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

Okay, be warned, my major nerd is coming out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 Iย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Best. Experience. Ever.

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And this is how he asked me to prom. ๐Ÿ˜€

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And yes, my blog was named after the famous song, A Spoonful of Sugar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 aย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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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)ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

xo, Katie

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

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How to Get Perfectly Smooth Lips for Any Occasion!

Hello, lovelies! How ya doin’? ๐Ÿ™‚

So, we all know that one lipstick that just makes us feel GREAT. It may be that bold berry, statement red, or just a simple everyday nude. But, there’s nothing worse than trying on your favorite lipstick and seeing those gross little bits of skin peeling off! (*shudders) We’ve all been there, but why be there now? I’ve got some tips to get the most luscious and smooth lips, perfect for any occasion! Just keep reading!

1.)ย Exfoliate

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The first step in having the best lips of your life is getting rid of that nasty, old skin! I usually exfoliate once a week to make sure I’m not being too rough on that skin. There are so many different products you can use to exfoliate, but my favorite is the e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator ($3, Target). It is literally a sugar scrub in a lipstick form, and it could not be more convenient! Instead of getting your fingers all dirty by sticking it in the tube, applying it, and then washing it off, you just have to scrub it right from the tube, and voila! It is also a greatย exfoliator (as is in the description), as well as very moisturizing after the fact. Plus, for $3? GET OUTTA TOWN.

2.)ย Deeply Moisturize

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After you’ve scrubbed away all the dead skin, you need to replenish the moisture, which means applying a deeply moisturizing lip balm after exfoliating (again, just once a week for this product). My favorite to use is the Vaseline Lip Therapy Balm in Cocoa Butter ($1.79, Walgreens). It was my saving grace during the winter months this year. NOTHING lasted as long, moisturized as well, and made my lips feel just absolutely luxurious. It has a wonderful taste, and again, super cheap! It also comes in original, rose, and creme brulee, but I’d personally go for the Cocoa Butter. Can I get a woop woop for cheap and amazing products? WOOP WOOP. ๐Ÿ™‚

3.)ย Apply Lip Balm

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Before you even start applying your foundation, it’s always a good idea to apply a moisturizing lip balm if you know you’re going to be wearing lipstick. You need to make sure you let the balm set for a little while so that it gets tacky and provides a surface for the lipstick to cling to, while still providing moisture for your lips. Sorry to be super cliche here, but my favorite is the e.o.s. Smooth Lip Balm ($3.49, Walgreens) in whatever flavor you’re feeling that day (I swear, there’s like 50, haha!). The one pictured is in Strawberry Sorbet. The thing that I love about these lip balms is that they’re so moisturizing, but yet so light at the same time (as opposed to the Vaseline, where it can get a little goopy). Perfect for layering under any lipstick!

*Side note: Try to look for lip balms that have any sort of SPF in it. This is to prevent getting lip burn, which is just as painful as sunburn. I love the Fresh Sugar Rose Extreme Tinted Lip Treatment ($22.50, Sephora). It has a lovely rose scent, gives the prettiest flush to the lips, and has SPF 15.

4.)ย Apply Moisturizing Lipstick

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At least for the first week of lip treatment, try to stay away from matte or drying lipsticks. These tend to bring out those bits of skin, especially if the lipstick is an unflattering color. I’m a big fan of the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24, Sephora). I tried the duo they sell in the checkout aisle, and that lipstick is so moisturizing and pigmented! Really, you can’t go wrong with any lipstick that has keywords “moisturizing, luminous, creamy, or shiny”.

5.)ย Try Matte, but moisturizing Lipsticks!

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After you feel like your lips are in tip-top shape, try the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms (8.99, Walgreens). I seriously cannot believe how matte these are when I rub my lips together because they’re just so darn comfortable! They come in beautiful colors, including my go-to red lip, Standout. They’re my new favorite!

Alright, gals. There are my tips for getting the best lips of your life! Have any recommendations for future posts? Feel free to comment down below! Until next time, girls, be well, be kind, and I’ll see you next time! (haha, that kind of rhymed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

xo, Katie โค