Four Halo Eye Looks Using Makeup Geek Matrix System Eyeshadows

 

 

I recently purchased the Makeup Geek Matrix System Mega Set of eyeshadows, containing the Colour Matrix Palette and the Neutral Matrix Palette.  I’ve been enjoying playing with the eyeshadows so much and coming up with lots of different looks.

I came up with four different eye looks using the Halo (or highlighted effect) eye technique.  For this eyeshadow style, you have a light shade on the middle part of the lid and a darker shade in the inner and outer lid sections (you can get more tips on how to create this eyeshadow style here).  I don’t wear this eyeshadow style much, so it was fun to experiment with different colour combinations.

I have given details on how to re-create each combination below, along with suggestions for cheek and lip products to go with each look.

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

I’m planning a post on the Makeup Geek eyeshadows, including photos and swatches, so keep an eye out for that soon!

You can see my article on my experience of placing and receiving an international order from Makeup Geek here.

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Four Ways With Natasha Denona Love Palette

 

 

My husband recently treated me to the Natasha Denona Love Palette (thank you!) and since then, I have been enjoying playing with it soooo much.  Here are four look ideas I have come up with using the palette.

I have given details on how to re-create each combination below, along with suggestions for cheek and lip products to go with each look.

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!

I’m planning a post on the palette, including photos and swatches, so keep an eye out for that soon!

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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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MAC Strobe Cream in Gold Lite

 

MAC Strobe Cream in Gold Lite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently purchased MAC Strobe Cream in Gold Lite after seeing the product used as part of a MAC Masterclass event (you can read more about the event here).  I thought it looked – and sounded like – an extremely versatile product when I saw it being showcased at the event.   I’ve read so much about this product being amazing in magazines and online, so I thought it would be fun to try it out myself.

I’m so pleased I decided to try it out as I have been enjoying using it so much! This product gives my face a subtle ‘lit from within’, glow, making it look incredibly healthy and naturally glowy.

The cream adds in a little extra moisture to my skin and absorbs quickly to leave a non-greasy, smooth, glowy finish. I think it is a great option for anyone who wants to add some extra radiance and moisture to their face without having any tackiness or too much dewiness.

There are five shades of Strobe Cream available, as well as a mini version of one shade (Pink Lite). The range of shades means you can choose whichever one you prefer or one which works well with your skin tone.

Interested in reading more about MAC products? You can find more articles on the site here and read my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ posts here.

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NYX Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette

 

NYX Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I purchased the new NYX Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette at the end of January 2019 (you can see my sneak peek post here) and since then, I been using it regularly for my eyeshadow looks.  The palette includes 40 eyeshadows in a wide spectrum of colours, from neutrals, brights and smoky hues.  I’m planning on posting some look combinations using the palette soon, so keep an eye out for these!

I think this palette is a fantastic buy for anyone looking to create a wide variety of looks and have an incredible choice over shades.  You can use the palette for creating simple or complex looks, natural combinations, smoky eyes, adding the odd pop of colour or go all out with colour.

One point worth mentioning is that whilst there is a huge choice in shades, there are some small gaps in colours within the palette (more details in the rest of the post).  It’s not a deal breaker for me but if you’re looking for a palette that has ALL colour families (particularly cool-toned purples and light, icy blues) then this might not be the right fit for you.

You can find more posts on the site featuring NYX make-up here.  You can also search for make-up posts on the site featuring various brands under ‘Faves, Hauls & Brands’/ ‘Brands’ on the site menu bar.

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Reader Looks: Chocolate Series by @shinebridabeauty

 

Chocolate Series looks re-created by @shinebridabeauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was recently tagged on Instagram by @shinebridabeauty to say she had come across the Chocolate Series on my site and was re-creating the looks for her page.  It is great to see that readers find inspiration from the looks on the site! It’s really interesting to see how the Chocolate Series combinations look on someone else.  I love how each of her combinations turned out!

Brida features all sorts of amazing make-up looks and eyeshadow combinations on her Instagram page.  Her Instagram page features a mix of ‘6 look 1 palette’ looks, themed looks and collaboration looks.  I’d highly recommend taking a look if you want some make-up inspiration and ideas for combinations!

@shinebridabeauty used different products to re-create each of the looks, which shows that you don’t need exactly the same products to try out the looks on the site.  She also came up with a sixth look, Coconut Chocolate, which I think looks super pretty!

Brida has very kindly shared the palettes and shades she used to re-create each of the Chocolate looks.  Click ‘Read More’ below to get the palette and shade breakdowns for each look.

Have you re-created or taken inspiration from any of the looks on the site? Or have you created a look which you would love to share with others? I’d love to see or hear about your looks! If you’d like your looks to be featured on the site, please get in touch! You can contact me via the contact form, at sairareidlee@gmail.com or on Instagram at @makeupbysairalee .  You can find reader looks here and also under the newly added ‘Reader Looks’ tab under ‘Eyeshadow Combo Ideas’ on the menu bar.

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Lid Looks With MAC Shiny Pretty Things Eyeshadows

 

MAC Make A Wish Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Major Win Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Joy To Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought it would be fun to post some simple looks showcasing the new MAC Shiny Pretty Eyeshadows I purchased recently (you can read my post on the MAC Shiny Pretty Eyeshadows with details, application tips, photos and swatches here).  Each of the three looks in this post showcases a different MAC Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow on the lid to illustrate the effect you can get with these products.

One thing worth mentioning is that the extreme sparkle, sheen and complexity in the shades shows up much more intensely in person than it does in the photos.  So you can expect much more sparkle and glitz with these products in person!

There are quite a few ways I can envisage using these products, whether you want a subtle pop of glitter or full on sparkle.  Let me know if you would like to see more look idea posts on how to use these eyeshadows! 

Interested in reading more about MAC products? You can find more articles on the site here and read my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ posts here.

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Just for Fun: 12 Questions Make-up Tag

 

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I have been looking for ideas for new posts and found this make-up tag on a UK beauty and lifestyle blog I came across recently (lablogbeaute.co.uk).  I really enjoy reading this type of posts on other sites and I thought it might be a nice way for you all to get to know me better.  I’ve reduced the number of questions to 12 so my post isn’t too long.  Hope you enjoy reading the post!

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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The Chocolate Series (Updated!)

 

Blueberry Chocolate

Caramel Chocolate

Mint Chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Chocolate

Cherry Chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

 

I put together The Chocolate Series back in 2015 to show how experimenting with a different lid colour could easily change up an existing look.  I thought it would be fun to re-do the series by updating the close-up of eye photos, adding in full face photos and giving suggestions for cheek and lip colours for each look. 

This post provides a short summary of each look and two face photos for each combination.  You can also click on the links for each look to view more details on how to re-create that particular look and see what cheek and lip products I used.

For all looks, I used medium and deep chocolate browns in the crease, a pale pink-nude to highlight and the same application technique.  I used the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette to create these looks but you can use any brand of eyeshadow you like which has similar shades.

If you are interested in how these combinations look on other people, then I’d recommend taking a look at @shinebridabeauty on Instagram! @shinebridabeauty tagged me to show she was inspired by The Chocolate Series and re-created the looks on her Instagram page.  It’s so wonderful to see the combinations on someone else.  @shinebridabeauty also uses different products, which that you don’t need the same items to re-create a look.  She also came up with her own extra Chocolate look – Coconut Chocolate – so look out for that one on her Instagram page!

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Watt Bros Bargain: Triple Pack of NYX Plush Gel Lipsticks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was in my local Watt Bros store recently and found a triple pack of the NYX Plus Gel Lipsticks.  The pack was incredibly good value, as it cost £6.99 for three lipsticks, with £6.50 being the usual RRP for one! I haven’t tried out the Plush Gel Lipsticks before, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try them out!

I also found the NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette in B&M (a UK discount store) for only £5.99! You can see my post on this product here.

You can find more posts on the site featuring NYX make-up here You can also search for make-up posts on the site featuring various brands under ‘Faves, Hauls & Brands’/’Brands’ on the site menu bar.

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