ELEMENTS OF ELLA

Saturday, 17 November 2018

TOP 6 UNDERRATED PRODUCTS YOU NEED TO TRY

As there are so many products released everyday in the beauty world, which can be quite overwhelming, we often tend to sweep amazing products under the rug and they aren't given the limelight they deserve, so I thought I'd create a list of my top 6 products that deserved more praise. I hope you enjoy!


1. Revolution Pro Foundation Drops

This foundation is my holy grail and I don't understand why it's not raved about more often?! Firstly the shade range is amazing, the formula is lightweight but really buildable so you can customise the amount of coverage you want and the finish is super dewy, which I personally love but if you're more of a matte gal this foundation still looks lovely when powder set, and it's only £7, like what?!


2. Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara

Now, I've heard mixed reviews on this mascara, but to be honest not many people have featured it enough for their to be an overall opinion, so I'll give you mine ahah. I really like this mascara, yes it does take a while to dry so don't go looking up/down a lot otherwise it'll transfer, but once it's dry, it gives length and lovely volume. Don't think I can ask for much else when this product is only £4?!


3. Juvia's Place Masquerade Palette

I've seen the odd influencer here and there speak about Juvia's Place products, but very briefly and I think they deserve so much more recognition for their amazing eyeshadow formulas. The Masquerade Palette is so beautiful, you can create both neutral and colourful looks, the pigmentation is out of this world and they blend like a dream. I definitely need to buy some more as I reach for this palette nearly everyday, I'm desperate to try out their other colour stories.



4. Source Of Nature Eye Make-up Remover

I had never heard of this brand before until I was in desperate need of a new eye makeup remover and this was the only cruelty free one on the shelf, and now it's changed my life. I love this product because its 95% natural, alcohol, fragrance and paraben free, and removes my eye makeup so well, even the most dramatic of looks, literally one swipe and its gone! Although it does leave a slight oily residue, it's nothing a little cleanser won't fix. I highly recommend this to anyone in need of a new eye makeup remover that doesn't break the bank and is gentle on the eye area.


5. 3INA Cream Eyeshadow 

There have been so many brands that have recently come out with cream eyeshadows and everyone became obsessed like they were a new invention...but obviously no one had heard of these ones by 3INA which were out wayyyy before they became trendy. They don't break the bank, the shade range is amazing and they don't transfer or smudge, I have the shade 313 and it's the perfect champagne colour perfect for everyday, or could be glammed up in the evening! I will definitely be adding more to my collection.


6. Too Faced Natural Face Palette

When this 'natural' collection by Too Faced came out, people were excited because of the beautiful packaging etc. but once the reviews from the influencers were over, no one spoke about it anymore....now I wasn't a massive fan of the eyeshadow palettes as I thought they were boring and nothing out of the ordinary, and you can find neutral palettes that perform the same at a cheaper price. But this face palette caught my eye and I love it and don't understand why more people don't talk about it? The formula is so creamy and they blend like a dream, my skin looks so dewy and healthy when I use this palette and I think it is super underrated! So if you're looking for a new face palette I highly recommend this one, it's also great for all skin shades/tones.



What are some of your favourite products that you think need more recognition? Let me know!

Until next time...
Ella x

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Monday, 22 October 2018

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS NORVINA PALETTE REVIEW

If you read my previous blog post (here) all about what I bought in Sephora when I went to New York, you would have seen that I bought the fairly new Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Norvina' Palette that hit the market a few months ago now. Well..I've had some time to play around with it, using it for my everyday makeup and I thought I shared my thoughts!


I am a huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills products, the first ever product I bought from them was the dip brow pomade, and I still use it too this day (obviously not the same one ew) but it is my holy grail, favourite eyebrow product which you've probably heard me rant and rave about in previous posts. I also have some lipsticks, the Sugar glow kit...the list goes on! But I feel like they are most famous for their iconic eyeshadows palettes, especially the Modern Renaissance which again is another one of my holy grail products and I personally feel like this is the palette that started the warm toned eyeshadow trend. However, ever since that palette I think they've had a difficult time beating the Modern Renaissance, as I am so overwhelmed by the amount of new releases these days I don't really pay attention anymore....and that's how I felt about the Norvina palette to begin with.

Firstly, I didn't think the colour layout worked, it was limited in the amount of looks you could create,  it just didn't excite me if I'm being honest. However, as I mentioned in my Sephora haul, it only took me to see this palette in person to make me fall head over heels in love with it, surely that proves that Instagram photos, Youtube videos etc. just don't do products justice? Anyway...


This palette in my opinion could work for anyone, you can create both warm and cool toned looks, dramatic or natural etc. it's very universal which I like! Yes the colour layout still kind of annoys me and could have looked wayyyy better with some reshuffling, but this can easily be overlooked when you get into playing with the shadows. The mattes are extremely blend-able, yes there is a lot of kick back but this is common throughout all ABH palettes, even the much loved Modern Renaissance, and is something that doesn't bother me, because the shadows are very pigmented and smooth.

When it comes to the shimmers/glitters they are highly pigmented and not chunky, however I wouldn't suggest applying with a brush as this personally didn't work for me and didn't do the shadow justice. But when applied with your finger it is beautiful and smooth. My favourite shimmer shades are 'Wild Child', 'Celestial' and 'Rose Gold' and for matte shades, my favourites are 'Love' and 'Volatile'.

I would recommend this palette to anyone who loves using purples, pinks and browns on an everyday basis! Overall I think it's a great palette and is quite unique to anything else on the market at the moment, so would be great in anyones collection.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if this was helpful to any of you undecided about this palette! What are your thoughts on it?

Until next time...
Ella x

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Monday, 8 October 2018

NEW YORK SEPHORA HAUL 2018

On Saturday afternoon I got back from my trip to New York, where I had the best time experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city, eating amazing vegan food and of course spending allll my money at Sephora! And because I get so excited about all the products I buy, I can't help but show all of you...so here is my Sephora haul!


First I thought it would be a good idea to repurchase some products I had run out of, so I picked up my holy grail Too Faced Hangover RX Primer which everyone knows I love and adore because of how hydrating it is and how smoothly products apply over the top! I also picked up another holy grail product, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, which is my go to for a perfect, sharp wing, trust me this stuff will last through anything!



Next I decided to splurge on a product I have had my eye on for months now, firstly because of how beautiful it is to look at and secondly because the amount of good reviews it has had. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer is now part of my makeup collection and I couldn't be more excited out it, yes it was expensive for a bronzer but I think it was worth it...I hope, review coming soon maybe? Let me know if you'd like to see one!


One product I know I'll love is the Becca highlight in Moonstone, honestly this product is beautiful and I'm so happy I picked this up as I wasn't intending to but once I swatched it in store, I knew I needed this in my collection to look like a glazed doughnut lol.


Another way I intend to look like a glazed doughnut (is this getting weird now?) is with the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops which I have wanted ever since my friend Georgina bought them and they looked gorgeous! I intend to either put them on before or mix with my foundation for an extra glow and luminosity.


Whilst I was in New York, Fenty Beauty released new lip paint shades and I fell in love with 'unbutton' and 'uncuffed' so I decided to pick them up and I have applied them a couple of times now and firstly the formula is great, it doesn't dry the lips out like a lot of liquid lipsticks do, and the colour pay off is literally one swipe pigment! I defo want to add all the shades to my collection.



I give it to Sephora, putting travel sizes of products next to the till is sneaky but always gets me! So to add to my Fenty collection I picked up this set of a mini highlight and the gloss bomb, honestly just because it was a good deal at $23 and thought why not?!



I picked up another Marc Jacobs product including this lip gloss in 'Skin Deep' which I wore whilst I was in New York and it is my lip colour but better! Usually I don't really wear lip gloss or anything other than matte products, but I want to switch things up a bit and I really like this formula, it's not uncomfortable or sticky, obviously it doesn't last very long because thats not what glosses are intended to do, but a quick reapplication will do the trick!


I've been looking for a brow gel for a while and debating on the Glossier boy brow or the Anastasia Beverly Hills one but I thought to go out on a whim and try the new Milk Makeup Kush Brow Gel, which I haven't heard many people talk about but so far so good! It sets my brows in place and doesn't make them feel crusty (ew) like other products have done, but I do have to use a light hand as it is quite pigmented and a small amount goes a long way.


Now this purchase was definitely unintended, but it was my last day in New York and I had a few dollars left to spare so I thought one more Sephora trip won't hurt anyone will it? I did originally want the new Too Faced Gingerbread palette but it wasn't in stores anywhere sadly but as I was looking around the Anastasia Beverly Hills counter, I came across the fairly new 'Norvina' palette which is honestly I wasn't the biggest fan of when I saw it online but honey, when I saw and swatched it in person I fell in love and decided to get it! I am yet to play with it but I'll definitely do I review and post some looks.



Last but not least, I picked up some skincare which is something I don't normally look at Sephora, but I had seen many people on Instagram rave about the Herbivore Lapis oil and Blue Tansy mask, and it turns out they do a set which is a lot cheaper than buying them separately and people said it was worth it as they last a long time! So far I really like the oil, I feel like its very hydrating and reduces breakouts. I have only used the mask once and it reduced the size of my breakouts which is great but I need to give these products a proper go before giving my final opinions!



And that completes my Sephora haul! I had such an amazing time in New York, I might do a post on all my favourites places etc. so let me know if that's something you'd be interested in! I hope you enjoyed...

Until next time...
Ella x

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