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The Scarlet Season: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant, true red with a creamy texture, glossy finish, and goes on opaque with little fuss. It applies surprisingly smooth and easily, without any feathering or bleeding from the get-go (but as with any red lipstick or gloss, I always recommend a lip liner for secure color). This is a shade that doesn’t run too blue or too orange, though if pressed, I’d consider it a blue-red. I love the glossiness of the finish, because it almost looks like you’ve already topped it with clear gloss.
The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!
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Build a Quad: “Soft Fire”
Dubbed Soft Fire, this eyeshadow quad features four permanent shades of MAC eyeshadow: Amber Lights (a coppery frost), Antiqued (a reddened brown frost), Bronze (a rich bronze frost), and Grain (a lightly shimmered beige highlighter). All of these shades have warmer tones, so I would consider this to be a warm quad. (I say this to caution you if you dislike warm shades, this is probably not the one for you!) All four shades are colors I’ve been using for years without fail, because they’re pigmented, smooth, and easy to work with. Grain is more of a neutral highlighter, and I like the way it accents the rest of the quad’s stronger warm tones–it helps to balance everything out.
A few combinations to try with this…
- Amber Lights all over the lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
- Amber Lights all over the lid, Antiqued on the outer lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
- Grain all over the lid, Bronze in the crease
- Grain on the inner lid, Amber Lights on the outer lid, Antiqued in the crease
Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow. We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments!
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How does your beauty routine change in the winter? Switch up your skincare?
I start adding heavier creams to my night-time skincare regimen to keep my skin from getting too dry.
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MAC’s Smoke & Mirrors Eyeshadow Palette is a very mixable set of shades. I think this is probably the best palette for no-brainer, no-thinking-required kind of makeup and, of course, this all makes it a great travel palette. Even though I think of lots of silver and gray for a smoky eye, this palette makes for a great neutral and brown-based smoky eye.
Here are five different eyeshadow combinations you could try using just this palette…
- Inner Lid: Fire In Her Eyes Eyeshadow
- Outer Lid: Wide-Eyed Wonder Eyeshadow
- Crease: Black Magique Eyeshadow
- Brow: Fire In Her Eyes Eyeshadow
- Cheeks: Conjure Up! Mineralize Blush
- Lips: Sweetie Lipstick, She-Zam Dazzleglass
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