Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ELF Holiday Look Tutorial plus Mineral Lipstick Swatches

I decided to start with yesterday's ELF haul to create today's look.   It wasn't until I was finished that I realized I looked ready for a holiday party, something I might repeat for this year's Christmas get-together at my parents' house.

I went for a gilded eye with teal pop, a warm, pink flush, and an earthy red lip...all using ELF products!  To start, I applied Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Golden Goddess to my primed eyelid, blending and fading towards the brow bone:

It's really hard to get the product out because the holes in the sifter are way too small, so I simply removed it and threw it away.  I tend not to use loose shadows that often because I find them to be messy, but in this case I'll make an exception because the color is so darn pretty and glides on extremely pigmented and opaque, like paint!

One of my favorite blending tools finger! Lol.

You can get these fabulous pigments for just $3 individually or in a set of three for $2.25. (I didn't see this until yesterday and I'm totally mad now!)

Anyways, moving on.  For my next step, I'm going to take my Essential Shimmer Eyeliner in Twinkle Teal and heavily line by top and bottom lash lines:

Then, I'm going to layer my Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Tropical Teal over my eyeliner:

To accentuate my eyes, I draw a thin, winged line along my top lash line and line my bottom lash line as well with black cream eyeliner.  I normally love a nice, thick wing, but in this case, I don't want my eyeliner to compete with my eyeshadow:

I feel like my liner needs a little more oomph, otherwise it'll be lost against the bright and shimmery gold and teal.  This is a perfect time to test out my new LA Splash Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Onyx:

You can tell from just looking at the bottle that it's packed with multi-colored sparkles!

I tested a swatch on the inside of my wrist to see how it looks on skin.  For some reason, the glitter shows up better in blurry photos.

I apply one layer of Onyx over my already-drawn eyeliner and apply mascara to complete the look:

The effect is very subtle, however it's much more apparent in person than in photos.

Next, on to lips!  I got a chance to swatch the three Mineral Lipsticks that came with the haul that I showed off yesterday.  First up is Natural Nymph:

Unfortunately, this color is just not for me.  First of all, it's too sheer for my taste.  Second, my undertones are too yellow and my complexion is too tan to pull it off.  My sister laughed so hard when she saw me in it and told me I could save it for zombie makeup since I looked rather dead.  Who knows, it might work for someone else.  If anyone's interested, I'll give it away for free.  It's only been swatched once and I'll sanitize it before shipping.  Just give me $3 for the cost of shipping and it's yours.

Next up, Runway Pink:

I really like this color a lot.  It's a semi-opaque, soft, romantic shade of rose that is complimentary to most skin tones and is extremely wearable.

Lastly, I tried Royal Red:

Royal Red is a warm, earthy red with a slight copper cast.  I was surprised at how good it looked on me because I was a little wary of the way it looked in the tube, not red at all.  I liked how well it looked with my warm complexion that I decided to wear it for the day!  My affection for Royal Red was further reinforced by the fact that I got compliments from 2 complete strangers today while running errands this morning.  I guess this one's a keeper!

All three Mineral Lipsticks glide on smoothly and are very moisturizing in texture, not at all dry or rubbery.

:: Face ::
CG Smoothers Aqua Tinted Moisturizer in Light to Medium
ELF Studio Mineral Face Primer
ELF Mineral Booster in Tinted

:: Eyes ::
Lime Crime Candy Eyed Eyeshadow Helper
ELF Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Golden Goddess and Tropical Teal
ELF Essential Shimmer Eyeliner in Twinkle Teal
Wet N Wild Cream Eyeliner in Black
LA Splash Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Onyx
Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara Waterproof in Black

:: Cheeks ::
ELF Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink

:: Lips ::
ELF Mineral Lipstick in Royal Red

Hope y'all enjoyed this tutorial!



  1. Royal Red looks great! I think it's the one that looks best on you.

    And blue is really YOUR COLOR!!! Every look with blue eyeshadow/liner looks absolutely fantastic on you!

    And the Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Golden Goddess looks awesome too! Is the quality really good though? How's the wear time? It looks wonderful without having to layer colors, do a crease, an outer V, etc. etc. I like it when it's simple!

  2. Thanks Jennifer! I'm glad blue looks good on me because it's one of my favorite colors! :D

    I'm really happy with the quality of the pigment eyeshadows so far. The key is to apply them over a good primer. Wear seems pretty good, it's been about 5-6 hours now and I haven't noticed any fading or creasing.

    Lol, I'm all for a "lazy" eye myself. Simple is best sometimes, especially when you have to head out the door in a hurry!

  3. Lovely look! I pressed my golden goddess eye shadow with the pressing medium from in a 26mm pan and it is so much easier to use that way.

  4. Cool tip, thanks Ana! I'll definitely check it out. I'm a much bigger fan of pressed shadows than loose ones.

  5. i have and love that lasplash liner! so i need to get that gold loose pigment, super pretty

  6. Awesome! You won't be disappointed with the gold pigment. Just don't be a sucker like me, get the trio for $2.25 instead of the single for $3.00!

  7. Very pretty.the colors really soothing to the eyes.Love the Red lipstick.

    Bright Lipstick

    1. That's so nice of you to say, thanks Laura!