Urban Decay Electric Palate

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Since the launch of this palate a few months ago, I have been obsessed with these colors. This is obviously not an everyday palate, however you can use this in addition to everyday neutrals to spice up your summer look.  Urban Decay,  who is known for their Naked Palates more than anything else, really hit the mark when they introduced this neon stunner to the market. Unlike many bright makeup palates,  what you see is what you get. The pigmentation of every color is rich, velvety, and absolutely delicious.  If your in need of ideas or inspiration, read on to see what I came up with.

 

 

 

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I used Slow-burn (a neon orange color) on the middle of the lid and blended it out into Urban (a true grape purple). I used urban to build up intensity, adding more color at the outer corner.

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I also used a highlighter (listed down below) in the inner corner,and blended it into Slow-burn. I applied a thin line of black liquid liner just to give definition, and then put on a few thousand coats of mascara. If your interested in what I used on the rest of my face, or where you can buy the products used keep reading.

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Products I used:

NYX -Jumbo eye pencil in milk and can be purchased here

Urban Decay- Electric Pressed Pigment Palate and can be purchased here

L’Oreal -True Match foundation in N4 and W3 and can be purchased here

L’Oreal -True Match concealer in N6-7-8 and can be purchased here

NYX- Dark Circle Concealer in light and can be purchased here

Maybelline- Dream Lumi concealer in Ivory and can be purchased here

Rimmel- Stay Matte pressed powder in transparent and can be purchased here

MAC- blushes in Melba and Blunt and can be purchased here

The Balm- highlighter in Mary-Lou-Manizer and can be purchased here

L’Oreal- Super Slim liner in black and can be purchased here

Make Up For Ever- Smoky Lash mascara in rich black and can be purchased here

Rimmel- 1000 Kisses Stay On Lasting Lip liner in rose quartz  and can be purchased here

Rimmel- Lasting Finish by Kate in 17 and can be purchased here

 

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CURRENT CRAVINGS: JULY

Lately, you can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting a new beauty product. I believe many products are just repackaged ,or reformulated so consumers are more inclined to take a second look. With that being said, I still come across the odd product that I’m dying to throw in my makeup case.Here’s a look at what I’m totally lusting after:

july current cravings

1.Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Brush Couture Set-$14.99 : If the vibrant colored handles aren’t enough,the fact that they feel like teddy bear tails should be. Five brushes in the set,and for just under fifteen dollars,they are nothing short of a steal! Available here

2.MAC Limited Edition(Tropical Taboo Color Collection) Cremesheen  Lip Glass in Calypso Beat-$20.00: MAC released four lip glosses with this collection,each more striking than the last. My favorite is the pale neutral peach shade Calypso Beat. Available here

3.Lorac Pro To Go Palate-$38.00:I’m not sure if I want it because it looks like the original gave birth to a cuter and more compact baby palate,or because the original is my all time favorite neutral palate.  Either way, from the moment I saw this I thought “oh your coming to live with me”. Available here

4.Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation-$42.00: This foundation isn’t new, I’ve just been longing to try it. After careful deliberation,and putting it in and out of my shopping cart twice, I’ve decided I should see what the fuss is about. Available here

5.Pinned Pretty Large Cosmetic Bag in Chevron-$21.50: These makeup bags are handmade and sold on Etsy,and can be sewn into just about any pattern. I love customizable options like adding vinyl lining, that way you can tailor it to your needs. Available here

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BEACH BEAUTY:MAKEUP MUST HAVES

BEACH BEAUTY:MAKEUP MUST HAVES

After writing my last post on what ten clothing items are vacation essentials, I thought it only fitting to share my beach makeup survival kit. This isn’t day at the beach makeup,but more like the products I’d pack if going on a getaway.So after careful deliberation ,I chose the below fab five. I took a logical approach to this challenge, and picked the products that I would actually need and use when getting my vacation on.After all,the last thing anyone needs is another summer makeup collage with some tinted lip balm ,a cheek stain,and mascara thrown in for good measure.( Girl,I have stuff to hide!)So without further ado,here it is:

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1.The Loroc Pro Palate: I absolutely can’t say enough good things about this palate. The looks you could do with this single palate are endless.It also doesn’t hurt that the pigmentation is so rich,and the texture is creamy .And bonus,you can use the champagne shadow as a highlight.

2.Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream: This is one of the only BB creams out there that actually can cover imperfections. Day to day I like a medium coverage foundation,because out of it you can go heavier or lighter depending on your needs. Unfortunately, bright sunlight can make heavier foundations look absolutely awful. Enter Smashbox BB cream. It blends into your skin flawlessly,and doesn’t look fake in strong sunlight.

3.NYX Concealer In A Jar: I  picked this wonder of a concealer not just because it can cover random spots,but because it’s creamy enough to deal with dark circles. I use this everyday,and I continually choose it over some of my more pricey products.

4. Benefit They’re Real Mascara: It just works so well. It doesn’t take you twenty minutes applying 10 coats,and yet it manages to separate every lash. I love,love,LOVE this!

5.Elf Bronzer and Blush duo in St Lucia: I’ve been using this as both as my contour,and bronzer for years. Its mostly matte,with very subtle shimmer. It doesn’t hurt that the blush is gorgeous,or the fact that it cost $3.00.

 

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PRICEY PRODUCTS WORTH THE MONEY

When it comes to high end makeup,I’ve done my research.And by research I mean shamelessly fawning all over any product to ever grace those department store shelves. Because of my incessant appetite for upscale cosmetics and my poor self control  ,you are in luck! I’ve thrown together a list of five high end products that actually have a leg up on their cost effective competition.Here it is:

makeup collage 21.Benefit they’re Real Mascara-$23.00 and can be purchased here.

What I love: Its an all around great mascara. I really didn’t want to love this a much as I did,because lets face it $23 dollars for mascara is pretty steep in my world .It adds volume,length,and separates.And the more I used it,the more I loved it.Believe the hype ,its just that good!

2.The Balm Mari-Lou Manizer-$24.00 and can be purchased here.

What I love: This is my all time favorite highlighter. Its manages to give you a candlelit glow where ever you go! I really love how this highlights your cheekbones without making your pores look like the texture of the moon.

3.The Urban Decay Naked Palate-$50.00 and can be purchased here.

What I love:These eye shadows go on like butter baby! With mixes of golds,coppers,champagnes,and rich chocolates, you really can’t go wrong. With shades like these, who doesn’t love to be naked?

4.Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars- $18.00 each and can be purchased here.

What I love: The pigmentation in these lip gloss-lipstick hybrids is really unsurpassed. You literally need a drop to do your entire mouth. I’m just wondering how OCC is going to stay in business because I can’t imagine anyone ever running out!

5.Mac Powder Blushes-$21.00 and can be purchased here.

What I love: With classics like Peachy Keen and Pink Swoon ,and an extensive line of these one pan wonders, anyone can find a color that suits them. The formulation is a never chalky,always pigmented powder that buffs into the skin like nobody’s business!

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BEAUTY BARGAIN:TEN UNDER $10

Beauty Bargain: Ten under $10

It seems as of lately there is a stunning transition of high end products creeping into the drugstore as cost effective counterparts. Here is my list of ten I can’t live without.

1. NYX-Above and Beyond Concealer ($5.00 at www.nyxcosmetics.com)

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What I love: So wonderfully creamy and perfect for the odd spot, yet can work on dark circles in a pinch!

2. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($5.49 at www.drugstore.com)

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What I love: It actually stays matte! My skin which in the summer doubles as a slip-n-slide, that’s no easy feat!

3. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer ($6.39 at www.drugstore.com)

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What I love: Use it to brighten and banish under eye circles and it doesn’t crease or add fine lines.

4. NYX Megashine lip glosses ($6.79 at www.drugstore.com)

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What I love: It’s creamy and opaque, and they come in a range of gorgeous colors. These little wonders are an absolute dupe for Nars lip glosses, only they smell better!

5. Maybelline Define-a-brow ($4.55 at drugstore.com)   

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 What I love: It’s small and thin enough that you can actually get a natural looking result with a pencil. I use this interchangeably with my beloved lingering brow pencil from MAC.

 6. Revlon Photo Ready Concealer ($7.99 at drugstore.com)

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What I love: Although it’s not as creamy as the one I previously mentioned from NYX, it has staying power like nobody’s buisness. So go on, and cover up a multitude of sins!

7. Wet-n-Wild Color Icon eye shadows ( trio $2.99 at drugstore.com)

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What I love: These beauties have a cult following, and with good reason! A highly pigmented, never flaky formula, and for $2.99 why not have them all?

8. Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof liner in nude ($4.49 at drugstore.com)

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What I love: It’s a nude liner that works well, and it’s from the drug store! It gives a brightening effect to your peepers without looking as harsh as white.

 

9. Avon super shock mascara in black($9.50 at www.avon.com)avon uper shock

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: This is my absolute favorite first coat mascara. It separates and adds a great thick base. I use it with a couple coats of Maybelline falsies mascara, and then I hit the tips of my lashes with Maybelline Illegal lengths for good measure. I realize this may be a bit extreme for the faint of heart, but when done right it complete eliminates the need to wear falsies.

 

10. L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow ($7.95 at drugstore.com)

 

 

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 What I love: These pressed pigment eye shadows rival some higher end brands like MAC. They are so pigmented, and blend like butter.

 

 

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