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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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)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Review

Today I have another review for you all and this time it’s for NARS concealers. I recently reviewed the NARS Lip Pencils, but I also picked up some NARS concealers at the same time and wanted to share them with all my wonderful Muggies!

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These are the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers. They come in a wand type packaging much like the Maybelline Fit Me Concealers. They are very similar in size with the Maybelline being .23 ounces and the NARS being .22 ounces. I really like the packaging on these. They have a  sleek see through container that allows you to see the product and a matte finish handle on the wand. The matte finish not only looks great but is easy to clean as well. The wand inside is a flat doe-foot wand which I really like a lot. When you apply the concealer the flat part of the wand allows you to put it on the skin effortlessly.

The formula is very creamy and very pigmented so you don’t have to apply a lot to get the desired amount of coverage. This means a little will go a long way. I like the way it feels as it is super silky, smooth and it has no odor to it. These concealers would be best for under the eyes or for light touch-ups. If you have blemishes the concealers that come with this type of wand are to thin, you want this for more for delicate areas and that’s why under the eyes is best.

The best way to apply it is to sweep it on under the eye and take a fluffy dome brush like the Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush and gently blend it into the skin. This hides the eye bags and brightens the area a little as well. The price on these is $28.00 which I think is far to expensive for what they are. They are good products if you want a good concealer and don’t mind spending the money or just want a high-end product.

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These come in 10 different shades so there is a good range of colors for everyone. These do run on the warm side with the only cooler toned one being “Honey”. The lightest color here will be great for you porcelain skinned gals, it’s “Chantilly” and the darkest shade is “Cacao”. For reference my shade is “Biscuit”.

  1. Chantilly – True Ivory for Fair Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  2. Vanilla – Tiny Cast of Pink for Fair Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  3. Honey – Warm Peach Toned for Light to Medium Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  4. Custard – Yellow Toned for Light to Medium Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  5. Ginger – Golden Undertone for Medium Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  6. Biscuit – Medium Dark Natural Balance of Pink and Yellow Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  7. Carmel – Medium Dark Yellow and Golden Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  8. Amande – Medium Dark with Golden Olive Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  9. Cafe – Dark with Warm Red Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  10. Cacao – Dark with Deep Gold to Brown Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)

These claim to be “Long wearing and crease-proof. Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non commedogenic” which means it’s great for those of you with sensitive skin.

ADVANTAGES

  • Smooth
  • Covers Great
  • Great Color Range
  • Good Packaging
  • Highly Pigmented

DISADVANTAGES

  • Price

These are good products if you are willing to pay the price but for me personally, I am going to stick with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as it is pretty much the same product at a fraction of the cost.

So I hope that help you all out and gives you and idea of what you will be getting if you have one of these or are planning to pick one up. Be sure let me know in the comments what you all think. :-) And I really do hope you all are staying both happy and healthy!

XOXO,

Marlena

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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. 🙂

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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