Two 32 Piece Eye Palettes By ELF

I don’t stop by Big Lots as often as I did when I first started blogging. Some of it has to do with just not finding anything I really want there. However, right before Christmas, there was a Big Lots that was relocating and everything was 25% off. I got some Christmas wrapping and these…

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Even if I ended up with some duplicate elf shades, THE PRICE!!!…

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They do look similar however, these are two different palettes…

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And, as you know, elf has the good symbols on them…

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The Classics is a must have. Maybe I should say it as ‘must have one’. But, no makeup lover can say one neutral palette is enough!…

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Both palettes has an assortment of shimmers and mattes. And, they had them in just the right balance, in my opinion.

Most of the time, elf brushes are awesome. This one seems reluctant to cooperate…

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Actually, I wouldn’t have named this palette a Bright. These are just purple and browns. But, whatever. I’m still lovin’ them…

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Oops-a-daisy…

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And, the Brights palette has a mixture of mattes and shimmers…

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I did a few test swatches. I swatched, from the Brights,  the four shades in the third row down…

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The black isn’t chalky at all!

And swatches from the Classics; four shades from the third row down…

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Yes, the bottom swatch is shimmery and creamy and really rich!

By purchasing just these two palettes by elf, I no long need to purchase any more elf shades. I have covered all the basic and necessary shadow colors.

Oh, who am I kidding????? Do you have these? What’s been your latest score from Big Lots?

 

ELF’s Blush In Coy: A Functional Multi-Tasker

Many Walmart stores in the Denver area have been setting up elf ‘tree’ displays. I already own a lot of elf products but, as I read more blogs posting about other elf items, I’m adding to my collection. Here’s my newest one, a powder blush…

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This one is called ‘Coy’…

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And here are the good symbols I like to see on health and beauty packages…

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As much as I think ‘Coy’ is a great color for contouring, it’s just too shimmery for my taste. ‘Coy’ is a light peach shade that has flecks of pink and peach shimmers. Therefore, I am using this, mostly, as a cheek highlighter…

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And, I have experimented with it as an eye shadow too. That made for a pretty look and this powder is creamy enough that once it is patted on, it does have some good stay-put to it…

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For a mere $2, this elf blush is a workhorse. It can be used as a blush (as elf intends it to be), a shadow (which I liked very much) and a face highlighter (what is very trendy right now). When I used my more densely-packed shadow brush, the blush was more crumbly than when I swiped it with a big, fluffy highlighter brush. You can see from the photo previously how crumbly just a finger swipe back and forth made it. But, the feel of this blush is very creamy once on the skin. I could definitely control how light or, how heavy I wanted to apply it.

In this photo, I used ‘Coy’ as a cheek contour only…

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It’s a bit to shimmery for me and doesn’t give me enough depth at the cheek bone. Nor does it give me a ‘flushed’ look. However, in this photo, I used an old Avon matte bronzer as contour, an old (and favorite) Color Workshop blush, and ‘Coy’ on the very apples of my cheeks…

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For the complete look, I have Southern Magnolia Minerals foundation, Chinovi’s ‘Gaga’ and ‘New Year’s’ shadow, ‘Gaga’ foiled as an eyeliner, elf brow pencil and Maybelline’s The Falsies Volum Express mascara…

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It is hard to find a completely full tree elf display at Walmarts because the products are very popular. If you get a chance to find elf’s blushes, you might like to try ‘Coy’. It seems it would be not only be useful for several different jobs but also, it could work for many different skin tones.

Have you tried out elf’s blushes yet? How easy is it for you to find elf products?

elf Studio: HD Blush

Since I haven’t quite my ‘day’ job as a merchandiser and am in retail stores as a JOB, I was definitely going to take advantage of Cyber Monday sales this past holiday season. One particular site was going to be elf makeup’s. I think it was 50% off. I do remember I got lots of goodies! Here are a couple in the blush department and, from their elf Studio line, I purchased…

DSCF0019 DSCF0024That worrisome little HD Blush is going to get all the attention in this post. I’ll save the Baked Highlighter for another day.

HD Makeup? What is ALLLLL the fuss? Well, that would be a GREAT topic for another post, as well but, if it means Heavily Dried-up, then elf HD Blush fits the bill…

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Yep. I hadn’t even swatched or opened it when I spotted this during the photo shoot. I was beginning to see what 50% off meant. Grrr…

To start, I thought ‘Encore’ was a pretty color; it still is, of course,…

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But, when I couldn’t pump any of the product out, yea….it’s all becoming clear now…

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So, by the time I discovered that the blush is all dried up, I’m already ticked. But, when it was a wrestling match to just get the top off, now I’m really pissed!!! Then, I ended up doing this to my backdrop…

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My Christmas spirit had been vexed, for sure. Oh, and the top doesn’t go back on either! Ho Ho Ho!!!! But then, look at the color…all sitting in its jar…probably facing abandonment…I was feeling my heart palette melt. I mean, look, just look at that color…

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I swatched it and it was and still is very pretty…

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It’s a hard working HD blush. Very pigmented and looks well on my cheeks. So, I am keeping elf HD Blush to pamper it and work with it. Heck, I’m only out $1.50. I was able to take a small swipe off the jar and warm it up so it was pliable to put on my face. Seriously, a speck is all I used for the hand swatch!

I can easily purchase another jar but, I’d have less gratitude if the price was higher. However, for $1.50, I ‘m not willing to contact the website and voice a complaint. I am getting some use of it, I just don’t know how long it will continue to stay workable.

Some tips for those that do want to try it out; seriously, a little goes a long ways. I had to give this a try several times before I got to the point I didn’t look like a clown. The HD isn’t fooling around! I warmed up the product between my finger and thumb before using a dampened Beauty Blender sponge to tap it on my cheeks, lightly, and then blend out. With my semi-dry skin, this blush didn’t budge.

I have since purchased another shade but this time I bought it at Walmart where I could not only check to see if it was dried out in the jar beforehand, but also take it back on my next visit if it proved to still be dried up.

A sidenote: I don’t like those types of bottles that have this type of pump. They don’t get down to the bottom of the jar. Again, I think I just gave myself another topic for another blog for another day. Oh, and OxyClean Laundry Stain Remover got the spot out. That stuff is awesome! Use it on your sneakers before washing them and they will look brand-new!

Have you tried elf’s HD Blushes yet? How did it go for you?

ELF Disney Villain Palette: Maleficent

The ELF Disney Villain palettes were released late last summer at Walgreens but, I’m still enjoying the looks. Maleficent it my second favorite next to Ursula!…

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For some status quo reason, women villains, most often, have red lips. We can talk about Freud on that all day! So, if you like sultry, red lips, you’ll get them with Maleficent, unlike with Cruella…

DSCF0103 DSCF0106This is truly a gloss. As you can see, in just the short moments of application to getting the photo snapped, the gloss settled into the lines in my skin. I made sure to use a lip liner when I wore this one on my lips…

DSCF0112I can tell in the photo that the gloss is just itchin’ to bleed outside my lip line! Yet, this gloss did have some staying power with the help of ELF’s lip primer. I was more than surprised. And, the Prestige lip liner was a must. I still love this shade of red though. In a sea of blood reds, this one isn’t the same ol’ same blue red. I like it. I just wish it didn’t want to make such a speedy exit off my lips.

All four of the villain sets come with a very nice shadow brush, a black pencil eyeliner, a black liquid eyeliner, eye shadow primer and a mascara that is the true villain in these collections. It’s dry, flaky and worthless. When you get these sets, just toss that right out. Truthfully, the shadow brush more than makes up for it. I’m happy to have more than 4 of the same ones.

The shadow palette is a mixture of shades that don’t seem to coordinate but, you are being fooled if you think that!…

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Do you have a ritual you use when you know that your shadows are going to be heavy with fall-out? You’ll want to plan for that. Other than that, this powders have some great pigmentation and play together swimmingly…

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The matte, inky black is perfect for those that like to use a powder shadow for an eyeliner rather than a pencil or liquid. I used the shadow first and then used the liquid to edge right into the lash line. I had ultra-staying power for the entire eye look. The silvery shade in the lower left-hand corner brightens up the inside corners of my eyes for a wide-awake look. These shades are devilish fun to play with…

DSCF0128 DSCF0118Inside the top flaps, you get a tutorial on a vampy day look…
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Be inspired by Maleficent’s look but, know that when you look in the mirror, you ARE the fairest of all.

I was the kid that would ask questions that couldn’t be answered. I always wanted to know why Snow White’s dad thought Maleficent was a great wife and why didn’t he just hire a nanny to take care of her? I told you I asked the hard to answer questions!

 

 

2013 Disney Villain ELF Palettes: Cruella De Vil

Fair warning: These sets are done and gone! I run across a straggler every now and then when prowling around at Walgreens. I’m talking about the Villians’ makeup sets from ELF. I got all four and with just a couple of exceptions, I love these. Here’s Cruella De Vil…

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But, the rest of the items are awesome…

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The packaging provides a day and a nighttime look…

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And, here’s the lippie….dang it! And I don’t even care one bit for this peachy shade, either…

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You’ll be happier with the shadows. These were pigmented and blendable…

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That aside, I still like the shadow colors…

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elf Lip Lock: Corral That Lipstick

e.l.f. studio has been releasing quite a few new products and expanding on the ones they already have. If you are shopping for makeup brushes, do give them a consideration!

The new product I have for today is a lip liner that is clear and you trace the outside of your lips with it. This is to prevent your lipstick (and, gloss as you will see below) from bleeding or feathering out from the lips.

I like a good Lip Lock but, this is a different type of Lip Lock. elf gives us a Lip Lock pencil…

lip elf libby kick stix 001 lip elf libby kick stix 002 lip elf libby kick stix 004It makes sense to have it only come in clear, don’t you agree?

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lip elf libby kick stix 011That’s the point; you shouldn’t see it. So, I traced it around the outside of my lips and then applied a new gloss I purchased recently…

lip elf libby kick stix 014This is about 2 hours after applying Lip Lock and the Forever 21 gloss. Even with this super slippery but sticky gloss, the Lip Lock worked.

A bit about this gloss. As I mentioned, it is from Forever 21. It is a mini that came in a box of three…

lip elf libby kick stix 017 lip elf libby kick stix 019There is no flavor or fragrance but it is very pigmented. On the downside, it is sticky and it roamed around my mouth as I wore it today before using Lip Lock.

This red has no name of its own. And, it isn’t quite as orange as the photos are presenting…

lip elf libby kick stix 020Since my gloss stayed inside of the lines, I count this as a win. Plus, it is only $3. And, I can see Lip Lock being a product that would be good to travel with; you wouldn’t need to bring a collection of lip liners; Lip Lock will have you covered for any gloss or lipstick. Yet, I feel that Lip Lock is nothing more than a chapstick pencil. I haven’t tried it but, I can see using Soft Lips in clear for the same thing.

Have you tried Lip Lock? Do you think a clear chapstick product could do about the same thing?

elf Products: Not Being A Creeper, Just Pretty Shadows And A Multi-Purpose Stick

Do you learn a lot about deals and new products from beauty blogs? That’s what the point of reading beauty blogs is all about! So, when I read that Kmart had many of their elf products at half off (as if they are not so darn affordable already), I wanted to see if there was anything I just might be interested in. This is what I came away with…

NOTD EOTD 067 Do you know I love multi-tasking beauty products? Elf’s All Over Color Stick looked really pretty, so it went into the basket. There were only three different shade colors left for the eye shadow singles: Dusk, Sage and Golden Glow. Those were perfect colors to try out.

50 Cents? I spent $2 on this entire haul. I can find that much money digging around in my car console or under the seat!

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Here’s Dusk…

NOTD EOTD 074 NOTD EOTD 076Purple? Blue? Smokey Grey? Yes!! I think I have only gone twice in the past week without wearing this one. The pigment is really good, as are all of the shadows I bought.

Sage is a swell green to use to make an unique smokey eye…

NOTD EOTD 078I didn’t do a close-up of Golden Glow; silly me. But I did get swatches of them all…

NOTD EOTD 080All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade is just too perfect of a color for me…

NOTD EOTD 071 NOTD EOTD 073Since I usually wear mineral foundation, I don’t use cream blush but rarely. Now, I have been experimenting with using just a cream blush and setting powder; no foundation. Pink Lemonade looks so natural on me that I have been wearing that look often. I haven’t tried it as a shadow yet but it is lovely as a lip tint. The stick isn’t super creamy but it does slide on without a hitch.

Pink Lemonade works so well with my skin tone…

NOTD EOTD 084The shadows are on the flaky side but the pigment is super rich and I don’t find the fallout to be so terrible that a fan brush can’t whisk the crumbs away. The All Over Color Stick did much better as a lip tint than blush as far as staying power. However, I will note that I used the blush very sparingly.

Later, I found a four-shadow pan at Target to put these shadows in. It all looks very smart.

Fair deal for just $2, don’t ya think?

elf: 32 Piece Warm Eyeshadow Palette

Lately, my passion has been for palettes. Lots and lots of palettes! Even though I have several elf palettes, this one is a newer one. It has all these soft and bright shades, I had to get it…

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This palette ranges from powder pinks to yellow golds and to bright purples…

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Maybe you would be more interested in some swatches. I did just a few to test the pigmentation and the texture…

swatches toss trash reviews 078 swatches toss trash reviews 077I didn’t use any primer with these swathces. In fact, I just used the applicator that came with the palette. I didn’t find the product to be powdery however, the pigment seems to be on the weak side. Probably a shadow primer would brighten the intensity. When I used my makeup brushes to apply it on my eyelids, I was able to build it up reasonably. These are not as vivid as some of the other elf shadows I have, yet I am in no way disappointed with this palette.

Is there anyone else who obsesses like I do over makeup palettes?

elf: Python Collection Nail Polishes

I surprised myself when I saw the new elf polishes from the python collection. I didn’t think it would be anything new. Well, whether it is or isn’t, it didn’t matter. I got 4 of ‘em anyway…

The silver nail, to the far left, is the Studio M that I reviewed here. The purple shade that is next to it is not part of the elf collection either. So the third nail in starts with the new elf collection. Silly, elf…they didn’t name their polishes. There is a blackened green with green micro-glitter; a dark red with an orange/gold shimmer; a blackened green (again) but with teal micro-glitter; and a dark eggplant purple with dark magenta and blue micro-glitter.

These are the shades that I love to wear…

And this is with just two coats. However, I think someone that is very skilled at polishing nails could get away with just one coat. There’s no need to apply a top coat as these are shiny all by themselves…

The two photos above are the best that captured the elusive purple, on the far right.

It’s easy to be gushy on elf’s new collection. I adore these shades.

Did you get any of the elf python pattern topped polishes? Which shades do you like?

Evil Queen: elf Limited Edition Disney Villain Palette

elf has very recently released a set of 3 Disney female villains makeup palettes. This is a limited edition that I could NOT miss out on. This post is the second of three and it is showcasing the Evil Queen. You can read the first review on Cruella by clicking here. I posted here the different looks presented as tutorials in each palette.

The Evil Queen: Devious Dramatic Eyes is my favorite palette of the three…

I would never have guessed that the Evil Queen would have such luscious lashes…

These are the Day Evil eye shadows…

One Bite; Vanity; Narcissistic; Potion. ‘Vanity’ is the matte in this foursome.

The pencil that is for lips AND cheeks is a secret delight from these sets…

And here they are all carefully swatched on my wrist…

‘Vanity’ is practically the color of my flesh. ‘Potion’ is a bit crumbly and will give some fallout.

As with Cruella’s palette, the eyeliner brush is terrible and the top to the tube doesn’t seem to be properly flush, but I do like the liner itself…

These shades are for the Night Villain look…

Fairest of the Land; Majesty; Peddler’s Cloak; Poison Apple. ‘Poison Apple’ is the matte this time. The others are shimmery.  And, ‘Fairest of the Land’ has that icy/purpley/blue shift in it. A little touch of that on the center of the lips will lure in your Prince Charming!!!

The pencil for the night look is just as stunning…

Swatchy, swatchy…

‘Majesty’, the purple, is blotchy, but again, I am using just a swab to swipe the colors. A good makeup brush would make all the difference. You can see, just a bit, of ‘Fairest of the Land’ color shift. And even ‘Poison Apple’ is actually more black than the photo displays. The second photo I had to add to highlight the pencil color. It’s apple red, isn’t it?

Kayla has no problems dropping by my makeshift studio…

I love these darker, more dramatic colors. They suit the Evil Queen’s look. And if she wasn’t such a murderess, she could be a Beautiful Queen. I know her palette will play quite nicely with the other two in this collection.

Do you like the darker shadows best?