Urban Decay Zodiac & Blackheart Nail Polish Swatches & Review – Holiday 2013

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Did you get a chance to snatch up the two limited edition Urban Decay Nail Colors?  Don’t worry, they are still very available and if you haven’t grabbed Zodiac and Blackheart yet… well, you need to get on that.

Urban Decay Zodiac & Blackheart Nail PolishWhat Sephora says about Urban Decay Nail Color:

What it is:
An ultrasophisticated nail color featuring super-rich pigments and dynamic microsparkle.

What it does:
It’s what you’ve been waiting for: Nail Color from Urban Decay. Wende, Urban Decay’s cofounder, and her team have handpicked amazing limited-edition shades. Get them while you can—because once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Urban Decay’s long-wearing, chip-resistant formula has a high-gloss finish that’s tough and durable, yet flexible. Each shade is three-free: formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, or DBP. The high-performance, 400-strand brush picks up more product than other brushes, grabbing on to color to give you a clean, even application of polish. Sturdy yet precise, it even makes painting the outer corners of your nails easy.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Each full-size bottle features a custom-designed cap topped with a skull (complete with roses for the eyes).

Urban Decay Nail Color Urban Decay Nail Polish bottlesZodiac is a deep moss green loaded up with green shimmer and then sprinkled with gold and blue.  This shade is so dynamic!  The first photo is taken with flash, the second without.  Two coats.

Urban Decay Zodiac Nail Polish SwatchesUrban Decay Zodiac Nail Polish Swatches 2Urban Decay Zodiac Nail Polish swatches macroBlackheart in the light looks like it has a smoky eggplant base with gold, fuchsia and copper shimmer.  In the shade the shimmer flattens and makes it appear almost like a purple and khaki green duochrome.  This looks so different with the flash as opposed to without the flash so I did pics of both and close-ups of both.  Two coats.

Urban Decay Blackheart Nail Polish SwatchesUrban Decay Blackheart Nail Polish swatches macroUrban Decay Blackheart Nail Polish Swatches 2 Urban Decay Blackheart Nail Polish swatches macro 2Both shades have an easy to work with formula and, IMO, are must-haves… and that’s not just because the packaging is TDF.  (Skull caps with rose eye balls?!  How can you resist?!)  What do you think of these shades from Urban Decay?

Urban Decay Nail Color retails for $15.00 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s and urbandecay.com.


Top 10 Rose Gold Beauty Items

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Rose Gold was a big hit for 2013, and it’ll definitely be carrying over into the New Year.  For this edition of Top 10 Tuesday we’re featuring out Top 10 Rose Gold Products.  I chose to focus on beauty, but I definitely could’ve gone the way of jewelry at this point!

Top 10 Rose Gold Beauty Products

  1. Laura Mercier Rose Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour – A great base for any eye look, multiple possibilities… even worn alone!  Bonus: It also will hold up all day without creasing!
  2. Hourglass Ignite Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss – A sheer rose gold shade to add to bare lips or to spice up a vampy holiday color.
  3. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – The latest to the UD Nakeds, of course this palette makes the list!  Out of all of the Naked palettes this one is my fave and I feel it’s the most widely wearable.  Must have!
  4. OPI Make Him Mine Liquid Sand Nail Polish – From Mariah Carey Holiday 2013.  This shade stole my heart before it even hit my nails.
  5. Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush – A new one from Benefit, Rockateur is a light and wearable Rose Gold shade for the cheeks.
  6. Marc Jacobs Gatsby Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Gatsby – A metallic rose gold nail polish, perfect for New Years Eve!
  7. Butter London Bit Faker Nail Polish – A glitter polish loaded with rose gold and bronze shades.  This would pair up perfectly with MJ Gatsby!
  8. em Cosmetics Ro’s Gold Waterliner – I love using this to brighten up the waterline area or making the inner corners of the eyes pop.  Bonus… it doesn’t budge!
  9. Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Rose Gold – This is more of a “to be reviewed” because I just ordered it from the Sephora Sale on Sale.  I lusted this like crazy when it released but by the time I convinced myself to order it wasn’t around.  I considered myself ridiculously lucky that I saw it on sale online at Sephora and then got an extra 20% off on top of that!
  10. MAC RiRi Hearts M·A·C Holiday Cosmetic Bag – Not really so much a beauty “product” but it holds lots of beauty products!  I ordered this sight unseen, unsure of how good the quality would be or if I’d even like it.  I love it!  The quilted fabric feels plush and it’s a definitely win.  Review to come!

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Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case Swatches, Review & FOTD – Holiday 2013

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I love an all-in-one palette.  Nothing is more travel friendly than having your shadows, cheek products and lippie all in one place.  The Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case is compact enough for on-the-go, but sturdy enough to bump around in your makeup drawer.

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case 1 Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case 2What Sephora says about the Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case:

What it is:
A luxurious two-tiered mirrored case featuring color for the entire face.

What it does:
An ultimate all-in-one travel palette for the most discriminating beauty junkies, this limited-edition set contains all the essentials for a range of looks, including colors for your eyes, lips, and cheeks.

This double-layer compact keeps everything organized and prevents the shadows from mixing with the blushes and highlighter. Lift the lid to reveal the first tier, which houses five shades of Eyeshadow, a Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and a big mirror. Delve into the lower tier and you’ll find two shades of blush (in an exclusive new powder formula) and a highlighter, along with another mirror. Perfect for quick getaways, rushed mornings, and last-minute invites to stay the night, this travel-size palette fits stealthily into your bag—making it easy to create a hot look no matter where you are.

This set contains:
- 0.03 x 5 Eyeshadows in Redemption (deep gunmetal satin), Fray (warm mauve matte), Vaporize (deep metallic gray-taupe shimmer), Provocateur (light metallic mauve shimmer w/ multidimensional micro-glitter) and Revolt (bright metallic silver shimmer w/ silver micro-glitter).
- 0.10 oz x 2 Blush in Fetish (mauve-pink) and Quickie (bright pink)
- 0.05 oz Highlighter
- 0.01 oz Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Scandal
- 0.03 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (blackest black matte)

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
With most all-in-one palettes, you run out of lip color long before everything else. Not so with Urban Decay’s Anarchy Face Case, because the Super-Saturated pencil is full size. And when you want to change up your look, you can just swap out the pencils for your favorite UD shades.

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case 3 Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case 4The packaging is what I like to call royal with an edge.  I love the sleek white palette with the siver and grey writing accents.  The mirror spans the entire top interior of the case, which is a perfect size.

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case 5 Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case swatches 1The eye shadows are Redemption (deep gunmetal satin), Fray (warm mauve matte), Vaporize (deep metallic gray-taupe shimmer), Provocateur (light metallic mauve shimmer w/ multidimensional micro-glitter) and Revolt (bright metallic silver shimmer w/ silver micro-glitter).

Vaporize is my fave (taupe, like you couldn’t tell I’d love that one best haha) but all of the shades have a great formula and are heavily pigmented (even Fray!).  Which is obviously awesome, but because these can lean too icy you’ll want to be careful, especially with Revolt.  Perversion is a fave of many so it was perfect for these pink and grey tones.

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case 6 Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case swatches 2The face and lip products are lovely.  There’s a mauve shade laced with fine gold shimmer (Fetish) , hot pink (Quickie) and a gilded highlighter.  Quickie may look way too pigmented for some of you, but if you use it lightly on the apples of the cheek it gives off a nice pop of color.  Scandal isn’t my favorite shade to have on my lips, but in this case it works and I can always swap it out for another Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in a shade that I’d prefer when I head out of the house.

I love this kit, but I’d love to have the bottom half with the cheek products be a little easier to open.  I have the worst time with it.  Anyone else?  It’s also a little thick and I think it could be thinned out and made a smidge longer for a travel sized mascara, making it ideal for travel.

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case look 1 Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case look 2The Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case retails for $44.00 and can be purchased at Sephora.  This item is limited edition.


Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Review & EOTD

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With the success of the other Naked Palettes (one, two, and basics) of course Urban Decay is going to make a third.  And, hopefully, more.

Urban Decay Naked 3 PaletteWhat Sephora says about Urban Decay Naked 3:

What it is:
A mirrored compact packed with a dozen never-before-seen rose-hued neutrals, plus a double-ended brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler.

What it does:
Dare to get Naked all over again with Urban Decay’s latest shadow palette. Naked3 debuts 12 insanely beautiful rose-hued neutrals in an impressive range of shades—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with red microglitter—in ultrasmooth matte, pearl, and glimmering metallic finishes. Each shadow features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability.

This set contains:
- 0.05 oz x 12 Eyeshadows in Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin), Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Burnout (light pinky-peach satin), Limit (light dusty rose matte), Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver microglitter), Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal microsparkle), Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte), Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer), Factory (pinky-brown satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin), Blackheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red microsparkle)
- Double-ended brush
- 4 x 0.025 oz Eyeshadow Primer Potion sample packettes

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The gorgeous rose-gold art-school-inspired tin case hints at the shades inside. Embossed on top with a big “Naked3” and cool facets that beg to be touched, this case is sure to inspire lots of jealous stares. Naked3 also includes a new double-ended shadow/blending brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (Original, Sin, Eden, and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer.

Years ago, Wende (founding partner of Urban Decay) had a boyfriend who took the most amazing pictures of her at sunset, when the light was ridiculously flattering. With Naked3, she wanted to recreate that amazing “golden hour” vibe that looks great on everyone.

Urban Decay Naked 3 packaging 1 Urban Decay Naked 3 packaging 2Urban Decay Naked 3 box 1 urban Decay Naked 3 Palette box 2Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye PaletteThe packaging is a beautiful Rose Gold case with a wavy pattern.  When popped open it reveals 12 brand new eye shadow shades, currently exclusive to this palette.

The shadows of Naked 3 lean from warm up to cool as they darken.  A lot of pinks, rose golds, taupes and plums.  Of all of the Naked palettes out there (within Urban Decay and outside of the brand) this is my absolute favorite.  All of the shades are of the superb quality we’ve come to expect from Urban Decay and are buttery smooth.

… and it comes with a brush!  HUZZUH!   Everyone can use an extra shadow brush and Urban Decay makes some good ones.  Much better than getting the same eye liner in every palette.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Swatches 1

  • Strange is a matte eggshell pink.
  • Dust is a glittery peachy pink.
  • Burnout is a peachy pink satin (or Dust’s less flashy sister).
  • Limit is a vintage rose matte.
  • Buzz is a metallic mauve rose (and also Kevin McAllister’s older brother, hello Home Alone reference!).
  • Trick is a metallic pink tinged copper.

Urban Decay Naked 3 swatches 2

  • Nooner is a matte taupe-mauve.
  • Liar is a metallic taupe-mauve.
  • Factory is a pearled browned taupe.
  • Mugshot is a metallic taupe shimmer.
  • Darkside is a pearled taupe-eggplant.
  • Blackheart is a blackened purple with fuchsia shimmers.

Taupe as a word gets repetitive at the end there, but it’s different shades of taupe that all work well together, separately and also with the other shades in this palette.

For the EOTD below I placed Liar all over the lid, Nooner in the crease and Factory in the outer V.  For the inner corners and to highlight I used Burnout.  Under the lower waterline I also applied a bit of Trick.  The eye liner is MAC Past Twilight Fluidline on top and MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl on the bottom.  The mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex & Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant layered.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette EOTD 2 Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette EOTDWill you pick up Naked 3?

Urban Decay Naked 3 retails for $52.00 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, beauty.com, Macy’s and urbandecay.com.


Makeup Wars – 7 Products for a 5 Minute Face

At some point, you’ve needed a 5 minute face.  Maybe you woke up late, maybe you forgot that you needed to be somewhere, maybe you’re a mom and just don’t have the time to focus for more than a few minutes…. In any event, you’re stepping out the door and don’t want to actually look like you just rolled your tired booty out of that warm, comfy bed.

This week for Makeup Wars we’re focusing on the 5 Minute Face.  Guaranteed to make you look presentable since 2013.

5 Minute FaceFor my 5 Minute Face I focus mostly on the eyes, because generally that’s what people see first.  You’ll also want to start with your eyes, just in case you need to clean anything up before you work on your face.  Who has time to redo the face?  Not me!

You really can’t go wrong with a basic eye palette.  I tend to always reach for Urban Decay Naked Basics when I’m on the run.  It’s got six fail-safe neutrals that you can quickly pop on the eye to open them up.

To amp up the basic eye I add on a brown, neutral liner like Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Hustle.  These are great because you have time to smudge them a bit (so you don’t need to worry about that precise line) but they’ll also set and last all day long.

Finish up your eye look with 2 coats of mascara.  Lately I’ve been all over MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash (shown).  And, of course, brush on a clear brow gel.  One of my faves is NARS Oural Brow Gel.  You want clear just for grooming, as a tinted (unless your brows are thick and lovely) could get messy if you’re rushing.

Next reach for a powder foundation.  My absolute favorite is IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation.  It buffs on easily, blends in perfectly and lasts all day long.  The coverage is superb and hides a multitude of sins.

Make your face come alive and your skin look glowy with a luminescent, pinky peach blush like Benefit Rockateur.  This is a “rose gold” cheek powder with understated shimmer that will wake you up and add much needed color to your face.

Finally, a glossy and sheer lip.  You don’t want to choose a lip product that takes any kind of time.  This means toss all things bright, deep and vampy out of your mind for this day.  Those colors take prep… precision… lip liners… they rely on the execution to look good.  Those are things we don’t have time for.  You want to literally be able to run out the door while applying this and know it looks okay without even checking a mirror.  One of my faves (shown) is Marc Jacobs Heart Shaped Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl.

Check out what the other Makeup Wars Bloggers use to create their 5 Minute Face!

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