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I’m a good witch!

Hello gorgeous!  How do I love thee, let me count the ways…

I just got my precious Urban Decay Oz palettes, and I was so excited to play!  The Glinda pallete, sweet, light and playful good witch, is filled with ethereal violets, iridescent pinks, and gold tons that are sure to set your eyes a glow.

This set, one of two in the series, contains 6 shades meant to invoke the innocence of the white witch, as well as a mini Rockstar eyeliner, and a High Gloss lipcolor in Glinda (a light sheer nude).

The great thing about this palettes is that the packaging is sturdy, in a metal container that snaps shut.  Made with Urban Decay’s Build Your Own palette format, you can swap out colors until you get the perfect set for you.  You can also refill them as you use them up with any of the build your own singles.  Love!

This limited edition collectible set has eight all new and exclusive eye shadows in six pans (there are two split pans).  Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. 
This set contains the following eyeshadows:

  • Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer)
  • Aura (iridescent white with blue shift and iridescent white with red shift)
  • Magic (pinkish purple with golden shimmer)
  • Illusion (pale peach satin)
  • Oz (gold with gold glitter and silver with silver glitter)
  • South (warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter)

I must say, I love it!  What do you think?

Available at Sephora and Urbandecay.com for $49

 

Put your best face forward!

Hello Beauties!  I’m back from under the rock I have been hiding under.
I know I’ve been promising this for a long time, but here are my foundation holy grails!

These are in order of my favorites, and I’m doing the top 5, to be followed by my concealer and primer holy grails.  Have a fave?  Let me know!

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (Light/Medium) – This is the product I reach for every day.  The long wearing perfecting foundation promises long wear, and I get a full out of out it to be sure.  The foundation is the consistency of a mousse, and it isn’t quite a liquid.  Using the airbrush brush that came with the foundation originally, this foundation provides a medium to full coverage that is very natural.  You can layer the product more coverage, and it looks flawless on.  I love the way it absorbs the oil on my nose but isn’t drying at all, and that it includes SFP 15, which is very important.  Like all Tarte products, it’s full of good for you ingredients, and doesn’t break me out.  I use about a quarter sized amount, on my hand, and then pick it up with the brush.   Apply it a little bit at a time, and use the brush to buff it in.  $38 for 1.7 oz.
  • Next up my new favorite, the Urban Decay Naked Skin (3.5) – I LOVE this foundation!  It’s a liquid, but it’s fairly thick so it doesn’t run all over the place.  The package is in a pump format which makes it a no muss no fuss way to apply.  This weightless liquid feels invisible but really packs a punch and covers amazingly well.  I felt like I was glowing when I wore it!  $38 for 1 oz.  There is no SPF in this foundation however there are also no parabens or other ickies, yay!

  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (medium) – technically this is a concealer, but it provides amazing coverage all over the face.  A little bit goes a long way and when I need fuller coverage days, this is my go to item.  A rich, creamy concealer that is packed full of anti aging ingredients like vitamins A, C, and K.  It is also packed with collagen that reduces discoloration.  I love this product, and use it every day as concealer!  The dual ended airbursh brush that IT makes is amazing for applying this product.  The small end fits under your eyes, and the corners of your nose, while the larger end is great for all over application.  $24 for .28 oz.
  • IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation (light) - This powder foundation took a little getting used it, but now I love it.  It’s light to medium coverage, and is great for on the go applications.  Like all IT products, it’s full of great ingredients, like peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, vitamins.  This foundation actually helps make your skin appear younger.  The includes flathead foundation brush blurs pores and fine lines and makes you look great.  Read my full review here.  $40 for .30 oz (brush included)
  • Smashbox BB Cream (light) – So much more than a foundation  the Smashbox BB cream provides a combination of moisturizer, primer, foundation and treatment in one.  I like this for lighter coverage days but it feels great on the skin while providing nice coverage.  Read my full review here  $39 for 1 oz.

 

 

Shine on!

It’s a foggy day here in San Francisco, but as usually, my nose is shining like Rudolph on Christmas Eve.  What is a beauty to do?  Besides the obvious, careful skin care and cleaning and makeup, I have been on the hunt for the perfect mattifier to combat the shinies.

Over the last 6 months, I have tried several, and I’m here to report back to you what my likes and dislikes are.  First of all, I’ll preface this by saying that many moons ago I sold Mary Kay and used the Oil Mattifier extensively and loved it.  I still think that this is a great silicone based product, so if you have a MK rep, please do give it a shot.  $15 for .6 oz is a great price, and the ingredients are very similar to all of the other products listed here.

So, without further fanfare, in order of my personal favorites, and a review:

  1. Mally Poreless Face Defender – this is a solid silicone gel, which diffuses the look of pores and fine lines and gives you a matte finished look.  The unique consistency of this product stops the oil but doesn’t build up like a powder.  This was the longest lasting, for about 4 hours.  $40 for .46 oz solid.  Silicone based.  **Hot news** At press time, there is a Liquid Face Defender debuting on QVC.  So, if you prefer a liquid demattifier, this is my recommendation.  I will review it as soon as I have it in my hot little hands!
  2. Laura Gellar The Matte Maker - is my #1 powder mattifier.  It’s the easiest to carry around, because it’s in compact (though Mally has a travel version which I just got, which is going right in my purse).  The Matte Maker is a light, translucent powder that reduces shine and creates a matte finish.  At first, I thought this looked to powdery on my nose, but it absorbed quickly and lasted about 2 hours.  The key ingredient here is Calcium Carbonate (yes the same thing you take every morning to keep your bones healthy!) which absorbes oil.  The only thing I don’t like is that it also contains Talc, which can clog pores and is powdery.  $22 for .37oz compact of powder.
  3. Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte finish is a creamy gel that claims it has “Microsponge” technology to absorb oil.  Like any silicone based product, it does absorb oil.  This is a great value because it’s 1 full oz for $21 (on sale for $15).  I’ve tried a few Paula’s Choice products and they are as good as any other skin care line and the price point is much better.  Worth a try if you are looking for a new brand.
  4. Evil Shades Matte Silk – another favorite deslick powder, it’s power is Rice powder, as well as silicone.  The combination absorbs oil and doens’t sit on top of your pores like talc based products.  This is the best value, at $10 for a 20 gram jar.
  5. tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder – is not a specific demattifer, but I love the duel purpose of this product.  It contains Amazonian Clay (or Kaolin clay), which is said to balance dry skin as well as oily skin.  I really love this product, and the only reason it’s not high on this list is that frankly, it didn’t demattify for long enough.  However, it is my #1 finishing powder!  $28 for .32oz powder.  Clay based.  My only negative comment about this product is that it is not very portable.  It’s a larger jar, and while the top has a great delivery system, you need a brush and it’s bulky to carry around.

Honorable Mention:

Urban Decay DeSlick in a Tube – This lightweight gel is more of a liquid than the Mally, but it operators on the same premise.  The Silcone based gel absorbs oil and creates a barrier.  I would probably like thismore if it wasn’t so expensive – this tiny tube lasts a long time, but it’s much less product than the Mally.   $28 for .67 oz.  Silicone based.

I actually like all of these products, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Mally Poreless Face Defender.  It is a different delivery system, so if you’re put off by the solid gel, and prefer a powder, try the Laura Gellar Matte Maker.  If you’re looking for a multi purpose product, go for the tarte.

    At all costs, AVOID the ELF matte powder.  It was a total waste of $3.

    There are hundreds of marrifying products out there, but in genearl I feell that the liquid or gels are more effective as powders, particularly talc based powders can settle on top of the sin defeating the pourose.  Multi tasking products such as primers that control oil are fantastic alternatives since they do more than one thing.  Try to avoid any products that have talc or Zea Mays (cornstarch) in them since these sit on top of the skin and can clog your pores.  Zea Mays is often used instead of talc as both a filler and an oil absorbing ingredient, but it is known to cause or irritate acne prone skin.  It also is a hot bed of fungus and other ickies when it gets wet.

    *I did not inclue Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil in this category as it is a finishing powder that is primarily contains Zea Mays.  While I do use this product, I dont’ believe that is is an oil mattifier.

    Happy Anniversary!

    That’s right, it’s Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary!  They have been celebrating all year with limited edition sets of gorgeousness, and this time around it is the 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection.  This limited edition palette has 15 all new shades, and it served up in a beautiful metal container, with a filigree cover, in a velvet box.

    I am in LOVE with this set!  The colors, like all UD shadows, and silky and finely milled.  They are super highly pigmented and have fantastic color payoff in the darker shades.  Some of the lighter shades are hard to see and are a bit of a let down, but that’s a minor gripe.

    This palette is $55, but you can hope for a sale.  It’s currently sold out at Sephora, but still available at Urban Decay.  The all new shades are, from top left down:

    Column 1:  Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, Vanilla, Flow, Chase

    Column 2:  Tainted, Junkshow, Omen, Evidence, Deep End

    Column 3:  Deeper, M.I.A, ACE, Blackout, Half Truth

    I am still exploring Urban Decay, but I am loving the staying power of the products.  From the 24/7 shadow pencils & Liners, to the coveted Naked Palette, they delivery.

     

    Please ignore the double chin…and the frizzy hair.  egads!

    Today I wore Midnight 15 all over my lid, with Half Truth in the crease,  I blended out with Vanilla, and used Stray Dog 24/7 liner over MUFE’s Diamond Black Purple liquid liner.

    Buxom Lip Tarnish in Busted on lips.

    Dare to go Naked! **GIVEAWAY OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 31st**

    Naked, nude, natural, neutral.  Any way you look at it, the naked look is in, and it’s hear to stay.  The classic every day looks you can get from any neutral palette, and the vampy evening looks they can morph in to make these all in one kits fabulous ways to carry you makeup counter with you.

    I personally have and am madly in love with the Urban Decay Naked Palette.  I really love it.  Really.  That little 12 pan palette doesn’t look like much when you spy it on the Sephora shelves, but it packs a mighty punch.  These shadows have excellent coverage and pigmentation, and go on creamy and smooth.  The addition of a super high quality brush, that doubles as a crease brush when on it’s side, plus a little UDPP makes this a great value.  I purchased this from Sephora and is my go to kit for travelling because I can make so many looks out of it.  I pack my favorite UD 24/7 liner (Corrupt) with me, and bit of mascara and I’m off!  With a dozen colors but limitless combinations, you can be mild and meek or vampy and vivacious!

    That doesn’t. however, stop me from coveting some of the competitors:

    Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy (9 pans) - $36

    NYX Nude on Nude (20 pans plus 10 lipcolors) - $25

    Stila Natural Eyes (10 pans) - $39

    NYX Nude on Nude (20 pans plus 10 lipcolors) - $25

    Giveaway time!

    So, tell me.   how do YOU get naked?  What Is your favorite nude look combo?  What is your favorite nude palette?  How do you get a soft and neutral look?

    Leave your faves in the comments below and enter to win a special neutral treat! (sorry, no…I can’t afford to donate a Naked Palette lol but you never know what you might get!)

    **RULES:

    1. You can not have won a giveaway in the last 6 months
    2. Management reserves the right to substitute giveaway prizes in the event the item is no longer available.
    3. You must comment on this blog post to win
    4. For a bonus entry:
      • Comment on the Facebook post about this giveaway!
      • Share this on your own Facebook post and tag me with a link to this giveaway!
      • Follow me on TWITTER and RT:  @thinking_beauty dares to go bare and I do too! http://thinkbeautifullyeveryday.com/?p=286
      • Giveaway open until August 31st!  Must be 25 entries to be eligible to win.

     

    Good luck!

    Here’s one Saturday look I created with the Naked Palette:

    Face:

    • Mally Poreless Prep Primer
    • Laura Gellar B&B in Regular
    • Laura Gellar Real Deal Concealer in Medium
    • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Glisten
    • Finishing off with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder on the t-zone

    Eyes

    • UDPP in Eden
    • UD Naked lash to crease
    • UD Hustle in Crease
    • UD Virgin to highligh
    • UD 24/7 pencil in Corrupt smudged out
    • Mally everycolor shadow pencil in Chestnut
    • Benefit Real Deal Mascara

    Lips

    • Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Vivacious

    Enjoy and can’t wait to read about your dare to go bare!

    Decay, Urbanly

    Another sale to put on your radar!  I can’t live without my UD 24/7 liners & shadow pencils, so now is a great time to stock up. during Urban Decay‘s Friends & Family Sale.  Just use code FFSUMMER11 at checkout.

    25% off until July 10th!  Holy cow!  That’s better than Sephora F&F!  Maybe Urban Cowboy or Urban Bride?  I am getting a few things for sure!

    Happy shopping!

     

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