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Makeover Fun with Elf Cosmetics’ Mineral Line #EyesLipFace #CBias

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blankI am getting ready for my 20th high school reunion in a few weeks! I can’t believe I am that old…but it’s true!

To prepare of course, I ordered a bunch of new make-up – which I rarely wear. I got my hair trimmed up and my eyebrows waxed. TMI?? ;-)   And the other day I invited a good friend over to help me with my new make-up. Since I don’t wear it very often, I thought it might be fun to invite someone over who actually has a clue!  We had a great time watching make-up tutorials, messing around with make-up and hair, and talking outfits. I don’t take time for myself very  often so all of this attention on little ole me was quite fun and refreshing for a change.

A few weeks ago I ordered a bunch of elf cosmetics at eyeslipsface.com. I first heard of elf everyday cosmetics several years ago on money saving blogs because of their very inexpensive line of make-up – with many items priced at only $1 – their products are quite affordable for the bargain shopper. Well, I’ve used a lot of their $1 makeup in the past, but I recently found out they also carry a more natural mineral line!


I was excited because since learning about all of the toxic hazards we expose ourselves to, I have been trying hard to clean my home and life and make-up is one area I haven’t really changed. Elf’s Mineral Makeup is 100% mineral-based with no parabens, no preservatives, and no chemical dyes. Best of all, it is inexpensive – anywhere from $3-8 per item. It’s nice to find greener make-up products that don’t break the bank. Additionally, elf does not test their products on animals {they feature PETA’s seal on their website} and their products contain no animal derived products.

Since I live in the middle of the boonies {and it’s not that relaxing to cart 4 kiddos to Target}  I decided to order my make-up on line. Have you ever done that? It was pretty intimidating, I’m not going to lie to you. I was worried about picking the right color and products. I like to touch and feel things to know what I’m getting, but that’s pretty impossible when ordering online. I was also concerned about color distortion on my computer screen. It took me two days to place my order!

blankI read through so many reviews like the one pictured above – I couldn’t believe the helpful reviews on elf’s website. There were literally hundreds! After obsessing for two days, I finally placed my order and just hoped that I picked well. You can walk through my ordering process at my Google + album.

blankThis is my make-up haul!! I was thrilled when my products arrived! My order consisted mainly of eye products, but I also got new blush and lipstick, new mascara, eye shadow, eye shadow primer, eyebrow filler & tamer, an eyebrow kit. I mostly ordered from elf’s mineral line, but they didn’t have mineral eyebrow products. Since they were very important to me, I ordered the regular line for those items.

blankBecause I ordered over $20 worth of product, I was able to get an enormous kit called their Fall Collection for free. It included all of the brushes shown above and I am in love! Elf always runs specials and each one seems a bit better than the last.

blankI also got these really fun lip sticks. I love the color. I love the way they feel on my lips. I love that they are long lasting. In fact, I was really impressed with everything I bought! I enjoyed most of the colors I ended up with. My girlfriend, Melanie, however, thinks I should have ordered bright red lipstick {but red really makes me shudder}. I just don’t think it’s right for my complexion. I’m happier with browns and lighter shades.

blankAnd now I am showing you something I never show anyone – me with NO MASCARA! You can see that my eyebrows blend right into my forehead. They are my most challenging feature and I was excited to try a few of elf’s eyebrow products. I’m serious when I tell you the only makeup product in my bathroom until I got this order was mascara. I massively purged my makeup about a year ago and never got around to replacing it.

blankA closer look at some of my favorite new eye products! I especially love the eye shadow primer. It feels luxurious and does a good job at keeping eye shadow in place all day long.

My old daily routine consisted of mascara. It took about a minute and the result was reflective of my effort. I’ve added a few more items since my elf purchase: eyebrow primer, a bit of eyeshadow, the eyebrow kit, blush, and lipstick. It now takes me about 5 minutes to put on my makeup {totally doable, I think}, and I’m worth the effort!

blankAfter Melanie and I were pleased with our appearances, we went outside for a quick photo shoot! I love my new look. I think I still need to do a bit of work on my eyebrows, but overall I am very pleased with my elf makeup haul!

blankThanks, Melanie for teaching me about makeup! And thank you elf and CBias for making this makeover possible.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


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