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Monday, August 19, 2013

Tea Party is CLOSED!

Starting right now (9pm PST), and running for the next hour, I will be answering questions and giving advice to any comments left below (on this post). Try to limit your comment to one question. 

Make sure to skim through the last couple tea parties questions before deciding what to ask... one question per person please! Last time I got a lot of repeat questions so if you read through those you can get lots of answers and then ask me one that you haven't seen me answer yet, so in a way you get more than one answered!


Just like last time it will be first come, first served. I will try to answer them as best I can! 

Make sure you click that little "Join this site" button on my sidebar, as shown here, in order to be able to comment! :) Talk to you soon!


113 comments:

  1. Have you installed your closet system yet? I just bought my first house, and I need ideas! :-)

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    1. Yes! I got it custom made with white wood, but to be honest it's still not "put together". The clothing is still all unorganized and jumbled. There are so many parts of my condo I still need to get around to organizing, and I feel so scattered right now! I can't wait to have it all pretty - and congrats on your first house!

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  2. Hello :)
    I really want to know what books you've been reading lately..... and I miss your Glitteratures. A lot.
    And yeah, you're blog is amazing :)

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    1. I am currently reading "Inferno" by Dan Brown (almost done with it) and just finished "I've got your number" by Sophie Kinsella. Both have been really good but I miss my dystopian novels! I wish a good one would come out.

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    2. Veronica Roth's Allegiant is coming out on October 22nd....
      I'm counting the days!!

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    3. I also read "I've got your number" by Sophie Kinsella, over the summer and really enjoyed it. Did you like the book?

      Thank You!
      ~Cindy F.

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  3. Who's your favorite person on Big Brother? Who do you think will win? Did you see that Amanda and McCrae had a full-on BB Wedding with Andy as the minister? LOL!

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    1. I think GM or Aaryn will win. Helen and Amanda are too "power hungry", Mccrae is just doing his thang, Spencer and Elyssa aren't doing much, and Andy seems to be going under the radar too much - I think he will be caught out. But who knows! What do you think?

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    2. I don't think GM has strong enough ties with the other players for them to keep her around until the end. I love 3 AM! I think they'll probably make to the final four, and Aaryn is so good at competitions that I think she has a good chance if she can win that final HOH. This season is so different though with the unanimous votes and who knows who'll come back from the jury! I'm SO glad it's on three times a week. Favorite summer show by far!

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    3. Yeah the unanimous votes are kinda getting on my nerves, LOL! You're right about GM... I hated Aaryn for awhile but she's growing on me actually (weird!!) so I wouldn't mind if she or Andy won. I don't care for Amanda

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  4. Hi Elle, I was wondering what your favorite drugstore nail polish brand and color is?

    Thank You!
    ~Cindy F.

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    1. Hmm... not sure about drugstore but I love Essie Fiji for an everyday color!

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  5. Hi Elle! I am really enjoying your new blogs! I just moved into a new apartment in NYC and the walls really need some dressing up...any ideas for big, statement wall decor without breaking the bank?

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    1. I'm a huge fan of wallpaper for an accent wall - have you painted it yet? I haven't painted mine yet and was just looking at paint colors today - paint makes a HUGE difference I think

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    2. So funny you mentioned that...I was just looking into removable wallpaper (sometimes called renters wallpaper). It's a bit of an investment but I think its such a cool product. Thanks so much for the response!

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    3. You could also invest in a great piece of art. I bought my Paris painting in college since I couldn't paint or anything and to this day its one of my favorite pieces in my whole condo. If you find something you love it's worth a bit of money to get it

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  6. I was wondering what you would recommend to help a high school student that has insomnia.

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    1. Oh goodness, I don't know what to tell you there. I struggle with insomnia regularly. Maybe try melatonin (if your parents and/or doctor approves). It's natural and I used to take it nightly but it stopped working for me over the years. The cherry flavored one from GNC was my favorite!

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  7. Hi Elle! How are you? Do you have any tips for finding a drugstore makeup product that is still good quality? I am looking for a cheaper drugstore primer and concealer but I don't want to spend money on something that is bad quality! Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading Where Beauty Lies! :)

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    1. I would do research online first. Look up reviews and swatches of some, and use makeupalley.com! I love them for product reviews - they have almost everything! I like the Rimmel match perfection concealer for a drugstore concealer but not sure about primer cause I don't use any.

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    2. Thank you so much :) Does your makeup stay, even without primer? :)

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    3. yeah, probably just because I have dry skin so it doesn't slip off

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    4. Awesome! You are lucky haha! I'm watching your BTS videos now, getting some inspiration before school. Thanks so much for your help. xx

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  8. have you ever thought of changing your hair color?

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    1. Yes! All the time. I've thought about going dark, going darker blonde, going platinum, doing red... I even went to a wig shop once and tried on lots of colors to see what it looked like but I think my normal color suits me best

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  9. Hi Elle!
    Firstly, thanks for making an early Tea Party :) I know you've tried a lot of products and am curious what your favorite eyeshadow formula is?

    Thanks,
    Jillian

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    1. NARS and MAC are definitely top for eyeshadow. Urban Decay and Stila are also really nice... those 4 brands are my go-tos for nice eyeshadows

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  10. I'm a blogger and my goal is to someday be as successful as you are, so I was wondering what are some of your favorite little known blogs?
    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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    1. Hmm.. I feel like most of the ones I follow are medium sized or bigger... just cause that's normally how I find them (because they pop up in google searches) so I'm not sure...

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    2. That's how I find all the blogs I read too. I just always wondered how they got to medium sized...

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    3. I think individual product reviews on really popular products can get pulled up a lot of google. For instance, doing a post called "Review: Urban Decay Naked Palette" cause a lot of people will google that and then can find you. Also YouTube helps a TON!

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  11. What skincare products do you recommend for radiance and even skin tone?

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    1. I know you are looking for Elle's advise but I recently tried the Cane and Austin treatment Elle blogged about and I LOVE it. Its only been about a week but I can already see improvements in my skin.

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    2. The REN radiance renewal mask is supposed to be LOVELY for radiance... I received 2 samples, and I've used one... my skin was unsure of it, so I am going to try it again soon!

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    3. Thanks so much! I'm definitely ordering the Cane&Austin pads. I'll check out the REN mask ASAP :)

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    4. OMG the Cane & Austin pads are DIVINE! You need to try them - they have quickly become an all time favorite for me

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  12. Are you planning to do any school related videos or posts this year?
    I really enjoyed watching the years before, so I would love to see new ones!

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    1. At this point I feel like I'm so far removed from "Back to School" that I wouldn't even know what to post about! I do have a playlist on my channel with all my past BTS videos though!

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    2. You should do a "spring into fall" series where you show how you can work your spring/summer pieces of clothing in with your fall wardrobe. I read in the August issue of Marie Claire that pastels are actually going to be a trend for this fall and winter.

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  13. Wich celebrity or youtuber, even, is your fashion inspiration? = )

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  14. What's one book or TV series you would want to get turned into a movie, and do you have any actors/actresses in mind to play a specific role? :) Love your blog btw!

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    1. oh wow... hmm... probably Delirium (I loved that series) but I have no idea who should play the main characters. I thought the Hunger Games was cast extremely well (all except Peeta)

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  15. Hey Elle!
    FIrst, I'd like to say I love your blogs! I am not someone who is really into blogs but you write so well and express yourself and opinions so well that I just look forward to whatever your next post is! You're doing a great job!:)
    My question is what would be your advice for someone just going into college and what is your favorite under eye concealer for the late night, early morning scenarios? :)

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    1. Thank you so much!!

      For college, I would just say that know going into it that it's a transition and you might be homesick or sad at first, but it will no doubt be the best 4 years of your life. I miss it so much. And be suppperrr nice to your roommate, especially at the beginning, even if she's a terror. It will only help you in the long run, LOL!

      Fav Under Eye Concealer: NARS Creamy Concealer (its amazing!!)

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    2. Thanks for answering!:D And the advice! I'll be definitely looking into the concealer! Thanks again!:)

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  16. Hey Elle,
    I'm from Australia and heading over to LA over Christmas. What would be your top suggestions in terms of sight seeing and of course shopping?? =)

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    1. Ooh!! Fun question! Shopping: The Grove and The Beverly Center if you are in the West Hollywood Area, and the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade if you are in the beach area! Definitely go to Santa Monica and see the pier (and shop!), and for other sightseeing maybe the Griffith Observatory? I went to a star show there and it was really cool :) And Disney World!!

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  17. Do you like Pretty Little Liars?
    Who's your favorite character?

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  18. Hi Elle :)
    I've been a long time YouTube watcher and I am loving your new blogs! You inspire me everyday to be a better person :) I recently decided to buy my MAC palette, and I was wondering what your all time favourite eyeshadow is by MAC. Is it still allthatglitters? :P

    With much love from Australia,
    Kate Xx
    http://www.themintedbeauty.com

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    1. Ooh.. yes, All That Glitters is a beautiful basic. I also love woodwinked, satin taupe, bronze, fresh water, mythology, and Vanilla!

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  19. What is your favorite lip product? (chap stick, lip stick, lip butter, lip gloss)

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    1. Hands down: Christian Dior Creme de Rose lip balm. My ALL TIME FAV. I love it.

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  20. Hi Elle!
    I'm someone who has never really worn a lot of makeup but this summer it has really been something that's beginning to interest me more. All summer I've been wearing tinted moisturiser since its pretty humid and hot where I live. I was wondering what is a lower priced foundation/bb cream/tinted moisturiser that you would suggest for me to try next? My only concern is I do have sensitive skin so that makes me a little hesitant about trying new products but I have really enjoyed your recommendations I've tested recently.
    Also, thanks for the later tea time! I work two jobs and was excited to see this going on at a time when I could participate! :)

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    1. I really enjoyed the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind foundation - it didn't break me out, is drugstore (so inexpensive), and was light coverage. It's great for a quick application too! The sponge freaked me out at first, but it's actually not that bad once you start using it! (But you have to blend it out with a brush/sponge/your fingers once it's on your face). Let me know if you try it and what you think!

      And I'm so glad this Tea timing hit some people who couldn't make it to my other ones! :)

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    2. Great! Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check it out and let you know :)

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    3. Its been awhile but I totally bought it and love it. I don't think I would have tried it if you didn't mention it, thank you so much! :)

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  21. If you could only shop one highend brand the rest of your life, which one would it be?

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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    1. Oh goodness!! This is hard! I'm gonna go with NARS

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  22. How has youtube changed your life?
    Where do you think you would be or who do you think you would be without it?

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    1. It's changed almost every aspect of my life, but I think all in positive ways. I'm not sure where I would be without it, but probably living in Chicago with my friend Brittany, being a lawyer, as that's what my plan was prior to YouTube.

      I love where my life is now and I wouldn't change it for anything :)

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  23. elle! i got my very first mac brush which is the mac 150, i know someday all my sigma brushes will fall a part on me and i wanna start building my kit one by one especially since mac brushes are so expensive in singapore, more than $50 for one sometimes even $70 - $90 for the bigger brushes, what are the must have face brushes in your opinion? not really a big fan of the 134 because its too huge, currently on my wishlist is the 116, 129 and 109, what others should i get? :) thanks!!

    cheryl
    http://flylikeacg.blogspot.com
    beauty,lifestyle,reviews,hauls <3

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    1. I LOVEE the 116, 190, and 168. I use my 134 every day for bronzer but never reach for my 109. Also the 187/188 are probably the most "famous" face brushes they have :)

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  24. how do you stay so motivated? like in writing your blog,your beauty regimes, health and fitness etc! have such a hard time with this

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    1. Sometimes I'm not!! Right now I've been slacking on YouTube videos AND my diet, so even though other areas of my life (my blog, the book tour, etc) are super organized the rest of my life isn't. Everyone is human! Don't be so hard on yourself - just try to do literally one thing every day that's on your list of "things you should be doing"

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  25. Hey Elle! Whats your favorite type of music?! Especially to use for videos? Would my CD make the cut? :) https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/claudia-norris/id647290372

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    1. I typically love upbeat, happy songs. I LOVE your songs - gorgeous voice and beat!! Would you like to send me the songs for use in videos? elle@dreaminginblush.com :)

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    2. I'm sending them right now!!! Thank you so much Elle!

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    3. Oh my gosh! I love your music and would love to use them in my videos as well! If you want to send them to my e-mail ConnectWithMadison@gmail.com :) I will definitely link your music in my descriptions as well!

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    4. @Claudia, you're so talented! I love your CD.

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  26. Hi from BC, Canada. Haha. Just randomly checked my feed and found your tea party while literally having a relaxing bath and sipping mint green tea before bedtime. What did you do this evening? Any bedtimre rituals?

    Jenna ♥ ♥
    Northernbeauty85.blogspot.ca

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    1. Yes! I love taking a bath at night with some sort of bath treat like bubbles or an oil, and a face mask! Even if I skip the bath the face mask is so nice and relaxing. And a cup of hot tea is a must in the colder months, but I've been skipping them all summer cause I've been too hot

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  27. Hi Elle! Thanks for the early tea party. I am in middle school, starting second year soon and I would like to know what a good eye primer is. I have really oily eyelids and even with the Maybelline color tattoos, they crease. Also will you be doing a series anytime soon like Makeup MAYhem or GLAMJuly?

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    1. Ingrid has super oily eyelids and SWEARS by the NARS eyeshadow primer - so I would definitely give that one a try.

      As for the series, possibly. I was thinking of doing one in October actually, but have no clue what I would call it - LOL! Oh-some October?!

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  28. Greetings from London!
    Do you have any sensitive skin product recommendations for acne breakouts? I took accutane when I was younger and can't really cope with how harsh most otc products are.
    Thanks xoxo

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    1. I've been using a gentle chemical toner nightly (Clarins has a great gentle one but I've been loving my Cane and Austin pads) and that has completely cleared my skin up. My skin literally looks better than it ever has before! I highly recommend it - it sounds so much more scary than it really is.

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  29. Would you ever go on a reality show like The Amazing Race with Blair? I think it would be a blast.

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    1. possibly! Not any of them, but Amazing Race would be awesome! I wouldn't do Survivor, LOL

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  30. Hey Elle! First of All I want to say that you are my inspiration in all that you have achieved in your life so far! I have been watching your videos for about 4 years:) I am wondering if you have any advice on healthy eating/living. Maybe start a series? Love you!

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    1. Oh goodness, right now - no... I have been SO unhealthy! I need to get back into it, and a series would probably help with that - we will see :)

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    2. That would be awesome! So glad that I could see this tea time tonight! Thanks for answering Elle:)

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  31. Hi Elle! I love your blog, and your photos are incredible :) What are your tips for fellow bloggers wanting to improve their photos? Thank you! :)

    AddictedtoOPI

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    1. I did a lot of online research to figure out how to import my pictures and keep them nice - I literally just learned new things about it today! I think that a good camera and good lighting are key, so I use my canon rebel t3i and my light box to take my photos. Even a regular digital camera will take much better pics than an iphone!

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    2. How do you make a light box? :)

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  32. Hi, I was just checking my blogger feed when i saw this so I wanted to ask you if new of any products that are good for large pores or ways to apply foundation to cover them up? thanks!

    jess x
    dotofdaisy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Benefit's Pore-fessional is supposed to be quite good for helping reduce the appearance of pores. Also using a chemical exfoliate every night might help!

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  33. I will be moving to L.A next summer (I'm from Canada) all by myself. Will you be my tour guide? :)

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    1. hahaha awww :) LA is so nice!! You are gonna love it!

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  34. 1. Been with you since college girl. I'm so happy you've evolved into reviewing the higher end skincare 2. I'm drinking red wine, what else is new? 3. Wait, what is your favorite red wine? 4. I was going to ask you about Eminence (if you are planning on making any purchases) but I like my wine question more.

    Cheers!

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    1. Ooh what kind of wine?! I like Merlot typically for reds - I don't like anything to dry for either of my wines, but with reds I don't mind AS much. With whites it HAS to be sweet! (Moscato, Riesling, etc)

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    2. haha, I'm exactly the same with wines. Today I picked up the Menage a Trois California Red Wine. Typically I go with a Merlot, but I've been feeling something softer recently.

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  35. I've been really into NARS lately, I think they're my favorite brand ever. Apart from cult favorites, what products do you suggest? I recently got their Cordura Duo, oh lord its a beauty!

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    1. Their creamy concealer is LOVE!! I also love their angelika and douceur blushes, and their night clubbing eyeshadow!

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  36. First off, you're an inspiration to me. I just recently started obsessing over makeup after seeing your blog and videos! I've also made two trips to ulta since then too! My question is this: What makeup do you wear on a daily basis? I know you might like different things, but what are some that you always use? Thank you!

    P.S. I wish I could've stayed to meet you and see you guys when I was at valley fair! :(

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    1. aww!! :) I have been wearing Estee Lauder's double wear foundation, NARS creamy concealer, Rimmel stay matte powder, NARS Angelika blush, MAC soft and gentle MSF highlighter, Stila in the light eyeshadow palette, maybelline the falsies mascara, and a lipgloss pretty much all summer :)

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    2. thank you so much! i really appreciate it! i love you! lol!

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  37. Hi elle! My name is Anna and my friend and I love you and Blair! We want to be you for halloween! Haha! But my question when and where is your next meetup? I live in Connecticut and my dream is to meet you! I really want to become a beauty guru like you and my friend and I had a marathon and watched all of your videos. My favorite one is your snow day one!! But all your videos are amazing! Any tips on how to get started? Thank you so much!!! Love you!!

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    1. We have one in Atlanta, one in Minneapolis, and one here in LA. Are any of those close to you?

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  38. You could call your October videos Haunted October! because of Halloween!

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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    1. ooh I like that - but the videos would be all about beauty stuff, so would that work? Makeup MAYham was the cutest little title for May!

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    2. I think so, but if not I'll keep thinking and tweet you ideas! I'm manasmith86

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    3. Supernatural October, because makeup and beauty are meant to enhance your "natural" beauty and Supernatural is a synonym for Haunted. I couldn't come up with any alliteration for it.

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    4. maybe beautober? beauty and october combined.

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  39. Hi Elle, I just purchased the Stila In The Light palette and I love it! Which are your favourite colours from the palette & how do you wear them? Any chance you will be doing a tutorial with the palette? I would love to see some daytime looks and some more dramatic looks. Thanks!

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  40. Hi elle! I love you and I just don't have the words to explain how much I love you! I want to be you for Halloween!!! So my friend and I love you and are going to make you a scrap book and send it to you and make one for you and Blair! Also we have a street named Fowler street and we freak out when we pass it! So is your PO box still the same? Thank you so much and I love you! Your my inspiration and I hope I can meet you!!!!
    Love, Anna 💖💖😘😍

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  41. What are your tips for someone who is new to beauty blogging?

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  42. I have two questions :p firstly, any party theme ideas? A friend of mine had the idea of "a night in paris" but I don't know if it'll look tacky... thought?? Also for some reason whenever I wear lipstick it always ends up fading or something so i only have it around my lips, as if i'm just wearing lip liner, and not on the middle of my lips. Any tips?? :)

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