i'm not ashamed to say that i often lurk in the shadows of internet shopping until a free p+p code crops up, so a few weekends ago when elf were offering free p+p and a free goodie bag worth £9 for orders over £10, i did the honourable thing and took them up on the offer...
1| elf powder brush- this was the first thing to make it into my basket, as it's been high on my wishlist for a while now. the synthetic brush is extremely dense & works wonders with buffing in foundation for a flawless & natural finish. no noticeable shedding so far (and i haven't experienced much from my older elf brushes either) and it's great with wet or dry products. there has been a lot of hype around this brush, and at just £3.50 i couldn't be more impressed!
2| retractable lip brush- i often opt for brighter shades of lip & although using a brush feels really quite pretentious, my clumsy self gets a much tidier and better finish using one. this retractable one is great as it means i can carry it around in my bag with no mess, and it was also £3.50. the brush itself is fairly bog standard, but i probably wouldn't recognise the difference between a 'good' lip brush and a 'bad' one anyway! a lip brush is a lip brush, right?!
3| pro mini eyeshadow palette- i bought this really just to make up the £10! it was £3.75 which is pretty amazing for 32 pans of eyeshadow and i opted for the 'warm' toned palette. the colours are all shades which i use (browns, greys, purples, black & some nudes) the majority are shimmer but there's a handfull of matte in there too. overall, i'm very happy with this product as i find elf eyeshadows always have good colour payoff & are buildable with minimal fallout.
now onto the free gifts!
4&5| nail polishes the polishes came in 'purple pleaser' and 'metal madness'... i'm sure you can work out which is which! both are quite cute colours which i'll probably get quite a lot of wear out of in the future, but for now i've been leaning towards more pastelly shades so these aren't the first colours i'd reach for. the polish itself isn't terrible quality, but it does take three or four coats to build opacity- but hey, they were free!
6| shimmer eyeliner pencil in 'plum passion'- this isn't something i ever would have bought for myself, but i have to admit i've been pleasantly surprised and i have actually used it quite a few times. i don't have much use for pencil eyeliners, and i had certainly never considered a coloured one, but running this on the outside corners of my eyes adds a subtle purple hue to my usual smokey eye and it's actually a really nice addition! it also stays where you apply it, which surprised me for a cheap pencil because in my experience after about an hour pencils tend to shift.
so that's it for this time, a little elf haul/review. elf are renowned for their low prices but i find their products a bit hit and miss when it comes to quality. saying that i have quite a few of their brushes & i love love love their brow kit (srsly amazing!)
do you buy from elf? any bargain products i need to bear in mind for future?
more makeup posts to come soon, have some nice new things from mac, bobbi brown & sleek but i'd like to use them a little more before i do a write up!
hope you're all having a great week, sian xx