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Makeup Geek Shadows - Part 1

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By cristalena56 · April 3, 2016
As Thrift Thicke would sing on YT, "Youtube made me buy it and now i'm going to try it". In January of last year after watching a Jaclyn Hill makeup geek favorite shadows video, I  decided to buy some of these shadows. I have since made a few orders since that initial order. I think I own now 40 shadows of theirs (38 pans and 2 pigments). 
 
Makeup Geek Cosmetics is a makeup company started by Youtuber Marlena. She considers herself a makeup teacher rather then a makeup artist. I have been following her yt channel for quite a few years now. I think she was my second youtube subscription after Leesha (xsparkage). I don't know why I was so late joining the bandwagon on these shadows because they are amazing.
The shadows are pigmented, blend easily, and last all day. Plus they only cost $6 a Pan or $10 for their Foiled shadow pans. I noticed recently MAC reduced their price of their pro single refill pans to $6.00 and I think it's probably because they were losing business to this company since their shadows were $10 compared to MUG $6.00. I actually put my mug shadows in mac pro duo palettes with inserts. 
 
These are the shadows I bought recently when they were having a bundle sale. From time to time they will put bundles of 9 shadows for a certain price. They are made up from their regular, duochrome, and foiled lined shadows. This set was on sale for $25 and i also bought one extra shadow. They currently have the Spring Fever Set for $30. 
All their shadows come in these thin cardboard squares. I recently ordered some mac ones and they came in similar packaging. 
I'll start with the 2 duochromes and 2 foiled shadows. Duochromes are when you have one color but when you move it around in the light it can reflect 1 or more other colors. The foiled shadows give you that wet (foiled) look without having to wet your brush. 
Duochromes on the left and foiled on right. Took these outside with no flash.
Shade: Mai Tai
Description: Apricot Base with Orchid Reflects 
Thoughts: I think it's a dark peach color that in certain angles it looks more pink. It reminds me a little of the duochrome shadow from the morphe jaclyn hills favorite palette (ES67).  
Price: $6.00
  Next
Desscription: Buff Base with Peachy-Pink Reflects.
Thoughts: 
Price: $6.00
Foiled...
Description: Soft Pink with Coral Undertones and a Foiled Finish.
Thoughts: It looks like a  peachy-coral to me with a golden foiled finish.
Price: $9.99
and then... lol
 Name: Daydreamer
Description: Light lilac purple with cool undertones and a foiled finish
Thoughts: Light lavendar purple with a silvery foiled finish.
Price: $9.99
do be do be do...
 These shadows are from their normal line. 
 Here there are 3 mattes and 1 shimmer.
Description: Metallic Champagne 
Thoughts: Light beige with a frosted golden sheen. I mainly use this color as a inner corner highlight. This was one of the first shadows i bought. This one will be a backup. 
Price: $6.00
 I didn't swatch this one or the next one because I already own them. I'll have swatch them from my other ones and add them later...
Description: A Light Peach Beige with a Soft Matte Finish
Thoughts: A light peachy orange matte. I mainly use this as a transition shade in my crease. 
Price: $6.00
 It's a little more orange then it shows in the picture above... When I post the pictures of another haul, you will see what I am talking about.. 
 Name: Sorbet
Description: Pastel Melon Pink with a Matte Finish
Thoughts: Dusty Light Corally Pink Matte. It didn't want to swatch very well so this one I had to swatch over a primer. 
Price: $6.00
lalalala..
 Name: Bedrock
Description: Medium Gray with Strong Brown Undertones and a Matte Finish.
Thoughts: This was another one I had to apply over a primer because it was patchy. It's a brownish gray color.
Price: $6.00

 
 

Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

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By cristalena56 · February 8, 2015

So I've been following Morphe Brushes on Instagram for over a year now but i've never made a purchase from them. I think I started following them because they were sponsoring a contest at some point in time and to earn an extra entry you followed their instagram page. I remember some posts at the end of december about a palette that was coming out that was hand picked by a girl named Jacyln Hill. I had no idea to be honest who she was. I was like who is this person and what's the big hoopla over this palette. lol I remember just reading comments about people being mad because they couldn't get on the site and then when they did it was sold out. I guess someone was hacking their site at the time of the launch. Well during the next week I was looking up swatches for makeup geek shadows because I was wanting to buy some and that is how i found Jaclyn hill's blog/yt channel. It was watching her videos the first week of January that i found out what her palette was all about. I had actually been wanting some warmer colors since all my shadows are more brighter shades and this seemed like a good one for me to get for those brown/cranberry shades i was looking for. Alas though when i went to purchase it from their site they hadn't restocked it yet but then my hubby reminded me that he was working a beauty show at the end of january in Long Beach. I immediately checked the website for the show and found that morphe brushes was going to be there and only a few booths over. Score!! So I had him pick it up for me while he was there. :)

I forgot to take pictures of the box when i first got it so now there is icky water spots/fingerprints on it...

These shadows are sooo amazingly pigmented. I can't believe individually these only cost $2.00 each, because that is such a good deal. The palette retails for $27.99 which makes them a $1.00 a piece.
 
I think the last row is my favorite. :)
No Flash
ES4 - OFF WHITE (FRO
ST)
ES54 - PEACHY GOLD W/SHIMMER (LUSTRE)
ES6 - SOFT GOLDEN PEACHY BROWN (MATTE)
ES76 - BEIGE CHAMPAGNE (SHIMMER)
ES64 - PEACHY BROWN W/SHIMMER (VELVET)
ES75 - SHINY RUST (SHIMMER)
Outdoors Flash
I've been using a couple of the first ones as an inner corner highlight.


ES67 - DUAL-INTENSITY PEACH/PINK (PEARL)
ES13 - SOFT GOLD-PEACH W/PEARL (SATIN)
ES62 - MUTED TAUPE BROWN (MATTE)
ES63 - MUTED BROWN (MATTE)
ES20 - INTENSE BROWN/GOLD W/SHIMMER (FROST)
ES47 - GOLDEN APRICOT (SHIMMER)
ES66 - VIBRANT CORAL (MATTE)

Favorites: I love both oranges. I think the first shade is pretty and can't wait to figure out a look to use it. I've been using the browns for my crease area.

Outdoors No Flash
ES33 - SOFT BABY PINK (PEARL)
ES68 - METALLIC RASPBERRY (SHIMMER)
ES16 - SOFT MUTED ROSY BROWN (SATIN)
ES15 - GOLDEN ORANGE BROWN (MATTE)
ES61 - LIGHT GOLDEN BROWN (MATTE)
ES24 - INTENSE REDDISH BROWN (MATTE)
ES74 - COPPER (SHIMMER)

Favorites: Loving the pinks. I've been using 33 and mixing with 66 to make a shiny peachy color for my lids and then pairing it with a couple of the browns. 

Outdoors No Flash
ES11 - ORANGE COPPER (VELUXE PEARL)
ES59 - VIBRANT CRAN-PURPLE (MATTE)
ES38 - PINK W/BLUE PEARL (LUSTRE)
ES53 - SOFT PURPLE (PEARL)
ES48 - AMETHYST (SHIMMER)
ES71 - DEEP MAROON RED (MATTE)
ES19 - INTENSE GREEN W/SHIMMER (LUSTRE)
Outdoors Flash
Favorites: I love all of them, especially the purples and the pink shade. 

I labeled each shadow with the corresponding individual shadow number. </p>

Thoughts: I love this palette. For the most part the shadows are super pigmented and the ones that aren't can be built up. h colors I have used so far blend easily without much trouble wich is also a plus. I work in the stock room and coming home after 8 to 9 hours working my shadows look pretty good with minor fading in the crease area. I highly recommend this palette if you were looking for some warm shades and some pops of color as well. I can see myself using this palette for everyday looks. I'm also interested in trying out some of their brushes. Anybody have any recommendations??

<p>Editing Notes: All the swatches were dry swatches. I didn't use any primer or anything like that. I just swatched each shadow with my fingers. 

Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag - Girl Meets Glitter Bag 2

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By cristalena56 · November 18, 2014

Contents in the Bag


Monthly post card showing the theme of this month's bag. I wonder why they stopped listing the brands featured for the month... 

This month's bag is a shiny, sparkly silver. 

Teaser.. :)

The Goodies!! :)

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Product: Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray
Description: Get extra volume, shine and hold with this dual purpose hairspray; nourishing and styling in one! This argan oil, keratin and grape seed oil infused hairspray gives you strong and flexible hold plus deep nourishment, strengthening and conditioning as you style.
The non-water based, fast drying formula freeze-frames your volume and hold without stickiness or flaking and it's flexible finish creates workable styles for easy re-styling without crunch or heavy build-up. It creates a luminous finish and shields against humidity for longer lasting styles. Sun Protectors keep the sun and other elements from damaging your full bodied mane. What more could you want from a hairspray?
Size: Travel Size 1.5oz (Full Size 9oz)
Value: Travel Size $2.99 (Full Size $8.99)
Where to Buy: Ulta or Ulta

Product: Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Orchid.
Description: Starlooks' extremely popular Gem Eye Pencils are soft, creamy and highly-pigmented with a metallic, micro-glitter finish. This one-of-a-kind, versatile formula can be used as both an eye liner and an eye shadow base.
ipsters who sample with Starlooks will receive the Gem Eye Pencil in either Ultra Olive or Ultra Orchid.
Size: Full Size .1oz
Value: $16.00
Where to Buy: Starlooks


Pretty Purple liner with decent pigmentation.

Product: J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint
Description: For invincible color and impeccable wear, the Wonder Lip Paint serves justice! With the twofold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation, this will become your heroine of lip colors. Paint your lips to perfection for your day and nighttime adventures!
ipsters who sample J. Cat Beauty will either receive the shade Mad Splatter, or Red Potion.
Size: Full Size .33oz
Value: $4.99
Where to Buy: J.Cat Beauty

it's a dark red wine color.

Product: TEMPTU S/B Highlighter
Description: Put your Best Face Forward with S/B Highlighter!

A cult favorite of makeup artists around the globe, TEMPTU S/B Highlighter is the perfect product that goes on sheer for an overall illuminating and contouring effect. Light-reflecting and transfer resistant, S/B Highlighter glides on effortlessly for a brilliant complexion boost that contours to highlight your best features.

Here are 3 quick and simple tips using just a few drops of S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl:

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Cheeks
STEP ONE: Place a couple drops on your fingertips.
STEP TWO: Lightly dab onto the apples of the cheeks to highlight the cheekbone area.
STEP THREE: Blend upward, toward the temples, for a glowing look.

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Nose & Forehead
STEP ONE: Place a drop in-between your eyebrows.
STEP TWO: Sweep up toward the hairline blending outward from the central point.
STEP THREE: Apply down the bridge of the nose a light-reflecting contour to define and sculpt.

BODY ILLUMINATION
STEP ONE: Add three drops to a pump of body lotion.
STEP TWO: Rub between your hands to blend together.
STEP THREE: Apply where you normally would, paying special attention to your best assets.
Size: .1oz (Full Size 1oz)
Value: $2.75 (Full Size $27.50)
Where to Buy: Temptu

Product: Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base
Description: This eye base is a highly pigmented, long-lasting product that can be used as a single cream color or used as an eye base to build color.
• Bombshell Application: Apply lightly with fingertip to create a natural finish. Layer for added color.
• Bombshell Tip: Create a more intense look by layering with a powder eyeshadow.
ipsters who sample Be A Bombshell Cosmetics will receive an eye base in the shade Submissive.
Size: Full Size 0.09oz
Value: $14.00
Where to Buy: BeaBombshell Cosmetics

I don't like this color at all.. It looks muddy on my eyelids.


Price of Bag: $10
Items in Bag: 5
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Value of Bag: $40.73
Thoughts on Bag: There was only 1 item different from my first bag and that was the eyeliner. I wasn't too thrilled about this month's bag. I love the purple liner which was definitely the highlight of this bag. I'm not sure though if I see myself using it though.. I might use it for the waterline or to use under an eyeshadow on my lower lashline. The highlighter is ok but pretty sheer. I hate the cream shadow. I think the color is just ugly and not a good color for my porcelain complexion. I won't use the hairspray. Hairspray i so hard to get out of my fine hair that tangles easily and for the most part I wear my hair up year round because  of the weather. I also work in the stock room at my job so i always have my hair up for that too. I don't really use hair products when i curl/straighten my hair except a spray used to prevent damaging my hair from the heat of curling irons/straighteners. Also I have used argon oil in my hair and it made my hair super oily (i have natural oily hair). 


Other Featured Products This Month:

*SeaRx Skincare Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Beauty Scrub .3oz/8.5g $2.72 
*SeaRx Skincare the SeaRx Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion .3oz $2.40
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty supremely rich body wash 2oz $2.50 
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty ultra nourishing hand cream Mini $5.50 2oz
*ck one color Lip Gloss $11.09 .17oz 
*clariSEA Sea Salt Solutions Instant Glow Powder Exfoliant $4.50 1oz 
*Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil $10.00 .29oz
*Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant $3.09 .25oz 
*Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Crème Lipstick FS $3.80 .105oz
*GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ DUALCLEANSE TREATMENT $20.29 .5oz 
*IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® $9.43 .11oz 
*L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil Wine FS $3.50 .095oz
*Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder + Mini Fan Brush $2.78 .03oz 
*Rouge Underground Makeup Sealant $7.24 .5oz 
*Nicole by OPI Nail Polish Guys and Galaxies FS $6.99 .5oz
*Starlooks Lip Gloss Guilty Pleasure $2.79 .03oz 
*tarte deluxe maracuja oil 7mL/.23oz 
<span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>*Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain FS $2.99 .10oz

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Past Month's Bags:
*October 2014 *September 2014 *October 2014 *August 2014 *July 2014 *June 2014 *May 2014 *April 2014*March 2014 *February 2014 *January 2014 


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Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag - Girl Meets Glitter Bag 1

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By cristalena56 · November 16, 2014

Contents in the Bag


Monthly post card showing the theme of this month's bag. I wonder why they stopped listing the brands featured for the month... 

This month's bag is a shiny, sparkly silver. 

Teaser.. :p


The Goodies!! :)

</p>

Product: Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray
Description: Get extra volume, shine and hold with this dual purpose hairspray; nourishing and styling in one! This argan oil, keratin and grape seed oil infused hairspray gives you strong and flexible hold plus deep nourishment, strengthening and conditioning as you style.
The non-water based, fast drying formula freeze-frames your volume and hold without stickiness or flaking and it's flexible finish creates workable styles for easy re-styling without crunch or heavy build-up. It creates a luminous finish and shields against humidity for longer lasting styles. Sun Protectors keep the sun and other elements from damaging your full bodied mane. What more could you want from a hairspray?
Size: Travel Size 1.5oz (Full Size 9oz)
Value: Travel Size $2.99 (Full Size $8.99)
Where to Buy: Ulta or Ulta

Product: Elizabeth Mott you're so FINE Eyeliner in Glitterati.
Description: It's not just any liquid eyeliner. With you're so FINE's micro-tipped brush, you can control your strokes to create dramatic, and sharp cat eyes! This brush is so control friendly that creating precise, symmetrical lines is ridiculously easy, so it's perfect for first time liquid eyeliner users too.
The specialized, quick drying formula has intense, inky pigmentation that's waterproof, meaning it lasts all day without smudging. Just in time for the holidays, the super flirty Glitterati formula will make you the center of attention. All eyes on you, gorgeous!
Size: Full Size 0.1oz
Value: $17.99
Where to Buy: Elizabeth Mott


It's jet black with silver sparkles.

Product: J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion.
Description: For invincible color and impeccable wear, the Wonder Lip Paint serves justice! With the twofold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation, this will become your heroine of lip colors. Paint your lips to perfection for your day and nighttime adventures!
ipsters who sample J. Cat Beauty will either receive the shade Mad Splatter, or Red Potion.
Size: Full Size .33oz
Value: $4.99
Where to Buy: J.Cat Beauty

It's  a dark red wine shade. Good color for halloween, maybe...

Product: TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl.
Description: Put your Best Face Forward with S/B Highlighter!

A cult favorite of makeup artists around the globe, TEMPTU S/B Highlighter is the perfect product that goes on sheer for an overall illuminating and contouring effect. Light-reflecting and transfer resistant, S/B Highlighter glides on effortlessly for a brilliant complexion boost that contours to highlight your best features.

Here are 3 quick and simple tips using just a few drops of S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl:

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Cheeks
STEP ONE: Place a couple drops on your fingertips.
STEP TWO: Lightly dab onto the apples of the cheeks to highlight the cheekbone area.
STEP THREE: Blend upward, toward the temples, for a glowing look.

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Nose & Forehead
STEP ONE: Place a drop in-between your eyebrows.
STEP TWO: Sweep up toward the hairline blending outward from the central point.
STEP THREE: Apply down the bridge of the nose a light-reflecting contour to define and sculpt.

BODY ILLUMINATION
STEP ONE: Add three drops to a pump of body lotion.
STEP TWO: Rub between your hands to blend together.
STEP THREE: Apply where you normally would, paying special attention to your best assets.
Size: .1oz (Full Size 1oz)
Value: $2.75 (Full Size $27.50)
Where to Buy: Temptu

Product: Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base
Description: This eye base is a highly pigmented, long-lasting product that can be used as a single cream color or used as an eye base to build color.
• Bombshell Application: Apply lightly with fingertip to create a natural finish. Layer for added color.
• Bombshell Tip: Create a more intense look by layering with a powder eyeshadow.
ipsters who sample Be A Bombshell Cosmetics will receive an eye base in the shade Submissive.
Size: Full Size 0.09oz
Value: $14.00
Where to Buy: BeaBombshell Cosmetics

I found this shade to be a little too dark and muddy for my porcelain complexion.. The swatch is a little washed out from the flash. 

 Price of Bag: $10
Number of Items: 5
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Value of Bag: $42.72
Thoughts on Bag: This bag was a miss for me. I won't use the hairspray and the cream shadow is an ugly muddy brown color. The highlighter is an ok shade. I have worn in a couple times and it's really sheer but it's ok I guess. :p I love the eyeliner!! This is the only  item i see myself using. It has good pigmentation, lasts all day without smudging or fading, and also a bonus that it dries quickly so it doesn't irritate my eyes. I have used this liner a handful of times and i think it's pretty awesome. It reminds me of the urban decay 24/7 liquid liners (which are amazing!!). The lip shade is a little darker then i like but it might be a shade i can use for halloween.

Other Featured Products This Month:
*SeaRx Skincare Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Beauty Scrub .3oz/8.5g $2.72 
*SeaRx Skincare the SeaRx Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion .3oz $2.40
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty supremely rich body wash 2oz $2.50 
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty ultra nourishing hand cream Mini $5.50 2oz
*ck one color Lip Gloss $11.09 .17oz 
*clariSEA Sea Salt Solutions Instant Glow Powder Exfoliant $4.50 1oz 
*Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil $10.00 .29oz
*Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant $3.09 .25oz 
*Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Crème Lipstick FS $3.80 .105oz
*GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ DUALCLEANSE TREATMENT $20.29 .5oz 
*IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® $9.43 .11oz 
*L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil Wine FS $3.50 .095oz
*Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder + Mini Fan Brush $2.78 .03oz 
*Rouge Underground Makeup Sealant $7.24 .5oz 
*Nicole by OPI Nail Polish Guys and Galaxies FS $6.99 .5oz
*Starlooks Lip Gloss Guilty Pleasure $2.79 .03oz 
*tarte deluxe maracuja oil 7mL/.23oz 
*Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain FS $2.99 .10oz</p> <p>


Past Month's Bags:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inspired Eye Look (Leonardo)

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By cristalena56 · August 24, 2014
</p> <p>I can't help to sing the theme song everytime I see anything that is teenage mutant ninja turtles related. I decided to do a look when i went to see the new movie with my hubby opening weekend. We even got a mask because we are a AMC Stubs card member. I of course got a Leonardo one since he has been my favorite since I was a kid. I remember playing the game with my brothers and I was always leo (my older brother was donatello and my little brother was michaelangelo). Did anyone else get the VHS tapes from Burger King?? haha I am dating myself saying vhs.. :p 

Now that you are probably humming the song, how about the lyrics. :p
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Heroes in a half shell, turtle power
They're the worlds most fearsome fighting teens
[ we're really hip ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
They're heroes in a half shell and they're green
[ hey, get a grip ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
When the evil shredder attacks
These turtle boys don't cut him no slack
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Splinter taught them to be ninja teens
[ he's a radical rat ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines
[ that's a fact, Jack ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Raphael is K00L but rude
Michaelangelo is a party dude
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Heroes in a half shell, turtle power
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Products Used:
*NYX Shadow Base White
*Glamour Doll Eyes Going Green
*My Beauty Addiction Lucky
*My Beauty Addiction Champ
*BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 2nd Edition (Green and brown)
*BFTE Crystal
*BFTE Very Vanilla
*Elf Black Cream Liner
*Benefit They're Real Mascara

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*Applied Eye Primer (UDPP)
*Applied White Shadow Base to Lid (NYX)
*Applied Yellow Green shade to inner 1/3 of lid (GDE Going Green)
*Blended in a Grassy Green shade to middle of the lid. (BH Cosmetics)
*Blended in a shamrock green to outer 1/3 of lid. (MBA Lucky)
*Applied brown shade to crease (BH cosmetics)
*Defined crease with a gray black shade. (Sleek Candy Palette)
*Applied Blue shade to lower lashline. (MBA Champ)
*Applied a Shiny White shade as a inner corner highlight. (BFTE Crystal)
*Applied a fleshtone color to browbone. (BFTE Very Vanilla)
*Applied Black Liner (ELF Cream Liner)
*2 Coats of Mascara (Benefit They're Real)



I probably could of applied this better but I had 3.5 to 4 hours of asleep since i've had trouble falling asleep lately. I even fell asleep towards the end of the movie... I'm pretty sure we are going to buy the 3d blu ray when it comes out, so i can see what i missed then. :p We took the motorcycle to the theater, and do you know how lame it is to be on that while falling asleep.. lol :p 

You can interchange the lower lashline color to be a different ninja turtle. These are my color suggestions. :)

*Leonardo: My Beauty Addiction Champ
*Donatelloa: My Beauty Addiction After Party
*Michaelangelo: Impulse Cosmetics Minibar Martyr
*Raphael: Lime Crime Fly Dragon Fly

</p> <p>Who was your favorite Turtle?? :)

Star Crushed Minerals Haul Swatches (Picture Heavy)

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By cristalena56 · March 31, 2014
I've been seeing their products a lot lately throughout the beauty community. So around valentine's day they were having a 50% off sale and decided to make an order. I was hoping that I would find the neon shades that swatches had been popping up all over Facebook, but they weren't released yet(as of now they still aren't released and no idea if they will ever... I hope they do..). So i picked out 10 shade samples and a primer sample. Most indy companies send out their samples in the little baggies, but they send theirs all out in jars (BFTE doe the same). I prefer the jars out of the baggies. I find them easier to find the color im looking for verses the baggies. With the baggies, i seem to look at all of them before i find the color i am looking for.  So that's a total plus in my book.

There was a bunch of confetti stars inside the bags and envelope. 


The eye shadow samples I bought were $1.00 to $2.00 each and according to sticker on the jar they are .5 grams.


Product: Eye Shadow Primer
Website Description: This emollient rich eye shadow primer is designed to not only prep your eyes for eye shadow application but to moisturize as it does so. Neutralizes eyelid color.
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Carnauba Wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Micas
Price: $5.00 (on special right now for $2.00)
Size: 5g

Product inside Jar, Indoor Lighting Swatch (Over Primer), and Outdoor Lighting Swatch (Over Primer)


Product: White Lightning
Website Description: Pure White Color. Semi opaque.
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, oxides 


Product Name: Yellow Brick Road
Website Description: Semi opaque golden yellow - with soft gold shimmer
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, micas, oxides, yellow #5


Product Name: Avocado
Website Description: Semi opaque green shadow with slight shimmer and soft iridescent glitter.
(It's more green then it looks in the picture above. Reminds me of the green yellow crayola crayon.)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, micas,oxides,chromium, tin oxide


Product: Neptune Star
Website Description: Green-Blue shimmer color.
(It's more on the green side then green blue. Shamrock Green with green sparkles.)
INGREDIENTS: serecite mica, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, chromium oxide, mica 


Product: Teal Sparkle
Website Description: Semi opaque teal with silver interference.
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, micas,oxides, chromium, ultramarines



Product: Mulan
Website Description: Semi sheer bright deep pink with fine sparkles throughout.
(Crayola Carnation Pink with yellow, pink, and green sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, carmine, ultramarines,yellow #5, tin oxide


Product: Candy Apple Red
Website Description: Semi opaque vibrant red - with soft red shimmer
(Makes me think of the Ruby Red Slippers from Wizard of Oz)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, micas, oxides, Red #40


Product: Orchid Shimmer
Website Description: This is matte purple color with pink undertones. Semi opaque.
(the purple shade of orchids with pink sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, mica


Product: Olive Pink
Website Description: Semi opaque shimmery golden olive with soft pink shimmer / undertone.
(Browntoned Olive with pink and yellow sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, micas, oxides


Product: Black Sapphire
Website Description: Semi opaque shimmery blue black.
(Blue Toned Black with Blue sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, mica, oxides




I thought these were very pigmented and since I was given a coupon for 65% off, I think i'm going to purchase some more. I've yet to play with these just yet though. I have some ideas for them though. I've only had them about a week so far. :) I noticed some of these can stain like Black Sapphire and Neptune Star. I also think Orchid could be a little more pigmented. I think it might be because its a matte esque shade and thats why it was harder to swatch then the others. You can make a purchase at their etsy shop Star Crushed Minerals. They are still having their spring sale, so check them out. :)

Ipsy - Glam Bag March 2014 Destination Beauty

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By cristalena56 · March 11, 2014

Every Month's bag arrives in the mail in a pink shiny envelope.

This is how the contents came inside the bag.

The "Glam Bag" is a cosmetic bag full of goodies. Every month's makeup bag is different. They usually have a bag that matches that month's theme.


This month's bag was designed by Klari Reis (www.klariart.com).

This month's theme is "Destination Beauty".

Every bag has a card showing that month's featured brands. This month they had a product from brands like Nicole By Opi, Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, NYX, Bare Minerals, Pacifica, Pixi, and a few others..

Every month's bag has 4-5 products. We have been having 5 but this month it was only 4.

Product: Pacifica Body Butter in Indian Coconut Nectar
Description: Smell incredible with our nourishing and anti-oxidant rich ingredients. The Pacifica Body Butter helps fight signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection. Made with nature's best moisturizers - shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil - Pacifica's paraben-free Body Butter is a skin must-have. Now available in tubes in our best-selling fragrances, making them easy to take with you anywhere.
Size: Mini Size 2.5 oz (Full Size 8 oz)
Where to Buy: Pacifica Perfume or Ulta
Value: $7.00 (Full Size $15.00)
Ipsy Subscriber Discount: Save 20% at www.pacificaperfume.com with code IPSYGIRL

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Product: Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready.
Description: Creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented color glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense.
Size: 1.5g(Full Size 3.4g)
Where to Buy: Bare Minerals
Value: $7.94 (Full Size $18.00)
Ipsy Subscriber Discount: Free 10 in 1 Volumizing Mascara sample plus free shipping at bareminerals.com with unique code included in bag.


swatch with flash (indoor lighting)


Product: Be a Bombshell Bora Bora Eye Shadow Quad
Description: The Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad contains a highly pigmented long lasting formula for all day wear. To use as an eyeliner, wet the tip of your brush and dip end into the shadow and apply on lash line. For base colors, blend shadow from lash line to brow bone with a wide shadow brush using gentle upward strokes. For accent colors, blend shade in the outer crease of your eye gently working inward. Gently blend base and accent colors together using light, feathery strokes. For highlighting, gently brush under brow bone.
Size: Full Size
Where to Buy: BeABombshell
Value: $16.00
Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 40% off any purchase plus Free Fuschia Lip Crayon at beabombshellcosmetics.com.

Dry Swatches


Product: Nicole By Opi Roughies Nail Polish in On What Grounds
Description: Nicole by OPI launches Roughles ("ruffles") - 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow. When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish. For the perfect matte effect, skip the top coat!
Size: Full Size (0.5 oz)
Where to Buy: Ulta, CVS, Walmart, Kmart (i've yet to see these in stores)
Value: $7.99

These only need 1 to 2 coats and dry quickly when used alone. I used OTD top coat on my middle nail and 15 minutes later it still wasn't completely dry.. This polish is long lasting.

Price of bag: Monthly subscription of $10 (shipping is included).
Value of Bag:  $38.93
Where to subscribe: Ipsy
Thoughts on Bag: I adore my nail polish. I adore it so much i've been looking for the other 3 shades but can't seem to find the collection anwhere. :( My lipstick is in a shade i get periodically in my ipsy bags, so it will probably just be put in my purse when i need some color added to my lips when im out somewhere. I love the colors of the eye shadow palette, but yet to see how they will work with my fair skintone. They look like the perfect shade for like an arabian eye look. Makes me think of Aladdin. I tried the body butter and it wasn't very moisturizing. I also didn't care for the scent. This bag was a toss up for me. The definite stand out product was the nail polish. :)

These were the other products featured in this month's bag. 

 

Simple Valentine's Day Look - Peaches n Cream

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By cristalena56 · January 27, 2014

I got BFTE Faith from my Cyber Monday BFTE Grab Bag. I've been obsessed with it lately and wear it almost everyday. I decided to do an easy vday look using it. I think I might wear this when I goto the chocolate festival in a couple weeks. :)

Products Used:
*MAC Expensive Pink
*BFTE Faith
*Darling Girl Cosmetics Rainbow Brite
*BFTE Hollywood Secrets
* Inglot 82
*BFTE Very Vanilla
*Salty Cosmetics Glamazoid
*E.L.F. Black Liquid Liner
*Benefit They're Real Mascara

*Apply Primer. (Urban Decay Greed)
*Applied Expensive Pink to Lid
*Patted Rainbow Brite on top.
*Applied Faith to the Crease
*Applied Hollywood Secrets to lower lashline.
*Blended Inglot 82 onto the lower lashline.
*Added Glamazoid as an inner highlight.
*Dusted Very Vanilla onto the brow bone.
*Applied a wing line with Elf Liquid Liner
*2 coats of They're Real Mascara
*Black Pencil liner to waterline.


BFTE Wearable Neutral Eye Look - Indian Summer

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By cristalena56 · January 17, 2014

I decided to use some of my BFTE colors I haven't used before. I've had 2 of these for almost a year. BFTE Faith was in my cyber monday bag. (I need to post what I got in that bag.) BFTE is closing up shop though. :( She said she doesn't know if she will reopen at some point in time or if she os going to sell the company. Last day to order is January 31st. 

Items Used:
*BFTE Canyon
*BFTE Dusty Rose
*BFTE Chai
*BFTE Faith
*BFTE Bubbly
*BFTE Very Vanilla
*Elf Liquid Black Liner
*Benefit They're Real Mascara

*Primer
*Applied Canyon to lid.
*Applied Dusty Rose to outer 2/3rds of lid.
*Blended
*Applied Chai to crease.
*Applied Faith to lower lashline.
*Applied an inner highlight with Bubbly.
*Applied Very Vanilla to Brow Bone.
*Wing liner with Elf Liquid Liner
*2 coats of Benefit They're Real Mascara
*Applied a black liner to waterline


I was super tired when I did this look on tuesday. I haven't been sleeping very well. :/ So sorry about my scary face pics. :p 
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Ipsy - Glam Bag August 2013 Glamour Academy

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By cristalena56 · September 8, 2013
I took pictures the day I got my bag but forgot where I had saved them. I finally came across them tonight. I'll try to post pictures of this month's bag when I recieve it.  

Every month comes in a shiny pink envelope.

This is how the contents were inside of the envelope.


Every bag comes with a postcard showing what brands you might recieve in your bag as well of what deals you can get from ipsy at the brands websites.


Ipsy teamed up with Benefit cosmetics to giveaway to 1000 people a party kit to host a Lash Bash Party. I was so happy to get the email telling me I was one of those people!! My friend and I are planning my party. All the parties will happen on sept. 21st. 

Every month you get a different makeup bag.

I was so happy to find that I got the UD Lipstick Sample. :D

Product: Nailtini Straight Up Nail Lacquer in Mai Tai
Description: Beach-ready doesn't stop at your coverup! It goes all the way down to your toes! Nailtini is making sure your toes are nothing less than intoxicating this summer with our seasonal fave shade, Mai Tai. This rich creamy tangerine sunrise is the perfect complement to sandals and sun-kissed skin. 
Size: Full Size
Where to Buy: TiniBeauty
Value: $13.00

I didn't care for this red orange color.. It also made my hands look even older then they already do.

Product: Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Mask
Description: The Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask is a nutrient rich mask that is blended with Pumpkin and Glycolic Acid. This rejuvinating facial treatment removes dead skin, impurities and toxins, moisturizes and firms, improves elasticity and pliability of the skin, unclogs pores allowing skin to breathe and facilitates movement of skin oils. Adds brightness and radiance to the skin and significantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 
Size: 1 oz (Full Size 3.4 oz)
Where to Buy: Michael Todd
Value: $10.00 (FS $34.00)


Product: Pixi Lash Booster Mascara
Description: This unique mascara truly boosts your lashes, giving them a "push-up" effect that lasts all day. The dense, rich formula coats lashes with maximum pigment, for long-lasting full color and the cone-shaped brush coats each lash evenly. Long lasting, smudge-free and waterproof. 
Size: 0.105 oz (.25 oz)
Where to Buy: Pixi
Value: $7.14 (FS $17.00)


Product: Mica Beauty Eye Shadow in Bronze
Description: MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadows are extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, the eyeshadows will look ultra smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area. Can be mixed with clear lip-gloss, clear mascara, and clear nail polish to add pigment to lips, eyelashes and nails! 
Size: Full Size 2.5g
Where to Buy: Mica Beauty
Value: $14.95





Product: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in shade 69.
Description: Urban Decay's Pigment Infusion System™ delivers insane color payoff with creamy shine, Maxi-Lip™ plumps and nourishing oils leave lips cushiony soft. Get the color you crave. Addictive to apply (and even more addictive to wear), this creamy formula glides on without dragging or skipping, hugs every curve and gives you a BIG laydown of color. There's a wide range of colors - from gorgeous nudes to bold brights, there's something for everyone. Our luxe, custom-designed gunmetal tube (lined in dark purple) features organically shaped facets that practically beg to be touched. You'll want to keep pulling it out of your bag—whether it's time to reapply or not. 
Size: 0.03 oz (FS 0.09 oz)
Where to Buy: Urban Decay
Value: $7.33 (FS $22.00)


</p> <p>Price of Bag: $10.00
Value of Bag: $52.42
Where to Buy: Ipsy
Thoughts on Bag: I love my UD Lipstick Sample!! Such a pretty red. I hear the michael todd pumpkin mask is awesome, so can't wait to try it out. I love trying out new mascara, and will try this one out once i finish my mascara im using. I don't really see myself using the micabeauty bronze shade so I will probably give that to a friend. I also thought the np color was one of the ugliest colors i've ever seen. I'm not into tomato color.. Overall this was a good mix of products. Im happy with what I got!!

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