Chelsea Crockett

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Sephora Money Hacks

Whether you shop at Sephora or not, you can’t deny a good steal when you find one!  Getting new makeup is always fun, but getting the same makeup at a…

Whether you shop at Sephora or not, you can’t deny a good steal when you find one!  Getting new makeup is always fun, but getting the same makeup at a cheaper price?  Even better!  I recently discovered several different money hacks you can use for yourself at Sephora.  Here they are so you can get the best bang for your buck just like I do!

  • Follow Sephora on Facebook.  Chelsea Crockett - Sephora MakeupExclusively through their Facebook, Sephora offers you discounts and giveaways that a ton of people aren’t even aware of!
  • Take a few samples of products you’ve been dying to try.  Sephora allows you to take up to three samples home with you so you can test a product before spending a bunch of money on the real deal!  You can also get some free makeup :).
  • Join their rewards program.  This one may be obvious, but if you’re a frequent Sephora shopper, you can get so many awesome discounts and savings.  Why not right?
  • Free shipping is a big deal if you order online frequently.  You can sign up for the Sephora Flash Subscription and get free, 2-day shipping for the whole year.  And it’s only $10!
  • If you buy something that goes on sale a week later, you can take it into the store to get the price adjusted within two weeks of the purchase.  You might as well save every penny you can!

I hope you take advantage of these hacks and get some makeup to add to your collection! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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3 Concealer Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Concealer is one of the best beauty tools in the world.  You can hide your tiredness by disguising dark circles or conceal stubborn pimples that won’t go away.  It color…

Concealer is one of the best beauty tools in the world.  You can hide your tiredness by disguising dark circles or conceal stubborn pimples that won’t go away.  It color corrects, brightens, and evens out your skin to give you the perfect foundation for a beautiful face of makeup.  With that being said, we should know what we’re doing wrong with our concealer to guarantee that we’re making the most out of our product! 

  1. Rubbing in your concealer with your finger.Chelsea Crockett - Naked Concealer  It may be gross to think about, but our fingers are covered in dirt, oil, and lots of bacteria.  Our fingers also don’t absorb any of our concealer like a beauty blender would which leaves it feeling caked on.  A beauty blender will blend it evenly and leave you without creases or streaks!
  2. Using the same concealer for all your blemishes, dark circles, etc.  Although this isn’t necessarily the wrong way of doing it, you can get much better coverage by using differently textured concealers.  For dark circles, try using a thicker concealer such as a cream based one.  As for pimples, try using a light, liquid concealer!  
  3. Applying your concealer first as your base.  Although you may be anxious to cover up those zits as soon as you wake up, you won’t get your best coverage by starting with concealer.  Apply your foundation first, then apply your concealer!

What mistake are you making?  Now you know what to change when it comes to applying concealer!

XO – Chels

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DIY Coconut Oil Face Wash

I love going and getting a facial. They are so relaxing, and so good for your skin! The bummer is that they are typically expensive, which means I can’t get…

I love going and getting a facial. They are so relaxing, and so good for your skin! The bummer is that they are typically expensive, which means I can’t get them as often as I would like. I asked the facial technician if there was anything I can do at home to help keep my skin clear and healthy in-between facials, and she said that it is so important to exfoliate. She told me that it doesn’t have to be expensive, it can be as simple as using baking soda! So when I got home, I did some research and found an awesome tutorial for a simple and healthy face exfoliant. This scrub cleans your skin, kills bacteria, and clears the dirt and dead skin from your pores. Plus the ingredients are really commonly used, so you probably have them sitting around your house right now! Here is how to make it:

        1 tablespoon coconut oil

        1 teaspoon baking soda

        (optional) 5 drops essential oils

Take the coconut oil in a medium sized bowl and melt it a bit if it is solid. Add baking soda slowly and stir it until it is well mixed. Finally, add essential oil and stir again. To use this scrub, take a teaspoon of it and gently scrub it on your face for about 30 seconds, then rinse it off.

This scrub not only fights acne, but it can also help reduce acne scarring by removing the layers of scarred skin over time! I love using natural products on my face, don’t you?

XOXO,

Chels

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3 Best Wave Sprays for Wavy Hair

People with wavy hair all understand the same struggle… either your hair is too curly or too flat, and there’s barely ever an in-between!  Most wavy-haired girls use spray products…

People with wavy hair all understand the same struggle… either your hair is too curly or too flat, and there’s barely ever an in-between!  Most wavy-haired girls use spray products to give their waves a little extra lift.  I’ve read up on a few of the best products for making your waves extra wavy that are guaranteed to stay in all day!

  • Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. Chelsea Crockett - Wavy Hair This is one of the most popular sea salt sprays when it comes to creating the perfect beach waves.  You can spray it on clean, damp, or dry hair for texturized, tousled waves.  I prefer using it after a day at the pool or beach, especially if you need the perfect on-the-go hairstyle!  
  • Moroccan Sea Salt Spray.  We’ve all heard of either Moroccan or Argan oil and know that both can make our hair soft and shiny.  This product is part of the Moroccan Surf Collection and leaves your hair feeling light and soft yet looking shiny and beautiful at the same time!   
  • Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.  Although the other two sprays mentioned above can be found at a local drugstore, you’ll have to go to Sephora to give this one a try!  This is one of my favorite sprays because it works for all hair types, not just those already blessed with wavy hair.  It’s perfect for a day at the beach because it guards against the sun’s drying effect on your hair.  It’s truly the best of both worlds!

Which product do you use to keep your waves in?  Let me know below!

XO – Chels

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Urban Decay’s Rehab Makeup Prep Collection

Urban Decay’s Rehab Makeup Prep Collection has all your makeup prep needs fulfilled with just four products!  This collection targets your face, lips, skin, and pores specifically with each different…

Urban Decay’s Rehab Makeup Prep Collection has all your makeup prep needs fulfilled with just four products!  This collection targets your face, lips, skin, and pores specifically with each different gel or serum.  I wanted to tell you a little bit more about their Rehab Makeup and show you just how great each product is!

  • Hot Springs Hydrating Gel ($28). Chelsea Crockett - Rehab Makeup Prep I’ve always tried to find a hydrating gel or cream that gives my skin the nourishment it needs without making it look or feel oily.  They made this product ultralight so it won’t weigh down your skin while hydrating it at the same time!
  • Lip Love ($15).  This lip balm is an oil-based formula that leaves your lips smooth and soft.  It provides the perfect base for applying lipstick, lip gloss, or whatever lip product you’re rocking that day.
  • Pretty Gritty Skin Polish ($28).  Dry or peeling skin can oftentimes be the hardest surface to try and apply a long-lasting face of makeup to.  And since it’s summertime, I’m sure lots of us have some peeling skin here and there.  Use this polish to exfoliate your skin for a perfectly smooth face!
  • Pore Refining Peel ($26).  Are your pores clogged with oil, dirt, or other bacteria?  If your skin feels heavy and oily, try using this peel-off face mask to draw out any impurities that are harming your skin!

Have you ever tried out this collection?  If so, tell me which product is your favorite and why in the comments below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Too Faced New Peaches & Cream Collection

Too Faced has always been one of my favorite makeup brands.  They always have such fun, unique products that carry out the quality they promise!  This upcoming fall, they’re coming…

Too Faced has always been one of my favorite makeup brands.  They always have such fun, unique products that carry out the quality they promise!  This upcoming fall, they’re coming out with a new Peaches & Cream Collection with several new products that will give you the perfect matte finish you’ve always wanted!  Here’s what to expect.

  • Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation.  This foundation comes in 12 different shades so no shade is left out!  This matte formula is guaranteed to last over 12 hours so you won’t have to worry about it rubbing off throughout your day.
  • Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush.  I’m so excited to try out this blush because although it looks like a cream blush, it applies as a powder.  So, it’s perfect if you’re looking for a light, free feeling!Chelsea Crockett - Too Faces Makeup
  • Bronzed Peach Melting Powder Bronzer.  Just like the blush, this product may look creamy but it’ll apply as a smooth powder!  It’s not too heavy but still gives you the perfect glow you’re looking for.
  • Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick.  This product doesn’t only come in the basic pinks and reds of the usual lipstick shades but in all different vibrant colors as well! These include light and dark purple, nude, maroon, etc.!  
  • Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer.  Everyone needs a good primer that will keep their makeup on for the whole day.  This will set your makeup with a matte finish so it won’t shine or slide off!

Which product are you most excited to try?  Keep an eye out this fall to get your hands on this brand new collection!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Velvet Foundation 101

If you’ve ever gone hunting for a good foundation, you’ve probably came across a few foundations that are known for their velvet feel and appearance!  Maybelline, NARS, and many other…

If you’ve ever gone hunting for a good foundation, you’ve probably came across a few foundations that are known for their velvet feel and appearance!  Maybelline, NARS, and many other brands have created the perfect, velvet foundation that leaves your skin looking flawless.  Here’s all you need to know about velvet foundations and which products work best!

As far as Maybelline, their Dream Velvet Foundation ($10.99) is one of their softest foundations yet.  It has a perfect matte finish and hydrates your skin at the same time.  With this foundation, you won’t have to worry about lines or patches forming after applying it.  Chelsea Crockett - Velvet FoundationsNot only does it look soft and smooth, but feels just as good!  It’s fresh, light, and free from roughness.  They even made a specific brush called the Dream Blender ($5.99) that guarantees full, even coverage for the Dream Velvet Foundation.

What’s better than a velvet, matte, and sun-protecting foundation all in one?  NARS Cosmetics has a foundation called Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 that protects your skin and makes it look flawless!  It may be a little pricier than Maybelline’s product, but it’s only $45 which still isn’t too bad for a good quality foundation.

Are you going to try out one of these products or do you use one currently?  Let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

XO – Chelsea

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HiSmile Teeth Whitening Kit

Let’s face it, we all want perfect teeth.  I’ve looked everywhere from whitening strips to DIY baking soda recipes to get the job done but it’s either too expensive or…

Let’s face it, we all want perfect teeth.  I’ve looked everywhere from whitening strips to DIY baking soda recipes to get the job done but it’s either too expensive or ineffective to keep up with!  But luckily there’s hope!  I recently came across a tool called HiSmile that transfers your smile into what you’ve always wanted it to be!  Here’s what you need to know:

Although HiSmile offers a wide variety of teeth whitening products,Chelsea Crockett - HiSmile Teeth Whitening Kit I wanted to focus in on one in particular that I’ve seen being promoted all over social media by celebrities such as Kylie Jenner.  This product has 5 key ingredients that aid in whitening your teeth to the full extent.  The 2 key whitening ingredients are sodium bicarbonate and sodium hydrochlorite.  There’s also 3 light activating ingredients in it as well: pomegranate, aloe Vera, and chamomile!

Now that you know what the product is, here’s what it does!  The HiSmile Teeth Whitening Kit can make the appearance of your teeth up to 8 shades whiter!  One use only takes 10 minutes and the shape of the tool makes whitening convenient, allowing you to whiten and do whatever you need to do at the same time.  It whitens your upper and lower teeth at the same time simply by biting down on the mold provided.  So, you don’t have to go through the hassle of getting it custom molded to fit your teeth!  Although the entire kit is $59.99, it’s totally worth and you really will notice a huge difference in your smile!

So, now you decide… Are you going to give it a try?  Let me know how it works for you!

XO – Chels

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Should I be Using Liquid, Powder and Cream Foundation?

There are endless options out there when it comes to foundation. It can be a little overwhelming! There are so many brands and formulas. One of the biggest dilemmas: should…

There are endless options out there when it comes to foundation. It can be a little overwhelming! There are so many brands and formulas. One of the biggest dilemmas: should you use liquid, cream or powder face makeup? The bottom line is that it really depends on your skin and personal preference! Some people like a dewy look, and others like a matte look. Here is some advice for choosing between liquids, creams, and powders.

  1. Use your skin type and “finish” as your guide: Liquid foundation generally looks more sheer and powdery. If you are oily then use this to avoid becoming shiny. If you want to be shiny or dewy, use a cream foundation. Cream is also great if you have dry skin. Powder is easy to layer on top of liquid or cream, just make sure to avoid layering too much so you don’t look cakey!
  2. Powders on top of liquids, but not liquids on top of powders: Like I said above, using powder on top of liquid or cream is just fine. Just make sure you let the liquid set before going in with powder. Things get tricky when you try and layer liquid over powder. This can cause cake-iness.
  3. Although you can layer liquid on powder by using these exceptions: If it is on the eyelids or small areas like that, you can get away with layering liquid over powder. You need to have awesome blending skillz to do this!

In the end, it is all about what works for your skin type. There is no
“rule” about what types of products look best on what skin type. You just have to decide what look you like best and what makes you feel comfortable. Just experiment and have fun with it!

XOXO, Chels

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Turning Kitchen Gadgets into Beauty Tools

My favorite thing about finding new beauty tricks is all the different everyday tools and gadgets that can be used as a substitute when applying makeup!  I read an article…

My favorite thing about finding new beauty tricks is all the different everyday tools and gadgets that can be used as a substitute when applying makeup!  I read an article that told me all about the different kitchen gadgets that can be a hack for putting on makeup, they sometimes even work better than real beauty tools.  Here are a few gadgets to expand your beauty tool collection! 🙂

  • A spoon.  Spoons provide several different tricks and hacks that can make applying your makeup much easier.  One of which is lining up the curve of the spoon to create the perfect winged eyeliner.  The second is putting the spoon under your bottom eyelashes to catch any excess mascara when applying it!
  • A fork.Chelsea Crockett - Fork Hack  I recently saw this hack and thought I’d give it a try.  It really does help when it comes to contouring!  Place the middle prong of the fork on the center of your nose.  Then, take your darker color you’re using to contour and fill in on each side of the prong.  This will set up the perfect lines to fill in and leave your nose with the perfect contour!
  • Dish soap.  Take a ¼ cup of dish soap, a ¼ cup of olive oil, and a spoonful of coconut oil, and mix it together.  This mixture will create the perfect makeup brush cleaner that will thoroughly clean any of your tools without wasting money on expensive, name-brand makeup cleaners!

Which kitchen gadget are you going to try out?  Let me know how it works for you!

XOXO – Chelsea

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How to Prepare Your Legs for Summer Weather

When you think about your summer wardrobe, I’m sure it consists of lots of shorts, dresses, skirts, and swimsuits!  And what do all of these things have in common?  Your…

When you think about your summer wardrobe, I’m sure it consists of lots of shorts, dresses, skirts, and swimsuits!  And what do all of these things have in common?  Your legs will show!  I always like to make sure my legs are in tip-top shape during the warm months, especially swimsuit season.  Here is a step-by-step guide to prepare your legs for the summer!

Step #1: Exfoliate.  Chelsea Crockett - ExfoliaterThis is the first step because it gets rid of any dead or damaged skin which prepares the perfect base for hydrating and shaving.  It evens out the skin and leaves behind what’s healthy and new instead of what’s dead and old.  And an even better tip?  Use an exfoliator with sea salt!    

Step #2: Hydrate.  Since exfoliating consists of scrubbing and roughing up your skin, you’ll need to follow it with a little hydration!  Look for lotions that have nourishing and replenishing properties, not just those that smell good.  This should thoroughly moisturize any dry skin cells and prepare them for a smooth, even shave!   

Step #3: Shave.  This step is pretty self-explanatory.  We all know that shaving makes our legs feel and look super smooth, which is perfect for shorts weather!

Step #4: Hydrate again/tan up.  Shaving, just like exfoliating, can sometimes dry out your skin.  I suggest hydrating again!  Then after you lotion-up, try a self-tanner that will leave your legs with a bronze glow!

I hope this guide helps you out this summer!

XO – Chelsea

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The Makeup Guide to Brightening Your Face

I hate when I spend half an hour doing my makeup only to be disappointed with how it turns out.  Whenever this happens, it’s usually because my face looks too…

I hate when I spend half an hour doing my makeup only to be disappointed with how it turns out.  Whenever this happens, it’s usually because my face looks too dark or too dull.  I found a guide on Pinterest that helps me take any dull look and transform it into a bright, glowing face of makeup!

  • Inner corners of eyeChelsea Crockett - Bright Makeups.  Making your eyes brighter is the key to making your entire face appear brighter.  Lightening around your eyes, especially around the inner corners, will not only make your eyes pop but make you look more radiant than before!
  • On top of cheekbones.  You have to make sure you lighten your cheekbones because they cover such a huge area of your face.  Use a light highlighter that will make your cheekbones pop but leave you with that natural look, as well.
  • On top of nose.  Since your nose is the most central part of your face, you can’t forget about brightening that area, too.  Take your highlighter and apply it lightly to the bridge and tip of your nose to give it a little pop! 
  • Center of lips.  You may not have heard of this before, but adding a little white shimmer to the center of your lips can make them appear bigger and obviously brighter!  Try it out for yourself!

Try out these steps and let me know if your makeup look does a total 180 like mine does after following this guide! 🙂

XO – Chels

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3 Steps to Pulling Off Black Lipstick

Black lipstick is something that I never dared to try and pull off.  I always thought it was too risky and too dark for my personality!  But turns out, it’s…

Black lipstick is something that I never dared to try and pull off.  I always thought it was too risky and too dark for my personality!  But turns out, it’s a growing trend that I’ve seen anyone from celebrities to some of my closest friends start to try out.  If you’re easing into the black lipstick world, here are 3 steps to pull it off!

  1. First, you’ll need to focus on your eyes. Chelsea Crockett - Shay Mitchell If you try and wear black lipstick when your eye makeup is light, your lips will overpower your whole look.  Find an eyeshadow palette that doesn’t necessary have just black in it, but darker shades that will compliment dark lips, as well.  This is crucial!  Try a different blend of darker shades on your eyelids and lower lash line like Shay Mitchell did on the right.  She totally rocks this look!
  2. Next comes the contour.  Try out a darker contour that really defines your cheek bones and jawline.  Make sure you have a lighter highlight to add above the contour line as well.  This will create the illusion that your contour is darker than it is.  That being said, don’t forget to blend! 🙂
  3. Lastly, finish off some final touches such as eyebrows and obviously, lips!  The key to this look is making everything a little darker than usual.  Unfortunately, black lipstick doesn’t work too well with the natural look, so define and darken up those brows!

If you still don’t think you can pull it off, try out these three steps for yourself.  It’s a fun look to mix things up a bit every once in a while!

XOXO – Chelsea

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The Importance of SPF Makeup

Especially during the summer, we’re all used to hearing “make sure you wear sunscreen!” or “don’t forget to reapply!”  But half the time we just rub it off our shoulder…

Especially during the summer, we’re all used to hearing “make sure you wear sunscreen!” or “don’t forget to reapply!”  But half the time we just rub it off our shoulder or pay little attention to it!  But what about makeup that has SPF included in it?  Does that actually get the job done when it comes to protecting our skin?  Keep reading to find out!

Most sun damage comes from everyday sun exposure, not just those few days you spend at the pool.  Think about the times you take your dog for a walk, go outside for a run, or even step outside to get the mail.  Your skin is exposed to the sun’s rays whether you realize it or not and you need to be well prepared! You can go about this in either one of two ways.  You can find a foundation with a built-in SPF that works perfectly for you!  You might be thinking that it would be hard to find a product that works just as well as your regular foundation and protects your skin at the same time, but almost all of your favorite brands have products that offer the best of both worlds!Chelsea Crockett - SPF Makeup

As for the other way you can go about skin protection, simply get a moisturizer that has a built-in SPF.  This will both hydrate your skin and protect it when you’re in the sun.  This is a good option for those of you that don’t normally wear foundation or other face makeup regularly.  By doing this you’re still getting the SPF protection you need without using harmful sunscreen chemicals on your skin. 

After getting a little more knowledge about SPF makeup, are you going to try it out?  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Popular Makeup Trends to Look Out for in Summer 2017

With summer in full swing, we can all expect a new wave of trends coming in!  Whether those be shoe trends, shirt trends, makeup trends, etc., you’ll have to get…

With summer in full swing, we can all expect a new wave of trends coming in!  Whether those be shoe trends, shirt trends, makeup trends, etc., you’ll have to get up-to-date with what trends will be “in” this season.  Here are a few makeup trends to look out for in summer 2017 so you can have the trendiest look in town!

  • Sunset eyes.  Soft reds, oranges, and yellows make for the perfect sunset eyeshadow look! Chelsea Crockett - Sunset Eyeshadow There are tons of different tutorials and ways to achieve this look.  You can go above and beyond or do a simple blended look!
  • Clean/no makeup look.  You can never go wrong with the natural look, especially this summer!  Light blush, thin eyeliner, nude lips, etc. are all something to try out this season.
  • Blue.  Too much blue can sometimes be too over-the-top, but it’s “in” this summer.  Light blue eyeshadow or even blue lips can make your makeup pop!
  • Soft colors/pastels.  I’ve always been a fan of pastels, and this summer they’re going to be super popular.  This could include pastel cheeks, lips, eyes, anything!
  • White accents.  White accented eyes are the perfect way to make your eyes pop.  Adding lighter shades around the inner corners of your eyes and your waterline will make your eyes appear bigger and brighter.

Which trendy makeup look are you going to try out this summer?  Let me know in the comment section below!  I’m hoping to try them all out myself! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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Heated Beauty Tools 101: How to Protect Your Hair

When it comes to blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons, I can guarantee that every one of us have used at least one of those beauty tools before!  After…

When it comes to blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons, I can guarantee that every one of us have used at least one of those beauty tools before!  After we get out of the shower, before we go to school, and for lots of other occasions we usually apply heat to our hair in a number of different ways.  That being said, here is a quick guide on how to protect our hair from too much heat exposure!

Chelsea Crockett - Hair StraightenerHair Straightener:  If your hair is pretty sensitive to heat, pick a straightener that lets you pick your heat setting.  Most will allow you to turn the heat up or down in case it’s too hot or not hot enough.  If your hair is thin, I suggest lowering the heat to prevent your hair from getting burnt or damaged.  If you have thick hair, don’t be afraid to boost it up in order to achieve the sleek look you’re going for!

Curling Iron/Wand: There are a few things to consider when picking your perfect curler.  Decide if you want a simple 1-inch wand or a 2-inch curling iron that has a clamp.  Make sure you pick one that allows you to adjust your heat setting instead of relying on the amount of time you spend holding your hair to the tool or under the clamp.  This can cause the most damage without you realizing it! 

Blow Dryer:  Most blow dryers will have a setting to adjust the speed and temperature of the air.  With this heated beauty tool, there isn’t much to consider since you’ll have to get the job done one way or another!

Do you have any other tips you think I should know?  Let me know below!

XO – Chels

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