Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Makeup Geek Sparklers swatches +review

Hi peeps! Hope you guys had a great holiday season! I am back with a review and swatchfest of the new and GORGEOUS makeup geek glitters. 

Each jar comes with 4 grams of product. This bundle set retailed for $95 but have been reduced to $75 until they are released with the sifters. Individual jars retail for $12 each but have been reduced to $10 until they are released with the sifters.

Milky Way, Light Year, Aurora, Zodiac, Nebula, Halo, Supernova, Satellite, Asteroid, Martian
Milky Way, Light Year, Aurora, Zodiac, Nebula, Halo, Supernova, Satellite, Asteroid, Martian
Milky Way: finely milled silver with holographic, multi-colored glitter
Light Year: Feels and looks more like a pigment rather than a glitter. A cream white with a pink and gold shift. Very metallic and beautiful.
Aurora: taupe lavender glitter
Zodiac: Gorgeous, bright lavender base with intense pink glitter.
Nebula: eggplant purple glitter
Halo: the finish reminds me of the Makeup Geek foiled eyeshadow rather than a glitter. Extremely metallic and reflective. Baby pink metallic. Smooth and creamy finish.
Supernova: bright yellow chartreuse glitter.
Satellite: unique warm brown with purple glitter running through it. It's kind of hard to describe but I believe this will be a favorite for sure. It's gorgeous!
Asteroid: true gold glitter
Martian: deep, emerald green glitter.

Overall, the packaging... is the real buzzkill. I found myself by the end of trying to use them and swatching them, irritated. It makes mess no matter how hard you try to be careful. It will spill and since the glitter particles are so finely milled, you will also find glitter floating around in the air. It will literally get everywhere :( So I'm really disappointed in that aspect that these are so frustrating to work with even though the quality of these glitters aren't.. which brings me to the glitters themselves. These are essentially glitters and just like any glitters, these will not adhere to the bare skin by themselves very well. These need a sticky or tacky base, preferably a glitter glue of some sort. I used Lit Cosmetics glue and the glitters worked just fine. Some streakiness is visible if applied with a sweeping motion so I suggest a patting motion to get the best effect and coverage. These glitters do have different finishes. Some are chunkier than others while others apply more like a pigment. I am confused on the issue of safety on these. The sparklers are considered glitters and on the Makeup Geek website, they are marketed as "completely eye safe", but these have been acknowledged as SAFER than most glitters by Marlena herself because the glitter is so finely milled. My recommendation is that you treat these for what they really are: glitters. Glitters are not intended for eye area because they can cut your eye or cause blindness in extreme cases. Use at your own risk around eye area. I personally have used these around my eye and have not had a problem at all. Even with larger cut glitters like MAC or Lit cosmetics, I have had no problem with glitters irritating my eyes.

I did enjoy these glitters. They are beautiful. Some are a little more rich in color and sparkle than others but overall, you get some real stand out beauties such as Zodiac and Satellite. I feel like these are, in a sense, more wearable on the eye than say MAC glitters because the glitter particles are much, much smaller and less chunky than traditional glitters.

These next photos are from the mess I made the SECOND time I opened them. Very carefully lol. As carefully as I could anyways.
Simply opening the jar... carefully
 The glitter falls into the lid screw, making it impossible to be travel friendly. I currently have mine stored upright until I receive some sifters. Every jar was like this.

After being updated, Marlena explained that there will be a $2 refund for each bottle bought that does not have a sifter. On top of that, once the sifters are available for individual purchase, they will retail for 1 penny each. I am sooo happy. I was so ready to return these even though they are beautiful because the mess it makes IS a big deal. I've seen some people complaining on how it isn't such a big deal and that people like myself are just trying to bring down Makeup Geek or being overdramatic which is not the case... at all. Everytime I opened these jars, I would have to literally clean up the glitter that fell on my desk and on my hands. I have no trouble with MAC glitters or LIT cosmetics glitters. The sparklers lack of sifter makes it messy and would be so unprofessional for a freelance job. No matter how much I try to clean up the edges of the jar or stand them upright, it would make a frustrating mess so I am very happy that Marlena and her Makeup Geek team listened and are doing their best for a solution. I am in no way bashing Makeup Geek or even the product themselves. I am confused by the fact that these were pushed to be released even though they were technically not finished yet. I understand that these are perfect for the holidays and that was Makeup Geeks intent on putting them up for sale before Christmas. That being said, I think they should have just waited to make sure the packaging issues does not overshadow the performance of the product. I am happy though that Makeup Geek has amazing customer service as always and has responded in a professional manner and show that they do care about customer satisfaction. So thank you Makeup Geek for the clarification and reasonable solution because these really are beautiful glitters! :) I'm excited to see your company grow and experiment with new products. Keep up the good and hard work!

As of now, I cannot recommend these glitters. Not until they resolve their packaging issue. So, I would recommend just waiting it out until they start releasing their jars with sifters. Then, grab as many as you want WITH a glitter glue! If you need glitters now, I can definitely recommend the Lit cosmetics glitters. Those are gorgeous as well!

I hope you guys found this review helpful. If you guys have any questions, comments or concerns please let me know and I will do my best to answer them!

-unique colors
-vibrant, good quality
-safer on the eyes than larger cut glitters
-cruelty free

-VERY messy packaging

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Inspiration Board

When I think of winter I think of icy colors, crystalized shimmer and bursts of red berries. So this inspiration board is just that! Lot's of cool toned, icy ranges of silvers to flat blacks paired with berry lips. Winter begins December 22 :)
  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
  • ELF Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearl
  • Colourpop Supershock eyeshadow in Liberty
  • Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Kaleidoscope
  • Buxom Lip polish in Jasmine
  • MAC Lipglass in Talk Sexy
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 064 Obsession
  • NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Gun Metal
  • Inglot Freedom Eyeshadow Rainbow 120
  • Lorac 3D Liquid lustre in Amethyst
What colors inspire your winter wardrobe? 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipsticks Sneak Peek!

So if you received Urban Decays Gwen Stefani palette then you should have also received one of these lipstick samplers of her upcoming lipstick launch! There isn't too much information on them other than this lipstick sampler and that it will be launching in spring 2016. I found it kind of weird that it wasn't launched alongside the palette. But I will say the palette was pretty true to Gwens style of eye makeup. These lipsticks are very true as well to Gwens signature lips. As you can see, there are plenty of varying shades of reds in this collection.

Rock Steady, 714, Ex-Girlfriend, Firebird
What will the future have in store? Literally in store... get it? Sorry I had to. I know my jokes are bad... ahem, anyways! Have a great rest of the week!

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

Hello everyone! Whoo! It's almoooossstttt Christmas and I'm excited! I am almost done with my christmas shopping and let's be real, I get such a kick out of shopping for other people BUT not at last minute which reminds me I still need to get my Dad something. Damn it! Of course, all this shopping makes me want to shop for myself and so I have. I saw this literally everywhere and I had to admit, when I first heard Gwen came out with a palette with UD I was super excited. I thought it was going to be bright, beautiful colors. So you can kind of imagine my disappointment when I saw the color selection and I have to say I was talking some smack on it. When I finally got around to seeing and hearing some reviews on how well it performed, I thought hey, maybe I was being a little harsh? Maybe it is a good palette after all?

This palette retails for $58. It comes with 15 eyeshadows, 12 which are brand spanking new. Each eyeshadow comes with .04 oz which is slightly smaller than the standard eyeshadow.

BLONDE: off white, cream with slight pink shift.
BATHWATER: warm, butter cream with soft shimmer
SKIMP: light peach satin finish
STEADY: shimmery apricot
PUNK: warm matte, medium brown

BABY: shimmery champagne pink
ANAHEIM: cool toned transition shade
STARK: light flesh toned peach
ZONE: Medium neutral matte brown
SERIOUS: dark charcoal with floating pink shimmer

POP: cool toned champagne with shimmer and silver glitter. Too chunky.
HARAJUKU : sheer bubblegum pink. This was too sheer even when I tried to apply it using MAC Fix Plus. I actually had to use my finger to get the best pigment.
DANGER: deep royal blue with blue shimmer
1987: yellow gold with shimmer finish
BLACKOUT: matte black

Overall, I do believe that I bought into the hype, not because it is a bad palette. The quality is actually really good except for two eyeshadows which was Pop and Harajuku but because this palette just really isn't my style. It's a good palette but with boring results. Yeah I said it. It was boring for me. I don't feel inspired by it. I'm not excited by it as a whole. There are some beautiful and essential shades but as a palette, some colors feel repetitive while still making that pink and blue shadow feel completely out of place. I get WHY these colors were chosen. These colors were handpicked by Gwen and is in fact, inspired by the eye makeup she wears. I have been reaching for it but to use individual shades and not to make a whole eye look. I would still certainly recommend it to those neutral, natural or smokey eye addicts because the quality of the shadow is beautiful. Smooth, creamy and pigmented minus two shades which still passes in my book. Not bad at all. I think the overall quality is much better than the Smokey palette so it's nice to see that Urban Decay has gone back to the good quality that I know their eyeshadows can be.
One thing that kept throwing me off was where the names of the eyeshadows are. It's located on the top of the eyeshadow rather than underneath it so I have found myself reading the wrong name lol my mistake.

-overall quality is smooth, creamy and pigmented
- classy packaging
-full sized mirror
- essential shades
-good for neutral, natural and smokey eye looks

-repetitive shades
-2 shades, POP and HARAJUKU were not consistent in quality as the rest of the shadows were

Let me know what you thought of the Gwen Stefani palette. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Gold Metals Inspiration Board

Hi wicked readers! Well another busy week of work has passed and I feel like I haven't been able to get anything done. Typical. Buuuttt.... the black friday and cyber monday packages are starting to arrive and yes my Gwen palette came in. I was planning to review it today but some stuff came up and  I had no time. I was able to photograph it for an upcoming review on it so keep an eye out for it! I realized how perfect it would be though to make a collage of beauty items with gold packaging.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
  • Lady Gaga Fame Perfume
  • Nyx Slide On Eyeliner Pencil in Glitzy Gold
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Bone
  • Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette
  • Too Faced Candlelight
  • Yves Saint Laurent in Bone
  • Tarte The Sculptor in Park Ave. Princess
  • Buxom Lip Creme in Lavender Cosmo
  • Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore
Do you guys have any particular makeup with packaging accents you enjoy? Have a great rest of the week! :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

My Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Collection+Swatches

Hello wicked readers, welcome back! Well today, I thought I would share with you my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil collection. Not necessarily a review but more of just swatches. I was kind of bummed out that Urban Decay didn't come out with a really cool eyeliner set like their Ocho Loco. Instead they came out with their 5 deluxe pencil set things. There was a neutral set that didn't really catch my attention but I did end up getting their more colorful and jewel toned set which I really liked so it turned out to be okay. Looking at my collection... I realized I didn't really need any more sets so maybe it was a good thing they didn't come out with a bigger 24/7 holiday set lol

That being said... a lot of these pencils I did get in sets and some in palettes. Some of these were limited edition. Some are permanent. You will notice some VERY similar colors but I swear it's not because I purposely tried to buy same colored pencils. Like I said, most of these I did get in sets.

Shall we get started? I think we shall!

Ultraviolet, Deep End, Vacancy, Accuse, Gonzo, LSD, Ink
Ultraviolet: a bright, royal blue with blue shimmer and a slight violet shift.
Deep End: bright teal. when compared to Vacancy, Deep End leans more blue.
Vacancy: bright teal. When compared to Deep End, Vacancy leans more mint/green.
Accuse: blue jeans colored with a bright aqua glitter.
Gonzo: bright, electric blue with slight floating pearl.
LSD: black base, navy with intense blue glitter.
Ink: satin navy with a black base

Stash, Junkie, Zodiac, Apathy, Mars
Stash: olive green with gold shimmer
Junkie: blue-green with multi-colored glitter and shimmer
Zodiac: moss green with blue and gold shimmer
Apathy: smoked out, cool toned forest green
Mars: emerald green with a satin finish

Voodoo, Delirious, Vice, Riot, Tornado, Woodstock
Voodoo: bright purple with violet and pink shimmer
Delirious: Deep eggplant with pink shimmer
Vice: warm purple. similar to Voodoo but with more red tones to it
Riot: cool toned dark violet with silver shimmer
Tornado: Satin dark purple with a black base
Woodstock: bright pink

Darkside, Blackheart, Roach, Twice Baked, West, Glitter rock, Mugshot, Faint, Muse, Demolition, Smokeout
Darkside: satin mauve gray
Blackheart: deep eggplant with intense gold and pink shimmer
Roach: warm, bronze, brown with gold shimmer
Twice Baked: cool toned, dark brown with gold shimmer
West: neutral dark brown with slight gold shimmer
Glitter Rock: beige nude with TONS of pink glitter. This is one of my faves. I love this on the lower lash line
Mugshot: Taupe, champagne
Faint: neutral, matte medium toned brown with a slight ashy undertone
Muse: neutral brown with red and gold reflex
Demolition: dark, smoked out brown
Smokeout: ashy, gray dark brown/ charcoal black with a satin finish

Perversion, Pistol, Moonspoon, Desperation, Crave, Black Market, Stargazer
Perversion: The most, flat intense black
Pistol: cool toned, satin taupe
Moonspoon: gunmetal gray with silver glitter
Desperation: dark, matte gray with settled plum undertones
Crave: soft black with some dark brown tones
Stargazer: bright yellow gold

Rehab, Mushroom
Rehab: warm toned taupe
Mushroom: cool toned silver, taupe

Hope you guys find these swatches helpful:) Happy December everyone! Q's, comments or concerns, let me know and Ill get back at you pronto!