What I’ve learned from Blogs/Youtube & Must-Reads

Question of the month: What are 3 of your favorite things you’ve learned from other blogs/Youtube?

I’ve learned SO much from blog posts & Youtube videos – they have been more effective and useful than anything I’ve ever read in a magazine. Maybe its because they’re by REAL people sharing what’s worked for them rather than cliched, generic advice from “professionals”. I wish I could share all my favorite posts/videos – but it would take too long – so here are 3 important ones:

I’m still no expert – but I’ve gone from someone whose curls would fall flat within half an hour to creating a beachy waves look that lasts up to 3 days! Game-changing videos were this one from TiffanyD and this one from MaskCara. Crucial advice includes: only using this curling iron and spraying a Soft-hold Hairspray BEFORE curling each section.

My curls still going strong half a day later!

Firstly – just learning from beauty blogs that you can extend the time between shampoos by using dry shampoo sprays was HUGE! But I’d always worry about white-looking residue in my hair from the spray. Then I came across a simple tip from this post. Just spray your dry shampoo in the night before – no need to comb it out – by morning all the shampoo will have absorbed and your hair will be voluminous and fragrant! (In case you’re interested –  my favorite dry shampoo)

I’ve learned 2 important tips from this post – how to drape a scarf with the ends tapered and how to layer sweaters & shirts with the shirt-cuff showing. Both SO simple yet with they make SUCH a difference in your overall look. I’ve been using these tips non-stop!

Using what I’ve learned: Draped scarf & Rolled-Cuff sweater

Hope you enjoyed reading about the things I’ve learned. Please share YOUR favorite tips/links in the comments – I always love learning new things from the blogosphere!


  1. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 / 3:45 pm

    Love this post! Gosh I've learnt sooooo much more from Bloggers than I ever did reading magazines! Again you look beautiful here 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 3, 2012 / 3:42 am

      Thanks Parveen – I can't wait to read everybody else's replies! It's crazy how some of these things seemed so hard before (like the hair curling) but with a few insider tips – it becomes so easy!

  2. Beautygirl24
    December 3, 2012 / 1:25 am

    I need that Hot Tools iron! I keep hearing that they offer the best curling irons, and I think that would really make a difference for me. Tiffany D has great tutorials. Thanks for the tips Ella!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 3, 2012 / 3:43 am

      There is something really amazing about that particular iron (the golden one, not the purple version)…I've read about it EVERYWHERE and it really works so well!

  3. Schnelle
    December 3, 2012 / 4:25 am

    You're so right about that- advice is always better coming from a real person's perspective. What lip color are you wearing here? It looks great on you and you look gorgeous!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 3, 2012 / 4:35 am

      Thanks Schnelle – it's MAC Brick lipliner topped with a golden MAC gloss (I think it's an LE one called Ola Mango). I love using lipliners instead of lipsticks – they last longer on me.

  4. Lilly
    December 3, 2012 / 4:58 am

    Always great to see your pretty face 🙂 I feel the same way about tips/tutorials from real people, makes such a big difference vs reading "tips" in the magazines.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 3, 2012 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks sweetie 🙂 The "tips" in magazines – has anyone ever really learned to apply make-up or do hair from them? It's always so generic and unhelpful LOL!

  5. Lindy May
    December 3, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Great tips! I learned the curling tip as a teenager from a hairstylist and have never done it any other way. I need to see if I can find that dry shampoo. The ones I've tried I don't like how they smell (but I love using lavender baby powder).

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 4, 2012 / 4:36 am

      I think baby powder is a great dry shampoo substitute – especially if you put it on the night before!

  6. Mehreen
    December 4, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    i feel like after watching youtube/reading blogs…i have learned so much and it has changed my look!!! love how you always layer your clothes:) it DOES make a big difference!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 7, 2012 / 3:53 am

      Thanks Mehreen – I could never figure out why layered sweaters looked better in orint ads than in person until I read the article about the cuff detail!

  7. Natalie
    December 5, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    I loved that J.Crew stylist post too, and learned a bunch of tricks 🙂 I have heard amazing things about this Hot Tools curling iron, it's going on my Christmas list 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 7, 2012 / 3:53 am

      The Hot Tools iron is definitely worth getting – and it's so reasonably priced for such an effective item!

  8. Lynette Hoyle
    December 6, 2012 / 9:41 pm

    Learning how to curl my hair and not have to wash my hair daily are the NUMBER ONE things I've learned from beauty bloggers/youtubers that I am ETERNALLY grateful for, haha! And that exact video by MakeupByTiffanyD was the video that changed it for me too! AAAAND Batiste is my holy grail dry shampoo. I recently starting trying to branch out and I bought Tresemme's dry shampoo and I am convinced that it barely works. Or at least doesn't work as well as Batiste. :)Lynette @ lynette marie

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 7, 2012 / 3:56 am

      It's just so helpful to have someone explain how to do your hair well…I would always listen to my hair stylist's advice but could never replicate the hair styles…but with these videos – it just all makes sense now LOL! Love your blog by the way!

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