A few weeks ago I did a poll on Instagram to see what content you wanted to see here on ELK, and the results were quite conclusive. My main concern, aside from posting what I feel the Holy Spirit leads me to write, is giving y’all the content you want to see! That being said, you will start to see a lot more beauty and lifestyle posts! I’m super excited to dive deeper into these topics, as they are huge passions of mine. So, today we have my May Five Faves: Beauty Edition. Without further adieu, let’s get started!
1. L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise in “Mystic Black” ($7.99)
Moving to a humid climate presented a whole new set of challenges when it comes to makeup, and to be honest, I’m still trying to figure things out. My regular mascara was holding up fine early on when it was still cool, but once things started to warm up, it was just not doing the trick. Enter Lash Paradise. This mascara is my new Holy Grail mascara. It is seriously amazing! It goes on great with its smooth consistency and bristle brush, and doesn’t flake or run. It truly lives up to its name, because, y’all, the volume is REAL! I have pretty long lashes, but they go through phases of thickness, so this mascara is a must have. Not to mention its gorgeous packaging! To top it off, I picked mine up at Kroger for only $7.99- I’m tellin y’all, it’s an all around 10!
2. Covergirl Get In Line Eyeliner in “Black Vinyl” ($7.49)
Another change I had to make when we transitioned from the Phoenix to Atlanta was my eyeliner. I had been a gel eyeliner fanatic for years, but for some reason the climate here just did not agree with it. I was honestly terrified about the thought of switching to a liquid because I had always heard people talk about how difficult it was to use. All I have to say is- I don’t know what those people were thinking! This switch to liquid liner has forever changed my life. Covergirl recently did an overhaul on their image, and I am here for it! This product is simply perfect. It has a contoured handle that makes it super easy to hold, and a fine, tapered tip that makes it perfect for a thin, simple line, as well as a bold, sassy cat eye. The liner itself is very smooth and goes on very clean. Overall a perfect makeup bag staple!
3 &4. Sinful Colors Base and Top Coats ($1.99 ea.)
So this one is technically 2. In case you haven’t noticed, I am all about a good bargain. I was in need of some new nail polish, because for the most part I do my own nails, but I wasn’t about to spend $9+ a pop. I had used Sinful Colors nail polish before and thought it was fin, but had never used them with their own base and top coat, so I decided to try it again. My nail polishes have a pretty big job, considering I am 1) a nail biter and 2) a nail polish picker, but let me tell you, when these three polishes are combined, neither of those two habits are an option! The polish goes on so well and bonds even better to you nail. Trust me, I tried picking the polish out of habit, but it was not budging! They have a wide array of colors, and even have a gel line that I cannot wait to try. On top of all those great qualities, each bottle is a steal at only $1.99, but I got mine on sale at Walgreens for 3/$5.00. If you’re on a budget or can’t make it into the salon, I would highly recommend you check them out!
5. Joon Hair Care Saffron Hair Elixir Oil with Pistachio and Rose Oil
So, if you didn’t see it on my Insta, I chopped 14 inches of hair off and donated it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths in January. I loved the cut my stylist gave me, but after a couple of months, I started to really miss my long hair. On top of that, Jon-Paul, who usually stays completely indifferent when it comes to matters of my beauty and fashion preferences, told me one day that he really missed my long hair. So began the process of growing my hair out. On top of taking biotin, I wanted something that would keep my ends and lengths thick and strong. After using it for 8 months herself, my friend recommended that I check out Joon. BEST. DECISION. EVER. It literally takes 2 little droplets to coat my hair and smells like heaven. On top of keeping my hair looking amazing, it also acts as a heat protectant and helps speed up the drying process. I usually wash my hair every other or every third day, so after I get out of the shower and towel dry my hair a bit, I rub two little drops in my hands and run it through my hair. Then, I brush my hair using my Wet brush, just to make sure my hair is evenly coated. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and smelling so amazing, without making it oily or greasy. It is also a cruelty, sulfate, and paraben free product- SCORE! They sell the vials in two sizes, 1.1oz ($28.00) and 3.1oz ($50.00). I got the smaller size and have only used maybe 1/8th of the bottle over the course of a month. Total including shipping and handling came to be $35.00, and has been worth every penny!
That’s it for today! Comment some of your fave beauty products below or on my insta post- I’d love to try them out!