FOTD: Rose Gold Smokey Eye (Using Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently posted this look on Instagram where I used Rose Gold, a beautiful shade from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette (you can see my post on the palette here).  I combined Rose Gold with other brown shades from the palette and some black liner to create this slightly smokey look. 

You can find other combinations I have created using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette on the site here.

If you would like some look ideas using particular shades in the palette, or certain types of looks, let me know! I’m really enjoying playing about with it so stay tuned for more combination ideas!

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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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Quick Looks Using the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

 

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Unleashed

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Unleashed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Frose

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Frose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently posted an article on the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots (you can read more about this product, see photos and view swatches here).  I wanted to show how you these pots can be used to create a quick eyeshadow look which still adds a little something to your eyes.

All you need to re-create these looks are a Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot for the lid (I used Unleashed on the lid in the top two photos and Frose on the lid in the bottom two photos), matte brown powder(s) for the crease, an eyeshadow close to your skintone to highlight the browbone and some mascara.  I used the Smashbox Step By Step Contour Palette for my crease and highlight colours, as everything is in one place and easy to hand.

You can easily vary this look by using any other eyeshadow on the lid for a quick go-to look whenever time is tight.

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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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FOTD: Yellow and Coral (Using NYX Swear By It Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I created this look using the NYX Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette (you can see my post, see photos and view swatches of this palette here) some time ago.  My look was inspired by a look I saw Allie Glines create on YouTube.  She based her version on a look created by someone else too (I’m not sure who, unfortunately).

I used similar tones to Allie Glines on the eyes but I chose a coral lipstick instead of the red which she used.  I’m a huge fan of MAC Toying Around Lipstick, which is a beautiful, Amplified finish, medium bright coral shade and thought it would work well with the tones on the eyes.  This particular lipstick shade was limited edition but I think other brands will have similar shades.

I’m planning to post more of the looks I have created using this palette on the site, so stay tuned! You can find looks using this palette on the site here.

If you would like some look ideas using particular shades in the palette, or certain types of looks, let me know! 

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FOTD: Subtle Plum Eyes and Bold Lips (Using NYX Swear By It Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoy using the NYX Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette (you can see my post, see photos and view swatches here) but for some reason, I never got round to posting looks I created using the palette.

This particular look uses plum shades from the palette to create some subtle definition on the eyes.  I chose to keep the eyes quite pared down as I wanted to wear this beautiful deep plum lipstick, MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Cocomotion.  I must have forgotten to write down the exact shades I used from the palette to create this look as I can’t see them in my folder (sorry!) but I remember using a combination of the plum shades in the first column (top down).

I’m planning to post more of the looks I have created using this palette on the site, so stay tuned! You can find looks using this palette on the site here.

If you would like some look ideas using particular shades in the palette, or certain types of looks, let me know! 

Spotlight Smokey Purple and Pink (Using Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this look, I created a spotlight/halo effect on the eye using pink, purple and chocolate-plum shades from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette.  You can see my post on this palette here.

You can find more tips on how to create a spotlight/highlight/halo effect on the eyes in this post here.

You can find other combinations I have created using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette on the site here.

If you would like some look ideas using particular shades in the palette, or certain types of looks, let me know! I’m really enjoying playing about with it so stay tuned for more combination ideas!

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Silver and Browns (Using Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Girl is a really pretty, light metallic silvery-taupe shade from the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette (click here to see my post on this palette).  This look is slightly smokey, yet still neutral enough that you can pair it with most lip colours.  I wore a bright, deep pink shade with this look and I can also imagine it working well with reds, deep berries, plums and light neutrals.

Looking for more combination ideas using the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette? Click here to view more looks (you can also see sneak peeks of upcoming looks and other make-up related content on my Instagram page @makeupbysairalee).

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Purple and Coral (Using Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really love the combination of purple and coral, either in an eyeshadow combination or on the eyes and lips.  For this look, I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette (you can see my post on the palette here) to create a bronze and purple eye.  I applied Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Peach Beach (you can see my post on these lipsticks here) to give a peach-coral finish to the lips.

You can find other combinations I have created using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette on the site here.

If you would like some look ideas using particular shades in the palette, or certain types of looks, let me know! I’m really enjoying playing about with it so stay tuned for more combination ideas!

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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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