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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