Long time no post eh? I've been away for a while trying to organise my life after uni etc. but I've made a great schedule that I'm going to stick to because I absolutely love blogging.

I have wanted the Makeup Geek eyeshadows for a while now after watching everyone rave about them, but have never ordered them because of the duty and postage fees that I was a bit worried about. Only recently I ventured onto Beautybay and discovered they had most of the range! and so of course I couldn't help myself and ordered a bunch of the colours.

I ended up ordering a few neutral colours as these are the colours I use on an everyday basis, so I knew that I would be able to test them and use them to their full potential. I ended up ordering the shades; cocoa bear, flame thrower, in the spotlight, americano, bitten, burlesque, goddess, roulette, cosmopolitan, latte, creme brûlée and peach smoothie.

All of the eyeshadows form the standard range are beautiful! They are easy to blend not too powdery and last all day long on the lids. My favourites are creme brule, I use this as a transition shade and peach smoothie, which is a great barely there all over the lid colour as well as a great transition shade. The shadows are super pigmented and are great value for money considering they're a fiver!

Now! Lets talk about the foiled eyeshadows! I only ordered two of the shades as I didn't really know what to expect and wanted to test them out! I can truly say that these are my favourite eyeshadows and I will definitely be ordering more! If you have any of the standard makeup geek shadows you already know that they are really easy to blend, but these babies are out of this world. You need just the tiniest bit of the eyeshadow and its super pigmented and blends like a dream. Seriously, they feel like butter and are so sparkly and shiny looking - what more could you want from an eyeshadow? Overall, I think that the makeup geek shadows are a great hit, you just can't go wrong with them (especially the foiled ones!).

I store my shadows in a Makeup Forever case. I prefer the look and the quality of the case compared to the standard Z-pallette. I feel like its sturdier and the magnet in it is super strong! You get a protective film to put over your eyeshadows as well as a foam protector which is great if your shadow pans don't reach the top (the Makeup Geek ones don't), the only downside is that it doesn't have a clear top like the Z-pallette, but honestly I don't mind that much because I know what shadows I keep in there. 

Let me know if you have tried these and love them as much as I do and what other shades are bomb!

Love, Dominika xx
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I was recently organising my makeup stash and rediscovered an old favourite of mine, the Smashbox Double Exposure travel palette. Needless to say, I have been using it everyday since I found it. Its quite a small and compact palette, I remember when I first got it I was a little bit underwhelmed because it is so tiny, but now this is the reason why I love it so much! It has ever shade you need for a day and night look.

The colours in this palette are great! There's six shades that are satin/shimmery, one completely matte and one somewhat in-between a full shimmer shadow and a matte. The shadows themselves are really buttery and smooth, which is great because they are really blendable. For an every day look, I tend to reach for Quartz (all over the lid), Espresso (in the crease) and Veiled (in the inner corner and brow bone) with a bit of winged liner. If you are a beginner and just staring out with eyeshadows I would really recommend this palette as it has some really good neutrals for everyday makeup and darker shades for evening looks. I love this for an effortless look that I don't have to think about, what are your favourite go-to eyeshadow palettes at the moment?

Dominika xx
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sleek makeup palette, affordable makeup

sleek makeup palette, affordable makeup

sleek makeup palette swatches, affordable makeup, highlighting

sleek makeup palette, affordable makeup, highlighting, solstice

Recently I read a blogpost by Jen from The Budget Beauty Blog where she talked about the best affordable highlighters and instantly it made me think of the Sleek Highlighting palette in Solstice. This palette is amazing, not only because its £10 but because it has everything you need in it and it will last you a life time.

The palette holds four highlighting shades, three powders and one cream. Its an all-round highlighting palette with warm and cool shades that will look great with any makeup look. The powders themselves are quite fine and give off a lovely sheen (there's no chunky glitter) but are most definitely build-able if you prefer a very intense highlight. The cream highlighter would be great for the summer months. I tried it a few times and just like the powders it leaves a lovely sheen on your face and does not budge like some other cream products do. If you've tried the MAC paint pots you know that they set and don't really move about much, its the same with this, its still a very creamy product but it doesn't slip and slide once it sets on your face.

The four shades in the palette are Ecliptic which is the cream highlight shade, its quite neutral. Hemisphere is the most intense out of all of them, its a lovely pinky/purple colour. Then SubSolar which is a very light yellow shade, it would be great for paler skin tones and for someone who doesn't want a very intense highlight look. Last but not least, Equinox which is personally my favourite (right now) its a lovely peachy colour, that works well when I have a bit more of a tan. I like that all the shades give off different levels of intensity and that they are very buildable.

The palette itself comes in lovely gold packaging which looks a lot more high end than the standard Sleek packaging and you do get a small brush with it, but as almost every brush that comes with a makeup palette its not the best quality. I tend to use the Real Techniques duo-fiber contour brush because it leaves me with a nice subtle highlight, if I'm going for a more intense look I'll use the Setting brush or just my fingers which pack on the product a bit more. Right now, I have been reaching for the powder shades more purely because its still cold outside and I prefer the finish off them, but I am sure that I will start using the cream shade closer to summer. In fact Sleek do a second palette which is three cream shades and one powder; I may have to pick it up at some point as we get closer to the summer months. Let me know if you've tried this palette and if you like it? Also, what are your favourite highlighters?

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