Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows are unique in all ways

Makeup Geek, also known as Marlena, is known for her outstanding tutorials and her quality products. Marlena’s latest line of eyeshadows are her Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for a pan) and they do not disappoint. There are 10 shades available and we were sent 5 to share their beauty with you. We are both gaga over these fantastic eyeshadows and can’t wait to share their beautiful new discoveries.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Lisa’s Side:  Grandstand and In the Spotlight are two of the most beautiful eyeshadows I own. They are just gorgeous.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows:  In the Spotlight and Grandstand

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows:  Grandstand and In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight and Grandstand swatched

In the Spotlight and Grandstand swatched

Grandstand is a medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones and a foiled finish. In the Spotlight is a soft peachy-pink with coral undertones and a foiled finish. They are fantastic together, particularly with brown eyes.

I love the pans because they fit into palettes – they are the perfect size for MAC palettes – so I can mix and match shades to create a perfect combination. The pigment on these are crazy good and the texture is silky soft. I don’t even need a primer with these and they stay bright and true all day long. And the price? Wow. Eyeshadows don’t get any better than these!

Marcia’s Side:

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

As you can see I have some of the brighter shades of these Foiled Eyeshadows. If you like a bold eye then these ultra pigmented shadows need to be in your collection.

Makeup Geek Foiled shadow in Jester

Makeup Geek Foiled shadow in Jester

MUG Jester under bright light

MUG Jester under bright light

Jester seen above is total love for me. This is the one that I’ve worn over and over. It’s rightfully described as “Bright mossy green with slight gold undertones and a foiled finish”. I find the gold to add a magical touch to the green.

Makeup Geek Jester Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Jester Foiled Eyeshadow

I can wear this day or night by playing with the intensity of the shadow. The Foiled Eyeshadows work best by patting them on, not smoothing them on. I use either a flocked sponge or a dense taklon brush like the MAC 242.

Makeup Geek Center Stage

Makeup Geek Center Stage

Makeup Geek Center Stage under bright light

Makeup Geek Center Stage under bright light

Center Stage is easily the prettiest and most unusual blue shadow that I own. It’s a bright royal blue that I’ve only worn at night. If I try to tone it down then I lose the beautiful sheen of the foiled look. It makes a gorgeous smokey eye by keeping it close to the lashline like a thick liner.

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Purple lovers need to rejoice about Caitlin Rose. This is a bright amethyst purple that stands out from the crowd. Even if you have a wardrobe of purple eyeshadows you don’t have this amazing shade.

Makeup Geek Center Stage, Jester and Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Center Stage, Jester and Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek took the work out of foiling for us. As she tell us: “This cutting-edge formula offers a creamy texture that is a hybrid between a powder shadow and a cream shadow that is on a level of its own.
The intense pigmentation combined with an opaque, metallic finish make these shadows a dream to work with. These can be applied effortlessly in just one swipe with no primer required! Our lineup includes a diverse array of rich colors and a smooth silky formula that we believe help elevate pressed eye shadows to the next level of exceptional quality.”

These unique Makeup Geek eyeshadows should be in your shopping cart soon or at least on your wishlist!

*sent for editorial consideration and an honest review

Workout favorites with Makeup Wars

When Makeup Wars decided that they would do a post about workout favorites I was sort of stumped. I’m not a gym rat. As a matter of fact I scurry away from the gym. But since August I am in a gym at least 3 times a week though it’s for physical therapy. It’s the most workout I’ve gotten since writing those checks for my gym memberships that I never actually used.

At first I had nothing on my face other than sunscreen but now that I’m out and about I’m usually coming from somewhere or going somewhere so I do some makeup after all. This list is what I usually chose from when going to do my exercises.
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LAVANILA HEALTHY DEODORANT in Lemon Vanilla – Lavanila’s deodorant comes in 7 different fragrances and two sizes. It’s a solid stick deodorant and never sticky. I find it gets me through my therapy sessions no matter how long they last and I still feel fresh as the day goes on. A full size is $14 (mini’s are $8) and I’ve barely made a dent in the months I’ve used it.
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WAXELENE LIP TUBE is the product I’ve been using since the weather changed. There’s no color but I don’t usually want much color when I’m working out. This is a great protectant. I have a giveaway going on for a tube if you want to enter.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM comes in 5 sheer shades plus clear. If I want just that touch of color then I like to wear it in Natural Rose. I get the comforting lip balm with Vitamin E and color in one little tube.
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IT COSMETICS CC CREAM is one of several CC Creams that I reach for. I also like Pur Minerals CC Cream and the pick of 2014 CoverFX. I’m on my second tube of the one from IT Cosmetics and I’ve completely transformed my sister into being a fan of this CC Cream and the brand. This gives me plenty of coverage, SPF50, anti-aging benefits and hydration. Plus when I’m done working out my skin isn’t dripping color.
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PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH POWDER is what I use to set the CC Cream. This silky soft powder gets raves from me every day. It works wonders setting any foundation or CC/BB Cream and it makes my skin look finished. I rave about this all the time and I’m doing it again!
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MAYBELLINE COLOR TATTOO - I have several shades of Color Tattoo eyeshadows though I tend to wear the base shades like Nude Compliment or Barely Beige on workout days. These wear like iron on me so they are perfect for any time I want color that isn’t going to budge.
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MAKEUP GEEK GEL EYELINER is one of my favorite brands of gel eyeliner. I think a gel is perfect for the days you want to wear some makeup yet need your exercise. They never budge on the top lashline though sometimes they’ll wear off a little on the bottom lashline. Makeup Geek makes this in 8 shades, I wear Mobster (brown) all the time.
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EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH MASCARA is my OMG mascara. I am in love with this mascara and always have one open. I usually buy mine from Dermstore. This dark black mascara has an innovative tube that allows you to go from “nice lashes” to “va va voom”. Eddie always notices when I’m wearing it.
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MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER MASCARA is my favorite mascara that I can pick up at the drugstore. It sells out quickly so when I see it I’ll usually pick one up just in case. It’s not va va voom like Eddie’s is but it doesn’t smudge and gives me well defined eyelashes.
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PERRICONE MD NO BLUSH BLUSH was supposed to be reviewed way back in the summer. My best makeup friend raved about this line so much that I had to buy it and see what the fuss was about. Since then I’ve used it constantly. I prefer this liquid blush on the days I’m going to be getting ‘moist’ because it’s more like a stain. It doesn’t ever wipe off. It stays where it belongs. It will fade during the day so I sometimes have to refresh it but in general it lasts really well.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEER CHEEK GEL makes me look like I already have that workout glow before I even get in the gym. I have it in Rosy which was on one of my wishlists a long time ago. I love the stain and I love the ease of it. It’s easy to pop into my bag in case I feel the need to touch up but I rarely have to.
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Considering that this is all new to me, this post made me realize what has become important on the days I want to remain fresh and need to do my therapy. I’m sure my fellow Makeup War warriors have some great suggestions including what clothes to wear and I can’t wait to read them. What would you recommend that I add to this list? — Marcia

*some products sent for editorial consideration while others are purchases

Makeup Geek Blush review and swatches

My quest is over.  I have finally found blush nirvana, and it’s at Makeup Geek.  I read some rave reviews about these extremely affordable, high quality blushes and could not wait to try them.  I always have issues with powder blush lasting throughout the day.  I need pigment that really sticks around, like Nars blushes.  When Marlena from Makeup Geek sent these beauties, I had high hopes…and her blush actually exceeded my expectations.

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes, left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush ($12.99 for the compact, $9.99 for pan) is talc, paraben, and cruelty-free.  Pans are perfect for a Z Palette (you can also get these on Makeup Geek, just think of the epic palette you can create!) and the compacts are sturdy with a very handy clear top.  The texture is creamy and smooth.  Pigmentation is amazing, and as I said the color lasts all day long with hardly any fading.  One swipe of a blush brush gives enough color, which makes these blushes an even better value.  There are 13 shades in the range, and I have swatches of 6 of them today.  I tend to gravitate toward pink blush shades, so the ones I don’t have are the peach and brown toned shades.

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

First Love is a soft matte ballerina pink.  This is great for fair and light/medium skin.

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels is a shimmery bubblegum pink. It creates a stunning pop of color that really wakes up the complexion.

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky is a matte medium rose-pink.  I adore this shade on my medium faux-tanned skin.

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer is a matte orchid purple/pink.  Cool-toned blush lovers will flip over this shade.

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Rendevous is a matte medium pink with purple undertones.  It blends beautifully – I think I reach for this one the most often.

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Love Affair is a matte pink coral shade with super pigmentation; use a light hand with this one!

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right: First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

While I truly love them all, the one I reach for most is Rendevous, followed by Hanky Panky.

I can’t rave enough about Makeup Geek Blushes.  Right now, several of them are out of stock – I am sure Marlena ran out because so many people realized how fabulous the blush is.  Get the ones you can today, and the rest should be restocked in September.  I know I am going to collect the remaining 7 shades, because a girl can never have too much blush.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Geek greens and purples: Appletini, Shimmermint, Unexpected, and Sensuous

With these beautiful bright summer days, I have been inspired to focus on bright, sunny eyeshadow. For the quality, price, and colors, no one can beat Makeup Geek Eyeshadows (pans are $5.99, also available in a compact for $7.99). The gorgeous Makeup Geek guru, Marlena, sent some shades to try, and I am going gaga for her greens and purples these days.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Appletini is a truly stunning apple-green shimmer with golden flecks.

Appletini

Makeup Geek Appletini

Appletini swatch

Appletini swatch

Appletini is a lovely, complex shade with a slightly blueish tone to it . This is the darker of my two green shades – Shimmermint is similar but a few shades lighter.

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint is a metallic mint green with gold shimmer. I pair these two greens together with thick black eyeliner for a summery look that really makes my brown eyes pop. They both also pair well with blue eyeshadows and brown eyeshadows, so they are very versatile.

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected is a matte pinky purple that is beyond creamy. Wow this is a fabulous matte eyeshadow! I love it all by itself as a wash with some dark grey eyeliner for a flattering minimalistic look. And I highly recommend pairing it with the sultry Sensuous eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous is a shimmery purple with silver flecks. Um, yeah…I would say this eyeshadow is properly named for sure! My go-to summer evening look is a wash of Unexpected with Sensuous in the crease and outer V, plus a ton of dark purple eyeliner. Va-va-voom!

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are creamy, velvety and have tons of pigment. They are the exact same size as a MAC eyeshadow pan but less expensive. This is definitely a line to invest in. Be sure to check out the website for amazing tutorials.  – Lisa

*products sent for editorial consideration

The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

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left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

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left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

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left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

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left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  – Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

5 essential bold summer eyeshadows

summer sunset

Summer is the time for orange, melon, red, and purple – why not put a sunset on your eyes? Here are my recommendations for the 5 essential HOT summer eyeshadows.

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorched

Nars Scorching Sun

1 and 2.  Nars Scorching Sun:  a perfect summer eyeshadow duo, this matte orange and glowing terracotta combo are fantastic with a glowy tan.

Make Up Geek Mango Tango

Makeup Geek Mango Tango

Make Up Geek Mango Tango swatch

Makeup Geek Mango Tango swatch

3.  Makeup Geek Mango Tango:  it’s easy to get tropical with Makeup Geek’s Mango Tango. I constantly reach for this peachy-pink with flecks of gold – it pairs perfectly with a deep brown for a pop of color.

Make Up For Ever #58

Make Up For Ever #58

#58 swatch - really?  For the eyes at MY age??

Make Up For Ever #58 swatch

4.  Make Up For Ever #58:  This dark matte raspberry that does double duty as a blush and an eyeshadow. Trust me, it is gorgeous on the eyes and makes for an amazing summer look!

Make Up For Ever Color  Aqua Cream  18

Make Up For Ever Color Aqua Cream 18

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

5.  Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18:  one more selection from Make Up For Ever, not only is this pearlized lilac a perfect summer shade, it’s also waterproof so feel free to wear it poolside.

Color Flash eye

summer eye look

Color Flash eyes closed

go bold for summer!

Side view

just looking at the sunset…

These five shades are must-haves for any eyeshadow collection to go bold this season. Which HOT eyeshadows are on your list?  – Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Geek browns: Beaches and Cream, Hipster, Mocha, Pretentious

Have you tried Makeup Geek Eyeshadows yet?  If not, I really don’t know what you are waiting for.  Marlena, the stunningly gorgeous force behind Makeup Geek, sent us some eyeshadows and some brushes to test.  Spoiler alert:  these products are fantastic and inexpensive.

Today’s post is all about four beautiful brown eyeshadows and three eyeshadow brushes from her collection.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Make Up Geek eyeshadows

Marlena’s cosmetics line is just as fabulous as her amazing tutorials.  Makeup Geek eyeshadows are affordable (pans are $5.99, also available in a compact for $7.99), and there are 68 gorgeous colors from which to choose.  The pans are the exact same size as MAC eyeshadows but definitely less expensive.  Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans fit into MAC palettes, although I use my Z Palettes (which you can also buy at Makeup Geek’s store).

The texture of these eyeshadows is silky smooth and creamy.  The pigmentation is perfection, and they blend like a dream.  Plus the color doesn’t fade or crease throughout the day, even with oily eyelids.  I adore these eyeshadows.  Great price, great texture, great application, great color selection — it doesn’t get any better than this.

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream swatch

Beaches and Cream swatch

Beaches and Cream is a slightly peachy soft beige.  It’s a buttery soft matte shade that is an essential neutral for your collection.  It works as an all over wash for a pretty neutral look.  I reach for it all the time to blend and soften other shades, or as a lid shade paired with a deep brown crease color.

Hipster

Hipster

Hipster swatch

Hipster swatch

Hipster is a slightly shimmery sandy tan shade.  The shimmer makes it a fantastic lid shade, and it’s particularly powerful for deep-set or hooded eyes.

Mocha

Mocha

Mocha swatch

Mocha swatch

Mocha is a deep matte brown shade with a slight red undertone.  It is a great shade – I love using this to contour eyes and as a liner.

Pretentious

Pretentious

Pretentious swatch

Pretentious swatch

Pretentious is a stunning metallic bronze shade.  This golden brown is so gorgeous…it is perfect as a lid or crease shade.

With all these beautiful eyeshadows, a girl needs some great eyeshadow brushes too, right?  I am truly impressed with Marlena’s extremely affordable high quality brushes.  All of them have synthetic bristles and are cruelty-free.  They also feature a bronze gunmetal ferrule that holds the bristles in place and keeps the brush from shedding.

Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush

Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush

Soft Dome Brush

Soft Dome Brush

The Soft Dome Brush ($7.99) is what you want for blending harsh lines or applying a small amount of color.    The bristles are very soft so they don’t pick up much shadow, but they are firm enough to soften and blend.  It buffs out crease shades beautifully.   The handle is 6.5″ long, making it perfect for doing eye work.

Makeup Geek Outer V Brush

Makeup Geek Outer V Brush

Outer V Brush

Outer V Brush

The Outer V Brush ($7.99) is meant for applying eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye, but that’s certainly not the only thing I use it for.  The small dome brush has soft, dense bristles that pick up color beautifully.  The brush length is 6.25″, a great size for close up work.  I use it for the brow, crease, outer v, lid…it is definitely a work horse brush.

Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

Pencil Brush

Pencil Brush

The Pencil Brush ($7.99) is currently out of stock and scheduled to return in Mid-July 2014.  When it does, you will want to get one for  yourself.  This is one of the best pencil brushes I have ever tried.  The bristles are stiff enough for precise lines, but also soft enough for blending out liner and eyeshadow.  Also, at 6.25″ it really is the perfect length.

Makeup Geek brown eyes look

Makeup Geek brown eyes look

Here is my EOD using my three eyeshadow brushes and with Makeup Geek Hipster as my lid shade, Pretentious in the crease, Mocha in the outer v, and Beaches and Cream on the brow.  I lined with Mocha and with Mystic Gel Eyeliner (reviewed HERE).

Do yourself and your cosmetics collection a favor and check out the selection at Makeup Geek.  I know you will find tons of must-have items!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration