My Favorite Things: Urban Decay Eyeshadow

Posted July 9, 2011 by abeautywithbooks
Categories: Eyeshadow, Makeup, Sephora, Swatches, Urban Decay

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This shit is awesome. Urban Decay makes some of the best eyeshadow out there. It’s heavily pigmented to you get a real punch of color and they never seem to run out. You can get a bit of a glitter fallout storm, but I have fallout issue with a lot of eyeshadow.

Midnight Cowboy: one of their most popular shades, Midnight Cowboy is a brown-toned champagne color with a ton of silver glitter flecks. It’s kind of like sin, but with sparkle. Lots and lots of sparkle.

Sin: Sin is a classic pinky champagne shimmer. It’s great to wear alone on light makeup days: it blends in with the skin a bit but the shimmer makes it stand out to just the right degree. Sin: description

Toasted: Toasted is a light/medium tan shimmer. It gives a great doe eyed/big eyed look when worn with a  brown eyeliner like Urban Decay’s Bourbon. (It looks a bit plummy in this palette but that’s mostly because it’s next to Hustle.)

Half Baked: Half Baked is a light gold shimmer. For some reason, people describe this as bronze, but it’s not. It’s true gold. Looks amazing with blue eyes.

Baked: Baked is a rich gold shimmer, a darker version of Half Baked. Gold- not bronze, gold. I get compliments every time I wear it.

Twice Baked: Twice Baked is a dark brown shimmer with tiny multicolored glitter. It’s a little muddy, so it doesn’t have a lot of depth to it, but it’s still a nice brown.

Strip: Strip is a light slate blue shimmer. It’s almost grey, but not quite. It’s lovely with a navy blue eyeliner.

S&M: S&M is a light/medium grey shimmer. It’s excellent for a smokey eye, and it goes great with Gunmetal.

Smog: Smog is a deep bronze shimmer. Now, this is bronze. Makes for a great brown-toned smokey eye. Also looks great with blue eyes.

Gunmetal: Gunmetal is a dark grey shimmer with some silver glitter. It’s fabulous for a classic smokey eye, and it goes very well with S&M.

Flipside: Flipside is an iridescent teal shimmer. It’s a gorgeous shade and it goes great with every eye color. It’s just so pretty!

And now ze swatches (in no particular order):

This is the Get Baked palette, which I believe came out in the fall of 2009. It has Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, and Baked.

This is the lovely Flipside. shiny shiny :)

This is Twice Baked. You can see the sparkly goodness here.

Twice Baked and Flipside. I believe there is also a 24/7 eyeliner called Flipside

I don’t know why I don’t have single swatches of these but here’s Half Baked ( on the top) and Baked (on the bottom)

here’s Gunmetal.

here’s Gunmetal (on the top) compared with S&M (on the bottom)

here’s Strip (on the bottom) compared with S&M (on the top)

a single of Strip

here’s a single of Midnight Cowboy…

and here’s a closeup of it in the pan. did you know that Urban Decay eyeshadow pans are supposed to look like subway tokens? it took me forever to realize that.

here’s Toasted (my very favorite brown)

here’s a single of Smog

and here is Smog (top) versus Baked (middle) versus Half Baked (bottom).

Like I said, Urban Decay makes an amazing eyeshadow, and these are just the shades I have. They make over 50 shades. Wear them with Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion- you’ll get at least 8 hours of wear.

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Zoya Elke

Posted July 9, 2011 by abeautywithbooks
Categories: Nail Polish, Swatches, Weekly Swatches, Zoya

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This is probably my favorite pink. It’s such a beautiful color- hot pink with gold shimmer. Anything with shimmer is wonderful :)

 

I have a bunch of swatches of this one because they’re so gorgeous.

Zoya Nidhi

Posted July 9, 2011 by abeautywithbooks
Categories: Nail Polish, Swatches, Weekly Swatches, Zoya

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good morning from central time! I’m up in the weird little corner of the UP this weekend where it’s an hour behind. I can also border hop from here: Wisconsin, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan…

 

Zoya Norra

Posted July 9, 2011 by abeautywithbooks
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now, Scrangie has a good swatch of Norra (which may be Nora but my bottle says Norra), but it shows a lot more sparkle than is actually visible. I tried to be as color-true here as I could:

you can see the sparkle in the bottle here

Hump D-wait, it’s Wednesday already?

Posted July 6, 2011 by abeautywithbooks
Categories: CHI, Nail Polish, Swatches, Weekly Swatches

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well, clearly I’ve been spacing out the past couple days so let’s get right down to it with CHI Behind Closed Doors:

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Funday: Sunday Swatches III + Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat

Posted July 5, 2011 by abeautywithbooks
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Happy 3rd of July! This week’s polishes:

 

Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat is a tan/beige polish with a light metallic shimmer. I usually go in for brighter colors, but this is a lovely neutral.

CHI Behind Closed Doors is a deep shimmery reddish purple, similar to Orly Close Your Eyes and Sephora by OPI Meet For Drinks.

Zoya Nora (possibly Norra) is a dark reddish purple (but mostly purple) creme with just the barest hint of sparkle.

Zoya Nidhi is a bright orangey red with big gold glitter flecks.

Zoya Elke is a beautiful bright pink with gold shimmer. It’s an excellent color: bright and vivid but not neon.

Butter London Victoriana is an awesome light/medium turquoise with lots of silver shimmer.

Zoya Kotori is a dark blue shimmer/glitter. It’s a bit sheer but it’s worth the layering.

And here is Under My Trench Coat: (true story: when I went through my camera I realized that I had taken double the number of pictures that I usually do. I wore it over the weekend and apparently forgot that I had already photographed it. My short term memory is… what were we talking about?)

Ooops, apparently I got distracted halfway through posting this :/

sorry for the delay!

Saturday: Heli-Yum

Posted July 2, 2011 by abeautywithbooks
Categories: China Glaze, Nail Polish, Swatches, Weekly Swatches

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It’s a zillion degrees here in the mitten so I’m camping out in my nice, air conditioned house. What are you up to?

 


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