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I used to hold onto high-end/luxury products for longer than necessary, and it’s something I’ve personally addressed and changed about myself in the last few years. An example would be Dior quints–many of them C-rated or lower–that I didn’t need to keep for blog-related purposes, and finally, I got tired of having them take up all this room and let them go. That paved the way for all the rest!

— Christine

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Photos & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a new product launching later this month that is designed to work as a top coat or worn alone to create “special effects.” There are twelve shades, and I have eleven to share with you today. Be sure to click on the shade’s name to see it layered over a Vice Lipstick – every shade was shown alone as well as over a Vice Lipstick (different ones) to show the effect of layering. My suspicion is that these will work best layered, rather than alone. The brand warns that lips will “feel tingly” as the special effect “locks” in–my lips felt tingly for minutes when worn these alone but was less bothersome when layered.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

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Sneak Peek: Tarte Metallics Shadows (Summer 2017) Photos & Swatches

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Metallics Shadows

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Eleven new shades were added to the Tarte Metallics Shadows ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) range last week. I bought them through Tarte, but unfortunately, 8 of the 11 arrived broken, so apologies for the messier photos! (Tarte said they would refund me, and I’ll be repurchasing them but want to go through Ulta/Sephora, in case it happens again, so I can just deal with it in-store. There was no damage to the package, and it was packed fine, so I’m not sure what led to the damage.) Nevertheless, here are photos and swatches:

Metallics Shadows

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I love matte eyeshadows for the crease, above the crease, and brow bone, though I don’t tend to wear it on the lid (I like shimmer there). I wish matte eyesahdows were–on the whole–easier to blend out and to use. I feel like it’s a lot harder to get a great matte eyeshadow than it is a frosty/shimmery one.

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