June Favorites

Hope you all have been having a wonderful start to your summer! Mine has definitely been a roller coaster ride. Check out my June Favorites video to find out where I have been all month and what I have been loving during that time. I talk about my updated foundation routine for the summer and rediscovering my love of playing with color.

P.S. My blog has been hella dry because I am working on a new one. Follow me on my social media outlets or subscribe to this blog to receive an email update when I switch over to my new site.

Haul: Hourglass, Urban Decay, Drugstore & More

It has been a few weeks since I filmed a haul video but don’t think I have not been shopping lol. I will say I have been doing better and researching before going crazy and picking up, for example, Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blush in every color (confession: I have barely had a chance to play with the two I mentioned in the video and I already want to add Luminous Flush to the collection). Click here to check out my latest purchases that I am so excited about.

Haul: Sephora VIB Sale

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  Above is my Sephora haul from this year’s VIB sale.  Many of the items I got would make great gifts for the beauty lover on your list so check it out for some inspiration.  What are your picks?

-DRB

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review & Swatches

Naked 2 Palette

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I am loving the Naked 2 Palette!  Although not as different as I expected, the palette has different variations on the colors contained in its predecessor:

Naked 2 Palette (top), Naked Palette (bottom)

The colors aren’t identical (except for including Half Baked in both palettes), however they both evoke the same feeling.  This means you don’t need both but if you loved the first one (or are just plain crazy like me) you will feel the same the second time around.  In terms of the eye shadow selection, I would have liked to have seen another matte brown color for the crease.  That extra matte color could have easily replaced Half-Baked.  In terms of looks, I prefer the metal packaging of the Naked2 Palette.  It is sleek and fells more secure since it snaps shut.  I didn’t have any issues with the Naked Palette’s packaging but the Naked 2 Palette feels like an upgrade.  The dual sided brush included is a lot more genius than the dual-sided 24/7 liner I got with my Naked Palette.  Again I am not trying to knock the original, which is still great, but a brush is a lot more convenient.  Especially a dual sided one with a shader brush on one side to pack on that taupey goodness on the lids and a blending brush on the opposite end to work those crease colors.  I wish they would have included a mini Primer Potion again to toss in my makeup bag since the color of the Lip Junkie gloss didn’t really do much for my highly pigmented lips.  The bottom line is you don’t need it but you know you want it.

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I Hope You Are Sitting Down For This

Urban Decay is coming out with a new Naked Palette!!!  My friend cutiegingerbread did a blog post on the upcoming Naked 2 Palette and it pretty much made my day.  Can you tell that we are excited? There are already pictures floating around the internet and some of the colors look similar to the original palette but that is not stopping me.

If you visit the Urban Decay site there is a picture that says NAKED Something NEW is coming…  Click the link to sign up for their mailing list and the page that comes up says that the big news is coming on December 1st, 2011.  Could this be the launch date?  If so, Merry Christmas to me!

P.S. If you cannot wait, Urban Decay has been posting teasers today on Twitter.

Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils

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24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils

(with flash)

Colors on the left (from top to bottom): Midnight Cowboy, Narc, Clinic, Barracuda, Wasteland, Mercury

Colors on the right (from top to bottom): Clash, Delinquent, Morphine, Lit, Sin, Rehab

Can one have to many eye pencils/shadow bases in one’s life?  Of course not!  I was at Sephora recently and spotted Urban Decay’s new 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils.  After spending some time trying the different colors, I was impressed with the color payoff and staying power.  If you want to blend these pencils you have to do it quickly, because once it sets you won’t be able to move it anywhere without anything short of a makeup remover.  Most of the pencils swatched smoothly; Midnight Cowboy was a little bumpy because of its glittery-ness.

After a lengthy deliberation I picked up Morphine and Clinic.  Morphine is a cool lavender shade that brightens up my eyes so much it looks neon (if there is such a thing as neon lavender).  To break out of my lack of green eye shadow rut, I chose Clinic – I loved the shiny metallic finish and deepness in tone perfectly suited for a colorful smokey eye.

Check out some suggestions on how to try the pencils below:

  • Liner – while you won’t get a thin line with these pencils (unless a little trickery is involved*) the thicker line is a good jumping off point for a smokey eye.  Choose a dark color, line your upper and lower lash lines, then blend away.  Because of the setting time with these particular pencils, apply and blend immediately on one eye before starting on the second.  Pencil in one hand, brush in the other and go.
  • All over lid color -  pick up one of the brighter colors for your lid area, pile on the mascara (add some lashes for extra credit) to balance the eye and keep the rest of your look in neutral territory.  The result will be a look that will be on trend this spring/summer.  Check out the beauty look from the Christian Dior RTW Spring 2o11 collection for inspiration (skip the red lip to make it wearable, or go for it - you only live once!). 
  • A base to make your existing shadows pop -  You can layer a shadow over a pencil of a similar color or over the black liner (Barracuda) to deepen a metallic jewel tone eye shadow.  In addition to intensifying colors,  layering is key to helping your eye looks last all day.

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Beauty Obsessions: Since I’ve Been Gone Edition

Check out the video above for my stand outs and most used beauty products since my YouTube hiatus.

List of products in this video:

adesign – skincare brush set (marked down from $60 to $36 at press time), finishing powder (c/o adesign) and finishing face brush (c/o adesign). Click here to visit adesign’s online store.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – Black Ink

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (aka Bronze Universal)

MAC Pigment – Violet

MAC Eye Shadow – Beautiful Iris

NYX Jumbo Pencil – Milk

tarte smooth operator natural oil-free tinted moisturizer – Agent 14 (c/o tarte)

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Tutorial: Rockin’ MAC’s Paparazz-She

Hello orange!  The video above is for those looking for another way to wear Paparazz-She Mega Metal Shadow from MAC’s limited edition Peacocky collection.  Don’t have Paparazz-She? No sweat, MAC’s Amber Lights eye shadow gives me the Paparazz-She feeling without leaning towards traffic cone territory.  I drew inspiration from RuPaul‘s fabulous makeup in the promo for RuPaul’s Drag Race.  I can’t get over how great he looks in drag!  RuPaul never disappoints me with his makeup.  Definitely makes me want to step my game up.

Check out the list of products I used to get the look above:

Face

  • tarte smooth operator (tinted moisturizer) – Agent 14 (c/o tarte cosmetics)
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer – NW20
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Medium

Cheeks

  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (aka Bronze Universal)
  • MAC Creme Blend Blush – Optimistic Orange (limited edition)

Eyes

  • MAC Mega Metal Shadow - Paparazz-She (limited edition)
  • MAC Eye Shadow – Sketch, Rule, Ricepaper
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil – Zero
  • Red Cherry Lashes – #601

Lips

  • MAC Lipstick – Ravishing
  • MAC Lipglass – C-Thru

Check out the picture of the finish product (sanz lashes) after the jump:  Continue reading