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ELF Cosmetics Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette Review:

Happy Hump Day loves! Lookie what I purchased! ELF Cosmetics new Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette ($12 for 0.25 oz.) in Bird of Paradise and Posh Peacock. How beautiful are they?! Perfect springtime palettes, wouldn’t you say? This is my first ever test run with ELF Eyeshadows, and I’m loving the two.

DETAILS

This artist-inspired, chromatic eyeshadow palette features seven color-coordinated, luxe eyeshadows in finishes from matte to metal. The pigment-rich formula blends effortlessly with lasting color. The mirrored chromatic eyeshadow palette includes a dual-ended eyeshadow and crease brush for easy application. Enriched with Vitamin E, Meadowfoam Oil, and Jojoba Oil to nourish the skin.

Posh Peacock has the inspired tones of a peacock feather, ranging in gorgeous shades of light to deep greens, taupe, and a champagne highlighter base.

Bird of Paradise has the unique jewel toned shades of the exotic flower, ranging in hues of oranges, purples, and white gold highlighter base.

The Palette Breakdown:

In case you were wondering, there are 3 metallics and 4 mattes in each of the palettes.

I don’t consider the metallics actually metallic. That type of finish has more of a glittery foiled look in my opinion. These are more pearlized with a shimmery finish. The dual ended brush works well. It was the only one I used besides a liner brush to build my eye looks. Everything blended out perfectly. Simple yet effective. That’s the way I like it.

The “metallic” eyeshadows have a much softer, velvety texture than the mattes. The mattes have a baked texture with a silky smooth feel to them.

Overall, the pigmentation of the seven shades were very nice. The pearlized base highlighter shades (white gold, champagne) either need a primer or a bit of water on the brush to enhance the vibrancy. They came off a little sheer when nothing was applied to them.

The formulation is lightweight, blendable, buildable, comfortable to wear, applies evenly and easily, does not crease or run, and creates versatile looks for day and night time wear.

From a scale of zero to ten. How did I do? I’ll give myself a 10. Lol. Why not?

Wear time:

With primer-8 hours

Without-7 hours

After this positive experience I think I’ll be trying a few more eyeshadows from ELF.

Any suggestions?!

ELF’s Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette is available at ELF Stores and elfcosmetics.com

Happy shopping!

Stay beautiful, xo

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Pacifica Pineapple Cleanse Oil Slaying Face Wash and Pineapple Quench Oil-Free Water Serum Review:

I’ve been waiting for this moment babes! Pacifica has finally launched a skin care line for oily and combination skin types, among many other new arrivals, and I went to Target to check it out!

Soooooo much product to try, but I’m here for only two things-Pacifica’s Pineapple Cleanse Oil Slaying Face Wash ($10 for 5 fluid ounces) and Pineapple Quench Oil Free Water Serum ($12 for 1.7 fluid ounces). These babies were flying off the shelves during the sale last week and I wasn’t missing out.

Skin Synopsis: Extremely oily, sensitive, acne prone with slight cystic acne.

I was looking for something that I can use (more for night-time) in conjunction with my Benzoyl Face wash. Using it twice a day has been too harsh on my skin. It became very dry and new breakouts were forming. Yay! Fun. I was only rinsing my face with warm water and a wash cloth at night, but I didn’t feel clean enough. It still felt like I had a whole days worth of NYC grime polluting my face. Such a gross feeling.

Thank you Pacifica for creating a fine-apple of a product(s)! Your new line arrived at the perfect time. Please DO NOT discontinue it.

Pacifica Pineapple Cleanse Oil Slaying Face Wash

Product Details:

When your skin feels like an oil slick, we’ve got your back (actually, your face). Old oil, makeup, toxins and pollution can turn into free radicals that wreak havoc on your pretty face. Clean skin is your first defense in your skin care arsenal. This oil free gel- based cleanser contains tons of natural extracts (pineapple, papaya, and white tea) to get the job done right the first time without over-drying.

The formula has a gel like texture that is super lightweight and thin. It’s not thick whatsoever, and spreads nicely all over your face. It kind of reminds me of a gel cleansing balm in a tube since it barely lathers due to it being sulfate free. When adding a bit of water, the light pink gel will turn into a creamy white lather. It lathers better on the face than hands, lol.

I absolutely love this stuff. It has an incredible scent of pineapple, and gets your face squeaky clean while sloughing away excess oil in seconds. I absolutely love this stuff. Pacifica’s Pineapple Cleanse has been nothing but kind to my skin. It rejuvenates, hydrates, and gently cleanses my skin without over drying. Plus, no additional breakouts! That’s also the help of Pineapple Quench. We’re getting to her soon. After a long day of work, makeup, oil buildup, and toxins clogging up my pores this is just what I needed.

Now, after a good cleansing I like to prep my face before bedtime, and that is where Pacifica’s Pineapple Quench comes in.

Product Details:

Oily skin needs moisture too! This daily use water-light serum helps provide a burst of needed hydration. A magical oil-free combo of ingredients includes hyaluronic acid, pineapple extract, calendula, and aloe vera. A perfect prep for your favorite mattifying makeup. Plus it’s fresh and amazing, just like you!

This double acts as a prep & moisturizer. You can use it twice a day-AM and PM if you’d like, and as a primer over your favorite foundation or BB Cream to keep skin matte. As mentioned before, I only use the cleanser and quench for nighttime.

The formula is more like the Pineapple Cleanse than a water based serum in my opinion. It’s gel like texture is thin, lightweight, spreads evenly and easily, and absorbs into the skin nicely. The serum does feel a tad bit sticky once applied. Just give it a few seconds to work itself in before judging too quickly. Take it from me. I thought I was going to return it. Lol. I’m glad I didn’t. This little tube is awesome. A little goes a long way, so it should last awhile. Whatever oils I have left after cleansing, Pineapple Quench works its sweetness and sucks up the rest providing hydration through the night. My skin is glowing the next day with barely any slickness. It’s wonderful. If you have minor breakouts, this helps with them too. Hyaluronic Acid is known to help those suffering with acne. I have yet to find any new ones from forming. Knock on wood. Must be the hyaluronic acid doing its magic. Wink!

Pacifica’s Pineapple Cleanse Oil Slaying Face Wash and Pineapple Quench Oil-Free Water Serum is a Target exclusive and is available online at pacificabeauty.com

Think you’ll try them?!

Do tell!

Stay beautiful, xo.

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ELF Tinted Lip Oil Review:

So, I’ve been Marshall’s hopping from store to store trying to find the gorgeous Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Palette, but had no such luck finding it. All good. I’ll take it as a sign that it wasn’t meant to be. However, I did find quite the spread of ELF Cosmetics (foundation, highlighter, bronzer palettes, concealers, bb creams, lipsticks, beautifully bare blushes, and the list goes on) at every store I visited, and I grabbed two of their Tinted Lip Oils. I wanted to try these for a while now. Somehow, they always tend to slip my mind when ordering online. Curse those new releases! I get distracted every time. Smh. Lol. Originally, Elf’s Tinted Lip Oil retails for $6 each. I snagged them for $1.99. Score!!!!

Cherry Kiss is a cool pinkish red.

Fuchsia Kiss is a warm hot pink.

These two shades are discontinued from the collection, but there are 9 beautiful shades to choose from if you’re into lip oils. I’m not a fan. I thought the Lip Oils were going to set as a soft stain, showing a bit of sheen, while giving my lips hydration. I thought wrong. Whoopsie Daisy.

Product Description:

This Tinted Lip Oil adds a beautiful sheer shine to your lips. Each shade is infused with Jojoba, Apricot, and Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate your lips with each application.

The formulation is lightweight, creamy, smooth, comfortable to wear, sheerly pigmented, applies evenly and easily, keeps lips super hydrated, and sets in a glossy finish that does not migrate off the lips.

Where it fell short for me was the longevity. I literally applied these and within 30 min the glossy tint completely faded. I can’t even make the excuse that I had anything to eat or drink because I didn’t. Elf got the hydration thing down though. My lips stayed soft and silky smooth for part of the day without feeling the need to re-apply any kind of balm.

I’m not in anyway disappointed with my purchase. I only paid $4 for two tinted lip oils and was curious as to how they performed. I will keep them around as lip toppers for my drier formulated matte lipsticks. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Have you tried Elf’s Tinted Lip Oil?

What are your thoughts? Yay or nay?

Stay beautiful! Xo.

Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Foundation Review:

Happy Weekend loves! Today I wanted to talk about Wet n Wild’s New MegaCushion Foundation with SPF 15 ($8.99 for 0.52oz). I absolutely adore WNW MegaCushion (Highlight, Contour, Color Correction) line, and this one is no exception. This foundation is definitely a must try if you haven’t gone out and purchased it yet.

Product Description:

It’s a match made in makeup heaven! Liquid foundation in a cushion compact. Tap the cushion to add just the right amount of coverage or double tap to add more. It’s perfectly portable too, with an air tight, no mess compact that makes applying liquid foundation a breeze. Infused with coconut derivative, the luminous, lightweight, and buildable formula helps boost hydration and contains SPF 15 for added skin protection.

I am a huge fan of broad spectrum infused liquid foundations and BB Creams. I don’t normally wear a face cream during the day due to my oily skin, so I tend to skip out on the morning moisturizing routine. I uusually apply a primer (elf blemish control, my personal fave) and buff on a bit of SPF foundation or BB cream that provides medium to full coverage, which keeps me looking flawless, free from harmful radicals, non-greasy, and hydrated enough as to where I don’t break out. Two thumbs up WNW for the SPF protection.

There are nine shades available, ranging in tones of light ivory for porcelain skin to tawny for deeper complexions. I went on a whim and bought cream ivory. This is when I wish WNW would start making testers in CVS and Walgreens, but to my surprise it matched perfectly with my skin tone.

Cream Ivory is a soft warm beige that compliments light to medium skin tones.

The formula is super lightweight, creamy, hydrating, comfortable to wear, easy to apply, blendable, does not oxidize, goes on evenly, provides medium coverage, and has a satin finish, creating a natural, luminous look.

I did not find the MegaCushion foundation to be buildable at all. I had a few red spots that I could not conceal no matter how much I applied. I needed the assistance of a concealer (WNW Photo Focus) to help cover up the redness. This works well alone on slight imperfections, just not so much on redness and dark spots. Keep that in mind.

P.S. The thin cushiony applicator puff included in the compact works awesome when applying the foundation. It glides on the skin effortlessly.

I do highly recommend this for dry skin or possibly combination skin types. The MegaCushion Foundation has a good amount of hydration, and does not settle into fine lines or wrinkles. It melts beautifully into the skin.

I was very shocked that I had no issues with this foundation. I thought the coconut oil would have been excessive for my oily skin, clogging my pores and producing uncontrollable breakouts. Something that I always fear when trying a newly released foundation. My doubts proved me wrong.

The wear lasted over eight hours with the foundation staying intact. There was a bit of oil peeking through my t-zone. Not to worry, there’s nothing that a mattifying powder can’t handle to absorb some oils. And, I had not one breakout! Sigh of relief.

This is definitely a keeper and repurchase.

Wet n Wild’s MegaCushion Foundation is available at CVS, Walgreens, and wetnwildbeauty.com.

Think you’ll pick one up to try?

Do tell!

Stay beautiful, xo.