ELF Summer Haulage (in-depth deets)

Order placed: August 22
Order shipped from ELF: August 29
Order forwarded from US Aramex Mailbox: August 30
Order arrived in Kuwait (undergoing clearance): September 2
Order received: September 9 (it’s a whole song and dance, I tell ya’)

Just like your average, run-of-the-mill, everday addict, I was craving my next hit of inexpensive makeup (hey, it could be worse). As I said in my previous post (here) ELF had come out with 4 new makeup brushes, in addition to a several very interesting new products. Plus, the Free Gift Set (with orders of $25+) actually seemed worthwhile. Plus, I’d racked up enough points from their loyalty program to spend. Plus, they were giving away a full-sized product as a Free Sample.

I had my eye on several of the creamier makeup products, as well as some skincare, but I was worried that they might go bad or melt in the heat. That’s why I decided to wait until the weather cools down in Kuwait before ordering them and also why this particular order consisted mostly of powder products, makeup brushes and tools (products that were relatively unaffected by heat).

That said, I wasn’t sure that Aramex would even deliver some of the skincare items, especially the sprays (due to shipping restrictions) so just to experiment (test the waters), I ordered a full sized 3.38 fl. oz. (100 mL) Cleanser and a full sized 2.70 fl. oz. (80 mL) Setting Mist, both of which actually made their way to me (yay)!

So now I know… and knowing is half the battle (Yo, Joe!)

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Eyes Lips Face (ELF) Summer Haulage

Since my previous order (haulage here), about 4 months ago, ELF had come out with a bunch of new products (including 4 new Makeup Brushes). At the time of this order, they had a promo which included a Free Plump It Up Gift (3pc) with any $25+ order, in addition to a Free Sample with every purchase. I’d accumulated enough points (you get 50 point just for signing up) to pick out a Free Gift of my choice (from select items). I figured it was worth placing an order right then and taking advantage of all the deals and promos and such. Mostly, I just wanted to give those Makeup Brushes a try!

Generally, I try to stick to a budget of around $100 (otherwise it’d be too easy to go overboard without even realizing it). The subtotal for this order was $100 (minus the $8.87 sales tax), which I felt was close enough to my personal target.

Makeup (Eye Stuff, Lip Stuff, Face Stuff, geddit? ELF lawl)

Tools (Makeup Brushes, Sharpener, Tweezers, Lash Curler, etc…)

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Spotted at Sephora (Summer)

I visited Sephora again (seriously, they need to move the store to a more accessible area of the Avenues already, like maybe switch out Sephora with Next so people can access Sephora both from inside and outside the mall for quick drive-bys. I mean their current location is so out of the way from everything else!) and also, because I still didn’t get my Brand Gift (for reaching 200 points) even though I’ve already received the e-mail from the Dubai branch of Sephora. While there, I spotted several new displays (as shown above), new products and new brands!!!!

For starters they had a Mini Mania display (sooo cute!) mostly of cult fave products available in mini-sizes separated into 4 categories (all of which we’ll be taking a much closer look at, below) ranging from Speedy SportSunny BeachTrendy WorkFunky Party.

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MAC Fall Color Collection

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I purchased a couple of really interesting items from this collection; 3 Chromographic Pencils, 2 Lipsticks, and a Lip Erase.

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Show Orchid (vivid hot pink, amplified finish) and Fleshpot (pale muted pinky beige, satin finish) are Pro products (and at the time, Pro products weren’t easily accessible as they are today). I’ve been lusting after Show Orchid for years before I finally caved and got it off e-bay (along with Viva Glam Gaga II lipstick). Honestly, I was disappointed when it finally arrived because it was fuchsia on me and I thought it was going to be pinker and lighter (think Candy Yum Yum lipstick) but it’s slowly growing on me and I think the fact that it’s iridescent makes it special. Fleshpot is another one of those ultra nudes that I’m so fond of but I realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

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Lip Erase is a flesh-toned balm that visually neutralizes and erases natural color from the lip. Shine- and texture-free. Available in a choice of two shades for use on light to medium skin tones. Pale (N27) and Dim (N37)

I got the one in Dim and the way I use it is by applying it to my lips, then while waiting for it to dry, I’d finish up the rest of my makeup before going back to my lips and applying whatever lipstick straight from the tube. I haven’t used it as much because it’s an extra step that I have no patience for but it seems like an ideal product for a person like me because pinks always pull purple/mauve/lavender on me. I’ve swatched it directly after the 2 lipsticks so you can see how it compares to the nude specifically. Lip Erase is also a pro product.

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Chromographic Pencil is a creamy, soft-point pencil ideal for use as a liner, or to outline and define designs. Provides a bold, intensely smooth application with a well-defined, pigment-rich line.

Ever since they first came out on the market, I’ve always wanted to try these so I picked up a few in the shades Basic Red (primary red), Hi-Def Cyan (cyan blue), and Process Magenta matte magenta). It varies from shade to shade but these are not to be used on certain areas which is unfortunate because I picked up Basic Red specifically for use on my eyes but as it turns out, it’s not eye-safe. I used it on my eyes anyway because I’m a rebel like that. I’ve swatched Process Magenta next to Show Orchid. Chromographic Pencils are Pro products as well.

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Top Row: Process Magenta Pencil, Show Orchid Lipstick, Fleshpot Lipstick, Dim Lip Erase. Bottom Row: Basic Red Pencil, Hi Def Cyan Pencil.