When life gives you lemons (or in my case, a shed load of uni work complete with looming deadlines), it's only natural to want to treat yourself. I found myself snooping around the Elf website quicker than you can say 'retail therapy' and grabbed some new bits and bobs. With Christmas around the corner (as well as my car's MOT - fabulous timing!) I've really had to watch where the pennies are tottling off to this month, so I decided to pick up some 'essentials' online. Elf have been doing quite a few deals and discounts just recently which, annoyingly so, I always seem to miss, but I still picked up my fair share of cosmetic goodness for little over £15 - you can't grumble at that! I thought I'd share with you the things that I decided to add to my basket this time around... There's a couple of little gems in there!
Complete Coverage Concealer in 'Light' | £3.75 | Link
My holy grail concealer has to be my Estee Lauder Double Wear - but for days when I'm not going far from the house or just want a little light coverage under my eyes, I usually opt for a slightly cheaper option. I wanted to try something new this time around and specifically wanted a little palette or duo which contained a peach/pink toned concealer to target dark circles (because I've got plenty of those just recently...thanks coursework!). This one is perfect - it contains four shades, 2 slightly more yellow toned and two which lean slightly pink. I was pleasantly surprised with this. I have to admit I wasn't expecting a great deal but I'm amazed at how pigmented and creamy they all are. I've only worn it a couple of times but for a budget palette it really does do the job and although it isn't the heaviest coverage ever, it gets rid of dark circles in an instant. I have to top up once or twice through the day but it didn't crease or look cakey on me whatsoever. For under £4 - it's a mahoosive thumbs up from me!
Mineral Eye Brightener | £3.50 | Link
I've been wanting a powder for the under eye area for a while now but sadly, I don't currently have the funds to shed out for Bare Minerals 'Well Rested' (currently one on my wish list!). I thought this might do the job as it promises to 'diminish the appearance of dark circles' and 'brighten and revitalise' any areas that need a bit of a perk up! It also contains green tea, chamomile and vitamins C+E to 'nourish, tighten and refresh'. I can't say I'm blown away by it yet but I reckon it's partly to do with the packaging. I might have to take the little 'shaker' lid thingymajiggy off and apply it straight from the pot as it's extremely hard to dispense a decent amount. It does seem to brighten the under-eye area but I shall reserve judgement on this until I've tried it a little more...
Lipstick in 'Fearless' | £1.50 | Link
After previously trying Elf's Mineral lipsticks, I thought I'd try the standard line of them. I quite liked the look of 'Fearless' - a bright cherry red shade with a hint of raspberry pink. I hate the packaging - it's really awkward to twist up (maybe I just have a dodgy one?) but I guess for £1.50 - I can't expect gold encrusted tubing now, can i? Gripe aside, the formula is actually pretty good. It's really nicely pigmented, fairly creamy and easy to apply. It's nothing amazing, but it's a lovely little addition to my 'red lipstick' collection and I'd definitely buy another shade. For £1.50 - it's the perfect way to try out a colour without commitment of buying a higher end version.
Studio Matte Shadow in 'Chestnut' | £3.75 | Link
I've been after a warm, matte brown eyeshadow for a while now to use for blending and subtle smokey eye looks. I've never tried Elf's eye shadows so I thought it was about time I popped one into my basket. 'Chestnut' is a gorgeous mid-toned matte brown shade and looks lovely blended into the crease of the eyelid for some added definition. It isn't the smoothest powder ever, but for less than a fiver it does the job and I love this little pot. It even comes with a handy little brush!
Small Tapered Brush | £3.75 | Link
As most of you will probably know by now, I'm quite partial to some contouring here and there! My Real Techniques Contour brush gets it's fair share of use, so I thought I'd pick up something similar. This one is lovely and soft, and has a slightly tapered end so it's easier to be more precise in all those nooks, crannies and crevices! I find it gives a more subtle finish than the Real Techniques version, as it doesn't pick up as much product. This makes it fabulous for contouring as I can build it up and there's no danger of going a bit 'OTT'. It's perfect for cheekbones and even for a dab of blush now and again.
Contour Brush | £3.75 | Link
I needed some more eye brushes as I'm getting a little fed up of having to clean mine so often. I picked up this little contour brush for use in the crease of the eye and it's the perfect shape and size. I really like my blending brush from Elf (featured in my last haul) so I figured I'd get some use out of this one too. Always handy to have a selection of contouring/blending brushes - especially for the festive season when the smokey eyes come out to play!
Every girl needs a standard eye shadow brush! I use my Urban Decay ones daily but fancied another one so I have a few lying around for when I'm getting a bit more creative with my eye shadows. I actually find I tend to prefer the 'standard' Elf brushes compared to the Studio line - I think they pick up a little more product!
All hail the awkward arm! No elf haul is complete without a few swatches on one's arm, is it?! ;). It was really difficult to photograph this post - I can't believe how dull the light has been this week! Any other fellow bloggers having the same kerfuffle?! Even with a bit of lighting and amping up the ISO on my camera, I just can't get a bright photo to save my life. Roll on summer is all I can say... Anyway, as you can see, the pigmentation of the concealer palette is really spot on - it has to be my favourite buy along with the brushes. If you're thinking of expanding your brush collection but can't afford high-end specials, it's worth looking at the selection available on the Elf website. They're really worth the money and I'd particularly recommend their eyeshadow brushes if you want a cheap addition for everyday use. You can find Elf's selection of cosmetics and tools on their website here.
Have you tried and loved anything from Elf just recently?