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Beauty Tuesday: e.l.f. Giveaway!



*This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Letitia for winning the e.l.f. eye kit!*


Thanks to The Box Bitch, I was made aware of a great sale on the e.l.f. (eyeslipsface) website last week where you would get their “Girl on the Go” collection (a $225 retail value (actually $25, but they were comparing that to department store prices)) if you spent $20 or more on the website. My cosmetic bag has been in serious need of an update anyway, so a-shopping I went. If you aren’t shopping with e.l.f., you are crazy – the prices are absolutely unbeatable, and I find their products to be comparable to most drugstore makeups (Maybelline, Cover Girl, etc). Here is what I purchased:


  1. Studio Makeup Mist & Set – a spray to keep your makeup in place all day
  2. Essential Brightening Eye Liner in “Coffee”
  3. Mineral Eye Liner in “Coffee”
  4. Mineral Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow in “Miss Popular”
  5. Studio High Definition Powder – great finishing powder, especially if you’re going to be in photographs
  6. Translucent Matifying Powder
  7. Essential Eye Widener pencil with built in sharpener

Grand Total: $20.00 – already a steal! But then, I got the Girl On The Go kit thrown in for free. This includes:


Little Black Beauty Book Warm & Cool Editions
Lotion Wipes in Shea Butter
Essential Eyeshadow Brush
Essential Blending Eye Brush
Mineral Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer
Essential Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Essential Lengthening & Defining Mascara in Black
Studio Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose
Shimmer Lip Gloss in Hope

Here’s the whole shebang of what I got for $20.00:


And today, you can win some of these products – I’ve put together these products to create my own little “eye kit”:


Little Black Beauty Book Cool Edition
Essential Eyeshadow Brush
Essential Blending Eye Brush
Mineral Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer
Essential Liquid Eyeliner in Black

To enter: answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:

What is your favorite beauty trick?

Is it using a white liner on the inside corner of your eyes? Using a certain routine of moisturizers? I want to know!

Just shout out your favorite beauty trick, and you’re automatically entered to win the kit.


One entry per person, please.

Contest closes at 9pm EST on Wednesday, February 13.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced Thursday morning!

Good luck!

*Note: this post is not sponsored*


27 comments on “Beauty Tuesday: e.l.f. Giveaway!

  1. Cristina
    February 12, 2013

    I have to dye my hair frequently (prone to grays), so to prevent the color from bleeding onto my skin, I slather vaseline on my hairline, neck and ears. Any other remaining color of my skin can be removed with nail polish removed.

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      That’s a great idea! I just dyed my hair the other night, and luckily it was blonde (so not much chance of staining) – the packet suggested using conditioner in the same way, but I felt like that would slide right down my face. Vaseline is a great alternative!

  2. pearlsandparis
    February 12, 2013

    My favorite beauty trick would be: Smashbox Photo Op Under Eyebrightner. the obvious is to use it under foundation to brighten your sleepy eyes BUT I use it to highlight various areas of face & neck/shoulders. Example: use it on your neckbone, brow bone and inner eye lids. I also dap some across my cheek bones. The way your face glows with just a little but of this product is amazing and it photographs awesome.

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      Good suggestion! I’ve been trying to figure out what a good highlighter product would be, I’ll have to give Smashbox a try.

  3. Meg
    February 12, 2013

    I would say that my beauty “secret” is that I use all the Garnier Fructis hair products…shampoo, conditioner, but the best is using the smoothing milk (http://www.garnierusa.com/_en/_us/our_products/product-struct.aspx?tpcode=our_products%5Eprd_styling%5Efructis_style%5Estyle_discover%5Estyle_sleek_shine%5Estyle_sleek_shine_rtn2&prdcode=p60052) when I get out of the shower and my hair is still wet. It reduces frizz and keeps it smooth. When I straighten my hair, I finish it off with the Sleek and Shine Serum (http://www.garnierusa.com/_en/_us/our_products/product-struct.aspx?tpcode=our_products%5Eprd_haircare%5Efructis%5Efructis_discover%5Efructis_sleek_shine%5Efructis_sleek_shine2_rtn2&prdcode=p41029)….a tiny bit goes a long way- it tames flyaways from styling and makes my hair shiny πŸ™‚

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      Ooh, thanks for the links πŸ™‚ I’ve used de-frizzers before but didn’t like how heavy they were. I do use a Garnier sleek and shine but it’s a spray, not a serum. I’ll have to try that!

  4. Kelly Ryan
    February 12, 2013

    If you add cornstarch to nail polish you will get a matte finish. Thanks Julie!

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      Cool! Can you add it to a topcoat, so you get the sealer *and* the matte finish?

  5. Letitia
    February 12, 2013

    Contouring just under the bottom lip to create shadow and make it seems like a fuller lip. Great for special occasions!

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      I’ve never heard of this one, but it makes total sense! I really need to apply my art education to more areas of my life πŸ™‚

      • Letitia
        February 13, 2013

        Yeah I learned it from Mika, one of the artists for Illamasqua! πŸ˜‰

        • thejuliemonster
          February 14, 2013

          Congratulations Letitia! You’re the winner!
          Please send me your address at julie (dot) kassab (at) gmail (dot) com

          • Letitia
            February 14, 2013

            Yay, thanks so much! :3 ❀

  6. Must Have Boxes
    February 12, 2013

    So much makeup! Great haul.

    – KW

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      Haha, yeah – it was pretty overwhelming, but of course exciting at the same time πŸ™‚

  7. Ning fathia
    February 13, 2013

    I have stump-y and sparse eyelashes, combined with small eyes, so obviously I always try everything to get my eyes look more “lively” on daily basis without fake eyelashes (those things are great but I don’t have that much time every morning) . My tips for fast “awaken” eyes is to line deep among the roots of your eyelashes. Not literally “line” your eyes with pencil/gel/liquid eyeliner but dot it between your lashes. If you want, line your eyes after you dot. Next wiggle a volumizing mascara, again, near the roots. Do not tempt to swipe it through all your lashes’ length. Pick up another mascara in lengthening and swipe the rest of your lashes, avoid the roots to prevent clumping.

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      Great tip – I’ll have to try this! I’ve tried the “wiggling” thing, but I swiped it through my lashes’ length – I’ll have to try it your way next.

  8. Susana B
    February 13, 2013

    Make highlighter your very best friend. Apply on brow bone, bridge of nose, upper cheekbone, on your lips’ Cupid arrow, inner eye arch, and tip of chin for subtle yet dewy makeup look. Remember to blend tho.

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      I really need to get more into contouring! PearlsandParis (above) suggested Smashbox, is there a particular brand you recommend?

      • Susana b.
        February 14, 2013

        Happy Valentine! Hey is this contest over? Anyway I am using the balm Betty Lou manizer it’s really natural despite the swatch.

  9. Febriani G
    February 13, 2013

    My most coveted beauty secret is using shimmer/gliterry eye shadow on top of your mate lipstick, just a dab in the center of your pout. Make my thin lips fuller!

    • thejuliemonster
      February 13, 2013

      I’m loving all these contouring, shading and highlighting tips for all over the face. Does the eye shadow on top of the lipstick stay on for very long?

      • Febriani G.
        February 13, 2013

        Not if you’re eating and drinking πŸ™‚ but what stays on your mouth after a meal and drinks? It’s mostly great for photo shots and events where you’d casually nibble and small drinks )

  10. μ΅œλ‹€ν•΄ gongjumonica
    February 14, 2013

    I put petroleum jelly to my lips at night so when I apply lipstick and gloss in the morning, my lips are soft and pink.

  11. Letitia
    March 2, 2013

    Can you let me know if you’ve shipped this or anything? :3 I tried emailing you but I haven’t gotten a response.

  12. thejuliemonster
    March 3, 2013

    Yes, sorry about that! I looked, and your email landed in my junk box for some reason. It has shipped – for a second time (it got returned to me the first time, I think I messed up the shipping fields…. sorry about that! Not used to international addresses)

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