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Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick: Urban Decay Goes Back to the Beauty Future!

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

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The Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

“Ladies and gentlemen of the graduating class of 1993!

[APPLAUSE]

Wear lipstick!

[LOUDER APPLAUSE]

Specifically, matte lipstick!!

[INTENSE APPLAUSE]

Because if there’s one piece of unsolicited makeup advice I can give to you on this, the beginning of your bold beauty journey into adulthood, it is to wear matte lipstick. Often. Starting right now. Because then, not only will you be partaking of what was one of the hottest fashion trends of the ’90s, but you’ll also be embracing its triumphant return as a trend again now and in the future!

[LONG APPLAUSE]

My second piece of advice for you is this: put down the damn tweezers, because unlike matte lipstick, those full, bushy brows of yours will not return if you whittle them all the way down into pencil thin lines.”

— Anonymous graduation speech

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The Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks in their boxes…

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The Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks showing off their tubes…

Yes, kids, matte lipsticks, like The New Kids on the Block, are staging a comeback! They’ve returned from the ’90s glam graveyard, and they’ve brought with them some of the era’s most iconic dark brown and taupe shades, like 1993, one of Urban Decay’s upcoming new $22 Matte Revolution Lipsticks.

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Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993 (the year I graduated!)

Dude!! That’s when I graduated from high school. Back then, when I wasn’t wearing my band uniform (BAND GEEK 4 LIFE), you probably would have found me in a plaid shirt, jeans (or Z. Cavarrici pants), a thick black headband, hoop earrings and really, REALLY dark brown matte lipstick. :)

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Wearing Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993 and daydreaming about high school…


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How to Keep Your Makeup Looking Fresh in Hot Weather

Published in: MAC Makeup, Make Up For Ever, Makeup Tips/How To, NARS, Urban Decay

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Sweating like Keith on the banks of the Mississippi…

There was a moment last week on Magazine Street in New Orleans when El Hub and I were sitting at a booth in a cafe while sipping iced strawberry lemonades to cool down when I officially realized just how unfathomably hot and muggy summertime New Orleans is/was. I was leaning back in the booth and spacing out, just staring blankly at a ceiling fan and the artwork on the walls when I leaned forward, and I felt the back of my sticky, sweat-soaked dress literally peel away from the vinyl.

Yup, ’twas pretty gross.

I think I sweated through that entire trip, but I also got some extra sweaty hands-on experience getting my makeup to stay put in hot, humid weather.

Gotta love silver linings. :)

I could’ve just gone barefaced and not worn anything, but where’s the fun in that?

Things to help your warpaint last through hot and/or humid weather…

  • Primer
  • Powder
  • Setting spray
  • Blotting papers (which we’ll talk about in a minute)

For me, these are all hot-weather non-negotiables.

In cooler climates, when it comes to makeup improv and leaving things out of my routine, I usually have a more go-with-the-flow attitude, but when faced with extreme heat and humidity, I think it really helps to use these products if you don’t want your makeup to slide off your face.

Primer

Starting with primer, I used two last week (the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer and NARS Pro Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base pictured above), one for my face makeup and one for my eyes.

Really, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of different kinds of primers out there, but I look for ones that do these two things to really help my makeup last longer: 1) smooth out the surface of my skin, and 2) latch onto whatever I happen to layer on top of them, be it BB cream, foundation, concealer, powder, what have you.

To apply a face primer, I blot my skin first with a tissue to remove any excess oil or moisture. Then I massage the primer on my oiliest spots — my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.

After that, I do the same thing with eye primer, blotting first, then applying it to my lids, into my brows (to help my brow products last longer), and under my eyes (to keep my concealer in place).

I give them about five minutes to absorb, then blot one more time with a tissue before applying my foundation, concealer, etc., on top.

Powder

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Tan and a Chanel travel-size face brush


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Brand Spotlight: Urban Decay

Published in: Urban Decay

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When I think of Urban Decay, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t nakedness or bright colors…

It’s grass.

Because when I visited their Southern California offices a few years ago (and had a major fangirl moment when I met Wende Zomnir IN THE FLESH!!), I was tripping out over how the floors in their bathrooms looked like grass…

I mean, if there’s anything that could give you a good idea of what a makeup brand is really like, it’s having grass-printed floors in the bathroom.

It’s been interesting to watch the brand grow from a small niche makeup line (remember when you could only find their nail polishes at, like, Urban Outfitters?) into a major makeup player, and now with L’Oreal backing them, it seems like they’re doing a lot of different things and expanding their line quicker than you can say “Perversion Pencil.”

Case in point: UD’s latest launches. Here’s a list of some of the recent Urban Decay coverage on MBB…
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10 Things You Should Know About the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

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

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Wearing the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette ($54)

10 Things You Should Know About the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

  1. It’s smokier than the time my brother showed up late to a hip-hop dance show smelling like he spent the last 20 minutes hot-boxing in the car. Translation: it’s incredibly freaking smokey! — and you can do a lot of different things with it, like a smokey bronze eye, smokey gray, smokey brownish black, a smokey black panda eye, a smokey plum, a smokey taupe… Lots of smokey possibilities.
  2. It’s completely clothing optional (It’s called Naked Smoky, after all, which reminds me… I spell it “smokey,” but UD spells it “smoky”), although I do recommend wearing clothes if you’re going out wearing this makeup.
  3. On that note, I may or may not be wearing clothes in these pics. Take a guess! :) And then say “CLOTHES: YES” or “CLOTHES: NO” in the comments. LOL!
  4. The name may cause confusion if you discuss it with your Filipino mother.

    MOM: What are you doing?
    ME: Oh, checking out this thing called Naked Smoky.
    MOM: What do you mean you’re naked!? I didn’t raise you to be naked on the Internet!
    ME: No. Mom, no, I’m not naked…
    MOM: And you’re smoking now too? Smoking is bad. Don’t smoke!

  5. If you go to DSW wearing Naked Smoky on your lids, you’ll be the most glamorous person there. (True story! I just got back from looking at shoes… Didn’t buy anything, boo.)
  6. It will not help you make friends with the neighborhood kitties…but it can be used to create smokey eyes like the eyes of your favorite smokey-eyed kitty.
  7. Speaking of cats, if you happen to run into Tabs while wearing the grays and browns in this palette and he rubs his face all over your face (as he’s apt to do when he’s looking for love), you will not be able to see the cat hairs he leaves on you since most of these colors match his fur. Again, true story.
  8. If you get it, you’ll have another brush to add to your “Emergency”/”Just in Case”/”Things I Probably Won’t Use Every Day” pile, because the dual-ended brush that comes with it is meh. I’ll give it props for not being scratchy, but I think the brush heads are too dense and stiff to do any real-deal hard-core smokey blending. They just end up pushing stuff all over the place, so I’d grab a fluffy tapered brush and a domed blending brush instead. Fluffy blending brushes all the way, son!
  9. While playing with it, you may become so wrapped up that you forget to eat lunch. Yes…you guessed it. TRUE. STORY.
  10. It hurts like a mo’ fo’ when it falls on your foot. So try to avoid dropping it on your foot. :)

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky ($54)

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky ($54)

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Wearing 1) Black Market on my lids and buffed slightly into the crease, 2) Whiskey blended into the lower crease, 3) Whiskey mixed with Combust (to create a lighter brown) blended into the upper crease, 4) Armor mixed with Slanted (to create a dark navy gray) and patted on top of Black Market on my lids, 5) Dagger mixed with Black Market and applied to the outer corners, 6) Thirteen applied to my brow bone, 7) High applied to the inner corners and 8) Whiskey and Black Market mixed and applied to my lower lash lines.

The 411 on the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette

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With the Urban Decay Summer 2015 Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil, Ozone Bulks Up

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

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Urban Decay Summer 2015: Ultimate Ozone ($20)

One thing’s clear about Urban Decay’s $20 Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil — this handy husky wonder multitasks, and it handles some of its tasks better than others.

This here is basically a larger version of UD’s existing clear Ozone Lip Pencil, which many makeup lovers use for multiple purposes. It’s a clear-colored, unscented, unflavored multipurpose pencil with a silicone-like texture.

Have you ever tried Benefit’s dr. feelgood? It feels a lot like that — slippery and velvety — and did I mention it multitasks?

For instance, you can use it as a lip primer, where it helps keep your lipstick or gloss from wandering beyond your natural lip line, anchoring them down for extended wear time. Just trace and fill in your lips with Ozone first, and then layer your gloss and/or lipstick on top.

You can also use it as a makeup remover, by dabbing Ozone lightly over any mascara, eyeshadow or liquid liner boo-boos/mistakes, and then lifting any wayward flecks and bits away with a Q-tip.

Or, use it as a blurring face primer, by blending it all over and around fine lines and wrinkles.

First, I think it rocks as a lip primer. It makes my lipgloss last and stay put much longer than when I’m just left to my own devices without it (I’m a lip smacker/rubber, as you may already know if you’ve watched my YouTube videos… I know, I know. I’m trying to break the habit, but it’s so hard!).
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