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


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.



Thanks to Makeup G
Regards – BloCosmetics.com

Wing Women & WIN!

Our best friends mean everything to us. They protect our hearts & handbags, they’re our style soulmates, text support specialists on a first date and our hype girls when we’re feeling down. They make us laugh & ensure our makeup is always on-point. We literally couldn’t live without our wing women.

Which is why we’re celebrating our real besties (our sisters from another mister) and our beauty besties (they’re real! mascara + they’re real! push-up liner) all September. (Just one week certainly would not do.) To honor wing women everywhere, we’ll be giving away MAJOR PRIZES all month on Instagram & Pinterest. And offering up plenty of ways to share the lady love to those nearest & dearest.


Starting today, we’ll be posting adorbs wing women badges in social that you can tag your friends in—think Girl Scout badges, but with more booze & beauty. Want to honor your Sunday funday sista who’s always game for bottomless brunch mimosas & juicy stories? Tag her in!


What about your BFF who always shoots the most flattering selfies? Tag her in!


And let’s not forget the Gymfluencer, your fellow workout warrior who makes breaking a sweat an absolute blast (or at least bearable).


In addition to sharing LOLz & love with your wing women, you’ll also get a chance to WIN Benefit beauty goodies each time you tag a friend in a badge! Here’s how it works:


From August 27-September 25 2014, we’ll be posting badges on Instagram 2-3 times per week, so make sure you’re following us! When you see a badge, like the photo & then tag a friend who you think embodies that persona—from your smartest bestie to your party gal pal—and automatically be entered to win $125 in Benefit goodies for you AND $125 in Benefit goodies for your friend, including they’re real! mascara + they’re real! push-up liner. That’s it! It’s like we want you to be the best friend ever. View the official rules here.

From August 27-September 28, 2014, visit our Wing Women Pinterest board. Go through the pins on this board & tag a friend in the comments who reminds you of that wing women type. Then, on September 29, we’ll select 3 winners at random to receive $250 in Benefit goodies for you AND $250 in Benefit goodies for your friend. View the official rules here.

What are you waiting for, gorgeous!? Go celebrate your wing women & win some beauty booty in the process.

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Be Enchanted

Hello Makeup Geeks! I have another tutorial in our Bath and Body Works series for you today. (Check out the first edition here) I love doing these series for you because I get inspired to be really creative with all the colors. I found the “Be Enchanted” collection and loved the packaging on this. I really like the blue, purple with the splash of silver glitter accenting the colors as well. These shades combined make for a stunning look that I am excited to share with you.

Also, if you are one of my YouTube subscribers, leave a comment saying you would like to win and why and we will pick a person to win the bath gel, lotion and body spray that is the inspiration behind this look. I will announce the winner on Facebook and Twitter.

Now, enough blabbing, let’s get started on this enchanting look!

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Enchated 02

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Too Faced – Absolutely Invisible Candlelight – (Amazon) (eBay)

Palladio Rice Powder – (Amazon) (eBay)

Maybelline Fit Concealer – 25 Medium – (Amazon) (eBay)

Kat Von D Blush – Essex – (Amazon) (Sephora)

Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil – 002 Hazel – (Amazon) (eBay)


Too Faced Shadow Insurance – (Amazon) (eBay)

Makeup Geek Gel Liner – Electric – (Makeup Geek Store)

NYX Jumbo Shadow Pencil – Milk – (Makeup Geek Store)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Neptune – (Pan Version / Compact Version)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Simply Marlena – (Pan Version / Compact Version)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Wisteria – (Pan Version / Compact Version)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Drama Queen – (Pan Version / Compact Version)

MAC Pigment – Vanilla – (Makeup Geek Store)

Urban Decay Eye Pencil – Lust – (Amazon) (Urban Decay)

NYX Glitter Liner – Silver – (Makeup Geek Store)

Stila Eyeliner – Silver Dollar – (Amazon) (eBay)

Duo Eyelash Adhesive – (Makeup Geek Store)

Loreal Voluminous Mascara – Carbon Black – (Amazon) (eBay)

Red Cherry – #43 – (Makeup Geek Store)


Lorac Couture Shine – Muse – (Amazon) (eBay)


MAC – 224 – (Amazon) (eBay)

Makeup Geek Flat Foundation Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

Makeup Geek Deluxe Angled Contour Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

Makeup Geek Eye Shader Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

Makeup Geek Crease Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

Beauty Blender – (Makeup Geek Store)

Thank you for watching another edition of our Bath and Body Works series. I hope you enjoyed this fun and daring look. This would be great for the weekend out with friends or enchanting that special someone. As always, I hope you are all staying happy, healthy and enjoying this wonderful time of year!

XOXO Marlena

Thanks to Makeup G
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How to Wear: Electric Eyeliner

ruth crilly wearing ysl bleu lumiere

This electric pale blue eyeliner is completely out of my comfort zone but I really, really like it. I was only playing about when I tried it on the lower waterline but then I looked in the mirror* and wham! Love it first sight! I think that it’s really fresh and brightening – perhaps because it’s such an icy, almost neon, blue – and as far as “statement” makeup goes, it’s very wearable indeed. I especially like it against summery bronzed skin and chalky, pale lips.

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The liner is one of YSL’s amazing Dessin du Regard waterproof eyeliners. I find them to be so soft to apply and easy to smudge, but once they’re set they just don’t budge. And they don’t set like plastic, either, like some waterproof eyeliners do; there’s no “tightness” to the finish. Just comfortable and lovely with vibrant colours that look great both in the waterline and smudged into the base of the lashes. This electric pale blue shade is called Bleu Lumiere and you can find it on FeelUnique.com here – it’s £19.50. It’s part of the summer collection, so don’t hang about for too long if you want one – they also have it at Selfridges.com, though not with the free delivery.

What do you think? I might have to have a play with some other crazy eyeliner colours now – I’ve seen a few around. Though I’m not sure how flattering bright pink or bright yellow would be… Let me know if you’ve seen any you’d like me to test-run – and for those people who will very firmly stick to black or brown, thank you very much, I have some reviews coming up that might well interest you.

*Blatantly when I looked in the mirror I didn’t see the streak of cream blusher down my left cheek or the fact that my tinted moisturiser had started to go patchy, but hey ho. You can’t see it all. Especially when you don’t have your glasses on!

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