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. 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!

Review: Xhilaration Watches

I own two of these watches and I adore both of them! The first one I got was mint green (courtesy of my mom) and the second was purple (courtesy of my cousin).

Pros:

  • Awesome colors (I die for mint green), and it also comes in a bunch of other colors
  • Cool material, it’s like soft, rubbery and matte which keeps it from looking like cheap plastic
  • Only $12.99, that’s like unheard of for watches. It’s also easy to purchase, sold at Target.
  • Not too masculine, without being like a tiny women’s watch
  • Versatile, I wear one of the two I own almost every day. The colors go with way more than I thought they would.
  • In my case they fit perfectly, I didn’t have to take any of the links out. I’m pretty sure my wrists are average size so they would probably fit well on most people.

Cons:

  • None

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 and swatches: Physicians Formula Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Amber Minerals

I was lucky enough to find this at the 99 cent store (don’t judge me) but seriously, physicians formula is expensive!

Pros:
–  Cheap, 99 cents haha!
– Neutral and versatile, it gives a really great defined look for days when I feel like using makeup but don’t want to do too much with colors
– Soft and not chalky
– Nice packaging/layout, the shadows are kind of all in one brick so if you want to mix colors you can

Cons:
– Might not be available to everyone because I’m not sure where you can buy this quad

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.

Review: Target Xhilaration Wayfarers

Pros:

  • way cute!
  • they come in a crap load of colors, prints and finishes
  • fairly cheap, $13
  • easy to buy, sold at Target
  • more comfortable than a lot of sunglasses, they don’t dig into your ears

Cons:

  • can get uncomfortable after awhile (e.g. headache) but I have that problem with every pair of sunglasses

I would recommend these if you are looking for a somewhat unique, versatile pair of glasses.