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. 🙂

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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

August Hits and Misses

Hello Makeup Geeks! I have a fun review video for you today. I want to start doing these once a month to showcase hot new products, even if they are just new for me I want to share them with you all. These will be a variety of products that I would recommend you try, and some that you should skip. Hopefully, this will help you in finding new and exciting products to add to your collection. 🙂

So lets get started with this review!

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette

I have to admit the packaging on this is what first drew me in. These come with 10 different shades of eyeshadows, 2 matte and the rest are shimmer. My favorites are “Girly” which is a green/blue duochrome color that reminds me of our Utopia pigment. I also love the hot pink shade, “Totally Fetch” and “Badass” a sort of metallic blue. The gold “Instigator” is a favorite as well as it reminds me of our “Liquid Gold” pigment. I love that there is a matte dark brown for darkening the crease of the eye and the nude shade for highlight under the brow. I do wish some of the shades weren’t so bright so it was more versatile. However, the quality of the shadows and the packaging are amazing on this palette! Look for a full review by Leslie on this coming very soon! 🙂

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Price: $46.00

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Le Blush Crème De Chanel

As you all know I love my Stila cream blushes but being the true Makeup Geek I am I got bored and decided to try a new one. While at Nordstrom I picked up this Chanel Cream Blush in the shade “Presage” a beautiful coral shade. This color is perfect for medium/dark skin. The quality of these are flawless! These have intense pigmentation and once applied dry down to an almost powder finish. The formula is a sort of satin with non- greasy finish. This almost has a mousse type of feel to it just slightly thicker. The colors are gorgeous and I wish I had picked up more.

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Nordstrom

Price: $38.00

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15 Shades of Sephora

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Sephora different companies came out with products. Bite Cosmetics came out with 15 lipglosses in this set, one for each year Sephora has been open. The packaging on these is great. These are very pigmented and very creamy and glossy as well. The downside is the texture is so incredibly sticky that it literally felt like glue on my lips. I wanted to love these as I love lipglosses and loved the packaging on these too and the size as they are convenient to throw in your purse and take with you on the go. But when I put these on they were so sticky that the tissue was literally sticking to my lips. So I love everything about this except the texture. The price is great for all the shades you get but I will see if I can return this as I can’t get past the texture. I wouldn’t recommend this because of the really bad texture. It’s important to note this was available for a limited time.

Where to Buy:  eBay

Price: Varies

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Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream

I picked up one of these to try because the one thing I did love about the Bite lip products was the intense pigmentation. I picked up the shade “Moscato” and the texture on this is great. This is exactly how a lip cream should be. This is really like liquid lipstick, it’s thick, smooth and very highly pigmented! I love the lip creams and highly recommend them. The packaging is really good as well as it has a sleek see-through tube that allows you to see the actual color. This also comes with a flat doe-foot wand that is very precise and fool-proof which is great when you don’t have access to a mirror and need a touch-up.

Where to Buy: Amazon, Sephora

Price: $28.00

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Murad Renewing Eye Cream

I was in the market for a new eye cream and after reading the reviews on Sephora I picked up this one. I have to tell you this is like silk for the eyes! Yes this is pricey but it is worth it! I wish you could feel it, and you get enough that it should last you for a while as it only takes a little bit each time you use it. It is a mouse like cream that is in no way oily and still extremely moisturizing. It always makes me feel like I just got a facial when I use this. The only downside is the steep price tag that comes along with it which may keep me from buying it again.

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Price: $75.00

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

I picked two shades of their new lipstick to try. I decided on “Venom” which is a bright plum, and “Obsessed” which is a bright baby pink shade. I love these lipsticks! They are very pigmented and go on smooth without being drying. The packaging is sleek, modern and looks amazing as well. Look for a full review on these and the lipliners by Leslie coming soon. 🙂

Where to Buy: “Obsessed” – Amazon, eBay, Sephora; “Venom” – Amazon, Sephora

Price: $22.00

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Dior Airflash Matte Touch

You all know I love the Diorskin Airflash foundation for special occasions or for when I need a touchup in a hurry. This is basically a spray on powder. So once you have applied your foundation you just spray this powder over your skin for a flawless matte finish. This is great because sometimes when I touch-up my face and I am patting on powder with a puff or brush it will mess up my actual makeup. With this you simply spray it on and don’t touch. I really like this and it is such a great idea! The only downside is the price although it is less expensive as the Airflash Foundation. The other thing is that if you use this daily it won’t last a very long time. However, if you use this only for special occasions it would be worth it.

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Price: $49.00

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So that’s it for my monthly favorites for August. I am going to try my best to do these every month to showcase some new and exciting products that you may have not heard of or have been wondering about. I hope you all are doing great and as always stay happy and healthy!

XOXO,

Marlena

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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

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Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Hi Makeup Geeks!

I got to tape this video in my new house- as you can tell, it’s totally girly! (can you tell I’m a girly girl? 😉 ) I wanted to review the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush as everyone has been talking about them.  My reviews are always 100% honest and I did actually buy these myself!

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Packaging

These blushes come in a sleek rose gold case that includes a mirror and the blush itself.  I love how classy and “high end” these look, while being unique with the rose gold finish.  The compact is sturdy and is excellent quality.

Quality

The quality of these blushes is amazing.  I love how smooth and silky they feel while still remaining fairly pigmented.  My only complaint with these is the three pink colors are fairly similar.  There could have been a little bit more variation in color as well as matte finish instead of all just shimmery.

Here’s my recommendations for what colors to get for different skin colors!

  • Fair Skin:  Dim Infusion and Ethereal Glow
  • Medium Skin:  Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure
  • Dark Skin:  Radient Magenta and Diffused Heat

Blush Colors

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  • Dim Infusion:   Subdued Coral
  • Ethereal Glow:   Cool Pink
  • Luminous Flush:  Champagne Rose
  • Radient Magenta:   Golden Fuchsia
  • Diffused Heat:  Vibrant Poppy
  • Mood Exposure:   Soft Plum

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Swatches

Price: $35

Where to Buy:   Amazon,    Ebay,    Sephora

Overall I give these blushes a 5 star as the quality and packaging is amazing!  It’s definitely worth investing in one or two colors.  I hope you all have fun with your makeup shopping!
Much love,
Marlena

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MASSIVE Holiday Makeup Palettes Smackdown: 2013

Hi Makeup Geeks! As you all know, every year around the holidays I go on my search for the best makeup palettes released by the big cosmetics companies, then I review each of them individually for you and at the end pick my favorite one of the year. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it…:-)

In this video I am going to briefly show you all the palettes  I purchased this year and some quick pros and cons of each one, then at the end of the video I will let you know which one of these I chose as the best holiday palette for 2013.

Urban Decay “Vice 2″

The packaging on this is top quality. It is very sturdy and has a top that opens once you press the black button on the front. The lid of the palette has a large mirror and unlike other palettes, the top stays open so it’s great for sitting on your desk and applying your makeup. The palette contains 20 eye shadows with a mixture shimmers finishes along with a few matte. As always, the quality of the Urban Decay eye shadows is amazing. The only downside is that there is a lot of brighter shades in here so it makes it hard to do a complete look without adding extra shades. I also feel the brighter shades are best suited for a much younger crowd. I also wish there were some more matte shades in here that you could use for blending and as transition colors. It also comes with a dual ended brush that I feel is to soft for actually blending or adding shades. (Check out my full review of this palette here)

Price: $59.00

Where to Buy: Sephora, Ulta, eBay

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