Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette Review

Hello Makeup Geeks! Today I have a review of the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. I know a lot of people have seen this and there have been several reviews on it, but I wanted to share my thoughts about it with you as well. It’s been a while since I reviewed anything from Urban Decay and they really do have amazing products and great packaging. Every year they release a new palette and this year they gave us the Vice 2 Palette.

So let’s get on to the review. 🙂

Urban Decay Vice 2 01

URBAN DECAY VICE 2 PALETTE

The Urban Decay Vice 2 retails for $59.00. This may seem like a lot but when you break down the cost it’s really not. This palette includes 20 new and exclusive shades at 0.03 ounces each. UD eyeshadows typically sell for $18.00 for 0.05 ounces of product, so overall this is a great price for the amount of shadows you get and also for the great packaging. It also include a dual ended brush that I am not a huge fan of.

PACKAGING

I really love the packaging on this. It’s not your typical cardboard like the Vice 1 was, this is a sturdy plastic case swirled with shades of purple and embossed with the raised diamond like logo “UD”.  There are several things that I really like about this palette;

  1. Besides the palette being sturdy, it also has a button that you push to allow the lid to glide open gently.
  2. It has a large mirror which is the same size as the palette.
  3. The top of the palette with the mirror doesn’t fall all the way back, it stays open which makes it convenient to use.

This is where I feel the majority of the money goes to on this palette. They really spared no expense and overlooked no detail when designing this. Continue reading

7 Ways to Look Younger Using Just Makeup!

We all want to look our best, and by our “best” we usually mean younger. There are a lot of ways to help slow down the aging process. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, using sunscreen to help block harmful UV rays, and drinking a lot of water are just a few.  Getting the right amount of exercise also helps slow down the aging process.

Some women have the idea that the more makeup they apply the better they will look. But the truth is, using too much makeup can settle into fine lines and wrinkles that we acquire as we get older. This makes them stand out instead of covering them up. However, with the right tricks, turning back the clock can be as easy as opening your makeup bag.

1. Skip the Powder

As we age, we tend to lose the natural glow of our skin. You would think that powder, being lightweight and non-greasy would mean it’s a necessity but that’s not always the case. Powder can easily embed itself into the fine lines and wrinkles on your face, especially around your eyes and that will only exaggerate them. Also, adding powder to the skin can make it look cakey or dull.  Instead, opt for a foundation that is lightweight or a tinted moisturizer. This will help even out your skin tone without making it feel greasy and allow your skin to shine through.

My top pick: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation  (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora) (Nordstrom)

2. Apply a Creamy Pink Blush

Just like face powder, a powder blush can set into the fine lines and wrinkles that occur over time. It can also make your skin appear dull. Opting for a cream blush adds a glow to your cheeks without overdoing it. Make sure you pick the right shade for your skin tone no matter if you have light, medium, or dark skin. Using a pink color will add a nice flush to your cheeks that will give them a more youthful appearance. Just remember to use clean fingers when patting the cream blush to your cheeks to avoid getting any germs into your pores

My top pick: NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic (Makeup Geek Store)

3. Curl your Lashes

Curling your lashes immediately makes the eye pop. With time, the eyelid begins to droop and eyelashes begin to flatten. You need to give the appearance of everything being pulled up. Curling your lashes gives the appearance of your eyes being more open and wide therefore looking more youthful.  Remember to apply a couple coats of mascara, but even if you don’t make sure you curl those lashes.

My top pick: Shu Uemura Lash Curler  (Amazon) (eBay)

Also: Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler (Amazon) (eBay)

4. Wear Plumping Lipgloss

Thinning lips is another sign of aging. Although you can’t turn back the clock and make your lips full like they once were, you can help give the effect of fuller more supple lips by using a plumping lipgloss. This will also help your lips feel fuller and appear thicker than normal. You will know when you have a good plumping lipgloss by the slight tingle on your lips. This lets you know it is working. You should however, avoid using dark colors as this will give your lips a shadow effect and actually make them appear smaller.

My top pick: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lipgloss in Bambi (Amazon) (eBay)

Also:  NYX Plump It Up Lip Plumper (Amazon) (eBay)

5. Conceal your Dark Circles

Whether it’s from lack of sleep, heredity, or age, having dark circles under your eyes will make you appear older than you actually are. Dark circles actually make your face look as if it is being drawn downward. The trick to correctly concealing them is not to use your normal concealer. Use a concealer that is peach or salmon color as this will help to counteract the blue color that most under circles tend to be. To add some brightness under the eye and make them appear more youthful, gently pat on a concealer over the corrector. Use one shade lighter than your natural skin color.  This will give automatically give a more youthful appearance to the eyes.

My top pick: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora) (Nordstrom)

Also: Makeup Forever Concealer Palette (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora)

6. Wing Your Liner

Just like curling your eyelashes, winging out your liner can give an instant lift to your eyes. As we age, our eyes begin to somewhat droop.  By winging out your liner you are instantly giving your eyes the appearance that they are being pulled upward. Many women find that creating a winged eye is hard to do. The reality of it is having the proper tools and making sure to use a gel liner.  Use an angled eyeliner brush like the Makeup Geek Bent Liner Brush which sells for $3.79 USD. If you are uncertain how to use one of these brushes or how to achieve that cat eye, or winged liner effect, check out our video “How To: Use An Angled Liner Brush“.

My top picks: Makeup Geek Gel Liner in “Immortal” and Makeup Geek Bent Liner Brush

Also: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in “Black” (Amazon) (eBay) (Nordstrom)

Ulta Haul & Review

Hello Makeup Geeks! I have a fun haul video to share with you today. Recently, Ulta was kind enough to send me some products and I wanted to review them for you. As always, I will only give fair and honest reviews about the products regardless of whether they were sent to me or I purchased them myself.

So let’s get started on this review. 🙂

Ulta Haul Porduct 09

Cargo_Swatches 01 Cargo_Swatches 02

Cargo Vintage Escape Fall Eyeshadow Palette

I love the packaging on this. It has a sleek brown faux leather design reminiscent of a distressed leather journal and is embossed with the Cargo name. I love this as it makes it easy to clean and great for travel.  This has 12 shades which are all fall inspired. All the colors are creamy and smooth and really nicely pigmented. The palette also comes with a dual ended brush, one side an angled eyeliner brush and the other a small flat brush.

  • Harvest Moon – Light Cream Satin
  • Cuddle – Soft Pink Satin
  • Frolic – Taupe Shimmer
  • Cinnamon – Brown/Copper with Copper Shimmer
  • Twigs – Blue/Grey Metallic
  • Black Crow – Black Matte
  • Crisp – Soft Gold Shimmer
  • Hot Cocoa – Neutral Milk Chocolate Matte
  • Autumn – Peach Matte
  • Withered Leaves – Muted Brown/Green with Green Shimmer
  • Rustic – Copper Metallic
  • Chestnut – Dark Matte Brown

Price: $55.70

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Cargo

Ulta Haul Porduct 02

StriVectin Tightening Neck Cream

This is non-comedogenic, oil-free and paraben-free which makes it perfect for anyone with sensitive skin like myself, but also works on any skin type. This is extremely smooth and glides on the skin and neck for a luxurious feel that isn’t oily or greasy. This also doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like other creams. The only downside to this is the price tag that accompanies it.

Price: $89.00 for 1.7 ounces

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

StriVectin Youthful Skin Trio or The Great Wrinkle Escape

This comes with 3 travel friendly products; Replenishing Cleanser, Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles and the Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles. I have used the Eye Concentrate before and loved it. It’s ideal for anyone who gets dry under their eyes as it is very moisturizing without being oily. I currently use the Intensive Concentrate on my face because it is oil-free and is very moisturizing on the dry parts of my face.

Price: Varies

Where to Buy: eBay

Clarisonic

I know these have been on the market for a while, but for those of you who don’t already own one it’s a great product! This cleans your skin deep into the pores and makes it feel amazing. This is no way abrasive to your skin or do you need harsh cleaners that can damage your face. It removes 6 times the dirt, oil and makeup than traditional methods.

Price: $150.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

Ulta Haul Porduct 04

Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

The trend has moved from BB Creams to CC Creams for this season and Pur Minerals has their version. This is an upgrade from the BB and is basically a tinted moisturizer that “color corrects”. This is a multitasking moisturizer, brightener, primer, concealer and SPF foundation all in one.  I did test this earlier but I can’t wear it as it contains Titanium Oxide which I am allergic to. It’s very smooth and silky and for it not being a full on foundation gives a good amount of coverage.

Price: $38.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

Ulta Haul Porduct 03

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm

From CC Creams to BB Creams, these are all the rage. This BB Cream from Stila is oil and paraben free which is great for your skin. It glides on smoothly to a slight powdery finish. This is perfect for those who prefer a very light or natural finish to their skin. The only thing I dislike about this is the odor, it had a slight medicine smell attached to it that was noticeable.

Price: $38.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

I tried this over the weekend and really liked it. I love the brush that comes with it as it really separates and thickens the lashes for a full voluminous effect.

Price: $19.50

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

Ulta Haul Porduct 07

Urban Decay Stardust Sparkling Lip Gloss

This has been out for a while but it has such a great effect to it. Infused with hints of glitter, this adds a multidimensional aspect to your lips. Ideal for a night out on the town this would look stunning for an added pop of fun or drama. The only downside is it’s only available in one shade.

Price: $19.00

Where to Buy: eBay, Urban Decay

Ulta Haul Porduct 06

Butter London Nail Polish

I have to be honest I have never tried their polishes before however I have heard about their remarkable quality. This is the shade “Pillar Box Red” which is a stunning candy apple red shade. The only downside is the price which is expensive for a nail polish. If you have tried these let me know what you think. 🙂

Price: $15.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

Ulta Haul Porduct 01

Philosophy Raspberry Sorbet 3-In-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

The fruity raspberry scent of this is very light and feminine. I love the fact it is a 3-in-1 product so you feel like you are getting more for your money. This really does have a true raspberry scent!

Price: $16.50 for 16 ounces

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

I really hope you all are having a great fall so far and are getting ready for the holiday season. 🙂 Have fun with your shopping and I will see you soon.

XOXO,

Marlena

Thanks to Makeup G
Regards – BloCosmetics.com

The List of MAC Dupes for Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

While I’ve been using Makeup Geek shadows more often in my tutorials, I don’t expect all Makeup Geek viewers to have all the shades at their disposal — and even those that have bought some of the Makeup Geek shadows may still have some suitible colors in their MAC collection.

This list is for those of you coming from the MAC world and either want to migrate your collection to Makeup Geek, those that want cheap alteratives to MAC, or those that want to find alternatives to the colors I used in a video.

I think we did a pretty good job of listing dupes I was aware of, but if you see some that MAC dupes that are missing, please feel free to list them in the comments below and we’ll try to update this list.   Also, if you think the dupe listed isn’t close enough, or if you know of a better one, let us know as well :)   Thanks!

Makeup Geek Appletini :  MAC One Off    (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Bada Bing : none

Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde : MAC Gorgeous Gold 

Makeup Geek Bling: MAC Mylar

Makeup Geek Brown Sugar : MAC Mulch  or MUFE 312

Makeup Geek Burlesque: non

Makeup Geek Chickadee : MAC Rule    (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Cinderella :   MAC Jest    (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear : MAC Brown Script

Makeup Geek Corrupt : MAC Carbon   (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Country Girl : none

Makeup Geek Cupcake : MAC Perky or Soft Flower  or MUFE 112

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini :  MAC Velvet Moss  (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Duchess : none

Makeup Geek Envy : none

Makeup Geek Fairytale : MAC Purple Haze

Makeup Geek Fuji : MAC Bitter  or MUFE 171

Makeup Geek Galaxy : MAC Charred  (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Glamorous : none

Makeup Geek Gold Digger : none

Makeup Geek Goddess : MAC Coppering

Makeup Geek Homecoming : none

Makeup Geek Ice Queen : MAC White Frost 

Makeup Geek Last Dance: MAC Folie

Makeup Geek Latte:  MAC Saddle

Makeup Geek Mandarine: none

Makeup Geek Mango Tango : MAC Firecracker (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Mercury : MAC Electra

Makeup Geek Mermaid :  MAC Steamy

Makeup Geek Mocha : MAC Ground Brown   (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Moondust :  MAC Patina  (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Neptune : MAC Cobalt   or MUFE 159

Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze :  none

 Makeup Geek Peacock : MAC Plumage

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy : MAC Sumptuous Olive

Makeup Geek Poolside : MAC Cool Heat  (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Preppy: none

Makeup Geek Pretentious : MAC Romp

Makeup Geek Purely Naked : MAC Arena (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Purple Rain : MAC Indian Ink (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Razzleberry : none

Makeup Geek Sea Mist :  none

Makeup Geek Sensuous :  none

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma :   MAC Shroom  (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Shimmermint :  MAC Warm Chill   (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Stealth : MAC Print

Makeup Geek Taupe Notch: none

Makeup Geek Twilight : MAC Illegal Cargo (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Unexpected :

Makeup Geek Unicorn : MAC Parfait Amour

Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean: Mac Blank Type

Makeup Geek White Lies : MAC Gesso   (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Wisteria : MAC Red Violet   (see swatch comparison)

Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road : none

Read more on Makeup G
BloCosmetics.com – more makeup posts – BloCosmetics.com – more skin care posts