Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ELF (and Nail Polish) Haul!

I told you a while ago that I’d ordered some stuff from ELF, since they had free shipping with a $15 dollar purchase, plus their prices are so cheap! Well, my stuff finally arrived yesterday and so I thought I would show you guys what I got, plus a couple things I got Sunday at the same time (especially since my YouTube video for my water marbling tutorial says it’s going to take 16 hours to upload)!!

Since I got it first, let’s start with the nail products I got from London Drugs on Sunday:


As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, my nails tend to peel and break when they start to grow out, and, since I want to grow them longer, I thought I should get myself a nail strengthener. So, I bought OPI’s Original Nail Envy:


This isn’t the one that I wanted to try, but the London Drugs I was at didn’t sell the Sensitive and Peeling formula, so I settled for their Original. I know I could have found it online, but everywhere I found it online had crazy shipping to Canada, and it would have been an extra $10 or so.

I’ve got a coat of it on now, under the Essie polish, which I’ll show you in a second, but as it’s the first time I’ve applied it, it’s way too early to give you a verdict on if and how well it actually works at strengthening my nails. The only thing that already worries me a little is that, while the Sensitive and Peeling formula advertised that it was formaldehyde-free, this one  does contain formaldehyde:


The other thing I got, which was on a whim, was ‘Power Clutch’ by Essie:



After spending $20 on OPI, I shouldn’t have bought anything else, but I’d never tried Essie before, although I knew it was about on par with OPI. Also, I’ve been wanting to find a nice grey polish, and this one jumped out at me, so despite it being another $10 that I didn’t need to spend, I got it.


Since my water marbling already started to chip and come off, I took it off most of my nails (I kept a couple of really nice ones), and tried the polish, as you can see below:


I really love it! Not only is the colour exactly what I wanted, but Essie seems to dry really fast, and it’s also really shiny, even without a top coat.

And this is what I got from ELF:


I’ve already explained the deal that was the reason for my ELF order, so now I’ll just show you the products I decided on, and a swatch of it on me. First, I decided to get their regular Tone Correcting Concealer in Ivory, since I’m super pale. This product costs $1:



The applicator looks like one of those sponge applicators that lots of lip glosses have:


This is what it looks like on my skin, and then after its blended in. Its basically exactly my shade:






I also got two ELF Hypershine Glosses in Bubblegum, one of which I gave to my sister as a present. According to her, Zellers used to sell ELF, and she had one of these before in the exact same colour and loved it. These glosses were also $1 each:



It’s a really delicate pink colour, which is really what I like, as I don’t like too much pigmentation in my glosses. It’s soft and super glossy. The only bad thing that I’ve found so far, is that it tastes a little bit like sunscreen. Which is weird, especially since it doesn’t have any SPF in it. But other than that I really like it, and even more so for the price!


Third, I got their Weightless Mineral Foundation in Fair, which was $5, and came with a blending brush, which is part of why I got it. Also, I am nearly out of my usual powder (Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent). I didn’t bother doing a swatch of this one because you can’t even see it on my skin:








I also got this 32 Piece Eye shadow Collection for only $5. There are a bunch of pretty neutral shades, and a few brighter colours as well. The only sad thing, for me, is that the colours don’t have names.








1st row (above): a shimmery white, shimmery gold colour, an almost-skin-tone, metallic gold-bronze, dark bronze, flat brown, and two somewhat grey-bronzes
2nd row (below): barely-there brown, an silvery-bronze, a pale shimmery pink, cool shimmery brown, a warm chocolate brown, and three similar bronze-type shades



3rd row (above): bright pink, dark pink, deep purple, light purple, bright green, dark sage green, bright blue, midnight blue.
4th row (below): silver, pewter (the look the same in the image, but I swear they’re different), grey, dark grey, grey with gold glitter, green with gold glitter, black with silver glitter, and pewter with silver glitter.


So far, I’ve tried the gold one (1st row) and the pale pink (2nd row), but I really like them. They aren’t super bright, though, so if you prefer super-bright shades, I might suggest a different brand, or maybe using these over a primer.

Finally, I got their Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black. I got this because of the number of times that I wish it was safe to use a Sharpie on my eyes, because I figured drawing my liquid on with a pen would be easier. Then I saw this pen, and I had to have it, especially for only a dollar!









The tip is really fine, so it can draw a really nice, thin line, but its not very black on its own; more like a dark grey or soft black, as you can see above. However, if you look at the pictures below, it looks better on:








I also really like how easy it is to draw with the pen format of this product. I can have pretty shaky hands, and I have a lot of trouble trying to do a cat eye, but, as you can see here, it was way easier with this.
In these pictures, I’m also wearing the pale pink shadow, the mineral powder, and I used the concealer as a primer.

And that’s everything!

You might be wondering, if you were keeping track, how I got free shipping, because that was only $14 worth of product, so I might want to mention that I also bought my sister a $1 eye shadow palette in Ocean Dreams, since blue and teal are her favourite colour obsessions. (And I’m a really nice sister!)

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