Mini Haul: Makeup Geek

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

makeup geek haul review creme brulee bitten brush

 If there's one brand that I've seen hyped-up to the heavens, it's Makeup Geek. Since it's only readily-available in the US, the cost of shipping & delivery time has put me off ever ordering from them. Earlier this month was my birthday so I thought I'd treat myself to a litter order - it's safe to say it won't be my last! As soon as my parcel came I photographed it, swatched and then played around, ending up wearing way too much makeup for a Tuesday morning... Isn't that always how makeup deliveries play out?

makeup geek haul review creme brulee bitten brush

I picked the shades Creme Brulee and Bitten along with the Soft Dome brush. I have to say, I really am pleasantly surprised with the brush - it's softer than most of my other eye brushes so it won't scratch your eyelid, yet it's packed enough to blend the products out gorgeously. I'm also in love with the eye shadows (which are AMAZING dupes for MAC!) and the shades I picked were Creme Brulee and Bitten. Creme Brulee is a gorgeous peachy-sand shade which blends out other eye shadows like a dream, and Bitten is a stunning maroon-purple shade that looks amazing in a warm smokey eye.

makeup geek haul review creme brulee bitten swatch

One thing I have to note is how much I prefer them to MAC shadows. They're exactly the same size as MAC but the quality is so much better. I've found MAC shadows to be a bit hit-and-miss - some I love and I swear by, but some just aren't pigmented enough and are a pain to blend. With these two from Makeup Geek comes none of them problems and although I've only tried two, the two I have tried are heaps better. The only thing which I'm not too keen on is the fact that there isn't a magnet in them so even though they fit in a MAC palette, they won't stay in place without the insert. I suppose it's not a huge problem - I could always buy a Z Palette.

Overall I'm SO impressed with these and I can't believe I didn't order them earlier! At around £5 a pop, they're a third the price of MAC and much, much better. What do you think? Have you tried Makeup Geek?

Free Phone Wallpapers

Hello! To celebrate the new month and the start of Spring, I thought I'd kick it off with a few iPhone wallpapers. All of these were created by me and so have my watermark on, but they're completely free for personal use. To save the images just simply click the link below and save. If you use one of these, feel free to share it on your social media pages and link back to my site. Enjoy & happy March! XO

10 Quick Ways to Improve Your Blog

Monday, 2 March 2015

improve your blog better blogging tips

As bloggers, we're always looking to be one step up. I've been blogging for almost three years (what?!) and I've learnt that there's a few things which contribute to a great blog. You don't have to be amazing in all areas (you only have to look at my own blog to know that!), but I've put together a few simple tips to improve your blog right now.

1 . Post better content.  We're all guilty of getting struck with the dreaded blogger's block and then rushing around to publish something just to get something up. If you have nothing to post, don't post. Although consistency is great, quality is better than quantity!

2 . Clean up your sidebar.  I think this is one of the most important parts on a blog, other than content. I find there's nothing more distracting than a busy, cluttered sidebar. If the widgets in there aren't being used or aren't beneficial to yourself/your readers, get rid!