Dec 232013
 

The Naked Palette 3 came out a couple of weeks ago. Beauty lovers all over have been thrilled about the 3rd installment of the neutral palette by Urban Decay.2013-12-21 03.03.33

Initially I wasn’t interested. I remember all of the hype about the 1st one. I finally caved in and purchased it. You can see my review here. When the 2nd one was released, it didn’t seem to be much different from the 1st one so I didn’t bother to get it. It also appeared to not be as versatile, particularly for people of darker skin tones. So when the 3rd one came out I though ehhhh. I’ll pass. Well, I went to Ulta last week and saw that they had them in stock. Then…I don’t know what happened. Something just came over me, and I suddenly felt like I had to have it.

2013-12-21 02.57.24LOL! I swatched the colors and compared them to the 1st one and saw that they were actually different.

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I like that the new palette comes with samples of all 4 of the Urban Decay Primer Potion. The first one came with a travel size of the original formula (which I still have).

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The original Naked Palette is described as bronze neutrals whereas Naked 3 Palette is described as Rose Neutrals. Swatches of Naked 3 Below. 2013-12-23 00.15.51 Above is with a flash and below is without. 2013-12-23 00.15.33 From Left to Right:  Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart

I used the duo ended brush that came with the palette.  I didn’t use any of the primer potions.  The were applied to my bare skin.  I noticed that not all of the colors swiped well.  Some needed to be layered quite a bit. The easiest ones to apply were Blackheart, Burnout, and Dust.  It was very challenging to get Darkside, and Limit to show.  I don’t even remember how many layers I had to do to build up the color to show up.  I haven’t done an eye look with the palette yet, but I’d guess the colors will work a lot better with the primer potion added 1st.

So did you cave into all of they hype for the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette? If so what are you thoughts on it?

Mar 082012
 

In part 1 of my MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows series I mentioned the Venomous Villains collection.  It was released in the Fall of 2010.  There were two eyeshadows with Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty that were really pretty.

On the left is My Dark Magic and on the right is She Who Dares.  I received She Who Dares in gratis and unfortunately they didn’t give employees the products with the pretty packaging. :-(

My Dark MagicI was able to isolate 4 different colors from this shadow. :-) Below are My Dark Magic (on the left) and Young Punk (on the right).  Still can’t believe my shadow is broken. :-(  At least I can still use it.  I hate that I dropped it.

In the above picture Young Punk is the swatch on the left and My Dark Magic is the swatch on the right

She Who Dares  Note the “Not For Sale” message right on top. Ha ha! :-) Here’s what the green part looks like

Below I have swatches of both She Who Dares and Blue Flame to compare.  On the left is Blue Flame and on the right is She Who Dares (Blue side).

They’re not exactly the same.  The payoff of Blue Flame is a lot better than She Who Dares.

Even though I liked the Venomous Villains Mineralized eyeshadows, I noticed some differences between them and the Style Black Mineralized eyeshadows.  It appears that after use, the colors of the Venomous Villains shadows aren’t as vibrant as the other mineralize shadows from the Style Black Collection.  I also noticed that the Venomous Villains eyeshadows weren’t as pigmented and had more fall out when applied.  I’m still happy I bought My Dark Magic though.

Mar 062012
 

Top Row from left to right: Sea and Sky, Devil May Care (I received in Gratis), My Dark Magic, She Who Dares (I received in Gratis), Bottom row from left to right:  Young Punk, Gilt By Association, Blue flame, and Cinderfella. (I received one of these in Gratis but can’t remember which one. LOL! :-))

From left to right: Young Punk, Gilt By Association, Blue Flame, and Cinderfella

I was ecstaticed to find out that MAC relaunched their Mineralize Eyeshadows with their latest  Mineralize Perfectly Finished Collection.  Some of these shadows first appeared with the Style Black Collection for Fall 2009. Back then I remember thinking “OMG these are the most amazing shadows ever!”.  I received one of them in gratis so I quickly went out to purchase the other 3.  Even though MAC already had other Mineralize eyeshadows, these were very different.  See below:

Top left is Young Punk.  Top right is Gilt By Association.  Bottom left is Blue Flame.  Bottom right is Cinderfella

Blue Flame

Young Punk is my favorite and of course with my luck, it would be the one that I dropped and broke. :-(  I may purchase another one but for now,  I can still work with it.  

Gilt By Association

Cinderfella

They added a new one this time around called Smutty Green.  It’s just as beautiful as the others.

I don’t own this one so I don’t have a real picture to show you.  I will say that the above picture from maccosmetics.com does the actual shadow no justice at all.  It’s a very vibrant green.  It reminds me a bit of the green side of  She Who Dares.  See below:

This shadow was part of the MAC Venomous Villains Collection in the Fall of 2010.  It was included with Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty.

 

Do you have any MAC Mineralized eyeshadows?  If so, which one is your favorite?

Feb 032012
 

It’s been fun showing you all some of the ways I use my favorite M.A.C. eyeshadows.  I listed in part 1 of this series that my #1 Favorite eyeshadow by M.A.C. is Expensive Pink.  I’ll show you why below.

Expensive Pink is a beautiful coral color that can make a statement on its own.  Using this shadow is one of the quickest and easiest ways to do a look. :-)

Of course it definitely blends well with tons of colors.  I’ll show you how I took Expensive Pink from a natural look and made it stand out a bit more.  Not really dramatic but enough to add a little extra to the look with 2 of my other favorite M.A.C. eyeshadows.

Above, I added Mylar as my brow highlight.

Here I added Sketch to my crease for more drama.

Other products used:

  1. M.A.C. Superslick Liquid Liner in On the Hunt
  2. M.A.C. Graphblack in my waterline
  3. Clinique High Impact Mascara and Lancome Definicil Mascara
  4. Andrea Mod False Lashes
  5. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Heavenly Honey as concealer to highlight under my eyes, cheek and nose highlight.
  6. M.A.C. Pigment in Vanilla as cheek highlight
  7. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Truly Topaz as spot concealer on my face.
  8. Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Powder in Brown Bronze 1 all over face.
  9. Coastal Scents Sun Art Bronzer in Dark on cheeks
  10. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzing Powder in Ebony Bronze as cheek contour
  11. Revlon Color Stay Mineral glaze in Endless Lilac
Feb 022012
 

This post will feature 3 of my favorite M.A.C. eyeshadows that I listed in this previous post .   With this look I used Paradisco, Brown Script, and Arena.

 

I used Paradisco on my lid, Brown Script in my crease, and Arena as by brow highlight.

Other products used:

  1. Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Retrograde above and below ( not in my waterline)
  2. M.A.C. Graphblack in my waterline
  3. Clinique High Impact Mascara and Lancome Definicil Mascara
  4. Andrea Mod False Lashes
  5. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Heavenly Honey as concealer to highlight under my eyes, cheek and nose highlight.
  6. M.A.C. Pigment in Vanilla for cheek highlight
  7. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Truly Topaz as spot concealer on my face.
  8. Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Powder in Brown Bronze 1 all over face.
  9. Coastal Scents Sun Art Bronzer in Dark on cheeks
  10. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzing Powder in Ebony Bronze as cheek contour
  11. Coastal Scents Lip Gloss in Near Peach
Jan 302012
 

I was inspired to do this post by my fellow Beauty Blogger, Brittany of TrueBeautyFiend.com.  She did a really good post on her current favorite 10 M.A.C. Eyeshadows. (click here to view her post)    My ultimate favorite product to use on the eyes is M.A.C. Naked Pigment.  I’ve never seen it look bad on anyone.   It’s beautiful as a brow highlight, a lid color, and inner tear duct accent.  But since it’s technically NOT an eyeshadow, I didn’t include it.  I did review this product in a previous post here and I did a very simple and quick look using it here. Unfortunately, I couldn’t narrow it down to just 10 so that’s how I ended up with a random and odd number of 13.  LOL! :-)   It took me a while to weed out other colors to even get it to 13. Ha ha!

I picked my favorite M.A.C. eyeshadows based on how often I used them and how versatile they are for both my personal use as well as on my clients.  I’m going to separate this into a series because I don’t want this post to be overwhelming.  In part 1 I’ll  do the countdown so you’ll know what they are. Here’s the link to maccosmetics.com to look at the eyeshadows in the mean time.

13.  Paradisco

12.  Motif

11.  Arena

10.  Girlie

9.   Shadowy Lady

8.   Fig 1.

7.   Mylar

6.  Shroom

5.   Brown Script

4.   Sketch

3.   Texture

2.  Saddle

1.   Expensive Pink

Stay tuned for the other parts to this series.  This is going to be so much fun. :-)