Makeup Geek Eye Shadows | Review

After hearing endless great things about Makeup Geek eye shadows all over the beauty community, I finally caved and made a purchase! I definitely had very high hopes for the shadows given everything I’ve heard and I wasn’t disappointed.

After I purchased these eight colors I also bought a small Z-Palette to store the eye shadows in that would be great for traveling. I had a little issue with the shipping method that Makeup Geek chose and the fact that I ordered over a  holiday didn’t help. When the shadows arrived they were very neatly packaged in bubble wrap and in a secure box. I took pictures of all the shades I received before I even swatched them so they showed up as true to color and texture as possible.

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I’m really happy with all of the shades I picked out. I wanted to choose colors that I know I would get good use out of, but I also picked a few outside of my comfort zone. I chose two foiled eye shadows, Grandstand and Showtime, both of which I really love. Grandstand is rose gold, which is a super popular shade in the makeup community at the moment, but sometimes the color washes me out. This shade shows up a bit more bronzy on my skin color and works better than others in my collection. Showtime is a beautiful wine shade and it’s a lot more red than I’m used to using. I love using it as an eyeliner though! It adds a little something different and can be smoked out a bit for an evening look. I of course got Peach Smoothie and Creme Brulee which are some of the more popular transition shades. I also purchased Latte which is a medium brown, but it could work as a transition shade on deeper skin. I’m really liking along side of Homecoming for an everyday look.

Swatches Row 1

Top Row

Swatches Row 2

Middle Row

Swatches Row 3

Bottom Row

First impression: these are great quality and a way to add personality to your collection. At first, I was shocked by how powdery these shadows appeared when I dipped my brush in them. I’ve used Mac and Coastal Scents shadows in the past, and I don’t remember them coming off as powdery as my first time using Peach Smoothie. I kept on testing them out and while I get fallout with the shadows, I’m absolutely in love with their color payoff and how well they blend out. I don’t have to do nearly as much as blending with these colors, especially my transition shade, as I’ve had to with other brands. I like to mix Peach Smoothie and Creme Brulee together to get my perfect transition shade, then add Homecoming to the crease, and finish off with Corrupt as my eyeliner. The first time I used Corrupt I really underestimated how pigmented it was as I ended up with black fallout on my under eye, but I’ve learned to really be careful when picking up the color and being sure to tap off any excess.

I really wanted to compare the Makeup Geek eye shadows to Coastal Scents Hot Pots, which I’ve had in my collection for years and are even more affordable than Makeup Geek’s coming in at $1.99. I would say that Makeup Geek’s are better quality in terms of their blending ability and lasting power throughout the day. The pigmentation of both brands are the same and show up great with and without a primer. If you’re trying to decide on purchasing one or the other, I would say go for the Makeup Geek shadows. In the end, you’ll be more happy with how they perform compared to the Coastal Scents shadows. If you’re able to get the Hot Pots on a great sale however, don’t overlook them – they can be a great option for getting vibrant colors that you may not usually gravitate towards.

Overall I’m really loving these shadows and I would definitely get more! Like I said, I was so surprised at how much powder kicked up from some of the shades the first time I used them and that I received some fallout, but it’s nothing too out of the ordinary. I’d love to buy some more shades, especially some from the foiled eye shadow line and maybe a few more outside of my comfort zone as I’m really loving Showtime as an eyeliner.

Friday Favorites | 1.1.16

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Years celebration. I wanted to share a few things I’ve been enjoying this week. Christmas brought a lot of events and running around, so I have some favorites from the weekend and some other fun bits from the work week.

Beauty

Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Blushers, Mellow Wine & Berry Shimmer | These blushes from Wet N’ Wild do not get enough love and attention, especially these two shades. This range carries four shades, the other two being Heather Silk and Pearelscent Pink, which I also own. While the other two are great, and a lot of people talk about Pearlescent Pink being a dupe for Nars Orgasm, Mellow Wine and Berry Shimmer are perfect for the winter months! Both are true to their name – Mellow Wine is the pigmented winter wine, mauve color that goes with any look and Berry Shimmer is a deepened red with a bit of shimmer. I wore both of these blushes mixed together over the course of Christmas weekend, and Mellow Wine was great for the office during the work week.IMG_0373 (2)

 

These blushes are very pigmented so use a light hand or a duo fiber brush. I know I keep talking about my Sigma F15, but I LOVE this brush and it’s great for so many different tasks. I’ve seen people use the same kind of brush to apply highlight and even bronzer – it really is the best multitasking face brush and I highly recommend picking a few up for your collection. I have three.

Milani Bronzer Xl- Powder Glow – Limted Edition Dolci | I purchased this limited edition shade Milani bronzer and highlight duo this past summer because I thought the bronzer would be a good shade for contouring. For the first few weeks I had I remember loving the hihglight for a bit of glow and stuck to using the bronzer when I would contour. This past week I started using the bronzer again only I used it for all over bronzing and warming up my complexion, and it’s great! My previous favorite was the NYC Sunny Bronzer and it was starting to look a little warm for this time of year. The bronzer half of this duo leans more neutral than warm, great for contouring, but also great for bronzer during the winter months.

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The only bummer about loving this product is that it’s limited edition and you can’t get your hands on it anymore. I’ve heard great things about the Wet N Wild Color Icon Contour Palette which comes in two shades, Caramel Toffee and Dulce de Leche. I’ve never seen these in my local Walmart or Walgreens, where most Wet N Wild products can be found, but they’re worth keeping an eye out for.

Lifestyle

TweetDeck and Latergram | Since I’m at work for the most of the day during the week, I can kind of slack in the social media department. I have just about every type of account out there (check the sidebar to follow me!), but I’m pretty terrible at posting updates or pictures throughout the day. To keep my posts consistent and be on the same schedule as blog posts, I start using TweetDeck again and I’m trying out Latergramme. I’m sure a lot of you have used TweetDeck before, and if not it’s super easy! You can log into your Twitter account on any computer, schedule tweets, and personalize the your Twitter dashboard with it. Sometime’s I’ll use Bit.ly to shorten my blog post links and then schedule to tweet about them throughout the week.

Latergram is similar to TweetDeck, but for Instagram. Unfortunately, Instgram doesn’t let you post directly from Latergram, but you can schedule the image and caption ahead of time and then you receive a push notification on your phone that redirects you to Instagram to post. Latergram has some bugs to fix yet and I’m not a big of how they have the keyboard setup in their app, but it’s great for having an image from a blog post scheduled shortly after it’s on my blog! Does anyone else use third-party apps or programs to schedule posts? I’d love to know what some other great options are.

New Pens | Remember when you were growing up and hated going back to school shopping? Is anyone else like me and now LOVES all things school, office, and stationary related? I don’t know what it is about owning every pen available at Target, but I feel the need to always be purchasing fun new pens even when I don’t need them. I purchased some Write Dudes Ultra Glide Gel pens while I was running errands and I’m loving them. They 0.5mm which my preference for gel pens; ballpoint I prefer 0.7mm. The colors are great, they write really well and smooth. And they were only $2.99! I love color coordinating my planner, especially with purple for my personal events. I recommend checking these out if you need new pens for the New Year!

Good luck to all starting out New Year’s Resolutions! If you’re starting out a new gym membership, be prepared to wait a half an hour for a treadmill. If you’ve added new goals to your weight lifting, you can do it and be as strong as you want! If you’re working towards more artistic goals, like becoming more creative like me, then write down all your ideas. New year, new adventures!

Friday Favorites | 12.18.15

I thought I’d start doing Friday Favorites posts when I have products to share with from the previous week. On YouTube, I’m subscribed to LipglossLeslie who does these videos weekly and they’re some of my favorite to watch. These posts also shows what I like do and wear throughout the work week in terms of makeup, clothes, and lifestyle updates.

Makeup

Brownie Points

ELF Smudge Pot – Brownie Points

ELF Smudge Pot Brownie Points

I’ve had the ELF Smudge Pot in Crusin’ Chic for a while and it’s the best cream shadow I own! It’s very similar in color to the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, but better. I purchased a new Bad to Bronze this past spring and it’s already too dry for my liking. The ELF Smudge Pots don’t dry out – they’re creamy, pigmented, and are great for one shadow looks and bases for more dramatic looks. brownie points label

I purchased Brownie Points because LipglossLeslie talked so highly about it, and it’s just as good as she said. It’s slightly darker and more bronze than Crusin’ Chic and works great as a base for a smokey eye. All I did was pop a transition shade in the crease, add some smokey liner, and use an inner corner highlight.
Definitely wearing that smokey eye to our upcoming Winter Solstice Party! I’m even thinking about going back to Target to get the Wine Not color, which would be great for a Christmas look!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Cannes

NYX matte lip cream

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Cannes

I picked this up at Ulta while I taking advantage of my 20% off coupon that’s offered during the holidays. I had always heard great things about these lip products, and I’m so happy I finally picked one up. I definitely want to go back and get a whole bunch more! The formula isn’t drying, even after the product sets down to a nearly matte finish. I own the liquid to matte lipsticks from Milani and ColourPop, and I’m not crazy about either especially the ColourPop formula – they’re just too dry. The NYX isn’t. And the color is a great everyday, terra cotta shade that I can easily wear to work or on an evening out.

 

Simple Eye Looks
Since I get up pretty early to be into work around 8 a.m., I usually keep the makeup pretty fast and simple. I don’t usually like doing simple eye looks as much, but this week I’ve really been into it. I’ve been using bronze and taupe shades to make everything easy, but still put-together for work. I dug out MAC’s Satin Taupe which was one of the first MAC shadows I ever purchased, and I still love it!

 

Outfit of the Week

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Sweater – H&M, Necklace – Call It Spring

I think it would be fun to share my favorite outfit of the week if I’m able to get a good photo of it! I recently started a new job and had to switch to a business casual dress code, so I’m still learning on what clothes work for my style and that I can wear to work. This week my favorite outfit were simple black pants, a green sweater, low wedges, and a statement necklace. The pants are from OldNavy.com, petite section and sweater is this from H&M in an amazing jade green color that I always get compliments on it. The low wedges are Nine West Irina Wedge Pump add a bit of
sophistication to the outfit and I got the necklacerose gold necklace from Call It Spring two summers ago.

 

 

Cookies!
There’s not many times of the year when I rave about how much I’m enjoying cookies, but Christmas and holidays are an exception to the rule! It’s a tradition for many families to make cookies in celebration of their holiday this season. This past week I made two cookie recipes that I want to share in case anyone is looking for a new recipe to try this weekend! First, Jake and I made eggnog cookies last weekend; eggnog being one of Jake’s favorites this time of year. They’re soft and chewy, a little sweet so be careful with how many you have in one sitting. Then there was a cookie exchange at work and I brought cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies. These were amazing and highly recommend them! I found the recipe on Pinterest, and she suggests adding white chocolate chips to the tops of the cookies as soon as they’re out of the oven to make them look even tastier!

Base Essentials | Foundations, Powder, Tools

I work at an office job and I’m usually so busy through the day that I barely have time for get water or use the bathroom, let alone time to touch up my foundation or powder throughout the day. It’s pretty much required that I have a foundation routine that is medium to high coverage and long-lasting so I don’t have to touch up or worry about getting shiny. These are the base and foundation products that I use to achieve this look and keep my looking great until the end of the day.

Foundations

Most of the foundations I use nowadays have a higher coverage and are usually loved by those with oily skin. For years my skins was dry to normal, but in the past six months or so I’ve started getting shiny throughout the day. These are the only foundations I feel comfortable wearing all day that help keep the shine away.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation, Natural Beige
I already talked about my love for this foundation in my November favorites and I’m still loving it. It’s the only foundation I’ve worn for a month straight now. I wear the shade Natural Beige, which is usually the case for most foundations, and I don’t have any issues with the shade oxidizing throughout the day like I had previously heard. The consistency is more of a liquid than I was expecting which makes it apply a lot easier and keeps from setting too quickly during application. This foundation does have a scent to it, kind of like paint, that may bother some who are sensitive to smell, but once the product sets it’s no longer detectable. The packaging is glass, which could be a downfall when it comes to traveling, but it does include a pump which I think makes up for that. I highly recommend this foundation if you need one with great coverage and that lasts all day.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 HR Foundation, Natural Buff
I got this foundation at the beginning of summer in the shade Natural Buff, and at the time it was a bit too dark. I also had some issues with getting the foundation to apply evenly without it looking cakey. I ended purchasing a Beauty Blender and getting a bit of a tan, and this became my go-to foundation for the summer months. I wore it for three months straight through the heat and humidity of summer, and with the Beauty Blender it didn’t look the least bit cakey. During our vacations and road trips over the summer, this was what I traveled with since it’s a convenient squeezable packaging. I haven’t been wearing this much since October as the color doesn’t match the best right now, but I will go back to as soon as the summer months come back around.

Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation
This is another foundation from Cover Girl, that I think as a more natural finish to it that the Outlast formula, but still has amazing coverage while keeping shine away. I rediscovered this foundation in my collection before Jake and I went on a little road trip in October. I brought it with because it has travel friendly, squeezable packaging (similar to the L’Oreal foundation) and was so surprised at how well it held up while hiking and during some rainy weather we encountered. I wear the shade Natural Beige and it’s a great shade for me this time of year.

Powders
Hands down the best powder you can buy for your collection is the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural. I absolutely love and highly recommend purchasing it even at the $32 price tag. I wear the shade medium dark which matches me most of the year. I use it to set my T-zone and also use it to touch-up throughout the day. When I’m not using MSF Natural, I’m using the  L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in the shade N4. During the winter months my MSF Natural can run a bit too dark for me and I find that the L’Oreal powder is a great alternative in terms of the finish, application, and longevity. Sometimes I like to use a loose powder for setting concealer, baking, or even as a pre-step to applying foundation, the Wayne Goss Technique. Originally I purchase the Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder, but returned it because I wasn’t sure I would use it enough to justify the price. Instead I purchase the NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in translucent and it works great for me. It’s about $4 at Target and find it to be super versatile. If you find that the translucent shade is showing up on your skin tone or coming off ashy there’s another shade that has a bit of a tint to it.

Tools

I swear by my Beauty Blender. I will never go back to using a foundation brush to apply my liquid, and even some of my pressed, cream foundations. I find that it applies high coverage foundations evenly without leaving a cakey finish that I use to have with kabuki style brushes. I also use it to apply concealer under my eyes, which helps pick up any excess product and reduces creasing or settling. For my powders I love the Sigma F15 Duo Fibre Powder/Blush, which doubles as a blush brush for highly pigmented blush shades. I recently included both of these tools in my November Favorites and they’re absolutely essentially to my foundation routine.

Primer/Setting

Honestly, I’ve yet to find a primer that I think is making a difference in my foundations longevity or how my makeup looks. I have a few I’m trying to work through, but nothing I consider an essential. I do however swear by the Urban Decay Setting Spray; I use the original. I love it and can definitely tell a difference when I don’t use it to set my makeup. Often times I go to the gym right after work and do not remove my makeup, but when I’m done with my run I don’t know notice my makeup running or even coming off when I blot. I really attribute that to the setting spray.

Like I said, I haven’t found a good primer that I find to be essential to my foundation routine, but I am on the look out for one. I’ve heard awesome things about the Makeup Forever primers and now that my skin gets oily throughout the day, I’m think about trying the mattifying primer that’s had nothing my rave reviews. I also wouldn’t mind trying the Smashbox Primer Water since so many reviews claim that it’s a game changer. Just a few makeup items I can add to my Christmast list!