Urban Decay

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Review + Photos

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Effectiveness: Perversion promises to be “lengthening and volumizing.” This description is accurate enough. I found this mascara to be more lengthening than volumizing, but I did notice both results.The results weren’t amazing, but not disappointing, either. (4/5)

Wear: I achieved perfect wear using this mascara. It lasted a full 8 hours looking good as new. It held a curl for the duration of the testing period and the lashes stayed a rich, dark black. (5/5)

Formula: Urban Decay describes Perversion mascara as “ultracreamy,” and I have to agree. This mascara feels really wet. This can lead to some clumps if you rush application. However, the mascara dries down and does not budge (I accidentally rubbed my eye and there wasn’t the tiniest flake or smudge). (4.5/5)

Packaging: The tube is sleek, shiny plastic with stylish lilac lettering. The wand is chubby with bristles that are varied in size. I didn’t find it cumbersome to use, although as with all thicker brushes, it can take some care to get into the tiny baby hairs in the inner corners. (5/5)

Price: I received this as a 100-point perk from Sephora, but the full size is $22 USD for 0.4 oz of product. You can also purchase a travel size for $12 USD. For the full size, it comes out to $55 an ounce, which isn’t terrible. (For comparison, Benefit’s They’re Real! is $2 more expensive and contains 0.1 oz less product).

As always, I weigh in on whether or not I believe a product is worth the price. Perversion delivers on rich color, ease of use, staying power, and doing what it says it will, even if it’s not the most innovative or amazing in the industry. It’s a reliable mascara without any bells and whistles, so I believe it warrants it’s price tag. (5/5)

Wow Factor: I wasn’t blown away by Perversion. I have less expensive mascaras that give better length and volume. However, I wasn’t let down by the product, because it shines in it’s staying power, ability to hold a curl, lack of smudging, and dark, rich color. (3.5/5)

Overall: I enjoy this mascara, but I often find myself reaching for other mascaras. It’s nice and gets the job done well enough, but it didn’t make enough of an impression in length or volume to really stand out to me. (4.5) A-

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Useful Information:
-I received this product as a 100-point perk from Sephora.
-Urban Decay is cruelty free, but its parent company, L’Oreal, is not.

Availability:
-urbandecay.com
-Sephora
-Ulta
-Debenham’s
-Nordstrom
-Macy’s

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Best of Beauty 2014

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Another great year of beauty blogging has gone by! These 12 products were the best of the best this year, all scoring an A- or higher. Here they are, categorized by type.

Face Products:

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Eye Products:

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Lip Products:

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I’m glad it was such a great year for lip products, as these are my favorite kind of cosmetics! I also got to try a ton of great brands throughout the year and was very pleased to see some new brands rise to the top of my favorites. I have many products left over from my autumn hauls and the holidays, so there will be plenty more reviews and cosmetic goodness to come on PV in 2015, so stay tuned!

Definicils was the best product I tried last year, having been the only product of all the ones I reviewed to receive a perfect score. Lancome is another brand I haven’t had much experience with, but since I’ve adored every mascara I’ve tried from them, they’re definitely more on my radar.

What products did you love this year, beauties?

Tutorial Tuesday: Aluminum Foil With Shiro Cosmetics + L’Oreal

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One of the great things about loose pigments is their versatility: while using them on the lids is an obvious choice, many loose eyeshadows are also safe for use on the lips. Since I love the bold pigmentation I get from Shiro’s loose shadows, I couldn’t wait to buy a clear gloss (I found a perfect one from L’Oreal) and see how the colors looked on the lips.

What You’ll Need:
-Your face essentials (I used Benefit Porefessional Primer, Smashbox BB Cream, Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer, NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder, Anastasia Brow Wiz, and Urban Decay Primer Potion)
-A shimmery flesh tone shadow (I used Cover Girl Mink, which is a MAC All That Glitters dupe)
-A metallic copper (I used Maybelline Copper Craze)
-A matte bisque highlight shade (Urban Decay Righteous)
-Electric blue eyeliner (Urban Decay Radium)
-Black mascara (Kat Von D Immortal Lash)
-Peachy pink blush (MAC Pinch ‘O Peach)
-A LIP SAFE silver loose eyeshadow (Shiro Detective)
-Clear lip gloss (L’Oreal Le Gloss in Naturally Nude)

You will also need a stiff, flat paddle brush, a fluffy blending brush, a short, fluffy, domed shadow brush, a lip brush, and a short, stiff liner brush (to smudge your liner–this is optional).

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1) After applying your face essentials, apply a shimmery flesh tone shadow all over the lid, up to the crease, and blend.

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2) Apply a frosty bronze into the crease and blend.

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3) Apply matte bisque shadow under the brow to highlight.

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4) Apply electric blue liner to the upper lash line.

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5) Curl your lashes, and apply black mascara.

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6) Apply peachy pink blush to the apples of the cheeks, and blend upwards and outwards towards the temples.

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7) Filter a small amount of silver shadow onto your mixing surface (I used the inside of the lid of the shadow).

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8) Squeeze a pea-size amount of clear gloss onto your lip brush, and swirl the gloss into the powder. It might feel a bit thick, this is fine. Then apply the the shadow-gloss mix straight onto your lips. Mix together more powder and gloss as needed.

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And that’s it, you’re done! Don’t you love when products go the extra mile? I love the highly metallic finish this shadow gave, and the bold, unusual color. I definitely feel more confidant rocking a strange lip, oddly, enough! What’s your favorite bold lip color beauties? What lip-safe shadow do you like to wear on the mouth? Let me know!

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette Review + Swatches

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Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Collection was a pretty big deal, as far as I was concerned. I love the movie, and thought the collection was a great way to honor the film’s 20th anniversary. The Pulp Fiction Palette was sort of the gem of the collection, featuring five shadows designed to recreate Mia Wallace’s signature eye look (there’s even a card included giving a brief tutorial).

Color:
The five shades in this palette are Righteous (soft pinkish white matte), Tyranny (warm deep tan matte), Vengeance (warm coffee brown semi-matte), Furious (pitch dark inky black matte) and Anger (stark chalk white matte). Many have lamented that this palette is too basic, and it’s true, you’re not gonna find any groundbreaking shades here. Also, the faint sheen in Vengeance gets lost in the eye, making this a basic, all matte palette. (3.5/5)

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Wear:
This wasn’t the best effort UD has ever put out in terms of wear time. Furious looked faded with primer after 4 hours, and I had fallout from Anger by that time as well. At 6 hours, Furious had migrated some onto the lower lash line. Righteous, Tyranny, and Vengeance gave me no problems for a full 8 hours. (4/5)

Formula:
All five shades apply smoothly, go on opaque, and blend easily, which is great for all-matte textures. However, there were some drawbacks. The sheen on Vengeance gets lost, and has an excessive amount of powder kickup. Furious has the fussiest wear out of all five. Anger disappointed me with fallout. (4/5)

Packaging:
I loved the packaging for this palette. In came in a themed box with the aforementioned tutorial card tucked inside. The palette proper also is decorated to go along with the Pulp Fiction theme, featuring Samuel L. Jackson’s character’s famous quote emblazoned on the front. I also loved that the inside of the box is red. I would’ve liked if the inside of the palette was red too, the black and white camo is a bit tacky. I also don’t like how Furious and Anger are split in half and share a pan. Since these shadows can kick up a bit of powder, those two are easy to cross-contaminate. The palette also holds fingerprints like crazy and the magnetic closure is weak. However, it’s compact enough to store easily and dexterous enough to survive travel (although perhaps not without some dinged corners). (4/5)

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Price:
This palette was originally $34, but has since been reduced to $16 USD. This portions out to about $6.80 per shadow at the full price, which we can all universally agree is by no means costly. The quality is not atrocious, either. If you’re just starting out with makeup or are venturing into neutrals for the first time, this would be a great, cost-effective place to start. (4/5)

Wow Factor:
I did love the Mia Wallace look this palette creates. I also like how there’s enough options to have either a day look or a night look going on. However it’s a really straightforward palette, most people own shadows like this, and they were all essentially one finish. The wear wasn’t perfect with all of them, either. (3.5/5)

Overall:
It’s a nice starter palette, and a good collector’s item for fans of the film. But it’s not a must-have, and I’m sure there’s many ways to get the same look with other, less expensive, better performing shadows. (3.8) C+

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Availability:
Sephora
Ulta
-Now that this is on clearance, it’s only available at urbandecay.com

Useful Information:
-This product was purchased by me.
-UD is cruelty-free, their parent company, L’Oreal, is not.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Festive Plum with OCC

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OCC Lip Tars are excellent products, and I was excited to feature one in this week’s tutorial. Since it’s the holiday season, I decided to play up the vampy lip color with festive gold and garnet shadows. I also tried a lot of these products for the first time, and ended up loving how they turned out! So, lets begin!

What You’ll Need:
-Your face essentials (I just used Smashbox BB Cream, Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer, and NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder).
-Eyeshadow primer (I used UDPP)
-A pale gold satin shadow (I used the lefthand brow shadow in Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Comfort Zone Palette)
-A shimmery burgundy shadow (I used Glistening Garnet by L’Oreal)
-Matte black eyeliner (I used NARS Larger Than Life in Via Veneto)
-Black mascara (I used Smashbox Full Exposure)
-Soft peach blush (I used NARS Orgasm)
-A dark, glossy berry lip color (I used OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia)
-A flat, stiff shader brush like MAC 242 (I used one by Sonia Kashuk)
-A fluffy blending brush (I used MAC’s 217)
-An eyelash curler
-A lip brush (I used the one that came with my Lip Tar)
-A pencil brush or eyeliner brush.

As always, apply your face essentials, brow products, and eye primer.

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1) Apply gold shadow all over the lid using your stiff shader brush.

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2) Apply burgundy shadow in the crease and outer corner using your fluffy blending brush.

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3) Apply the same gold shadow around the tear duct using your pencil brush.

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4) Line your upper lash line with a matte black pencil.

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5) Curl lashes and apply black mascara.

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6) Apply peach blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend outwards towards the temples.

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7) Apply vampy lip color using a lip brush for extra precision.

And you’re done! I think this look would be fantastic for all the upcoming holiday parties. Here’s a close up of the finished eye look.

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What kind of look and colors are you planning to wear this holiday season beauties? Did you find this review helpful? Let me know!

Face of the Day 06

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I wanted to do a look with some of the products I’ll be posting reviews up in the coming days. I like the feminine, pink girly sparkle look of the whole thing. So here’s what I used:

  • L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation
  • Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer
  • NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Avon Brow Pencil
  • BareMinerals Ready Eyshadow 4.0 Quad in The A-List
  • Covergirl Lashblast Mascara in Brown
  • NARS Blush in Angelika
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Backstage Bambi

I liked the way it all turned out so much that I’m planning on doing a tutorial once all the reviews are up! Would you guys want to see that? Have any of these products? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know!