Monthly Archives: March 2015

10% off at Makeup Geek!

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Heads up, guys! I just got an email that Makeup Geek sent to their registered customers saying that they are offering 10% if you sign up for their newsletter.

All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter by April 11, 2015 and they will mail you a 10% off coupon code that is valid through April 11, 2015  and is good for everything in the store!

Makeup Geek rarely offers discounts on their products and this code is valid store-wide so if you’ve been on the fence about trying Makeup Geek yet or if you just want to stock up on some favorites, now would be a great time!

Makeup Geek has a lot of amazing eyeshadows but a few of my favorites are Peach Smoothie, Chickadee, Poppy, Frappe, Grand Stand and their Liquid Gold pigment.

What are you favorite Makeup Geek products?

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Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette Review

Over the past couple of months I’ve discovered that budget-friendly beauty brand Wet n Wild has quite a few gems in their product line, including their MegaLast Lipsticks, which I absolutely love.

I’m a sucker and always have to run through the makeup aisles whenever I go to the store so I picked up the Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette for about $5 recently during a late night grocery run. 😀

Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette

OVERALL REVIEW: 8

Packaging: Clear plastic lid. Reasonably sturdy for the price and snaps securely. 7/10

Longevity: Slight creasing with some darker shades after a full day. 7/10

Application: Well pigmented and easy peasy to blend! 9/10

Texture: Very smooth and soft. 9/10

The Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette comes with 8 gorgeous shades that transfer well between day and night time looks. Every shade in this palette has a shimmery finish and while I can definitely appreciate some shimmer, I wish there was at least one matte shade to tone down the glow a little. Each shade in this palette is labeled as “browbone, crease, etc.” and while you can certainly put each shade wherever you wish, people who are new to makeup might appreciate having a clear direction mapped out!

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MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette Review

When I first saw that the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette ($85) had been released, I tried to convince myself for a full 6 hours or so that I didn’t need this palette before realizing that that was completely insane and running out to Nordstrom half an hour before closing to pick this beauty up! I definitely made the right decision here. 😛

The MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette is limited edition and exclusive to Nordstrom so if you want to secure one of these, you may want to act quickly!

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OVERALL REVIEW: 8.50

Packaging: Fantastic shades that work well together. Sturdy plastic with clear lid makes it easy to see all of your beautiful shades although I’ll never stop wishing for MAC to put shades names on palettes. 8/10

Longevity: All the looks I’ve done with this palette have held up well all day long with a primer. 9/10

Application: Most shades are well pigmented and apply & blend nicely. 9/10

Texture: The majority of the colors in this palette are super smooth although a couple of the mattes are a little dry. 8/10

In this palette, you get 15 nearly full-sized pans of MAC’s best-selling shades! Each of these pans are 1.3g where as the regular MAC pans are 1.5g so you’re only missing the tiniest amount of product compared to a full sized pan. I actually didn’t have any of the shades in this palette so I took that as a sign that this palette was meant to be in my life but whether or not this palette might be “worth it” to you might depend on what MAC eyeshadows you already have hanging around in your stash. If you don’t have most of these shades already, this palette is an awesome deal!

One regular MAC eyeshadow in the case is $16. One MAC refill pan (I think the individual pans are only sold online and at MAC Pro Stores) is $10. $10 per pan x 15 pans = $150 yet this palette is retailing for $85, making it as if each pan only costs about $5.66 each. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your eyeshadow collection, this might be a good time!

This palette is made of a sturdy plastic and has a clear top allowing you to see your shadows. The pans, unfortunately, do not seem to be easily removed from this palette so there’s no switching shades around or replacing them with other pans.

The 15 shades included in the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette are:

  • Vapour
  • All That Glitters
  • Wedge
  • Satin Taupe
  • Honey Lust
  • Ricepaper
  • Amber Lights
  • Saddle
  • Mulch
  • Woodwinked
  • Omega
  • Brun
  • Embark
  • Beauty Marked
  • Carbon

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Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Tutorial time again, loves! Trying to keep a balance of video and pictorials for you guys as well as a balance between supa’ bold and supa’ wearable so today’s look is going to be a really wearable, pretty look that’s appropriate for nearly every occasion and is really easy to pull off! I’m planning on my next eyeshadow tutorial being a really colorful, bold look so if that’s more up your alley, just hang in there because the plan is in action. 😉

Step by Step Simple Eyeshadow Tutorial

Let’s begin! Eyeshadow primer is your BFF so go ahead and apply a thin layer of your favorite primer everywhere where your eyeshadow will be. My favorite eyeshadow primer is Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

On to the eyeshadow! The first thing I’m going to do is take this big blending brush from Makeup Addiction and apply Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie (matte peach) in and above my crease, making sure the edges are nice and soft.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

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I want your feedback!!

Hey guys!

I’ve got some things that I want to talk to you about and I would really, really appreciate your feedback here!

So today I stumbled upon a quite lengthy thread somewhere where people were discussing beauty bloggers that they liked/didn’t like and why they did or didn’t like them. Honestly, the whole thread was mostly specific things that they didn’t like from specific beauty bloggers but it got me thinking.

I work hard on my blog, videos, etc. and while I honestly love doing it, I’m not solely doing this for my own entertainment. I also want to help others find products, honest reviews, tutorials, tips, everything beauty related! I want to be a good resource for makeup addicts and newbies alike and I want to be someone you can trust.

In this thread a lot of the comments were like “Oh, I don’t like X’s writing style. I don’t like Y’s swatches. I don’t like Z’s tutorials.” etc. I want this blog to be successful and while I realize that I can never please everyone, I do want to make my readers happy! With that being said, I’d really love some honest feedback! Are there certain things you love about this blog? Things you don’t like? Things you wish I’d start? Things you wish I’d do more of? Things that you wish I’d do differently? Let me know about it!

On that note, I always want to be honest with you guys so if you have any questions for me or wish I’d make a post or a section explaining anything in more detail, let me know about that too!

Okay, and one last topic! I was thinking about adding a personal section to my blog where I would blog about random things about my life that don’t involve makeup! Life events, excursions, thoughts, dinner, pets, just whatever strikes my fancy! Sultry Suburbia will always be first and foremost a beauty blog though so my personal posts would be few and far between in comparison to my beauty posts. But before I got into any of that, I wanted to hear my viewers thoughts!

If you guys for whatever reason don’t feel comfortable commenting here, feel free to email at ashley@sultrysuburbia, DM me on IG, FB, however you want! I’m all ears!

Much love! <3

ashleysignature

Covergirl Lip Lava Review in Mango Lava and Look It’s Lava!

The Covergirl Lip Lava’s are color packed glosses that come in 9 bold, eyecatching shades and retail for about $8. I stumbled upon these little vials of gorgeousness the other day and couldn’t resist the opportunity to pick up a couple and try them out! I chose Mango Lava and Look It’s Lava.

Covergirl Lip Lava in Mango Lava and Look It's Lava

OVERALL REVIEW: 6.50

Packaging:  Clear tubing to show off the pretty colors! Closes securely. 8/10

Longevity: While it did hang around for several hours, it shifted after about an hour. 4/10

Application: I find the brush difficult to create a precise line and even application with. Wish it was another style. 6/10

Texture:  A little on the sticky/oily side but not too much so for a gloss. 8/10

The pigmentation of these is pretty great, especially for a gloss! They’re quite opaque and pack a real punch of color.

One thing that really sort of bugged me about the Covergirl Lip Lava’s, which is probably just a personal preference, is the brush. I’d much prefer a doe-foot applicator for liquid lipsticks and glosses vs. a regular brush. The bristles on this brush have a tendency to sometimes splay out a little as you’re applying the product and I feel like this style of applicator just makes it far harder to get a clean, even application than a doe-foot style applicator. Does anyone actually prefer this style of brush over doe-foots? This one isn’t nice and firm like a good lip brush you might buy would be.

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NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette

NYX recently released a whole bunch of new products for their Spring 2015 collection and I somehow just keep buying more and more. My latest purchase is the NYX 3C Conceal Correct Contour Palette. This palette retails for about $12 and comes in three shades, light,  medium and dark. I ordered the light palette.

Each palette comes with 6 shades customized for a range of skin tones and is designed to conceal and correct spots and discoloration as well as contour and highlight. Depending on your each persons skin tone, different people may find these shades work for them in different ways.

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette

OVERALL REVIEW: 6.75

Packaging:  I think it’s sleek and attractive and I like that it shows the contents inside. No problems here. 7/10

Longevity: Lasted well throughout the day on most of my face but creased almost immediately under my eyes. 6/10

Application: Takes some time to blend, especially the darkest shade, and I felt like the darkest shade kept looking patchy. 7/10

Texture:  A thick cream reminiscent of grease paint. A bit of an unusual texture for everyday makeup. 7/10

I’ve used this palette on three different occasions now because I wanted to give it a fair chance before reviewing it but I’m still on the fence about it. Is it a terrible product? Definitely not. Do I love it? Eh, not really. Could I see how someone else might really like it? Sure.

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette

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