Makeup Geek

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Back in the saddle again....

I know, I have been MIA for a very long time. Is anyone still out there?

I have been super busy with cosmetology school and freelancing. I have worked more weddings than I should have, but I love doing it. I have two booked next month, and I am going to try not to do anymore until I am finished with school. But, I probably won't turn any down if I am able to do them.

I really have wanted to blog and make tutorials, but I am growing out my pixie cut and am at this very awkward stage with my hair, so getting in front of a camera is not the most enticing idea to me.
As for blogging, I am trying to get back into it. I have still been buying and trying new products.

So my question is, does anyone still care what I have to say? If so, what would you like to see on this blog?

Thanks for the feedback!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review

I am no stranger to a powder cleanser or exfoliant. I've tried the Bare Minerals version and the Tatcha version, along with buffing grain type products that mix with a cleanser. What makes this one unique is the addition of chemical exfoliant so that you get a dual exfoliation. I can add a few drops of water and make a paste to scrub my face, or add more water and make a cream and a lighter exfoliation. The salicylic acid is great for my congested pores and acne.

I will probably not purchase this once it is gone, simply because I like a more multipurpose product that cleanses and exfoliates at once. But it is a good product and works well for a light exfoliation. I do prefer this out of the three I have tried. I am a fan of Dermalogica products and would highly recommend the line to anyone looking for a great skincare routine.

Product sent for review purposes as part of the iFabbo team membership. I was not sponsored and received no money for this review.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow Palettes- swatches

Here they are and they are all awesome! I have swatches of all ten palettes and I will tell you some of my thoughts on them at the end.

01 Defiant Nude

02 Ivory Power

03 Provocative Petal

04 Rebel Metal

05 Fiery Saffron

06 Currant Desire

07 Untamed Teal

08 Infamous Sky

09 Fierce Safari

10 Envious Orchid

I will start by saying that I think Estee Lauder does some of the best matte eyeshadow on the market (wild truffle, wild sable, chocolate bliss, etc). These palettes have a great mix of mattes, shimmers, metallics, and satins. They are a bit powdery when you dip your brush into them. But, the pigmentation is great.

My favorites- Fiery Saffron, Provocative Petal, and Infamous Sky. But I also love the metallics in Rebel Metal and Fierce Safari. I actually want them all.

These were taken in a bit of a hurry, but I hope they are helpful enough to help you choose.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Votre Vu Palette Play Eyeshadow Quad- Nude- Review

The Nude quad from Votre Vu has a little something for everyone to love. The shades are not named on the palette, but are gorgeous just the same.

The deep bronze brown has a hint of sparkle, but the sparkle buffs off and it looks practically matte on the skin.

The warm matte camel tone is the perfect transition shade for every eye color.

Of course, there has to be a metallic taupe shade for all the taupe lovers. This one is beautiful and a great addition to what would have been a totally warm toned quad.

The matte cream shade is your typical matte highlight, and makes this quad complete.

You do not need to add anything else to this quad to complete a look. It has everything you need. I love that I can throw this in my makeup bag and not need another palette. It is very versatile and easily goes from day to night.

The formula is soft and pigmented. These shadows are also nourishing to the skin with jojoba and vitamin E.  It doesn't even need a primer, but they do offer one that works amazingly with this shadow.

Do you know what makes this palette even better? It is refillable!!! The refills are available on the Votre Vu website.  I really like this palette and would recommend it to anyone wanting a natural palette for everyday.

Each shade is free of talc, fragrance, low-cost minerals and other common irritants for a calm, colored canvas.

 I really like this palette and would recommend it to anyone wanting a natural palette for everyday.

*sent for review purposes

Friday, September 12, 2014

You gotta try this Lipsense stuff!!

What is Lipsense? Only the most long-wearing lip product on the market. It doesn't feather, bleed, or transfer onto other things or other people. It is amazing!

Lipsense comes in over 50 shades, but can also be layered to create your own unique shade like I did above. Mine is one layer of Fly Girl with two layers of Plum.

I found this product when searching for a kiss proof lip for brides so that the groom didn't end up with lipstick on. This fit the bill perfectly. I like it so much, I signed up to be a distributor and share it with all of you. If you know me, that means a lot because I hate sales.

If you want more info or want to order some to try yourself, please email me at or go to and use my distributor number 172810. Be sure to tag me in your photos wearing Lipsense and let me know how much you love it.

My favorite shades- Fly Girl, Aussie Rose, Praline Rose, Kelly's Crush, Apple Cider, Cappuccino

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50- Review

Turning thirty was a wake-up call to my skin. Suddenly, I had dark spots and uneven skin tone. I had always struggled with acne, but never thought I would be dealing with sun damage. Needless to say, sunscreen has become a major staple in my skincare routine. That is why I am pleased to bring this review to you. 

Introducing, Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50.
(Review after pictures)


This product is like nothing I have ever tried before. The texture is very emollient, like a gelatinous lotion. It liquefies upon contact to your body heat and melts into the skin without an oily residue.

The smell is also unique. At first I could smell that typical sunscreen smell, but that quickly dissipated into an herbal/spicy smell that reminded me of licorice. It was pleasant and mild.

But, then I got to thinking, will this licorice scented sunscreen sting my eyes? I had to test it, so I applied a nice dollop to my eye area and all around. No stinging, no anything. It was like I had just applied a light eye cream.

But wait, there's more.

This sunscreen is also an anti-aging day lotion!

It is full of age fighting peptides and antioxidants like white tea and vitamin E.

The formula alone is also unique. Dermalogica found a way to turn their SPF 30 formula into an SPF 50 with an advanced Oloesome technology from Safflower seeds that deliver the sunscreens directly to the skin surface and release them over time. How cool is that?

Now we have an advanced anti-aging sunscreen that is powerful enough to give an SPF 50 protection and stimulate collagen while hydrating the skin.

I tested this product the last two weeks while I was on vacation. It worked perfectly without irritating or breaking out my sensitive skin. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an SPF product. I really like it, even better than my Paula's Choice sunscreen, though I will stick with Paula for my body.

Purchase this yourself at

Product provided for review as a member of iFabbo, not sponsored or paid to review.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Votre Vu ARCH DE TRIUMPHE Brow Definer- Review

Brows are the most important feature on the face when it comes to creating structure. A great makeup can look less than flattering without a defined brow. I am a bit of a collector of brow products, always looking for the next best thing. This brow cream from Votre Vu did not disappoint.

From the website:

Raise brows when you amp up your allure with Arch de Triumphe, an innovative, antioxidant-enriched brow-shaping formula. Lightweight and water-resistant, this long-lasting blend of soft waxes, vitamin E and micronized minerals mimics the sheer and natural highlights of your hair — so you don´t appear stenciled-n-penciled, just coquettish and coiffed! Select from four silky shades to create a highbrow, custom palette. French women know a polished brow projects a more youthful and vivacious visage; so take their comely cue and fill in what nature left out. So easy to use that in just a few seconds, you can reveal a beautifully framed face, brilliantly highlighted eyes, and more confident vous.
For every French Accents cosmetic purchased, Votre Vu donates $1 to the St. Baldrick's Foundation in support of the 46 Mommas and their efforts to treat and cure pediatric cancers.

This product is available in four shades- fair, warm, dark brown, and soft black. I was sent the fair and warm. Fair is great for blondes and does not have too much warmth to it like some blonde brow products tend to have. Warm is a warm, medium brown, that is perfect for those of us who like to have a warm shade of brown to our hair or for red heads. I would love to add the other two shades to my collection, eventually.

fair, warm

fair, warm

I really like the consistency of this formula. It is not too creamy like some products can be so it gives just the right amount of color and clings well to the brow, without looking over done or sharpied on. It closest reminds me of the Tarte brow mousse, except that the Tarte made my brow hairs fall out and this doesn't. I recently used these during a photo shoot and they worked perfectly. The jar container makes it easy to scoop out onto a palette for sanitary use.

 Two models from a recent photo shoot I worked on.

Wearing fair brow definer

Wearing warm brow definer

If you haven't checked out this exciting brand, I would highly recommend doing so. I am loving every product I have tried.

You can purchase this brow definer HERE for $24.