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Monday, September 14th, 2009

MAC @ Jason Wu

The Look

“Monochromatic chic with a little edge and rawness. A Tim Burton girl – big, simple, sparkling eyes and amazing bold lips that look as though they were stamped on.” — Lucia Peroni

Get the Look

  • Eye: Kid and Cork eyeshadows applied with 217 brush to softly contour upper and lower lids. Crushed Metal Pigment lightly tapped with fingers to lid and to inner corners of eye to add slight sparkle effect. Teddy eye kohl smudged into roots of upper lash line and applied to lower water line. Black Dazzle dazzlelash mascara swept lightly onto top and bottom lashes.
  • Face: Face and Body foundation brushed onto skin to sheer out skin for a super light, dewy finish. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to set.
  • Lip: Lip 1: Brick lip pencil to lie the lips; Russian Red lipstick brushed onto lip to create bright bold red lip. Lip 2: PRO Sin and Media lipsticks brushed onto lips as base; Burgundy lip mix layered over base to create a deep blackberry-currant lip. Lip 3: Currant lip pencil with mix of PRO Smoked Purple and Cyber Satin.

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Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Swatch Challenge: Urban Decay

I would love to round-up as many Urban Decay swatches as we can all muster!  Together, I am sure we can get a pretty comprehensive swatch gallery going — so I invite you to share yours!  You can link to your swatches, or you can e-mail them to me and I’ll put them up.   All credit will go to the swatcher as well :)  So let’s go!

Insert your image by linking to your image:  http://whereveryourimageis.com

Or e-mail your image to:  [email protected]

Check out the swatches submitted so far! Continue reading →

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

A smattering of Urban Decay Pocket Rockets…

From left to right: James, Eric, Doug, Jesse, Julio, Kirk, Timothy

(In case you’re wondering, there is one missing — David, which is a “milky mauve.”)

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Sunday Link Love #001

Check out some of my favorite posts from my fellow beauty addicts…

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What do you think are the trends for this fall? Tell us!

Temptalia's Answer.

Flawless skin (as per usual), dark near-black lips with a twist, green, violet/purple.

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Saturday, September 12th, 2009

At Home with Beauty:  Sleep Pillow Mist – Part 2

Bath & Body Works’ Sleep Pillow Mist in Lavender Vanilla ($10.00) is is just like their Lavender Chamomile Sleep Pillow Mist, except it has a slightly different scent.  It’s sweeter, with more of a vanilla kick, than the earthier scent of Lavender Chamomile.  I like both, though I do lean towards the Lavender Chamomile myself.

In all other respects, the products are really the same.  Whether or not the scents actually soothe or relax you on a scientific level, I don’t have the knowledge to say, but I can say from my experience that each evening I spritz these on, I am reminded to take a moment to relax.  It makes me breathe deeper to enjoy the scent and take time to do just that–enjoy the scent.

I can concentrate on how pleasant the scent is with each breath when I’m having trouble falling asleep.  I really enjoy these, and one bottle will last you a ridiculously long time.  I do about four or five spritzes for a Cal King bed, and I don’t think I’ve made a dent in the bottle at all.

Just to recap what I said about the product last time:  a lightweight scent that subtly fades away by morning that doesn’t overwhelm you while you’re sleeping; one that sprays and dries within thirty seconds; and it didn’t aggravate my sensitive skin or cause any acne breakouts.

Again, I recommend lotioning up with a lavender-based lotion if you want to further relax yourself.  Just remember to concentrate on massaging the lotion into your skin and enjoying the time you’re giving to yourself.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you don’t always fall asleep once your head hits the pillow, you might want to try adding some lavender to your nightly ritual!

Availability: Bath & Body Works