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? ūüėČ ) 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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Hot New Makeup Products of 2013 (Haul and Review)

OK Makeup Geeks, I have a super fun video of some hot new products that I really wanted to share with you. I recently went to Sephora and got some new goodies and I wanted to show them to you and let you know what I think of them and if they are worth trying.

Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation

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I have been wearing this for over a week now and I can’t tell you how much I love this foundation. This foundation is paraben free, mineral oil free and talc free. This is great for me because my skin breaks out easily. This comes in a convenient squeeze tube and retails for $40.00 for 1 ounce of product. I wear the color G40. This will last a while though as a little goes a long way. The feeling is very silicon like and it feels amazing on the skin as it doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. This comes in a wide range of colors (24 to be exact). The water-resistant formula has Vitamins C and E which soothe inflammation and reduce redness.

Price: $40.00

Where To Buy:  Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Cover FX Cream Concealer

This concealer comes in a squeeze tube and is easy to access. Mine is the color medium/deep simply because I need something darker for under my eyes to cover the dark circles. This has the ideal silky consistency for under the eyes. It glides on smoothly and evenly and doesn’t get cakey like many under eye concealers do. You get 0.33 ounces for $27.00 which will last a while as a little goes a long way. This also does not contain gluten, mineral oil or talc. This comes in 12 shades so you are sure to find one that works for you.

Price: $27.00

Where to Buy:  Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Cover FX Blotting Powder

I really wanted to check out this brand since are really trying hard not to use bad ingredients. This is their powder in the color Light, which¬†I got for use under my eyes to brighten up the area. It also is available in medium and deep. The formula is very smooth and silky and doesn’t feel heavy at all. I love the sleek compact as it’s convenient for putting in your purse and taking it with you for touch-ups wherever you go. You get 0.4 ounces of mineral, paraben and talc free product which is great for the skin.

Price: $24.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, Sephora

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Concealer

This is a lot like the Cover FX concealer, this is the color tan which great for under my eyes. This has a gel like consistency and doesn’t cake up, crease¬†or get into the fine lines under my eyes which can make you look older. This aids and protects the skin around the eye and contains the natural antioxidants, Quercetin & Oak, which aids in minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This comes in four shades; fair, light, medium beige and medium tan.

Price: $22.00

Where to Buy:  Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Kat Von D Everlasting Blushes

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These blushes are perfection! What I love about them is they are completely talc free but they are so smooth. I am very impressed by these. I love the packaging on these. They have a sleek black design with textured flowers on the front, perfect for a blush compact. I do feel like there could have been a wider range of colors but for the ones she did have they were really nice.

  • Shady Business 1 – Pearlized brown with a slight gold shimmer. This will be great for light to medium skin, if you have darker skin you might be able to use this as a highlight. They also make a #2 which is better for darker skintones. This is a nice tan color that isn’t to orange and won’t make you look like an Oompa-Loompa.
  • Truth – A natural flush pink shade with a matte finish. Very creamy and smooth.
  • Wish – Nude peach with a subtle shimmer to it. This is ideal for light to medium skin; you dark skin girls can use this as a beautiful highlight. I got it because I am trying to incorporate more peach colors for the spring and summer.
  • Essex – This is a cool rose shade that will look best or medium skin tones.

Price: $25.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Illamasqua Gleam Cream

This lightweight cream adds lifts and adds highlights to wherever you apply it. This has a creamy consistency that is perfect since my skin can be dry sometimes; this gives a dewy finish to the skin. It’s very smooth and non-greasy and non-glittery, which I love.

  • Aurora – This has a golden under-base which won’t make me look pink at all it will just add a nice warm glow to the skin. Perfect for the summer.

Price: $26.00

Where to Buy:  Sephora

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick

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These are pricey but I absolutely love these! I love the packaging with the bamboo at the bottom and the colored designed top; it’s amazing. These have amazing pigmentation and glide on smoothly for a stunning finish. These are long-lasting, creamy and don’t feel drying on the lips.

  • Foxy – A true deep pink, fuchsia shade. This is great for all skintones but you darker skinned girls will look absolutely stunning in this color.
  • Playful – This is a cool tones purple/rose shade that will look great on everyone.
  • Whimsy – A bright medium cool pink color that will look amazing on every skin color. This is a¬†fun, girly color to have for the summer.
  • Fierce – This red has orange undertones that will look best on medium to dark skintones. I prefer cool toned reds for fair skin.
  • Wild – This is a cool red that is almost a berry color. This color will look great on every skintone whether it’s light, medium or dark.

Price: $26.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Nars Lipstick in Scarlett Empress

This is a stunning plum shade that will be perfect for the fall months. This would be ideal on those days when you want to do minimal eye makeup and have stunning plum colored lipst to play up. This color will work for every skintone.

Price: $26.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Bare Escentuals in Swinger

This is a vivid magenta/purple shade with a satin finish.

Price: $21.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, Sephora

And that’s it for my Sephora haul. I hope you found something in here you are going to try and if you do leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.

XOXO,

Marlena

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Stila ‚ÄúArtist Essentials Palette‚ÄĚ Review

Hi 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. What could make the holidays even better but all the palettes and goodies that get released each year? It makes shopping so much more fun! ūüôā

In this review we are going to be looking at the Stila ‚ÄúArtist Essential Palette‚ÄĚ.

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Packaging

The packaging on this mimics a wooden artist box that carries all their essential paints and brushes. It’s has a sturdy cardboard construction and a silver latch that closes the box. The box opens to reveal 4 small eye palettes with four shades in each one with 0.14 for each shade. It also contains, 0.07 Deluxe Convertible Color Lip & Cheek Cream, 0.03 oz Deluxe Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, 0.01 oz Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, #9 brush and a how to card. This is a lot of product for the price of the palette. There is a removable black plastic tray that hold the makeup so you can store more in the box if you like. There isn’t a mirror on it which I dislike, but to mimic the artist box you would necessarily have one. I do find it somewhat cumbersome but the idea behind this is really good. The packaging for the eyeshadows is not good at all. The plastic holders is in no way sturdy and would break or crack easily.

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Tarte ‚ÄėAqualillies‚Äô Review and GIVEAWAY of the Collection!

OK Makeup Geeks, today I have a review for you of one of my most favorite brands out there…TARTE! You all know I love their blushes and I am really liking their lipsticks right now as well. This was sent to me but I do honest reviews regardless of that. Tarte has come out with a new collection named “Aqualillies” and it’s so cute. The one thing I am really loving about this collection is the packaging. They are really playing up to the must have colors of spring, mint and coral/peach.

All the products come in this handy makeup bag which is great for putting in your purse or at your desk at work for quick touch-ups.

Palette

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I love the packaging on this and the touch of gold. This has 8 eyeshadows and a matte finish peach blush in the middle that can also be used as a eyeshadow. As always with Tarte, these are great quality like many of Tarte’s powdered products. They are very smoothly and highly pigmented. The only downside to this palette was the two tan colors look identical. So I definitely feel there could have been a little more variety to the palette by adding a shimmery peach or a dark teal color. The price on this palette is $38.00 which isn’t¬† bad at all for all you get. I just wish there were more variety.

Price: $38.00

Tarte’s Light’s, Camera, Flashes Mascara

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I like the wand on this, it is small but it gets into the lashes and makes them look super big.¬†This mascara¬†is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate & synthetic fragrance which makes it better to use around the eyes. The packaging is great and it doesn’t smudge or flake.

Price: $19.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Tarte Lipstick in Timeless

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I am actually wearing this color right now and it’s a very pretty deep coral color. This will look great on every skin tone from fair to dark skin. These are very highly pigmented, creamy and very smooth. They wear a long time and aren’t dry, they are actually quite moisturizing. I am very impressed with Tarte’s lipsticks. These are really good even though they are on the more expensive side, they are worth it.

Gel Liners

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These gel liners are smudge proof, highly pigmented and water resistant which makes them ideal to use in the waterlines. This collection has a black one and a shimmery teal color that is stunning. The teal shade would look beautiful as a base for an eyeshadow. The eyeliners also come with a  brush that is dual ended. It has a bent liner end and a regular straight brush on the other end. (NOTE: only the black liner is available as of now as it is part of their normal line)

Price: $26.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, Sephora

Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

This is very similar to the Makeup Forever HD Powder. The only thing I don’t like about these types of powder is the white color. It does turn transparent on the skin but if you have dark skin this can actually make you look ashen. It is very smooth and doesn’t cake up and gives a nice matte finish to the skin.

Price: $29.00

Lipglosses

OK, I could not get these to work. These come in a tube that you “click” to get the product out of the brush end. I am not a huge fan of these types of applicators as it just seems rather cheap to me. The formula on these is sticky and doesn’t hold up as well in quality and packaging compared to their other products.

GIVEAWAY RULES

THIS IS A INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!!!!! You must be subscribed to makeupgeektv on instagram. We will post a picture of Tarte items that will be included in the giveaway. Leave a comment letting us know what you would use the tote bag for and you are entered. The contest will remain open for two weeks and a winner will be chosen at random. Easy to enter, easy to win! GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!! :-)

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