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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Book of Shadows IV (shadows) Review February 28, 2012

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I was on Hautelook last month and they had Urban Decay as one of their features. I’ve been wanting the Book of Shadows for awhile – some of the colors looked amazing – and seeing it on Hautelook for only $29.00 I knew I had to grab it.  I am glad I did. I am also glad that I didn’t spend all $56 of the original price for this palette (not that it isn’t worth it, but I got it for almost half price).

This palette is large – we are talking book sized – so there is no question in my mind why it is called the Book of Shadows.  Some people have reviewed it and said it was gimmicky.  Ok so yeh, I don’t need a mini speaker to use makeup – but there are 16 0.03 oz shadows (full size shadows are 0.05 oz and run for $17.00 each).  Most of the shadows are the typical Urban Decay formulas that are very highly pigmented and smooth and luxurious. Two of them Gunmetal and Gravity are not as pigmented as I am used to from Urban Decay.

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Naked 2 by Urban Decay February 6, 2012

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Naked 2 has been heralded as the most anticipated sequel in the makeup world.  At first I thought “what’s the hype all about?” but then I saw it in person at Sephora and I understood. There are some great colors in it that I don’t already have – yes there are some I already have from the Naked 1 palette and the 15th Anniversary palette but overall, for me, this is a mostly new set of colors.  Even though there only seems to be so many different looks you can do with neutral colors, there is really a much more diverse set of looks than you would expect.

As with the Naked 1 palette there are shimmers (Booty call, chopper, suspect, pistol, verve, busted), glitters (half baked, snake bite, ydk)  and mattes (foxy, tease, blackout).  This palette is a plastic tray resting inside a metal case, which certainly seems like an upgrade. when I bought this it came with a double-sided  Urban Decay Karma  brush which is a completely different size than the one from the first palette. It also came with a lip gloss which I will talk about in a future post.

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Naked 1 Palette February 4, 2012

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I know I am the last kid to class on getting my Naked 1 palette up on my blog – but I was saving it until I could do it right. I had more spare time than usual so I got out the good camera and busted out lightroom.  I’m sure glad I did because if I didn’t there is no way I could have gotten the colors as close as I did (which isn’t perfect even with all the extra care).

Lots of people love their Naked palette, and there is no real question why – the colors are great and the formulas are typical of Urban Decay. Each of the 12 colors are 0.05 oz which is the size of the individually sold shadow singles that retail for $17.00 each.  They are each housed inside of a velvet covered cardboard case.  The palette, when I got it, came with one of the Urban Decay Karma brushes and a sample size of the primer potion.

Inside is a medium sized mirror and all of the colors.  You can do anything from a super neutral eye all the way to a very glam smokey eye.  There are all different types of finishes too. There are some matte, some pearl/shimmer, and a couple heavy glitter shadows.

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Lancôme free gift with purchase share and review of “Blues” palette September 9, 2011

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A few days I promised to start sharing and reviewing my 7 piece Lancôme free gift with purchase that I received the other day. So let’s get started.  I was able to pick 6 items and a bag when I purchased my Lancome Color Design Palette in Mauve Cherie.  There were a few different options – many of which were skin care, which is important, but how often can you get super sized samples of cosmetics?? So, what did I pick? I chose the:

• Black Bag with red rose
• Lancôme Renergie Lift Volumetry cream
• Lipstick
• Foundation Brush
• “Blues” palette
• “Pinks” palette
• Hypnôse Drama Mascara

Today I will talk about the “Blues” palette.

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Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette – another look August 21, 2011

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15 days ago I received my Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette.  I reviewed that here. I still absolutely love that palette.  Unfortunately it is a very large palette so it is not easy to tote around – those shadows need to be used at home and nearly planned. Its unfortunate because I think it is probably my favorite palette. Anyway, I had some extra time the other day and wanted to play with my beautiful toy.  I realized that I’d never thought I would be able to use Junkshow – the hot pink one in the middle.  I decided to dare myself to figure out a look with that one.  I decided to start with Chase. On my skin it comes up as a lustrous gold color. I put it all over. Then I decided upon Evidence, the highly pigmented super saturated dark-wash denim color. I used that on my eyelid and just under my eye. This was already outside my comfort zone and I still had to add HOT PINK.  Ok, I calmed myself down and decided that I would use Junkshow in the crease.  I tried that and voila – it actually looked decent. I did just a minimal amount of blending then added some Vanilla at my brow bone and inner eye for good measure.  I topped the whole thing off with my jet black cream eyeliner and 2 coats of Dior waterproof mascara. I think it kinda looks like an upside-down sunset. I think it is super pretty. This photo just doesn’t do it justice!

How would you use junkshow?

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Urban Decay. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette Review August 6, 2011

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Yay!!!!! I spent at least two weeks stalking Urban Decay, Ulta, and Sephora since I learned of the release of Urban Decay’s 15 year anniversary eyeshadow palette. These colors were simply craveable.  Finally last week it was available at Sephora. I bought it right away (and got a dr. jart+ beauty balm as a premium sample!).  Yesterday it arrived on my front porch. Yay. So what did I do? Tried to restrain my excitement. After opening the box and getting rid of all of Sephora’s careful packing I came to the case. It is about 6 inches by 6 inches and a gunmetal chrome color. Along the edge is a pretty floral vine design.

After opening the case I was confronted with 15 (get it 15 year anniversary?) full sized shadows of 0.05 oz each which totals 0.75 oz.  All of these are shimmery except for the one matte – blackout. Midnight rodeo and Midnight 15 are both shadows that contain glitter. The remaining 12 are all simple shimmers. To me – and no ones photos do these colors justice including mine – the entire center column is almost irridescent.  In my opinion every color is super wearable except perhaps junkshow.

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L’OREAL Wear Infinite 320 Greens Review August 5, 2011

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Its Friday!!! Yay, as RB says “Fun Fun Fun Fun, Lookin forward to the weekend” ok enough with you-tube songs.

Today I bring you something from my stash that I had BEFORE I discovered Sephora – yes I know Sephora existed before I discovered it – ok bad joke.  Yes, back to my drugstore beauty products phase (from when I was a kid to ~6 months ago), I like the “match your eye color” stuff since I love my eyes, and I  like making them pop, and while I know the basics of a color wheel I am by no means an artist – so they are helpful. I picked out the “L’OREAL Wear Infinite Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow” in 320 Greens. It claims to be for Green/Hazel eyes. I know my pictures kinda stink but my eyes are GREEN and many companies like to clump that into Hazel with Green – but that’s far better than the ones that pretend Green Eyes don’t exist *thanks Smashbox*.

Ok, first, that name is far too long to write every time so I’ll call it 320 Greens. 320 Greens is a 4 color compact that contains 0.04 oz of each color, helpfully numbered to assist with those who are makeup challenged.  I don’t use this compact a lot, but it has made it into my purse a good 20 times, so you can see from the photo that while the case is still in one piece the “pretty” chrome detailing now looks ugly.  Why on earth would you put your product in a package that will look bad LONG before the product is used up. Anyway, this case is very small, small enough for a pocket – as you will see below with a quarter as a reference. These are smooth to the touch but not easy to get a lot of color from and they come with a sponge applicator. I can’t quite describe the finish – somewhere between matte and shimmer, like the back side of a piece of satin.

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