First Impression: Mini Elf Haul

Elf (EyesLipsFace) has to be one of my all time favorite makeup brands. They are cruelty free and super affordable. They are so affordable that sometimes I look at their site and say, “I want to try that,” about things completely out of my comfort zone, and that’s fine because usually it’s $3.

Anyway, they’ve had some things on their website that I have wanted to try for a bit so I bought somethings with a $5 off coupon code that was active. Many of the things in this blog I have only tried once, with the exception of the foundation. I tend to try foundation a bit longer before I want to formerly review on it because they tend to change on the skin in some cases.

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Matte blush and bronzer duo in “Fiji”- I was so excited when this came out. I love the blush and bronzer duos, but I am not a shimmer kind of girl. I like a mostly matte look, especially in the fall and winter. This duo is BEAUTIFUL to say the least. They work perfectly together, and even look great on my pale skin. I will say that using a light hand is essential if you have a pale complexion though.

Powder brush- I have heard several beauty bloggers rave about this brush so I needed to try it for myself. Now I understand why they rave about it. I use this brush to set my under eye concealer, and it makes it so easy. Just a quick swirl into my powder and this brush lightly sets my under eyes flawlessly. For $3 you can’t beat it. Ah-mazing.

Baked Highlighter in “Moonlight Pearls”- While browsing on elf’s website, I came across these (new to me) highlighters and thought, “Hello pretties, come live with me.” There are 3 colors, but I decided to try one for now to see how I like them since highlighters can be so hit or miss with my skin tone. I went with moonlight pearls since it seemed like the most subtle highlight on the website. It is truly a beautiful hightlighter. I have used it almost everyday since it came in the mail. I lightly tap my Sonia Kashuk fan brush in it and dust the tops of my cheeks and I always have the glow I want. I think I may end up getting the pink color as well.

Mascara Primer- I have been all about the primers lately? It seems like there are so many things to prime nowadays! Prime your face, prime your lips, prime your eyes, prime your brows, prime your hair. Okay, maybe not prime your hair, but you see my point. This was definitely a “I just wanna try this” purchase. Still not sure about how I feel about this exactly. I didn’t see much of a difference in my eyelashes. I curled my lashes before “priming” them, so I don’t know if I am even doing it right. I may give an update on my thoughts about this product in my next first impression post.

Under Eye Primer- Another primer! Surprise! This one was not so much of a random purchase. I have HORRIBLE under eye circles due to asthma. They are permanent. They make me look dead most days if I don’t cover them up. This primer promised to hydrate the under eyes and prevent concealer from creasing (a huge problem for me) and help concealer to stay all day. I put this primer on at about 9 am the morning I tried it and did my normal housework and kid-friendly activities, and when I checked my makeup at about 1 pm my concealer was still intact! I was fairly blown away and extremely excited! Probably my favorite purchase from them in awhile. Apparently, this is the dupe for a Smashbox under eye concealer, but I don’t own the Smashbox one so I wouldn’t know.

Acne Fighting Foundation in Ivory- Oh man, I love this foundation. I truly love it. Does it actually fight my acne? I have no idea, but based on coverage and quality alone this is the best affordable foundation I have ever tried. I even like it more than some of my higher end foundations. The coverage is flawless and full. It covers up all of my blemishes and leaves a very satin matte finish. It’s not tacky. Elf nailed this foundation. This will now be a staple in my makeup routine, especially since the weather is cooling down and I can wear fuller coverage foundation on an everyday basis.

Blending Brush- I had seen a couple of bloggers talk about this brush and compared to the Mac blending brush, so I decided that for $3 I would give it a try. It’s pretty nice. My only complaint is that it is not “fluffy” and if I blend for a bit it can feel a bit scratchy. It’s a nice affordable blending blush to add to your collection though if you’re in the market for a new one.

First Impression: ColourPop Cosmetics

While catching up on a few beauty blogs, one that I follow mentioned a brand that really intrigued me. It was Colour Pop Cosmetics, and they do seem fairly new. I’m just basing that off of the fact that there’s not many reviews on them, but that didn’t stop me from being super curious. I went to their site (will be linked down below) and noticed that every shadow they sell is incredibly affordable at $5 per color! Plus, if you spend $30 you don’t have to pay shipping in the United States. These are also American made and cruelty free. So, I jumped right in and started picking out what colors I wanted to try. I limited myself to 6 (for now) but it was extremely hard to choose only 6. If you visit the site, you will understand why. Their colors and descriptions are all so unique and beautiful!
First off, the packaging these shadows come in are completely life proof. There’s no way these shadows will randomly shatter in the mail (it’s a tragedy when it happens, yes?). When I received these in the mail they were in a giant box, with a smaller box inside, and each shadow was bubble wrapped and surrounded by more bubble wrap. Life proof, guys. Life proof.

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Second, there was an adorable handwritten note included in my package. I’ve never personally had a makeup brand hand write anything to me, so this was exciting! It also includes a separate card filled with how to use and care for these shadows. Once I get into the review of the actual product you will see why they include this card.

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Now for the actual product review. I am SO impressed all around with these eye shadows. Of course, I had to open and play with every color immediately and they are all buttery smooth and extremely pigmented. The texture is very hard to describe. They are soft and creamy, but not really. That’s why they say to store these air tight. They are a texture that can dry out if left out for too long. I don’t even know how I will ever use a full pot of any of them. Yes, they are that pigmented. I tried using the shadows with both my fingers (as they suggest) and with a brush, and they do indeed produce different results. Of course, using your fingers (clean, hopefully!) gives the best and brightest result. Truthfully, you probably wouldn’t need a primer if applying with your fingers. With a brush the results were still amazing, but definitely softer. All of the colors were still easy to blend out using either method.

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colors from left to right:
Friskie- a very sparkly black color with a hint of purple. I love this color. I feel this color may be my go to this fall and winter for creating a glamorous smoky eye.

Bae- A sparkly neutral color with an egglplant color to it. That’s really the only way I can describe it. They describe it better on their site, of course. It’s beautiful! Unlike any color that I already own and I can’t wait to use this one.

Mittens- a less sparkly dark brown shade. I was drawn to both the name and color of this shadow. I love dark browns. I am a neutral kind of girl, and browns just always catch my eye. I’m very exciting in that sense 😉

Meow- Meow was one that I bought mostly for the name. On top of being very colorful, I am a little bit in love with everything cats. This shadow comes in almost a tie-dye polka dot form that when blended together it creates a very beautiful grayish-violet color.

Cheeky- This color is unlike anything that I typically go for. I do not wear many pinks, but this peachy apricot color caught my eye. It just seemed very girly and dainty, and I want to see if I can try it with a color like Mittens to create an eye look outside of my comfort zone.

Girly- Sorry that this swatch doesn’t show up that well on my pale skin. It is a very pale and very shimmery pearl color. I love it! I use pearl variations of shades often for everyday looks to brighten my eyes up a bit. I will definitely reach for this one very often.

In all, I love these shadows so far. From the packaging to the texture of the shadows themselves, it’s a brand that I would recommend anyone trying. At $5 a color, these are very affordable, and even more adorable.

http://colourpop.com/

I was not endorsed in any way to review this product. These products were purchased with my own money and I have done this review on my own time. All opinions are my own.

My Perfect Nude

Finding a nude shade has been the hardest thing for me besides finding foundation. I’m super pale. No really, I use white powder as a highlight and setting for my concealer since everything else is typically too dark.

We’re talking that pale.
So, nude lipsticks are a bit scary at times. Brown and skin toned shades make me look dead, and anything too mauve can be too dark depending on what look I am going for. I have been wanting an everyday nude shade for a very long time now, and I finally found one! It is perfect. The perfect mix of pink and mauve undertones, and it’s matte.

I never thought I would find a nude shade so perfect and one that fits my skin tone so well. I am in love with it. It’s a bit expensive, but it is so worth it in my opinion. I will probably save up the money and buy another tube of it just in case it’s ever discontinued.
Yes, this is real love. I am going to buy extras.
What shade is it? It’s Lovecraft by Kat Von D from her studded lipstick line ($21). I actually also bought Poe, but I want to do a separate post with Poe included when I talk about my weird lipstick colors.
If you are a pale princess like myself, give this shade a try. I have seen so many bloggers raving about this line in general, and now I see why. The formula is amazing. The colors are phenomenal. I put a little bit of my Anna Sui water proofing top coat on top of the lipstick and it lasted from the time I put it on at 11 am until 8 pm when I took a shower. That included me drinking coffee, eating, kissing my babies. I’ll have to elaborate on the Anna Sui top coat another post though 😉

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Other products used:
Foundation- Kat Von D tattoo lock it foundation in light 44 (mixed in with one pump of manic panic dream tone in virgin)
Eyeshadow- Revealed 2 palette from Coastal Scents
Eyeliner- Physician’s Formula eye booster liquid eyeliner pen in ultra black’
Mascara- Tarte Lights Camera Lashes (trying to use it up so I can dispose of my Tarte products without wasting)

I also used the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge today for the first time ever to apply my foundation. Seriously, where has this sponge been all of my life? This is the blender to end the need for any other blenders ever. My foundation looked flawless and I didn’t use much product, which is essential when you’re applying expensive foundation, in my opinion.

My Favorite Vegan and Cruelty Free Products (Part One)

Fall is approaching, and I can’t be the only one that likes to revamp their makeup collection a little…or a lot. Fall is my favorite season. It’s the season that I can wear my usual vampy and weird colors and not look so outlandish.
I decided to create this post to show some of my favorite fall lipsticks and products (some new and others are older) and to also raise a bit of awareness against animal cruelty. I will not sit here and act like I have always used cruelty free, that would be a lie. I was very oblivious to what kinds of testing go on with many companies to create makeup. Very unneeded and disgusting testing. It was after learning about animal testing that I started looking into cruelty free options such as Nyx and Tarte. Then, sadly, both Nyx and Tarte sold out to Loreal recently. Their brand itself is still cruelty free, but Loreal is one of the cruelest companies against animals. I can’t bring myself to support even a parent company as cruel as them. I will not throw away my Nyx products, but I will be using up what I have and once again switching out my makeup.
So, I’m going to post about some of my favorite vegan makeup products, a few of which I didn’t even know were vegan. While working on this post I didn’t realize how many things I have to talk about, so this is only the first part. I am still waiting on a few things to arrive in the mail, and I am entirely too excited to receive them and review them for you all. With that being said, if there are any brands that you are curious about or want me to review and give further insight into (cruelty free, of course) please let me know in the comments. Not all of these products are fully vegan, but these brands are all cruelty free and sell many vegan products.

First Brand: Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild is a brand that I had no idea was vegan or cruelty free for awhile. Their products are so widely talked about and affordable that it almost seemed too good to be true. It is not too good to be true. My all time favorite product by them is their lipstick, and I am going to talk about my absolute favorites (there’s quite a few, it was hard to choose).

Think pink- a lighter pink with a bit of a mauve undertone. I love this shade. I feel that it is a very great nude shade for people with fair complexions.

Smokin Hot Pink- this isn’t a true hot pink color, it’s pretty dark. I used this as a go to “summer” color because it was kind of cheery for my dark taste, but still pretty dark.
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Red Velvet- a true pin up red with a slight orange undertone. I love pin up reds. LOVE THEM. I have to be careful with them though because I have to make sure my teeth are in decent shape or the orange undertone makes them look yellow.

Purty Persimmon- a true bright orange color with a red hint. This has been said to be a dupe for MAC’s Lady Danger. I do not own any MAC products so I can not say, but there are quite a few beauty bloggers that have the swatches on youtube for comparison. This is very bright. I love the color, but not too sure if I like it on me. I bought it to get out of my comfort zone, but my box is still pretty cozy.
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Pagan Angel- This is from the Fergie line which is a bit more expensive, but not by much. This is a very creamy black shade. It also feathers quite a bit if you don’t line your lips, so a black eyeliner or lip liner (if you own a black one) would be my suggestion to pair with this shade. It’s not my favorite black lipstick, but I think it is still great for those wanting to try black lips without dropping the money on another brand.

Sugar Plum Fairy- I have been all about the plum and purpelish shades lately. I think they are so pretty and unique. I love plum shades on people with darker complexions. It pairs so well with their skin.

Stoplight Red- Another red? Yes, I’m obsessed with red. This is another blue under toned red that will make your teeth look whiter, and it is gorgeous! I adore this color.
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All of the above lipsticks other than Pagan Angel cost about $1.99 in most stores. Many times you can get them on sale. I typically stock up on colors I need or want to try when CVS has a BOGO 50% sale on wet n wild, which is often. I’ve mainly only tried their lipsticks so I don’t have much insight on their face and eye products.

Manic Panic

Oh man, I could go on forever about my love for Manic Panic products. They are vegan and truly amazing. They are a bit more expensive, but still affordable. I feel like their makeup lines are overlooked because people know them for their vegan hair dyes, and not for their makeup. Well, I am here to say that their makeup is amazing, and if you are a pale eccentric creature like myself you will love them as well.

Manic Panic sells WHITE foundation. Yes, pure white. I have always had such a problem finding foundations that are light enough for me. Many tend to have beige and yellow undertones that do not match me at all. I have a very pink and fair undertone, and not many brands cater to that. I ordered a thing of manic panic dream tone foundation in virgin and my life changed. I typically put 1-2 pumps of it mixed with whatever foundation I am using that day. It does not change the consistency. It actually makes it the foundation a bit of a fuller coverage. It lightens any and all foundations. Gosh, I am in love with this foundation. Do we want to hear more or should I move on? Moving on…

Glamnation Lipsticks- This line of lipsticks is relatively new to Manic Panic. I have no idea why they’re not more popular considering how amazing the quality is and the packagins is adorable. I currently own 2 myself, but I plan on getting more in the future.
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Daughter of Darkness- a BEAUTIFUL deep red (perfect for fall) that has a satin matte finish. I’ve worn this color alone and with a dark gloss on top. The gloss I choose to pair with it is also by Manic Panic from their Cross Gloss line. I only own Bloody Rose from this line, but chances are I will eventually get more. These glosses are not very sticky and have a great pigmentation to them. (pictured below Daughter of Darkness)
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After Midnight- a very unique color for me. It’s a deep blue that is supposed to have a metallic finish. This color is gorgeous and reminds me much of Kat Von D’s studded lipstick in Poe (which I also own.) It’s not as dark since Poe is technically navy, but the finishes are very much alike.
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LA Colors Glazed Lip Paints
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La Colors is a brand I was only recently turned on to. I just discovered them a few weeks ago and I already own 7 of their 18 lip paints. It’s hard not to when I got them for $3.25 a tube (ladymoss.com). These are very affordable and beautiful. The packaging reminds me of the Too Faced Melted lipsticks. I typically have to use a lip brush with these because very little product goes a long way.
I only did my 3 favorite swatches for this brand, but for the price I feel like trying them out can be fun for almost anyone.
Tempt- a beautiful deep wine color. It’s not a deep red, and it’s also not a deep purple. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s currently my favorite color.

Blushing- a deep mauve color. This shade is perfect for fair skinned girls that can’t wear fleshy colored nude shades (they wash us out…or at least they wash me out and make me look completely dead). My other favorite color in the line. I reach for this often as I am going out the door to run errands. It’s my ideal everyday shade.

Daring- this color is more of a deep purple, and it is also very gorgeous. I feel like this color will be one I reach for often once fall arrives.
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This is my first ever attempt at making a makeup post this large and detailed, and I hope I did well and gave enough detail. Thank you for reading!

Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Gloss

I was not asked to do this review. This is strictly a personal thing.

I’ve been drooling over the thought of owning this product for some time, and I finally got it! It was truly worth the wait!

I absolutely adore this gloss. It truly is a very matte color. I purchased the red velvet color. It has a cool blue undertone, so I think it will flatter any skin tone, especially my fellow pale sisters. This is definitely going to be my fall and winter staple color. It’s a color that you can build on if you want as well. Once the first coat has dried just apply another coat for a darker color!

This stuff is also life proof. I drank coffee, ate an egg sandwich, cleaned and did laundry and this stuff has not budged at all. I’m so happy with this purchase. I know it is a bit pricey (that’s why I waited so long to get it) but it is truly worth the price if you love red lipstick as much as I do.

Also, Lime Crime is cruelty free and uses vegan ingredients for their products 🙂 just thought I would throw that out there.ImageImage