Two-minute makeup | blue winged eyeliner

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Just a quick liner look that I wore around a week or two ago to try out a new acquisition (UD Lust). Unfortunately, it pulls very blue on my lids – gorgeous, of course, but I was really hoping for something more violet! As it stands, Lust kinda reminds me of another old favourite… except it’s more expensive and doesn’t wear as well. It is more readily available outside of Canada, though, which is about the only thing I can think of that works in its favour!

Sorry that I haven’t the time to chat – have a stats final in just a few hours. See you afterwards & I hope you enjoy the eye look nonetheless :)


New packaging for Urban Decay’s Primer Potion

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thank you, Urban Decay. Now, not only do I have a product that I’m not thrilled with, but everyone else will have more functional, hygenic packaging than I.

A message from Urban Decay (re: Naked palettes)

Friday, January 21, 2011

I thought you ladies might appreciate this one! If you’re already on their mailing list, you’ve seen it, but if not – perhaps this’ll help settle your worries a bit. Click to enlarge.

I think it takes a particular kind of fantastic for a brand to respond to a fan uprising in such a calm, collected way, so my hat’s off to Urban Decay! (I have no idea how I shoved so many different, weird elements into a sentence… but somehow, I did. The English language be damned!)

I’m sorry; today’s just one of those days. Talk to you soon (& hopefully when I’ve calmed dow a bit) xx

Urban Decay commits a Sin with their tinted Primer Potion

Friday, January 14, 2011

What it is: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

On the shade: Sin is described by Urban Decay to be a “shimmering champagne,” which is pretty vague, and also pretty true! Most brands have their own Sin; that is, a shimmery (or frosty) champagne shade – NYX Yogurt, Stila Kitten, Wet ‘n Wild Fine Wink, Cargo Champagne, or MAC Naked Lunch, for example. Sin happens to be on the frostier side of this spectrum, and runs a little darker than many champagnes, with rose undertones rather than yellow ones.

Sin swatched heavily / blended

On the product: Like the regular UDPP, I found Sin to be decently good at its job… but not perfect. It definitely intensifies my shadows and keeps them from fading, but also like the regular kind, I find my shadows still crease slightly by the end of the day. But, of course, eye primers are very much a personal thing, so I can’t say if this will crease on you or not!

As for how the shade affects your shadows? I find they usually look about the same, with two exceptions: 1) if the shadow’s sheer, it’ll end up looking a bit lighter (assuming it starts off darker than Sin), and 2) the shimmer comes through matte and satin finishes, as expected!

Un-tinted primer swatch / Sin-tinted primer swatch

On the packaging: as I’m sure you’ve heard before, the makeup community has some major issues with this tube. The curved shape may be cute and distinctive, sure, but it makes getting all the product out nearly impossible! Urban Decay responded to this by (eventually) adding a slanted doe-foot, but I’m not yet sure if this’ll get it all out or not. Either way, I’m not a fan of the applicator – it makes opening and closing the product pretty awkward, and it’s not exactly the cleanest option.

In short? I don’t use a point-based grading system… but if I did, the packaging would knock off some major points.

The ingredients:

C Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Triethylhexanoin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/ CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).

The verdict? I’m actually not even sure that I’ll be keeping Sin, so that probably tells you a lot, already. I think it’s a lovely champagne shade (perfect for the inner corners), and if it didn’t crease on my lids, it would definitely be a keeper – but it does crease, especially when worn alone, and at $22CAD ($18US) for 0.34oz, I expected more. So, I’d recommend that you give it a try only if the original Primer Potion works for you, though it’s not a perfect bet if it does (some people have reported creasing with UDPP Sin, but not the original.)

AvailabilitySephora,, Ulta. Also currently available as a mini, in the Urban Decay Little Sins set!

Urban Decay fails to put the Rocket in my Pocket, and is thus banned from my general face area.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Okay, but honestly. I have tried multiple times over the past months to write a proper review of this… but I just can’t do it.

The reason? It smells awful. Seriously; just bloody awful. I know loads of people who love the scent (described as crème brûlée, of all things), but I absolutely cannot stand it. It smells like cereal aftertaste, to my annoying, finicky nose. Alternately, it could be described as cheap fragrance molecules masquerading as cereal aftertaste…
Either way, it’s gross.
swatched quite sheerly

It’s a pity, you know; everything else about this gloss is fabulous. Max is a lovely warm medium-nude with considerable opacity and fabulous shine. It turns peachy on my lips (not too nude), and the gloss doesn’t slip to the edges immediately. It’s just so darn pretty!

The texture is thick but still quite nice altogether, and I do like the brush applicator. Plus, it’s an honest-to-god cream finish! (Microshimmer, no glitter, no frost). Do you know how hard it is to come by one of those nowadays, especially when it comes to glosses?! IT’S HARD! Really hard!
So, really, why did they have to scent these like cereal, of all things? I mean, I could have dealt with vanilla. Cocoa. Even something obscure, like… lord, I don’t know. Oakmoss or something. Pumpkins. Basil. But nothing — nothing — drives me crazier than cereal aftertaste. 
(No, seriously. I can’t even eat cereal unless I know I’ll be able to brush my teeth right after. Ridiculous.)
Oh, Max. You and I were never meant to be!

Availability: Sephora, Ulta, Asos.

The Silicone Giveaway

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Good morning, my lovelies! As I’m sure you can tell from the title, I thought it was due time for another giveaway. This one just so happens to feature three products that are equally amazing… and equally chock-full-of-silicones. (Okay, so the Marcelle is a “may contain,” but I’m soooo not going to risk it.)

One winner will receive…
  • Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder. I was so excited to try this… before I found out it contains ‘cones. The description sounds fab, and the packaging is just gorgeous.
  • got 2 be Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion, a lightweight and slightly lustrous product designed to smooth fly-aways, to protect the hair from heat styling and UV rays, and to impart a silky finish to the cuticle. (The kind on your hair shaft… not the kind on your nails!)
  • Marcelle Face Powder (loose,) in Translucent Medium. Why the Medium may contain ‘cones, but not the regular Translucent, I haven’t the slightest. I’ve been loving the latter recently, and I’ll try to have a review up soon! 
So there you have it: a Lustre Lotion that really does have a lustre to it, the gorgeous Urban Decay Razor Sharp, and a wonderful Canada-exclusive powder. I can’t love them, so you’ll have to do it for me!

Here’s how to enter…

  • One entry for following; just leave a comment and let me know that you’re doing so. You may enter once a day until the giveaway closes! You must be a follower to enter.
  • For an extra entry or two, link back to this post on your blog or Twitter. Or anything else that you can come up with, like Facebook or MakeupAlley… but remember, no trolling! No one likes trolls. Not even trolls*.
  • *This is just a guess. I have no idea what goes on in the minds of trolls.

    [Note: Please for the love of god do not hotlink my images. [crazy stare] Save them to your own hard drive and re-upload them if you’d like to include an image in your post. Hotlinking will result in all entries from your IPP being voided!]

I know the comments thread is bound to get really full, really fast, so I will be deleting comments instead of approving them — but don’t worry, that still means they’re getting entered into the spreadsheet! Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

This giveaway closes in one week (midnight leading to August 19th.) The winner will not be emailed; I will post the winner at 6:00 on the 16th and wait up to seven days for a mailing address. So, be sure to check back!

As for those of you on a silicone-free diet with me, don’t fret — I promise to have a ‘cone-free giveaway for you soon ;)

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