In my email box today, I saw this-that the old eyeshadows are going away, and that there are going to be new shadows. It looks like a bit sleeker of a casing (although still the subway-token look), as well as combining old shadows, shadows from special editions (ie Bordello from BOS NYC…one of my favourite shades), and the Deluxe shadows. Apparently it’s a new formula as well…interesting. They’re going to be priced at $18 each (same as what the deluxes are), and with these you can easily pop them out of the casing, as there’s a steeply-priced make-your-own palette.

Anyways, the shades for the new ones are:
Last Call
Maui Wowie
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again
Midnight Cowgirl
Midnight Rodeo
Oil Slick
Polyester Bride
Psychadelic Sister
Secret Service
Stray Dog
Twice Baked

Now, I can understand the list, but I’m absolutely gutted that Flipside, Ransom, Graffiti, Jones, and Minx are not being kept around. I’d always been under the impression, anyways, that Flipside was quite popular. It was a shame that the ULTAs and Sephoras near me stopped stocking it…and it’s way out of my way to get to a Macy’s that has Impulse Beauty.

New Urban Decay Liners

12 January, 2012

Sorry for not getting this up earlier-I’ve been having troubles with Firefox, but now they’re worked out so good times:)

Anywhoo, Urban Decay started the spring product blitz with three new 24/7 pencil liners. These won’t be in-store for awhile-I’d say a month-but they’re trying to do more online pre-releases this year so that’s why. What better way to start out than to add new shades of liners? Not much of a better way, I’d say.

Joining the ranks is the all-new Perversion liner-the blackest black matte eye pencil. For a lot of people, this is something that they will love. Me? I don’t use black eye pencil-and rarely black eyeliner. If you were someone who found Zero to not be intense enough for you-then this will be a must-have.

Also coming are two other ones: Demolition and Woodstock. Demolition is yet another brown, but it’s a matte which is something that I always love (if I don’t want to break out my 210 and Inglot 88), while Woodstock is a sparkly bright pink. I need to find my pink Chromagraphic pencil, but even with that this may be making its way into my stash sooner rather than later.

As I said earlier-they’re now on the UD website. More spring stuff will follow, and I’d say that mid-February will be the time when they’re in store.

Urban Decay Naked 2

4 December, 2011

So I missed the email on this one-no biggie for me, as I don’t do the Naked looks. However, this sold out the first run very fast-within a couple days, if not hours. Yep, it’s Naked 2!

This one has 12 shades like before-five of them exclusives-along with a duo-end brush and a gloss. Because the website does not have colour descriptions, I have to do my best with what I have here. This is, for the most part, the shade descriptions as seen by my computer screen.

The shades are:
Foxy-Looks to be a pale beige
Half-Baked-Golden bronze (one of UD’s best shades-but so daggone ubiquitous)
Bootycall-Pale pinky neutral?
Chopper-Copper-beige with silver glitter
Tease-Midtone brown, kind of looks a little mauve in the pics
Snakebite-A different midtone brown
Pistol-Neutral grey
YDK-Bronzey-brown with glitter
Busted-Plummy brown
Blackout-Deep matte black (From the 15th anniversary shadow box)

ULTA Black Friday Ad

25 November, 2011

So, looks like I found something for Black Friday after all! I don’t know how much of this is just for the weekend or not-but there’s some really good stuff! In list form, shall we?

Benefit powder duo (Thrrrob and Georgia)-$19
Urban Decay deluxe mini duo (Pore Perfection primer and All Nighter spray)-$14
Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer minis-$9
Bare Minerals face powder/gloss duo-$10
Free 1 oz Hope in a Jar with $50 Philosophy purchase
ULTA Artist Blockbuster-$16.99
Conair curling iron, flat iron, or hair dryer-$9.99
Tarte trio (Lights Camera Lashes mascara, plus a full-size lipstain and mini cheekstain)-$19
ULTA mini blockbuster-$9.99
Oscar Blandi dry shampoo duo-$15
ULTA Professional travel brush set-$9.99
Free Dermalogica mini set with $50 purchase
Selected TIGI Tweens-$6.99
JP Pet holiday set-$14.99
OPI holiday minis-$7.50
BOGO Organix haircare
Smashbox Be Discovered blockbuster palette-$45
Ultra CHI Holiday flat irons-$80
Stila Smudge Stick liner duo (gold and silver)-$9.99
Benefit duo (Eye Bright and BadGal Lash)-$29
L’Oreal Lash Boosting kit-$6.99
20% off all Fekkai haircare
ULTA Bath holiday sets-$7.99
Selected Profusion kits-$4.99
Earth Theraputics pedicure kit-$9.99
ULTA mini nail quads-$2.99
LORAC Cream Shadows-$12 (if it really does contain 6, then I’m getting this as a Christmas present for my friend)
5/$5 on select stocking stuffer things
B2G2 on ULTA Bath, Candles, Smoothies, Anti-Bac, Brushes, Cosmetics, Beauty Tools/Implements
Free ice bucket/glasses with $30 fragrance purchase
Free bag with large Calvin Klein fragrance purchase
Free red croc tote with $39.50 Elizabeth Arden fragrance purchase
Free bag with $75 Ed Hardy fragrance purchase

I’m hoping that the Benefit powder duo is around by the end of the day-that for me, and the LORAC for my friend.

Urban Decay Holiday 2011

13 September, 2011

I know, it may seem like it’s slow on the beauty front, but admittedly, I haven’t been paying as much attention. All that changes with the latest Urban Decay email…the holiday stuff is online, and it is full of win. I know, it’s over 100 shopping days til Christmas, but this is great to a) buy now to take care of little things, or b) stock up for numero uno-yourself.

First up is the Book of Shadows 4, retailing at $64. 16 shadows (10 of them neutral-ish, 11 if gunmetal is neutral to you-it is to me), a 24/7 liquid liner, the curling mascara, UDPP (in a tube, thank you very much), and the mini speaker/USB cord. I have to say, my mini speaker would be used for my iPod and that’s it. Am I buying this? No. After buying three iterations of the BoS, I’ve come to realize that nobody needs that much neutral. I certainly don’t, as the most neutral I get is Half Baked and occasionally, Twice Baked for a lower liner.

Something exponentially more appealing? Professional Size Primer Potion, in a tube, for $30. Yes please!

The stashes are back with a venegance this year-starting out with the 24/7 shadow pencil stash. It features minis of Clash, Rehab, Sin, Juju, and Delinquent, which makes it a great gift. Can’t say I’d be buying it, as I am not into the chubby pencils anymore. I was before I really got into makeup-but things change. This retails for $34-so it’s a pretty safe bet.

Also we have two new 24/7 liner stashes, Naked and Electric. Naked features Zero (black), Underground (plummy brown), Bourbon (the ubiquitous brown), Demolition (chocolate brown), and Stray Dog (greyish-looking brown). Electric, meanwhile, features Perversion (dark black), Woodstock (bright pink), Junkie (cool green), Radium (royal blue), and Ransom (Parfait Amour’s UD version, but brighter and more purple-y). These have gone up in price to $32, but who cares-I want them. Specifically, two of the Electric, unless Woodstock gets made individually. One will be for my best friend, as part of her Christmas present. Read the rest of this entry »

Sure, I thought the 15th Anniversary set was going to be the big kahuna this fall for Urban Decay-but nope, tradition is tradition, and so this fall we’re getting the fifth Book of Shadows. It was recently sold at presales in San Francisco, New York, and a couple other big-city Sephoras (Seattle doesn’t count…:() and the sticker price this time? $64.

Honestly, though, I don’t know if it’s rush-buy worthy for me. There’s many reasons for that. First off, vacation time-as in getting to buy Inglot in-store. I would rather, honestly, work on a Freedom System or get a few more of their awesome gel liners. Second, the Cindy Sherman/MAC collaboration is exciting, to say the least. Granted, I have a lot already because of how much of the PRO stuff I already own. As far as the lipsticks go, I just need to be more diligent at hitting the CCO’s because I am over halfway done with my latest tube of Show Orchid (after less than three months) and I have only one tube left. (Even for Cindy Sherman, I am limiting myself to Lightscapade, Plum Bright, and Three Ring Circus. I have backups for both Violetta and Neon Orange, which I wear a lot but not as much as Show Orchid.)

But the main reason I will hold off at least til December is because I have three of them (all but the original), and honestly half the stuff doesn’t get used because it’s so totally neutral with a few brights thrown in. I have to force myself to use a neutral every time just because I hate having stuff that I won’t use. Now, the LE shades sometimes are worth it-but when I have to be careful with my makeup dollars (since they are becoming clothing dollars, and hanger dollars, and vacation dollars), I can’t just buy willy-nilly. Also, with a defined look and a collection like mine, I don’t need crap I won’t use. The $64 can buy me two Pro pigments and two Inglot liners.

I’ve also heard a few reviews and from what I hear, it’s not up to the standard of many of the other UD products, even. Tricky-to-use shadows with lots of fallout, plus instead of the traditional two pencil liners they have a mini mascara and liquid liner (hey, gotta promote the new stuff right) along with a mini speaker. I could definitely use the speaker for my iPod, I’ve been wanting a little one-but if I want a little one, I can go to the little gift shop at my mall that sells all sorts of quirky novelties and get it. Besides, I rarely use my Juicy Couture speaker, and I paid quite a bit for it.

This is the third of four special UD offerings to commemorate the 15th anniversary. There was the Liner Stash earlier this year (which I still need to get on, but I have vacations to save up for), and then the Birthday Bag. Well, now we have a new shadow box-with 15 all-new shadows.

The box itself, apparently, is designed to be used AFTER you are done with the product, or just for utility in general: the tray of shadows lifts up, so you can stash jewels, cash, or fortune cookie doo-dads underneath. Personally? I wish more palettes were designed like that. Make good use of space, and not only that but it’s more eco-friendly, as you are able to use the case afterwards. I believe Tarte did something like that a year or two ago, even though I heard the contents were no bueno.

Anywhoo, for $55 (a steal!), you get:
Row 1: Midnight Rodeo (midtone metallic brown with glitter…guess the inspiration for this one), Tainted (light pinky-purple with gold shimmer), Deeper (deep (heh) golden brown)
Row 2: Midnight 15 (silver-toned white…seems to be more greyish than Crystal Avalanche), Junkshow (fuschia pink), M.I.A. (chocolatey brown)
Row 3: Vanilla (warm shimmery white), Omen (lilac-y midtone blue…like a lighter version of Parfait Amour, perhaps?), Ace (dirty gunmetal grey)
Row 4: Flow (pale shimmery peach), Evidence (deep blue), Blackout (deep black)
Row 5: Chase (bright bronze), Deep End (bright teal), Half-Truth (dirty purple…reminds me of Satellite Dreams)

Is this a must-have? I’ll have to swatch it first. Keep in mind, it’s less than $4 per shadow, with each shadow having the fill weight of one MAC shadow. I also liked how they had different highlight shades (because I like to vary mine sometimes from Shimmertime), and how there were quite a few brights. My only other concerns are a) how dupey it may be, and b) the amount of shadows I’d use versus the cost. I have three editions of the Book of Shadows (all but the first), and while I love them, only a few shadows on each get a ton of love-some of them are untouched (ahem, neutrals).