Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) just arrived this morning (no, seriously, like thirty minutes ago), so I haven’t had time to test yet (or even process!), but for now, enjoy photos and swatches! :)

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Monday, June 1st, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

There’s more to the perfect smoky eye than a heap of dark shadow and a badass attitude. (Although the attitude certainly doesn’t hurt.) The key to nailing the most sought-after and elusive eye look ever? Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky—loaded with ALL the essentials for the perfect neutral smoky eye. We packed our newest Naked palette with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals—nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives. Experiment with warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes and satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all. We painstakingly assembled everything you need in one palette: A true range of shades. The perfect brushes. We even included detailed tutorials!

Ever buy a beauty product and then realize you have no idea how to use it? Naked Smoky makes sultry, come-hither eyes totally doable. A detailed look book included with the palette breaks down four of our favorite ways to get Naked and smoky. Follow the step-by-step instructions to steal one of our looks (try the Iconic UD Smoky Eye, the Smoky Reality Star, the Smoky Cat or Everyday Smoky), or create your own. We even worked with top makeup artists to get their best tips and tricks for smoky-eye success. And since high-quality brushes are essential, we preloaded the palette with an exclusive double-ended brush. Use the Tapered Crease Brush to lay
down shadow, define the crease or blend out color. To seamlessly fuse shadow and liner, use the Smoky Smudger Brush. Small enough for highlighting the brow bone or the corner of the eye, it’s also ideal for smoking out the lower lash line. (It’s also Wende’s favorite shape for perfect tight-lining.)

The case and the brush feature a cool floating smoke effect, with “Naked Smoky” in gunmetal foil. To add to the mysterious vibe, we set the shadow pans in a smoky transparent base. As mesmerizing as the case is, it’s also practical. A magnetic closure prevents shadow mishaps in your bag, and the full-size mirror makes it easy to get Naked whenever the urge strikes.

Naked Smoky Palette ($54.00) (New, Permanent)

  • High Champagne shimmer with micro-glitter (New)
  • Dirtysweet Medium bronze (New)
  • Radar Metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter (Vice 2)
  • Armor Metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle (Vice)
  • Slanted Light metallic gray (New)
  • Dagger Medium charcoal with micro-shimmer (New)
  • Black Market Jet black satin (Vice)
  • Smolder Deep plum-taupe (New)
  • Password Cool taupe matte (New)
  • Whiskey Rich brown matte (New)
  • Combust Soft pink-taupe (New)
  • Thirteen Light beige satin (New)
  • Dual-Ended Pencil/Crease Brush

Availability: July 8th at urbandecay.com; July 12th online at ULTA (July 16th in-stores); mid-July at Sephora, Macy’s, Beauty.com

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

I love the impact that glitter and sparkle can have on a look, as it can be so brightening on the lid and just fun to wear. These are five of my current favorites (that are permanent) for summer :)

  1. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya — a sparkling, pinky-peach beige
  2. Urban Decay Maui Wowie — a sparkling, muted, almost antique gold
  3. ColourPop So Quiche — olive-brown with pink and gold micro-glitter
  4. ColourPop Chipper — a glittery sea foam green
  5. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond — a rich black with silver sparkle

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Stockpile Lip Vault
The Stockpile Lip Vault

Urban Decay introduces a lipstick fanatic’s dream: The Stockpile. Exclusive to Selfridges and valued at £310, this Limited Edition set holds ten highly addictive shades from the creamy, badass Revolution Lipstick collection (five gorgeous neutrals and five bold brights), each paired with the matching 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil. Revolution Lipstick features the brands Pigment Infusion System™, along with Maxi-Lip™ and nourishing oils to plump and soften lips. 24/7 Lip Pencil glides on smoothly to prime AND define—for long-lasting lip colour and clean lines. Together, it’s the ultimate pair for ultra-long wear. But be forewarned that this set will only be available for a short time.

The Stockpile Lip Vault (£180.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Naked2 (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Liar (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Native (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Streak (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Turn On (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Manic (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Bang (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Anarchy (Revolution Lipstick)
  • 69 (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Venom (Revolution Lipstick)
  • Naked2 (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Liar (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Native (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Streak (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Turn On (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Manic (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Bang (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Anarchy (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • 69 (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)
  • Venom (24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil)

Availability: Exclusively at Selfridges

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

If you prefer cooler-toned blushes, here are my top five picks for summer cheeks this year :)

  1. Clinique Pansy Pop — a luminous lavender
  2. Urban Decay Bittersweet — a purple with a natural finish
  3. Surratt Se Pomponner — a brightened magenta pink
  4. ColourPop Pie — a bright, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Desire — a bold, matte fuchsia pink

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

As a coral fiend, summer is often one of my favorite times of the year for new products, because brands tend to release corals, but there are plenty of corals to choose from year-round. Here is my current list of favorites! What are yours?

  1. Urban Decay Quiver — a bold, coral-red
  2. Makeup Geek Love Affair — a warm, pink-coral
  3. Chanel Malice — a luminous coral
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a shimmery, peachy-coral
  5. Tom Ford Love Lust — a luminous, medium-dark coral

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