Latest e.l.f. Cosmetics haul {first thoughts}

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hello, lovelies!

Today's post is all about one of my latest beauty hauls from e.l.f. Cosmetics. You know I'm obsessed with this amazingly thrifty beauty brand that you can find in Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, among other places. I've even seen some e.l.f. stuff in the checkout line at Old Navy, which was perfect because I was out of my favorite HD Powder and I was trying to refrain from going to Target again in the same week (it's a bad habit, I know). Plus, did you know e.l.f. Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company? Yep, they don't test on animals and they don't contain animal derived ingredients. 

Anyway, e.l,f, has all of my favorites, which I've mentioned, and now I think I'll be adding a few more favorites to my ever-growing list after this latest online shopping haul. Some of these items can only be found online, so if you've never shopped their website, you're missing out on some really awesome, top-secret products that you can't find in stores! Google "elf cosmetics promo code" and you can usually find a free shipping or other discount code for all of your online purchases. Plus, sometimes they have amazing 50% off sales where I love to stock up on all of my tried & true favorites. 

Here's what I got in my latest online order {}

e.l.f. Studio powder brush | $3

This is a pretty basic brush that I got to apply my HD Powder with. I normally use a big, fluffy powder brush for that, but I wanted something a little denser for under my eyes, on my forehead, and on my chin to help highlight those areas a little more. This brush works perfectly for that! It really presses the powder onto my face for a more full coverage, professional look. Awesome face brush.

e.l.f. Studio contour brush | $6

The description of this brush was a little intimidating at first: "This brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup application to help achieve professional looks." I'm definitely not advanced when it comes to contouring, but I've been playing around with contouring and highlighting (HAC) a lot lately, and I've fallen in love with some of the amazing little tricks and tweaks you can pull with the right shadow or pop of highlight. I'd been using a brush similar to this one for sculpting my cheekbones lately, but it just wasn't giving me the control I needed. This new contour brush is exactly what I was looking for, and it works perfectly for shaping and defining my cheekbones, forehead, and jawline. What a difference! I'm loving HAC, and this brush makes a huge difference in my application. I use it with the new e.l.f. contour palette (which I also love and talked about here). 

e.l.f. Studio small stipple brush | $3

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this brush, but I knew I wanted to finally try a stipple brush. It says it can be used "to create soft layers by adding texture for a natural airbrushed result." Then I saw that it was recommended for cream blush and I knew it had to be mine. I recently tried e.l.f''s HD Blush, but I don't like applying it with my fingertips- I feel like it messes up my foundation that I just applied so carefully. This small stipple brush works great for gently buffing on the cream blush. I just dispense the tiniest dot of cream on the back of my hand, and swirl the brush around in it very lightly, picking up just a dab of the blush. Then I sweep it lightly onto the apples of my cheeks in light, circular motions, until I get the soft-focused warmth I'm trying to achieve. I love this brush!

e.l.f. Studio eyeshadow "c" brush | $3

This is a medium sized eye shadow brush that I use for blending and for creating a soft, smoky look. The soft, tapered hairs are packed together more densely than my other similarly shaped brush, and gives more control and concentrated application. Can be used wet or dry for different looks!

e.l.f. Studio brush shampoo | $3

Since I just bought all new brushes, I figured I'd better get a good brush cleaner to take care of them and keep them nice so they'd have a longer life. Normally, I just use my face wash to clean my brushes, and that will work in a pinch. But this antibacterial brush shampoo disinfects and gets rid of dirt, oil, makeup, and debris while conditioning the hairs for a flawlessly soft application. It smells good too.

e.l.f. Studio "Mad For Matte" eye shadow palette | $10

I've been looking for a nice, matte shadow palette to transition into fall, and this one fit my small budget quite nicely. It comes with 10 gorgeous, warm, earthy tones that are completely matte and super blendable. I was worried they might not be pigmented enough, and I actually went a little overboard with the first application- it's definitely pigmented! No need to aggressively pack it on for everyday wear, or you'll end up looking like a raccoon like I did the first time around. After wiping it off, priming (more on that one later) and trying again, I fell in love with these matte shadows! I think I'm going to be wearing a lot of these this fall and winter. So pretty and you can create so many different looks and color combinations. Perfect for almost any skin tone. And again, amazing price for the size of this palette.

e.l.f. Essential instant lift brow pencil | $2

I was not a fan of this brow pencil at all. It's more of a wax actually, and it gives too much of a natural look for me. I thought I'd be able to use this to groom my brows a little and then I could use my brow powder over it to fill them in, but it just clumped up and turned into a mess. I'll stick with my favorite brow product, because it's never failed me! 

e.l.f. Studio eyeshadow primer | $3

I wasn't sure how I felt about this primer at first, but at the end of the day it actually held up and my shadow didn't crease at all, so it gets a thumbs up for now. I'll keep using it and see how I feel after a few more wears. I do like how sheer and powdery it feels. Some primers get thick and cakey and this is not one of them. Nice, soft texture and made my shadow stay put all day.

Overall, I'm really quite happy with my latest haul. I think all of these, with the exception of the brow pencil, are going to get a lot of use from me. I especially can't get over what a great deal their new studio brushes are. Seriously, considering the quality of their brushes and their insanely low price, I don't think I'll be buying my brushes anywhere else. e.l.f. is the way to go for inexpensive beauty tools!

Know any amazing products that I just have to try? Let me know!

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