OK, I admit it. I am a beauty junkie. I own far more makeup than I need (although I do wear it all) & have everything from concealer to green glitter that I wear over emerald eyeshadow if I'm going out on the town. Most of it was acquired when I did a media & film makeup course in London & I've done some freelance wedding/party work since, anything to do with makeup immediately gets my attention.
So when I found about E.L.F makeup I was very curious, everything costs £1.50, brushes, quad eyeshadows, everything. For that price you can't go wrong so I gave some of it a try (thinking if it was rubbish I'd write it off as such & give the bought stuff to little sister) when it arrived I was expecting horrible makeup that was chalky etc but none of it was.
In fact, the natural radiance blusher in 'Glow' is more or less a double of NARS Orgasm blush (both below) & the all over colour stick is identical to NARS The Multiple but a lot cheaper!
I've already ordered some more stuff from there. It's brilliant & even better, it doesn't affect my skin (I have dry/sensitive skin so need to be careful)
For eyeshadows I don't think you can beat Barry M dazzle dusts, I have about 10 of them & they are the bees knees for pigment & staying power. They last forever & in my opinion, are much better than MAC pigments.
The best mascara I've used has been Colour Trend Plump Out. It curls, thickens & seperates in one stroke & if you put more than two coats on you get a false lash effect, it's brilliant! Better than Lancome I think.
So this week I've bought the dazzle dusts in 'Blue Grey' & 'Old Gold', the mascara in black, E.L.F blush in glow, all over colour stick in 'Pink Lemonade' & 'Lilac Petal', all over colour stick concealer in 'Light' & 'Fair' & the custom eyes in 'Sage'. And they are all excellent.
And finally, you know those battery operated face massagers you can get? Like this;
I always thought they were rubbish & useless gimmicks but a friend of mine works for a company that manufactures them & got me a freebie one.
She gave it to me about 4 months ago now & I have to say, from the first day of using it it made my skin look amazing.
My skin is crystal clear, it glows & I can massage the face cream in now so it actually penetrates my skin & really moisturises it. Mine is a little noisy to use & I felt like a muppet the first few times but the good it has done my skin is worth it, I used to have problems with blackheads sometimes & nothing would help, until this came along.
So if you have skin problems, get one. I use mine night & morning to cleanse with face wash & the sponge/brush attachment (no need for exfoliator because the brush/sponge attachment does that for you) & then moisturise with the plastic attachment. As well as moisturising it massages so feels lovely.
The closest to mine I can find is this one from Tchibo. It's actually better than mine as it can be mains charged so I may order myself one for the price it is.
That's about it really, my addiction has been fed for a few weeks now! Lol.