Lip Balm: Over 20 Uses!

A question beauty bloggers get asked the most is, "What is your favorite beauty product?" And to be honest, it's not some exotic cream or the world's most expensive lipstick.

It's lip balm!

Yes, it is one of the most versatile products I own! Today I'm sharing over 20 uses for my ultimate must-have product!


  • Tame flyaways
  • Use around the hairline when touching up roots to prevent color bleeding onto your skin
  • Tame unruly brows
  • Rub onto a clean mascara wand and brush through lashes to remove clumps
  • For those of us who don't have oily lids, apply alone or with a shimmery or satin shadow to get them to shine. This looks great in pics and is used by professional makeup artists all the time.

  • Use as sunscreen in a pinch, if it has SPF
  • You can also use as a highlighter for skin by applying to the places on the face like the bridge of the nose, tops of cheeks, etc. You can mix it with a champagne shadow for an extra glow highlight. --Best for those with dry skin that's not acne prone.
  • Mix with a little blush to make a cream blush
Lips (in addition to the general use of lip balms):

  • DIY solid perfume--this was published in Bust Magazine!
  • Use plain lip balm to stop shaving nicks from bleeding
  • Rub on heels to prevent blisters
  • Instant moisturizer for knees and elbows
  • Moisturize cuticles
  • Use around nails before painting them to help prevent messes
  • Rub plain chapstick on the back of earrings to help them go in easier
  • Rub on a stuck zipper
  • Rub on keys that are difficult to use--they will make doors easier to open
Which tip(s) did you like the best?
Which ones were new to you?

Extra Elle:
-I am extra behind on emails, so apologies for not getting back to you yet! But I have read them.
-I feel another cold coming on, so I have no plans this weekend. What about you?


5 Mascara Hacks: Do They Work?

Y'all--this post is SIX months in the making.

I told y'all yesterday, I am extremely thorough when it comes to reviewing and testing beauty products.

So today I'm testing out 5 of the top hacks and myths for mascara, longer lashes, fuller lashes and more.

#1--"Using a lash curler doesn't make a difference."

I hear this all.the.time, but it's pretty much from anyone who doesn't use them! As you can see in the pic above, eye lash curlers really do make a difference. It's just a matter of finding the one that fits your eye. I like lash curlers that are a bit larger for my lashes, like Sheseido, Shu Uemura, Kevyn Aucoin, or Surrat. Japanesque makes a great small lash curler if you want to work on a small area of lashes,  like just curling the outer half. They are pricey but work best on my eyes. For drugstore, I like Tweezerman and Revlon. If you aren't seeing a difference, you need to change eye lash curlers.

#2--"Invert your lash curler for bigger lashes!"

via thebeautydepartment.com
How many of you have seen this hack? But does it work?

It certainly curls lashes, but it looks the exact same as using a lash curler the normal method. I have gotten these results every time, regardless of the lash curler brand.

#3--"Use baby powder to make lashes look longer and fuller."

I have tried this with baby powder, eye shadow (matte, satin, shimmer), setting powder (translucent, brightening, skin tone), and bronzer (matte and shimmer). Sometimes the lashes looked a little clumpy, but there was usually no noticeable difference. And sometimes my eyes were irritated from the products. Plus, the powder is tricky to apply. I say use a lash primer if needed.

#4--"Add eye drops to an old mascara to revive it."

Does this work? Yes, as you can see above. BUT! BUT BUT! There are a few warnings coming up. 1-You must add eye drops, contact solution or a few drops of distilled water. Regular water will exacerbate bacteria growth.
2-Because I'm a nerd, I did bacteria tests on petri dishes for old, new, and revived mascara (testing was repeated more than once, obviously). I told y'all I was thorough! I found that even with distilled water, there was bacteria growth the longer the modified mascara sat. So if you want to use this method, I wouldn't use the modified mascara more than a week or two. Mascara should generally be thrown out after 3 months.
3-Adding water will alter the formula of the mascara. Sometimes this is a good thing, since you are reviving dried out mascara. And sometimes it will cause the mascara formula to break down, to clump, to not be as effective (this depended on the amount of drops added), smear easily, etc. Definitely don't try this with waterproof mascaras. It really depends on the brand as to how the results will be. I tested this method on 18 different brands of high and low end mascaras over the past year, and while all of them gave me wetter mascara than before, it just wasn't worth it for me.

#5--"Rub coconut oil on your lashes to make them longer and softer." "Coat your lashes with castor oil to make them longer."

Remember in the first sentence when I said this post was 6 months in the making? Well, after 6 months, here are my results. I don't see a dang bit of difference! And I am glad I no longer have to do this challenge!

Note: I did this on upper lashes only. For half of my lashes on one eye, I used a clean spooley (mascara wand) and would paint half of my lashes with castor oil. The other half I would warm a bit of coconut oil between my fingers and rub on my lashes. First of all, your lashes fall out every two weeks, so I don't see how this does a bit of good. I do see how it softens them if brittle lashes are a concern. If you want longer lashes, Latisse works. Ask your physician about it to see if you are a candidate. For what it's worth, I have tried 3 lash-growing serums, and they all made my lashes fall out quickly or they had zero difference. One I swear somehow made my lashes smaller and brittle.

If any of these hacks somehow worked for you, that's great. But they didn't work for me.

What makeup, hair (or more mascara) hacks would you like to see tested next?
What's your favorite mascara?
Do these hacks work for you? 

Extra Elle:
  • Did you celebrate Earth Day? The 5 yr old I take care of (who has changed her name, she's decided) took my Earth Day leaf mosaic I made during our art time to her class! She then insisted the teacher hang it up. "It was appreciated by all," she said. This kid is too much.
  • This week has flown by for me! I can't believe it's Thursday but I am NOT complaining!
  • $100 to SEPHORA! Enter today.
  • PS: If you comment "great tips" in the comment section I'm totally giving you the Stank Eye! #readthepost


Ask Elle: Foundations & Frustrations

A few years ago I used to do an Ask Elle series. I switched it to a yearly video where I answered any and all personal as well as beauty questions. I've decided to combine the two and bring back the series. I'll answer one beauty and one personal question weekly for the next month (or more, if you like).


April Must- Try Beauty Buys

I've got A LOT to share with you today, so I'll keep the intro short and sweet. Let's get into some of my must-try beauty buys for April. By the way, I can't believe April is almost over...I think I say that every month. I'm doing quick reviews, since y'all like them, but I go into more detail in the video down below.


This or That: Curling Iron Vs. Curling Wand--Which is Better?

Hey you! How was your weekend? Mine was a rainy one, mostly spent inside, minus a date with myself to Target. More on that at the end of the post. But first--today's post is inspired by two of my most popular posts: How to Use a Curling Wand and FAQ Guide to Curling/Clipless Wands. And it is inspired by a question my friend Ashley had that I get asked often: which is better? Curling iron or curling wand? Which one do I need? After owning and using many of these, I'm here to give you my opinions on which could be best for you!


Beauty Products I Regret Buying

Hey you! Did ya miss me? I took a day off to celebrate 5 years of Elle Sees! By the way, did you check out my $100 Sephora Giveaway? Not into Sephora? Boo on you! ;) I will gladly take it off your hands if you win. Just saying!

Speaking of Sephora, the VIB sale is currently going on, and that prompted me to think of beauty products that I regret buying. Most of these are high-end, but if you check out the video I made, you'll see drugstore stuff too. And just because it didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't be awesome for you! Here are a few of my regrets (for more details, watch the video below):


5 Year Blogiversary $100 Sephora Giveaway

Hey you! Today is my 5th Blogiversary! I cannot believe "Elle Sees" turns 5 today! I love this little blog of mine and how it has changed over the years. I love being able to share my life-long love affair and expertise of all things beauty with y'all. What started as a hobby has turned into a passion that means so much to me. I put nearly everything into this blog (so much time and effort!) and to have you take a little time out of your day to stop by means the world. I am so thankful for my true readers. I LOVE Y'ALL! And to say thank you, I am giving away a $100 Sephora Giftcard. Please enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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Giveaway for $100 Sephora e-giftcard is open from 4-15--5-9-2015
It is sponsored by me.
This giveaway is international, but you must have access to a Sephora to use the card. 
No substitutes will be given.
The e-card will be purchased through Cashstar at Sephora.com, 
so if you are the winner, please check your spam email.
I believe in fair giveaways, with the winner being chosen by random.org.
The winner, after being verified, will be announced 5-10-2015.
If you are a sore loser, please don't enter. 
I want this to be an easy and fun giveaway 
to thank my readers and to celebrate 5 amazing years blogging.
Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

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