Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

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Naked Skin ConcealerI’ve been on a bit of a concealer kick lately and had really high hopes for the Naked Skin Concealer from Urban Decay. I’d heard really good things about it on YouTube and couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

I picked this up at Shoppers the other night and have been trying it out for a couple of days. So far…I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. Read on to find out why.

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Review: Dior Cheek and Lip Glow

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Dior Cheek GlowI’ll do just about anything for a treat from Sephora, even cat-sit. Recently, my sister went out of town and left me in charge of her two fur babies. My reward for feeding them and making sure they didn’t wreck the house? A couple of goodies from Dior.

A few years ago I tried the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm, and I loved it so much I used it up. So naturally, I was excited to try the new Cheek and Lip Glow, a gel stain that, according to the Dior website, “reacts to the moisture in the skin and lips to give them a luminous custom pink glow.”

I’ve been testing this product out all week and am ready to share my thoughts.

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Ciate Mini Mani Month #4: Starlet

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210215 011Last week I tried the shade “Starlet” from the Ciate Mini Mani Month advent calendar. This is a duochrome shade that looks purple in some lights, green in others. For fun, I decided to pair this with a matte top coat. The top pic  is two coats of the polish on its own. The matte top coat (bottom pic) gave this polish a softer, satin finish which I actually prefer.

I’m not a huge fan of this shade. I like how it looks when the light hits it just right and you can 210215 024really see the purple pearl running through it. More often than not, though, it just looks like a sludgy grey. It looks stunning in the bottle, but just doesn’t translate to the nails.

 

Breaking Up with MAC’s “Chilled on Ice”

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About six months ago, on a trip to Vancouver, I bought MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in “Chilled on Ice.”  I’d describe it as a nude pink base with warm golden champagne shimmer. In the pot and in swatches, it is a thing of beauty.

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At the MAC counter, I tested this out on the back of my hand and instantly fell in love. I remember thinking at the time that this paint pot would make a fantastic base for powder shimmers and metallics and that it would look stunning on its own for a warm, sparkly look. I had purchased several paint pots in the past and always found them to be smooth, creamy, blendable and long-wearing, so I just kind of assumed I would love “Chilled on Ice” as much as I love the others.

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Review: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

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boscia maskA while back I posted a small Sephora haul and promised some reviews on those products. I’m here to make good on that promise with some thoughts on the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask.

I picked this up in the deluxe sample size by redeeming a few of my Beauty Insider points, and I’m very glad that I didn’t spend any actual money on this. Although this product is kind of fun to use, it doesn’t actually do a whole lot. It’s all spectacle and no real substance.

This is a peel-off mask. True to its name, this stuff is black. It goes on shiny and kind of sticky and then dries into a solid film that you can peel off in one piece. The texture is like melted plastic when you first apply it.

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