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*

Lately, 05.14.17

I didn’t realize that it’s been nearly a month since I’ve posted!

First things first: Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! My mom and I had brunch yesterday, to avoid today’s inevitable crowds.

A little life update: I sent in my UK visa application last week, and it’s already been approved! It’s an EEA Family Permit (non-settlement), which means once I arrive in the UK, I have to start on the permanent resident visa. But at least we’re now one step closer!

Lastly, my obsession with Japanese makeup brushes just keeps growing… Expect a brush haul post and comparison pictures soon! With that said, I will leave you with my latest craving:

This is the Koyudo Somell Garden brush collection. I can’t read Japanese, but basically these brushes are inspired by fruit. Their wood handles were chosen to enhance the colors of the dyed bristles. From left to right: Peach x Keyaki blush brush, Orange x Hard Maple blush brush, Blueberry x Walnut highlighting brush, and the Lemon x Walnut face brush. All links go to CDJapan’s website. Each brush is under $35 USD, and I shamelessly want all of them. Because LOOK AT THEM. How freakin’ cute are they??

Images via koyudo.co.jp

I shouldn’t, but I’ll probably end up buying all of them eventually. *__*

FOTD: Panda Eyes

No clever product-name-as-post-title today. A couple weeks ago, I decided to do a full-on panda smokey eye, just for fun.

I very rarely line my waterline, as it makes my already tiny eyes look extra beady. But it does make my eyes look chocolate-y brown.

Also, I blended out the black with a bit of bronzer. This is a trick I picked up from Viola of Killer Colours. It prevents the black from blending out to a weird grayish blue, and instead makes the black look extra black.

I added some faux freckles to keep the vibe casual and a little undone.

Wearing a full-blown smokey eye like this definitely makes me feel sexy, so here is a gratuitous, try-hard model pose:

*smolders*

Face

The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
BECCA Dual Coverage – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
NARS Laguna/Deep Throat
Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
NYX Eye and Eyebrow pencil – Taupe, Brown (for freckles)

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

KIKO Long Lasting Stick – 20
Viseart Neutral Matte – 9
Benefit Hoola
Too Faced Vanilla Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

tarteist lip paint – Birthday Suit

FOTD: Oh, Put It On

I’m still not on board with liquid lipsticks. Nevertheless, I had to pick up this one when I saw it at Target. It’s hard to find new color releases here.  So, fellow Hawaii makeup addicts, Target has quite an impressive selection of NYX products, including the new NYX Liquid Suede colors. ;)

Oh, Put It On is a deep, almost-black purple. I think it makes enough of a statement on its own, as all dark lips do, so here is my go-to pairing: almost nada on the eyes and face.

Face

Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Palette (The Sculpting Powder – Medium, Celestial Powder – Starlight, Matte Bronzing Veil – Desert Nights, Pure Powder Glow – Aurora)

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Phee’s Makeup Tips – Peppered
Makeup Geek – Vanilla Bean
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
NYX Liquid Suede – Oh, Put It On

beautyblender Size Comparisons

A quickie post comparing the different sizes of the beautyblender sponges! There’s a US quarter for scale, as well as a £1 coin for my UK readers. ;) The Sharpie is for anyone/everyone else. :P

beautyblenders dry

My old beautyblender is almost a year old now. The neon pink pigment bled a little each time I washed it, and now it looks like the new “bubble” shade they’ve just released.  It’s worth noting that I didn’t wash it after every use as suggested. In my defense, I use a brush to apply my foundation, then I go over it all with a beautyblender to make it all melt into my skin.

When dry, the new beautyblenders felt bouncier and softer than the old one. This makes sense, as the same hardening happens to regular cleaning sponges.

beautyblenders wet

Here you can see how they’ve expanded when wet/dampened. I’ve been using the blusher and the micro mini with cream/liquid blush and concealer, respectively. I like the blusher size, but I don’t think it applies and blends cream blush any better than my fingers do.

The micro mini, while awfully cute and weeny, is quite fiddly to hold and manipulate. I don’t really understand the reason for creating such a small sponge, especially when the original’s pointed tip works just fine for getting into the corners of the face.

beautyblender all.about.face Kit

Right now, Sephora has this all.about.face set that includes these three sponges, plus a mini beautyblender soap solid. I think it’s a great way to try out their different sizes and see which one works for you. Incidentally, I bought mine from Beauty Bridge and had no problems whatsoever. But, Sephora should be having their April 15% off sale soon, so… ;)