I’ve heard a lot about E.L.F. over the years but surprisingly didn’t purchase anything from the brand until recently. I always knew they were a “budget buy,” but I didn’t realize how cheap they were until I looked. These matte lip colors ring in at just $1.49 a pop, a quarter of the price of its drugstore competitors like Maybelline and L’Oreal. The shade range and matte finish drew my attention and I picked up 4 from Ulta.com. Check out my full E.L.F. matte lip color review below!

E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors

Shades from left to right: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red

 

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color - Sharpener

Handy pop-out sharpener on the end!

Formula:

I have to admit, this formula doesn’t compare to more expensive brands. I don’t hate it – I just don’t love it. It’s super waxy and feels a little too thick and occlusive on the lips for my liking (and I wear standard drugstore matte lipsticks all the time, so I’m no stranger to the matte lip feel).

That being said, the waxy formula means it’s not as drying as other matte lipsticks on the market. Of course, the flip-side of that is that it’s not as pigmented either. That may not be a bad thing, depending on your tastes.

I’ve mentioned this before – but there seems to be a trend, or rather, a misconception in the beauty world right now that high pigment = high quality. This isn’t always the case and for everyday use, I tend to prefer sheer finishes in a lot of my cosmetics because they’re easier to build up and I’m less likely to make a mistake.

But I digress – I like my lipsticks fully loaded, pigment-rich, and matte as hell. Yes, they’re trickier to apply, but it’s the one makeup item that I like to go all-out with (hence the name of this blog). These E.L.F. matte lip colors are not as pigment-rich as I’d like them to be, but they are matte and I enjoy the shades that I tried.

Speaking of the shades…

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color Swatches

Swatches from top to bottom: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red

Wine

A deep red/mauve hybrid true to its name.

E.L.F. Wine

Mulberry Maven

A cool-toned plum, a softer alternative to the vampy lip.

E.L.F. Mulberry Maven

Cranberry

The least pigmented of the bunch – swatches like a dark red but applies like a sheer pink.

E.L.F. Cranberry

Rich Red

Not exactly “rich” but definitely red – pulls slightly pink on me as most cool-toned reds do.

E.L.F. Rich Red

In terms of wear, these lipsticks don’t last any longer than your typical bullet lipstick nor any less. I’m not too bothered by it as I’m used to reapplying lip products after lunch anyway. On the plus side, I’ve noticed that these E.L.F. matte lip colors fade evenly without patchiness or dryness. I suppose that could also probably be attributed to its waxy formula.

The Gist

Overall, I’d recommend these lippies to anyone on a budget who wants to try a matte lip. They won’t be ones I reach for every day, but I have found myself getting a fair amount of use out of them this past holiday season.

I personally prefer the Maybelline Matte Lipsticks or the L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks for their formulas. They’re a bit more drying on the lips but pack way more pigment. If you have a few extra bucks and are a die-hard matte lipstick girl like me, maybe try those instead.

Hope this was helpful! If anyone has tried E.L.F. and has any recommendations from the brand, comment below. I’m a newb so I’m eager to try the best the brand has to offer.

 

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Guys, this post is a long time coming. The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro was on my wishlist for ages before I finally bought it. When I saw they released some new shades, I knew the time had come. Check out my Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow review below!

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow

A little background…

Liquid and cream eyeshadows tend to be hit or miss for me. I have oily eyelids and usually need primer and several layers of powder shadow if I expect my eye look to last more than 5 hours.

However, I’d had luck with the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome which is basically a drugstore dupe for the pricier Stila liquid eyeshadow. I had my eye on the Stila one for awhile but bought the Maybelline one to see if it was the kind of thing I’d like. I actually wound up liking the Maybelline one so much, that I sort of forgot about these Stila eyeshadows until they released some exciting new shades and were featured by the front door at my local Ulta.

Speaking of price…

The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows ring in at $24.00, more than I’d typically spend on a single shadow. Especially considering the Maybelline one is only $10 and I was perfectly happy with it.

But the little spending demons on my shoulder (I have demons on both shoulders, the angel quit years ago) won me over. New Year’s Eve was days away when I first purchased these, so I justified them as necessary for my glittery NYE look.

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow

Formula

These eyeshadows come in two formulas – a glittery, show-stopping sparkle and a more metallic, satin cream. I’m pretty sure Stila didn’t market these as everyday shadows but for $24 a pop, you better bet I’m going to get my money’s worth. The metallic cream formula works much better for this purpose and I’ve already worn the famous shade “Kitten” to pieces.

The glittery shades are a little tougher to pull off in the daytime without looking “extra” but of course, you do you.

I find the finish to be truly unique. I thought I was happy with the Maybelline one – and sure, if you want to try something like this out without biting the $24 bullet, I’d totally recommend it. But these Stila shadows take the shimmer to a whole. nother. level.

The best part for me is that they last all day and all night. It feels super wet when you first apply it and stays moveable just long enough to blend it out. Then it dries down to a smudge-proof finish that feels like any normal shadow.

I’ve tried them alone, underneath and over powder eyeshadows and it doesn’t make a difference. They apply beautifully no matter what. Although, keep in mind that a few of the metallic shades are pretty pigmented and will likely cover up whatever eyeshadow you have on underneath.

I should also mention that I have pretty sensitive eyes and haven’t had any issues with glitter fallout or getting pieces stuck in my contacts – which has definitely happened with the glitter shadows of yesteryear.

To be fair, I haven’t noticed that the Stila shadows last any longer than the Maybelline ones so it could just be that the industry, in general, has discovered some amazing long wear liquid shadow formula.

It’s also worth noting that I haven’t noticed a difference in longevity between the two formulas – both the glitter and metallic shades last forever.

Shades

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow

Shades from top to bottom:

Smoky Storm (Glitter)
Rose Quartz (Glitter)
Kitten (Metallic)
Grace (Metallic)
Jezebel (Metallic)

The Gist

Yes, these beauties are expensive. But if you want to add a little something extra special to your makeup collection, I can’t recommend these enough. They’ve already made it to my 2017 favorites.

Like I said, I think the cream shades are more wearable and therefore probably more worth the coin. Given that they’re liquid, I’m curious to see how long they last or if they dry up. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated.

Do you guys wear glitter on your lids? Let me know your favorite products in the comments below. I feel like I’m exploring a whole new world of eye makeup looks here!

Glow on, peeps. <3

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Jezebel

Wearing Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Jezebel

 

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro

Full look wearing Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro

Valentine’s Day may be a controversial holiday for some, but I’ve always loved it. Regardless of whether you’re having a night out with the girls, date night with your boo, or just staying in watching movies – here are three Valentine’s Day makeup looks inspired by flowers, chocolate, and diamonds to help you get into the spirit.

What’s your Valentine’s Day Style?

Fresh Faced with Flowers

Valentine's Day Flowers Makeup

Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette
Milani Rose Blush
NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminator in Snow Rose
Revlon HD Matte Lip Color in Kisses

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

Cozy & Cuddly with Chocolate

Valentine's Day Chocolate Makeup

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Bourbon
Anastasia Sugar Glow Kit (used “Marshmallow”)
MAC Blush in Mocha
MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl
Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipstick in Raw Chocolate or Toasted Truffle
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu or Red Velvet

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

A bolder lip with Maybelline Lipstick in Toasted Truffle

 

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

A glossier lip with Maybelline Lipstick in Raw Chocolate and NYX Butter Gloss in TIramisu

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Valentine's Day Diamond Makeup

Kylie Cosmetics Bronze Palette
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Smoky Storm
Becca Highlighter in Opal or Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Seduce
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red or Maybelline Lipstick in Dynamite Red
Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in Classic

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

 

Other Makeup Worn:
Maybelline Dream BB Cream

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Black
Anastasia Dipbrow in Chocolate
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Personally, my boo and I are going out for a nice dinner this Wednesday night. Given it’s an evening date, I’ll probably go with some sort of combination of the Chocolate and Diamond look. I love any excuse to wear a red lip! As much as I love flowers, I think the first look is ideal for a day date or a more natural gal.

Are you into Valentine’s Day? Comment below with your plans for the 14th. If you rock your own interpretation of one of these Valentine’s Day Makeup looks, let me know!
Lots of love, peeps… <3

If you’re into makeup at all, you’ve probably heard of Pixiwoo. Or at least, you’ve heard of the modestly priced brushes from Real Techniques. I watch Sam and Nic Chapman (famous Pixiwoo sisters) religiously on YouTube and use their brushes almost exclusively. When I saw their latest limited edition collection on Instagram, shining in all its unicorn glory, I knew I must make it mine. The Real Techniques Brush Crush Collection includes brushes for foundation, powder, highlighter, contour, shadow, and blush. Check out my full review below!

Real Techniques Brush Crush Collection

Can we take a moment to just appreciate how beautiful these brushes are? I mean, I’m not the kind of makeup junkie who gets that excited over brushes, so this might be a first for me. But these are just beautiful and look lovely on my vanity.

In terms of quality, I’ve found the brushes to be similar to the “bold metals” collection that Real Techniques released last year – slightly softer and more luxurious than their standard brushes. I’ve used these almost every day for a week and haven’t experienced any significant shedding from any of them. So far, so good.

301 Foundation

Is it just me or is this brush huge for a foundation brush? I definitely would prefer if the brush was a little smaller but I used this to apply my standard Bobbi Brown Skin liquid foundation, L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation, and Maybelline BB Cream. I found that it applied all three, quickly and easily without visible brush strokes. That being said, I wear so many tinted moisturizers and sheer foundations that I’m probably still more likely to use my fingers to apply than any foundation brush.

300 Powder

I mean, let’s be real for a second. It’s not hard to get a powder brush right. Unless it sheds like crazy or doesn’t pick up product – I don’t think I’ve ever really had issues with powder brushes. That being said, this one certainly fits the bill and is without a doubt the prettiest powder brush I’ve ever owned!

302 Blush

I have this same brush from the Bold Metals collection that Real Techniques did last year. I was actually surprised to realize that they called it a “blush brush” as I usually use it for highlighter.

I find it way too dense to apply blush with. It could just be my skin tone and preferences but I like the sheer application of the standard Real Techniques blush brush a little better. I used the pointed tip of this brush to apply a bold highlight and it works wonderfully for that purpose.

303 Contour

So I’m fairly new to the contour world and it’s not something I do all the time with my makeup but O.M.G. I LOVE this brush! This is probably my favorite of the collection. I find it works better than my SHOCKINGLY expensively $55 Nars Ita Brush.

305 Shadow

Not much to say on this one – it works just as well as the other Real Techniques shadow brushes. It doesn’t shed at all and is actually all I need to create and blend a basic 2 or 3-shade look.

304 Fan

Surprisingly, I don’t own any fan brushes. After experimenting with this baby for a few days, I find it really useful for applying some of my more pigmented highlighters (ahem, Becca Opal, ahem) lightly. If you prefer a subtle glow, this is a great highlighter brush. It won’t deposit much pigment but basically kisses your cheekbones with just enough. It also works well for bridge of the nose, above the brow, and cupid’s bow.

Real Techniques Brush Crush Collection

Overall, none of the brushes in this collection are real must-haves. But if you’re in need of a new contour brush or shadow brush (I have to wash my shadow brushes every 2 weeks), I definitely recommend going for these over other pricier brushes. I prefer them to the standard Real Techniques brush collection, mostly for their packaging but also for their softer feel.

I’m curious because I don’t experiment with brushes too often – what are your favorite makeup brushes? Comment below with your recommendations.

Until next time – stay gorgeous, my little unicorns.

 

I don’t ski. I’ve never skied. I have no idea what an “apres ski” glow may look like and if my previous athletic endeavors in the sporting arena are any indication – for me, it probably looks like a bloody nose. Regardless, these Becca Apres Ski palettes had me at hello.

With the holidays over but winter in full swing – I thought…”maybe I don’t ski, but I can still pretend, right?” I envisioned the “apres ski” glow as pink, gleaming cheeks with sparkling eyes and rosy lips. And the collection of shimmering rosy neutrals inside Becca’s glossy, snowflake-inspired packaging do not disappoint.

And guys, I’m normally not sold on limited edition makeup collections. I mean, what’s the point? If I fall in love with a product – I’ll never be able to get it again. (Let’s ignore the fact that I have yet to actually finish a makeup product outside of primers/foundations.) But when I saw these little gems were on sale, I decided to take the plunge.

Becca Apres Ski Palettes

Face Palette

Let’s start on the bunny slope and slide into the highlighter palette first (see what I did there?).

I’m a highlighter junkie. After matte lipsticks, it’s probably one of my favorite makeup products to purchase. It may seem excessive to own a highlighter palette, let alone multiple highlighting palettes, but these really are everyday makeup items for me. I have dry skin for 8 months out of the year (my skin turns into an oil slick June – September), so highlighters add a much-needed glow to my otherwise sallow complexion.

This palette contains three shimmering skin perfectors (my favorite highlighters from Becca and probably of all time), two shimmery blushes and one bronzer that is sheer perfection.

The shades are as follows:

– Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal, Rose Quartz, NEW Icicle
– Luminous Blush in Blushed Copper
– NEW Mineral Blush in Winter Berry
– Sunlit Bronzer in Bronzed Bondi

Becca Apres Ski Face Palette

Top Row: Rose Quartz, Icicle, Winter Berry

Becca Apres Ski Face Palette

Bottom Row: Blushed Copper, Opal, Bronzed Bondi

The highlighter in “Rose Quartz” is more of a blush than highlighter on me since It’s so pink but I’m not mad about it. It definitely achieves the rosy glow I was envisioning.

Icicle looks like a stark white in the pan, but actually sheers out to a lovely subtle highlight with light blue reflect (unlike the not-so-subtle effect of “Opal”). Although I love it, I’m quite fair and don’t see a white highlighter working on darker skintones. It would be nice if Becca released multiple palettes in the collection for different skin tones.

My unexpected favorite of the palette is actually the bronzer in Bronzed Bondi. I’m SO not a bronzer person but this one is lovely. It’s sheer (like all the shades in the palette) but builds beautifully without going patchy or orange. When I think of a fresh-from-the-slopes look, bronzer doesn’t really come to mind. But this bronzer achieves a really healthy glow that makes me look…dare I say it…rich? Like maybe I’m someone who could afford a fancy ski trip in Aspen? I’ll see you there Lloyd Christmas.

Lloyd Christmas Aspen

The blush in Winter Berry looks scary in the pan but like the rest of Becca’s formulas, goes on sheer and lovely. I don’t see myself wearing this every day, but for that glowy, fireside look – it’s perfect.

Eye Lights Palette

This palette is beyond gorgeous. The formula was inspired by the brand’s famous powder highlighters – so if you’re expecting bold pigment, look elsewhere. These apply like a sheer wash of glowy shimmer and that’s exactly how I use them.

Becca Apres Ski Eyeshadow Palette

Note: there are no matte shades in this palette. If you’re someone who relies on matte shades every day, then you may not be able to create a complete “eye look” with this palette.

I don’t always have time to do a full “eye look” with an inner corner highlight, cut crease, and 10 thousand shades perfectly blended with a Jaclyn Hill-like frenzy.

Jaclyn Hill Smoky Eye

Jaclyn Hill Perfection

Rather, on most days, I do a sheer wash of color, a coat of black mascara and consider myself done. If that’s what you do too, you’ll probably dig this palette.

Becca Apres Ski Palettes

The Gist…

Although I probably wouldn’t touch these in the summer, these palettes are already among my favorites in my collection. The packaging is so beautiful and the sheer, glowy formulas are right up my ally.

Here’s a quick look I created using the Apres Ski palettes:

Becca Apres Ski Look

Wearing: Icicle Highlighter, Winter Berry Blush, Bronzed Bondi Bronzer. On eyes: Hot Cocoa, Rose Quartz, and Pearl On lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich

Have you tried any products from Becca? Have you been skiing? What’s that like? Do you glow? I honestly don’t know. Comment below peeps!