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Nautical Nails

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Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Today I am reviewing a wonderful stamping plate from the Born Pretty Store, and it is one that you are going to want to check out.  It’s no secret that I love nautical things, and I am so in love with this Sailors & Sea Sailing stamping plate from Born Pretty.  The designs are adorable and they look so sleek.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  But first, let’s look at the stamping plate.

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

If you like nautical nails like I do, you definitely need this plate.  The designs are classic and lovely.  The designs pick up really easily.  I also like that you can use the starfish and shell designs to do a beachy theme instead of a nautical theme if you want to shake it up a bit.  The designs are on the larger side, so you may have some trouble if you have very short nails or very small nail beds, but otherwise I have no complaints.  The images stamp cleanly and evenly.  It’s a must-have if you are into this style.

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

For my nautical nails look, I used e.l.f. Skinny Jeans for my base color.  Let me give e.l.f. a shout out because this polish did not chip for 5 days.  Great job e.l.f.!  I stamped with Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  I am so happy with the way my nails looked this week.  They made me so happy and I got several compliments.  I love the way the mani came out, and I will definitely be using this plate again.

I really have nothing but love for the Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp plate.  It is currently available from Born Pretty for $1.59.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive like holiday items and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

BPS10offcodeFTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Monthly Favorites and Fails for January/February 2016

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Jan/Feb Favorites

Jan/Feb Favorites

I blinked and we are already ten days into March.  Where is the time going?  It is definitely time for a Favorites post.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get. I mentioned at the end of January that I was going to combine January and February’s Favorites into one post.  It’s been a weird couple of months for me.  I’ve been really busy and distracted.  I’ve also been injured, so I haven’t been inclined to go out as often as I otherwise would have.  All of this is reflected in my Favorites and Fails because you will be seeing fewer makeup products and more body products in this post.  So let’s get into the products that I have been loving for the last two months.

It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Primer and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Primer and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

Let’s start with this combination from It Cosmetics.  It is the No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer and the Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream.  This was my go-to primer/foundation combo throughout January.  My skin was having trouble while I was testing out the L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skincare line, and these products helped me out so much.  I’ve talked abut Bye Bye Redness here on the blog before.  It blends easily and has great coverage, even for rosacea flare-ups. It has an ultra matte finish though, so that’s where the Serum primer comes in. No. 50 is extremely hydrating without being greasy.  It packs in a lot of moisture, but you can still apply foundation over it with no problem.  The formula is silky smooth and feels great.  If you are interested in the primer, Ulta has No. 50 featured during the 21 Days of Beauty of 4/2 for 50% off.  It is definitely worth checking out.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

While I did enjoy my combination from It Cosmetics in January, as soon as I found the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation, I ran with it and never looked back.  Seriously, this foundation is the bomb.  It has a lovely satin finish.  I can get away with only one layer for nice, natural coverage.  It evens out my redness, but I can still see my freckles ever so slightly peeking through.  I love it.  Even my husband commented that it looked nice.  If you have normal skin or are only a little dry, you will probably love this foundation. People with very dry skin (thankfully I’ve managed to exit that category) or oily skin will have problems with this formula.  The color selection is also pretty tricky because many of the shades lean either strongly yellow or strongly pink.  But, if you can find a shade match and you are neither too oily nor too dry, this foundation is great.

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

I have really been enjoying my e.l.f. Illuminating Palette.  I did a review of the Illuminating Palette back in early January, so be sure to check that out for all of the details and some swatches.  The powders are finely milled and blend easily.  I really love the more subtle shimmer shades, as you can probably tell by how dirty the lower half of the palette looks in that photo.  They are both fantastic highlighting shades for my skin tone.  I am not a fan of the light pink shade in the upper right square, but the other three shades are great, and I am so glad that I got this palette.

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Moving to body products, I’ve been loving Soap & Glory Hand Food.  This is such a nice hand lotion. I picked up a Holiday set that contained three different scents of Hand Food, and this is the original.  The original Hand Food has a delightful scent of fresh roses and tea with lemon.  What’s great about it is that Hand Food gives me the moisture that I need without feeling greasy.  The lotion dries down pretty quickly.  I hate lotions that linger after I rub them in and make me want to avoid touching anything for a few minutes.  No one’s got time for that.  Hand Food smells amazing and it feels great in the skin. If you haven’t tried it, I strongly recommend it.

Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash in Hibiscus & Fig

Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash in Hibiscus & Fig

My final favorite for today is the Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash in Hibiscus & Fig.  I can’t even describe how luxurious this body wash is.  I picked up the Ahava Starter Kit from Ulta to try out some products from the brand.  This 3 oz sample was included in the kit.  “Velvet Cream Wash” is the perfect name for this formula.  It is silky soft, velvety, creamy, and all things luxurious.  It feels so moisturizing, but it doesn’t leave any sort of film on your skin.  I don’t know how they do it.  The scent is the perfect blend of fruit and floral to smell sweet, without being cloying and sophisticated without feeling old or dated.  I love this scent so much.  The full size 17 oz bottle is $24, so it isn’t something that I would buy all the time.  I do think that it is wort the occasional splurge, though, because it is fabulous.

That does it for my favorites, now onto my Fails.  Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results.  So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product.  It just means that it did not work for me.

Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream

Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream

Another product in that Ahava Starter Kit was the Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream.  You know how when I was talking about Soap & Glory Hand Food, I said that I hate lotions that linger after I rub them in and make me want to avoid touching anything for a few minutes?  The Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream is a big offender in that area.  The formula is so greasy, and what’s worse is that it isn’t even that mpoisturizing.  I end up wanting to apply more lotion to my hands within the hour.  It also has a funky small that is both herbal and powdery at the same time.  This sample is only about two-thirds of an ounce, but I don’t think that I’m going to be able to finish it.  I really hate the way it makes my skin feel.

ImPress Press-on Manicure

ImPress Press-on Manicure

The last product that I have to talk about is the ImPress Press-on Manicure.  Okay, before you judge me, I have a Youtuber that I have watched for years who uses these press-on nails all the time.  Her nail always look beautiful and these designs are gorgeous.  I don’t necessarily think that these nails are a bad product.  I think that my particular nails are too small for them and that’s why they didn’t work for me.  I have pretty small hands, and very narrow nail beds.  I had a really hard time trying to find nails in the Impress Kit that fit me.  In general, they all ended up being too big, so they felt really uncomfortable and in some cases mildly painful once they were on.  The adhesive seemed pretty good, but I could not handle keeping them on my fingers.  I think that if you have larger nail beds than I do, these may work well for you, but I couldn’t make them work for me.

That’s it for my Favorites and Fails for January and February.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  What were some of your favorite items for the month?  Let me know in the comments below.

Review of e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry

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e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry

Today I want to talk to you about the new e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry.  I reviewed the original e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator when it was brand new way back in 2012.  It’s a good product, though I was never a big fan of the taste, which reminded me of artificial sweetener.  Recently, e.l.f. released two new flavors of Lip Exfoliators for a total of three.  The two new flavors are Mint Maniac and Sweet Cherry.  If you’ve been following for awhile, then you know that I am firmly against mint on your lips because it is an irritant and completely counter-productive to lip health.  There was no way that I was going to pick up Mint Maniac.  I chose Sweet Cherry instead.  Let’s take a look.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry

In case you are unfamiliar, here is what e.l.f. says about their Lip Exfoliators: “Gently exfoliate lips to remove dry, chapped skin with our Lip Exfoliator! A sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. This Lip Exfoliator treats and smoothes lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel. Apply to clean, damp lips and massage in a circular motion to exfoliate.  Follow with a lip balm or gloss to condition.” The e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator is, in essence, a sugar scrub in a tube.  E.l.f. changed the Exfoliator packaging a  little with these new flavors, but not by much.  The only real difference is that the new flavors have a clear space at the bottom to show off the color of the Exfoliator.  Otherwise. the packaging is the same lipstick tube design that housed the original.  The bullet swivels up and down just like a lipstick.  That’s the part that I really love about the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator- that it is designed like a lipstick.  Lip scrubs that are in jar form can be kind of a pain to use.  They can be a little messy.  But the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliators are super easy and convenient to use.  They are essentially mess-free and travel friendly.  With a simple wipe of a tissue to clean away any excess granules you are done- no muss no fuss.  It literally could not be easier.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry

In my opinion, Sweet Cheery is an improvement over the original exfoliator.  Though Sweet Cherry is by no means a natural flavor, it tastes less chemically than the original.  It smells like candy, and almost (but not quite) tastes like candy.  I try not to taste my exfoliator at all, but sometimes it is inevitable.  I can’t really say that I like the Sweet Cherry flavor, but I like it better than the original by far.  The formula of the new flavors is a little different than the original.  Sweet Cherry is just as moisturizing as the original formula, but the granules are smaller than the original, so it is less abrasive.  As far as which one is better, it is really a matter of preference.  Some people like an exfoliator with large granules for a a hard-core exfoliation.  Others find those exfoliators too abrasive and almost painful.  I like both formulas, but I think that I prefer the new, less abrasive formula more.

I still think that the original e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator is a good product.  If you personally hate fruity candy scents and tastes, then you should definitely stick to the original.  But for me, I think that the next time I purchase a Lip Exfoliator, it will be the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry.  I like the new formula and I prefer the taste to the original one.  I think e.l.f. did a good job on it.  It is definitely worth checking out.  You can find the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliators here on e.l.f.’s website.  They may be available in some stores, but it varies regionally.  The Lip Exfoliators are $3 each, which is a great price.  Have you tried any of the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliators?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette Review and Swatches

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e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

This is my first post of 2016, and I am very excited to show you the e.l.f. Illuminating Palette today. You may remember that e.l.f. released a Studio Ambient Palette back in June that disappeared almost instantly.  It was obviously meant to be a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and I wonder if e.l.f. may have run into some legal issues with using the word “ambient” because after months of nothing but questions, the palette returned under a new name.  The Illuminating palette is here to stay, so now I can show it off to you.  I have had the palette for about six weeks now, and have thoroughly tested it and am ready for the review.

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

The e.l.f. Illuminating Palette comes in the same packaging as the new(ish) Contour, Blush, Bronzer (etc.) palettes.  They have the large square mirror that is very good quality and the four pans of product that can be popped out.  If you have several of these palettes, you can pop out and mix the pans to create a custom face palette with the blush, bronzer, and now highlight that you use most.  E.l.f. is not currently selling replacement pans, but I think it is inevitable with this new system.  I think the packaging is functional and I really like the mirror.  I am interested to see what else e.l.f. does with this format.

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Illuminating Palette: “This beautiful illuminating palette holds 4 gorgeous complementary shades to mix and match for a custom blended radiance that captures, diffuses, and softens the way light reflects on the skin. The soft-focus powders are great for highlighting around the eyes and on cheekbones to enhance the skin with a luminous effect. Perfect for all skin tones.”  The highlighters in this palette are really lovely.  They are not super sparkly highlights like theBalm Mary Lumanizer, for instance, but they give the skin a gorgeous sheen.  I really appreciate that.  I do not like highlighters that make me look like I got up close and personal with a unicorn.  These shades give me a radiant glow without making me look like a disco ball, and I am a fan.  I don’t think that there is any doubt that this is being marketed as a dupe for the extremely popular Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which retails for $58.00.  The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette features three of the Ambient Lighting Powders in one palette and e.l.f. shades 2, 3, and 4 are the shade dupes from the Illuminating Palette. I do not own the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, but I do have two of the Ambient Lighting Powders and can confidently compare the quality between the two palettes.  Let’s look at swatches first.  I numbered the shades because there are no shade names.  Please keep in mind that the swatches below are very heavy so that they would show up on camera.  You would not wear them this heavy on the skin.
e.l.f. Illuminating Palette Swatches

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette Swatches

Shade 1 is an opalescent highlight that packs a decent punch.  The first two shades are definitely brighter, and this shade is the brightest in the palette.  There is no noticeable glitter or shimmer, though, and it is still universally wearable in my opinion.  This shade works wonders as an inner corner highlight to brighten the eyes.  Shade 2 is an icy pink highlight in the same color family as Benefit Highbeam.  It is my least favorite shade and I think the weakest link of the palette, quality-wise.  It does not seem as finely milled as the other three shades, and I think it is a bit chalky.  It is a bright, bold highlight as far as this palette goes, and I am sure that many people will like it, but it is not the shade for me.  This is supposed to dupe Incandescent Light from the Hourglass palette.  Shade 3 is a subtle champagne highlight.  I love this shade so much and think it is worth it to buy the palette just for this shade.  I prefer subtle highlights, and this is perfect for me.  Color-wise this is very much like Hourglass Dim Light.  Shade 4 is a warm golden peach shade.  It is also a subtle highlight and because it is so warm and so dark, it will not work for everyone.  I love it as a blush topper, and will wear it more as a highlight in the warmer months to give my skin a golden glow.  This shade is close to Radiant Light, though it isn’t as close of a shade match as the other two.

The e.l.f. Illuminating Palette is a wonderful highlight palette, but it is not Hourglass.  While I think the e.l.f. highlighters are finely milled and good quality, they are softer than Hourglass and they kick up more powder than Hourglass.  They are not as extremely finely milled or as silky as Hourglass.  I can use Diffused Light all over my face like a setting powder because of its satin finish, but I couldn’t do that with any of the e.l.f. shades.  The Hourglass powders also have a smoothing effect that e.l.f. didn’t manage to replicate.  If you really want to know if this palette can replace Hourglass as an exact dupe, then the answer is no.  Though e.l.f. did manage to dupe the shades in the Ambient Lighting Palette, they did not dupe the formula.  But you know what?  That’s okay.  Not everyone needs Hourglass quality.  The Illuminating Palette is really good.  Most people will find that it meets their needs and will be perfectly happy with it.  If Hourglass is too expensive for you but you like the shades, then this palette is a great option.  The e.l.f. Illuminating Palette is $6.00 at eyeslipsface.com, and I think that it is absolutely a worthy buy.  With the exception of the pink shade, I think the highlighters are stunning and the formula could easily fit in with many mid-range brands.  I absolutely recommend the Illuminating Palette.

Monthly Favorites (and Fails) for November and December 2015

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Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites

It’s time for my last Monthly Favorites (and Fails) post of 2015.  You may have noticed that I didn’t do a Favorites post last month.  I just didn’t have enough products to make up a post, so instead of forcing it, I figured that I would combine November and December.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get. So these are the products that I have been loving for the last two months.

Michael Todd True Organics Hydration Boost

Michael Todd True Organics Hydration Boost

My number one, can’t get enough of it, holy grail favorite for the month is definitely the Michael Todd True Organics Hydration Boost.  I had been using the Hydration Boost, but had run out in October.  I really noticed the difference in my skin without it, even though I was using the same moisturizer.  I placed a Michael Todd order on Black Friday, and I am thrilled to have the Hydration Boost back.  My skin feels so much more hydrated and healthy with it.  Especially now that winter cold has set in and is trying to dry me out, the Hydration Boost is vital in my skin care regimen.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

My next skincare type favorite is one that I only had a sample of, so this product photo is from Sephora.  This is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.  This stuff is amazing!  I have chronically dry lips, and this lip treatment makes a huge difference.  I am going to say right off the bat that this formula is not going to be for everyone.  It is thick and waxy when you apply it, and I definitely had my doubts at first.  Once it warms up on the lips, however, it melts into the skin and provides so much healing moisture that I am a little blown away.  This isn’t a lip balm that you throw in your pocket.  It is definitely an overnight lip treatment mask.  The main ingredients are lanolin, agave nectar, and jojoba oil.  A little does a long way, and even though the tube is only half an ounce, I am sure that it would last for several months of daily use.  It is $26 on Sephora’s website, which is pretty hefty, but it just might be worth the splurge because it is wonderful.

MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes

MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes

Next up are the MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes.  If you haven’t seen my review and swatches of these palettes, be sure to check it out.  I have really been enjoying these MUA palettes.  The shades are lovely, and they have been so much fun to play with.  They are really nice for drugstore palettes.  MUA is only available at CVS here in the States.  There is a good chance that you can score these palettes on sale or with a coupon and I think that they are worth checking out.

LORAC Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette

LORAC Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette

Because the MUA palettes have no matte shades, I have been pairing them with the LORAC Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette.  This was one of the $12 Black Friday palettes that Lorac sells through Ulta every year.  I never got any of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes, but this one is the same idea.  There are five matte neutral shades, and this is a great palette to mix in with other palettes that may be missing these essential shades.  I know it is sold out on Ulta’s website, but may still be available at your local Ulta store.  If so, pick it up.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

I’ve been reaching for my Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose quite a bit.  I reviewed two of these Rose Powder Blushes from Milani over the summer, in case you missed it.  I love this shade.  It is a muted, nude rose shade in a similar color family to Tarte Exposed.  It is a very subtle color, but it looks gorgeous on the skin.  The look is minimal and natural, but beautiful.  And of course, I can’t mention this blush without talking about that beautiful embossed rose.  Even though I have used the blush a lot since I got it, the rose is still going strong.  It is a winner.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

You may remember the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve that I was obsessed with last year.  Well I busted it out again, and reminded myself why I loved it so much.  It is such a beautiful shade, and it wears really well.  It is sort of a plum toned rose-gold shade with beautiful shimmer that doesn’t look chunky or glittery.  It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great.  A little goes a really long way, so I’ll have this blush for a long time. You can see my review and swatches of both this blush and one of the bronzers here.

That does it for my favorites, now onto my Fails.  Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results.  So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product.  It just means that it did not work for me.  And these next two products definitely did not work for me.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

I reviewed the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer, and I recommend that you read it because it isn’t necessarily a bad product.  It just didn’t work for me.  The packaging is frustrating, and there are definitely some issues in the formula, mostly that it does not contain SPF and it does have fragrance (though I did like the fresh scent).  I thought that the formula was nice and hydrating and it felt good on the skin.  The moisturizer broke me out, so ultimately I couldn’t use it, but I ended up giving it to a friend who liked it a lot.

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

The biggest dud that I have tried in a while has to be the Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit.  If you read my review, you know that these shadows were terrible.  There were a few decent shades, but overall the palettes lacked pigmentation and the formula varied wildly from shade to shade.  While some of the shimmer shades were nice, other shades were hard and chalky.  The blue toned palette was especially bad.  I did like the green toned palette, but not enough to make the kit worth it.  It was such a disappointment.

That’s it for my Favorites and Fails for November and December.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  What were some of your favorite items for the month?  Let me know in the comments below.  I am so excited by all of the new items that are releasing for Spring 2016.  I am trying to keep a tight reign on my spending because lord knows that I don’t need more makeup.  But there are some really interesting products popping up in the drugstore, plus all of the spring collections from prestige brands.  What new releases are you most excited for?  Have you gotten anything new for Spring 2016 that you want to tell me about?  Share with me in the comments.

New E.l.f. Lip Kiss Balm Review

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e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

Today I want to talk about the new e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms.  These new balms came out in late October, and e.l.f. originally released four shades for $2.00 each.  I got three out of the four.  Not long after that, e.l.f. released four more shades for a total of eight.  I went ahead and snagged a couple more on a free shipping deal, so now I have five out of the eight shades available.  I guess after explaining that, it is no surprise for me to say that I like these e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms, but the formula was not at all what I expected.  Let’s take a look.

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

E.l.f. describes these new Lip Kiss Balms as follows: “This beautifully tinted lip balm helps create baby soft lips so you can always be kissable! Each color provides a sheer tint of coverage for a lovely and luscious lip effect. Infused with Vitamin A & E, Grape Seed Oil, and Jojoba Oil to help nourish, protect, and moisturize lips. The silky smooth formula glides on lips for lasting comfort while the minty flavor keeps lips feeling fresh.”  Honestly, I think e.l.f. is way off with this description.  The Lip Kiss Balms don’t act like standard tinted lip balms, in my opinion.  I feel like the Lip Kiss Balms are a cross between a cream lipstick and a tinted lip balm.  They have a lot pf pigmentation and they are not as moisturizing as my other lip balms.  I expected them to have  lot more slip than they do because of the word “balm” in their name.

When I first applied the Lip Kiss Balms they were stiffer than I expected.  They do warm up on the lips, however, and sink in.  There is a noticeable minty smell and taste, and they do have a slight tingle upon application.  I have mentioned many times how much I disapprove of mint in lip products.  Mint is an irritant, and I am not a fan.  Luckily the tingle is slight and short lived.  After the first minute or so the minty tingle is gone along with the scent.  The taste lingers a little longer, but no more than five minutes.  After the balms warm up on your skin, they feel very comfortable.  I don’t think they are as moisturizing as the lip balms that I like to use on a regular basis, but they are moisturizing for a lip product with as much color as they have.  Certain shades are more opaque than others, and you can certainly build up to a very bold look with some of them.  The lighter shades tend to be more sheer, but all of them have decent color payoff.  I picked up a pretty good selection of shades.

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

  • Bare Kiss is a sheer, warm nude shade that is a little lighter than my natural lip color.  It is more typical of a tinted lip balm.
  • XO Red is a pink-toned red shade that is as pigmented as a lipstick.  When I heard “tinted lip balm” I did not expect this, and I think that term is misleading in a shade like this one.  It is a very pretty shade, but definitely not one that you can slap on without a mirror.
  • Berry Sweet is a sheer berry shade with plum undertones.  This shade can be sheered out like in the lip swatch below, or it can be built up for a stronger look.
  • Kissing Coral is a bold orange-toned coral shade.  There is a lot of color with this shade, and it is the only one that I have with actual shimmer particles included.  Again, the term “tinted lip balm” seems inappropriate for this shade.
  • Smoochy Spice is a sheer pinky mauve shade.  It is similar to Bare Kiss, but pinker and cooler in tone.  This shade is more typical of a tinted lip balm, and it is pretty much the same color as my lips.

Here are some lip swatches:

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

Here is a swatch on my hand.  Left to right and then top to bottom we have Bare Kiss, XO Red, Berry Sweet, Kissing Coral, and Smoochy Spice.  The e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms last about two hours on me before I feel that I need to re-apply.  Because they have typical lip balm type packaging and design, they have a wide flat head.  It can be hard to get a precise application with the bolder colors.

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms

While I think that the e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balms are a bit misleading, I do ultimately like them.  They are not the same as reaching for a Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment or even a Maybelline Baby Lips, but they are comfortable to wear and they look nice.  They are also dirt cheap.  At $2 each, they are a bargain.  If you can get over the troublesome application and mintiness, I think you would really enjoy them.  Once they warm up on my lips they feel great.  If the mint is not a deal breaker, go ahead and give them a try.  I believe that right now they are only available at eyeslipsface.com, but keep checking your local Targets and the drugstores that sell e.l.f.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

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e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Today I want to talk about the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer.  E.l.f. launched a brand new skincare line earlier this year with four products.  The line has now been expanded to six products, and e.l.f. will be adding more in the future.  I’ll admit, I was pretty skeptical at first.  Super cheap skincare makes me wary, and I wasn’t sure if e.l.f. could pull it off.  The e.l.f. skincare line has gotten some good reviews though, so I thought it was time to give it a try.  Because of my dry skin, I figured the best way to test the waters of e.l.f.’s new skincare line would be to try some moisturizer.   I use Micheal Todd True Organics at night, but I am willing to try different things for daytime.  I picked up the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer, not really knowing what to expect.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Before we talk formula, let’s talk packaging.  I love the overall look of the skincare line.  The light blue shade reminds me of a spa.  I am used to e.l.f.’s cardboard packaging that, while functional isn’t anything special.  They really stepped it up with the skincare line.  The light blue box is plastic with a touch of translucence.  Though obviously it has nothing to do with the products itself, the new style made the product feel more legit somehow.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the actual product design.  While I love that the moisturizer comes in an opaque tube with a pump that is ideal for keeping ingredients stable and avoiding contamination, it’s not designed well.  There is no tube attached to the pump, so you have to keep the moisturizer vertical with the pump upside down or else it will stop pumping after a few uses.  The base isn’t quite wide enough, so it keeps trying to tip over and it’s uncomfortable in the hand trying to pump upside down.  E.l.f. may want to consider a re-design.

 

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Daily Hydration Moisturizer: “This lightweight, lightly scented moisturizer helps hydrate and nourish for glowing, healthy looking skin. Infused with Purified Water and skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E and Cucumber to help soothe and protect the delicate skin area. Rich in antioxidants such as Shea Butter, Grape and Orange.”  There are two flaws in the formula, right off the bat.  First is that the moisturizer does contain fragrance.  Now, it is a light, clean scent that I actually really like, but fragrance is never desirable in skincare.  The second, more glaring flaw is that this daytime moisturizer does not contain any SPF.  Come on e.l.f., you can do better than that.  Other than those issues, I do like the formula.  I don’t think that it is as lightweight as e.l.f. claims.  The formula is actually pretty thick going on, and it melts into the skin leaving a nice level of hydration.  I think it may be too much for someone with oily skin.  Normal and dry skin will enjoy the feeling. I thought that the hydration lasted most of the day and I had no issues applying makeup over it.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Unfortunately, while I liked the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer it ended up breaking me out.  While I don’t have overly sensitive skin, I have had reactions to certain products in the past, so others may not have any breakouts with the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer.  For me, though, I am going to have to pass it on.  The moisturizer does have some good points, so I don’t want to call it a dud, but I had enough issues with it that I can’t really recommend it either.  The e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer is $8, regular price.  I think that considering the price, it has a decent formula, but there aren’t any ingredients that will knock your socks off.  It’s not hard to find comparable skincare at the drugstore and you will definitely find better, though at a higher price point.  If you are still curious and your skin is not oily or sensitive, try to catch it on a sale.