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3 Must-Try Black Eyeliners

Eyeliner is one of the most magical beauty products out there!  It can transform the shape of your eyes and make them pop with any makeup look.  With eyeliner, you…

Eyeliner is one of the most magical beauty products out there!  It can transform the shape of your eyes and make them pop with any makeup look.  With eyeliner, you can try a subtle straight line or a dramatic cat eye, whatever you prefer.  Here are three must-try black eyeliners!

Yves Saint Laurent offers a barely-there liquid liner that guarantees the thinnest and most subtle of lines. It’s a great product for that cat eye look you’ve always wanted to perfect, but not go too overboard with.  Although it’s a little pricier than your average drugstore eyeliners, you definitely get the quality you’re looking for!

A thick, dramatic liner can be used to switch up your look and try something a little different!  Maybelline offers just that. Their Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner applies a thick line that is sure to deliver the drama you’re looking for.  Why not try it out?  It’s only around $8.99 at your local drugstore!

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For the holidays, you may want to spruce up your look… especially for New Year’s Eve! Lorac’s Front of the Line Pro Eye Pencil in Charcoal applies dark silver lines and adds some sparkle to your look. You can wear it alone or with a combination of sheer metallic shadows.

Which eyeliner are you going to try out?  Tell me below!

Xoxo – Chels

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Make Your Own Makeup Kit Christmas Gift

Christmas is creeping up on us faster than we know it… and I’m so excited!  Around Christmas time, my friends and I always do secret Santa gift exchanges.  It can…

Christmas is creeping up on us faster than we know it… and I’m so excited!  Around Christmas time, my friends and I always do secret Santa gift exchanges.  It can be hard coming up with different things to get each year, so I wanted to tell you about the idea I’ll be using for my upcoming gift exchanges!

For me, I can never have too much makeup.  Who doesn’t love trying out new brands and products?  For your kit, you’ll need at least three different products, depending on how much you want to spend.  Chelsea Crockett - Makeup KitYou’ll at least need a lipstick, some type of skin product, and an eye product.  Since most people already have a certain foundation they like to use, pick out a highlighter, blush, etc.  As for eyes, purchase a mascara or eye shadow to add to their kit.

Now that you know what to put in your DIY makeup kit, here are a few of my favorites that are inexpensive yet good quality!  For a lipstick, try Tarte’s Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick.  There are 24 different shades to choose from!  As for a highlighter, you can buy Urban Decay’s Mini Naked Illuminated Powder for only $12 from Sephora.  Since the other two products are a little pricy, add your favorite drugstore mascara to complete the kit!

Are you going to try out this idea this year?  Let me know what products you fill your kit with! 🙂

XOXO – Chelsea

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3 Ways to Recycle Your Makeup Products

When I think of recycling, I immediately think of paper, plastic, and soda cans.  But turns out you can recycle your very own makeup products after you’re done using them! …

When I think of recycling, I immediately think of paper, plastic, and soda cans.  But turns out you can recycle your very own makeup products after you’re done using them!  Pretty cool, right?  Here are three different ways to recycle your products to make sure you’re getting the most out of them!

  • Depending on the brand of your makeup, you can recycle a certain number of empty containers for a brand-new product! Chelsea Crockett - MAC LipstickBrands such as M.A.C. for example will take six of your empty M.A.C. product containers and give you a free lipstick in return.  Look up a couple of your favorite brands and see if they offer any deals like this as well!
  • Be smart when you buy! If you care enough to put in a little research, see which brands make their product containers out of recyclable material.  Whether the product is made with glass, plastic, or another material, we can be smart about which products we can recycle and which have to go in the trash.
  • Think of how many products fall to the bottom of your makeup bag that go completely unused. I know for me, it’s a lot!  I encourage you to go through your bags monthly or every few months and find the products you have yet to open.  Odds are, if you haven’t opened them yet, you probably don’t need them! I encourage you to donate them to a women’s shelter nearby or find someone who would appreciate it more than you would!

Now you can start doing more than just simply using your makeup products!  Find a second purpose for them like the ones above! 🙂

Xoxo – Chelsea

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Monthly Ipsy Makeup Bags

With social media booming, there are so many new online companies coming out to promote a new way of online shopping.  I’ve written articles about similar companies, including Faithbox and…

With social media booming, there are so many new online companies coming out to promote a new way of online shopping.  I’ve written articles about similar companies, including Faithbox and FabFitFun, that require a subscription to receive monthly boxes of products and/or apparel.  Ipsy is another company that has a similar idea but has new ideas to offer to the table! 🙂

The main concept of Ipsy is to inspire girls to experience beauty focusing 100% on themselves and what they want!  Ipsy thinks that beauty and makeup should be accessible and affordable for everyone, and their vision was first created from YouTube. Chelsea Crockett - Ipsy Makeup Bag Beauty gurus were making beauty their own and reinventing it to find their own unique makeup style.  Ipsy’s sole focus is on personalization and finding your beauty personality!

Ipsy is a monthly box of 5 different makeup products that is delivered right to your door!  For only $10 a month, you can try out different products to find out what you prefer and what works best for you.  All you have to do is take an in-depth beauty test so Ipsy knows which products will go best with your skin tone, eye color, hair color, and preferences.  They also ask for your familiarity with makeup and which makeup brands you would love to try out!  They then create your boxes based on your preferences, how awesome is that?  Did I mention it’s free shipping, too?!

Are you going to subscribe?  I encourage you to try it out!  Hey, it’s worth a shot right?

XO – Chelsea

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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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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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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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Best 3 Drugstore Contour Palettes

Drugstore makeup is one of the most wonderful things.  You can shop some of the best brands and products for an extremely low price!  High-end contour palettes can range anywhere…

Drugstore makeup is one of the most wonderful things.  You can shop some of the best brands and products for an extremely low price!  High-end contour palettes can range anywhere from $50 to $100 and, if you’re thinking what I’m thinking, that’s pretty expensive, especially when you can buy a similar palette for $5-$20!  Here are 3 of my favorite drugstore palettes!

  • Covergirl’s TruBlend Contour Palette ($12).  Chelsea Crockett - Covergirl Contour PaletteAlthough this palette is super simple, it works so well!  This palette comes in three different shades, light, medium, and dark, so you can find the perfect one for your skin tone.  The color of each powder is extremely natural so they blend together for a smooth, professional look.
  • Rimmel Kate Sculpting Cosmetic Set ($6).  If you want a sharper contour as well as highlighter and blush, then this palette is for you!  It’s easy to take with you on-the-go and has the whole package for a flawless makeup look.  Did I mention it’s only six dollars? 
  • E.L.F. Contour Palette ($6).  This palette gives you four shades instead of three!  Each color is a cream and powder formula so it applies beautifully onto the skin and blends just as well.  Once again, it’s only six bucks! 

Have you tried any of these products yourself?  Let me know what you think below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Top 5 Sephora Beauty Buys So Far in 2017

Sephora is one of my go-to places when it comes to buying makeup.  It has one of the best selections of my favorite brands and products!  So far in 2017,…

Sephora is one of my go-to places when it comes to buying makeup.  It has one of the best selections of my favorite brands and products!  So far in 2017, there’s already a list of best-selling products that have been super popular in stores.  Here are the top five from last month so you can give them a try, too!

  • Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush ($120).  I’ve always been skeptical if straightening brushes actually work.  It may be expensive, but it’s one of their best-selling products at the time so it definitely guarantees to gets the job done!    Chelsea Crockett - Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam
  • Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder ($38).  It can be hard to get the perfect texture and tone after applying your makeup.  This powder helps to smooth out any blemishes or uneven texture. 
  • Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam ($28).  Different from other dry shampoo sprays, this foam leaves your hair with added volume and texture than before!  Sprays can sometimes add to the greasiness of your hair, but with this light formula you don’t have to worry about too much product.
  • Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry ($31).  A two-in-one foam spray?  Count me in!  This product gives your hair all the texture and volume you could want.
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara ($26).  Everyone has that one mascara that’s their go-to product.  This mascara makes your lashes look as smooth as velvet!   

Which product are you most interested in trying out?  Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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2016 Best Selling Drugstore Products

Drugstore makeup doesn’t get enough credit for its quality.  Some of my all-time favorite makeup products come from stores like Walgreens, Target, etc.!  In 2016, there were some drugstore products…

Drugstore makeup doesn’t get enough credit for its quality.  Some of my all-time favorite makeup products come from stores like Walgreens, Target, etc.!  In 2016, there were some drugstore products that sold like crazy.  Here are the top 10 from last year!

  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish ($5).  This stuff is a lifesaver!  Instead of waiting half an hour for your nail polish to dry, this polish dries 10x faster!
  • E.l.f. Poreless Face Primer ($6).  Chelsea Crockett - Wet N Wild LipstickE.l.f. is one of the most affordable brands out there.  Their Poreless Face Primer should be your go-to primer if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck!
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6).  If you’ve never tried out NYX’s matte products, I highly urge you to do so!  They’re my favorite brand to go to when I want the longest lasting and highest quality matte lips.
  • Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick ($1).  For only ONE dollar, this lipstick comes in lots of different shades with good quality, too!  The picture above shows only six of the several colors to choose from.  What’s a better steal than that?
  • Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5).  These sheets are great for all skin types whether you have oily skin or not.  You can use them to blot away excess oil or shine before or after you apply your makeup.   

If you like any of these products, let me know which is your favorite.  And if you haven’t tried them, give them a try in in 2017! 

XO – Chelsea

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Mirrored Sunglasses: The Newest Trend

Sunglasses are always changing styles and trends at all times throughout the year.  That being said, summertime is the perfect time for purchasing a new pair of sunglasses for those…

Sunglasses are always changing styles and trends at all times throughout the year.  That being said, summertime is the perfect time for purchasing a new pair of sunglasses for those long days in the sun.  Mirrored sunglasses are a huge trend in the accessory world at the moment.  Here are a few of my fave brands and products that are worth a look!

My favorite feature of this trend is the variety of different colored lenses.  Whatever your favorite color may be, you can find different shades and hues of which you prefer.  If you like bright colors, you can purchase a pair like the ones below.  You can find them in pink, blue, green, purple… the possibilities are endless.  Maybe even get a couple pair to match with your outfits!  Chelsea Crockett - Mirrored Sunglasses

There are several brands that have paired this trend with fun frames to make unique, stylish sunglasses.  If you’ve read my article about Quay Australia, then you know they’ve perfected this look!  They are just one of the several brands that offer fun, mirrored sunglasses that bring accessories to a whole new level.

Jump on the trend and purchase a pair for yourself!  What other styles are you into this summer?  Share with me below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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FabFitFun: Get Yours Today!

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the…

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the idea of it and came across another organization that does something very similar!  FabFitFun sends a box straight to your house four times a year.  Keep reading to find out why you should sign up!Chelsea Crockett - FabFitFun Box

Here’s how it works.  First, you sign up online to receive your seasonal FabFitFun box every three months.  Of course, it’s not free.  For $49.99 four times a year, you’ll receive your box each season.  It may seem expensive, but each box contains over $200 worth of products inside to maintain a healthy, fabulous lifestyle!  All of the products revolve around “fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear.”  And another positive?  Free shipping!

One of the pluses of each box is that the products are full sized, not just little samples.  Last summer’s box included lip gloss, perfume, a towel, nail wraps, sunscreen, and much more.  It’s like Christmas but four times a year!

Go to fabfitfun.com to sign up to get yours today! 🙂

Love, Chels

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Hair Styling Products: Are They Worth the Money?

Many of us are guilty of spending hundreds of dollars on hair styling products. Brands such as Chi can charge over a hundred dollars for a single straightener… Yikes! There…

Many of us are guilty of spending hundreds of dollars on hair styling products. Brands such as Chi can charge over a hundred dollars for a single straightener… Yikes! There are hundreds of different brands that offer the same types of products, but do they work just as well? Or is it worth the splurge?Chelsea Crockett - Hair Styling Tools I’m here to answer your questions!

Don’t get me wrong, the brand Chi offers amazing hair products. Their prices may be high, but their quality is worth it. They’re long-lasting and work really well on all different types of hair. That being said, there are many other brands that have the same effect as the higher quality products. When you’re shopping for a new straightener or curler, it’s hard to know which product you’re getting the best deal on based off the box or price. I suggest reading up on reviews and ratings before buying! They’re usually pretty accurate and can save you time and money!

As for styling products such as gels and oils, the same rules can be applied. One product that comes to mind is Moroccan Oil which can be pretty pricey. Argon oil from Target works almost just as well and is much more reasonably priced! You have to read up on different reviews of products to see if they’re worth the money!

XOXO – Chels

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3 Organic Makeup Brands

When we think of being healthy, we usually think of what we’re putting into our bodies. We think about our healthy diet or amount of exercise we do daily. Yes,…

When we think of being healthy, we usually think of what we’re putting into our bodies. We think about our healthy diet or amount of exercise we do daily. Yes, our body is thanking us for doing both of these things, but what we put on our body should be of our concern as well! Organic makeup is healthy, skin-friendly, and lacking any toxic, unwanted ingredients!

  • Ecco Bella. Ecco Bella is one of the most organic makeup brands I’ve read up on. Not only do they lack gluten and all types of preservatives, but their products exclude dyes and even water as well!Chelsea Crockett - Ecco BellaChelsea Crockett - Ecco Bella
  • Pure & True. This brand frees their products from any artificial fragrances or coloring and many other unknowingly harmful ingredients. Their products are luxurious and made with natural materials from the earth.
  • Origins is one of the most natural-based brands there is. They’ve discovered the best natural ingredients and included them in their products. They even use 100% natural essential oils for the healthiest and best results!

I urge you to try an organic-based makeup brand. Although their prices may be high, your skin will thank you!

XO – Chelsea

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Is Makeup Remover Bad for Your Skin?

Makeup remover is the best thing in the world when it comes to a quick fix for taking off your makeup. Some people confuse it as an every night substitute…

Makeup remover is the best thing in the world when it comes to a quick fix for taking off your makeup. Some people confuse it as an every night substitute for washing your face which shouldn’t be the case! Others question if it’s hurting their skin much more than helping it. I did a little research and dug up some answers!

To sum up the overall answer, makeup removers are NOT bad for your skin as long as you continue washing your face after using them. Makeup removers cannot be Chelsea Crockett - Makeup Removersubstituted for your nightly face wash. This is where it causes a problem! Also, be a smart shopper when buying your product and pay attention to what ingredients are used. If it is an alcohol based remover, try avoiding it! They can sometimes dry out your skin and cause irritation. Look for oil-free products as well. Oil can clog up your pores and cause breakouts. I definitely recommend an oil-free makeup remover for those with oily or sensitive skin!

If you’re cursed with super sensitive skin, you have some more guidelines to follow. Makeup removers with fragrances can sometimes annoy and irritate your pores. BareMinerals is a good brand to look at when it comes to following sensitive skin rules!

What is your go-to brand for makeup remover? Let me know below!

XO – Chels

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3 Top Celebrity Clothing Lines

Celebrities are the ones who start the trends and spread them throughout the media, magazines, and online world. Some fashion-minded celebs have even set their minds to starting their own…

Celebrities are the ones who start the trends and spread them throughout the media, magazines, and online world. Some fashion-minded celebs have even set their minds to starting their own clothing line! I have three in particular that the spotlight has been on recently as well as throughout the years!

Kate Hudson has recently launched her new “Fabletics” line and I’m in love! The brand offers all things exercise. Running tanks, yoga capris, and comfy sports bras are only a small portion of the line. You can get fun patterns or solid colors, whatever style you like best! If you’re interested, sign up for the Fabletics VIP membership and get your first outfit for only $25!Chelsea Crockett - Fabletics

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are fashion icons for their millions of followers. Their line at PacSun offers a unique style with comfy or dressy options to choose from! From suede skirts to cropped tanks, you can without-a-doubt find something to suit your style. A lot of the line has a Boho feel to it and is perfect to rock during the warm months!

Jessica Simpson’s clothing brand has been around for years, but her line can still be greatly appreciated! Not only does it offer stylish clothes, but shoes, purses, jewelry, swimsuits, and sunglasses as well! My favorite parts of her brand are definitely the shoes and purses. They’re always up-to-date with the latest fashions and trends!

Which brand is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

XO – Chels

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