Friday, 23 January 2015

Get The Look: Jennifer Lopez

Get The Look: Jennifer Lopez





Hi my loves! It has been too long since I have done a Get The Look post so I figured today it was time! I have chosen the gorgeous Jennifer Lopez for this edition.

Jennifer Lopez is pretty much the queen of smokey eyes. She is always wearing a beautiful dark smokey eye. However I really liked this makeup look that she had from the Fashion Rocks event back in September - it's her usual smokey eye, but lighter and brighter shades, and also very shimmery. Her skin of course looks amazing as usual, and I love the nude lip.

Here is a list of the products that you can use to get this beautiful makeup look!



1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation




The glowy Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation comes in 23 shades and it literally does feel like silk. It's very hydrating, leaving your skin looking super luminous and healthy like Jennifer's. It also has excellent coverage and is very long lasting. It blends out seamlessly and you don't need much product to get good coverage.



2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz 




A makeup look without groomed and filled-in brows is just not the same. The Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils come in an impressive 9 shades, and the colors are very natural and true to your hair color. Jennifer's brows have been made quite natural looking for this makeup look so just a few strokes to lightly outline and then fill in your brows should do. This pencil also comes with a built-in spooley so you can brush the color through your brows while you are filling them in and when you are done, to give a more natural appearance. I love the Brow Wiz pencil, it's a staple!



3. NYC Bronzer in Sunny




No Jennifer Lopez look is complete without her signature bronze. Jennifer always makes sure her face is contoured and bronzed really well. A really nice and also very affordable option is the NYC Bronzer in the shade Sunny. It's the perfect contour color without any orange and it compliments all skin tones. Brush this into the contours of your cheeks as well as around the nose, jawline and all around the outer edges of the forehead.



4. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate in Burning




This loose pigment by OCC in the shade Burning (which is a vibrant coral shimmer) can be applied all over the lid to get that beautiful rich pinkish shimmer that Jennifer has going on. Of course you will need a darker matte (preferably any brown hue) shadow or two to blend through the crease for drama and depth, but the pink is the star of the show. You also would apply this pigment all over the lower lashline and smoke it out with a blending brush. 



5. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Comex Copper




Stila has such beautiful eyeshadows, and the Magnificent Metals Foil Finish shadows are no exception. Just stunning. Here you see the dazzling shade Comex Copper. This beautiful little gem can be applied lightly just around the lower lashline over the pink to add some pizazz and extra glam and sparkle to the look.



6. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Very Black




If you are a false-lash kinda girl then you of course could just go for a nice full pair of falsies like Jennifer is wearing in this photo. However if you are like me and do not wear false lashes, Lash Sensational is Maybelline's latest mascara and it's pretty awesome. It's perfect for this sultry look because it gives intense volume and thickness and "fans out" the lashes with it's fanning brush which has 10 layers of bristles. Nice!



7. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hr Blush in Exposed




Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes are beautiful. I love them. They have such a nice, smooth texture, blend like a dream, and they have gorgeous pigmentation and last all day. The shade Exposed is perfect for this look. It's a nude shade. Apply this generously all over the apples of your cheeks and a little up along the cheekbone toward your ears.



8. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Salut




Here is another nude color. Jennifer is wearing a beautiful nude lip. I am completely obsessed with the Canadian brand Bite Beauty and I just adore these Luminous Creme Lipsticks. They are made with natural ingredients like real fruit and they also contain the antioxidant resveratrol. These are currently my favorite lip products. The shade Salut is a beautiful nude for this look.



I hope that you enjoyed this post! Feel free to share any comments below and I hope you have a wonderful and fantastic day!
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Monday, 19 January 2015

Urban Decay Ammo Palette Review

Urban Decay Ammo Palette Review





Hello my loves! It will truly never be possible to have too many eyeshadow palettes. The most prominent items that make up my cosmetics collection are for sure eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes. I just can't get enough.

I love Urban Decay and one of the main reasons I love them is because they have so many beautiful, sparkly eyeshadows to choose from (they also have awesome mascaras!). I have always been a fan of their glittery shimmery shadows. Yes, more sparkle means more fallout when applying, but I'm willing to put up with that because of love sparkly shadows! (not to mention it's so easy to just save your foundation for last!).

Today I am reviewing Urban Decay's Ammo Palette. Here we go!









Urban Decay Ammo Palette


I am so loving the design of this palette. It has such intricate artwork inside and out and I just love the shades of purple (I'm a purple-lover), and I also love that there is a velvety feel to parts of the design on the cover. Super pretty.

It's your typical magnetic case and it has a nice little mirror inside with more of the nice purple design around it. It's quite sturdy and despite the velvety parts it hasn't gotten dirty at all.









Urban Decay Ammo Palette


This palette has 10 of Urban Decay's best-selling shades. I thought it was a great idea to put their best sellers all in one palette. It features:

Smog - deep coppery bronze

Maui Wowie - metallic golden-greenish beige with silver glitter

Mildew - mossy green shimmer with gold

Shattered - turquoise shimmer with gold

Oil Slick - matte black with silver micro-glitter

Polyester Bride - white snow shimmer with silver micro-glitter

Last Call - metallic sugar plum

Grifter - sheer lavender shimmer with silver micro-glitter

Chopper - copper shimmer with silver micro-glitter

Sin - champagne shimmer









Urban Decay Ammo Palette


These shades are really highly pigmented. They have the quality that I always expect from Urban Decay. Although glittery and sparkly, they still have a nice soft texture. 

The colors are vertically coordinated. All of the shades are shiny and shimmery, so you most likely will need another palette or single shades that are matte to complete your look (that's if you want to deepen up the crease and add multiple colors). However as I always say, I don't believe in rules for makeup. You can still use shimmery shades through the crease. I sometimes do, but then I usually still add in some matte, but it's not necessary.

I don't get creasing with these shadows and they show up as gorgeous pops of color on my lids. Every single shade in this palette is just beautiful.









Urban Decay Ammo Palette


It's hard to choose favorites in this palette but I'd have to say that I really love Grifter and Maui Wowie. Grifter is just such a beautiful purple and has so much pigment. I love it so much all over the lid and add it to many looks. It's the color I come to most from this palette. Out of the many purple shades of eyeshadow I own, I have none like this one. Maui Wowie is a gorgeous beige-green and very shimmery. It's a very unique color. All of the shades in this are stunning, including Last Call, which is a beautiful plum-burgundy and Shattered is the perfect turquoise to add to an overall blue eyeshadow look or also to add a pop of color to a more neutral look by applying it along the lower lashline or inner corners of the lids. So pretty!










All of the eyeshadows in this feature Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, (which is a proprietary blend of ingredients that give each shade its rich color, staying power, velvety texture, and blendability).

You may recognize Chopper from this palette if you have the Naked 2 palette. It's one of my favorite shades in the Naked 2, so it's nice to have this extra one. Sin is also a very famous Urban Decay shade. There are many other UD products in the Sin shade range. I love the variety of colors in this palette, because you get your neutrals but then you also get your brighter more colorful shades as well.



 Swatches: Smog, Mildew, Oil Slick, Last Call, Chopper



Swatches: Maui Wowie, Shattered, Polyester Bride, Grifter, Sin


wearing Grifter and Last Call


I'm super happy with this palette and I'm really glad I got it. It's nice to have so many sparkly colors to choose from. I come to this palette often to take a few colors from it to add to my eyeshadow looks.

I definitely recommend this palette. As mentioned, the shades are very pigmented and rich and I am not disappointed at all. And you gotta love that shimmer!

You can get this palette HERE


Ingredients: Last Call Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate Zinc Stearate Talc Methylparaben Propylparaben Smog, Sin, Shattered Ingredients: Talc Ethylhexyl Palmitate Zinc Stearate Methylparaben Propylparaben Oil Slick Ingredients: Talc Polyethylene Terephthalate Zinc Stearate Ethylhexyl Palmitate Acrylates Copolymer Methylparaben Propylparaben Mildew Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate Talc Zinc Stearate Methylparaben Propylparaben Maui Wowie Ingredients: Talc Ethylhexyl Palmitate Polyethylene Terephthalate Zinc Stearate Acrylates Copolymer Silica Methylparaben Propylparaben Polyester Bride, Grifter, Chopper Ingredients: Talc Polyethylene Terephthalate Ethylhexyl Palmitate Zinc Stearate Acrylates Copolymer Methylparaben Propylparaben 


What are your favorite Urban Decay shades? I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below!
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Friday, 2 January 2015

Makeup Geek Starter Kit Review

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Starter Kit Review (with Peach Smoothie and Beaches & Cream)





Hi lovelies! I'm not sure if you know this, but I'm totally obsessed with Makeup Geek. I love anything and everything Makeup Geek. Their eyeshadows, blushes, brushes, pigments, etc. I have not yet done a review on any Makeup Geek eyeshadows (only this pigment), so I figured today is the day to do so!

This review is on the Starter Kit, which includes 9 eyeshadows. I also added in a little bit on the shades Peach Smoothie and Beaches & Cream, which are not part of the kit.

So let's get started!









Makeup Geek Starter Kit


Makeup Geek's eyeshadows come in little individual packages, and they are eyeshadow pans (no compact, although for a couple of extra dollars you can get them in compacts) so that you can make your own palettes. They are magnetic and easily stick into Z-Palettes (if you haven't heard of Z-Palette, it's a great brand that makes beautiful empty palettes to put your shadows or any panned makeup in). Z-Palettes always come with magnetic stickers in case you need to insert makeup that is not magnetic at the back (you can de-pot any eyeshadows/blushes etc. that you have and attach the stickers and put them in these).





Z-Palette that comes with kit





The kit that I got included the Z-Palette (size small), which was great, because I didn't have any at the time to put my shadows in.

The Starter Kit has 9 eyeshadows. The shades were specifically chosen by Marlena (Makeup Geek founder) to get your Makeup Geek collection started, because it includes mostly all you would need to create tons of really nice eye looks. It's got your neutrals and then some pretty purples, a highlight shade, and even a matte black.









Makeup Geek Starter Kit



Aren't those shades just so awesome??

Before I start describing each eyeshadow, I just want to say that these are some the very BEST eyeshadows I have ever used. Makeup Geek quality is absolutely one of a kind and I can't say that enough. And the price is incredible - these are just as good if not even better than MAC shadows (in my opinion) for a fraction of the cost. Everything by this brand is affordable. 

These eyeshadows have the most beautiful, buttery texture, and they are super pigmented. I'm talking crazy, rich pigmentation here. Barely touching these with your brush will give off tons of pigment. I was surprised the first time I used these because so much color comes off of such little product. The eyeshadows are soft and beautiful and blend so amazingly. The colors come out on your lids exactly as they do in the pan. Stunning. I am so happy with these eyeshadows. They also don't crease and they last all day. 











So here is each shadow with a little description!








Cocoa Bear is this beautiful matte reddish brown color. It's so warm and pretty.  I love using this through the crease and also outer corner. It's the perfect color along with many different looks. It's a brown like no other, because of the red in it. I also love the name, so cute!









Drama Queen is a super-dark, rich purple. It's so deeply pigmented and intense. There is also some shimmer. This shade is gorgeous. I love using it especially around the outer corner and I often times use this on my bottom lashline. Love it.









Corrupt is a very black matte shade. There is a super tiny amount of shimmer, so tiny that you probably won't even notice (I didn't). It's definitely matte. This is great in the outer corner, or as an eyeliner, and through the crease. For really dramatic looks I love blending a small amount of this in my outer crease area. If you're looking for a matte black shadow I don't think you can get any blacker than this. It's awesome.

 







Creme Brulee is one of my favorite Makeup Geek shadows. This color is very versatile. It's a matte medium sand shade which is excellent as a crease color, transition color, smokey color at the bottom lashline, and it's also great for softening and blending out other shadows. I love this shade and don't know how I'd live without it! I incorporate it into so many of my looks.









Prom Night is sooooo pretty. It's a very unique color. It's a very pale purple shade with taupe. It's also shimmery. I just love this color all over the lid. Sometimes I will top it off with a little shimmer or just leave it on its own. It's beautiful.









Unexpected is a very pretty matte lilac color. This makes a great crease and/or transition color, especially with an overall purple look, but can provide a pretty subtle pop of color in a neutral look as well. Can also be used all over the lid or any way you like! It's super beautiful.









Mocha is your perfect rich medium brown. I love this color for so many looks and use it a ton. It's great especially in the crease and outer corner. It also looks good smoked out on the bottom lashline. Perfect addition to this collection.









Shimma Shimma is a stunning highlight shade. It's a shimmery, metallic light champagne color. This is soooo gorgeous. Looks amazing all over the lid, in the inner corners, and on the brow bone. Can be used many ways and adds a beautiful shine to any look. Love this one so much!









Glamorous is exactly as the name describes it - it's very glamorous! It's a stunning shimmery bronze gold. It looks so incredible all over the lid or anywhere you'd like (lashlines, crease, outercorner). It just adds this amazing bronze gleam to your look. It's beautiful!




Swatches: (from top to bottom each row) Drama Queen, Shimma Shimma, Prom Night, Cocoa Bear, Glamorous, Mocha, Corrupt, Unexpected, Creme Brulee



So those are the 9 shadows included in the kit. I also got Peach Smoothie and Beaches & Cream at the same time. These two colors are very similar, but still each unique:








Peach Smoothie is a light peachy-beige color. You can really notice the peach in this when wearing it, and I just love it. This is my transition color for so many looks. I use this all the time. The soft peach looks nice peaking out as an accent with almost any look, but especially warmer looks. Love this one!

 







Beaches & Cream is a matte neutral beige and very light. This is another great transition color but I don't use it nearly as much as Peach Smoothie (because I find it's not as noticeable). I still love this and tend to mix it with other shadows. It also makes a great base all over the lid. Both this one and Peach Smoothie are great for blending out other colors as well.




Swatches: Peach Smoothie and Beaches & Cream


This kit is beautiful and I am loving my Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I really do find a difference with using and blending these shadows than I do with many others. What I also love about Makeup Geek is that they are cruelty-free, and are always paraben and talc free.

Here's the shadows placed in the cute little Z-Palette that they came with (check out how pretty those colors are!): 












I love the Z-Palette because of the clear case (so you can see the colors inside) and also because the cover is magnetic too. It's also very strong and sturdy. Very well made.

 








I'm sure you can tell that I love my Makeup Geek eyeshadows. At this point I couldn't imagine not having them in my collection. They are super-saturated shades. My Makeup Geek shadows are extra special to me and true gems in my collection. I highly recommend trying Makeup Geek if you haven't yet. I couldn't be more satisfied!

There are going to be more Makeup Geek reviews coming up in the near future so look out for those. In the meantime you should try out some of these shadows if you are able! Their pigments are also incredible. I'd love to hear what you think of them.

You can get these eyeshadows HERE


Ingredients: Mica, Isoeicosane, Polyisobutene. May Contain: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Boron Nitride, Kaolin, Polyethylene, PTFE, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methicone, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77289, Ultramarines CI 77007, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Manganese Violet CI 77742dc Black No. 2 CI 77266, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-C14 Isoparaffin, C13-C15 Alkane, Carmine CI 75470, Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Red 6 Lake CI 15850, Tin Oxide, Zinc Stearate


Do you have any Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Which are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
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