Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ELF Feather-proof Lip Liner Review

Okay I have to tell you from the get go that I'm not a big lip person. But when I got these when I got the Elf master 180+ piece set, I was quite excited to try these out. I'm pretty sure many of you guys out there are curious if these work or not, so here we go!These lip liner come in a very traditional wooden pencils with a pearl white finishing and says e.l.f feather-proof lip liner and the name of the color. All of them came with a pencil sharpener and obviously a clear lid. Yes I like to state the obvious.
Each pencil end shows which lip liner is which color.
These are very simple and straight forward pencils. They aren't the softest, but the color payoff is quite decent. My favorite is spice, which is the same color of my natural lip color and a great color for the fall.
-price: A ($1 each)
-packaging: C+
-product quality: C
-Overall quality: C
-Buy again? No

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ELF Studio Cream blush swatch and review

Some of the latest and newest elf products includes the ELF studio cream blush. I was thinking that the blushes would be more of a gel texture and would be hard to blend but BOY did these blow me away. They come in the same packaging as all the other studio packaging. Its a think cardboard box with plastic so that you can see the true color of the product. On the top right at the tab, it says the name of the color and what it is. As you can see, it is a cream to powder formula and it comes with 0.53 oz/ 15 g. That's a lot for the price! Wow ELF is outdoing themselves. Some more in depth information on the product and the list of ingredients. The lifetime for this product is 12 months (a year).Compared to the elf cream eyeshadow, its almost 2 times bigger. And the cream eyeshadow itself are pretty big, elf is blowing us away!To show you how big it is, I used a ruler to show you guys the true size. The packaging is about 5 cm X 5 cm. Pretty big for something so affordable right?
Each blush comes with a lid so that it doesn't dry out. So thoughtful for their products elf! They do snap shut so that's a good thing right? =)Here's a picture to show you the true colors in person (well kinda in person...haha in picture? =P)

Temptress- bronze/ brown; good for contouring
Vixen- dark rosey color with a cool undertone
Tease- Dusty coral color with a cool undertone
Seductress- Bright apple red color
Heartbreaker- Warm coral color
Flirt- Highlighter pink; I'm serious when i say HIGHLIGHTER PINK!!These blushes have a texture of jelly/ mousse which reminds me a lot of Maybelline's Dream matte mousse products. They are very easy to blend IF you use a brush like a stippling brush, which works wonders with a product like this. They are kinda crumbly and the finish is cream to powder, which is stated on the box.


-price: B ($6 each...hmm Elf)
-packaging: C+ (kinda too big and chunky)
-product quality: B
-Overall quality: B
-Buy again? Maybe, if I ever FINISH IT! XD Which i don't think i ever will

Collective haul

Ok So I didn't have a lot of time the past 3 months to upload anything, but the buying NEVER STOPS. >=D So here's the collective haul from the past three months, litterally all from elf. Yes that is how much I love elf. So that's what I've been basically up to for the past three months. The Christmas break is coming up, so expect lots of reviews and other stuff =). Cheers~

Saturday, November 27, 2010

ELF Studio foundation review

When ELF came out with their new foundation, I was just like I got to have it. Oh my gosh a foundation for $6? BRING IT! I have wore it for prom and I have to say it is VERY good. For the price, color and texture, it is worth my money.

So my first impression of this product was, "wow elf really out did themselves! The packaging is heavy duty, tinted glass bottle and with a pump!" When I say heavy duty, I really do mean heavy duty. It feels like I'm holding a $70 foundation bottle from Armani or something.

Side packaging clearly states that it as a pump. Its so nice =3

That's the back...hmm yeah haha yey ingredients list?

More boring information...

The lids are absolutely beautiful and high quality, printed on is a frosted elf logo. Its so beautiful and sleek. =)

Without the lid. It looks kinda small in this picture, but its a reasonable size. Its about the size of your palm (just the bottle without the lid). Compare this to their new tinted moisturize, I'd put this one hands down.

The bottle is frosted and everything is just super sleek. As you can see, it has SPF 15 and it "says" oil free but the ingredients contains a lot of mineral oil. Watttt??

Left to right: Porcelain, sand

The texture is the best part is that its not as thick as MAC's foundation, actually I mean its FARRRRR from as thick as MAC's foundations but its thick enough to give you a medium coverage. It is definitely buildable, but I don't really need thick coverage. Plus when I put on my powder, its just right.

-price: B- ($6 each)
-packaging: B
-product quality: B
-Overall quality: B
-Buy again? Yes, I don't use liquid foundation but this one is a keeper.

Work at School theater

I was hoping to do something really bright and bold, but I didn't really have the chance to because no one's play had a over the top character. Obviously, these pictures aren't me. XD So I don't have pictures of all the make up looks I did, but essentially these are samples of my work. I think this picture came out better then I thought! The lighting is beautiful. This eye look was inspired by the space because I started out with this beautiful, dark navy pigment and then I just go with the flow.This is my friend, Steffi, who has me do her make up for a lot of things. This was one of my "jobs". Her character was a drunk girl who was calling her friend from a club. The picture doesn't do her justice, but I wanted a full face shot for once.
A really simple, gold and brown look for my girl here who's character was an agent. I didn't have enough time to take a better picture but her black liner was smoked out so that it would give a more sexy look.
Sigh...the more I look at it, the more pretty it gets. So jealous of my friend Esther here, look at those naturally thick lashes!

So that was a small snip-it of what I had to do for three days straight. It was quite a pain to have to wash all my brushes and sanitize my whole makeup kit, but hard work is the fun of it. To see your work after, and see them on stage knowing that you did that, that's its own reward. People think I'm stupid for doing it for free, but I think its just fun. My friend wants me to do it professionally, but i know what I want in life and this is just a hobby. So till next time, peace out =)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Midnight Ocean Look Tutorial

So I want to show you guys that you don't have to use expensive products to achieve the look you want. I was inspired with the "Teal Dream" palette of the ELF brightening eye quads which are only a buck. Here's what it looks like... This quad reminded me a lot of the sea, so thats my inspiration. Basically this is how I work, I look at some colors and BAM, instant inspiration. XD
First step is to use a eyeshadow primer or base. Here i'm using ELF mineral eyeshadow primer which is very comparable to Urban Decay primer potion or Too face shadow insurance. And no the primer on my eyes right now isn't blended. To enhance the colors of the eye shadows, I'm using the light blue in my Make up forever flash palette ($100 retail price) and the white in the inner corners of my eyes.
Take a dense eyeshadow brush (like ELF eyeshadow brush $1) and dip it into the light golden color in Teal dream. Place the light golden color where the light naturally hits on your eyelids, so basically right in the middle and just pat the color on. If you want, you can spray a little bit of water onto your brush to maximize the color depth.
Take the blue color and place it right on your natural eye crease. To do so, look at your mirror at a 45 degree angle so your eye socket will show better. Then just do your thing!
Use a blending brush (I used Elf's blending brush $1) and take the second darkest purple from the quad "Sliver Lining" ($1). Tilt your head yet again and make the sideways V in the corner with the dark purple.
It should look something like this.Take the brown color from "Hazy Hazel" and blend out the purple so its not too harsh.
Now go back to that green from "Teal dream" and use the same blending brush.
Place the green in the corner and brush it a little bit so that it peeks out from the corner, but doesn't cover the golden color. Take back that Studio concealer brush and use the leftover cream eyeshadow and place it on your bottom lash.
For your bottom lash, take that green from Teal dream and dark purple from Silver lining and smudge it on your bottom lash.
Line your eyes and put on some false lashes if you want! And voila~~ the finished look =). Hope you guys like it.
Here's a picture of everything I used. BTW the lashes are from Daiso (Japanese $2 store; very high quality for the price though).


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