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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