Which is best? Elf Blending Sponge [Review]

 

Hey guys!¬†Today, I’ll be reviewing this product which I purchased at Walmart. I did a Walmart beauty haul previously. I’ll have a link here if you care to check it out. I got request to do this review and so let’s jump right in.

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This is a specific post to makeup blending sponge. I finally got my hands on this little cute sponge by ELF Cosmetics. 

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Here’s what Elf claim on their website “Flawlessly applies makeup for professionally even and smooth-looking skin. Great for creating a full coverage base, contouring or layering color. This durable sponge is washable and reusable, and perfect for use with all formulations including creams, liquids, and powder foundations, concealers or blush.”

Let’s get into the review:

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Before soaking in water

This is how it looks like. It’s definitely has an odd shape compared to¬†other brands. I don’t particularly love or hate this shape.¬†In contrast to the teardrop shape of the beauty blender, the e.l.f. sponge has a pinched middle to grip which some people might like.

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After soaking in the water and squeezing the water out

I’ve to squeeze harder to immerse the e.l.f. sponge in water or squeeze water out.

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The maximum I can squeeze out of this blending sponge.

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After soaking it turns out to be so much bigger in size. You see it can’t fit into the packaging anymore. It grew! I notice that it’s a little dense and feels much harder than the beauty blender when it’s dry, if that make sense.

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So,¬†I’ll be showing you the foundation and concealer application with my favorite! I like that it’s much easier to grip with this blender than the other that I’ve tried. It doesn’t bounce as much which I don’t particularly hate as long as it applies well.

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I’m trying out my Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation again today. I’ve been reaching for it ever since I got it. I’m excited to¬†be trying out this ELF Blending Sponge for this review. Yayyy!!!

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I can’t stand when sponges soak up a ton of product and shape is secondary for me. What I’m saying is that I really like this blending sponge. I’m quite impressed that it blends so¬†well.

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I feel that it blended out great as it should. I really feel that it really works well putting on my foundation. You can tell, it works very good.

Overall, it’s really a good price tag for beginners but it’s not my favorite favorite. You know what I mean. Well,¬†there’s a lot of other¬†makeup blenders out there which are much better but for this price tag, I say give it a try if you’re on a budget spend.

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Sharon xoxo

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Drugstore Cruelty Free Makeup Haul – E.L.F. Hit & Misses

 

Hi guys, today I’ve a few drugstore cruelty free makeup haul for you. I purchased all these stuff and then I said oh!!! it’s time to do a haul and I’m freaking excited! Really, really excited!

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There’s quite bit of products I have picked up from Walmart. Yes, aren’t they’re gorgeous! Since the day our Walmart has E.L.F.Cosmetics I’ve been insanely obsessed to get all their stuff. It’s so fun to do a haul. I got many requests to do the E.L.F. makeup products so this is so exciting.

So, I’m going to go ahead and jump into everything.

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The shade from (L-R) : Ain’t That Sweet (pinkish), Wine Pot (burgundy wine) and Crush Chic (gold bronze).

Look how cute these smudge pots are. It comes in a clear transparent glass pot and this is¬†so cool. I’m loving it now and I’m going to continue trying them.

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These are some gorgeous E.L.F. Smudge Pots. Absolutely stunning! Look how pigmented they are. The first moment I opened up this Crush Chic, I knew I was going to love it. It’s so so pretty!

I love¬†the shades and the formula. Crush Chic would be perfect for the coming holiday. Wine Pot is amazing for fall and Ain’t That Sweet for everyday eye makeup. It’s like they got us covered the whole year round.

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The next thing I want to talk about is this Blush in Mellow Mauve.

When showing it on picture is gorgeous but when in person it’s amazing. There’s a little of shimmer in it but I’m going to try it out for a little more before I share my thoughts and opinion on this one. I’m going with¬†the thought of going back and forth with this blush. Everything here is so smooth and pigmented. I just can’t get enough of this. One apparent thing I notice¬†is that it allows you to layer for more depth¬†without looking cakey or clown-y.

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Moving on to the next item I got is the Perfect Finish HD Powder in a compact packaging. It comes in a duo layered tier with a decent mirror on the cover. I would recommend this one if you don’t like the loose powder format. The texture is very lightweight and super soft on touched.¬†I can tell you that I like it but not love. I think I’m going to use it a little bit more before I give my final thoughts.

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Next thing I want to talk about is this beautiful packaging E.L.F. High Definition Powder in Sheer.  This is studio line product on E.L.F.

It doesn’t necessary have the largest impact when you put if on your face. It really need to take time to test it out for a longer time.

This is the packaging. It’s a matte black old box. It’s a square shape¬†with twist off top. This is a everyday sheer¬†highlighter. These are pigmented and so soft. Very lightweight. It’s intended to be used as finishing powder basically and that’s how I’ve been using it. I want it to be clear it’s not a shimmery shinny product. It’s like a soft natural finish.

I prefer to use a big fluffy powder brush to apply, but sometimes use the puff that comes with it to pat on areas that need extra attention. My¬†only complain is the packaging. It gets very messy after you lift up the sticker. The plastic sifter will get messy. ¬†If¬†you’re not super careful there will be powder EVERYWHERE. I personally is not a big fan of this honestly. It’s so messy and wasteful. I’m just being honest!

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Next is this gorgeous Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette by E.l.f Cosmetics. You guys know that I’m obsessed with eyeshadow palettes and you know that I’ll keep on going back to get more palettes every time I see them. I seriously need someone has to chain me down (jk). I don’t I’ll ever stop buying eyeshadow palettes ever. I love all the shades and this Mad for Matte was screaming my name.

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If you’re in the market for an affordable and good quality eyeshadow palette, I highly recommend this. It housed 10 amazing neutral matte shadows that suits any skin color. If you’re a beginner to makeup, this palette is a must have. It’s nicely pigmented and it long wearing. The shadows are true to its color and a little goes a long way. The packaging is slim and sleek. Love it!

This is it!

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Now I’m going to talk about something I don’t really liked. And it’s the Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California. This is unfortunately a miss because the formula is not long lasting and it takes a lot of work to blend. It’s also very dry and packed with metallic powder with fall out. I just wanted to try them out for you guys but I was having difficulty to apply them on my lids.

So instead, I did some swatches as shown below- I picked the products using¬†my fingers and these are done with a single swipe directly from the pan to my bare hand. They’re insanely shimmery and metallic¬†looking finishing. The pigmentation looks decent unless you use it wet. I tried using them dry which¬†doesn’t show up anything. I really like the shades in the palette but this is just a miss for me.

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I really want to like it but nope this isn’t working for me.

So, that’s all for my haul today. I think it’s safe to say that we all agree that Elf prices just can’t be beat. It’s so difficult to find the balance between quality and price. You know what I’m saying!¬†You got to give some credit to Elf, they’re always creating new things.

What do you think guys? Will you be checking these out soon? Comment below your reply. I love to read your comments.

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I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and I can’t wait to see you again on the next one. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Best Hits and Oh Hell NO! Elf Eyeshadow

 

 

I haven’t been doing a lot of monthly favorites and regrets for awhile and I won’t be doing it now. Instead, I’ll be doing weekly series of Best¬†Hits and Oh Hell¬†NO! Note that it¬†will continue after¬†Next year. Don’t forget to follow¬†more exciting post coming up next year.

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So, let’s start with a positive post today¬†with¬†the Best Hits!

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You know that I’m an eyeshadow palette junkie, right? I mean, if you follow me on Facebook or if you have been following my blog, you already know that I’m completely smitten and drool over when it comes to palettes.

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I love all makeup, but if I had to pick a favourite beauty item it would definitely be eyeshadow palettes. ELF Cosmetics¬†has¬†released a holiday gift set that is the¬†mother-load of eyeshadow¬†collections! I love that Elf’s jumping on the¬†huge¬†palette trend in the best possible way. So YAY!

In this ELF All About Nude contains 32 shadows palette, two eyeshadow brushes and an eye primer. The theme is called Play Beautifully! Limited EDITION!

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I got a beautiful ALL ABOUT NUDE palette set¬†for myself this¬†Christmas for $CAD15.00. Yes, I love my eyeshadow, I adore¬†makeup and¬†obsessed with palettes. I’m¬†super delighted, it feels like a dream to grab a limited edition palette.

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From smokey¬†colours to super wearable nudes this set has something for everyone. I‚Äôve used and tried Elf products before and it’s¬†my first time trying a huge eyeshadow palette. Honestly,¬†I don‚Äôt know why I waited so long!

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I find it’s¬†conveniently packaged into one festive set.with the¬†inside you’ll see¬†all the 32 eyeshadows¬†AMAZING COLORS.. This palette was for CAD$15.00 at our local grocer, MAXI. I was taken by¬†double surprises, FIRST to pick this gorgeous palette and TWO it’s available locally NOW.

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It’s not easy finding well pigmented good color selection  eyeshadows, especially for an affordable price. For $15.00 a set, I definitely think is a good deal because they’re so smooth and pigmented. But some colors are better than the others. Apart from that, they’re also cruelty-free.

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Look at these color swatches without eye primer nor eye base. The eyeshadows stay true to colors on my hand from pan. Also, color payoff is quite nice.

The formula is¬†pigmented and smooth, which makes it easy to work on and to blend. I couldn’t find any reason not to love this all about nude. It has good color selection and I’m so glad I grabbed it.

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First off, I love the packaging, curved tube with the beige¬†band is very sleek, definitely something I’m happy to see from a eyelid primer! I have no issues holding it in my hand or applying. And the applicator is of doe shape. Nothing not to love about this primer.

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The formula is soft and the formula applies very well. It’s definitely not tacky but feel creamy to touch.

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Instruction at the back of the packaging asked that you leave the primer until it dries before applying the eyeshadows. I know the fact that with eye base, you want to apply shadows before the formula dries to lock the shadows in. There is no right or wrong way.

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Next, I didn’t get only¬†one eyeshadow brush but two. Elf has some good brushes to keep in my collection.

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I’m so obsessed with this¬†limited edition¬†that ELF¬†comes out with this Holiday season. I’m really speechLESS. Love, LOVE this set.

Limited edition products usually go out fast. If you see this on Elf website or at your local drugstore, Target, pick one for yourself and another for your best friend.

Final question is, do I recommend them? Highly. For me, this palette is¬†absolute must-haves!¬†You seriously have to try it for the price and quality you’d get. That‚Äôs it for today’s¬†BEST¬†Hits.¬†I‚Äôll be right back with more beauty posts‚Ķ¬†on the next one. Stay Tuned for more!

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The Elf Eyeshadow Quad|Review

 

 

Last night after super, my husband decided to drive us to a shopping outlet not too far from our¬†house. The store is called “Giant Tiger” and they basically sell food and stuff like Wal-mart but in a much smaller scale. It was¬†my first time there since we moved here a couple of months ago. Frankly speaking, I didn’t expect to see makeup products there but I¬†spotted Elf and L.A. Colors makeup essentials. Oh well, it’s better than nothing ūüôā

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Three Dollars! Get out of here!!!

I’m surprised to find this Flawless Quad Eyeshadow by¬†e.l.f for only $3.00¬†(Net wt: 0.14 oz.). That’s wonderful! This quad eyeshadow is available in¬†nine lovely¬†shades. I picked the Golden Goddess for a new eye makeup look. Please read further.

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I love the packaging and the colors in the pan. It looks simple and fuss-free. This packaging reminds me of Almay’s brand actually. I’m happy to say¬†that the packaging on this palette doesn’t look cheap given the price is only $3.00. There are four awesome shades in this palette – for base, lid, crease and line. Beige(base), Gold(lid), Bronze(crease) and Charcoal(line). It also comes with an itsy bitsy mirror and a mini applicator.

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On swatch the colors comes out beautifully. It’s super pigmented and it’s very good. I really love the golden shimmery finish. You¬†can spray the eyeshadows with¬†makeup mist and set method for a more intense look or to make your makeup pop. Cool isn’t it!

Well, I notice that the texture of of these eyeshadow are not smooth on pan. It feels a little flaky or dryish which I can only assume was due to the glitters and shimmery properties used into this formula. But once its blended on lids and crease the only problem you have is admiring how stunning your eyes look.

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Well, as I mentioned earlier, I wanted to create a golden glittery eye makeup look to share in this post. So, here are some easy and simple steps that I created using this elf flawless eyeshadow palette. An eyeshadow quad perfect for everyday look.

I love this shade in Golden Goddess and its freaking¬†pigmented. Will definitely be going back for more shades. Good quality for only $3.00 a palette , I couldn’t ask for more! Seriously! If you are a newbies in makeup or on a makeup budget,¬†I’ll say go and pick¬†one¬†please.

What do you think of this look? Let me know what you think under the comment below.

Thanks for staying around. Stay beautiful ‚̧

Sharon xoxo