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.

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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. 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!

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.

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).