The ELF Beauty Bundle may not be the most exciting of my subs, but its definitely up there in the favorites ranking. Here’s the deal: for $20 every other month, you get a box crammed with $40 worth of stuff. And now the best part: not only do they actually make pretty quality makeup, its cheap and easy to get your hands on. Seriously, just find yourself a Target and you’re home free.
(They also have sales on their website…well, pretty much every day of forever, just because they really want you lookin’ pretty.)
What that means, though, is that when I find something I love in an ELF box (which is frequently, let’s be real about this) I don’t actually have to hem and haw about whether I want to shell out $40 for the full size, knowing that the full size is only going to be marginally bigger than the sample I got. I just go buy it. Added bonus, they really like to include brushes in the boxes– so I have two full sets of good-quality makeup brushes. Do I need that many? No. But its nice to know I have backups.
Or something. Maybe I just like how they look in a jar on my bathroom counter.
So, we’re here to talk about the box, aren’t we?
Aw! ELF, you’re such a flatterer.
This is the “New Year, New You” box, so..like all kinds of stuff that makes you feel like a prettier human in the non painted-on-face sense of the word. Awesome.
Studio Daily Moisture Stick [retail: $6]
Do not smell your hands after you use this guy. They will smell exactly as awful as you’d expect a very bland moisturizing stick thing to smell like, which is to say fairly awful.
That’s my biggest con, though. This was in a previous bundle a few months back, and its really convenient for when you’re just a little bit scaly and don’t want to mess with full-on moisturizer– or when you’re in a rush– or for rubbing gratuitously into your cuticles– etc. My favorite thing is to rub it all over my fingertips (for some reason that I’ve never quite understood, the tips of my fingers sometimes get really dry and it feels so weird and I want to scream). I’m never big on getting duplicates of things when I’m expecting New Product Adventures, but I’ll let it go because I’m stoked that now I have one to keep in my gym bag and another for my actual bag. Aw, yeah.
Studio Lip Exfoliator [retail: $3]
This thing is SO WEIRD AND I LOVE IT. Its like St Ives for your lips.
I KNOW, RIGHT.
It looks like a lipstick, so +1 for application convenience, but what you’re actually getting is a fuckton of little exfoliating sugar beads encapsulated in a moisturizer. Bam. One stop shopping. And so much easier than all that Vaseline/toothbrush bull.
Studio Eye Refresh [retail: $3]
I mean, I guess this stuff feels pretty neat under my eyes. I haven’t noticed any visible brightening, but that could be because a) I’ve been using it so sporatically or b) I have really, really not been paying attention.
Studio HD Lifting Concealer [retail: $3]
I had high hopes when I pulled this out of the box– hey, concealer with actual benefits! Awesome! — but got super apprehensive when I actually opened the tube– this is the lightest shade, and it looks freakishly yellow on the applicator. And it felt way too loose to do any damage as a concealer, to me.
Lesson, kids: go with your gut. This stuff covers and blends way better than I thought it would. I’m impressed.
Mineral Eye Brightener [retail: $3]
Honestly I still haven’t tried this yet. SHH.
Prism Eyeshadow Palette [retail: $10]
PARDON MY HAPPY DANCE. I am gaga over their eyeshadow palettes because a) I never buy myself eyeshadow so its nice that someone wants to keep providing me with a variety of them and b) they’re actually awesome. The coverage is smooth and pretty damn long-lasting. And the colors are puuuuurty.
And also shimmery. I’m a magpie, I like shiny. Sue me.
Mineral Face Cleanser [retail: $8]
When I read the package instructions my first thought was “well that’s super weird.” This is a powdered cleanser, so you’re supposed to wet your face, dust some of this onto your palms, and go to town scrubbing.
Interesting. Just gonna say, it felt real weird to be rubbing powder onto a wet face.
Studio Makeup Remover Exfoliating Cloths [retail: $3]
I think I have psychic subscription boxes. They keep knowing my needs (i.e. spending nights over at Other Places and not wanting to be That Girl who shows up with a whole bag chock full o’ stuff and looks incredibly high-maintenance in the process) and trying, apparently, to accommodate them.
So these went into my bag last Saturday night when the above situation was a situation I was in. I was pretty excited that they’re an exfoliating/cleansing duo, too– excellent, one less thing I have to worry about bringing. Also, points for pretty much ensuring I looked dewy and awesome and not like a red-faced hot mess. +1 for effective no-fuss face cleaning.
Essentials Slant Tweezer [retail: $1]
News flash: they tweeze!
Not the best roundup of ELF stuff that’s made it my way, but definitely stuff I’ll be using until it dies on me.
Cool story, I know.