E.L.F Makeup Review

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Today's blog post is about a few different E.L.F Brand products.  I recently tried their eye shadow primer, fell in love, and can't stop buying their products!!  Normally I won't post much about makeup, but I love this brand!
First of all, eye shadow primer.  If you have never used eye shadow primer, do it.  It will change your life! (Okay, not your whole life, but your eye shadow will look incredible.) It helps your eye shadow stay in place all day, and keeps it from getting those yucky creases!  The first eye shadow primer I ever tried was the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This small sample tube came with a make up pallet my mom gave me. I loved this primer! That tiny tube lasted for a very long time, and when it ran out, I wanted to buy more. BUT a full sized tube costs around $20.00, which is a lot for a poor newlywed!  So I dug through my mom's make up case and found the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Prep Potion.  It didn't work as well as the Too Faced brand, but it worked.  And again that one ran out. So then I was on the hunt for cheap shadow primer.  After trying too many duds, I found this E.L.F brand primer at Target.  I LOVE IT.  It stays put just as well as the Too Faced Brand, it doesn't get oily, and here's the best part: it's $1.00!!  I don't think I will go back to an expensive primer after trying out this one.  It works just as well, for 1/20th of the price!  

note: when you use this product, you don't need a ton! I like to dab it on my finger, then on my eye lid. Or one small dot on each lid, then blend. :)

After trying the E.L.F brand shadow primer, I wanted to try more of their products.  I decided to try out the mineral foundation since I'd never tried a loose powder foundation.  This has now become my every day powder! The color is great for my super light skin, and is the same shade as my Covergirl Porcelain powder.  The loose powder goes on really well, and is great for a sheer coverage, which I like!  Plus it was only $5.00, which I also like!!

This is the E.L.F foundation brush that they recommend for the loose powder.
 I love it. It's really soft and blends the powder nicely. $1.00

I really like the way this tinted moisturizer goes on, it blends well and feels really light. Again, this is a sheer coverage, and helps even out your skin tone. I love how this looks when it's first applied, but I tend to look oily when I use liquid foundation. Which is why I like the loose powder foundation so much. But if you have dry skin, this would be great because it works as a sheer foundation and moisturizes your skin at the same time! $3.00

I've never tried a loose powder eye shadow before, so I ordered these ones online!  It was only $5.00 for these 2 shadows and it came with an eye shadow brush.  Celebrity is a light brown color and Elegant is a light goldish color. These ones looked closest to the colors that I wear every day.  When I first opened them, they looked like they had a lot of glitter in the color, but when they were applied they were shimery, but not overdone.  (See picture below)

This is the brush that came with my loose powder eye shadows, it works well for blending, but doesn't hold a lot of powder for the actual application. I prefer a longer brush for applying eye shadow.

I liked the way the eye shadow looked. It works well for a lighter make up look. Generally, I like my eye make up a little darker than this, but I would definitely use this shadow on a day where I want something more natural. It stayed on well, and I didn't get any creases! 

Overall, I've really liked the E.L.F brand make up. I initially bought it because it was a great price, but I've continued buying it because it's a good product!   Mostly, I like their primer and foundations and will continue buying those for sure!


Mustard Jeans and Chambray

Monday, October 21, 2013

Can I just say that I LOVE this chambray shirt?!  I got it last year at Charlotte Russe, but you can find one at most stores or online at Forver21!  Chambray shirts are great because they can be styled so many different ways. It is definitely a go-to piece for any season!  I think it's great to have a shirt that can be worn so many different ways.  You'll be seeing this chambray in quite a few of my looks! :)

Jeans: Flying Monkey brand jeans, I've seen them at Head Over Heels and Bohme
Chambray: Charlotte Russe
Boots: Forever Young Shoes

I also wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who has viewed my Chevron Crochet How To!  The post hit 600 views over the weekend and I was THRILLED! :)  I would love to see pictures of your chevron crochet crafts!  Thank you for all your support!  Feedback and questions are always welcome!


Fashion Fantasy Friday

Friday, October 18, 2013

Horray for Friday!  I've decided to add a new section to the blog!  Fashion Fantasy Friday. What is Fashion Fantasy Friday you ask?  It's where I get to drool over all the clothes/shoes/outfits I dream of wearing, but will NEVER be able to afford!  I thought it would be a fun way to kick off the weekend!

This week's Fashion Fantasy:  Louboutin.  
There is just something about the signature red bottom heels that makes my heart melt.  Sadly, most of these beauties cost more than my monthly rent.  Even if I managed to get my hands on a pair of these babies, I think I would be to scared to wear them.  What if they got dirty, or scuffed, or a heal broke!?  That would be an $800.00 scuff.  Worth it?  Probably not.  But isn't it fun to imagine having a closet full of these gorgeous shoes?  Sigh.  

"Louboutin Dreams" by gingernextdoor on Polyvore

Leighton-- mo money mo problems
If only we could all shop like Blair Waldorf

Have a great Friday!

Fall Layers

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I have always LOVED  the layered look, but was hesitant to try it out. I was worried about feeling/looking bulky. When I saw this picture of Lauren Conrad, I threw those worries out the window, and went for it! The thing I like most is about it is the combination of the striped shirt with the Levi jacket. I don't think I would have put that together on my own, and now I'm obsessed! Plus, I love any reason to wear a scarf! (This scarf is fab, I need to get a long chunky scarf like this!)

Lauren Conrad's style is so inspiring!  I love all of the outfits she wears.  Mainly because she wears clothes that look cute and classy, without looking stuffy or over doing it.  She always looks confident and comfortable in the clothes she wears, and I love that!  I thought this look was perfect for a cool Fall day!

My absolute favorite go-to boots! I love my combat boots! 

Stripes: Forever 21
Jacket: American Eagle
Boots: Forever Young Shoes
Scarf: Made by me, will be sold on etsy soon

I loved this layered look, and I'm excited to try out more!


Easy Chicken Roll Ups

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Chicken Roll Ups are quick and easy to make, and they are delicious!! My sweet Great Grandma Alene used to make these when I was little. They were one of the first meals I learned how to cook by myself! Every time I make Chicken Roll Ups, I think of my wonderful Great Grandma! :) Isn't it wonderful how foods can bring us lovely memories? :)

                           Chicken Roll Ups
                                                          Full recipe at bottom of post!

Mix 3 OZ of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 cans of chicken (5 oz cans) until creamy.

Unroll Crescent Rolls and press out with your fingers. Don't make them too thin or they will rip when you roll them! Put a spoonful of the chicken mixture on the crescent.  Roll up and fold over sides.

                           Melt another tablespoon of butter. Dip rolls in butter and Ritz crackers.

 Spray cookie sheet with Pam and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with green beans or broccoli! 

3 OZ Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons Margarine or Butter
2 Cans of chicken (5 oz cans)
1 Can of Crescent Rolls (8 count)

5-6  Crushed Ritz Crackers another Tablespoon of Butter

Mix cream cheese, butter and chicken until creamy.  Unroll crescent rolls and spread out dough with fingers. Place a scoop of chicken mixture on the roll. Roll up and fold sides over.  Melt another tablespoon of butter and dip rolls in butter, then in crushed Ritz crackers.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
Broccoli or green beans goes great with Chicken Roll Ups! :)

Hope you enjoy this recipe!