Chelsea Crockett

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Summer Camp Essentials

Packing for summer camp can be tough.  Depending on how long you’ll be there, you’ll need to have a packing list of all your camp essentials.  There are certain things…

Packing for summer camp can be tough.  Depending on how long you’ll be there, you’ll need to have a packing list of all your camp essentials.  There are certain things that you may not even realize you need but can be very helpful and make your camp life a lot easier!  Here are some things to make sure you include on your packing list! 🙂

  • Bug spray.  This is crucial!  Getting eaten up by a bunch of mosquitos on the first day of camp will make the rest of your experience much worse (and lots itchier!).
  • Disposable camera.  If you’re not allowed to have your phones, taking a disposable camera is a good way to still capture the memories (especially if you can’t have any electronics!).Chelsea Crockett - Camp Essentials
  • Rain jacket.  Weather can often be very unpredictable.  Pack a rain jacket and maybe even rain shoes for those rainy camp days.
  • Ziploc/plastic bags.  Sometimes your clothes will get dirty or wet.  Take some disposable bags to store any wet swimsuits, muddy shirts, etc.
  • Deck of cards/board game.  Once again, the weather may not be perfect!  Take a deck or cards and your favorite board games to play when boredom strikes.
  • Labels.  You may want to consider doing this before you leave.  Label anything that might get mixed up with other campers’ such as phone chargers, shampoo, face wash, etc.

Hopefully this helps you feel prepared for your camp this summer! 🙂

–          Chelsea

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College Life: Dorm Hacks

Recently, I’ve been brainstorming how I want my dorm room to look like. I’ve found different decorations and necessities to style my dorm the way I want it. With only…

Recently, I’ve been brainstorming how I want my dorm room to look like. I’ve found different decorations and necessities to style my dorm the way I want it. With only so much space in your dorm room, you’re going to need some hacks to make moving in a little easier! You’ll also need some hacks for making your dorm as stylish as it can be, too!

  • Most residence halls at college will allow you to put your beds whatever way you want them. You can bunk them, loft them, or leave them normal. Lofting your bed gives you a whole new area of storage under your bed! You can put your clothes in plastic drawers or bins and store them easily.
  • iPhone chargers can be hard to tell apart, especially if you’re living with a few roommates. Customize yours by adding colorful tape or simply writing your initials on it so you don’t lose it!Chelsea Crockett - Dorm Hanger Hack
  • Dropdown hangers allow you to store your shirts and dresses much easier. The picture on the right shows you just how much space they can save!
  • For storing your jewelry, purchase a cork board that you can decorate to match your dorm room. After hanging it on the wall, you can use tacks to hang all of your necklaces! It works perfectly!

I hope these make your dorm experience a little easier! (I’ll definitely be using some of these myself!) 🙂

XOXO – Chelsea

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Spoon Beauty Tricks

The list of brilliant beauty hacks I’ve found online is endless. The amount of crazy ideas and tricks with different products and utensils keeps getting bigger and bigger. Recently, I…

The list of brilliant beauty hacks I’ve found online is endless. The amount of crazy ideas and tricks with different products and utensils keeps getting bigger and bigger. Recently, I came across an article that had several beauty tricks using a spoon! What??? Since I was curious, I tried some of them out. To my surprise, they’re brilliant!

  • Ever have trouble getting your contour just right? Take a spoon and place it on your cheekbone. Then use your bronzer or contour kit to make the perfect line! (Don’t forget to blend!)
  • One of the most annoying things is applying mascara and getting it on your eyelid. Then you have to figure out how to get it off without messing up your lashes! Place a spoon on your eyelid to avoid this mistake. (This works for your bottom lashes, too!)Chelsea Crockett - Spoon Hack
  • As teenagers, we don’t get as much sleep as we should. I often wake up with bags under my eyes from not getting enough sleep the night before. Keep a spoon in your fridge to get it nice and cold and apply it to your dark circles in the morning. It’ll help reduce the puffiness!
  • If you’ve ever shattered blush, bronzer, or eye shadow, you know how frustrating it can be. Use a spoon to press the product back together! It may not solve all your problems, but it will press it back to its original state (as best as it can!).

Which hack is your go-to? I hope this was helpful!

XOXO – Chelsea

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How to Get Rid of Acne While Sleeping

Sleeping makes up a large part of our day. Teenagers are supposed to get a recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night… That’s a long time if you think about…

Sleeping makes up a large part of our day. Teenagers are supposed to get a recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night… That’s a long time if you think about it so why waste it? Acne can be improved over night using certain ingredients and products. Make use of your time and treat your skin while you sleep using these simple tips :)!Chelsea Crockett - Spot Treatment

  • Spot treatments are good for drying up breakouts and acne overnight. Apply it carefully so the rest of your skin stays moisturized and hydrated! You can find these for a cheaper price at most local drugstores like the Neutrogena one on the right. I promise you these are worth it!
  • Instead of actually buying a spot treatment, use aloe vera to calm down your skin! The reason your skin is breaking out is because it’s swelling and becoming inflamed. Aloe vera soothes your skin and reduces redness. Apply it on your acne before you go to sleep and let it work its magic!
  • Of course, we’ve all heard of the toothpaste trick. Apply a white toothpaste (not a gel) to your acne or pimple to dry it out while you sleep.
  • Eggs aren’t just for eating. You can use egg whites by whisking them and applying the ingredient to your irritated area. You can even use them for reducing acne scarring! It’s a two in one solution!

I hope this helps you out! – Chelsea

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Prom Hacks 2016

Prom can be a difficult night to plan and prepare for. There are so many things you should have set even weeks or months in advance! Along with your plans, it’s a necessity to…

Prom can be a difficult night to plan and prepare for. There are so many things you should have set even weeks or months in advance! Along with your plans, it’s a necessity to have your dress, jewelry, shoes, and everything else ready to go. Let me tell you, it can be stressful! I found and came up with some tips and hacks that will make prom flow much easier!

  • Oftentimes when I wear a pair of heels, my feet slide all over the place. Chelsea Crockett - Lipstick TipSpray your feet with hairspray, especially the heel, before putting on your shoes. This will prevent them from slipping all night long!
  • One of the most annoying things about makeup is how quickly it can fade or rub off. If you want your lipstick to last longer, add a thin layer of lipstick, then a layer of powder, followed by another thin layer of lipstick or gloss.
  • Carry a mini beauty kit in your clutch. Always have lip gloss, bobby pins, gum/mints, powder foundation, etc. Throw in whatever can fit and whatever you think could come in handy.
  • If an unexpected pimple pops up, there’s not much you can do to automatically get rid of it, but you’re not out of luck! Take an ice cube and apply it to the area for 30-45 seconds. It doesn’t get rid of it, but it reduces the redness around it and makes it less noticeable!

What prom hacks are you going to use this year? Let me know below so I can use them, too!

Love, Chelsea

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DIY Simple Travel Hacks

A girl who likes to travel can never know too many travel tips! Anything that makes the process of getting from one place to another easier should definitely be brought…

A girl who likes to travel can never know too many travel tips! Anything that makes the process of getting from one place to another easier should definitely be brought to our attention. I found a few DIY travel hacks that make packing and traveling simpler and easier on your part!

  • Jewelry can be one of the trickiest things to pack. It can often get tangled or simply lost in your suitcase. One way to sort your earrings is by using an old pill separator. Put a different pair in each of the different days so they don’t get lost or mixed together.
  • Another way I’ve seen people store their earrings is in empty chapstick tubes. Depending on how many you need to take, pick the best method for you!
  • Use a pot holder for storing your straightener or curler. It works as a heat-safe travel case so you don’t have to spend the money on an actual one!Chelsea Crockett - Headphone Hack
  • For chargers or headphones, use an old glasses case like the picture on the right. Wrap them up to save some space and simply line them up so they don’t get tangled together!
  • Instead of throwing a bunch of bobby pins in your bag, use an empty tic tac case. They fit perfectly!
  • To prevent shampoo or conditioner spills, use plastic wrap to cover the lids or place the entire container in a large Ziploc bag. Especially with altitude changes, this tip can be extremely helpful!

There’re so many more tips and hacks that can be extremely useful for travelers! Find the ones that benefit you and make your life easier!

Love, Chelsea

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Time Saving Beauty Hacks

Time is of the essence, especially when I wake up late or am in a rush to get ready! There are hundreds upon thousands of beauty and makeup hacks to…

Time is of the essence, especially when I wake up late or am in a rush to get ready! There are hundreds upon thousands of beauty and makeup hacks to help you save time when you’re in a bend… or simply want to sleep in a little longer! Here are my favorites that I find most helpful!

  • If you’re an avid eyeliner wearer and you have an eyelash curler, this is the hack for you! Take your eyeliner and draw it on the sharper side of your eyelash curler. After using it, the eyeliner should go directly where you want it! It’s super easy!
  • If you’re in a rush and don’t have much time to apply concealer, foundation, bronzer, etc., apply a tinted SPF cream to your face. Not only will it protect your skin from the sun but will leave your skin looking smooth as well!
  • If you don’t have time to wash your hair, dry shampoo is always a good alternative. Just spray a little by your roots to remove that “oily hair” look.
  • I read online that soaking your mascara bottle in a cup of hot water will make it easier to apply. It apparently slides right on without any messy clumps. Just drop your mascara in a cup while you’re getting ready to allow it some time to soften.Chelsea Crockett - Ironing Hack
  • This hack is one of my favorites, and most-used! If you don’t have time to iron your shirt, dress, skirt, etc., use your straightener! Just lightly run over it wherever you need to eliminate wrinkles.

What’s your favorite time-saving beauty hack? Share with me in the comments below!

-Chelsea

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Legging Hacks for Every Girl’s Struggles

Leggings are a girl’s best friend. We throw them on with an oversized t-shirt, a big sweater, or basically anything we can make them work with! Depending on the brand…

Leggings are a girl’s best friend. We throw them on with an oversized t-shirt, a big sweater, or basically anything we can make them work with! Depending on the brand or type you get, they can sometimes attract dust or stretch out more than others. That’s the worst! I’ve found some genius ways you can stretch out the lifetime and keep them clean and fitting!

First come first, where is all this dust and buildup coming from on my leggings? Believe it or not, it’s mostly dead skin. Of course, it could also be other alternative. Particles from clothing can latch on to your leggings and create buildup that way too. Obviously washing your pair of leggings can get rid of dust or other particles, Chelsea Crockett - Leggingsbut let’s be real… wh has time to wash their leggings after every wear? Here’s the solution: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Hydrating your skin can lessen these effects. Apply lotion daily especially after you shower. During the winter months, our skin gets much drier so these tips are extra important throughout the cold season.

Sometimes our leggings tend to run and stretch which is not what we paid for! I read online that lightly spraying them with hairspray helps prevent this. It actually works, too! This doesn’t mean you have to coat your leggings with hair spray. Just lightly mist them before putting them on or after a wash.

Do you have any secrets to preserving the life of your leggings? Share them with me below!

-Chels

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Hacks for the Perfect DIY Manicure

Most people say there’s only one way to get the perfect manicure… going to an actual salon and paying the expensive price for your nails. FALSE! I’ve seen DIY manicures…

Most people say there’s only one way to get the perfect manicure… going to an actual salon and paying the expensive price for your nails. FALSE! I’ve seen DIY manicures go totally wrong, and I understand it can be frustrating! So… here are a few hacks that help you save money and perfect a salon manicure at home :).

  • First comes first, how do you make your polish last longer? Even if your nails are already squeaky clean, go over them with some nail polish remover. This gets rid of any bacteria or dead skin that could prevent your polish from sticking for longer than a few days.Chelsea Crockett - DIY Dotting Tool
  • As far as decorating your nails goes, finding the perfect tool to make your designs isn’t always easy. All you need are some pencils (old or new!) and a few pins. Stick the pointy side far into the eraser and use the rounded side as a dotting tool!
  • There are a couple quick and easy ways to set your polish and hurry up the drying process. Pam’s cooking oil, believe it or not, is perfect for preventing smudges! After spraying them with that, dip your nails in ice cold water. This speeds up the polish’s hardening process tremendously.
  • Lastly, the way you apply your polish in coats is very important. It’s much better to apply small, thin coats instead of one thick coat. One thick coat will allow the top layer to dry much faster than the under layers and be more vulnerable to smudges!

Good luck insiders :)! – Chelsea

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Get Your Money’s Worth out of Products!

Have you ever purchased a makeup, body, or hair product that you loved, but seemed to run out too fast? I know I have! Some makeup products come in tubes…

Have you ever purchased a makeup, body, or hair product that you loved, but seemed to run out too fast? I know I have! Some makeup products come in tubes so tiny it’s hard to believe they exist! My love for makeup can get very expensive, so I try to get the most out of each product. By using these simple tips in your everyday routine, you’ll find yourself making fewer trips to the beauty department!Chelsea Crockett- beauty hacks

  • If you use a mineral powder, like Bare Minerals, use a penny to open the bottom to get any leftover powder. This could give you a few more days of use!
  • Once your mascara is done for, clean the mascara brush and use it as an eyebrow comber!
  • To make bronzer or blush a little darker, apply it to freshly moisturized skin. This will save you from putting 2-3 coats on.
  • If your favorite lipstick is almost out, use a Q-Tip to apply every last amount.
  • You can fix a broken compact by adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the powder and patting it down.
  • If you don’t like the conditioner you’ve been using for your hair, don’t throw it away! Use it as shaving cream for smooth legs!
  • When I’m about to leave the house I usually just spray perfume all over my clothes and head out. Perfume can get buried in the fabric of your clothes, wasting those 5 pumps of perfume you sprayed. Instead, try placing perfume behind your ears, at the base of your throat, and/or behind the knees!
  • Prolong your razor by soaking it in baby oil after each use! This will keep soap and other minerals from dulling the blade!

Hope these beauty hacks come in handy!

            Chelsea

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5 Concealer Hacks You Can’t Live Without

Concealer is a life saver when it comes to baggy eyes and random pimples, but there are other, outside-of-the-box uses that have recently been brought to my attention… And let…

Concealer is a life saver when it comes to baggy eyes and random pimples, but there are other, outside-of-the-box uses that have recently been brought to my attention… And let me tell you, you will never look at concealer the same! I love discovering beauty hacks and sharing them with you all. So… here are five concealer hacks!

  1. Spoiler alert: concealer can actually be used as a subtle lip liner that makes your lips pop! If you apply a layer around both your upper and lower lips, it will give off a more plump lip illusion.Chelsea Crockett - Contour
  2. Concealer is the key to contouring. Without it, your face won’t be highlighted enough to complete the look. The picture on the right shows where you’re supposed to apply the concealer for the best contour results. Follow it! I promise it works like magic!
  3. Apply a dab of concealer to your eyelids before applying eye shadow. This prevents the shadow from setting in your creases and falling off easily!
  4. Everyone wants perfect eyebrows, am I right? Apply a light concealer around the outline of your brows to make them pop! It makes them so much more noticeable.
  5. Have you ever heard of green concealer? Let me tell you, it’s a lifesaver. The color of the concealer cancels out the redness of acne and covers up pimples better than normal concealer. Buy some and try it out for yourself!

I hope these make your life a little bit easier :)!

XO – Chelsea

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Airport Hacks

If you follow me on any social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that I travel a lot!  Although I hit up the airport quite frequently, it’s easy to forget about…

If you follow me on any social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that I travel a lot!  Although I hit up the airport quite frequently, it’s easy to forget about all the rules and regulations, or leave an important item at home.  I recently came across some great airport hacks that I turned into a list to keep me on track during all my ventures.  Keep these amazing hacks in mind during your next airport adventure! Chelsea Crockett- airport bag for liquids

  • Many airports have started requiring small zip lock bags to hold all of your carry-on liquids. Keep multiple baggies in your purse and carry-on for the future!  I’ve forgotten this step many times!
  • I always get thirsty on a plane, but don’t feel like buying a $7.00 water bottle! Throw an empty water bottle into your carry on and fill it up when you see a water fountain.  If you’re a frequent traveler like me, you’ll save lots of money!
  • Bring your own snack! If they aren’t already opened, they’re good to go!
  • In the winter I always worry about my luggage being overweight, since winter clothes are so much heavier! Wear your heaviest items, like a big coat, tall boats, and jeans on the plane!  This way, you’ll save some extra weight for a little shopping! 😉 haha.
  • Collect unused toiletries from the hotel. They’re great for carry-ons!
  • Did you know that your birthday, an anniversary, or even traveling alone can give you free perks?! Just let someone working for the airlines know and you may get upgraded, get a free snack, or get a little gift.  It’s worth a try!
  • If you’re flying into a country without data, download the Google maps offline app so you’re never stranded!
  • Airports are one of the easiest places to catch germs. Keep hand sanitizer or wet wipes on hand!

Happy travels!

            Chelsea

 

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Household Item Beauty Uses

Ahhhh, the joy of saving money… Is there anything better? The best situation is when you can make something from what you already have at home! I found tons of…

Ahhhh, the joy of saving money… Is there anything better? The best situation is when you can make something from what you already have at home! I found tons of different household item beauty uses so today is your lucky day :).

  • Oil blotting papers are a necessity for some.Chelsea Crockett - DIY Blotting Papers If you don’t want to spend the money or simply run out at home, use coffee filters! They work just as well.
  • To get the most out of your perfume, rub Vaseline wherever you spray your perfume before applying it (like on your neck or your wrists). It’ll make sure the scent doesn’t fade away quickly!
  • Uncoated aspirin pills can work more wonders than just getting rid of pain. They lessen so many skin problems such as redness, acne, scarring, etc. I have an article on a DIY aspirin face mask that you can look up right here on the site!
  • Ever get bronzer or foundation on your collar or shirt by accident? Shaving cream can take it right off! Rub some on with a damp towel and wash it or rinse the area afterwards.
  • Lastly, face masks can be extremely overpriced. You can use raw honey for your own facial! It helps unclog pores and gives a glow to your skin. Put a thin layer on your skin and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash it off with a warm towel and you’re done! It’s as simple as that! (Make sure the honey is raw or organic so you don’t have a bad reaction!).

Have fun :)! – Chelsea

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Must-Know Aloe Vera Summer Hacks

I’m a firm believer in getting outside and spending my long summer days in the sun. But sometimes sunscreen or clouds can’t shield you from the after-effects of the sun….

I’m a firm believer in getting outside and spending my long summer days in the sun. But sometimes sunscreen or clouds can’t shield you from the after-effects of the sun. But luckily, aloe vera can provide some major relief for when the sun strikes!

Simply moisturizing your burn with aloe will do the trick, but I’ve learned a few hacks on how to use it to your benefit even more! First off, make your bottle of aloe cold by setting Chelsea Crockett - Aloe Ice Cubesit in your refrigerator for a couple hours. Your sunburn will thank you when you apply the reliever ice cold. If you want to go to the extreme, you can even make aloe ice cubes to rub on your burns! Just purchase an ice cube mold and fill each slot with aloe vera. Treat them like you would normal ice cubes. Wait a few hours for them to solidify and pop them out of the mold when needed!

Apart from soothing sunburns, did you know aloe can actually help get rid of acne? It contains zinc and other minerals that help improve blemishes and other damaged skin. Aloe also helps bring a glow to your skin. Its uses don’t stop after aiding sunburns. There’s an array of tricks that aloe can be used for. So… you’re getting tons of uses of products for the price of one :)!

XOXO – Chelsea

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5 Vaseline Beauty Tricks

Out of the abundance of beauty products in the world, most wouldn’t consider Vaseline anywhere near the top of the list. But unlike most products, Vaseline has several life-saving uses…

Out of the abundance of beauty products in the world, most wouldn’t consider Vaseline anywhere near the top of the list. But unlike most products, Vaseline has several life-saving uses that little people know about! Here are some that I couldn’t live without, and you shouldn’t either :).

  1. Believe it or not, Vaseline can act as an eye makeup remover.Chelsea Crockett - Vaseline Remover It works perfectly to erase any mascara on your lashes or left underneath your eye. It’ll also hydrate your lashes and make your skin a little smoother!
  2. If you don’t have any aloe around, apply some Vaseline to your sunburn. My favorite way to do this is right before I go to sleep. Wherever your burn is, rub in some Vaseline and wear a long-sleeved shirt or pants. That way your Vaseline won’t rub off when you crawl into bed.
  3. What is one thing every girl dreams of having? Perfect eyebrows… DUH! Vaseline is great for defining your brows but only in certain amounts. Don’t apply too much or your brows will look greasy.
  4. This one is a little more widely known. Some scented chap sticks or balms can sometimes have an opposite reaction to chapped lips, or they do absolutely nothing at all. Vaseline guarantee’s recovery to smooth, soft lips and even adds a little shine :)!
  5. As a beauty guru, I always want to tell my insiders the best way to do things at the cheapest price. Instead of spending the money on cheek highlighters or illuminators, lightly swipe on a thin layer of Vaseline on your cheek bones to seal your look.

There you have it… an inexpensive way to tons of beauty cheats! Order some here!

-Chels

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Beach Hacks!

Which way to the beach? I know I’ll be dreaming of being ocean side all summer long. Although for most of these sunny months I’ll be stuck in the Midwest,…

Which way to the beach? I know I’ll be dreaming of being ocean side all summer long. Although for most of these sunny months I’ll be stuck in the Midwest, I’m hoping I will get to adventure out to the coast for a few days. I know I am not the only one who is taking a trip to the beach. So for those of you who are, here are a few beach hacks to make your trip not only fun, but affordable and fabulous!

If you are in need of a cute tote bag but don’t want to spend the money, I have the perfect solution! Every-day local stores like Target, Marshalls, TJ Max, etc. all sell extremely affordable yet fashionable totes. You can find one as cheap as 99 cents!

When going on vacation, I like to Chelsea Crockett - Cover Up Dresspack a few stylish swimsuit cover ups along with my swimwear. I love, love, love lace or floral cover ups like the one on the right. Although cover ups are only worn for the walk to and from the beach/pool, I have recently discovered another use that’s worth a share! You can buy a slip (or if you have one that matches your cover up from another dress) and wear it under your lace or see-through cover up. Just like magic! Your cover up is transformed into a simple evening dress that you can rock to the night festivities!

Lastly, if you and the rest of your beach crew are sometimes a little forgetful, you may forget to buy the most important necessity for your trip… sunscreen! A quick trip to Target is an easy fix. One brand that often goes unnoticed is Coppertone’s baby sunscreen. Although the bottle says it is made specifically for babies, it works just fine for anyone.  Many of us have sensitive skin, so this sunscreen is perfect for us!

I wish the best of luck to all of you preparing to hit the beach this summer! – Chels

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