Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. I’m not in love with the texture that Urban Decay has in their cheek palettes, as there’s always something off about them. Strip didn’t impress me, as two shades were problematic. The best shade was the bronzer, but if you aren’t a fan of more shimmery bronzers, that will likely make this an automatic pass.

Strip Bronzer is described as a “deep bronze shimmer bronzer.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly red-toned brown with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It’s shimmery enough to impart a soft glow to the skin, but it doesn’t seem to emphasize my pores (just maintains the status quo). It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me, which is about average. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Highlighter is described as a “golden shimmer highlighter.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with larger, gold sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t bind together well and almost seems like a loose highlighter. It tends to catch on any baby hairs you may have on your face, and it doesn’t adhere to the skin, so it travels to parts unknown. It also emphasizes pores, unfortunately. The sheen was visible for six and a half hours. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is less sparkly. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Blush is described as a “deep mauve blush.” It’s a medium, rosy plum with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, while the texture felt soft, it also seemed powdery and didn’t bind together well, so it sheered out easily. This shade stayed on the skin for seven hours. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, pinker. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Urban Decay Summer 2014 Launches
Urban Decay Summer 2014 Launches

Naked Flush Bronzer/Highlighter/Blush ($30.00)

  • Streak Pale bronze matte bronzer; peachy shimmer highlighter; bright coral blush
  • Strip Deep bronze shimmer bronzer; golden shimmer highlighter; deep mauve blush

Naked Body Beauty Balm ($32.00)

Love the benefits of Naked Skin Beauty Balm so much that you’re tempted to slather it all over? We’ve got a better idea: Urban Decay launches Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm. Like a beauty balm for your whole bod, this luxe, moisturizing formula instantly tightens skin (yes, TIGHTENS!) and blurs flaws. The result? Smoother, FIRMER, more perfected skin every time you use it. (And a luminous, all-over Naked glow.) Lightweight and non-greasy, this sheer, illuminating formula works on every skin tone (from pale to deep-dark) and gives skin a subtle sheen. And did we mention the light-diffusing spheres that make you look professionally retouched? You’ll want to start every day Naked.

Naked Beauty Balm ($34.00)

Like our other shades, Naked Bronzing and Naked Illuminating blur flaws in seconds and provide serious anti-aging benefits in just 8 weeks. Naked Skin Beauty Balm diffuses light with high-tech pigments to give you amazing, natural, NAKED-looking skin as it perfects, protects, treats, primes and hydrates. Moisturizing but never greasy, it hydrates skin instantly and improves hydration over time. Makeup goes on beautifully and stays put. And did we mention the light-diffusing spheres that make you look professionally retouched? You’ll definitely look better Naked!

  • Naked Bronzing Medium bronze
  • Naked Illuminating Illuminating

Availability: May 2014 at urbandecay.com; late May/early June everywhere else

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Urban Decay Honey Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Honey Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Honey Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is BACK! A few months ago, Urban Decay reached out to me about possibly bringing back Honey eyeshadow (as I had previously told them how sad I was about it being discontinued), and now, it’s back! It’s a really rich, molten, medium-dark yellow gold with a frosted finish–and the texture was incredible in the original, and it’s even better now: soft, buttery, and intensely pigmented. Now, here are five different ways to wear Honey (and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win all the products to recreate one of the eye looks!)…

Look #1 -- Golden Honey
Look #1 — Golden Honey

Look #1 – Golden Honey

  • Eyes: Easy Baked (inner lid), Honey (middle of lid), Roach (outer lid/crease), ABC Gum (brow bone), Perversion 24/7 Liner (water line), Honey Eyeshadow (lower lash line).
  • Cheeks: X Eyeshadow
  • Lips: Lovelight Lipstick

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The brightest reds in town: your cherry reds, your fire engine reds. Take your pick! :) Check out swatches of these shades here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red –a potent, cool-toned red
  2. Urban Decay 69 — a rich, satin red
  3. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bluish red
  4. Giorgio Armani #402 — a brightened, warm-toned red
  5. Buxom Scoundrel — a bright, cherry red

What are your favorite bright red lipsticks?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Next in our look at all things bright lips is orange! You can see swatches here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin — a bright orange-red
  2. Urban Decay Bang –a pop of bright orange
  3. Inglot #103 — a bold, orange-red
  4. Milani Sweet Nectar — a yellow-toned orange
  5. NARS Timanfaya — a satin-matte orange with yellow undertones

What are your favorite bright orange lipsticks?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

One of my favorite beauty products to bring out during summer is neon lipsticks! The brighter, the better! Let’s kick it off with a look at some bold, vibrant fuchsia lipsticks… You can see them all here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Estee Lauder Dominant — bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink
  2. Buxom Exhibitionist — bold, brightened cool-toned fuchsia
  3. Urban Decay Anarchy — a glossy, fuchsia-magenta
  4. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash –a brightened, electric magenta pink
  5. Bite Beauty Moscato — a satiny, neon fuchsia pink

What are your favorite fuchsia lipsticks to wear during the summer?