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Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer with veins of gold.” It’s a baked powder with swirls of gold and bronze within a warm, orange-peach base. Gilded is a gold shimmered orange-tan.

When applied, despite the more glittery look of the powder, it has a much more refined part-shimmer, part-sheen finish on the cheeks.I was worried the apparent shimmer would translate into a “Stop! Look! I have pores!” effect, but it was a gorgeous glow of golden warmth. I think it looks better in person than in photos–there is some subtlty that is lost. Though it was beautiful once applied and looked delicate but delectably bronzy, it did not wear all day–it made it to six hours and by the eighth, it was mostly gone.

At first glance, it seems like the price is around average, but in comparison the previous Baked Bronzer, it’s not. The original Baked Bronzer contained 0.35 oz. and retailed for $24. The newly packaged and relaunched Baked Bronzer line only contains 0.26 oz. but retails for $26. I checked the ingredients for this version against the previous version, but they are the same. I don’t expect most to rocket through the bronzer, whether it is 0.26 oz. or 0.35 oz., but it is always disappointing when a product relaunches and quantity gets decreased.  I felt like someone was try to pull a fast over on me!

I didn’t receive boxes with my Urban Decay samples, but luckily, Urban Decay lists the ingredients on their website (kudos!): Talc, Paraffinum liquidum (Mineral) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, BHT.

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer Gilded

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Summer Look with Dior and Urban Decay

Summer Look with Dior and Urban Decay

Testing out more than a few products — new summer quint from Dior, Hourglass Film Noir mascara, Chanel Mat Lumiere, Urban Decay Gilded, and Guerlain Cherry Blossom–oh, and also Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes:  NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (base), Dior Rosy Nude (534) Eyeshadow Palette (beige, pale gold, warm brown, peach), Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 Liner (brown), Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy 24/7 Liner (champagne), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara (black)
  • Face: Chanel Mat Lumiere (3), Guerlain Les Violettes Mineral Powder (03)
  • Cheeks: Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer (sunny bronze)
  • Lips: Guerlain Cherry Blossom (161) Rouge Automatique (rosy pink)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 222 (fluffy crease brush), 184 (fan brush)

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 294.  Apply the beige eyeshadow to the inner tearduct with the 217.  Next, apply the gold eyeshadow to the lid with the 239.  Lightly blend the warm brown eyeshadow into the crease with the 222, blending outwards.  Pat the peach eyeshadow lightly above the crease and highlight the brow bone with the 217.  Apply Midnight Cowboy liner on the lower water line and Bourbon liner on the lower lash line.  Finish by sweeping lashes with Film Noir mascara.

For cheeks, apply Gilded bronzer on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with the 184.

For lips, apply Cherry Blossom lipstick for a complementing lip.

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #075

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul:  I bought stuff this week, but it doesn’t count until it arrives… 😉  Secrets!!

Weekend plans:  Make flash cards for bar subjects to study from, more organizing!

Your favorite summer fragrance:  Burberry The Beat

Keep adding your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo…

Benefit sent a cha-cha how-to board, and really, I knew it was to be a
FFHF photo! Not that Mellan wanted to follow it… he said he had too many feet.

COVERGIRL Clean Limited Edition Compacts

COVERGIRL Clean Limited Edition Compacts

On the year that marks the Brand’s 50th anniversary, COVERGIRL Clean introduces limited edition Clean pressed powder compacts, available in African-inspired prints. Through COVERGIRL’s partnership with Children’s Safe Drinking Water, each limited edition Clean compact purchased provides a week’s worth of clean drinking water for a child in Africa, for a donation of up to $50,000.

COVERGIRL Limited Edition Clean Compact is available now at Food and Drug retailers until supplies last, and available at WalMart starting in June 2011.

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