Monday, August 31, 2015

Makeup Geek Cosmetics Review (look & swatches)

I am a HUGE fan of Marlena, owner and CEO of Makeup Geek Cosmetics and a YouTube sensation guru.  I started to watch YouTube makeup videos for the first time ever in 2008 and Makeup Geek was the second channel I subscribed to.  Marlena is GREAT on explaining product(s), cost(s), pro(s) and con(s), yet keeping her videos straight to the point.  In addition, she seems to be such a genuine and sweet woman and to this day she's still the same way even with her success.  Congratulations Marlena and to Makeup Geek Cosmetics!!!!!!

Makeup Geek was having a few SALES so I finally jumped on the band wagon.  I must say it's worth all the hype. 

I purchased the 9 shadow starter kit; 1 single eye shadow in 'Bitten'; 1 Blush 'Summer Fling' (love that name); and 2 Foil Eye Shadows 'Caitlin Rose' and 'Grandstand'  


My package arrived in a good fashion time manner after placing my order.  It was nicely packed in bubble wrap, which helps protect & secure the makeup.

A personal note was enclosed with my name :)

The set of 9 eye shadows were packed nicely with this silver metallic rope/ribbon.  It was simple yet stylish and very cute.  

I love the fact that each pan sleeve has a different design:
  • foil sleeve - is in a rose gold color and it's my favorite (left)
  • pressed eye shadow - is in black & white (middle)
  • blush - is in black & white lotus, which is Marlena's logo and recording room set-up (right)

I packed my M.U.G products in my zebra z-palette.  The following colors are (NO PRIMER):

Starting Top Left to Right/First Row
  • 'Summer Fling' (large pan) Blush
  • 'Creme Brulee' eye shadow
  • 'Shimmer Shimmer' eye shadow 
  • 'Unexpected' eye shadow
  • 'Bitten' eye shadow 
  • 'Corrupt' eye shadow 
Second Row/In the Middle/Left to Right Eye Shadows
  • Glamorous
  • Prom Queen
  • Cocoa Bear
  • Mocha
  • Drama Queen

Left Side/2 Foil Shadows on the bottom

There is a story behind Caitlin Rose, which is why I had to purchase it.  As a mother who knows first hand how important it is to support charity and how charity really helps families, I am so happy that Makeup Geek is involved.  Please click on the link above to read more.

Some colors under a different light

Review - M.U.G products are:
  • Highly pigmented
  • It's soft so it can have some fall out when picking up with your brush BUT NO fall out on your face
  • The foil eye shadows are so PRETTY and also soft with no fall outs
  • Easy to work with when blending
  • Affordable
  • Shipping and handling is an A+
  • Packaging is an A+ 

Now on to the look - - - - - - 

Damn zit :(
  • Creme Brulee as my transitional color all over my crease and above
  • Summer Fling on my crease and lower lash line
  • Coco Bear and Bitten on my outer crease 
  • Grandstand on lid
  • Mocha and Drama Queen smudged on lower lash line over Summer Fling
  • MAC eye liner 'Teddy' in my water line 
  • NYX Matte Liquid eyeliner on upper lash line
  • Benefit Mascara 'They're Real'
  • NYX False Eyelashes 

  • Ardency Inn Foundation
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting 
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer 'Medium Light'
  • MAC Sculpting Powder 'Shadester' to contour
  • Hourglass Ambient Bronzer 'Radiant Bronze Light'
  • Makeup Geek Summer Fling blush

  • MAC Lip Liner 'Cherry'
  • Bite Beauty Lipstick 'VIB Rouge

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Go to Summer Lotions, Primers, Foundations and Mists for Oily-Combination Skin

The heat and humidity is so rough especially on your skin, hair and of course for us makeup junkies.  

I want to share the products that I have been using to help keep my makeup in tack, fresh and long lasting for oily-combination skin.

1. Embryolisse Hydra Matte Emulsion

I love this product and have been using it for a while. Not only it can be used as a moisturizer, but as a primer too.  It's soft, lite and lasts for a long period on the skin.  You can purchase this brand at Alcone and many online sites.  It retails at $40.   

2. MAC Oil Control Lotion

This retails at $33.00.  It works well except by the end of the day, I do find my T-Zone oily especially my nose so I have to retouch.  I hate retouching because I hate carrying extra makeup besides what I usually carry in my bag, which is: mascara, Urban Decay Naked concealer, beauty blender or brush, Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder and lipstick. If you own E.P Powderless Powder then you're good to go, but if you don't own it, then you should.  It's great to retouch your makeup without over carrying additional products because it will immediately help reduce shine.

3. Nivea Men Post Shave Balm - Sensitive

Nikki from Nikki Tutorials has been raving about this product and have used it in many of her tutorials.  I have been watching Nikki's tutorials since she was 15 years old and had the pleasure of meeting her at 2011 IMATS.  Therefore, I had to pick it up and try it for myself.  The only place I was able to find it was at and it retails at $6.29.  This product works and keeps my face (especially my nose) matte all day!!!!  The only con I have with it is that it's a bit heavy especially for traveling. It is a man's shaving balm so it does have a scent, but manageable.  I like to mix this product with one of the other lotions or Boscias No Pores No Shine and my primer. 

4. Michael Todd Moisture Lite

This is a new product that I recently purchased.  It retails for $29.00 and can be purchased online.  It works well for acne prone and sensitive skin.  The texture is very soft and lite. 


1. Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer

This was the first primer I have ever used when I started to play with makeup and years later it's still my go 2 product because it helps reduce my pores and preps my skin evenly as well as allow my makeup application to go on smoothly.  It retails at $31.00 and can be purchased at Sephora and Ulta.

2. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer 

This primer retails at $36.00 and can be purchased at Sephora or Make Up For Ever Store.  It works very well because it helps smooth your skin so when you apply your foundation it blends beautifully, but it also helps with minimize your pores.  

3. Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Blur + Smooth

This is a drug store primer that can be purchased basically anywhere including Walmart, Target and Ulta.  It retails at $9.99  I think it's a great substitute for Make Up For Ever.   

1. Dior Air Flawless Skin Foundation
This product is VERY EXPENSIVE retailing at $62.  It can be purchased at Sephora.  It's the type of foundation that you only want to take out and use during special occasions.  I like to use a buffing brush or a damp beauty blender to apply.  It's light weight and leaves your skin beautiful with a medium coverage.  
2. L'Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation

This drug store product literally blew up on the scene and became a MUST HAVE for all oily and combination skin users.  It can be purchased at most drug stores as well as Target, Walmart and Ulta.  It does its job by keeping your skin matte for a long time and provides a medium to full coverage.  It retails between $11.99 to 13.99 depending where you live.  Rite Aid and Ulta has had 40% off on this product so keep a look out for your weekly circular. 

3. MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

This foundation is new to the MAC family and it's AWESOME.  It works well for ALL skin types and is Medium to Full Coverage.  It retails at $33.00

4. Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation

This foundation is weightless but works as a luminous BB cream.  When I want an extra glow, I like to mix this foundation with L'Oreal Pro Matte Foundation to give me that extra skin boost as well as coverage.


1. MAC Fix + 

I like to apply this spray prior to applying makeup to wake-up my skin and/or after.  I love the scent!!!

2. Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Spray

I like to spray 2 to 3 times after I have completed my makeup application.  This spray can be purchased at Sephora or

3. Caudalie Beauty Elixir  

I love this mist because it truly helps give my skin a radiance and tighten my pores.  It can be purchased at Sephora.

Summer Sunet (using Julie G. lash colab with Jesse's Girl Cosmetic; Inglot pigment and Make Up Forever eyeshadow)

  • MAC Paint Pot 'Painterly' 
  • Inglot Pigment '24' on lid
  • Make Up For Ever e/s 'I-746' on the crease and blend
  • Make Up For Ever e/s 'M928' above and outer crease
  • Kat Von D. Liquid Liner 'Trooper'
  • MAC Eye Kohl Pencil 'Teddy' in the water line and lower lash line (smudge)
  • MAC e/s 'Mauveless' over 'Teddy' smudge and blend
  • Julie G. lash #101

Julie G once again collaborated with Jesse's Girl Cosmetics to create false lashes.  The lashes are affordable retailing at $4.99 and can be found at Rite Aide.  It comes in 5 or 6 different styles to fit your eye shape.  In the box, the lashes look close to natural.  I purchased #101 because it's full wispies and has a nice lift at the end, which is what I look for in lashes. After applied, you can tell it's falsies but I like that I can wear it under my glasses without the lash hitting and annoying me.  It's a great size.