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They deter me when I’m on the fence about a product–and similarly, they can persuade me when I’m on the fence. Products that I’m already set on avoiding or totally gung-ho on getting are unlikely to be swayed by reviews, except when they come at a personal recommendation from a friend. Though for me, it’s easier to see the influence on my purchases for non-beauty items, and I very much rely on customer reviews (through sites like Amazon) to guide my purchases when I don’t know brands/products well.

— Christine
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Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige sparkle.” It’s a medium caramel brown with warm undertones and a champagne-bronze sheen. Milani Caramel Brown is darker, more bronze. MAC Love Connection is also browner. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is lighter, less caramel. Urban Decay Blaze is less brown, slightly more orange.

You can find Sidecar in the original Naked Palette. Though it has a sparkle finish, it doesn’t seem to have micro-gltiter, and the sparkle is fine and sparse–I didn’t have problems with it in the Naked Palette, and I didn’t have problems when I tried this shade (which is in the newer formulation). I didn’t see fall out during application or later on during wear. The color itself is fully pigmented, and it applies evenly and smoothly. It has a dense, buttery texture that is soft and easily blended on the skin. I wore it and had it last for full eight hours without fading or creasing, and there was some very light fading along the outer edge after nine hours.

Urban Decay Sidecar Eyeshadow

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Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic bright purple with blue shift.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based violet purple with hints of fuchsia in its base. The finish has a high frost content and comes off a bit metallic. Tarte Touchdown in Londontown is a darker purple. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is much more fuchsia. Inglot #441 is darker, purpler. It’s not similar to either Urban Decay Ecstasy (cooler-toned, no pink) or Fishnet (very fuchsia/pink, like MAC Stars ‘n Rockets).

Like Deep End, Omen was released in the 15th Anniversary Palette. When I first posted about the shades Urban Decay was adding to their permanent range, readers really seemed quite happy about Omen coming back, so I was eager to play around with it again.  I’m happy to report that it has a soft, buttery texture that applies smoothly and evenly.  The color payoff is good, and the pink base comes out more as you swatch and blend it out.  When I tested this on the lid, it wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing, and after nine hours there was a hint of fading along the outer edge.

Since a lot of you have been wearing Omen a lot, what are some of your favorite looks using it?

Urban Decay Omen Eyeshadow

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NARS Gifting for Spring 2013 – And God Created the Woman Eye Kit and The Happening Palette


And God Created the Woman Eye Kit ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

NARS debuts a limited edition palette of six shimmering shadows for captivating, compelling eyes. Created exclusively for Sephora, this sleek set also includes a travel sized Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and No 3 Eye Shader Brush. Named for “Et Dieu… créa la femme,” the classic 1956 French film that made Brigitte Bardot an overnight sensation, the six-well palette helps beauty lovers achieve the look of the season with a must-have neutral shade range based on Sephora’s top-selling browns and taupes.

  • Alhambra (right side) Metallic rose mist
  • Bellissima (right side) Matte grey brown
  • Kalahari (left side) Gold confection
  • Galapagos Bitter chocolate infused with gold
  • Coconut Grove Deep taupe brown infused with gold
  • Night Clubbing Black withg old pearl
  • Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (travel-size)
  • No. 3 Eye Shader Brush

Availability: Now @ Sephora

The Happening Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

For Spring 2013, NARS debuts a new limited edition palette, based on top-selling, universally flattering, must have shades of the season. Elevate any look with four evocative eyeshadows, paired with the brand’s iconic Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer for cheeks – all in one sleek, go-anywhere compact.

  • Night Star Sheer peach with gold pearl
  • Gstaad Shimmering taupe (New/Limited Edition)
  • Kuala Lumpur (right side) Boysenberry infused with gold
  • Coconut Grove Deep taupe brown infused with gold
  • Orgasm Peachy pink with gold shimmer (Blush)
  • Laguna Diffused brown with golden shimmer (Bronzer)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, February 1st @ NARScosmetics.com

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How to Layer Lip Products – Tips & Tricks

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Layer Lip Products

Share your best tips and tricks for layering lip products!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to layer lip products.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Invest in at least a lip brush OR a few disposable lipgloss applicators–you don’t want your sheer beige gloss to turn pink because you applied it over red lipstick once!
  2. More opaque glosses will have more of a color impact when layered over a lipstick, so if you don’t want to change the base color a lot, opt for something with less color, more shimmer/gloss.  If you want more change, then choose something with a stronger color base.
  3. A little gloss on the center of the lip can act to highlight and make lips appear larger/fuller