e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows Review

 

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I bought three of these colors at Target a while back because I’m always looking for new eye products. They were $3 a piece and I think that’s a fair price for the size of the product (.12 oz, compare to Urban Decay’s eyeshadow singles that run about $18 for .05 oz.). The packaging is nice and easy to open. From what I’ve tried, the colors are hit or miss but I definitely plan on trying more. Here is my experience with the colors I bought…

Bark: This color has become a total staple for me. If I somehow managed to run out of this product I would buy it again, although I don’t think I will need to considering the generous amount of product. This is a very shimmery brown color and it looks great with so many different eyeshadow colors. Most days I wear a cream eyeshadow on my eyelid with a warm brown/mauve in the crease and I don’t feel complete until I’ve blended some of this color on the outer part of my eyelid.

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Pixie: I had high hopes for this color, I’m a huge fan of colors like Urban Decay’s Sin and Virgin so I was hoping to find another shimmery pink lid color now that Urban Decay sold out to L’Oreal. It’s a pretty color but not as pigmented as I thought it would be. I find myself having to dig my brush into the product to get the coverage that I want.

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Burnt plum: I’m obsessed with this color. I tend to avoid colored eyeshadows because I find that they can easily look clown-ish. However, this eyeshadow is just neutral enough that I have no problem using it on a regular day. It’s very pigmented and I love blending it on the outer part of my eyelid when I’m wearing cream, brown or gold eye makeup. I think this is a fun yet easy way to add some color to your makeup.

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Overall, I think these eyshadows are worth a try. I use two of them on a regular basis and I hope to get more colors in the future.

Fall Outfit of the Day

Cardigan: Goodwill (from Target), Printed Top: Aeropostale, Gray Cami: JC Penney, Jeans: Hollister, Boots: Charlotte Russe, Neff beanie: Tilly’s

I always enjoy when I find a new outfit that actually looks good. Often when I’m trying out new outfit combinations I feel uncomfortable because it’s not what I’m used to or I think it looks odd. I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out. Today it was still fairly warm but not as hot as it was a few weeks ago. The three quarter length sleeves and light weight of the cardigan made it comfortable. I haven’t worn this shirt very much but I think it will be great for all seasons. It’s a tank top but works well for layering.

Now my new favorite accessory, my beanie!! I have never had a beanie that stays on my head like this one, I’m thinking of doing a review on it sometime. I love it so much and it makes all of my outfits feel perfect to me. The fall colors and boots make it great for the season too!

Review: Ion Color Brilliance Semi-Permanent Hair Color

I was wandering around Sally Beauty Supply and I saw a lot of the Ion Color Brilliance products marked as “100% vegan” when I saw their semi-permanent hair color I grabbed it without reading the package. After using it I read on the bottle that it contains “silk protein”. That freaked me out a little bit but I wasn’t too worried because I’m not a vegan (I’m a vegetarian) and I thought maybe it was along the lines of milk where it comes from an animal but the animal isn’t killed but I wasn’t sure how silk is produced. After researching that (which was horrifying) I knew I didn’t want to use this product if it did contain silk derived from silk worms. I’m still not sure if there’s another source of silk but I am going to show my correspondence with Ion Color Brilliance.

Me: “Is your semi permanent hair color vegan?”
Ion Color Brilliance: “Are products are cruelty free not tested on animals. Thank you in advance for using our products.”
Me: “Thank you for the information regarding your animal testing policy, however my question was about ingredients. Are any of the ingredients in your semi-permanent hair dye animal derived? If so, which ones?”
Ion color Brilliance: “no none of our ingredients are animal derived. Thank you in advance for using our products.”

Then because I was still unsure I sent an email from my other account

Me: “Is the hydrolyzed sericin in your semi permanent hair color in the shade dark red brown from a synthetic source? Thank you.”
Ion Color Brilliance: “None of our color products have ingredients that are derived from animal by products.”

Now my problem is, if they are considering silk worms to be animals or not. I could easily see this company saying their products are free of animal ingredients while including silk from silkworms because they seemed to not want to answer my question. I get this a lot from various companies and it is just so frustrating. Honestly, only a few times have I gotten a response from a company clearly stating that their products do contain animal ingredients and I appreciate that so much more than someone beating around the bush. If anyone knows whether or not the “hydrolyzed sericin” is silkworm derived or if it is vegan I would really appreciate it if you would let me know!!

Aside from this confusion, I felt that I would review the product anyway. It sucks that I’m not sure if it’s vegan because I actually liked it. If I get confirmation that it is I will repurchase but until then I feel a little uneasy about it.

Pros:
– It came out the exact color that I wanted. I have been dying my hair in the red family for years and this was pretty much the perfect color. Not too obnoxious but you don’t have to be in bright sunlight to see the red tones
– Cheap, I believe it was around $3 or $4 at Sally Beauty Supply
– Easy to use, no mixing is required and you just rub it throughout your hair and let it sit for 25 minutes

Cons:
– The whole first part of this review is a con!!
– It’s not as conditioning as some dyes, which is ironic because of the whole issue with the silk

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Now the reason I bought this dye in particular was because I wanted something that wouldn’t stain my hair. This supposedly washes out in 5-7 washes so I will probably do an update post in a while.