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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Urban Decay Cosmetics Shadow Box Review and Swatches!

Hello there lovelies. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was a whirlwind. I feel like it just raced by. I can't wait to begin another wonderful New Year. What are some of your goals and hopes for the new year?

Today I am here to do a review on a product I picked up a little over a month ago. I am a huge fan of Urban Decay products and am an Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Hoarder! I admit it, it's a problem. It is one company that I am okay with splurging for. When I saw that they released an eyeshadow palette with 12 of their best sellers in it I immediately got excited. I got even more excited when I saw the $34 price tag which is pretty affordable for the brand.

Like I said the palette comes with 12 of their best selling eyeshadow shades which you can buy full size in singular form. Urban Decay Eyeshadows are normally $18 a piece and you get .05 oz in each one.

Packaging:


This palette is a cardboard type packaging with a magnetic hinge closure. I love the detail on this and I think it is beautiful. I wish the packaging was a little more durable though because I don't think this could withstand any major travel or any jostling around in a bag or anything. 

I like that there is a mirror as well. The one thing that really surprised me was the size. I ordered this off of the Ulta website so I didn't really know how big it would be. It is pretty small. I would say the size of a small envelope and the eyeshadow pans are also pretty tiny. I'll show you in comparison to one of my eyeshadow brushes. If you are using this on a daily basis it may go quicker than you'd think. Thank goodness they all come in a normal size if you run out. 

Texture:

This was also something I found disappointing. I am usually a huge fan of Urban Decay because their shadows are so creamy and pigmented but this palette seemed to have a very powdery texture. I had fallout with most of these shades and found that if I didn't use a light hand with my brush that it produced a lot of kick up. However, I didn't see a lot of fallout when I used a cream base underneath like a Maybelline Color Tattoo or my Jordana Eyeshadow Pencil.

Pigmentation/Finish:

Swatches of the top row over the Revlon Photoready Primer
Swatches of the bottom row of shades. 

The pigmentation is still pretty good. Urban Decay usually doesn't drop the ball in this area. The colors applied true to color and blended nicely. I like that you get a variety of colors in this palette. You have all the tools to create a natural look or something more colorful. However, the downside is that all of these are a shimmer/glitter finish. The only matte shade is Blackout.I wish they had thrown in at least one matte brown shadow so you could create a good blending shade or depth. Some perform absolutely beautifully and others are not very good at all. 

My favorites from the palette are Mushroom, Indo, and Baked Cowboy. My least favorite are Freelove, Bordello, and Flash. 

Overall Verdict:

As a whole I think this is a good palette if you need something with a variety of color options and you want to try some of the popular Urban Decay shades. It is a nice little palette to have in your collection however, I think you'd be better off splurging on the Vice 3 Palette. It has much larger shadows and a very wide range of shades that all perform gorgeously. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

November 2014 Makeup and Skincare Favorites and Fails!



Hello there beauties. I hope you have been having a wonderful fall season and that you had an amazing Thanksgiving. I can't believe that the snow is falling in NY already and that the Christmas trees are up but alas it is winter time.

Another lovely fall season is behind us and I am here to tell you about some products that I have gotten a lot of use out of in the fall this year. I also have some products that were just downright horrible. Now keep in mind that I am in no means speaking for everyone here and that these opinons are based only on how they worked for me. So if you really love one of the products I didn't like...well, than I am glad someone is around to make it feel wanted.

Let's start off with the favorites shall we?

Kirkland Daily Facial Towlettes $11.99 at CostCo


So I can thank the lovely ladies over at Eleventh Gorgeous for this lovely find. I have been on the hunt for a while now for a decent affordable makeup wipe. Preferably one that doesn't make my eyes feel like they are burning out of my head (we'll get to that in my fails). Now though I love to try and wash my face the old fashion way...you know in the sink...truth is some days I just don't have the energy or the time to do all 100 steps of my optimal skincare routine. So on those lazy days I like to use a makeup wipe to do the brunt of the work. I bought these because with a price tag of $12 for 150 wipes I figured I couldn't lose. When I don't like a wipe it goes in to my "wipes for removing swatches on random parts of my body," drawer. These wipes are AMAZING!! They work so well to remove dirt and makeup plus they don't both my skin or eyes. I also love that they are paraben free and have chamomile and aloe to soothe my ever drying skin. You need these trust me. Get them here with free delivery!

Elf Baked Highlighter in Moonlit Pearl $3 



I'm not going to go in to too much detail since I did a full review on this a while ago which you can read by clicking here! All I can say is that I am sad that this got pushed to the back of a drawer and forgotten about because it is gorgeous. I dug it out in the beginning of the month and used it almost everyday. It is hands down the best $3 highlight I have ever found. I am a huge fan of all 3 colors but I just have been gearing towards this one the most this month. 

NYX Butter Lip Balm in Brownie $4



Sometimes in the winter my lips are just too dry and flaky for regular lipstick so I tend to gear more towards a tinted balm or gloss. Recently I picked up a couple of the NYX Butter Lip Balms while at Ulta. I am already a huge fan of the Butter Glosses so I figured these would be nice for the upcoming months. I really really like them. They are comfortable, hydrating, and give just enough color to give the lips a little life. Brownie has been my favorite and is that "Kylie Lip Jenner," type color.

Elf High Definition Powder $6


I love this powder. I wish we had become friends earlier because I would have saved A LOT of money. I have it in the sheer formula which is translucent. It is so finely milled and it just so soft and smooth. I use this almost everyday to set my foundation and it just gives such a flawless finish. I don't look cakey and gross like a lot of powders make me feel. I own the Make Up Forever HD Powder and I can honestly say that this is almost an exact dupe but at a way better price point. Plus this jar will last me FOREVER since a little goes a long way. 

I also would like to list the powder puff as a favorite as well. I have very red cheeks all the time and I hate when I put on a full face of foundation and then use a fluffy brush to set with powder and all of a sudden my red cheeks are back. I saw a video on Wayne Goss's channel a while ago that changed my life. Watch it here and you'll see why! This puff works great for this trick!!

Beauty Blender $20

beautyblender - the original beautyblender®
I was fighting this purchase for soooo long and now I could fight myself for not getting it sooner. I completely thought this product was a gimmick. I figured it was just one of those things that people were making a fuss out of that really wasn't worth it. I mean in my mind I was thinking it was just a glorified $20 sponge. I mean it is exactly that but it is soooo much more. This makes foundation application so beautiful and natural but I love it mostly for how seamless and easy it makes your concealer apply. Shame on me for waiting...shame shame. 

Dr.Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips $15

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
You need this!! Just believe me. This is an amazing lip balm. I received this in a Birchbox and I loved it. It made my lips feels so soft and supple and really helped how my lipstick looked. It is a bit sticky but it is so effective. It helps to heal and protect the lips. Worth every penny. 

Clinique Take The Day Off For Lids, Lashes, & Lips $18

This is my new go to eye makeup remover. It is a little bit more than I typically like spending on a product like this but it just works so well. It literally just melts off every type of makeup. Eyeliner, waterproof mascara, lip stains...you name it and it will remove it. I also love that it is gentle and doesn't irritate my eyes. Honestly, I can see this lasting me quite a long time so I don't think the $18 cost is all that bad. 

Clinique All About Eyes Rich $30

I really should have listened to the magazines growing up when they said to start using an eye cream as early as 15 because I am seeing such a difference since I started using one. Not only do my eyes look less tired but they are much more hydrated and I can see a decrease in fine lines under my eyes. My concealer looks way better these days. I love the rich creamy feel of this eye cream especially since my eyes tend to be dry this time of year. I put this on at night and it makes my eye area feel so soft and smooth in the morning. 

H20 Plus Hydrating Treatment $36

You guys this moisturizer is like nothing I have ever used before. When I got this in my Ipsy bag a while back I was not excited about it at all but from the first time I used it I knew it was love. It has the coolest (literally) texture. It feels like you are splashing your face with water when you apply this. It is so soothing and cooling. I like to use this as my morning moisturizer because it absorbs really quickly due to the gel formula. It also doesn't make your face feel heavy after you put your makeup and stuff on. I can't wait to get my full size jar in the mail. This would work well for those with oily or dry skin. 

Fails!!!

Now for the products I didn't like this month.....

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara

Oyyy where to begin with this one. I received this a couple months ago in an Ipsy bag and tucked it away in my makeup drawer. I finally pulled it out this month to test it out. The first thing I noticed right away was the smell. It is such a strong chemical smell that I could immediently smell it when I opened the tube. It smells like burnt tires and pool floaties. It is awful. Now who would want to put something by there eye that smells like that? Secondly this mascara was so dry I couldn't even get a good coat if I wanted to. This mascara was just a big ol fail for me. 

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Oh La La Liquid Liner 

This was another product that I bought and forgot about for like a month. I got this in the Sexy Booster Eye Trio Set. This is yet another product that just didn't do anything for me. It is incredibly watery. Even after following the instructions to shake it and then blot it on a tissue 3 times it still comes out like light gray water. It bleeds so much that when I try to use it it gets all over my fingers like a pen that has exploded. Not only that but as you can imagine it's watery consistency makes it very poorly pigmented. 

Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Towelettes $6.49

Remember when I said I was glad that I found a makeup removing towelette that didn't bother my eyes? That's because these made my eyes feel like hot lava. They burned my eyes so bad which surprised me since I usually associate Almay with being very gentle on the skin. Even when I didn't use them to remove eye makeup and only used them for lipstick or my face it still affected my eyes.