Friday, January 16, 2015

HUGE BaubleBar Sale + Wish list!


I just got an email from BaubleBar with huge promo codes and I thought, "Ok, this is the time. The time is now." 

I'm obsessed with BaubleBar. For Christmas, I got a few special people on my list the Frends x BaubleBar Layla Headphones and every single person went crazy over them. I also snagged a pair to give away to one lucky winner here, so stay tuned to the end of the post for that! 

Remember those round beaded rhinestone bracelets I used to wear every single day layered with my Michael Kors and Chanel watches? Those was BaubleBar. Those specific bracelets aren't sold anymore, but basically, I've been a fan for years! Here they are in all their glory...


Here are the deets. These promo codes are good through 1/20 at 11:59pm EST and are valid on everything except sale items, gift cards, and buried baubles. 

Take 15% off 2 items with code STASH15
Take 25% off 3 items with code STASH25
Take 30% off 4+ items with code STASH30

BaubleBar DOES ship to countries outside of the US! Make sure to check it out if you are international, too! 

Seriously guys, take advantage of this. Their prices are already fantastic. 

If you don't have an account already, you can sign up here: link!

Here is my wish list, and I'll be placing my order for some of these things tonight with these codes!



1. Gold Frends x BaubleBar Layla Headphones - link!
2. Ice Chevron Bracelet - link!
3. Turquoise Wharton Bib - link! 
4. Parallel Bar Ring - link!
5. Emerald Cut Gem Bracelet - link!
6. Ice Slim Bar Bracelet - link!
7. Rainbow Frank Collar - link! 
8. Mini Baguette Ring - link!

Here's what's in my shopping cart right now... the gold headphones, the baguette ring, and the rainbow frank collar. Anything else I must get before I check out? Let me know if you end up getting anything below so I can get inspiration from your orders!

Also, as promised, a little giveaway...

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*This post is not sponsored. Referral links have been used in this post. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Come Hang Out With Me!!!


If you are in the Nashville area, come hang out with Blair and me on Thursday, Jan 8th from 6-8pm! We will be in the Sephora at the Mall at Green Hills, and we would love to hang out with you and give you a hug!!

Speaking of hugs, I instagrammed about this event and was met with a lot of concern for my back, and I totally understand that. This event was planned and booked before my injury, and Sephora has been very kind about working with me to make this work. I had an X-Ray today, and I have an appointment tomorrow with my doctor so he can sign off that I will be able to go. I'm still technically on bed rest and will be until I start physical therapy, but he said if I promise to sit in a chair and not wear heels I can go as long as I have a positive check up tomorrow. Also, my sweet mom is driving me because I can't fly. I couldn't bear the thought of not being able to go meet you all, I have been looking forward to this event for AGES! So hugs yes, but soft ones please! 

I want to give a huge thanks for the Sephora team for being so great with all of this. I have worked with many brands and Sephora really came through for me when I needed them too. The people on this team are incredible! It's gonna be a fun event!

Will I see you there??

P.S. Make sure to RSVP here! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Best of Skincare 2014


Another year has gone by, and with it another slew of new beauty tries and buys. As I sit here and reflect on my favorite products from the last year, I thought I would share them with you. Most of these are old favorites, but some are new, because here's the thing about skincare and me... when I find something I like, I stick with it. My skin is way too fussy to try all the new products that are sent to me for promotional purposes, so I rarely try something skincare related just because it was sent. Instead, all of these are products that I have genuinely sought out and loved to death. These are my dearest and most used products from 2014 and before. If I was going to be stuck on a deserted island, or say, stuck in Tennessee for 2-3 months without warning (thanks, back), these are the skincare products I would like to have with me. 

Cleanser: Eve Lom Cleanser. I had two really big cleanser loves this year, and they were the Eve Lom cleanser and the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. The Liz Earle absolutely stole my heart for a good long while, and pulled me away from the Eve Lom with a huge tug, but in the end I went back to Eve Lom. Here's the thing. I actually like the application, texture, and the scent of the Liz Earle more, but after a few months of using it, it started to break me out. I went to Space N.K. and asked the girl her advice, and she recommended moving back to Eve Lom, so I did, and my skin cleared up. Now, this isn't to say that the Liz Earle isn't an amazing cleanser, it might be that my skin got used to it and that I need to alternate between the two. Currently, in TN, I am using Eve Lom, and I bought my mom her own jar, which she is loving. I have a dedicated review on the Eve Lom Cleanser here, and the Liz Earle Cleanser here

Toner: Cane & Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads. These babies are incredible. I have other acidic toners, including Alpha-H's Liquid Gold and Pixi Glow Tonic, but I love the tingle and packaging of the Cane & Austin ones. They are easy to travel with because they are way less likely to spill as opposed to bottle toners, and BONUS, the top is reflective and doubles as a laser beam for Pinecone when the light bounces off of it. The brand makes a stronger version that the loveliest sales associate at Space N.K. gave me to try but I haven't yet because they are in LA and I am... well, in bed. In TN. With a broke-ass back. Literally. At $1 a pad, I would say these are on the pricier end but think of them as a chemical peel... much cheaper than getting a treatment at the spa. I love these pads so much that I have a dedicated review of them here.

Exfoliator: Pevonia Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream. This is another product that I have used for quite literally years, and I swear to you guys... every single time I use this I notice a difference. I have a makeup artist that I work with quite regularly, and he now requests that I use this the night before working with him, as he can notice a tremendous difference in my skin when I use it. The way it works is that it is an enzyme exfoliator, meaning it doesn't have little balls that rub your skin, instead, it has Pineapple and Papaya enzymes that slowly eat away at your dead skin cells, working to eliminate impurities and blackheads and giving you healthier skin overall. This stuff is gold. 

Serum: I have two serum loves, an old one and a new one. The old fav is the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which I have a review on here. It's the most lovely overnight elixir with tons of good stuff to help hydrate your skin whilst you sleep. I love this so much that I bought my mom one for Christmas this year, and she loved it. She had tried it once before, a few summers back, and enjoyed it, but never took the plunge to buy one for herself, so I took it upon myself to do it for her, and her skin is looking mighty fine.

The new favorite is the SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel. I bought this after a lady used it on me during a facial, and I immediately loved the texture and look of it. The product is a bright green color which helps combat redness or sensitivity in your skin, which I rather love. It looks terrifying in the bottle but once it's on your skin it blends in perfectly. It's an ultra gentle formula that is oil-free and suitable for all skin types, especially acne-prone or sensitive. It's meant to make your skin clearer, brighter, and more radiant with regular use. I can do a full review of this if you guys would like!

I've been using both of these serums regularly, alternating days or using the Skinceuticals in the morning and the Kiehl's at night, and I can definitely say that I recommend both.

Moisturizer: This one is super easy, as I have been obsessed with my Pevonia Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Repair Cream for years. Literally, years. It was once used on me during a facial many moons ago, and I instantly fell in love with the scent, the texture, everything. *Sigh* This stuff is crazy expensive and sometimes I question repurchasing it for that reason alone but I always do. It's that good. 

Eye Cream: I have had quite a few favorites in this category this year, but the one that has stood out and the one that I just repurchased for myself is the Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream. It's more expensive than her sister eye cream, the Hydrating Eye Cream, but I find it much richer and more moisturizing for my dry under eyes. If you want a lighter cream, the hydrating one is one I would definitely recommend, but for me, the Extra Eye Repair is my baby. I actually did an entire "rave review" on this eye cream a few years ago, so it has been a favorite for quite awhile. You can watch that review here - link!

Eye Makeup Remover: This is a category that I struggle with... I just have never found "the one" when it comes to eye makeup remover. It's so incredibly annoying, because I think that eye makeup remover is a really important product that can damage your lashes and your sensitive eye skin easily if it is too harsh, or if it doesn't work very well and you have to rub hard. I like this Chanel one and this Lancome one fairly well, but neither of them are "omg holy grail will never use another". I would LOVE recommendations for this category.

Face Mask: I am a huge face mask fan, and I have a favorite that stands out in a "omg I have to tell you about this because you need it" way. It is the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, which is a deeply moisturizing and cleansing mask. Manuka Honey is know for it's natural anti-microbial and hydrating properties, and on top of that this mask is said to bring balance to your Aura, meaning you are tending to both your skin and your spirit with this mask. I love that. This mask is a bit hard to find, as my usual source, Feel Unique, is sold out, but I did manage to find it here - link!  

Lip Treatment: Dior Creme de Rose. Hands down. Quite possibly my favorite product in the entire world. I've gone through quite a few of these babies and there is a NIGHTMARE-inducing rumor floating around that they have been discontinued, which might be the saddest and scariest thing I've ever heard. Go get you one, now, before they are gone. They are amaze-balls. *Stocks up on 10 before the apocalypse*

Extras: You know how everyone has that one thing that they spend money on that they think to themselves... should I really be splurging on this? Well, this is my product, but it is oh so good. My name is Elle Fowler, and I am addicted to eye patches. I have tried all sorts of them, and love them all, but if you really want to treat yourself try the Wei Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads (wow that's a mouthful). They are basically just a pair of eye pads soaked in pure herbal extract to help treat dark eye circles and puffiness, which let's be honest, I need. Plus, they just feel so soothing and refreshing... ahh I just love these.

Would you like me to do a post like this for favorite makeup and haircare? I think they are a nice reference point to quickly see my current favorites in a specific category, and to see which products stay long time favorites. 

P.S. I thought I would do a little giveaway to go with this post... 

P.P.S. I just updated the "beauty deals" section of this website... check it out if you have holiday money burning a hole in your pocket or you are coveting some new beauty goodies! Link!



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It's 2015, and I'm back!


Wow, it's been a long while since I have blogged on here, hasn't it? Last night, I wrote a long post for my lifestyle blog, iheartyoucoffee, so if you are so inclined I would love for you to head on over there and have a read! I give a nice long update on where I've been and my thoughts on my blogs at the moment, but to make a long story short, I am back. 

I miss blogging, a lot. I love videos, and I think videos will always been my "main" passion, but there is something about blogging that is so different from videos, in a good way. If you have read the other post than you will know this already but I have one New Years Resolution and that is to blog more, and to be more organized with my main 4 online outlets. 

In that post I touch on the idea of combining my blogs, and after sleeping on it I really think I want to keep it separate. I understand why it would be better to combine them, but at the same time I want the content to be more streamlined and curated on each blog. I personally don't enjoy reading blogs that are all over the place, so I want my two blogs to reflect a specific kind of vibe. 

I have so many ideas for posts, and since I am still on bed-rest this is the perfect time to bank some content! I would love for this post to be the main "requests" section for blog posts you would like to see on either blog. Please leave me as many comments as you like!

xx

Sunday, March 9, 2014

This Week In Videos...

Have you seen the two videos I posted this week over on AllThatGlitters21? If not, you should check them out!

The first video is my February Favorites, where I talk about all of the things that stole my heart during the month of February. There's everything from a candle to a TV show (or two!), plus lots of beauty products in between! 



If there is anything in this video that catches your eye you should totally check out my Luvocracy page! You can find everything I mention in this video on there, plus you can buy it directly from the site! I have a special collection specifically for this video, plus a few more fun collections as well!

The second video, which just went up today, is for all of you haul lovers! I went shopping for spring-time goodies, and came back with a ton of bright, fun accessories, yummy smelling candles, and more! If you are curious, check it out :)



P.S. Make sure to enter the giveaway! I've been sticking giveaways in a lot of my recent videos, so make sure to keep your eyes open for more in the future too! 

I hope you love both of these videos - and feel free to leave me video requests in comments below!

xx,
Elle

Monday, February 17, 2014

3 Homemade Beauty Treatments: Valentine's Day Recycle!


Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to be! If you have a spare rose lying around, or maybe some extra strawberries from a chocolate covered strawberry experiment, then these at-home beauty treatments will be perfect for you! These treatments don't have to be used only around Valentine's Day either... if you get some strawberries in the future and want to learn how to make them into fun beauty treatments, just come back to this post!

Beauty Treatment #1:
"Strawberries and Cream Face Mask"
Combine 4 Strawberries, mashed up with a fork, with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and a dollop of honey. The heavy cream is great for dry skin, but if you have normal skin you can substitute sour cream instead, and acne-prone skin should go for plain greek yogurt. Mix it up and apply to your skin for 10-15 minutes, avoiding your eye area. If you have a strawberry allergy raspberries can be substituted for the strawberries. 

This mask works well because strawberries have natural Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids that can help clear up your skin and lighten hyperpigmentation. Heavy cream is super nourishing so if you have dry skin like me it is incredible, and both sour cream and greek yogurt are filled with lactic acid, which will help gently exfoliate your skin and help clear it up. Honey is amazing in any skincare treatment; it's a natural humectant which means it is incredible at retaining moisture and helping naturally heal your skin. Plus, it's anti-microbial which means it can also help clear up any acne or irritation. Raw honey is definitely better, but the packaged stuff will still be moisturizing and will work in a pinch. 

Beauty Treatment #2:
"Coconut and Rose Hail Oil"
Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil in a pot, and then add in 2 tablespoons of rose water and 1/2 cup of fresh rose petals (this is about half a rose worth of petals). Bring it to a low boil, and then continue cooking for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool before straining it through a coffee filter. Apply the oil to your scalp and hair, and then wrap it up in a towel for 20 minutes or so before shampooing out. I used my wrapadoo for this step because it's softer and more gentle than my regular towels. I adore my wrapadoo, and have used it for several months now, but I just realized after posting this video that I have been wearing it backwards all this time! There are instructions on the site on how to properly wear it, and it's unique from other hair wraps because you don't flip your head; you just put it on like a hoodie. Which probably explains why I have been wearing it wrong all this time… it goes against your natural instinct of how to wear it, but apparently it's much better for your hair this way. 

Rose water can be found at health food stores, but if you can't find any or don't have any on hand you can quickly whip up your own for this recipe. To make rose water you just need to put 1 cup of rose petals into a pot, cover with about 1 inch of water, and let it simmer on a low heat until the petals lose their color. This took me about 15 minutes. The low heat is important here... if the heat is too hot you will lose some of the properties of the rose water, so make sure to let it simmer. 

The hair oil works because both coconut oil and rose water have nourishing and healing properties that are both gentle and affective. Coconut oil is notoriously good for your hair and scalp, but the benefits of rose water are less well-known. Rose water helps promote hair growth, revitalizes the scalp by enabling smooth blood flow, helps prevent inflammation, strengthens the root hairs, and acts as a lightweight conditioner. On top of this it helps maintain the skins natural ph balance, which in turn will make everything more balanced, and you definitely want that - especially on your scalp where you are likely using harsh shampoos several times a week. 

Please use organic or hand picked roses - if you buy them from a giant supermarket chances are they will be covered in pesticides! 

Beauty Treatment #3:
"Strawberry Sugar Body Scrub"

Combine 7-10 strawberries, mashed up with a fork, with a teaspoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of vegetable oil, and as much granulated sugar as needed to make the mixture gritty. Apply this to your entire body in circular motions, and then rinse off. I would apply this in your shower as it is very messy and sticky, but it works really well! Your skin will be so soft afterwards.

I hope you guys enjoyed this video, and if you try any of the treatments let me know in a comment! 

xx,
Elle

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Polish

From left to right: Back to the Fuchsia, Pink Pong, Arm Candy, Commander in Chic, and Jaded.

You know how sometimes a mood hits you and you can't get it out of your head? It's like you can't focus on anything else until you do whatever is on your mind. Well, that was me yesterday, and it involved nail polish. And nail art. And Valentine's Day.

I was recently sent a few bottles of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish, and the hot pink one, Back to the Fuchsia, was calling my name. It's a gorgeous bright pink with a blue duo-chrome to it, and I thought the blue undertones would look fantastic paired with some silver glitter, so I pulled out the polish and the glitter and got to work creating a glitter ombre. 

I applied 2 coats of the pink polish before adding a bit of silver glitter to the ends, coating my tips the heaviest (almost like a glitter french manicure) and then gradually stroking upwards until each nail looked even (or even enough, I just eyeballed it). I finished it off with a top coat (you know the one if you watched my January Favorites video!). 



The polish itself is a gorgeous formula, which claims to have 7 benefits of a salon manicure in 1 bottle. It is a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, is chip-resistent, and has a gel-like shine. I can honestly say that this formula is a keeper; it applies like a dream and lasts a good week without chipping. The brush is large and wide, which I loved because it painted streak-free and easily. 

It feels very festive indeed and now I'm ready for Valentine's Day with my glittery nails and my little black dress. All I need now are some chocolate covered strawberries, and trust me, they will be mine!

Wanna try a bottle of this polish for free? The lovely people at Kotex are offering you a free bottle of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish when you purchase 3 U by Kotex products at Target! This offer is avilable at all Target stores, so hurry up if you want to get a free bottle of pretty polish!

If you have tried this polish, which color is your favorite? Or better yet, which color would you pick as your free one?

Heads up, this post is brought to you by U by Kotex :)


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