Thursday, August 27, 2015

ELF Essential Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer | Review & Swatches

I've been using the ELF Essential Eyelid Primer ($2.00) for yearrrs now, but I only started using their other shade variations this year. Champagne is a cool taupe with subtle shimmer to it, it keeps a cooler tone to the eye shadows applied on top of it. Golden is a metallic gold, and it definitely shows through any shadow you put on top, it's pretty fun to layer other shimmers on top of for a golden hue. Pearl is a sheer white with barely there shimmers, it's more of a brightening effect with eye shadows, it could easily take the place of a white eye base if you want something that is not harsh white but will still enhance the look the eye shadows you apply on top. Translucent looks peach toned, but it blends out to clear. Overall, I really like these shade options for an eyelid primer, I think it's fun.

Champagne, Golden, Pearl, Translucent

Champagne, Golden, Pearl, Translucent - blended

INGREDIENTS: Isododecane, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polybutene, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Retinyl Palmitate (Va), Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Quartz, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ELF Studio HD Mattifying Balm | Review

The ELF Studio HD Mattifying Balm ($6.00) is designed to minimize pore appearance, mattify skin finish, control oil shine, while including Vitamin E, Jojoba, Almond and Grape to nourish the skin - and can be used before or after makeup application. I've tried a couple similar balms from Youngblood and Jouer, and after using the ELF Mattifying Balm for a good year or so since it released, I think I've come to the conclusion that these types of balms just don't work for me. This balm is clear when applied, it has a smooth velvety texture that smooths over the skin effortlessly.

I have dry skin, with oily tendencies, but I found that every time I applied this balm before my makeup application, my foundation and concealer wouldn't stay put on my skin. It felt slippery and the finish had a streaky and patchy look. Applying the balm as a touch up on top of my makeup was even worse, separating my makeup, enhancing my dry areas, and never really controlling oil and shine. So, I'm pretty sure this product is a miss for me. I gave it a variety of tries, I just don't see it as a useful or necessary product. It might work better on oily skin, but I guess my skin doesn't get oily enough to test that out. I have heard the Mally Face Defender is another similar concept, and that product has rave reviews - so if you are searching for a product like this, that may be a good one to try.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SinfulColors 3D Glitters | Swatches

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SinfulColors (l-r) Late Night Haute, Sinful Sunrise, Night Owl

Who doesn't love fun nail polish toppers to enhance any basic manicure? I DO! :) SinfulColors has three shades of 3D Glitters, available at Walgreens and other retailers for just $1.99 each; Late Night Haute - turquoise and gold-flecked 3D glitterSinful Sunrise - warm pink with silver 3D confetti, and Night Owl - multi-colored gilded 3D glitter. Personally I'm favoring the formula and effect of Sinful Sunrise the most, especially after Amber aka NailsLikeLace on Instagram swatched it on top of white and black bases *insert heart eyes emoji* (see it here).

Late Night Haute - This swatch is two coats on top of ELF Teal Blue. I like the idea of this shade, but the bar glitters kept curling up off my nail and snagging things. I do love the iridescent shards, they are so reflective and color changing, I wish there were more! The formula was very thick on this one, I did one hand at a time, closed the bottle and shook it up before proceeding with the other hand.

Sinful Sunrise - This swatch is two coats on top of ELF Electric Pink. FAVORITE! OMG I love this shade! The iridescent bits, tiny round ones, small hex shapes, tiny shards, and even some random bars - they are all reflective and colorful, resulting in an extremely shiny effect. I went out to dinner one night, in dim indoor lighting, and my nails were totally stealing all the attention ;) The formula is a little thick on this one but very easy to work with.

Night Owl - This swatch is two coats on top of ELF Jazzy Berry. This is like a mix of the two previous polishes, again, I wish the bar glitters were excluded - but the little iridescent bits and shiny effect totally make up for it ;) The formula was as thick as Late Night Haute, and needed a mid-mani shake up. The effect is nice, but not as impressive as Sinful Sunrise.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

ELF Daily Face Cleanser & Exfoliating Scrub | Review

Recently ELF has released two new products for their Skincare line (see my previous review here), the Daily Face Cleanser ($7.00) and the Exfoliating Scrub ($8.00). Both products come in the fresh mint and white packaging, and they both smell similar to their other skincare products - that unscented-scent. Overall, both of these products are big hits for me, I couldn't recommend them more! :) ELF now offers these products individually or in sets; Skincare Complete Skin Care Regimen (6-pc) $57.00, Skincare Skin Care Basics Kit (4-pc) $42.00, Skincare Hydrating Cleanser Kit (2-pc) $15.00.

ELF Daily Face Cleanser - I've been using this every morning and night, with my facial cleansing brush device, and I have noticed my skin maintains a balanced look - not too dry, not too oily, just content. I am very proud to say I did not see any adverse reactions from this cleanser - and that is a rare statement for me to make seeing as nearly all cleansers irritate my skin. I was using the ELF Mineral Cleanser prior to this one, but they have discontinued it, I'm pretty sure I'll just stick to the Daily Face Cleanser as my main go-to from now on.

INGREDIENTS: All e.l.f. Skincare products are free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates! Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Xanthan Gum, Glycereth-7, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance(Parfum)

ELF Exfoliating Scrub - I use this one every other day, switching between the scrub and my facial cleansing brush device. I would say the consistency is like 50% of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, it's got a similar look, but it is nowhere as abrasive as the St. Ives scrub. I much prefer the ELF Exfoliating Scrub because it is gentle yet effective, right up my alley. I have noticed that I get a tingle of irritation when I use this scrub after cleansing, so I've switched to using it before cleansing and have no issues with it now.

INGREDIENTS: All e.l.f. Skincare products are free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates! Water(Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Alumina Magnesium Metasilicate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Sorbitan Stearate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate(Ve), Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Triethanolamine, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum) May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Empties | August 2015

Finishing a product is a feeling of accomplishment, especially if you are a beauty junkie! :) So, here are my empties along with mini reviews on how I felt about the products.

ELF Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths - these are my beauty blogging must-haves, they wipe off swatches and makeup without having to scrub. Plus, they are the cheapest wipes, so I always buy them in bulk during a good discount sale on their website.

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes - at first I was confused by these, they aren't a deodorant replacement like you'd think, but after using them a few times I realized they are perfect for touch-ups when you use a natural deodorant that can fade during the day. I use the Lavanila deodorants, and after exercising I'll use a wipe to refresh before applying more deodorant to get me through the day. I will definitely buy more of these wipes!

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant - I'm still loving these deodorants, and my body has started to adapt to them so I'm not having to worry about reapplication or excessive b.o. - on days I exercise, I'll use those Pacifica wipes, and do a reapplication when needed. I think next time I'll buy a new scent, I'm pretty tired of wearing the vanila coconut scent every day.

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser - this is my go-to makeup remover, I think I've had this one for a little over a year. I will always repurchase this product! Highly recommend! 

Perlier Honey Miel Serum - I reviewed this product here, and I loved it! It's hella pricey, but I might just repurchase it in the future. It was hydrating on my skin and left a gorgeous glow.

GlamGlow PowerMud - I reviewed this little sample here, loved it and I really want to buy the full size soon!

Perfect Formula Gel Coat - I LOVE this stuff! It keeps my nails shiny and hard, and protects my manicures for at least a week without chipping or tip-fading. I recommend everyone to buy it and try it - you won't regret it! ;)

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter - No. I didn't like this at all. It is greasy and heavily fragrant - it gave me migraines every time I used it. I ended up using it as a leg and foot creme to keep it away from my nose.

Unwash Cleansing Conditioner - I reviewed this here, it is amazing!!! I miss it so much already, my hair was fabulous when I used Unwash, and now it's back to dry and itchy scalp and not so fabulous hair :(

The Crave Collection Brow and Lash Serums - I reviewed these here, and they are phenomenal! They really do work, and I really need more! I think I'll just buy the lash serum next time, because my brows have been going strong ever since I used the serum and I don't think I need it anymore.

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal - I got this in a subscription box about 4 years ago! It was my go-to brow product for what felt like forever, and I will most likely repurchase it in the future - I'm kinda playing around with other brow products this year.