Thursday, December 15, 2011

Buzzworthy: Revlon Lip Butters Lipstick

Lollipop, Tutti Fruiti, Berry Smoothie
It almost felt like a Christmas miracle when I stumbled upon these Revlon Lip Butters Lipsticks at my local Target. There had been such a buzz about them lately, and they are extremely hard to come by. These are set to be apart of Revlon's permanent line and will trickle into your local store slowly. The lipsticks are a lipstick balm hybrid and are supposed to moisturize the lips, while giving a sheer shine of color. I picked up the lipsticks in three shades- Berry Smoothie (a neutral berry color), Tutti Fruiti (an orange coral) and Lollipop (a fuchsia pink). I would not classify these as a tinted lipbalm. I'd much rather categorize them under the hydrating lipsticks that double as a lipstick and a lipgloss (think MAC's Supreme Sheen lipsticks or Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks). These lipsticks are moderate in hydration, and although I would not consider them more hydrating than an actual balm, the texture is soft and well- buttery! What I really like about these lipsticks is the color it gives off. Slightly sheer (just a right pop of color) and slightly shiny, these are gorgeous and subtle. To be honest, I really hate the packaging. The lipsticks are covered in a quilted plastic cover that matches the shade of the lipstick. Retailing at just $6, I can justify having these in a few shades! Bottom line? If you can find these at your local drugstores, a few shades are worth having. Pictured below are Berry Smoothie, Tutti Fruiti, and Lollipop, and pictured left are the shades swatched. Have you checked out Revlon Lip Butters? Leave your thoughts in the comments.  

Berry Smoothie, Tutti Fruiti, Lollipop

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Buzzworthy: Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette

After the success of Urban Decay's wildly popular Naked palette, Naked 2 is hot off its heels and the shelves!!! I had to fight a little to get this palette since crazy makeup lovers like me kept crashing the Urban Decay website! The palette is packaged in a tin similar to its predecessor, and just a touch heavier. While original Naked owners received the eyeliner duo with their palette, Naked 2 (like new Naked palettes) comes with an eyeshadow brush. The 12 shades of neutral shadows are a stunning array of greys, browns, and taupes, but compared side by side with the original Naked palette, it doesn't seem to stack up. Don't get me wrong, 12 full sized shadows for $50 is a phenomenal deal. The shadows, typical of Urban Decay, are outstanding quality. The palette, though "neutral", pulls warm- although the colors would flatter cool tones as well. I am not slamming the palette. In fact, there are standout colors in this palette including Snakebite (a bronze gold) and Pistol (frosted taupe). Though the matte colors in the palette are borderline chalky (Tease and Blackout), the palette is still worth more than a bang for your buck and a must have for neutral lovers. However, if you own the orignal Naked palette, you could skip Naked 2 without feeling a tinge of guilt. The two palettes are far too similar to need both. The brush accompanying the palette is great for blending and the lipgloss (though skipable) is a nice shade. If you missed out on the orginal palette, this is definitely a chance to satisfy your need for an awesome neutral palette for an amazing price. The quality of these shadows will not disappoint you. Bottom line? The palette is beautiful and worth the money, but everyone knows the sequel is never as good as the original. Pictured below is my FOTD using Verve on the inner corners and browbone, Snakebite on the lid, Pistol on the crease and Blackout in the outer v. The palette is currently sold out on Urban Decay's website and is slated for a February 2012 release to retailers.  Are you planning to pick up the Naked 2 palette? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Foxy, Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite

Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

**UPDATE** Urban Decay's Naked 2 is back in stock on Urban Decay's website!!! Grab one while you can ladies!!! Click HERE to pick up your Naked 2!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Dupe this Look: Jennifer Lopez

This picture of Jennifer Lopez has been circulating the makeup boards for years now. The beautiful green smokey eye served as my inspiration for a night out on the town with my girls. Jennifer's olive skin and brown eyes are really complimented by the earthy green tones. I started with dusting Nars Wicked eyeshadow all over my lid. Then, using my MAC 239, I patted on MAC's Sweet and Punchy on the lid and inner corner of my eyes. Then I blended MAC's Humid into the outer corners of my eyes, and topped it off with  MAC's Green Smoke right in the crease. I also blended a little bit of Humid underneath my lower lashline to really achieve a smokey look. I topped it off with a set of Miss Ardo's #20 false eyelashes and MAC's Blacktrack fluidline in a cat eye shape. Sticking to Jennifer's glowy look, I used Lorac's baked blush in Hollywood and kept my lips nude with MAC's Peachstock with Chantecaille's Charm lipgloss on top. Pictured below is my FOTD inspired by Jenny from the Block. What's your favorite way to rock green eyeshadow? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Buzzworthy: Charlotte Ronson's All Eye Need Eye Palette- Nicole

I am always excited to see what kind of great products designers push out when they delve into the makeup world. Charlotte Ronson put out a makeup line that was inspired by all her famous celebrity friends- a lipgloss for DJ'ing sister Samantha, a powder for the beautiful Rashida Jones, and of course, this stunning eye shadow palette for fellow designer and fashionista, Nicole Richie. About the palette, Charlotte says, "Nicole wanted an effortless palette that complimented her natural glow." The eyeshadows in this palette are warm golds and browns with flecks of shimmer. The colors go on incredibly smooth and are extremely pigmented and blendable. I haven't run into an eyeshadow  palette that has impressed me this much in a long time. The palette retails at $22  at your local Sephora stores and in my opinion, is definitely worth the money. This palette would look gorgeous on most skin tones and with most eye colors, but if you have hazel or green eyes, this is a must-have. Bottom Line? Judging by the superior quality of the Nicole palette, I can't wait to get my hands on more Charlotte Ronson makeup!  Pictured below is my FOTD using my Nicole palette and the swatches of the eyeshadows. Have you tried Charlotte Ronson makeup? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dupe this Look: Kourtney Kardashian

I know there has been a lot of hoopla around that other, more famous Kardashian but I thought I'd stick to Kourtney as an inspiration after a friend of mine, Roxanne, had asked me to do a smokey eye with a red lip. Kourtney's super smokey eye paired with a deep red lip is very dramatic. Roxanne will be attending a wedding in a royal blue dress and I thought the red lip would be a nice and sophisticated pair for the dress. I started her smokey eye with my NYX Jumbo pencil in Black Bean for a base and patted on MAC's Satin Taupe onto the lid. For the crease color I used MAC's Smut and Carbon for the outer V. I lined Roxanne's entire eye with MAC's Blacktrack fluidline and since she opted to skip the falsies for tonight, I finished with a coat of L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black. To contour her cheeks, I swept MAC's Raizin onto the upper cheekbones and added MAC's highlighter Light Flush to her temples, across her forehead and down the bridge of her nose. I finished her look with MAC's Heartless lipstick and Wicked Ways lipglass. Pictured below is Roxanne's FOTD. I apologize in advance for the terrible lighting in these pics. What's your favorite way to rock the red lip and smokey eye? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Buzzworthy: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

As the holiday collections start to hit shelves in department stores, I find myself always drawn to the Chanel counter. This time I picked up the liquid lipstick Rouge Allure Laque in Empire, a medium pink with peach undertones and flecks of gold shimmer. The formula is exactly what it says it is- a liquid lipstick. The packaging comes in the form of what appears to be a mini lipgloss, but once applied you can see how little of this product you need for opaqueness. You can also immediately feel the difference between this and a regular gloss, as a gloss would go on much thicker. There is no shine to this formula, but the added gold shimmer of Empire gives the lips a good and subtle sheen. Chanel's Empire retails at $32 and is (unfortunately) limited edition. I get a long weartime with this formula since it's more a lipstick than a gloss. The color is also universally flattering to all skintones. Bottom line? Pick this up or add it to your wish list for Christmas as it won't be back on shelves after 2011. Pictured below is my FOTD using Chanel's Rouge Allure Laque in Empire. Are you putting this on your Christmas list? Leave your thoughts in the comments. 

Monday, November 07, 2011

Halloween by the Honey B 2011

I thought you would all like to see the put together products of the two Halloween looks I had done previously. Pictured below is the unveiling of my peacock costume and Lizette's mermaid costume in Hollywood, CA Halloween weekend. The costumes, made by the two of us, were definitely accented by the makeup. Halloween is always a great time to pull out the crazy makeup! What did you dress up as on Halloween? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Faces by the Honey B: Halloween Peacock

This year for Halloween, I decided to ruffle some tail feathers and dress as a peacock. Of course, this called for me to do an elaborate bird look for the evening. Armed with my favorite golds, greens and blues,  I went to work on my bird eyes. I started with the gold pigment from my MAC Surf Baby Surf the Ocean stack. For the green in the inner crease of my eye, I used my Sugar Pill Midori eyeshadow and patted After Party in the outer crease of my eye. I took Urban Decay's Flash and blended it into the brow bone along with Urban Decay's Midnight 15. Using my NYX Milk jumbo pencil, I drew white dots to mimik the pattern of feathers around my eyes. After letting my eyeshadow set, I drew on Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Glitter liner in Metal Head on top of Flash eyeshadow and Air Guitar on my lower lashline. I extended my MAC Blacktrack Fluid line up as far as i could wing and also drawing an inner wing in the inner corner of my eye to create a birdlike effect. I then added Miss Ardo lashes in #112.  I bronzed my cheeks with MAC's Refined Golden Bronze and added Rock and Republic's Kinky on the apples of my cheek. Keeping the lips simple, I put on Nars nude lippy, Pago Pago and finished my look by gluing on some craft feathers with Ardell's eyelash glue.  Just to add an extra peacocky feel, I put on amber contacts to make my eyes pop. Picture below is my Halloween FOTD. Did you dress up last night? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Faces by the Honey B: Halloween Mermaid

It's that time of year again!!! With Halloween rapidly approaching, the beautiful Lizette had asked me to do a mermaid look for a costume party she was attending. When I think of mermaids, I tend to think of deep greens and blues. I wanted to create a very wet look for Lizette's mermaid makeup so I stuck to shimmers and sparkly eyeshadows. I primed her eyelid with Pixi eye primer, and added MAC's Vex all over her lid, applying it the darkest in the brow bone. I then took Cargo's Green Bay lime green eyeshadow and applied it to the inner corner of her lid and near the tear ducts. I put Urban Decay's Kiddie Pool, a turquoise shimmery blue, on her lid and brought Urban Decay's Flash in on the crease and outer V. To really reinforce the purple color, I added MAC's Parfait Armor over Flash. I did a simple black winged eyeliner line with MAC's Blacktrack Fluid line and applied very pointy, thick falsies on both bottom and top lashlines. I applied MAC's Light Flush Highlighter all over her cheekbones, T-zone and bridge of her nose and applied My Paradise onto the apples of her cheeks. To finish the look, I added MAC's Cremesheen lipgloss in Fashion Scoop for a wet look. Apply a small layer of Wet 'N' Wild's white glitter down the temples to your cheeks for an extra scaley look. Picture below is the beautiful Lizette as a siren of the sea Mermaid Princess! What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sephora Friends & Family Sale

Here it is, honey bees! Sephora's online Friends and Family event. Click HERE to get your code and don't forget to shop the sale section for awesome deals! Happy shopping!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blush Buzz: Illamasqua Thrust

As an Illamasqua virgin here, I was excited to try out a recent addition to my blush collection. Illamasqua's Thrust is a bright violet berry in the pan, but shows up a subtle cool and warm pink on the cheeks. It is extremely pigmented and would be best applied with a duo-fibre skunk brush, just to give off a nice rosy glow. I actually love that I dont own a single blush that looks like Thrust. Retailing at around $23 at your local Sephora, Thrust is just a touch more expensive than a MAC blush ($18) and around the same price as a NARS blush ($26). The vibrant color can be a little intimidating in the pan, but once applied (sparingly) to cheeks, Thrust is definitely creates a soft and easy matte finish. The blush leans cool but can suit warm tones nicely as well, since the magenta does carry a bit of red undertones. This blush is particularly flattering on WOC (women of color) but would look beautiful on fair and medium tones as well. Thrust is just the right amount of flirty and bold. I'm pretty excited to try more out from Illamasqua since the quality and wear time of this blush is outstanding. Illamasqua offers a pretty gorgeous range of colors to choose from as well. Bottom line? A fun and flirty quality blush! Pictured below is my FOTD using Illamasqua's Thrust. Please keep in mind that I am applying a little bit more blush than I usually wear, so you guys can get a good look at the true color and pigmentation of Thrust.  Have you tried Illamasqua's Thrust? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Trend: Matte Red Lips

Emma Watson & Sienna Miller
I can't help but notice the omnipresence of matte red lips on celebrities this fall. The look is sophisticated and polished while the matte texture makes it a bit edgy and different from your average red lip. Pictured left on Emma Watson (girl crush alert!) and Sienna Miller, the look is bold without being garish. Shop your stash, ladies, for one of the hardest working lipsticks in the business, MAC's Ruby Woo. This lipstick is true red with slightly cool undertones and absolutely no sheen. If it looks familiar, it's because Ruby Woo is known for being Gwen Stefani's go-to retro lipstick. Be sure to prime your lips before using this. Wearing a lipliner helps to keep the lipstick from feathering as well. I like to use MAC Brick lipliner to make it a bit deeper (like Emma's). You don't  need to fuss with heavy eye shadow or blush with this look. Keep it simple and make the lips make the statement. Pictured below, I take on the matte red lip with MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick and Brick lipliner. Do you rock the matte red lip? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Weekend Haul

After spending a few days in NYC, I was able to get my hands on a few beauty must-haves. I was lucky enough to drop by famous London retailer Top Shop (the only one located in the states is in Soho) and picked up powder blush in Pop ($12) and Liquid eyeliner in Rook ($10). Pop is a soft warm coral while Rook is a blue black liquid liner with a fine felt tip. I have been hearing such great things about Top Shop makeup- and the packaging is so cute too! I can't wait to try these out! While in New York, I also dropped by Henri Bendel to grab some Nars lipsticks (among other things!). I picked up the new shade Pago Pago, which was released with their fall 2011 line, and Outsider (both retailing at $24).  Pago Pago is a shimmery and sheer nude pink. Upon first glance, I was not interested in this lipstick. The shimmer looked unappealing in the tube and the color did not look special. With much insisting, I finally tried it on and loved the nude/pink color! Outsider was the perfect color to transition me nicely into fall. The shade is a warm orange that applies sheer. The best way to describe it is that on lips, it appears like a sheer, shiny tangerine. 

When I got home from my trip my order had arrived! I ordered Stila Pink Custom Color blush  that came with a free gift, Stila's E!'s Live from Red Carpet palette. The blush is quite the shocking pink in the pan, but adjusts its color to your skintone. I'm not really sure  how it works but it gave me a gorgeous glowy pink/peach after application. The blush is small, but you do not need a lot of product for this to show on your skin. Best of all, it came with Stila's E! Live from the Red Carpet travel palette in Stunning Starlet Palette. This palette retails at $25 (but was free with purchase!) and comes with a travel Stila mascara. I love Stila shadows and the quality of these mostly shimmery eyeshadows are just gorgeous. I can't wait to do a red carpet look with this! Pictured below are my swatches of this weekend haul! What did you pick up this weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments. 

from LtoR: Pago Pago, Outsider, Rook, Pop, Stila Converible blush in Pink and E! Red Carpet Palette  shadows in Paparazzi, Red Carpet, Hollywood, A List, VIP, Backstage and Kitten

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dupe this Look: Nicole Richie

I loved this Mod 60's inspired look Nicole Richie rocked on the Oscar's red carpet in 2010. If anyone knows mod inspired style, it's Ms. Richie. The twist on this version of the smokey eye is the great little wing at the end. It really draws a nice line from your eyes to accentuate that sexy feline look. I started by separating my eyelids in half by drawing a black curved line with an angled brush and MAC's Carbon eyeshadow. Next, I patted the lower lid with Sugar Pill's Tako eyeshadow and blended it in an upwards sweeping motion. With my trusty MAC 266, I blended the Carbon line I drew with more black eyeshadow pulling upwards as well. A thick black  line of cream eyeliner is key to this look. I used MAC's Fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack. Don't to wing it out at the end as well. The rest of my look is fairly simple, using Rock and Republic's Foreplay blush and MAC's Angel on my lips, topped off with Chanel's Insolence lipgloss on top. And of course, no Mod look is complete without a dramatic set of false eyelashes (mine are Miss Adoro #5- my current favorite!). Below is my Nicole Richie inspired look. Do you rock the Mod inspired cat eye? Leave your thoughts in the comments. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Buzzworthy: MAC Seasonally Supreme Sheen Lipstick in Fashion City

I've been sitting on this little gem for a while now and decided to share this delightful lipstick with all of you. MAC's Seasonally Supreme Sheen lipsticks came out a few weeks back and I picked up this baby immediately after seeing swatches of it online. Fashion City is what I would consider a true peach lipstick. The lipstick is a frost finish with strong and beautiful pigmentation. Fashion City goes on so creamy and slick it really makes your lips look soft and lush! Fashion City would really look great on my girls out there with warmer skin tones that lean towards medium and dark shades. Although the lipstick does not get a particularly long weartime, I dont really mind that because that's not the point of these, is it? (I leave that to the longwear lipcremes!) Moisturizing, pretty and shiny, Fashion City takes its place along with the other Supreme Sheen lipsticks which are THANKFULLY apart of the permanent line. Along with Bare Again, this is absolutely a must-have lipstick for me! Bottom Line? Medium to darker toned girls who pull more warm would look amazing in this!!! Below is my LOTD along with the Fashion City Swatch. Which Supreme Sheen Lipstick is your favorite shade? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shop Your Stash: MAC's Up the Amp Lipstick

I happened to come across another oldie but goody while shopping my stash the other night. MAC's Up the Amp lipstick has been a favorite of MAC lovers and beauty bloggers for so long that I almost forgot what a beautiful shade it was. A flawlessly blended combination of lilac and pink, Up the Amp really lights up any face that so chooses to wear it. The best part of this lipstick? It looks just as gorgeous on fair skinned ladies as it does on women of color. The lipstick is an Amplified finish and has been a classic standout shade in MAC's permanent lipstick line. It's creamy and soft and hydrates the lips beautifully. If you are looking for a bold color that will keep your look soft and feminine, shop your stash for this beauty classic! If you don't already own it, run out and pick one up as it is (THANKFULLY) a part of MAC's permanent collection. Pictured below is my face of the day using MAC's Up the Amp. Do you have Up the Amp in your stash? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

the Look for Less: Wet 'n' Wild's Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette

Top: Right Column Botton: Left Column
Boy do I love a good deal! Wet 'n' Wild has always been a fan favorite when it comes to getting a bang for your buck. I got lucky and stumbled up the Comfort Zone 8 eyeshadow palette when shopping around my local CVS. Retailing at just $4.99, W&W's Comfort Zone palette is packed with 8 very pigmented shades, each labeled to direct the user in where to place and blend the eyeshadows. They really nailed it when naming this palette Comfort Zone since most of these colors are the neutral everyday colors I usually find comfortable wearing. The colors are richly pigmented and shimmery, with one standout duochrome- the definer color in the left column. The red, brown, green combo of this eyeshadow is very close to a MAC all star eyeshadow Club. This is a great palette to grab and travel with as you could pull several looks from just the one palette including soft and neutral looks as well as dramatic and smokey looks. The best part is that it will only set you back $5! Pictured below is my FOTD using the left column of Comfort Zone. I actually used the lid color (light limey green) on my lid, the definer color (duochrome brown) in my crease and the crease color (dark chocolate brown) in the outer V of my eye for some added drama. I also lined my lower lashes with the definer shade in the right column (brown with burgandy glitter flecks). Bottom line? If you see this at your local drugstore, don't hesitate to pick it up as it has been selling out like crazy! Great eyeshadows for an even sweeter price! Were you able to pick up Comfort Zone? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Buzzworthy: MAC's 226 Blending Brush

Ah, the 226 brush, or as I like to call it- the things legends are made of. Typical MAC (and their sneaky ways) have managed to create such a versatile, highly effective crease blending brush only to make it limited edition. Why do they always do this with their best stuff? The 226 is a densely packed, tapered blending brush which has been repromoted with MAC's Summer 2011 collection, MAC Me Over. Far more tapered than the 217 and a lot shorter than the 224 ( all three pictured below together), the 226 is also packed a little less tight than the 219 pencil brush. This brush is ideal for girls with smaller eyes, hooded lids, or anyone who thinks the 217 takes eyeshadow too far past the crease of their eye. The quality of this brush is that like any other MAC brush- excellent color pickup, very minimum to zero shedding and soft luxurious bristle hairs to boot. The brush retails at a mere $24.50 but grab it while you can as this bad boy is flying off the shelves! COME ON, MAC! Make this a permanent already! Did you pick up the 226 this weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dupe this Look: VMA Metallics

Jenni Farley, Demi Lovato
Sparkle! Sparkle! Sparkle! was the trend of the night at last night MTV VMAs. The black carpet was bombarded with glitz and glitter everywhere from Britney's black sequined romper to the on trend metallic makeup, as seen on Demi Lovato and Jenni "JWOWW" Farley. I decided to do a take on this heavy metal makeup look that was omnipresent at last night's VMAs. With a lot of help from my Makeup Forever Rock Forever palette, I created this look starting with the 07 white in the inner corner of my eyes and 82 silver on my lids. I patted some silver pigment from my MAC Surf Baby Surf the Ocean pigments on top for an extra punch of silver. I used the glittery 307 black from my Rock Forever palette and extended my Blacktrack fluidline eyeliner past my eye on both bottom and top lashlines while filling in the space with the white 07. To finish the eye look I used Ardell lashes in 79 on the top and cut one false lash strip into two for my bottom lashes. I kept the rest of the look clean and nude with MAC's Darkly My Dear blush and Buoy-o-Bouy lipstick. What was your favorite look at the VMAs? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekend Haul: NYX Lipsticks from Joy's Cosmetics

Joy's Cosmetics eBay Store
Though it may be hard to believe, I am a NYX lipstick virgin. I have always heard raves about the round lipsticks and have always been curious about the quality of these lipsticks. When I stumbled across Joy's Cosmetics from seller Joy017, I needed to finally try these. This amazing eBay store has awesome deals on buying NYX products in bulk at a discounted price. I was immediately struck by the round lipstick deal Joy's Cosmetics had which included 6 NYX Round lipsticks for just $10.89. That's just around $1.81 for each lipstick! I decided to try out 6 of the most loved shades including Paris, Tea Rose, Indian Pink, Thalia, Strawberry Milk and Fig (all staying within pink and neutral shades; next time I'll pick out reds and oranges!). The creaminess of these lipsticks are just heavenly. All incredibly moisturizing boasting incredible color as well. I finally understand why people love NYX lipsticks so much! The range of colors offered by NYX that's being offered by a price this low really excites me to experiment with vibrant and bold shades. Pictured below are swatches of the six shades I picked out from Joy's Cosmetic's eBay store. If you are interested in amazing deals like this, check out Joy's ebay store by clicking Here.

Swatches LoR: Indian Pink, Paris, Strawberry Milk, Fig, Thalia, Tea Rose

Friday, August 12, 2011

Buzzworthy: Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette

Happy 15th Birthday, Urban Decay! I finally got my hands on the coveted new Urban Decay 15th Anniverary palette which consists of an array of neutrals, smokey colors and bold brights. Urban Decay has always been, in my opinion, the stand out brand when it comes to eyeshadows. Their now classic Naked Palette has earned its place in makeup history as one of the most loved palettes of all time. My only gripe with Urban Decay palettes is their tendency to repeat shades in palettes (Half Baked is reoccurring in a few of my UD palettes). Problem solved in the new anniversary palette! Urban Decay debuts 15 brand new shades which include Midnight Rodeo, Tainted, Deeper, Midnight 15, Junkshow, MIA, Vanilla, Omen, Ace, Flow, Evidence, Blackout, Chase, Deep End and Half Truth. These colors not only hold up to the superior quality of Urban Decay shadows, but they are particularly beautiful as well. Many of these colors have so much depth they look like duochromes. The palette will set you back a good $55, but all these full sized brand new eyeshadows are totally worth the cash. Omen and Half Truth seemed to be the star players of the bunch, while Tainted and Blackout were less than impressive (but nothing too disappointing). Bottom Line? The palette as a whole is not to be missed by makeup lovers everywhere. Pictured below is my face of the day using Evidence on the lid, Deep End in the inner corners and Half Truth in the crease. I lined my lower lashes with Omen and finished off with MAC's Blacktrack fluidline and a coat of Maybelline's Falsies Black Drama. Did you pick up the 15 Anniversary palette from Urban Decay? Leave your thoughts int he comments. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Buzzworthy: Nars Funny Face Lipstick

Not too long ago I picked up Nars lipstick in Funny Face to add to my growing collection of bright pink lipsticks. This one, however, is a deep berry fuchsia and is a little richer and deeper than its blue-based bright pink sister, Schiap. Schiap is quite the bright pink and in comparison, Funny Face is darker and much more deep. Loaded with berry undertones, this lipstick is serious drama. This is a great transition lipstick that will take you nicely from summer brights to deeper fall colors. I like that is works for both warm and cool tones, and how serious it looks in comparison to all my other pinks. For example, MACs Impassioned, Makeup Forever's #37 and the aforementioned Schiap would all be great lipsticks to wear to a club, but Funny Face would be a sophisticated shade appropriate for a wedding or black tie event. This fuchsia-raspberry hybrid lipstick is also a great alternative to wearing the classic red lip. You get the richness of the red lip while still daring to be different. Bottom line? A great choice for all you  ladies looking for a little drama and sophistication while still being fun!   

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Weekend Haul: Vegas Edition

I love Las Vegas. The best part about the drive up to Vegas from Southern California is the CCO. I can always find something to buy at a CCO! Though there have been times when I've heavy duty hauled at a CCO, this was just a mini haul and I only came back with a few things. I could not turn down the $13 MAC Melon pigment that I was lucky enough to find at the Stateline CCO. I love this pigment, as it is the most gorgeous peach with hints of gold undertones. You hardly need any of the product on  your  brush for it to really stand out and the color looks different in any lighting. I also picked up MAC's Frankly Fresh lipglass from the Liberty of London collection. This was a great buy for me and this nude pink looks stunning on top of my other favorite product from that line, Peachstock lipstick. This lipglass feels less sticky than most MAC lipglasses, but I would not recommend this for gals with pigmented lips, as it is quite natural and sheer. Lastly, during my Vegas trip, I was finally able to check out Inglot Cosmetics. There is a freestanding store in the forum shops at Caesar's Palace where i picked up two 5 palette eyeshadows and one lipstick (Matte 418). The pigmentation of these products are amazing for the price. Each shadow was just $5 and the lipstick was a steal at $10. For $5, you get 2.7 grams of product versus MAC's $11.50 1.5 grams. You can't really beat this quality for that price. I am just in love with these shadows and can't wait to do a look with them! Picture below are swatches of my Inglot palettes and CCO goodies.