Naked. Let’s get naked. So here’s today’s naked truth…
Some days, I really feel “it,” and when I do, it’s Wonderful with a capital W. 🙂
I look out my window up into the sky, and the sun seems higher and brighter, and it’s like the birds are singing songs just for me. Everything falls into place, like my hair and makeup, and even my muffin top doesn’t bug me as much as it usually does.
I walk with a spring in my step! — and my fingers practically fly. Things seem almost effortless.
Buuut, then there are those other days (like today), and sometimes weeks, when I just don’t feel “it” at all.
Those are the days when even my stretchy pants give me grief (and you know how much I love my stretchy pants). Instead of them hugging my bum and making it look all perky and cute, I just see that annoying bunch of fabric that sags in the butt.
When I look out my window, all I see are the barren branches on the oak trees, and instead of admiring their angles and strong lines, I’m sad because they have no leaves. The gnarled branches seem menacing against the darkening sky…
On those days, when simply lifting a lash curler feels like a monumental task, I just keep trying. I apply a bit of makeup, perhaps something like Urban Decay’s new Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation, along with a slick of gloss and a few swipes of brow gel.
Then I place my fingers gently on the keyboard and take a few deep breaths…
Before Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation…
And after Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation…
A few minutes later, I look into my husband’s eyes and he says, “Sweetie, don’t worry. Everything will be alright,” and I try to believe him.
I relax my furrowed brows and unclench my fists. I look out my window, feel the sun kiss the tips of my lashes and the edges of my lips, and I repeat the words: “Everything will be alright.”
Then I smile. 🙂
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation
- $36 for a 0.31-oz. pan and a double-sided application sponge
- The oil-free powder formula has a luminous, light-diffusing finish and an excellent wear time. I get 8-10 hours on my combination oily/dry skin before needing a touchup.
- Available in 14 shades, and those I’ve tried — Medium Neutral, Medium Warm and Medium Dark — are darker than I expected. I think they’re all a smidgen too dark for me, actually, now that I’ve completely lost my summertime tan.
- Designed to be worn wet (applied with a wet sponge) or dry (applied with a dry sponge or powder brush)
- Coverage is pretty sheer when worn dry. In fact, I can still see my freckles and the unevenly pigmented areas around my nose and mouth, but when I wear it wet, the coverage is a little more opaque, closer to medium.
- I think I’m going to stick to applying this foundation dry, though, because when I have used it with a wet sponge: hot mess. The powder formula wouldn’t adhere smoothly and evenly to my skin, so the coverage varied, with more coverage in some spots and less in others, like a funky mishmash mosaic of coverage. The powder also darkened a shade.
- I do like this dry, though, lightly dusted on the skin with a fluffy powder brush, where it makes my pores appear smaller, and my skin more matte, but with a slightly luminous finish. And it doesn’t look or feel heavy at all.
- For quick, easy, effortless skin, I’ll start with a little concealer under my eyes, on my cheeks and around my nose, and then add a light dusting of Naked Skin on top.
PRICE: $36 for a 0.31-oz. pan of powder foundation and a double-sided application sponge
AVAILABILITY: Part of the new Urban Decay spring 2015 collection, permanent, coming soon to Urban Decay counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Pardon the unusual post, but I was feeling like doing something a little different. Hope you’re having a happy hump day so far, my friend.