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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

e.l.f. Giveaway Review

As many of you already know, I am hosting a giveaway. I am so thankful towards e.l.f. for being so generous for giving me one of these bundles to test out and review, as well as a bundle to give away to one of my wonderful followers because you deserve it! This wouldn't be possible without them! This giveaway is US ONLY. To find out how to enter, click here! The giveaway ends on February 27th at 11:59pm EST and I will be announcing the winner February 28th. I will be sending the lucky winner their prize on March 2nd. If you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail me at: beautyandablogxo@gmail.com. As promised, I will be reviewing all 10 products that I am giving away. I've had about a good week and a half to play with the products, so lets get started!


The first thing I noticed off the bat is e.l.f. packaging is super similar to that of NARS packaging, except the texture. And many of you know NARS is my favorite high end brand. The only reason the e.l.f. packaging is larger is because it is a duo whereas the NARS is just a single blush.


This blush and bronzer duo is called Fiji. In the picture the blush looks a little more coral than what it is, but they are both extremely pigmented and blendable. I was seriously blown away by this! Good start.

Next up is their blush brush which I fell in love with. I've heard a lot of YouTube gurus talking about this, like Kathleen Lights and now I can see why. It's so soft and tapered just enough to apply blush or to highlight. I've been using this brush non-stop!


 I've actually used this product prior to receiving this bundle, and I was actually running out so I'm glad they included this because this is my favorite lip exfoliator ever! My favorite part about it is the fact that it is in a tube and in a lipstick form rather than a loose sugar scrub. I do want to let you know that it works best when you apply water to your lips first and then exfoliate with this. It also has a very sweet taste to it.

 



I thought I was going to really love this lipstick because I'm in love with the color. It is called "Cranberry", but it's a little on the sheer side so if you want full opacity you really have to build up the color. Another thing I wasn't entirely pleased with is the fact that it settles into all of my lines in my lips.  

Luckily if you pair the lipstick and this gloss in "Luke" it gives you the full pigmentation that most people look for. This has like a flat top applicator and it is super pigmented. When I put this on top of the lipstick I was extremely surprised at how opaque it is. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of it out of the packaging!

 This mascara definitely makes your lashes darker, but I didn't notice too much volume which is usually what I aim for. It did make my lashes a little longer, but nothing drastic. I would say this is more for natural makeup days.

I'm not usually "wowed" by drugstore eyeshadows (other than the L'Oreal Infallible ones) because I usually tend to buy high end eyeshadow palettes and steer away from drugstore shadows, but this palette is just WOW. You can see how pigmented they are in the swatches below and the colors are just to die for. I wish they would come out with matte ones because these are just beautiful. They are creamy, pigmented, blendable and affordable. What more could you ask for? It does come with a sponge applicator, but the little divot where it sits is large enough to put your own brush in there.
I don't change my nail polish too often just because I find it to be a hassle, but I did do my nails before going on vacation with the pale pink color on the bottom left. My first thought was that they were going to be sheer and not long lasting, but boy was I wrong. This is the first pale pink where I didn't have to apply a million layers to get my desired color and it's lasted me 10 days with only one nail chipping. That's a keeper! And the color selection is just gorgeous. They included colors for every season. Love this!




The texture of this is very different than that of anything I've tried before so I was a little weary on using it at first, but it's actually a wonderful product. I get oily in my T-zone and it really took the shine away 
 





I actually do have frequent breakouts unfortunately so this baby came in handy. I pretty much used it as a spot concealer before I applied my foundation and my blemishes looked like they didn't even exist. I was pleasantly surprised with this product and it even comes with its own brush!

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