New to makeups? Don’t wanna splurge on high-end brands? Look no further, e.l.f (eyes lips face) Cosmetics have some quality products for divas on a tight budget. In fact, I wore my top faves to work today. Yep, that’s a cheap beauty up there and down here, haha!

e.l.f is either a hit or miss to me. I mean at $1-$3 price point, I shouldn’t be expecting a lot right? But I detest mediocrity. Anyways, here are my top picks in no biased order ~~>

Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder, $3. Though available only in one shade, this blush and bronzer combo compliments any skin tone. The bronzer is matte and pigmented (go easy with it) and is great for contour-fanatics. The blush is light rosy pink with a bit of shimmer, not as pigmented but definitely buildable.

High Definition Powder, $6. Somewhat pricey by e.l.f’s standard (but e.l.f. runs frequent sale, I think I got this for only $3), I use this loose powder to set my liquid foundation. It’s finely milled, translucent and very easy to blend. 

Eyelid Primer (Sheer), $1. A buck?  now we’re talking! Ever since eye primers were invented, I never apply eyeshadow without it. With oily lids like mine, the wearability of this primer is a decent 6 hours. 

100 Eyeshadow Palette, $10. This is a must-have from e.l.f. For only $10, and I repeat, sometimes it even goes on sale, you get 100 eyeshadows of varying textures. How’s that for a beginner? Pigmentation is commendable and you get to play with different shades like a kid obsessed with candies. In the photos above, I used shimmer light green for my lids, a deeper matte green in the outer corner, brown for crease, flesh for brow bone, shimmer cream for inner corner, black to tightline my upper lash line, and bronze for lower lashline. And not to forget, I also used dark brown to shape and define my eyebrows. That’s how versatile this palette is.

Mineral Lipstick (Bare Brown)$5. This particular shade is great for daytime wear. It’s very neutral, and it flatters my warm medium skin tone well. The formula is non-drying, doesn’t settle in lines and glides easily.

Essential Hypershine Gloss, $1. This lipgloss rivals higher end brands at fraction of the cost. It’s quite tacky with a bit of minty smell. Subtly pigmented, again this is an awesome bargain find. I used Baby Lips (rosy-pink) on top of Bare Brown for these photos.

Where to buy then? e.l.f. website where everyday there are some deals goin’ on; Target stores.


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