Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Geek Chic Reviews Video Game Awards

video game awards

By Samantha LaRochelle

Geek Chic Reviews is starting annual video game awards articles!!!


If you would like to nominate a video game, console, controller, or a video game accessory for me to try out send it to me and it has a chance of being in the Geek Chic Reviews 2015 Video Game Awards.


I have a PC and an Xbox 360, and am willing to try any sort of gaming piece or game out. I’ll play a game, new or old. Also a console, controller, gaming chair, or anything like that. Things sent to me also have a chance of being reviewed if I really like it.


Titles awarded will, of course, include best RPG, best sandbox, best MMO, best fantasy game, most updated game, most popular game, best TV show-based game, and more! For gaming objects there will be best console, most popular console, best gaming chair, and more. If you have a title in mind when sending the item please send it with the item, on paper. Still, while I’ll keep that title in mind, it might be awarded for something else altogether.

Suggest your favorite game, console, controller, or accessory in the comments. If you have a game you would like to enter in the contest, contact me here!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

20 Makeup Hacks That Will Change Your Life

By Aryanna LaMarco

Makeup hacks that you need to know.

 clump free mascara

  1. Clump Free Mascara

Put a couple drops of eye drops in your mascara for no clumps, and revive dried out mascara. This can make your mascara last up to 3 times longer!

 smoky eye

  1. Perfect Smoky Eye.

Place a piece of tape on the side of your eye on a angle and start doing your smokey eye. Then, remove the tape for a clean, sophisticated smokey eye.

no eyelash curler

  1. Curling Eyelashes Without an Eyelash Curler

Just take a spoon and face it deep side facing out, place on roots of eyelashes, and press.

bold mascara

  1. Bold Eye Shadow.

Use a white eyeliner pencil and completely cover your eyelid to make your eye shadow bolder.

 curl eyelashes faster

  1. Curl Eyelashes Faster

Take any eyelash curler and blow dry it on the hot setting for 4 seconds to have curled lashes all day long.

 no lipstick on teeth

  1. Lipstick on Teeth? Not Anymore!

All you have to do is pucker your lips, and put your finger in your mouth. Then just take it out.

 no mascara on face

  1. Mascara on Your Face? Use a Spoon!

If you always get mascara on your face, just use a spoon. Place the spoon behind eyelashes and apply mascara.

 how to put on concealer

  1. Having Trouble Concealing Your Dark Circles? That’s because you're doing it wrong!

Instead of doing a half circle under your eye, make  an upside down triangle. This will make more coverage, and give you a healthy and youthful glow!

 perfect cupids bow

  1. Cupids Bow Perfection
    Get all of your cupids bow by drawing a ‘x’ on it with lip liner, and then fill it in with your favorite lipstick.

winged eyeliner spoon trick

  1. Winged Eyeliner
    Having trouble making a winged eyeliner look? Use a spoon!

Yep, I said it again, a spoon. Put the spoon on the side of your eye on a angle and draw your look.

 make your own gel eye liner

  1. Create Your Own Gel Liner
    Need a gel liner? Use a pencil eyeliner and put it next to a flame for a couple of seconds, wait 15 seconds, and apply. if you need to sharpen it up, use a cotton swab.

 thick lashes illusion

  1. Thick Lashes Illusion

All you will need is a eyeliner pencil. This is called tightlining. What you will do is lift your top eyelid and color in your waterline to give the illusion of thick eyelashes .

lipstick trick 

  1. Keep Lipstick on Your Lips

Have you ever drank something and found that half of your lipstick ended up on the glass? Here's the solution, all you will need is  your favorite lipstick, a tissue, and some translucent powder. Make the 2 ply tissue 1 ply. Apply your lipstick, then place the 1 ply tissue over your lips. Use a large brush and brush on the powder and viola! You have stained lips.

broken lipstick fix

  1. Broken Lipstick Fix

Take the lipstick bullet and carefully heat the flat side. Now carefully place it back in the container. Finally  place it in the freezer for 5 min and DONE.

 broken makeup fix

  1. Broken Makeup Fix

You will need rubbing alcohol. Crush up the broken make up even more. Now add  some rubbing alcohol and mix until pasty. Now shape it and smooth it. Good as new.

hashtag smoky eye

  1. Easy Smoky Eye

For a easy and quick smoky eye grab an eyeliner pencil and  draw a hashtag (#) on the outer part of your eyelid. Smudge it, and you're done!

 organize your makeup

  1. Organize Your Makeup
    Store makeup on a MAGNET BOARD! Absolute genius

natural plump lips

18.Natural Plump Lips

Put peppermint oil on your lips or take the stopper out of a lip gloss and add some peppermint oil. Wait until you  feel it start to tingle, wait some more, and if you had only put on the oil, remove.

 DIY easy makeup brush holder

  1. DIY Easy Makeup Brush Holder

You will need mason jars, paint, and, optionally, colored tape. Paint the mason jar according to what you like. Wrap tape around your makeup brush handles  if you’d like.

 how to glue on false lashes

  1. Easy Glue-on False Lashes Application

Use a bobby pin to apply glue to your false lashes for easier application.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sparkle + Dine Maleficent Fate is Cruel Table Styling Set

fate is cruel ravenThe Sparkle and Dine Maleficent Fate is Cruel Table Styling Set is PERFECT for Halloween, but great for anytime. It would also work as a birthday themed party. I love the raven so much I still have it on my desk!

The set is so much fun. Everything comes separately so you can get creative and put it together how you want. This one is perfect for a Halloween party.

What's in the Box:

  • Faux Ostrich Black Table Runner

  • Black Glittered Raven Perched

  • Five Green Moss Chunks

  • Five Black Feather Sprays

  • Two Black Glittered Birch Twig Sprays

Choose from a 4, 6 or 8 Piece Table Setting, which includes:

  • Large Purple Plates

  • Black Napkins, 100% Cotton

  • Black Wire

  • Black Bead Napkin Rings

  • Folded, Black Place Setting Cards

  • Black Feathers

The whole set is so pretty and so much fun. Use your imagination to create a beautiful table setting. Celebrate Halloween or a themed party.

Disclosure: I receive products in exchange for writing reviews. There may be affiliate links in this blog. I'll earn a commission if you buy something through these links.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

SwellSanta From PlaySwell: A Better Secret Santa Swap


Join PlaySwell for their SwellSanta - an awesome online Secret Santa.

PlaySwell is a great site. It's all about sharing products that make our lives better, easier, and/or more convenient. I love it because that's what this blog is all about. It's why I started Geek Chic Reviews. I love reviewing new products to share what amazes me about new inventions, especially when it comes to tech and beauty products, or anything office/book related.

Anyway, I kind of went off track there. PlaySwell is a new website where we can share products that we just can't live without. Here's mine so you can read about one of my top favorite products that I think deserves to be better known. Now, it's your turn to play!

How SwellSanta Works

Step 1: Register - It's easy! You connect with your Facebook account.

Step 2: Add a product by clicking on the "Add Your First Product" button. What product do you have that has changed your life for the better? What can't you live without? Add it and write your thoughts. Remember, someone will be getting this as a gift, so be thoughtful! The product has to be available on Amazon and be between $7 and $100. You'll be buying your gift for someone in the SwellSanta community, but at one dollar less. So, if your choice costs $25 you will pay $24.

Your product's price will enter you in one of the following tiers:

  • The $15 Tier: products priced between $7 and $15

  • The $25 Tier: products priced between $15.01 and $25

  • The $50 Tier: products priced between $25.01 and $50

  • The $100 Tier: products priced between $50.01 and $100

The prices used will be from Amazon.

You'll receive a random gift of equal value from another member in the SwellSanta exchange. Influence the gift you get by adding products you would want to your wishlist! There's no guarantee that you'll get something from your wishlist, but there's a better chance you will get something from it if you create one and add products you like to it.

This is the best secret Santa I've heard of in a long time. Plus, PlaySwell reminds me of my blog here (Geek Chic Reviews) except anyone can add their favorite things. I hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Give a Gift of a Linux Desktop

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Food and Wine Gift Guide

Fitmark The Shield Meal Management

Great gift for anyone managing their meals on the go. Comes with five large containers to organize meals. Padded shoulder strap is removable. Space for everything you need for an organized, healthy meal.

living food survival bars raw foodLiving Food Survival Bars

These are so good! My favorite is cinnamon explosion. The variety pack also comes with apple surge, original, blueberry burst, garden fusion, and cranberry blast. These bars are 100% vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, no soy, no refined sugar, no salt, no preservatives, no artificial colors, and no artificial flavors. Perfect for anyone on your gift list!
Marich Natural Chocolate Strawberries

Marich sells some awesome chocolates and candies. The chocolate strawberries are one of my favorites, as are the chocolate espresso beans. Great gift for teachers. Just get a couple of the packs of 12 and some gift bags!

Organic India Tulsi Tea Chai Massala

My sister, who only drinks tea (not coffee) got me into tea. This Organic India tea is the best tea I have ever had. My favorite is the Masala Chai. You can also get green tea, lemon ginger tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea (another of my favorites), and many more. The perfect gift for the tea drinker in your family.

Leaf VodkaLeaf Vodka Made from Alaskan Glacial Water/Made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water

Speaking of drinking...grab some Leaf Vodka (one made from Alaskan Glacial Water and one made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water) for gifts. Better water makes better vodka.

2012Buehler_BonMarche bonmerchBon Marche Wine

Wine can make a great gift for someone who has everything. Buehler Vineyards Bon Marche Red Blend and Bon Marche Sauvignon Blanc are some good choices. Tasty and affordable.

Cookina Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet

Reusable and reversible - perfect alternative to foil or wax paper. Perfect gift for the baker on your list!

Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn in a Gift Box

Puffy and flavorful, these are some unique snacks. This is a great gift to go already in a gift box for you. Try one of each flavor - sea salt and butter, cinnamon crunch, salted caramel, and caramel. Non-GMO, gluten-free, no trans fat, and made in the USA.

Henry's Humdingers - Raw Honey Sampler Pack

Give the gift of these unusual honeys. Henry's Humdingers raw honey is mixed with some serious spices.

Disclosure: I receive products in exchange for writing reviews. There may be affiliate links in this blog. I'll earn a commission if you buy something through these links.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 Ways to Save on Holiday Cards And Give Back to Your Causes While You Do

Goodshop gift ideas coupon codes

This year, sending holiday cards won't just spread the festive spirit to your friends and family -- it can also raise funds for your favorite cause!

Goodshop.com works with thousands of online retailers, including stores to help you with creating this year's cards, and donates a percentage of your total purchase back to the cause of your choice.

In the lead up to the holidays, your readers are sending cards to their loved ones, so give them a reason to send cards with a difference this year. There are more than 110,000 causes to choose from on Goodshop and more than $11 million has been donated to date.

To top it off, Goodshop offers the latest deals and coupons to help shoppers save on their holiday shopping!

Walgreens Coupon - 50% off photo cards on sets of 3+ (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 4% Donation

Shutterfly Coupon - $20 off holiday cards (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-27-2014. 1% Donation

Zazzle Coupon - Goodshop exclusive: Save 15% off site wide (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 10% Donation

Tiny Prints Coupon - 10% off all Tiny Prints orders (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 3.5% Donation

Vistaprint Coupon - 50% off holiday cades (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 4% Donation

Hallmark eCards - Save 20% on a year subscription to Hallmark e-Cards (click on merchant name for coupon code).

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Snapfish - 30% off photo gifts (click on merchant name for coupon code).

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CafePress Coupon - 50 cards for $19.50 plus free shipping.

Expires: 12-31-2014. 7.5% Donation

Current Catalog Coupon - Holiday sale: Save up to 60% on Christmas cards.

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FineStationary.com Coupon - Find traditional Christmas greeting cards as low as $1.29 each.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Gadget Gift Guide

Gadgets galore! Does your tech friend need a new gadget this holiday? There are plenty of gifts to choose from here!

AudioTechnica ATH-ANC70 QuietPoint ActiveNoise-Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

These headphones will keep things around you quiet with its noise-cancelling technology. Work in peace. Works with your smart phone with controls, a mic, and volume control. Music sounds incredible when you just want to kick back and relax.

VERVE: LEGOs of the future.

That's right - the LEGOs of the future! The opportunities with this gadget are endless. You connect things to your computer and experiment with the results. Create endless projects.

Pong Case for iPad Mini

This is the perfect gift for anyone with an iPad Mini, or to go with the iPad Mini. It protects the tablet and even increases upload times. It also works as a tablet stand.

recoil cord winderRecoil AUTOMATIC Cord Winder

Give the gift of untangled cords. Organize USB cables, ear bud and headphone cords, chargers for tablets, phones, and more. Comes with one large, one medium, and one small recoil, as well as an organizer.

V.ALRT VSN400 Personal Emergency Response Device

Give the gift of peace of mind with the V.ALRT device. Use it to send urgent texts to family and friends, which you set up when you get the V.ALRT. No charging and no monthly fee. Looks like a watch to anyone else.

First Alert PA100 Personal Security Alarm with Flashlight

I love this protective device along with the V.ALRT above. Keep it on your keychain for security. If you feel uncomfortable like you are being followed simply press the alarm button for a 100dB (really loud) alarm sound. When you're not fending off attackers use the flashlight button to see your way around.

Knomo Luggage Knomad Portable Organizer

Organize all of your gadgets in this portable case. Holds an 8" tablet, a smartphone, credit cards and IDs, and much more. The high quality fabric will last a long time. Comes in black, blue, sand, and olive.
tech21 Impactology Classic Check for New iPhone 6

Have someone on your list you know is getting or has an iPhone 6? This slim and durable iPhone case will protect their 4.7" iPhone.

KontrolFreek FPS Freek CQC - Xbox One

Use KontrolFreek for better gaming. Enjoy less thumb fatigue and a better grip. AND they're 100% legal for tournaments! Get your gamer a gift she'll appreciate.

Lumee Case. The First Smartphone Case That Lights Your Face!

Ah, selfies. They're weird, but many seem to love snapping photos of themselves with their smartphones. The Lumee Case lights up your face so your selfies won't be dark anymore.


Perfect gift for the runner in your family. The lights are magnets, so they are easily applied to clothing. They light up strobing red and white, are viewable up to 600 feet away, and have a 40+ hour battery life. Keep your runners safe.

ThermaCell Rechargeable Heated Insole

So cozy! Warm up your feet during the coming cold winter months. ThermaCELL Heated Insoles are completely wireless and remote controlled.

Moff BandMoff Band - Wearable Smart Toy

The Moff Band reacts to your movements with its app. You'll get a variety of sounds with unique play experiences. This is a great gift for kids who can make noises with their movements! Get them moving and dancing.

Works with iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPod Touch (over 5 generation), iPad (over 4 generation), iPad Mini, and iPad Air.

MedCenter 31 Day Pill Organizer with Reminder System

This is perfect for anyone on your list who takes medication on a regular basis. It comes with an organizer, a talking alarm clock with four reminders, clock with LCD display and date, and a spot for today's pills.

Lightning Extension Cable (6 foot Black) for iPhone 6, 6 Plus; Pass Video, Data, Audio Through Male to Female 8-pin Cable. dockXtender for Lightning by CableJive.

This charging cable is 6 feet long for when you need extra length when charging your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Plus, no need to remove your case when charging. It's durable and well made. Perfect gift for anyone with an iPhone, iPod or iPad!

Kid Lid Fold Up for 13" Laptop both Mac & PC

Perfect gift for anyone with small children. Protect your keyboard while the little one watches a movie on your laptop. The Kid Lid protects the keyboard from pounding and flying crumbs. It's durable and portable.

SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones

Earbuds are out. Over the ear headphones are back, and that makes me happy! These SOL REPUBLIC Tracks have everything. Includes a three button mic, music control, virtually indestructible headband, compatible with anything that uses a 3.5mm jack (standard for nearly all devices), swap out headbands and cables, V10 HD sound engine, and noise-isolating. Get your favorite color. Choose from black, grey, blue, purple, white, or red.

What gadget do you want to give or receive as a gift? Share in the comments below.

Disclosure: I receive products in exchange for writing reviews. There may be affiliate links in this blog. I'll earn a commission if you buy something through these links.