e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

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Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here and this primer is possibly the only eyelid primer you will need. Not only is this affordable but it works on most skin types.

Packaging: Easy to slid into your travel bag when you are in a rush to get on a plane. The doe foot applicator is really great to apply it onto the lids and the applicator slides back in easily.

Durability: This is really a great product to have with you even if you aren’t applying any eyeshadow. I like to apply this when I am going to do a graphic or intense eyeliner look. If you are sweating or have extremely oily lids this may not be the best but it does do its job for the every day makeup wearer.

Pigmentation: Nude but blends in to the skin easily.

Budget: $1! The most affordable makeup primer ever!

Benefit Watt’s Up

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Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here and I feel like this product isn’t talked about a lot. Correct me if I am wrong. Now, all of the information down below is based off of the sample size.

Packaging: Super compact and easy to carry around with you.

Durability: Lasts for a long period of time without becoming greasy or oily.

Pigmentation: I like to apply a good amount because then I can blend it in smoothly and my skin looks luminous without looking like I had just applied it, if that makes any sense. When applying it will look golden. What is so great about this product is that no matter what skin color you have, it will look great on you!

Budget: $30.00. I am not crazy about the price but I will be on the look out for an alternative that is budget friendly! If you have any suggestions, leave them down below!

 

N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny


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Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here and this bronzer is one of the best for those with light to medium skin tone. I apologize that this is probably not going to show up on darker skin tones, but if you do have a dark skin tone and this works, leave a comment down below!!

Packaging: I love that this is sleek and simple and goes in almost any bag. I love that the mirror is a pretty good size so you can use it for touch ups elsewhere. This also snaps closed so you don’t have to worry about it falling open!

Durability: Long lasting! I can honestly say that this bronzer, once applied, really adds shadow to the face without it really looking like you have bronzer on unless you put on a bunch. This is also a build-able!

Pigmentation: Like I mentioned, this is build-able so it can come off strong if you are heavy handed, just keep it light and build it up! What I love most about this? Matte! I feel like it has been hard to find a true matte bronzer, thankfully matte bronzers have come on the up and up.

Budget: This item runs about $3 which is really great for those of us on a budget! I definitely recommend! Also, if this shade isn’t right for you, you can definitely try the other two shades, if needed.

Review: Cailyn Gel Liner in Black

Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here, and a fun fact about this product is that I won it in a YouTube giveaway. Holy cow! It was a while ago but I have to say that this is my favorite product that I got out of the whole package.

Packaging: I think that this is super convenient when it comes to travel because the brush is already there so you don’t have to pack another item in. I do think that it can be a bit of a space hogger though but if you place it right, you should be fine.

Durability: Absolutely amazing because it goes on so smoothly and lasts all day. I have rubbed this a couple of times before and it doesn’t budget. The brush that comes with this is also really good but I recommend wiping it down before storing it back in its spot.

Pigmentation: Black as night. I love the fact that you don’t have to go back over it once you place it down on your lids. However, you will need to work fast becasue once it is there you can’t get it off without makeup remover.

Budget: Okay, here is the thing…I can’t find it anywhere else but their website and other online stores. This beauty is $21.00 based off of the Cailyn website. Yikes…It was actually $16.00 at one point…unless it was another site. Anyway, this can put a dent into your wallet but if you want one item that will last you all day and night, I would definitely go with this one.

Review: Benefit Coralista Blush

Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here, and I have to say that this blush is amazing and I love it but I am going to be honest and let you all know what to expect from this blush since it is on the higher end of makeup.

Packaging: I have to say that this little box is really sturdy. Yes, it is cardboard but it definitely holds the product well. It comes with a brush that is not sitting on top of the blush, there is a plastic protector that cubbies the brush nicely and the brush feels so good!! I also like that it has a mirror but I wouldn’t say it is the most practical mirror since it is so tiny.

Durability: I have noticed that it lasts all day and it definitely keeps a nice glow on my skin.

Pigmentation: I would have to say that this is medium pigmentation and better for people with really light skin. I am Asian and am relatively light but I have red undertones so this blush and the redness on my cheeks tend to blend and the product doesn’t show its true color. However, the redness on my skin has gone down and I love the color pay off when there is no other colors interferring with this blush.

Budget: Coming from the Sephora website: $28.00. Now, I just looked and they have a lip and cheek kit which is also $28.00 so that is a pretty good deal. It doesn’t look like a full size kit but it definitely is good if you want a variety of items.

I honestly bought this because of the name and I have no shame but I have also seen it used in multiple makeup tutorials and loved the payoff on the whole look. So, I would say that you should definitely look at all of the benefit blushes and choose one that suits you best because I think that these blushes are a splurge but one I will probably make in the future.

Review: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here, and I have been on the fence about this product for a long time. I first got this product in a sample size for my birthday. I will be basing this review off of my sample size.

Packaging: It’s nice and sleek for a sample size. It is a straight cylindrical tube rather than the angled tube that you see above. I am going to mention the brush in this section and let you all know that I understand what they were going for but it doesn’t seem to work 100% of the time. The end of the brush is meant for the inner and outer lashes since they can be hard to get to with a normal mascara brush, but when I pull my wand out every time there is a literal clump of mascara that comes with it and I have to dab the want onto a tissue so I don’t look like I have a bug on my lashes.

Durability: It lasts long and keeps my lashes up.

Pigmentation: Black as can be.

Budget: Based on Sephora prices, the small version (not sample) is $10.00 and the full size is $23.00. I would recommend going for the Maybelline Lots of Lashes more only because it does the job and is significantly cheaper. Here is my post of the Maybelline Lots of Lashes.

Overall, I wouldn’t say I would go out and purchase this again but if there is a sample size for free my way I am not going to object to it.

Review: Maybelline Lots of Lashes Mascara

Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here, I have officially found my favorite mascara. I have used this mascara for about a year now and it is my golden child in my makeup. I don’t need to layer on two different mascaras or anything, honest to goodness, I recommend this!!!

Packaging: Love it! I love the combination of green and pink that Maybelline has on most of their bottles. I also love the heart at the bottom with “LOTS OF LASHES” staring right at you. Who doesn’t love hearts?

Durability: This product lasts me all day and doesn’t make my lashes fall. I haven’t seen a waterproof formula if your lashes tend to run or fall but I will keep a look out and update you all!

Pigmentation: Yup, they are black. I have black lashes already but this mascara just defines my lashes better.

Budget: This mascara runs around $5-6 depending on where you go so I think that it is a pretty good deal and you get your moneys worth because it lasts and doesn’t clump unless there is excess mascara on the wand which you can easily rid yourself of with a tissue.

Review: Love My Face Pressed Powder

Love My Face Pressed Powder 241 Light

Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here, and I may in a little bit of a dilemma because I love this product but I can’t find it in store! Any clues to help me out?

Packaging: There isn’t too much to say about this other than it looks pretty generic but it works well and still clasps closed. I have also dropped this many times and it hasn’t cracked or broken apart.

Durability: I find that this lasts a long time on the skin and isn’t too heavy, even in the heat.

Pigmentation: This blends really well into the skin and covers my redness pretty well. I wore this during my brother’s graduation and the only spot that was inflamed so it muted the redness but that doesn’t bother me too much because if I had my concealer I could use it and the redness would be gone.

Budget: Based on the Amazon website, this product runs around $5.98 (including shipping) which is pretty good based the price of other makeup products.

Love and Beauty in 02 Peach

Love & Beauty Blush and Highlighter in 02 Peach

Hello Shopahaulics, Tiffany here and not to make your Valentine’s day a little depressing but this is not a good product!

Packaging: I like this packaging, it is simple and sleek for a $2.80 blush. I do not like the brush that it comes with because it is just flimsy.

Durability: This blush is very chalky so when you apply it you have to work it into the skin.

Pigmentation: This blush is pigmented and is worth having if you want a nice peach color. However, I do not see the highlighter at all on my skin.

Budget: Great if you are starting out with makeup. However, if you are looking for long term wear, I would suggest not buying it. After about almost two years it has become chalky and I do not like it. I am trying to go through it but since a lot of my acne is on my cheeks I try not to. The highlighter has never showed up on my skin so if you hoping for a great duo, I would skip this.

 

Review: CoverGirl Natureluxe Foundation in Flax

Hello Shopahaulics, Tiffany here, and I wanted to share the reason of why I chose this foundation as one of the ones I took home. One reason is because I need coverage and this foundation did okay.

Packaging: I think that this packaging is okay, for $10.00 per foundation it is not the best but it isn’t messy either. I dislike the foundations where you have to shake it out where as this, you can squeeze out.

Durability: This foundation does last all day, but I do get shiny so that is really unfortunate. I can definitely feel the foundation on my face when I have been wearing it for a long time.

Pigmentation: This foundation is a shade or two too light since it is really a pale yellow.

Budget: I do not think that you need to buy this foundation, it is a pass in my opinion. I like it but it is not a great foundation.

My Thoughts: I think that this would be a great foundation if you do not have a lot of acne and have a relatively good complexion. I would not recommend this to a person who has oily skin, like me.