Elf Smudge Pots – Review

100_5338Hello, all! If you’re a budget savvy diva like I am, then you are more than likely very familiar with the brand elf. Now, the object of today’s affections is more of an oldie, but it’s still a goodie: Smudge Pots! They’re $3 and the ELF website is always aiming to hand out those deals and coupons.

The pots come in a very chic and classy clear pot that looks like glass, but definitely isn’t. It’s fine, though, because you can still get that rich queen aesthetic. The shadows inside have a very smooth and creamy feel, but the downside is that if you’re like me, and prefer to get the maximum pigmentation by using your fingers for application, the pots are a bit too narrow to get to the product without getting it clustered under your nails.

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In terms of pigmentation, color pay-off generally depends on the shade. Back to Basics tends to have the best stand-alone application on my eyes and Poppin’ Party is the most likely to get a little streaky on my lids. All of the shadows are buildable and once they’re on my lid, I usually get a solid 5 or so hours of uninterrupted wear. I find this to be a huge plus because it offers a lot of flexibility to the product. All of the shades can work as a decent primer or go on to make a great base for corresponding shadow colors that you want to layer on top.

In conclusion, I am a huge Smudge Pot fan and have recommended them to all of my friends and recommend them to you all as well! They’re versatile, they’re great for people who want quick pigmentation and don’t have time for brushes, and come in neutrals, bold shades, and shimmers! Spend your coins in a cost efficient manner and pick this up ya’ll (as long as your budget has accounted for it – $3 can be a lot of money and you should only spend it if you think it’s a great investment).

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Product Favorite – Elf Mist and Set

Hello, all! I have a new favorite product. I don’t know what I was doing before I found it, because it has changed everything about the way I do my makeup. It’s the elf Makeup Mist and Set and it is $3 and it’s the best $3 I’ve spent thus far into 2016.

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If you’re an elf fanatic or a budget-savvy individual, you are more than likely familiar with the ever expanding EyesLipsFace lineup and may already know about this setting spray and probably other reasonably priced setting sprays on the market. While I am sure there are better products out there, for $3 this setting spray is pretty bomb and has been able to fulfill many different roles in my makeup routine. As the reviews online for it were kind of ~eh~ I originally bought it for the sole purpose of intensifying my eyeshadows to bring out their color and provide a more metallic finish. Then, with a bit of trepidation, I decided to attempt to spray it on my face as a finishing spray. While I cannot definitively say that it has extended the life of my makeup, it does remove that cake-face aesthetic and trade off powderiness for a smooth skin look.

Most importantly, though, it primes. When you put it on your bare face, it claims to nourish you with the wonderful effects of aloe, green tea, and some vitamins that I do not know the actual benefits of. That claim has yet to do anything for my skin, but it does leave my face just on the right side of tacky, which is when I go in and apply that foundation and then…BAM! Suddenly the product adheres betters. It goes on less patchy. I feel a little bit less terrible about the inadequate job I did in wetting my foundation sponge. I put it on and, in the words of Big Sean, “way up I feel blessed.”

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Travel Makeup: The Kit

Questions: What is in my travel makeup bag?

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It’s winter break at my school and while no one is obligated to go home, we all were told that we definitely needed to get out. On the bright side I get to spend all of those fun holidays like Christmas and New Year’s with my family at my home-home rather than in the cold white halls of my dorm-home. On the more shady side, it meant that I had a lot of uncertainty in terms of what I should pack for such a vast amount of time, meaning that I grabbed a lot of brushes and ran like the wind. Here are the results.

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ELF Cream Eyeliner – Review

Hello all! Today’s review is on the ELF cream eyeliners. I usually rock with the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen, but mine dried up and was not working for me anymore and I was in the market for a replacement. My school’s bookstore only stocks one brand, which is ELF, so I decided to give this one a shot. ELF can be pretty hit or miss with their products, but when the price of the eyeliner is only $3 I have zero standards or desire to be picky.

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The packaging of the liners is very simple as it comes in these clear little pots with black twist-off lids. It isn’t fussy, there are few bells and whistles, and I am 100% here for it. They come with a little liner brush that you can use, which is helpful for beginners who are looking for a low commitment entry into the cream liner game. I personally threw mine out (hence, the lack of pictures of it) as I already own actual full size liner brushes, but I appreciate the contribution.

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I picked my liners up in the original “Black” as well as in “Coffee” for those days when I’m seeking a more Ariana Grande-esque wing. Swatch wise, I find that Black applies much better than Coffee because the former is much more opaque. They live up to the name “cream” liners by being ultra-creamy, but the shade Coffee is so creamy that it feels thin upon application. It initially comes off as a little translucent and sometimes has the issue where the brush can cut through the product which can make your liner appear slightly patchy, though it is not as noticeable once the product fully sets.

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Both liners dry to a matte finish and then lock into place. As you can see, I swiped my finger across the liners a few times after they’d dried for about 15-20 seconds and there was only a small amount of streakage. They last all day on my eyes, despite my overly-oiled up eyelids, though I still recommend basing them with a primer or actual eyeshadow.

Overall, these liners are 2 of my favorite products that I’ve ever picked up. They’re easy to work with, long lasting, and cost efficient. The classic Black is definitely a must have and Coffee, while not formulated quite as well as Black, is a fun alternative if you’re just looking to try something new. I think these are great liners, particularly if you’re looking to rock a dramatic wing but don’t have the dexterity or patience for an actual liquid liner.