Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: 2017

December 12, 2017

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Holiday Collection Review & Swatches


Urban Decay is after this punk rock girls heart this season with their Heavy Metal Holiday Collection. Giving us all the glitter, the sparkle, and the crazy metallic effects, this is no ordinary holiday party makeup. From an all-metallic shadow palette and new shades of glitter liner to a lip palette loaded with metallized and matte shades, it's all here. Let's see what this holiday glam rock collection has to offer!

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette ($55) is shadow mayhem in a crushed metal case. We packed this limited-edition palette with 20 of our most amped-up metallic shadows yet—and every single one is NEW and exclusive. Inject your look with a hit of glam rock for daytime or go full-on metal for a night out.

From standout jewel tones like Amp (a killer metallic teal) and Twisted (glimmering gold) to ultra-flattering neutrals like Demo (bronze-rose) and Afterparty (an amazing metallic red), this palette has everything you need to create endless metallic looks. And it’s all organized by color: brights on the left, neutrals on the right.

Urban Decay developed a whole new Eyeshadow formula for this palette. Bumping up the foiled effect to create their most metallic shadows ever. In doing so, they carefully crafted the formula on every shade to make sure each one would apply with a soft and creamy texture and create intense, shiny metallic effects. Every shade has a velvety feel for the perfect application, provides insane color payout and blends like a dream.

The killer lavender case has a crushed metal effect on one end…kind of like we smashed it while rocking out. It’s so gorgeous…like a modern art sculpture you’ll want to show off. Just imagine the gasps of, “WHAT’S THAT?!” when your friends see this baby. The palette slides open to dramatically reveal the shadow tray. When you’re ready to work your makeup magic, just pull the palette out and use Heavy Metals like a painter’s palette. Of course, we included a big mirror, so not only is this palette glamrock hot, it’s totally practical too.

Ground (black w/iridescent shimmer), Spandex (deep blue with purple shift and blue micro-sparkle), Metalhead (deep purple), Mullet (deep green), Twisted (gold), Aluminum (warm gray-taupe with iridescent micro-sparkle), Dive (medium blue), Punk Rock (fuchsia), Amp (bright teal), Glamrock (silver)

Bass (bronze), Demo (bronze-rose), Afterparty (red), Roadie (burgundy), Scream (mauve), Glory (golden bronze), Starfire (bright copper), Angelfire (pale pink), Maiden (beige), and Acoustic (nude)


I have been obsessed with the blinc metallic eyeshadow trio palette for months and these shadows are JUST like those. They go on creamy, intensely pigmented, and beam on the eyes. I absolutely love that they made this palette for both bright and neutral lovers. It really is like two separate palettes in one. Every shadow is gorgeous and bonus points for all new shades and no fallout. The only thing I disliked about this palette is the packaging. It is HEAVY and in the clunky way. The palette also slides out and doesn't lock correctly so it can easily come crashing out on to the floor.


Questionable packaging aside this palette is amazing. They nailed that cream to powder metallic formula. There are a few shades that are drier than others, mostly the glitter infused shades, but even those were still excellent. If you are unsure about an all metallic palette, pop one of these shades on your lids and you will see all their glory. When applied lightly they are just like a shimmer shadow and not too intense. My favorite way to apply these is with my finger and press them on to the lids. They really shine this way and pair beautifully with the matte's from the NAKED palettes.

VICE Metal Meets Matte Lipstick Palette ($35)
The makeup junkie’s go-to for overnighters, Vice Metal Meets Matte Lipstick Palette features 12 addictive shades from our massive lipstick collection (six are new). The perfect lineup to take you from nighttime into the next morning, this limited-edition palette contains six metallized shades and six matte shades—from dark, sultry hues to failsafe neutrals to bold brights. The shades are all organized by finish and color family—metallized shades up top, with coordinating matte shades underneath.

Start with a metallized shade for a night out. When that night rolls into the next morning and you haven’t made it back home, channel your alter ego by switching to the corresponding matte shade for daytime. From new shades like Spark (bright red with tonal shimmer), Banger (deep oxblood), and Shallow (lavender) to cult-favorite shades like Big Bang (bright pink sparkle) and Backtalk (mauve-nude pink), this palette has all your needs covered. This is the Vice Lipstick formula you know and love, just poured into a palette. Our proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives each shade its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion. Yummy Butter Blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry.


I have said it a million times now that Urban Decay VICE Lipstick's are my favorite's and I rarely use anything else. I love these lip palette's because they allow for trying many different colors from the line with out having to purchase full sizes of all of them.

The six new mettalized shades are stunning with a mettalic shine that doesn't feel gritty. Banger is incredible looking on! I also really loved the two more wearable mauvey mettalics Amulet and Fast Talk. Spark is amazingly smooth and so dang in your face bright. The way they coordinated these to be basically the same shades just in mettalic and matte finishes is a really cool idea for a lip palette.


Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($20)
All the glitz of glam rock—without the spandex or bad hair—Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner contains superfine glitter in a clear base that dries down quickly and really stays put (for long wear without any fallout). Wear it alone, apply it over Urban Decay’s eyeshadow, or layer two shades together for a more intense effect.

There are six new shades in the Holiday Collection:
  • Pyro Iridescent and silver glitter
  • Gammy Ray Bright blue and silver glitter
  • Punk Rock Iridescent brown glitter
  • Grind Light pink iridescent glitter 
  • Catcall Pink glitter 
  •  Stix and Stones Iridescent maroon glitter 
UD Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner is my OG Holy Grail of Glitter. It is everything you love about glitter minus everything you hate (the mess!). Heavy Metal Glitter Liners hold a special place in my makeup heart. I remember saving up my money to buy Midnight Cowboy when I first started doing makeup and it's still one of my all time beauty product favs. Even though I am past my glitter wearing days I will dabble with Heavy Metal's. The thin brush lets you swipe on just enough sparkle to look glam not gaudy and won't irritate sensitive eyes.

My favorite shades are of coure Midnight Cowboy, the prettiest pale gold. Glam Rock is a gorgeous true silver. From the new shades, Pyro is a sweet blend of baby pastels that would look so pretty over a creamy shimmer shadow and Stix and Stones looks awesome over black liquid liner. I would Skip Punk Rock, the glitter wasn't as sparkly in this one as the others.


Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection hits all the right cords for me. If there is one must-have from the collection it's the Heavy Metals Mettalic Eyeshadow Palette. So stunning! You might want to pick up the VICE Palette and the six new Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner's too because this collection is limited-edition, it will surely be on everyones gift list! #HeavyMetalHoliday


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December 05, 2017

Keep Your Lips Moisturized & Lipstick Ready with Herpecin

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

If you have followed my blog for even a short period of time you will easily discover that lipstick is my favorite part of makeup. I can go with out eyeshadow or bronzer, but I never leave the house with out something painted on my lips. Winter can be a real pain in my lip color game. I often suffer from dry, chapped lips once the cold dry weather hits. Applying a nourishing lip balm like Herpecin L before my lip color becomes an essential step in how I keep my lips moisturized and RED-ready.


Herpecin s my go-to lip balm. This product is more than just your everyday lip treatment -it's the under-the-radar brand "jewel." It keeps my lips moisturized while also protecting them from cold sores. This balm is more hydrating than other lip treatments, making it excellent for use in the Winter. Plus, it's unscented which I really appreciate. It's amazing how hard it is is to find a lip balm with out some sort of scent to it! Sure, this lip balm isn't in rose gold packaging with some fancy name, but let me tell you it gets the job done and that's really all that matters.


Did you know 50-80% of the population suffer from cold sores? That is a huge number! According to the National Institutes of Health, about 90 percent of adults have been exposed to the virus by age 50. It is not an STD! There are two types of the virus. Most people get HSV-1 during infancy or childhood from a family member or friend. It can be transmitted by kissing or sharing eating utensils or towels and is highly contagious. Even knowing that so many people suffer from them they can still make you feel insecure and embarrassed. It is the adult equivalent of getting a huge zit right before Prom. Dry lips are a major contributor to ending up with a break out. Along with PMS, stress, sun-exposure, and illness.


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. Knowing that you can fight cold sores before they start provides peace of mind that there won't be any surprises. Talking about it also helps take away the stigma.



The added SPF30 protection is a bonus. It protects painful cracking of lips and promotes healing without numbing or drying. Not only is Herpecin great to use in the Summer months, but in the Winter too. If you partake in any cold weather sports like Skiing the high altitudes can expose you to both the sun and harsh elements. Sunburn of the lips is a real thing. Herpecin helps prevent that. It is uniquely formulated with dimethicone for protection, and sunscreens to help guard against the sun's harmful rays creating a barrier of protection.


Even if you don't suffer from cold sores or fever blisters pick Herpecin up for under your matte lipsticks. Some formula's can be too emollient, but Herpecin provides the right amount of moisture to keep lips smooth with out effecting the matte finish and it gets rid of that uber dry feeling.


Here is my three step Winter lip care routine for keeping my pout soft, smooth, and prepped for lip color! 
Step 1
I first exfoliate my lips. You can buy lip scrubs or DIY it. FRESH Sugar Lip Scrub and Beauty For Real Lip Revival are two great ones. I also like to make my own with a little sugar, flavor of choice, and Coconut Oil. Rub the mixture on to your lips in circular motions then rinse off. Exfoliating will get rid of any dead skin and reveal smoother, softer lips.

 Step 2
Generously swipe on a layer of Herpecin lip balm. You can pick up this little "jewel" at Walmart for under $5 in the Lip Care aisle of your local Walmart or online at walmart.com
Make sure to re-apply throughout the day whenever your lips are feeling dry.

 Step 3
Apply a moisturizing lip color. Steer clear of the drying matte liquid lipsticks and opt for cream and moisturizing formulas. Applying a reflective gloss on top will provide further moisture and shine.

This simple and easy routine has kept my lips moisturized, smooth, and lipstick ready!


All of the extra benefits aside I just really love how this balm feels on my lips. It glides on for a  smooth velvety feel, relieves dry/chapped lips, and leaves my lips feeling super soft. Herpecin L is a must-have staple in my Winter beauty routine and year round.

Check out how my fellow beauty bloggers Pammy Loves Beauty and Casual Contrast are using Herpecin!


December 03, 2017

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Concealer Review & Swatches


All Nighter Concealer will change your life. Okay so maybe just your complexion, but a good skin day can make your day. Urban Decay has launched the sister product to the ever popular All Nighter Foundation TODAY and I couldn't be more excited! While I loved NAKED Skin concealer, my sensitive skin did not. I was super stoked to see another concealer release from them and hopeful that this one would be my jam. Lord knows my dark circles need a miracle right now. I have swatched the full shade range so you can find your perfect shade match!

Urban Decay's All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer provides flawless matte coverage that lasts all day and all night. Cover anything and get a perfectly blown-out effect. UD's ultra-pigmented, blendable formula controls shine and masks imperfections for 24 hours. And the beautiful, modern-matte finish never looks overdone.


Just like All Nighter Liquid Foundation, All Nighter Concealer covers everything (and lasts through whatever kind of trouble you might find). It hides even the most hard-to-cover spots and sins from the night before. And UD's waterproof formula stays put until the morning light - whether you're on the dance floor in a packed, sweaty nightclub, or in a hot and heavy situation that's a bit more exclusive. Plus, All Nighter Concealer absorbs oil to keep skin looking beautifully matte.


Fair Warm, Fair Neutral, Light Warm, Light Neutral, Medium Light Neutral, Medium Light Warm, Medium Neutral, Medium Dark Warm, Medium Dark Neutral, Dark Golden, Dark Neutral, Dark Warm, Deep Neutral, Extra Deep Neutral.


With meticulously calibrated shades that span the complexion spectrum from pale to deep, All Nighter Concealer has every skin tone covered. My closest shade match was Fair Neutral. It's a very light porcelain with a soft peach undertone. It was a close match for my skin tone and for covering blemishes, but not my favorite for under the eyes. I need something more pink toned and the All Nighter lineup is decidedly warm.


 I love how inclusive this shade range is from super pale, to extra deep with a multitude of shades in the medium to dark range. It's excellent if you like to use concealers to highlight and contour the face. It blends out easily for a blown out seamless look and doesn't oxidize throughout the day. The packaging is super luxe, but it does make it hard to see the concealer inside and find your correct shade.

 
There is no need to build your coverage or apply multiple layers. Always use All Nighter Concealer after you put on your foundation. Just apply a tiny amount and gently tap, tap, tap it into skin with your finger, the UD Pro Concealer Brush or the UD Pro The Finger Brush. I found that I needed the tiniest amount of this concealer to cover my dark circles. Just three tiny dots and one touch for blemishes. This isn't for those beauty vloggers that apply streaks and layers upon layers of concealer and then 10 lbs of powder and bake that sh*t. It's for people who know actually know how to apply under eye concealer that looks good in real life, sparingly! Apply too much and it can look dry.


This long-lasting formula provides much higher coverage than Naked Skin Concealer. UD increased the pigment level by 73%! A high-tech blend of polymers and humectants provides ultra-long, flawless wear and prevents All Nighter Concealer from settling into fine lines and pores. And just like All Nighter Liquid Foundation, this formula features light-diffusing pigments to blur flaws for a soft-focus effect. A major problem solver, All Nighter Concealer handles all your hardest-to-hide trouble spots: dark circles, blemishes and discoloring. It even covers tattoos!

All Nighter concealer is both pretty and powerful. It erases under eye circles and blemishes and stays on lock down all day with out creasing or fading. Even though I couldn't find a perfect shade match I still wore it all week when normally I ditch new concealers by day 3. It did not look dry or create a crepey appearance under the eyes and wears like a second skin. On blemishes it lasted all day with out budging. I definitely predict All Nighter being the next holy grail buzzed about concealer! #UDAllNighter


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November 30, 2017

BOXYCHARM Sweater Weather November Subscription Box


BOXYCHARM for November is all about beauty products to get you through the sweater weather months. BOXYCHARM is a subscription box for $21/mo that gives you 4-5 Full Size Beauty Products. Lets have a look at how BoxyCharm is heating up our cold-weather beauty game!
Luxie Beauty Quad Eye Travel Set ($32)
This is a cute little set of synthetic brushes. I always like getting brushes in my boxy because you can never have too many, especially decent quality ones like these.

COVER FX Illuminating Setting Spray ($31)
Cover Fx Illuminating Setting Spray is a quick-drying setting spray that sets makeup for all day wear and imparts instant, all over illuminations. It's alcohol free, so it's not drying to the skin. I am not a huge user of setting sprays, but this one is unlike any others. November is dull city as far as my skin is concerned so I am all about anything that will boost radiance. This spray is a super fine mist and imparts the prettiest glow to the skin. It's not oily or glittery looking, just radiant. I really loved this!

WINKYLUX Kitten Palette ($25)
How adorable is this little cute Kitten palette? Boxy always brings it with the cutest eyeshadow palette's. You could easily build your eyeshadow palette collection just by being a subscriber pretty quickly.

It features highly-pigmented shadows in four finishes: holographic, satin, matte, and glitter. After getting quite a few neutral palette's this is a nice change. The holographic shadows are so pretty and make me want to spice up my everyday neutral eye makeup a little.


LAQA & CO Cloud Lips ($17)
An airy matte lipstick that provides full coverage, but feels light as a cloud. I am so glad they didn't put another dry af liquid matte lipstick in this box! Nobody wants that in November, some of us don't want that ever. The color I got, Spellbound, is a pretty face brightening cherry red and it feels very comfortable on.
KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks ($15)
I love my Patchology lip masks, but they are on the expensive side so I am hoping these will be a cheaper alternative. They are innovative jelly masks for your lips that hydrate, moisturize, and plump your pout with natural ingredients. They're packaged so cute! We need all the help we can get in keeping our lips moisturized right now. I love that they gave us not just one patch to try, but three.

While this box wasn't anything to write home about and didn't have any big name brands, I still enjoyed it. I found everything seasonally appropriate and very useful for the cold-weather months. 


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