Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I'm back! and ELF haul

Wow I haven't blogged in a long time! ... last time was in the summer lol.
haha actually I think I was considering deleting my blog...since no one reads it anyway :) but i suppose there isn't much content...so my bad.
i can't guarantee i'll update consistently but i'll try! harder..! lol

I actually do have a lot to blog about though..from my haul from Lisa Cosmetics Warehouse, to my Sephora hauls, to now...my ELF haul :)

So if you want to read about my FIRST ever ELF haul...keep reading!

I am extremely happy today to come home from the last day of exams to my ELF package! I have been waiting for this since forever (~3 weeks?) and almost gave up on it..when my bf picked this up for me today ^-^ i know that Canadian orders take longer to ship, but according to google, it normally should only take 1.5-2 weeks! i actually emailed ELF about it, and they told me I can file for refund lol. but yayyy I got it...
Onto my first impressions when I opened the package (sorry no picture of unboxing) ... umm..talk about dirty + dusty? I mean it was ok though, cuz everything was packaged individually in boxes etc.. but my hands felt so gross when I sifted through the contents... and thats my excuse for not having swatches for this post!! lol. i'll post them up later..

ok I think I rambled too much... so here's a picture of my first haul:

excuse the poor lighting + iphone quality..my camera died on me when I tried to take pictures. the blushes and lipsticks are actually much lighter in person.. will take more pics when I have better lighting!
What I bought: Eyelid Primer (x3), Beauty Encyclopedia (Basic Eye Edition, Everyday Eye Edition), Blending Eye Brush, Flat Top Powder Brush, Lipsticks (Rosy Raisin, Runway Pink, Pouty Petal, Natural Nymph, Nicely Nude), Blushes (Peachy Keen, Candid Coral, Blushing Rose), Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder (x2)

Packaging: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (out of 5)
Ok it wasn't horrible, but wasn't great either. I mean I'm impressed that a lot of the items were packaged carefully (comparable to MAC almost) with lots of cardboard in the boxes. But okk..I noticed a lot of typos! some of the packaging/casing feels really plasticky/cheap too. haha ok I make it sound so bad...but I mean the items were only $1-5...so you get what you pay for. Thankfully nothing was shattered in transit!

Quality: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I haven't tried out the items yet, so this might change over time. I did swatch the lipsticks (I'll do a more in depth review on them later) and they were very moisturizing..very impressed! I also like the flat top brush, much firmer than my Quo duo fiber brush, so maybe I can stipple with this. Everything seems great, except I took off one ♥ because....of the damn Blending Eye Brush!!!! Honestly when I took it out to feel it, I was already like "wtf". It's so rough with random coarse brush hairs sticking out!! and I'm supposed to put that on my eyes?? I'll give it a thorough washing later though and plucks some hairs out...and see how that goes. disappointing because I've been wanting a cheap but good blending brush!

Price: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Need I say more? Products range from $1-5. I took advantage of the 50% off sale, so the most expensive items were the Studio Lipsticks, which were $2.50 (orig $5). My total came to less than $40 CAD including shipping...for 17 items!

Shipping: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I was charged the US shipping ($6-8?) because I used the Paypal checkout trick...that I wish I discovered earlier! (reason why I never ordered until now) .. for 17 items, it was ok.
Shipping took kinda long though, 3 weeks like I said. But ELF was pretty nice and replied my email immediately the next day, provided shipping date, and offer of refund in case if I don't receive it in 30 days.
Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Will I purchase from ELF again? YES! It's so cheap, how can you not? Although I probably won't be needing more makeup for a couple of years! haha. oh and I'll be careful when I buy the brushes though.. and be more patient w/shipping time! other than that, ELF is awesome!
>> What are your favorite items from ELF? and least favorite?


  1. ooh yay! they came in at last! :) im really interested in the lipsticks just because. i did read lots of bad reviews so i wonder how they work out on you or the lasting power etc. elf is totally a hit or miss. i love reading reviews on them and yes the paypal check out is pretty cool. i wanna do a mass purchase with some of my closer blogger friends :) do let me know if ur interested because me and emily might do one. we talked about it before but we've been so busy lately so yeah! :)

  2. i've only done swatches on my hand for the lipsticks..so no idea! but they seem pigmented, and very moisturizing! downside is that i think they rub off easily...but i'll post up more reviews later :D
    i'll definitely let u know if i want to buy more from elf lol