Some Observations on Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadows - Rockstar, Cinderella, Cupcake, Unexpected, Twilight, Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Pretentious, Sea Mist, Poolside - Header

I got these quite a while back but wanted to reserve my review on them for later, after I've extensively used them, partly because they are all permanent eyeshadows anyway. But mostly, I wanted to spend my time with them because their shades are quite inconsistent when it comes to quality. For the record, they're all decent shadows, especially when you factor in the price.

I got 11 refill pans, each of which costs about $6. A bunch of the shades I wanted to try like Shark Bait and Barcelona Beach were also out of stock. I put them all in this Wild Peach Palette, which is similar to Z-Palettes and Unii Palettes, and I'm happy to report that they stuck on automatically:
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows - Rockstar, Cinderella, Cupcake, Unexpected, Twilight, Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Pretentious, Sea Mist, Poolside

I got the ff: shades:

  • Cinderella: Pale shimmery pink
  • Cupcake: Matte medium pink
  • Cocoa Bear: Matte reddish brown
  • Bleached Blonde: Shimmery Pale Gold
  • Pretentious: Metallic bronze
  • Mocha: Deep matte brown
  • Twilight: Pale Shimmery Muted Purple
  • Unexpected: Matte Pale Pink Brown
  • Poolside: Bright shimmery teal with specks of gold
  • Sea Mist: Shimmery Turquoise
  • Rockstar: Pale silver with purple iridescence

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows - Unexpected, Twilight, Cinderella, Cupcake, Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear, Pretentious, Mocha, Rockstar, Sea Mist, Poolside - Swatches
Swatched, L-R: Unexpected, Twilight, Cinderella, Cupcake, Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear, Pretentious, Mocha, Rockstar, Sea Mist, Poolside

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows - Unexpected, Twilight, Cinderella, Cupcake, Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear - Swatches
Unexpected, Twilight, Cinderella, Cupcake, Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows - Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear, Pretentious, Mocha, Rockstar, Sea Mist, Poolside - Swatches
Bleached Blonde, Cocoa Bear, Pretentious, Mocha, Rockstar, Sea Mist, Poolside

Although these performed okay, I'm not that impressed with a lot of the shades. The best ones, in my opinion, are Pretentious, Rockstar, and Cocoa Bear, with Cupcake, and Unexpected as “close seconds.” They are all quite buttery (the latter three less than the first two, Pretentious and Rockstar, which feel amazing and soft) and easy to blend. Poolside and Sea Mist are decently pigmented, but a little gritty. Great cheap shadows if ever you need them for some reason. Twilight and Bleached Blonde are pretty good eyeshadows, if a little unexceptional. Mocha is quite dry and hard to apply. It is definitely the least impressive of the shadows, in my opinion.

Though there are obviously some standouts here, I can't say that they are the brand's standard, which makes me a little wary of buying any more shades, even though there are a few more I'd like to try. Like I said, they're OK, but I don't think they're as great as people seem to make them out to be.

Anyway, they are quite useable, don't get me wrong. I've used them quite a bit, and I do reach for some shades more than others:

Pops of Color - Cheeks Neon
Used: Cupcake on the crease and Rockstar on the lid.

Winging It
Used: Cocoa Bear in the crease.

Used (over MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork): Unexpected in the crease, extending past the outer corner, Cinderella and Bleached Blonde all over the lid, Mocha and Twilight in the outer ‘v’, Rockstar on the inner corner (you can see the pink shift really obviously here, which makes it one of my favorites)

Wes - Suzy
Used: Poolside on the lid, Cocoa Bear on the crease and lower lash line.

MUG - Bleached Blonde, Sea Mist, Pretentious - Face 1
Used: Bleached Blonde on the center of the lid, Sea Mist on the inner 2/3 of the crease, Pretentious on the outer 1/3 of the lid and crease, and lower lash line.

If you're starting to build your collection on a budget, then I would definitely recommend Makeup Geek eyeshadows, but I would be extra picky about which shadows to buy. I actually read a lot of reviews and looked at a lot of swatches, but some of my picks still turned out to be duds. Overall, it was an alright experience, but I could have done without a few of them, especially since I already have a bunch of eyeshadows that perform better than some of the ones I got.

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Sample Stash Sunday: One Love Organics Sample Packs

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Sample Stash Sunday
OLO Sampler Packs

I placed another order at Eco Diva Beauty some time ago, and after being thoroughly impressed by the few things I had picked up previously from One Love Organics, I decided to test out the two available sampler packs from the brand, since they were both under $10. Prior to my recent Korean experiments, I’ve used few combinations of the items for the last few weeks, and here are some of my thoughts:

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Sample Pack ($6)

This sample pack contains 4 sample-sized items from the Elizabeth Dehn collaboration with One Love Organics, which is a line that advocates “active moisture!” This pack includes single use samples of Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum, Vitamin E Eye Balm, Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover and Vitamin D Time Release Facial Mist.

Elizabeth Dehn For One Love Organics - With Card

Although it’s explicitly stated that these are “single-use” samples, I’ve been able to get about 3-4 uses out of the Vitamin B Cleansing Oil, the Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist, and the Vitamin C Serum. I already have the full-size of the Vitamin E Eye Balm (which I love), so I’m keeping this sample size unused for my upcoming trip.

Elizabeth Dehn For One Love Organics - Sample Pack

Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist
I quite enjoyed this one. It’s a “time-release system” (not sure how) that is supposed to keep your skin hydrated for a longer period of time because of the prolonged delivery of the active ingredients. It’s a great extra step to prep the skin before your regular moisturizer or to finish of your makeup. It’s got pretty interesting ingredients, too, like shiitake mushroom. This is definitely on my to-buy list when I run out of my current sprays and toners, but I’m a little wary because it has Alpine rose extracts, and I have a feeling that my skin doesn’t react well to rose ingredients.

Vitamin C Serum
I like these serum but not as much as I like the Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster (scroll down to the other sampler pack for more details). It seems really heavy-duty, though. As a 100% active face serum (!), it’s filled with antioxidants and “an ultra-concentrated combination of vitamins A, C, D & E and antioxidants from organic green tea oil and sea buckthorn oil,” and fatty acids. I think this is best for use when you need to take more care of your skin.

Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover
I liked this a lot—it removed even my heavy eye makeup and cleansed really well. Unlike most natural cleansing oils I’ve tried, this one actually emulsifies, though it doesn’t turn as milky as brands like shu uemura or DHC. Still, it’s a great alternative to more commercial cleansing oils if you want a cleaner ingredient list. It can also be used as a “wipe-away” cleansing oil, too, if that’s more your thing.

Vitamin E Eye Balm
La-la-la-love! This is a solid “waterless” balm that you kind of warm with your fingers. It delivers intense hydration and “a powerful blend of vitamins A,D & E.” Though this eye cream claims to brighten (it doesn’t really, for me, but it might be because of my sleeping habits, too), I love it most for its hydration and effectiveness against the fine lines under my eyes. I try not to use this every night, as it feels a little too heavy duty for my skin, so I alternate this and my other less moisturizing eye creams.

VERDICT: Would repurchase 2/4 products, on the fence about 1.

One Love Organics Sample Pack - With Card

One Love Organics Essentials Sample Pack ($5)

This next sample pack is made up of their “essentials,” regular range and consists of single use samples of Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, and Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum.

One Love Organics Sample Pack

Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque
This is amazing—a powder that you can use as a scrub (by mixing it with a bit of warm water to make it into a paste, like how you use Kaolin Clay masks) or as a mask (by mixing in honey or Greek yogurt). It doesn’t have exfoliants like sand or apricot shells, but it makes use of fresh pineapple enzymes—a known natural exfoliant. I tried it as a honey mask recently, and it left my face feeling super soft and smooth. I’ve placed an order for a deluxe size of this one, because I had such a great experience with it.

Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm
As a lover of multi-purpose products, this was an instant win for me. It’s a very emollient balm made of several oils that can a) remove your makeup, b) cleanse your skin, c) moisturize, d) illuminate, e) be used as a hair-taming wax), and f) be mixed in with your mineral foundation for a face base. I mean, wow right? I’ve ordered the deluxe size of this already (there’s a bigger size, but I don’t want to commit 100% just yet). It’s a real skin savior, let me tell you! I love the smell, too.

Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser
This seems to be a cult OLO fave, but I don’t love it as much as people seem to. It’s a pretty standard face cleanser, but you need quite a bit of product for it to actually foam. I had a good experience with this, but nothing mind blowing that I’ll replace my Human Nature facial wash. If it were more readily available, I might spring for it, though.

Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster
This is the product I’ve already extensively tried and love. This is amazing and has turned me into a rabid face oil nut. Its ingredients work to “brighten, depuff, and help protect your skin.” There is a pretty short list of ingredients, which was a bit less intimidating for me (compared to the Elizabeth Dehn serum). I use it as a night treatment and I wake up with skin that I actually like. I’ve used this during the day, too, but I end up a bit too shiny.

Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum
I feel like this broke me out, to be honest—and I rarely break out aside from the occasional pimple or two. It’s the only sample that I’m not too keen on finishing up (because I’m scared of it). Either way, I don’t feel compelled to break out the “anti-aging” stuff just yet, so this is not quite a repurchase for me.

VERDICT: Would repurchase 3/5 products.

Final Thoughts

I’m definitely glad that these sample packs exist, because I’m kind of purchase-happy sometimes, and it saved me a ton of cash and grief over products I thought would work out, but didn’t quite really (i.e. Cleansing Oil, Love Springs Eternal, and Vitamin C Serum). I also got to try some products I know I will love. Aside from my lucky initial purchases that inspired this order (Morning Glory Serum and Vitamin E Eye Balm), I am over the moon for the Skin Savior Beauty Balm and the Brand New Day Masque.

I think these are great additions to an Eco Diva Beauty order you’re putting together, but I won’t personally spring for them if I wasn’t getting anything else, mainly because of international shipping costs.

All in all, a great deal and a wonderful experience with a green beauty brand I’m falling more in love with every day. :)

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Favorite Things / Miscellaneous
Commodity Goods - Header

A few months ago, I blogged about this super cool perfume brand called Commodity Goods. They offered “fitting kits,” which are small vials of all the scents they offer (reviewed here), in case you weren’t sure if you wanted to smell like Gin or Book or Mimosa.

Commodity Goods

I ended up purchasing quite a few scents in the 10ml vials, but I reserved my 100ml order for Moss. It is a crisp but woodsy scent that has been designated by Commodity as both a male and female scent. Moss is one of my favorite scents to wear these days as it’s not as heavy Book, or as just-out-of-the-shower clean as Cloth. It’s pretty much perfect for me. Read More

Nosy Beauty Vol. 36: Gabbie

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Nosy Beauty

Today’s Nosy Beauty features someone who writes pieces that I always look forward to reading. Say hi to Gabbie! :)


My name is Gabbie, and I’m a reforming beauty addict. Professionally, I do a lot of things for a lot of people, but I mostly write and I have a recipe-sharing space on the interwebs called The Martha Diaries. Read More

Made-Up History: Kazimir Malevich’s “White on White,” 1918

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FOTD / Made-Up History

“White on White” is one of those works of art that I like whipping out to show people who just don’t get modern art. “Well, I could make that!” they decry, in a bubble of incredulity. The question is, did you?

Russian artist Kasimir/Kazimir Malevich founded a movement called Suprematism around 1913. It focused on the rejection of the depiction of objects, opting for “the supremacy of pure artistic feeling.” This work is one of the most famous from the movement, as is another one of Malevich’s work, “Black Square.” Suprematism has been briefly, though wonderfully discussed on this Tumblr post by WTF Art History.

Under the caption of “White on White,” WTF Art History writes, “A non-figural work, the White on White painting demands extended viewing in order to grasp the contrast between the white hues, the imprecise delineation of the inner square, and the effect such a painting has on you the viewer. Your response to the painting is what Malevich considered “the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts.”

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MAKE Colour Aether Palette*

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MAKE Colour - Aether Palette

I was kindly sent the MAKE Colour Aether Palette* by the folks over at MAKE and Autumn PR, which was exciting for me, as I wanted this so badly but settled on trying out one palette first, the Post-Impressionism Palette (reviewed here), which I ended up loving a lot.

The reason for this edit-out-in-favor of another palette is because… well, this palette is a bit experimental as far as palettes go. Aether is an artist collaboration with Faye Toogood, a furniture designer, and makeup artist Ayami Nishhimura. Read More

5 Product Face No. 5

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5 Product Face / FOTD
5PF - 5 - Face 1

Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Correcteur (Medium) // K-Palette Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow (101)* // Oslo Cosmetics Eyeshadow (Vela) // K-Palette 1 Day Magic Fiber Mascara* // Addiction by Ayako Cheek Stick (Rose Bar)

Et voilà! The fifth 5 Product Face. :) This was inspired in part by the beautiful eyeshadow I used for this look today, which is Oslo Cosmetics' Vela. It's a standard blue-brown duochrome shade, like MAC's Club, or that 2nd Definer shade on the Wet and Wild Comfort Zone Palette.

5PF - 5 - Face 2

The lowdown: I used the concealer on my under eye darkness, filled in my brows with the lightest shade I have, and slicked on the duochromey eyeshadow all over my lids. I defined my eyes and lashes with this amazing new mascara from K-Palette, and did the cheek and lip with the Cheek Stick. I love multi-purpose products! They make this series so easy to do. :D

5PF - 5 - Face 3

Anyway, I like this a lot and may redo it in the future. :)

* PR Sample

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