2.12.2016

Hit or Miss? NEW Beauty Reviews: Drugstore and Sephora

So this past week I did something I've never done before on the blog: I took a break.

In case you somehow missed me blowing up your Snapchat or Instagram (ellesees on both), I was at Walt Disney World! Normally when I'm on vacation, I leave the blog stocked with videos and posts, but not the time. I was too sick the week before to do so. It left me so much anxiety, and I missed being here. I hope you missed it, too!



And I'm back with lots of reviews for you!


Covergirl Oh Sugar!--This tinted lip balm is moisturizing, a nice tint, and a great scent. I wouldn't purchase it again, but I was pleasantly surprised by this!

Clinique Sweet Pots--(Sephora)--One side is a lip scrub, one side is a lip tint, put them together and you have an adorable macaron-esque product. However, looks are deceiving here as I wasn't that impressed with either product. You can make you own MUCH better versions from this post. Cute, but skip it.

MAC Retro Lip Mattes (MAC)--Y'all know I love a matte liquid lipstick (try reviews here and here) so I had to get these. I really liked them. I'm wearing the pink one in the video at the end of this post.

Defy & Inspire Polish--This is Target's own new brand of polish. Full of cute colors and names, the 5-free polish is okay. They don't last that long, but are fun to try. I'm wearing it in the video at the end!

Maybelline Masterprime--Part of my haul here, I loved these. Great eye shadow primers that really lasted and didn't crease.

Covergirl TruNaked Goldens--I didn't think these were anything special and wouldn't repurchase.

Wet N Wild UltimateBrow--This brow mascara has a large wand and is messy. I wouldn't repurchase.

Glam Glow Lip Plumper--(Sephora)--Expect a bigger review on this soon, but essentially this didn't plump my lips at all.




Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist--(Sephora)--A lovely makeup refresher, but it wasn't that big of a difference. I'd skip it. It does feel nice, smell great, and uses fabulous ingredients.

Pantene Air Spray--Alcohol-free hairspray! Finally frizzy hair (like mine) can use hairspray! I really liked this.

L'Oreal Root Coverup--Of all of the methods to hide my grey roots temporarily, this is my fave new product. It works and I LOVE IT.

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion--Just apply and have streak-free color, until your next shower. I really loved this. Very subtle but not (on me) orange. Check it out below:


And finally some Valentine's treats I got from Pixi by Petra. You can get this brand at Target.
Lipstick--Every time I wear any of these, I get asked what am I wearing. Gorgeous, glossy lipsticks.

Lip Contour Liner--Because sometimes lipstick just loves to bleed outside the lips.

Glowtion Day Dew--This is a pinkish brightening lotion that gives skin a glow.

And now for the video, where I go into more details on these products:



Which products would you like to try?

Extra Elle:
  • Did you miss this post on $500 shopping spree? Go enter already! ;)
  • Home two days and then back on the road--this time for my niece Emmalyn's 1st birthday! I'm so excited for her princess party!
  • In case you skipped the top, I spent 5 days at Walt Disney World. I had a wonderful time, but the weather was really chilly and windy! But the crowds were light!

50 comments:

  1. Definitely going to try that bronzing lotion - it's 100% like the one I get from Sephora from St. Tropez and I love that one! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. So glad to hear that you like the Pantene Airspray! That is literally on my list to pick up today, and I can't believe the Tatcha spray was meh! That stuff is all over the place but the price tag is waaaaaay too high for me. I hope you had a great time in Disney World!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod


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  3. I need a budget friendly eye primer and I'll have to try the Maybelline master prime! The bronze body makeup lotion sounds like another good one to try! I'll check out the video during lunch today!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  4. good for you for taking a break! hope you had a blast down here! disappointing about the lip plumper but not surprised there. hard to find a good one! and i love those mac matte lipsticks. the best! happy weekend chica

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. Welcome back from Disney! Loved seeing all the snaps :) I definitely need to check out this bronzer, it looks great on you! Happy Friday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  6. Yay for Disney World! Now is such a great time to go because you avoid the crowds. Also, enjoy your niece's party!

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  7. Thanks for the reviews! That body makeup looks great!

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  8. Such a bummer that some of these products didn't live up to the hype. I think the cover-girl eyeshadow palettes are pretty, but nothing spectacular in my opinion. Have a great weekend!

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  9. This is awesome! Sad to say that I'm already getting some grey hairs and I'm only 25..not ok. I'll have to try that root touchup!

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  10. Hope you had an awesome vacation! Love those Mac Retro Lip colors! SO pretty! That pink looks amazing on you! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  11. I need to look into this root cover up! Would it up with grays?

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  12. Miss you beautiful, but everybody deserves a break now and then I happy that you got to spend at Walt Disney World! That bronzing lotion definitely looks like a winner! Sending you lots of love and hugs for this Valentines weekend gorgeous!!

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  13. Have fun at your niece's princess party! So glad you were able to take a much-needed break and enjoy the happiest place on earth. Loved following along on snap and instagram <3
    Green Fashionista

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  14. Seems everything my eye went to was a miss, haha. I love Pixi brand, such great products, the lip color looks great.

    have fun at the princess party, I want one!

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  15. I love Pixi products! I totally need to try that lip pencil. Drives me crazy when my lipstick bleeds.

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  16. OHHHHH - I didnt know about that root touch up. You have just made MY DAY!!!!!

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  17. Hope you had a great break! It was fun to follow along with your snaps. It made me want to go to Disney!

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  18. Yay! I'm so glad you are back! I hope you are taking it easy!

    The Adored Life

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  19. Welcome back! I love that Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist but I don't love the price of it. I'd like to try the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion. Sounds so easy and foolproof.

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  20. i'm sorry you were anxious but i hope it was a good break anyway :) i loved following your snaps! that sucks about the weather though.

    good to know about that covergirl palette, it looks pretty but if you say it's not worth it i'm not gonna bother!

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  21. Glad you had fun in Disney! I can totally see the different in your arms from the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion. That Covergirl Palette looks nice but I think I will skip on it.

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  22. I LOVED all of your snaps and grams from Disney World this past week! Sometimes it is nice to just completely take a break from blogging, especially since you were so sick the week before you left. I'm really loving those MAC matte lipsticks! I might need to pick some of them up!

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  23. I hope you had a great vacation Elle! Excited to watch your video later. That Loreal bronze lotion looks nice!

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  24. Great post, thanks for sharing! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  25. Great post, thanks for sharing! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  26. Glad you had a wonderful time at Disney World! The Clinique Sweet Pots packaging is adorable, but I wish the gloss was more pigmented. Might have to make my own... :)

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  27. I noticed your absence this week, but I also saw some IG photos of Disney world, so I figured you were having fun and taking a blog break. :) That Clinique Sweet Pots sounds interesting, but I think I'll pass on it after your review. I LOVE all Pixi products I've tried, the Glowtion Day Dew sounds great!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  28. So you liked the masterprime? I love my UD primer but it get's pricey. I feel like it's almost time for bronzer again for sure. That looks like a nice effect!

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  29. Good for you for taking some time and resting before your trip! Glad you are back! That L'Oreal body makeup sounds amazing!

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  30. I think it's great that you took a break--it's good for you to do that every once in a while. Of course we missed you though. As always, these are great reviews--I want to try that hairspray and the eyeshadow primer.

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  31. Those Mac matte lipsticks look amazing! Going to try the Pixi by Petra lipstick soon! It looks wonderful. :)

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  32. The bronzing lotion sounds fantastic! I like the natural tan it gave you. Have a great weekend pretty lady!

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  33. Girl, you should feel free to take a week off anytime! Normal jobs come with a couple of weeks of vacation. You deserve that here too!

    Does the Bronze Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion come off on linens or clothes?

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  34. Hope you had fun! Glad the crowds weren't bad. I hope you blog about the trip.

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  35. Ooh the MAC matte color is gorgeous on you! I know it's hard to take a break, but you're back and it's all good ;)

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  36. I think it's perfectly okay to take a break. I did it just this week because of so much of my other workload. Welcome back. Walt Disney World sounds amazing. Enjoy your niece's party. x
    FASHION TALES

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  37. I wouldn't have seen the MAC retro mattes if it weren't you, so thank you so much, they look fabulous! I want some colors now! Glowtion seems to be nice too!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  38. I feel like for me, a lot of the GlamGlow products are just kinda... meh. I'm not surprised the lip plumper didn't work. Still a bummer though!

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  39. ooh, I want to try the body bronzer! What a good idea!

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  40. So many great finds! I need to try that bronzing lotion! Looks amazing on you!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  41. Great reviews, Elle! I always love your honesty. That bronzing lotion works wonders!

    Hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

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  42. I love your videos!!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com


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  43. I'm loving the MAC liquid lipsticks and the CoverGirl Oh Sugar balms are on my list to try!

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  44. I really need to try that hairspray! When my hairstylist cut and styled my hair, she used a hairspray like a flat iron spray. This sounds perfect for that! I have never found a lip plumper that actually works, either.

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  45. Great reviews! I am going to target this week and will pick some of these up. Glad you had a great trip!

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  46. Hope you had fun in Disney World and glad to see you're doing better! Great round up!!

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  47. The L'Oreal bronzer seems incredible and so natural looking. It's also good to know you'd recommend skipping on the Tatcha mist. Although I haven't tried it, I still don't get the hype and people trying to justify its price tag. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  48. So glad you had such a good time at Disney despite the weather. I've never been and loved following along on Snapchat!

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  49. We all deserve breaks. What a great review. The sugar lip gloss sounds great and that matte lipstick is great on you too. And Mac has awesome lipsticks.

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  50. Nice review. Thanks for the review.
    http://tipsoye.com/

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