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.
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 itâ€™s 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.
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 phoneâ€™s camera up to the code. The phone scanned it and then opened a link to the video. Each tutorial features Urban Decayâ€™s 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
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Illegal (not from BOS)
- Urban Decay Lip Love Honey-Infused Lip Therapy in Taunt (not from BOS)
- Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Indecent (not from BOS)
- Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded
- Chanel Mat Lumiere Soft Matte Makeup Soft Honey all over the face
- MAC Strobe Cream, also all over the face
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25 beneath my eyes
- MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Light Plus, also beneath the eyes
- MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Dark, also all over the face
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.
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.