Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Elf Haul and Review

Hiya guys! Got rather a long post today I'm afraid- I've been hearing a lot of good things about Elf (eyes lips face) for a while now and have been wanting to try it out, so the other day there was 30% off when you spent over £20 so I took the opportunity and bought quite a few things from there that I have been wanting to try for a while. With the discount, it all came to about £16 which I am so so happy with, so today I'll just tell you about what I bought and do a quick review of what I've used.

First of all is the Elf Zit Zapper. I am constantly trying out different spot sticks to try and find out one that works, and I am so pleased to say that this one does- I applied it to a spot I had on my face and within a few hours it had gone down almost completely. It contains Salicylic acid, tea tree oil, witch hazel and camphor , and I've tried spot sticks with each of these individually but I guess having them all combined is what really works for me. And as a bonus, it was only £1.50!

Next is the Elf Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in the colour Plum. As I've shown, the colour is a bit darker than I was expecting- rather than a brightish purple, this looks a bit more black which is a shame, but I still love the way it applies. It has a thin nib like a felt pen, and stays on really well (I still can see it on my hand even though I took these pictures yesterday). Again, this was only £1.50 so I can't say I'm disappointed at all.

I've been wanting to try a primer for your eyes for a while, and since the Elf Eyelid Primer in Sheer was only £1.50 I thought it was worth a try. I bought it in Sheer because I wanted to use it as a base for any eye make-up but they also do it in various colours. It's easy to apply- just dab some onto your eyelids and then rub it in. It creates a lovely even coloured base, but I'm not sure how much longer it makes your eye make-up stay on for- I guess that's something I will have to find out in the future.

Next, the Elf Blush in the colour Tickled Pink. This is from the Studio range which is meant to be a bit more professional and more for trained make-up artists, but I thought this blush looked really nice. I love the packaging, and the little mirror it has on the inside, and the colour is cute, although you have to wear quite a lot for it to have an effect but maybe I should have gone for a darker colour. It was £3.75 which is good value, although I may find myself getting through it quite quickly.

I then bought the Elf Lip Stain in Pink Petal which was £2.50. I think this is a relatively new product for Elf as they don't have very many colours at the moment. I haven't tried a lip stain before, so was very excited about getting this and I have to say, I really like it. It's quite a natural looking colour on the lips, and lasts for a long time which is good news. The only thing I would say is that I find it strange to apply- as the nib is so thin and like a felt tip, it takes a bit longer to apply that a lipstick as it is harder to make sure that you get it even. Nevertheless, I do like this product and would definitely buy it in another colour if they bring out more.

The Elf All Over Cover Stick is probably one of the best things that I bought- it's in the shade Honey (Light) which is the perfect match to my skin tone. I love that they have lots of shades, so it is easy to find the right one for you. It can be used as a foundation or a concealer, although I kind of use it for a little of both. I apply it straight from the stick onto any uneven areas of my skin, and then onto spots or blemishes with my finger. The coverage is fantastic, much better than I was expecting and the texture is wonderful too- all for just £1.50! I highly recommend this!

I also bought a couple of eyeshadow palettes, the first being this Elf Flawless Eyeshadow in Party Purple. What drew me to this was that it has four shades and it tells you where to apply them onto your eyes which I have to admit I sometimes struggle with when trying to work it out myself! I haven't yet tried this but am looking forward to seeing what kind of look I can achieve with this. It was £2.50 and they come in a huge range of different colours.

The final beauty product that I bought was the Elf Brightening Eye Colour in Ivy. This has four colours on, all of which I think will go really well together. I haven't yet used this either but I think this is the perfect day palette- it comes in loads of different colour combinations. It's only £1.50 so if I like it I may find myself going back for a few more colours.

Finally, I bought three brushes- firstly, a Smudge Brush which you can see above, which is used for, well smudging. I haven't used it yet but I think it will be really effective for a smokey eye look. This was £1.50.

Next, the Blending Eye Brush which is a round eyeshadow brush which again, I haven't used yet but was again £1.50.

Finally, the Blushing, Bronzing and Blending Brush which again, was only £1.50. This one I have used, and it has a slanted edge so you can apply your blush easier. I also think that this would work really well for contouring due to the shape of it. All of these brushes feel like really good quality, and I will definitely be buying more, because they are so much cheaper than in places like Boots (the cheapest powder brush in Boots was £7 whereas on Elf it's only £1.50).

So far, I am so happy with everything that I have bought from Elf- it is officially my favourite make-up brand, I can say nothing but good things about them. The delivery was reasonable and came very quickly, and everything is of a good standard.

There are still lots of things I want to try from there- a lot more brushes, a couple more things from the studio range, and I also want to try the mineral range, so I will definitely be going back there in future!

Olivia Ellen XXX

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