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A Look for Spring

soft spring updo for long hair

My husband and I had a date night planned last night for a simple dinner out.  I felt like doing some experimenting with both my hair and makeup.  I came up with this very soft and feminine look that I think is perfect for Spring.

spring makeup and hair

As I sat down at my vanity I thought pastels would be a nice change for my eyeshadows and promptly realized my options were limited.  So I pulled out my Sweet Dreams Palette by Too Faced and found a couple of shades there that would do the trick.

Sweet Dreams Palette swatches and review

makeup look using Sweet Dreams palette by Too Faced

The four shades I used for this look are In the Buff, Peach Fuzz, Cut the Cake and Cop a Teal – which you can see on my swatches below:

swatches of Too Faced eyeshadowsToo Faced eyeshadow swatchesToo Faced Sweet Dreams Palette - review and swatches

How to get this look for your eyes:

peach and purple eye makeup

  1. Start out by filling in your eyebrows so you can see the area you are working with.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics.
  2. Prime your lid all the way up to your brow bone.  I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
  3. Dust Peach Fuzz eyeshadow all across your lids.  (Any nice peachy shade will work for this step.  Something like Naked Lunch by MAC would work.)
  4. Then, take Cut the Cake eyeshadow and blend this shade through your crease and at the outer edge of your eyes.  (Again, any soft lilacy purple will do the trick here.)
  5. Line your upper lash line and waterline with a black liner.  I used Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC.
  6. Take a nice dark contrasting colour to smudge into your lower lashes.  I used Cop a Teal for this step.
  7. Highlight your brow bone and very inner corner of your eye with a soft, sheer white shade.  I used In the Buff eyeshadow for this.
  8. Finish with Mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes.  I used Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara.

how to create a soft pastel eye makeup look

This really does create a soft and subtle makeup look with just enough colour to keep me sane.  🙂  There is nothing overpowering about this look and is something that would work for anyone, no matter how you feel about bold colours.

peach and purple eye makeup

To complete my look, I used the following:

For my Skin > Erase Paste by benefit as my under-eye concealer, Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118, topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade “Light Plus”

For my cheeks > Sweet Pink blush by Too Faced

For my lips > Buxom lips bareEscentuals in shade “Leslie”

curved dutch braid and messy bun hairdo

For the hair I wanted to try out a look that was shown off recently by Brittany and Amber over at Makeup Geek.  They put up a complete picture tutorial on how to create this look.  You can find it here.

Curved Dutch Braid

This was my first time trying this look out on myself and I think it turned out okay for my first attempt.  Because I don’t have bangs but I didn’t want my face completely bare, I decided to leave out a couple of small strands to curl so I could still have a soft frame around my face.

soft spring updo for long hair

updo for long hair

I am one of those people that has had long hair their entire life and I like to wear it down 99% of the time because it is how I feel “pretty”.  I’ve never liked how I look with my hair pulled back in a pony tail or into a bun.  But with a soft messy updo like this, I can keep my hair up and off my neck (which is amazing for hot days outside) but still feel pretty and feminine.

How about you?  What is your favourite makeup look this Spring?  How do you deal with your hair in the heat?

xox,

Shannon

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Makeup Geek and they wanted me to post some looks to the Idea Gallery on their site and give them feedback on the process and the way that part of their website functions.  In exchange I would get some free eyeshadows to add to my collection.

I was super stoked!  I’d wanted to start posting in the Idea Gallery anyway, I might as well take some notes and select a few colours to help round out my Makeup Geek collection.  I was really looking forward to being able to actually try creating a look with only Makeup Geek eyeshadows, rather than always having to use them as an addition to an existing look.  I thought this would help me get a better idea of their quality as well, because I really hadn’t used them much at all.  And it is important to me that you all know that even though I received these eyeshadows for free, my opinions and reviews in this blog are always based on my honest opinions and experiences and are not influenced in any way.

With that being said, let’s take a look at my new Makeup Geek shadows:

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

I’ve also swatched them all too, because I find that swatches always offers up a more accurate look at the shadows.

MUG eyeshadow swatchesMakeup Geek Eyeshadow swatches

For swatches of the other eyeshadows in my Makeup Geek collection, please visit my previous post here.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Z-Palette

I decided now that I had some basic eyeshadow shades in addition to some brights that I was finally able to do a complete look.

Here is what I came up with:

Purple and Blue Smoky Eye Makeup

This is the first look in a long time that actually terrified me as it was coming together.  Very often as I do my makeup, I know I will like the end result as I’m doing it…but for this look I almost took it off so many times as I was applying it.  I think the main reason is because Poolside is such a vibrant blue I was worried about either looking like a hooch from the 80’s or some sort of clown.  Instead of scrapping the whole look, I made a few changes about half way through.  I actually took some makeup remover and pushed Poolside back from the inner corner and lightened that area with White Lies.  I was also originally using Wisteria as my purple, but it was just too light paired with Poolside.  So I switched out Wisteria for Purple Rain and it made all the difference.  These two changes really softened the look and helped it flow together.

Poolside and Purple Rain in a makeup look

I’ve created a tutorial diagram so you can see what shadows are where.

How To: Bright Eye Makeup

I hope this is helpful!  By the time my look was done, I absolutely loved this makeup look!  I think it is possibly my favourite creation colour wise.

For the rest of my look:

Skin –  MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus

Brows – MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow to fill them in

Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion

Lashes – Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes

Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline

Lips – Pretty Amazing Gloss by bareMinerals in Panache

Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette

Funky eye Makeup

Now to the actual shadows.  First, you must know I use a primer every single time I wear eye makeup, so all of my observations and opinions are all based on use with a primer.  I cannot speak for what this product is like without the use of a primer.

The big difference I noticed between Makeup Geek eyeshadows and MAC eyeshadows (other than the price) would be the texture.  I wouldn’t say that MUG is worse, but it is certainly different.  Perhaps the best way to describe it would be that it is slightly drier.  But it is still easy enough to work with, just a bit of a different feeling than what I am used to. The colours are easy to blend, they are super pigmented and you get great colour pay off in your looks.  You barely have to touch your brush to the eyeshadow pan to pick up the product.  I actually found myself blowing off the brush constantly with the MUG shadows so I wouldn’t apply the shadows too heavily.  Which is something I never do with MAC eyeshadows.  That isn’t a complaint, just an observation.

I think if you are just starting out with building your makeup collection than the Makeup Geek eyeshadow line is a great place to pick up colours.  They are affordable and good quality.  Remember though, unlike with MAC or Sephora, you can’t try the colours out in your local store and you can’t return them if you aren’t happy with a product (or at least not as hassle free).  And even though they have 56 shades of shadow, there are colours and textures missing from their line up.  But they are always adding new colours, so keep an eye on the Makeup Geek store, or sign up for their newsletter which always announces new shades.  For me, because I already have so many shadows, I have a hard time finding any colours that I don’t already have a look alike for…which is exactly why my collection of MUG shadows is a little odd looking and missing all of their lovely neutral shadows.

Verdict: MAC will always be a “go to” for me because of convenience and extreme versatility in their lineup.  I like being able to go into a store and feel and touch everything first before buying it…and if I use it and hate it, I have the ability to walk in and get my money back.  But Makeup Geek is a fantastic alternative that everyone should consider, after all, it is HALF the price per shadow.  You won’t have problems with the Makeup Geek shadows in terms of quality and if you need multiple colours to build your collection they make the most sense.   I have no doubt that I will place more orders with Makeup Geek (especially as their store grows) and grab the odd shadow as their colour range expands.

Thanks for reading everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

xox,

Shannon

Blue and Purple Makeup


Colourful Smokey Eye

Colourful Smoky Eye/Rainbow Eye

As we were getting ready to head out last night, I sat down at my vanity and just did not feel like doing green makeup.  So, inspired by Marlena’s (from Makeup Geek) Colourful Smoky Eye from earlier this week, I thought I would put my spin on it.  As you can see she used bright, yet soft colours in her look.

I wanted to create something similar, but I felt like using brighter and bolder colours.

So here is what I ended up coming up with:

Colourful Smoky Eye Makeup

Colourful Smoky Eye/Rainbow Eye

Rainbow Eye

For this look I used the following eyeshadows:

Yellow – Bright Sunshine by MAC

Light Green – Bio Green by MAC

Darker Green- Kelly by MAC

Teal – Teal from the MAC Duo Palettes

Purple – Indian Ink by MAC

Highlight – Forgery by MAC

Colourful Smoky Eye

For the remainder of the look I used:

Eyeliner – Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC

Mascara – Clinique’s High Impact Mascara

Lashes – Ardell Demi Wispie False Lashes

Brows – Filled them in with Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC

Lips – Clinique’s Watermelon Long Last Lipstick (swatched here)

Face – For foundation I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade 118, for powder MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Shade “Light Plus”.  I also used the Powder Blush and Bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette (still need to post about this!)

Purple and Green Smoky Eye

I hope you all like this bright fun look.  Get out there and have some fun with your colours now that Spring is here!

Thanks for reading,

Shannon