Friday, December 12, 2014

Maybelline (liquid) Fit Me Foundation Review

Wow it has been so long since I've written a review! Today's review will be on Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation (if you couldn't already tell!) I've been on a foundation "kick" lately and I never actually had any intentions of trying this until I decided to see what people were saying on makeupalley(.com).

Well, apparently a lot of people were really loving this, enough to go as far as saying this was their "holy grail" product, which of course, you know what that means!! I've been trying this out for over a week now using different techniques, and now I'm ready to share my thoughts/opinions with you!

(Lightest shade in 110 Porcelain)

From Maybelline's Website:


Product Details:
Flawless. Fresh, breathing, natural skin.
Shade-true gel-liquid foundation. SPF 18*. New shades formuladed for woman of color, with 5D Pigment Technology.

Why you'll Love it:

It’s face makeup that fits you.

-No oils, no waxes, no nonsense
-Natural, Light to medium coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be. Fresh, breathing, flawless.
-Exclusive transluscent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through.
-New shades formulated specifically for women of color contain revolutionary 5-D pigment technology to balance your skin’s authentic tones and highlights.
-Available in 18 Breathable Shades. SPF 18*

The Packaging:

Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation is a liquid formula withen a glass bottle, that unfortunately does not include a pump. I wish everyone would just make the pump a habbit already. But none the less, a part from that, the packaging is pretty. Just remember, it is glass and it will break if you drop it!

The consistency of this formla is runny but not so bad that it's going to slight right off your hand. Be careful when pouring however for it does come out of the bottle a tad too fast. The rim alwaaays gets messy. If only there were a pump :/ 

This is what the foundation looks like spread out a bit. It definitely has shine to it and dries with shine. I have very oily skin myself, so right away I thought I wasn't going to like this. Yet, I bit my tongue and tried a few different ways of wearing it and so far my favorite is using a matte primer.

Using a matte primer helped to keep the shine at bay a bit but not completely. I felt this helped the foundation last longer on my skin throughout the day, without breaking down withen a few hours. After several hours though, my face started to feel pretty cakey as more shine was breaking through. Using a regular primer, I was an oily mess after just a couple of hours. 


Since the side view is so small, I provied a larger picture so you can see the difference better. The first picture is with no primer while the bottom picture is with the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. The shine is still there but not nearly as much as it was. I highly recommend staying away from this one during the summet months.

My favorite tool to use for application is the beauty blender! (Now that I finally gave it a chance(; ) I can't say for brushes since I have not tried one yet, but I'm there is one that does a beautiful job.

My Overall Thoughts/Opinions

- I feel this foundation would be better suited for those with dry skin. Maybe combination as well.
- But you can definitely make this work if you use some kind of matte primer!
- It doesn't last very long and after a few hours it starts to feel really heavy and cakey.
- You have to be careful about touching your face because this does transfer very easily.
- It's inexpensive and has many shades to choose from!
- It matched my skin pretty good.
- I don't love this but I don't hate it either. I really haven't decided if I will repurchase or not.

Well that's it for today's review, I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

Have you tried this foundation yet?
 Will you?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oil Cleansing Method Update

I know know, it has been way more than two weeks! BUT on the plus side, this you will actually see results. 

When the end of my two week challenge was up, my skin was worse than before I had started. I almost did not want to continue because of it. Ultimately, I decided to do some more research and found that the new breakouts I was having were not because my pores were clogged, but that my skin was purging itself of everything I've put on my face from before. About two weeks after that, my skin started improving. I know that for me, my skin takes about a month to get used to something before I start to see progress or not. 

**Keep in mind that we all have different skin types. So what works or doesn't work for me, does not necessarily mean it will or will not work for you.

   The picture that you see here is from my first cleansing post (which you can read here). As you can see, I have pretty pronounced breakouts on the contours of my cheeks, as well as some cystic acne on my chin. 

I forgot to take a picture of my chin, but so far that is the only spot that has completely cleared. Both sides of my cheeks have definitely improved, though not entirely clear. As you can see however, the progress is certainly there!

Another thing that I had noticed while doing the OCM, my super oily skin, is not so oily anymore! My skin got sooo used to me using harsh oil stripping cleansers, toners and even moisturizers, my glands had to work harder everyday and night to produce enough oil to keep up with me stripping them squeaky clean. 

They worked so much they were overproducing far more oil than my skin actually needed, causing my face to become a grease ball. Eventually, causing horrible breakouts.  The OCM  has allowed my skin to slow down on production, leading to more of a proper amount.  Now half way through the day, my skin for once does not feel like I slathered grease all over it (ironic right?) 

I am still working on the perfect ratio blend of oils but I plan on sticking with this for awhile! 

Did you take the challenge? 
What was your outcome?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

November E.l.f Beauty Bundle!

Hello everyone! I apologize I haven't been blogging on a regular basis lately. After moving, I really just had no motivation. I hadn't blogged in so long (or so it feels), I forgot how much I enjoyed it. Also, my *new phone is a cheaper alternative to my galaxy, which in terms, means it's much slower ::sigh::. I promise, after the holidays I will have internet on and I will be posting on the regular again! 

Now that I got that long intro out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff!

**I still have yet to find a place to take pictures, so the scene in the next few posts may change. For now, I'm using my vanity. Also, the lighting is poor, until I find the right bulbs!

This month ia a holiday theme, of ocourse! 

Have a Happy Holidy Glow! 

"Happy holidays elfettes! Sparkle at any celebration with our Essential Glitter Nail Polish and Mineral Glow. Indulge in the rich shades of our Studio Matte Lip Color and our Studio Blush Palette that features four winter-perfect shades! It's time to celebrate the end of another beautiful year, and a beautiful one to come!"

First in this months bundle is the Studio Prism Eyeshado in Smoke. This palette retails for $10, almost half the price of the box! I forgot to take pictures of swatches, but the pigmentation is so gorgeous! 

The next thing I received was the Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in Black Bandit. Although the color says black, in person I couldn't help but think that it looks brown. Oh well, I'm not complaining! 

The last product I got was the Cream Eyeliner Black. So far this was the only product I've tried and let me say, this is true to it's name. Sooo creamy and soo black! 

This is the second time I recieved false lashes in my bundle. I don't wear false lashes and I don't have any friends or family that do, so unfortunetly these will be tossed. These are the Essential Dramatic Lash kit and even though they only retail for $1, I still would have preferred something else. But I guess they do fit the theme. 

The Glitter Nail Polish is another dud for me. I don't wear nail polish, hardly ever and when I do, I typically stray away from anything with chunky glitter. Thankfully though, I have a sister who loves it! 

For lippies, these were definitely a hit for me! I've been wanting to try their Matte Lip Color, especially the one in Rich Red, which is what I got! However though, when I swatched it on my hand, the color was more pink than red. But still beautiful none the less! 

The other lip product is the Studio Lip Stain. I found these to be interesting because as you can see, it has two ends. The first being shown, the lip stain and the other side being the gloss. Be warned though, these do not smell good. At all. But on the plus side, the smell does go away after being applied. 

One thing I really love from e.l.f are their Studio Brushes. They are not the greatest quality, but for someone just starting with either makeup or getting a feel for brushes, these are a great start. This one here is the Studio Complextion brush. The bristles are sooo soft on the skin and very easy to use.

The powder is from e.l.f's Mineral line, featuring their Mineral Glow powder in Shimmer. This powder is sheer and lightly pigmented that is supposed to leave your skin healthy and radiant. I definitely can't wait to try this out! 

The last product I recieved in this months beauty bundle is the Blush Palette in Dark. I actually already own this and the light, but considering the fact I love them so much, I am completely okay with a back up! I tried getting a good view in the first picture but the colors were off. The second picture is more true to what the colors actually are. The cool part about these palettes though, each individual square pops out so you can interchange them between this and the light. I hope they come out with more palettes for this reason! 

All in all, I was very pleased with this months bundle. I did have plans on cancelling my subscription after this month, but I think I may actually wait! Thank you guys so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed! 

Have you tried anything from e.l.f?
What are your favorite products? !

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Update and Favorite Blogggers?!

I've been a terrible blogger lately and I feel so out of the loop. Now that our move is finally done, with only a few more boxes left to unpack, I can finally start blogging on a regular basis again.. well for the most part anyways. The only real downside to moving is the service. I use my phone for the internet, which means I also use my phone to blog and unfortunately my service is not that great. Hopefully in the up coming weeks we can get internet on. It would be so much easier typing on an actual keyboard versus a touch screen. 

With that being said, I have a question for you all! I follow the people that I do because I genuinely love your blogs and because we have common interests. I generally like to follow those who do not have thousands and thoudands of followers. Why? Well, I don't know if this has happened to anyone else before, but when I really like someones blog and I've been following them for awhile, I start to see a change in their writing style, their posts, their personality in general. Usually that happens when they become a very well known name, you get sponsers, and they want their material to seem more mature and professional. Truly, that is really great and all, but I feel like they lose their passion, their reason for starting in the first place, and their personality that we grew to love.

And now to my question. Because I love the blogs that I follow so much, I'm interested in seeing those that you all love! It can be as many blogs as you'd like, but I would really love to know who you follow that inspire you and no matter what the post is they write, you never miss! Leave their links below so I can check them out, thank you!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Collective Drugstore Haul

I feel like it's been forever since I have been able to sit down and write a post. So today I will be sharing a haul I've gathered the past few days. New home means fresh new makeup!

The lighting on this one is a bit poor, but I am happy to say, our new home has a ton of windows, which means more natural lighting!! Also, everything you see in these two photos I had bought from Target.

I have a bit of a problem.. Or at least that's what my bf says. I've been cut off for a lil bit 
(LOL). In this photo everything was from CVS. I've been on the hunt for the Maybelline's The Smokes Palette, but sadly so far no luck. 

The first thing I got was Covergirls Clump Crusher Mascara with a Perfect Pointplus self-sharpening eye pencil. I've heard a bit about this mascara, and although I don't usually try to many, the name it self sounded good! As for the eye liner, the total came to a dollar more if I got the one without it, so why not(;

Everyone and their mom knows how much I love blush, and when I can find a good blush for a great price, you know I'm all over it! E.l.f's studo blushes are really nice with very little fallout, and awesome payoff for being only $3! I couldn't decide between the two so I got both. Left is Fuchsia Fusion and the right is Tickled pink, even though it looks for
more peachy in the picture.

Sorry for the odd ball lol. I don't exactly have a set place for pictures yet. But these are the three foundations I've been wanting to try.

First is the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I believe I got this in the lightest shade 110 Porcelain. 

Next is the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation which I've heard sooooo many great things about. I wasn't sure which shade to get so I actually picked up two, 105 Classic Ivory and 110 Creamy Natural. 

And lastly, the L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation with Opti-Blur Technology in the shade Classic Ivory. I've heard many many different opinions on this, so I'm not really sure what to expect. 

If anyone has tried this before, tell me how you liked it!(:

Lately I've been really loving that "dewy"/"satin" finish, so I've been skipping my usual finishing powders. I absolutely love L'Oreals Luminous Foundation, so I decided to give this a try. And if Jaclyn Hill loves it, then that's good enough reason for me to try(;

This one isn't new, but a repurchase for me. Y'all know I can't get enough of this concealer!

This is the Sonia Kashuk Correct and Conceal Palette. I really want to try to the Mac one, however, I can't see spending $40 on that. This was only $12, and I've heard it's very similar. Maybe in the late future I'll budge for the higher end one!

These were believe it or not, more of an impulse buy. I never and I mean NEVER buy single eyeshadows. I was really hoping to find The Smokes Palette, this was the third store I have tried and still no luck. When I saw these, I remembered an instagram picture I had seen with all the pretty shades in line, and they looked soo pretty! As soon as I remembered that, I picked a few of my favorite colors, and went on my way. I guess my bf is right.. I do have a problem (woops)..

Well that is it for todays haul! I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

Have you tired any of the products mentioned above?
If so, tell me your thoughts/opinions!(:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oil Cleansing Method: What is it? + 14 Day Challenge!

Hello everyone! First off, I just want to say, the next few weeks are going to be very hectic since I move IN TWO DAYS!!! (Insert overly happy dance here! Hehe(; )
With that being said, I won't have as much time to blog, but stay with me, I'm not going anywhere!(:

Moving on. Pinterest was the culprit for this odd find, but before I get into that, let me tell you a little about my skin.

From the time I hit puberty, till the summer before my freshman year of highschool, I had horrible, horrible acne. I mean, you could spot them from a mile away.. It was bad. And no matter how many products I used from drugstore, to what my dermatologist prescribed, down to Proactive. Absolutely nothing worked, and I wish I was exaggerating. 

However, once highschool rolled around, I swear the magical blemish fairy came to me one night, waved her magic wand, and I woke up with perfect (or almost perfect, minus discoloration) skin! So for the next several years, I rarely had a blemish. In fact, it's been so long, once I started breaking out again, I had no idea what to do.. 

Only this time, they are not just blemishes, but cystic acne (awesome, right?) Thankfully however, instead of being all over my face like my puberty years, they seem to only remain on the contours of my cheeks and chin. Getting rid of them though, has been a complete and utter battle. It's embarrassing. So what does this oil cleansing have anything to do with this, you ask? Keep reading!

Oil Cleansing Method 

All our lives growing up, we are told that oil is bad, it clogs our pores and causes nasty breakouts, use oil free products, etcetera etcetera. Especially those of us with oily skin. Never once do you hear that oil is good for your skin, or anything of the sort. Oh no no no. Which, of course, when I first stumbled upon the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), I was like "what? You want me to what?"

If you remember from chemistry, you learned that like dissolves like.
So in terms, oil dissolves oil.

How to do the OCM

The idea is, you create your unique mixture of natural oils, slather it on your face, and rub for a couple minutes. While you are continuously rubbing, the new oil you put on your face is now "pulling" the old hard oil from your skin and replacing it with the new fresh oil. This also is awesome for removing makeup, so no need to do that before hand!

⚫ The natural oils will clean and moisturize,
so need for a traditional moisturizer.
⚫ You're skin will thank you for not using harsh
chemicals, or stripping away all its oils!

There are a variety of oils to use, but since I am new to this method, I suggest you do your own research to find out which oils are best for your skin type, and a good ratio to start off with. Here are a couple blogs I found to be very helpful:

Troubleshooting: The Oil Cleansing Method & What you need to know

What You Need To Know To Make Oil Cleansing Work For You

What Oils To Use For Your Skin Type

My OCM Blend

Now, remember it's really important to do your research before using anything on your face. You may have to experiment with your oil blends. I'm still learning myself.

The oil blend I am experimenting with consists of Extra Virgin Oilve Oil (I started using this before I had come across the second link above), Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and just a couple drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil. 

To mix them, I do:

2 spoon fulls of EVOO (I just use an actual spoon).
1 spoon ful of Sweet Almond Oil.
1 spoon full of Jojoba Oil.
About 4-5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil.

And mix mix mix!

Now For The 14 Day Challenge!

I decided to take a challenge of using the OCM for two weeks, to see if this really makes any difference in my skin, and to see if I can actually ditch those nasty harsh chemicals once and for all!

Of course however, you probably won't find the perfect blend right away (but if you do, awesome!). So take your time and listen to your skin!

I will be periodically checking back (or making a new post) to document how my skin is doing, and I will continue on after my 14 days.

And now, I challenge you!

Have you heard of the OCM or tried it before?
Will you be taking the challenge? 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mine Haul!

Hey everyone! I feel like it's been for ever since I did one of these, or even bought anything. LOL. But today I wanted to share with you a few things I purchased while I was out and about today!

I told you it was a very small haul. And I have to say, I'm pretty happy with myself! I literally have not bought any beauty related products in a month, which was not easy let me tell you! But I feel like I did pretty darn good. 

I've had my eye on the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation for so long know. It's funny though, Covergirl was the very first brand I had ever tried when I first started wearing makeup. Thanks to my mother (that was the only brand she ever used). And since then, I haven't worn anything of Covergirl, though I'm not really sure why? 

I've heard and read sooo many great reviews on this foundation. Some even going as far to say this is their holy grail. Which, you know when you hear that you automatically HAVE to try it. For me at least anyway.

I wasn't sure which shade to get. I was torn between Ivory and Classis Ivory. Which, Classic Ivory is the one I decided to go with.Thankfully, if it doesn't match well, I can always return it!(:

This is actually the second L'Oreal mascara I've bought. I usually go for Rimmel, because that's my favorite brand, but when I saw *False Fiber Lash*, I was instantly pulled in! I never knew drugstore brands made fiber mascaras. So of course I had to get it! I definitely plan on doing a review on this, so keep a look out!

So these babys are the whole reason I went out in the first place. First off, these are so not easy to find. I had no idea where to look, and tried everyplace I could think of. The only place that never did come to mind were health food stores. Which of course was the very last place I looked and found them! As you can see, I bought 100% Pure Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil. 

The reason why I wanted these so bad, is because one day browsing Pinterest, I came across something called the Oil Cleansing Method. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but basically, it's when you wash your face with oil versus your normal typical everyday cleansers. I know, weird and super scary, but I do plan on making a whole post about it!

But these two particular oils are supposed to be very good for those with oily and acne prone skin. And I've been going through a horrible acne breakout the past few months, I'm willing to try anything at this point. So far nothing has worked for me, but I do promise to write a more indepth post on this later!

That is all for now, I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

Have you heard/tried the Oil Cleansing Method?
If so, what was your experience?
I would love to hear about them!(:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Late Halloween Pictures, Update + Mini Home Tour?!

I haven't posted anything about Halloween yet, and now that we are in November, I figured better late than never! 

This is our second Halloween together (Sunshine's third!), and we really wanted to make a tradition of family costumes. I just find them so cute and fun, and a great excuse to take pictures!(;

Last year we went as the Flintstones! My mom was sweet and made our costumes for us. Awesome right? The only thing we fogot, was the big fluffy pillow for Fred Flintstones belly! Oh well, we still rocked the part, and my Sunshine made an awesome Pebbles!

Look how big my baby is now! Can you believe this is just a year difference?
This year we weren't able to spend Halloween together since my boyfriend had to work. However, Sunshine still got dressed up and ready for trick-or-treating. Mini Mouse style ofcourse! I wish I could have fixed her hair and ears better, but as you can see in the third picture, she was gaurding her head from me lol.

Last year she was still too young to understand the concept of Halloween but after going to three or four houses and she realized she was recieving candy, she started running to them all! She had such a blast, and as much as I may miss my wittle itty bitty baby, I love watching her learn and grow. Gah, I just love her so much!


So, as many of you know, my family and I had found a new home and were supposed to move on the 1st of November. 

Well, unfortunately that didn't happen. 
There was still too much to be done, and so our move in date was moved to the 8th instead. Which would have been this Saturday. BUT, when we talked to them Monday, they said our new place was still not ready. 

And so our move in date got changed again. To the 15th, which is next weekend. We're hoping and praying this will be the final date so that we can finally move. Everything is packed. Literally, right down to the t.

 It has been a frustrating soon to be month and a half, but God only knows this wait is going to be SOOOO worth it! And Pinterest has given me an unhealthy amount of ideas I can't wait to put into action and share with you all!

Mini Home Tour + DIY Projects?!

When we went to check out our new home over the weekend I decided to take some pictures. Actually, some is an understatement. I took A LOT of pictures. I was thinking about going a head and making a mini home tour post, but I wanted to know if you guys would even like to see that? 

Also, since I have so many diy's on my project board on Pinterest, we have a few in mind we are definitely going to do. Most of which won't start until the Spring time so I won't freeze my butt off painting. Would you guys like to see some of our DIY Projects on here? If so let me know to both questions in the comments below!

Well, that is it for my update. I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween and enjoyed all that free candy!(;

What were you dressed up as for Halloween?
Don't forget to let me know about a home tour
and Diy Project posts!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Liebster Award Challenge

I have been nominated for The Liebster Award Challenge by my favorite Ireland beauty, Miriam! You can see her blog here. Thank you Miriam!!(:

The Rules:

The rules are quite simple :) 
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in your post.
2. Display a picture of the Liebster Award in your post ( I got mine from google).
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about you (I love this rule the most).
5. Nominate 5-11 blogs who have less than 200 followers.
6. Make up your own 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer.
7. List the rules in your post (you can copy and paste these ones if you'd like)
8. Don't forget to let the people you nominated know that you nominated them. Send them the link to your blog so they can get the information.

The Questions I was asked:

1. Why did you start your blog?
I wanted to start a youtube channel initially, but after months of thinking and consideration, I realized blogging would be more idealistic for me.

2. What to you is the hardest thing about a blog?
Keeping up with weekly posts. I'm a full time mother, and I also work full time. Finding time, and entis sometimes hard. But I love blogging so much, I find a way to make it work!

3. Where do you get your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in different places. My favorites though; Pinterest, youtube, magazines, and while I'm working. I find that my mind wonders off so much during work, that I always have some new ideas I can't wait to turn into a blog!

4. What is your favourite kind of food?
I absolutely love seafood. My favorite type, steamers hands down. The best part? My bf hates them(;

5. What is your preferred lipstick colour?
I'm really not a lipstick person, but if I had to choose. I like nudes, pinky nudes, and slightly brown/tan nudes.

6. What (if any) is your favourite book?
I don't read much, and I really should. However, two series I really loved and would definitely read again would be, The House of Night and The Immortals.

7. Where do you picture yourself being 10 years from now?
I picture my family and I being in our very home house, with another child. As for careers, I honestly have no idea. I keep changing my mind on what I want to do. I really haven't found something that interests me enough to make it my lifelong career.

8. What is your favourite item of clothing?
Shirts and sweaters. Too boring?

9. Cats or dogs?

10. What is your favourite memory?
The day I held my daughter for the very first time and the first thing she does is holds my finger. The best feeling you could ever feel.

11. If you were only allowed to wear mascara or lipstick for the rest of your life, which would you chose?
Mascara of course!

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. My birthday is in January.
2. I don't care for chocolate.
3. I love pickel juice.
4. My eye color is Hazel.
5. I never wanted to get married.
6. I had my daughter when I was 19.
7. I'm Irish, Italian, French, and Cherokee.
8. I'm 5'7.
9. I love camping.
10. I can't walk in heels.
11. I don't like dreaming.

And the lovely people I nominate are!:
(I don't know how to check followers, but heres who I love!)

My questions for YOU!:

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Why did you start a blog?
3. Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
4. If you could, what would you tell your younger self?
5. When you were younger, what did you picture your life to be like at this time?
6. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
7. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
8. What keeps you motivated (to blog)?
9. What are your goals in life? 
10. Are you following your dreams? 
11. Chocolate that tastes like dirty cardboard or hard stale cake?

Now GO! GO!GO!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

E.l.f Review: Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream + Quick tutorial.

A few weeks ago I went on an E.l.f splurge and got some really great products. I haven't tried them all, but the few I have will definitely be a repurchase for me. So expect many more reviews to come!

I have to say though, for being such a cheap makeup brand, E.L.F has some pretty dang good hg products. Of course they have their "misses", as does every brand. But their Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream is most definitely a new hg for me! 

Now, let's get on to the review!

(E.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream in St. Lucia)

From E.l.f's Site:



"Ideal for all skin types, this dual cream bronzer and blush creates a sheer, natural wash of color on the skin. The lightweight cream-to-powder formula provides extended wear and allows you to layer for desired intensity. Sculpt eyes, cheeks, lips, body and anywhere you wish to highlight and contour with the rich cream formula."

How to:

"Apply a small amount of the Bronzer with fingers or a sponge to the hollows of the cheeks for definition and around the face line to create a healthy glow. Blush on the apples of the cheeks to create a subtle healthy glow. Blend and build coverage for ideal color."

E.l.f packaging is very similar to Nars. Expect with hard plastic versus a soft matte feel. Does that make sence? I like it though, I feel it adds a classy touch. Not like childs play makeup, considering the price. It's lightweight, without feeling cheap, and perfect for travel. Especially with a mirror as big as the compact!

Also, accoding to some others from the beauty community, the powder version of this, also in St. lucia, is said to be a dupe for Nar's Blush and Bronzing duo in Laguna & Orgasm. Since I don't own any Nars products, I can't say for myself. But from seeing online comparisons, I would believe so. Nars being more pigmented though, ofcourse.


As you can see, they are most certainly very VERY creamy! It feels so lovely to touch. And the colors are gorgeous!

I was really impressed with how true to color these were to what's in the pan. Don't be scared though! The bronzer blends out very beautifuly, into a nice sheer finish. And it is build-able. I know by looking at how pigmented they are, you probably think I'm crazy. But you will see what I am talking about, so stay with me!

The blush is a very pretty peachy-pink color. While the bronzer is a nice bronzy brown? Color. I'm not good at dicifering undertones, so correct me if I'm wrong. But I feel like there are no red or organgy undertones, so you won't have to worry about this making you look orange or even muddy for this with fair complexions.

Another plus, no shimmer! However, E.l.f claims this is a cream-to-powder finish, but I wouldn't say that that's entirely true. When it dries, it does SEEM matte, but in my opinion and on my skin (remember we all have different skin type, so your experience with this may or may not be different from mine), it seems more of a velvety satin finish. But still a lovely duo none the less! 


As you know, I have super oily skin. So depending on your skin type, that may affect how long you are able to wear this before it fades. I was able to get about 5 1/2 hours on it's own, and about 6 1/2 - 7 hours with a setting powder. For being super oily, that's really not that bad. And cream bluses do tend to last longer then pressed or powder.


I decided to add a quick tutorial so you can see the full effect in action! Now, I literally only did my makeup for this, so I have no mascara or anything. So don't mind my makeup makeup-less face!

To start, I don't like to dip a brush in this product because it is cream, and I tend to always have a gaping chunch missing. Nice. So I just use my (clean) finger, and dot around my face where I would like to contour, or draw attention "away from".

I typically like to contour around my temples, forhead, the hollows of my cheeks and the sides of my nose to make it appear smaller. And whatever is left on my finger I will lightly dot the sides of my jaw line. 

To blend out the bronzer, I used my Real Techniques Contour Brush. 


After it's all blended, you can see that it's really not thay scary, and definitely build-able! I don't like a lot of color, so layering isn't necessary for me. In the first picture, you can better see the shadow it creates on the side of my nose.

For the blush, I do the same thing and apply with my fingers, and blend with a brush. 

And this is what the finished (or somewhat finished) face looks like!

My Overall Thoughs/Opinions:

 I loved the packaging. Very classy, and sturdy. 
Great for travel, good sized mirror.
Both the blush and bronzer are rich in pigmentation, yet applies sheer enough allowing you to build up to the amount you want.
 Super creamy. Seriously blends like a dream!
 Last several hours on my super oily skin!
No shimmers, but (for me) does not dry to a matte finish like E.l.f claims.
 I definitely would recommend to everyone to try it at least once. For $3, what can it hurt?(;

That's it for todays review, thank you for reading!

Have you tried any of the Blush & Bronzer
Duos by E.l.f? If so, which one 
and how did you like it?!