Urban Decay Haul

It is a blessing and a curse when a friend says “Hey, so I saw a display of Urban Decay stuff for sale at Nordstrom Rack. You should check it out.”

Thanks to my friend, I paid more than I would had I just gone and gotten the Naked Palette I was opining about still not having…but I got THREE UD PALETTES! *pocket book groaning* And I also snagged a couple NYX colors and a jar off Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof gel liner in Deep Purple…for 50% off.

Here is what I snagged:
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Bare Minerals Without Bismuth Oxychloride?

Bare Mienrals FoundationUPDATED 4/2/13!!

So back in 2006 ish when I first tried Bare Minerals, I fell in love with MMU (mineral makeup, for the uninitiated). I loved the way it looked on my skin, the way it FELT on my skin, how it let my skin look natural but just improved–it was the first MMU I tried. But sadly, it made me itch. Doing research, it appeared I might have a sensitivity to Bismuth Oxychloride, and I could no longer use Bare Minerals. Continue reading

Video Review – Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil

I feel late to the party on these, as they are so wildly popular that UD recently added 28 new colors to the line (yes that number is not a typo). Okay, to be fair, I had an understandable bias–I have yet to have found an eye pencil in my entire life that didn’t migrate on me. Even when I didn’t have the fine lines that age has blessed me with, with every liner I ever tried I had at least some minor form of raccoon eyes within a few hours, and pencils were the worst offenders. Makeup setting sprays helped, but never completely mitigated this, and I don’t want to wear a setting spray every day. So I only kept a few pencils around that I felt I “should” have, and no more–black, brown, white, and only recently a blue (because I am obsessed, remember?)–and rarely used them.
UD247PencilEnter UD’s 24/7 Eye Pencils (belatedly) to my life. I was curious, but resisted. I read so many amazing reviews, but it was only when they expanded the line so extensively that I knew I had to finally break down. Now, I am a proud owner of the Urban Decay Foxy Four-Way 24/7 Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set. For a not-so-low-low price of $39, there are 8 colors in this pack, all of which I could totally see using regularly. In particular, I am MAD for Deep End (blue! shocking!), as well as Delinquent (purple! double-shocking!) and Stash (earthy green-gold). And the big question: do they last without migrating? Check my video review to find out.

Airbrush Finish With Liquid Foundation

(I have posted a video at the end of this post with a video demo/tutorial using this product and technique!)

I have been a mineral foundation convert for over 8 years now. I love the finish it gives my skin–glowing, soft, natural. Despite trying many different brands and finishes of liquid makeup, I never quite got the same results, and it always felt heavier on my skin. I still used full coverage liquid foundation for performances, and occasionally for a night out when I wanted a more dramatic look, but not for daytime looks. Not since I found my true love in MMU.

Revlon ColorStayI recently bought some Revlon Colorstay Foundation in order to test it out for a makeup workshop I was giving my students. I wanted to be able to offer a budget alternative, full-covergage foundation for performance. I was duly impressed with the quality of this foundation and can easily see why it tops the budget/drug store lists for foundations. But even with my beauty blender, it felt like it was going on a little heavier than I wanted and not as smooth as I wished. I chalked it up to my not being used to wearing liquid foundations much any more.

That is until today…
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Everyday Natural Makeup Tutorial

Okay, clearly I don’t have the setup ready yet, BUT here is a makeup tutorial with some bad lighting for ya. Just what you wanted, right?

The goal was Everyday Natural Makeup, focusing largely on drugstore brands, in colors that are fairly universal. Depending on your skin tone, YMMV. Full products list below and in description. If you are new to makeup, this whole look can take as little as 10-15 minutes when you get familiar with it. So it is completely doable for a fresh everyday face! Continue reading

Drowning Your Blues in Wine

Beauty Along - Drown Your Blues in WineThis week is my “But I can’t…” Week. I am proving to myself that all the things I always say I can’t do with makeup (I can’t wear that color. I can’t do that technique. Etc), I can actually do! This one is a double whammy: “I can’t wear blues,” and “I can’t line my lower waterline with a dark color.”

I have always tended toward warm colors. They look best on me, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean other colors don’t also look great in their own way. And honestly, how much of it is what I can’t do, and how much of it is I just haven’t learned how to do it right for me personally? Continue reading

Not Quite Dupes – UD Primer vs. NYX Jumbo Shadow Pencil

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

Okay, so I discovered a Not Quite Dupe this week I thought I would share.

I love my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin–it has a goldish, rosey finish to it that is a fabulous underlay for many looks. I also happen to own the UD eyeshadow Sin, which I use all the time, sometimes even as a face contouring highlighter. So what a treat to discover that my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt is nearly identical in shade. So much so that I almost could not tell them apart.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt

Now, I call this a NQD for two reasons. One, the NYX Yogurt is definitely roseier/pinkier than Sin. But also because I find that the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils do crease on their own if not set with a shadow on top. But since I always lay eyeshadow on top of my UD Primer as well, it’s kind of the same thing, isn’t it? Sort of? Not quite. Hence the NQD designation.  But when you compare the UD Primer Potion in Sin at $20 vs. the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt at $4.99 (and often Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off at Ulta), you can decide for yourself if it’s close enough…