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The best tips for Elf Cosmetics, one of the best beauty drugstore makeup brands!

ELF is an inexpensive luxury made makeup brand. I have tried SO many of their products and want to share the ones I LOVE and the ones I DON’T.

The best tips for Elf Cosmetics, one of the best beauty drugstore makeup brands!

The best tips for Elf Cosmetics, one of the best beauty drugstore makeup brands!The best tips for Elf Cosmetics, one of the best beauty drugstore makeup brands!The best tips for Elf Cosmetics, one of the best beauty drugstore makeup brands!


Well, I have been using ELF products for about 4 years. I love this brand for many reasons: affordable, accessible, and diverse. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are products I absolutely do not like or use by ELF but that’s true for every cosmetic line you will ever use. I will list the products I have tried and that have not worked for me and then I’ll get to the fun stuff! 

You can win the products pictured here, at the end of the blog post!!!

The best tips for Elf Cosmetics, one of the best beauty drugstore makeup brands!I tried and didn’t like:

-All the Foundation. Just orange colored and broke me out bad. 

-HD Powder, it’s not supposed to flash back on camera but it does. 

-Intense Ink Eye Liner, it was a pen and dried out the first time I used it. 

-Setting Spray, I loved the original one but they downsized the bottle and upped the price so it’s not affordable to me anymore. 

-Lashes, they just never flow well with my real lashes so I end up looking super fake. Great for costume makeup though. 

-Brushes, these are hit and miss. I liked their stipple brush but it always sheds bad! It’s the same with their foundation brush. I, however, love others that are included below! 

What I LOVE:

SKIN CARE: ELF Hydrating Bubble Mask $14, Eye Refresh $3, Exfoliating Scrub $6, and Cleansing Cloths $3. 

PRIMER: ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer $6 and Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer $2.

BRUSHES: ELF Contouring Brush $6, Kabuki Face Brush $6, Ultimate Blending Brush $6, and Precision Sponge Trio $12.

FACE: Cream Contour Palette $6, Blush Palette $6, Illuminating Palette $6, Contour Palette $6, Baked Highlighter & Bronzer (Bronzed Glow) $3, Warm Bronzer $4, Contouring Blush and Bronzer Kit $4, and Baked Highlighters in Moonlight Pearls and Blush Gems $4.

EYES: Necessary Nudes Palette $6, Prism Eyeshadow Palette $10, Clay Eyeshadow Palette in Saturday Sunsets $6, Eyebrow Kit $3, Cream Eyeliner (in pot) $3, and Baked Trio Eyeshadow in Brown Bonanza and Peach Please $3.

LINERS AND LIPS: Eyeliner & Shadow Stick (Brown/Basic and Smoke/Black) $3, Velvet Matte Lip Color $3, Velvet Matte Lipstick $3, and Lip Liner with Blend Brush $3.

*At the bottom of the lip products, there is a cap. If you pull the cap off the product, there is a sample of the color in there to try!

MASCARA: I do like their mascaras but I have found I like others better. The ones I loved from ELF: Mineral Infused $3, Volumizing and Defining $2, and 3 in 1 $3.

EXTRAS: Shine Eraser Sheets $1, Makeup Remover Pen (great for touching up eyeliner and mascara oops) $3, Clear Brow and Lash Mascara $2, HD Eye Setting Powder $3, and Lip Exfoliator $3.

WANT TO TRY: Beautifully Precise Brush set $74, Micellar Cleansing Water $7, Hydrating Gel Mask $12, Pore Refining Brush and Mask Tool $5, Aqua Primer Mist $8, Facial Massager $4, Tavel Makeup Case $8, and Brush Cleaning Glove $10.

The best tips for Elf Cosmetics, one of the best beauty drugstore makeup brands!

  I have been blessed to have been sent products by ELF to review. I want to bless one you ladies with $100 of ELF products as a thank you for following along! These are products I was sent but already owned and loved!!! I hope that you will find the products that you love and work for you too!

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Beauty Tutorial

Curling your hair with a hairdryer | Tutorial

Long lasting full curls, especially in the heat and humidity is really difficult to do. I have a few tricks that help my hair stayed curled for up to 4 days, one of these is a HAIRDRYER!

TOP (I have it in 3 colors) | JEANS | LIPS (Snob)


I have curled my hair for upwards of 17 years. After I started using a hair dryer while curling my hair, my curls stayed so much longer. It’s the most unique trick I have come across in the beauty world. My favorite hairdryer for this trick is THIS one! 

Here’s how I do it:

ONE: Air dry hair.

This gives it grip and texture that you need for your curls to last. I will wash it and throw it in THIS microfiber towel before bed. As I climb into bed, I take it out of the towel mostly dry and put THIS curl cream in concentrating on the bottom half of my hair.

TWO: Dry shampoo first.

I spray my favorite dry shampoo throughout my hair the next morning. This gives it texture and grip for curling.

THREE: Section off hair into 2 halves.

From the tops of my ears up, I grab this hair and put it into a clip. The other half I tie back into a ponytail.

FOUR: Tease those roots. 

I will add volume to the left, right, and back side of my crown to give it a good lift. I spray each of these teased parts with my hairspray to make it last.

FIVE: Curl top half. 

I let down the top half and split it into 2 sections. Using the 1 inch barrel, I start with the longest layer of hair from underneath and curl that into one section. Then I grab the piece furthest from the front and curl away from my face leaving about 1/2 – 1/4 inch of hair out of the iron clip and leave about 1.5 inches uncurled by my roots. I continue this all the way to the front leaving the last section.

TIP: You can hold the curl freshly out of the curling iron clip for a few seconds to allow your hair to hold the curl better.

SIX: Curl my “bangs”.

My bangs are more or less front pieces of hair rather than bangs. I curl these differently than the other pieces as to not get them too ringlet like. I will leave 2 -2.5 inches uncurled by my roots. This gives it a sweeping motion curl.

TIP: let your curling iron wrap all the way to your roots but then unwrap it leaving the top 2.5 inches out of the curling iron barrel. This will smooth the hair without causing it to be curled.

SEVEN: Unclip and curl bottom half. 

Take the bottom half of your hair out and separate it into 2 sections. I have enough hair to curl this in 2 chunks on either side which gives it a fuller curl look.

EIGHT: Dry shampoo!

Spray a light coating of dry shampoo in the roots of your hair to give texture. I then spray a little on the ends of my curls.

NINE: Give body.

I run my fingers or palms back and forth over the curls to lock in the dry shampoo and make the curls less perfect.


Next, grab your hairdryer and put it on the low COOL setting, it’s technically called the cool shot setting. Run this over the roots of your hair and the body of your hair to LOCK IN those curls. This will be the game changer in your curling routine! My curls last days when I do this!

OPTION: Somedays I will spray the whole style with hairspray for extra hold, typically on days I am going to be super active.

Please let me know how it goes for you curling your hair with your hairdryer!

Beauty Tutorial

Everyday Makeup Routine Update | Too Faced

When you finally find an eye shadow pallet worth buying, you share with your friends! Sharing my updated makeup routine and all the details of this pallet!

TOP (similar) | JEANS | HEELS | JEWELRY one, two, three | HANDBAGLIPS c/o (Holy Chic)

MAKEUP: primer c/o | foundation one, two| foundation brush | contour pallet | contour brush | concealer | concealer brush | blush | blush brush | eye primer | eyeshadow pallet c/o | eye shadow brushes one, two, three | eye liner | mascara c/o | lips c/o

I haven’t shared my updated makeup routine in a while, like years, because it hasn’t changed much until now! I use different brushes and products that have changed my makeup look and feel. One of the biggest changes is this eyeshadow pallet!

If you have followed along since I started tutorials, you know that I only have one eyeshadow pallet and I have had it for a couple years. I FINALLY found THIS one by Too Faced (Natural Love Pallet) that is worth spending money on! In my experience, it is far worth the money to invest in nicer eye shadows for a couple reasons: they last SO much longer, way easier to use, and the colors are so much easier to wear.

I am still not able to film these tutorials for y’all but that is coming in the future! I didn’t take pictures of the steps for my foundation routine or contour routine but it is very similar to my previous one here. The tools and products have changed to the ones I list above!

Eyes are the number one question I get asked about, how do I do my eyeshadow! Today, I am sharing how you can easily take simple steps from this pallet to create an everyday eye look that a makeup artist could have done! It’s simple and STUNNING!


1. I used THIS primer on my face before my foundation. Let me tell you, it is my go to now! It’s the perfect consistency for Summer when my skin tends to dry out really bad.

2. Prime Eyelids: I used this primer!

All eyeshadows used are from THIS pallet!

3. Set Primer: I used Spotlight shadow to set my primer from my lash line to my eyebrow.

4. Press in Moonbeam from your lash line to the crease of your brow bone. I use a flat concealer brush for this.

5. Sweep Nudie on your crease for the perfect transition color. This helps to not have any harsh lines or color changes on your lids. A lot more natural looking. I use THIS brush.

6. Lightly blend Smokin’ into the outside “v” of your eyelid, a long your lash line, and about 1/3 of the way into your crease. I use THIS brush.

7. I took Poodle with my index finger and pressed it into the corner of my eyes to make them pop as well as the arch of my brow for highlight.

8. Line your lash line with a cat eye or a simple line. THIS is my holy grail liquid eyeliner pen, seriously. I just had to replace it after a year!

9. Finish off your eyes with 2-3 coats of my FAVORITE mascara! This has been my go-to for about 4 years and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

This is with one coat on the left-hand side and none on the right-hand side.
Hello, long beautiful real lashes!

PS the first time Jason heard me say the name of this mascara, he thought I made it up!

10. To finish off the whole look, I used this melted liquid lipstick in Holy Chic for the perfect nude. I am obsessed with this liquid lip, it’s more of a mousse texture when you apply it. It dries quickly and the best part, it didn’t make my lips peel! Now I want all the colors lol!

I have used this pallet consistently every day for about 2 weeks and LOVE all the colors. Some of them are bold but they are all in a natural tone so they can be worn so many ways. If you are looking for a new eyeshadow pallet or need to replace one that doesn’t give you the right colors, RUN and get this one.

I am not kidding when I say I use 1 eye shadow pallet for years and years.
This one changed that for me!


Thank you Too Faced for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions and product choices are 100% my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that make T&P possible! xoxo, Nicholle