2014 Makeup Haul

I’m back! With a haul 🙂

With Christmas money burning a little hole in my pocket, I placed an order from ELF (eyeslipsface.com) and made a quick stop by my local Ulta store. None of these products are new, but they are all new to me!

I love ELF products and have been buying their stuff for years, maybe since 2005/2006, way back when they only had the Essentials line and everything was $1. I’ve never had a problem with ordering from them – until now. My order was missing 5 items out of 13, and I was charged for all of them. I was not happy, so I immediately emailed their customer service with my order number and a list of all of the missing items. Two days later, I received an email saying they were sending me the items immediately. So I’m still waiting on those, but for now I’ll show you what I’ve got!

Maybelline Baby Skin, $5.99+tax at ULTA

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This stuff is AMAZING. I don’t have enormous pores, but my boyfriend’s are on the bigger side (sorry!) so I tried it on him. They really really reduced the size. It has a slippery/silicon-y feel to it that reminds me of Smashbox’s primer. I haven’t tried it with foundation over top yet, so I don’t know about pilling or peeling, but I have high hopes for this bad boy.

ULTA Extreme Wear matte finish mousse blush, nude glow $8.00+tax at ULTA

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okay, as you can see this isn’t a matte finish – it clearly has shimmers in it. It isn’t bad, but I was expecting matte, so I’m a little disappointed. I was expecting more along the lines of a Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee. Instead these remind me of a Maybelline Dream Whipped Mousse blush. Not a bad thing – just not what I expected from the description.

NYX Butter Gloss, Tiramisu, $4.99+Tax at ULTA

 

 

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I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about these, but I totally bought into the hype. I bought the shade Tiramisu, which is a gorgeous nude-pink shade. The consistency of this is beautiful – totally a lip product I can see myself wearing everyday due to the color and texture. LOVE. 

NYX Glossy Black Liner $5.99+Tax at ULTA

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This liner has a beautiful consistency – it’s smooth and shiny like a liquid liner, but sets like a pencil liner. It is perfect for tightlining and getting in close to the lash line with its small tip and silky formula. 

NYX Round Case Lipstick, Strawberry Milk, $3.99+tax at ULTA

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I think this shade is going to be pretty hit-or-miss, and it will depend a lot on whether I wear a gloss over the top or not. However, in the tube it really attracted me. The formula seems really creamy and nice, so I think it will be ok for occasions that I choose to wear lipstick for. 

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Now for ELF products… I haven’t totally reviewed these yet because I have been waiting patiently for the rest of my package to arrive. Any day now.

ELF Studio Fluffy Concealer Brush, $3

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Blends really well, hasn’t shed yet, quite soft which is ideal for use around the eyes.

 

ELF Studio HD Lifting Concealer, $3 each, in Balancing and Brightening.

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Balancing appeared to be a lavender color, but it is actually white with a slight lavender undertone. Regardless, it is quite flattering as a highlight color for under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose. I love it. The brightening shade shade is similar in that it is quite pale with a yellow undertone. I like it for covering these little red spots I’ve been getting, or scars on my face which are red. The formula is very creamy and I enjoy this product a lot.

ELF Studio Contouring and Blush and Bronzer Powder, Turks and Caicos, $3

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I really like these colors – but they are SO shimmery. You really need a light touch and fluffy brush to not end up looking like a disco ball. The bronzer is darker than the shade in the original colors (St. Lucia?? I think) and comes off as very dark, so a light touch is best. The blush is a nice warm golden-taupe color. I like using it on my cheekbones as it is so shimmery. The bronzer works well on the high points of the face, like the cheekbones, temples, and forehead, as it is so shimmery. I wouldn’t recommend this product for contouring, but it is nice when used sparingly. I really like that ELF is expanding on this product, I just wish they would make these colors in the cream formula, as those are matte, which I prefer.

ELF pigment eyeshadow, naturally nude, $3

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Okkkkkkkay, HUGE difference between the color of the product and the color online. I was expecting this to be a light champagne color, which it isn’t. It is a golden bronze color. Ah well, I will adapt. But I haven’t had an occasion to wear it yet.

ELF Studio Single Eyeshadow, Raspberry Truffle and Pebble, $3

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So far, so good on these. I like the colors, they are a little powdery (meaning lots of fallout) but for the price, it’s not bad. They are a good size and nice texture.

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Tips for Clear Skin

Hey guys!!

I just want to share some of my tips for keeping my skin as clear as possible and treating breakouts when they come up!

 

1) Invest in your face. For me, this meant buying a Clarisonic Mia and Clinique moisturizer. That way, I can save on the things I use frequently, like face wash! On that note, cleaning your face consistently before bed is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Your internal temperature naturally rises when you sleep, and so if you leave makeup on, it is absorbed deep into the pore where it can trap bacteria, causing a break out. For late nights, keep face-wash pads next to your bed so you can at least swipe off your foundation!

2) WATER! I know you’ve heard it time and time again, but getting sufficient water is easily the best thing you can consistently do for your body. Keeping yourself hydrated helps flush your system of toxins that lurk, and also enables you to produce sweat easier when working out, which literally cleans your pores from the inside, out! Drink up, lovelies!

3) More fruits and veggies, less dairy! This has been a HUGE one for me. I know I’ve blogged about it, but I really think it’s made a huge difference. The best way for me to do this is by having a smoothie everyday, made with frozen fruit, coconut milk, and spinach. It’s tasty (try 1 frozen banana, coconut milk,1 cup of baby spinach, 1 tsp. of peanut butter. NOM!), healthy, and totally satisfying, especially after a workout! After about a week, I noticed a difference in my overall feeling of well-being, and especially in the clarity of my skin.

shown is banana, spinach, and frozen cherries – the coconut milk isn’t in there yet!

4) Tea tree oil is amazing for treating breakouts, especially those horrible under-the-skin, painful ones. I have had one of those on my forehead for around a month and I tell you, NOTHING was helping! Hot compresses, benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, even Tazorac – the thing would not shrink or come to a head. I finally pricked a little hole with a sterilized needle and smothered it in a cotton swab with pure tea tree oil on it before bed. By the next morning, it was almost gone. I’m seriously not joking. It’s still not gone, and it’s been 3 days of swabbing it nightly, but it is definitely on it’s way out. I’ve since used it on a few more minor breakouts, and also after popping (I know, I know, bad. So kill me, we all do it) and it works like a charm. The tingling sensation feels so amazing, and the pimple is dried up by the next day. I wish I had discovered this sooner.

So, those are my tips! (For now!) What are your best tips for keeping your complexion smooth and clear?

 

Rainbow Eyes on Me! – Tutorial?

Please, please, PLEASE excuse my terrible skin! I’m still trying to adjust to the humidity of living at sea level. :/

What do you think? It’s definitely “out there”. Would you guys want to see a tutorial on this look? Let me know in comments please!