Urban Decay Midnight Emergency Kit Review, Photos, and Swatches

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Urban Decay Midnight Emergency Kit (Regular: $39 sale: $22) When the mood strikes, tap this portable 4-shadow palette and sheer Lip Junkie Lipgloss for INSTANT neutral sultriness… from sunrise to sundown.

My Thoughts:

Urban Decay’s Midnight Emergency Kit is a glittery, neutral eyeshadow kit that comes with 4 almost full-sized (full is 0.05oz. these are 0.04oz.) eye shadows in Midnight Cowboy, Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, and AC/DC, a full-sized Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy, and a travel sized eyeshadow brush. All of these products are enclosed in a hard zippered case that is the size of my hand so it is very travel friendly. The palette doesn’t feel heavy so it won’t add a lot of weight to whatever you carry it in.

Midnight Cowboy – a glittery pale pink shade. The glittery is quite minimal. I want to say  it was more on the shimmery, frosty side.

Midnight Rodeo – a slightly glittery taupe shade. The glitter was hardly noticeable.

Midnight 15 – a frosty champagne shade.

AC/DC – a shimmery purple shade.

Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy – an almost clear glittery gloss with a hint of light pink. On my lips it looked like clear gloss.  It had a strong minty scent but wasn’t sticky at all.

Travel Eyeshadow Brush – the brush did a good job of picking up color and didn’t shed. I can’t compare it the full-sized brush because I don’t own it nor have I tried it.

I know a lot of people complain about the glittery fall out from the eye shadows, but I didn’t experience any. If I did, It was barely noticeable. I don’t know if it was the way I applied the eye shadows or not. What I did was pat the eye shadow on instead of sweeping it across the eyelid. Also, before applying, I tapped off the excess. Overall, I feel this kit is great. You get almost full sized products for less than half the cost if you were to buy them individually. Also, you can create a neutral look for the day time or a smoky eye for a night out.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review, Photos, Swatches, and Comparison to Naked and Naked 2

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27) Naked Basics is more than just the long-awaited, multipurpose MATTE companion to Naked. It’s the palette EVERY woman needs in her beauty arsenal. With six stripped-down, Nakedly neutral shadows, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye—including four totally new and exclusive shades.

It all comes in a sleek compact (embossed with a pretty, metallic “NAKED” on the front) that has a slight sheen and a suede-like feel that practically begs to be touched. (Hello…how gorgeous will THAT look coming out of your bag?!) Best of all, the slim design is perfect for travel—so you’ll never have to be without these must-have shades.

What you see is what you get: Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (cream bisque matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).

Fill Weight: 6 x 1.3g e 6 x 0.05 US oz

My Thoughts:

I love the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! I’ve been waiting for a matte palette from Urban Decay for what seems like forever. It’s perfect for anybody looking for neutral matte eye shadows, anybody who isn’t into bold colors or glitter shadows. It’s exactly like its name: basic.

The palette comes with 6 full-sized shades, 4 of which are new.

Venus - a demi matte soft, off white

Foxy - a matte yellowish beige

Walk of Shame (W.O.S) - a matte nude

Naked 2 - a matte light taupe

Faint - a matte medium brown

Crave - a matte black with a hint of brown

All the shades lasted for hours and went on so smoothly. I didn’t experience any fallout or powderyness (is that a word?). They are all very pigmented and true-to-color.

The Naked Basics palette itself is really small and compact compared to previous Urban Decay palettes (see comparison photos to Naked and Naked 2 below). It’s smaller than the size of my hand! The palette is perfect for travel and feels very sturdy. The cover is made of a rubbery material with raised embossing.

Now, did I notice any repeat shades in the Naked Basics palette that are already in the Naked and Naked 2 palettes? Just one: Foxy. It’s part of the Naked 2 palette. I was quite surprised because Urban Decay usually includes at least a couple of repeats in their palettes. Good job Urban Decay!  The other 5 shades are different, but still similar to the shades that are part of the Naked and Naked 2 palettes.

Venus is similar to Bootycall from Naked 2. Venus is a little bit more champagne while Bootycall is is more pinky golden.

Foxy is the same as Foxy from Naked 2.

Walk of Shame is the only one that isn’t similar to any of the shades part of Naked and Naked 2.

Naked 2 is similar to Naked (duh right? It is called Naked 2 after all) from Naked. Naked 2 is not quite as brown as Naked and has a bit of greyness.

Faint is similar to Buck from Naked just a bit a darker.

Crave is similar to Blackout from Naked 2. Crave isn’t a pure black like Blackout. Instead, it’s a brownish black.

I wish I could tell you to skip the Naked Basics palette if you already own one or both of the previous palettes, but I can’t. I just love it so much! I love neutral shades especially if they are matte. I recommend this palette to everybody who loves neutral shades. It is a total must have. I would definitely repurchase the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

Check out more photos and swatches of the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Also, see comparison photos to the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes!

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Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool Eyeliner Review, Photos, and Swatch

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Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool Eyeliner ($22) A triple-tip lash-emphasizing tool that fills in spaces between lashes, giving the natural impression of thicker, more luscious lashes. This innovative 3-in-1 design makes lash emphasizing dots, tight-lining and traditional lash-lining easy. Great for cat eyes!

My Thoughts:

I really like the Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool. I will admit it was a bit difficult to use in the beginning, and I wanted to get rid of it. However once I figured it out and got the hang of it, I liked it. This liquid liner is very different from all the other liquid liners I’ve used. First off, the tip has 3 prongs instead of the usual brush or pen tip. The 3 prongs allow you to line your eyes 3 different ways. You can tight line, dot the lash line, or use it like a regular eyeliner. It’s like 3 eyeliners in 1! The formula comes out and dries very black. I really like it when black liquid liner comes out truly black. It didn’t fad away to a grayish black or disappear as the day went on. In fact, I had a little bit of difficulty removing it. I had to use an eye make up remover that had oil in it. I’ve read reviews that mentioned the Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool smudging a lot, but I didn’t experience that. I always use a primer before I apply eye makeup even for liquid liner so that could’ve helped with the smudging. Overall, I really liked the Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool. Even though I experienced difficulty in the beginning, the eyeliner performed exactly the way I expect a liquid eyeliner to perform.

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Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara Review and Photos

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Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara ($18) A mascara that give lashes the mineral care they’ve been craving while also delivering big-time volume and the perfect definition. This mascara contains the exclusive NutriPlump™ formula that dramatically plumps lashes up to 600%* for unheard-of thickness, fullness, and flutter. The 100% pure bareMinerals formula is paraben free, clump free, and smudge proof, for lusciously thick lashes with superior volume.

My Thoughts:

Yay! Another mascara I love. I really like mascara that gives my lashes volume but doesn’t make it look over the top. This is what exactly Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara does. It gives my lashes volume but still allows them to look soft and natural. The mascara goes on thin and allows you to keep layering until you get what you want without your lashes getting clumpy or spidery. Also, it is really black. I love mascaras that are really black! The mascara brush is fat and has a lot of bristles to make sure every one of your lashes gets coated. Another plus is that after a few hours, my lashes still look as good as they did when I first applied the mascara and there were no smudges or flakes. I even wore it while I worked out and still no smudges! Do keep in mind that the Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara isn’t the type of voluminizing mascara that gives your lashes dramatic volume. With that said, I highly recommend the mascara for people who want to add soft, natural looking volume to their lashes.

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Stila Forever Your Curl Curl Memory Mascara Review and Photos

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Stila Forever Your Curl Curl Memory Mascara ($22) A long-wearing mascara that curls lashes instantly and over time. This mascara features innovative lash-curl memory that continually curls lashes throughout the day and a proprietary curling resin that dries down and holds the curl of lashes for long-lasting results. A unique brush coats and extends each individual lash for eye-popping results. Its intense carbon black hue delivers a lush, dramatic lash line from base to tip.

My Thoughts:

I am sorry to say I did not like Stila Forever Your Curl Curl Memory Mascara. The mascara couldn’t curl my  lashes on its own without the help of my trusty eyelash curler. When my lashes were curled, the mascara couldn’t hold a curl for very long. I want to say a couple of hours at tops. Also, after a couple of hours I noticed mascara smudges and flakes underneath my eyes. A big no-no! Some flakes even got into my eyes! Another negative find is it takes forever and a day to dry. I hate trying not to blink while I wait for mascara to dry.  And since the mascara has a wet formula, it makes layering difficult because it makes your lashes look spikey and a bit goopey. A good thing about the Stila Forever Your Curl Curl Memory Mascara is that it does separate lashes and add a bit of length. Although, the lengthening could have been just an illusion because it darkened my lashes. Sadly, there are not enough positives to cancel out all the negatives.

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