Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. IV: A Bit of Glam to Brighten a Bloated Day

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

I was up before the chickens this morning, thanks to 18 pounds of tabby cat making biscuits on my butt.


Don’t get me wrong — I usually like my early morning kitty massages (I find them kind of charming), but at 4 in the morning, a good two hours before my alarm was set to go off, today’s wasn’t exactly what I’d call a good time. πŸ™‚

This is probably TMI, but I’m going there because we’re friends: I’ve been feeling decidedly un-glamourous this week, and not even makeup has been cheering me up.

Hard to believe, but itÒ€ℒs true.

I’ve just been so beyond bloated, fussy and tired that I felt like Thelma and Louise there for a minute this morning when I realized that my stretchy clothes weren’t fitting the way they did/should.

I almost lost it. It was intervention time — that, or I was headed off a cliff.

And then it beckoned me, like a beauty beacon of light from above — Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Vol. IV — and I answered the call.

urban decay book of shadows iv swatches iphone 2

YES. πŸ™‚

I decided to fire up a couple of the QR code tutorials and have a little fun with the red-carpet worthy Smoke Out look.

The Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. IV kit/palette comes with five very sci-fi QR codes, which work a little like bar codes. After installing a free iPhone app to read QR codes, I held the phoneÒ€ℒs camera up to the code. The phone scanned it and then opened a link to the video. Each tutorial features Urban DecayÒ€ℒs Executive Creative Director Wende Zomnir and a model, on whom Wende completes the look while describing each step in the process, including which products and brushes to use.

I followed the instructions closely but included a couple of extra products from Urban Decay, Chanel and MAC to round out the look.

Per usual, Lloyd refuses to cooperate

A breakdown of the look…

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the lids and along my lower lash line
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Skimp on the brow bone
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Rodeo on the lids
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lost on the outer half of the lids and along my lower lash lines
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Cobra on the outer third of the lids, in the crease and along the lower lash lines
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion on the upper lash line
  • Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara on the upper and lower lashes
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (not from Book of Shadows)
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Concrete used to fill in my brows

This time after I got my war paint on and wrangled Lloyd into submission, I did feel about a billion times better.

Score another one for makeup. πŸ™‚


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. How’s your hump day comin’ along? Kinda random, but I’ve had the theme from Mr. Belvedere stuck in my head all day long.

Streaks on the china…

It wasn’t my favorite show from that era (I was more of a Who’s the Boss? gal), but I’d watch it every so often when it was on.


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  1. Jenna says:


  2. Lisa Liu says:

    You and I have very similar eyeshapes, and I have a really hard time doing eyeshadow. I wish I could magically apparate you here and get you to show me how you do it =/

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I feel you. When I first started doing more than two colors my eyes looked a HOT MESS. I still feel like I have a lot to learn, but I think it helps to 1) practice and 1) to take pictures of your looks — even if it’s just with a camera phone. That way you can see what you’re doing right and what you can do to improve.

      Oh — and blend until your wrist hurts! That helps too, LOL!

      Are there any specific issues that you’re having? Maybe I can suggest some tricks…

      • Lisa Liu says:

        Haha I think my biggest annoyance right now is that my eyebrows do not extend past my eye. Therefore, its kind of hard for me to tell where my eyeshadow should end. I don’t really have a crazy natural arch in my eyebrow and I think it looks weird on me to fill it in so…

        Any tips?

        • Karen says:

          Hmm, the easiest thing I can think of is to follow the natural line that runs along your bottom lash line. Like, if you were to draw an invisible curved line along the lower lash line starting at the side closest to your nose and then working your way toward the your ear. Does that make sense? If it doesn’t let me know and I will see if I can do some sort of visual aid.

  3. Crystal says:

    You look beautiful! I’m glad it brightened your day, your posts always brighten mine:)
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  4. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE your makeup! It’s beautiful! Good job!

  5. wow, i LOVE what you did with cobra, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Tavi says:

    You look so pretty Karen! Love the makeup!

  7. Marian says:

    I don’t know why you’re feeling un-glamorous lately. I think you’ve been looking especially pretty. The makeup looks great and I love, love, love your hair!

  8. peach_ says:

    LOL biscuits on your butt! Sounds cute, but I agree, 4 am loving is a bit early. Love this look, Karen! You should see me reading your posts, often sans makeup, in PJs, etc. I say you are the more glamourous one :).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Peach,

      It’s way too early for me, but it’s the end of Tabs’ night shift, so he doesn’t care. Plus, humans solely exist to open cans of gravy and amuse him whenever he feels like it. πŸ™‚

  9. Joyce says:

    Mr. Belvedere? I’ve never heard of that show before and I’m an 80s baby, but I’ve watched Who’s the Boss when I was younger. Alyssa Milano grew up on that show. ugh, why do I suddenly feel so old?
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    • Karen says:

      Maybe it was on after your bedtime? There were certain shows that I couldn’t watch because they were on after 10.

      • kiwikiwidragon says:

        Might have be in syndication. A lot of shows back then didn’t show in all markets, I think it had to do with what your local area purchased or provided. I think if they didn’t pay royalties or something like that, some shows just didn’t get aired.
        I was a Family Ties girl, but I did watch Who’s the Boos and Mr. Belvedere if it was on as well. Long before Tivo and expanded cable. All we had was a TV guide and not even the pay one, it was the one that came in the newspaper and if you didn’t get the paper, no tv guide, lol! Dating myself here.

  10. Heidi says:

    Gorgeous look! Today I tried out another Nuance shadow duo — Sheer Plum/Putty. Fantastic for a subtle smokey eye. I applied the plum on the lid and the putty (more of a matte taupe) in the crease and really like how it turned out.

  11. Lilit says:

    Hope your blah and bloated feeling goes away soon! I was feeling that way all last week, and I know it’s TMI from me but started taking fibre for the first time in my life and feeling somewhat less bloated now. That said, loving the look you’ve created!
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  12. AK says:

    Karen, this post is absolutely hysterical. I totally get the 15 lbs of cat making biscuits at inconvenient times. Love the look, and you look fantastic! Seriously, you are rocking the Lloyd Christmas bangs – he should be paying you royalties. Happy hump day! Thanks for a great laugh πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi AK,

      I wish I could direct him a few inches up so he could work out the knots in my lower back and shoulders! That’s where I hold all my tension. πŸ™‚ He’s a cat, though, so you can’t tell him what to do — not ever!

  13. Advah says:

    Just chiming to say: LOL at Tabs (it’s adorable when they do that, but oh so annoying when it’s too early..), love your fringe, and reLOL at Lloyds hahah!

    Right, back to work. Hope it’s been a good week!

    • Karen says:

      Tabs has been VERY rowdy in the wee hours lately. I think he’s going through some kind of weird witching hour playtime phase thing!

      How’s your week going? Good, I hope!

      • Advah says:

        I’ve got Work Rage this week, but on Sunday I’m off to spend a week in Nice – exciting! This summer work has been exhausting and I’m desperate for a break. πŸ™‚

        Hope you’re having a good week too?

  14. Advah says:

    Oops, “Lloyd”

  15. Nina says:

    awww Karen — hope you feel better soon! i know exactly how you feel – that was me last week!

    the look is gorgeous, i love it!

  16. Ditte K. says:

    I do love the hairdo (and ofc the make-up look, but that is obv) πŸ™‚

  17. Kim says:

    That’s a very sassy eye look and Lloyd is definitely learning who’s in charge. He’s looking flawless in your pics! πŸ™‚

    I’m sorry about the bloat; I totally hate those days (when even the sweat pants feel uncomfortable)!

    Oh, my. Mr. Belvedere and Who’s the Boss. I haven’t thought of either in a long time. One of my best gals had Charles in Charge on at her house 24/7. It was like an alternate universe where you just walked in her mother’s front door and C in C was ALWAYS on. We couldn’t figure out how it was possible. And we still give her a hard time about it. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      AH, I remember that show. I always thought it was kind of weird how they switched families halfway through the show! I remember liking it though.

      You know, I miss the era of the family sit-com. I know this is going to make me sound very “Get off my lawn, you lousy kids!”, but I feel like we grew up in a time where TV was much more innocent. We had Growing Pains and Silver Spoons; now there’s Bridalplasty and Flavor of Love.

      • Kim says:

        Oh, no doubt. I think of it often and was just reminiscing about “after school specials”. I don’t know if I ever watched a full one, but remember they were very wholesome with a positive message for kids. That’s when MTV played music videos, though. πŸ™‚ Some of the programming for kids today is mind-numbingly awful, but my boys would watch all day if they were allowed. Whenever they ask if they can watch TV, I usually tell them they’ll have to put it on the Nuclear Physics Channel. If only there were such a thing. I rely on Discovery Science instead. HAHA!

  18. Taylor says:

    “Making biscuits on my butt” ….Thank you so much for that I laughed so hard. Definitely made my day a little better. Hope yours is better today.

  19. Vijaya says:

    Absolutely beautiful look!
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  20. shiny says:

    dude – my first reaction was ‘OM-Freaking-G!’ That looks AMAZING! Even better than your ‘fondle the asparagus (hahahahahahahhahaha) look!

    Bloating, eh? try minced fresh ginger and cumin in *heavily* diluted yogurt (watery consistency is your aim). You’ll burp like crazy, but you’ll feel light and perhaps even refreshed.

  21. I think this is too much, it’s too busy.

  22. Shauna says:

    Not really feeling this pallette. . .

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