I saw this challenge going around youtube and i just HAD to do it! I love anything thats challenging and new so I was like yes yes yes yes yes!! Theres SO much that you can do with $20 its insane! Although I have to admit, make up prices have gone up… theres still so many different looks that you can do with just one eye palette!
I got so excited that I bought 2 different palettes and did the make up challenge twice, because I really wanted a variety to show you, without using a large amount of ELF products (especially since in Canada ELF is higher in price and a little hard to find the whole range). I got my ELF products when I was in the States on vacation, but in Canada, I heard that you can get some ELF brushes from Dollarama as well as the Liquid Liner and I also heard that some Zellers carry ELF as well as Winners It sucks that everything in Canada is higher in price tho WOMP WOMP!
Anyways so for the first part of this challenge, here are the products that I used with my feedback on each product
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in the color Medium/Deep – $6.96 at the Real Canadian Superstore + I had a coupon for a Dollar off! If you live in Canada, heres a link to the printable coupon, in case you want to purchase it! ANDDD no Im not being paid to say this nor am I affiliated with Maybelline… I JUST LOVEEEE COUPONS!!! yay for a dollar off! CLICK HERE FOR COUPON
Anyways, heres my review for the product: FIRST off, I have to compliment Maybelline on the fact that the foundation actually matched me really really well! Being olive skin toned, I find it really hard to find a drugstore foundation that matches my skin and doesnt look pastey at the end of the day! SO YESS for matching me really really well (Im an NC 40 in MAC so my NC 40 girls, youll like the color of this!!) As far as coverage goes, this is a really light coverage, so if youre looking for a medium-full coverage foundation.. this isnt for you, however, if you want a light coverage, then this foundation is SO good and it also gives your skin such a beautiful dewy finish! and I LOVE MY DEWY! Another thing that drew my attention to this foundation is the fact that its a BB cream, which is pretty much the same as a tinted spf moisturizer, but still, it has great benefits for the skin WHILE protecting your skin from the sun which is a bonus! Maybelline says that this BB cream is an 8 in 1 foundation.. here is what they say it does:
* Blurs imperfections
* Evens skin-tone
* Protects with SPF 30
SO here’s the downer to this foundation… I wore this foundation out for the whole day and my make up literally was GONE by the time I got home. SO lasting wise, its not great. BUT then again, thats what I expected from such light coverage foundation.
ELF Facial Whip in “Persimmon” – $1 … This product im really really neutral with… honestly, theres moments where i LOVE it and theres moments where I HATE IT! Let me tell you why… this wasnt my first time using this.. Ive actually used this before with many different make up looks and its really a hit or miss kind of thing. First off, color payoff is great. Ill give ELF that. The price, is AMAZING! The texture, is great at first, but as the product gets a little older, the water separates and makes the consistency really really hard to work with. This is the kind of product where u cant rub it otherwise it becomes patchy so u need to pat it into the skin (as you saw in the video) and if you let it dry for too long without blending it in perfectly EVEN with a brush, good luck!!! This stuff will NOT move and it will be a disaster to blend! I do like this stuff sometimes though because its such a perfect base for some blush colors and it really intensifies the color of the blush.. sooooo do i recommend you try this.. for a dollar, yes. Youll get used to how fast you need to work with it and itll eventually grow on you just like it did for me
Wet n Wild #902C – $2.84 I really really like this nude lip color! Its matte, creamy, a great color on every skintone and cheap! The ONLY thing I can suggest, is that you apply a lip balm first and then use this, because it can get really really dry on the lips and make you look dehydrated and not so cute. Besides that, this is a great product! I havent tried out any of the other colors, but I just might!
ELF Defining/Angle Eyeshadow Brush – $1 I Use this brush ALL the time! Its so soft and amazing for creating a cat eye and blending in ur crease.. I cannot say anymore great things about this brush.. YOU NEED IT!!!
Essence Sun Club Eyeshadow Palette in “South Beach” – $4.49 My sister introduced me to the Essence line since it came out at Shoppers Drug Mart and I have been LOVING their eyeshadows so I thought I’d pick up a palette from them for this challenge. I do really like the shadows, but I dont think they’re quite as pigmented as their individual shadows are (or maybe its just me i dunno) I think this palette is great because as you saw in the video, I used 3 eyeshadow colors in the palette as a highlight, contour and blush! I love being a rebel and using “eye” products as a cheek product haha! Anyways, thats one of the reasons why I picked up this palette, because I knew I could use some of the colors on my cheeks, as well as use the entire palette to create different looks, one for summer, one as a neutral eye, a neutral smokey eye and a night time smokey eye! This is a great palette overall! I would say though, if you are lighter than me in skintone, then you might like this palette a little more since youll find the colors show up a little better on you
Essence Get BIG Lashes Volume Boost Mascara – $3.49 This mascara DOES what it says.. it does give a lot of volume to the lashes.. If im particular with ANY make up product, its usually with mascara since I really like my lashes to be DARK and THICK and LONG and just spidery haha.. soooo would I buy this mascara again, probably not.. but thats because my preference on how I like MY lashes to look is different.. would I suggest this mascara to someone who’s looking for a cheaper mascara that gives volume.. YES i would for sure!!
SOO The total price of all the make up that I used for this look came to $18.78 .. I was left with an extra $1.22 for chocolate! YAY!
I hope you guys enjoyed that tutorial and my mini review of the products that I used! AND remember.. if you liked this $20 make up challenge, THUMBS UP my youtube video and leave a comment below this blog post if you want to see my other version, which is more bronzey and smokey
BESOS! <3 Farah