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This post is sponsored by ELF Cosmetics, however, all opinions stated herein are my own.

Hello World! It's been such a long time since I've been able to sit down and do a blog post! Although I have missed blogging, I ended up getting something amazing out of my long break! Baby thatssocrystal was born in August, 5 weeks early, after an awful and downright scary pregnancy. Benjamin is now thriving at 8lbs and has a set of lungs that can bring down a house- LITERALLY!  But, now I'm back and ready to share with you my outfits, shopping hauls, and beauty reviews (lots and LOTS of beauty reviews)!

Recently I had an opportunity to try out some new products and cult classics from ELF's super affordable line of makeup products. Generally I am more of a high end makeup type of girl, but I do still love to try out finds from the high street. It allows you to experiment without making a huge dent in your bank account! I also find that a lot of the times you can find some amazing dupes of high end products and I think that ELF is at the top of the charts with affordable dupes of pricier makeup counterparts!

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e.l.f. studio perfect finish hd powder | $6.00

I've never really been a powder kinda girl that is until I met the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder. The only drawback, it's an almost $40 hit to the wallet for a product that I rarely use except to set my undereye concealer (because, ya kow, I have a newborn and I've got dark circles a la Tim Burton style). So, imagine my surprise and happiness when I opened this compact and found a great alternative! Now, don't let the low price tag fool you, this powder packs just as much of a punch as it's pricer sisters. It's just as silky, just as great of a finish, and the staying power of a champ!

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elf cosmetics, beauty blogger, elf review, florida beauty blogger, elf taupe

e.l.f. essential flawless eyeshadow in tantalizing taupe | $2.00

I don't know about you, but I have always had a love/hate relationship with ELF eyeshadows. I feel that they really can bang out a good large palette, but their smaller quads and singles have always left me a bit disappointed. Maybe I've been spoiled too much with my Urban Decay but I always shy away from ELF eye shadows. With that in mind, I was ready to chalk this up to another 'could have been good' eye product and move this to my basket of play makeup for my daughter. However, when I swatched these shadows I was shocked to find them super creamy and pigmented. Honestly, you could have slapped my thigh and called me Sally and I wouldn't have been more shocked! Way to go ELF on stepping up your game on the shadow front. The colours in this Tantalizing Taupe palette are stunning and have me ready to dip my toes back into the water of high street shadows.

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e.l.f. matte lip colour in wine | $3.00

e.l.f. lip balm in pink | $3.00

When it comes to high street lip products, bring it on! In my opinion, lipstick is lipstick and the formula and finish doesn't change that much regardless of where you buy it. Although, saying that probably makes me a bit of a hypocrit because my lip poisons of choice are from NARS and Bite. Both sit on the omg, you paid how much for that fence. I am now happy to say that the E.L.F. matte lip colour pencils are super comparable (who am I kidding, they are almost identical) to my favourite NARS lip pencils!

I'm also loving the lip balms. I received the E.L.F. lip balm in pink and while the colour isn't all that great for my skin tone, I LOVE the product! I find that the feel of them on the lips is the same a my fresh lip balms. With that said, I will definitely have to try out some of the other colours (especially the clear one)!

So, tell me, what are some of your fave E.L.F. products? Are you a devoteed fan? Got any good dupes for me to try out? Let me know in the comments below! As always, thanks for reading!

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