BEAUTY DEAL: Beauty on a Budget Mascara

The first in a series of beauty budget blasting tips… or as I call it, how to make do with what you already own. Cause as my dad always said, a penny saved is a penny earned, and if you’re like me, you’ve got tons of beauty stuff just sitting there, gathering dust. I call this, the wanna be’s. The could have worked, could have been a contender beauty item that just didn’t cut it.

So what do you do? Throw it away? Gasp! Nope, can’t do that. It would be like throwing away my right arm! I can’t! I won’t! Don’t MAKE me! “But Elke, it’s just sitting there. Taking up valuable beauty counter real estate!” you say… I hear you. So join me. I’m on a mission to make it work. When there’s a will? There’s a way!

So to start off, if you’re like me, you have a gazillion mascaras piling up that just didn’t make the cut. Too thick, too clumpy, too wet, not long enough, thick enough lashes… don’t fear. We’ll get that mascara working in no time.

Mascara On A Budget

Go through all your mascara’s, and toss into a basket of the ones that don’t quite work. You know which ones do. They’re the ones you wear everyday, or for that special night out. The one(s) you grab, tried and true every time. But here? The basket is for the wanna be’s. And it doesn’t matter what brand it is.

Budget Trick #1:

Do my fav trick of all time. Take any two mascara’s and apply 1 coat of each to your lashes. I’ll betcha you’ll find a great lash look that way. Find two that rock? Rubber band them together so you know which ones they are. See? Two mascara’s that now work.

Budget Trick #2:

Have a wet, more liquid type of mascara? Use as a liquid eyeliner. Take your fav eye liner or short angle brush, and pick up from the wand itself. Then draw on for a 40′s look, or smudge with a dry q-tip for a edgier look. Best part is that it’s easier to apply than liquid liner, is darker than most liners and stays on all day. Won’t budget.

Budget Trick #3:

Have a light colored mascara that doesn’t color, cover or do much? Spritz lightly the mascara wand with water and lightly blot with a kleenex. Then lightly swipe through your brows. Note: this tends to work better on darker brows, as in if you have blonde brows? don’t attempt with a black mascara, no matter how sheer it looks…

Budget Trick #4:

Use as an eye shadow base. I can hear you gasping right now… but it works especially if you’re doing a dark smoky eye. Take a flat eye shadow brush and dampen. Brush over the wand and lightly brush over your eyelid. Let dry. Now apply your dark shadow on top. You’ll find that the shadow sticks and lasts longer. Even better? As the night wears on, when your shadow does too, the darkness of the mascara underneath keeps the look going strong.

5 Unconventional Uses for Vaseline

Beauty Banter has a great post on the many ways to use Vasaline…


My fav?


I put vasaline around my nails on the skin, (be careful not to get directly on the nail) before I apply nail polish. That way, any goofs or polish that gets on the skin is easily wiped off. Best way? Take anything metal, like a metal spatula, or a metal nail file, and clean off the polish off the skin before it dries. Works every time.

Another usage is to put on the skin around the eyebrows before tinting.. that way, tint won’t get on the skin and makes it a breeze to clean up.

Read Beauty Banter’s post for more great ways to use Vasaline…

[From 5 Unconventional Uses for Vaseline]

Am I still breathing?

Well, I think I’m still alive.

It’s been 7 am till midnight, or 10 am to 6 am, (yeah you read that right), depending on how my day’s going.

Don’t get wrong, I’m not complaining.

In fact, this has got to be one of the most amazing times of my life. Crazed, a bit frantic sometimes, but oh so fun. Why? I’ve been working on another business that just launched. I’ve been working on it for almost a year now.

The eyebrow business has taken off like gangbusters and with very little effort from me actually. It just sort of had a mind of it’s own. I just do my thing… and I’m thrilled. I have the most amazing clients. They’re all so sweet. And soon, my eyebrow clientele will expand too, with fingers crossed, if this very big adventure comes to light.. a lot of things can change for me. Expanding your business is so much fun.

So I’m tinkering away on this new business of mine. And again, loving every minute of it and it’s literally falling into my lap.. the response so far has been tremendous……

So what is it?

The launch of my very own Eyebrow Makeup LIne.

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I’m proud to present,

Elke: The Brow Collection.

So go take a peek… let me know what you think. It’s an elegant, trendy, high fashion brow line. With a few different products that you may not have thought of before.

Tons of fun stuff planned for the near future… and of course my subscribers will be the first in the know.

So as i still put the finishing touches on my line, and get ready for a quick trip to Los Angeles so I can get back in time for fashion week, (I know, I’m way too busy…) I’ll be taking this week off from blogging here… but just for this week, I promise…

I’m thinking it’ll be part moving, part relaxing, part kinda-sorta vacation…

yeah right, who am I kidding…

But I’ll sure try…

see you next week!