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So Much Urban Decay Nakedness

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Urban Decay released their Naked 3 eyeshadow palette recently. I wanted to do a quick post and swatch Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3. Just because I am a hoarder like make-up a lot and had to have all three doesn’t mean everyone else does. And eventhough most of us have access to all three in a store there’s nothing like seeing it on someone’s skin. I hope this can help someone out. Which Naked palettes do you have? Which ones do you think you’re going to buy?

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Apologies for the Naked and Naked 2 not looking as pristine as Naked 3
Naked (Original)
Naked (Original)
Naked 2
Naked 2
Naked 3
Naked 3

Pop Beauty "Bright Up Your Life" Palette and Some Encouragement

pop beauty closedI bought this Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life eyeshadow palette a few weeks ago for an 80’s party from Ulta. It retails for $24. I think it’s a decent palette, but it takes a bit of effort to build up the color even with a primer.

With all that said I wanted to swatch this because I’m hoping someone who’s afraid of color will see that it’s nothing to be afraid of. Most of these colors look pretty against my skin to me. Having darker skin shouldn’t keep anyone from wearing something. There’s something out there for all of us.

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Bright Up Your Life w/ flash
Bright Up Your Life w/o flash
Bright Up Your Life w/o flash

I think most of us can pull off a lot of things when it comes to make-up but we’re scared because we’re not used to seeing it. We stay in our comfort zones and don’t venture out because in our heads “this shade” would never look good on us.

I say take a shot. Practice your eyeshadow application and you might surprise yourself.

I Got Naked For The 3rd Time

Yes, you read the title correctly. I talked all that smack and bought Urban Decay’s Naked 3 anyway. What can I say, the hoarder in me won this round, but I’m still happy that I got it. I’m eager to play around with it. And it’s a top notch palette. I’m at a point now where I just feel like you can’t go wrong with an Urban Decay purchase, but that’s me.

Urban Decay did whip us up into a frenzy and that’s probably why it sold it out twice at urbandecay.com and is currently sold out at Sephora.com. It’s still at ulta.com though, just sayin. And if you decide to go to one of the Sephora or Ulta stores and one is sold out try the other one. I lucked out and got one from Ulta after finding out the Sephora in JCPenney in the same shopping center was sold out.

And now pictures…

I think it's purty. *swoon*
I think it’s purty. *swoon*
The case opens and closes like Naked 2 and I like the big mirror.
The case opens and closes like Naked 2 and I like the big mirror.
L to R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory
L to R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory
L to R: Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart
L to R: Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

A few beauty bloggers have said that Naked 3 is black girl friendly and I agree. I doubt a lot of us need to worry about it not working for us across the board. I admit when I heard “rose-toned neutrals” I got apprehensive. I now think it was unwarranted. Even the lighter shades are workable. So if you’re on the fence, think about it in terms of whether or not you want/need it and not in terms of whether or not it’s going to work for you. It still may not, but I don’t think anyone is automatically setting themselves up for the downfall by purchasing this.

So did you get Naked again?

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 retails for $52 and can be found at urbandecay.com, Sephora, and Ulta

Gotta Get Em All? Maybelline ColorSensational Color Elixirs

I’ve been on a lip product kick lately. It started out with a couple of Maybelline ColorSensational Color Elixirs and now I’m up to 12 in these last few weeks. The lovely Aprill Coleman at Glitter Gloss Garbage reviewed them a few months ago and when I saw them in my store I snatched them up and just couldn’t stop. I think I kept buying them to see if the next gloss was as good, pretty, pigmented, etc as the last one. I found out in some cases yes and in some cases no.

There’s also the #nobarelips30 challenge created by Keiko Kavari. The challenge gave me a reason to buy stuff and the fact they were drugstore products lulled me into thinking it wasn’t that bad. Some of them were even buy 1 get 1 50% off. Who doesn’t love a deal, right? Why would I pass that up? *straight face* Judgeth me not.

In any case, my kinda sorta hoarding tendencies loss is your gain.

These Maybelline Color Elixirs retail for $8.99, but I was in Walgreens recently(read: yesterday lol) and they’re having a buy 1 get 1 50% sale on them until December 7. These glosses go on really easily and it’s a wand instead of a brush, which I like. They’re not goopy or sticky. And while pigmented don’t stain.

Top to bottom: Maybelline Color Elixir Mandarin Rapture, Vision In Violet, Fuchsia Flourish
Top to bottom: Maybelline Color Elixir Mandarin Rapture, Vision In Violet, Fuchsia Flourish

Mandarin Rapture – a sheer red orange with tiny sparkles
Vision In Violet – an opaque lavender shade
Fuchsia Flourish – an opaque bubblegum-like pink

The Maybelline ColorSensational Color Elixirs can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, and drugstore.com

The #NoBareLips30 Challenge

A few days ago I came across Keiko Kaveri and her #nobarelips30 challenge on twitter. The challenge consists of not having a bare lip for 30 days and taking a photo of the gorgeous lippie of your choice. Keiko Kaveri writes here on her blog about her motivation for the challenge.

Quick Facts

  • #nobarelips30 is 11/16/2013-12/16/2013
  • You have a choice between swatching on your lips or hand.
  • The hashtag #nobarelips30 is live on across social media so tag your photos on twitter, instagram, facebook, etc so everyone can see.
  • You don’t have to wear a different shade everyday(but it would nice if you have it).

I think this is a really cool challenge so I’m jumping now even though it’s already started. Feel free to do the same and show off those pretty lip products.

Maybelline Color Elixir Amethyst Potion
Maybelline Color Elixir Amethyst Potion

You can follow Keiko Kaveri on twitter, instagram, tumblr.

Full 80^s Party Look

I went to an 80’s party Saturday night and had a really good time. For future reference, if you’re going to require people to wear costumes for an event and it’s not Halloween, do it at someone’s house. There’s nothing like being among people you don’t know dressed ridiculously and in a public place. It can make you terribly self-conscious and detract from an otherwise good time.

I wish I had a close up but I added a bit of purple above the blue and on the outer V.
I wish I had a close up but I added a bit of purple above the blue and on the outer V.
I think it's cute and I have no shame in recycling this for another occasion
I think it’s cute and I have no shame in recycling this for another occasion

80^s Party Look

I have 80’s party this weekend and nothing says 80’s like some serious make-up. Since I’m not familiar with that type of make-up I did some browsing on youtube and found this video.

I decided to recreate this look with what I had and this is was I came up with.

Evidence, Toxic, Smog eyeshadows and Perversion 24/7 Pencil from Urban Decay
Evidence, Toxic, Smog eyeshadows and Perversion 24/7 Pencil from Urban Decay
Lips: Nars Jungle Red Lipstick and Nars Wonder Lip Gloss Cheeks: Mac Cosmetics Blunt Nars Exhibit A.
Lips: Nars Jungle Red Lipstick and Nars Wonder Lip Gloss Cheeks: Mac Cosmetics Blunt Nars Exhibit A.

I think it turned out well. I’m really happy with the blush, but I may go a bit harder with the eyeshadow and wing it out more. We’ll see. Let me know what you think.

***The final party look is here***

CONFIRMED: Naked 3 is Coming!

Urban Decay posted this video on their facebook page a couple of days ago.

So the rumors are true. There are no confirmed release dates yet. I’m willing to bet it will be after the new year, but who knows. We all know that Urban Decay makes great eyeshadows so I’m sure this palette will be just as good as the others. However, I’m still lukewarm on it.

You can head over to http://www.urbandecay.com/udemail to sign up for their emails and get details on the palette as they’re released.

Now that you know it’s confirmed will you be running out to buy it?