Beauty By Krystal: October 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow - Copy Right

If you watched my Products Of The Week (9/1/12) video, then you already saw me rave about the Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Copy Right. I love it, love it, love it! It really does last ALL day and night and if you're lazy and sleep with it on it's there in the morning (I don't recommend sleeping in your makeup). I have been obsessed with cream shadows after using Copy Right non-stop since I bought it, so I thought I'd share some pics of me wearing it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ELF Studio Tone Correcting Powder - Warm & Shimmer

ELF came out with a couple new shades for their Studio Tone Correcting Powder, which used to be called Complexion Perfection but has been renamed to Cool - I have a review on that powder - click here. I bought both of the new shades since I love their Cool powder so much. Warm and Cool even the skin tone, can be used as a finishing powder or on its own when you don't wear makeup and they both last all day. When used in moderation, pressed into the skin with a fluffy face brush, you won't get a powdery effect that I hear most people experience with these. These are very soft powders, so I wouldn't suggest swirling the brush and buffing or sweeping onto the skin because that will apply too much and look unflattering.

Shimmer, in my opinion, should be named Dewy because although it looks to be a "shimmer-bomb" in the pan, it applies with no sparkles, glitters or shimmers. It is a magical face powder that will add a natural sheen to your finished makeup, while still making it look matte and oil free. Shimmer is my favorite face powder lately, it brings life back to your face after foundation and concealer can play tricky tricks and flatten your complexion.

Overall, I love the powders, I personally love Warm and Shimmer. I switch between the two and I am obsessed!

Monday, October 22, 2012

ELF Studio Corrective Concealer - Neutralize & Conceal

This is actually my second ELF Studio Corrective Concealer palette in Neutralize & Conceal. I have one in my kit and one that I use on myself. I originally bought this for the green concealer to neutralize blemishes and redness in the skin, but I have come to love not only the green but also the pink. I surprisingly use this very often. The texture is lightweight so you can either do a sheer application or build it up for heavy-duty coverage.

I recently realized ELF has a second corrective concealer palette with four different shades called the Erase & Conceal palette, I'm actually going to order one of these for my kit, looks like it would be better for lighter skin tones.

Friday, October 19, 2012

ELF Studio Lip Balm SPF 15

I have been using the ELF Studio Lip Balm SPF15 in the shade Rose so often that I need to buy a few backups soon. I bought this on a whim at my local Target. I had never heard anything about this lip balm on youtube or blogs, so I thought I'd try it out and do my own little review on it.

Pretty much, I love chapsticks and lip blams, I have an embarrassingly large collection of them all over our house. Shockingly though, I'm pretty picky about my lip balms. I'm not sure what ingredients irritate my lips, but some brands I cannot use while others make me sing. The ELF Studio Lip Balm SPF15 is fantastic! It's smooth, hydrating, long lasting, really does protect my lips from sun burn and chapping ANNND it is tinted! Oh yes, I love tinted balms more than I love hydrating lip products! Rose has a subtle red-plump-lip effect and I adore it.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

ELF Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

I am a loyal fan of the ELF Mineral Eye Brightener powder, it is a staple in my everyday makeup routine. When I saw that ELF has a High Definition Undereye Setting Powder, I thought it might be similar to the Mineral Eye Brightener, but less brightening and longer lasting? This is said to "camouflage" fine lines and darkness, HD camera friendly and sets to a "velvety finish".

I have been using the Undereye Setting Powder to set any type of makeup on my under-eye area, foundation, tinted moisturizer and of course concealer. Each time I use it, it has the same quality - it applies translucent, doesn't look powdered or cakey, doesn't settle into fine lines, smooths out the skin's appearance and it's pink-hue adds a bit of brightening to the darkness that I naturally have in my under-eye area. I found that this setting powder lasts about 6 strong hours, 4-5 hours if in 80-90 degree weather (that's not bad!) without any creasing or makeup movement. I should also mention that I can use this setting powder underneath my Mineral Eye Brightener powder and there's no issues - that made me even more happy!

This little pot of baby pink powder with barely-there shimmer is actually pretty good! When I first opened it I thought it looked very similar to the Benefit Powderflage undereye powder (discontinued), and although I do not own it, I hear the Benefit powder acts like a setting powder for your undereye area. I have always wanted to buy that Benefit Powderflage but never could swallow the price tag of it. I think, if you are in the market for an undereye setting powder, do give the ELF High Definition Undereye Setting Powder a try.

Friday, October 05, 2012

ELF Studio Cream Eyeshadow - Dawn

I recently bought my very first ELF Studio Cream Eyeshadow, I bought the shade Dawn which is a shimmer pinky-taupe. I have always been curious about these cream shadows, but never really used one before, so when ELF had a 50% sale I decided to try one and see if it was worth getting the rest of the shades to do swatches and a full review.

Pretty much I love this cream shadow! It applies creamy, smooth and even. It dries pretty fast so you can blink your eyes without fear of creasing your newly applied cream shadow. It lasts for hours and hours before creasing sets in. I applied this at noon and didn't notice any creasing until hour 10, but even then it looked like the shimmer was fading and not actually creasing - oh, and this was without a primer, on completely clean eyelids.

Dawn is a beautiful shade, it wears nearly camouflaged on my skin tone so I have been using it as a base for daytime looks when I just feel like doing a colored liner and mascara.