Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weekly Makeup & Beauty Haul | Elf, Sally Hansen, Artis, Ebay With Swatches!

I thought I'd share my beauty purchases this week. I know most of us love a beauty haul, I know I do! Although, this haul is smaller than I thought (I feel like I purchased so much more this week.. must be from all the Christmas shopping). Despite this, I hope you enjoy seeing what I purchased.

Elf's Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette
I picked this up at Walmart for only $7.97. It normally retails for $10USD. It has 10 all matte shades ranging from cool to warm nude shades. I have a feeling I'll be reaching for this on the daily.

My initial impression is really good. The shadows swatched beautifully. They were soft and creamy. Not much kick up at all. Once I get to test this palette out on my eyeballs, I will share a full review.

Here are the colours swatched without primer. I did NOT have to build up the colour. Although it's hard to see the two lightest shades due to my skin tone. (Click HERE to purchase online).

*Elf is cruelty-free and vegan!

Elf Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Elf's Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown
I also picked up this brow pencil on the same trip to Walmart. I've been on the hunt for a good brow product. I recently tried a pomade by Ardell, although I like it, it's taking some practice to work with it and I've tried two colours but neither of them are blending with my natural brow colour.

The colour of this Elf brow pencil is perfect for my brows! Most drugstore brow products are too warm, this is a nice ashy/brown shade. I also find that it's easier to use than the pomade. I'm just not sure about the staying power as this is just a first impression in this haul.

I love that it comes with a spoolie on one end and it has a protective cap that snaps over it. It also has a nice fine tip but I'm not sure how to keep it sharp after it's been used for a while. It's hard to believe this pencil is so inexpensive but I'm not complaining!

Elf Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown

Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Orchid Around
This was another Walmart find. I have a thing with all shades of lavender nail polishes. But, when I saw this beauty I knew I didn't have a dupe for this shade. It's gorgeous and it's already my new favourite polish!
Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Orchid Around

Artis Oval Tapered Makeup Brush Dupe
I purchased this brush on Amazon. It's supposed to be a dupe for the Artis Circle 1 brush, although I cannot confirm this as I don't own the Artis brush. I had heard that this brush is good for contouring small areas like the nose. We'll have to see how well it works.

I can confirm that the brushes are very dense and soft. I wash all my brushes before using them and it didn't shed any hairs. Despite the low price tag, it seems like great quality.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I purchased this week!

Let me know what budget beauty products are your favourites. I get great recommendations from you guys!

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  1. i have heard great things about the elf eyeshadow palette! really good quality !

    1. I couldn't believe it when I was swatching it.. seems like amazing quality! I can't wait to actually use it on my eyeballs!

  2. Love Hauls too! Looks like you picked up some great deals along the way! The ELF palette, as you already know, is great quality for the price. It was my go everyday before I made the switch :) Can not wait to hear you review <3

    1. Girl! I can't believe how good it is; pigmented and blends like a friggin dream! xo

  3. Nice one Amy - time for me to revisit Elf! I bought some cream eye shadows from them years ago and was disappointed as they never ever "set" and transferred to my hoods making an awful mess, but back then I didn't know about primers and setting powders, so I should give them another chance. Especially after seeing your swatches - whoa that pigmentation is awesome! Love the nail polish colour too xxx

    1. Kats, this is a 5 star palette! I highly recommend it. It's super pigmented (even the light colours-wow!) and it blends like a dream! I can't believe this is drugstore!!! xoxo


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