Hello loves! First I wanted to share with you guys that I won Gaby's ELF $25 Giveaway =). I was just blog surfing one late night and found her blog. When I like someone's blog I actually go back and read their older posts to see what other good stuff they tried out and etc. I saw that she was having a giveaway and thought of what the heck let's enter for fun and hopefully I'll be in luck. I didn't think of it much. I really did had like 20 items I've been wanting from the ELF line & it's hard to find it around here. I checked all Dollar Generals and most Targets. I only got lucky to getting the e/s brushes that's it. Anyways, I checked my mail and read that I won!! I was having a bad day too, prob just cranky from waking up from a good nap too. It made my day. I was just like awww this is soo sweet. Made my day and I finally get to go ahead and order the stuff I've been having my eye on. Thank You Gaby! I really appreciate you for doing this. I can't wait to do a giveaway myself. Not sure when yet. I just don't want to do it just to gain followers...I don't want that at all. That is rude. Heard about some people entering giveaways and deleting them after they win something or sometimes delete after not winning. I'm waiting to gain more TRUE followers then I'll do one. I want to be fair with my true followers and do something special for them. I've met soo many sweet ones. I love you guys! I love your honesty, opinion, & reccomendations! Keep posting more and I'll do the same *I'll try too* hehe =). BTW I don't follow people just because they do. I'm annoyed by people who do that.
Anywhos. I ordered it last Monday and received it today *Friday, April 23rd*.
-2 Luminance Highlighter
-Warm Tan Bronzer
-Sun Kissed Bronzer
-Studio Line Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo
-Studio Line Tickled Pink Blush
-Studio Line Peachykeen Blush
-Studio Line Candid Corral Blush
-Studio Line Gotta Glow Blush/Highlighter
-Studio Line Eyeshadow in Wild Wheat
- Regular Eyeshadow brush for my mom
-All Over Color Stick in Golden Peach
-All Over Cover Stick in Medium
Total was $24.95. I didn't use the Brush Set code b/c I have most of it already. Instead I used the code for $50 off the first $15 spent =). Check out retailmenot.com for codes.
I am very pleased with all and glad I was finally able to purchase what I've been wanting to try for so long.
ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo / NARS Orgasm/Laguna Duo
$3 compared to $39- Oh can't beat the price!!
I don't own the NARS Orgasm/Laguna Duo but I've read that the ELF is a pretty good dupe. I've also played with the NARS Orgasm/Laguna Duo before at Sephora. I didn't loveeee it but I did somewhat like it. Still wasn't convinced to buying it as many times I've gone in there and kept on playing with it haha. Everytime I hear about a cheaper/afforable dupe of a higher-ened product, I always try the cheaper one first. If I do the opposite...Imma be mad if it sucks and the cheaper one is better & I just wasted my money. I used to be a MAC snob like big time...I just started to buy drugstore brands like 2 months ago? I'm proud of myself though =). Makeup gets old fast if it's just sitting there. So I only spend a lot of $ on MAC if it's one of my HG or a new LE item that I have to fall in love with when first swatched. I also never really liked ELF or even had 2nd thoughts on trying out any of their products. I think it's because I played with the lipglosses and eyeshadows when it first came out at Burlington's Coat Factory & I hateddd it! I thought it was cheap and greasy.
ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo- When first swatched, it seems a lil chalky. But what do you expect $3!! You can easily blend that in with a brush though. The bronzer is a lil darker than NARS Laguna. My trick is to apply with a light hand and blend, blend, blend. This will even seem darker on fairer skin. I am currently NC40/NC42 & it blends in well with my skin. My mom is NC25/NC30 & it's wayy too dark on her. The blush was fine for her too. She loved it. She has the Orgasm blush too. She's going to use up her NARS then use the ELF one. After she runs out she will just re-up with ELF instead. I really like the blush. At first glance, I thought it was the ELF Candid Corral. The blush is more shimmery. It makes my cheeks glowy, I like it. I actually think it's more like NARS Deep Throat not Orgasm *swatched it next to my mom's NARS Orgasm blush*. I also don't have to apply the MSF. I usually always apply MSF over my blush. If you think this is too pigmented for you, then NARS would be too too pigmented for you maybe?
Overall I would buy this again. Will I go for the NARS duo? No. I rather spend $3 and stock up on ELF even though I have to blend the shit out of the bronzer. It's all about the brush and good hands =). Trust me..I know a few girls who are NARS snob and their makeup looks like how my makeup was like in the 10th grade. All shiny and greasy and in NEED OF a blending brush LOL. I still prefer my NYC Sunny Bronzer for that matte finish to contour though. I wouldn't mind having the NARS duo though. It'll go on my wishlist next year.<--MAYBE! I'm always open to try new stuff. Whatever I don't use anymore, I give away or swap it on MUA.
I will have to keep playing with this and do a quick 2nd review sometime.
Sorry if you can't really see. I just swiped once with my finger.
ELF Gotta Glow / NARS Albatross
I've been wanting NARS Albatross soo bad after reading Miss Natty's review. Gotta Glow is one of ELF's NEW blush from the Studio Line. I didn't even know about this or ever heard of it.I was just hovering over the colors and saw this. I was like hmm why not. I wanna try another highlighter besides the other ELF's Luminance highlighter bronzer anyways. This is not chalky surprisingly. Easy as hell to blend too. I think I can even use this as a brow highlight. It's a lil lighter than MAC's Ricepaper too. I always use that as a hl/ on my brows too. Again $3. Can't beat that. I really like this. Glad I found something more affordable to try than spend $$ on the NARS one.
I don't have a swatch picture, but here's one I've found on a blog.
Really good review & she has more pictures and swatches on there too.
MAC Pink Swoon/ ELF Tickled Pink blush
Tickled Pink is almost exactly the same color as MAC Pink Swoon. I first heard about Pink Swoon through Kim Kardashian's blog. Had to go and get it. Well Tickled Pink is really chalky. It appears matte at first, but it has shimmer in it. A lot of fall out too. I applied it with my MAC 129 brush. It looked a lil too Barbie Doll ish & too chalky more like ashy?. Then on the other cheek I decided to use my 187 instead. Whoa big difference. Must apply with a light hand and 187 brush sure did it. I just stippled a lil and blended in with my kabuki brush. Pink Swoon is more sheer *it is sheertone too*. Sometimes Pink Swoon doesn't show up on me. I think it's because I tan and when I'm darker it doesn't really show. When I'm NC37/NC40 it shows more. But since I am close to NC42 right now, I would have to use the ELF Tickled Pink for more of a color. I wouldn't mind repurchasing. Wouldn't have to do that unless I'm tanned. Will use Pink Swoon during Winter and Tickled Pink when tanned and during Spring/Summer. Hope this helps!
Left: MAC Pink Swoon, Right: ELF Tickled Pink Blush
Kind of hard to tell, I'm NC40/NC42 right now.
I heard ELF's Luminance is similar to MAC's Honour? I will find out soon.
BTW I like to do reviews on cheaper/drugstore brand products because I know it is HARD collecting makeup and buying what you want. There's soo many out there. I'm trying to not be a MAC/Higher-end snob anymore. I've been buying a lot of drugstore brands. That will be on a later later post after the wedding and stuff are done.These are all my honest opinions. If I feel like the more expensive one is better I will tell you. I'm trying to help out others also because I know that guilt feel you get when you spend more $ just b/c of the brand, then you find a wayy cheaper dupe of it. It's harder for me because I'm also a Hello Kitty fanantic. I chose to buy Hello Kitty items before makeup any day. I'm trying to keep up! haha try doing that and having to keep up with two rugrats *2 1/2 yr old & 9 mths old.
That's all for now. Will do swatches and a review on the other stuff when I get the chance. It's going to be a crazy weekend. Following a crazier week starting next Monday then the wedding =). Excited much?? Oh yeahhh =).