Stephanie Montes

Stephanie is a part-time Fashion and Beauty Writer at Elite Daily, based in the valley of Los Angeles. When she’s not exploring the latest beauty invention, you can find her hitting up her local taco stand. Just look for the girl wearing heels and a cat eye.

Recent Articles

Too Faced Is Dropping A Gigantic Version Of Born This Way Concealer, For Only $1 More

I don't have a ton of skin concerns, but I do have freckles all along my cheeks that I try to cover with makeup. Though I constantly have friends telling me they love my freckles and I should stop hiding them, it's just something that bugs me from ti…
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One Of These Makeup Primers Sells Every 6 Seconds — For Less Than A Pint Of Ice Cream

My love for beauty really developed in college, which couldn't be worse timing, because I was pretty broke. I couldn't afford the more expensive brands, but I was fine with a makeup bag packed with drugstore products. Luckily for me, E.L.F. Cosmetics…
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Zendaya Is A Walking Chocolate Fountain At The MTV Movie Awards, So Please Pass A Strawberry

I dressed up as a Hershey's Kiss once. It was adorable. I was in preschool and my mom dressed me in this homemade costume — it was a silver A-line dress stuffed with batting, she paired it with white tights, and a pointed silver hat with a white ribb…
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Kim Kardashian's MTV Movie Awards Look Featured This Controversial Hairstyle

OK, I generally like to write about fun beauty trends, exciting new products and all the times celebrities kill it on the red carpet, generally lighthearted stories, but things are about to get real right now. Kim Kardashian's braids at the MTV Movie…
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I Wore This $14 Foundation To A ModelFit Workout & It Held Up Like No Sweat

I'm just going to come out and say it: I sweat a lot! And not necessarily on my body, but on my face. Running out the door in the morning can easily generate a sweat mustache thick enough to wash off the foundation above my upper lip. Even a really h…
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This Buzzy New Brand Offers More Bra Sizes Than Victoria's Secret & Calvin Klein Combined

I feel like only 20 percent of my bras fit perfectly. The rest of them either make me spill over the top (giving me that quadruple-boob look) or they support me at the bottom but have a ton of extra space at the top. No matter what size you are, find…
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You Should Try Cactus-Infused Skincare & Not Just To Feel Like A Desert Princess

Growing up, my grandma's garden was an actually legitimate place to gather ingredients for DIY beauty products. But being Mexican, her garden was loaded with desert plant native to the motherland like cactus and aloe vera. At her house, cuts and scra…
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17 Rainbow Manicures To Celebrate Pride All Month Long

Being the beauty junkie that I am, I use nail art, makeup, and my hairstyles to express myself — I always have. I usually wear glittery eye shadow on New Year's Eve, red lipstick on Valentine's Day, and in June, I wear rainbow nail art in honor of Pr…
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Ariana Grande Just Teased A New Perfume, Because A Surprise Engagement Isn't Enough

If the very thought of a new Ariana Grande perfume on the market gets you sweaty, brace yourself, because the singer just teased a brand new scent — and it's completely different from all the others she's released in the past. First, she released Ari…
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Tarte Is Putting Literally Everything On Sale — Even Shape Tape — & We've Got The Exclusive Code

I'm crazy about saving money. I try not to do too much online shopping unless it's Cyber Monday, Black Friday, or I have a promo code to enter at checkout. But because my makeup restocking needs don't always align with long-weekend and holiday sales,…
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Madelaine Petsch Designed A Line Of Cheryl Blossom-Inspired Sunnies & They're Cute AF

Madelaine Petsch plays Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale, the very grown-up teenager known for her signature red lip, evolved sense of fashion, and ice-queen persona. As a full-blown adult, I'm so thankful the comic-turned-TV show wasn't around when I was …
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A Paris Hilton x Boohoo Clothing Line Is Coming & It's All Under $100, So Get Ready To Loves It

It feels like just yesterday when I'd come home from high school, slip into my favorite pink tracksuit, step into a pair of Ugg boots, and turn on rerun episodes of The Simple Life. I literally can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon, but s…
By Stephanie Montes

How To Look Fabulous On A Trip, According To Camila Cabello's Stylist — EXCLUSIVE

The life of a fashion stylist is as glamorous as it sounds: It's jam packed with world travels, racks of designer clothes, dressing celebrities and attending fashion shows every season. However, there's a fair amount of behind-the-scenes shlepping th…
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Lush Took Me To Clean Up The Ocean & I’ll Never Look At My Trash The Same Way Again

I'm a California girl through and through. I was born with a natural beach wave in my hair, I wear sun dresses all year round, and I feel most at peace in water. And just like a true Southern Californian, I know which beaches to go to and which to st…
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I Tried An At-Home Peel & My Dead Skin Came Off In Satisfying Chunks

Every single time I get a facial, no matter where I go, the aesthetician asks me if I exfoliate — without fail. I do! I use an exfoliating cleanser every day. However, really gritty, abrasive exfoliators can irritate the skin (even if you don't have …
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Fans Are Sharing Stories Of Their First Kate Spade Bags On Twitter & Each One Is So Relatable

As a teenager, I could never afford Kate Spade's beautiful bags, but I perused the store every chance I got. I'll never forget how one of the first things I bought when I graduated college and began working a big-girl job was a ladylike Kate Spade ba…
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Pizza Bridal Bouquets & Boutonnieres Are Real (Cheesy) Things & You Can Win 'Em Both For Free

Mine and my husband's relationship pretty much revolves around food. I don't know if it's our Mexican roots or our Millennial foodie ways, but date nights are just an opportunity for us to explore new restaurants and food trends together. Every Frida…
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Too Faced Is Dropping A '90s Palette That Smells Like Cake & It's Not Even My Birthday

Being the '90s baby that I am, I love anything that brings back feelings of nostalgia from my teenage years. I live for the moments when designers pay homage to the pop era on their runways or when makeup brands bring back cult-classics that remind m…
By Stephanie Montes

Crayola Is Finally Releasing A 58-Product Beauty Line & The Nostalgia Factor Is Unreal

Most of my fondest childhood memories involve me, a box of crayons and stacks of paper covered in terrible fashion sketches, and girly doodles aplenty. Although, if I'm being totally honest, my crayons weren't always actual Crayola brand — my pencil …
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This Shade-Shifting Makeup Completely Changes Colors & People Are Freaking Out

First, it was "the dress." There were full-blown debates over whether a dress hanging in an Instagram photo was actually white or blue. Then there was the whole Laurel/Yanny debacle (although this is one I completely ignored). And now, there's shade-…
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