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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.

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Have You Seen This? e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette

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e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette

e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette

Earlier this month, I showed you a ton of new products from e.l.f. for their Summer/Fall 2015 line.  They have released several new palettes, that have created quite a buzz, especially with the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette.  Well, e.l.f. just added another new face palette to the line up, the e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette.  According to e.l.f., “This beautiful ambient palette holds 4 gorgeous complimentary 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.”  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.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette features three of the Ambient Lighting Powders in one palette.  Here is the blurb from Sephora, if you aren’t already familiar with them: “Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit from within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With three universal shades available in the Ambient palette, you can create any desired effect.

e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette

e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette

Sound familiar?  I can not wait to see the reviews come out for the e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette.  I really appreciate the effort to try to dupe such a popular high-end product.  The Hourglass palette retails at $58.00 for 0.35 oz. of product.  E.l.f.’s version, if it is consistent with other similar palettes, retails for $6 and you get .56 oz. of product.  Here’s the thing though, I own one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (not the palette), so I know how high quality they are.  There is a reason why the powders and the palette are so popular, despite the high price tag.  I have never seen e.l.f. put anything out that is even remotely so finely milled and smooth as those powders.  The e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette may be a fantastic palette of highlighting and finishing powders, but I can not see it ever being a true dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.  That being said though, I still can not wait to see what e.l.f. has come up with.

You can find the e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette at eyeslipsface.com and it is currently listed as limited edition.  The palette is not in stock yet, but hopefully it will be available soon.  Please keep in mind, as previously discussed, e.l.f. has chosen for some ridiculous reason to exclude all new items from their sales and promotions.  So, you will be paying full price on any product under the “What’s New” category.  What do you think of the e.l.f. Studio Ambient Palette?  Have you tried the Hourglass powders?  Are you excited about this possible dupe, or are you assuming that e.l.f. can’t possibly reach such high quality?  Let’s discuss in the comments below.

New from E.L.F. Summer 2015

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There are several new products available on eyslipsface.com for e.l.f.’s Beautifully Bare Summer 2015 line up, and I wanted to show some of them to you today.  I have said in previous posts that I think e.l.f. has really been trying to step it up over the last couple years and cater to a more sophisticated crowd.  I definitely think these new products fall right in line with that goal.  There has been a slight increase in price, but I think that e.l.f has raised the quality of their products, and the extra dollar or two is justified.  Let’s take a look at the newest batch of products.  (All images and descriptions are from e.l.f.’s website.)

e.l.f. Studio Retractable Kabuki Brush

e.l.f. Studio Retractable Kabuki Brush

First let’s talk tools.  This is the e.l.f. Studio Retractable Kabuki Brush. “The perfect size brush for applying powder, bronzer, or blush on the go! The soft bristles apply and blend product flawlessly for buildable coverage and the retractable head allows for controlled use and mess-free storage. The Taklon bristles are vegan-friendly and easy to clean.”  The Retractable Kabuki retails for $6.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush

The next brush is part of the new Beautifully Bare Collection.  This is the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush.  “Create a flawless look that’s beautiful and natural looking with our Blending Brush. The unique shape of the brush head provides even, streak-free coverage for a smooth, expertly blended effect. The ultra-fine synthetic fibers are hand cut, shaped, and assembled by artisans for expert craftmanship for a luxury experience. The soft hair is vegan-friendly and easy to clean with e.l.f. Brush Shampoo.”  The Beautifully Bare Blending Brush also retails for $6.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

Next up is the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum that comes in three shades: Fair/Light, Light/Medium, an Medium/Dark.  “Creates a flawless look that’s beautiful and natural looking. This weightless silky formula melts into skin seamlessly for a radiant and youthful-looking base. The luminous, dewy finish helps boost suppleness and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for flawless coverage. This Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 25 formula is designed to help revitalize color and radiance to skin so you look as if you’re barely even wearing makeup. Infused with Vitamin A, C, & E, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and Goji Berry to help brighten, restore, nourish and protect the skin. For slightly fuller coverage and a custom-blended shade, mix a little formula with the Flawless Foundation for a personalized effect. It’s makeup so flawless, it feels like you’re not even wearing makeup!”  The Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum is $8 for .47 fl oz.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Lash Tint Mascara

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Lash Tint Mascara

There are two mascaras in the new Beautifully Bare Collection.  The first is the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Lash Tint Mascara with the super thin wand.  “This innovative and revolutionary applicator expertly combs and coats every individual lash for weightless coverage. The rich formula creates buildable volume from root to tip for fuller-looking lashes. If you want your mascara to work double duty, use a small brush grab the mascara on the applicator and smudge along the lash line as an eyeliner for a more dramatic effect!”  The Beautifully Bare Lash Tint Mascara retails for $4.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Defining Mascara

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Defining Mascara

The second mascara in the collection is the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Defining Mascara, which has a more traditional wand.  “This expert brush combs and coats lashes with weightless coverage to define and separate. The microfiber-infused formula creates buildable volume from root to tip for fuller-looking lashes. For thicker looking lashes allow formula to mildly set to add extra volume and help avoid clumping.”  Beautifully Bare Defining Mascara is also $4.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush

Switching to color cosmetics, this is e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush.  It comes in two shades, Peach Perfection and Rose Royalty.  “The unique cream-to-powder formula offers a youthful soft glow. The weightless formula is infused with Argan Oil and Vitamin E to help nourish and hydrate the skin. You can even add a little to your lips or eyes for a soft flush of color! It’s makeup so flawless, it feels like you’re not even wearing makeup!”  Beautifully Bare Blush retails for $4 for .35 oz.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Lip Tint

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Lip Tint

The last product for today is the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Lip Tint.  It looks like there is only one shade at this time, but more are on their way.  “This light gel tint’s hydrating formula helps keep lips soft. This innovative oil-based lip color creates a fresh, youthful looking tint that glides on smoothly and melts into lips. Infused with Vitamin A & E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Oil, and Olive Oil, this formula helps nourish and moisturize lips imparting a soft shine. It’s like you’re wearing a leave-on lip mask for continual replenishing comfort! Create your own custom color by blending shades together or layering on top of your favorite e.l.f. lipstick or lip color.”  The Beautifully Bare Lip Tint retails for $5 for .37 oz.

Those are a lot of new products to explore from e.l.f.’s Summer 2015 lineup.  Everything that I mentioned today is available at eyeslipsface.com.  I don’t know when or if they will be released to Target stores.  I think e.l.f. is being pretty smart with the items that they have been introducing lately, and think that they are trying to appeal to a wider audience.  Do you think that they are being successful with the Beautifully Bare Collection?  Did any of these new products catch you eye, and are you thinking of placing an order?  Have you already gotten any of these items and have an opinion on them?  Let me know in the comments below.

E.l.f. is Introducing a New Skin Care Line

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E.l.f. Skin Care

E.l.f. is introducing a new skincare line, and they are giving customers a chance to add their input before any products launch.  Eye creams, serums, scrubs, and cleansers- you name it, it’s coming. E.l.f. is expanding it’s line of affordable makeup to now include affordable skin care.  The line will launch sometime in January, but there is a little twist.  It’s a little strange, but e.l.f. has come up with a system to give their customers new products and lower the risk of unpopular products not selling all at the same time.  Read on for more details.

e.l.f. Skin Care Line

e.l.f. Skin Care Line

E.l.f. is accepting pre-orders on eyeslipsface.com for the proposed line of skin care products.  There will be four products released out of twelve possible products to choose from.  Here is what e.l.f. says about the process: “You heard it here first- e.l.f. Skin Care is coming in 2015! Now’s your chance to tell us what YOU want. Pre-order here and we will make four of the featured items available on eyeslipsface.com in early 2015. If your item is chosen, we will ship it to you for FREE in January 2015! And don’t fret: if the product you pre-ordered doesn’t get made for the initial launch, we’ll let you know when new Skin Care products hit the line.”  So, e.l.f. is allowing pre-orders for the first time ever.  The four most popular products to be pre-ordered will be the first to launch, and subsequent product will follow based on demand.

For details about pre-order billing, follow this link to e.l.f.’s terms and conditions.  In short though, your card will not be charged A) unless you ordered one or more of the first four items released, and B) until the items you ordered are shipped.  So, if you pre-order items that are not released, you will not be charged for them.  If the items you pre-order are in the first release, you will be charged.  Shipping will be free.  At least that is my understanding of the situation, but be sure to check with e.l.f. if you have any questions before you choose to place a pre-order.

What are your thoughts on e.l.f.’s new pre-order system?  Are you interested in skin care from e.l.f.?  Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Limited Edition e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

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e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

E.l.f. has added to their lineup of baked eyeshadows with the new Limited Edition Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trios available on the website.  There are four trios available, and they are only available online to my knowledge.  You may remember that I really enjoyed the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadows, and you can read my review and see swatches of them.  I also reviewed the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC and the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California, so you can follow the links to read those reviews if you are interested.

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trios: “Three gorgeously coordinated colors come together to create a stunning look. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks!

There are four shades in the line, though the first two are very similar.

  • Peach Please
  • Brown Bonanza
  • Lavender Love
  • Smoky Sea
Peach Please

Peach Please

Brown Bonanza

Brown Bonanza

Lavender Love

Lavender Love

Smoky Sea

Smoky Sea

I really hope that these new trios have the same formula as the original e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadows.  I found them to be extremely pigmented, even without a primer, and very long-wearing.  If so, then the new Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trios should be great.  I can’t wait to see reviews of how they perform.  The e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trios are $4 each, and contain 3.9 g.  The originals are $3 for 3.5 g, so the trios are a little more expensive, but still pretty cheap for what they are.  Don’t forget that the trios are Limited Edition, so don’t wait too long or you may miss them.  I am excited about the new addition.  How about you?  Let me know in the comments below.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

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E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. has a new line of bronzers out that I mentioned last month, and now I have one of them to show you.  This is the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I really like the somewhat new Pressed Mineral Blushes, so I am very excited that e.l.f. has released bonzers in the Pressed Mineral line.  I had heard that Tan Toffee was a matte shade, and I was anxious to see how closely it resembles Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have some comparison swatches at the end, but first let me talk about this bronzer.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Pressed Mineral Bronzers: “Create a healthy looking glow year-round with this sculpting bronzer. The silky smooth texture of this pressed formula is blendable for everyday wear. Infused with Vitamin E and Grape to help nourish the skin for a more revitalized feel.”  I really like this formula.  It feels silky soft and goes on smoothly and evenly.  It actually has a higher end feel, in my opinion.  The pigmentation is great, and it lasts on my skin all day.  The only issue I have with the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer is that it is so soft that you have to be careful what brush you use with it.  If you have a good soft brush, you should be fine.  Just remember to tap off before you apply.  If your brushes are a little coarse, or if you have a heavy hand, you can kick up a lot of product in the pan.  You should never have to “dig” into a product, and if you feel you do, then you should probably be using a better quality product.  If you use a light hand, you shouldn’t have much of an issue, but otherwise things can get a little messy.  That issue aside, the formula is fantastic.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee is a medium bronze shade with subtly warm undertones.  It is not actually matte.  It’s more of a matte-satin with just the slightest sheen.  It is difficult to detect the sheen on the skin, but it is there if you look very closely.  I feel that it is matte enough for me to contour my cheeks and forehead, but not my nose.  I don’t find it too warm for me, but my skin has a warmish-neutral undertone.  People with cooler toned skin, especially if it is also fair, may find Tan Toffee too warm for contouring.  I am not someone who contours on a daily basis, and like to just warm up my face with bronzer, so Tan Toffee is a great color for me.  If you have medium-tan skin or darker, Tan Toffee will be too light for you.  It should work well for anyone with light-medium skin or lighter.  Now, let’s see how it stacks up against other well-known bronzers.

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Here I have swatched NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.  I don’t want to just compare color, but also quality.  These three products were swatched exactly the same way.  As you can see, NYC Sunny, the cheapest of the three by far, looks patchy.  It doesn’t look at all like the other two.  The e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee swatches just as smoothly as the much more expensive Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have never had issue with NYC Sunny, and think that it is a good drugstore bronzer, but you do have to work with it to get the same color payoff as the other two bronzers.  As far as color goes, Tan Toffee is darker than NYC Sunny, and also not as warm.  If NYC Sunny is too warm for you, Tan Toffee may be a good option.  Chocolate Soleil is pretty darn close in color to Tan Toffee.  They have similar pigment and depth, but Tan Toffee is warmer toned than Chocolate Soleil.  The E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer retails for $5 and is .14oz.  A full size Chocolate Soleil is $30 for .35oz.  If the two products were the same size, e.l.f.’s bronzer would retail for $12.50, still a significant savings to the higher end alternative.  Are the formulas exactly the same?  No.  But they have enough similarities to make e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee a worthy alternative.

Overall, I am very pleased with E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I think that the formula is great, and the color works with my skintone.  I definitely recommend taking a closer look at the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzers.  I believe the lightest shade is a peach highlight, but the two darker shades are definitely bronzers.  If you have lighter skin with a warm or neutral undertone, give Tan Toffee a try.  It is only $5, full price, and it stands up against higher end products of its kind.  I you plan to order online, be sure to take advantage of one of the many sales e.l.f. has going.  You may be able to pick it up for even less.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer

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E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer

E.l.f. has a new Pressed Mineral Bronzer out, and it looks very promising.  I have not had great luck with e.l.f. bronzers in the past.  Some of them have had a nice formula, but almost all of them have been way too shimmery.  However, I really like the somewhat new Pressed Mineral Blushes, so I am very excited that e.l.f. has released bonzers in the Pressed Mineral line.  A full review of the blushes is on it’s way, but in the meantime, know that the Pressed Mineral line is smooth and very good quality.  There are four shades of the new e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzers, and one of them is completely matte.  (These promo photos are all from eyeslipsface.com)

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer shades

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer shades

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Pressed Mineral Bronzers: “Create a healthy looking glow year-round with this sculpting bronzer. The silky smooth texture of this pressed formula is blendable for everyday wear. Infused with Vitamin E and Grape to help nourish the skin for a more revitalized feel.”  The four shades (in the above order) are: Baked Peach which is a highlight shade with subtle shimmer, Tan Toffee which is the neutral matte shade, Beach Bronze which is the darkest of the shades and is a cool-toned satin finish, and Caramel Cabana which is a warm satin finish.

Pressed Mineral Bronzer

Pressed Mineral Bronzer

The E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer retails for $5 and is 0.14oz.  Unlike the e.l.f. Mineral Pearls that I showed you yesterday, the Pressed Mineral Bronzers are not limited edition.  They should be around for a while, but there is no telling when they will arrive in stores.  It is still your best bet to order online at eyeslipsface.com, especially because there is a 50% off sale today only (8/7).  Use code SECRET by midnight tonight on orders of $30 or more, and get half off almost everything.  The offer excludes $1 and $2 products, Beauty Bundle plans, and gift cards, but Studio and Mineral line products are in.  Get all the details of the sale at eyeslipsface.com.  I am very happy that e.l.f. extended the Pressed Mineral line to include bronzer and I may have to pick up the matte shade to see how closely it resembles Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.  What do you think?  Will you be hauling?