Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: June 2017

June 16, 2017

Urban Decay NAKED HEAT Collection Review & Swatches: Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, VICE Lipstick, 24/7 Eyeliner

Burn Baby Burn because Urban Decay is bringing the heat with it's new NAKED HEAT Collection. It's time to get blazed and naked - with new NAKED HEAT. Urban Decay's sultriest neutral palette yet! Warm, Sexy, and insanely flattering, this sweltering palette features 12 all-new scorched neutrals. Complete the look with a limited-edition Vice Lipstick capsule collection AND new shades of 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - both inspired by Naked Heat. Lets take a look at how UD is turning up the heat!

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette ($54)
Naked heats up - get LIT with 12 ALL-NEW, can't live with out amber hued neutrals - including warm browns, burnt oranges, and rich siennas. From a super-smooth red-brown matte and a glimmering copper to a deep , shifty bronze, this palette has everything you need to create sultry daytime looks, or intensely smoky nighttime looks and everything in between.

When I first saw the outside box, I thought ooh another pretty Naked Palette. Then I opened it up. No, not just another Naked palette...Naked Heat is GORGEOUS just from the casing. The multi-dimensional colors of the packaging and sleek hard case make it beautiful to look at and functional to store.

The colors inside are on fire and exactly what you expect from a palette called HEAT. They are warm, intense, and fiery. As usual Urban Decay gives us the perfect mix of matte and shimmer shades that are all fantastic in pigmentation and color payoff. At this point we all know NAKED palette's are amazing quality and Heat is right up there with the OG's. Also included is one of UD's fantastic double ended blending/detailed crease brushes.

*swatched with out primer
Shades Include:
Ounce (ivory shimmer) 
Chaser (light nude matte) 
Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte) 
Low Blow (brown matte) 
Lumbre (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift) 
He Devil (burnt red matte) 
Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red) 
Scorched (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer) 
Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte) 
En Fuego (burgundy matte) 
Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte) 
Ember (deep metallic copper-burgundy) 

While this is an excellent warm eyeshadow palette, there is not a lot of contrast. Orange is the new Naked in here. Many of the shades are similar and run together when applied on the eyes. Creating a variety of different looks with just this one palette is possible, but you might find yourself wanting to reach for other eyeshadows to combine it with. I feel like a gold shade or two could have went a long way in here.

My favorite shades were the shimmers. Dirty Talk and Scorched went on beautifully smooth with an intense shine. There are also shades for creating warm matte neutral looks with. Sauced looks lovely in the crease and Cayenne ups the amp even more. I did have some trouble with matte shades En Fuego and Ashes, both applied on the patchy side. Ember has the most amazing metallic shine, definitely try that one over a black base I think it will make a really unique smokey eye.

I am all about the cool tone neutrals of NAKED 2, but to break myself out of a neutral erryday rut this is the palette to do it with. I really love that these are ALL new shades. We are not getting any repeats in here. Other than Ounce being the mandatory cream highlight, none of the other shades look similar to any past Naked palettes. Did you also notice NO GLITTER? Finally, UD didn't put unnecessary chunky glitter in the shimmer. Thank you! With my cool toned skin and hair this may not be the most flattering of the NAKED's for me personally, but I don't have many warm eyeshadows in my collection so I appreciate having the option. NAKED Heat is sure to be another cult favorite!

VICE Lipstick Heat Capsule Collection ($17)
If you haven't seen my previous VICE lipstick reviews, check them HERE and HERE. You know that I am in love the with the creamy, badass luxury that is VICE. I rarely wear any other lipstick any more. With over 100 shades, I think they've got us covered in the lipstick department!

The HEAT Collections features three limited-edition shades housed in rose gold ember casings.

 Scorched (Mettalized), Heat (Mettalized), Fuel (Cream)

 Scorched and Heat go heavy metal with their Mettalized finished. It's a bit difficult to capture in my swatches, but they both have tiny micro sparkles. Pair these two together for a shimmering sunset ombre lip. Fuel is a gorgeous creamy nude peach, the soft subdued shade balances out the warmth of the eyeshadows. All three of the shades pair perfectly with the NAKED Heat palette whether you're going for a lightly warm or smoldering look.

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils Torch & Alkaline ($20)
24/7 Eyeliner goes on creamy with all day staying power. These are my favorite eyeliners in formula and color selection. Torch is a matte warm amber, it can be used as a base to really bring out the intensity of the Naked Heat eyeshadows. Alkaline takes the smoky eye to new levels in a deep smoldering burgundy. I thought this might be too red, but it leans towards purple. Both of these colors look especially amazing on blue and green eyes! The colors were meant to coordinate with the eyeshadow palette. UD really put some thought in to making this a cohesive collection.

Basically Urban Decay took all of its most amazing products and turned up the heat! This is a super hot collection that has Summer feeling (and Fall?) written all over it! #NakedHeat

Urban Decay Heat is available for Pre-order NOW and available June 30th at Urban
Available at SEPHORA July 10th (online) July 13th (in store)

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June 13, 2017

Spring to Summer Style with Ashley Stewart

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
The dose of Vitamin D we have been riding lately signals one thing - time to update my wardrobe with pretty new things for the Summer season. I seriously love all of the trends right now! The florals, brights, atheleisure, fruit prints I just can't get enough of it! So I am very excited to be partnering with PRIMP to share two looks that I have styled from Ashley Stewart.

Let me state that I am not a fashion blogger. This was REALLY stepping out of my comfort zone. I figured hey, most of us aren't fashion bloggers. We don't own professional cameras or frequent exotic locations, we just want to wear cute clothes in our everyday lives. So why not!

Being "in-between" in sizing I often look to plus size brands over the straight sizes because I find they understand curvy bodies better and not to mention can accommodate busty babes. Ashley Stewart is a Plus-size fashion brand for the fun and confident Diva. Offering a wide assortment of fashion items in sizes 12-32 and testing to include sizes 34 & 36. Now that's some size inclusive body positivity!

Ashley Stewart's website is my preferred way to shop because it's on-trend with the latest and hottest fashion styles. New fashion items are added every day including online exclusives. If you prefer a more hands on shopping experience head in to one of their 89 retail stores across the United States.

Living in the Pacific Northwest our fashion choices often revolve around what our temperamental weather is doing at the present moment. This can mean experiencing three different seasons in one day. It can be a rainy 60 degrees one day and soar to a blazing hot 85 the next. Layering is key. I can see why there are very few fashion bloggers here. The weather! When I had planned to do this it was blindingly bright one day and drizzly humid the next, hello frizzy hair!

Bomber Jackets are still going full force in my closet. I am pretty certain that I have close to 10 now! This Varsity Style Mesh Bomber Jacket features an open mesh knit to keep you cool while being warm enough for Summer nights. You might not think a jacket with a bunch of holes in it could possibly keep you warm, but it actually does! With a tight knit this feels like wearing a lightweight airy jacket. The sheerness of the mesh gives a little hint of skin peeking through without feeling overexposed.

Atheleisurewear is a huge trend right now and this jacket is the definition of it. The striped details are totally sport luxe. You can wear this jacket casually with jeans, over a t-shirt dress, or pair it with a sports bra and leggings for a mega cute gym look. The striped cuffs at the wrists feel exactly like those oldschool athletic wristbands, love it!

Roses are my favorite flower so when I saw this tank I knew it would become mine. Pink and beetroot purple roses bloom brightly in this watercolor Floral Tank letting you carry the floral trend of Spring in to Summer. Best of all the print did not become stretched out or see-through over my chest. That's a sure sign of quality and this tank is super comfy too!

While I have hopped on the trend bandwagon this season, I also looked to Ashley Stewart for fashions that fit my personal style year round. My style is a mix of feminine meets rock & roll. If Courtney Love was a style, that's my goal. Celebrity Skin but forever disheveled.

Adding the rock & roll element to this outfit are these edgy glam Mirrored Lace Up Heels.

Having wide feet I struggle with finding heels that fit me. Ashley Stewart carries all wide width shoes. Hallelujah. The lace up style of these are wonderful for those with wide calves too.

The straps are extra long with rubber thread running throughout to keep them from slipping down.

These heels are super versatile in that they can also be worn tied around the ankles. How awesome is that silver mirrored effect on the heel?

Moto details adorn the hips and knees with zips at the ankles on these Moto Zip Ankle Jeans. Available in colors - medium blue and dark blue. If you are a shorty like me you will love these! They hit spot on at the ankle.

Can we take a moment to admire these pretty in HOT pink wedges? They are like WOW.

 The Lexa Cut Out hot pink wedges are a statement making shoe. Slits and cut outs in all the right places make these wide width wedges a knockout. With a 3.5 inch wedge heel you can walk all day in them. Or run! I had to shoot with my self timer on my phone and was running back and forth. Never tripped once!

I have a major affinity for pineapples. If it has a pineapple on it I want it.

Bringing Island vibes in to my everyday style I am wearing the Tropics Tankini as a top tucked in to the Georgette Black Maxi Skort. Throw a t-shirt on over it and you're ready to go from pool side to Farmers Market.

The moment I saw this Sequin Pineapple Jean Jacket I knew it was going in to my cart. You can't go wrong with a classic denim jacket and the details on this say Hello Summer.

I mean what's more tropical and fun in the sun than wearing a giant sequin pineapple?
Light deconstruction is done ever so thoughtfully on this denim jacket. Little slit cut outs even peek through on the elbows, such a sweet little touch!
It is not all party in the back though, a trendy little cactus patch on the shoulder says "Maybe Never". Which is how we often feel about when Summer will arrive in Seattle.

I am obsessed with this skirt/skort combination of the Georgette Sheer Maxi! A sheer black overlay flows over the attached shorts underneath. There are so many outfit possibilities with this piece. Dress it up with an off the shoulder crop top or wear it as a cover up at the pool. Length wise it was a tad too long for me at 5'4, but with high enough heels it's a keeper.

How awesome are these sunglasses? They turn different colors depending on how the light hits them.

Handbag of Summer '17 right here. The gold pineapple accents on the Dome White Shoulder Bag do a fruit print in a refined way. The pineapples are actually individual laser cut outs brought forth over a metallic background. Details!
Even if you are not plus size don't sleep on Ashley Stewart for accessories.
Sunglasses game is on point!
With the 40% Off PRIMP40 Discount code each pair I picked up were under $10!
I had such a wonderful time shopping for the season with Ashley Stewart! I was rather nervous as this was my first fashion post and shooting from my phone wasn't ideal, but it was a lot of fun! My journey to body acceptance is a continuous one, but wearing the bold, vibrant, and fun fashions from Ashley Stewart really helped me to feel confident and comfortable in the size I'm currently in.

Ashley Stewart has successfully completed #LoveYourCurvesTour in 2016 & Launched Finding Ashley Stewart 2017. Ashley Stewart just launched its national competition in search of “Ashley Stewart 2017”. The plus size fashion brand recently completed its first tour stop in Baltimore and will be traveling across the US for the next 7 months in search of the Diva who effortlessly personifies the confidence, strength and fierceness that has become synonymous with Ashley Stewart. Find out Event info HERE!

Check out how my fellow bloggers Beauty Gala and Naturally Glam styled their Spring/Summer Ashley Stewart looks!

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Which Ashley Stewart piece was your favorite?

June 12, 2017

How I Get A Healthy Summer Glow In Minutes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateYourSunshine #WetSkinIsBestSkin #CollectiveBias

With Summer quickly approaching I am ready to put away the hoodies and pants for cute summer dresses and shorts. My skin though? It's looking more like December. My half Irish skin rarely tans, it just burns! I slather on SPF like no tomorrow, but that doesn't mean I don't love the look of a sun-kissed glow. With JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer you can gradually create your own sunshine, right from your shower -- without the hassle of your typical sunless tanning products. Here is how this pale girl gets a Summer glow!

JERGENS® Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer has been my go-to sunless tanner for YEARS. I have been a faithful user since it was first released in 2005. Now they have gone and made it even easier to get natural-looking color straight from the shower with JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer.

One step to tan moisturized skin? I am all about anything that cuts down the time of my lengthy beauty routine!

I always begin my self-tanning routine with exfoliating. This will get rid of dead skin and smooth any dry areas like elbows, knees, or feet which can pick up excess color. I like to use a sugar scrub in the shower or a dry body brush beforehand.

JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer is specially developed for use on wet skin. When blended with water, it glides on instantly to lock in moisture and gradually build natural-looking color each day.

I picked up JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer in the Body Lotion Aisle at Walmart.
My shade is Fair to Medium, it also comes in Medium to Tan. Used daily in place of your regular moisturizer you can achieve beautiful, natural-looking color. Then switch off to every other day to maintain your color.

This is not an instant or bronzing product, but a gradual glow product. Gradual color will develop in 3-5 days. I really enjoy being able to build up the color to the level of tan that I want. There is no risk of over-doing it.

After I am done showering I immediately apply a quarter-size amount of JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer to each leg and a dime-size to my arms. The light scent is lovely, it's one of the least offensive smelling self-tanning products I have tried.

I apply sparingly to dry areas like elbows or knees to minimize color absorption. You can even put a little of your regular moisturizer on those areas so that not as much of the self-tan is absorbed.

Then just towel dry and get dressed. Yep, it's that easy guys! Patting the skin dry is also the key to achieving streak-free, natural-looking color. It WILL NOT stain your towels as the DHA (the ingredient that creates the color) interacts with the proteins in your skin but there are no proteins in your towels! Make sure to wash hands after.

After just 3 days of use my skin looks healthier with a natural glow. The golden color is so flattering! It even helps to conceal imperfections. All of those insecurities like cellulite or the fact that I haven't worked out as much this month are put aside when you feel good about your skin.

I can accept my pale complexion, but in the Summer a sunkissed glow is that extra boost of confidence that makes you feel like a glowing goddess!

Knowing that I am protecting my skin from sun damage also gives me peace of mind. Laying out in the sun for hours only ever turned me a bright shade of red. Sun damage from UV rays and tanning beds will make your skin look worse in the long run. It just isn't worth the risk when you can get natural looking color so easily - no sun required.

Will JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer be a part of your sunless Summer beauty routine?