The “Tarte of Giving” Palette Review

Hello Makeup Geeks! As you all know, every year around the holidays I go on my search for the best makeup palettes. I review each of them individually, then at the end I pick my favorite one of the year.

Today we are going to review the Tarte “The Tarte of Giving” Palette. So let’s see what Tarte has to offer this time. 🙂

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I can’t tell you how much I adore this packaging! I think packaging a palette in something that is reusable is brilliant. It always makes me feel as if I am getting a something little extra for Christmas. 🙂 Tarte always excels when it comes to this, and this year was no exception. They packaged this palette exclusively made for Sephora in their signature purple shade.  It has gold accents and large pockets for storing makeup as well as a clear bag that is removable.  It has a gold hanger for easy storage. It’s sturdy and will be a great addition to store or travel with you makeup. This is brilliant! The palette hold a MASS amount of products! You will find 20 x .07 eyeshadows, 8 x 0.59 maracuja lipglosses, a 0.23 Deluxe Pure Maracuja Oil, 0.08 Deluxe Maracuja Oil C-Brightener Eye Treatment, a 0.05 blush, 0.17 Deluxe Cheek Stain, 0.16 Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, and of course the makeup bag. SHEW…That is a lot of product!

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The Best Blushes Ever!

Hi Makeup Geeks!

You all know I love to try new makeup products, so I’ve compiled my “Best Of” series stating my favorite makeup products of all time!  My top picks are completely unbiased- I simply want to help you spend your money on only the products I know are amazing.  Trust me, I have tested, swatched, and worn just about every makeup product out there. ;)

Enough blabbing…. On to the best blushes ever!


1.  Illamasqua Powder Blusher – Naked Rose

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My favorite products by Illamasqua are their blushes as they’re super pigmented, creamy, and last a long time.  I especially love the color “Naked Rose” as it’s a muted pink color that is easy to apply without looking too bright or clownish. :)

Price:  $26.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon

2.  NARS Powder Blush – Amour

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NARS is known for having the best high end blushes. Their color “Orgasm” has won an award every year for several years now. BUT, I chose the color Amour as it is a beautiful matte finish warm pink that is flattering on every skin color.

Price:  $28.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon  .  eBay .  Nordstrom

3.  Inglot Powder Blush – #20

Inglot # 20

Inglot is also known for having smooth, creamy, and pigmented blushes but without the high price tag that other makeup companies charge.  This color #20 is the perfect matte pink that brightens your cheeks without being overpowering.

Price:  $12.00

Where to Buy:   Inglot

4.  MAC Powder Blush – Melba

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To warm up the skin, this color Melba is perfect as it’s a muted peach color.  It doesn’t look too orange, and the matte finish doesn’t emphasize acne scars or pores like some shimmery ones do.

Price:  $12.99 – $20.00

Where to Buy:   Amazon  .  eBay  .  Nordstrom

5.  Milani Mineral Blush – Luminous

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This Milani blush is the perfect dupe for the popular NARS “Orgasm”- a slightly shimmery peachy pink color.  It adds a beautiful glow to the skin without coming across glittery or too shiny. Plus the cheap pricetag will save you some money.

Price:  $5.00

Where to Buy:   Most Drugstores  .  Amazon

6.  NYX Powder Blush – Peach

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Yes, yes, I know I have a lot of matte finish blushes on this list.  But shimmery blushes can sometimes accentuate things you don’t want anyone seeing! This matte pink blush (not sure why NYX named it “peach”?) is a great way to brighten your cheeks and add just the right amount of color.  Price is great too…

Price:  $6.99

Where to Buy:   Makeup Geek Store

7.  Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Tipsy

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I own almost every single one of Tarte’s blushes. Why? Because many of them are matte finish, they come in lots of colors, and the formula is very pigmented and smooth.  This color Tipsy looks amazing on medium to dark skin as the coral color adds lots of warmth to your cheeks.

Price:  $25.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon  .  eBay

8.  Illamasqua Cream Blusher – Rude

Illamasqua Cream Blusher_Rude

I am currently in love with cream blushes.  I’ve noticed that the older I get, the drier my skin gets (yay). So I have to add back in the dewiness to my skin by using cream blushes and cheek highlighters.  This Illamasqua one is very creamy, yet not oily looking.  And this color “Rude” is the perfect true peach color that warms up my complexion beautifully!

Price:  $26.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora   .   Amazon

9.  NYX Cream Blush – Rose Petal

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NYX also makes some amazing cream blushes, but without the hefty price tags of other makeup lines.  I love this color “Rose Petal” as it’s a muted warm pink color.  It looks great on every skin color- from fair to dark.

Price:  $6.50

Where to Buy:  Amazon  .  eBay

10.  Stila Convertible Color – Petunia

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I’m not sure why I didn’t discover these cream blushes sooner as they’re amazing!  I just wish Stila made more colors of them.  This color “Petunia” is a brighter warm pink that looks great on medium to dark skin. It adds a youthful glow to the cheeks and doesn’t look oily or feel sticky.  The best part:  you can use this on your lips too for a lipgloss. :)

Price:  $19

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon  .  eBay  .  Nordstrom

Because so many blushes are aimed at medium skin, I wanted to share a few of my favorites for both fair skin and dark skin.

Fair Skin:

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  • Benefit Powder Blush in Georgia
  • Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Tremble
  • Stila Convertible Color in Peony
Dark Skin:
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  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flush
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty
  • Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Hussy
  • Stila Convertible Color in Gladiola

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NOYA Lip Balm Review


Hello my fellow Makeup Geeks! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Leslie an I am beyond thrilled to be able to review new items that you may never have heard of or just haven’t tried yet. I am going to be reviewing both high-end products as well as more inexpensive products that are budget friendly. My reviews will be fair and honest; I won’t recommend anything to you that I wouldn’t spend my own money on!

So you may be asking yourself, “Who is this?” Well, let me give you some information about who I am and how I came to be part of this amazing group of people. I live in Southwest Virginia on the border of Tennessee and Virginia in a little town named Gate City. I am as southern as you get and have the accent to prove it. I am 41 years old and have been married to my best friend and husband for 21 years. I have two children, my son is 20 and my sweet daughter is 16. I also have a beautiful granddaughter who was born on July 4, 2012. She’s our little firecracker.

Hopefully over time while reviewing products you can get to know me and my family and be part of our lives as well. I look forward to it. And if there are any products you would like to see reviewed please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below letting me know. I would love to hear from you! So let’s get started with our first review!

Noya Lip Balm Review

Price & Where to Buy : $3.49  at  Makeup Geek Store

For my first few reviews I wanted to focus on some things that we have begun to carry in the Makeup Geek store that you may not have necessarily heard of or know we are selling. Recently, we began carrying NOYA Lip Balms. Personally, I had never heard of these. Many times this can be a good thing so you aren’t not swayed one way or the other and can more easily give a personal and honest review.


NOYA Lip Balms only contain 3 – 5 ingredients depending on which flavor of balm you choose. These come in four different flavors; vanilla, cherry, natural and spearmint. They are all natural and kosher. The claims on the website are as follows; “NOYA kosher lip balms contain no more than 3-5 simple, all-natural, kosher ingredients. Packed full of moisture, they’ll leave your lips begging for more, but don’t worry – all the ingredients are the same ones you can find in your kitchen, so feel free to reapply as often as your heart (and taste buds!) desire. They come in four fun flavors, sure to satisfy even the pickiest of puckers!”

The first thing I should mention is that I am not much of a lip balm girl. I know some people love them, but it was just not something I ever really got into. The only time you would find me using one was when my lips felt ordinarily dry or chapped and even then I would just use whatever I had here at the house. They always left my lips feeling smothered and the product felt heavy and never did what it claimed to do. The other thing I noticed immediately was the flavors. One thing I strongly dislike is artificial flavors. You know what I mean, that fake cherry flavor that comes in most gums and lip balms. Every kind I ever tried that claimed to be “all natural” or “taste like really cherries” never did. It always tasted like a bad synthetic version of the real thing to me, so I wasn’t expecting much more than I had tried numerous other times with the same results.

So I received two from the Makeup Geek store to try and test. The first one I used was cherry. I placed it on my lips and began to immediately rub my lips together to see how bad the flavor was truly going to be. Immediately I noticed the texture of the lip balm. These didn’t feel greasy like a lot of other balms I had tried in the past. These were lightweight, smooth and felt natural on my lips. The only thing that I could actually feel was a hydrating feeling as if my lips were being nourished.


The next thing I noticed was the flavor. I actually had to pick up the tube and look to make sure I had put on the right one; sure enough I was wearing the cherry flavor on my lips. It was amazing! This is not that fake flavor that many lip balms possess. This is a delicious, natural flavor that tastes as good as it feels. It really does taste like real cherries and I found myself licking my lips to continue to taste it. After basically licking the first coat off, I put on a second coat to sleep in and see if I could notice a difference by morning. And to my surprise, I really could. My lips were much softer and subtle and felt hydrated without a greasy or oily residue.

It took a while for me to actually switch and give the vanilla flavor a shot because I absolutely loved the cherry so much, but finally I gave in and put down my much loved cherry. The vanilla has a surprising flavor, this taste far more like a sugar cookie or yummy cupcake rather than your basic vanilla flavor making it a sweet surprise.

After a week of using them nightly before bed I could tell a huge difference in my lips. Not only were they softer and much more subtle, the looked and felt more hydrated and had a better overall appearance. The other things I truly love about these are the all-natural ingredients. I know exactly what I am putting on my lips. The flavors and ingredients are as follows:

  • Natural – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil  – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Vanilla – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavor, Organic Stevia – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Cherry – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavor, Organic Stevia – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Spearmint – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavor, Menthol – (Makeup Geek Store)

The other great thing is the price, for only $3.49, these are budget friendly enough to try all four!


  • Leaves lips soft and subtle
  • Taste AMAZING
  • Feels light and natural
  • Doesn’t feel greasy
  • Doesn’t weigh down lips
  • All natural ingredients
  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Great Price
  • Inexpensive


  • None that I can think of — especially for the price

I highly recommend these! They are the best lip balms I have ever tried and I will never use another one. In fact I like these so much I will be purchasing the other two to have the entire set of these spectacular lip balms! Well, there you have it. I highly recommend these to anyone who has a love for lip balms, and for those of you, who were like me, give these a try, they are sure to surprise you! Be sure and let me know what you think and if there is anything you would like to see me review just post it in the comments below. :-)

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Dose of Colors Lipstick Review


Hello Makeup Geeks! Today I have a review for you of an up and coming cosmetics line that is doing some pretty amazing things. “Dose of Color” currently offers lipsticks, lip glosses and false lashes. I had the pleasure to meet the lovely owner, Anna at IMATS and she is incredibly passionate and motivated about her business. I know many of you may already be familiar with this line, but for those of you who aren’t I wanted to share a quick review of her lipsticks with you. 🙂

I have been wearing these lipsticks for the last couple of weeks and they are AMAZING!


These lipsticks come in a sleek, durable white tube which is a pleasant change from the typical black tubes seldom used by most makeup companies. My favorite part of this packaging design is being able to see the actual color at the bottom of the tube. This way, you can see the exact shade you’re looking for without the hassle of having to open the lipstick. These lipsticks retail for $16.00 and are currently available in 8 vibrant shades.

The Product

This lipsticks formula is exceptional; highly pigmented, creamy, and extremely smooth. In fact, these lipsticks are so pigmented that even after being wiped away, they leave a non- drying stain on the lips. This is ideal for a long day, when you don’t have time to worry about your lipstick smudging or having to re-apply. These lipsticks are all cruelty free, vegan friendly, gluten and paraben free. Continue reading

NARS Satin Lip Pencils Review

Hello my wonderful Makeup Geeks! Today I have a review for you of the NARS Satin Lip Pencils. I am not usually a huge fan of lip pencils just because they can be drying, but I really like these. The come in typical crayon fashion, are available in 13 shades and are really good. The one I am wearing now is “Yu”.

These are on the higher-end price wise which is typical for NARS as it is a high-end cosmetics company. These sell for $25.00 and contain .07 ounces of product. I do love that these are very moisturizing and even after they start to come off and have worn for a while they appear as a lip stain and not just a regular lipstick or pencil. The great thing about this is if you want to wear one of the brighter shades, but you are leery of bolder shades, you can simply apply the lip pencil and blot your lips for a more muted stained effect. These are very creamy and glide on smoothly and are very highly pigmented. I was actually very surprised at how much I liked them. The only downside was the price.

As for the packaging, I have never really like the “crayon” type lip pencils simply because I feel like a kid drawing on my face, but that’s my personal preference. The one complaint I do have about the packaging is with the lids. They are easy to remove, but unfortunately the lid doesn’t want to stay on very well. Because of this I have had the lid fall off a couple of mine and it messed up the lip color. For the price the lids should be better quality and remain on.

NARS Satin Lip Pencils

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  • Floralies – Light Apricot (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Biscayne Park – Pink Guava (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Lodhi – Vibrant Coral (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Palais Royal – Sangria (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Majella – Garnet (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Luxembourg – Vivid Watermelon (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Yu – Shocking Pink (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Isola Bella – Peach Beige (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Rikugien – Rose Pink (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Het Loo – Cognac (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Golshan – Spiced Wine (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Hyde Park – Cardinal Red (Amazon) (Sephora) (NARS)
  • Jardin de Plante – Fuchsia (NARS)

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  • Non Drying
  • Creamy
  • Moisturizing
  • Give a Nice Stained Effect
  • Very Highly Pigmented


  • Price
  • Packaging

So let me know what you all think of these new lip pencils if you already have them or if you buy a few for yourself. And I hope each and everyone of you are staying happy and healthy!



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