Anyone around my age that grew up listening to Gwen Stefani when she was in No Doubt, knows that she was the ultimate "bad ass" girl. I remember seeing her with braces and pink hair and being so inspired that she truly didn't seem to care what other people thought of her. She definitely had a part in my upbringing, so when I saw that she collaborated with one of my favourite brands Urban Decay, I knew I was on board!
The first thing that needs to be said about this palette, is there are a lot of light colors. The balance of light, medium and dark shade is not there. For me personally, it doesn't bother me as I love these shimmery lighter shades on my lids. Zone is a great transition shade, as is Anaheim. I suspect I will hit pan on those shades first. Bathwater, Baby, Steady and Pop are all beautiful shades that swept across the lid alone, make for a beautiful (and fast!) eye look. I have noticed a bit of fall out with the darker shades, nothing that has caused me any trauma, as I always do my eyes first when using more pigmented colors. I was blown away by the 1987 shade. The gold pigment in that is unlike any shadow I have in my collection. The blackout shade also did not disappoint. It takes a little longer to blend than some other shadows, but the finished look is worth it. I am also getting a lot of use out of it for setting my eyeliner. I have no complaints about the wear time of these shadows, and have never experienced any creasing with them. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that the shadows look very true to the pan, and you don't end up looking like you just have one dark shade on.
The packaging really needs no praise, as it is absolutely stunning. It feels very well built, and the mirror is a perfect one for travelling. I could not be happier with it. The palette retails for $70.00CAD and is available at Sephora, (some) Shoppers Drug Mart and at www.urbandecay.ca
If you are someone like me that for the most part wears neutral shades but sometimes wants the option of a splash of color, I think you will really enjoy this palette. Below I posted the swatches of the product. Keep in mind that these are all swatched the same with no primer. I rub the shadow for about three seconds and do one swipe with it on the skin.
Have you guys picked up this palette yet? I think it would be a great Christmas gift! I can`t stop looking at how saturated that black shade is!
I will chat with you guys soon!
Happy Holidays everyone! I wanted to make sure I got this post up for two reasons today. I have the entire morning to myself (rare) and the photo that I took for this post has a reindeer background that I feel is not going to be as festive in January. The Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara was the next on the chopping block from my Sephora Favourites Lash Stash kit. My best friend absolutely LOVES this mascara, and after hearing her rave about it over and over I couldn't wait to put it to the test! As always, lets look at what the claims are from this product (taken from the Sephora website!)
What it is:
A lash-expanding, ultra volumizing mascara designed to deliver high-drama lashes.
What it does:
Get full lashes that make eyes pop with this water-based mascara formula from Marc Jacobs. It incorporates a special size-increasing blend of rice bran, bayberry, carob, and African acacia tree extracts for maximum lash-expanding impact. The essential oils deeply condition lashes, while vitamins B5 and C strengthen and hold them in place for even longer wear. The innovative double brush features an advanced design that's formed by stitching together two different brushes: one for enhanced lash separation, and another for mega-volume and curl. Together, the full-body mascara formula and dual brush design lengthen, curl, define, and volumize lashes so that they’re longer, louder, and blacquer than ever before.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
“From the packaging, to the actual formula, to the application—it’s deliciously thick and luxurious.”—Marc Jacobs
So as a consumer, after reading that description, I was very excited for the brush. You can throw ingredients at me all day long, but lets be honest ... Most of us don't know why rice bran and carob would be good for our lashes, A double brush that separates and gives volume? That I can get on board with. Funny enough, the brush is what made me not like this mascara. I found that it was very hard to transfer the product from the wand to my lashes. Instead of being able to simply blink down on the wand, I had to almost tease my lashes back and forth in order for the product to transfer. Which of course, ended in spider lashes that were clumped and looked tangled. Because it didn't deposit a lot of product on my lashes, I did enjoy this on my bottom lashes, however the formula still smudged on me. I experienced no flaking, but my lower lashline would just continually get smokier and smokier through the day. I would not repurchase this full size, as I have been more impressed with some drugstore mascaras. For those of you wondering, my best friend and I are okay after this experience. It's rare that we disagree on products, but when it happens, it is fierce!
How have you guys been? Any New Years resolutions that you're making for 2016? I have a giant one that I am going to do a video on soon...
I have moved on to the Buxom mascara in the Lash Stash kit, and as always, I will let you know next month what I think of it!
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