Drugstore Gem: Beauty and the Beast e.l.f. Collection!

Okay, be warned, my major nerd is coming out. 😉

I have been, am, and will always will be a GIANT Disney nerd. I love how warm and fuzzy they make you feel, how well the stories are written, and how I always end up feeling like a kid again. They’re the only movies I want to watch again, a lot of my music are soundtracks, my brother was The Beast during his senior year musical, and I was even Mary Poppins my senior year for the spring musical (I’ll insert a couple pictures for your viewing pleasure 🙂 )

End of “Jolly Holiday”

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End of “Step in Time”

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Final fly-out (That was literally the funnest thing I’ve ever done)

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Fun Fact: My boyfriend was Bert 🙂 Best. Experience. Ever.

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And this is how he asked me to prom. 😀

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And yes, my blog was named after the famous song, A Spoonful of Sugar. 😉

So, you’ll imagine my shock and utter joy when I see my two favorite things together: makeup and Disney! Right as I turned into the beauty section of Walgreen’s, I saw THIS:

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*insert Hallelujah chorus here AHHHHHHH

In this line, they’re selling lip balms,

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Nail polish,

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Makeup bags and beauty books,

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Eyeshadow and face palettes,

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and lip glosses and cream eyeshadows

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I should also note that there were a couple of Aladdin products on clearance below and other Disney princess makeup bags at another location, which makes me think that this is a series. But, Beauty and the Beast has to be my favorite Disney princess movie of ALL TIME. Probably because of the hair similarity, haha!

I had to drag myself away so as not to give into my temptation of buying everything on the shelf, so I compromised by just buying a bag, a lip gloss, and a cream eyeshadow. I had pretty high expectations for this because e.l.f. is one of the better lines at the drugstore in terms of quality.

So, I soon as I got home, I knocked these bad boys out and started swatching!

My eye was just drawn to this bag.

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It retails for $7.99. It has a handle sewn into the side, but I’m not usually a fan of those, so it luckily unhooks from the side so I can tuck it in the bag when I zip it. It just says “Belle” on the front and has the balcony scene just after the memorable ballad, Beauty and the Beast, sung by Mrs. Potts herself. 😉

It also has a lovely pink print of Beauty and the Beast dancing, along with a single rose to be exchanged for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away- OH MY GOODNESS. Is my nerdiness too much for you yet? 🙂

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There’s not really much to review here. It’s not the most wonderfully crafted bag ever made, but for the mega Disney nerd like me, it’s a wonderful piece to my collection.

Next, I tried the one of the Super Glossy Lip Shines ($2.99) in the shade Mrs. Potts, which is advertised as a nude pink.

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It also comes in shades Belle, a peachy pink, and Rose, a typical rosy red. At first swatch, I was like HOLY PIGMENT. THIS IS GORGEOUS. The color was so opaque, glossy, and seemed very comfortable. A little thick and goopy, but I’d be willing to let it go for that much color payoff. It also has a pretty strong watermelon smell, which I like, but if that’s not your thing, you may want to steer clear of this one.

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But here’s where things get a little…wah.

I applied it to my lips, but because of the consistency of the gloss, the color just patched where it initially wanted to go. Then, once I finally smoothed all of the gloss out, the color was gone and it was basically just a clear lip gloss. I can’t vouch for the other colors because I haven’t tried them, but I hope the color payoff is better with those. But as for Mrs. Potts, I found that, although it was very glossy, it still stuck to the dry patches on my lips, which can be remedied by using the elf lip exfoliator (it’s an elf kind of day), and then topping off with a nice balm. But this one wasn’t my favorite.

Finally, I tried the “An Enchanted Tale” Eyeshadow and Eyeliner smudge pot ($4.99) in the shade Belle , which is a gooooorgeous, brassy gold shade. It also comes in Beast, and as you might expect, this is a light, shimmery brown.

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At first swatch, it was so. stinking. creamy. Like even creamier than Maybelline Color Tattoos (which are wonderful!), almost a mousse-like texture. Like the gloss swatch, it was SO pigmented, but fortunately it was just as pigmented on the eyes! Here’s a swatch:

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I can’t rave about this enough. It’s creamy, pigmented, long-wearing, and only 5$! If you love gold shades, I totally suggest giving this a try, especially if you’re a Disney enthusiast! This is a wonderful every day shade, and makes a great base for other shadows if you want to build on top of it. Although, I will say that because it is just SO creamy, it’s a little difficult to initially get it out of the pot because it starts to build up on your finger, so I would suggest using a brush you don’t particularly care about to apply. 😉 DEFINITELY would recommend!

Well, there you go! There’s my review/haul of the elf Beauty and the Beast collection! Who is your favorite Disney princess? Leave a comment down below, as well as any recommendations you have for future posts! Until next time, keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful. 🙂

xo, Katie

p.s. Price and name reference courtesy of nouveaucheap.blogspot.com

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June Favorites!

Hello there, lovelies!

Isn’t it crazy how time flies? It’s already the end of June! I go to college in a little over a month…oh dear. 😉

Anyway, I’d like to share with you the products that I have been loving over the past month! It really does take a lot for me to make a product a favorite, and these have made the cut! Check them out!

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1.) Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink ($6.99, Walgreens)

I tend to have oily eyelids, so cream eyeshadows and primers that really stick to my lid are a godsend. I first bought this Color Tattoo (by the way, shout out to the entire line. They’re SO longwearing and have beautiful colors!) for Valentine’s Day to do a romantic pinky eye, but I’ve recently rediscovered it, and I LOVE it for an everyday eyeshadow base. It is not as pigmented as it is in the pot at first, but if you keep layering it, it has comes out at this wonderfully pigmented pink color! It’s beautiful on its own, with a matte tan thrown in the crease, or as a base for added eyeshadow on top. I haven’t been able to stop wearing it!

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2.) Bare Minerals Mineral Veil ($21, Sephora)

I love this loose powder for an everyday matte finish that doesn’t look too cakey or unnatural. It is not the most finely powder I have (ahem, Make Up Forever Microfinish Powder), but because it has the slightest hint of skintone to it, it doesn’t come off as ashy as some finishing powders do. To get the most natural look, I set it with another favorite of mine this month, which I will list next. 😉

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3.) Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($30, Sephora)

As mentioned above, I love to set my entire face with this stuff for the most natural-looking and long-wearing makeup I can achieve. I know this is a makeup no-no, but I left my makeup on over night last night, and I could STILL wipe off some foundation after applying it 10 am the day before! This is also really great for reducing ‘cake face’ because it brings back some moisture lost by putting powder on, but the great thing about this is it doesn’t bring back oil! I know the price is steep, but it’s so worth it!

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4.) Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara ($18, Sephora)

I received this mascara in a Bare Minerals kit that I got from one of my very good friends for my birthday back in April (Hey, Abii!), and I had only recently tried it. I have to say that this is GREAT! For me, I don’t like the spidery, overly voluminous lashes. This mascara gave better than average volume without the clump and the spideryness that I usually get from most mascaras. The term “flawless definition” is very fitting. Will definitely be a repurchase!

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5.) e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Coffee ($3, Target)

Okay, I’ll admit. At first try, I kind of hated this, but I’ll attribute that to I didn’t really know what I was doing in the eyeliner department. However, I’ve been feeling extra adventurous lately, so I decided to give this a second shot, and let me tell you, this stuff is most DEFINITELY worth the $3! I love how subtle it looks on the eye because of the brown color, and how you can get the closest line to the eye because of the cream consistency. It’s always very creamy (hence the name :)), so it’s very simple to apply it with any typical eyeliner brush (e.g. Sigma E05). Seriously, take the plunge.

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6.) Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6, Ulta)

If you read my Stay or Stray on this vs. the Beauty Blender (and if you haven’t, you should :)), you’ll know that I love this sponge! It’s a little less dense than the Beauty Blender, but the application of foundation looks practically the same. And for less than half the price, this is definitely the way to go! Definitely the best Beauty Blender ‘dupe’ I’ve tried!

Well, there you go! Those are my June favorites! If you have any recommendations for upcoming posts, leave a comment down below! Be kind, love yourself, and stay fabulous. 🙂

xo, Katie