Hello loves, These are the products that make my morning and ultimately my day a whole lot easier. I love each and every one of these product and I will have each one linked below. Have a happy and safe holiday season.
This palette was so incredibly hyped up that I really waited until the excitement was over before I even thought about giving it a try. This palette was an addition to my personal collection and I wanted to try it for so long. I just had to wait out the initial release in order to do it. A lot of people were reviewing this palette and gave it high marks. I’m not so much a sucker for everyone’s opinion. I only trust a few select people. I kept on doing my research for months after this palette was released and to my surprise it was still getting very high marks, even after two months. I was surprised. I didn’t hear any type of scandal or controversy surrounding this palette. Even those who purchased and were not sent it in PR gave it great reviews.
Finally, I pulled the trigger and purchased during Ulta’s 21 days of beauty event. It wasn’t on the sale list but it was right in store at the checkout counter and I took that as a sign that this was worth me having.
This palette has a row of satin and semi-matte eyeshadows, a row of shimmery eyeshadows, and a row of highlights. The texture of the powders are amazing. They are buttery and soft. They blend easily and don’t have a lot of fallout. This has been a great neutral palette for me. I sometimes want an all matte eye but, I think that makes me look a little heavy around the eyes. This palette has given me a versatile look. These are all neutral colors that work for everyday looks.
I am in my 30’s. Glittery eyeshadows are not and never have been my thing. I don’t want to look like a teenager playing with makeup. I have grown up quite a bit and my makeup style has to reflect that. This palette gives me what I need to create a modern, age friendly look on an everyday basis. I am constantly reaching for this palette. The highlights are a beautiful and dare I say creamy texture and aren’t to heavy for my deep caramel skin. Most highlighters tend to look ashy on African-American skin tones, especially deep skin tones. These apply great and wear great to all complexions. I love the way these feel. They are so smooth I have used them as eyeshadows too.
The construction and design of this palette is very clean. White cardboard with a big mirror and magnetic closure. This palette is great for travel. The slogan on the inside is a great one to live by. “Aspire to Inspire” That is a great quote.
This is the first time that I have ever purchased a YouTuber and brand collaborated product. I must say that I am not disappointed. This palette lived up to the hype and guess what? YouTube made me buy it.
I recently discovered a new love. I had been searching for new lipsticks for a while and well I didn’t want to go to the mall or endure the traffic to get there. I wanted to go to MAC but I can’t tolerate their customer service which gets worse every day. So, I took a trip to Wal-Mart. I had been hearing great things about some new drugstore products and I wanted to go see what all the hype was about. I stumbled onto a display for a brand which had only been carried at CVS and Walgreens in my area. I was so surprised to see Milani at Wal-Mart. I picked out two shades that night and one more a week later. These lipsticks have me falling in love with them. They are richly pigmented and soft to wear on the lips. They are full coverage and I love how moisturizing they are.
Each of these lipsticks have become a staple in my makeup bag or purse or pocket. I reach for one of them every day. They remind me so much of MAC lipsticks. From the way they smell, feel, and perform. Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks but MAC lipsticks and my wallet don’t always agree. I must say that I am so happy that so many drugstore brands have given High-end products a run for their money. Literally.
I have been asked the question so many times…. With all of the makeup out there and all the brands you’ve tried why do you go back to Elf?
Simple. I like to save money especially when it’s a good quality product. Elf is a brand that has stood the test of time from regular women to seasoned pros, They’ve held their own out here in this cruel makeup world where one bad product could mean the end of your company. I’m never afraid to say that when it comes to some things I am a “Penny Pincher”. Not to downplay any high end brands. I have a lot of high end brands in my stash but none that get as much use as all of my ELF products.
I got introduced to ELF cosmetics six years ago when I started doing YouTube. I ordered a few things and fell in love. I couldn’t believe what I got for the money I spent. It was unbelievable. I maybe spent $50 and got a huge amount of products. At the time I only ordered things that I knew I would use on a daily basis like brushes, lipglosses, and some powder products. I just knew that I would regret my entire purchase. To my surprise, I reached for those products every day.
ELF cosmetics has become a very trusted brand for me. The quality of the products is amazing and so is the value. I could not be more pleased with the company, products, or customer service. I love ELF products. I must say that it started with the lip products though. Those Hypershine glosses hooked me from day one.
I was always on a quest to find a good lipgloss that didn’t make my lips too sticky and well I found them. And they were only $1. I have a ton of them in my makeup collection. Their blushes and bronzers were a hit with me too. Not all of their products work for me but I’m not disappointed. They keep expanding the lines so there are more products to get to know and love than I could ever imagine. I don’t ever regret an ELF purchase. I also have staples that I only get from the ELF line.
From their studio to the basic line to now the skincare line, ELF has become a trusted and household name to women and men all over. It’s no wonder ELF is so successful. Quality products at rock bottom prices. I hope they continue to bring us these awesome products and keep expanding their lines. I can’t wait to see what they bring to us next.
This bronzer was a nice surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting it to perform as well as it does. I have been using the NARS bronzer in casino and it was working well for me but when I saw and tried this I was floored. This bronzer is different from anything else I have tried. It has small micro sparkles in it that gives it a glow reflective property. It’s also matte at the same time. It is really a great bronzer not just for bronzing, but for contouring the face as well. It’s not shimmery or glittery but it is a great product and it gives your face a glow. I love using this product and it costs a little less than the NARS bronzer I have been using for years. It is also way bigger than the NARS. I won’t be running out of this product any time soon and I can appreciate that. It was well worth my money and I am getting a lot of use out of it. It’s also great for the body which is why they give you a generous amount of product. I use a kabuki brush to put this on my legs and the end result is beautiful. This bronzer retails for $36.00. It is a worthwhile investment considering how much we use bronzer this time of year.
This mascara was new to me and it was a different experience for me. I have never been a fan of the short, stubby, rubber bristles. This one was a pleasant surprise. I like the length it gives and the brush is unique. It tends to feel rough on the lids but I realize that the side to side motion we use when putting on mascara we have to do less of with this brush. It did make the time I spent doing my mascara less. I have OCD when it comes to my lashes and sometimes will spend a considerable amount of time on them to get them perfect like I like them. I feel like if anything is worth doing it is worth doing right. I like my makeup to be crisp, clean and polished. This mascara made my lashes really look like I had false lashes on. I couldn’t believe my eyes, literally. With two coats I had the look I was looking for with no trouble or combing. I know that when it comes to mascara there are millions out there on the market. You could get a drugstore mascara but it would not do what this one does. The tip of the brush can be used to push up the lashes to give them lift. Unlike other mascaras that weigh the lashes down this one maintains a curl for a long time. The name is very fitting because people always ask me when I wear this “Are they Real?”
So I have been on a bit of a mascara discovery lately. I have tried and compared a few these few months. This journey has been interesting and eye opening, literally. Mascara is the one product that completes the eye. Your brows frame your face but your mascara is the paint on the windows to your soul. This one product can make or break your look for the day. Waterproof, volumizing, lengthening, carbon black, brown or teal, your mascara makes the difference. This one has been a favorite for a while but I never made a formal review about it even though I reach for it all the time and when I don’t have it I crave it. I always say that it could work with this and that when it is missing. I always buy two or three backups of this one. Benefit has come out with two mascaras that evoke a new love for mascara that I never had before. Bad gal lash is the one I fell in love with from this brand. I love how fluffy and soft it makes my lashes while volumizing and giving length. I was captivated by this mascara the first time I used it. The look it gave me was thick and elegant. My lashes have never been so full and black. I love this mascara for three reasons. 1) The size of the tube and brush. You really get your money’s worth with an applicator that captures and coats each and every lash. 2) The Benefit Cosmetics quality standard 3) The formula; perfect. If you already have and love this mascara then you already know how I feel and why I feel this way. This is the best thing since sliced bread. I love what it does for my lashes and it washes off easily with wipes, makeup remover or soap and water.
I had been hearing a lot about this foundation but couldn’t get my hands on it for a while. I finally got to try it and it was definitely a hunt for this product. At first I was a little apprehensive about purchasing this foundation since I already have Revlon Color stay and the MAC Pro Long wear. I figured it would just be another long wear foundation. I was pleasantly surprised. This foundation was beautiful and it applied and blended like silk. It gave my skin the most beautiful finish and it wasn’t completely matte. It is so velvety on the skin. I was amazed at the finish and the texture. I can’t say anything bad about this foundation. I didn’t even need a powder with it/
It has a lot of claims but the one I disagree with doesn’t apply to the queen collection formula it applies to the formula in the regular line which says that it has a built in concealer. I did have to use a touch of concealer with this but not much. It’s not heavy and it doesn’t have a smell like some long wearing foundations do. I must say that I find myself reaching for this one every day. The color match is awesome I had no problem finding my perfect shade. The best price I found was at Wal-Mart and it was less than ten dollars with a coupon. So if you are wondering about this foundation, I would recommend you give it a try. I have dry skin and it works well on me. My mom has oily skin and it works great on her too. I have also used this on some of my clients and they love it as well. It lasts all day, it’s not heavy and it is buildable and bendable. This one gets two thumbs up for me.
Today I use the Revlon nearly naked foundation. I find a sound ation to be really light, I really do we, and just a beautiful finish overall. I really like this foundation because I have dry skin and it is perfect for my dry skin. Revlon also came out with a matching power to the foundation but I didn’t purchase it because I have so many already. I’ve been wearing just found a shin for about a week I bought it last Saturday at CVS Pharmacy. The price was 10 dollars and 99 cents. I use an extra bucks coupon for 5 dollars off so it only cost me 6 dollars. When I put on the first layer of foundation I thought that maybe it wouldn’t be enough so I only put on for my second layer about half of what I put on for the first layer and it was perfect. My first impressions on the foundation is that it has a beautiful finish. It applies like a dream it is so creamy and smooth any gifts you ski in a beautiful glow but not with shimmer and you don’t look Wally. It makes your skin look so beautiful in daylight in the inside light in artificial light you just look so beautiful I cannot compare the foundation to anything else that I have it is so gorgeous I’ve never seen a foundation do so well on your skin. I absolutely love this. The foundation covers to a medium coverage with 2 layers. What the foundation didn’t cover I only use a light layer of concealer for. I am pleasantly surprised at how light the foundation is. Revlon didn’t awesome job and I love this foundation. I think this foundation is best suited for normal to dry combination skin. I set my foundation with Mac mineralize skinfinish. This foundation gets at least 6 to 8 hours of wear. With a good primer I’m sure it will get you more time. If you are thinking about trying this foundation I recommend you do. It is an awesome foundation and it has an excellent price. It is about 20 dollars less than the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. I have heard it compare to that foundation many times but I do not have that foundation to compare it to. I love this foundation and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a medium coverage with the light feel.