Thursday, March 26, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer Review

The most important product in my makeup bag has to be my concealer. It is that one item that can give me a full 8 hour sleep in a bottle and literally, lays the foundation for my face. When in a rush, I will simply swipe some concealer on with a coat or two of mascara and go out. Given the important role it plays in life, I tend to be highly critical when trying new concealers. My current favorite is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer which is exactly how the name describes it. However, as an avid makeup consumer I am always open to trying out new brands to hopefully find a winner. Of course, I am here to report my findings to my loyal readers as well. 



Today I am reviewing Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. Urban Decay is one of those cool, grungy companies formed within the last 20 years from California that prides itself on its edginess. UD's colors are usually rich in pigment and the shadows come in a plethora of earthy tones. Their 24/7 eyeliner is also incredibly rich and long-lasting. Between the palettes, liners, and glosses I own, I would say I trust the company to make a solid product.
 I headed over to Ulta to check out the Naked Skin Concealer. I did a double take as I approached the counter, because there were only 8 shades...Granted, my favorite NARS concealers come in 10 but the UD shades went from a pinkish fair shade to a pinkish tan. Some people may have pink undertones and want to conceal blemishes, but I have a yellow undertone in my skin. Nevertheless, I grabbed Medium Neutral, Medium Dark Warm, and Medium Light Neutral. The concealer comes in a wand with a flat top applicator. The consistency was rich and creamy, but on my skin every color looked awful. The colors were far too ashy on me, and the seemingly pink undertone looked more white on my face. I tried to mix up Medium Dark warm and Medium Light Neutral to achieve the correct shade, but still had no luck. The colors are extremely arbitrary and it seems as if no thought was given to varying skin tones during the production process. However, as advertised, the product did not crease. That is the only positive I have for you folks. So if you happen to fall into that small percentage of skintones that these shades are made for - go for it. But if you have any sort of warm, olive, yellow, and/or golden undertone this is not the concealer for you. I have to say I'm very disappointed in the product because normally I am an Urban Decay fan. I would not even recommend using this product for highlighting purposes because it dries so fast once on the skin. The product is priced at $28, try it out here if you like.

Again, like all of these blog posts this is simply my opinion. 

The Beat: More Than A Miracle - MNEK
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Top Spring Scent



What draws us to one scent over another? If you're anything like me - my perfume of choice changes with the season. Wintertime calls for heavier scents with woody and musky underlying notes that pair well with leather, cashmere, and wool. My go-to fragrances for the snowy season are among Coco Chanel Mademoiselle and Gucci Guilty. Fall is a crisp, clean scent like Narcisco Rodriguez for Her, and so on and so forth. Many of us are happy to finally be able to say though, that the colder months have finally left us and Spring time has arrived. In accordance with the change in season, a new perfume is necessary. 

As I buzzed around Nordstrom recently, my eyes immediately gravitated toward a frosty bottle filled with a pale pink liquid topped off with a sleek structured stopper. It was the new scent B by Balenciaga. The Spanish fashion house lead by creative director Alexander Wang has launched several impressive fragrances for women over the years. I had high expectations for this like its siblings Florabotanica and Balenciaga Paris. As I picked up the bottle I wasn't shocked that it not only looked fantastic, but smelled woodsy and floral. It was fresh and clean - all while encompassing the smell of a Spring day. B By Balenciaga has base notes of ambrette seeds and cashmere wood and top notes of Lilly of the Valley and violet green leaves. The smell is intoxicating and I soon learned the bottle mimicked the marble design of the first Balenciaga store in Paris. This small fact only added to the overall appeal of the perfume.

B was unique; I fell in love and I had to have it. It proved to be long lasting and the woodsy smell has permeated my clothes and I wouldn't have it any other way. At $110 for 1.7 oz and $145 for 2.5 oz it certainly is priced competitively, but it is worth every dime. Whether you're a true perfume aficionado or just like pretty bottles on your dresser, this scent is a must-have for your perfume collection.Next time you're in a department store, check it out. Or order your own here here

The Beat: Bloodstream (Arty Remix) - Ed Sheeran
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Review



Within the past few years, the makeup world has seen a new brand emerge and dominate the eyebrow market with Dip Brow, Brow Powder Duo, etc. Fast forward a few more months, and we've seen the introduction of the ubiquitous Contour Kit. This phenomenon is credited to none other than one of coolest entrepreneurs and makeup mavens out there - Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you don't know about her inspiring entrepreneurial story, check it out here.

Today I'm reviewing her new line of Liquid Lipsticks.The colors are rich and highly pigmented. Being of an olive skin tone, I was weary of ordering her most popular shade yet, Pure Hollywood, a nude pink. However I was convinced to try it out after Mario Dedivanovic revealed he recently used it on Kim Kardashian at John Legend's birthday party. And if Kim can make it look amazing, so can us mere mortals, right?


I ordered it on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website and got it fairly early. The lipstick was $20 which wasn't too bad but I had realized how long has it been since I've actually used anything that comes from a wand. With the whole matte lips look becoming so famous a la Kylie Jenner I feel as if my lip gloss usage has become completely obsolete thanks to liners and lipsticks. It was a nice change to unscrew the cap and use a wand applicator. Pure Hollywood is just an overall beautiful shade. It has a gorgeous matte finish and it worked great on my skin tone. It truly is the most flattering shade of nude I have used - and I'm saying this without applying any liner under. It first applies wet, so work fast to get the coverage and line your lips properly. Once it dries (about 15 seconds) you end up with the perfect matte pout. However, you will need to reapply after eating or drinking. I have to say I'm completely satisfied with my purchase and am going to try out more shades. Once again, Anastasia has came out with a product that doesn't disappoint. 

Order your own here

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The Beat:  Adore - Cashmere Cat ft Ariana Grande
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