Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Elf Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Porcelain!

I've never had a tinted moisturizer before this, I always thought that it would do nothing for my oily, acne scarred skin. This summer it has been different for me, I've let go of my full coverage foundations that I held on so tightly and let my skin breathe and be seen as it is. That is why I ordered this Elf Studio Tinted Moisturizer!

Here's my review on it, based on our short acquaintance. I chose the lightest shade (naturally) called Porcelain (as always). I really thought it would be at least a decent match for me since they have quite a large range of shades. I was wrong.

Elf Studio Tinded Moisturizer has a very sheer coverage, almost invisible really. It gives a nice tint of color, but without the coverage I don't see the point, why would I want to apply only color to my face and not get the advantage of coverage? I just don't see the point. The shade Porcelain is too dark for me anyways so it was not working for me.

What comes to the moisturizing abilities, they were minimal. I let the moisturizer sink for about 15 minutes and my skin started to feel a bit tight. Now that almost never happens, so that really was not a good thing, sadly. Soon after that, my skin started to grave for moisture, so the oils got off the bay. Not good times two!

Here's the swatches. As you can see, it dried a little bit darker that it was when first applied, and it does look a bit patchy. It is easy to apply but you have to work fast since it dries quickly.

I didn't have any previous experience with these types of moisturizers, but I sure can tell that this one was a miss for me. I don't think I will be experimenting with tinted moisturizers any time soon. Unless some of you recommend me something really great, with more coverage. Maybe this will work for someone else, someone who really need just a hint of color! Also this one was very cheap, so that is a plus. And surely you must like the SPF 20, that's always a good thing. But I think I'll have to find a new home for this one :)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Elf Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky!

I've been testing out my Elf stuff that I ordered recently. First one to be reviewed is this lovely peachy blusher called Peachy Cheeky. It's one of Elf's Baked Blushes. Looks so pretty...!! Lovely peachy...ness.

The blush has some light gold shimmer baked into it, it makes the finish quite pearly and almost shimmery. It doesn't have any big or visible shimmers, but still it's very shiny. The color is a light peach, it's very pretty specially on lighter complexions, I'm not sure if this one will show up that much on darker skin tones.

Here's the swatch, it tried to take a picture in the sunlight to capture the lovely finish, but I had no luck. The color pay of is decent, I had to layer it a little for the picture. I have to do that when I apply it to my cheeks too, the pigmentation is not that great and you have to use it lightly to avoid looking too shimmery.

I do like this blush, it's the perfect color, but I don't like the consistency. It's too powdery and you have to layer it quite a bit. It's just too messy to use, and I prefer a little more subtle finish, almost matt. I did wanted to like it, mainly because of the pretty color but because it's super inexpensive too. Well, better luck next time, I hope the Studio Blushes will perform a little better :)

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: NYX The Caribbean Collection I Dream of Jamaica 5 Color Eyeshadow Palette!

I just realized I have never actually reviewed my favourite palette of all times. I think it's safe to say that it is my most used palette, you can actually see pan in three out of the total five colors! It's the I Dream of Jamaica from NYX, it's part of their Caribbean Collection that was released can't even rember when, long time ago!

I've had this palette for over two years now and I think I need to replace it soon with a new one, I've only used it on my eyes and with relatively clean brushes, but still.

This palette is perfect for creating taupe and dark brown smoky eyes. You can go really dark with this! Or little lighter with the satiny taupe in the middle.

Most used colors are the two highlight colors, pearly beige and white. The taupe in the middle is the most prettiest taupe I've came across so far. It's the perfect taupe, not too silvery or too purple, or too brown. It's the perfect taupe with gorgeous satin finish. Looks amazing!

The last two darker browns are, like the whole palette, soft and easy to work with. The darker taupe color is very similar to the taupe in the middle but it's not that satiny, it's almost matte, has only a subtle sheen to it. Great grease color! I use the darkest one for lining my eyes. It is really dark and very pigmented. Just lovely.

Here's the swatches. The pigmentation is amazing! This is without any primer. The dark brown has the most pigment. I sometimes use it to fill in my brows too. And the taupe, I love it, did I say that already? :)

I think every taupe lover should own I Dream of Jamaica. I love it, I love the cheap price too. I think it's under $10. A true bargain!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Elf Haul! :)

I've wanted to get my hands on Elf products for a long time and now I finally ordered something, they had 50 % off everything so I caved and got me some blushes and bronzers mainly. I love cheap thrills but I've had doubts about the quality, so that's why it took so long for me to place an order.

I got three of the Studio Blushes, all warm, peachy colors. Giddy Gold, Peachy Keen & Candid Coral.

I also got the baked bronzers and one of the blushes. Maui, St Lucia and Peachy Cheeky.

This Peachy Cheeky is my favourite of all of these! Such a perfect, light peach with a pretty sheen.

The two Baked Bronzers were a lot lighter in color that I expected. They would probably work great as highlighters too, even for me. I will post about these babies later :)

This summer I have toned down my usually full coverage foundation and worn only powder and concealer. That is why I've been experimenting with  different powders. I wanted to get the cheap Elf Studio Powder too, but haven't tried it yet. The tinted moisturizer is the very first one for me, I have never used or owned one, mainly because my acne scarring and discoloration on my face. Now I really wanted to try one because I've been happy with the coverage powder offers me so I may like a tinted moisturizer too. I will definitely review it later!

Any good bargains you have came across lately? :)

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Powder!

I've been using only powder and concealer instead of full coverage foundation throughout the whole summer. I fell in love with the Nude Magique BB Powder from L'Oréal. It made me realise that I just may not need a full coverage foundation afterall, I have been quite unconfident with my acne scarred skin. But this summer I've been fine with a more sheer finish! Love it.

Since the BB Powder is quite expensive, I wanted to try something a little cheaper. Fit Me powder was recommended to me, so I gave it a try! Here's my review on it.

It had some trouble finding the right shade for me. Is it just me or is the range of shades a little too difficult? I had some trouble finding the lightest shade. I ended up getting this 105, it did seem like the lightest one at the store.

First of all, the packaging feels a bit cheap and clumsy. It's quite big and I find that it takes a lot of space in my tiny makeup bag that I carry around. It has a mirror, which is a huge plus though. Then again, the puff thing, not really a good one.

The consistency, hmm. I must say that it's quite nice, feels light and gives a nice amount of coverage! But you must be careful not to apply too much, there is a chance you end up looking cakey. I must say this does not reach the level of Nude Magique BB Powder. It's just not as smooth and does not make my skin look as lovely as the BB Powder does. Sadly!

Overall, I do like the powder as a setting powder and for touch ups, you just have to use it lightly. I really like the cheap price, I paid around 9€ of mine. I'm just so in love with the Nude Magique BB that this one didn't really have a chance :)

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