Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Closer Look: Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup from Urban Decay

When Urban Decay first released the Naked Skin foundation, I was glad they included shades for women of color. My local ULTA store didn’t have the darker shades initially. I didn’t want to buy the foundation online either without finding my match. I tried the Naked Skin Foundation once the darker shades came in at ULTA. I was truly amazed at how the foundation blended into my skin. I could tell my complexion was even and the makeup looked really natural on me. More often than not I skip wearing concealer since the coverage of Naked Skin is buildable. To be honest I almost didn’t buy the Naked Skin Foundation because of the price but I am so glad I did.

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My shade is 12.0

Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup retails for $38.00 at ULTA, Sephora and the Urban Decay website.

MAC Haul

I received a $25 gift card from Macy’s for Christmas. I decided to put the gift card towards treating myself at the MAC counter. This is what I purchased:

  1. Fluidline in Waveline – from the Taste Temptation Collection
  2. Paint Pot in Rubenesque
  3. Lipstick in Hot Chocolate – from the Apres Chic Collection
  4. Lipglass in Rebel – originally from the Fashion Sets Collection, now a permanent shade.

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New York & Company Haul

It’s been a while since I last bought myself clothes for work. I was bored with my wardrobe and looking for a change. I would see the New York & Company store at the mall but I was always reluctant to shop there.  I thought the clothes were way above my price range. I just happened to walk by the store and saw the 80% off sign in the window. I could kick myself for not shopping at New York & Company sooner.

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Five shirts and two pairs of pants for under $60, I will definitely be shopping at New York and Company again!

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Sephora and ULTA Haul

This is what I got myself for Christmas.

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When I saw Sephora marked down the Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set to $24 I had to have it.

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The Stila Lip Glaze trios were marked down to $7.99 at ULTA.

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The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette was definitely an impulse purchase for me at ULTA. 😉

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December ipsy Bag

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December Birchbox

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Final thoughts: November ipsy Bag and November Birchbox

I have definitely made up my mind as far as which beauty subscription service I am going to renew.

The theme for the November ipsy bag was Party Perfect.

My bag consisted of:

  1. Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Millionaire – full size
  2. theBalm® Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow in Matt Batal – single size
  3. Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dare Devil – deluxe sample
  4. Starlet Cosmetics Intense Eyeliner in Black – full size
  5. Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel – deluxe sample
  6. JustFab Gift Card – $20 value

With the exception of a couple of things, the November ipsy Bag was almost perfect. The JustFab gift card I couldn’t use since I wasn’t a new customer to JustFab. The next item was the Starlet Cosmetics Intense eyeliner. This eyeliner was okay and it lasted pretty good on my lower lash line. The black eyeliner didn’t seem that intense to me though. The next four items really stood out for me, starting with the Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Millionaire. This was my go to nail polish for the Holiday season. Next was theBalm® Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow in Matte Batali. This dark brown eyeshadow was very pigmented and easy to blend.  I also liked the bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Dare Devil. The lipgloss was a great color on me. Last is the Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. My eyebrows aren’t thick and they do their own thing. I applied the eyebrow gel before I filled in my eyebrows with a pencil and they stayed in place all day. The November ipsy Bag was a great way to kick off the Holiday Season.

The theme of the November Birchbox was Give.

My box consisted of:

  1. Masqueology Revitalizing Eye – sample
  2. MCMC Fragrances in Phoenix – sample
  3. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps – deluxe sample
  4. Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer – deluxe sample
  5. Masqueology Masque Cleanse – sample
  6. Masqueology 7 D Moisture Cream – sample
  7. Chromatic Gallerie $15 off coupon

The November Birchbox was okay with the exception of a couple of things. I didn’t like the MCMC fragrance. This fragrance wasn’t something I would normally gravitate towards. I received a $15 off coupon to Chromatic Gallerie. Even with the coupon the shoes were still more than what I would want to pay for shoes. I liked the samples from Masqueology. The revitalizing eye mask did a good job of reducing the fine lines and puffiness around my eyes. The masque cleanse gently cleaned without drying out my skin. The 7 D moisture cream moisturized nicely without being greasy. There were two items that stood out for me in the November Birchbox. First was Kiehl’s Crème de Corps. My skin is naturally dry during the cold weather months. The crème de corps eliminated the dryness I normally get on my knees, elbows, and hands. The next item that stood out was the shimmer liquid luminizer from Stila. A little goes a long way which I really liked.