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Urban Decay Ammo Palette, Review

17 Jun

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Urban Decay says: A relaunch of one of Urban Decay’s most iconic palettes ever, the Ammo Palette comes fully loaded. It combines Urban Decay’s longest-lasting shadow formula ever with its ten all-time bestselling shades—shades no makeup junkie should be without. Pair up the vertically color-coordinated duos or channel your inner artist to create multihued looks that are all your own. The palette case features a metallic purple skull on the front, intricately woven out of animals, flowers, pistols, swords, and other Urban Decay elements. Inside, skulls, snakes, and flowers collide to create a dreamy backdrop for the mesmerizing array of shadows. Instead of the old sponge-tip applicator, a shadow brush has been added along with a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion to keep your look vibrant and crease-free all day and night.

Urban makes some of my favorite eyeshadows, but individually they are $18 (for 0.5oz), youch!  Unless there is a single shade that you are dying to try, palettes are the way to go.  The Ammo palette is the newest addition to my UD collection.

Smog (deep shimmer copper bronze):  A nice warm, golden, medium brown.  It’s easy to wear on the lid or in the crease.  *also in Naked 1*

Mildew (mossy shimmer green shimmer with gold shift):  Such a pretty green!  It’s a good “starter” green if you don’t want to jump right into wearing something really bright.  It has just enough gold to help tone it down.

Oil Slick (matte black with silver micro-glitter):  Oil slick has never been my favorite, it has nice pigmentation but I get fallout with the glitter.

Last Call (metallic sugar-plum/heliotrope):  One (of two) of my favorite colors.  Pink eyeshadow can be hard to pull off, but this color has enough purple in it to make my brown eyes pop.

Chopper (light copper shimmer with silver micro-glitter):  I love this as a lid color, it’s really pretty on light and medium skin tones.  It looks a bit ashy on darker skin.  I get some fallout from the glitter, but not as much as oil slick.  I use a patting motion to apply this to my lid. *also in Naked 2*

Maui Wowie (metallic golden beige with silver glitter):  This is another good lid color, but again gets ashy on dark skin tones.  The glitter particles are slightly bigger in this one so there’s a more fallout compared to Chopper.

Shattered (sky blue shimmer with gold shift):  My other favorite color in this palette.  Urban describes it as a turquoise, but I see more blue than green with this color.  The gold shift gives it almost a green tint in some lights though.

Polyester Bride (white snow shimmer with silver micro-glitter): White isn’t the easier color to pull off, especially when it has silver glitter in it.  I like to pop a little bit under my brow and in my inner tear duct for a more dramatic highlight.  I get some fallout with the glitter, but it usually just brushes away.

Grifter (sheer lavender shimmer with silver micro-glitter): I have the old Grifter shade, and this one is LIGHT YEARS ahead of it.  The original one is chunky and awful.  This one is pretty lavender shade, it’s pretty on its own for a wash of color or layered over another purple to give it some dimension.  Still some fallout with the glitter, but it’s minor.

Sin (champagne shimmer):  This is just one of those go-to colors.  It looks nice on the lid, can blend out darker colors, or can be worn as a highlight (on medium skin tones).  *also in Naked 1*

The formulas are overall nice (read each individual shade for review) and wear for 8-9 hours, what you would expect from UD.  It has a nice mix of neutrals and colors.  It’s possible to create an entire look with just this palette, however there aren’t any matte shades so it may not be ideal for everyone.  My favorite colors are Last Call and Shattered.

Glitter Rating: 4 / 5

Where: Urban Decay, Sephora, Amazon. Price: $34/10 0.3oz eyeshadows, 0.13 oz Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, Mini Shadow Brush.
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Makeup for Beginners, Vol. 3: Concealer

5 Sep

Concealer:  What exactly does it conceal?  Your deepest darkest secrets?  That you accidentally ate a whole row of Oreos?  That you’re sitting at work with the first button of your pants unbuttoned?  Or, the fact that you are running on 4 hours of sleep and three cups of coffee?  All of the above?

What is it?:  Concealer is a flesh-colored paste-like cosmetic that comes in a stick, tube, pot or pencil form.

*This is not to be confused with a corrector, which is the opposite color to even out discoloration.  Example: Green reverses red, pink compliments yellow, etc.*

What does it do?:  It is used to cover under eye circles, cover blemishes, and hide any discoloration on the face.

How do I use it?:  The most common area where concealer is applied is the under the eyes.  Start on the inner corner of the eye and blend along your orbital bone (make a C shape).  That is where the dark circle is most prominent.  Blend the product up to the lower lash line (continuing that “C” motion).  There is also usually a bit of redness on outer corners of the nose, right outside the nostrils.  You can apply on that area (also in a C shape), and continue to blend out as needed.  It can also be applied to the outer corners of the lips, further defining them and hiding any discoloration.  Apply to blemishes and hyperpigmentation as needed.


Makeup for Beginners, Vol. 1: Primer

8 Aug

As a makeup junkie, I tend to get caught up in the cosmetic world.  If you are new to makeup or just want to spruce up your beauty regimen, it’s hard to know where to start.  Beauty blogs are a great resource but may be intimidating to the “average” reader.  That’s where my new series comes in:

We are going to start with the basics!  First up, primer!

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Urban Decay Lip Love

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Did you see Urban Decay on HauteLook last week?  I got some great stuff at a discounted price!  Woop woop!

Click here to join, they have great sales!

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Urban Decay Perversion available in full size; LORAC Color Me Couture Palette

13 Jan

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Check out my swatches and review of Perversion here.  So glad it’s FINALLY available in a full size!

LORAC has a new palette, what do you think of it?

I haven’t tried LORAC eyeshadows, but I’m a huge fan of their baked bronzer.

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Naked 2 online at Sephora, Smashbox Spring 2012

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Check out Smashbox’s spring line!

Love that pastel palette!

Battle of the Black Eyeliners

4 Jan

Black eyeliner is just one of those things you can’t do without.  I used to abuse it back in the day (haven’t we all been there?) but now I try to limit my use so I don’t look like Morticia Adams.

After some experimenting, I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorites, including my #1 favorite eyeliner EVER!  And some duds too, that’ll help save ya some cash.  Ladies and gents, I give you


*Sample size of the Smashbox*

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