FOTD: Hyped

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Here’s a look I did using products that are quite hyped up and talked about in the beauty blogosphere.

I find it hard not to get swept up by all the excitement and rave reviews surrounding new releases and cult favorites. It’s easy to rationalize an impulse purchase and tell yourself you “need” it because Everyone Else loves and swears by it!

However, I’ve learned to be more discerning with both my purchases, and trusting reviews. After all, what works for one blogger/reviewer, may not work for me (or you). I think it comes down to knowing what kinds of makeup looks you like to wear, what colors look good on you, and which formulas you prefer. It’s a long, confusing, and often expensive process! But it’s also fun and exciting, no?

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I used Urban Decay’s Naked palette for my eyes. I bought this when it first came out. There was SO. MUCH. HYPE. around this palette, it was crazy. It started off a chain reaction: tons of different brands created their own version of a neutral palette. Urban Decay has since capitalized on the palette’s immense popularity and has since released Naked2, Naked3, Naked Basics, Naked2 Basics, and most recently, Naked Smoky. Whew!

I still only own the original Naked palette. I adored it when I first got it, and used it frequently. As time went on and my attention wandered, this got pushed to the back. I rarely use it now. The colors just don’t inspire me anymore. I’ve discovered other color combinations that flatter my skin tone better.

However, it’s nice to visit with old friends, right?

fotd hyped products


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
NYX Above & Beyond concealer – Green
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle foundation – Chestnut Milk Parfait
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
Benefit Hoola
NYX blush – Taupe
NARS blush – Orgasm
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
Collection Colour Lash mascara – clear


Urban Decay Naked – Naked, Buck, Hustle, Half Baked, Smog, Creep
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum – Ultra Black
Collection Super Size Fat Lash mascara
Ardell falsies – #110


NYX lip liner – Mauve
NYX Matte lipstick – Whipped Caviar

Swatches: Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean, Prom Night, Cocoa Bear, Barcelona Beach

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Makeup Geek eyeshadows have been around for a few years now. The only reason why I hadn’t tried anything prior to these is because I’m stingy as hell and hate paying for shipping. Since Beauty Bay now stocks Makeup Geek, and they offer free shipping over £15, I decided to try a few of these cult favorite eyeshadows.

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Makeup Geek eyeshadows offers a pan-only option, which I really appreciate, because I hate having tons of eyeshadow singles with bulky packaging. I usually end up de-potting my singles, so it’s nice to have them ready to go into a Z-palette right from the start.

However, the number of eyeshadow colors is overwhelming. I had a hard time narrowing my choices down! However, I finally settled on these five; four mattes, and one shimmer. Since Makeup Geek eyeshadows are so popular, you can find tons of good swatches by better bloggers! Here is my attempt anyway:

makeup geek eyeshadows peach smoothie vanilla bean prom night cocoa bear barcelona beach swatches

Peach Smoothie is a matte, peachy-beige. It works well as a transition color on my skin tone. It kicks up a bit of powder and applies a tiny bit chalky, but I don’t find it too bothersome.

Vanilla Bean is a pale beige, pretty much the same color as my skin. I bought this to replace my beloved Smashbox eyeshadow which I used as a subtle brow bone highlight and to blend other eyeshadows out. Vanilla Bean has a similar subtle satin-y sheen which makes it a perfect replacement.

Prom Night is a gorgeous shimmery, purple-y taupe. It’s one of those shades that can be worn alone and look like you’ve used more than one color; it’s wonderfully multi-dimensional. I’m rather partial to these types of colors, so it’s become a fast favorite.

Cocoa Bear is a warm, reddish brown. It plays surprisingly well with a lot of different colors. It is a bit harder to blend out evenly, though.

Barcelona Beach is a cool, mid-toned grayish taupe, quite unassuming. It has a hint of sheen which makes it more interesting than the thousands of other mid-toned grayish taupes out there. I like this one as a transition shade, as well as on the lower lash line to add subtle definition. (I also love the name, as Barcelona holds a special place in my heart.)

I’ve used these eyeshadows in my recent FOTDs and so far, I really enjoy them. I definitely want to add to my collection, especially these delicious duo-chromes. However, I first need to sort out the size and storage of my stash: I find that I don’t reach for my Z-Palettes very often because they’re hidden behind my Muji drawers. Also, I’m not very creative on my own and I find pre-made palettes easier to work with. When confronted with a bunch of non-coordinating singles, I get a little lost. D’oh.

Have you tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Which ones are your favorites?

FOTD: Deep End

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Here’s another old-ish FOTD. I’m tempted to just do a pic dump of all my backlogged FOTD, honestly…

So far, all of my looks have been pretty natural/nude-tral on the eyes. A couple months ago, I dug out my Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette to play with. Lately I’ve been rediscovering it; there are lots of great colors! I just wish there were a few mattes in the mix. Every single color is shimmery, and while I loved it a few years ago when it was released, I have since improved my makeup skills and learned to appreciate a good matte color for adding dimension.

fotd deep end face products

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Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – 52 Vanilla
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
BECCA Boudoir Skin – Dream
MUFE HD Microfinish
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Too Faced Love Flush – Love Hangover


Barry M Brow Wow pencil – Medium/Dark
Collection Colour Lash – clear


Urban Decay 15th Anniversary – Evidence, Deep End, Omen, Junkshow, Tainted, Blackout
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Sculpt
Wet n Wild ColorIcon single – Brûlée
Urban Decay Moondust – Solstice
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil – Asphyxia
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon – Blacquer
Makeup Academy Intense Color eyeliner – Snow White
Inglot AMC – 77
Collection Super Size Fat Lash


Shiro Cosmetics tinted lip balm – Why Not Zoidberg?
Wet N Wild Megalast lipstick – Bare It All
Jouer lip gloss – Sunset

Oh boy. You can tell this is an old FOTD as a number of these products had already made their way into my empties pile before this post went up. Oops.

I do wish the blending on this could have been better. I worked at it too, but I couldn’t get rid of that line. Definitely not one of my favorite looks, but it was fun to play with color. Also, Urban Decay’s Solstice works SO WELL on top of so many different colors!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche – Radish

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When Sephora had a 250 point reward in the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche formula in Radish, I quickly made a (sorta) justified order to snag it. I love deeper bright pinks on me, I find them quite flattering on my skin tone. Just a swipe will wake up my entire face and make me look more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than I feel.

bite beauty amuse bouche radish swatch

Radish is described as “deep magenta with violet-blue undertones,” which to my poor color-discerning eye and descriptive vocabulary, sounds accurate.

Here it is on my face:

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June 2016 empties

It seems that at the beginning of every empties post, there is the obligatory “I can’t believe it’s already [month] already and OMG this year is going by so fast!” exclamation. Because it is. Goddamn.

Most of these empties aren’t so much empty as they are things I’ve decided to part ways with.

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theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer – I can hear a collective gasp of shock ripple through the beauty-loving community. Deciding to throw away THE definitive highlighter, the Holy Grail of so many makeup enthusiasts? Sadly, yes.

This was the first highlighter I ever owned, and the only one I used for awhile. However, the powder started to smell very strongly of crayons, so I think the waxes and oils in the formula has turned rancid. I actually held onto it for about a month after I discovered the smell and continued to use it. I haven’t had any reactions to it, but with the explosion of my highlighter collection, throwing this out will barely make a dent. I’ve toyed with getting The Manizer Sisters palette, but I honestly don’t need it.

Jouer matte touch powder and bronzer – In hindsight, I never should have purchased the two Jouer palettes. I wrote about Sunday Brunch here and Blushing Beauty here, but I never reached for them after using it for the blog. This powder and bronzer duo seems to be of subpar quality: the powder is chalky and I have a hard time getting any pigment from the bronzer.

Jouer eyeshadow in Caramel – I’m a bit hesitant to throw this out. It’s a beautiful, soft peachy gold, perfect as a quick wash all over the lids. However, I’ve noticed darker spots in the powder and I’m worried it’s mold.

The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow in 215 Coconuts About You – This eyeshadow doubles as a convincing contour shade. I’m throwing it out because it’s a little too dark for me to use as a contour. Plus, I tried to de-pot it and while it survived, it bears ugly scars.

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OCC Lip Tar in Memento and Anime – A few Christmases ago, OCC released a fabulous mini set of their Lip Tars with four versatile colors. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of keeping the tubes squeezed while not in use and the sides have cracked. Also, the formula began separating. The only one that’s still in good condition is NSFW.

theBalm Open to Offers Olwen – I don’t think I ever used this.

Shiro Cosmetics Gift of Toadstool – This was a free sample that I used to practice pressing loose shadows. I used too much binder solution and the powder is way too stiff and unusable.

Kat Von D Tequila – Nothing wrong with this, I just have too many similar shades.

Collection Super Size Fat Lash mascara – This was super cheap, and it performed cheaply as well. I didn’t like it very much.

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The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Cream – This is a nice night cream and I might buy the full size one if/when I move to London, where my skin gets severely dehydrated.

pür minerals Sweep It Off brush cleaner – I stored this away horizontally for the six months I was in London, and when I came back, over half of it had leaked out. I used the rest to clean brushes used for liquid/cream products.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O – Beautylish included two samples of their best-selling Bioderma micellar waters when I made my first order. Stellar customer service! I like it, but no more or less than the Garnier one I’m currently using.

Did any downsizing happen on your end of the keyboard? Also, I have edited a ton of pictures so expect a bunch of posts to go up this month. Yay!