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Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

Just to set the tone for this post: I absolutely love Nudestix products! So you can imagine my excitement when they announced the launch of their new Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

Fuss free, innovative and travel friendly, the quality and longevity of Nudestix products make them an all-round essential in any makeup kit. Lets have a look at the Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils which have just joined the Nudestix range…

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

Pic credits: Nudestix

The concept behind Nudestix is that all products come in a chubby pencil form whether it’d be eyeshadows, concealers and the multi-purpose lip & cheek colors. Every single pencil comes in a chic black matte tin and a sharpener so you can store all your favorites in the same container; which also makes travelling with these babies an absolute breeze.

With liquid matte lipsticks being all the rage, I’m so happy that Nudestix have released their own version of matte lip/cheek colors. Providing rich, opaque and long lasting coverage – without the dry, chalky, chapped feeling liquid matte formulas can have, there’s 5 nude and 3 red shades to choose from:

Shop Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils here

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek PencilsNudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils – Nudes and Reds

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

How gorgeous are these colors!! Beautiful earthy nudes and stunning rich reds, there’s a color to suit every skin tone – or like me, you can put the whole lot on your shopping list :) The formula is long wearing, water and smudge proof. As a side note, all Nudestix products are free of parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

Along with the amazing eyeshadow sticks, I’m particularly a big fan of the lip & cheek pencils as the formula is perfection. I have a more in-depth review/swatch post of my favorite Nudestix lip & cheek pencil duo here, if you’d like more information.

The Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils retail at $24 each, including the tin and sharpener.

Check out the full range of Nudestix products, including the Intense Matte Lip & Cheek range here


What’s your favorite color(s) from this Intense Matte range?


Makeup Geek Contour Powders

Aaahh the partner in crime to highlighting: the good old contouring. It’s like hearing these terms together is almost as iconic as Bonnie & Clyde,  peanut butter & jelly, sun & sunscreen (OK, added that as a skincare reminder) but you catch my drift :)

Now, you all know how picky, and at times critical I can be about contour products so if I’m making a post about contour powders, there must be something that ticked all the right boxes for me. I’m talking about the newly released Makeup Geek contour powders…

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

For those of you who may not be familiar with Makeup Geek Cosmetics, they started off with a capsule collection of eyeshadows which were comparable to the very popular MAC eyeshadows at the time – but at a fraction of the cost and without compromising the quality. The rest is pretty much history, as today, Makeup Geek features a full range of eyeshadows from matte, shimmer, foil finishes to glitter, blush, bronzers and of course now contour powders.

The carefully thought out color range was the first thing that caught my attention about these powders. You may have heard many makeup artists, including yours truly, talk about true contour products being “cool” toned as we’re trying to sculpt and shape the features by mimicking shadows – and natural shadows are typically gray/cool undertones. A lot of popular brands who have released contour products have missed the mark on this fine detail, which is why we’ve all seen many makeup lovers sporting orange streaks all over their faces at some point.

What I love about Marlena, the founder of Makeup Geek Cosmetics, is that she’s always hands on with the research and development of all their products and she’s pretty good at it. She’s come up with 8 colors for this contour powder line, not only catering for both warm and cool “under tones” but also all skin tones which I think is absolute genius.

The range is divided into 2 sections: 4x Warm and 4x Cool undertones; and types of skin tones: Porcelain, Fair, Medium and Deep

Makeup Geek COntour Powders

Top Row: WARM: Love Triangle, Bad Habit, Half Hearted, Deal Breaker

Bottom Row: COOL: Breakup, Infidelity, Complicated, Scandal

I must however clarify, the Warm shades don’t mean orange/bronze colors, it simply means they’re designed for skin colors that have warmer undertones versus cooler undertones so they’re more complimentary – but of course you can choose whatever color you feel comfortable with from the softest contour to the more intense sculpted looks.

Makeup Geek have prepared the following color charts to help you decide which color(s) are the most suitable for your preference:

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

As an example: I’m typically MAC NC30-35 in foundations which is a warm undertone and considered fair-medium color. I personally prefer cool toned contour products so from this range I would go for both Infidelity and Complicated depending on the intensity of contour I want. To take it a step further, I would also keep Bad Habit or Half Hearted at hand to add a touch of warmth/softness to my looks in summer months if I’m a bit more bronzed. 

Makeup Geek products usually come in single pans as do these contour powders and you can buy magnetic palettes from the site to build your own personal collections. The contour powders are $10 each or you can purchase all 8 colors at $65 which is a steal if you’re a makeup artist and need such a palette in your kit.

Makeup Geek and Marlena (who’s the model on the Bad Habit color in the above picture btw) did an amazing job in collating these colors with every skin color/tone in mind which I really appreciate about companies. I can finally confidently recommend contouring products knowing colors, quality and the price are all on point. Makeup Geek products are also paraben, talc and cruelty free and made in the US.

Shop Makeup Geek products HERE

Do you have any Makeup Geek Products? What do you think of these Contour Powders?


Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

It’s just as well the very first post of 2016 on the site was on highlighters as it seems brands have no plans to slow down with their highlighter launches any time soon.

Latest addition to the highlighter/strobing family is by Hourglass Cosmetics. Expanding their already successful Ambient Lighting range of powders, they just released four newly formulated highlighters to their line: Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders

Hourglass are not strangers to the ‘glowing skin’ trend. In fact, their Ambient Lighting powders are loved by many and happen to be one of my favorite setting powders too. Check out my detailed review on the Ambient Lighting Palette here

What sets these new Strobe Lighting Powders from the original Ambient Lighting powders or other brand of highlighters on the market is the finish they provide. The original Ambient Lighting powders leave a sheen on the skin but they’re typically used to set the face so they’re very subtle. Majority of the traditional highlighters leave a prominent shimmer when applied. So I guess we can say this new formula is actually a perfect in-between of the two.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated in a sheer base that’s infused with concentrated, ultra-fine mico-pearl particles in a number of sizes and refraction levels for natural-looking luminescence—without leaving a heavy metallic finish. 

Another plus about these powders is that they’re universally flattering. Featuring soft gold, bronze, pearl and pink undertones, there’s a shade to suit every skin tone and of course the finely milled powder gives full control over how intense you prefer your glow to be. These powders can be used both dry and wet, again, depending on the intensity you prefer.

Hourglass also launched a beauty blender type of sponge called Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor to use with these powders but at $22, I wouldn’t consider it a necessity – especially if you already have a beauty blender or similar sponge, or prefer to use a brush.

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders retail at $38 for 0.16oz product per compact and can be purchased HERE


Do you have any products from the Hourglass Ambient line? What do you think of these Strobe powders?