Hauls and an Apology

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Yes an apology with a capital A because I haven't blogged in over a week; firstly it was my anniversary weekend last weekend, then I had a family emergency and have been in and out of hospital for my new baby nephew, born on our anniversary!
So I do apologise for the lack of posts, but I have an ELF haul and Urban Decay new palette to review for you, so here goes.
First up, my ELF haul: 
Eyebrow Kit, Elf Lip Lock Pencil, Makeup Mist & Set and Dramatic Lash Kit.
So far I've only used the Eyebrow Kit, of which the powder is slightly reddish-brown and lighter than my eyebrow colour despite being "dark" of the range. The gel part of the duo however, is more suitable for me; it isn't as pigmented as expected, but nevertheless does the job. 

As for the Elf Lip Lock Pencils, I bought one for me and one for my makeup kit I'm building up, as clear lipliner is more versatile for the job. I haven't yet experienced bleeding from any lip colours I've worn so far, but I'll try and review it as soon as poss. I have read on other reviews that although the twist up design is great, it can break easily, so that's a pointer to look out for if you're considering buying this.

The Makeup Mist & Set is still unused as I tend to use the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, but when I sprayed this Elf spray on my hand, it did smell a little funny. This is probably because it contains Cucumber, which tends to smell a little, but that should mean this spray is a little more kinder to skin, especially because it also contains Aloe, Green Tea and Vitamins A, C & E. The smell however, does wear off once dried.
However, compared to the Urban Decay All Nighter spray, the Elf spray does contain parabens, whereas the UD one is oil & paraben free. Parabens are a cause for concern in most cosmetics these days, especially when you use the product a lot, there has been links to skin cancer. Truthfully, you'd have to swim in parabens to get cancer, so depending on how frequent you use products with parabens in and how much of it, you should be ok. But I just thought I'd let you know this product does contain parabens.
I bought the dramatic lashes cos they looked like the fullest and most natural looking ones out of all the Elf lashes, so I shall test them soon and see for myself!

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
L-R top: Haight, Mildew, Virgin
24/7 liner in Rockstar
L-R bottom: Oilslick, Rockstar, Gunmetal
Haight & Mildew
Mildew & Virgin
Oilslick & Rockstar
Rockstar & Gunmetal

I bought this palette purely because Greed PP was in it and I don't have it. I already have 5 of the 6 eyeshadow colours AND the Rockstar 24/7 eyeliner. Stupid? Nope cos it a) had 10% off and b) I bought it from Debenhams, where I had collected enough Beauty Card points to get this for free. So I plan to maybe have a giveaway of the palette alone when I reach 500 followers.. I'll keep you posted on that one ;)
As for swatches, the colour Mildew is the only eyeshadow I didn't have, but I had the 24/7 eye pencil, so swatched that in place of the shadow, so you get an idea of the colour.
All the rest were swatched from my own Book Of Shadows' collections (and Naked palette for Virgin eyeshadow) and the Rockstar I already had.
And in daylight:
Here's the Primer Potion swatched next to the shadows and eyeliner: 
And blended in:
I already have the Sin Primer Potion, which I use every day on its own, so here are the two PP's next to eachother for comparison:
And blended in:
As you can see, Greed PP is a golden yellow colour, whereas Sin is a champagne/flesh toned colour. I love both of them so far, I'll figure out how best to use Greed though!

The other new palettes include the Feminine Palette and the Fun palette. The Feminine palette comes with Eden PP, a nude matte shade that would best suit lighter skin tones in my opinion, although it can be used to correct dark eyelids before applying eyeshadow.
The Fun palette comes with the original PP.

Which of the new palettes from Urban Decay are you interested in?
And which products would you highly recommend from Elf?

Hope this post was useful to you, let me know what you think of the products =)



  1. Nice haul!
    Hope your nephew gets better xx

  2. love the haul!! i love the Elf's glamour lash! it's a dollar and its amazing!


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