16 Holiday Makeup Must-Haves

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Since August (!!!!!) Holiday makeup collections have been out in full force and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Because I love to shop I thought it’d be fun to share with you a few beauty items I picked up and a few that are on my wishlist (based on reviews from websites and other bloggers). Note: these items are, for the most part, limited edition. Shop early!

In alphabetical order:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette($42.00 // ULTA Beauty). I bought this when it first released and am obsessed with it. You know you’ve heard of it, you know you want it. I also need that Mario palette!
  2. beautyblender® + Too Faced Holiday Kit($40.00 // Sephora). I’m obsessed with this. It’s baby pink AND it has an awesome beautyblender AND one of my favorite TF highlighters AND a blotterazzi that I LOVE. Everyone just go ahead and buy me this for my bday. I’ll wait.
  3. BECCA Blushed With Light Palette($34.00 // Sephora). BECCA blushes are just so pretty and glowy… one of the few brands where I don’t mind my blushes to shimmer a bit because it’s not overkill and doesn’t accent pores.
  4. Benefit Cosmetics Sassy Lassie “Chick Picks” Beauty Bestsellers Kit($39.00 // Sephora). So many new products, so little time. This kit features 4 of the must-have products from the brand, all of which I love!
  5. Bobbi Brown New York Palette($65.00 // Nordstrom). Sure, the colors are something you might already own… but you guys know how I love packaging. Also how much I LOVE New York. There are also kits for Paris and London!
  6. Burberry Beauty Festive Set($115.00 // Nordstrom). Military Red Lipstick is one of my fave reds ever and it’s in this kit. That along with nail polish and a lot of glow make it a NEED.
  7. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse Luxury Palette($52.00 // Nordstrom). Excellent shadow quality from this brand PLUS all the gold tones you need to do holiday in one palette.
  8. IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Your Superhero Eyes Must-Have Eye Set($28.00 // ULTA Beauty). Oh, that’s a mouthful… but Superhero MATTE shades that you can transform into non-matte shades? Great product performance and a fabulous price. Own you some IT.
  9. Jouer Powder Highlighter($24.00 // Nordstrom). Particularly in the shade Rose Quartz. Citrine seems to be the hot seller… but Rose Quartz is where it’s at.
  10. Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set($49.00 // Sephora). Though Lolita 2 is my fave (and not in this set) there are a ton of shades that I’d love to try and the color palette is one I gravitate towards. Except for maybe that purple… but I’d try it 😉
  11. LORAC Mega Pro Palette 3($59.00 // ULTA Beauty). LORAC has always had wonderful shadows and I love their palettes… but Mega Pro 3 is really speaking to me in all the ways.
  12. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artistic Lip Ink and Brush Set ($40.00 // Sephora). I love a good red and I love how different the product is. Definitely a good shade for the holidays!
  13. PÜR Cosmetics The Perfect Matte 5 Pc Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick Collection w/ Lip Oil($34.00 // ULTA Beauty). Another long product name but you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to try this liquid lipstick. I work fo the brand and can’t get my hands on them! Insanely popular, must have.
  14. Sephora Favorites Trending: Beauty’s Most Coveted($75.00 // Sephora). Fave brands + fave products = gift set win. Give to yourself 😉
  15. Tarte Tartelette Treasures Eye Set ($59.00 // ULTA Beauty). Tartelette in Bloom and Tarteist Mascara are some of my favorite products. I haven’t tried the Double Take Eyeliner but at a $92.00 value for just $59.00 I’ll take my chances.
  16. Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette($35.00 // Sephora). The only lip palette I’ve ever LOVED. It’s a good deal and full of must-have cold weather shades.

What’s on your beauty wishlist?




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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palettes Swatches + Review // Holiday 2016

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If you’re into mixing up your lipstick colors because customizing is what you’re good at then you’re going to need both of the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palettes in your life. Particularly if you don’t want to buy all of these shades separately.

Two palettes will be released in the Holiday 2016 Collection and both palettes are housed in a metallic gunmetal case accented with gold. When you open it up there’s a huge mirror and a hinged cover that states “lipstick is my vice”. When you open up the cover you’ll see 12 lip colors sitting in their own individual “well” designed with a special stair-step effect that is perfect for wiping excess lipstick off of the brush. This also keeps the lipstick inside the compartment instead of all over the palette, which I can appreciate because my biggest pet peeve with lip palettes is how the shades mix and get everywhere, eventually looking gross. In addition to the 12 lip colors you’ll also get a small lip brush.

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette will be available at ULTA Beauty, select Macy’s stores and urbandecay.com. The 12 shades are:

  • Sheer Shame // berry, sheer
  • Firebird // deep fuchsia, cream
  • Big Bang // bright pink sparkle, metallized
  • Disobedient // medium pink, cream
  • EZ // bright red-orange, cream
  • 714 // bright red, mega matte
  • Vanished // pale neutral nude, sheer
  • 1993 // medium brown, comfort matte
  • Ex-Girlfriend // nude-rose with pink shimmer, sheer shimmer
  • Amulet // metallic brick rose, metallized
  • Conspiracy // plum-bronze shimmer, metallized
  • Blackmail // deep berry wine, comfort matte

Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette will be available exclusively at Sephora. The 12 shades are:

  • Disturbed // deep brick red, comfort matte
  • 714 // bright red, mega matte
  • Carnal // medium warm nude, comfort matte
  • Safe Word // neutral nude pink, comfort matte
  • Studded // metallic gray-brown, metallized
  • Whip // soft pink with gold iridescent shimmer, sheer shimmer
  • Wrath // metallic red, metallized
  • Big Bang // bright pink sparkle, metallized
  • Firebird // deep fuchsia, cream
  • Vanity Kills // lavender, mega matte
  • Speedball // deep vibrant purple, cream
  • Junkie // metallic green shimmer with gold micro-sparkle, metallized

To access the lip brush you simply slide the top down and a small door opens on top which enables the brush to push out. It’s a fun, practical little gadget and perfect for the palette.

I found the formulas to be on track with the Vice Lipsticks I’ve tried in full size form (which don’t match up 100% shade wise but I’ve tried all the different formulas themselves) and I love the idea of so many shades in one place. It makes everything very handy for travel, if you’re doing makeup or just like to mix and match your shades to customize things. I’m a very vocal non-lover of lip palettes in general but this one doesn’t seem to get as messy as the other ones and as far as that goes the layout and packaging make this a real winner. 714, Big Bag & Firebird are the only shades that repeat in both palettes.

Are you more Blackmail or more Junkie? Even though it has a bit more wild of a color palette I think I’m Team Junkie!

The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palettes retail for $35.00 each. Blackmail is available at ULTA Beauty, select Macy’s stores and urbandecay.com while Junkie is available exclusively at Sephora.

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Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Swatches + Review // Holiday 2016

Gone are the days of wetting down your Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows to make them more saturated and metallic. There’s now a liquid for that – the Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows($22.00 // Sephora).

These shadows are packaged in a round tube with a small, pointed brush applicator. This type of applicator works well for a more precise, light placing of the product – I would personally prefer doe-foot for a more concentrated amount of color but this type of brush is perfect if you want to place the color over a liner.

Eight shades of Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows are released with a formula that works for using the product alone or layered over your favorite eyeshadow shades to give them a sparkly 3-D effect.

  • Solstice // pink-red with green 3-D sparkle and shift
  • Vega // bright blue with iridescent sparkle
  • Spacetime // deep coppery bronze with iridescent sparkle
  • Zodiac // Smoky black with blue-green shift and blue-green 3-D sparkle
  • Zap // gold with tonal sparkle
  • Recharged // peach with pink shift and sparkle
  • Chem Trail // oyster with iridescent sparkle
  • Magnetic // purple with iridescent sparkle

I found that these eyeshadows are best worn by dabbing the color on the lid and then using your finger to spread it out by lightly patting around. If you apply them and put a shadow over-top it does make the shadow pop a bit but it isn’t as sparkly as you’d imagine. Patting the color over the eye look will give a fun, 3D effect.

When you apply the shadows you will get a bit of glitter fallout under the eye so I recommend doing your eye makeup before your face. When worn alone for 8 hours these did not crease for me, however the base color isn’t opaque so it’s likely that’s why creasing wasn’t noticeable. I also tried them with a secondary primer underneath and a shadow on top as well as alone and with just shadow on top. With the secondary primer involved there was no fading or creasing but after around 3 hours the side without the primer had creased and also faded. If you’re stuck with oily lids like me, I’d suggest wearing the primer.

These aren’t as pigmented as you’d imagine – some are more than others – so if you’re looking for major pigment you’ll have to stick to wetting down the Moondust pressed version. IMO they look best over other shades to add the dimension and sparkle. My favorites are Solstice, Recharged (it reminds me of Tom Ford Sphinx!), Zodiac and Spacetime.

The Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows retail for $22.00 each and are available exclusively in-store and online at Sephora. This product is limited edition.

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder Swatches + Review // Holiday 2016

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Because WTF would Holiday 2016 be without a little glow? We’ve been glowing all year with the major surge of highlighting that’s happening, so it’s perfect timing for the release of the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder for Face and Body ($36.00 // Sephora) which features three NEW shades in a limited edition set.

Inside this set you’ll get not only the powders in Pyrite // gold-champagne, Oasis // marbled frosted taupe and Twilight // iridescent pink, but also a nice sized mirror and a double-ended brush.

Within these three new shades you’re still getting the coveted microfine Naked Shimmer that contain light-reflecting particles providing your skin with a finished, luminous look. It doesn’t have to just highlight your face, the powders are perfect for everywhere because it just gives a slight shimmer vs a garish metallic look. If you spritz a bit of the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray on the brush before you apply it’ll make the sparkle a bit more intense and you can also add it into lotions and oils for an all-over body glow.

I think this trio is fabulous because you’re getting three shades that will work from head-to-toe. Pyrite was the most pigmented for a nice, bronzed glow while Twilight gave off a noticeable, understated bit of color. Oasis was the only shade of the three that seemed to be hard to pick up any sort of pigment and it did feel a bit dry. For the most part these highlighters are going to give you more of a shimmery glow vs a metallic one.

In the look below I’m wearing Twilight at the top of my cheek bones to highlight. The rest of the look breakdown can be found here.

What is your favorite highlighter for the holidays?

The Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder for Face and Body retails for $36.00 and is available in-store and online at Sephora, ULTA Beauty, select Macy’s stores and urbandecay.com. This product is limited edition.

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette Swatches + Review // Holiday 2016

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Ever since the original Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette released it’s been my most reached for/most used palette. Everything about it makes life simple when you need a quick eye-look… particularly when you want it to be “mature” and understated. For example, when I’m running out the door to go to the kids school to help out, or just need to go to the store but don’t want to be all crazy done-up… this is what I use. So when the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette came out a year later it was a no brainer to buy that one as well. The shades in that one are a little warmer and a little deeper. I use it, but not like the original.

This year, for Holiday 2016, the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette($55.00 // Sephora) has launched. Some of my friends got to go to the event and as I was watching their Snapchat stories I was dying. TWELVE all new MATTE shades (well…. one is a demi-matte) with a much broader range than the two previous Naked Basics palettes – a palette loaded with perfect shades for both warm and cool tones. All of this is packaged in a square gold case with a sunburst design on the front that gives a 3D effect.

Inside the palette you’ll get a full-size mirror and a double-ended brush for smudging and blending. Each eye shadow shade features the Urban Decay Pigment Infusion System which is the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade the velvety texture, major pigment, staying power and blendability that we all know and love.

Top Row:

  • Blow // light nude demi-matte
  • Nudie // soft pink-nude matte
  • Commando // light taupe-brown matte
  • Tempted // pale brown matte
  • Instinct // medium pink-taupematte
  • Lethal // reddish brown matte

Bottom Row:

  • Pre-Game // pale yellow matte
  • Extra Bitter // burnt orange matte
  • Faith // medium warmbrown matte
  • Lockout // rich neutral brown matte
  • Magnet // smoky gray matte
  • Blackjack // warm black matte

The shades are swatched dry and on bare skin (no primer):

In the look below I decided to get a little more smoky than normal and used the entire top row of this palette. Because, gorgeous. (FACE) I started off using Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue all over my face and then on top I put the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer in my oily t-zone area. For my foundation I’ve been loving the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in shade 238. I put the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder in 310 on top for more coverage. To set this I used the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder by baking my under eye and t-zone areas. For bronzer I used Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer, blush is Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow Blush. To highlight the cheeks I used Urban Decay Twilight Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder (from the Holiday 2016 trio). (EYES) I used Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion as a base and used Commando as a transition shade. Tempted is all over the lid with Instinct through the crease. I used Nudie to blend out the crease and Blow at the inner corners and to highlight. For eyeliner I used Urban Decay Stag 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (a dark brown shade) and smudged Lethal over top, pushing it upwards. I also smudged a bit of Lethal and Blow under the lower lash line. For mascara I used Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on my lower lashes and Max Factor Masterpiece MAX Mascara on the top lashes. (LIPS) I lined my lips and filled them in with Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil and smudged Urban Decay Roach Lipstick over-top.

There are also a few sets of lashes that you can use to take any look, whether it be bold or understated, to the next level. Urban Lash styles retail for $15.00 and are available exclusively at urbandecay.com and at their freestanding stores. (Shown below: Tricked Out, HBIC Babies and Entrapment ).

The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette retails for $55.00 and is available in-store and online at Sephora, ULTA Beauty, select Macy’s stores and urbandecay.com.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection Swatches + Review // Holiday 2016

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These lipsticks are not for the faint of heart. But then, neither were the 90’s. For Holiday 2016 we’re being thrown back in beauty-time (to when some of you were probably very young or not even born yet… let me just cry a minute) and getting the chance to re-buy, reminisce and re-wear some seriously in-your-face shades. The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection brings back NINE of the old-school shades from 20 years past… yes, girl, 1996.

When I first saw the packaging the noise that I made was that of when I see a baby or a puppy… “awwwwwww”. Because it’s reminiscent of the packaging from 20 years ago – but modernized. I love the cardboard look, the font, the interior… it just makes my old ass really happy, okay?

In the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Capsule Collection are nine of the original cult favorites all now in the new, creamy Vice Lipstick formula – including the most requested of all of the vintage lipsticks – Bruise (shown above).

  • Pallor // frosted lavender with gray shift, cream
  • Roach // deep burgundy-brown, cream
  • Bruise // sheer deep burgundy red with green shift, sheer
  • UV-B // vibrant blue with purple shift, cream
  • Asphyxia // soft lavender with blue micro-glitter, cream
  • Smog // deep coppery bronze, cream
  • Oil Slick // sheer black with silver micro-glitter, sheer
  • Frostbite // frosted deep blue with multicolored micro-glitter, cream
  • Plague // bright purple with pink undertone, cream

If you’re looking for shades that are on the sheer side but are also wild this is a great collection for you. Quite a few of the more intimidating shades (like Oil Slick, Pallor, UV-B) apply on the lighter side while others boast a major amount of pigment when worn (like Bruise and Smog). This isn’t your every day collection of lipsticks but if you see one you like I think it’s worth picking up. You can always mix and match with another color and make it wearable for you. The 90’s called and they miss you.

What is your favorite shade from the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection? Is there a shade you remember from 20 years ago that you’d love to see brought back again?

The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection is available in-store and online at Sephora, ULTA Beauty, select Macy’s stores and urbandecay.com. Each shade retails for $17.00 and is limited edition.

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Lip Products I’m Loving // National Lipstick Day + Giveaway!

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Who knew you could own a day?! Huda Beauty has officially made July 29th National Lipstick Day and it’ll also be the day she launches her newest lip product, Liquid Matte. I’ve never tried anything from Huda Beauty, but this product is said to be “revolutionary” … so maybe I’ll give it a peek 😉

In honor of this now official “holiday” I want to share with you a bunch of lip products that I’ve tried out this Summer that I’ve been loving. Some aren’t Lipsticks per se but neither is a liquid matte (technically).

Lancome Juicy Shaker Bi-Phase Lip Oil($21.00 // Nordstrom). A cocktail for your lips. Of course I’m on board. There are a ton of shades in the Juicy Shaker line, but for the most part they’re all going to come off the same on your lips. Some will have a bit more pigmented than others to leave a nice tint (like Wonder Melon) but really this product is just a nourishing oil to add shine. Shake and pop on your lips – the cushion applicator is perfect for applying all over without a heavy feel. I chose Wonder Melon for the tint, Mint To Be because I love the color/it helps boost teeth whiteness and Boom Meringue for the scent because YUM. Yes, these are all subtly scented but light and LOVELY.

Lipstick Queen Lipstick($25.00 // Nordstrom). Color changing lipstick. If I wouldn’t have seen a YouTube video on these shades I never in a million years would have bought them. Frog Prince is Green but when I wear it my lips turn the most gorgeous shade of berry and it also leaves a slight stain behind. Hello Sailor is Blue but gives my lips a subtle mauve tone, almost a deepening of my natural lip pigment. These shades will look slightly different on everyone due to natural lip coloring and pH levels, but they’re gorgeous and very moisturizing.

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm*($20.00 // Nordstrom). I’m so happy for the Tendertalk Lip Balms now being in a tube! I’m not a potted lip product fan by any means but I did like the formula of the original Tendertalk balms. Application is easy with these sheer-to-semisheer lip products. Smooth, moisturizing… exactly what I want and need out of my makeup life.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Balm*($20.00 // ULTA Beauty). I am a big fan of IT Cosmetics but what you might not know is one of the very first products I fell in love with was the Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush. Recently they released the lip balm and it’s just as wonderful and does the same as the Lip Flush, but it’s in a rounded shape. This was first released in a set featured on QVC, but I hope we see the single available soon!

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick*($17.00 // Sephora). UD covers all the bases with their #LipstickIsMyVice launch. Just in Wende’s Ten Top Picks I found 6 LOVES. How is that even possible?! Swatches here.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Plumping Gloss*($14.00 // ULTA Beauty). I don’t use the term “ride or die” lightly, but this gloss is something I refuse to run out of. Slightly tingly, moisturizing and even plumps a bit. Swatches here.

Estée Edit Cocobalm*($22.00 // Sephora). Since I first tried this balm it’s been a Summer staple. The Cocobalms are moisturizing, slightly tinted and have a subtle coconut fragrance. That scent always screams Summer to me and the rounded packaging makes them handy to keep in your bag or even your car. Original review here.

Too Faced Melted Metal($21.00 // Sephora). These babies were around before any of the other brands decided metallic lips should be in. My shades of choice are Melted Metallic Peony (metallic dusty rose, shimmer finish) and Melted Metallic Debutante (metallic apricot rose, shimmer finish) mostly because I thought they’d be the perfect fit if I needed a Summer metallic lip. I love how the Melted lip colors stay on decently, have nice pigment and basically just POP!

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick($18.00 // Nordstrom). Because I was so happy with my metallic Summer lips I wanted to get a more neutral tone to wear in the Fall. The praise has been high for the Jouer Liquid Lipsticks and I settled on buying Praline which is a pretty pink champagne metallic. It’s still metallic but not overdone.

Nudestix Skin Glossing Pencil*($24.00 // Sephora). Nudestix products are known for multi-tasking and this particular one is great for highlighting as well as wearing on the lips. It’s sheer and lightweight but perfect for toting along to touch-up your entire face.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick($20.00 // ULTA Beauty). These liquid lipsticks stay on SO well and Crush is my latest purchase. A beautiful, neutral mauve for Fall – perfect for day or night wear. When you put the Nudestix pencil over-top it’ll gloss it up which looks amazing with a smokey eye.

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick($8.99 // ULTA Beauty). It’s been a struggle to not go out and buy every single one of these. They have a nice, even pigment and feel comfortable on. My faves are shown below and swatches are here.

Sleek MakeUP Lip VIP Lipstick*($8.49 // Sleek MakeUP). Great, bold Summer selection with super pigment. These mattes are comfy to wear, last well and are a wee bit cheaper than the Covergirl mattes!

Of course as I was writing this up I thought of even more I love from other brands, but I think you get the idea 😉



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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Swatches + Review // Wende’s 10 Top Picks

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So many Vice’s, so little time! If we want to get technical there are 100 Vice Lipsticks in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection($17.00 // Sephora) and 50 coordinating 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils($20.00 // Sephora). A Vice for all! #LipstickIsMyVice #RubyRoseIsMyVice

The Vice Lipstick comes in six formulas – Mega Matte, Comfort Matte, Cream, Metallized, Sheer and Sheer Shimmer. For this post I have 11 shades to share with you which are Wende’s 10 Top Picks as well as one random shade that I bought recently at ULTA Beauty.

Wende’s 10 Top Picks are Pandemonium(bright purple, mega matte); Rock Steady(deep wine red, cream); 714(bright red, mega matte); Big Bang(bright pink sparkle, metallized); Firebird(deep fuchsia, cream); Menace(medium fuchsia-pink, comfort matte); Naked(nude-pink, cream); Backtalk(mauve-nude pink, comfort matte); Conspiracy(plum-bronze shimmer, metallized) and Disturbed(deep brick red, comfort matte). The 11th shade that I purchased is Insanity(soft warm nude, cream).

I found that the shades that I tried carried an amazing amount of pigment and wore easily on the lips – even the Metallizied shades, which I wasn’t holding out a lot of hope for due to that type of formula not working well with other brands. I really should’ve known better… Urban Decay can’t do any wrong, especially when it comes to shimmer and metallic. The matte formulas wore the longest on me – around 4-5 hours without eating and drinking – and left a slight stain behind that was incredibly difficult to remove. I personally find that a plus because if you’re out and don’t have time to reapply a lipstick a nice balm will pep you right up.

As for the24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils with 50 shades you’ll 100% be able to find the perfect coordinating color for your lipstick. Of the 50 shades available I have ten below in Naked(nude-pink); Rush(pink-mauve w/soft pearl); 714(bright red); Pandemonium(bright purple); Anarchy(bright fuchsia); Big Bang(bright pink sparkle); Jilted(deep fuchsia-pink); Conspiracy(plum-bronze); Gash (deep red) and Hex(deep berry wine).

The 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils have one of my favorite formulas because they apply effortlessly and once they set they just don’t budge. They really help to make your lipstick shade last longer and pop as well as keep deeper shades from feathering out.

The collection has such variety – sexy, vampy, bold, neutral… limitless possibilities. Several of the 100 shades of Vice Lipstick were even inspired by Urban Decay Eyeshadows and Eye Pencils… with Ruby Rose as the face, how could you go wrong?

Urban Decay can be purchased at Sephora, ULTA Beauty, Macy’s and urbandecay.com.

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My Favorite Color Correctors // Makeup Wars

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With color correcting being all the rage lately the Makeup Wars bloggers feel like it’s high time we share our favorites with you!

My favorite color correctors are all brand new products to me that I’ve been using for the last week or two (so apologies if they’re looking less than new in the pics). My skin tends to be oily but since I’ve partnered with tria to test out the tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser (post coming soon) my under eye area has been really dry and discolored. Because of this I picked up some new products to alternate with, using the more emollient formula for the driest areas and the pressed palette formula for the oilier ones.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy ($36.00 // Sephora). While this product isn’t touted as being for color correcting it is said to be the solution you need for dark circles, under eye puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. I squeeze out a pin head sized amount, press my two pointer fingers together and that’s all that’s needed to cover your undereye area. I start at the inner corners (the darkest part for me) and then tap lightly under the lower lash line. I keep tapping with the same finger to blend it out. On a day where my undereyes are particularly dark I put a bit of the NYX Color Correcting Palette pink shade on top.

Urban Decay Green Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid($28.00 // Sephora). Five different shades of Color Correcting Fluids were released and my top picks were this one and then the Peach shade. I didn’t end up buying the peach at the time because they were sold out (this was during the big Beauty Insider sale) – but it worked out because the First Aid Beauty is doing what I expected the peach to.

With the Urban Decay Green Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid I dot a bit on my cheeks and under my nose where the redness is the most apparent. I use my finger to lightly pat it in and then use a flat topped kabuki brush to blend before applying my foundation.

NYX Color Correcting Concealer ($11.99 // ULTA Beauty). I actually picked up this 6-pan concealing palette before I grabbed the other two items mentioned in this post. It worked well in certain areas, but like I said in the opening, I needed the more fluid formulas for certain parts of my face.

In this palette I tend to only use the green, peach and pink toned colors to hide dark circles, a bit of redness and some leftover darkened marks from acne that I previously had (and that’s thankfully fading). If you’re curious about what colors would work the best for you check out this chart that Ange from Hairspray and High Heels created. I used it as a guideline to figure out what shades would work best for me!

TIP:When using any of these products under your eyes you need to get at it ASAP with a setting powder. I usually do the under-eye area first by “baking” it with the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($38.00 // Sephora). This will prevent creasing and hold everything in place for a longer period of time. I use this same powder across my entire face once all of my makeup is in place.




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Urban Decay Summer 2016 Makeup Collection Swatches + Review

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The Urban Decay Summer 2016 Makeup Collection isn’t your average full-blown Summer line. The items in the launch are focusing more on a bare-glow. Sun kissed but lightly… butterfly kisses style. The newness includes what is arguably the worlds most beautiful highlighter shades, two bronzers (one of which has landed in HG status), a new foundation formula and a couple of new shades in eye lining. Behold the beachy perfection.

Naked Skin One & Done($34.00 // Sephora). These are touted as being the “hybrid complexion perfector” and it is currently available in 6 shades.

One & Done features a squeeze tube with a pump dispenser and is to be used to “Instantly blur imperfections and even out skintone, and achieve gorgeous skin that appears effortlessly perfected.” Over time it’s also said to make pores appear smaller and also firm the skin. Sourced from the wu zhu yu plant, Gatuline® Radiances improve the look of radiance, tone, and texture. I can’t give a review on that part of it, but I like the sound of it! (PS I had to look up Gatuline because ???? and it’s basically “fast track smoothing”. Google it, because I loveeeee everything it does)!

This is an oil-free formula where the right brush is going to make or break your opinion. On Sephora they’re recommending the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush and I have to agree that this type of brush is definitely the way to go when you apply this, particularly if you want to build up the coverage. A beautyblender sheers it out too much (for me, anyway) and I found it difficult to build. A dense kabuki brush is way too firm and makes the formula streak. Using your fingers to apply will also make the formula streak. I don’t personally own the UD Good Karma Brush but I have a few that are similar and I’ve found the best way to apply is by pumping a few drops on the top of the brush and dotting it all around your face. Once your dots are placed buff it out so that it’s all even. Repeat once, if desired. If you repeat any more it gives the appearance of being too much.

Below all six shades are swatched in Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark and Deep.

Beached Bronzer($28.00 // Sephora). These are touted as being “universally wearable, luminous matte shades”. Beached Bronzer is currently available in 2 shades – Sun-Kissed and Bronzed.

Before we even get into how this bronzer performs can we just take a minute to look at that packaging?! Why can’t all packaging look like that? It’s SO SUMMER. I guess if you’re in Cali or anywhere with palm trees that packaging is just your life… but for us up North… where it’s cold AF all the time… I basically just want to stare at the packaging all day every day. The interior is laid out with palm trees too. UGH LOVE.

These bronzers are said to have a “finely milled, super-soft formula” that “applies smoothly, doesn’t streak, and creates a radiant glow that locks into place”. I’m going to go ahead and agree with all of that. While Sun-Kissed is my personal favorite for my skin tone both applied well, weren’t heavy looking and stayed the day. FYI Sun-Kissed is currently living on my vanity with all of the other holy grail items – that’s how much it can never leave me.



Both bronzers are swatched below on bare skin. PSA my hands are a little darker right now than normal because I got a little crispy at a baseball game =\

Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 // Sephora). These are touted as being “a super-soft, long-wearing, blendable powder highlighter for strobing”. Three shades are currently available in Aura (iridescent light pink), Fireball (peach with pink shift) and Sin (champagne).

AGAIN with the beautiful packaging. Can we just take another minute….

Okay breatheeeee…. and then get ready to freak out again because these are beautiful.




Aura and Sin are definitely more highlighter-esque for my skintone, Fireball is more fun to dust over a flat terracotta cream blush to amp it up or to use as an eyeshadow. They’re super-pigmented so use that fan brush to apply and don’t do what I did which is love it so much you can’t stop applying and then your strobe gets out of control. I actually said I wanted to smash them and roll around in the pigments forever. I’d obviously never do that, but that’s how beautiful they are. If you DID do something like that you’d probably turn into a unicorn. Just sayin’.

Can’t pick a favorite. At all. I thought Aura would be, but then Fireball is just so gorgeous… and beside the two of them Sin does look plain… but look at the swatch… I mean….

Heartless 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20.00 // Sephora). Just one 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil was released in this collection and it is in Heartless which is described as a light frosted pink.

I’m a fan of most of the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Most. Generally the more glittery ones don’t wear well for me and I don’t usually find them to be as pigmented. When I swatched Heartless I was in LOVE with the shade (inner eye corner LIFE for brown eyes) but was nervous that it wouldn’t be a good one for me since it was so icy. Luckily it’s more metallic than glittery so it looks gorgeous and wears very well. My eyes are watery, allergy prone and I wear contacts. For this to stay so well at my inner corners is impressive.

Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil($20.00 // Sephora). One 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil was released in this collection and it is in Walk of Shame which is described as nude.

When the Waterline Eye Pencils originally released I was meh with them. I liked them, but expected more. They basically wore similarly to the Glide-On Eye Pencils and I expected them to last longer in my waterline. Maybe it’s because it’s that beige-tone, but Walk of Shame is glorious for my waterline. It’s the shade I gravitate towards when I need to look more awake because I can’t stand to see or have stark white on the waterline. This is much more natural and it hung out there all day with minor fading.

Heartless and Walk of Shame are swatched below on bare skin (no primers):

What are your favorites from Urban Decay Summer 2016?

You can buy the Urban Decay Summer 2016 Collection now at Sephora, ULTA Beauty, Nordstrom, Macy’s and UrbanDecay.com.




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