e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit in Ash and Brushes | Photos, Swatches, Review

I have heard a lot of great things about the affordable cosmetics brand e.l.f. but I had yet to explore the line myself. I will admit, I’m a little prejudice against “inexpensive” products. I don’t expect them to live up to the expectations I have which is why I don’t often take a chance on them. I am happy I was finally nudged into doing so!


The first product I tried was the e.l.f. studio Eyebrow Kit in Ash ($3 US/$4.95 CAD). It contains a eyebrow gel and powder duo in packaging sort of reminiscent of NARS but with a clear window and without the rubberized finish.


It comes with a little brush but I don’t find it practical at all. The smaller angle brush side works fairly well but the other side is an eyeshadow brush style and I don’t see how this could possible be used to apply a brow product.


The shades are fabulous! It is hard to fine a brow product for blondes that isn’t too golden or orange. Ash is truly a lovely ash duo. The powder in particular is an excellent shade. The gel is a little warmer but still works and adds great depth to the brows when paired with the powder. This is an exceptional brow product for the price.

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The brushes are nice and soft and nicely made for such a bargain price point.


The Eyeshadow Brush ($2.25 CAD) has a nice shape and does a good job of picking up and laying down product. I find it far too floppy for my tastes for a flat shadow brush but it does the job.


The Blush Brush ($3 US/$4.95 CAD) is a smaller size brush with a contoured paddle shape. It is very soft and does a lovely job.


The Complexion Brush ($3 US/$4.95 CAD) is again, very soft and is a nice size.


Overall I found these brushes to be nicely made with no stray hairs and I haven’t experienced any shedding or bleeding yet. The Blush and Complexion Brushes are synthetic Taklon and Vegan friendly. I think the eyeshadow brush may be natural hair? It is not noted as being Taklon. Given the amazing price of these brushes I don’t really think you can go wrong!

e.l.f. Cosmetics is now available in Canada at Nail Polish Canada!

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Dior Diorshow Backstage Hero Kit for Holiday 2013

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The Dior Diorshow Backstage Hero Kit ($62 CAD) is a great way to introduce the beauty lover on your list to the world of Dior. It includes full sized versions of Dior’s bestselling, original cult-favorite Diorshow Mascara in Black and the Diorshow Brow Styler, a universal brow pencil that shapes, defines, and fills in brows. Also included is a travel-size Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Primer and a travel-size of the new Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara. Everything is held in a black patent Backstage Dior wrap style case.

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More details on the kit contents:

- 0.13 oz Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara in Black
- 0.13 oz Diorshow Maximizer
- Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown
- 0.38 oz Diorshow Mascara in Black
- Carrying Case
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The Dior Diorshow Backstage Hero Kit for Holiday 2013 is available now at Sephora.

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Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium – Photos, Swatches, Review


Benefit just released a new brow product called Benefit Gimme Brow ($26 CAD). You gotta love Benefit’s product names! It is an innovative fibre gel formula that adheres to both skin and brows to give you the ability to really build up your brows. There are two things that I absolutely love about this product. The super tiny, adorable, precision brush that really gives you the ability to shape your brows without the fear of making a giant mess. The regular mascara wand style brow gels are just so impractical. The second thing I love is this doesn’t make your brows stiff and crunchy. Once dry it feels totally soft and natural.


The product comes in two shades; light/medium and medium/deep. The light/medium shade is a nice taupe brown shade rather than being too warm which I think is great. I find sometimes it’s hard to find more ash toned brow shades that don’t lean too warm. Unfortunately light/medium is too dark against my fair skin, sparse brows, and blonde hair but I think think this shade is really going to work of a large number of people. Edit: This shade does work great on me. This has become a daily must in my routine applied after brow powder or pencil for added depth, dimension, and thickness to my brows.


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