Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

My Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

The Makeup Geek brand is slowly and surely starting to become a more recognized brand around the world. As a makeup junkie I have known of Marlena (owner and creator of the brand) for a few years now as she started out as a blogger and YouTube makeup guru. I have already reviewed some of the pigments that she has created here and given some info on the brand so I won’t bore you with that again. But I will say I LOVE the pigments and would really recommend them if you are in the market.

So… onto the shadows. You can avail of them in pan form. They are priced $5.99 which is very reasonable and then the tax and delivery is pretty reasonable too. I keep all of mine together in Z Palettes. Mise Beauty in Dundalk have Z Palettes available from the store or online as do Makeup Geek themselves. These are magnetic palettes that you can place your pans in any way you wish. They come with magnets too if the item you want to put in them is not magnetic, so handy πŸ™‚

I’ve made a few purchases off the Makeup Geek site and have gathered eye shadows from all ends of the colour and finish spectrum, so read on to see my collection (so far) swatched and named. I did not use a primer purposely to show the pigment and texture of the shadows on their own.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

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Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Envy

Envy

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Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Appletini

Appletini

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Makeup Geek Appletini

Makeup Geek Appletini

Mermaid

Mermaid

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Makeup Geek Mermaid

Makeup Geek Mermaid

Neptune

Neptune

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Makeup Geek Neptune

Makeup Geek Neptune

Boo Berry

Boo Berry

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Makeup Geek Boo Berry

Makeup Geek Boo Berry

Stealth

Stealth

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Makeup Geek Stealth

Makeup Geek Stealth

Graphite

Graphite

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Makeup Geek Graphite

Makeup Geek Graphite

Unicorn

Unicorn

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Makeup Geek Unicorn

Makeup Geek Unicorn

Drama Queen

Drama Queen

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Moondust

Moondust

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Makeup Geek Moondust

Makeup Geek Moondust

Burlesque

Burlesque

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Makeup Geek Burlesque

Makeup Geek Burlesque

Latte

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Makeup Geek Latte

Makeup Geek Latte

Cocoa Bear

Cocoa Bear

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Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear

Glamorous

Glamorous

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Makeup Geek Glamorous

Makeup Geek Glamorous

Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie

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Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie

Bling

Bling

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Makeup Geek Bling

Makeup Geek Bling

Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean

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Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean

Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean

Phew….are you still with me? πŸ˜› That’s alot of scrolling I know. I wanted to show them individually though because sometimes when things are swatched together the camera doesn’t capture them enough.

As with all eyeshadow brands texture and finish vary from shadow to shadow. I can whole heartedly say Makeup Geek are doing a fantastic job though and for the price and amount of product you get in the pan these are absolutely brilliant and dare I say comparable to the almighty MAC! I use these shadows most days to make looks with just them or in corporation with bases and other shadows. They blend well, have great colour pay off and last on oily lidded me (with a primer of course). I think my fave so far if I had to pick would be Mermaid, Peach Smoothie, Bling and Burlesque.

Be sure to let me know if you have tried any Makeup Geek products. Aswell as shadows and pigments, they offer liners,blush brushes and lipsticks galore so they are building up quite the brand! I need to get my hands on more I know that for sure πŸ™‚

Thanks for sticking with me and if you buy anything after reading this post please let me know, it warms the cockles of my heart!

Gemma

xxx

 

 

Gem's Spring Nails 2014

I am a nailpolishaholic. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you will know I like to post obnoxious pictures of my painted nails on a regular basis…I do apologise πŸ™‚

So I trifled through my collection to talk about the nail polish colours that represent Spring in a nail polish bottle for me. By all means you can switch and change brands and shades, these are just what I own.I am a firm believer that if you have and use a good base coat and top coat, you can use any brand of coloured polish and it should last pretty well on your talons!

I have very recently downsized my collection in order to fit them onto myΒ  new acrylic wall rack. So I threw out all the polishes I was hoarding in boxes and only kept the ones I know I would actually use:

Nail Polish Acrylic Rack

So onto my picks for Spring:

My Spring Nail Polish Picks

Firstly I had to pick a hot pink. A hot pink is essential in Spring for me, it looks fab on your fingernails and your toenails and goes with everything, and helps accentuate a tan whether it be natural or from a bottle πŸ™‚

Nail Polish

I chose a BarryM colour. These polishes are so readily available in Boots and Superdrug, they are cheap and they have such a wide range of colours. I love them.

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Barry M Limited Edition 029

Barry M in Limited Edition 029

Next up I chose Peach. Peach is a colour that screams warmer weather to me. It’s the colour of icepops and sweets πŸ™‚ It’s a good colour to have for those, who do not want to go crazy with their nail colour as it can look quite subtle and clean on the nails. I chose another Barry M polish, shock horror, this was a cult buy for last summer within the blogosphere!

Spring Colours

 

 

Barry M Peach Melba

Barry M Peach Melba

Barry M Peach Melba 318

 

 

 

 

Next I chose… another Barry M pastel tone! I’m sorry but they’re lovely πŸ™‚ I have a good cross section of brands in my collection but Barry M are really good and the pastels are lovely and creamy. Two coats and you’re good to go! So I chose a pastel lilac tone.

Spring Nails

I love this colour and lilac is very on trend at the minute. Again, if you are afraid of colour, even use something like this on your accent nail for a touch of something different.

Barry M 308

Barry M 308 Barry I/C

Barry M 308 Barry I/C

I have a sky blue shade chosen for my next spring nail polish. I think this sort of shade looks great on all skin tones and looks really interesting on long and short nails alike. It can really jazz up a look without going too over board.

Spring Nail Colours

This is an Essie shade, I love Essie polish from the point of view that their colour selection is amazing and the polishes themselves are easy to apply and do not need much working with. However, I will say they don’t last aswell as some other brands of polishes and they cost a small fortune here in Ireland, if other brands do the same shade for cheaper I say get it!

Essie Polish

 

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Lastly, I chose a shade that is not for the faint hearted. This shade of nearly apple green sums up Spring in a colour to me. If you’re someone like me who loves bright colours on their nails, rock the hell out of it, if not this would be a great accent colour on the ring finger or whichever finger you choose to be brave with:

Spring polish

This particular polish is a Revlon polish. Revlon do a great formula of polishes, I have a few of them and they are some of my firm favourites. I can’t wait to give their new perfumed range a go πŸ™‚

Revlon Polish

 

Revlon 510 Sassy

Revlon 510 Sassy

 

So there you have it, my spring nail wardrobe. I am rarely without nail polish, I don’t feel put together without it. Whether it is to compliment your look with a similar hue to your clothes or makeup or for it to contrast it, it all looks good in my book πŸ™‚

Thanks letting me ramble on,

Gemma

xxx

Selection of Pigments

Pigments? Scary…they are a bit I must admit, but they are so pretty! I haven’t many of them, but I wanted to share some of the ones I have accumulated over time. When alot of us think of pigments, we think of Mac, I know I do anyway. I cannot justify the money they ask for them, even if they are beautiful. So here are some more purse friendly ones and in my opinion just as pretty. There is one high end one thrown in for good luck, just because I couldn’t resist showing it off, hope you don’t mind πŸ™‚

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Pigments are fab to use just like shadows packed onto the lid with a flat stiff brush, as a light wash over shadows for a touch of sparkle or foiled onto the lid with some sort of mixing medium ie Mac Fix Plus, Inglot’s Duraline or even eye drops can be used to intensify the metal sheen or colour of the pigment.

I have some in my collection from Barry M which are readily available from Boots and Superdrug and come in all sorts of colours and finishes. They are priced at 5.99Euro. The others are from an American brand called Makeup Geek. Makeup Geek is owned by Marlena who is firstly a makeup artist. She started initially as a Youtuber and now has her own makeup line which is pretty fab. I own some her eyeshadows, lipsticks and of course pigments. The pigments are priced at 6.99 dollars from the website. Their shipping is pretty reasonable too.

First up is Barry M’s pigment in Number 4:

Barry M DazzleDust No 4No 4No 4

This is a really pretty silver pigment. It’s more of a chunky formula with silver glitter particles. I would definitely use a mixing medium like Mac’s Fix plus to adhere this to the eyelid as it will fall down and create a mess. I like to use this on my lower lash line for a pop of something extra. I wet a synthetic eyeliner brush with some fix plus and add the glitter carefully. I usually do this before I do my face makeup to ensure I only get glitter where I want it πŸ™‚

Mac Fix Plus

Next is probably one of my very favourites. This is Afterglow by Makeup Geek:

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It is a gorgeous shimmery champagne colour. This is a really finely milled pigment which is fab all over the lid for an everyday eye look, or as a pop of lightness in the middle of a smoky eye. It’s fab as an inner corner highlight also. A great all round colour I think.

Barry M’s No 98 is next:

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This pigment has a black/blue base with really fine blue glitter through it. Perfect for an intense navy smoky look which looks great on a brown,green or hazel eyes. I rock this alot. I use a navy cream shadow underneath it and pack this on over the top. Love it πŸ™‚

Utopia By Makeup Geek is next:

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Utopia is another chunkier pigment. In order to get the best pay off, I suggest again wetting the brush you use and foil the pigment onto the lid. You then get a fab dark brown base with gold glitter through it. This is a fab lid colour.

Barry M’s No 27 pigment is next:

Barry M no 27 DazzledustNo 27No 27

This is a lovely white pigment with a soft fleck of golden glitter running through it. I love this as an extreme inner corner highlight (for special occasions πŸ˜› ). It is fab over darker shadows to add a sheen or as a gradient colour on the inner lid into a darker shade.

Here I have Makeup Geek’s shade in Insomnia:

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This a really unusual shade. It is brown with green running through it, a two tone shade. It is really pigmented and blends very easily. This would be great for someone who isn’t great at blending colours as it is pretty much two shades in one, so it looks like you’ve spent loads of time adding different colours when you didn’t πŸ™‚

The last on is Illamasqua’s Beguile:

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This is the perfect going out glitter. I really couldn’t get a picture to do it justice. It’s a Barbie sparkle for all us grown ups out there. It’s fab over every kind of shadow or creams to bring a bit of glitter to your look. I love using this in the middle of my lid with a dark or light eye. The light catches it beautifully.

So there you have it, some pretty pigments. They can be underrated sometimes. I know I can leave them in a drawer and forget about them. They’re not as scary as you think though I promise, just don’t let it fall on the floor πŸ˜›

Thanks for reading.

Gemma

xxx