Ordering Internationally from Makeup Geek (Matrix Palettes)

 

Makeup Geek parcel with make-up goodies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The very first make-up tutorial I watched on YouTube was by Marlena Stell on her Makeup Geek site.  It was a white and green MAC eyeshadow look and I remember finding it so interesting as it was in the early days of make-up blogs and YouTube beauty videos.  Marlena started her own make-up brand (Makeup Geek) several years ago and the brand was recently re-branded and re-vamped earlier this year (2020).

One of the big releases as part of the Makeup Geek re-launch has been their Matrix system for eyeshadows (you can see Marlena’s videos on the Matrix system here and here).  I’ve seen several people on YouTube (and some blog posts) showcasing, swatching and reviewing the Makeup Geek Matrix Palettes.  They looked amazing and so I couldn’t resist ordering them to try myself, along with some other products from their range. 

Makeup Geek is based in the USA, so I had to place an international order to be shipped to Scotland, where I live.  I’ve only ever placed a small-ish order on the Tarte official site before, so this was my first experience of placing and receiving a large international order.

I thought it might be helpful to provide some information on my experience ordering from Makeup Geek, in case you are interested in what it’s like to place and receive an order if you live outside of the USA.   This post provides details on the following aspects: what I ordered; customs, duties, import and handling fees; delivery timescales; shipping options; parcel packaging; and customer service.  I’ve provided several photos as well so you can see how the parcel and all the contents were packaged.

I will try to get a post together on the Matrix Palettes, along with combination ideas for the eyeshadows, so stay tuned!

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Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

 

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots in Unleashed (left) and Frose (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been using the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots (Unleashed and Frose) for some time now and think they are amazing for creating a beautiful but quick eyeshadow look.  I found myself reaching for them again and again when I had my second child, as I was able to create an eyeshadow look so quickly when time to get myself ready was (and still is!) very tight.  They continue to be a go-to-product for me, particularly when I need something quick to use but still want to add a little extra something to my eyes.

The Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots have the most amazing metallic, shimmery and intense sheen when applied to the lids.  They can be used on their own with a quick sweep of mascara, or combined with other eyeshadow colours if you have more time to spare.  I highly recommend these pots if you want a high shine, metallic and beautiful look in minimal time!

Click ‘Read More’ below to read more on this product, see photos and view swatches.

You can see some looks I have created using the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots here.

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The Palette Tag: All About My Eyeshadow Palettes

 

 

The ‘All About My Eyeshadow Palettes/Palette Tag’ has been featuring on so many YouTube pages recently and was originally a collaboration video between Allie Glines (you can see her video here) and Samantha March (you can see her video here).  For the tag, you answer 13 different questions about your eyeshadow palettes. 

As someone who loves eyeshadow, I thought it would be fun to feature my choices for the tag too.  I’ve given links to posts on particular palettes and also look ideas using those palettes.

I’ve found it really interesting seeing other people’s choices, as the tag gives me a sense for the make-up preferences and styles of each person.  Some people focus more on neutral picks, some are colour fiends and others (like me) like a bit of everything.  I think it’s actually quite a helpful way to find out if the person’s make-up style matches your own, if it is different to yours and what inspires you.

I’ve pasted the questions at the end of the post, so feel free to let me know your answers in the comments section below.  It’s always nice to get to know more about readers too :o) .

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FOTD: Kaleidoscope Colours (Using Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette was one of my top products from 2019 and a palette I continue to reach for in 2020 (you can read more about this palette here).  I find the colour selection so inspiring and it really encourages me to try out different eyeshadow combinations whenever I use it.

I found this look from last year in my look folders and thought it would be a fun one to post.  I remember I wanted to try something very bright and came up with this multi-coloured look with a cut crease and a halo effect on the eyes.

Click ‘Read More’ below to see the full look breakdown, find out what I used on the rest of my face and view more photos.

Click here to view my post on this palette, see photos and view swatches.

Looking for more look ideas using the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette? You can find other combinations and look ideas here.

Are there any products you would recommend from Morphe? This is my first time to try out anything from the brand so I would love to hear your suggestions!

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FOTD: Aquamarine and Purple (Using Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the shimmery aqua tone of Make Magic in the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette (you can read more about this palette here) and thought it would look beautiful on the lids alongside Heart and Harmony.  I really love how the shades blended together in this look.  I used Heart (a matte pink) in the crease and it created a blue-ish shade where the edges met Make Magic.  This step really added extra dimension to the look.

Click ‘Read More’ below to see the full look breakdown, view full face shots and find out what I used on the rest of my face.

Click here to view my post on this palette, see photos and view swatches.

Looking for more look ideas using the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette? You can find other combinations and look ideas here.

Are there any products you would recommend from Morphe? This is my first time to try out anything from the brand so I would love to hear your suggestions!

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FOTD: Teals and Red (Using Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really wanted to try out the bold, matte red in the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette (you can read more about this palette here) and came up with this bold red, blue and purple look.

Click ‘Read More’ below to see the full look breakdown, view more photos and find out what I used on the rest of my face.

Click here to view my post on this palette, see photos and view swatches.

Looking for more look ideas using the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette? You can find other combinations and look ideas here.

Are there any products you would recommend from Morphe? This is my first time to try out anything from the brand so I would love to hear your suggestions!

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FOTD: Greens and Corals (Using Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought it would be fun to combine some of the greens and orange shades in the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette (you can read more about this palette here).  I really love how the shades blended together in this look.

Click ‘Read More’ below to see the full look breakdown, find out what I used on the rest of my face and view more photos.

Click here to view my post on this palette, see photos and view swatches.

Looking for more look ideas using the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette? You can find other combinations and look ideas here.

Are there any products you would recommend from Morphe? This is my first time to try out anything from the brand so I would love to hear your suggestions!

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MAC ‘Ageless Beauty’ Masterclass Event: Part Two

 

MAC Masterclass Event: Some of the free goodies and purchases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of months ago, I attended a MAC Masterclass event focusing on ‘Ageless Beauty’.  You can read my first post providing background on the event here.

This particular post focuses on the content covered in the Masterclass.  The Masterclass was called ‘Ageless Beauty’, with the focus on achieving beautiful skin at all ages.  The post gives more details on the class content, skin care routine, day look and evening look.

I have written a series of posts about the event which I will be posting on the site.  Each part focuses on a specific aspect, so you can either read them all or go to the one that you are specifically interested in.  Part One (read more here) provides Background to the Masterclass (what is a MAC Masterclass, cost and booking, structure, goodie bag, after the event).  Part Two (this post) covers the Masterclass Content and Look Overview (skin care, day time look, evening look).  Part Three will provide details on the tips and techniques I learned from the event.

Interested in reading more about MAC? You can read more posts on products, looks and find inspiration under the ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series tab here (you can also find the series tab on the menu bar under ‘Favs, Hauls & Brands) or under the ‘MAC’ tab here (on the menu bar under Favs, Hauls and Brands/Brands) or by searching for ‘MAC’ in the search box.

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FOTD: Bold Blue and Pink (Using Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t wait to try out Rise Up from the the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette and came up with this bold blue and pink combination.  I love the contrast of pink and blue on the lid and the shades also blended together to create a purplish effect in the crease.

Click ‘Read More’ below to see the full look breakdown, view full face shots and find out what I used on the rest of my face.

Click here to view my post on this palette, see photos and view swatches.

Looking for more look ideas using the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette? You can find other combinations and look ideas here.

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Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette

 

Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morphe recently released their Live in Color Artistry Palette as part of Pride celebrations across June/July 2019.  This is the first time I have purchased a product from Morphe; I couldn’t resist this palette as I love colourful eyeshadows!

I think the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette is a fantastic choice if you love colour or want to add some colour to your existing collection.  There is an incredible assortment of shades, tones and finishes in the palette, giving so many possibilities for different looks and colour combinations.  The eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, give fantastic colour payoff and are blendable, making them easy to work with when creating looks.

I feel so inspired every time I pick up this palette and find myself reaching for different shades to create fun looks.  It’s so easy to stick with the same shades in a palette, so I think it is fantastic that this palette encourages me to experiment and try out all sorts of colours.

A wonderful aspect to this palette is that 100% of net proceeds from the collection (there is also a brush set available) will be made to The Trevor Project.  The Trevor Project is a US-based non-profit organisation which helps to fund 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ youth.  It’s really nice to feel you are giving something back through purchasing this beautiful eyeshadow palette.

You can view various looks that I have created using the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette on my site here.

If you are looking for inspiration for Rainbow combinations, you might enjoy my Rainbow Series of looks.  You can find the series on my site here.

Click ‘Read More’ below to read more on this palette, see photos and view swatches.

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