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Makeup Geek Shadows - Part 1

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
Desscription: Buff Base with Peachy-Pink Reflects.
Price: $6.00
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
 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


Simple Valentine's Day Look - Peaches n Cream

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.

Darling Girl Cosmetics 1st Order - Swatches and Review

By cristalena56 · September 3, 2013

<strong><span style="font-size: large;">For awhile now i have noticed the name Darling Girl Cosmetics throughout the beauty world reading blogs, facebook beauty pages, etc... Wasn't til I saw a look XoXo Alexis Leigh posted a month ago that I discovered what amazing colors they have. I had seen a few looks here and there using some of their products but this one had sparkly duochrome shades used in it. I was immediately mesmerized by them. I couldnt click on their website fast enough.

</span><span style="font-size: large;">Once I got there and started looking through the eye colors with my jaw dropping with every click, I knew I had to make an order. I decided to buy a few jars and also ordered a review kit which was on sale for a $1.00 (squeal!!). I thought that deal was super awesome for getting to try out 5 different products. I was going to order one of the lipglosses that looked awesome but they were sadly all sold out. I like that this site has a wishlist, so I can goto it when I want to order something and pick out from the beauties I had already discovered. I am on my 11th page. 

Such cute wrapping!! I love the logo!!

This was the review kit I got. I chose 5 shadow samples and they came in the normal sample baggies. I believe each has an 1/8 of a tsp. 

*Sweet Savage: Matte Midtone carnation pink
*Rich Gurl: A sky blue thats on the periwinkle side with a green duochrome. Its very sparkly!!
*Persuasion: Medium lavender base with gold shift and turquoise sparkles. 
*Unicorn: A shimmery irridescent silvery white but when applied its a irridescent pale pink, maybe even a little purplish with turquoise sparkles.  This was my favorite color I recieved. I already went through the sample and had to order a jar of it. :)
*Obviously a Wig: Magenta with a blue/purple duochrome. I love this color!! I think it makes an awesome lip gloss color!!
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</a>Dry swatch, Elf Primer, and then over UD Liner Zero

Love the flowers!

The Petit jars cost $2.50 and they come with approximately 1/4 tsp in a 3 gram jar that includes a sifter. The full size comes in a 5g jar including sifter with approx. with a 3/4 tsp of shadow.

Basket Case: Bright purple with turquoise shift and gold sparkles.

Dark Crystal: Deep graphite with color shifts from lilac, red/silver to greenish-blue with a red/pink "diamond dust" sparkle.
London Calling: Indigo base with heavy red shift.

My Little Pony: Pale, pastel lavender with green shift and aqua and pink iridescence.

<span style="font-size: large;"><strong>No Sign of Life: Oceanic blue with a brilliant grass-green shift and baby green sparkles.

Dry Swatch with Finger, Elf Primer, and UD Liner Zero

Free Sample time!!

Every package comes with a couple baggie samples and stickers. Also when you make a purchase of $10 or more you get the weekly GWP (Gift with purchase) shade. 

Peachy Keen: Peach with pink sheen along with gold/green/purple sparkles. This was a gift with purchase shade but if you contact susan she might have more that you can purchase. 
*Bronze Dawn: Ruddy pinky mauve base with strong gold sheen 
*Leaping Lizards: <span>medium grey with golden green sheen that shifts to a grey with red/violet sheen

Thoughts: I love all these colors!! They are very sparkly. I find they work well with the glitter glue that I bought when i ordered from them a 2nd time. With all shadows I would say use a primer. These seemed to last a long time and are vibrant. I work in a stock room that only has a couple fans and no ac. I live in phx, so to give you a rough idea of the weather where I am at. I come home and my makeup has very minor creasing if at all. There can be a little fallout but not too bad. I love these and highly recommend their shadows. I can't wait to order more. I'm waiting til Sept. 6th to order some Halloween Shades from the Oh! The Horror Collection. :) I need to swatch these colors with DG glitter glue and will update this post with a pic. 

Couple Looks I Did:
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Bare Minerals Fresh and Fabulous

By cristalena56 · January 3, 2013
I had a 20% off coupon that expired on Christmas Eve at Ulta. Its one of the loyalty coupons they send out that can even be used on prestige cosmetic brands. I didn't have a lot of money to spend but I couldnt let my coupon goto waste either. I went to Ulta a few days before Christmas and saw that they were having a sale on the Fresh and Fabulous set by Bare Minerals. It was marked down from $25 to $19 (Retail value of $74). </p>

I thought this was a good deal considering all the items are full size. I had been meaning to try one of their mascaras and found this to be the perfect oppurtunity. With my coupon it came to be $15.00 plus tax. I also bought a gold liner and cream shadow from NYX. 

Description from Bare Minerals website:

<p>GET FRESH AND FLAUNT IT. Wake up your look with bursts of irresistible colour. This wonderfully wearable collection for face, eyes and lips has everything you need for bright, brilliant, wow-worthy beauty. With warm, glimmering eyes, lush lashes, glossy berry lips and a luminous complexion, you're ready to reveal a fresh, fabulous new you.
  • Soft Focus True All-Over Face Color 
  • Peach Surprise Eyecolor 
  • Flaunt Eyecolor 
  • Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara In Black
  • Natural Lipgloss in Sugared Strawberry (shimmering strawberry)

<span style="font-size: large;"><strong>All-Over Face Color in Soft Focus True: Sheer Dusty Rose with shimmer.


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</a>This color will bring a nice glow to your cheeks. 

Eyecolor in Peach Surprise: Iridescent Rosy Pink is its description on site. I find it to be a shiny peach color that reflects pink. Makes me think of seashells. Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette's shadow Soulmates is similar but its lighter.

Inside Lighting with Flash Inside with no Flash

Dry and then over Primer (Elf)

Eyecolor in Flaunt: Golden Toffee. Its a beige brown with golden sparkles.

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</a>Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black.

I thought this applied amazingly. I love how it looks on my lashes. :) 

Natural Lipgloss in Sugared Strawberry: Shimmering Strawberry. I found this to be a light Strawberry Shortcake Pink gloss with shimmer. I would say its a sheer nude mauve pink shimmer. 

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</a>The color didnt show up very well on my lips.

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</a>My skin was extra dry yesterday and it didnt help that I had fallen asleep watching a movie with my makeup still on (which is a no no) the night before. 

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</a>*Started with Primer. (ELF)
*NYX Milk to lid and smoothed out. (Today I used a peachy cream shadow)
*Applied Peach Surprise to Lid and inner corner.
*Smudged Peach Suprise to the lower lashes.
*Applied Flaunt to the crease.
*Smudged Flaunt to lower lashline.
*Lined upper lashline with UD 24/7 Liner in Zero.
*Then smudged a cargo purple liner and estee lauder black pencil to lower lashline.
*Then applied some flaunt back over with a mini smudge brush.
*Applied UD 24/7 Liner in Woodstock.
*2 Coats of BM Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

I think this set is good for a neutral everyday look. The colors make me think of seashells and sand for some reason.

Thought I would share a picture of the Hello Kitty on my shirt.

OFF Topic Notes:

I wore this look yesterday to the Cheesecake Factory. We had gotten a gift card to there from a friend of ours. Our waitress looked identical to Autumn from The Daily Glamour. She could be her long lost twin. I showed a picture to my hubby and he agreed.

This Peppermint Bark Cheesecake was Amazing!!! It took me 3 sittings to eat this whole piece though. My hubby got strawberry shortcake since he doesnt like cheesecake. Though he tasted mine and tried to steal it.

I finally got a pet. Since we live in a small apt and cost a lot of money I havent been able to have a dog or cat anything. My hubby surprised me on Monday by taking me to Petsmart and getting these 2 Hermit Crabs for me. Their names are Zoidberg and Frye (Futurama characters). I've wanted a pet hermit crab for a long time. When I moved to FL a year after I graduated high school, we went to Cedar Key. While we were swimming I kept noticing this crab to come out and see me. I realized it was a hermit crab. Foolish me decided to take it home with me, and he died like after a couple days. I was sad. I remember going to one of the shops in St. Augustine and seeing Hermit Crabs. I really wanted to take one home, but I never did. So i'm super happy. We lucked out and got 2 friendly crabs. 1 is more active during the day (Frye) and the other is more active during the night. (Zoidberg). Since this look reminds me of seashells, these kind of fit in since they have seashells on their backs. :p This is probably why I have seashells on the brain. :)


Choco Pistachio - Makeup Bee Chocolat Donna Fantasy Entry

By cristalena56 · August 16, 2012

Shu Uemura and Makeup Bee have teamed up for a new competition to promote their new Chocolat Donna Collection. The contest is to come up with looks based on their new collection for the fall. Theres been some stand out looks so far. I really love this one

My look I did was based on their Orange and Pistachio Palette. The colors reminded me of Ice Cream, so i even did a ice cream cone but failed miserably. Based on names of other fellow entries, they thought of ice cream as well. I did this look a few times because my eye liner kept running because my eyes kept watering. I bought a new angled eye liner and used a cream eye liner and it worked out better. I also did the look without eyeliner. 

Items Used:

*NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk

*Coastal Scents 88 Palette- Peach, Olive Green, and Brown

*Wet n Wild Silent Treatment

*Wet n Wild Cool as a Cucumber

*Wet n Wild Sweet as Candy

*Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

*Studio Gear Lipstick Very Hot Cocoa from May Glam Bag

Now with Eyeliner:

*First applied NYX HD Primer

*Then NYX milk to lid and crease.

*smoothed it out with fingers.

*applied peach shade from 88 Original Palette to lid.

*I then went over it with the peach shade from Wet n Wild Silent Treatment Coloricon Trio.

*Next I applied the light Olive green from 88 Original Palette to Crease.

*Went over it with Light Green shade from Wet n Wild Cool as a Cucumber Coloricon Trio.

*Next i applied the brown shade from 88 original palette above the green.

*Highlighted with cream shade from Wet n Wild Sweet as Candy Palette.

*Lined eyes with black eyeliner.

*Applied Tarte Mascara


Let me know what you think. I'm not as artistic as others but if you can be so kind and vote for my look here, much would be appreciated!!!


Heres the Ice Cream Cone Fail:

Also made an entry for this here.




How to enter

  • Create a look inspired by chocolat-donna collection that you would wear this fall
  • Click the "Post a Look" button
  • On the post a look page select the competition you are adding the look to
  • Make sure you add at least 1 product you used to create the look
  • Make sure you that you tag 3 products that inspired you from the chocolat-donna collection.
  • Like shu uemura on facebook Click Here to Like


1st Prize - worth $465:

  • 450ml ultime8 cleansing oil $90
  • 3 eyeshadow palettes $225
  • 1 glow on blush palette (with 2 shades) $50
  • 1 limited edition eye lash curler $25
  • 1 ultimate natural mascara $25
  • 1 rouge unlimited lipstick (current collection) $30
  • 1 pair false lashes $20

2nd Prize - worth $300:

  • 150ml ultime8 cleansing oil $40
  • 2 eyeshdow palettes $150
  • 1 glow on blush palette (with 2 shades) $50
  • 1 limited edition eye lash curler $25
  • 1 ultimate natural mascara $25

3rd Prize - worth $215

  • 150 ml ultime8 cleansing oil $40
  • 1 eye shadow palette $75
  • 1 glow on blush (one shade) $50
  • 1 limited edition eye lash curler $25
  • 1 ultimate natural mascara $25

Winners will be announced when the contest ends (09/02/2012).




Wet and Wild Coloricon Trios - Walking on Eggshells, Cool as a Cucumber, I Dream of Greenie, and Spoiled Brat

By cristalena56 · August 24, 2011

I picked up spoiled brat awhile ago, along with 2 of the 8 palette ones(which i can review and swtch later). I picked up I DREAM OF GREENIE last week from walgreens. A week before that i picked up COOL AS A CUCUMBER and WALKING ON EGGSHELLS from Big Lots. The BL next to my work is moving to the other side of us into a bigger building and had the whole store on sale. This past weekend it was 50% off.  I really love these color icon palettes. They are such a bargain at $1.99 to $2.99 depending on where you go. The 8 palettes are $5.99?? I think. Im waiting for walgreens to have another wet and wild sale(50% off) so i can buy the blue 8 palette. I bought the other 2 during their last sale. They are very pigmented, and with primer cant last even through working in a stock room with no ac or fan.

Wet and Wild I Dream of Greenie and Spoiled Brat

The I Dream of Greenie has a lime green, sea foam green, and then a light minty type green. When applied i think of a peacock. Im sure a blue eye liner would go really well.

I Dream of Greenie

I applied the shadows over a base of NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil to make the colors pop more. I also used Revlon Liquid Eye Liner Pen and Loreal's Telescopic Waterproof Mascara.

I Dream of Greenie


Spoiled Brat has  a hot pink color for the lid, a sparkly black for the crease, and a silver for the highlight.

Spoiled Brat

My brush didnt seem to be working with me while trying to apply the black.. It usually applies better. The thing with the black is also you want to make sure to tap off your brush, well really most of these colors because you most likely will pick up more shadow then you had planned too. So unless you want black speckles on your face(idk maybe you do lol ;)), i would tap or blow on the brush or applicator to get the excess off. I like to wear this trio when im going out on a friday or saturday night.

Spoiled Brat

I believed i used Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Flame and MAC's Hello Kitty Tippy Blush. My skin has looked awful lately and i dont know why :(

Walking on Eggshells - Flash Walking on Eggshells - No Flash Cool as a Cucumber


The colors in the WALKING ON EGGSHELLS make me think leopard print and colors Kim Kardashian would wear. Theres a nice peachy color for the eye lid, a milk chocolate brown for the lid, and shimmery cream color for the highlight. The COOL AS A CUCUMBER trio consists of a dark forest green for the lids, a deep purple for the crease, and a pale shimmery spring green for the lid.

Walking on Eggshells

I decided to add in some leopard spots using a liquid eye liner pen, though i could have drawn them a lot better... I quickly did it. I also used UD 24/7 Eye Liner in Whiskey for my lower lashline and Revlon Colorstay Black Eye Liner on upper lashline.

Cool as a Cucumber

I had a hard time trying to get the colors to show up the way they look IRL, but it wasn't happening unfortunately :/ I did however find that the green was kind of hard to apply. You definitely need a nrush for the purple to get it to show up, as well as the green.

Cool as a Cucumber

I found that cool as a cucumber was my least favorite of the bunch. The colors make me think of UD shadows i have though. If you find my posting for Alice and Wonderland's Caterpillar look, these are the colors they remind me of.

Sephora Color Slim Lip Gloss Palette

By cristalena56 · January 13, 2011

Ordered this because i needed to spend $6 to get free shipping.

It has 8 different shades.

Lip Swatches

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