e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation Review

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I’ve used this product religiously for about 3 months now! My previous favorite foundations were a little too light for my skin tone and I found myself having to use a ton just to cover all of the redness on my face. While I wouldn’t say this is the perfect foundation, I think it’s worth giving it a shot if you’re looking for something new. Here’s the rundown:

Pros:

  • 8/10 full coverage. I find myself having to use less of this product to get the full coverage effect that I look for than with other foundations. That being said, I do still have to use concealer on the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks but I have yet to find a foundation that can cover those spots.
  • Hella cheap! It’s around $6 at Target and somehow doesn’t suck. I’ve had really bad experiences with cheap foundations before so I’m glad I didn’t give up hope.
  • Very nice packaging. It reminds me of the Makeup Forever HD foundation packaging but dare I say it, nicer?! The bottle is made of sturdy frosted glass and it has the ever-popular pump dispenser.
  • Dewy finish. If you would prefer a matte finish you can just set it with a matte face powder.

Cons:

  • Lame shade range. If your skin is on the medium to dark end, you will probably have an easier time finding the right shade for you. But us pale girls are pushing it even with the lightest shade. I use porcelain (the lightest) and it is still slightly too dark for my skin tone but I use it anyway as long as I blend it on to my neck.
  • It could be a little bit too thick for some tastes. It is almost mousse-like but not quite.

Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable, full coverage foundation I think this could be a great match for you! Just make sure you look at swatches before buying because their shade range is a little iffy.

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.

Review: E.L.F. Tinted Lip Balm in Rose

I bought this hoping for something that would give my lips the just-bitten, Twilight-esque look. That isn’t this product but luckily I have found one that fulfilled this purpose, which I will review later. This product is still nice in it’s own way.

Pros:

  • Easy to buy, sold at Target
  • Pretty color
  • Smells nice, minty
  • Cute packaging

Cons:

  • More opaque than I wanted, although that could be a good thing depending on what you are looking for
  • In my opinion it’s a bit expensive for a tinted lip balm, $3, but you probably couldn’t do much better anyways
  • Not as moisturizing as a balm

Top: one swipe
Bottom: full color

Review: E.L.F. pressed powder

It’s pretty obvious that I am a major user of E.L.F. products. They’re cheap, accessible and a lot of them have become must-haves for me. This pressed powder has become a part of my everyday routine.

Pros:
– As I mentioned, it’s easy to buy (sold at Target)
– Cheap ($1)
– Pigmented for a pressed powder, I’ve been using it as my foundation lately. It also works well over liquid foundation.

Cons:
– Honestly, I can’t think of any!

Everyday Makeup Routine

Face: I’ve been really proud of myself because I haven’t gone without foundation for years (not like I wear it everyday but on days when I wear makeup) and I’ve managed to cut back to only powder. I have red skin + red marks from past acne so I tend to go for full coverage foundations but I have been pretty satisfied with just powder. It doesn’t cover everything but some of the marks were too dark to cover with anything so I might as well use something lighter. The powder I use is the one dollar one from E.L.F. If I do feel like I need a bit more coverage on a particular day I will use my ULTA mineral powder foundation in problem areas. I don’t wear blush everyday but my favorite blush is Hard Candy’s Living Doll. Also, I didn’t include it in the photo but I like the blush from the E.L.F. blush and bronzer duo.

Eyes: First off I always prime my eyes and I really like the E.L.F. primer, I don’t feel bad about using it up every day like I did with the Urban Decay one because it’s only a dollar. Next I just use the eyeshadow “Sin” by Urban Decay, or a similar shimmery color. After that I line my upper lashline with a black liner, usually E.L.F. cream eyeliner. My mascara routine varies and I don’t have one that I’m in love with but I’ve been using Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping mascara and Maybelline Define a Lash waterproof.

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Lips: I do love using colored lip products but lately I have just been using either a lip balm or some kind of clear gloss.

At first I was so tired of hearing people go on and on about how they wear less makeup in the summer but now I’ve hopped on the bandwagon. I don’t know if this routine will carry over into the fall/winter (last winter I was really into dark eye makeup) but I really like the way my makeup turns out with this routine. It’s also nice that I can get ready in just a few minutes. If anyone who reads this has a makeup blog and has made an everyday makeup routine post I would love to read it!

Review: E.L.F. Makeup Mist and Set

This was one of those purchases that you know you don’t need but you have to have it anyways. I’d been wanting to try using face primers but I couldn’t find one that was affordable, plus I didn’t want it to make me break out like I’ve heard a lot of them do. I decided I’d try a setting spray instead, considering it was only $3. As for making my makeup last longer,  I wish I could say but I don’t really have a problem with my foundation coming off.

Pros:

  • Cheap, $3
  • Easy to buy, sold at Target
  • Mine doesn’t have the bad smell that a lot of people complained about
  • On days when my skin feels a bit dry or I used too much powder, a few sprays of this makes my face feel amazing and it makes my makeup look nice and dewy
  • My cousin has really dry, sensitive skin and she tried this and loved it, she said it helped reduce the appearance of flakiness

Cons:

  • You don’t get a lot of product  (2.02 fl oz)

Review: E.L.F. Blush in Mellow Mauve

I bought this blush in the fall hoping for a more dramatic color. That is definitely not what I got!

Pros:

  • it’s a pretty color
  • gives a very natural flush
  • cheap and accessible, $3 at Target

Cons:

  • so sheer I can’t even believe it, it hardly shows when I swatch it unless it’s wet
  • weird texture, not what I would call chalky but you seriously have to dig it out with your brush to get the color

Overall, I would not recommend this product.

July Favorites

This was another month that I didn’t have a whole lot of makeup favorites. I haven’t been buying hardly any makeup just because I am trying to be done buying from large companies that test on animals and make non-vegan products.

E.L.F. cream eyeliner: This is an old/all time favorite product. I go through different phases with my eye makeup and now I’m in a phase of wearing one eyeshadow color with this eyeliner on my upper lashline. It is so easy and fast to apply and this doesn’t fade during the day like lining your waterline does. This is $3 at Target and I’ve had it for like a year now without it drying out.

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin: I love using this all over my lid, it is exactly the summer-y shimmer color I want.

Sprouts sandwiches: Oh my gosh these are delicious. I always despise going to places like subway and having to tell them what you want and they always get it wrong. At Sprouts they have a piece of paper where you check off all of the things you want on your sandwich and it’s $3.99. My favorite is the vegetarian on rye bread with lettuce, avocado, salt, pepper and oil.

Conair 1 inch curling iron: This takes a lot less time to use than my smaller iron and it gives gorgeous curls that are just tight enough. I love that it heats up enough to give a very defined curl.

AllTrails app: This is so awesome. I haven’t gotten to do any of the hikes yet but you can put in your zip code or a place you are going and it will give you a list of trails, what you can do there, what seasons they are open and how difficult they are. I am so excited to do some of the hikes!

Pink Sugar perfume + ULTA va va vanilla body spray: The vanilla body spray was a favorite last month as well, it was so easy to use these together and I smelled like a cookie for the rest of the day. Now that I’m on vacation I couldn’t bring the vanilla body spray :( but I brought pink sugar with me.

Days until app: This month I had a lot of things to look forward to. I previously used some other countdown apps and they sucked so hard. You could only add one event without having to pay and there were obnoxious ads. This lets me have all the events I want and you can use your own photos as well.

Inner thighs workout: I don’t listen to the dumb song they play in the video but I was using a song I will mention in a second. Pretty much, for most parts of the song you do scissor motions with your legs and at the chorus you do small circles with each leg. I liked that it wasn’t too strenuous but still felt like I was doing something.

Party on Fifth Ave by Mac Miller: This song is really dumb when you look at the lyrics but it’s just so fun to listen to.

Crossbody bag: This is the only bag I brought on my trip to the northwest and so far it is working out well. It is really easy to carry and the only complaint I have is that it can be a bit uncomfortable on my shoulder if I have too much stuff in it, but that is true with any purse. I get a lot of compliments on it as well.

Victoria’s Secret Pink cropped yoga leggings: So these were originally cropped yoga pants but I didn’t like the fit so I got them altered to be tighter/leggings. I have been traveling a lot this month and these are perfect because they are comfy like sweatpants but look really good.

Haul

So far this month I’ve purchased a few things I’ve wanted for a long time and some things I just bought on a whim.

Turquoise Wayfarers: I’ve shown these in a few of my outfit of the days already, I love them! My Dad bought them for me at Target. I think the color is so pretty and unlike some sunglasses, they’re really comfortable. On the site they say they’re not sold in stores but they most certainly are. Target does that a lot and it drives me crazy.

Alba coconut cream lip balm: I had wanted this for quite a while, I have the other two flavors and this was the last one I needed. It smells really delicious. I’ve been obsessed with lip balm lately. I got mine at Sprouts on sale for $2.49.

E.L.F. white shimmer liner: I’ve wanted a white eyeliner for a long time and I figured I would get this one because it’s only a dollar. I’ve used it a few times and it’s not terribly pigmented but it does the job. It does have a really pretty shimmer to it.

Conair 1 inch curling iron: I have pretty thick/long hair and it doesn’t hold a curl too well. I usually use an iron that I believe is about 3/4 inch and it gives really tight curls that eventually fall, but it takes so long to do my whole head! I thought a one inch would still give me pretty tight curls but not take so freaking long to do. I got mine at Target on sale for $10.

Desert Essence coconut shampoo and conditioner: I was soooo excited to try these! I first heard about them in a comment on a Veggie Beauty video. When I looked them up myself I saw nothing but good reviews. They retail for about $9 a piece but when I went to Sprouts to buy them they were on sale for $7 each! I’ve been using them for about a week now and my hair definitely feels softer and healthier which is exactly what I needed. I may do a full review on these sometime.

Hollister skirt: I was really excited to buy this! I went to Hollister looking for something else (which I will talk about next) but they had a lot of stuff on sale and I got this skirt for around $15 (original price was $49.50). It is so adorable and I can see it being really easy to wear while still able to be dressed up. I am planning on wearing it with a white v-neck and my white sneakers.

Hollister bikini: Now this is what I went to Hollister for. I signed up for their text messages (which I highly recommend doing!) and I got a text on Saturday saying that all “Bettys” swimsuits were $8 (meaning a full swimsuit would be $16). I was so excited because a full swimsuit is regularly about $50 from there!! Luckily I went on Saturday when they still had swimsuits in stock and I got one that fits and looks soooo cute!

Purple bandeau: So as you may be able to see in some of my outfit of the day photos, I have dark reddish hair. This lead to a semi-obsession with the little mermaid. I was hunting for an Ariel-esque swimsuit for so long now. I purchased green swimsuit bottoms months ago hoping I would find a purple top soon. Only yesterday did I finally find it! I had kind of given up and I saw this at Target and I just about crapped my pants. It was about $18 which is ridiculous for one piece of a freaking Target swimsuit but after looking for so long I didn’t care. Plus, it is so perfect and adds to the mermaid-ness of the set. I’m showing my swimsuit bottoms to give the full effect even though they were purchased quite a while ago (from Forever21).