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#MakeupMonday: My E.L.F. Studio Store Mini-Haul

As a bonafide makeup junkie, I use a mix of high-end and low-end products in my makeup routine. Sometimes the best products don't have a high-end price tag! While I was in the city on Thursday to get my hair cut at Foster Glorioso Salon in the Flatiron District (my NYC hair stylist soul mate Hannah moved there), I took some time after to do some wandering around. I love there's always something to explore, somewhere to check out, a new boutique, or a street corner vendor to eat at in NYC.

Eyes Lips Face (usually called e.l.f. to the masses) is a line of highly affordable cosmetics - their Essentials line has products for $1 and their Studio Line offers products starting at $3 apiece. I've been a fan of e.l.f. off and on for quite some time and they recently opened their first ever Studio location in NYC at 741 Broadway (at 8th St). I follow them on Instagram and was surprised to see they opened up a store - normally I have to try to find e.l.f. at Target or I end up ordering online. I tried my best to no go crazy in there so I ended up with a mini-haul for under $20!

Mineral INFUSED Mascara - This mascara might possibly be on my "holy grail" list. I keep going back to it... It lengthens, volumizes, and provides definition. There's enough power to it layer a few coats on it's own but I love layering it with other mascaras (I've been pairing it with VS Voluptuous Volume Mascara and sometimes with Maybelline's Volum' Express Black Drama Mascara).

Essentials Nail Polish Teal Blue #1577 - This color is definitely more emerald/jade green than teal blue but I was smitten with the color and it was the last bottle on display so I had to have it. Totally giving myself a mani this afternoon!

Studio Daily Brush Cleaner - I purchased this quick-change brush cleaner to use on my foundation brush to keep bacteria and breakouts at bay. Nothing's worse than a gunky foundation brush!

Studio SPF 45 UVA/UVB  Protection - I purchased this powder sunscreen as a setting powder. Since I'm often outside waiting for the bus, I want to protect my skin. I'm still on the fence with this powder, I think the color seems to be working with my skin but not sure if it's absorbing oil/shine as well as I'd like.

Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder - This little gem is perfect for setting my undereye concealer and the little bit of sparkle helps brighten my undereye area. I use my MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush to apply this because the brush that comes with it is more suitable as an eyeliner or lip brush.