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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette


Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

The Naked Palette by Urban Decay took over the internet via tweets, YouTube tutorials and reviews, sells more than one every minute, and remains (after two years on the market) the beauty industry’s best-selling palette! The most anticipated sequel since Empire Strikes Back, with shades ranging from the palest nude to the lewdest black, Urban Decay’s Naked2 palette takes full frontal to another level.

  • Blackout Blackest black with matte finish (Repromote, not available individually)
  • Booty Call Shimmery cork (New)
  • Busted Deep brown with shimmery finish (New)
  • Chopper Copper shimmer with silver micro glitter (Permanent)
  • Foxy Cream bisque with matte finish (Repromote, not available individually)
  • Half Baked Golden bronze with shimmery finish (Permanent)
  • Pistol Light greyish brown with shimmery finish (New)
  • Snake Bite Dark bronze shimmer with metallic base (New)
  • Suspect Pale golden beige with shimmery finish (Repromote, not available individually)
  • Tease Creamy pale brown with matte finish (New)
  • Verve Oyster with shimmery finish (Repromote, not available individually)
  • YDK Cool bronze shimmer with metallic base (Permanent)
  • Naked Sheer shimmery pinky neutral (Lip Junkie) (Permanent)
  • Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush Dual-ended brush

availability: Now @ Urban Decay for $50; mid-to-late January for Sephora, Ulta, beauty.com, Macy’s; February 2012 for international

Please note this palette arrived an hour ago, and I’m working as fast as possible to get everything up right away. Please be patient and hold ALL questions until I’ve had a chance to post the review. Thank you!

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Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer

Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer
Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer

Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer

Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a pale, cloudy gray with linear holographic shimmer. The shimmer looks mostly like white micro-shimmer more often than not, but you can definitely catch the holographic flash. If you’re unfamiliar with holographic polishes, the shimmer gives it a rainbow effect–you’ll see red, orange, gold, green, and blue/blue-violet. It’s not just one or two colors, it’s a slew of them. Nubar Earthen is the closest dupe I had to the base color, but it’s a much more of putty gray, less blue-based, and of course, it is not holographic.

This particular shade was almost opaque in two coats, but there was a faint sign of visible nail line. I’ve been really happy with Glitter Gal’s formula, though, because it wears like iron–I wore this exact shade for seven days without chipping and, again, minimal tip wear. The polish has a good consistency, right between thick and thin, with even flow; no bubbling, streaks, or thickening along the sides.

Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer

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Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is exactly as it sounds–it’s #17 and #18 mixed together. Even in the pot, you can see the pale yellowy gold with the grayish silver intertwined. Together, they create a metallic pewter that reads more silver than it does gold. When applied dry, it’s almost opaque, and when it’s applied damp, it’s more opaque with a more obvious metallic sheen. I thought it was just the tiniest bit sheer, but when I applied it to my lid (no base), it was opaque in one go. This was the best of the three new and limited edition shades released for the holidays. I couldn’t think of a dupe for it; it’s in the same color family as Urban Decay Maui Wowie and Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds but is much, much lighter. MAC Dalliance is more golden.

Eyes to Kill Intense feels and looks like compacted powder (which means it can be loosened, but it’s relatively solid and becomes more solid if you press on it, whether with a brush or the included presser). Giorgio Armani describes it as a hybrid, not a powder but not a cream–it feels more like a cream but looks like a powder. It’s a long-wearing eyeshadow whether you use it with or without a base (I achieved 24 hours of wear with #14 and over 12 hours of wear with numerous other shades). I tested out this shade for 12 hours, and it held up without creasing or fading.

#19
#19
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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5 Great Makeup Artist Tools You Can Use

By Kathy, Makeup Artist

Kathy was born a long, long time ago in the Sonoma Valley in California but grew up in the South, which is where she resides currently. Her passion for makeup goes back to when she taught her babysitter to curl her eyelashes at the ripe age of six! When Kathy was 13, she received her own makeup set–she says she looked like a cross between Stevie Nicks and Rocky Horror, but “it was the 1970s, so no one noticed.”


5 Great Makeup Artist Tools You Can Use

I’ve decided that I have just one mission in my makeup writing life: to make makeup accessible. To do this, I’d like to start by giving everyone a list of handy tools. I use these every time that I do my own makeup or anyone else’s. I guarantee that everyone has some of them, though probably not all, so I’ll give some sources if you’d like to get them.

Baby Wipes

These are so useful that you’ll wonder how you got along without them. They can clean a work area, spot clean brushes, and even correct makeup mistakes. They don’t contain enough cleanser to remove more than a stray liner mark or tighten up an outer eye, but they also won’t bleed through your skin’s natural lines and destabilize what you want to keep while removing what you don’t. Get the ones for sensitive skin or the all-natural ones at your local grocery or drugstore.

Regular Tissues

Ever wonder why your makeup gets caked partway through your day? If you use foundation and concealer, you’ve added a lot of moisture to your face. This will combine with your natural facial oils and your setting powder to make a makeup mud pie. Try this instead: after you put on your concealer or color corrector, split a tissue into 2 plies and place one onto your face, folded in half, running your fingers out from nose to ear. Now, without removing it, take your hands away. If it’s still sticking to your face, flip it over and do the steps again. Don’t forget to separate the layers: most tissue is 2-ply and you only need one of them. Get these at any grocery or drugstore.

Small ELF Concealer/Detail Brushes

How can you not love something that does fine detail work, lines eyes, lines and fills in lips for $1? I’ve even used one to put glue onto a lash strip and cleaned it afterwards and it was still usable! Come to think of it, the one thing that I don’t use the ELF Concealer/Detail Brushes for is concealer.

Color Corrector

Have you ever tried to conceal under eye circles or a really vicious blemish only to have its color still show through? Put down the regular concealer and pick up the corrector! Makeup artists like them because it allows us to fix a problem instead of covering it up. You can get these anywhere from the mall to the drugstore. I got my Graftobian Color Wheel for $12.50, but the HD version is $23.99.

Spoolie Brushes

Have you ever been running late and, as you put on your mascara, your lashes gathered into thick clumps of lash unhappiness? Running your lashes again and again with the mascara wand will deposit more and more product, which only compounds the problem.  Instead, allow the humble spoolie brush to assist you.   Just pick it up and run it through the gloppy mascara and you, too, can get separated lashes.  Get these at anywhere from Sally’s to Sephora!

Anselm Reyle for Dior Collection for Spring 2012


Anselm Reyle for Dior Collection for Spring 2012

Christian Dior once worked as a gallerist and kept art close to his heart throughout his career as a visionary couturier. In tribute to this history, Dior has collaborated with German artist Anselm Reyle to create the limited edition Anselm Reyle for Dior Eyeshadow Palette ($110.00). This striking palette features a camouflage pattern in shades of silver, grey, charcoal and violet. In addition, there will be five limited edition Reyle-inspired shades of Dior Vernis ($23.00 each) available: Ultra Violet, Pink Graffiti, Electric Blue, Metallic Silver and Untitled Black.

Anselm Reyle was born in Tübingen, Germany in 1970 and currently lives and works in Berlin. Reyle’s stripe paintings are instantly recognizable as responses to the formalist vocabulary of Clement Greenberg that defined the art of the 1950s and 1960s. Reyle references iconic abstractionists ranging from Kenneth Noland to Otto Freundlich. Reyle’s “objets trouvés,” a reference to his multi-media installations that include sculpture and found neon lights, are in constant dialogue about the role of modernism today. He is one of few contemporary German painters examining the lessons of abstraction and their place in contemporary painting at a moment when figurative painting has gained critical momentum.

The palette and Vernis shades are part of a larger Anselm Reyle accessories collection—featuring bags, shoes, and jewelry—which will launch worldwide as well in January. Reyle immersed himself in the heart of Dior and was given cart blanche in the design process. He played with colors, shaking up the codes of the mythical Avenue Montaigne Couture House, which offered all its savoir-faire to serve its imagination.

“Most of my work builds on object that already exist, which I then transform. I applied the same philosophy.” — Anselm Reyle

availability: January 2012 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Dior.com. It will also be available at Dior Boutique Art Basel.

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