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An Urban Decay Dangerous Palette Makeup Tutorial: Spies, and Bronze and Gray Smokey Eyes

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To, Urban Decay

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Agent K-dawg, this is Urban Decay Base Camp. Over.

UD Base Camp, this is K-dawg, go ahead. Over.

K-dawg, UD Base Camp. Requesting mission status. How’s the testing of the Holiday 2012 Dangerous Palette ($36) going? Over.

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Roger that, UD Base Camp. The mission to complete a bronze and gray smokey eye with Deeper, Mushroom and Ace is almost complete, although these eyeshadow pigments are reaching dangerous levels. Over.

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette


The eye palette pops out of the zippered case, so you can reuse it to hold makeup/cat treats/secret spy gear/whatevs!

K-dawg, UD Base Camp. Tech support is wondering what that tap-tap-tapping sound is on your end. Is it static, or is Jeremy Renner trying to send you love letters via Morse code again? Over.

Base Camp, this is K-dawg. Nah, that’s just me tapping my brushes against the edge of the sink to remove some excess eyeshadow before applying. Can’t have fallout beneath my eyes while I’m in the field. Over.

Copy that, K-dawg. Special Agent T-money requests a tutorial for the look. Can you oblige? Over.

UD Base Camp, K-dawg. Can do. Over.

A Bronze and Gray Smokey Eye with the Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

STEP 1: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Sin applied as a base over the entire eyelid

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Urban Decay Holiday 2012 Pics and Swatches

Published in: Collections, Makeup, Urban Decay

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Yup, HOLIDAY!

A few quick pics and swatches from Urban Decay Holiday 2012.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set, $59

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Available online only at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
From the left: Stash (a deep green with gold shimmer), Junkie (a dark teal pearl with golden shimmer), LSD (new and exclusive shade; a navy with bright turquoise shimmer), Perversion (a blackest black matte), Psychedelic Sister (new and exclusive shade; a bright eggplant), Rockstar (a dark purple metallic), Hustle (new and exclusive shade; a medium metallic brown) and Mushroom (new and exclusive shade; a grey taupe/brown metallic)

The Feminine Palette, $36

Urban Decay Feminine Palette
Available at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s; online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com

Urban Decay Feminine Palette
Bordello (a pale mauve with gold micro-glitter), Skimp (new shade; a light peachy pearl), AC/DC (a smoky greyish purple), Gunmetal (a dark metallic grey with silver micro-glitter), Hijack (a metallic teal), Lost (a medium metallic brown) and Wallflower Lip Junkie Lip Gloss (a nude creamy pink)

The Dangerous Palette, $36

Urban Decay Dangerous Palette
Available at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s; online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com
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Urban Decay’s on a Naked Streak! More Urban Decay Fall 2012

Published in: Collections, Makeup, Urban Decay

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Wearing Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Strip

Sweet! Urban Decay’s coming out with a second round of products for fall 2012 — four new nude lip shades and two face/complexion primers.

Now your Smoked Palette has a few more friends to play with this fall. :)

Coming soon to Urban Decay counters and urbandecay.com.

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From left to right: Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked ($18), Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Strip ($19), Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Streak ($19) and Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked2 ($19)

urban decay fall 2012 primer
Complexion Primer Potions ($31 each)

urban decay fall 2012 swatches
Swatches from the left: Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked, Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Streak, Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked2 and Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Strip

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Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Streak
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Buff Your Way to a Flawless Finish With Urban Decay’s Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Published in: Face, Makeup Tools, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

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Urban Decay’s new foundation brush promises to blur the lines. Borrowing a page out of Hollywood’s Golden Age powder-puff playbook, where actors and actresses were often blurred in their closeups, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($24) buffs away lines to create seamless, smooth skin.

It reminds me of my own experiences with a different kind of optical blurring…

When my BFF Jen and I were younger and looking for love in all the wrong places (Club X and 1015 Folsom come to mind), the following conversation would go down at least once or twice every night we went out on the town…

ME: I think I see a potentially cute boy.

JEN: Where?!

urban decay optical blurring brushME: Standing over there at the bar, in the striped button-down shirt and dark pants.

JEN: (…) Every guy in here is wearing that outfit.

ME: No, really! I think he’s looking this way. Over your shoulder, six ‘o clock.

JEN: Oh, no baby. Did you forget your glasses again? We have to get you some contacts, like soon. That boy is kinda scary. Trust me on this.

Haha! Nothing like poor eyesight to mess up your game. :)

Luckily, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is designed to improve it.

I met it through Urban Decay’s new fall collection, and it quickly became one of those little lifesavers that I never thought I needed before, but now can’t function without.

The soft, dense brush head feels almost as good as favorite husky tabby’s fur. Mrrow!

UD says they designed the brush to be used with their new line of Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, but there’s nothing stopping us from using it with foundations or tinted moisturizers from other brands.

I can’t hang with streaky foundation, and the Optical Blurring Brush’s densely-packed, soft synthetic bristles and rounded tip definitely take care of streaks. Lately I’ve been using it apply Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer by NARS, and seriously, I think the application looks flawless.

I’ve also heard that synthetic bristles, being less porous than natural fibers, are less conducive to the growth of bacteria, potentially leading to fewer breakouts.

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The Urban Decay Smoked Palette: Smoked Signals That Urban Decay Is Thinking About Jewels and Neutral Colors This Fall

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

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Vacations are synonymous with summer in many parts of the world, especially those parts that get downright chilly in winter, but I like to set aside some time for a quick trip or two each fall.

Temps are usually a little cooler, the crowds a little smaller, and, beauty weirdo that I am, I like being able to use the season as my rationale for wearing smokey eyes almost every day, and in all of my vacation pics. :)

LOL! I had a feeling you’d understand. Now let’s pinky shake for being makeup nerds 4eva!

Thanks to Urban Decay, I think I may have found a perfect palette to take on my next fall foray. It’s called Smoked, sells for $49, has smokey eyes written all over it, and arrives at Sephora and Ultra stores, Macy’s and the Urban Decay website later this week.

urban decay smoked palette

Comprised of mostly neutral colors with a few smouldering jewel-toned shades, lacking any electric hot pinks or teals, it seems almost subdued for Urban Decay, but not at all in a bad way.

These are colors a rock goddess might wear to a black-tie affair with fishnets beneath her formal gown and heels bristling with chains and spikes.

It’s as if a warlock took Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked2 palettes, dropped them into a boiling cauldron, added the Black and 15-Year Anniversary palettes, let that stew for a few hours, and then poured the mixture into the Midnight Emergency Kit’s packaging.

The sleek zippered case contains 10 Eyeshadows, five of them new and five repromoted, but all of them in Urban Decay’s new eyeshadow formula; one full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (repromote), an inky black the color of a starless sky at midnight; a travel-sized Primer Potion (repromote), and a booklet called the Smoked Get The Look Book, with 12 step-by-step smokey eye tutorials (new).

Truth be told, I’d probably leave out the Primer Potion, as I have a tough time blending shadows on top of it (I don’t think it’s “slippery” enough for me), but I do know many gals who swear by it. If I were going on, say, on a 10-day trip to Italy this fall (hi, El Hub! Hint-hint!), that’s the one piece that come with the palette that I might just leave behind.

Ah… I can see it now — traipsing across the country on a quest to find the perfect pasta, and eating plate after plate of fettuccine, fusilli, spaghetti, ravioli and linguine with clams, perhaps while wearing a look like the smokey cat eyes I’m wearing here.

And I wouldn’t even have to worry about having to reapply after having that second cannoli because these easy-to-blend shadows, which exhibit very little fallout, stay put for at least 12 hours without fading or creasing.

My lower lash and water lines, however, might need a quick touch-up with Perversion pencil after 5-6 hours, but I can live with that.

If I happen to be in a more dramatic mood, because lawd knows that nothing goes with bread, wine and cheese like two smouldering smokey eyes (LOL!), I could even follow one of the tutorials in the Get The Look Book, or line my lash and water lines with Perversion, and then smudge one of the shimmery shadows along the lash lines.

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