around hair, like a hair roller. Roll up to ears, knot and spritz hair with water. Let dry and unwrap for instant curls. Socks will curl hair too!
  • I've used mascara, shadow, and bronzer to hide my grey roots. Check out more Ways to Hide Greys here.
  • Go to the hotel (or any) restaurant. Ask for a cup of olive oil--I've never had anyone charge me for it. Heat in the microwave in your room until warm (or use one in the hotel). Pour the warm oil on your hair and wrap your hair in a towel. Leave at least 30 minutes before shampooing out.
  • Leave your diffuser at home! Put a thin sock (like a dress sock) over the nozzle of your hair dryer and dry hair as usual.
  • Use the tiniest bit of lotion as a defrizzer if you're in a jam.
  • After shampooing hair, pour tea on your hair to make it shiny. Rinse out.

  • Dry shampoo is not only great for second day hair, but helps take the stink out! Spray some on armpits of shirts or in stinky shoes. Let dry before wearing.
  • Use those shower caps to cover your dirty shoes! Rain, dirt, and mud happens, but that doesn't mean your clothes or suitcase should get dirty. 
  • Use a razor to remove pills off of shirts/sweaters.
  • Use as a baby wipe to get rid of deodorant stains.
PS: Check out my Starbucks Beauty Hacks!

While all tips have been used for years by me, please avoid any ingredients if allergic or sensitive.

linking up today with Monday Morning Gossip


DIY Snow Cone Sugar Scrubs

Hey you! Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Speaking of fun, I've got something adorable to make. These will brighten up any summer day and the kids can help too. Enjoy!

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 c carrier oil (I used coconut)
  • 1/2 tsp soap colorant
  • 3 drops essential oil or flavor oil 
  • sealable plastic bag
  • snow cone/shaved ice cups (optional)
  • ice cream scoop
  • Add sugar, oil, soap colorant, and essential oil to bag. 
  • Seal the bag and squish around to mix it. Kids can help with this part--no mess!
  • Use ice cream scoop to place "snow cone" in the cups. 
  • Display as desired or store in a container.
  • Feel free to adjust the recipe as needed. 
  • I would avoid using food coloring as it stains. I easily find soap colorant in craft stores, like Michaels, but online is always an option.
  • I find it easiest to remove the top of the soap colorant to add it to the mix. While usually around 1/2 tsp worked for me, some colors needed much less, like blue, and others needed more. 
  • Sugar scrubs are excellent exfoliants for the body and the oil softens skin. You can switch out the sugar for salt. I love using a salt scrub before shaving my legs or self-tanning.
  • Please do not consume. Keep in an air-tight container in a cool spot for up to 3 months.

PS: Check out my 7 DIY Summer Scrubs! Want more DIY ideas? Click here.


Cover Look for Less: Taylor Schilling for Allure Magazine

Are you obsessed with OITNB? Did you binge watch it like I did? So it was pretty much a no-brainer that this week's Cover Look For Less is the star of Orange is the New Black, Taylor Schilling. Here's how to get her look from Allure Magazine's July issue using only drugstore products:

The makeup artist used Chanel makeup, but I was able to recreate the look with drugstore products. Check out my options below in 5 easy steps:

1-Place L'Oreal Infallible shadow in Amber Rush all over the lid to make them glow.

2-Line eyes with a brown liner and smudge, like this one from Rimmel Scandaleyes.

3-For mascara, this Maybelline The Rocket features a brush just like the Chanel version.

4-To warm up the skin,  brush a cream bronzer, like this one from Sonia Kashuk on cheeks.

5-The makeup artist used a clear balm, and I love Baby Lips in Quenched. It smells like Froot Loops!

What drugstore product is your fave?

Which Neutrogena Sunscreen Is For You?

Neutrogena offers an amazing array of sunscreens (seriously, go look), and as an ambassador, I've had the privilege to try out several. There's a reason they're the #1 Dermatologist-Recommended Suncare brand. Today I'm sharing a few that I've really liked, and maybe you will too! If you don't like that sunscreen feel (I can't stand that greasy feeling on my hands) you will love my choices today. See what sunscreen is right for you:

Wet Skin--Every weekend you can find me at the pool, and since I'm constantly in the water, I like the Neutrogena Wet Skin Suncreen. This works well at the beach or in humid climates (hello, The South). It can be applied on dry or wet skin, and if guys in your life are reluctant to put on sunscreen (nearly 50% admit they forget sunscreen), they need to try this! They have several versions, including one for kids. 

Water+ Sun--If a stick version is more your style, the Neutrogena BEACH DEFENSE® Sunscreen Stick. It's hands-free and convenient, making it nice for outdoor skin protection. I make sure to apply it to ears, my scalp, above my lip, too.

No Breakouts--I think this is the most asked sunscreen question I get. If you break out when sunscreen is on your face, please give Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen a go. This is perfect for acne and breakout-prone skin. It's oil and fragrance-free too. It can be applied on the body as well. My tip: While I have never broken out from this sunscreen, I like to completely wash my face and reapply sunscreen after a couple of hours. It's my trick that really works!

Weightless--I can't stand lotion-y hands. I don't how else to describe it. So naturally I was drawn to the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face+Body. It feels like you have nothing on! A quick wipe down and you're done for up to 2 hours (or 80 minutes after swimming/sweating).

Did you know: Watch your shadow! If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest!

* This is NOT a sponsored post. While I've been sent these, I was not asked to write a post--these are my honest reviews. These are broad spectrum sunscreens and vary in SPF, so find the number that works for you. While I have never had any issues with these (or I wouldn't be recommending them) I cannot be certain how they will work for you. But I love them!


5 Summer Hair Masks (Plus Tips)

If summer sun, salty seas, or chlorine have taken a toll on your hair, this post is just what you need to get your hair soft once again. Keep reading:
Damaged--If your hair is severely damaged, an excellent option is the Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask. There's a reason why it's such a well-loved product--it works. It is pricey but worth it. Use for 10 minutes and no more than twice a week.

Soft--When I want my hair to get very soft and moisturized in a hurry, I love the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. This brings my wavy hair back, instead of the usual frizziness.

Itchy Scalp--This Clear Intense Hydration Mask is 2 products in one: it helps with itchy scalp and it hydrates in only 3 minutes!

Repair--If you want a cheaper and less intense version of the Macadamia Oil Mask, try this L'Oreal Total Repair Damage Erasing Balm. Your hair will feel better in 3-5 minutes.

Organic--Green&Glam has organic Neroli oil and is wonderful for fine and normal hair. It has a natural smell and works best if left in 20 min or longer.

Beachy Hair Via my Instagram

Elle's Tips:

  • Wet your hair before getting into the pool. It really helps!
  • UV rays are not only damaging to your skin, but they fade color as well. Protect your hair by wearing a hat or coating your hair in one of these masks (or try conditioner or a hair oil).
  • For deep conditioning, place a shower cap over mask-infused hair and keep it for at least 30 minutes. No shower cap? Try plastic wrap. 
  • Use these masks once or twice a week.
  • BONUS: Want a DIY version? Try my DIY Hair "Smoothies"
PS: I'm linking up each month with these gorgeous ladies, where we'll be sharing tips to simplify summer. Hope you stop by their blogs!
Simple Summer Series
Natalia @ Ma Nouvelle Mode // Elle at Elle Sees // Cyndi at Walking in Grace // Alison at Get Your Pretty On // Jen at Yummy, Healthy, Easy


IPSY July & FabFitFun Summer 2014

Hey you! Today I'm sharing two posts in one, because it's TWOSDAY! Get it? Yeah, I'll see myself out with that one! ;)
First up is my IPSY bag for July. Let's see what I got:

The theme is Sensationally Sunkissed and everything came in this leather-like scalloped bag.

  • wHet Nail Polish in Facetious-- playfully jocular or humorous, and that’s exactly how you’ll feel in this flashy shade from wHet Nail Polish. This chip resistant, high shine, vegan polish is "three free" and void of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, and dpd (dibutyle phthalate). Plus, it’s exclusively made in the USA, and never tested on animals. Took 2 coats to get the blue shade that was true to the bottle.
  • Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8--Highlight your healthy glow with our organically indulgent dark tanning oil. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, & exotic plant extracts. Tan naturally! I haven't used this yet as I don't tan, but will pass it on to family.
  • Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brillance Balm--Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (color & intensity depends on pH level of lips). This didn't produce enough color for me--I like a similar product from tarte much better--but good to keep in the purse.
  • Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15--Meet the next generation in eyeshadow: creamy, long-wearing color meets exceptional skincare benefits and broad spectrum SPF protection. Chock-full of skin-loving ingredients, this breakthrough product delivers 5 benefits in one luxurious formula: 1.) 12-hour long-wearing color  2.) Super-charged primer 3.) Powerful brightening benefits 4.) Smoothes fine lines 5.) Protects with SPF. Goes on wet and pigmented and was worried at first I wouldn't be able to work with it, but once blended I loved it.
  • Befine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15--This lightweight moisturizer from Befine Food Skin Care features SPF 15, as well as rosemary, pomegranate & rice to provide instant hydration and protection. It is easily absorbed into skin, and is packed with powerful anti-oxidants and proteins to help balance the skin’s moisture levelsThis exploded out of the top somehow and got all up in my bag, so I haven't been able to really test this one. Whomp whomp.
BareMinerals BB Shadow and Pixi Tinted Balm

If you are interested in subscribing, please use my link here. It's $10 a month, and I've subbed since the very first bag! I love the online community and how you can trade items if you didn't like what you got in your bag.

I also subscribe to the seasonal FabFitFun box! It's headed by Guiliana Ranic and curated by experts in their field and features beauty, fashion, and health. Let's see what's inside:
And now here's a shameless plug for my YouTube channel. Click here to subscribe if you'd like. I made a video where I go through each item, plus the World's Cutest Dog (as decided by moi) makes a cameo. Check out my video below:

I received 10 items and the total was over $240. Boxes are $49.99 each and are delivered 4 times a year. I do have a discount code for $15 and I can share that code with the first 3 of you who email me asking for it.

What products are you interested in trying?


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