E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Line; Review

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 I took a trip to Target to see if they had the E.L.F. new active line but they, unfortunately, did not have it available at my store. Instead, I purchased a few products from the Beautifully Bare line. I picked up five items which I thought would create a simple and wearable look. This line, to me, is meant to be used on the “no-makeup-makeup” days. I just talked about that in one of my posts, so scroll down a bit and you will find that. I really appreciate E.L.F. trying to remind us we don’t need to apply so much makeup that we are unrecognizable and it’s okay to just enhance our natural beauty.

First, I applied the Foundation Serum in the shade “Fair/Light” which was a wonderful match for my skin tone and this was definitely more of a serum foundation than anything because the consistency was very thin and had more of a watery consistency. As far as coverage goes, I’d say it was medium coverage which for me is perfect on a day where I’m not wearing much makeup, seeing as my skin has hyperpigmentation. I really enjoyed this foundation and I feel like it will last me a long time because of the amount of coverage you get for very little product, and I applied this using a buffing brush. The result of this is a beautiful, natural looking finish and I really enjoyed it. 5/5 for me. 

After that, I applied the Lightweight Concealer in”Light/Medium”, which was definitely the wrong shade for me. This shade was a low more yellow-toned than the foundation and simply did not mix very well with my base of the foundation. The texture is definitely creamy but provides more of a matte coverage in my opinion than a dewy one, which means you have to work quite quickly with the concealer to make sure it is blended in properly. As far as application, I honestly recommend your finger or a damp beauty sponge to bring back a little of the creaminess after applied. It was hard to rate this but overall, I’d give it a 4/5 mostly due to the fact that it was the wrong shade for me and because it dried down quite quickly and matte.

Next, it wasn’t a necessary step I suppose but I wanted to test out the Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in “Fair/Light”. This was a huge pan of powder, and I definitely did not need very much of this to achieve matte skin. I honestly like dewier or natural skin but sometimes a powder is a must especially for long wear makeup days. This powder does exactly what it says it will though because it seemed to minimize my pores and provide light coverage. I think this powder would look nice on bare skin as well as over foundation on a day you just want something on your face that will control oil and give you a bit of color. 5/5. 

Onto blush, I used the Blush in Rose Royalty. I absolutely adored this product, to be quite honest with you. I think it is a perfectly pigmented, soft, creamy blush which every girl should own. I am one of those people that blush just doesn’t seem to show up on but it is my favorite beauty item, but this blush absolutely showed up and it looked like I was blushing naturally. I always wish I was one of those girls who looked like she was out in the English countryside, walking her dog on a chilly morning who came home with a rosy flush and this is exactly what look this blush can give you. My suggestion is to apply with your fingers and make it as natural looking as possible. 5/5+5(hehe).

Lastly, I picked up the Liptint in Sheer Berry. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea how to take the cap off but when I did, I was pleasantly surprised with the applicator. It was one of the squeeze-tip applicators they use on the First Aid Beauty lip treatment. This color is gorgeous, it is so natural and basically a “my-lips-but-better” shade. I really enjoyed that this stained my lips the color it was applied as well as moisturized my lips so they don’t feel dry when it does dry down. 5/5

Overall, this is a great line in my opinion. The products are of such high quality and do not cost much at all, everything in this line is $8 or less. If you are interested in shopping for E.L.F. I have an affiliate link on my page, and I truly do stand by their products and have for years.

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Have a wonderful evening my dears,

Julie

The No-Makeup-Makeup-Look

Hello, my loves! Happy Saturday!

In accordance with the weekend, I thought I’d discuss my typical makeup look that I wear during the weekend (and some of the week). I try to be a more minimalistic beauty person, I tend to go for more simple makeup looks that are natural and can be worn on an everyday basis. However, there are still times when I do a full face of makeup! So, the look I’m going to talk about today is basically when I want to wear makeup but not look like I am wearing any — or at least not much.

I have four products which make up my no-makeup look.

Base: BB Cream, which stands for BEAUTY BALM, and is known to have more skin benefits, but typically less coverage, these often have an SPF in the formula. I’ve used several different BB creams, and a few of my favorites are the Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, Tarte BB Cream, and Maybelline Dream BB. Another great product for these days is a skin tint, which is basically a small amount of coverage that evens out your natural skin tone. I recommend Rimmel’s Skin Tint or Glossier skin tint.

Blush: I typically do not like to use a powder blush on these days but rather use a cream formula, or even a creamy lipstick to bring color back into my face. My favorite cream blush is from Wet & Wild, which is their Photofocus blush range, they come in a stick form, and all their colors are absolutely wonderful and easy to apply and inexpensive! I’d also recommend the Glossier Cloud Paints which come in the colors Dusk, Beam, Puff, and Haze which are all natural, buildable colors which look like you were born with glow and color.

Brows: Brows are such an important part of your daily makeup routine whether it is a full face of makeup or just a few key items. Brows frame your face and can make you look a lot more youthful if done correctly, so make sure the items you use on your brows works with what you need them to do. Personally, I only need one item for my brows because they are definitely more on the full side but I like to fill in some sparse areas so I use a wax brow pencil by ELF. I highly recommend looking at ELF brow products because they are so inexpensive and have the ability to transform your brows and they last for months!

Balm: On days when I wear less makeup I really don’t see the need to wear a bold lip or even a lipstick at all. Instead, I choose a lip balm, and my favorite is the cherry chapstick. I honestly cannot get enough of the feeling of a nice balm on my lips, and the cherry chapstick also provides a bit of color to my lips. If you need something a little richer, try something like a vaseline or even a gloss can sometimes provide extra hydration.

Obviously, this look can be modified depending on the season or whatever your preferences are, so have fun with it!

There’s a quote by Rosie Huntington Whitely which I really enjoy and it says “makeup is meant to enhance, not hide” and I strongly believe in this when it comes to my own makeup.

Have a lovely day,

Julie