E.L.F Skincare Review | 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Welcome Back!

I hope you guys are having a good start to the holiday season so far! I always get super inspired this time of year, and hopefully will be shooting out ideas left and right, meaning more content for you guys. I am especially excited to share my thoughts and opinions with you on these few items I tried from E.L.F's pretty large skincare line, so lets just get right to it. 

Daily Hydration Moisturizer (8$), Illuminating Eye Cream (10$), and their Nourishing Night Cream (12$)

I tried three of their products thanks to my friend who graciously passed them on to me so I could give them a try myself before investing. She actually had a pretty bad reaction around the same time frame she started using these, but after talking about it a few times we are thinking that her reaction was due to her beginning to take care of her skin. You know, the saying "It gets better before it gets worse", I think that also applies to skincare. She, like most people, tends to not stick to a normal skincare routine so we came to the conclusion that it might have been her skin detoxing, and not the actual product causing her to breakout. 

Lets start with my favorite product of the three.  Per their website, it claims to lock in moisture for smoother, suppler skin.  This moisturizer surprised me by actually doing exactly what It claimed to do, and nothing more (which for me is a good thing). On Instagram, I mentioned that I was hopeful but also scared because their liquid products always break me out. The good thing about this specific line is that they are all made with natural ingredients and that makes it less likely for my skin to break out.  Main ingredients include: 
"jojoba, aloe, Shea butter, and cucumber as well as antioxidants grape, bilberry, and vitamin E. "
I also can appreciate the fact that they included a pump for this product as it helps decrease waste. I use three to four pumps a day depending on how much my skin actually needs. In this case, I can see this product lasting at least a month if not more. Not bad for 8 bucks! The only thing that I would like to see added is some sort of SPF. I personally think every daily moisturizer should have it.

(Edit- after looking into it, It looks like the company does make the exact same product with SPF 15 in it 😂😂😂. This one does have different ingredients listed so I will actually be trying this as well. I don't want to pre-judge the product but based off of the ingredients I can see it having a similar effect but with just a bit more protection from the sun.)

This guy is pretty good. Not terrible, and not amazingly life changing. With that being said, I feel like I get the same results from every eye cream whether it be high end or drugstore so take my opinion lightly, that is if you choose to take it at all 😁.  I wouldn't say that eye cream in general is a complete gimmick because I can tell a difference when I am using one, and when I am not. I just honestly don't think eye cream is a necessary step. (Just want to add in here before anyone gets offended---- remember this is my opinion, and I am here to share MY experiences with you). I personally like to just add a little extra moisturizer or night cream in that area and I think it does the same thing without spending money on a whole extra product. BUT, if you are looking specifically for an eye cream I would 100% recommend this one. Similar to what I mentioned earlier- it did what it claimed to do and in my opinion is worth the 10 dollars. The amount you need to receive the benefits is so small, that this would also probably last you a month if not more along with the moisturizer. 
Main ingredients include:
"jojoba, vitamin E, and cucumber"
(The cucumber gives it a cooling and refreshing feeling.)

Ah, the night cream. This guy has made a noticeable change in my routine. I had mentioned previously in my "current skincare routine" post that I was using a Mario Badescu night cream. That night cream is amazing for most nights, and I will continue to use it regularly. The ELF cream is for the nights where my skin is needing a little less product and a night to breath without it getting it dried out. Although the Mario cream is much heavier it doesn't leave much room for my skin to breathe, meaning it locks in ALL the moisture. That is what I personally look for most of the time, but the ELF cream is perfect for the nights where your skin might just need a little break. (I hope that makes sense.) I will be continuing to use both of these night creams in my normal night time routine.


I tried these products for what I feel is a fair amount of time to give it a true test. I started using this November 18th, and didn't use any other skincare (on my face) during that time. I will definitely now add my usual products in knowing that these will be fine and not cause issues moving forward. Overall, I would recommend these to at least try. Keep in mind that they might not work for everyone, but they did what I needed them to do without causing irritation or breakouts and they are amazingly affordable. The website has a Complete Skin Care Regimen bundle for $51 which includes these three products plus a cleanser, exfoliating scrub, and a soothing serum (which to be honest is calling my name). Six products for 50 bucks? That's the price of an average high end eye cream. I will 100% be purchasing the kit for the first time very soon, to give the others a try. 

Thanks for Reading, 


Brush Guide | 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Welcome Back!

Today, we are going to be going over all of the brushes that I use when doing my makeup. Some of these brushes I don't use every single day, but I will be explaining what I use each brush for and why I love them so much. I just wanted to say something super important before we get started, and that is to remind you guys that there are no rules when it comes to makeup. I've heard this time and time again from other influencers, and it stuck with me. In this case, just because a brush is created to serve a particular purpose, that doesn't mean you can't use it for something else. Makeup is supposed to be fun, don't forget that! The brushes that will be mentioned today are the ones that I think that everyone needs in their makeup bag.

Face (Liquid):

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Crown Brushes and Boxycharm Limited Edition Foundation Brush
This brush was sent to me in a monthly subscription box called Boxycharm and because of that it won't be available for purchasing yourself. The good news is, there are PLENTY of brushes in this style that will serve the same purpose. I use this brush when I want a bit more base coverage than I usually aim for. This brush doesn't leave any steaks behind and spreads product evenly on the face. This brush is also great for blending out any cream contour. I rarely do cream contouring, but when I do this is a brush I will reach for. 

Most of the time, I use some type of damp sponge to blend out my foundation. Recently I have been using this guy, and I am super impressed. Obviously the Beauty Blender is going to be the best sponge available, but I can't justify spending twenty dollars on a sponge. This Morphe sponge is only seven, and there is another sponge by Real Techniques, (also available at ulta) that is about eleven dollars for two of them. I think out of everything available, a sponge is going to give the most flawless finish. I use this to also blend out my concealer. The sponge will always soak up the access product and leave the skin looking natural and fresh. The key to this type of application is to "pounce" the sponge off of the skin. If you "sweep" or "rub" the product around the face, it will most likely soak up most of the product and may even move your foundation underneath. 


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I use this crease brush to carefully place color into the crease. Being that this brush is considered a "smaller" crease brush compared to others, this is used to place product more accurately, and precisely into the hollow of the eye. This brush is made with Sable hair, so it is most definitely not a synthetic brush.

Royal & Langnickel BOM-18 Detail Brush
This brush in my opinion, would be considered a high end brush based on its quality and weight. When trying to look this up, I unfortunately could not find it on the R&L website. This brand usually focuses on art/paint brushes, and might have just done another collab with Boxycharm to create this brush. Any small, flat, oval shaped brush will do the trick. I use this type of brush to apply highlight to the inner corner of the eye, and right under the brow, and even to the cupid's bow. I found one similar by Morphe, you can find it here.

I personally use this brush to apply and blend out shadow onto the outer crease, or the lower lash line.  
This fluffy brush makes it super easy to diffuse darker colors with its higher quality bristles. This brush is synthetic meaning it is cruelty-free, if you are someone who only purchases from cruelty-free brands. 

I use this brush every single day I apply makeup. The tapered tip makes it easy to apply transition colors into the crease without much effort. Unlike the first crease brush I mentioned this will give you a more diffused application, meaning it will not apply as precisely as the Morphe one. (My favorite way to wear eyeshadow is super blown out and blended, and thats exactly what this brush will do for you). I would say it is a "must have" indefinitely as it will pretty much do all the work for you!

This detail crease brush can be used to create a intense cut crease look, or to apply color to the lower lash line. I personally use this for just placing the color down on the lower lash line, and I then use the sperm whale brush mentioned above to smoke it out. This brush could also be used for applying the inner corner highlight if you aren't interested in buying a separate brush like i mentioned above as well. I am super extra when it comes to makeup products (obviously), but this can be used for both if you are trying to cut down the amount of money you are trying to spend.


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I use this brush specifically for putting on face masks. I know that sounds so extra, and thats because it is. I have two reasons for using a brush to apply a face mask. The first is to achieve an even & thin layer, and the second is because it is just way more sanitary. I typically don't use these "foundation" brushes for actual foundation because I find the finish ends up being super streaky if nothing else is used to blend it out afterwards. 

I mentioned earlier that I usually use a sponge to blend out my concealer, but when I don't I am using this guy. I usually reach for this when I am wearing minimal makeup, because on those days I am just looking to enhance my features, and cover up imperfections. When I wear a full face of makeup, the foundation kind of does that for me already. This brush blends out beautifully without taking away product, and does it super quick fitting perfectly under the eyes. 

This is the best brush style you could ever use for highlighting. It is marketed as an all over crease brush, or a precise highlighting brush. This sweeps on your powder highlights very sparingly which is how I like it. Instagram and Youtube is full of people who want their highlight to shine to space, but I am more comfortable with a "glow-from-within" type of product or application. This brush is perfect for slowly building up the highlight. 
(-Goat Hair-)

Face (Powder):

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**The first brush actually doesn't have a name on it anywhere. I noticed after I look the picture!**
I use this style brush to apply the blush. Any dense domed brush will help you achieve a more pigmented cheek. I personally apply a ton of blush while doing my makeup because that is the first product that seems to leave my face throughout the day no matter what order it is applied in. So to me, the perfect amount of blush is on my face when I get to the event. If i were to guess, this brush came from the Boxycharm Subscription.
Similar Style, here.

This is probably my favorite brush out of my whole collection. (That's saying a lot because I have close to 40 brushes). I primarily use this one for contouring. I know it doesn't look like it would do a great job at contouring but it has a pointed top that makes the application more accurate than you would expect. This one is also a must have for everyday use!
(-Goat Hair-)

This one is unlike any other in my collection, which makes it kind of special. The duo-fiber makes application super lightweight. This came in a set of three brushes total, and all of the them are used on days when you just want a light dusting of coverage. I use this brush mostly for setting the whole face after liquid foundation application. 

Real Techniques Contour Brush
Last but not least, I usually use this brush for a super intense contour. This brush is way smaller than the M527, so if I'm looking for a super harsh contour I will use this guy. The reason I tend to use this less is because this brush is more dense causing it to be harder to blend out the contour. This takes a bit more time, and I usually only reach for this for special events- not everyday use. 
This comes in the same brush set as the Foundation brush mentioned above!

Cleaning your brushes:
I'd like to say I kept my brushes in spectacular shape, but that would just be a lie. To be completely honest I probably only wash my brushes once a month, but for someone like me who uses the same color scheme all the time it doesn't really need to be done that often. A clean brush will give the best application hands down. When cleaning, I use a rubber pot holder (kind of dupe for the sigma brush bath mat), and I use a mild dish detergent. The key is to make sure the brush is rinsed thoroughly before setting out to dry. No one likes soap stuck in their brushes! 
*The synthetic bristles are going to be easier to clean versus the real haired bristles *

Don't forget about your sponges. I would say once a week to clean your sponge with some mild soap and water. Again, make sure all the soap is rinsed out properly!

I am always looking to try new brushes, they are more important than people realize. You can have the best product in the world, but if the application isn't right, it's going to wear like the worst product in the world. Comment some of your favorite brushes down below!

Thank you for Reading, 


Flawless Finish 101

Sunday, September 24, 2017

How to Get a Flawless Finish

Happy Fall (FINALLY)! I am so excited that we are slowly strolling into the end of 2017. These next 3 months are my favorite of the year for many different reasons. With all that the upcoming seasons' bring, one thing that I do not enjoy (and I am sure that I am not alone), is dry skin. This combination we are going to talk about today is tried and tested against all seasons, and is guaranteed to keep that face looking flawless, all day long.

"All About That Base"

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Simple and Affordable Skincare Routine

Welcome Back!

For my first post I figured I would start with the Base-ics. The first couple of years I started wearing a full face of makeup were spent trying to cover my acne. I didn't have "terrible" acne, but my face was full of baby blemishes, texture, and unevenness. I followed many different social media influencers who taught me that full coverage foundation and devastatingly huge winged eyeliner was the way to go. At that time in my life, my skin type was more oily and sensitive. (Probably from the years of consistently sleeping in my makeup.) I realized that after many years of piling on the makeup, that no matter how much I wore, it wouldn't make my skin looks better until I actually started to pay attention it. 

I took the initiative to start "listening" to my skin. When its dry, I moisturize. When its oily, I wash my face and lay off the night cream or a face mask. The results of my just paying attention, have been amazing over the past year or so. My skin is completely clear of all texture and unevenness. Obviously I still get spot pimples caused by hormones and diet, (currently working on that as well....I really want a big mac). After completely changing my routine, my skin is currently Normal to Combination depending on the season. Winter tends to be a little more dry, and Summer tends to be a bit more combination with some spots being more oily than others. Overall, my makeup looks 100 times better on my face now that it has a clear canvas to lay on. This post is going to be a look into my fast and easy morning and night skincare routines. 

⇷ All prices and links will be listed at the end of the post ⇸

Morning Routine (When Skin is Normal)

I am guessing that you can pretty much already tell what my "Normal" morning routine is by the picture included above. In the morning while my coffee is brewing, I immediately head to the bathroom to wash my face using Purity Facial Cleanser by the brand Philosophy. I have used this face wash for about four years and have nothing bad to say about this product at all. Many influencers say that the alcohol in the formula is drying, but I personally see no side affect to it being included. Personally, it cleanses the face to get that squeaky clean feeling without leaving a residue or fragrance behind. After washing my face, I take a cotton ball and squeeze a tiny bit of Mario Badescu's Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, and use it as a toner. This guys secret weapon is the Witch Hazel which claims to act as an effective astringent that thoroughly cleanses the skins surface of dirt and oil. It love this product because it leaves my skin feeling soft, and not tight and dry like most toners.

Morning Routine (When Skin is Dry or Combination)

As you can see the only difference is switching out the cleansing lotion, for a heavier facial oil. This Marula Oil was included in one of my Boxycharm boxes (monthly makeup subscription), and I completely fell in love. This is 100% Marula Oil and it claims to be fast absorbing and helps reduce visible signs of aging. 

I would agree with the fact that it is fast absorbing as it doesn't leaving my face feeling greasy or sticky. It leaves a nice dewy glow to the skin. This oil is very similar to Josie Maran's Argan oil but I find that the Marula oil is more untraceable. This oil lays great under foundation and is to be used in place of your daily moisturizer. 

 Night Routine

Last but not least, this next guy is one of my favorite parts of the day. This is the Mario Badescu  Seaweed Night Cream. It is a super thick but lightweight night cream which claims to nourish dehydrated skin. After Cleansing and toning with the products mentioned earlier, I put a dime sized amount of the product and slowly work it into the skin and down my neck. The smell reminds me of a fresh scented old lady perfume. Its not my favorite but if it was too overbearing I wouldn't continue to use it. The next morning my face feels so soft, and looks super youthful. 

If my face is a little too hydrated from the day, I will skip this night cream all together and just stick to cleansing and toning. If you over moisturize, your skin will also react badly as there is such thing as too much hydration! 

****For my Lips, I have used Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm for what feels like 1,000 years but is really like, four. I buy mine from Sephora. Also, I use all different brands of sheet face/lip masks when extra hydration is needed on top of the regular routine. You can find sheet masks pretty much anywhere. ****

This is the routine has worked wonders for me personally. This does not mean that they will work for everybody as every body's skin is completely different and reacts to ingredients differently.

If you have tried any of these products please comment down below or on my Instagram (@littlebudgetbeauty) and let me know your thoughts on them! I am definitely interested to hear how you guys like/dislike them!

Products Pictured In Today's Post:

(The size that I have in the pictures included is limited edition holiday size and price point. Sephora has this size (12 Fl. Oz.) and price (15$) every black Friday so I always stock up)
⇠ Marula Oil ⇢

Thanks For Reading, 


A New Beginning

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hey guys!

I am so excited to announce that I am re-starting my beauty blog! With a fresh new feel, I will be continuing to review makeup, skincare, and lifestyle products. I hope to focus more so on affordable products for the everyday consumers beauty routine. I want to thank everyone for being so supportive last time around, and hope to pick right up where I left off to bring you relevant and consistent content.

Stay tuned for my first post,

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