Beauty By Krystal: November 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

ELF Essential Shimmering Facial Whip
Multipurpose, on-the-go whipped colorant is packed with Vitamin E to instantly brighten and soothe skin with no greasy after-feel.
- Squeeze a pearl-sized amount onto finger and blend into cheeks, eyes, or lips.
$1.00 ea / scent: sugar orange / .34 oz.
8 shades: Persimmon, Pink Lemonade, Citrus, Camilia, Lilac Petal, Golden Peach, Toasted, Spotlight

Okay, are you ready for this? I LOVE all of the ELF Essential Shimmering Facial Whip shades! The first one I purchased was Spotlight to use as a creamy cheekbone highlight during the summer. I loved it's scent, easy blending and the way it melted into my skin and showed no traces of ever being a creamy, whipped product. It lasts for hours in the heated months, never looked greasy on me and the sheen it leaves isn't like a bunch of glitters lying in the skin. These have micro particles that give a high shine but can also be subdued by dusting a little powder product on top.

Did I mention the price point of $1.00 made me even more excited for these? If you're an avid ELF Cosmetics follower like me, then you know they offer 20%, 50% even 70% off deals very often. I "splurged" and bought the remaining 7 shades during a 65% off sale they were running. I have come to love them all and use them as cheek highlights, brow highlights, color bases for shadows, inner corner highlights, even as a color base for some of my sheerer blushes.

I wholeheartedly recommend getting these, even if you only buy one, it's worth the dollar. These have amazing pigmentation, last a long time and you only need a tiny dot to get a decent amount of product so I can easily see these lasting over a year - even if you use it everyday.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

ELF Essentials Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils
Instantly brighten eyes with e.l.f. Cosmetics shimmering metallic liners that put the spotlight on eyes. The smooth formulation glides on effortlessly without tugging at the delicate eye area. Choose from an assortment of 9 vibrant shades designed to add depth, definition and a special sparkle to create a very glamorous look! Pencil includes a convenient sharpener cap for easy use!
- Apply to the lash line alone, under or over eyeshadow as desired.
- Create a special occasion smoky eye by lining both upper and lower lashlines, blending and smudging out for a colorful, trendy eye look.
$1.00 each / .05 oz.
9 shades: Iconic Ivory, Black Bandit, Gunmetal, Blissful Blush, Boldly Bronze, Precious Pink, Plum Passion, Grassy Green, Twinkle Teal

I bought all the ELF Essentials Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils a while back and as you can tell from the photos, they look barely used.  I have used these to line my top lid, smudge my lower lash line, sheer out onto the lid as a color base and I've used Iconic White as an inner corner highlight on no-makeup days.  These pencils are very soft, very easy to blend out, and you only need a tiny bit to get that full color payoff and super shimmery effect.  You might notice the photos look blurry, and that's mainly because my camera wouldn't focus on the swatches, they were too shimmery and sparkly for my camera to handle.

Each pencil's cap has a built in sharpener, the quality is decent, but you will have to clean the sharpener quite often because the product is very soft and will stick and clog if left alone.  I personally use a separate sharpener.

As far as staying power, when sheered out as a base they last all day.  When used as a top lid liner without setting it with a powder, it will eventually transfer to your top lid or even smudge depending on how warm you skin gets.  Either way, I enjoy using these pencils and I really should use them more often.  Without them being waterproof, they last pretty long and that's terrific for a $1.00 pencil liner!

Each swatch photo will show you one swipe of the pencil (seen at the top), then a thicker application as if you were to use this on your entire lid (seen in the middle), and then a blended out application as if you were to use this as a color base or just a smudged effect (seen at the bottom).