Fall Haul REVIEWS: Sephora, Ulta, & Drugstore

Do y'all remember last month when I shared my latest haul? Did you miss it? Let me refresh your memory right here. Since I had so much fun stuff, I just shared it and asked you for what you'd like to see reviewed.

And I'm sharing my reviews today! In the video below, I go into more detail and give y'all some shout outs--watch to see if you were mentioned:


Let's get into the products!

 From Sephora and ULTA:

  • Alterna Caviar CC 10-in-1 Cream
    • Loved this in my hair and it kept it smooth
    • Would repurchase
  • Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub
    • A great lime-scented sugar scrub
    • Wouldn't repurchase, only because I make my own.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
    • Oil and alcohol-free, this primer works well on oily skin
    • I wouldn't repurchase because I make my own

From Sephora & Ulta:

  • Dr. Dennis Gross AHA Wipes
    • These cleansing cloths did ok at removing makeup, but felt no effects from the alpha hydroxy acid.
    • Wouldn't repurchase
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
    • An oil-free foundation that's supposed to look natural with great coverage
    • This look best on me with a primer, otherwise, it accentuated all my pores, fine lines, etc.
    • Wouldn't repurchase only because it's not my fave, but I definitely think you should try a sample.
  • "Bairly" Sheer Airbrush Foundation
    • Spray on foundation that didn't work no matter how I tried it.
    • Skip
  • Tarte Concealer
    • Very thick concealer that hides everything
    • Would repurchase
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Cream Blush
    • I have dry skin, so I can wear cream blushes, but this disappeared
    • Skip
  • Rimmel Brow Gel
    • Liked the formula, disliked the wand--too big
    • Wouldn't repurchase
  • Wet N Wild Fergie Matte Lip Crayons
    • LOVED these
    • Go get 'em

From Sephora:
  • Nails INC Victoria Beckham Polish
    • Loved this coral-orange shade.
    • Would repurchase
  • Ciate Olivia Palermo
    • Love the pink nude and coral (not pictured)
    • Would repurchase
  • Gel Coat Set
    • LOVED these. They lasted and give great natural-looking nails. Your nails but better!
    • Grab 'em
So those are the items YOU wanted reviewed from my haul! 

What products would YOU try?

Extra Elle:
  • I've never shared it before, but sometimes I am asked to consult on the creation of  new beauty products. I'm brought in as the beauty blogger and I give my thoughts to help develop products. There's one I worked on a year and a half ago, and it is finally out! It was fun to see the final result in a magazine recently.


  1. Sold on the Gel Coat! I always do my own nails because I just don't have time to visit a salon, and I am always looking for new nail products and colors. Thanks for the recommendation Elle!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. I always love your reviews, Elle! So good to know about the Tarte Concealer. I'm in the market for a new one so I'm going to have to get to Sephora! Good to know about the Gel Coat set too. I've been using CND Weekly Polish and it's been good so far, will have to give Gel Coat a try too!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  3. What a great round-up of products! I have yet to see the Maybelline Baby Skin Cream Blush by me, but unfortunately I probably won't be trying it because I've heard that it basically disappears on other people as well!

    Style Life Lovely

  4. I may need to pick up that Tarte concealer! And congrats on the beauty review finally hitting shelves! What magazine is it so I can go pick one up? <3

    Green Fashionista

  5. Ok, sounds like I need to run out and get those Wet N Wild matte lip crayons! And love Olivia Palermo so I need to hunt down that pink nude color! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  6. did you say victoria beckham and polish? yes please! i love this roundup - very thorough!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  7. I love how you break down each product and say if you'll repurchase it or not..really helpful for those who can't watch the video! (at work..youtube is blocked..boo!) I've only heard good things about Born This Way, so I'm happy to hear it's not perfect. Now I don't have any problem skipping it :)

  8. I love your videos! I've been wondering about the too faced foundation, but I have super sensitive skin so I'm so nervous to try anything new, foundation wise!

  9. Amazing video haul, very honest post too! I liked it! =D

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/


  10. I'm totally intrigued by the Fergie lipsticks and all of the nail colors! Thanks for the review!

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  11. Nobody does reviews better Elle!! This always helps me because I always agree with your reviews of the products I've used so I know what ones to try or not! Ha! Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

  12. Can you tell us which product it is? That's so exciting!!!!

  13. The Wet N Wild Fergie Matte Lip Crayons sound great! Congrats on your consulting gig and seeing the final results. That must be such a cool thing to get to do!

  14. You've convinced me to get that body wash! And good to know the Tarte concealer is a buy again, it's been on my list.

    xx, Carly | carly blogs

  15. I think I'll try the Alterna Caviar CC 10-in-1 Cream. Congratulations on the new product that you helped with! Have a great day!


  16. How cool is that you get to help develop products! I tried the Caviar CC cream recently and loved it! I need to go find those Fergie lip crayons!

    Doused In Pink

  17. I loved that Caviar CC Cream! It works so well. That is so cool that you got to help develop a beauty product!! So cool!!

  18. Thanks for the Tarte and the Smashbox recommendations. I have oily skin so I definitely have to check out these products. Thanks Elle.

    Kia / KTS

  19. I've heard SO many things about the CC cream from Alterna. I think I should try that Tarte concealer.

  20. You are a natural in front of the camera! It is one of my goals to do videos starting next year. I want to try the tarte concealer and those wet and wild lip crayons now!


  21. I want, want, want to try the VB nail polish, I adore her so anything with her name on it has me hooked!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  22. It must be so rewarding to help get a product tested and launched. How fun!

    Xo Ally


  23. I really need to get over to Sephora and get a sample of the Born this Way foundation!

  24. okay i am definitely getting the lip crayons. and wow, how exciting that you are involved with developing new products!

  25. Stopping to buy these Fergie Matte crayons on my way home from work! Thanks girl!!! (:

  26. I need to try to gel polishes now! Thanks for all your thoughts on them! And how cool that you get to consult on new beauty products sometimes!

  27. I've heard mixed reviews on the Too Faced foundation. I love the Tarte concealer and it's my newest can't live without it product.

  28. You have such beautiful BRIGHT blue eyes! I always notice this in your videos. Such pretty eyes! :)

    It's funny that Charlie was refusing to be in the room while you videoed!

  29. Liking the option of the lip crayon since I shy away from lipstick, and any new nail polish wins are always worth sharing ;)

  30. Thank you so much for sharing all of these products - it makes me want to go on a serious shopping spree right now! I'm in desperate need of some new cosmetics. I love the sound of the Victoria Beckham nail polish! <3

  31. For some reason I just have not got around to purchasing the Dr. Dennis makeup removing towelettes, glad that you saved me the bother. I've also wondered about his skin peel mask, haven't tried that yet either.
    Organise Shoes

  32. Love the review! How do you make your own Primer Water?

  33. I think you skipped the Wet N Wild Come Correct. Did you like it? :)

  34. Loved the video! I really want to try the Wet N Wild lip crayons!


  35. Those lip crayons! I NEED THEM! loved your haul and I love all your honest reviews :) helps me weed out what I want to try and what I shouldn't try
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

  36. I'll have to try the tarte concealer - I love their mascara as one of my go to's!

  37. Wow! What an amazing haul! I really want to try those Fergi Lip Crayons!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  38. I hope you share more about the product you helped develop Elle, that is SO cool! Thanks for the review of all these products--I want to go get those Wet N Wild lip crayons now!

  39. Haha, I love that you didn't even know what time it was! That NEVER happens to me, I'm the kind of person that always has to know what time it is, even when it doesn't really matter. Great video again, I'm a fan of the Smashbox primer water. Haven't repurchased it yet though, but I do like it. The sugar crush body wash sounds goooood the way you describe it!

  40. I need a good body scrub my hands are already feeling dry. I think I am going to need to try the Fergie lip crayons.

  41. Love your videos girl!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  42. I completely agree with the Tarte concealer being super thick!!! I have a problem with it creasing big time on my because of that and really showing my lines around my eyes. And I am so glad you talked about the Too Faced Foundation because I always go for oil free foundations because I do have combination skin but I also have a problem with most of my foundations showing all my flaws and I never thought about it being because those areas are dryer and that would be why it does that. You make an excellent point!!! I hate the Dove deodorants. I feel like they don't work at all and I have vowed to not try anymore of them no matter what they say is better or changed.

    Your make up looks fabulous in the video!!! And I love your darker hair color you have going on right now :) So pretty!

  43. I love the soap and glory body wash, lathers very nicely!

  44. The only thing I've tried that you mentioned in the video is the Tarte concealer. I really want to try that nail set from Sephora. It sounds like a great set with so many different options and ways to use it and different looks.

  45. Bummer about the spray foundation. I was excited when I first heard about it but I've seen nothing but poor reviews. :/

  46. Thanks for the shout out and review. Sucks that the wipes were a bit of a bust since I liked the alpha peel wipes.

  47. I went out and bought one of the Fergie lip crayons after watching/reading this and I LOVE it! I want to go back and buy the rest of the colors!


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