Tuesday, 28 February 2012


I needed to replenish a couple of items in my kit as its been looking a tad sorry for itself after neglecting it lately, as I’ve been busy doing too many dreadful essays at uni, boo!
I decided to have a gander on the E.l.f cosmetics website as I am sick of spending a fortune on products that aren’t that great and seem to run out quickly, which frustrates me A LOT. It was also spend £30 to get free delivery – It would be rude not too! I was instantly drawn in by the affordable prices and found my basket quickly full to the brim. However I was more than happy to spend £30-£40 knowing I would have more than 2 items which happens frequently when I shop at MAC or Make Up Forever, even if the products maybe weren’t as grand as the higher end items I thought it was worth trying something new! 

Makeup Mist & Set

First off I was excited about the E.l.f Makeup Mist & Set that I purchased. I’ve previously used the MAC fix+ and honestly I was not thrilled about spending £12.50 on this product for my face to look like a grease pan, it did not work for my skin type at all and if anything my makeup slid off quicker rather than setting it. Disappointed isn’t the word. I was next pleasantly surprised by Dermalogica’s UltraCalming mist at £17 I was of course sour faced at the checkout but found myself very impressed with this product as it really does freshen up your makeup in my opinion and gives your skin a boost during the day, I would recommend this product if you don't mind parting with £17 pound.
As I feel like I’ve spent my life savings on Facial mists, I saw E.l.f’s Makeup Mist for only £3.50 and I thought why not treat myself! Haha.
SO anyway, back to the product! I was a little disappointed that the bottle describes the ingredients “with Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber”, and yet it didn't smell of cucumber?! In fact it smelt of nothing. I’m obsessed with products that smell of cucumber, so when they don't I’m always a little let down.. weirdo right?! Haha. This product gives your skin and makeup a boost, but as its only £3.50 it obviously doesn't compare to the Dermalogica product, as I expected. However I would buy it again as its affordable, does the job, and is small enough to chuck in my handbag!

Makeup Lock & Seal 

I don't have much to say about this really, does what it says on the tin. You can buy eye drops and you get the same effect when using pigments. The price of the Lock & Seal is similar to your typical bottle of eye drops at £3.50. It has a really strong alcohol smell, which I can’t say I’m keen on. I haven’t used it enough to notice any significant difference compared to using eye drops.

Mascara Primer

Many moons ago when I was a chavy youngster I would be obsessed with the mascaras that had one white mascara and one black at either end as they would literally bulk up my tiny blonde lashes and give me the desired spider leg look. I cringe thinking back on the old days. Mascara wise I usually use Makeup Forever Smoky lash or Illamasqua’s Masquara, but I go through them like toilet paper and they’re a little on the costly side so I thought I would try the primer so I could use it as an alternative with a cheaper high street mascara. The product does what it says, made my lashes appear thicker but added no length in my opinion. It worked well for my bottom lashes as it separated them out nicely before I loaded on black mascara so they didn't clump together! 

Concealer Pencil & Brush in Light 

With Flash

No Flash

I absolutely LOVE this product. The concealer itself has a brilliantly thick formula, which is just what I was looking for! My reason of purchasing this item was for when I am creating a bold statement lip, it is beyond IRRITATING even when you have lined your lips than the bloody lipstick doesn't stay put or bleeds slightly which I find happens to me a lot as I have small lips. I know using concealer helps this issue and also is good to clean up the area if you've slipped a little, however I find when I’m out and about its very inconvenient for me to carry around brushes for problems like this, so having a concealer in pencil form is a god send! It also has a blending brush with the lid on the opposite end as well as a handy sharpener on the other lid. For someone who likes to travel light you can’t complain much about this item, as it is multifunctional.

Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal 

With Flash

Without Flash
I am a massive fan of shimmery, highlighted skin as it brings a youthful, vibrant glow to even the most tired faces. I have lots of highlighters so why not buy some more eh!? I chose the product in the shade Lilac petal as I thought it would look lovely under my foundation as a base for summer, and in my opinion it does. Its not greasy or oily like similar products ive had trouble with in the past. I will probably be investing in other shades of this highlighter in the near future. 

All Over Colour Sticks 
Left - Persimmon. Right - Toasted

Top - Persimmon. Bottom - Toasted (With Flash)

Top - Persimmon. Bottom - Toasted (No Flash)

I was really excited for this product, I got it in the shade Toasted, and Persimmon for my little sister as I’m SO kind haha. But I am little disappointed as they don't really deliver on the coverage front after blended/rubbed into the skin. Sheer would be an exaggeration with this product. Saying that ive only used it once maybe I just need to use them a couple of more times to get the shimmery and colour going!The packaging is handy and useful for travel and handbag space as they're really tiny and cute! 

Corrective Concealer

This was just something I needed for my kit (nothing worth getting super excited about) as my old Ben Nye palette smashed booo! It's just a little essential needed for .. concealing I guess! Obviously its not the best corrective palette I've ever had as it's very cheap compared to the typical products I would use, however there is nothing wrong with this item, it does need to be worked with a lot more than other concealers I've used to properly activate it to its full potential.
It does what it says on the label so that's good enough for me at £3.50! 

I brought my Mum and sister a few other products but they've vanished already! Pfft! 
 I'm rather pleased with these bargains, a lot better than i expected so I guess I will be shopping from E.l.f again! Anyone recommend any items I need to try?

Abbi xx


  1. the all over stick and that highlighter look soo pretty!! i've only ever owned brushes from ELF and my friend has a lipgloss from them that i adore aswell! xx

  2. Need to try out some of these products! xx

  3. The shimmering facial whip looks great, right up my street, I'm gonna have to give it a try, I love Elf Stuff! xx

  4. I've never tried any ELF products but after your post I think I may have to! Great post and blog x