Farewell Favorites 2014

I have majorly slacked off in my posting for December! Between visiting family out-of-town and all the sickness that’s been going around, it’s been a busy month but, nearly fictional in existence considering how fast it’s flown by. However, I’m … Continue reading

Urban Decay: Haul

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Look what came yesterday guys!! I probably could’ve gone to my local Ulta store and bought the exact same products but, there is something thrilling about getting packages, don’t you think? There is also something no so thrilling about lugging a six month old into a store full of cosmetics he can grab destroy/eat (because everything goes in the mouth by this point) while you are trying to swatch colors. Plus, let’s just throw in there that, although I blog a lot about beauty and fashion, I don’t actually enjoy the act of shopping. Mostly because I’m broke afterwards, ha.

Anyway, I have never before bought a single Urban Decay product. I’m talking, not even a lipgloss. It might be partly because when it comes to semi high-end cosmetics I am a bit of a Smashbox snob and, of course, nothing can compare to MAC so I won’t even go there. But, I was in the market recently for a new palette. Yes, yes, I already have two- a large Stila one I have mixed feelings about and a smaller Smashbox palette that I use almost daily. You have to freshen up the mix every once in a while.

At first, I was really drawn to the Lavish Set by Anastasia of Beverly Hills. The colors= gorgeous!! But, the reviews weren’t awe-inspiring so I kept going with the search. Then, I came across the Coral Crush Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette by Tarte. Although, it’s listed as a “new” item I just feel like the colors, stunning as they might be, are too summery and would look better if I we about to get a tan– not lose one. Also, I have never used the Tarte brand before, even though I often browse their section in the store. I think, not being familiar with the products, I just didn’t trust myself to buy one yet. That doesn’t mean I won’t in the future though.

Finally, I remembered a recent post by rubyangel711 about all the new Urban Decay products at Sephora and couldn’t really help but go onto the Urban Decay website to see what they are all about. I won’t lie, I’ve had my eye on the Naked Palette  for quite some time. My beauty go-to girl, who I talk about ALL the time, Tanya Burr, uses hers frequently. However, the $50 price tag has been the one thing making me keep my distance. I just kept thinking, “What if I buy it and I hate it?” So, I wanted to go small and a little less indulgent before taking an even bigger plunge into the world of Urban Decay eyeshadows.

*Enter Ammo Palette*

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Just look at all that pretty purple wrapping!

Before I talk about how freakin’ fantastic the colors in this palette are, I just want to comment on how great it is that I got double value on the Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The one in the light purple tube is the travel size that you can buy separately for $12. In this case, it came in the package with the eyeshadow. Then, I also got another sample size tube (dark purple) of the anti-aging formula of the potion, which is usually $24! I am so happy to have this coveted item since I’ve seen it used on countless makeup tutorials.

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So, can we just take a minute and talk about the whole reason for this post? The eyeshadow! I mean, can you honestly tell me that those aren’t some of the prettiest colors?

The reviews on the website, about this particular palette, are almost all 5 stars. A lot of people who bought this did so as their first Urban Decay purchase and never looked back afterward. That made me feel so much better! Also, many commented on the staying power of the colors, the pigmentation, and the overall performance– saying that all of them were exceptional.

Value of this haul? Approx $75. Actual price I paid? $42 (including shipping) I have 3 words for you: NOTHING. TO. LOSE.

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I think what I’m most excited about is the fact that this is the PERFECT size for traveling and that I know I won’t feel like I should’ve brought along my other palettes because with these shades, you can literally create anything from a bright day-time eye to a dark, smokey, night look. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to swatch these for you but, I will be sure to give updates on my usage. I think I’m definitely already in love with Maui Wowie, Last Call, and Chopper without even trying them on. Others, like Shattered, are a little bold for me but, I am trying to expand my horizons a bit so, it might be a good thing that I feel a little out of my comfort zone with it.

What do you think of this haul? Was the Ammo Palette a good purchase? Why, or why not? What kind of looks would you like to see me create with this?

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Rainy Day Glam Up

Husband and I are bumming around the house in workout clothes and eating leftover chinese. This can only mean one thing… it’s a cloudy, rainy day. But, even when we aren’t feeling our best, sometimes, we women need a bit of a glam up to make ourselves have a more positive outlook; even if it’s just for a few moments.

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love rainy days at home watching movies, snuggled in a big, fluffy blanket. But, just in case you are going out tonight,  this makeup look might work for you too!

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These colors would work on many different skin tones and eye colors because most of them are shimmers and made stand-out from the complexion. I think this is a great, simplified smokey eye option for daytime in the fall and winter. Definitely not your, run-of-the-mill “let me run to the store” look but, if you want a bit of edge in your day-to-day then maybe this is the kind of thing to go for.

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Products Used:

Smashbox Liner in Taupe- This is a great, creamy liner! I love the way it comes in the Smashbox Softbox palette because I like to use it as more of a paint pot. They have released new versions of this palette so, I’m not sure if the one in the link is still available. I put this all over my lid and also underneath my eye.

Revelon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Copper Canyon I’ve had these shadows for ages and I really couldn’t live without them! They glide on and blend seamlessly. For this look, I used the gold color from the palette. I used this all over the lid, on top of the taupe liner.

L’Oreal HiP Studio Secrets Professional Matte Shadow Duo in (917) Dashing– I really love the girly look of these shadows when applied together, however, I tend to mix the pink on with other colors because such a light shade kind of makes me look sick haha! For the eye makeup above I blended the black color into the crease and outer edge of my eye.

Smashbox Shadow in Truffle- This shadow is my favorite in the palette I mentioned above. I just hit pan on it and I am going to be heartbroken if I cannot replace the palette once I’ve gotten down to the nitty gritty on the others 😦 This color is still available HERE, however, it is described as a “matte taupe” and the one I have is more iridescent. Definitely swatch, if possible, before purchase! I used this in the inner corner to lighten up the brownish cast from the Revelon Creme Shadow.

Ulta  Eyeliner Pencil in Black/Brown (similar)- They have changed the design and function of this liner since I bought mine but, all-in-all, the staying power of this liner is great! I put is just on my waterline for added effect.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black– After curling my eyelashes I applied this to the top and bottom. I really like this mascara for being a drugstore product. It does what it says it should. See my review, here.

If you try this look, please post a link to it in the comments! Have a great day! 🙂