Monday, January 13, 2014

E.L.F. Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner Review

What do I usually use?
Urban Decay Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Why do I love the Urban Decay Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner?
It has a super thin and tapered brush, so I have control over the thickness of the line and can create a perfect winged line.  It also lasts 16+ hours.  (I can sleep in it and it'll still be in place when I wake up!)

Why did I decide to try E.L.F. Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner?
Significant price difference ($3 for E.L.F. versus $19 for Urban Decay)

What did I get from E.L.F. Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner?
It has a thicker brush that doesn't taper to a point, so I had far less control over the thickness of the line and very little ability to create a pointed wing due to the brush's thickness.  It started flaking after about 6-7 hours.

Will I buy it again?
Probably not.  Only if I found myself in a situation where I had to.

If I find myself in a situation where I can no longer afford to purchase Urban Decay's eyeliner as frequently as I need to I would buy this again, but would still budget to buy the Urban Decay one.  I would use the E.L.F. for over my lash line since I don't mind a thicker line, but would use Urban Decay's to form the wing (and since I'd only be using it for the wing, I'd be using less of it.)

How will I make it useable?
I will probably keep it in my travel makeup bag or in my desk at work for emergency touch ups.  (Which pretty much never needs to happen with the Urban Decay liner.)

Friday, January 10, 2014

E.L.F. Haul (My First and Last)

I see "haul" videos on YouTube all the time where people show off items from shopping sprees they've done at specific stores.  I don't do videos like that, but I assume the concept is transferable to a written/pictoral format like my blog.  So, yeah...  That's what this entry is...  Sort of...  I guess.

Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F. from here on out, since that's what everyone calls it anyway) had a 50% off everything discount on their website in the days after Christmas.  There were some things I wanted to try, but had been leery.  I was concerned about the quality of products that were so incredibly inexpensive, even before the 50% off discount.

Prior to this purchase the only E.L.F. items I owned were the Studio High Definition Powder, the Studio Corrective Concealer, and the Essential Eyeshadow Applicators.

So here is the run-down of all of the E.L.F. cosmetics I now own:

Face
Studio Corrective Concealer
Mineral Concealer (Fair)
Studio High Definition Powder (Translucent)
Mineral Foundation (Fair, Light, and Porcelain)
Mineral Booster

Cheeks
Studio Blush (Tickled Pink, Candid Coral, Mellow Mauve, and Gotta Glow)
Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder (St. Lucia and Antigua)
Studio Bronzer (Cool and Golden)

Eyes
Studio 80-Piece Day to Night Eyeshadow Palette
Studio Eye Transformer
Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Brushes/Applicators
Studio Mineral Powder Brush
Studio Angled Blush Brush
Studio Eye Color Applicators
Essential Eyeshadow Applicators

I'll be commenting on each of these products in separate posts, but I want to throw it out there right now that I probably won't be purchasing most of these items again.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saw It Online: December 2013 Edition

Today's "Saw It Online" will not be me reporting on what I've seen trending on Pinterest.

It will be a rant.

PEOPLE, when you're pinning something from Anthropologie can you puh-lease label it "Anthropologie" and NOT "Anthropology"!?  I'm trying to pin stuff for work and all I'm coming across is over-priced, sweatshop-produced attire and home goods--all of which look like they were taken from the shelves at Goodwill.  (Side note: DO shop at Goodwill and other thrift stores.  SKIP places like Anthropologie.)

Here, have some links!

http://theborrowedabode.com/2010/10/anthropologie-fair-trade-labor-guess-again/

http://marybirdsong.com/2013/01/dressing-the-part-or-dressing-partisan-how-anthropologie-urban-outfitters-free-people-broke-my-heart-and-my-wallet/

Pinning Pages Without Images

As a Pinterest addict I get super frustrated when I can't pin a page because there is no image on it.  There is an add-on for Google Chrome called ShotPin that will remedy this.  I tried it and it's pretty sweet.  I wish there was one for Firefox though.  First World Problems, right?

I learned about it from Cynthia Sanchez over at Oh So Pinteresting, which is an awesome site and you should go there to read about ShotPin and all the other cool stuff they write about.  Go!  Go now!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Saving Money on Mascara (IF the Brush is the Problem)

If there is one thing I am certain about in the world of makeup, it's that Maybelline is my favorite brand for mascara.  I've tried most of the other drugstore brands (or brands in that price range)--Covergirl, Rimmel, Avon, etc.  I've tried Too Faced and Urban Decay, both of which are highly praised on many a blog, but just didn't do it for me.  I've dealt with the smudging, the clumps, the ineffectiveness, and the eye irritation that I experienced with most of these brands.

Maybelline.  That's it.  The only one I personally can work with.  (Remember, makeup is not a one size fits all adventure!  Different brands work better for different people.)

The one I like the best is their Colossal Volum' Express.  (The one in the yellow tube.)  I have tried the others in their line and just don't like the brushes on them.  I don't hold them at the right angle or something.  I don't know.  It just doesn't look right all the time for whatever reason.  And this has bothered me, because there are many times that the others--such as The Falsies (the one in the purple tube)--are on sale or just cheaper than Colossal.

Here is the solution, if the brush is the problem:  If you're buying within the same brand, the caps/wands are most likely interchangeable.  Save and sanitize (hot water and soap--rinse really well!) the cap/wand from the one you like when it runs out and swap it with the wand you don't like in the other tube.


I currently have my Colossal cap/wand on my The Falsies tube.  There isn't anything wrong with the formula for The Falsies AND it was a dollar cheaper.  I just don't like the brush shape.  So I swapped them.  Problem solved, money saved.

Yes, the formulas are a little different by a couple ingredients, but not enough that it really impacts the product.  In my case, it's most definitely the brush that is making all the difference on how the mascara looks.  Obviously this won't help you in the same way if your problem is with the formula and not the brush.

My next adventure with Maybelline mascara?  Seeing if the Colossal cap/wand fits on a Great Lash tube.  So much money would be saved!

Have you tried this out?  Maybe even across brands?  If so, comment below if you have any insight to share.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Goodwill "Art" Revamp

I love thrift stores because you can always find things that can become awesome with a little bit of work.

Awhile back I found a couple of white square frames for $1.49 each, but wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.

I'm redecorating and reorganizing my kitchen and needed something cute to hang above some extra storage shelves I bought.  Inspired by a picture I saw at "Anya Adores", I decided to put the frames to use there.  (The shelves in the picture at her blog are the same ones I have--Hyllis shelving units from Ikea.)

The pictures in the frame were nothing I would want anywhere in my house, so they were discarded and replaced by my own printed-on-scrapbook-paper knock-offs of things I'd seen around Pinterest.

Here are the pictures that were originally in the frames (no thank you) and the finished project...

So next time you're in the market for art for your home, don't overlook thrift stores like Goodwill, Savers, or local shops.  You'll be saving yourself some money and contributing to the charities each shop supports.

PS -- You probably noticed I couldn't scratch the price tags off all the way.  I have some cleaner at work I use to remove graffiti (the joys of teaching teenagers) that is actually meant for removing adhesives and works great.  It's called Goo Gone.  As soon as I remember to bring it home I'll have them ready to hang up.

PPS -- When I get the kitchen all set, I'll post pictures of them hung.