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Sunday, September 30, 2012

ELF's Studio Single Eyeshadows

I can't believe I hadn't reviewed these yet! I have seriously been slacking on my reviews. I LOVE these because the colors are VERY pigmented, and most of the shades are earthy tones. Buttercream and Sunset are probably my two faves, but Pebble falls close behind them. They do have a few super bright colors (Purple Passion, Totally Teal) however, I wish that they had more brights to choose from. With the 2 bright shades, they show up so well even without a primer. As for the more neutral shades, I would suggest using a primer to keep them fresh looking. (One color faded on me throughout the day, but I was sweating due to the heat and I had forgotten to use a primer.) With a primer these do not crease, and they are very easy to blend. (I was hesitant to purchase these though, I had purchased a few of the older palettes back in the day and the color payoff was absolutely terrible, and I was afraid that these would be the same formula. Thank goodness they weren't!) I use these in my tutorials often, and I find myself giving away my extras to friends who really enjoy the pigmentation. I will repurchase as long as the formula remains the same. Enough of my blabbering though, ON TO THE PICTURES! From left to right: Raspberry, Saddle, Amethyst, Pebble, Sunset, Purple Passion, Sea Blue, Wild Wheat, Coffee Bean, Totally Teal,
and all by itself: Buttercream

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Graphic Cateye Tutorial using ELF Cosmetics

I have been seeing this look in almost ALL of the magazines I've gotten recently. I was bored and decided that I was going to recreate this look and make a tutorial for you! Products used: ELF Studio Blush in Berry Merry, ELF Studio Kohl Eyeliner, ELF Studio Volume Plumping Mascara, ELF Studio Brush set, ELF Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude, ELF Mineral Lip Gloss in Pageant Princess, ELF Essential Eyelid Primer in Champagne Step 1: You are going to need to prime your eyelid using ELF's Eyelid Primer.
Step 2: You are going to need to get a decent amount of the ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner on a "C" brush. Dab this on the whole eyelid, all the way up above your crease. You can use your "crease" as a guide. After you cover your lid, make a tiny wing that hooks upwards on the outer part of your crease.
Step 3: Take an eyeliner brush and get some more cream liner on it and smooth the hard edge line, so that it looks nice and even. You should also put more liner on your top lash line, to make sure there are no gaps. Also, take some product and smudge it on your lower lash line (and/or waterline if you'd like)to almost halway across the the bottom lash line.
Step 4: For those of you who use a pencil to line your waterline, use the Studio kohl eyeliner (or any black liner will do) and run it along your water line.
Step 5: Now it's time to put on the mascara! :) I am using ELF's Studio Vlume Plumping Mascara. If you would like more volume on your lashes, move your mascara wand in a zig-zagging (tiny and quick left to right movements) as you go upward with your wand. This will separate your lashes and coat them so much better than without doing so.
Step 6: For my cheeks, I am using ELF Studio Blush in Berry Merry. This is by far my favorite color of the Studio blushes. It's a pretty rose color, but it's buildable. Brush this on the apples of your cheeks, and follow your cheek bones all the way back to about 2-3 inches from your ear/hairline area.
Step 7 Use a nude pink lip color, (I am using ELF's Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude) and paint your pout. :) Then go over it with a lip gloss of similar color. (I am using ELF's Mineral Lip Gloss in Pageant Princess)
And Voila! This is the finished look! Fun, flirty, sultry and BOLD.
I really hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions or comments, let me know! :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Fall" for Fall Makeup Pink cheeks, Pink Lips

Here is a look that I composed using only ELF products. Products Used: ELF's Mineral Lipstick in Party Pink $5.00, ELF's Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC $10.00, ELF's Studio Blush in Pink Passion $3.00, ELF's Studio Single Eyeshadow in Sunset $3.00, ELF's Mineral Lip Gloss in Sorority Girl $3.00, ELF's Studio Lash Extending Mascara $3.00, ELF's Studio Cream Eyeliner in Coffee $3.00
Let me know what you guys think!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blush and Contour Your Face Tutorial using ELF Products

Winner of the ELF Defining Mascara!

I was unable to reach the original winner, so Ms. Alexandra is the new winner of the Defining Mascara! Woo! Who doesn't like free stuff? I am currently hosting a new giveaway for ELF's Makeup Lock & Seal. Don't forget to enter, and also stay tuned for NEW giveaways every other week! And don't forget to follow my blog or subscribe via e-mail for new updates, reviews and tutorials! Thank you guys so much for checking out my blog...you guys really know how to make a gal smile!

ELF Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California Tutorial For Morgan

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Fall" for Fall Makeup. Rosy Cheeks, Plum Lips

Here is a look involving rosy cheeks and red/plum lips.
Products: ELF Prime Plum mineral Lipstick $5.00, ELF Studio Cream Liner in Ivory as an eyeshadow base $3.00, ELF Studio Berry Merry Blush $3.00, ELF Studio Cream liner in Black $3.00, ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Natural $3.00, ELF Studio Lash Extending Mascara $3.00 What I Love About It: I am waaaay more of a lip gloss/balm girl than I am of a lipstick girl, but this lipstick is nice, lightweight, creamy, moisturizing (which is AWESOME because my lips are horribly dry) and gives you the option to play it down with a "sheer" look or build it up to a dark sassy pout. This is a plum/wine/red/brown color and with most reds, I end up looking like a tramp...however this shade of lipstick gives you a BOLD style statement without looking loudly overdone. The blush scared me at first, because it looked SO DARK on the website. After trying it out, I am so glad that I purchased it! It is a beautiful mauve-burgundy rose color that compliments the bold lips and gives a natural radiant "flushed" look. The Mineral Eyeshadow in Natural will always be a big hit no matter what season it is! The light eyeshadow is a classic go-to when wearing deep and dark lip colors, and it's lightweight consistency glides right onto one's eyelid with a beautiful shimmer. I blended it up into the cream liner in Ivory, right beneath my brow bone. All in all, this look cost me $20.00. I am excited to wear this look with a maroon or grey sweater dress for Thanksgiving! Or...to my favorite coffee shop. ;)

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Fall" For Fall Makeup Coral Cheeks, Bright Red Lips, Natural and Silver Eyes

Here is a look for fall consisting of ELF's Mineral Lipstick in Royal Red $5.00, ELF's Mineral Lip gloss in Daring $3.00, ELF's Baked Eyeshadow from the California Palette $10.00, ELF's Studio Blush in Candid Coral $3.00 and ELF's Mineral Infused Mascara $3.00.
The bright red lips are fun and flirty, yet the subtle eyeshadow has a hint of seduction. I actually did not use eyeliner for this look, because I wanted to keep it laid-back and relaxed with a hint of femme. Let me know what you think of this look!

And the Winner of the Bi-Weekly Prize Is...

Wandie T. Email me within 48 hours to receive the ELF Defining Mascara! I have decided to do giveaways bi-weekly instead of monthly. The more participation, the more often I will do these! Thanks goes out to those of you who participated in my first giveaway! I have a NEW giveaway that I will be setting up tonight, so stay tuned tonight, as I will post it up shortly! -Nikki

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Simple Day Look Tutorial using ELF Products

Alright everyone! I have decided to put together a simple look that's neutral and work friendly. :) I hope you enjoy this tutorial! Step 1: Have an already made face. (foundation etc.)
Step 2: I'm using ELF's Mineral Eyeshadow Primer to prime my eyelids, all the way up to my brow bone.
Step 3: Next, I used ELF's Mineral Eyeshadow in Enchanted on my crease.
Step 4: I am using ELF's Mineral Eyeshadow in Natural over my entire lid.
Step 5: Next I used ELF's Studio Eyeshadow in Pebble to go over the crease a bit and on the outer corner of my eye. Then I blend it all upward.
Step 6: Next I took ELF's Cream Eyeliner in Ivory and put a small amount under my brow bone as a tad bit of highlighter. (this was a very nice touch!)The eyeshadow colors are of an earthy tone, and the Ivory on the brow bone attracts a minimal amount of light. Although it's minimal, it's classy and not overdone. :)
Step 7: Next, I lined my upper lash line with ELF's Cream Eyeliner in Coffee. I also line half of my lower lash line (NOT the waterline) with it as well. I then took a brush and smudged the color a bit.
Step 8: Next thing I did was coat my eyelashes with a thin coat of ELF's Mineral Infused mascara.
Step 9: Time for the lips! I decided to try out ELF's Lip Plumper & Primer. First, I used the "Plumping" end, and then I used the "Priming" end.
Step 10: I used ELF's Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15 in Bissful Berry (So pretty!)
Step 11: On my cheeks, I dusted a little of ELF's Contouring Blush and Bronzer in Turks and Caicos blush on my cheeks, and a tad of the bronzer underneath my cheeks, on my hairline and jawline. I only used a small amount because this bronzer's pigmentation is redic!
And I also took some pics in a darker lighting so you can see how it looks in various lighting as well! Ta-Da! Face look has reached completion!
I hope that you guys enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me! :)