The fabulous Grace from AllThatSlap is currently on a spending ban, and when I first read her blog post about it I thought “I should do that”, just like when I hear of people who go swimming everyday at 5am and I think “I should do that”. Obviously the result of both suggestions are “who am I kidding?” as I am neither a swimmer nor a saver. Seriously, last week I was so low on money that I was struggling to put food in my trolley before I thought “oooo! The new Rimmel Apocalips might be out”. There is something wrong with me…
Anyway! E.L.F have recently added quite a few new gems to their product line, including some of which I bleated about in this post, although I’m not under any illusion that my bleating rushed their arrival. So I thought it was a good time to have a bit of a binge and indulge in some E.L.F. goodies. I have a weird relationship with E.L.F. as they tend to make amazing brushes and tools but rubbish make-up products (huge generalisation there as they’re not all rubbish but I have had quite a few duds) but that never stops me from trying something new; mainly due the fact that if they end up being a dud, I’ve only spent a few quid. So here are the bits I picked up:
HD Blush in Headline
This is supposedly a rival to the more well known (and much more expensive) MUFE HD Blush, and considering how similar the packaging is, I can see why people have jumped to that conclusion. This isn’t a review post as I haven’t tried any of the goodies for long enough to form a proper conclusion, but I will say that these are extremely pigmented and appear to blend well, so hopefully these will become a serious bargain at £3.75 a pop.
Maximum Coverage Concealer
This is the second of the two make-up items I purchased, which is sold as a high coverage concealer in a fairly decent selection of shades. I haven’t tried it on my face, but I’m not holding out much hope of it being that great since I’ve tried it on my hand and it appears to sheer out to nothing. We shall see. This is also £3.75.
Small Stipple Brush
I bought this purely and simply because I wanted something that would sheer out the allegedly intense pigment of the HD Blush. Therefore, I’ll review the blush and brush together when the time comes.
Bamboo Blending Eye Brush
I’m constantly on the hunt for a suitable (and cheaper) alternative to the Mac 217 which I use for everything from it’s intended use as an eyeshadow blender, to a concealer buffer, to a powder applicator and everything else in between. Therefore, I want as many as possible in my kit but I don’t want to spend a small fortune each time! There is no way I’ll ever be able to match the 217, but if I can just find some fairly decent alternatives to have alongside it then I’ll be a happy bunny.
Bamboo Smudge Brush
Both this and the Blending Eye Brush were in the sale, so I thought I might as well pick another smudger up. These are perfect for smoking out eyeshadow on both the upper and lower lashes, plus they’re pretty tricky to get wrong so I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to find one that works well.
Mascara & Shadow Shield
It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky…I do get suckered in by anything a bit different (the same applies to the men I fancy too, interestingly) and this looked just too weird to pass up. It’s actually made of a silicone which is much better than the papery material that it looks like on the site, as I was thinking that would be insanely hard to keep clean, but of course silicone is easy to wipe clean; the downside is that it attracts dust like nobody’s business, hence the furry inclusion on the above photo. I haven’t tried it yet, but when I do I’ll be sure to let you know if it’s any good.
So there we have my very first ‘propa’ WordPress post! It took FOREVER…I’m livin’ and learnin’ people If anything above strikes your fancy and you’d like a review, just let me know and I’ll crack on with one.