Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: September 2018

September 10, 2018

Urban Decay ELEMENTS Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

If there was ever a palette that was more "me" it's the new Holiday 2018 Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette. I am element and zodiac obsessed to a slightly nutty level. I check at least three horoscopes every day and must know what the sun, moon, and tides are doing before I can even live my life. Now that we are winding down on Summer, Holiday Collections are already here! Yes, already! The unbelievably gorgeous Elements Eyeshadow Palette spans space and time with 19 mystical, never-before-seen shades in a celestial, ultra-sleek compact. Lets have a look!

With gilded details and a crystal-like case, this orb-inspired compact is your key to the next dimension. Slip it into your purse or gift it to a fellow mystic…Elements is the perfect palette to summon your inner goddess.

Be warned though, this palette is GINORMOUS. It is like a powder compact on steroids and that makes it a bit difficult to store let alone slip in to your purse! The packaging is mesmerizing though. It's layed out beautifully and the mirror is so huge you could easily use it to do all of your makeup.

Inspired by the elements—Air, Earth, Fire and Water—a constellation of unique colors orbit around Luna, an ultra-iridescent transformer shade. The 19 new multidimensional pigments include bright mattes, holographic shimmers and molten metallic. We predict you’ll love Fortune Teller, a metallic magenta with green 3-D sparkle and shift. Hex Remedy is an iridescent purple that really raises our vibrations.
 (Swatches over NO Base)
Since you deserve serious staying power and shadow that doesn’t flake or fade out on you, every shade in the Elements Eyeshadow Palette is made from our mind-blowing formula that gives each shade its velvety texture, blendability and rich color that lasts. Sometimes Holiday releases can fall short on that beautiful blend and high pigment we expect from UD. Elements hits the mark though, all of the colors applied with ease and full coverage color. My favorites were Electric Air and Silver Burn, they capture my Amethyst birth stone and look sooooo good on green eyes! That matte pink Dream Weaver, WOAH. I will never wear it but it is a shockingly good matte hot pink.

Most unique to this palette is the heart of it. Luna, the center shade that all the eyeshadows orbit around. Luna is an iridescent transformer that transforms any shade in to a real sparkler. I applied Luna over Heavy Water the teal shade and it turned it in to an icier shade of blue. I can see myself reaching for this a lot to tone down too bright shades. How cool is it to be able to transform any eye shadow in to something completely different?

I am loving the Elements palette! The color-palette captured all of the elements while working to make them cohesive and look good together. The pretty pops of shimmering color pair up with shades that easily transition in to Fall and the Holidays. Also, EVERY one of the 19 shades is a new one. It is heavy on the shimmer and light on the matte, but at this point we have matte shades from one of the many other UD palette's that can be paired with it.

I know all the buzz right now is of the soon to come NAKED Cherry Palette, and rightfully so. Doesn't it look amazing? NAKED HONEY and NAKED AF Palette are also supposedly in the works. We won't be crying over the demise of the OG Naked for too long. I really hope they will do coordinating lip colors with both of those! All the Naked stuff aside, don't sleep on Elements! You get a very well-rounded color palette with all new shades that isn't just one color family. There are also some really great kits to come with this Holiday 2018 release that will make perfect gifts. Can you believe we're talking Holiday 2018 Collection before Fall? Oh makeup world you so crazy.

Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette ($56) is available at and QVC
Other retailers later this month!
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September 08, 2018

BOXYCHARM Wild Flower September Box

I took a break over the Summer after a few dismal BoxyCharm's. As with everything makeup related it is always better in the Fall. This month thebox theme is Wild Flower. If you don't know already BOXYCHARM is $21 mo. and gives you 4-5 full size beauty products worth over $100. Even when I don't love a box there is always something in here that makes it worth the value. Here is what's in store for September!

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Smokey Eyeshadow Palette ($35)
Made up of 12 highly pigmented shades, the Nightingale palette is sure to help you create your best looks. The matte, shimmer, and satin shades are soft in texture, and luxurious in formula. How cute is this palette? I have been super impressed with all of the Pretty Vulgar products I have tried so far and this one is no exception. I love that this isn't another all warm eyeshadow palette! Finally something cool toned!

Laura Geller Baked Blush n Brighten ($28)
Add a gorgeous, glowy flush to your cheeks with this baked blush. Stunning swirls of liquid pigments are baked in for a smooth, long-wearing formula. Laura Geller's baked blush and highlighters are some of my favorite face products. I already bought this blush myself, but I am not mad to have a second! It is the most gorgeous, face brightening berry pink with a soft luster.

Alamar Cosmetics Ojitos Brush Set ($18)
You can always count on Boxy to give good brushes. These 100% synthetic brushes are great. The flat painter brush is perfect for cream products, while the blender is fluffy and soft and the liner brush effortlessly glides and smudges gel liners. The green handles are cool change up from the usual black and pink.

LORAC Liquid Lipstick ($19)
Although I would have preferred something hydrating and glossy and not another tired matte liquid lipstick. I know they have to get one in there for the 'gram. This one from LORAC I don't hate. It's smooth, covers evenly, and isn't as drying as some others. Will I ever choose to wear a dry matte liquid lip over my Urban Decay VICE lipsticks? Hell no, but the color Deep Burgundy is amazing!

Butter London Stroke of Wow Roll On Liner ($19)
Create precise, ultra-fine winged liner looks with this innovative liquid liner. The ergonomic handle gives you insane control while creating your liner looks. The roll-on applicator does all the work with a smudge-proof black pigment that stays in place. I was worried this was going to be like the fail Roller ball liner like Benefit's, but it is a lot better. The tip has a roller ball that "rolls" across to create your eyeliner. It works fairly well, but I don't understand the novelty of these liners. You barely get to roll the liner before space runs out. I would rather just do it manually.

Finally a box I love! After some real losers this Summer I was about to give up on Boxycharm. Once they switched to letting a group of never heard of "influencers" pick their monthly products the box pretty much tanked. It was all the same old ugly mauve brown matte lip, warm shimmery eye shadows, and highlighter. That only looks good one type of person for one type of look. Where is your diversity Boxcharm? Just no. Regular women who wear makeup in their daily lives out of the house don't want to wear ugly ass edited instagram makeup, we want something fresh and beautiful! End rant :) This box while still having to get in the matte lipstick at least gives us something different. Plus, two well-known brands. I'm back on the Boxycharm wagon!

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