Where did ‘Mash Elle’ come from?
Funny enough, Mash Elle was a Facebook alias I created 5 years ago for privacy reasons. The name stuck, and I decided to make it my blog title. My closest friends call me Mash, feel free to use it if you wish!
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada but grew tired of the frigid winters. In 2013 I decided to treat myself to a large dose of sunshine and moved to Orlando, Florida. My mom was born and raised in Florida, so I am lucky enough to be a Canadian/American duel citizen. Click here to find out why I love calling Orlando home!
How tall are you?
I am 5’10 and known to my friends as a friendly giant. Heels put me at 6’2. Hear me rawr.
What is your academic background?
I received my communications degree in Ottawa at Carleton University and Masters of Communication at the University of Ottawa. I am a nerd at heart.
What is your job?
I have been blogging full time since January 2016. I am so blessed to have my dream job at such a young age!
What are your hobbies?
Traveling, yoga, arts + crafting, coffee drinking, nail painting, dog walking, music festival fangirling, snapchatting, Starbucks-ing, beach-ing, shopping, biking, daydreaming.
What camera + lenses do you use?
I use my beloved Canon 6D with my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto lens for photoshoots and my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens for product shots! I love both lenses as they are super affordable and create crisp, professional quality photos.
What program do you use to edit your photos?
I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to edit photos. I also use PicMonkey to make my photos Pinterest friendly!
How long have you been blogging?
3 years! My very first post is a recap of a trip I took to California with my besties Ashley Brooke and Diary of a Debutante. Ashley is my first cousin and Stephanie is her childhood best friend. We are the three blogging amigos!
Is your hair real? What hair products do you use?
My hair is 100% real, no extensions! I attribute my healthy hair to using top of the line hair products targeting dry, damaged, coloured hair and washing it every every 3-4 days at most. I swear by this hairdryer. I live and die by this shampoo and conditioner. Yes, they’re worth the money. Yes, your hair will feel like silk.
What is the secret to your beachy curls?
It’s simple. This curling wand. It is hands down the best curling wand I have ever used. I promise you, it is worth the investment. My curls last 3 days without any touch up! Living in the Florida heat, that is pretty darn impressive. I use the 1 1/4″ barrel. If you’re looking to save money, you can also purchase this curling wand and purchase the additional barrels at a later time.
What are your holy grail makeup products?
Here goes! This foundation, this concealer, this mascara, this liquid eyeliner, this setting powder, this eyebrows shaping kit and this lipstick. Do y’all know how hard it was for me to choose one lipstick?! For a more extensive look at my makeup favorites, take a look at this post!
What are your holy grail skincare products?
My skin is the epitome of high maintenance. I swear it thinks it’s royalty. Most products irritate my skin, however this skincare line works wonders! I adore this line as it smells amazing and is super affordable. More specifically, I use these face cleanser towelettes, this cleanser, this moisturizer and this eye gel. I am also a huge fan of this skincare line and adore their cleanser, moisturizer and lip balm. Finally, this skincare line is incredible, and am addicted to their body butter and shaving cream. For a more extensive look at my skincare favorites, take a look at this post!
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Stay true to yourself. Show your heart. Be patient. Don’t do it for the money. Show everyone what makes you special. You have a voice – now use it! Make sure to check out this post on how to start up a successful blog and this post for blogging tools to stay organized and efficient!
Are you addicted to Starbucks?
Yes. The Starbucks mermaid is my spirit animal. You can often find me in my local Starbucks blogging. As for my order? I’ll take a tall iced white mocha and you better believe I’ll have whip!