e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

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I’ve seen this at my local drugstores and always wondered if it really worked.  e.l.f. recently had an online sale (FYI they have sales all the time) and I decided that for three bucks I should give this a whirl.  And… now I wonder why it took me so long to try this.  I’ve been using it every night before bed followed by a lip balm and my lips are in the best condition I think they’ve ever been.  For three dollars give this a try its awesome!!

 

e.l.f. says ::: Gently exfoliate lips to remove dry, chapped skin with our Lip Exfoliator! A sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. This Lip Exfoliator treats and smoothes lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel.

 

Buy it here! e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

 

Products I’ve Hit Pan On— e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder in Cool

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I bought this powder at Target about 6 months ago and I used it a few times and didn’t think it was anything special so it was put in the back of the drawer.  For whatever reason about a month ago I pulled it out and used it and asked myself why I ever shoved it in the back of the drawer!  This is a great powder for mattifying and I honestly do think that it does help slightly with color correcting.  After checking the e.l.f. website I realize that there are three different types of this powder.  There is a ‘cool toned powder’ (which is what I have), a ‘warm toned powder’ and a ‘shimmer powder’.

This is what e.l.f. has to say about their powder…

Create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out skin tone and absorbs excess oil, and sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralizes the skin. The colors are meant to be blended together as the Blue neutralizes orange, the Green neutralizes red, the Pink neutralizes grey and the Yellow brightens and neutralizes red.

As you hit pan on this product it does become difficult to use as it starts to crumple.  I think I will pry the rest of this out of the compact, put it in a old powder foundation container and crush it up to use as a loose powder.  I will be repurchasing this product in the future, but first I want to use up at least one more powder in my collection.

Products Mentioned::

e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder in Cool— $3.00

Battle of the Makeup Setting Sprays! Urban Decay vs. e.l.f. vs Avon

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If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you know that I have oily acne prone skin.  So I’m always looking for a way to prolong my makeup wear and keep it from melting off my face and becoming an oily, gross mess.      With some foundations I can tell a difference when I use a setting spray and with others it makes no difference at all, my foundation will crease and/or just disappear.   No setting spray has been able to stop my oil production so I do still have to use a blotting sheet and/or powder touch up, but I can go longer and/or not use as much powder if I don’t use a spray.

 

Urban Decay::

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Several years ago while perusing the aisle of Sephora (dangerous territory…) I came across the Urban Decay Setting Sprays.  UD has three types of sprays, De-Slick (oily skin), All Nighter (described as a long lasting spray… so normal skin?) and Chill (cooling and hydrating). I have bought and used De-Slick and All Nighter, I think that they both performed the same way on my skin.  De-slick may have been a tad more mattifying but not that much to make a difference in my mind.  Over all I think this product has helped in my fight against oily skin and I think that it does its job as it claims. A full size bottle is 4oz and the price is $30.00 which breaks down to $7.50 per ounce.  So this isn’t exactly budget friendly but I don’t use it every day.  I’d say out of the days I wear makeup (which is usually 5-7) I will use a setting spray 2 times a week.

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e.l.f.

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e.l.f. has a Studio Makeup Mist which it advertises as “hairspray for your face”.  Which in the world of setting sprays sounds about right!  Out of the three, this is the least effective for me.  e.l.f. has a lot a great products that I love and swear by and others aren’t so great.  On the website this product has a 4.1 rating out of 5 so somewhere there are people that love this, I am not one of them.  When first applied it does what the UD and Avon sprays do. But I find that out of the three this one is the least long lasting and I have to do more touchups.  Also the spray nozzle is strange and sometimes it gets stuck or it sprays out in more of stream then a spray.  For someone which combo or dry skin, this could be an option for you.  However my skin is very very oily and this was a no go.  But for $3.00 for 2.2 oz I would say give is a try, you never know it could work for you!

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Avon

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Avon Makeup Setting Spray is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  It does the same thing for my makeup as the UD spray at a fraction of the cost!  I almost didn’t buy this when I say it in a catalog as I just assumed that it wouldn’t work as well as the UD.  I talked myself into buying it for review purposes and I’m so glad I did.  I will not be buying another UD setting spray again as long as Avon makes this.  I really can’t believe that it does everything the UD spay does but is soo much cheaper!  The size is the same 4oz but the price… are you ready for it…$10.00!! that is $2.50 an ounce compared to $7.50.  At this price you could get three times the product for what you pay for one bottle of UD Setting Spray.  And Avon is always having sales, so I make sure to stock up and got it for even cheaper.

Products Mentioned:: 

 

Urban Decay Setting Spray: $30.00

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist: $3.00

Avon Makeup Setting Spray: $10.00

e.l.f. Studio Acne Fighting Foundation

I am always on the hunt for a full coverage foundation that doesn’t  look like or feel like full coverage foundation and is long wearing.  You wouldn’t think that was impossible but apparently it is…  I am always sucked in when e.l.f has an amazing sell (which is often so beware) and I bought this on a whim to see how it would work.

I know a lot of people have a difficult time buying foundation online, but I do not usually have that problem.  I am so fair I am always the lightest or second lightest shade.  I have found with drugstore foundations I am usually the lightest shade and higher end the second lightest.  So, armed with this knowledge I purchased this foundation in ‘Ivory’ the lightest shade.  Which turned out to be a good choice as this foundation oxidizes 😦

Coverage: Medium, but buildable to Full

Color Match: There are only 8 shades in the collection so many people may have trouble finding a match, keep in mind as I said mine oxidized so you may be better off getting a shade lighter then you normally would.

Price:  $6.oo is a great deal and even better then a lot of drugstore foundations which are trending towards the $8-$14 mark.  Also you will probably never have to pay full price for this foundation as e.l.f is always running sales.

Longevity:  I give this a 5 1/2, I did get oily but that is not unusual for me.  A blotting with Clean and Clear sheets and powder touch up after four hours isn’t a biggie for me.  As the day  wore on (about 6 hours in) I did notice  the foundation settling into the lines around my face.  At that point I was home so a damp beauty blender took care of that issue.

Overall: For $6.00 (and sometimes cheaper) I am impressed most of all with the coverage.  It goes on easily with the acne fighting ingredients, it may be too harsh on sensitive skin and too drying for dry skin. As an everyday foundation this is great.  It is not one I would choose for a special event or a day where I knew I would be running around and not have a lot of time to spend on blotting or touch ups.

This is after my touch up, all I did to the photo was crop it.  I think it looks pretty good on film to!

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Products Mentioned::

e.l.f. Studio Acne Fighting Foundation $6.00

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

I see and hear other beauty people talk about how they never clean their brushes and I feel like I am in the abnormal.  I want to clean my brushes after every use!  Waiting to clean your brushes until they are so caked full of makeup that you look muddy isn’t good for your skin or your brushes and cleaning after every use is not good for the life of your brushes.  I try and restrict myself to cleaning my brushes one a week and I have tried a variety of cleansers and finally found a routine that gets my brushes squeaky clean!

One thing I have used that I think really makes a difference is using the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove.  I have the mini version (which I can’t seem to find on their website). This may sound like a crazy tool that is a waste of money but it really does make a difference ( I think) in getting my brushes really clean.

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So now onward to the cleaning products that did not work out so great.

1. Good Old Hand Soap

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Out of the four cleansers I have used this is number 2 on the list in best bang for your buck.  It cleans my brushes ok and the price point is good and I already have this in the bathroom so its not something extra I am buying. If I don’t have my number 1 choice I will use good old hand soap.  I usually buy Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial soap for my bathroom and the Peach Bellini is what I currently have at the moment.  Bonus points for make my brushes smell nice!

Bath and Body Peach Bellini Anti-Bacterial Soap retails for $5.00

2. e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo

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Don’t know what to say about this besides it doesn’t work…  It doesn’t get my brushes clean even using the Brush Glove. And honestly I think it may just be watered down hand soap.  e.l.f. has a lot of great products for amazing prices but this is one you should definitely skip.

e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo Retails for $3.00 4.1oz

3. BeautyBlender BlenderCleaner

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This is by far one of my biggest regret purchases. I bought the set that includes this cleanser and two beauty blenders.  I ended up loving the beauty blender but hating the cleanser.  Reading the ingredient lists for the BlenderCleanser and the e.l.f. Brush Shampoo they are almost identical.  Which is another reason I am upset at having spent so much money on this product . Bottom line it does’t get my brushes clean using it alone or with the Brush Glove.

BeautyBlender BlenderCleaner Retails for $17.95 6oz

Ok I know you are all on the edge of your seats for what what is my favorite product to clean my brushes, are you ready for it?!?

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I bought this soap for using on my face over a year ago.  I use my Clarisonic every other day and this is the soap I use with it.  It makes your skin really really clean and fresh and best of all it is multitasking product!  I love those, saves me time and money.  This is by far the best thing I have every used to clean by brush and my makeup sponges as well (like the beauty blender).  All I do is wet my brush swirl it on top of the soap until I get a good amount on the brush.  Then I run the brush over the Brush Glove a few times and then rinse the brush out.  I usually have to repeat this two times and my brushes which were once a shade of brown now have white bristles and look brand new!  Best of all this soap is super cheap and it lasts forever.  I have had one bar for almost a year now and have not even used half of it.  I keep mine in a soap keeper so it doesn’t get really wet and waste away.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Face & Body Bar  $4.54 3.5 oz

Eye Look with the Lorac Pro Palette using Matte Shades

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Eyes:: Using e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow “C” brush theBalm DownBoy shadow/blush all over lid.  Layered Mauve from the Lorac Pro Palette on top using e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow “C” brush .  Lightly sweep Sable from Lorac Pro Palette over lid e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow “C” brush.  Blend Espresso from Lorac Pro Palette in the crease using Sigma E-25 Blending brush.  Use the e.l.f. Studio Flat Eyeliner Brush with Black from Lorac Pro Palette as liner on lid and lower lash line. Rimmel London SpecialEyes Eye Liner Pencil in Panama used on Waterline and Tightline   Mascara:: Two coats of e.l.f. Studio 3-in-1 Mascara

Foundation:: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Classic Ivory 2 and Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfecter in Light/Medium, applied with Sigma F-15 Duo Fibre Brush Powder:: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Natural applied using Sigma F-20 Large Powder Brush  Bronzer:: Physcians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powdered Bronzer applied using Sigma F-25 Tapered Face Brush  Blush:: theBalm DownBoy applied using Sigma F-10 Powder/Blush Brush Lips::  L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche laLaque in I Laque you a Lot (limited edition unable to find a link online)

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Seven Days of Nude’Tude Day::5

Only two days left in the Seven Days of Nude’Tude!  I hope you are all enjoying this as much as I am!  Here is todays look….

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Eyeshadow:: Sassy all over eyelid applied with ring finger. Sultry in crease and lower lash line. Schitzo/Seductive as eyeliner.  Masascara:: Victoria Secret Volume Plumping 

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Foundation:: Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin Equal amounts of Buff and Sand Beige applied with Sigma F80 Undereye/Nose Highlight:: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle in Light applied and blended with ring finger  Blemish/Redness Concealer:: Revlon ColorStay  Concealer in Fair applied and blended with ring finger  Powder:: e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent applied with Sigma’s F30 Large Powder Brush Bronzer:: Nars Laguna  applied with Sigma F25 Blush:: Nars Mistinguette from the Limited Edition Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Blush Palette (this is sold out online, you may be able to nab one for a hefty price tag on eBay, your best bet is to call around to your local Sephora’s and see if they have any in stock.) Lips:: e.l.f. Jumpo Lip Gloss Stick in Flirty and Girly 

 

***If you are interested in Sigma brushes the best bang for your buck is the Premium Professional Kit.  The kit is under $200 and includes fifteen brushes of the highest  quality.  Keep a look out for sales and coupon codes I bought mine with a 20% off code***