Tuesday 5 February 2013

My Latest e.l.f. Haul - Swatches And Early Thoughts - A Budget Beauty Series Special

Hey Beauty Lovers  -  I promised you a little post on my latest e.l.f. haul, so here it is :)

Due to Project 10 Pan and a general feeling of make up overload I haven't bought anything from elf for a while, but there was one new introduction in particular that called my name

The e.l.f. HD Blush, this products looks to be an almost exact copy of the Make Up Forever HD Blusher, only more affordable and more accessible.

The premise is simple, an airtight pump action dispenser filled with a creamy, liquid blush. There are five colours to chose from and the one I went for was Headliner, a dusky neutral pink.

I have to be honest this looks terrifying but you need such a tiny amount to make a difference, the amount I've dispensed here is a full pump but you don't need even quarter of that. As you can see it blends down really easily to a lovely subtle pop of colour.

This is a fabulous products which retails at a pretty bargainous £3.75, it's pigmented, easy to use, and because you need such a small amount for each application, you'll probably never need to repurchase!

On the couple of occasions that I've used this blush so far, I've just been using my fingers to apply but I also picked up something that would be ideal to apply this or any other cream blush or bronzer - the e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush.

I'm a bit of a fan of the elf Studio brush line, and although I do think the quality has altered slightly over the years, I'll always consider purchasing from the line. This brush is a small duo fibre brush, which feels super soft, and  performs really well with creams and liquids. It will be great for just dabbing a bit of cream blush or highlighter onto my cheeks all for the fab price of just £3.75.

The only other make up item that I bought was something I'd been debating for some time, the Mineral Lipstick in Barely Bitten.

These aren't as cheap as some of the elf products, at £5.00 each, which is probably why I'd debated getting this one for so long. The colour isn't "me" really to which didn't really help.

It's sort of a neutral raspberry shade, but I'd always lusted after MAC Viva Glam Cyndi for a while and somebody said that this was a pretty decent dupe.

It's much richer in colour than what I would normally wear but I have to say I like it. Mummy Lou who very rarely comments on my make up, said that it really brightened my face up. That makes a winner as far as I'm considered - I wanted to be a bit braver with colour this year, and this is definitely a step in the right direction.

My final e.l.f. purchase was a nail polish, all the nail polishes are currently £1.00 in the sale so I thought why not x The colour I went for this time was Golden Goddess.

It's a gold glitter filled with large almost holographic silver particles, it's very pretty. You could either use it over say a solid gold colour, or you can build it up for full coverage, this is with about 4 coats xx

I only have a few e.l.f. polishes but I'll try and stick up a collection post soon, in case any of you want to take advantage of the sale prices.

So that was my little elf haul, although some of the quality can be a bit hit and miss, I'm pretty pleased with all of this little lot. I'd love to know what elf products you would recommend so let me know in the comments, and of course let me know if you have any questions xx


  1. I am waiting for the HD Blush to arrive I ordered it the other day. It looks great. That polish is gorgeous too. x

  2. That ELF Blush looks fabulous its such a pretty pink x


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