Urban Decay eyeshadow Smokeout

urban decay eyeshadow smokeout

I have a good number of pictures already edited and cropped, just sitting on my desktop. All I need to do is upload them and word dump about them a bit. Easier said than done, but here I am finally. So, let’s get to it!

Urban Decay eyeshadow Smokeout

Urban Decay describes Smokeout as “dark taupey-black.” I’m crap at coming up with accurate color descriptions on my own, so I say sure! Sounds about right! I think it’s a gorgeous not-black color, perfect for both everyday and sexier looks.

It has a beautiful satin finish, with just enough sheen to keep it from being completely flat and lifeless. I’ve been using this a lot to smudge out my pencil liner, and it makes quick work of a hazy, smoky eye. The color blends out so well and it ends up looking like I spent more time on my makeup than I actually did.

urban decay eyeshadow smokeout swatch

I swatched this on bare skin with a brush. You can see here that there is a bit of fallout upon application. To combat this, I push the pigment into the bristles against the inside of my wrist before applying.

I impulse bought this when Urban Decay was 15 or 20% off on Nordstrom. No regrets at all; I think it’s easily one of the best shadows that Urban Decay has, both formula and colorwise.

Note: if you sign up for Urban Decay’s Beauty Junkies loyalty program (personal invite link, feel free to avoid if you like :P), you get a free eyeshadow of your choice on your birthday. I ended up choosing Fireball, and bought this one later, but I rarely use Fireball and instead am having an intense love affair with Smokeout.

Although I said I’ve been using this color a lot, sadly I don’t have any FOTD pictures using it yet. I want to slowly ease back into posting more regularly. Thanks for sticking with me through my frequent periods of radio silence! For some reason my Facebook page has been getting a lot of likes, and I never use that platform. What would you guys like to see there?

Lastly, if triplexm from MUA is reading this, HI!! *waves*

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017

sephora birthday gift 2017

Let’s take a look at the Sephora birthday gift 2017: a mini tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and a tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit!

First things first: can I get a pat on the back for posting about this in a timely manner? Last year, I finally got around to posting swatches in December. This year, it’s only been one month since my birthday! At least some things have improved in 2017, right? ;)

Sephora gives you three choices for your birthday gift this year. This one, a Caudalie skin care set, or a Jack Black cleanser and moisturizer duo. Obviously I chose the makeup one. It comes with a mini blush and a mini matte liquid lipstick.

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 – tarte

So weeny and cute! The blush weighs in at 0.05 oz or 1.5g, compared to its full-sized counterpart at 0.2 oz or 5.6g. I pulled out my one full-sized tarte blush for comparison:

1.5g is about the size of an eyeshadow. I find it pretty generous! Personally, I don’t see myself ever finishing this entire mini pan of blush (even though I really love this shade). However, if you aren’t crazy like me and own a normal number of blushes, then maybe you might. Should you find yourself unable to live without this color, you can purchase the full-size. Same goes for the liquid lipstick.

tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit – Swatches

sephora birthday gift 2017 swatches

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Red Lips District: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

burt's bees lip crayon napa vineyard

I bought this Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard about one, maybe two years ago. At the time, I was going through my “omg red lips tho” phase, and I even started a sporadic blog post series on them.

However, I am nothing if not inconsistent, and that’s why it took me two years to get around to writing a post on this product. Remember, I bought it specifically “for the blog.” Ugh. But whatever. Onwards!

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

Burt’s Bees is well-known for their “natural” lip balms. They came out with these “all-natural” lipsticks a couple years ago and since the swatches looked promising, I hunted this one down.

burt's bees lip crayon napa vineyard swatch

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard swatch

Napa Vineyard is a beautiful blue-based red. It’s very pigmented, quite unlike the famed tinted lip balms or lip shimmers. This lip crayon does not mess around. You want a dressed-up, I’m-going-to-an-event-because-I’m-a-grown-up red? This color will definitely fit the bill.

The formula is a bit on the dry side, however. The chubby crayon shape also doesn’t help much to create a sharp line, which I think is a must with such a bright, deep color. You have to go in with a lip brush. Alternatively, you could wear a lip balm underneath and pat this color on to achieve a less saturated stain.

I do like that it’s a twist-up crayon. However, the cap on mine, while cute with its honeycomb pattern, doesn’t stay on very well. In fact, I dropped it once and the cap popped off. The crayon hit the floor on the tip. Gross.

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My first (and probably last) ColourPop haul

After a few years of resisting, I finally made a ColourPop haul.

The L.A. brand ColourPop is well known on Instagram and the beauty blogosphere. They’re trendy, cutesy, and cool. I love their ad campaigns and I appreciate their diversity when it comes to their models.

However, I do find that their whole vibe is bit too precious for me. I’m in the mid-to-older end of the millennials; maybe I’m just too old to “get it.” Maybe I’m just not cool enough, honestly. Womp womp.

Thinly veiled self-pity aside, here’s a look at what I picked up:

colourpop haul

The Jenn Ne Sais Quoi collab is no longer available, so I don’t know why I’m even bothering to show you swatches of it. But lookit, it literally has my name on it! Maybe I am a cool kid after all! :D

Also, I always appreciate a little extra effort in the packaging and shipping process. Look at this adorable thank-you note they sent with my order:

colourpop haul booklet

It’s an elephant butt! Cute!

They also sent a brochure explaining their different products and how best to use them. Again, love the promo shots. The makeup looks effortless and achievable, which is very important to me!

colourpop jenn ne sais quad

Here’s the Jenn Ne Sais Quad, the item I was most excited about. These four colors are right up my alley. Warm, rusty browns with a shimmery metallic accent. Yes, please.

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Sephora Birthday Gift 2016

sephora birthday gift 2016

MY BIRTHDAY IS IN FEBRUARY. It’s now December. What the hell is wrong with me.

Okay, to be fair, I was still in London in February. I picked it up in May.

However, in complete honesty, this gift wasn’t very exciting to me.

sephora birthday gift 2016 2

Black eyeliner and nude pink lipstick. Yawn.

marc jacobs highliner gel crayon blacquer

I will say that I like how this eyeliner twists up instead of needing to be sharpened. Supposedly it’s good for tightlining and the waterline as well. I like to pack it when traveling, since I don’t have to sharpen it.

marc jacobs le marc lip creme kiss kiss bang bang

If you like mini things, like I do, you’ll find that the lipstick is cute too. The color is a nude pink that brightens my skin tone. I like it, but it doesn’t get my heart racing, y’know?


sephora birthday gift 2016 swatches

Overall, they’re two basic staples that the vast majority of women (or men) would appreciate. They’re safe, work-appropriate, and inoffensive. The lipstick would probably look good on a variety of skin tones, as well.

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