Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review: Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack

I have an addiction to matte eye shadows. They are a staple in any make up routine. I have a vast collection of matte shadows. My favorites by far have consisted of MAC cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, & Makeup Geek. They just never let me down. Then approximately a year ago I ran across MELT Cosmetics via Instagram and I watched them post and saw they created Stacks. Now I am not one to get caught up in hype. Most of the time I am essentially let down. So I finally decided to buy them, than as luck would have it they were sold out for months..insert sad face... But two weeks ago they restocked! YAASSSSS! So I did not hesitate right at 12 noon I placed my order....and I am so glad I did. The stacks are hyped for a reason.

First, lets start off with the wonderful packaging. Magnetic, in this time of bulky palettes that just seem to be getting bigger and longer. Melt went Vertically! Thank you <3 I could literally shove tons of these in one drawer and be set for life.

Next, it matters;) The eye shadow size is unimaginable. The best part I USE every shadow in the stack. I had an endless run of purchasing cute palettes and would only use a handful of the shadows that the palettes had to offer. Either they had 2-5 matte shadow and the rest look like a disco ball graveyard or they would have those 1-3 random shades that the 80's were screaming to take back. I wasn't about it. With the exception of my MAC palettes which are fantastic because I customize them myself. So no weird or randomness there. The other brands releases left me a little bemused that I owned things I was never going to use.

Melt Shadow vs. MAC Shadow

Than we have pigmentation. The Dark Matter Stack is a perfect blend of what I see as essential to a great eye.  1. A transition color  (sadly some palettes lack one I can use) 2. A punch of excitement that belongs...which in this case is Enigma, is an exciting color that balances on the edge of safe. I wear this all over my lid, in the crease, as liner. It is such a versatile color that you will not be intimidated by. 3. Texture, sadly some shades in other palettes look so great and than just fall flat. None of these do that. Makeup Geeks Corrupt is hands down my favorite black shade. The texture is velvet and has a deadly punch of color. The Dark Matter Stack has an amazing black as well called....Dark Matter. It goes on smoothly and has great color pay off. All the shadows in the stack have the same great pay off and texture.

 Natural Light 
Shades (L-R): Enigma, Unseen, Blurr, & Dark Matter

 With Flash
 Shades (L-R): Enigma, Unseen, Blurr, & Dark Matter

I rate the the Dark Matter Stack:
Get or Forget: GET
Pigmentation: 9/10
Texture: 9/10
Price: 10/10
Packaging: 9/10

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ColourPop Collection: Super Shock Cheeks

The last few months I have been steadily building my ColourPop Cosmetics Collection and I have made two collection videos. I figured it was time to start a series here on my blog. To help you guys when making either your first, or subsequent purchases with ColourPop.

 I am going to start with the newest items released by ColourPop which is their line of blushes, aptly named Super Shock Cheek.

The texture of these is thicker in feel then their matte shadows. They have 23 shades in total. The finishes consist of 15 Matte, 7 Satin, & 1 Pearlized shade.

The shades I picked up are; Holiday (Matte), Early Bird (Matte), Birthday Suit (Satin), Between The Sheets (Matte). 


Out of all of the ones I picked up I have to two daily standout favorites.
1. Between The Sheets- ColourPop describes this as "a mid-tone beige pink in a matte finish" I would 100% agree with that description. This is a safe everyday neutral blush. The blush that literally goes safely with any look. Be it day time or night time. Safe isn't boring, safe is versatile. I highly recommend this shade.

2. Holiday- ColourPop describes this as "A true mid tone peachy pink in a matte finish" again perfect description. But, for me this blush screams Summer. It is bold, but safely bold. Because it is that mid tone shade the color is bright but subtle. The perfect middle ground between safe and bold. You guys know I love peach shades. This is one of my favorites already, right up there with some of my high end limited edition shades...gasp I know. That speaks volume. ColourPop is quality.

 Between The Sheets, Birthday Suit, Early Bird, Holiday

The other two shades I picked up I still love the shades. But if I were to rank them for you on personal preference this is the order they would go in. The great thing about personal preference is our lists will always look different then our beauty neighbor so to speak.

3. Birthday Suit- ColourPop describes it as a "neutral pink in a satin finish" I don't know if I would necessarily call this neutral pink, to me it is not so much a muted pink as much as it is a true pink. I think neutral and I think no strong undertones. Not to bright, not to dark. This one is more pink. But not in a bad way. I really like the sheen/shimmer in this blush. You can wear it either with or without a highlighter. So it is a great blush for when you're running late and don't quite have the few extra minutes to pop on some highlighter.

4. Early Bird- ColourPop describes this as "A bright red coral in a matte finish" Yes, Yes, & Yes. To-A-T (pun intended) that describes it perfectly. It is coral with a kick of fire in it, hence the red undertones. This is a vibrant, bold, and flirty shade. Great for a night out, with a simple eye, bold wing, and strong lips. The flush this leaves on your cheeks is just breath taking. I am pale so for now I do have to wear it with just one thin layer. But when Summer gives me my tan, watch out!

All in all ColourPop is consistent. They make all around amazing products. From the packaging, appeal, quality vs. price. They just nailed it and their blushes are no exception.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Lip Monthly Box

Since I heard about a new subscription service called Lip Monthly I have loved the concept.....a beauty subscription service with all lip products, with a range from drug store to high end? Yes please! So I was more then excited to see my July Lip Monthly Box in the mail today.

These boxes did not have themes like most beauty boxes, I said did because that is all about to change next month. Not only will boxes have themes but they are getting ready to open up and online shop.

The items I received for the month of July are:

Outside of the box:
  • City Color Cosmetics Lip Lush Luscious Lip Crayon in Wine ($2.99)- This is such a gorgeous purple shade. The texture is that of a moisturizing matte lipstick. I love the shade!
  • Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss in Sun Baked ($6.99)- This is a great Fall time lip gloss. It is on the deeper side of Pink. I actually own this already so I will be handing this beauty off to someone else.
  • MONTHLY MIXUP super cute concept this is when they throw in a non lip items to shake things up a bit. This month it is the John Frieda Straight Fixation Smoothing Crème 1.5 ounces of product is around $3.50 worth of product.

In the box:
  • City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm in Bright Red ($2.99)- This is unbelievably pigmented for a Lip Balm it is a gorgeous Pinky Red shade. I am sure I will get use out of this.
  • Appeal Cosmetics Lipstick in Red Light District ($22.00)- This shade is a magnificent Scarlet Red shade. It is mind boggling pigmented and the texture is supple and it cocoons your lips in this shade.
Swatches (1 swipe only L-R): City Color Cosmetics Wine, City Color Cosmetics Bright Red, Appeal Cosmetics Red Light District

Total for this months box:

That is a great box and nothing I got is discontinued or unavailable. If you guys have not checked out Lip Monthly here and use the code SUMMERLIPS to get your first box for $5.00

Also, if you would like to see live swatched check out my unboxing video on YouTube here

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Monday, July 14, 2014

July Ipsy Glam Bag: Sensationally Sunkissed

I love this time of month because my subscription bags are rolling in and this first one for the month has to be my favorite subscription service. Ipsy has been hands down trend setting with its ability to include a vast array of beauty products. I started receiving my bags back in April and have not been disappointed once.  So with that said, lets jump right in to my bag for the month of July.

I was so excited when I opened my bag for the month because I got in essence products to almost complete a full face of makeup. I love when that happens.
The items in my July Ipsy bag consisted of:
  • Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Inspiration: which contains the shades Muse & Passion in the cutest mini I have ever seen in my beauty existence. I love the duo they sent, the name of the shades screams Michelle Phan's mission statement about empowering women to realize their own inner power and strength and strive to be the best versions of themselves that they can be and that no dream is unattainable...yes I got that all from one shadow duo name.

  • Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine: This bronzer is a satin finish and can easily be worn lightly or full on bronze goddess. It is very velvety in texture and even with my light skin tone can be worn easily. It reminds me of  MAC Superb when built up.

  • Derma E BB Cream: A very nicely textured BB Cream. You all know I am about texture when it comes to testing any sort of BB cream, Tinted Moisturizer, or Foundation. I have dry skin and I know right down to the touch if I will like a product on my skin. Right off I loved the texture of this product. So high hopes for this. I will update you all on my final verdict.

  • Pur Lisse Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30: The texture of this is slightly thicker for a day cream, but I love that. I have dry skin so a good daily moisturizer is a must have in my beauty bag. So I will for sure be using this.

  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink: I believe this is a self adjusting lip balm when I swatched it on my arm not to much happened. Then I swatched it on my lips and it had a vibrancy that was not present on my arm. It has a very nice slight mint scent. Great for day to day wear.
 Top lip no product, Bottom lip Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm
I loved everything in my bag this month. I am always pleased with my bags from Ipsy and this is another home run for them. My video will be up shortly on my YouTube channel here, so keep an eye out. Let me know what you received in your bags this month in the comment section below, or leave me links to your blog post or videos.


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Friday, July 11, 2014

First Impressions: Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Today my new palette arrived in the mail and I thought you guys would like a first impressions of it. I am talking about the new Limited Edition palette from Tarte, the RainForest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette.

I passed on the Aqualillies palette and after seeing it in a lot of favorites videos I was a bit put out because it was so gorgeous. But, I am almost glad I did. I am a neutral girl at heart so when I saw this on Sephora's website I jumped for joy. Everything from the packaging to the color selections inside this palette scream STEPHANIE!

First, off the packaging is a heavy faux wood texture on the cover with a gorgeous gold snake embossed on the packaging with a beautiful purple gem as the eye. Even the box it came in is outstanding. The snake pattern in the gorgeous ombre purple box is just hypnotizing.

Then you open it and all your neutral dreams come true!

Clockwise from top: Park Ave Princess, Don't Turn a-Brown, Tan-gled up in you, Up to no gold, Plum away with me, Make a Mauve, Bare to Explore, Champagne, & Unleashed in the center.
  (L-R) Bare to explore, Make A Mauve, Plum away with me, Up to no gold, Tan-gled up in you, Don't turn a-brown, Unleashed blush, Champagne, Park Ave Princess 
The shades are all so beautiful and there is a range from matte, to shimmer. I love that everything is in one palette. So simple but so elegant and exotic. Such a gorgeous palette. So far my first impressions are all positive. I will make sure to do an update on my YouTube Channel Here

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

MUA Kit Essentials: MaqPro Palette (lightest shades)

If you guys saw my latest YouTube video, you know I promised to have this post up so you guys could get a better look at one of my most loved palettes from my MUA kit. I figured I would turn this into a series seeing as I have a few of these palettes and they are a staple in my kit.

The palettes I am talking about are my Maq Pro Palettes, otherwise known as Le Maquillage Professionnel Palettes by Maq Pro Paris.

To begin I am going to start with the lightest palettes in my kit. The lightest palettes consist of:

  • Fard Crème Palette in E.7 or Caucasian 1. This palette is great for almost all shade ranges in the light skin tone range. It contains 30 ml of product which is your standard foundation size. With the convenience of being able to adjust and create your own unique foundation shade.
  • Fard Crème Palette in PP01. This palette is tiny, it is smaller then the palm of my hand. But, the wells are deep. With the versatility of the Foundation palette but with more options for custom shades & correcting abilities. This is a great addition to have to the main foundation palette. This also contains 30 ml of product, so don't let the size of it fool you. It has just as much power as its big sister.


  • Fard Crème Palette in E.7: 198,170,118,1989,124,TL2
  • Fard Crème Palette in PP01: 170,TL2,111,52,41,124,131,91,CI,101

Fard Crème Palette in E.7 Caucasian 1
Fard Crème Palette in PP01


These are truly a dream to work with. They are a waxed based foundation. Which you think wax and you are like...? But, these foundations can literally last up to 12 hours on the skin. They can be applied with brushes or sponges. I prefer brushes. Versatility of wear is exceptional, they even make products to thin this out, I find it works beautifully just the way it is. It is easily layered. Coverage range varies from light-high coverage without developing the dreaded cake face.

The convenience is phenomenal. To be able to do so much with simply one palette is invaluable. They take up such little room in your kit. I highly recommend them and think they are worth every single cent.

If you want to see E.7 in action head over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest video:Here

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

MakeupGeek EyeShadow Swatches

The latest and greatest eyeshadow finds in my current collection are handsdown MakeupGeek eyeshadows. When Marlena (MakeupGeekTv) announced her makeup line I was so excited to try out anything she released. She was one of the first YouTube gurus I began watching years ago. She has a genuine love for beauty, not just outside but more importantly inside. She is relatable on a life level and I love supporting her in anyway possible. She brings such joy to all of her subscribers.....and yes she is that sweet in person as well! I had the honor of meeting her at IMATS 2013 still a major highlight to this day.

MakeupGeek Eyeshadows:
  • 60 shade range and continuing to grow.
  • Inexpensive for outstanding quality.
  • Low cost/fast shipping.
  • Options; you can buy either single pans, pots, or sets.
  •  Great pigmentation.


If you have or pick up a Z Palette, know that you do not need magnets because they go right in. This does not work with a MAC palette as you will need magnets.  Here I have mine stored in a Medium 4 U Z Palette and I can easily fit 15 MUG shadows.

(L-R) Cupcake, Latte, Preppy, Crème Brulee, Beaches & Cream,
Corrupt, Beach Blonde, Barcelona Beach, Ba-da Bing.


The quality and texture is out of this world for $5.99 per pan. I seriously have no clue how she does it. What I love is actually the difference of texture in certain shades. Out of the 9 in the photo 7 are velvety smooth. Corrupt & Ba-Da Bing feel drier in texture. But do not be discouraged because one dip and you pick up bold, sensational color. They remind me or NARS shadows in the way the texture can change depending on the shade. Which is saying something if you consider the price difference.

(L-R) Ba-Da Bing, Barcelona Beach, Beach Blonde, Corrupt, Beaches & Cream, Crème Brulee, Preppy, Latte, Cupcake 

Versatility in Wear:

The shade range is already so immense that you can take ordinary neutral looks to extraordinary. For example, here I took a basic smokey night time look, which most people wear, black shadow and transition with something in the neutral brown family. Here I used Preppy which I see as an Olive Green/Taupe shade to transition instead and it just takes it to a different level, I get so many compliments when I wear this look. I love the difference between the bold black and the underestimated green shade. It is exquisite, it also makes the green in my eyes pop.

I hope you guys found this post helpful in your search to begin or add more MakeupGeek shadows to your beauty arsenal. They are a must have in my opinion.

If you have any MUG favorites, anything from the line. Leave me a comment and I will check it out.


Purchase MUG eyeshadows: Here
Marlena's YouTube Channel: Here
My Channel ShadesOfSteph: Here

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