Shop My Stash: Elf Mineral Primers

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Hey lovelies,

I wanted to do another Shop My Stash post because I just rotated out all of my primers over the weekend, and discovered that I have four different ones from the Elf mineral line chilling out (literally, my house is freezing) in my stash.

If you have skin like mine, anything hydrating is super crucial, especially when shopping for primers. Primers can also be tricky for me because my skin is a little sensitive, and many break my skin out. However, I have never experienced that with any of the Elf mineral primers.

These are $6 each, and they come in pretty durable bottles with a pump. I love that these primers have pumps, it just feels way more sanitary to me, honestly. There are quite a few primers in this line, so I think everyone can find something they would enjoy. Elf is actually sold in a few drugstores now including Target, Walmart, and most recently CVS!

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Green Correcting Mineral Primer- I have gone through about 3 bottles of just this primer since I discovered these. I love this primer, and I honestly need to pink it back up and use it again. Green primers correct red tones in the face, and that is something that I need given my Irish genes.

Hydrating Mineral Primer- This is a newer addition to the mineral primer line, and I have enjoyed it so far! It doesn’t feel like a lotion primer like the Laura Mercier one that I use, but it does leave my skin feeling hydrated and very smooth. I tend to mix half a pump of this with the green correcting primer somedays if my skin is looking a little irritated.

Radiating Primer- This is another newer addition, and I actually mentioned it in my Top Elf Favorites video awhile back. It has a really nice champagne tint to it, so it makes me look like I’m glowing from the inside out! Even in Fall, I typically wear an illuminating primer with full coverage foundations. My skin type just won’t allow for matte makeup unless I’m going for that caked on look…which I don’t want to go for that look any time soon.

Poreless Mineral Primer- This is the very first one I ever tried, and this is also my second bottle of this. I normally can’t wear poreless primers because they have so much silicone that it breaks me out, but this one never has. I usually put this on my nose and around it because that’s the only places where my pores are a bit larger, but I highly recommend this primer!

So, those are the four that I own and that I will be adding back into my makeup rotation this Fall. For $6 each, I think these are incredible primers. I love the bottles they come in, and I feel they look very cute sitting on vanities. The bottles look heavy, but they feel light, and I have never personally had any trouble from the pumps or felt that the packaging is flawed.

If you have any of these, what do you think about them? Let me know! I really hope you all enjoyed this short and sweet little Shop My Stash post! If you have anything that you would want to see me talk about or revisit, please let me know! I hope you’re all having wonderful days!

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Elf Moisturizing Lipsticks (NEW SHADES)

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Hey beauties,

It’s Monday.  The day that many dread. If you have the Monday blues and you’re wanting something to read, what’s better to read than a review on some newly released products? Better yet, new lipstick. I know it’s not Saturday, but I did swatches of some things from Wet n Wild this past Saturday. Two swatch posts in a row is okay, right?

Anyway, I have some swatches today of 4 out of 8 of the new Elf (eyes lips face) moisturizing lipsticks. I snagged these during a not so “secret” release. I’ve honestly not tried many lip products from Elf outside of the Matte Lip Crayons, so I was happy to add some of these shades to my cart. I also found a free shipping code and ebates always has cash back for elf, so I paid less than $12 for all 4 shades in the end.

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First off, the packaging is really cute.Personally, I like simple packaging. It’s very chic. The color blocks are on the bottom, which makes these easier to store and organize so you’re not left guessing which shade is which. The price is $3 a piece, and I believe that Elf said these would be limited edition.

The smell of these is a very light vanilla scent. I did find that these apply very smooth and because they have Vitamin E in them, they are indeed hydrating.

However, I am not impressed with the pigmentation of these. I guess because these were so hyped I was expecting more, but these are more of a sheer formula. I know that many people prefer sheer formulas, but I do not. Especially with darker shades. I opened up “bourdeaux beauty” expecting a lush dark red shade, and instead I got a sheer red shade. It’s lovely, yes, just not for me.

I wanted to be upfront about that. I am not saying these are bad, they just probably won’t get much use in my own collection, which means I will probably pass them along to my mom.

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Because I did not spend a lot on these, I am not totally heartbroken. I was expecting more, and I feel this might be the last Elf lip product I try for a bit. I love my matte lip crayons, but these just missed the mark for me. Am I the only one that feels this way? I’ve seen people on Instagram raving about the pigmentation of these, and I can’t figure out if they’re being nice, or if I got a bad batch or something since I did order these as soon as they were released. Maybe I’m a bit spoiled on liquid lippies at the moment.

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From left to right: Marsala Blush, Berry Kiss, Bourdeaux Beauty, Black Berry

These are what the swatches looked like after I passed over it twice. So, the color is buildable. For $3 each I think that these are awesome if you like a more sheer finish, but I personally like more pigmented formulas of lipstick. These are quite hydrating though, and remind me of the Revlon lip butters. So, if you’ve always wanted to try those and only shop cruelty free, you may be a fan of these.

What do you think? Am I being too harsh? Chat with me in the comments!

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Face of the Day: My “go to” Date Night Look

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Hey lovelies,

How is everyone? I’m sitting down and typing this out on a Tuesday, and it’s been a weird day. A mostly happy day with some weird things. I started my day off by getting pooped on and I broke my favorite jewelry holder on my foot and I bled everywhere. However, once my kids laid down for a nap I was able to sit down and plan out my look for this week. I also had a great selfie day. There’s just something about looking through pictures and thinking, “Damn, I look nice,” that can perk a lady right up. And yes, you’re allowed to think you look damn good sometimes…or everyday. Because you all look nice everyday.

Anyway, today’s look is going to be my “go to” date night look lately. I tried to put my Kat Von D palette down for once and use all single shadows and some new products that I want to talk about a bit more. My go-to style of makeup in general is usually a pretty crease, a light lid, cat eye and fun lipstick. I know this differs for everyone, but I’m a bit “all or nothing” when it comes to my makeup. So, on date nights I like to go all out and feel happy and confident. For me, that includes red lipstick and cat eyes.

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I also put on an outfit that I would probably wear on a night out (a dress) and curled my hair. Without further adieu, let’s get into the details.

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My base today is actually a wee bit different than normal. I haven’t used my Hard Candy primer in awhile, so I pulled it out for this look. I actually like this primer, and do find it helps my makeup to truly stick, even in the Summer. My foundation is Nyx’s Invincible foundation in “Fair” mixed with a bit of my City Color tinted moisturizer in “fair” to thin it out a bit. That’s my number one tip for full coverage foundations on dry skin…a tinted moisturizer or a bit of beauty oil will thin out a matte foundation a bit making it lay better on the skin. I find this doesn’t take away too much coverage, but my skin has also been relatively clear lately.

My concealer is my usual…La Girl’s pro concealer in “porcelain.” However, today I set my under eyes with the City Color HD setting powder that I got in my July Ipsy bag. My first impression is that I enjoy this powder. Loose powder annoys me a bit in the sense that it’s pretty messy, but I did find this powder to be finely milled and very silky feeling.

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For my contour I used the dark shade in the Elf contour kit. Blush is “Birthday Suit” by Colourpop, and highlight is “Smokin Whistles” also by Colourpop.

My brows are my usual as of late, which is the Milani brow pomade in “Dark Brown” and set with Nyx’s brow mascara in “Black”

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Okay, so for my eyes I primed with my Too Faced Shadow insurance. My transition shade is actually from a sample I received from Shiro Cosmetics called “Mourning.” It’s a lovely medium toned orangey-beige shade that is perfect for warmer toned looks because it’s not too orange. Don’t worry, I’ve ordered the full size. Then as a second transition shade I took “Dirty” by My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics (not pretty zombie cosmetics, it confused me at first too). Because I like to look like a big eyed doll at times, I did a rounded shape and took this pretty far in close to the bridge of my nose.

On my lid is actually a Colourpop shadow called “Acorn.” This came from their Spring collection, and I love it. It’s a pearlized cream color, so it gives dimension to this look without being shimmery. I applied this with my finger, which is how you get the most pigmentation with Colourpop shadows. However, concealer brushes work as well! The outer color is “A regular Bears Meeting” by Shiro Cosmetics.

Normally, I would use black liner for my wing. However, I’m still on the colored liner kick and I created a liner using Shiro Cosmetics’ “A War of Five Armies” shadow (see my method here) and I feel this really made the green in my eyes stand out. It’s a lovely dark burgundy shade. Lashes are the same ones that I talked about in my last video that you can watch here if interested. They’re just ebay lashes, but I love how wispy and romantic they look.

In my water liner I have Nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in “Milk.” Then I have “Mourning” blended out and “Dirty” closer to the lash line and slightly blended out. Mascara is Maybelline’s The Falsies. My inner corner highlight is super dramatic. You don’t have to be as dramatic as me. I used “Swan” from Colourpop. I love this as an inner corner highlight.

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For my lips, it’s just Kat Von D’s “Vampira.” I haven’t worn this liquid lipstick in a bit, and I forgot how much I truly adore this shade and formula. It applies evenly and lasts all day. It feels comfortable and applies like a dream. I definitely want to get my hands on quite a few of the new shades when my local Sephora has all of them. I set my entire face with Urban Decays All Nighter spray.

Funny story about my hair: if you follow me on twitter, you would have seen me mention that I did a wet set using foam rollers and said I looked like “a punk poodle.” I did. It was bad. I put my hair in a bun and the next day (today) my hair looked better, and I went over the weird parts with a curling iron. This was the result. From punk poodle to glorious curls.

My necklace is from Bella Morta Jewelry, and my dress was actually a clearance find from Marshall’s.

I hope you all enjoyed this look! Tell me about your go to looks, for dates or whenever else. What makes you feel sexy and sassy?

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Face of the Day: Elf Cosmetics

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Hey beauties,

Today I have another Face of the Day post, but there’s also a video tutorial on it! A little bit ago I posted a video about my top 10 favorite Elf products and I wanted to follow that up with a video using mostly Elf products. I used a few of my old favorites, and a few new favorites.

I even used and talked more about the new Elf contour palette!

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Isn’t it lovely? In short, I really like this palette so far and I think Elf did a great job with it!

For this tutorial, I did a very dark brown smokey eye…the kind of smokey eye my mom likes to refer to as “bedroom eyes.” Ha! I liked the way this turned out, and it would make my day if anyone that wants to watch it would and let me know what you think about it!

I know I’ve done a lot of bronzey and neutral looks lately, and I promise I will sit down soon and do something a little more colorful. Also, all of the products and brushes used are listed in the description under the video! If anyone has any questions or wants to know my thoughts on anything in particular, please feel free to ask! I promise that on Mondays I am too tired to bite.

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I do hope you all enjoy this very affordable makeup look!

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FOTD: Simple Christmas Look

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First, I want to wish everyone a happy whatever you’re celebrating, if anything. I wanted to post a quick “face of the day” post today on a very simple look using the Elf Prism palette in “Naked.” I’ve posted about this palette several times before, I just love it so much, especially for shimmery holiday looks.

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First, I primed my eyelids, as usual. Then, I took the first champagne shimmery shade in the palette and put it all over my lids. I took the second to last brown shade with a smaller brush and put it fairly preceisley in the crease and blended it out slightly. I then took the darkest shade and put it on the outer part of my lid and smoked it out quite and bit and blended it in slightly into the crease. I then took another crush and using the first color I put that near my brow bone and blended the entire look together.

I then decided to glam it up a bit more and took a Nyx roll on shimmer (the white one) and put that on my lid and inner corner of my eyes. Because glitter. I lined my water line with a white eyeliner and put a matte dark brown color on my lower lash line and blended that out a little.

I used my Nyx liquid liner to create a wing and then put on a few coats of mascara on both my top and bottom lashes.

On my lips is a Milani Lip liner in “plush red” with Nyx “chaos” over it.

Very quick, yet very festive in my opinion.

Pictorial: Neutral Look Ft. Elf “Naked” Palette

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Today I am going to attempt my first “pictorial” type of post featering my new elf prism palette. I did not take pictures at every step, but I am going to thoroughly explain everything. I will admit that I did not anticipate how hard a pictorial would be, so props to anyone that does these often.

I already had my face and brows completed before starting this look. That’s typically how I do my makeup, but feel free to not copy me at all. I know some people will do eyes first and brows last, but the fun of makeup is that there’s no rules. You do you.
First, I always go in with a bit of concealer on my eyelids. This is optional, but I have very dark lids and veins because I’m pale and an asthmatic. It cancels out any redness and darkness. After that set for a few seconds I put on elf’s studio eyeshadow in “Toast” as a shimmery base for the shadows. This is also optional, I was just feeling extra sparkly when planning this look out.
Next, I took a Nyx matte shadow in “Dances with Tides” (a warm orange-ish brown shade) sloppily in the crease. This is just a transitional shade, so it doesn’t have to be precise. Then I took first shade in the prism palette (the shimmery white one) on a flat eyeshadow brush and started packing it on my lid. I used a patting motion to really get the color on there.

I then took the second to last brown shade (not the darkest one) and put it on the outside corner of my eyes as well as on the outside of the crease. Using a fluffy blending brush I blending it out and into the middle of my eye a bit, and blended it into the crease. This was when I also created the “shape” that I wanted to make my eyeshadow before I started to work with any darker shades. I personally take my shadow out a bit since my eyes are so giant. It gives my eyes the illusion of looking a bit wider instead of just looking like I am constantly confused and surprised.

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Anyway, after that you could finish the look. It would be a very soft and subtle neutral look. However, I was feeling like I needed a bit of a darker and less shimmery shade to balance it out so I took my ColourPop shadow in the shade “Mittens” and applied it on the very outer crease with an eyeshadow sponge. What…no brush? Nope. I used one of those little sponge things that I typically throw away and it applied the ColourPop shadow better than my fingers or a brush ever could. I knew those things would come in handy again someday.

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I went through again and made sure everything was blended and shaped evenly.
I then went created a cat wing using my holy grail eyeliner…physicians formula eye booster pen in “ultra black” and applied falsies (also optional) and the ones I used were Red Cherry #43.

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I went in with a black eyeliner and lined my water line and then took the original transition shade (dances with tides) and put that close to my lash line. Then I took a little bit of “Mittens” on the same brush and smudged and blended all of those together on my lower lash line and finished it off with a coat of Wet n Wild mega length mascara. Lastly, I popped a little bit of my city colour white gold mousse in the corners of my eyes to open them up a bit and put a bit of the first white shimmery shade from the prism palette near my brows to highlight those as well.

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For the lips, since it’s neutral you could do any color you want. I chose a cabernet liner topped with my Manic Panic “Blood Rose” lip gloss. I feel this would be a quick and beautiful look for the holidays if you’re wanting a look that’s shimmery but not high maintenance.

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Overall, I love this look and I’m happy with it. Feel free to give me thoughts on this pictorial and subscribe if you would like! I am hoping to have my very first youtube videos up this week!

Review and Swatches: Elf Prism Palette in “Naked”

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If you’ve been following me for a bit you probably already know that I am a pretty huge elf (eyes lips face) cosmetics fan. It’s a very affordable, yet high quality brand. However, sometimes while on their site there are SO MANY THINGS that it’s hard to pick and choose what to pick and not panic slightly on the inside (probably just me) about whether or not your choices were awesome and won’t end up in your makeup graveyard. That’s the beauty of following multiple other bloggers here on youtube, though. I get to see swatches and reviews and sometimes discover things that I might have overlooked before.

That happened last week while watching a Kathleenlights (youtube blogger) video and she mentioned this palette from elf’s sight that I had somehow overlooked every time I have ever shopped on their website. It was the prism palette in “Naked” and from what I could see from the swatches on camera, I needed this palette. I typically do not go for shimmery palettes that have no mattes, but I was willing to make an exception for this. Everyone else also needed this palette. It sold out pretty quickly on elf’s sight, so I looked to my trusted beauty ebay shops list and tried to find one. I ended up snagging one for $5 shipped, which is half the price elf charges on their site at regular price, more if you include shipping costs.

Another small elf palette I picked up was $3 from Target. I want to try a few holiday things from elf myself since they’re so cheap. When I shop for Christmas makeup for my mom and other beauty enthusiasts in my family I like to know if the quality is going to be great before I buy it, and I like to be able to buy quite a bit for less so that I can make cute gift bags for everyone without breaking the bank. So, today’s post is just an overall review with swatches of both.

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These are the swatches from the prism palette and they are so shimmery and so BEAUTIFUL. I was so impressed with the quality and pigmentation of every color in this little set. The packaging is small and sleek for easy storage. The color payoff is better than some of my higher end palettes. This is one of those times where I am so happy that youtube made me buy something. If not, I might not have ever known about this little gem. If you’re contemplating on getting this, just get it. Trust me, you won’t regret it. If you love neutrals and shimmers, this is the perfect palette for you.

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These are the swatches from the $3 elf eye palette that I found at my local Target. It’s also available on elf’s website though. Yes, I realize the swatches look a lot like the prism palette, and there are some similarities, but also some major differences. These were swatched on primer, and while the pigmentation is by no means bad, it’s still a bit powdery. The prism palette shadows are very smooth and buttery, and these are more of the typical elf formula. The most powdery color was the gold one, but it wasn’t too bad and still has a great payoff.

Overall, I would recommend both of these palettes. If you’re only seeking one or the other, my personal recommendation is the Naked one, but both are great quality given the affordable price. I woudld honestly pay double the price for the prism palette. When I say those shades are buttery and glide on, I mean it. I haven’t worked with shades that easy to apply and blend since I tried ColourPop pigments. Elf, you never cease to amaze me, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Halloween Clearance Find: Elf Beauty Books

The only thing that cheers me up after Halloween ends is the clearance shopping. The candy, the cute kid things…I am all about it. Typically I go after candy and things to prepare for next year, but I stumbled on a few of the Elf Halloween Beauty Books on an end cap for 50% off. I already own the Vampire one, and I love it. I actually just used it for the first time on Halloween to give my mom a glamorous witch makeup look, and I was incredibly impressed by the pigmentation of the shadows. I tried to use the false lashes, but I have never been a huge fan of the elf brand false lashes. They seem flimsy and hard to work with for me, but I have read where they do work for many others. So, I just wanted to go over them and do swatches and give my insight in case anyone has a Target nearby (where I found them) and can possibly score these as well. There were not many left when I got to my closest Target at 5 pm, so if you want some I would run to Target.

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First, these were normally $6 before Halloween. My local Target had all of their Halloween things for 50% off, making these $3 per book! I was able to snag Diva and Enchanted, but I am sad that I couldn’t find Wicked anywhere, because then I would have all 4 of them since I already have the Vampire book. I think these are sooo pretty. They are not thin and sleek at all, but pretty none the less.

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This is the Diva book. This one is my favorite of the two I found. The colors in this book are so buttery and soft. The lighter shades are a bit chalky and didn’t come up very well in the swatches, but I am also super pale and I did not use primer to swatch them. The gloss this one comes with is a fuchsia colored gloss, but I am not a lip gloss fan at all so I will probably be passing that on to a friend.

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This one is the Enchanted book, and while it is not my favorite, the colors are pretty. They’re just not colors that I use very often. Blues don’t typically work well with my eye color, but for $3 I will play around with them a bit. As you can probably tell by the swatches, some of the colors are kind of chalky and patchy. I don’t know how they will look with a primer though. The lip gloss color in this one is a very peachy-pink nude color.

Since I will probably be giving the lashes and gloss away, I am still very happy with these finds. The eyeshadows in both books are very pretty. I may try to go to another Target and find the Wicked book so I can have all of them. My personal favorite is the Diva book, and as mentioned earlier the Vampire book is so amazing. If you come across it, get it. Don’t even think about it…thank me later.

I just watched a video by KathleenLights on youtube saying that the little (usually useless) eyeshadow applicators can be used for ColourPop eyeshadows and work BETTER than your fingers! Mind. Blown.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, please check out ColourPop. I have a review on my blog on their eyeshadows.
Other things I found clearance shopping: a cupcake costume for Piper next year. Cheap costumes for Harmony’s dress up wardrobe, and candy for me.
Anyone else find some amazing Halloween clearance items? Tell me! I love hearing about bargains 😀