Soft purples using Love is a Story palette + review

Hi, everyone! I’m back again with another tutorial, and this time I’m using the Love is a Story palette by Zoeva People seemed to really like the last tutorial I did so I thought it was about time I did another one

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Firstly, here is everything that I used (I didn’t do my entire face, just eye makeup today)

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As always, I first added a base to my eyelid and for this I used the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly

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I then dusted the colour Film Star from the Love is a Story palette all over my lid so set the concealer so that it wasn’t tacky. Next, I took the shade Affair and dusted it through my crease to give my eye some dimension

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The shade Past Romance is next, and I did the same thing as I did with affair, dusting it through the crease and concentrating a little on the outer corner for some shape

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I decided to go in a different direction to what I originally planned and proceeded to place Past Romance all over the entire lid

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Next comes the shade Old Fashioned and I concentrated this to the outer corner of my eye as well as slightly going through the crease for some darkness and dimension

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As you can probably see in the photos before, there was some choppiness of the eyeshadow towards the inner portion of the eye so I had to work to blend it out. I’m not sure why this happens to me, it seems to happen almost every time I use eyeshadows and it can be a bit of a pain! Any tips?
Anyway, I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner using Film Star (the first shade) and took Old Fashioned under the lower lashline to darken it up a tad

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Next, I tightlined with my Too Faced waterproof eyeliner and added some mascara to my top and bottom lashes using Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara

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And here’s a close up of the eye look! Not the most exciting look in the world, but it’s something that I would wear on a date night, because it’s soft and romantic
If you have them, adding some half lashes to the outer corners would look amazing, as would using a flesh toned eyeliner on the lower waterline. Unfortunately, I have neither at the moment so I just left my natural lashes with mascara and didn’t touch my lower waterline

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Now I thought we could take a closer look at this palette that I used
This palette is about half neutral tones and half brighter, poppy colours (is that a thing? I’m making it a thing)
Now every single one of these shadows are beautifully pigmented, as you can see in the swatches above (all shades swatched with no primer) however, when applying them to my eye, I found that they were a tiny bit too soft, by this I mean that there was a small amount of kick up when I dipped my brush into the colour with my brush. In saying that, though, it wasn’t too much, but I did notice it in the pan when I removed the brush
The shadows I used on my eye all blended out beautifully
Overall, I really like this palette and hopefully I’ll get a lot of use out of it
I’d give this palette about a 8.5/10

As usual, all products were purchased by me, with my own money
Pictures photographed using Canon EOS 1100D Camera in natural lightning

Thanks for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo

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Warm smokey eye – all MakeupGeek eyeshadows!

Hey, guys! First of all I want to say a massive I’M SORRY because I said a few weeks ago that I was going to be posting more often, and that didn’t happen
In reality, I’ve had the photos for this for about 2.5 weeks but I was nervous to put it up, and I’m not sure why
Just want to put it out there, though – my brows look terrible. They were in serious need of a wax but I just didn’t have the time
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy my first tutorial-type post!
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Step one: Apply the primer of your choice, whatever works for you will be fine. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance

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Step Two: Next, you want to put a really neutral, matte colour through your crease. Something that’s slightly darker than your natural skintone
For this I used Makeup Geek’s Creme Brulee eyeshadow

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Step Three: Using a fluffy blending brush (something similar to Sigma’s E30 or E40), put through a slightly darker brown into your crease and blend above
I used Latte by Makeup Geek for this

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Step Four: Add an even darker brown, continuing to blend where you just put Latte by
For this, I used Mocha by Makeup Geek

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Step Five: Now we’re adding the warmth! You want to use a really warm, deep burgundy shade. Adding little bits at a time, blend this through your crease, using something slightly more precise than the E40 (What we used earlier) – I used the Sigma E45 to place the colour where I wanted it and then used the Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush to diffuse the colour
I used Bitten by Makeup Geek

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Make sure you’re bringing your warm shadows into the inner corner a bit – not too much, but enough so that it looks blended and diffused

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Step Six: Next, I went back into both Mocha and Bitten with my E45 brush and connected the end of my shadow to the corner of my eye, to give a nicer shaper to the shadows and my eyes. I did this mostly because I wasn’t going to be adding any eyeliner, so this is how I decided to add some more dimension

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As you can see, there’s a blank space in the centre of my lid, so next we’ll be filling it in

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Step Seven: Taking any sort of flat shader brush, or your finger, take Grandstand by Makeup Geek (This is a foiled eyeshadow) and softly pat it onto the centre of your lid. Next, take a brush and slowly and carefully blend out the edges of Grandstand so that it doesn’t look too harsh on the lid

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Step Eight: Taking a Flat Definer Brush (Sigma E15 is what I used), mix the colours Bitten and Mocha together and bring both colours underneath your lower lash line and blend out softly with a clean pencil brush

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Step Nine: Just to add some more dimension, I then took a tiny amount of Corrupt by Makeup Geek and blended it through the outer ‘V’ of my eye and slightly through my crease

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Step 10: Add a couple of coats of your favourite mascara (Mine is Jordana’s Best Lash Extreme) and you’re done!

I hope you guys enjoyed this and it helped some of you out!
As usual, all products were purchased by me, with my own money
Pictures photographed using Canon EOS 1100D Camera in natural lightning

Thanks for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo

Makeup Geek Shadow Swatches

So since I did my Coastal Scents Hot Pots swatches, I figured that I may as well do my Makeup Geek collection, too!
First up I’d like to say that I genuinely love these shadows, however, there are some that I’m not 100% happy with, but that’s only about 3 of my shadows out of my collection of 35. I don’t regret purchasing these shadows at all, and I’ll probably buy more (lets be real for a second, I won’t stop until I have the entire line).
So anyway, here’s my MUG collection!

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Similar to my Coastal Scents collection, I have my shadows organised into two different palettes, one neutral, one colourful.
Most of my neutrals are absolutely beautiful (can you tell which ones are my favourite?) BUT there are a couple that are a tiny bit hit and miss for me, and those are Corrupt and Mocha.

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Corrupt is so so SO pigmented, it’s as black as a Demon’s eyes from Supernatural, but to me it feels slightly, I don’t know, chunky? And there’s a fair amount of fallout (But you kind expect that from a black, right?) I generally use this to set my gel eyeliner in place, or use it as a smokey eyeliner when I don’t want a shard winged liner and it’s worked great for both those.Mocha… This just doesn’t work for me. As you can see in the swatch, it’s very sheer. Did I get a dodgy one? I feel like I’m the only one who has this shadow that’s so sheer. I feel like it could work really well on someone who has a darker skin tone as a transition shade, but it’s still far too dark for someone who’s pretty much the colour of paper

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These colours I can’t fault. As you can see, Vanilla Bean is the closest to my colouring than any of the others I have, and so it makes a really nice all-over-the-eyelid colour when I just want something subtle (realistically I’ll usually go for Bling or Shimma Shimma because SHIMMER)
Some of these colours (Homecoming and Beaches and Cream) I haven’t used on my eyes as of yet, and I’m not sure why, but I think both colours are beautiful and they feel super creamy and the pigmentation is amazing

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Shimma Shimma makes my little heart sing. Like look at it. How can you not be in love with it. Such sparkle!
All of these colours are so pigmented, creamy and blendable. I personally use a little bit of Ice Queen as an inner corner highlight and it works for me (again, if you’re darker than me it might look a bit too stark)

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And here we have my colourful shadows (Thanks, Captain Obvious!) I feel like I have a LOT of Purples and Pinks, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for the pretty

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Bitten and Burlesque are two colours that give me life. Bitten is a matte finish and Burlesque has shimmer in it and is a fair bit darker, but I love these colours so much! I usually wear one of these paired with Shimma Shimma (Shimma Shimma on the first two thirds of the lid and Bitten or Burlesque in the outer corner) and in my opinion, it’s a perfect look for Autumn, with a nice big winged liner

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I’m not sure why Mango Tango did that in the swatch, maybe there was as mall wet patch on my arm from my makeup wipes? Not sure, but I love most of these colours, but I honestly can’t see myself really using Peacock unless I was using it to create a look for a costume party or something, and this one is slightly dry compared to the other shadows, but it’s still decent

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Just some casual goosbumps, it’s fine. Similar to Peacock, I can’t really see myself using Shimmermint on my eyes, but Mermaid I would probably use as a pop of colour on the lower lash line. I feel like I could probably do a Mermaid type look using all three shadows but I’m probably not brave enough

Anyway, all of these colour just make me fangirl (Yes, over eyeshadows) and I just want to sit at home all day and experiment. Sadly, I have a job that forces me away from my collection that doesn’t really allow me to experiment all that much (I lean towards my neutrals for a normal day)

As usual, all opinions are my own and I purchased all of these with my own money (much to my partner’s dismay)
You can find us on Instagram at ‘itscaitessa’
All shadows swatched without Primer and photos taken with Canon EOS 1100D camera in natural lighting

You can find Makeup Geek here

Thanks for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo