Win It: Urban Decay Cosmetics Summer Eyeshadow Collection Giveaway — 8 Shades!


urban decay win all 8 shades

Woo hoo! The weather is heating up, which means it’s time for Urban Decay’s summer collection! (One of my most fave times of the year.) I have to take a bloggy-break for a few weeks, so I wanted to leave you with an amazing giveaway while I’m gone. One lucky winner is going to scoop up all eight of the new eyeshadows from Urban Decay that have completely stolen my heart.

I’ve put these babies to the test for weeks, and they all pass my requirements: super smooth application, velvety texture, excellent pigmentation, all-day wear (but still don’t forget your Eyeshadow Primer Potion!), and gorgeous shades that will have people complimenting your eyes when you least expect it. Fireball is my personal favorite, but I’ve been finding easy ways to wear all of them by pairing up a bold shade or two with the neutrals in my NAKED2 Basics palette. Works like a charm!

A closer look…

Urban Decay Summer Nights eyeshadows 1

left to right: Fireball, Dive Bar, Beware, Lounge

Urban Decay Summer Nights Eyeshadows 2

left to right: Tonic, Sideline, Backfire, Riff

Urban Decay backfire eyeshadow

Backfire — burgundy with purple shift

Urban Decay beware eyeshadow

Beware — warm brown matte

Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow

Dive Bar — medium blue with pink-purple shift

Urban Decay Fireball eyeshadow

Fireball — peach with pink shift

Urban Decay Lounge Eyeshadow

Lounge — brick red with green shift

Urban Decay Riff eyeshadow

Riff — brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle

Urban Decay Sideline eyeshadow

Sideline — gold with green shift

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow

Tonic — lilac with blue shift

Swatches…

urban decay beware backfire riff sideline eyeshadow swatch swatches

left to right: Beware, Backfire, Riff, Sideline

Urban Decay fireball lounge dive bar lounge eyeshadow swatch swatches

left to right: Fireball, Tonic, Dive Bar, Lounge

You’ll find these shades available now on urbandecay.com, and you can enter to win them here! See all the details and how to enter below.  [Read more…]

Urban Decay The Ultraviolet Edge Enigma Eyeshadow Primer Potion Review: 100% Goes to Charity!


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Enigma

No joke, I receive a few emails a month from brands who have products that promise to donate pennies on the dollar to a worthy cause for each purchase. In no way do I negate that any donation is helpful to a worthy organization, but I think it’s time for brands to start putting their money where their mouths are — donating substantial amounts of money — like 100% of the purchase price of that product to a worthy cause. Sadly, all of the brands I know that do this with a specific product, I can count on one hand.

One of my favorite brands, Urban Decay, is doing just that. 100% of the purchase price of their brand new Eyeshadow Primer Potion in limited-edition shade Enigma is part of The Ultraviolet Edge Initiative, which will empower women in Uganda in ways that will make them self-sufficient, and substantially change their lives for the better  — giving them chances they wouldn’t have otherwise. Before I go more into the initiative and the benefits, I want to show you the primer. Because it’s AWESOME!

Urban Decay The Ultraviolet Edge Enigma Eyeshadow Primer Potion

UD recently upgraded the packaging for the primers, and they are seriously better than ever. I love the tube with the wand combo, it just makes sense! Enigma is a 24-hour wear shade that’s matte, and a neutral beige-nude. It does have some pigment to it for me, and I’ve actually worn it alone as a cream shadow to neutralize the redness on my eyelids. It’s got that same creamy texture we’re all used to when it comes to their Primer Potion. I’m not disappointed at all in the product. The only thing I am disappointed in — is that it’s limited-edition! So stock up, like yesterday!  [Read more…]

Clinique Wear Everywhere Greens All About Shadow 8-Pan Shadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos


Clinique All About Shadow Wear Everywhere Greens Palette

We’ve all been on a nakeds and neutrals kick for quite a bit, so I wanted to take things up a notch with bringing some color back into the equation. But don’t worry! These are colors you can feel comfortable wearing anywhere, everyday — with the Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greens — you’re all set. Let’s face it, we’re not going to give up those nude shadows anytime soon, but these will be awesome as standalone shades — or even to pair with your more matte, nude-hued eyeshadows.

Clinique Wear Everywhere Greens

The All About Shadow 8-pan Palettes are available in a few different varieties; nudes, blues, pinks, and greys — but I’m pretty hooked on the greens. It’s a great range of softer and golden greens with very buttery, silky textures. I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but I think it’s been over a decade since I’ve owned a Clinique eyeshadow. For some reason, I don’t remember the pigmentation being this rich in their shadows. As a result, I’m jumping back on the Clinique eyeshadow train! I wasn’t disappointed with these at all.  [Read more…]

The Many Shades of Grey: Beauty


the many shades of grey

Admittedly, I’m not a Fifty Shades of Grey book or movie kind of girl. I got about 100 pages into the book and was bored out of my skull, but if you love it or you’re going to see the film this weekend—I promise, absolutely no judgement! There are over 100 million other people who absolutely loved it. I just wasn’t one of them! However, I am a HUGE fan of so many other shades of grey…beauty products, that is. These are just a few hues that are incredibly gorgeous and flattering for anyone. Find your favorite shade(s) of grey with these amazing beauty picks!

clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals Grey eyeshadow palette

Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greys 

It really doesn’t get any easier than this wardrobe of wearable, everyday (and night) eyeshadows from Clinique. An excellent collection of pigmented matte and pearl shades, in an effortlessly blendable formula. $36, sephora.com  [Read more…]

Surprise! They’re back! $12 LORAC Black Friday Palettes on ulta.com / Vintage Vixen and Sultry Starlet


LORAC Vintage Vixen Sultry Starlet

Guys, I had to update you because I am SUPER surprised! I was told that these would NOT be making a comeback, but it looks like ULTA may have had some of the $12 LORAC palettes from Black Friday lurking somewhere in the depths of secret beautyland. That’s great news for you! I know so many of you wanted Sultry Starlet and Vintage Vixen, but couldn’t get your hands on them, and they are back up on ulta.com. I’m not sure for how long, so if you want one, you might want to head to their site ASAP! I’m really hoping they release more of the Champagne Dreams palette. I have no word on that, and it’s a longshot—but I won’t give up hope!

My original review and swatches are here. Many thanks to Nouveau Cheap for the scoop! G is always on top of these things.

MAC Cosmetics Black Friday EXCLUSIVE: SMOKY BLACK FRIDAY Eyeshadow Trio


mac Smoky Black Friday eyeshadow

I haven’t seen this in-person yet, but I’m definitely curious! Here is this year’s online-only, Black Friday specialty item from MAC Cosmetics.

The deets from MAC:

This Black Friday, M∙A∙C offers an exclusive online-only edition of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow. The Smoky Black Friday palette features a new trio of complementary noir shades that blend beautifully for infinite nighttime looks. This is Eye Shadow innovation like you’ve never seen before: the pure power of pigment in a creamy, lightweight hybrid. Applies wet for a super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance, or dry for sheer coverage with a soft finish.

VELUXE PEARLFUSION SHADOW (Trio)
Smoky Black Friday
Suggested Retail Price $25.00 US
Available: North America November 28, 2014 exclusively at maccosmetics.com

MAC GIF

Does this pique your interest enough for a Black Friday purchase? They’ll likely sell out very quickly if past releases are any indication!

SNEAK PEEK! LORAC Vintage Vixen / Sultry Starlet Eyeshadow Palettes — $12 Each at ULTA on Black Friday


LORAC Vintage Vixen Sultry Starlet

I think I got your attention with “LORAC Eyeshadow Palette, Black Friday, and $12″ in the same headline! Here’s your sneak peek at two awesome holiday values you’ll find exclusively at ULTA on Black Friday. If you’re not too hungover from your turkey and stuffing—you may want to get to ULTA very early (check your individual location for its hours that day), because I have a feeling these will be gone with the wind, very quickly.

As a side note, I’ve been told a limited quantity of these MAY also be on ulta.com that day as well, but please don’t quote me on that as I don’t have specifics to offer you. I’m putting it out there as more of a possible insider-tip that may help you in your search. Fingers crossed that it does! Like the LORAC/ULTA.com Cyber Monday palette deal, treat these palettes similar to “doorbuster” deals that you’d find at just about any other store during the holidays. I just want help you get prepared! UPDATE: As of this moment (10:30 pm Pacific on 11/27), both palettes are currently in stock online here. Shop in your PJs instead! These are now sold out online. Try your luck in-store at ULTA now!

UPDATE: As of 1/9/15 there are a limited number of these palettes on the ULTA website here. I am just as surprised as you! Many thanks to G at Nouveau Cheap for the scoop! 

Ready for a closer look?

LORAC Sultry Starlet Vintage Vixen palettes

The scoop…

On Black Friday this year, LORAC is releasing two limited edition palettes, and both will retail for $12 each at ULTA. One has five matte shades, and it’s called the Vintage Vixen (peach print). The second palette has five shimmer shades, and it’s called the Sultry Starlet (burgundy print). I have not given all 10 shades a 100% test drive for a full review, but I feel comfortable sharing my initial thoughts and feelings on them enough to give the details and swatches, with the hopes they can help you make a purchasing decision.

Each palette fits in the length of my hand, and they contain a total net weight of 0.29 oz./8.23g in each palette. The surface of the palettes have a black vintage print that’s laminated, over a thick cardboard exterior. (They do feel pretty sturdy!) Inside you’ll find a small mirror, and the flap of the palette is secured when it’s closed by a magnet. LORAC Sultry Starlet ULTA Black Friday Palette

Sultry Starlet breakdown…

While the shades don’t have names, these are my best attempts at descriptions:

  • pale rose gold shimmer
  • pale peach/copper shimmer
  • yellow gold shimmer
  • hazelnut brown shimmer
  • dark mocha shimmer

I thought the texture of four of the five shades was very smooth, and nearly creamy with good pigmentation and color payoff. The one shade that required a little extra love was the yellow gold shimmer. It’s not terrible, but not as smooth and pigmented as the other shades. The yellow gold shade had a little bit of powdery-ness to it. Again, not terrible—but a heads up! [Read more…]

tarte Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set for QVC Today’s Special Value for 11/10/14


Tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 holiday gift set qvc tsv

I’ve been tinkering with tarte’s QVC  Today’s Special Value; it’s the Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set, and it is bountiful! On 11/10, you can score this phenomenal gift for just $59.94. After Monday—it will go back to regular price. To help you decide if you should make the splurge, I’ve put together the product photos, swatches, and product information. This won’t serve as a full review since I haven’t been able to wear all of these items in the amount of time I’ve had the collection, so please use this as more of a guide than a full review.

This is an easy way to have three individual gifts for about $20 each, or you can gift the whole set together. All three golden leaflet-print boxes slide into a single case. Kind of like a cute little library of makeup treats!

tarte sweet indulgences set

Inside the aqua box, you’ll find…

  • Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Indulging — soft raspberry
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Wonder — poppy
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Rare — peach nude
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Pampered — melon
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Savored — golden rose

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t recall ever not liking any that I’ve tried, and these are no exception. I found that the colors really do stay true all day for me. They’re pretty silky to the touch, and aren’t powder-y, but my blush brush is able to pick up a nice deposit of pigment that blends easily into my skin without streaking. I have combination skin, and tend to get oily in my cheeks—so for these not to fade or slip around during the day is a win. That pretty iridescence in the Savored shade is everything!   [Read more…]

My Latest Addiction: Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla


Laura Geller French Vanilla Baked Highlighter

I know the packaging is very unassuming, and you might not realize it yet—but no doubt, my friends. You’re looking at a fantastic multi-tasker. It went Holy Grail status for me just seconds after applying.

Meet Laura Geller’s French Vanilla Baked Highlighter; a silky, sheer beige illuminating powder that can be used just about anywhere!

Laura Geller French Vanilla

  • Using this on the highest part of my cheekbones adds a warm glow that rivals how flattering a dinner by candlelight is to my complexion.
  • Using it solely on my brow bone or as eyeshadow all-over opens up my eye area so that I look awake and refreshed.
  • Wearing alone on the inner corners of my eyes makes my eyes dazzle day or night.
  • Applying it on the bow of my top lip gives my pout definition.
  • Dusting it along my collarbone with an open-neck top or dress gives a slightly defined sheen.
  • Placing it lightly along the bridge of my nose adds a point of light for definition and healthy glow.

I’m sure you can think of a few more ways to make it work!  [Read more…]