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May 12, 2018

Urban Decay BEACHED Collection Review & Swatches


It feels like we have just entered Spring here, but Urban Decay is prepping us for Summer vacay with their limited-edition Ulta Exclusive BEACHED Collection for Summer 2018. I didn't think it could get any better after the awesome Spring releases they gave us, but I am WOW'ed by this collection! I am a land-mermaid at heart and this collection captures the laid back beachy aesthetic on all levels! From the sea-foam packaging with palm trees to the sunny bronzer and duo-chrome metallic lip colors Beached will take you to your personal paradise. Lets take a dip in the ocean!


BEACHED Eyeshadow Palette ($34)
I am just going to dive straight in to the best part of this collection, the Beached Eyeshadow Palette. Loaded with eight brand-new shades, from warm coppers to deep pops of turquoise, Urban Decay's Beached Eyeshadow Palette invokes the one-of-a-kind, magical feeling of a hot summer night.


Covered in palm trees inspired by the landscape of warm SoCal beaches, the limited-edition Beached Eyeshadow Palette warrants a permanent vacation. These shades scream summer and the long-lasting formulas won't budge, even when you're spending the season's hottest days under the sun. Channel your inner golden goddess and keep the summer vibes going all year long.

Made from UD's mind-blowing formula that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color and blendability, each shade holds tightly onto pigment and stays put. Create a warm smoky eye with 16th St., a metallic golden bronze, and Wedge, a deep copper. For a playful look inspired by the ocean waves, blend Double Dip and Plunge for a turquoise gradient effect.

Shades (swatched over NO Primer):
  • Salt (ivory satin)
  • Heatwave (metallic rust)
  • 16th St. (metallic bronze-gold)
  • Plunge (deep metallic blue-green)
  • Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift)
  • Daybreak (deep reddish terra-cotta matte)
  • Double Dip (bright metallic teal)
  • Wedge (deep metallic brown-copper)

Beached Eyeshadow Palette is a MUST GET. This has to be my favorite eyeshadow palette to come out from UD this year. The packaging is a lot like Backtalk, but doesn't include the bulky weird mirror. It's sleek and light. The eye shadow's in here are seriously great quality. Velvety, pigmented, and apply so smoothly. What really sold me on this palette is the color palette. The colors are nothing short of ordinary, not even the neutrals! They have gorgeous metallic finishes that shine like light bouncing off waves. Blaze looks like an ordinary golden taupe, but it is not at all. It has a illuminating pinky peach shift to it. One of my favorite eye combinations is neutrals combined with teal and Beached perfects that oceanic look with the additions of Double Dip and Plunge. I just love everything about this palette!


BEACHED Bronzer Bronzed & Sunkissed ($30)
Nail the golden goddess look every time with Beached Bronzer from Urban Decay. Dust this silky powder on your face or all over your whole bod - and look like you spent a week hanging out on the sunny beaches of Fiji. How pretty is the tropical artwork on the packaging? This is just meant for Summer travel!

Urban Decay's finely milled, super-soft formula applies smoothly, doesn't streak, and creates a radiant glow that won't quit. Get Beached (not burned); these universally flattering matte shades provide sheer, natural-looking coverage every time.


If you swore off powder bronzers because they always felt dry and applied unevenly, you'll be blown away by how different Beached Bronzer is. Finely milling the powder gives it an ultra creamy texture that feels amazing on your skin (and it's easy to apply). HPP (Highlighter Performing Pigments) Technology provides rich color, long-lasting elements and the perfect level of coverage.


I have said it many times. I am not a bronzer girl. On my pale skin they always look dirty, or orangey. Not these bronzers. They are so finely milled that the blend effortlessly in to the skin. Sunkissed has a bit more pink tone to it and is lighter. While Bronzed is more of a traditional cocoa bronzer with yellow undertone. I actually liked Bronzed more for a bronzer. It has a really clean 'real life' tan look to it. While Sunkissed makes an awesome contour and natural nude blush shade. Beached bronzer warms up my skin with out the obvious I'm wearing bronzer look and they never look patchy. I think I might even like it more than Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and HOOLA. So subtle and naturally sunkissed!


BEACHED 24/7 Eyeliner Lucky & Goldmine ($20)
Inspired by the landscape of warm SoCal beaches, Urban Decay's limited-edition Beached 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils warrant a permanent vacation. These shades scream summer and the long-lasting formula won't budge, even when you're spending the season's hottest days under the sun. Channel your inner golden goddess and keep the summer vibes going all year long.

Go from the boat to the beach bonfire with UD's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Goldmine, a gold shimmer with gold micro-sparkle, and Lucky, a metallic burnt orange shade (from UD's original lineup). These are the best pencil eyeliners in the game in my opinion. They will never fail you, staying creamy to blend and dryin down to a waterproof finish. Lucky and Goldmine look like a sunset on the eyes!


BEACHED Vice Lipstick ($18)
Covered in palm trees inspired by the landscape of warm SoCal beaches, Urban Decay's limited-edition Beached Vice Lipsticks warrant a permanent vacation. These shades scream summer and the long-lasting formulas won't budge, even when you're spending the season's hottest days under the sun. Channel your inner golden goddess and keep the summer vibes going all year long.


Just one swipe of UD's brand-new Vice Lipstick shades provides long-lasting, crazy-pigmented color that won't slide off in the summer heat. This cult-favorite formula provides super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion. I am obsessed with the palm tree print packaging!


Try Heatwave, a metallic rust, or Tower 1, a shifty metallic peach named after UD's local lifeguard tower. For a shade that looks perfect poolside, opt for 100 Degrees, a bright coral-pink. These three shades are FIRE. They are so unique and emollient. I am always on the hunt for a poppin coral-red and 100 degrees is IT. Wow! It looks so stunning! I also appreciate the unique metallics of Tower 1 and Heatwave. I do wish they would have given us a pretty coral in here too, but I can't be mad at how cool these shades are. I love VICE lipsticks as I have said many many times over.


Wow! The Beached Collection has me dreaming of an early Summer or tropical getaway! It is all SO dang GOOD. You will want to grab everything in this collection. There's also currently a free gift with purchase going on at Ulta until 5/13 for a a Free deluxe All Nighter Spray or Trouble Maker Mascara with $40 purchase!


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May 08, 2018

Spring Beauty Favorites featuring Herpecin

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Now that we are well in to Spring and it is finally starting to feel that way I have compiled a few of my beauty favorites thus far. Spring is always the time I clean up and refresh my beauty routine. It is still a bit on the chilly side here so I like to keep in a few Winter staples (like my Herpecin Lip Balm!) while brightening it up with pops of color in my makeup. Here are my current favorite beauty products for Spring!

Highlighter game goes strong in Spring. I just love pretty, fresh, glowy skin. I like to combine both liquid and powder highlights depending on how glowy I want to get. Liquid's are more subtle and you can add a little bit in to your foundation. While powders give you full on strobe power.

Tarte Pro Glow in Stunner is a subtle soft champagne that you can use anywhere. I love mixing this in with my foundation for a dewy look. For serious wattage I use FENTY Killawatt to up the amp on my highlight. Adding shine on the tops of cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and inner eye corners. FENTY Beauty Killawatt Highlighter duo in Fire Crystal. is seriously like crystal's on fiyah. So pretty!

Herpecin-L Lip Balm got me through Winter with out any chapped lips or cold sores. I love this stuff! It's perfect for that in between time in weather when we want to keep our lips hydrated but also protected from the sun. Herpecin relieves dry, chapped lips, helps prevent sunburn on lips, and helps treat and relieve cold sores/fever blisters.

Herpecin is safe to use every day to help relieve and protect painful cracking of lips and promotes healing without numbing or drying. It is uniquely formulated with dimethicone for protection, and sunscreens to help guard against the sun's harmful rays.

Cold Sores can happen anytime of year, not just the Winter months. Sun exposure is one of the main culprits in getting a break out. There IS something you can do to help treat and relieve your cold sores. Herpecin L is a unique, pharmacist-recommended* product for the treatment, protection, and relief of cold sores, sun and fever blisters. This lip balm is fantastic! It is more hydrating than other lip balms. Herpecin gives me the moisture I need along with added SPF protection. The smooth, almost undetectable formula wears really well under lipsticks too.


An all-in-one blush palette like the SIN Afterglow Highlighter Palette from Urban Decay makes my list because it covers all your bases. This six-pan palette contains three shades of highlighter and three pretty Spring blushes. I love cocktailing the two blushes together and popping SIN Afterglow Highlight on to my cheekbones, cupids bow, and inner corners. PSA and Paranoid make awesome eyeshadows too. I pop Paranoid in to the crease and PSA on to the lids for a warm bronzey eye look.


Bring on the May flowers. Floral is my jam in Spring and that includes skincare. Winter is still peeking its head in around here with lows still dipping in to the 40's overnight. That means my skin is still acting a bit dry. FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Toner & Face Cream are remedying dryness while enveloping your senses in the most glorious scent of fresh roses.


Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is a cleansing toner that removes impurities and refines the appearance of pores for a deeply hydrated, healthy-looking, velvety soft complexion. There's even rose petals inside the bottle! Not only is it a fantastic toner, but also pretty to look at. I like adding this toner in my nightly skincare routine and using it as a refresher throughout the day.

Fresh Rose Face Cream is a lightweight gel-cream infused with soothing rosewater and nourishing rose flower oil that delivers intense moisture for petal-soft skin. Time-release hydropatches, angelica leaf extract, and an advanced combination of hyaluronic acids form a protective moisturizing veil to help attract and seal in moisture for a full 24 hours of intense hydration. This luxurious cream has the lightweight feel we seek during the Spring with the intense hydration my skin still craves as it recovers from Winter. It really is the perfect transitional moisturizer. My skin feels so soft, hydrated, and it smells absolutely beautiful.


A liquid metallic eyeshadow makes the eyes look so fresh and awake. I love the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow's. One swipe of color gives a beautiful glowy or glittery lid. It looks so understated and minimal while packing a a bright eyed punch. My everyday shade is Kitten, a soft glowy champagne pink. Rose Gold Jezebel looks like molten metal it is stunning.


Last but not least is lip color. This metallic liquid lipstick from Pretty Vulgar in shade My Lips Are Sealed is one I reach for almost every day. The liquid lip color is the prettiest mid-tone pink with a metallic champagne finish. I love this on its own and popping it on the center of the lip over pink and coral lip colors. The metallic finish feels so fresh compared to all of the matte liquid lipsticks of Winter.

Do you take an special precautions to protect your lips in the Spring/Summer? Would you add Herpecin-L to your lip care routine? I would love to know!

May 04, 2018

Get your Spring Glow on with Kristofer Buckle Beauty


It has to be pretty apparent by now that I am absolutely obsessed with Kristofer Buckle beauty. I just can't get over how GOOD these products are. It is beauty makeup at its finest and I feel one of the makeup worlds best kept secrets right now. Spring is all about soft, glowy, pretty romantic makeup which also happens to be the makeup look I prefer to wear most. I have a few must-have products from Kristofer Buckle Beauty to share today that will help get you that perfect flirty, Spring glow!


Celebrity makeup artist Kristofer Buckle is known in Hollywood for creating flawless looks and ensuring his clients’ features are highlighted to perfection. Kristofer Buckle Light Enhancing Duo adds a radiant-looking glow to complexion and accentuates facial structure. The cream highlighter adds a warm, lit-from-within glow while the powder blends seamlessly for a natural-looking luminescence. The double-ended brush features a rounded, domed side that allows for smooth cream application and a tapered end perfect for powder application.


Universal shades with light-reflecting pigments create a multidimensional finish. The cream base is a creamy nude shine that when combined with the powder gives a gilded lit from within glow. No glittery finish - just a buildable radiant glow.


Kristofer Buckle Twinset Blush Duo gives you a gorgeous glow with staying power. This unique blush duo features a cream and powder formula. As Kristofer often says “Cream + Powder = Staying Powder!” The finely milled powder, blends beautifully on to the cream color for the most natural looking flush of color. The dusty mauve shade 'Forever' has become a staple blush in my makeup collection and Delight is set to be too. The sheer bright coral looks stunning on. The soft pops of color look so natural and flattering on every skintone.


Last but not least, the lips and my favorite product in the Kristofer Buckle line the Cashmere Slip Longwear Lipcolor Duo. Proof it's my fav, I have all three of these duos! These are right up there with Urban Decay Vice lipsticks and formula-wise a lot like Fenty Mademoiselle. Kristofer Buckle's Cashmere Slip is a creamy, richly pigmented lipstick that delivers bold color. Easy to apply, this luxurious formula glides on smooth and wears comfortably. Tender/Kissed is a fresh, modern lightened up set for Spring.


Tender is a nude suede. I thought this lip color would be to brown for me based on the swatches. Not at all! Kristofer Buckle just knows how to do modern lip colors. It looks incredibly natural even on my pale cool-toned skin. I just love how soft, lightweight, and beautiful these lip colors look on. They give your lips such a soft, natural look.


Cashmere Slip Kissed, a muted raspberry pink shade tops off what I want my Spring makeup to be - soft and natural!


Now you too can effortlessly create the perfect Spring Glow by adding dimension, warmth and soft luminosity. Head on over to QVC to pick up these products for yourself! You won't be dissapointed when you light up the room with that glow!

 Kristofer Buckle Beauty is available at QVC, QVC.com and kristoferbuckle.com

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April 17, 2018

Urban Decay Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara Review & Swatches

Just in time for Festival Season! Urban Decay is livening up our eyes with Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara. A totally different take on colored mascara, Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara provides a HUGE pop of color on lashes and brows. The cream shades deliver intense color payout, and the metallic shades provide a hit of multidimensional sparkle. If you are COACHELLA weekend two bound you will want to toss one or all of these in your travel bag!


Like the name suggests, Double Team packs two shades in every tube, and comes in five must-have duos. (Trust us, you’ll want them all.) Four of the duos feature a bold cream shade on one side and a matching metallic topcoat on the other. The other (Dime/Goldmine) has two metallic topcoats in one tube (silver and gold).


We’re taking the colored mascara trend to the next level with super-vivid colors and metallic finishes. With Double Team, you can make the look as subtle or as dramatic as you want. Wear one shade of Double Team (sans shadow or to complete any eye look), or mix and match multiple shades. Our thick, curved fiber brush separates and coats even tiny corner lashes.


Gone are those colored mascara's that do absolutely NOTHING. With Double Team the color on the outside of the tube is the color that you get on your lashes. The brush coats each lash perfectly and with two coats I had full color impact on my lashes. For the most intense color result, start with the cream color side and then layer the metallic shade for the second coat.

This mascara is seriously budge proof and smudge proof. It's a lot like the formula of the TroubleMaker Mascara. Acting like a waterproof with out the damage. It took some serious makeup remover just to remove the swatches, it is not going anywhere!

Take color to the next level with UD's go-to liner pairings of 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils  in complementary and contrasting shades. The combinations really make the color of both your liner and lashes pop!

• Double Team in Gonzo + 24/7 Eye Pencil in Smog
• Double Team in Deep End + 24/7 Eye Pencil in LSD
• Double Team in Junkshow + 24/7 Eye Pencil in Deep End
• Double Team in Dime/Goldmine + 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion
• Double Team in Vice + 24/7 Eye Pencil in Vice



Take color to the next level with UD's go-to liner pairings of 24/7  in complementary and contrasting shades. They really make the color of both your liner and lashes pop!


Dime/Goldmine (the silver and gold topcoats) were really freaking cool! You can use alone for a flash of multidimensional sparkle, layer them over your regular mascara, or try them over one of the other colored mascaras for a more dramatic effect. I like putting them just on the tips of the lashes.


I love colored mascara because they are such a versatile way to use color. Go heavy and it's super 80's/raver/festival vibes or do a touch of color just to bring out your eye color. You can also use these in your brows! Are colored mascaras anything new? No, but they are perfect for Festival season when you want a bold fun look and don't want to sweat off your eye makeup. My pick is Deep End, the metallic sparkling teal is crazy flashy! Pair these with one of the new Hi-Fi Shine Cushion Lipglosses and spritz yor face with some All Nighter and you are living your best festival life!


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