ELF Haul! + Swatches + Dupes

elf high definition powder corrective yellow  elf yellow powder

elf yellow powder swatch

ELF Studio High Definition Powder in Corrective Yellow + Swatch, eyeslipsface.com, $6

I bought this powder because it reminds me of the Ben Nye Banana Powder. I wonder if it will be a dupe. I do not own Ben Nye Banana Powder but I have always wanted to try a yellow powder so I picked up the elf one.

elf blush in gotta glow  elf gotta glow

elf gotta glow swatch

ELF Studio Blush in  Gotta Glow + Swatch, eyeslipsface.com, $3

I bought this powder because I heard it was a dupe for the Nars Albatross highlighter. I do not own the Nars Albatross highlighter but I thought I would try the Elf dupe and if I like it I would maybe consider purchasing the Nars one.

elf custom eyeshadow peach fizz

peach fizz swatch brown skin

ELF  Essential Custom Eyes  Refill Pan in Peach Fuzz + Swatch, eyeslipsface.com, $1

I own a bunch of the elf refill pan eyeshadows and they are amazing. I bought this eye shadow in peach fuzz for an inner tear duct highlight.

 elf smudge pot

elf smudge pot swatches

ELF Essential Smudge Pot in Brownie Points (L) & Poppin Party (R) + Swatch, eyeslipsface.com, $3

I first heard of the elf smudge pots on Renee Beauty Groupe, where Mariam blogged about them. Click the link to see her post about them. I fell in love with the Brownie Points smudge pot when I saw her swatches. It is such a beautiful color and I love a bronzey eye look!

elf glossy gloss

elf glossy gloss swatches

ELF Studio Glossy Gloss in Funky Fuchsia (L) & Dragon Fruit (R) + Swatch, eyeslipsface.com, $3

I already own 2 elf glossy glosses, one of which is one of my favorite lip glosses in Berry Blush. I like the new ones I picked up and I plan on collecting more elf glossy glosses!

Have you purchased anything from ELF? What did you get? Let me know if you want me to do a review on any of the products in this haul.

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Khroma Beauty “SheBang” Eyeshadow Palette + (Swatches)

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Khroma Beauty “SheBang” Eye shadow Palette

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Khroma Beauty “SheBang” Eye shadow Palette (Close Up)

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Khroma Beauty “SheBang” Eye shadow Palette (Close Up)

khroma beauty shebang eyeshadow swatches

Khroma Beauty “SheBang” Eye shadow Palette (Swatches)

I bought the Khroma Beauty “Shebang” Quick Transformation Set awhile ago..I want to say almost a year ago, but I am not sure. The eye shadow palette in this post came with the Quick Transformation Set along with an eye pencil, eye shadow applicator and lashes.

I purchased the Khroma Beauty “Shebang” Quick Transformation Set (that came with the palette featured in this post) for about $15 at the Walgreens in Chinatown in Boston, MA.

I haven’t used this palette that often, but I do enjoy the colors but I wish there was at least one matte eye shadow. Also the eye shadows do not show up that well on my skin tone, womp..womp.. I have to put on a white base before applying these colors.

Do you have this palette? How do you like it?

Black Radiance BB Cream Review + Photos (Brown Sugar)

ImageBlack Radiance BB Cream Display in Walgreens (has testers!)

ImageBlack Radiance BB Cream (Brown Sugar)

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Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar Swatch

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Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar (blended a little bit)

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Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar (fully blended)

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Me without face make up (only eyebrows, eye shadow, mascara & lip balm) I have some dark spots on my forehead/cheeks and hyper-pigmentation around my mouth area that I am hoping the Black Radiance BB Cream will blur or cover.

ImageMe with one layer of the Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar ( no primer, just moisturizer)

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Me with Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar with a second layer built on my cheeks and forehead

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Me with the Black Radiance BB Cream and the rest of my makeup (setting powder,highlight, contour,bronzer, blush, concealer on under eye and on hyper-pigmentation, lip gloss).

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After three hours of wearing the Black Radiance BB  Cream (w/ other makeup) no touch-ups.

On to the review!

Product Claim/Info: “NEW True Complexion™ BB Cream, our first multi-purpose skin perfecter, evens and refines darker complexions with 10 skin care benefits for natural looking radiance. Exclusively formulated to enhance ethnic skin tones, the lightweight, oil-free beauty balm moisturizes, conceals, primes, smooths, and minimizes shine with blend-able, sheer color and lasting SPF 15 protection.” – From Black Radiance Website. 

The bb cream comes in 5 shades: Cafe, Chocolate, Honey Amber, Brown Sugar, and Coffee Glaze.

This product can be found at Walgreens for $6.49 or $5.49 with the dollar off coupon taped to the bb cream.

Packaging:

I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. The gold bottom piece and font color look too mature and dated but for $6.49 one can not expect knock out packaging.

My Application:

I did not use a primer just a moisturizer. I used the ELF powder brush to blend the bb cream onto my skin. You can also use your fingers or a Beauty Blender.

The Good:

very lightweight, very watery, evens skin-tone, primes, smooths, minimizes shine, very blend-able, sheer (this is good if you like this type of coverage), adjusts to skin-tone, oil-free, has spf 15, inexpensive, has testers, did not break me out, great shade selection for people with darker skin, nice natural/slightly dewy skin-like finish, lasts at least 3 hours.

The Bad:

maybe hard to find in stores, sheer to light coverage (this is bad if you need or like medium to full coverage), build-able from a sheer to light coverage,does not cover dark spots/hyper-pigmentation, will need to add concealer/foundation to get more coverage, needs to be set with a powder, do not like the scent (it has that makeup scent)

Overall:

Here is the thing. Some people are going to love this bb cream and some people will hate it. It will come down to coverage to determine if you love or hate it. If you have decent skin or you like light coverage you will probably love this. If you have a lot of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation that you want to cover or if you just like medium to full coverage you will probably hate this bb cream.

I personally like the bb cream but  I wish it had more coverage. I do have some dark spots and hyper-pigmentation that the bb cream does not cover. For me the bb cream only evened out my skin-tone, smoothed and minimized my oiliness. I prefer light to medium coverage and I do not mind if some of my imperfections show through my bb creams or foundations. I liked the color Brown Sugar for me in this bb cream I think it was a good match. I might try the shade Chocolate just to see if that shade works for me too. For reference I am a Mac NW47.

Overall, I would give the Black Radiance BB Cream a (B-) just because I believe it needs more coverage. I plan to wear this bb cream for quick errands, in hot weather or to the gym.  I would repurchase the bb cream because I like the way it feels on my skin and I have a use for it. I would only recommend the Black Radiance BB Cream to people who have decent skin and/or who like light coverage. I actually like the Black Radiance BB Cream better than the other BB Creams that I own (Iman & Maybelline). I would love to try out the Kiss BB Cream and compare it to the Black Radiance BB Cream. Oh yeah, stay tuned to my blog I plan on doing a battle of the drugstore bb creams for dark skin blog post.

Have you tried the Black Radiance BB Cream? Do you like it? If not, What bb creams do you use?

Maybelline Plum Perfect Lipstick Swatches

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The lipstick I’m wearing is Maybelline Plum Perfect 435, purchased at CVS Pharmacy for $8.79

(In this post) I included pictures of Maybelline Plum Perfect Lipstick swatched on my hand and displayed in its tube.

I really like this color, do you? Have you tried this lipstick?

The Most Wearable Purple/Pink Lipstick

nyx fusion lipstick lip swatch

nyx fusion lipstick swatch

nyx fusion lipstick

These are swatches of NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors Lipstick in LSS 627 Fusion

Bueno:

Very wearable purple/pink lipstick

Great for people who are easing into wearing bold/colorful lips

Cute  packaging/graphics

Looks great on medium/dark/deep skin tones

Does not need a lip liner

Luster finish does not need a lip gloss, but you can pair it with one if you would like

Long-lasting

Moisturizing, feels great on the lips, glides on easily, distributes evenly

Looks even better the longer you wear it, as if it adjusts to your lip color/skin tone

Looks great paired with other lipsticks/lip glosses

Unique color

Applies sheer but is buildable

Great price it was only $5.00

No Bueno:

I think this lipstick has been discontinued, but you can get it on amazon.com

Seasonal color, I think it looks best worn in spring and summer