Month: January 2014

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Creme Brule

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This shade is often compared to MAC’s Soft Brown eye shadow, but it is slightly deeper and darker in pigment. I apply it all over with a fluffy brush to my crease like I would with Soft Brown, but it provides a more noticeable and warmer color payoff.

Overall, I have been impressed with the pigmentation of all of Makeup Geek eye shadow shades (I own 5). I am definitely looking to expand my collection in the near future. I still think Soft Brown is the better universal blending shade because Creme Brûlée is too warm to use with brighter and cooler colors. Still, it’s a must buy. I’d definitely repurchase the shade and for prices significantly lower than MAC’s, Makeup Geek is a valuable investment.

Jules

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Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder

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This is my new OBSESSION.
I normally do not use any hair products and allow my hair to air dry to prevent damage.
Being blonde means my hair looks immediately oily if if go over 24 hours without washing it. Therefore, I have tried dry shampoos to no avail and am constantly looking for a way to avoid having to wash my hair everyday.
Having fine hair also means a lack of volume and my hair is often limp and oily unless it is freshly washed and dried.
This product has fixed all of my hair woes.
Just shake a small amount of the powder on your roots and rub it in. It magically reduces the look of oil and gives your hair massive volume. Then your hair is revived and primed for styling.
My second day hair is now socially acceptable for public.
This product is a must have.

Sigma E25

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Finally.  Where has this brush been all my life?

I have the E25 that came as a free gift with purchase on Sigma’s website so it is shorter and has a different colored handle than the rest of their collection.  My E40 is ideal for buffing on a crease shade, but this brush is exactly what you need for adding in more dramatic and defined colors to the crease and outer corner of your eye.

I had previously been using the bigger end of the brush included in my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette to get sharper and more intense color payoff in my crease.  That brush is perfectly round and works very well so I was concerned that the flatter shape of the E25 would make applying color evenly more difficult.  Quite the opposite.  The more pointed shape is conducive to getting color in just the right area of the corner of your lid.  Not having a round shape means that you can apply a cut crease look by turing the bristles 90 degrees to the thinner side.

The E25 is multipurpose and my new favorite brush of all time.

Ponds Evening Soothe Makeup Remover Wipes

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After being a loyal user of L’Oreal’s liquid eye makeup remover I finally converted to these wipes.

Literally not a spec of makeup will be left on my face after using one of these wipes.  With liquid makeup remover you have to go through the hassle of using a cotton pad; all in one wipes streamline the process.

Pond’s Evening Soothe Wipes are also a lot gentler on my skin.  The under eye is a particularly sensitive area and liquid removers tend to be very harsh.  When I am wearing heavy eye makeup I usually need to rub liquid eye makeup remover quite aggressively into my lash line in order to remove everything.  Then I end up with redness on my skin and some of the liquid in my eye, which burns.

These wipes solved all my problems.  They are gentle, smell amazing and are actually effective in removing all of my makeup.  The only complaint I have is that the package only includes 30 towelettes, which means I have to replenish my supply more often than with the liquid alternative.  While these wipes are an expensive habit, they are well worth it.