Top 5 E.L.F Products – According to Lynlee

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E.L.F. Cosmetics are such a steal for their quality. Their prices are so cheap! I think they’re forgotten about. The products range from primers and skin care to eyelashes. They’re so nice and fun to use. I love grabbing E.L.F. products to try. They’re priced so affordably it’s easy to test out new products in their line. And it’s guilt free if you don’t like them. I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 + 1 favorite E.L.F. products.

This was super hard only picking 5 products. So hard I had to add one more! haha. I think so many of their products are so great! But, here’s the list. 5 products plus a bonus 1!

1. E.L.F. Brushes

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Does this count as just one? I love their brushes. Especially for the price. Many brands are represented in my brush collection. E.L.F. Brushes rank up there with some of the best.

Normally, I pretreat them by washing and conditioning them prior to use. Some of my brushes I’ve had for YEARS! Washing your brushes regularly will help their lifespan.

I have these brushes just to name a few. I think I have a full collection of E.L.F brushes.. that’s neither here nor there.

Small Angled Brush – $3.00 | E.L.F. Blending Brush – $3.00 | Powder Brush – $4.00 |
EyeShadow ‘C’ Brush – $4.00 | Beautifully Precise Sculpting Brush – $10.00 |

2. E.L.F. Makeup Mist & SetE.L.F. Cosmetics $3.00

E.L.F. Makeup Mist & Set is a hidden gem. Through the winter I don’t have to set my makeup but I do still want some extra pop in my eyeshadow. This is the key!

I spray my brush with this E.L.F. hidden gem before dipping into my shadow. It gives the color an extra pigmented pop. I also find myself Spray my beauty Sponge to keep it moist through my entire makeup application.

Since I don’t use Setting Spray on my whole face all the time it’s hard for me to spend a lot of money on a high end setting Spray. With the E.L.F. Setting Spray price tag at $3.00 I really can’t pass that up.

3. E.L.F. Brow Kit $3.00
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I’m particular about my brows. The E.L.F. Brow Kit is killer. My brows don’t get too harsh. It’s a pomade and powder to set the brows. You apply it with a brush. I feel this gives me a more natural brow than some of my other brow products.

This product doesn’t slide around on my face. That may make many of you laugh but you know what I’m talking about. When your eyebrow product doesn’t stay sharp as a makeup guru on Instagram’s brows.. you know!

If you just follow the natural shape of your brow and simply fill them in this style product is SO easy for you to use.

4. E.L.F. Powder Blush Palette – $6.00

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Heart. Eyes. Guys, this palette is so good. You get 4 blush colors. They’re beautifully pigmented and so easy to blend out. They’re more powdery than soft, creamy consistency. They look so beautiful on the skin and searched.

I chose this palette because I was stuck in a rut. I always use the same blush. All the time. A 2017 trend is bold cheeks. So, instead of using my traditional colors I purchased this palette.

There’s 4 different shades giving you a wide spectrum of options. Depending on your look you can go for bold and rosy or a little more muted.

5. E.L.F Cream Eyeliner – $3.00
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I love gel liner. The harsh, clean cut, bold line gel liner gives is beautiful. I love the drama of it. This Liner is no different.The E.L.F. Liner does not budge. It easy to apply. This Liner doesn’t drag on your lid. It’s easy to get a smooth, dark line. This liner didn’t irritate my eye when I applied it to my water line and stayed all day.

I use an E.L.F. Angled brush to apply this liner.

5+1 E.L.F Mad for Matte 2 Eyeshadow Palette – $10.00

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This is a freebie. The going youtube trend is warm tones for eyeshadow. This matte palette is glorious. It’s so pretty and pigmented. I find a lot of times drugstore palettes don’t blend well or they get muddy really easily. This didn’t seem to do that. It went on well and blended nicely. I was able to create a beautiful look with this palette.

The shadows in this palette are nice to add to your travel bag because you can get several different looks with one palette. These shadows aren’t necessarily a “daily look” for everyone. But, they’re great for nights out or if your feeling shifty. Grab this while you’re looking!


E.L.F. Cosmetics are often forgotten about in my area! Our walmart just recently started carrying the line again. Also, Target recently started carrying way more too! So far these are the products that are my top faves. I’m looking forward to trying more and testing out some more!

Their website is full of products I haven’t seen! Plus, you get free shipping on online orders over $25.00. Do you KNOW how much makeup you get for $25!?! Winner!

What are your favorite E.L.F. products? Have you tried any of these? Let me know what products your recommend!

XO,

Lynlee*

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10 Products Under $10.00

Makeup Products

Makeup Products a tricky thing, ya know? It’s hard for me sometimes to spend money on makeup. Even if it is “cheap” makeup, sometimes I think I am not spending $XX.XX on that! What if I don’t like that!? Then again, depending on my mood, other times I’m like heck yeah! $XX.XX! That’s a great deal. I do love trying new makeup. I love seeing how it lasts on my face and how it wears. I’ve compiled you guys a list of 10 Products under $10.00. This is an entire face of makeup for $50(ish)!!


10 Makeup Products Under $10.00!

1. Primer:
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime – $7.19

10 under $10Application

You all know Nivea Post Shave Balm is my ride or die, tried and true makeup primer. It does all I need it to and more. BUT, for you all, I tried something new. I’ve actually been eyeing this primer for a while. I have watched several youtube beauty gals try the Master Conceal and loved it.  No one seems to be trying the primer. I love it. It feels so smooth on the skin and has a bit of a silicone feel. In my experience, silicone primers hold my foundation on the best when my face is extra oily.  The Blur + Illuminate (the pink) has 30 SPF in it. Don’t make me explain how important sunscreen for your face is!

Why Should I use a Primer?

Primer is very important. It preps your skin and smooths smooths out your skin. Many foundations have moisturizers in them to help keep your skin hydrated throughout the whole day. Also, sunscreen in a huge plus. This specific primer has sunscreen in it to protect your skin from damage. We often don’t think about our skin getting damaged from the sun if we’re not spending lots of time in the sun but driving, walking outside, even being by a window can expose you to sun damage. Primer also keeps your foundation on, helps make your foundation apply easier, and prevents separation on your skin. It takes no extra time. okay, like 4 seconds.
Application: Apply first. Small amount on tips of fingers apply all over face. Proceed with makeup routine.

2. Foundation:
Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation– $4.99

10 under $10I have tried lots of foundations because I rarely buy the same one twice unless I LOVE it. This foundation though… I have repurchased and repurchased. It is a little thick on the skin. It doesn’t feel thick; it’s very comfortable to wear. It’s definitely full coverage too. I like to feel like I don’t really have makeup on! This foundation does that for me.

My face it’s normal to dry. This specific foundation doesn’t make my skin look dry. It keeps a dewy look. Let me explain since the title of the foundation is Stay Matte.. it doesn’t get oily/ super shiny looking. It is a healthy, hydrated look. If you don’t like the dewy finish, simply setting your foundation with powder will mattify the finish. The Stay Matte Foundation doesn’t have sunscreen in it but, with the Master Prime we applied previously we are getting SPF from that. This foundation is under $5.00. In my opinion, your not going to find a better foundation for the price.

Why Should I use Foundation:

Depending on the amount of coverage you feel like you need, foundation will cover your blemishes and even out your skin color. If you’re like me my cheeks have a lot of redness, foundation covers, corrects, and “fades” out that redness to give me a neutral base to contour, apply bronzer and blushes without accentuating my redness.  Honestly, I don’t love thick foundation. I like thin, medium coverage foundation. UNLESS, my face is breaking out, my under eyes are dark, or I’m wearing a bold look. I’m often a BB Cream Gal. Lately, I have been using this foundation and I do L-O-V-E it. Even though it goes against everything I like.

Application
: Use a damp beauty sponge. It seems to make this foundation less dense. Starting in my T – Zone I blend out toward my hairline and jawline. If you don’t get full coverage in your T-Zone its not serious because you go over that with concealer.
Note: If your eye shadow has a lot of fall out I would wait to apply foundation until after you have done your shadow. If you do choose to skip this step place it in after you have primed your eyes and applied your shadow. once that is complete, start with your foundation and work through the products for your face. Come back at the end to line your eyes and apply mascara.

3. Concealer:
Maybelline New York Super Stay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector – $7.82

10 under $10

I really prefer certain concealers. You could say I’m a makeup snob. I like the coverage, consistency, and longevity of many of the luxury concealers I have used. 1. they don’t fit in the under $10. 2. This concealer is pretty killer. The consistency of this concealer is very wearable. It’s not too thick but offers GREAT coverage. The wear factor is very nice and comfortable. It doesn’t sit uncomfortably on my skin. This concealer feels very moisturizing under my eyes and doesn’t separate between my brows. Whether I bake my under eyes or just set them, this concealer still feels so nice on! It also works fabulously as a shadow primer.

Why should I use Concealer:

Concealer is something I’ll use sometimes instead of using Foundation all over my face. If I’m rushing and don’t want to put on a full face of makeup concealer is a great grab and go. It brightens your under eyes. Concealer will also hide dark circles and even out coloring. If you choose a shade slightly lighter than your foundation you can use it to accentuate your nose, chin and under eyes.

Application: I always use a damp beauty sponge to blend out my concealer. It helps with blendability and uniformity of your makeup even though your foundation and concealer are different colors. I apply to my undereyes, the bridge of my nose, between my eyebrows, and my chin. Simply blend out into my foundation. I use concealer to prime my eyes as well. Instead of using a shadow primer, concealer is a great primer to use. If you don’t prime your eyes.. you should try it.

4. Shadow: Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette – $8.98

10 under $10
After you have primed your eyelids, start with this shadow. This is a great nude palette. It blends nicely without looking muddy (too blended and looking all the same color) With a primer you can really make the colors of this palette stand out. I think I primer is almost undebatable when using drugstore shadows. If you see your shadow creasing in your eyes or not lasting al day, primer is needed. I use this palette fairly regularly. It has plenty of shadow colors and finish options. I find that a lot of palettes I look at at the drug store have all shimmers. Not everyone (or every age, I’m sorry) can wear shimmers. It is good to have some matte shades to balance out a look. This palette has all those options.

Why Should I use Eyeshadow:

Eyeshadow carves out your eyes and accentuates your eye shape while adding color and pop to your makeup look.

5. Blush: Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush – Mellow Wine– $2.93

10 under $10

This Line of blushes (for the price) is to die for. I love these shades. I first tried out mellow wine. It’s a light bronze coral. This is pretty complimentary of my skin color. There are 5 different shades. I see myself getting them all before its all said and done. The 2017 blush trend is very bold and exaggerated. ( very 80s ) There are a few that I have my eye on Like this one and this one and yes, even this one. I love a bold cheek with barely there eyes. In my opinion these blushes are buildable. A little goes a long way. The first time I used the Mellow Wine shade I was a little heavy handed. These blushes are smooth and highly pigmented. They last all day and don’t move on my face.

Why Should I use Blush:

Blush adds color to your face that would naturally be there from the rosiness of your cheeks. It gives life to your makeup and brightens up your face. Too much blush could make you look like you’re living in the 80s but, 2017 bold blush is making a comeback!

6. Bronzer: e.l.f. Bronzer Palette – $6.00

10 under $10

There’s a lot of Bronzers I love. I chose this one for the longevity of the product, obviously the price and then one more reason. I use more than 10 products on my face but I wanted you to have all your needs (only 10 and all under $10.00) This palette in particular is multpurpose. There’s a wonderful array of shades in this SIX DOLLAR palette. The powder is smooth. It’s not gritty or patchy. There’s also 2 shimmers and 2 mattes. This doesn’t move on my face and it does the job. I love the shimmer bronzers because they kind of double as a bronzing highlight.

Why should I use Bronzer:

Your foundation and concealer has completely removed all of your color. Therefore, your face looks “flat” by using bronzer you’re adding natural color and life to your face. Bronzer helps carve out your face and give you a more 3D look. It helps give your face shape. Adding a bronzing highlight will bring a little attention to those areas such as your cheek bones.

Application:
I apply the bronzer (lightly) to directly under my cheek bones below my blush. You can always add more bronzer but you don’t want to look too bronzed. if you contour instead of bronze… heres a good palette for under $10.00..
I use my contour color in the same place as I would my bronzer but also on the sides of my nose and in my hairline.

7. Lip Color: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick – $4.28
10 under $10

I have had this specific color ( Cherry Bomb ) for a while. It’s even been bought it multiple times. I love the Mega Last Lipstick. It’s a super matte, long lasting lipstick. It doesn’t bleed or stain my lips like some drug store brands I’ve used and this lipstick doesn’t stain my lips. It is slightly drying so I always moisturize my lips before using it and put on chapstick before I apply it. I love it however, you kind of have to work with applying it when you’ve had it a while because the formula drags a bit on the lips. Right after purchase, its glorious and applies great!

Why Should I use Lipstick:

Lipstick helps frame out your face in a sense. It finishes out the look. Lipstick makes you feel pretty.

8. Brows: Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow Pencil – $4.61 ($1.99)

10 under $10

Oh, eyebrows. For a long while I avoided the trend. I didn’t want to be on the bandwagon. Then, I jumped on it and I jumped on it with full force. I love this brow pencil. I like that its a true pencil and must be sharpened. This brow pencil gives you the best of both worlds. You can make your brows feathery toward the middle and fill them in nicely as the pencil begins to dull. This specific formula isn’t waxy. It goes on super smooth and doesn’t drag or get patchy. I bought it for $1.99 at walmart but on their website it says its $4.61. weird.

Why should I fill in my eyebrows:

This is a subject I’m dying to speak about. I think I’ll even post about it. Eyebrows, like I said about lipstick, really does complete your look. It frames out your face and gives you more definition to your face. It gives you a nice transition into your forehead. Also, in photographs your makeup looks completed with your eyebrows filled in.

9. Liner: CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Self-Sharpening Eye Pencil – $4.94

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I have used this liner for a long, long time. Although, it is about $5.00 if you love lash blast mascara you can get them together fairly frequently. I love this eyeliner because it glides on smoothly and smudges out nicely. It doesn’t irritate my eyes if I apply it to my water line. It lasts nicely and I can make it look blended and smoked out instead of harsh and dark. This is great for your lower lash line. If you want a more sharp distinct liner for your upper lash line this isn’t the liner for that.

Why should I use Eyeliner:

Using liner is tricky. Eyeliner can and should open up and define your eyes. I say IT’s tricky because if too much is used your actually working against yourself by making your eye looked more closed and less defined. You are going for a defined look not black holes. 🙂 I like a blended out look without a defined line on the lower lash line. On my upper lash line I want dramatic, sharp liner.

: I apply from outer corner to about halfway to my inner corner and blend out with the tip. I apply in my water line to define my eyes and make more of a statement.

10. Mascara: Maybelline New York Great Lash BIG Washable Mascara – $4.44

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This is a mascara I find myself going back to often. I love L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black for dramatic bold lashes. But this is great to just toss in your purse and give you natural looking lashes. I love this mascara because it makes my lashes longer without making them super clumpy. That means no spider lashes here. It’s great to lift your lashes and open up your eyes. It comes off so easily but stays on all day without flaking.
These are all products close to my heart. Saving money is a perk, always! It’s even better if you’re saving money and the products are worth it! I think it’s a great feeling when you can find a cheap product that does the work of the higher product! It’s not always doable and rarely reasonable to spend between $20-$50 on one makeup item much less have a whole collection of high end makeup. I can justify spending money on makeup sometimes and other times I want the cheaper option. Some say you get what you pay for and I agree with that to some extent but with these products you’re getting more than you pay for! Let me know if you try these product out or what your favorites are under $10!

XO, Lynlee

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