Shedding Some Light on the New Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencils in Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

The new Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencils in Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

The new $20 Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencils in Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

Your kitty nephew is shedding like crazy!

Tabs with tennis shoes

Who, me?

This happens every summer. The hair — it’s everywhere! I can’t escape it. It’s on my clothes, on my face, in my nostrils, on my lips, and it may or may not be in my belly button.

The new Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencils in Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

The pencils have a shade-matched barrel and matte gunmetal accents on the cap and base.

Speaking of shedding…these new $20 Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencils shed a lot, too.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencils from the left: Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

From the left: Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

Within minutes of applying any of these five (there’s also a black shade, Black Velvet, previously released and not shown here) intensely pigmented liners on my lash and/or water lines, once they’ve dried down, little flecks and specks appear under my eyes, on my nose, on my cheeks, chin and upper lip.

That ish is all up in my grill!

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencils from the left: Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

From the left: Cult, Lure, Lush, Minx and Plushie

New additions to UD’s famous 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil family, these Velvet cousins, which are waterproof and paraben-free, have a soft, powdery texture and a matte finish designed to create smokey, smudged out, super blended eye looks sans drama. #smokeyeyetillidie

You might recall the original smokey 24/7 Velvet shade, Black Velvet, which came out a while back. The five new shades here — Cult (a forest green), Lure (a gunmetal gray), Lush (a coffee brown), Minx (a sapphire blue) and Plushie (a deep eggplant) — are like her sassy sisters. They’re $20 each and new members of the permanent line.

Urban Decay 247 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil Swatches clockwise from the purple shade in the lower left: Plushie, Cult, Lure, Lush and Minx

Swatches clockwise from the purple shade in the lower left: Plushie, Cult, Lure, Lush and Minx

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Aw, How Sweet: It’s The Legends Lip Gloss Set by NYX

Published in: Daily Beauty

NYX The Legends Lip Gloss Set (2)

Some legends are sweet, like these bright candy-colored glosses in The Legends Lip Gloss Set ($15) by NYX.

Not only do they look like candy, but they taste like it, too (like the sugary outer layer on Sour Patch kids, yum!).

The kit comes with five lipglosses in Classic Pink, Classic Coral, Classic Red, Classic Fuchsia and Classic Violet, all of which start bright when you apply them but sheer down to about 50% intensity over the first 10 minutes or so.

The moderately thick, semi-sticky formula lasts about two hours for me.

I’m kinda bummed they aren’t as bright and I wanted them to be…but I still think they’ll be fun layering glosses, especially with bright lipsticks.

PRICE: $15 for a set of five glosses
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NYX counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

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NYX The Legends Lip Gloss Set (5)

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NYX The Legends Lip Gloss Set Swatches

From the left: Classic Pink, Classic Coral, Classic Red, Classic Fuchsia and Classic Violet

What Are You Into Makeup-Wise, Like, REALLY Into, Right Now?

Published in: Just For Fun

Things That Make You Go Hmm

Deep thoughts…

I want to know what’s really lighting your fire right now and getting you excited about busting out those brushes and painting yo’ face, girl.

Here are some of the things currently lighting my fire…

  • Foundation that looks like real skin. Vacation skin, basically, and skin that looks slightly dewy. I’ve been using MAC Face & Body to get something like that all summer, but I’ve heard great things about Armani’s foundations, so I think a trip to one of their counters is in order very soon.
  • Anything brow related that keeps brows looking natural. I saw a pic of myself and a friend the other day from 2007, and HOLY WOW! My brows were so thin and blocked out that you couldn’t even see any of the individual hairs. Oh, well… I guess it was the style at the time.
  • Minimal makeup. I think you’re tired of me talking about this. :)
  • Haven’t been contouring much lately, whereas I was a lot last summer. See: the whole minimal makeup thing.
  • I’m into not washing my hair… LOL! Dry shampoo all the way.
  • I’m into finding the ultimate under-eye concealer. I’ve been using MAC Pro Longwear for a really long time and have been, for the most part, happy with it, but my under-eye situation has been more dry lately than it used to be, and Pro Longwear just looks dry on me now. (And I can’t stand the pump.)
  • I’m into eye makeup that doesn’t require, like, eight eyeshadows. I want to get the effect of a super complicated eye look but with three eyeshadows, max.

    OK, maybe four.

  • I’m also into matte eyeshadows in the crease. I think it just looks more defined.
  • I’m into a brow bone highlight that isn’t too shimmery or frosty.

    Just for something different, you know, changing of the times.

  • I’m into accent nails. That way I’m not forced to pick one single color to wear.

    That would be too cruel.

How about you? What are you into makeup-wise, like, REALLY into, right now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pow Packs a Wallop

Published in: Daily Beauty

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pow

You’d expect a lipgloss named “Pow!” to pack a punch, and this opaque fuchsia gloss by theBalm does just that (it even contains ginseng!).

I like wearing this with black cat eye liner and lots o’ lashes on days when I can’t be bothered by eyeshadow (*flips hair*).

A word to the wise: wear lip liner with this one, as it’s pigmented and opaque, which is great, but it also has a lot of slip because it’s not very sticky, so it tends to scoot around outside the natural lip line, especially if you rub your lips throughout the day like yours truly.

Yeah, I wore this the other day, and my bottom lip ended up looking all sorts of Baby Jane cray…

A lip liner will keep it from wandering beyond where you want it to go, POW! :)

You can find Pow making a statement at theBalm counters and online. It’s $15 for a 0.219-ounce tube.

PRICE: $15
AVAILABILITY: Available now at theBalm counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (slightly high maintenance, needs lip liner)

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pow

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pow

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pow

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pow

The Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set Scored Major Points With Me

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set (2)

Most of the time when I get to the register at Sephora and the sales person asks, “Would you like to redeem your points for this set of glosses/hair products/knuckle hair remover?” my gut reaction is “No thank you,” since I am a “points hoarder.”

Yes, I’ve been officially diagnosed, and no, there is currently no cure in Western medicine. I will cling to my points until the apocalypse, honey. :)

Also, rarely do those kits ever move me.

Oh, but this one by Marc Jacobs certainly did, ooh la la! I gave up — gulp — 1,000 points for the Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set.

It has two new full-sized lip products, both limited edition shades. Love Marc Lip Gel in Cabaret 146 is a rich wine, and Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars is a warm shimmery plum.

I feel like I’m still too deeply invested in summer to wear either shade right now, but soon…

Soon…

Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set (3)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set (4)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set (5)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set (6)

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