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My name is Mikayla! I'm a 22 year old University Graduate with a passion for all things beauty. I stumbled into the online beauty community a year ago and have been obsessed with youtube videos and blogs ever since. After watching hundreds of videos over the past year I figured it was about time I joined the community and posted my own thoughts in my own little space. I'm also recently graduated, unemployed and headed for college in September.

I really enjoy all things beauty, and I really like telling my friends what I think about products so writing them down just felt natural. To me, make up isn't something that you wear to make yourself look prettier, it's something you do on yourself for yourself. It has the power to give you strength to tackle a rough day, the courage to find your inner confidence and sparkle like every girl is meant too.

Other than beauty, I love fashion. Beauty and Fashion are the keys to my heart, along with a great deal. I'm all about a decent deal, and budget shopping is my favourite.

I can't wait to start this journey with the internet and all of you!


Just a general disclaimer:

I am not a professional makeup artist, I am completely self taught, any posts on beauty products are purely personal opinion and should not be taken as fact.

Beauty items shown on this blog are purchased by myself, or as a gift from family members.

Any and all reviews on products are based on my opinions alone.

ELF Baked Blush Review

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

ELF Baked Blush in Pinkalicious 

ELF is a brand known for decent quality cheap makeup. I have personally been a fan of their products for a couple years, and when I was on their website and found they had started a Baked line I had to try some. When I purchased them, probably a year ago,  I wasn't overly impressed. Like at all, I threw out the baked eyeshadow I bought a couple weeks after I bought it.. It was only a dollar so I didn't really feel bad about it. The blush had managed to hide itself somewhere among my makeup collection, stashed away.

When I moved last month I did an evaluation of all my makeup and swatched nearly everything with my best friend, editing colours I didn't like and things I never used. The Baked Blush I had gotten from ELF was in the pile of "undecided". To be quiet honest, it was about a centimeter from being in the "get it away from me" pile. I hated it, and couldn't believe I had managed to keep it.

 I was so disappointed by the lack of pigment, honestly the ELF baked products ALMOST turned me off of baked products entirely. The colour wasn't a blush colour, like it had been marketed. HOWEVER I swatched it, noticed it didn't really show up, didn't really have much colour or anything, and then I saw it subtly glisten in the light. It hit me- HIGHLIGHTER!

Since I discovered it's secret highlighter purpose I've used it almost every day. I love this little gem, that I almost threw away. Overall, I am unimpressed with it as a blush, I'm not overly a fan of products that don't do what they say they should, like a blush not actually being a blush. But my best friend convinced me to keep it as a highlighter, and now I'm glad she did.

The slightly blended pink of the marble like packaging makes it a little more natural. It's not as white cast, but the colour isn't really pigmented, so it's not overpowering. The lightness of the sheer white is really natural, and it does reflect the light really well. Overall, I wouldn't recommend purchasing this particular shade, at least, with the intention of using it as a blush, but if you're in the market for a well-priced, decent quality highlighter (especially if you are new to using highlighters) I would say pick it up and try it out!

What kinds of hidden gems, with ulterior uses have you discovered recently? I would love to hear your thoughts!

My post today is up so late because it was absolutely beautiful outside, and I couldn't not spend the day, the whole day, outside. I threw the tennis ball for my dog, and enjoyed the beautiful tree that's blooming in the backyard.

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At 28 May 2014 at 11:01 , Anonymous Naville said...

it looks really pretty
and love the little doggy!


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At 28 May 2014 at 12:33 , Anonymous Monica said...

Its really pretty looking, almost looks like a mac MSF!
Shimmering Image

At 28 May 2014 at 14:20 , Anonymous Mikayla Sheard said...

Thank you so much! She's a keeper!

At 28 May 2014 at 14:20 , Anonymous Mikayla Sheard said...

I hadn't thought of it like a MAC MSF, because I've never had one. Potential dupe?


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