Beauty By Krystal: December 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

ELF Mineral Eye Liner
Create definition that’s soft, natural and brilliant. The natural based formula provides gentle coverage for even the most sensitive eyes. The twist up applicator is easy for instant use, no sharpening required. 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes.
4 shades: Black, Midnight, Coffee, Ash

The ELF Mineral Eye Liners are very soft - so soft that you don't need a lot of pressure to apply them. They melt very easily and are perfect for creating a dark base for your smokey eye looks. They can be used as a top lid liner, but I suggest setting it with a powder eye shadow, otherwise the liner will melt throughout the day and transfer to your top lid or brow bone area. The reason I bought these was to hopefully use them on the waterline, but unfortunately they don't hold pigmentation there and end up getting washed away from the natural moisture near your eye.

My favorite shades are Midnight and Ash, they are dark but not as dark as Black and are prefect to smoke out on the lash lines for that sultry look. Coffee is my least favorite - but that's just because I personally stay away from most brown shades.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

ELF Essential All Over Color Stick
3 in 1 color for your eyes, lips, and or face! Get the color that illuminates for a healthy glow, and instantly soothes and conditions the skin for fresh and natural color all day long.
$1.00 /  approx .25 oz. / scent: sugar orange
6 shades: Spotlight, Golden Peach, Toasted, Persimmon, Lilac Petal, Pink Lemonade

As much as I love the ELF Essential Shimmering Facial Whips (click here for that review), I absolutely love the ELF Essential All Over Color Sticks way more. Why? Because these solid sticks are so creamy and blend-able that I can use some of the shades as eye color bases, check and brow highlights, blushes, lip tints and as bronzers. They are the ultimate multi-use products!

I find that they last quite a long time, of course when I use them on my eyes I set them with a powder shadow - usually a sheer one because when I use these as color bases, I always want to keep the color they provide instead of just using it as a sticky base and covering it up with another shade. Sometimes when I used them as a cream blush, I'll layer a powder blush on top to give the color more punch, but on my normal to dry skin I don't need to set it. When I use these are a lip tint, I always dab some clear gloss on top because they will dry out the lips after a couple hours of wear - they are a creamy product, but they aren't emollient enough to hydrate your lips for extended wear time.

Overall I love this product, I think it's a great idea and it's only a dollar so it's well worth the money. You actually only need a little bit with each use, and although the packaging looks small - it lasts a lonnng time!

Some ways I use these shades:
Eye color bases: I use all shades
Cheekbone, brow bone, nose bridge, cupids bow highlighting: Spotlight, Persimmon, Golden Peach
Blush: Golden Peach, Lilac Petal, Pink Lemonade
Bronzer: Toasted
Lip color/tint: Pink Lemonade