Saturday, November 21, 2015

Z Palette Eyeshadows: Makeup Geek, Anastasia Beverly Hills, & MAC

Hi everyone!! ❥ It's been a while...
School has been CRAZY as usual. But it's finally Thanksgiving Break!  

I had a few requests on Instagram to name the eyeshadows that were in this palette. So here is my more neutral Z-Palette, which is finally FULL of eyeshadows! I have had this palette since last Christmas! This palette has a mixture of Makeup Geek, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and MAC single shadows. 

*Makeup Geek (MG) 
*Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) 

Top Row: Vanilla Bean (MG), Bling (MG), Peach Smoothie (MG), Creme Brulee (MG), 
Starry Eyed (MG), Birkin (ABH), and Dusty Rose (ABH) 

Second Row: Voltage (MG), Metal (ABH), Pink Champagne (ABH), Grandstand (MG), 
Cocoa Bear (MG), Coppering (MAC), Flame Thrower (MG) 

Third Row: Deep Plum (ABH), Showtime (MG), Bitten (MG), Deep Damson (MAC), 
Rosette (ABH), Mesmerized (MG), Prom Night (MG) 

Bottom Row: Poppy (MG), Mai Tai (MG), Fresh Peach (ABH), Truffle Glitter (ABH), Havoc (MG), Corrupt (MG) 

Now, here is my more colorful Z-Palette :) I haven't quite filled this one up.. yet!

Top Row: Caitlin Rose (MG), Iridescent Purple (ABH), Opaline (ABH), Wisteria (MG), 
Electro (ABH), Day Dreamer (MG), Blacklight (MG) 

Second Row: Mermaid (ABH), Houdini (MG), Dragonfly (ABH), Secret Garden (MG), 
Shark Bait (MG), Pegasus (MG), and Mermaid (MG) 

Bottom Row: Jester (MG), Typhoon (MG), Fantasy (MG), High Wire (MG), Whimsical (MG) 

Makeup Geek

So, there you have it. No, this is not a sponsored post. I adore all of these brands :) 

Thanks for bearing with me in these busy, crazy times. There is a lot of negativity in this world, just remember to be thankful not only this season, but all year long. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!! ❥❥❥ 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Makeup Geek Duochromes Review & Swatches

Makeup Geek Duochromes launched last week! Of course I had to get my hands on some of them. 
If you don't already know, Makeup Geek is one of my favorite brands considering their amazing quality and prices! 
This line of shadows and pigments are called duochromes because they reflect two different colors, some of them reflect even more. 
I purchased 3 pigments and 6 single shadows. 
Pigments $12              Eyeshadows $6 
Scroll to bottom for review 

I'll start with my FAVORITE pigment, Hologram! Yes, it has a crack in it :( I'm not sure when it happened but I am hoping it won't completely break open!
"Orangey-pink base with green and gold reflects"
**Update: I emailed Makeup Geek Customer Service and they will be sending me an empty replacement jar when they receive the new and improved ones. They have great customer service! 

Next is Sugar Rush. I was stunned when I swatched this one.. You will see!
"Translucent base with icy blue and purple reflects" 
This is Chameleon. Teal is my favorite color :)
"Deep teal base with gold reflects" 
 Cue the music. Aren't they stunning?! I own two other Makeup Geek Pigments and I can tell you, they are all so beautiful. Not only that but pigments will last a very long time. It only take a tiny amount of the pigment for it to show up like this! 
I have to own the rest of these.. 

"Vanilla base with champagne-yellow reflects"

"Apricot base with orchid reflects"

"Electric purple base with icy blue reflects"

"Deep espresso base with bright teal reflects"

"Deep teal base with green and gold reflects"

"Warm red-brown base with teal reflects" 

 Pictures above were taken in natural lighting, no primer! 

Picture above taken with the flash on! So majestic... 

Now for my review of the pigments and eyeshadows
Texture (soft and buttery) 
Packaging (arrived in good condition in gorgeous reflective packaging) 
Pan size 
Labeled pans (sticker label on bottom of eyeshadow pan) 
Unique names 
Color selection 
Cruelty free

Some had fallout (Mai Tai) 

New packaging (less messy and really pretty) - 
         in the top picture you can see the lids of the new packaging!
Quantity (amount of the pigment) 
Nicely labeled 
Unique names 
Color selection  
Cruelty free

Packaging (Hollogram jar broken)  
          **Contacted Customer Service and will be send a replacement jar when new and improved ones come in
Fallout (most pigments will have some fallout) 

Here is the packaging they came in, how gorgeous!!

Thanks for stopping by to read this post! I appreciate all of your support. 
If you haven't got your hands on any Makeup Geek products be sure to check them out, you won't be disappointed! I am very happy with all of my Makeup Geek purchases and these duochromes were no exception. 
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Dr. Bronners Soap: Magical Makeup Brush Cleaner

Happy Saturday! 
Okay, I just cleaned my brushes today using this Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap and I was amazed. A while back, Samantha from Batalash recommended this as a makeup brush cleaner. When I saw it in Fred Meyer I HAD to get some! 
The price is just $3-5 for 5 oz.

There are 8 scents available- peppermint, almond, unscented, citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, rose, and tea tree. 

My makeup brushes haven't been this clean in months! It took me half the time it normally does to clean all of them. This soap is very effective.. It easily removes makeup from brushes. Plus it smells great! This soap is also great for cleaning your makeup sponges. I used it to clean my Beauty Blender!
I did use a shampoo afterward to soften the brush hairs because they kind of had that sticky soap feeling. 

I just wet the brush and ran over soap in circular motions a few times, then rinsed. 

This soap is made with organic oils and is certified fair trade. 

 Look how white, clean, & fluffy they are!! 
So, there you have it. I was so excited I immediately had to blog about it and tell all of you :) 
Next time I clean my brushes I will try to have someone film the magic. 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Review

I've been wanting to do this blog post for so long now and just haven't had the time. I've been using the L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation for months now. This is my ABSOLUTE favorite foundation thus far. Beyond any high-end foundation I've tried, this truly stays on my face and doesn't break up throughout the day. I have pretty oily skin with some acne scarring. The cost is around $12-13 at Ulta and WalMart.
Coverage- medium but buildable 
Long wearing (my days start at 6am and end at 11pm, wears well all day)
Doesn't break up 
Finish- matte without looking too flat 
Oil control 
Availability of shades 
Packaging (nice for travel/ tubes are more sanitary)

Applies best with Beauty Blender for me 
Can look cakey if you apply too much 
Can look streaky when applied with a brush 
Price for drugstore (it's worth every penny..)

There you have it :) I would definitely recommend this foundation. Here is a photo of me wearing it.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dragon's Loyalty Award: Nominated by The Wonky Brow

Hello again everyone! 
It has been busy, busy, busy for me the last few weeks! I have been preparing for school once again and not only that, but my program at school! It's a very intense workload but I will post for you as much as I can. I may not be posting very long and detailed posts for the next few months, I apologize. I do have some previous makeup looks I'll be sharing soon! :) 
  Dragon's Loyalty Blog Award
I was presented this award by StephieeBee over at The Wonky Brow 
 This award goes to "the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comment regularly" (Vintage Book Fairy). Thank you so much to Stephiee for nominating me! I appreciate her support and I love her blog! Go check it out! 
The Dragon's Loyalty Award Rules:
  • Display the award certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever present your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you've linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about your self
7 Interesting Things About Me: 

1. I am obsessed with basically all animals, they are better than people ;)

2. I have never had surgery of any kind.

3. I sat front row at a Katy Perry concert and she took a nerdy fangirl letter I wrote to her.

4.  I am a lefty, but I do most things, other than writing, with my right hand.

5. I can't get into bed at night without lotioning my feet first.

6. I have asthma, and it's terrible.

7. My previous occupations have been farm girl picking spuds and driving a tractor (spud harvest here in Idaho haha), secretary/cleaning lady, Developmental Therapist working with people who have developmental disabilities, Beachbody Coach, and secretary/Medicaid billing. Currently I am just a poor college student :)

So there's my bit. I hope it was at least a little entertaining!

I Nominate:

I just chose 10

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Marissa (
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I chose you based on your support of my blog and Instagram posts! You don't have to participate, this is just for fun :) Thank you all so much for your support and kindness.
Thank you again Stephiee for this nomination.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Collab with @girlyoh: Makeup Details

Hey everyone!

I have been waiting what feels like so long to share this collab with you! 
I did a peacock inspired eye look and she followed with a very stunning and edgy nail look :) 

Go gollow +girlyOh! She is amazingly talented and sweet. Her nail game is on point!
Keep reading for makeup details! 
To start I used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 
Makeup Geek Pegasus foiled eyeshadow on the inner lid
Makeup Geek Fantasy foiled eyeshadow in the center
Makeup Geek Day Dreamer and Caitlyn Rose on the outer lid 
Makeup Geek Wisteria in the crease 
     Follow same order of shadows on the lower lash line, smoked out with Wisteria
Makeup Geek High Wire on the inner corner of the eye 

Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 liner in Ultra Black 
NYX Cosmetics Glam Liner Aqua Luxe in Glam Lagoon over top of black liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Retrograde over the black liner as well 

House of Lashes Iconic lashes 

Makeup Geek Corrupt eyeshadow 

NYX Cosmetics Retractable Eye Liner in Gypsy Blue on the outer corners 
NYX Cosmetics Retractable Eye Liner in Purple in the center 
Makeup Geek Day Dreamer and High Wire foiled eyeshadows in the center  

Jewels came from Porter's Craft & Frame- glued on with lash adhesive 

I hope you guys liked it! 
Thanks again to Michelle at girlyoh for asking me to collaborate with her. I had a lot of fun with this and the nails are amazing! Go follow her and subscribe to her YouTube channel!

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

About My Love for Makeup

Hello Beauties

I want to get into something more personal today. 
I have noticed that sometimes when people ask me about makeup or talk to me about makeup, I feel almost ashamed to say that I love makeup. I'm honestly not sure why, but I want to talk to you today about why it's okay to love makeup. 

I started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube a few years ago and I was so inspired. I started buying different kinds of makeup and testing out techniques I had never tried before. 
It was love at first sight.. ;) 

I began to make it a daily habit to watch at least one YouTube video a day, because I was becoming quite addicted. The makeup community is so fun and exciting. I love being unique and testing out new methods and products. I also have loved dedicating a blog to beauty. I have met so many amazing people through here, Instagram, and Twitter who share the same love of makeup. People have been so supportive. I have been able to really connect with people who share this similar interest, and they're incredible. I love seeing other people's work and sharing tips and tricks. Thank you all!

Back on the subject here..  I have found that I can be embarrassed to talk about the fact that I love makeup with some people. 
Ladies and gentlemen, you should not be ashamed to express your love of makeup. 
I don't wear it because I am covering up what I think is ugly, I don't wear it because I want to impress boys or friends, I wear makeup for ME. I feel perfectly comfortable with myself and my inner beauty that I don't need to use makeup as a way of making myself more secure. I still feel fine not wearing any makeup, I just prefer to. I still love the person that I am when the makeup comes off.

I wear makeup because it gives me more confidence and allows me to express myself. It makes me feel good on the inside and on the outside. 
I do not think there is anything wrong with wearing no makeup or minimal makeup. I won't judge you because you don't love makeup or because you don't wear makeup. I won't judge you if you want to wear full face glam to the pool or on a daily basis. YOU DO YOU.

I don't want to feel ashamed anymore to say that I love makeup. I don't want to feel embarrassed for wearing false lashes everywhere I go. I don't want to feel embarrassed when I want to rock a teal eyeshadow or graphic winged liner on a typical day. I don't want to feel embarrassed for contouring my face or highlighting so the gods above can see that glow. 

There is nothing wrong with loving makeup. Cake that shi* on if you want, or don't wear any, it's YOUR choice. 

I find makeup to be fun and exciting. I try a new look every single day. Some days I don't wear any makeup and some days I wear just a little. I feel it's a way to express myself. I love feeling glam and unique. I shouldn't have to feel ashamed to say that what I like to do in my spare time is play around with different makeup looks. It's a great way to distract myself from problems or stress.

I'm not trying to be the girl with the most makeup or the best makeup, I just want to have fun with it. It doesn't matter whether it's drugstore or high end. It doesn't matter if I spend $100 or $1.00 it's all great.

In my mind, makeup is an art form. It takes a lot of practice and patience. Us ladies have a special talent because you can be sure that it is not easy to apply makeup. It's all about symmetry and angles, contouring and sculpting. It's about figuring out what's right for your skin type, skin tone, eye shape, hair color, eye color, eye shape, etc. It's no question as to why they are called "makeup artists."

This brings up another point: Just because you went to school for makeup doesn't necessarily make you "better" than those who have taught themselves. Plenty of the YouTubers I watch are self taught and their work is just as amazing as anyone who went to school for makeup. Don't be ashamed to call yourself a "self-taught" makeup artist. It doesn't make you any less than a makeup artist.

So, whether you are a boy or girl, or 100 years old, don't feel ashamed to express yourself through a love of makeup. There is beauty in simplicity and there is beauty in the extravagant. Show 'em what you got.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation Review

 This post is really overdue since I've had this foundation for a little over 3 months! My skin type is combination oily. At times I get really dry spots on my skin, but for the most part my skin is oily. 
This foundation is available at Ulta and Sephora. I bought the shades "Light Beige" and "Medium Beige" for my tan days. The cost is more high end, at $39. 
Coverage (some spots may still show through.. but it's preeettyy full coverage)
Amount of Product
Packaging (Easy to use/good for travel)
Cruelty-free Brand 
Selection of shades 
Dries matte 
Perfect for oily skin 

Can settle in fine lines and large pores (most foundations do this on my anyway)
Can look cakey if too much is applied 
Clings to dry patches (may not be the best for dry skin types)
I truly love this foundation. It applies really well to my skin and stays on all day. For me it lasts even longer than 12-hours. I use a translucent setting powder to set it since I am extra oily. I use the Morphe Brushes M439 to apply with MAC Fix+

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