Elf First Timer

This is likely to be a pretty lengthly post for me so if you'd prefer I've done a little video of my elf opinions here. If you like a good read here goes....

I ordered my first ever elf experience when they did the last 50% off code, despite hearing so many good things about the brand I'd never really bothered with it because I'm quite shallow and tend to get swayed towards things because of their packaging : / It was the brow kit that drew me in, I actually wanted brow zings but I'm a constant pauper so I went for the cheaper alternative and ended up spending more anyway and filling my little virtual basket.


Turns out I'm not even that impressed with the brow kit. This is shade medium but the powder is quite light for me despite being naturally blonde(ish). The wax is a lot darker but it doesn't seem to make my unruly brows settle down even if I lather it on, I ended up sort of trying to press them down with my fingers which wasn't good. I'm not a fan of the brush either as to get any wax on it you've got to shove it into the wax and mine's starting to shed already. Rant over.


Honestly I only bought this as I was apprehensive and a bit curious, a few makeup brands have been labelling products as "HD" and I don't really get it? Surely as real life people we are hd? Hmmm. Anyway I opened this after a long day at work where I'd constantly been brushing my fringe off my forehead which left a nice greasy shimmer (nice), I swiped some of this over it and it disappeared! Wins. I don't know if it made me hd but it definitly turned me into less of a shiny mess so I'll be carring this around with me for flustery days.



Luckily I was blessed with a lack of spots but with good always comes evil and I was given the joys of overly red cheeks and under eye circles. I pounced on these straight away as I was sure they'd help in my quest for flawless skin and luckily for my bank balance they sort of do! The under eye concealer is a really thick consistency and pats into my skin nicely without rubbing off, I use two layers and they hid my 5 hours sleep circles oh so well! It comes with a highlighter which I probably won't ever use but this is great value for dollar regardless.
The tone correcting concealer was an obvz buy for me, I'm assuming it's main purpose is to cover up blemishes and spots but I've been slapping it over the lower part of my cheeks where the dread of red hits the hardest before foundation-ing and it's doing the job! The only issue I have with it is the smell, I recognise it but can't place it, and it's a little overpowering - especioally as I'm waving it around so close to my nostrils in the morning.



I've been an avid user of the Rimme Exaggerate Liquid Liner for years and I've never even tried anything else which is some dedication on my part! I feel a bit sad now though as I've come to realise there's better fish in the sea and it's time to move on. I love how much easier it is to draw a line with this pen style but I don't love how faded the colour is. Anyone know of something similar that comes out a lot blacker? Sorry Rimmel, our paths must part....



I've not got a lot to say on this really, love the colour and the pigmentation - hate the fact it shows up every little chap in my lip. Does that last part even make sense? I dont have lots of little men lined up on there...


I'd heard so many rave reviews about Elf's studio and bamboo brushes but as I've stated many a time, I'm a cheapskate so went for the regular no frills option. As a complete makeup novice I'd say they're fine, both are super soft and neither have shed yet but tbf I haven't been using them for that long. I've used the eyeshadow brush everyday though, it's firm and really gets into all the nooks and crannies of ones eyelid - ha how gross does that sound? - and applies eyeshadow so much better than those awful foamy brushes so this is a must have for brushytailed beginners like me.
I can't really give an objective review on the foundation brush because I just don't like the feeling of painting foundation onto my face. I feel like a painter decorater when pasting it on this way and it's gross so I reckon I'll stick to using my hands. Maybe a flat toppedbrush would be better?

So if I've not bored you to tears and you're still reading I applaud you! I'm not used to writing such long posts and my eyes are already starting to blur, shower time for me and a bit of Big Brother before bed. Anyone watching this year? Who're your faves? DOWN WITH REBEKKAH

31 comments :

  1. Lush list. I might have to try the concealer, I also get really red skin and dark circles under my eyes!
    xx
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  2. Nice haul! :) <3 elf, theyre amazing!

    xoox
    teli

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  3. The under-eye concealer is so good, basically the only affordable thing that stops me looking like I have two black eyes! The bit about the little men lined up on your lips made me chuckle haha!x

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  4. I've been wanting to try the brow kit for a while now but it doesn't seem worth paying out the postage just for one item. I also don't want to let that tempt me into adding loads to my basket either! It's good to see that you don't rate it, that might stop me from ordering :)
    I've only bought from them once before and I don't really use any of the things I got so even though they have some great discount codes that kind of puts me off spending my money there again x

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  5. awesome! I had a rimmel eyeliner for about 18 months and it was black as black but when i went to replace it they had changed it and now they are a bit rubbish :( i have yet to find something as dark as the stump i still use on special occasions (dont want it to run out haha) shame really, no idea why they would make it less dark!

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  6. Oooh so many pretty things! I get really red cheeks and bad under eye circles too, I know your pen!
    I find that pen eyeliners just aren't as pigmented as other liquid eyeliners, they'll never be as black. I went into topshop, drew a line on my hand with the pen eyeliner, and another next to it with their 'inkwell' liquid eyeliner, and I was so surprised at the difference - the inkwell was so much more pigmented. x
    Sirens and Bells

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  7. I'm so glad you posted this! I've had half of this stuff sitting in my cart on the ELF website debating weather I should buy it or not. But now I think I shall! &I have red splotches on my cheeks and dark circles too. There just great, right? :)

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  8. The ELF eye liner is soo amazing!! I love it. I spent 20 on the same type at sephora and it barely went on. The ELF one is soo much better and for only a dollar. Im happy you posted it :)

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  9. Both the concealers sound fantastic - I really need a decent product for under my eyes 'cause I always look so tired. Might give this a try! Great haul :)

    xo Samantha Grace

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  10. I do love elf put it is a bit hit and miss when odering from there. I have the brow kit in dark and as you have said, the wax is waayyyyy darker than the powder, why have they done that?!
    I also have the foundation brush and it is the worst, it's so hard!
    But I have the stipple brush from elfs studio line. Its £3.50 i think, but so good!!! Such good quality and perfect for applying foundation.
    OH also have the hd powder & love it.

    xxxxxxx

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  11. I've got the brow kit but I got the dark one and I like it, it does the job and it waaaay cheaper than the urban decay one I used to buy. I bought a bronzer from there and it was sooo brown, like painting gravy browning on my face but most of the experiences I've had with them are fab x

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  12. Thanx for the post on my blog I'm glad you did because then I found your blog and read this post I'm ordering off the elf website at the mo and have been having a debate with myself on whether or not to get the HD power think I will give it a good as it's 50% atm =]

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  13. Glad we both agree on eyeliner pen..lovely blog

    www.lovelyxobsessions.blogspot.com

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  14. Mmm, that lipstick looks so creamy... Good enough to eat! About the brow stuff- I used to pencil in mine years ago until I inadvertantly had them rub off on a friend's shirt when I gave him a hug... That was embarrassing..

    http://oneika-the-traveller.blogspot.com

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  15. Great review! Love your blog and follow you. Follow me back so we can stay in touch.
    hugs,
    xx
    Ask Erena
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  16. This is a great review, would love to try these now!

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  17. Great review!

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  18. I bought the pen liner and had the same issues - it was just so...meh, and hardly black at all. I would have been better off putting a Sharpie pen on my eyelid. I have little faith in pen liners (except maybe Eyeko's graffiti pen.

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  19. Great reviews, I will definitely be trying some of these products!

    Maria xxx

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  20. I love the HD powder from ELF, its a fave of mine.
    I also use the eyeshadow brushes from the basic range, can't fault them!
    xx

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  21. I've yet to try elf but I don't know where to start?! I'm thinking the brow kit, I need a lipstick but if it shows up chapped lips its won't be any good for me!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  22. Really good review, am yet to try ELF myself but the eyeshadow brush sounds ideal! x

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  23. I do find ELF is super hit-and-miss, but for so cheap, who's complaining?!

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  24. Great post and I've never even heard of elf... The lipstick is really nice, I like that lovely natural looking colour. If you have chapped lips, try brushing them with a soft toothbrush in the evening, then put some Eight Hour cream on and the next morning they'll be soft and pretty :-)

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, have a good week xo

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  25. It's always refreshing to see a good, honest review! I've never used any of these products, but I'm really interested in finding a new eyeliner now - I've been using Rimmel Exaggerate for yonks too. x

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  26. I've never bought anything from ELF simply because I like to see something instore before I buy it. After your review I might have to buy something, the under eye concealer and tone correcting concealer both sound great.

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  27. I need like everything in this post lol esp. the eyeliner and brow kit!

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  28. Nice review. Love it. I bookmark your site to be updated on your post.


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