Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger and Freelance Model

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum

If there is one thing that American and Korean beauty routines can agree on is the importance of serums. So whether your skincare routine consists of a handful of steps or ten, you can appreciate this highly effective Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

winter's end

Winter's finally ending...I think?
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Shout-Outs: Foundation Application Secrets, Instagram's New Feed & More!

I'd really like to take this time to apologize for being absent this past week. Things got very busy for me at my day job and I was way too exhausted to sit down in front of my laptop and blog without falling asleep. I already have a few posts planned out for the upcoming week so it's back to our regular programming.

As a heads up I will be traveling this weekend to...I don't know where? My lion dance team decided to take a celebratory end of Lunar New Year season vacation but the destination is a surprise. To find out where I'm going and to keep up with my travels follow me on Snapchat (@wcmelle). I'm excited to know where I'm going too!

Foundation secrets from an Insta-Famous makeup artist - Mimi Chatter
The best products for saving your bleach damaged hair - XoVain
So, what cosmetic procedures are men spending their money on? - Huffpost Style

What's up with the lack of diversity on runways? - Fashionista
Those self lacing kicks from Back to the Future are about to become a reality - Popsugar Fashion
The ultimate guide to Spring 2016's trends - Racked
Inspiration for how to style off-the shoulder tops - StyleCaster

What you need to know about Instagram's new feed algorithm - The Verge
Here comes another crazy social media challenge - SheFinds

xoxo, Elle
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday Shout-Outs: Minimize Your Pores, Spring Outfit Ideas & More!

How to use color theory to master your makeup
The best international beauty products - that aren't from Korea or France
These products will minimize your pores

Spring outfit ideas for those of us who don't do the whole color thing
Items you need to purge from your closet right now
The new fashion app Tagly is like having a fashion editor in your pocket
7 shoe rules every woman should know

Finally, here's how to open that awful clamshell packaging
Get your Instagram feed on fleek
This is AirBnB's most popular rental
A guide to the top Instagram hashtags for your niche
Check out this heatmap for your career across the U.S.

xoxo, Elle
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Morning Korean Skincare Routine

Although the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine has been around for quite some time now, a lot of people still have many questions about it. One of them being: Do I really have to do all 10 steps?

10 steps is definitely a lot but lucky for you the answer is no, you don't have to. Could you imagine taking the time in the morning to throw 10 products onto your face? I don't know about you but I'd rather be sleeping an extra 5 minutes.

It's taken a lot of trial and error to get my morning Korean skincare routine down pact and while it will obviously evolve as new products come out, here's what my routine consists of thus far. I'll be presenting them in the order in which I apply them to my face, and I swear it won't take you very long:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wishtrend Haul

Though I'm always cautious about where I purchase my Korean beauty products from online, I did my research and found WishTrend to be used by K-Beauty Bloggers and YouTubers. WishTrend's prices are reasonable and one of my favorite features on their website is their Wishbox program. Wishboxes are a bundle of products curated by the WishTrend team that are sold together and at a discount for a limited time. Shipping is free worldwide for purchases over $69, which is pretty easy to hit if you're a Korean beauty addict like myself. However, depending on where you live, be prepared to wait for a good amount of time for your products to arrive as they are being imported from Korea. My total order came out to roughly $70 and I received the following products:
Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Shout Outs: Ulta Shopping Secrets, Spring Shoe Trends & More!

Here's why you should stop buying cheap clothes - Huffpost Style
Can you guess who's the new fashion It-Girl? - SheFinds
How to store your winter clothes properly - Fashionista
Spring shoe trends to update your wardrobe with - PopSugar Fashion

How to get the most out of your face masks - Refinery29
8 secrets to shopping at Ulta - Byrdie
The latest nail art trend - PopSugar Beauty
How to treat a bleached scalp - XOVain
The ultimate guide to makeup primers and setting sprays - Refinery29
The cult favorite brush brand you have to try - Beauty Woo

Wait, Red Wine can help you lose weight? - PureWow
5 tricks to making your bed Pinterest-worthy - StyleCaster
The living expense that's skyrocketing in major U.S. cities - MyDomaine
5 Websites every blogger should read - Career Girl Daily

xoxo, Elle
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Review: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Ever since I was introduced to Bioderma a few years ago I've had a bottle of micellar water sitting on my bathroom counter. However, I still keep a two-part makeup remover on hand to remove any waterproof mascara or falsies, which micellar water seems to have difficulty with. So when Garnier came out with a cleansing water that claimed to remove "even waterproof mascara," I had to try it.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Morphe Brushes Haul

After watching Jaclyn Hill's Favorite Morphe Brushes video I knew I had to get my hands on some brushes from this cult favorite brand. I immediately placed an order for two brushes to replace my caked-up foundation brush and shedding contour brush. Obviously, I replaced them with two of Jaclyn's favorites: