May Five Faves: Beauty Edition

Hey Y’all!

A few weeks ago I did a poll on Instagram to see what content you wanted to see here on ELK, and the results were quite conclusive. My main concern, aside from posting what I feel the Holy Spirit leads me to write, is giving y’all the content you want to see! That being said, you will start to see a lot more beauty and lifestyle posts! I’m super excited to dive deeper into these topics, as they are huge passions of mine. So, today we have my May Five Faves: Beauty Edition. Without further adieu, let’s get started!

1. L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise in  “Mystic Black” ($7.99)

Moving to a humid climate presented a whole new set of challenges when it comes to makeup, and to be honest, I’m still trying to figure things out. My regular mascara was holding up fine early on when it was still cool, but once things started to warm up, it was just not doing the trick. Enter Lash Paradise. This mascara is my new Holy Grail mascara. It is seriously amazing! It goes on great with its smooth consistency and bristle brush, and doesn’t flake or run. It truly lives up to its name, because, y’all, the volume is REAL! I have pretty long lashes, but they go through phases of thickness, so this mascara is a must have. Not to mention its gorgeous packaging!  To top it off, I picked mine up at Kroger for only $7.99- I’m tellin y’all, it’s an all around 10!

 

2. Covergirl Get In Line Eyeliner in “Black Vinyl” ($7.49)

Another change I had to make when we transitioned from the Phoenix to Atlanta was my eyeliner. I had been a gel eyeliner fanatic for years, but for some reason the climate here just did not agree with it. I was honestly terrified about the thought of switching to a liquid because I had always heard people talk about how difficult it was to use. All I have to say is- I don’t know what those people were thinking! This switch to liquid liner has forever changed my life. Covergirl recently did an overhaul on their image, and I am here for it! This product is simply perfect. It has a contoured handle that makes it super easy to hold, and a fine, tapered tip that makes it perfect for a thin, simple line, as well as a bold, sassy cat eye. The liner itself is very smooth and goes on very clean. Overall a perfect makeup bag staple!

3 &4. Sinful Colors Base and Top Coats ($1.99 ea.)

So this one is technically 2. In case you haven’t noticed, I am all about a good bargain. I was in need of some new nail polish, because for the most part I do my own nails, but I wasn’t about to spend $9+ a pop. I had used Sinful Colors nail polish before and thought it was fin, but had never used them with their own base and top coat, so I decided to try it again. My nail polishes have a pretty big job, considering I am 1) a nail biter and 2) a nail polish picker, but let me tell you, when these three polishes are combined, neither of those two habits are an option! The polish goes on so well and bonds even better to you nail. Trust me, I tried picking the polish out of habit, but it was not budging! They have a wide array of colors, and even have a gel line that I cannot wait to try. On top of all those great qualities, each bottle is a steal at only $1.99, but I got mine on sale at Walgreens for 3/$5.00. If you’re on a budget or can’t make it into the salon, I would highly recommend you check them out!

5. Joon Hair Care Saffron Hair Elixir Oil with Pistachio and Rose Oil

So, if you didn’t see it on my Insta, I chopped 14 inches of hair off and donated it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths in January. I loved the cut my stylist gave me, but after a couple of months, I started to really miss my long hair. On top of that, Jon-Paul, who usually stays completely indifferent when it comes to matters of my beauty and fashion preferences, told me one day that he really missed my long hair. So began the process of growing my hair out. On top of taking biotin, I wanted something that would keep my ends and lengths thick and strong. After using it for 8 months herself, my friend recommended that I check out Joon. BEST. DECISION. EVER. It literally takes 2 little droplets to coat my hair and smells like heaven. On top of keeping my hair looking amazing, it also acts as a heat protectant and helps speed up the drying process. I usually wash my hair every other or every third day, so after I get out of the shower and towel dry my hair a bit, I rub two little drops in my hands and run it through my hair. Then, I brush my hair using my Wet brush, just to make sure my hair is evenly coated. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and smelling so amazing, without making it oily or greasy. It is also a cruelty, sulfate, and paraben free product- SCORE! They sell the vials in two sizes, 1.1oz ($28.00) and 3.1oz ($50.00). I got the smaller size and have only used maybe 1/8th of the bottle over the course of a month. Total including shipping and handling came to be $35.00, and has been worth every penny!

 

That’s it for today! Comment some of your fave beauty products below or on my insta post- I’d love to try them out!

XOXO

ELK

September Five Faves

Welcome to this month’s Five Faves! This will be a monthly article on five products I can’t live without. Each month’s topic will vary, and for this month, its beauty. Let’s get started!

 

First up is Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I am pretty sure it is impossible to live in the desert and not use chapstick! There are a few things that I love about this lip balm that I have not yet found in any others. First of all, it’s all natural. I am in the process of switching my skincare items to all natural products, and this was one of the firsts! I mean, this is something I am literally slathering on my lips, which means it inevitably ends up in my mouth if I lick my lips or if I accidentally apply some of it on the inner part of my lip. Why on earth would I want a whole bunch of nasty chemicals being ingested into my body?! Some of my favorite ingredients are, of course, beeswax, vitamin E, and coconut oil, as well as rosemary extract and peppermint oil. Those last two lead me to my next reason for loving this lip balm- the scent/taste! I love the natural scent. Don’t get me wrong, when I was little, I rocked my Dr. Pepper scented lip balm, but now that’s not so cute! Because of the peppermint oil, it almost aids in having fresh breath. I go back and forth between the original and the pomegranate, which gives the most subtle tint.  Lastly, I love the moisture it brings. It is so nourishing! Like I said before, I live in a very dry climate, which means it’s very easy for my lips to get dry. I literally only have to apply this once during my morning makeup routine and once before bed, and I am set! This lip balm is amazing for wearing on it’s own or under a matte lipstick. You can get it from any drugstore, supermarket, or online at www.burtsbees.com for $3.30.  

 

Next is my favorite mascara! There are so many on the market now, and I’m not saying this is the absolute best one out there, but it is perfect for day-to-day using just 2 coats, or 3 if you are wanting something a little more dramatic. I use Wet n’ Wild MegaVolume in “very black”. Y’ALL- this mascara is $2.99 and works wonders! A couple of things I love about it- for one, it is a cruelty free brand. This is huge for me because I am an avid animal lover. The last thing I want to think about when applying my makeup is, “Oh, I’m so glad some little bunnies got to try this out before me to see if it would cause a reaction!” Second, the formula is amazing. It goes on very smooth and doesn’t flake one bit. Again, being in a dry climate, this is super important! Because it’s so dry, a lot of very nice mascaras end up flaking because they dry out during the day. And third, the brush! I may be weird for this, but I cannot stand plastic or rubber brushes. I love a full bristle brush, and this baby has it! Another bonus with this brush is that it never feels stiff and new. Most bristle brushes take a few uses to break in, and can be difficult to control the first few uses. This one is great right from the start. Again, this can be purchased at any drugstore, supermarket, or www.wetnwildbeauty.com.

 

Third on the list is probably the most versatile thing I will ever post about- COCONUT OIL! I use coconut oil for like a million things, so I will just list a couple.

 

  1. Shaving oil: I use coconut oil as a shaving oil or cream because a little goes a long way, and it acts as a natural moisturizer. Simply scoop approximately one tablespoon into the palm of your hand use to coat one leg. This usually coats my entire leg. Then just shave like normal!
  2. Makeup Remover: This can be a bit messy, and I wouldn’t recommend using it for a full face of heavy makeup, but for your everyday look, it’s perfect. I scoop little bit into the palm of my hand and rub my hands together to melt the oil (coconut oil is solid until 76℉), and then spread across my face. Your best bet is to apply small amounts over time so you don’t waste any. Then, take a rag or cotton pad and wipe off. I wipe as much of my makeup off as possible and then let the oil sit for a bit to moisturize my face before washing.
  3. Moisturizer: You can pretty much slather this stuff anywhere and get insane moisture. I love using it on chronically dry places like cuticles, elbows, knees, and feet. For my feet, I usually coat them up and massage them a bit and then put some socks on to trap the moisture.
  4. Hair growth and health: One of my favorite hair masks is coconut oil, 1 egg, tea tree oil, and vitamin e oil. Whip that all up and let it set overnight. It works best to apply the mix to the ends of your hair and then comb through the rest to spread. Give it a little massage on your scalp to stimulate blood flow, then wrap your hair up in a bun on top of your head and wrap it in saran wrap or a plastic bag. Wash it the next morning twice with shampoo and only condition the ends. You can also apply just plain coconut oil to your eyelashes and eyebrows to help in their growth as well.

For all of these, I use Simply Balanced Raw Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil from Target. It can be purchased in stores or online at www.target.com for $6.99 for a 14oz jar.

 

Next up is my favorite razor. I use Harry’s Men’s Razors exclusively from Target. I have used men’s razors for as long as I can remember because I feel they get a closer shave, but this is by far the best! It’s a 5 blade razor with a precision blade on the reverse side. The blades are amazing and don’t rust very easily, a problem I’ve had with most other razors. The starter kit comes with 2 additional blades in a case, as well as a travel razor cover for protection. Being 100% honest, what first attracted me to this product was the packaging. I love design, and this box was so clean and professional looking. There wasn’t a whole bunch of colors and loud phrases, and I loved that. They let the product speak for itself. It also has a great flexible hinge that helps get hard to reach places, as well as a textured handle to avoid any slips, even if your hands are covered in coconut oil or shaving cream. Lastly, the replacement blades are the least expensive I think I’ve seen yet, which is great considering most other brands the replacements are more expensive than the razor itself! The starter pack is $9.99 and a pack of four replacement blades is $7.99, and can be purchased at Target stores or online at www.target.com.

 

The last favorite I’ll share with you this month is my foundation. I use Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus foundation. I already know what you’re thinking- “Wet n’ Wild foundation?!”- but just wait! Just like their mascara, this is a cruelty free product. It also does not have any parabens in it, which is huge for me. In case you weren’t aware, parabens turn into estrogen when absorbed. For us ladies, excess estrogen can wreak havoc on our bodies. For me, it causes migraines. I had cut our every bit of soy (which also has estrogen) out of my diet and was still getting migraines. I finally discovered almost every makeup product I was using had parabens in it! Since switching to this product, my migraines has significantly dropped in frequency, praise the Lord! Now that you’ve had your science lesson for the day, let’s move on! This foundation comes in a whopping 20 shades! I have always struggled with finding a shade light enough for my fair skin, and I have finally found it! The coverage is great too. It is very flexible. If you want a lighter coverage, a light coat of this will be great. If you are wanting to cover up acne scars or blemishes or redness (like me) a heavier coat applied with a makeup sponge works amazing. The absolute best thing about this product though is the little spatula attached to the top. Why no other company has done this yet, I am not quite sure. This allows you to get the very last drop of foundation and it’s amazing! Each vial lasts me about 3 weeks and is only $5.99. It doesn’t get much better than that! You can pick this up at any drugstore, supermarket, or online at www.wetnwildbeauty.com.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of these products or any products you would like me to try and review, feel free to leave a comment below! Thanks for reading!

 

XOXO

ELK