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December 03, 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches


If NAKED Ultimate Basics was too tame for you Urban Decay has gone full on technicolor with the new Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette. When color is your drug of choice, you know where to get the good stuff. Satisfy your color addiction with Full Spectrum, a limited-edition set featuring 21 shades of bold brights to matte white. Leave it to UD to put out an unexpectedly awesome colorful palette for the Holidays!


Urban Decay organized the shadows by color family, creating a rainbow of ombré trios: pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and even a wildcard row that goes from white to black. The end result? A palette that not only looks stunning, but also delivers tons of options.

Create dimensional ombré looks by working within the color-coordinated trios or experiment with multiple shade groups at once. With 18 NEW shades, three exclusives from past palettes, and a wide range of finishes, you’ll never run out of options.

The glamorous sleek black palette has a glamorous design and the squared compact makes it lot easier to store. The black packaging against the rainbow of eyeshadow on the inside creates a stunning offset.


 It features tonal, spectrum-like lines that alternate from matte to shiny and a rainbowed-out, faceted “UD” jewel. There's also a huge mirror that you can actually do your full face makeup in and one of UD's awesome double ended eyeshadow brushes.



Now I'm past my days of colorful eyeshadow, but I still loved this palette. It's stunning to look at and the way the shadows are arranged makes putting looks together easy. Many of the colors have metallic, satin, or pearl finishes. This makes wearing color a little less of a commitment than straight on flat color.

You can expect nothing but the best in terms of quality when it comes to UD. I don't even ever question if the eyeshadows will be pigmented or blend well or wear all day. There was a few inconsistencies in here though. A few shadows like Goldmine, Midnight Blaze, and Iced Out felt drier than others and needed to be packed on. I've never been a fan of the glitter eyeshadow from UD, but they seem to have made some improvements with the fall out. Faded was especially gorgeous with the gold overlay over a dusky lavender.

The satin and metallic shades are the stars in here. Warming and Hundred look amazing! They glide on beautifully and beam on the eyes. Bump, a bright matte white, is the only matte eyeshadow. This was a smart choice, I have always preferred the combination of bright colors with a matte white highlight to accent.


Don't be fooled that this is only a colorful eyeshadow palette for people who like colorful eyeshadow. I was very surprised with just how wearable many of these shades are once swatched. Unique about the shadow selection in Full Spectrum is the many different formulas and finishes. They have a lot of depth to them that you don't often see in brights. Because UD wouldn't just throw us a colorful palette this stylish that was basic bish.

Alchemy (deep fuchsia satin)
Gossip (bright metallic pink w/subtle floating pearl)
Paranoia (soft metallic blue-pink)
Warning (deep metallic copper)
Seize (bright metallic coral w/subtle floating pearl)
Jones (metallic orange w/subtle floating pearl)
Midnight Blaze (black matte w/yellow-gold pearl)

Calavera (bright yellow matte w/subtle floating pearl)
Goldmine (metallic yellow-gold)
Hundred (deep metallic forest green)
Hatter (vibrant green w/tonal micro-sparkle)
Mean (bright metallic lime green)
Minx (deep navy matte w/floating tonal pearl)
Blindsided (bright teal blue matte w/floating pearl)
Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue w/micro-sparkle)
Delirious (deep plum matte w/subtle floating pearl)
Sketch (metallic medium purple)
Faded (lavender w/gold shimmer)
Platonic (black matte w/iridescent glitter)
Iced (oyster silver w/shimmer)
Bump (white matte)


If you are a fan of vibrantly colorful eyeshadow or unexpected finishes nothing in this palette disappoints. Eighteen of the 21 shades are brand new with 3 exclusives from previous palettes. Full Spectrum is an array of beautiful eye shadows that even this NAKED lover can appreciate.


*sample provided for review consideration 

November 28, 2016

BOXYCHARM November Subscription Box Review


BOXYCHARM takes us to groovy town for November. When I opened this box it felt like deja vu. There was yet another Studio Makeup eyeshadow palette in this box! Normally I try beauty boxes for the variety, but that last palette was so amazing I was thrilled they were doing one again! Here's what November's BOXYCHARM has to offer!

November 18, 2016

My Fall Go-To Lip Colors & Beauty Favorites


Like many, Fall is my favorite season for beauty. I can't get enough of the neutrals, rich bronzey gold tones, and heavy emphasis on beautiful lip color after beautiful lip color. In my attempt to become more minimalistic with my makeup (well, minus lipstick!) here are a few of my favorite beauty products of the season!


PUR Eye Polish Pure Pigment + Top Coat in Silk These Eyeshadow's are like no other. This pure pigment eye primer and top coat creates a crease-proof, long-wearing eye shadow base with a luminous metallic sheen. They are a liquidy consistency that dries to a stunning budge-proof finish.

Silk is a luminous metallic bronze, I love wearing it alone on the lids. It blends like a cream shadow and wears like a pigment. Just stunning! They're also on sale at ULTA right now for $19.50!


Urban Decay Ultimate NAKED Basics Palette No surprise here, this matte neutrals palette has cemented itself amongst the rest of the classic NAKED's. I have been pairing a metallic cream shadow on the lids, then using this palette to finish the look from crease to brow. Find my full review and swatches HERE.

Monday through Sunday Autumn Lips  Lipstick is my thing. I put my lipstick on and I feel like I dang tried, even if my hair is forever disheveled and the rest of my makeup is basic. I have been preferring a mix of creamy matte and liquid lipstick formula's lately. Along with my tried of Urban Decay and KvD, I have discovered some pretty fantastic lipsticks in new to me lines like Real Her and Vivalyn Cosmetics. There was no way I could pick just one, whittling it down to 7 was a challenge.

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For darker, moodier lips I have been loving both Real Her I am Powerful Lipstick, a creamy matte burgundy that is light as a feather on the lips and the glossy wine shade Urban Decay Vintage Vice in Bruise. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze in Cabaret is a gorgeous cinnamon red that feels like a balm on the lips. OFRA Santa Ana is a romantic English berry rose with a hint of brown.

On the lighter side is Kat Von D Lolita 2. This color was not one I expected to like on me, a matte terracotta, but it is lovely with bronze eye looks. LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Flirt is a beautiful deep mauve and Vivalyn Cosmetics Mozart is my 'nude lipstick' of choice. Even in Fall, I can't give up a pretty pink and this one is a super moisturizing cool toned mauve.


It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Matte Sweet Apple  I have yet to find that one Fall Blush I want to wear every day, but I really like the Vitality Cheek Flush from It Cosmetics. The color is a naturally pretty in from the cold flush that livens up the complexion. It's silky soft and blends in to the skin effortlessly. Plus, it's called Matte Sweet Apple how fitting for a seasonal beauty routine is that?


Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation
I like a bit more coverage in the Fall, but don't like to wear a lot of face makeup. Laura geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation is lightweight with medium coverage. The finish is natural with a hint of glowyness, blending beautifully and wearing all day. When the weather becomes cooler my combination skin leans dry and Baked Liquid Radiance provides just that extra bit of hydration for a flawless base. With the color correcting pigments it adjusts to your skin tone for a perfect match, mine is Porcelain.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal 
Maybelline Master Conceal is amazing and under $10. The formula is lightweight, extremely pigmented, and lasts all day. I love using this to conceal under my eyes. It brightens and a little goes a long way so it never becomes cakey. NARS Radiant Cream Concealer is my holy grail, but Master Conceal comes in pretty close and it has a price tag that can't be beat!


STILA Stay The Day Liquid Liner I go through phases with my eyeliner style, but for Fall I always return to a sleek slash of black cat eye. Stila's liquid liner has been the one I go back to year after year. Inky black, velvety, glides on smooth, and the sharp tip never fails to give crisp clean lines.


PUR Fully Charged Mascara I reviewed this mascara some time back and recently purchased my third tube from ULTA. I think I like it. Fully Charged gives your lashes a natural looking volume that isn't over done. It's simply wonderful as a daily volumizing mascara and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes.


ZOYA Tamsen & Dakota Nail Polish Tamsen nail polish sat in my drawer for well over 6 months until I pulled it out last month. I didn't think it would work for my fair skin-tone, but it is the pumpkin spice of nail colors for Fall. A gorgeous glossy burnt orange red that is surprisingly flattering even on cool skin tones. Dakota is the ultimate high shine deep burgundy red. It is in constant rotation this time of year. That's a wrap on my Fall beauty favorites...so far!

November 16, 2016

6 Tips for Better Beauty Sleep

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Beauty sleep is essential to looking and feeling great, yet it can be so elusive. With daily stresses and responsibilities turning off the noise at the end of the day can be difficult. A good night's sleep can make all the difference in how we handle those situations, not to mention waking up looking and feeling renewed. No amount of concealer can replace a full 8 hours of deep sleep. When you are tired, you look it! Here are 6 simple ways to get the most beauty benefits from your sleep!

November 10, 2016

Winter Skincare Tips with Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

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When November hit the calender last week no longer did I feel the warmth of Fall and everything pumpkin spice. With the chill in the air I knew dry, dehydrated skin and chapped lips were sure to be right around the corner. Our skin loses moisture rapidly when exposed to the cold dry air and indoor heat. Here is how I am getting prepared to maintain beautiful, hydrated skin during the cold months with the help of Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer!

October 29, 2016

Urban Decay VICE Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection Review & Lip Swatches


To mark the huge 20 year milestone Urban Decay has brought back all the old-school shades you never thought you would see again with the VICE Vintage Capsule Collection. This collection lets me re-live my late 90's alternative rock years. Though I'm pretty sure I never stopped. If you remember makeup moments like Gwen Stefani rocking blue everythaang and Shirley Manson's dark moody pout (that Bruise is a ringer for) then you already know the nostalgia this collection brings. As I am writing this review I am listening to Greenday and wearing a black velvet choker. '96 lives on.

The packaging of the Vintage Capsule Collection is a little different than the regular lineup. They have modernized their original bullet and even used craft paperboard to construct the carton, just like they did back in the 90's. How rad is that?

The Vintage Capsule Collection is the perfect mix of vintage UD and modern luxury. While these shades haven't been available in years they almost feel futuristic. As if they were created before their time. Like, I feel we should all be wearing a vibrant blue with a purple shift on our lips in our daily lives by now right?

UV-B, Pallor, Plague, Asphyxia, Smog

Smog, Roach, Bruise, Frost Bite, Oil Slick



The most wearable shade in this collection is Bruise. It is their most-requested vintage shade.


Bruise is a sheer deep burgundy red with a green shift (though I don't see it). This creamy, high shine wine shade keeps your lips moisturized while looking lusciously red. Bruise paired with Gash Lip Pencil has been my go-to dark red lip this Fall.


The other 8 shades are rather unconventional, but there is at least one you will want to own if only for the cool factor.


Smog was an unexpected love, the shimmering bronze is incredibly pretty, especially at this time of year. It makes you wonder why we don't wear colors like this more often. Why do nude, pink, and red get all the love? Scorch 24/7 Eyeliner goes lovely as a lip liner with this color.

Because there is just something about blue lipstick check out Frostbite. The silvery grey blue iridescence is so unique. It's not your run of the mill blue lipstick is what I'm saying. If that's even a thing.

Least Vintage favorite, BlackMail. The formula is very sheer, and it falls in to lip lines. I know this could go avant garde or be used to deepen lipstick shades, but I just don't see myself getting much use out of it.


While these shades won't be for every one they are too nostalgic to pass up! Each shade in the limited edition Vice Lipstick Vintage Collection ($17) is available at urbandecay.com. SEPHORA, Ulta, & macys.

Urban Decay just released the VICE Lipstick Stockpile! 30 shades of VICE. OMG! This is what dreams are made of, it's limited edition so get it while you can!

sample provided for review consideration

October 28, 2016

October BOXYCHARM Subscription Boxy Bazaar Review


October's BOXYCHARM theme is Boxy Bazaar, for me it was a box of Fall necessities. For $21/mo. you get 5 full size products with an over $100 value. It is a really amazing price to value ratio, I am amazed they can get such great full size products in here sometimes. Come one come all!

Keep Reading to see what's inside October's BOXYCHARM