Monday, October 28th, 2013

Urban Decay Mega Sets for the Collector in You
Urban Decay Mega Sets for the Collector in You

Urban Decay wants to take over your holiday wish list in a fierce way! Can’t say I wouldn’t swoon if I saw one of these under my tree!

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Shadow Set ($595.00, but a $1,234 value, or the equivalent of $8.75 per eyeshadow) contains 68 eyeshadows. SIXTY-EIGHT. Each eyeshadow is a regular full-sized eyeshadow. The list is daunting, but here you go: Blackout (blackest black matte), Gunmetal (dark metallic gray shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Bust (pale sable brown satin), Darkhorse (deep mocha shimmer), Lost (medium metallic brown shimmer), Snakebite (dark bronze shimmer), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Tease (creamy pale brown matte), Stray Dog (cool metallic ash brown shimmer), Toasted (antique copper penny shimmer), Sin (champagne shimmer), Oil Slick (black matte w/silver micro-glitter), S&M (steel gray shimmer), Pistol (light grayish brown shimmer), Busted (deep brown shimmer), Twice Baked (rich brown satin w/gold micro-glitter), Secret Service (soft cool brown matte), Suspect (pale golden beige shimmer), Roach (deep metallic burgundy brown shimmer), Chopper (copper shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Midnight Rodeo (taupe shimmer w/silver glitter), Scratch (rose-gold shimmer), Gravity (deep violet shimmer w/multicolored micro-glitter), Grifter (sheer lavender shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Flash (bright iridescent purple shimmer), Rockstar (deep aubergine shimmer), Evidence (deep navy blue shimmer), Loaded (deep metallic emerald), Cobra (black matte w/gold micro-glitter), Mushroom (warm gray shimmer), Last Call (metallic plum shimmer), Woodstock (saturated deep pink shimmer), Fishnet (bright pink shimmer w/purple shift), Psychedelic Sister (deep amethyst shimmer), Radium (peacock blue shimmer), Peace (bright turquoise shimmer), Shattered (turquoise shimmer w/gold shift), Haight (mermaid blue shimmer), SWF (pale cotton candy pink shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Bordello (pale mauve shimmer w/gold micro-glitter), Asphyxia (hyacinth shimmer w/blue shift), ACDC (smoky grayish purple shimmer), Hijack (deep metallic teal shimmer), Bender (metallic forest green shimmer w/gold micro-glitter), Mildew (mossy green shimmer w/gold shift), Kush (grass green shimmer w/gold micro-glitter), Buck (fawn brown matte), Chase (bright bronze shimmer), Baked (rich bronze shimmer), X (peach shimmer w/gold shift), ABC Gum (pale peach matte), Freelove (golden vibrant peach shimmer), Sellout (pinky champagne shimmer), Virgin (cool pale beige satin), Foxy (cream bisque matte), Polyester Bride (white snow shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Vanilla (golden pearl shimmer), YDK (cool bronze shimmer), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (light pink champagne shimmer w/silver glitter), Naked (nude matte), Half Baked (golden bronze shimmer), Blunt (light golden bronze shimmer), Snatch (pale peach shimmer w/gold glitter), Midnight Cowboy (pink champagne shimmer w/silver glitter), Verve (oyster shimmer), Midnight Cowgirl (warm sand shimmer w/multicolored glitter), Maui Wowie (metallic golden beige shimmer w/silver glitter) and Zephyr (natural pearl shimmer). .

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Vault ($295.00, but a $760 value or the equivalent of $7.38 per eyeliner) contains 40 full-sized eyeliners (aka, one of every color Urban Decay currently makes). These include: Perversion, Zero, Smoke, Uzi, Oil Slick, Underground, Mushroom, Smog, Roach, Bourbon, Hustle, Whiskey, Corrupt, Demolition, Desperation, Scorch, Goldmine, Loaded, Freak, Invasion, Mildew, Stash, Junkie, Mainline, Deep End, Electric, LSD, Sabbath, Abyss, Chaos, Ether, Delinquent, Vice, Psychedelic Sister, Rockstar, Empire, Asphyxia, Woodstock, Yeyo, Cuff.

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Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Kat Von D Spellbinding theBalm Balm Voyage Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Sugarpill Cold Chemistry LORAC Pro Palette Too Faced Pretty Rebel Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance

As promised, here are my top picks for palettes to snag during the holidays! :)  Also… as I review other palettes from the holidays (I don’t think I have too many more!) and find other great choices, I’ll be sure to add them here.

  1. Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Set ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) consists of two “books” of makeup–each has six eyeshadows and two blush/cheek colors. The quality was good across the board, and there was a nice variety of colors and textures. You can read part one and part two of my reviews on it.
  2. Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four (24!!!) eyeshadows, and they’re even designed to be layered and used together, so you can have an endless amount of combinations and textures! You can read part one and part two.
  3. theBalm Balm Voyage ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) has sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek colors, but the eyeshadows are the stars. This is a great choice for someone who prefers more matte/satin finishes. Check out part one and part two for reviews on this palette.
  4. Urban Decay Vice 2 ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.) has twenty eyeshadows to choose from with a variety in texture and color to choose from. If you love pigmented, buttery, soft eyeshadows–this one’s for you. You can read part one and part two of my reviews.
  5. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a wintry mix of cool-toned gray, white, purple, and teal for someone who loves bold, rich colors and a lot of them. Not limited edition but a perfectly-timed release for the holiday season. Read my review here.
  6. LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 0.55 oz.) is a cult-favorite palette for a reason–it combines mattes with high frosts. There are eight matte shades and then eight more frosted shades, and you can mix and match them for satin and pearl finishes, too! Permanent and available year-round, there’s no hurry to snag one, but with holiday deals and sales, now’s a great time to try it. Read my review here.
  7. Too Faced Pretty Rebel ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains ten eyeshadows, which might not be as sexy as a mega palette, but these are ten fantastic eyeshadows. If you love jewel-tones, bold and bright shades, and your frost finishes, this is a palette worth considering. Read my review here.
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) is for those who love a beautiful, glowing complexion and flawless canvas. Ambient Lighting Powders are amazing on their own but getting three for a little more than the price of one? Great opportunity to try more shades or add them to your routine. Read my review here.
  9. Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is my more budget-friendly pick for a fall/winter palette with great quality–nicely pigmented shades in hues of gold, berry, and purple. Read my review here.

What palettes would you recommend to others for the holidays?

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

I shared my favorite oranges yesterday for Halloween, so of course, the other side of the coin is rich, inky blacks! Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Illamasqua Creator — a deep, dark black with silver flecks and sparkle with a glossy, high-shine finish
  2. Chanel Mirifique — a sparkling, creamy, deep dark black
  3. Urban Decay Perversion — a cult favorite; deep, dark, inky matte black for the lash line
  4. Milani Pitch Black — a deep, dark black eyeshadow with a matte finish for under $10
  5. Sugarpill Stella — a deep, dark black loose eyeshadow with teal, violet, pink, and emerald green micro-shimmer

What are your favorite black-hued beauty products?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


URBAN DECAY kicked off their Friends & Family sale today! Get 20% off your entire order with code FFHOLIDAY13, ends 11:59PM PST 10/12/13.

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Autumn makes me think of the changing colors of the leaves, rain, and a lingering dampness and crispness in the air–which always makes me think of earthiness. One of my favorite earth tones is greens, and this post is inspired by them; murky, mossy, and dirty greens that are beautiful to wear.

  1. Inglot #419 — a subtly warm-toned, dirty green with a frosted finish
  2. OCC Ripley — a gorgeous, gold-sparkled mossy green with threads of metallic shimmer for your nails
  3. Urban Decay Stash — a classic olive-green eyeliner that’s richly pigmented and glides on easily
  4. Make Up For Ever #84 — a muted, darkened green with neutral-cool undertones
  5. L’Oreal Golden Emerald — a richly pigmented, slightly warm-toned gold-shimmered forest green

What are your top favorites?

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

I love weathered blues; which I interpret as blues that are dusty, muted, gray-tinged, stormy, and such. There’s just a faded quality to them, but there’s still depth and interest in the color. My very favorite of all-time is Urban Decay Strip, which was discontinued quite awhile ago.

  1. Urban Decay Shattered — a shimmering, muted blue with green and gold shimmer
  2. L’Oreal Infinite Sky — a gorgeous, glimmering stormy blue with a hint of gray
  3. Zoya Skylar — a muted, gray-tinged blue with gold sparkle
  4. Inglot #336 — slightly brightened and richer, but still a rather muted, navy blue with a matte finish
  5. Zoya Sunshine — a sparkling, muted navy blue polish

What’s your favorite shade of a weathered blue?