E.L.F. Birthday Haul! (and a review!) Part 1

Happy Birthday to E.L.F.! E.L.F. had their 10th Birthday about a week ago and to celebrate they had a HUGE sale!  They had picked out a bunch of their bestsellers I think and some favorites and offered them at 50% off.  E.L.F. is already SUPER affordable and with this deal it got kinda crazy!  Plus if you spent $40 everything was shipped free.  So of course I spent $40 and got a really good amount of products.  First let’s start with the face!

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Kabuki Brush…this brush is great!  I used it to apply foundation, powder, concealer, blush and highlighter and worked wonderfully.  If you want to know why I used one brush for everything check out this vlog.

High Definition Powder…I really like the way this set my foundation.  It went on very sheer and didn’t cake up or settle in my face.

Poreless Face Primer…this stuff is awesome!  It smells like tea tree oil and goes on like a cream! Love the way my skin felt and looked after using! Plus it didn’t make me breakout like so many primers do!

Acne Fighting Foundation…Nice very full coverage.  Very buildable and blends well.  Would for sure wear everyday.  Only cons are no SPF and the lightest color is still WAY too dark for my skin.  I just lighten it with a little Dreamtone.

BB Cream…here is the SPF!  I put this on under my foundation one day for an SPF and it was really nice.  This actually has really good coverage by itself and is light enough for my skin! Hurray!

Oil Free Maximum Coverage Concealer…Very buildable and blends very well.  I really like the packaging.  First you get a ton of product in a squeeze tube.  The color is a little pink which is nice to off set my dark circles.  This is just great, I will be buying it again in a year when I will run out because there is so much!!!!

I tried this stuff out for a couple days and I was pleasantly surprised.  It didn’t really settle or cake on my face and lasted all day.  It lasted through 110 degree weather, sweat, cleaning, babies cuddling, and everyday stuff.  I was very impressed and am so glad I gave it a shot.

I am breaking up this review into 3 parts because I got sooo much stuff and I have two little kiddos that can’t handle their mommy at a computer for 2 hours.  I am also sharing a picture below so you can see how the face makeup turned out.  In the pic I used everything listed above except for the BB Cream.  Hope you enjoyed this review!  If you liked it please share and if you have any question or tips please leave a comment!

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Thank You!

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Ulta-Free Gift

Ulta had a free 15 piece makeup giveaway if you spent $19.50 or more!  I needed a new powder and an eye brow brush so I did it!  I got this really cute little makeup bag with really cute little samples and a few full size products.  There were 3 different bags you could chose from Classic, Modern, or Trendy.  I went with Classic because those colors are more my style.

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Isn’t it cute? So inside it came with an eye shadow primer (full size), Super Stretch Fiber Mascara (full size), Sunkissed Blush and Bronzer duo (sample),  Eye Shadow Quad with Trendsetter, Molten, Bone, and Lustre (sample), Eye Shadow Quad with Iceland, Sapphire, Peacock, and Blackout (sample), Glitter Eye Shadow Top Coat in Put a Ring On It (full size), Lipstick in Mauve Memories (full size), Brilliant Color Lip Gloss in Pixie (sample), Nail Polish in Grin and Berry It (sample),a blush brush, eye shadow brush, and eye shadow sponge, and a pencil  eyeliner duo in black and brown.  Now, I bought a brow comb and the Fabulous Face pressed powder in Fair to Light.  I haven’t tried any of this yet so this is sort of like a first impression review except it’s in blog form!

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This is the first set of eye shadows I talked about.  They are super cute!  They go on pretty sheer except for the darkest color.  This would be great for a daytime look for sure!

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So pretty! This is the second set of eye shadows I talked about.  They are more pigmented so they are really great for a smoky eye.

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Glitter! I love glitter and really wanted to try one of these! This would be great over the blues to glam it up. Who doesn’t love glitter?

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This is the primer.  Honestly I haven’t used it but I swatched it on my hand and I’m not expecting much.  It says extreme wear, but when I tried it on my hand it was really thin and liquidy.  It disappeared into my hand and I feel didn’t do anything. I will try it and we will see!

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Mascara! I haven’t tried it yet, but I will!

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On my hand the top is the gloss and the bottom is the lipstick.  It’s a very sheer lipstick, not a lot of pigment.  I ran that over my hand 3 or 4 times to achieve that color, so it is layerable. I think I’m making up words today, my spell check is going crazy!

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This is the blush brush, eye shadow sponge, eye liner duo, and eye shadow brush.  When I opened up the plastic bag the brushes came in the blush brush broke right then…good thing I have plenty of blush brushes!

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Nail polish! It’s so cute and mini! It reminds me of those bon bon nail polishes from when I was in middle school.  I really like the color too!

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This is the bronzer.  It is very, very light, which is great for me because I am super pale.  It looks really dark but it goes on almost sheer.

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And this is what I bought to get this great gift!  The eye brow and lash comb and this powder.  Now it says pressed powder but it’s very powdery and starts to get everywhere but I think it will be good to set my makeup.

So this is what I got from Ulta!  The gift is probably one of the biggest gift bags I have ever seen and you really don’t have to spend that much to get it.  I love department store free gifts but you usually have to spend $40 to get it and it’s only like 3 or 4 samples of items.  If you like this post share it or leave a comment! Let me know if you want to see more like it or have suggestions for different posts!

Have a great day!

P.S. I have a twitter!  It is @alovelybeauties! ( the exclamation isn’t apart of the name)

Ready, Set Gorgeous!

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I have seen this line a lot at Target.  It’s been reviewed all over and gotten pretty good reviews.  I really wanted to try it for myself and see how I liked it.  It’s pretty darn good! I started with the foundation.  It comes in a squeeze bottle and I applied with a “beauty blender” (oversized sponge).  It has a buildable coverage.  You can do it as light or as heavy as you want, just keep applying.   It blended very well and matched my skin very nicely.  Next I applied the concealer. I really liked it!  It covered very nicely and also doubles as a highlighter!  I have been applying their powder over to set it, even though it’s a powder foundation.  I just wanted to see how it felt and all in all this is an exceptional product.  I have been wearing it all day and really love the way it feels. It also held up all day through the sweltering heat and didn’t melt off right away.  It didn’t last me all day and would need to be reapplied if I didn’t have a secret!

 

Beauty Secret #1:

 

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Finishing spray!  I love this stuff! My favorite is the Dewy finish for a nice little glow.  My makeup does not budge with this stuff, its freaking awesome!  Target now carries NYX so I highly suggest picking some up!

 

All in all, if you need an inexpensive face makeup this new line by Covergirl is a worthy contender!