14 for 2014 Challenge – Update #1

14 for 14

Hello lovelies,

I thought that the end of March would be appropriate time to post an update of my 14 for 2014 challenge. I’ve started this challenge in February by picking 14 make-up products which I must finish in 2014. This update will show how much I’ve managed to spend.

Let’s start with eye and some face products:

14for14 3m update eyes

Oriflame concealer is at least 2/3 full. It is very thin and lightweight so a little goes a long way.

Uriage Bariesun is over half full.

Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero is much shorter than it was in the first post.

The same goes for Urban Decay 24/7 in Bourbon.

Oriflame Preppy Chic Eyeshadow trio – I am close to hitting the pan on the lightest shade and the brown shade has a pretty good dent in it. I didn’t use the taupe as much.

LIPS:

14for14 3m update lips

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Baby is finished and the other three shades are close to being finished, too.

FACE:

14for14 3m update face

Dior Diorblush is finally showing some signs of wear. I finally believe that I’ll be able to finish it.

Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats is also pretty close to being finished.

Even though there’s only little product left around the edge, I think YSL Poudre de Soleil will still last me a long time.

T. le Clerc Poudre has a decent amount of product left.

Guerlain Meteorites is the only product which I don’t think I’ll be able to finish. I’ve been using it almost daily (not to mention how much I used it the last year) and I have yet to hit the pan.

My current score is 1 product finished and I have a good hunch that I’ll be adding three more finished lipsticks soon.

I’ve thought about adding a replacement product once I’ve spent one – that way I’d always have 14 products on the list, but I think it would limit me too much. In the end I decided to simply spend the products from the list and then enjoy in my stash.

xoxo Tamara

URBAN DECAY Naked Basics Palette Swatch and Review

naked basics

Hello lovelies,

I have finally found some time to write down my review of my Naked Basics palette. I took these photos ages ago and they’ve been sitting in my computer folder. I’ve worn the shadows several times to see how they act.

As you probably know, Naked Basics is a 6-shade all matte palette from Urban Decay’s Naked range. If you are from Croatia, you can get Naked Basics (as well as other Urban Decay products) at Beautybay, HqHair or Lookfantastic (if they have it in stock) and it usually retails for 20 GBP.

It comes in a rubberized plastic compact which I find a bit difficult to open. In my case, opening it often includes broken nails. The compact includes the mirror, but you don’t get any other extra freebie like a brush or a mini sized product. Below are two photos for size reference:

As you can see, the Naked Basics is approximately half the size of the original Naked and a bit bigger than a Chanel nail polish bottle.

It contains six shades – 5 are real matte finish while one has satin finish. The shades are: Venus (satin ivory white), Foxy (matte yellow based beige), Walk of Shame (W.O.S. – matte champagne based beige), Naked 2 (matte light taupey brown), Faint (matte dark brown with taupe undertone) and Crave (matte blackened brown). Venus is the satin ivory shade. All shades perform well – they all have an excellent colour payoff, feel buttery smooth, apply and blend easily.

Below are closer photos of the shadows, as well as the swatches:

naked basics swatch

Quality-wise, I cannot find any fault in this palette (other than the packaging which is not easy to open). The eyeshadows are great (like all other Urban Decay shadows). They wear well without a primer, although with my super oily lids I prefer to use a base under the shadows.

However, I have issues with color selection. While I usually prefer to have more lighter than dark colours, I feel as if this palette is not well balanced. The main reason is probably the fact that they decided to limit it to six shades – I think 10 or even 12 shades all matte palette would be more versatile.

Basically, in Naked Basics you get a highlighting colour (Venus), yellow (Foxy) and champagne (Walk of Shame) toned lid colour, one light (Naked 2) and one darker (Faint) crease colour and a dark, almost black shade which you can use instead of an eyeliner (Crave). I can understand having more lid colours to cater warm and cold undertones, but I feel that the palette is missing at least one medium brown – darker than Naked 2, but lighter than Faint which looks darker on the skin than in the pan.

While I would like to see (and buy) a matte palette with versatile colour choice, I still like Naked Basics. Its size make it extremely compact and portable – it fits even the smallest bag. The color selection is very work appropriate, so this might be a great staple if you travel on a lot of business trips.

Do you own any of the Nakeds and how do you like them?

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

14 for 2014 Challenge

14 for 14

Hello lovelies,

I think that 2014 will be the stash clear-out year. In the past several years I have bought a bunch of make-up, some of which is still barely used. I don’t like the feeling of practically throwing my money away because, no matter how much I say to myself that make-up is my hobby and that I collect it; if it is not used, it is a waste of money. Although I do not strictly stick to expiration dates, I really don’t want to use 10 years old eyeshadow when I can get a new one (of course, this would mean getting just one new eyeshadow).

I’m still not sure how will my no-buy go – so far it is good, but there are almost 70 days left – and I’d like to continue with it through the whole year; at least when it comes to make-up. I don’t want it to be too restrictive; after all, having the restrictions would only make me want to break them more, so I’ll get several exceptions like mascara or some super undupeable limited edition product. Of course, the continuation of my no-buy throughout the year at this point is just a speculation.

What is not a speculation is a new challenge I’m imposing on myself. I named it 14 for 2014 Challenge because in my attempt to make more space in my collection, I decided to pick 14 items which I must finish in 2014. I did create a list of 20-something items to use more frequently several months ago, but that list served only as a guideline. This list, on the other hand, will contain products which I really don’t want to have in 2015; meaning that they must be completely gone this year.

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URBAN DECAY Naked Palette Swatch and Review (En attendant Naked 3 :) )

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Hello lovelies,

as you know, Urban Decay is launching Naked 3 palette. From the Naked 3 review and swatches on Temptalia, it is considerably more pink toned than the two previous and it will be available in the States in November. I’m glad I found out about it because I was debating getting Naked 2 which was, luckily, out of stock and which is very similar to original Naked palette which I have (plus it contains black eyeshadow which I rarely use). When I pay for a palette, I expect to use every shade and this wouldn’t be the case with Naked 2.

naked closed

Okay, back to original Naked palette. It is a very warm toned palette. It comes with a mini version of Urban Decay Primer Potion and an eyeshadow brush.

The brush is okay – it is very soft and applies the makeup well. The palette is made of cardboard wrapped in brown velvet which gets dirty easily and it is hard to clean later. It has magnetic closure.

The palette retails for 37GBP on hqhair, but I got a great deal – Naked and Naked Basic for 56GBP plus 20% off which means I got both palettes for around 45GBP. Unfortunately, such sets aren’t currently available, but feel free to stalk hqhair – they’ll probably restock soon.

Still, even at the full price, it is a great value. The palette contains twelve full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadows in the following shades:

naked back

It is very travel friendly and has a good variety of shades. I’d probably add another lighter eyeshadow and more satin or matte ones, but this palette is appropriate for a variety of looks – from neutral work appropriate look to sexy smokey eye. Here are all the shadows swatched:

naked swatch all

The quality of the eyeshadows is amazing – they are buttery soft and apply like a dream. All the shades are pigmented, although some are more than the other. The shadows wear well with the primer – over 12 hours. It is important to mention that I have super oily lids and without a primer nothing lasts for more than half an hour. With primer, I can get approximately 6-8 hours of wear from other eyeshadows.

The finish of the eyeshadow varies – some are matte, some are pearl, some are shimmer and some have glitter finish. I have separate the shadows in groups of three and I’ll talk more about each eyeshadow.

Virgin, Sin, Naked:

VIRGIN is a satiny light beige. Although it looks like, it is not completely matte. I like to use this shade in the inner corners of my eyes to highlight.

SIN is a pearly champagne with a hint of pink. It is a great highlighting shade.

NAKED is dark beige matte shade. I had no issues with applying it – mattes sometimes can be powdery, but this is not the case with naked.

Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked:

SIDECAR is a shimmery medium bronze brown. Quality wise this is one of my favourite shades. It is so pigmented and easy to apply.

BUCK is a medium dark matte brown. Again no complaints -perfect application and texture.

HALF BAKED is my all-time favourite summer eyeshadow. It is a pearly coppery bronze. I already have this shade in my BOS2, but I’m coming very close to hitting a pan, so it’s great to have a back-up.

Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted

SMOG is a medium dark bronze.

DARKHORSE is a brownish bronze with a bit of shimmer. It is slightly less pigmented than previously mentioned shades, but still very good

TOASTED is a shimmery pinky brown.

Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

HUSTLE is a shimmery mocha

CREEP shimmery dark grey. This is probably the sheerest eyeshadow in the palette.

GUNMETAL slivery grey with glitter. It has a bit of fall out, but it is great for smokey eye.

Overall, I love this palette, although I’d prefer maybe more not so shimmery/pearly shades and more lighter eyeshadows, since those are the shadows I use the most. It is still a great value and a definite must-have.

Do you own any Naked and are you looking forward to Naked 3?

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NEW IN: Huge Urban Decay, Deborah Lippmann, Essie and other Haul

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Hello lovelies,

here are some items I ordered in October. I think I need to keep my hands off make-up and nail polish for a while :), even though I got quite a deal on some items. Anyway, let’s see.

URBAN DECAY

haul ud

Several years after its launch, I finally have Naked Palette. I got a Naked Palette set and used 20% off from HqHair. It would be a shame to let it pass. I also received an amazing GWP – a set of New CID Cosmetics which I’ll show you later.

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette

2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

ESSIE

haul essie

I think I have Essie addiction :) I found an ebay seller with acceptable shipping, so each Essie was under $10. Some polishes are from Wedding 2013 collection and some are permanent.

3. My Better Half

4. Using My Maiden Name

5. Sexy Divide

6. Vanity Fairest

7. Braziliant

8. Knockout Pout

9. Pink Glove Service

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DEBORAH LIPPMANN

haul d lippmann

I can say “thank you ebay” for these polishes, too. I have found a seller with reasonable shipping, so the polishes are a bit more expensive than US retail price. These polishes are also available on Beautybay, but way more expensive.

10. Mermaid’s Dream

11. Glitter In The Air

12. Mermaid’s Kiss

NEW CID COSMETICS

haul cid

I am not very familiar with this brand, but I received a 37 GBP value set as a GWP. They didn’t say what’s in the set, so I browsed a little around and found that the set should contain a nail polish, a lipstick and a primer. However, when it arrived, I was quite surprised. My set contained a nail polish (10GBP), an eyeliner (13GBP) and a cream eyeshadow (14GBP). Much better, in my opinion. Also, the polish contains a led lamp in the cap.

13. I-line Professional Kohl Pencil in Soft Brown

14. I-colour Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Diva

15. I-polish Light Up Nail Polish in Strawberry Gateau

CHINA GLAZE and GOLDEN ROSE

haul ch gr

Finally, some of my other polishes. I wanted Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven, but I found a comparison site and China Glaze Snow Globe looked way nicer. I also got some Golden Rose Jolly Jewels.

16. Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in #103

17. Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in #116

18. China Glaze Snow Globe

19. China Glaze Prism

Well, that would be it. Share your hauls in the comment :)

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN DECAY Press Statement: Animal Testing and China

 

Really, Urban Decay?

How can a brand which is based on „we will never test on animals“ policy say that they plan to change the attitude of China towards animal testing by selling a cosmetics that WILL be tested on animals (as you know, the Chinese law requires that the cosmetics sold in China is tested on animals)?

I don’t blame them for the expansion – after all they are business and they need profit. What really bothers me is their hypocrisy (trying to blame it on China) and how they have tried to pack this into a humanitarian mission by giving up what they were based on to profit and then trying to sell it to the western customer as a mission to improve China. Yeah, really.

Whoever wrote that press sample managed not only to insult current Urban Decay customers, but also insult future customers in China, by practically saying that China is backward country and that they’ll try to change its backward ways. (Yes, I’m aware that China has its issues (humar rights, etc…), but it is up to China to solve their problems, not to Urban Decay).

I would appreciate them more if they simply told something like: „Okay guys, I know thhat we were against the animal testing, but China is too big a market to ignore it, so we’re giving up our policies in order to establish the brand in China.“

I won’t throw out that little bit of Urban Decay I have, but I certainly won’t purchase anything more. At least this finally killed my lemming on Naked palettes.

You can read the press sample at Temptalia.

What is your opinion on this?

Friday FAVOURITES: 13.01.2012

 

I’ve decided to start a new series: Friday favourites. I hope that I’ll manage to update every week, but sometimes it might even do one or two updates per month. It will feature both make-up, skincare and body care items I might use excessively the previous week.

 

This week, I’ve gone grey. As I usually wore very natural, neutral make-up during holidays, I couldn’t wait to do something more dramatic. I went with greyish-black smokey eye, pale face and neutral lips.

 

The products I’ve loved the most are:

Urban Decay Perversion eyeshadow (black)

Urban Decay Gunmetal eyeshadow (sparkly grey)

Guerlain Jeu de Nuit quad (only dark and medium grey)

Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat in Dune (soft beige grey)

Benefit Lady’s Choice lipstick (nude pinkish beige)

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Ambre Precieuse lipgloss (sparkly brown)

Guerlain Meteorites compact Mythic Parfait

Guerlain Meteorites Perles d’Or.

 

I have combined grey eyeshadow on the lid, blended with a touch of black in the crease. I’ve used Sisley Dune in the inner corners of the eye. The black eyeshadow (UD Perversion) was used as an eyeliner.

The foundation was my usual Clarins Everlasting, fixed with Guerlain Meteorites Mythic Parfait to give an impression of flawless porcelain skin.

I have used Guelain Perles d’Or to give a touch of blush.

On the lips I’ve put Benefit Lady’s Choice with a drop of Guerlain lipgloss blended in the centre of the lips.

Have a great weekend :)

MAKE-UP STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.

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My Stash: Eyeshadows, Mascaras and Eyeliners

We have finally arrived to my favourite part: eyeshadows. I think that if I’d stop to buy eyeshadows today, I’d still have enough to last me a lifetime.

As for the eyeliners, I’m not a great collector. I prefer black, but here and there I use colour eyeliners.

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URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero Review

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On pencil ($17)in Zero is a matte black eyeliner.

It is very pigmented, but the colour isn’t as deep black as I would like it to be. Also, the colour fades slightly after several hours of wearing.

As I’ve said in my review for the shade Bourbon, Urban Decay eyeliners are extremely soft (even too soft). This eyeliner doesn’t stay for a long time on the waterline (but, as I’ve said, the only thing which looks good there is Guerlain loose kohl).

Very good eyeliner, but not my favourite.

Overall:

 

 

URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Bourbon Review

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On pencil ($17) is probably the softest eyeliner I have ever found.

The shade Bourbon is a warm brown shade with tiny golden micro-shimmer. It is very pigmented, you only need a light swipe to get a rich colour.

This eyeliner is very soft and creamy and it lasts for a whole day without fading or smudging (on the upper eyelid). On the waterline it is not very longlasting, bu then, nothing besides Guerlain loose kohl has lasted for longer than an hour there.

My last objection goes to the softness of the pencil. I love softer pencils because they do not tug the eyelid when I apply them, but this one is ridiculously soft. While I sharpen my other pencils after I’ve been using them for 7 days (sometimes even longer), 24/7 has to be sharpened after every use.

Overall impression:

 

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URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow Primer Potion Review

I have very oily lids and without a primer even the best eyeshadows crease within an hour or two. Before Primer Potion, I used Art Deco eyeshadow base and Clarins Instant Minute with T. LeClerc powder over it. While both Art Deco and Clarins+T. LeClerc are excellent bases during winter, they fail in summer. Primer Potion is the only primer which helps the eyeshadow to stay intact for the whole day.

I even washed my face and the mascara melted, but the eyeshadows still had the same intensity as they did when I first put them.

It takes a really small amount of the Primer Potion spread over the lid and the eyeshadow won’t budge until you take it off with a makeup remover. 

It’s a good value too. I’ve been using the mini Primer Potion for a 9 months and I don’t think I came even close to spending it.

The only drawback is the shape of the packaging and the fact that it makes impossible to use up every last ounce. The good thing is that Urban Decay finally offered a more economical and practical tube packaging.

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URBAN DECAY Book of Shadows vol.2 Review

If I had to pick the favourite part of my stash, it would definitely be Urban Decay Book of Shadows vol. 2. For a very long time I couldn’t made up my mind whether to purchase it or not, but right now I think it’s the best make-up purchase I’ve made so far. This is definitely the best edition in the Book of Shadows series.

Since this item is discontinued (although you should get one if you manage to find it somewhere) I won’t write a very detailed review. Suffice to say is that this palette is absolutely amazing and it really got me interersted into Urban Decay makeup. The staying power is great, especially with the primer. The texture of the eyeshadows is just as I like it – very soft, almost creamy. They are even better than Sisley eyeshadows, and they are much cheaper.

BOS2 contains 16 eyeshadows (seven of which are exclusive to this palette) – each is 0.03oz/0.8g; two 24/7 eye-pencils in Bourbon (bronze brown) and Zero (black) – each is 0.03oz/0.8g and mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion (0.13fl.oz/3.7ml).  The exclusive shades are AC/DC, Nylon, Mushroom, Sphynx, Jinx, Homegrown and Misdemeanor.

The packaging is cute, but very unpractical. The shadows are in a carboard pull-out drawer which doesn’t slide smoothly. There is also a small booklet which can be found after opening the top cover whith mirror. There are some very good looks, but I wish it included some step-by-step instructions. They claim there that the instructions can be seen on their web-page, so I checked it, but there were instructions for only one of the looks.

The reason I like it so much is that it offers all the right shades and I like them all. Usually, palettes are too neutral, or offer too many unflattering clownish shades. This palette has thes right measure of both: first three rows are practically all neutral nuances, while the last row offers slightly edgy shades. I don’t even have to mention that the pigmentation is amazing, each colour on the skin is true to the colour in the pan.

To sum up: it’s a must-have.

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