Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Inglot Matte blues and browns (Great for blue eyes!)

Ugh, sorry the photo quality is so shitty

Although this look is flattering with blue eyes, I feel that it only emphasizes dark circles (like in the photos above) A little more coverage would have been nice, but oh well. :) At least the blues counteract the redness! All of the eyeshadows I used for this look are all matte and all by Inglot, Freedom System Eye Shadows.
Left to right-#110R, #318, #117R

Inner corner/Brow Bone-#318(white)
Lid- #117R (middle brown on the inner part, darkest cool brown on the outer part)
Crease-#117R (lightest beigey color) and #110 (the lightest blue)
Outer V-#110R (the darkest deep blue)

Other products I used:
Revlon Colorstay and Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundations (mixed)
Coastal Scents Gel Liner in True Black
Maybelline Colossal Mascara
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
ELF Eyebrow Kit in Ash
MAC FIX+ Spray
NYX Powder Blush in Peach
MACpro lipstick in Flesh Pot
NYX Lipgloss in Sweet Heart
Inglot Under Makeup Base
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer

Quick, easy, neutral eyes done in under 3 min!~Using the Urban Decay Naked Palette I

Hey all!

Today I did a look using everyday neutrals with the UD Naked Palette!

Everything I used:
Base- NYX Jumbo Pencil in French Fries
Brow Bone- Virgin
Eyeliner and Lower Lash Line- Darkhorse and ELF Cream Liner in Coffee (waterline)
Mascara- Maybelline Colossal

ELF Eyebrow Kit in Ash

NYX Megashine Lip Gloss in Smokey Look and NYX Round Lipstick in Paris

~Face and Cheeks~
Foundation- Neutrogena Healthy Skin in Natural Ivory and Revlon Colorstay in Ivory (mixed together)
Bronzer- MAC Refined Golden
Concealer- Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer and Benefit Powderflage

I was really quick doing the eyes because I only used two eyeshadows with minimal blending. If you're new to make up and an on the go kind of gal this look will be perfect for you. First, I skipped priming and used a base instead. I applied French Fries all over my lid and blended it up to the brow bone, keeping the most product as I could on my lids. I then packed Naked onto the lids over top of the base, and then blended it into the crease. After that, I softened the edges of the crease with a clean blending brush and applied Virgin to my brow bone. Instead of using eyeliner, I used the Darkhorse eyeshadow for a softer, more natural look. Lastly, I used Darkhorse on the lower lash line, applied mascara, bronzed my cheeks, and finished the rest of my face. It's very quick and simple and with the UD Naked Palette, you'll never get bored with neutrals!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Green Lantern Inspired Look

Hey guys, I thought I'd kick off the first look from my super hero series with this gorgeous green and black smokey eye inspired by the Green Lantern! I know those of you who are geeky like me (or just love Ryan Reynold's hot ass!) will appreciate this look! 

Please give my Green Latern look some "Love" if you like it!! if i get enough votes, I'll be on the front page of makeupgeek.com :D http://www.makeupgeek.com/idea-gallery/look/green-lantern-inspired-4/

Everything I used:
Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in Ivory mixed with Neutrogena Healthy Skin in Natural Ivory
Cheeks: NYX Powder Blush in Angel
Lips: MACpro Lipstick in Fleshpot and NYX Megashine Lipgloss in Nude Peach
Eyebrows: ELF Eyebrow Kit in Ash
Mascara: Maybelline Colossal
Eyeliner: NYC Liquid Liner in Black

This look is quite simple, it’s just a little packing, layering, and blending.
First, for a base I used Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Lime all over the lid and on the lash line. Then I applied the green shade in the middle of #109R (Rainbow) by Inglot in my crease. On the lid, I packed on MUG eyeshadow in Corrupt and blended it up into the crease. I went over the crease again with the lightest green in #109R and brought it up just a tad higher, and went back in with the middle green (#109R) on to the crease, for a well blended gradient-like effect. I used #318 by Inglot which is a matte white as the brow bone highlight.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows!!! *Updated* Haul/Review/Swatches

 Moondust - Twilight

Metallic silvery taupe - Pale shimmery muted purple 

Metallic medium silver

Raspberry red/pink with gold glitter
Matte Black

 Taupe Notch - Unexpected
Stealth - Galaxy
 Shimmery taupe - Matte pale pinky brown
Matte true gray - Metallic gun metal
Pale Matte Lavender

Matte royal purple
Sparkly blue-purple
Matte dark blue-green

Deep Metallic Green
Metallic teal with gold reflects

Metallic mint green with gold shimmer

Dirty Martini
Matte olive green

Gold Digger
 True metallic gold
Yellow Brick Road
Shimmery pale yellow


Top to Bottom: Duchess - Unicorn - Peacock - Mermaid - Corrupt
(I swiped them each w/ a sponge TWICE before I swatched them on my arm in this photo)

 Unexpected - Moondust - Twilight - Taupe Notch - Stealth - Mercury - Galaxy

 Fairytale - Yellow Brick Road - Gold Digger - Razzleberry - Envy - Dirty Martini - Shimmermint

These lovely eyeshadows shipped wonderfully, quickly and cheaply. :D I purchased 5 a while back but I won a MUG Facebook makeup contest, and they sent me 8 eyeshadows of my choice and an extra 6 for some feedback on the website! :D How amazing is this indie makeup company???

I love Makeupgeek and I have been following Marlena's tutorials since before I decided to become a makeup artist back in 2008. She is a gifted artist and a fantastic teacher, so if you are just starting out in makeup, you should check out her website, Makeupgeek.com. Everyone that I have spoke to on the MUG staff is extremely helpful, friendly, and they are very quick to respond if you're having a problem and they ALWAYS ship my orders out the day of or the day after they receive it. I really like that the MUG team is always asking for feedback on their website and products, and they actually listen, respond, and make the changes if need be. I <3 MUG!

If I could compare these eyeshadows to any high end company, it would probably be MAC. I LOVE the names they came up with for these eye shadows! Corrupt is my all- time favorite out of all these eyeshadows. It has smooth texture, isn't too powdery, (I hardly get any fall out while I use it) and best of all this black is INTENSE. If you go to the MUG store, you'll see they have a picture of it swatched next to MAC's Black Tied. Most "black" eyeshadows look gray compared to Corrupt. It's insane. After swatching all of these without a primer, I've come to realize that Corrupt, Shimmermint, Stealth, Dirty Martini, Moondust, and Taupe Notch have the highest pigmentation of the 19 MUG eyeshadow that I currently have. Fairytale, Duchess, Unicorn, Mercury, Mermaid, Twilight, Galaxy, Unexpected, Gold Digger are all pretty average in quality, I got a touch of sheerness and a lot of powdery fall out when swatching some of them but you can build them up pretty easily.

I was unimpressed with Razzleberry, Yellow Brick Road, and Peacock. Razzleberry is too sheer and the gold flecks of glitter fall out everywhere. Yellow Brick Road isn't very pigmented and almost looks invisible on my skin. Peacock is my least favorite because of the sheerness, and the problems I have with blending into other eyeshadows. I still have yet to put the ones I won in the contest on top of a primer though, so they might pick up pigmentation a little better with it. A lot of the MUG shadows are a hit or a miss but the price ($6 per pan) makes it worth the risk, in my opinion. I was really hoping they would have more cooler neutrals than Mocha, but even that is a medium brown; it leans neither cool or warm. Since they are fairly new, they are probably still tweaking each eyeshadow to perfection and adding more shades which probably takes some time and I am cool with that-- I just enjoy supporting independent makeup brands because they work their asses off. I love that they come in pans only because I like customizing my own palettes but I won't be repurchasing any more MUG eyeshadows unless they make something unique that I don't already have in my collection.

This is a look I did using MUG Corrupt :) Give me some "love" on MUG if you like this look!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Primers: ELF vs UD vs Palladio. Are expensive primers worth the $$??

ELF Mineral Eyelid Primer, Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer, Urban Decay Primer Potion

lol, I don't know how or why the picture flipped.

As you can see, the ELF swatch looks shiny because the formulation for this primer is very greasy and because of this, it creases easily even if your eyelids aren't naturally oily. The ELF one picks up a little color, but not as much as the other two. With Palladio, the eyeshadow is more intense but UD is by far the best out of the three.

Once again, why the heck is this flipped?

Eight hours later, the eyeshadows are still remaining on my arm with UD still remaining the most intense swatch, and ELF and Palladio remain the same and are quite faded. All of them work, but depending on the type of skin you have on your eyelids, this can really determine the longevity of your eyeshadow before it fades and creases. If you have oily lids, it would be best to avoid primers that have greasy textures like ELF. UD is by far one of the best primers out there, and definitely worth the $19.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Amazing Cosmetics Little Amazing Concealer

Hey guys! Quick review today :)

Amazing Cosmetics claims that their AmazingConcealer is a multipurpose full coverage concealer. These concealers are flesh toned so they won't counteract the blue, green, or red from your face. The consistency isn't thick enough to cover blemishes either. To say that it's a full coverage concealer is also a bit of a stretch. This concealer works at it's best under your eyes for a little brightening but won't completely erase your dark circles. However, they come in 10 different shades which means there is one for everyone. So, you're getting .2 oz of product for $28, which is a little less than "amazing"....but hey, if it floats your boat.

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