Elf products (Eyes Lips Face)

Hi Everyone!

I heard a few things about ELF (Eyes Lips Face) products, and I wanted to try them myself. Therefor I went on the internet and got to their website (website…) and ordered some products.

I got 6 products for a total of 13 euros (around 10 dollar). I wanted some different products to try because I haven’t tried any of them. I got a bronzer, an eyeliner, a lip gloss stick, 2 eyeshadow sticks and a regular eyeshadow palette. They got a few different ranges in which their products vary from content and price. They have a studio line which is their more professional line. They have a mineral line which uses more natural mineral products. And last they have an essentials line which has essential items in it and contains their cheapest products. When I say cheap, it doesn’t mean that they are cheap products in the sense that they are bad, they just don’t cost that much. A lot of those products range between 1 to 3 euros/dollars.

I will tell you about my experience with the products I ordered.
Studio Bronzer – shade: warm bronzer (4€ / 3$)

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This bronzer is from their studio line and has 4 shades in it. When I ordered it I was so thrilled to try it out because it looked like a really nice product. The packaging looks very luxurious. But I have to say that I was a bit disappointed when I tried it. It has a shimmer in it which I don’t like. I have an oily to combination skin and I don’t want to use shimmer on my face. When I buy a bronzer, I want to be able to use it all over my face, not just for contouring. I find that it is a bit difficult to do that with this product because of the shimmer. If it weren’t for the shimmer, it would have been a very nice product for it’s price.

Essential waterproof eyeliner pen – shade: black (1€ / 2$)
(you can see the liner on the picture with the jumbo eyeshadow stick)

Normally I don’t use a liquid liner. But I heard so much people talking about it, I wanted to try it out. I didn’t feel like spending a ton of money on it, so I tried the ELF essential waterproof eyeliner pen for 1€ (2$). I like this product, especially because it is so cheap, but it works good. It has a felt tip, which makes it a bit easier to apply than another liquid liner which has a brush. It is easy to use, it stays on for quite long. I didn’t get the chance to really test if it is waterproof, so I can’t say if it is a success in that area. But I like the product, and I would buy it again, you can’t go wrong for that price.

Essential jumbo lip gloss stick – shade: movie star (2,50€ / 2$)

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I also tried the Essential jumbo lip gloss stick. Again, I heard so much people talk about different brands that has those lip pencils. And because I saw that ELF had them as well, I thought I give it a try. I really like this product. When you swatch it on your hand, it doesn’t look like it has an intense color, but the color payoff is quite nice on my lips. I do notice that they are darker and more red (which is the color I chose). They go on easily and they are not sticky. I do have to say that I use a clear lip balm under it, because I have a feeling that it does dry out my lips a bit, but I have very dry lips naturally, so that’s why I use an extra lip balm. But overall I am very pleased with this product.

Essential jumbo eyeshadow stick – shade: forest nymph and bali bound (2,50€ / 2$)

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In the same trend as the last product, such sticks are also found for eyeshadow. A lot of brands have these eyeshadow sticks in their lines and I wanted to give these a try. I saw 2 colors that I liked and I couldn’t decide which one to take, so I ordered both. They do come in a few colors, but I wanted to try them in more darker colors, so I have a dark green and dark brown one. They have a bit of shimmer in them, but they don’t like glittery. They just have a shine to them. They are creamy, really pigmented and they blend easy. I like them to use in my outer corner and blend them into my crease. I really enjoy using these.

Essential brightning eye color – shade: luxe (1€ / 1$)

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This is like a mini eyeshadow palette. And with mini, I mean it is really small. It contains 4 colors. Mine is in the shade Luxe and has one light beige color, a red/bordeaux color, a green/kaki color and a brown color. The pigmentation depends on the color. Some colors are more pigmented and others you have to put on more to see the color. I bought it mainly for the red/bordeaux color, because it’s a color I don’t have and never tried yet. But it doesn’t really come across like you see it in the packaging. I’m not to impressed with this product to be honest. I think you can get better palettes with a few colors for just a little bit more money, but still under 5€/5$.

Pro’s ordering ELF products: the products are very cheap and most of them are of decent quality. When you order online from their website, you get your order within 2 days.
Cons ordering ELF products: personally I think that their shipping costs are a bit high, especially because their products are so cheap. I wouldn’t order just 1 or 2 products because their shipping costs are around 7€ and that way you pay more shipping costs than product.
Other then that I really like it. For the price you can’t go to wrong, but it is possible that there are some products you won’t like. I will definitely order from them again, when I have found a few products I want to try.

Have you tried any ELF products? Which ones and did you like them?

Xoxo N.

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August favorites <3 2013

Hi Everyone!

It’s that time again for the monthly favorites. Time goes by so fast! Every month I will tell you guys what my favorite items were that month.

Most of my favourites were the same as last month, but there are a few new ones.

I still love my Bioderma solution micellaire to clean my skin and to use as a make-up remover. Another thing I use every time is my Good Luck Scrub from Rituals. It has an awesome orange/cedar smell. The products from Rituals feel very luxurious.

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For make-up I have a few new favorites. First is a lip product from Rimmel. It’s the Apocolips in the color Stellar. Another new favorite is the Essentiel jumbo lip gloss stick in the color Movie star from ELF, which is a red color. I like it because it glides on easily and is not sticky, and another great thing, it only costs 2,50€ (= 2$). Another product I use constantly and love is my EOS lip balm in the scent summer fruits. I use this as a sort of base for my lips so they stay hydrated. Over to eye make-up, I’m still in love with my Inglot freedom palette. Another little palette that I used a lot and enjoyed using is my Wet & Wild (walking on eggshells), especially the color for the eyelid. I still use my Mac paint pot in the color bare study as my eyeshadow base. It’s a champagne-pink sort of color. When I don’t want to wear to much make-up I just use this as my eyeshadow color. As mascara I used my Maybelline the Rocket daily. I don’t realy have a nailcolor favorite this month, but I did love my Seche Vite fast drying top coat. It is a life saver when you want to repaint your nails often or when you just painted them and you need to go out the door.

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I don’t have any fashion favorites this month. The weather changed a few times and therefor I was always wearing different things. I do have 2 accessories as a favorite though. I wore my Tiffany & Co necklace practically every day, and I’m still in love with it. It is one of those pieces that you could always wear. I picked this up when I was in New York with my friends, I wanted something from Tiffany’s and something that I could wear all the time. That’s why I chose the letter N for my name and the hart-shaped Tiffany’s pendant. Another item I wore all the time is my Fossil watch. It is a marble white one with stones around the actual watch part.

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That were all my favorites this month. What were your favorites in August?

Xoxo N.

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Thursday beauty tips #11 – clean brushes

Hi everyone!

During the summer months I will give some little beauty tips. Every thursday a new tip will go up.

This weeks tip is about clean brushes. When you apply your make-up it is good to have clean brushes. You need to clean them every once in a while because they can get very dirty. And I’m not only talking about the make-up that gets into them, but also bacteria. When using your brushes oil, bacteria and dead skin can end up in your brushes which can make that your skin can get clogged up and you can get infection which can cause breakouts. It is important to wash them regularly, best once a week.

I don’t use make-up daily, so I don’t use my brushes on a daily basis, therefor I try to clean my brushes every two weeks. I did a before and after of 2 of my brushes I use. And you can surely tell a difference.

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I use a makeup brush shampoo from Sephora. There are other brands that have a similar brush shampoo, but you could also use a baby shampoo or a mild clarifying shampoo.

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Here are some easy steps for cleaning your brushes.
First you want to rinse out all the excess make-up that is in your brushes. You can do this by running your brushes under lukewarm water. After that you can put some shampoo on your hand, and you just swirl the brush in the palm of your hand. Then you can gently squeeze it out. Or you can fill a bowl (or your sink) with lukewarm water and the shampoo, and then you can clean your brushes by swirling them in the water. After that you can rinse the brush holding it under lukewarm water. You want to repeat the shampooing and rinsing step until the water is clear. You can use a paper towel to dry your brushes with, and after that you can lay them down to dry further.

Come back next week for the last thursday summer beauty tips!

Xoxo N.

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