Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: July 2018

July 10, 2018

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection is your most wanted makeup for wherever life takes you. Whether you're a total road warrior, a weekend escapist or a staycationer—this collection has everything you need when you're Born To Run! I was not expecting any more Summer releases from Urban Decay after Beached so this was an awesome surprise! Born To Run takes us through Summer travel season, around the world, and back home with some Fall makeup vibes. Let's have a look!

First up: the all-in-one Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette ($49) lets you create nude makeup looks, add in pops of color and play with brights, no matter where you're going. With an assortment featuring 21 of-the-moment eyeshadow shades, you've got every possible eye look covered in one sleek makeup kit.

Can we talk about this gorgeous Summer packaging? The photography or UD Employee's trips is such a cool tribute and it's total Vacation worthy. This also isn't a cardboard palette. The palette is a hard plastic that is very sturdy with a spacious mirror. I will say I miss the added eyeshadow brush and eyeliner and I think for a travel palette they should have included it.

When it’s time to grab your carry-on and dash off to the next big adventure, you’ll want to pack light. Enter Born To Run, an all-in-one eyeshadow palette that has everything you need to create neutral looks, add in pops of color and play with brights, no matter where you’re going. With 21 of-the-moment shades—from jewel tones and modern neutrals to more colorful shadows—you’ve got every possible eye look covered in one sleek kit. Made from our mind-blowing formula that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color and blendability, Born To Run’s Eyeshadow shades hold tightly onto pigment that stays put.

Breakaway (warm ivory shimmer), Stranded (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer), Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift), Weekender (light neutral beige matte), Still Shot (bright peach), Riff (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle), Good As Gone (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
 Hell Ride (deep fuchsia matte), Baja (burnt orange matte), Accelerate (reddish copper metallic), Guilt Trip (smoky purple shimmer), Ignite (rose gold metallic), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
 Wildheart (bright fuchsia), Punk (red-brown matte), Double Life (metallic rust), Jet (black with deep shimmering purple shift), Drift (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle), Radio (deep emerald satin), Big Sky (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

When I first saw the promo images for Born To Run I wasn't WOW'd. I am not one for colorful eyeshadow these days and the shades just didn't seem to go together very well. That all changed once I got in to this palette! The quality is exactly what we expect from UD. Rich, bold, pigmented eyeshadows that blend effortlessly. Upon first glance this palette looks warm and colorful, and it is, but the shades are surpisingly wearable and a more sophisticated take on color. It has a late Summer/Early Fall essence about it and many of these shades will take you straight in to Autumn.

My favorites were of course the top 4 peachy neutrals. Followed by the shimmering pairing of six in the bottom right hand corner. Smog is an OG from the Naked days that I couldn't live with out. I really loved Drift, Radio, Wanderlust, and Big Sky. They have a dusky smokiness to them that is beautiful. There are 16 all new shades in here which I appreciate. I did notice quite a few shades resembled the BEACHED Palette. This makes sense as it was also a Summer release. I would spend the few extra dollars for Born to Run for the extra color choices.

The perfect complement to the Born On The Run Eyeshadow Palette, these three brand-new, limited-edition shades of Vice Lipstick pair with anything from neutral to smoky and bright to sultry eye looks. With three new lip colors (a bright rose sparkle, a rich mauve-nude and a dark berry).

Born To Run Vice Lipsticks are designed to complement your everyday (and even the not-so-everyday) looks. Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color—with soft and supple texture, rich and even coverage, and long-lasting pigment.

These are not your typical Summer shades and I kind of love that. Though, I do wish they would give us coral lovers something too every once and awhile! Ready? was my favorite. The rose with mettalic pink shimmer glitters with out being gritty. I love how this looks under the cushion lipglosses for a super sparkly look! 66, a deep mauve nude and Marfa a rich egglplant berry will be fantastic come Fall.

Keep the adventurous vibes going with fun-loving shades of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. From a reddish-brown and a dark copper to a deep green metallic, these versatile shades will pair perfectly with any bold eye look you can dream up.The best Eye Pencil ever, ever, ever! Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.

For pencil liner I buy nothing but the 24/7 Liners. There isn't anything better. The Born To Run Collection features three 24/7 Liners in Doublelife (reddish-brown metallic), Lucky (mettalic burnt orange), and Overdrive (deep green metallic). Both DoubleLife and Lucky are softer alternatives to black liner. They are somehwat similar, with Lucky having more copper undertones. I don't think you need both. OverDrive is the standout. It is the most gorgeous deep forest emerald green.

When it’s time to grab your carry-on and dash off to the next big adventure, be sure to lock in your look using Urban Decay’s Born To Run Travel-Size All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Wanderlust leaves no time for touch-ups. Your endless adventures may be a blur, but your makeup shouldn’t be. Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. All Nighter keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. This is my favorite makeup setting spray and I love that they made it travel size! Perfect for putting in to your carryon bag.

Born to Run is an awesome collection for wherever life takes you! While I wouldn't call this my all-in-one travel palette it has some beautiful shades to take you through Summer and in to Fall. You will want to RUN and get it!

*sample *affiliate links   

July 06, 2018

Get Smooth Skin for Summer with TRIA Beauty Hair Removal Laser Precision

Get permanently smooth skin this Summer with the TRIA Hair Removal Laser Precision — a slim and ergonomic wonder device designed to remove unwanted hair from smaller, more sensitive areas like the bikini line, face, and underarms.Who hates having to shave allll the time once Summer rolls around? I know I do! I have used the Tria 4x Laser in the past with great results so I was excited to get started with TRIA's new, slimmed down streamlined version!

At-home hair removal has never been easier. Portable, lightweight and FDA-cleared, the Hair Removal Laser Precision uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists for in-office treatments. This Tria Hair Removal Laser targets and permanently disables the hair follicle to stop hair growth on the face and body for permanent results.

Small, lightweight, and compact, the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision is convenient to use both at-home and away, so you never have to miss a treatment. Its contoured design is perfect for small, more sensitive areas like the bikini area, underarm, and face.

Before getting started you will need to activate your device either by phone or online. Most importantly is to read over the guidelines and make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for your skin tone. Laser Precision is safe and effective on skin tones 1-4. Being as I am pretty much the palest skin tone out there, I was good to go. Take extra measure to stay out of the sun and use SPF when treating as it can make your skin more sensitive. Also, refrain from any waxing or tweezing in these areas as the hair root needs to be visible to be destroyed. Shaving is the best way to go during treatments.

Scared that it will hurt? Don't be! There are three levels to choose from low/med/high. I always treated on high and never had any pain. If you do I would recommend the Smooth Start Calming Gel. I used it with the 4x and it comes in handy on areas like the under arms and bikini line that can be a bit more sensitive.

For best results, treat the area once every 2 weeks until desired result has been reached. A good tip to remember is to always charge your TRIA up after you have used it so it will be ready to go for the next time. I designate one day a week to "me time". A day of skin masks/exfoliation, bubble baths etc. While indulging in bad t.v. I do my TRIA treatment. It's super quick, easy, and painless!

Treatment time is quick and easy on small areas like the lip, chin, and bikini line. The Laser Precision perfect for these areas because it's a lot easier to hold than the larger Tria 4x model. The downside is the battery life is a lot less. About 15 minutes. I would use this for treating small areas one at a time and the 4x for more extensive areas like the arms or legs.

I noticed results two weeks after my first treatment. Hair that was more dense was finer, less course, and growing in sparser and at a slower rate. This is similar results to what I saw with the 4x. An initial 20-30% reduction and around 70% over 3 months. It's important to remember hair doesn't just stop growing forever. It grows in cycles, so it does require continued 3 month use for best results. Being able to pop out my Tria for rogue hairs or when I want to shave less is super convenient. Use it on your upper lip or bikini line before vacation means no worries of itchy bumps/ingrown hairs from waxing or shaving. It is awesome just for the effect it has on keeping my sensitive skin from becoming irritated.

Having the power of professional laser hair removal in the palm of my hand. Literally! is fantastic. Laser Precision is easy and painless to use, not to mention it's great for on the go and storing easily on your beauty table. I will be using Tria's Hair Precision over the next few months and updating you with my results!

*sample *affiliate links