Secrets from my hair & makeup team

It always makes me laugh when I read emails suggesting I fire my “glam squad” because they made me look horrible on TV. #SPOILERALERT My hair and makeup team consists of me, myself and I. Truth be told, figuring out what looks good has been a whole bunch of trial and error. Learn from my mistakes with these three hair and makeup secrets.

 

  1. Invest in the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush. Amazon sells it for less than $45 and it is worth every single cent. I use this on both wet and dry hair. Not only does it cut down on dry time but I literally don’t need anything other than this to get the perfect head of hair each and every time. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably already heard me sing the praises of this little wonder tool. Mine is black and pink but I like this new black and mint version. Regardless of the colors, the product is a game-changer!
  2. I’m always wearing a Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick. I’ll apply the color around 5:45a and that stuff doesn’t budge until I remove it that evening. I’m swamped trying to do a million different things and quite frankly, I don’t have the time to be checking the mirror to see if my lipstick looks good from segment to segment. My go-to colors are Mary Jane, Exposed, and Koko K. Each one is a steep $17 (lip kits that include a matching pencil are $29) and I’ll gladly pay because simply put, there’s nothing that’s better. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, I suggest ColourPop’s Matte Lippie Stix but they aren’t nearly as good as Kylie’s.
  3. Treat yourself to inexpensive paper masks to make sure your skin stays clean and hydrated. The best thing you can do to make sure your makeup looks good is to give yourself a great base. It’s so important to take care of your skin and it’s definitely something I realize the older I get. You can pick up these kinds of masks pretty much anywhere. I prefer to get mine for $5 from Charlie Pete (because it’s my store and I’m biased.) Pro Tip: Take the extra serum and rub it into your neck and decolletage because those areas deserve some TLC, too.

Treat-Yo-Self Honey Sheet Mask

What are your hair and makeup secrets? Got a product you love or maybe a YouTuber you get inspiration from? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!

Three ways to shop my closet

“Where’d you get that from?!” is easily one of the most frequent questions I get asked. Whether you see me on TV, the ‘gram, or at the casino, I’m always more than happy to share where I picked up my outfit. Here are three ways to shop my look.

  1. Like To Know It – Most of the photos posted on my Instagram feed are linked to the Like To Know It app. It’s a way to easily shop all of your favorite blogger’s posts. If you download the app, you’ll be able to double-tap my pics and get links to all of the products sent directly to you. Or you can simply click on the link on my Like To Know It page. What I like most about this is that I can include a variety of different sizes (for example, this jacket is available in regular, petite, curve and tall sizing, all of which are linked.)

2. Poshmark – This is where I sell all of my gently used clothes and accessories. I love this option as both a seller and a buyer! See something you like, make an offer, and it’s yours. Simple. If you want to make room in your own closet it’s super easy to list, sell and ship items. New to Poshmark? Get $10 just for signing up using the code “ELLENTAILOR.”

3. Charlie Pete – Obviously I saved the best for last. (Yes, I’m 100% biased.) Charlie Pete is my very own store. I launched the company in 2018 and run it solely on my own. Everything from buying to packaging, it’s all me. Sizing ranges from XS – 3XL and all of my products are budget-friendly. Use the code “BETWEENUS” for 20% off your order.Where are your favorite places to shop? Leave a comment down below! Also, I’d love to bring you along on my daily adventures. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. xo.

I gained it all back

This isn’t a “Transformation Tuesday” post or a “Weight Loss Wednesday” one either. It’s an “I Gained It All Back (insert day of the week here)” post.

I’ve struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. What a cliche sentence that oh-so-many of us have written, said or simply thought about over and over again. The latest chapter in my saga began about a year and a half ago.

I was unexpectedly thrust into a new position at my then job. My first justification to begin a weight loss endorsement was for job security. Oh, and losing weight was another obvious plus. The program worked. Low carb. Low fat. The people coaching me were nice. However, I was facing an uncertain future.

My contract was up, I knew I’d get renewed, but the specifics were not at all what I was expecting. With three months left on my deal, I made the decision to amicably leave after my contract finished. With that, my weight loss had stalled.

I couldn’t tell them (the weight loss endorsement company) why. I couldn’t tell them about my stress. I couldn’t share with them that my entire world was about to change and that I needed their help, and wanted their help, more than ever because if I did, it’d affect the business relationship they had with my employer.

Why not just tell them? Well, remember the word “amicable?” I wanted to keep the split between me and my job that way. I also had three months left of income that I needed to collect since I wasn’t sure where my next paycheck would come from. Money talks. Or in this case, money made me not talk.

Ultimately the weight loss program put me on a somewhat suspension. They wouldn’t coach me or help until I could produce results. I believe they could have helped me navigate this stress if I was able to share my circumstances. But that’s a moot point now.

I was determined to, at the bare minimum, keep the weight off I had lost. I was down 30 pounds. I felt great on the outside. I looked the best I had in years but inside I felt the worst.

 

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By the grace of God my next opportunity came in television. Thank you Jesus for allowing me to lose this weight because it’s TV and duh, looks matter. So at this point I’m transitioning into a career that’s even more in the spotlight and puts an emphasis on my outside appearance. All of these changes meant I needed new clothes but I couldn’t afford them and I made do with what I had. Things were going great. I didn’t lose anymore weight but I wasn’t gaining. I was steady.

Then my home was flooded. A pipe burst between my condo unit and the one above mine. It was a slow leak that ultimately gutted my place and mold consumed my walk-in closet and all of it’s contents. Everything was gone.

What they had said would be a 6-8 week evacuation has turned into a 7 month (and still on going as of this writing) ordeal. I left my place with nothing but my dog and a small suitcase. I didn’t know the level of destruction at the time. (The details of the rebuilding process are a completely different story and one for another day.)

I was renting a room from a co-worker. I had nothing of mine. And I wouldn’t get reimbursed from insurance until I was able to make it back into my home. Well if I thought I was broke before, I really was now.

The weight started to come back. My life was a disaster so I convinced myself that I deserved a cheeseburger. Ok, lots of cheeseburgers. My life looked nothing like it did just a few months before. My hair color went from blonde to brunette. I changed careers. Didn’t have my clothes. Didn’t have the same body. Didn’t even have the same bed to sleep in or toilet to shit in. I leaned on cheeseburgers. They were cheap and they made me feel good.

I convinced myself I could get back on track. That didn’t happen. The new track I was on provided me a bigger waistline, a lot less sleep, and took a big toll on my mental health.

I don’t share this story for sympathy because I’ll be fine. People have it way worse than I do. I woke up on the right side of the dirt and for that I am thankful. I share this story because 1) I want to forgive myself and move on and 2) I want to show that while things may seem great, happy and better than ever on social media, they might not be in real life.

I’m too scared to get back on the scale. I know I’ve gained the weight back and possibly even more based on how my clothes fit. The waist to muffin top ratio has increased as has the bra band to back fat ratio.

A year ago, I was the most confident in my physical appearance but my world was a mess. Today I’ve got a handle on this amazing new career. A position that I never thought I’d get. One that I thought I was too fat, old, or simply not good enough for. One that I’m actually pretty dang good at! Outside I’m not where I want to be. But damn, despite the on going chaos, life is good!

Wait. Let’s be honest. Life’s not good every single moment of everyday. No. But overall. God is good and has blessed me. He has put tribulations in my life not to break me but to prove to myself that I can, with His help, be better than I ever thought or imagined I could be.

As I sit here at Starbucks writing this, with my jeans digging into the aforementioned muffin top, I can’t help but think that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, looking exactly how I’m supposed to look, on the the exact path I’m supposed to be on.

There are a lot of questions. Everything from will I lose this weight forever or will I yo-yo for life? Will I ever get into my condo? How long will the amazing career last? Will I ever find love? Have babies? Grow my business? Hell, will I start to consistently blog on this site?! Phew…that was a lot. And that just scratches the surface. But the answer I have today is I’m thankful. I can’t fix everything. It’s not my job. I leave my anxieties at God’s feet and live for today.

At the end of these kinds of posts comes some type of promise or motivational quote. That’s not happening here. There’s not a stereotypical happy ending because this isn’t the end. This is a part of my story. One that’s real. One that I know others can relate to.

No one on this earth has all the answers. We’re not supposed to. Just know, you aren’t the only one. I can’t promise it’ll get better. I can share my story, my worries, my fears and anxieties in hopes that you will cut yourself some slack and know that it’s OK to not be OK. I’m not saying to flaunt the muffin top or back fat or whatever it is that you’re physically insecure about (if you want to, hey go for it!) but what I am encouraging you to do is appreciate life for what it is. Perfectly imperfect.

My Make-Up Must Haves

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Makeup has always been fun for me. I enjoyed being creative with my face. (Geez, that sounds weird.) My mom never wore any so there was a lot of trial-and-error.

Throughout my ten year radio career, makeup wasn’t necessary nor was it anything I wore religiously. That changed when I got into television broadcasting because, well, duh. While everyday makeup is different than prepping your face for HD TV, I’ve incorporated some old favorites with new finds.

BH Cosmetics Brushes – When it comes to anything makeup, whether it’s for your face or eyes or whatever, blending is key. These brushes are inexpensive and perfect for the job. The entire set is less than $20 on Amazon.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Out of all the foundations I’ve tried, everything from high end to drugstore, nothing can compete with this and it’s price! For what it’s worth, I’ve got normal to dry skin and use 220 Natural Beige. There is a “Matte & Poreless” option for those on the other end of the skin spectrum, too.

L.A. Girl Pro Yellow Concealer – Hear me out. I get it. Yellow looks crazy but when applied under your eyes it really brightens up the area and makes your peepers pop! Just make sure to set this with your favorite loose powder.

Now I need YOUR help, please! You can see all of my favorite makeup must-haves on my Amazon page but you’ll notice some items are missing. Please leave a comment with your favorite makeup primer, false eyelash glue, and any other products you absolutely love.

Pasta, Pretty Please

I’m completely obsessed with watching women who take charge and break the mold. 💪🏼 SaltySeattle is the kind of person we all need in our lives. Encouraging, supporting and empowering those around her. Meet Linda Miller Nicholson.

Full disclosure: When my producer suggested television segments with this “Instafamous pasta lady” I had no idea who she was. It didn’t take too long to figure out why Salty Seattle has nearly 200k Instagram followers! A colorful feed, comments from celebrities like supermodel Gigi Hadid (I thought models didn’t eat carbs?!), Linda is a masterful blend of relatable and aspirational.

Throughout the past few months, we’ve become great friends and even hatched a plan to set our parents up and become step-sisters. But long before our rosé-infused ideas, Linda had one to become an author. This week her book, “Pasta, Pretty Please” launches nationwide. I picked mine up on Amazon and reading the details made my mouth water.

“The pasta ninja and Instagram star Linda Miller Nicholson delivers her first cookbook, a stunning cornucopia of pasta in every color and shape, all created by hand using all-natural colors from vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—and including 25 dough recipes, 33 traditional and modern shaping techniques, and the perfect fillings and sauces to make your creations sing!

Linda Miller Nicholson began making pasta at age four, but started adding color to it several years ago to entice her son to eat more vegetables. Her creations became a viral sensation, attracting fans worldwide who are mesmerized by her colorful and flavorful designs. Now, with Pasta, Pretty Please home cooks can create dreamy, dazzling pastas in their own kitchens using only all-natural ingredients—flour, eggs, vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—that are true works of art.

Playful and inviting, Pasta, Pretty Please includes recipes, techniques, tips, and inspiration. Linda starts with recipes for basic doughs—standard egg dough, various gnocchi doughs—and works her way up to recipes for dough in many colorful shades. She teaches you just how many colors are pastable and what kinds of pigmented vegetables, fruits, and spices you can use to color your pasta—such as mixing turmeric with parsley for just the right shade of chartreuse, or using activated charcoal powder to create black pasta. She also shows you how to roll out dough, cut and form many pasta shapes, and gives tips for retaining brilliant colors even when cooked.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll find recipes for more elaborate patterns and colors that are sure to impress your family and friends. Linda reveals how to layer colors to make multi-colored doughs in recipes including:

  • Rainbow Cavatelli
  • Polka Dot Farfalle
  • Emoji Ravioli
  • Avocado Gnocchi
  • Hearts and Stripes Pappardelle
  • Argyle Lasagna Sheets
  • 6-Colored Fettucine

You’ll also find recipes for spectacular sauces and fillings, such as:

  • Golden Milk Ragu
  • Pecorino Pepper Sauce with Broccolini
  • Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Oil and Burrata
  • Spiced Lamb Yogurt Sauce
  • Rustic Squash Filling
  • Classic Ricotta Filling
  • Pepperoni Pizza Filling

Featuring beautiful pasta in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes, patterns, and sizes, Pasta, Pretty Please is an artistic treasure trove that will please the eye and the palate. Buon Appetito!”

Pick up the book, support this amazing boss babe, and check her out on Q13 News This Morning on Monday, October 22nd with me!

WATCH: Life After 30 with Estelle Mae

I’ve always heard about the so-called “switch” that goes off when someone turns 30. My friend, and personal-growth YouTuber, Estelle Mae invited me to share my perspective on what’s been, in my opinion, one of the best things to ever happen.

What else comes along with turning 30? We discuss the sense of urgency to find a purpose and to only bring things into your life that bring you joy. Other topics we cover…

-You weed out the people in your life that aren’t bringing you joy
– You care more about comfort rather than freezing your cute butt off at a concert 😉
– You are never going to be where you think you’re going to be when you hit 30
– Things we regret not doing in our 20s like spending more time with friends and family and less time working
– You suddenly don’t really give a shit what people think about you
– You prioritize what is important to you in life
– At the end of your life, what do you want to be remembered by?

Are you looking to learn more about yourself and ways to explore self growth? Subscribe to Estelle’s YouTube channel HERE.