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I’m trying something TOTALLY new today so y’all please leave me feedback – positive or otherwise! I’ve got a getting ready with me video combined with a review! Instead of taking photos, I pulled out some GIFs from the video so you guys can get a visual for the products! If you watch this video, the only sound is a quick intro at the beginning, after that it’s just music so you can watch without sound and still see the full look!
The thing I love about this look is it’s a little glitzy but not TOO much so – I wore it to a movie date and I don’t think it was overly flashy. BUT it’d be a perfect NYE look too! You can use any shadow you have, I used some purples for the crease but a black or grey would be gorgeous too. The elf Lustrous shadow in Toast is a must-have product though! And at $3 you can’t beat it.
SO watch the video, then check out the product reviews below!
elf Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eye Primer ($2) – I live and die by this. Literally don’t put on makeup without it – keeps your eyeshadow from creasing all day.
elf Cosmetics Sculpting Face Brush ($6) – Definitely don’t use this brush for foundation – the shape isn’t right, despite the fact that it says online it can be used for foundation. I think it would be much better for contouring. The bristles are super soft though, and no shedding so far.
elf Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain ($6) – Ehhhh I give this a C. I don’t really like it on it’s own but sometimes I’ll mix it with other foundations and it gets the job done.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($17) – There’s nothing I can say about this stuff that hasn’t already been said except my cheap self will splurge on it, so that says something.
Sonia Kashuk Clear Brow Gel ($6) – Good stuff but not any different than other brow gels.
elf Cosmetics Clay Eyeshadow Palette in Smoked to Perfection ($6) – I usually love elf shadows but I’m not convinced by this palette. The lightest color has zero pigmentation and they’re all pretty chalky. One thing I do like is that it comes with instructions on where to place each color, so it might be worth choosing one of the other sets.
elf Cosmetics Long Lasting Lustrous Shadow in Toast ($3) – I think what you see in the video speaks volumes but holy goodness I love this stuff. I haven’t worn it ALL day but I had it on from 5pm until about 2am with zero creasing or transfer.
elf Cosmetics Prism Eyeshadow Palette in Sunset ($10) – Looooove this palette. This time around I just used the lightest shade but all of the shadows are insanely creamy and pigmented.
NYX Cosmetics HD Photogenic Concealer ($6) – Ride or die concealer. I haven’t tried anything else since I found this dupe for the NARS Creamy Concealer.
Beauty Blender ($20) – I love my beauty blender for foundation, highlight and cream contouring. I’m planning on trying out the Real Techniques dupe though – at 1/4 of the cost it’s worth a shot.
elf Cosmetics Bronzer Palette ($6) – Love this and perfect for contouring/bronzing newbies because it comes with several shades.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($9) – Super versatile and soft brush – Real Techniques is where it’s at.
elf Cosmetics Blush Palette – Light ($6) – Same as the bronzer palette, a few shades and perfect if you want to try out some new blush colors. Not the best blushes I’ve ever used but great for the price.
Real Techniques Blush Brush ($9) – Seriously CHANGED my blush game. Can’t recommend this brush enough.
elf Cosmetics High Definition Powder ($6) – Great setting powder (looks different in this video because the elf packaging is big so I put it in my old NYX powder case!)
elf Cosmetics Illuminating Palette ($6) – See Bronzer + Blush above
elf Cosmetics Pointed Foundation Brush ($3) – Good if you need a brush this size but nothing special.
elf Cosmetics Smudge Brush ($1) – I use this brush every single time I wear makeup to smudge eyeshadow along the lower lash line.
elf Cosmetics Thick Tip Intense Ink Eyeliner ($3) – I like this liner a lot but it’ll be too thick for some people. It’s almost impossible to get it any thinner than I did, if you don’t want a thick line try the same liner in the regular version.
elf Cosmetics 3-in-1 Mascara ($3) – Nope. Don’t buy this mascara. Doesn’t really work that well and takes FOREVER to dry. 15 mins later and my top and bottom lashes were still sticking together.
Posh Lashes #218 ($2) – Love these lashes. Falsies for President.
Duo Lash Adhesive Clear ($6) – Fabulous lash adhesive, can’t go wrong.
NYX Cosmetics Wonder Pencil ($5) – A great alternative to a white pencil on the waterline that’s a little more neutral. You can use this pencil for lots of other stuff too like concealing, framing the brows or using it as a reverse lipliner to prevent your lipstick from bleeding.
elf Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator ($3) – A must-have winter product, keeps crusty lips at bay.
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip – Guess ($6) – Swoon. I’ve never used Colourpop before but give me more NOW. I will say it’s VERY drying but it doesn’t look drying (versus the LASplash Cosmetics matte lipstick I used that made my lips look flaky and awful).
PHEW that’s it! If you stuck around, thanks! If not, that’s okay too. Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!