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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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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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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Inglot 10 Cream Pressed Pigment Eyeshadows

 

Inglot 10 Cream Pressed Pigment Eyeshadows and Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inglot recently released the ‘Inglot 10 Cream Pressed Pigment Eyeshadows’ collection, a new formula for the brand which is part of the 10 year anniversary celebration.  The 10 shades are unique to the brand and inspired by their loose pure pigment range.

The amazing feature of this release is that you have the option to purchase all 10 shades, along with the limited edition Inglot 10 Palette (discounted to £56, usual price £65) or buy shades individually (£5 each).  It’s not often you have the choice over which shades you select, as there are times when you purchase a palette but only want – or end up using – some of them.

The Cream Pressed Pigment eyeshadows are available for purchase elsewhere in the world, if you live outside the UK and Ireland.  The ‘Inglot 10’ palette isn’t available for purchase if you aren’t in the UK or Ireland.  However, Inglot is instead offering a Freedom System Partylicious Palette, along with 10% off when you purchase the full set of 10 eyeshadows.

This post is slightly mixed, in that whilst I think these eyeshadows are amazing, there are some issues with them. I’ve discussed the versatile and beautifully sparkly nature of these eyeshadows, as well as the issues concerning their fragility, in the post in detail below.  I think the eyeshadows are definitely worth getting but it is helpful to know about the issues I have found so you can make a more informed choice on whether to purchase them.

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Kiko ‘Green Me Collection’: 02 Feisty Saffron Eyeshadow Palette (re-released in 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, I posted about the Kiko 02 Feisty Saffron Eyeshadow Palette, which was part of Kiko’s limited edition ‘Green Me’ collection. Kiko has released the Green Me collection again this year and included the 02 Feisty Saffron Palette.  I thought it would be helpful to flag up my post from last year, in case you are considering purchasing this palette.  I thought that this palette was a great smaller and cheaper alternative to Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette and Tarte’s Toasted Palette.  

Last year’s post included a sneak peek of products I picked up from a recent trip to Kiko.  Click here to see the post.

Interested in reading about other Kiko products? You can find my other Kiko posts here or by going into Faves, Hauls & Brands/Brands/Kiko on the menu bar.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette as I found the colour scheme incredibly appealing.  The palette has the most beautiful mix of colourful shimmers and colourful mattes, alongside more neutral-toned shades.  The blend of shades enables you to take your looks in all sorts of directions, whether you want to go all out with colour or go more neutral.  I’ve felt so inspired by the colour scheme that I been using it again and again for my eyeshadow looks!

Looking for eyeshadow combination ideas? You can view various combinations I have come up with using this palette 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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Neutrals With Pink (Using Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Palette)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been wearing a lot of bright eyeshadow combinations recently so I fancied trying something more neutral today.  I used shades from the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Palette for the eyes and finished the look off with a hot pink lipstick and pink blusher to add some vibrancy.

To complement the look: I used MAC Dollymix Blusher on the cheeks, MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter to highlight the cheekbones and Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipstick in Homecoming Queen on the lips (you can read more about the Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipsticks here).

Click here to read more about the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Eyeshadow Palette, see photos and view swatches.

Click here to get more ideas for eyeshadow combinations using the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Eyeshadow Palette!

Here’s how to re-create this look:

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