If you don't subscribe to Makeup Geek on YouTube, what the heck is wrong with you? Marlena is one of the nicest and most sincere people on YouTube and her charm is intoxicating.
She recently launched her own cosmetics line and I couldn't wait to get my hands on everything she had. But, who am I kidding? I am a broke make-up addict, so it has been a slow process for me collecting all these pretties.
Did I mention how fantastic her prices are? Eyeshadows are only $5.99 and lipsticks are only $7.99.
You can find all of these on the Makeup Geek website here.
I started with about four eyeshadows and have collected 2 or 3 at a time since building up to what I have. I keep them in a pink Z palette (also sold in the MUG store). The shipping is very low. Every now and then they offer a discount too, so it's worth subscribing to the website.
The eyeshadows are magnetic pans, but they are also sold in pot form on the website.
Top row: moondust, last dance, unexpected, twilight
If you follow TheBombshellSuite on YouTube, you probably saw her recent get ready with me video where she used the Wet N Wild highlighter/bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana. She gave it such a great review that I had to go out and find it. Strangely, the drugstore didn't have these at all, but I found one at my grocery store.
Anyway, as soon as I touched it and swatched it on my hand, I knew that it was a dupe for one of my favorite highlighters.
As you know, I am a huge fan of Laura Geller's baked products. The Baked Vanilla highlighter is one of my favorite highlighters for it's subtle sheen and nearly matte appearance. On the skin it brightens, but doesn't shine, glisten, or glitter on the skin.
And wouldn't you know, they are nearly identical! Same texture, same sheen, same glow.
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.