Elf Haul: Lots of New Goodies
Hiiii you guys! I can’t even begin to tell you how sexy the weather is in Texas right now. I don’t know about you, but I love dark, gloomy, rainy weather. And like I always say, this kind of weather just makes me excited to sit down, drink a cuppa coffee and chat with you guys about makeup. Because who the hell wants to go to lab on such a gorgeous lazy day right? 😀 Okay, so I’ve been on a bit of a no-buy recently. And by no-buy I mean nothing like a crazy big, or crazy expensive makeup order. Two reasons for that: a) My job won’t start until school starts in September, which means no paycheck this month 🙁 and b) I really want to save up for some of the amazing holiday collections they start bringing out fall onwards. So in order to satiate my need for new makeup, I decided to buy some ELF goodies which didn’t break the bank and has also kept my makeup hunger at bay. Now that I’ve given you my excuse for shopping, let’s get on with this ELF haul.
- Elf HD Blushes
To start this elf haul off, let’s talk about their blushes. The Elf HD blushes look like the most gorgeous whipped blushes in the packaging (pictured above). I picked up the shades Diva (bright fuschia pink) and Showstopper (a dark purple grape). I don’t discriminate when it comes to blushes. I love creams, powders, gels whatever else the beauty world comes up with. And I don’t think I have cream blushes, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try some of these affordable yet stunning looking HD blushes. The packaging is also brilliant because these come in really nice bottles with pumps. I am stoked to try and see how these look on the skin. Plus, I doubt I’m ever going to run out these because you only need such a tiny little amount.
Miscellaneous: The ELF HD blushes retail for $3.00 originally, but are currently half off on their website.
- Elf Blushes
I picked up two of the Elf blush pans with the black square packaging that you can see above. I bought the color Giddy Gold (pictured), which is a beautiful shimmery orange-gold color that would be perfect to whip out for whatever summer months we have left. And I bought the color Gotta Glow which is not a blush at all, it is a straight up white gold highlighter. I know I love the Elf blush palettes, but I’ve never tried the formula which comes in these pans. So I’m excited to see how these perform. When I swatched these, they definitely looked like they’re more meant to be highlighters/blush toppers than actual traditional blushes. What I love most is the packaging. It is very reminiscent of what a NARS pan looks like with the matte black finish and these even come with a really good quality mirror. These would be perfect to pop in your handbag or take with you during traveling. I love when even super affordable brands like Elf include mirrors in their packaging; it just goes to show how much thought they’re putting into their products.
Miscellaneous: These retail for $3.00 originally, but I paid $1.50 for each on the sale that is currently going on on their website.
- Elf Highlighters
I think I am most excited about these next two items from my elf haul. I picked up two of their highlighters- one is the shimmering facial whip in Lilac Petal and the baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls (pictured above). After swatching the two, I am more excited about the facial whip because the texture of it is unlike any other thing I have in my collection, and it looks so luminous, pigmented and non-patchy when I swatched it on my hand. About the baked highlighter, moonlight pearls is definitely beautiful as well, but I’ve heard that its quality changes from batch to batch and some people seem to have gotten amazing quality and some have gotten the bad batch. So I’ll have to play around with it a bit more and see how it translates on the face.
Miscellaneous: The facial whip retails for a $1.00 and the baked highlighter retails for $4.00.
- Elf Beauty Accessories
I bought a few non-makeup items from their website. I picked up their eyelash curlers because I don’t know who, but I remember someone raving on Youtube about how good these curlers are. And for a $1.00, there is no harm in testing these out. Next, I picked up their nail buffer, because for 50 cents why the hell not! And last accessories item in this elf haul, I picked up some toe spacers because I am always losing mine or I only ever find one spacer around the house. For some odd reason, I can’t find the link to their toe spacers, but you get these in any and all drugstores anyway.
- Elf Base Products
I picked up the Elf Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in the shade Sand and the Moisturizing Foundation Stick in the shade Caramel. After swatching, I can tell you outright that these are the dud products in my elf haul. Elf’s website is very misleading in terms of their pictures because the shades look very different online than they actually are. Their naming of the shades is also frustrating. I am an NC42/medium-dark/warm toned skin color. In most foundations, my skin color will usually be described as sandy/golden sand/golden tan/classic tan/warm gold/ honey gold/caramel .. you get the idea. So I put my best judgement forward and picked up the corresponding shades in these elf base products. The colors are kind of off. The stick looks too light and the tinted moisturizer looks too pink undertoned. I’ll have to play around with them on my skin and see if I can make it work, but so far, I’m not too hopeful. From this experience, I have decided that I am never going to buy any foundation/concealer type complexion products online before color matching myself in store.
Miscellaneous: Both these products retail for $6.00 originally but I got them for $3.00 each on sale.
- Elf Lip Exfoliator
This is again one of those products that has been highly raved about in the blogosphere. It is simply an exfoliating scrub for your lips. But the cool thing about it is that it is in stick form, so it is much more convenient to use that the traditional pots in which you have dip your fingers and dig the products out. Tarte has recently come out with the same kind of product, but honestly I don’t see the point in getting Tarte’s expensive version. Because it is just a scrub, I’m sure they both perform equally well and I’d rather buy the Elf one over and over.
Miscellaneous: The Lip Exfoliator retails for $3.00 and even comes in three flavors. I picked up the original flavor.
- Elf Sculpt and Glow Duo Stix
I know I say this about every other product, but, I am especially excited about this from my elf haul because this would be my first ever contouring product purchase. Yep, that’s right. I have never really been big into contouring mainly because I know I am going to suck at it. So I figured, instead of buying one of those expensive fancy palettes from KVD, or ABH, I’ll give this sculpt stick from Elf a go. One side of the stick is a matte contour side and one side is a shimmer highlighter. I’ve swatched both sides and I can already tell that the shade is absolutely perfect for me. I can’t explain it but the color and the texture of the shimmer is stunning! All that’s left to see is how these perform on the skin and how well they blend. I have the highest hopes from this. I bought mine in the shade Medium/Dark.
Miscellaneous: The Elf Sculpt and Glow Duo Stix retail for $3.00.
- Elf Mineral Mist
And the laaaast piece of this pretty dang giant Elf haul is the Elf mineral mist. I have been so so good about not product hoarding recently (you can’t tell that from this haul 😛 ). But, I mean, skincare wise, I have been really trying to follow the one in one out regime. So when I completely used my Glossier Rose Face Mist (full Glossier review here), I decided it was time to pick up a new mist. The reviews on this mist were stellar on Elf’s website. And I looked at the ingredients myself, and they looked extremely good. My major requirement with mists is that they shouldn’t sting or irritate my eyes in the least bit. I’ve already tried this mist once, and I can immediately say that this is definitely safe for my eyes and face . The packaging of this mist is absolutely stunning in this pearlescent white and silver bottle. I can’t wait to do a proper review on this.
Miscellaneous: Surprisingly, this mist is one of the most expensive products on Elf’s website. Originally, this mist retails for $6.00 which is not expensive per se, but you only get 1 oz product. If you do a per ounce comparison, this mist is actually pretty expensive and is comparable to a lot of higher end face mists. However, I bought this on sale for $3.00, so I’d definitely suggest getting this only if there’s a sale on it.
Phew!!! If you guys made it to the end of this long rambly haul, I bow down to you. Thank you so much for taking the time out and joining me on our usual #takemymoneytuesday. If you have any questions about a particular product or just want to chat, please feel free to ask me here or on Instagram (username is @neighha). A quick note that I wanted to give you guys is that some of the items in this haul look like they’re going to be discontinued soon or at least that’s what I think Elf says. So if by any chance you’re interested in picking something up, make sure you do so before the products are discontinued forever. With that said, I am now going to sign off and let you guys enjoy the rest of your week.
Stay beautiful loves,