Mermaid Eye with Makeup Geek Round Two

I did not start out the month intending to make July the month of Makekup Geek but it just kinda happened… ūüôā

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Eyes::

Mica Beauty Eye Primer

Tarte Park Ave Princess Brozer (used in crease)

Makeup Geek Peacock (used in crease and as eyeliner on eyelid)

Makekup Geek Bitten (used in crease)

Makeup  Geek  Caitlin Rose (used on outer half of  eyelid and as lower lash liner)

Makeup Geek Houdini (used on inner half of eyelid)

Makeup Geek Grandstand  (focused on middle of eye lid and blended softly over eyelid)

 

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Face::

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in Ivory

Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten (mixed with Foundation)

Maybelline Oil Control Pressed Powder in Soft Cameo

Tarte Park Ave Princess Brozer

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Magic Act (highlighter)

ColourPop Blush in Cruel Intentions 

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in  Palomino (limited edition color)

 

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July Favorites 2014

Its that time of month…

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Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler.  This is a gorgeous red orange color, but its totally wearable.  The Butter Gloss formula is amazing and it feels so good on the lips and it smells like sugar!

 

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Lovely By Sarah Jessica Parker I have wanted to try this perfume mostly because the bottle was pretty and I liked the name! I saw this at my local Ross deeply discounted and knew that the time was right!  This perfume smells heavenly!  My sister said it reminded her of a grandma perfume but I think it smells like a sophisticated  lady, so therefore I shall wear it. This is a blend of mandarin, rosewood, lavender, apple martini, and bergamot. Sooo Good!!

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High Beam by Benefit¬†I’ve been mixing a little bit of this highlighter in with my foundation and it makes me look amazing!¬† When I use a heaver full coverage foundation I add just a few drops and it gives my skin a glowy effect but not shimmery.¬† You know the difference ūüôā¬†¬†perfect for late summer nights out! I’m recycling an old pictures but you can see High Beam below.

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Nellie and Bea from Julep

I’m loving this color combo!  I added it to my toes and I’ve gotten nothing but compliments!  These two colors are the perfect summer combo.

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Melaleuca Lip Balm- in Sugar and Spice

The consistence of this balm reminds me of fresh Sugar balms.  Its super soft so I don’t recommending leaving them anywhere they will get overheated as they will melt.  I thought you could buy this product without being a member but I can seem to be able to directly order from their site.  I have seen this brand on ebay and amazon or you could find a distributor in your area.

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Stila One Step Correct  I’ve never been in love with a primer before I think this may be it!  I will be giving a full review this week so stay tuned!

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What were your favorites from the moth of July? Let me know! 

 

 

Review Revlon Colorstay Pressed Powder

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I have been using the Revlon Colorstay Foundation and I like it, so I thought I would give the powder a try. ¬†So far I’m not impressed and a little disappointed. ¬†I have used this powder for a little over a week and it likes to gather around my nose and mouth. ¬†Not attractive! I also found the product to come off a bit chalky, I really had to work with a brush and sometimes I just don’t have time for that. ¬†Feeling a meme coming on…

 

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Haul from the Balm

 

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I don’t have that many products to share but I guess three would be considered a haul? ¬†Whats the magic number for a haul? I don’t know… I was first introudcted to the Balm through Birchbox, with a sample of the Mary-Lou Manizer which I love. The products from the Balm are long wearing and a little goes a long way. ¬†I still have my samples of the Mary-Lou Manizer and the Hot Mama Blush¬† from about a year ago and have yet to hit pan on them.

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The place with the best prices on the Balm products I have found is Amazon. I bought CabanaBoy blush/shadow, ¬†Bahama Mama Bronzer/Shadow &/Contour Powder¬†and the Nude’ Tude eye shadow Palette through Tophatter. ¬†I got a deal on the bronzer which retails for $20.00, on Amazon it is $15.29 and I paid $14.00 with Tophatter. ¬†CabanaBoy retails for $21.00, on Amazon it is $16.50 and I paid $18.00 so I lost on that one. Nude’ tude retails on the Balm site for $36.00, on Amazon retails for $22.99, I paid $22.00 on Tophatter. Can I get a holler for saving 99 cents?!

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Amore Mio 24K Cell Exfoliating Treatment

Back in July I found the auction site Tophatter. ¬†One of the first things I bought was the¬†Amore Mio 24K Cell Exfoliating Treatment. ¬†This was my first experience with this brand and so far I think it ok, but way overpriced. ¬†I got a steal through Tophatter;¬†I paid $18 (including shipping) and I found the same product on the¬†Amore website¬†for $124.95¬†that‚Äôs a saving of $106.95! The treatment which acts as a peel contains 24K gold, Vitamin C and E and Green Tea. Amore cosmetics and skin care contain 24K gold which the company ¬†claim holds “beautifying properties”. I do feel that my skin is refreshed and clean after use, but I cannot justify spending over $100.00 on this product. ¬†I will use this up and will keep an eye on Tophatter for another deal, but I would not pay full price for this product.

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July Hit and Misses

July went by super fast! I seriously cannot believe we are now in the month of August. On to my hit and misses for the month of July….

Hot Mama Shadow/Blush from the Balm $20.00

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I received this as a sample in my Birchbox several months ago. This blush is super pigmented (as are most Balm blushes) so be careful or you could end up looking like a clown and have to do some retouching. This blush is a peachy pink hue and has a touch of shimmer. It is advertised as a blush and eyeshadow in one. I have not used this as a eye shadow but I could see with a neutral eye this would be a showstopping accent in the crease or corner. I am excited to try it as an eye shadow and I love products that do more then one thing!

Equate Everyday Clean Dandruff Shampoo $3.44

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As a teen my hair was crazy, I had super oily hair that I had to wash everyday but I also had dandruff. Go figure… In the past six months or so my dandruff issues have come back to visit. I think it is related to hormones as I only seem to have this problem one week a month…. If you catch my drift…. I was using Head and Shoulders which worked great but I am always on the hunt for a bargain. The Equate (Walmart house brand) is $1.53 cheaper then the name brand and works just as well. Although this is advertised as a two in one shampoo and conditioner I found that my ends were getting dry. So I stated adding a deep conditioner or mask just to the ends of my hair after washing, it seems to have done the trick.

Organix Moroccan Penetrating Oil $5.74

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I think this hair oil is just a good Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. And at a discount of $24.26 I will take the Organix! At target the Oragnix Moroccan Argan Oil is $5.74 for 3.3 ounces. The Josie Maran is $12.00 for .5 ounces, $30.00 for 2.0 ounces and $50.00 for 4.0 ounces. I have used both and I found that Oragnix works the same. A little goes as long way, I have been using this for over three months and I have barely put a dent in the bottle.

TRUE COLOR Eyeshadow Duo – Fiji Paradise in Sunkissed $3.49 Regularly $7.00

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I am rarely disappointed in Avon eyeshadows and this duo is no exception. I love the color combo of gold and coral. I have also used the lighter gold shade as a highlight and it looks amazing. These are creamy powders that apply easily with a brush or with your fingers. Love Love Love!!!

Charlotte Russe Layered Beads and Chains Necklace in Mint $6.oo

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I cannot go into Charlotte Russe without buying jewelry, I have tired many times and always walk out with something. I just can’t help it, they have on trend and classic styles at super affordable prices, I just can’t say no! Mint is totally in right now and I love how this necklace softly incorporates the on trend color with crystal and gold. Adore this necklace I wear it at least once a week.

Avon MagiX Illuminating Face Perfector $7.99 Regularly $10.00

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This product was a miss for me. I think for someone with drier or combination skin it would work well, but it did my super oily skin no favors. I did not really notice a reduction in the appearance of my pores but mostly my disappointment is that my skin was very greasy within a few hours of application. It did not do much of anything in keeping my oil under control.

What were your hits and misses from the month of July? Have you tried any of mine, if so what were your results? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!!