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: 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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Picture Perfect? New Elf Studio Brushes + Ultimate Kabuki Brush

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Hey lovelies, today I have a review!

Alright, so can we just talk about how amazing Elf (eyes lips face) Cosmetics is for a second? They are so affordable, cruelty free (many products are vegan friendly as well), and many things are incredible! I say many because I have tried some dud products from them, but I also have some forever holy grail items by their brand.

One of my favorite things being their Studio Line brushes. I own quite a few from face to eye brushes…most of them are so amazing and are about $3-6 each. I’m not a “sigma” or “mac 217” kind of gal, I like my brushes to be great quality, yet affordable. Personally, I can spend $25 on way cooler things than a brush. However, brushes are important and nessecary in my collection, so I don’t like to skimp on quality.

You all can probably imagine my excitement when Elf not only released their new ultimate kabuki brush, but also announced the release of 3 new studio brushes, including a contour brush!
That’s right, a true contour brush at a wallet busting $6.

And yes, I bought all 3 of the new brushes and the ultimate kabuki brush. Judge me if you wish, but I will admit that I’m still trying to build up my brush collection. I just started adding brushes to my routine possibly 2 years ago, and I started out with 2 no name drugstore brushes that I used for everything.

The 3 new brushes that came out a few weeks ago include a contour brush, a brow duo brush, and a blending brush. My overview today is about all 3 of the new brushes and the ultimate kabuki brush, which I’ve had for a few months now. It should be noted that the studio line from elf is vegan friendly, but the essentials line is not as far as I know. Also, I am not sponsored by elf, and these are my honest opinions. I purchased these brushes myself with my money.

Prices: Duo Brow Brush: $3
Blending Brush: $6
Contour Brush: $6
Ultimate Kabuki: $10

Brow Duo Brush This handy little guy comes with an angled brush side and a small spoolie side to brush and shape brows. I really like this duo! The spoolie is small so it really gets into the brow hairs and brushes them out, and the small angled brush is soft, yet stiff enough to give a natural look to the brows while filling them in. If you have sparse brows like myself and need a bit of “help” creating what looks like hair, this does the job well. I’m still blown away that this only costs $3!

Blending Brush If I’m completely honest for a second, this is probably my favorite brush in this post. I adore this brush. It’s so soft, and the angle in it allows for a precise contour if you want a light contour that day, or you can use it to blend out the contour you’ve already laid down. I’ve used it to blend cream and powder contours, blushes, liquid highlighters…this brush is awesome. Even if you read this post and decide you have enough brushes, you may need to add this one. I am head over heels in love with it.

Contour Brush This brush surprised me. I was convinced I couldn’t like any contour brush more than my Crown Deluxe Contour brush, but this brush comes close to my love for it. This brush is soft, but not too soft. It will also give you an extreme contour, so beware because it does pick up a lot of product because the hairs are so close together and short. On days when I want a darker contour I reach for this brush, but I still find myself reaching for my Crown brush more often because I don’t like a stark contour except for date night when I know I’m going to be somewhere with a weird lighting.

Ultimate Kabuki Brush I’m not gonna lie, I had no idea what the heck I was going to use this brush for at first when I got it. I’ve had to play around with it a bit, but it’s actually a pretty awesome brush and can be used multiple ways. This brush is really dense. I’ve used it to pat on blush, to apply highlight (use the flat sides), and to clean up my face if I’ve had fallout from shadows or anything. This can probably be used as a neat body bronzing brush as well, but I’m not about that bronzing life. For the ways it can be used compared to the price, I think this brush is fantastic!

My thoughts on elf studio brushes in general are that they are amazing given the low price point. These are some to definetely consider adding to your cart if you’re placing an order with them anytime soon, or if you’re in the market for some new brushes and on a budget. I haven’t had any shedding problems with any of these brushes yet, but I’ve also only had them for a month or so.

Favorites Friday

YES! THE WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a rough week. I have a teething baby and I’m recovering from an intense stomach bug. Someone dear to me also passed away this week, but I know he would want me to keep doing what I love even though I am sad, so here I am. I love blogging. I really and truly do. Not for money or anything, because it’s probably obvious that I don’t make money from this. I’ve loved makeup and art since I was 2. My very first memories are of me drawing on my mom with eyeliner and singing my little heart out all the time. Creating is my passion. I’ve created music, makeup looks, babies, paintings…this is who I am, and this is what makes me happy.

You all make me so happy. I just wanted to say that this week.

I will never stop creating. I will never stop singing.

Here are some of my favorite moments and things for the week, I hope you all enjoy!

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1. Favorite Piper Moment Okay, so every time I look at this picture I bust out laughing. We went to Jeremy’s grandparents house last week because it was his grandma’s birthday, and Grandma Patsy made some us a good southern dinner. I’m talking rolls, potatoes, green beans, cabbage, fried okra…the works. I gave Piper some mashed potatoes and green beans and I have never seen a baby shove food in their mouth the way Piper did. This was her face afterwards. It screams:

“I’ve made a mistake. I misjudged my own stomach. Too full.”

Let’s just say we all had an amazing family nap once we got home.

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2. So, I got an email from Kat Von D’s Beauty Page saying that the website had been updated. I was scrolling through it looking at all the new photos…and look at how I found! ME! I’m honestly so excited, and I don’t care if anyone finds that to be odd. Kat Von D is one of my beauty inspirations, and this was such a cool moment for me. My review of the Innerstellar palette can be found here for anyone interested.

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3. Makeup Faves I’ve been loving the new Hard Candy Natural Eyes Palette. I have a review here and a video using this palette here.

I’ve also rediscovered my love for Too Faced Melted Lipstick in “Fig.” It’s the perfect neutral plum color. I die over it. I’ve been using elf smudge pots all week to prime my eyes. They are so perfect! If you’re looking for a cruelty free dupe of the maybelline color tattoos, pick up a few elf smudge pots. They’re also half the price!

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4. Favorite Jewelry piece The Ghost Milk necklace from Worship 13. It’s so gorgeous, and it actually shifts color in different lighting. I can’t get over how perfect it is. I’ve mentioned Worship 13 several times before, but I really love her shop. Her items are so well put together and beautiful.

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5. Favorite Shirt I love Pink Floyd. I picked this shirt up at Kohl’s for $2 a few weeks ago, and it’s so comfy. It’s a Men’s shirt, technically, but I don’t give a damn. It’s a woman’s big baggy badass shirt now. I live in band tees and shorts/skirts in the spring and summer.

On my lips: Lasplash “Lady” topped with Milani’s “Florence” Fierced Foil Gloss

Those are the favorites I wanted to share with you all this week! I will see you all again next Friday with more favorites!

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2014 Makeup Favorites

Ah, the post where I try to wrap up my entire year in beauty in one place *gulps*
This has been a tough post for me. 2014 seemed like a big year makeup wise for me. So many amazing products came into my life, some of which are here to stay for possibly forever (or until discontinued).

Brace yourselves, a long post is coming.

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First, I want to talk about the Revealed 2 palette by Coastal Scents. I was once someone that swore Urban Decay made the best palettes…then I bought this one. I use this palette about any time I am not reviewing something or creating a tutorial. It’s so versatile and I feel it really suites my green eyes. There’s really not a color in this palette that I don’t love.
The shadows are very smooth and pigmented. Totally a palette that I would recommend to anyone that doesn’t already own it.

Second, the elf prism palette in “Naked” which is probably my second favorite palette at the moment. I’ve talked about this palette so much, but it deserves the attention. I won’t go into too much detail to avoid putting everyone to asleep, but just order this palette. You will thank me.

Concealing is a big part of my makeup routine. I have fairly clear skin, but I have very dark under eyes from being super pale and an asthmatic. I look like a real life Tim Burton character some days. The Nyx HD concealers have been a staple in my makeup routine for pretty much the entire year. I have tried and liked other concealers, but these are just beyond amazing. I mix both porcelain and lavender together to create the perfect shade to conceal and highlight my under eyes. The only downfall is that there doesn’t seem to be a ton of product in the tubes, but at $5 each it’s okay.

The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade was a product that I purchased twice in the year 2014. Yep, that’s when you know the love for a product is real, especially if you’re someone that is constantly trying new products like myself. I currently have the shade ebony, and even though I still don’t think this shade is dark enough, I make it work. I love it that much. When I need a very carved out and precise brow…this is what I use. Holy grail status.

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I would be no where without my Manic Panic white foundation, or at least my face would be a different color than my neck. I always bring this up when a fellow pale warrior talks about the struggle of finding foundations that are light enough. This product has helped me to bring some of my old favorite foundations back into my life. I just mix a few pumps in and apply to my face. It doesn’t change the foundation. It’s perfect. I’ve been through 2 bottles this year alone.

Going with the face thing, I do have to mention my Elf acne fighting foundation. There are cons to this products such as not being light enough, swatches looking different online than in person etc, but the formula and coverage are amazing. I wear this when my skin is less than satisfactory. It has salicylic acid in it, but not a lot so it’s never made my face feel dry. For $6, I would recommend everyone try this out if they’re looking for a great full coverage foundation.

The Too Faced Cocoa Powder didn’t come into my life until later on the year, but it’s still worthy of being mentioned in this post. I have the shade “light” (duh) and I use it to set my foundation if I’m wearing a BB cream, or I wear it alone on “no makeup” days. It doesn’t get cakey at all, and it looks beautiful on my skin. Powders are a hit and miss with my because my skin is very dry in some places, but this powder doesn’t cling to my dry spots. Worth every penny. And the packaging is so freakin’ adorable. Too Faced always creates the cutest packaging.

The Mary-Loumanizer by The Balm has been a product I have been wanting to try for so long and I finally found it 50% off on hautelook.com one day. This product is incredible, and I will repurchase it at full price if need be. However, I don’t foresee running out of this product anytime soon. This is my go-to highlighter if I’m not reviewing/creating a look and I haven’t even made a dent in the product. Very very little goes a long way. I feel this is the holy grail highlighter for pale folks. It gives a very healthy glow, and paired with a nice peachy blush it makes me look like I had the best orgasm of my entire life.
Too much info? Oh well 😉

At the top of the picture, that’s my real techniques miracle sponge. I own several of these. I’m in love with them. I use it to blend foundation, concealer, and my contouring. I also use it to apply powder. I have no idea what I was doing before this sponge came into my life. If you have dry skin and brushes on your face make your foundation cling to dry spots, buy this sponge. It’s $6 at most places (on sale often at Ulta) and incredible. Just trust me.

My almost everyday contouring product has been the Nyx blush in Taupe. It’s a product that’s talked about often in the beauty community, so I won’t ramble too much, but it’s truly spectacular on pale skin. It’s cool toned and doesn’t make me look orange.

I’m a blush fanatic. The products I buy the most have to be blush and lipstick. However, I reach for Elf’s Studio Blush in “Wanderlust” often, especially in the fall and winter. It’s a deep plumish-mauve color and very cool toned. I wear a lot of cool toned looks, so this has been an almost everyday blush for me lately. It’s very pigmented, so use a very light hand with it if you’re pale. I feel this is a color that can flatter every skin tone though.

Now…on to lip products. This was the hardest part for me because I love lipstick and stuff.

Probably my favorite lip product discovery of 2014 in general has to be liquid lipsticks. I reach for them often and they last fo-freakin-EVA on my lips.

A new brand I have discovered is Pretty Zombie Cosmetics. I purchased “Zombettie” and “Black Cat” awhile back, and I reach for Zombettie so often. It’s a very pin-up vintage red and super matte, but not drying. Pretty Zombie has liquid lipsticks that are $12 each (cheaper than many) and it’s a vegan brand. However, they have been slightly MIA from instagram and it’s raising concerns for some. Apparently, it’s a one woman army running the company and has been overwhelmed with all of the people in love with her product. Not that I can blame them. The packaging, price, and product are all spot on. I don’t feel ethically right purchasing Lime Crime after reading and witnessing some things, so I hope that this brand releases more in 2015. I went to the site a few days ago and it looks like there’s a new burgundy shade to be released in January, and I am flippin’ excited about it.

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Okay, forgot I had a lone non-lip product in this picture haha. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog or youtube channel you have probably heard me mention the physician’s formula eye booster pen in “ultra black” at least a bajillion times. It’s my favorite liquid eyeliner. It makes creating wings super easy, and it’s half the price of the Kat Von D pen ringing in at $9. Life changing product.

Speaking of Kat Von D, I can’t hate on her products at all because her brand is probably my favorite to buy when I have the money to splurge. I bought the liquid lipstick in “Lolita” on a whim a few months back, and damn I’m glad I did. From what I’ve seen this color has been hard to get a hold of at times throughout the fall and into winter. It’s such a beautiful brown nude color though. It’s my go-to nude lately, and probably will continue to be into 2015. I’m obsessed.

Too Faced was a brand I had never tried until not too long ago. Once I tried this brand I have been hooked and I love when I can try out new products. One of my favorite lip products for the year is also by Too Faced, and that is the shade “Fig” from the Melted Lipstick line. It’s such a beautiful and perfect plum toned color. I feel this is a very flattering color on pale skin tones, and would probably look great on everyone. I really need to get my hands on several of the new colors though.

Last, but certainly not least, are the LA Girl Lip Paints in “Tempt” and “Blushing.” I own about 8 of these babies ($4 each) and they are all beautiful, but these were my most used. I don’t like sticky gloss, but these aren’t sticky whatsoever. They’re super pigmented and look great alone or on top of other colors. Tempt is a very dark berry color, and Blushing is a gorgeous darker mauve shade.

If you made it to the end of this post…congrats. This was a long one. I’m excited to see what’s in store for 2015 in every way, not just in terms of beauty.

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.

Let’s Talk about Amazing and Affordable Face Products

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Personally, when I watch videos and read blogs by my favorite beauty bloggers I catch myself day dreaming about high end products. I can’t be the only one. The products that I want to try out, but sadly can’t afford right now thanks to life and kids. Not that it upsets me at all. I love my life and kids with all of my being.
I do know that I am not the only one that is constantly looking for amazing and affordable makeup products though. Too many times I catch myself thinking that if I had more higher end products my makeup would look flawless, but then I remember that it’s truly about finding what’s right for you and how you apply it.
So, I want to do a few blogs about amazing and totally affordable makeup products, starting with some of my favorite everyday face products. Of course, these are just what works for me and my face, but I hope that everyone that reads this either finds a new awesome product to try out or that they take away a few tips on finding these products for even cheaper than they already are.
I will also include a separate picture of swatches for the blush, highlighter, and bronzer at the end of the post.

Wet n Wild blush in “Pearlescent Pink” – Holy grail blush. I use this blush almost everyday. That’s why the packaging looks kind of dirty. It’s the perfect shade of pink for me and has the slightest hint of shimmer. It’s so beautiful, and a shade that would work on many skin tones. These retail alone at around $3 most retail stores, which is incredible by itself, but I find these on sale so often at CVS and Walgreens. Wet n Wild also releases coupons in the newspaper often, so if you’re a coupon clipper (raises hand!) keep an eye out for them. I have scored so many free Wet n Wild products stacking sales with coupons.

LA Girl Pro Concealer
– if you follow many youtubers and bloggers, chances are you have heard others raving about this very product. It’s so amazing and I just got it myself a few months back. I have horrible dark circles due to being extremely pale and having allergies, and this concealer covers my under eye circles and doesn’t look caked on. I use the lightest shade, obviously. This concealer retails for $5 on the la girls website, but I found mine for way cheaper on ebay. I got 3 tubes for $7.
Quick Ebay tip– when buying makeup always make sure you’re buying from a well known buyer with great feedback. Sometimes people are awful and sell fake products. There are a lot of great sellers on there that do sell the real deal for real cheap.

Nyx Matte Bronzer– This is a newer addition to my collection. I have searching for what seems like forever for a flattering contour shade for my skin tone. I typically use Nyx blush in “Taupe” which is amazing as well, but I wanted to switch it up a bit. This line has different shades for different skin tones, so naturally I picked out the shade called “light” that is supposed to be for lighter skin tones. It is a nice bronzer for light skin, maybe a bit on the warmer side for my liking, but a light hand while applying can easily fix that. The packaging is also very sleek and pretty.

Nyx Matte Finishing Spray– This has been in my possession for awhile (can you tell by the makeup all over the bottle?) and I love it! It’s perfect for everyday matte makeup looks for me when I want to set my makeup, but I don’t want to use up any of my Urban Decay spray.

Wet n Wild Highlighter– This is from the Fergie line in the color ‘Rose Champagne.” It’s so beautiful and affordable. It’s a champagne color with a hint of pink. Super flattering on fair skin. There is so much product in this for the price. I would recommend anyone try this if they are as obsessed with highlighters as I am. I hope the dewy skin look is here to stay.

Nyx Eyebrow Gel– I know this is technically not a “face” product, but eyebrows are a must for a complete face look. I’ve been using the black shade from this line for awhile now, and I love it. I still tend to reach for my dipbrow pomade most days, but if I am wanting a very bold brow I reach for this one. It takes the smallest amount of product to do both eyebrows, and it applies so easily. I use an angled brush to apply it. This product does set quickly, but it also stays ALL DAY. It’s an awesome and ridiculously affordable product that I would recommend to anyone to at least try.

Nyx HD concealer in “Lavender”– I use this concealer probably everyday. Usually I put this on under my foundation to cancel out the darkness under my eyes. I also use it to lighten up concealer if it’s a bit too dark. It serves multiple purposes, and costs $5. Amazing. Highly recommend for anyone with intense dark circles or is extremely fair and has trouble finding a light enough concealer.

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Powder– If you follow my blog you have probably seen my first impressions post about this powder, if not I will link my review post of it at the end. I haven’t had this powder long enough to say it’s a staple yet, but it is a great powder for the price. BH Cosmetics has sales constantly on their site, and this powder tends to be about $7 on their site most days. My tips for using this powder are to use the elf powder brush (the studio one with the flat top) and just pat it into the skin if you’re using it to set your foundation or concealer. It works for me. I find that when I sweep powder across my face in a typical swirly motion it can kind of stick to dry spots easier. But do whatever works for you 🙂

Elf Acne Fighting Foundation– This foundation is something that is on my face often. I LOVE this foundation, and I mention it often in my “face of the day” posts. It’s supposed to be blemished skin friendly, but besides that it is also very full coverage and extremely affordable at $6 on the eyeslipsface website. I will say that if you have very fair skin and you don’t have a white mixing agent like the manic panic white dream tone foundation that you may want to hold out on buying it until you have both. The lightest shade on me is a few shades too dark, and I have a to use 2-3 pumps of white to get it to my exact shade, but it’s still an amazing foundation if you’re looking for a less expensive full coverage foundation to add to your life.

Elf Mineral Face Primer– The one in the picture is the green toned one, but I also have the plain clear toned mineral face primer. I use the green one on an almost daily basis because it’s supposed to correct red skin. I naturally have a bit of red in my skin on my cheeks, and this helps to correct it a little. Aside from that, it’s $5 (I think) and can be found on elf’s website or in many Target stores. This primer feels amazing on the skin, and the ingredients do not break my skin out whatsoever.

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Swatches from bottom to top: Wet n Wild “pearlescent pink,” Wet n Wild “rose champagne glow,” and Nyx Matte Bronzer in “light.”

Last tip for saving money, especially with all of the holiday things coming out- use ebates. I love this site. You get cash back for online shopping through their site. Example: I recently got 4% cash back on a Sephora purchase online, and 7.5% back on BH cosmetics. If you do a lot of online shopping please create an account through them. I think you get a check or paypal credit every 3 months for what you’ve earned…don’t quote me on that though.
Anyway, I hope this blog has been somewhat enjoyable or helpful. If you’re interested in any other affordable products I have in my arsenal, please feel free to make requests on what you may want to see me focus on.

BH Cosmetics Powder review: https://kaylahutchison.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/first-impression-too-faced-cocoa-powder-and-bh-cosmetics-studio-pro-powder/