Introducing Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics

What’s $27, the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite makeup lover this holiday and comes in all new matte shades?? The new Urban Decay Naked Basics palette! It’s compact but packs a punch with 6 new shades that include:

  • Venus
  • Foxy
  • W.O.S.
  • Naked 2
  • Faint
  • Crave

If you missed out on the first Naked palette or even the Naked 2 palette (really? how did you manage to do that? ;)), here’s a more wallet friendly way to get in on the fun. Being a matte eyeshadow lover, this is exactly what I wanted more of from the previous palettes and now it is here.

You can find this palette online and in Sephora stores now. Are you snapping this palette up? The size alone makes it a great makeup bag staple and perfect for traveling.

Shop for a Cause with Urban Decay

Want support Hurrican Sandy relief efforts? Urban Decay will be donating 100% of the profits from today’s sales to the American Red Cross. This is a chance to stock up on your favorite UD goods while doing something good for our friends on east coast affected by the hurricane. Every little bit helps so open your wallet and your heart today.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette

It’s no doubt that Urban Decay’s eye shadow palettes are popular in the beauty community. They’ve got a knack for design some amazing palettes from their book of shadows to the infamous Naked and Naked2 palettes. One of my first ever palettes was from Urban Decay (Show Pony palette, love!) and I’ve been hooked on UD since. While their are tons of neutral, everyday palettes, not many brands come out with a “smoked” type palette. I was excited to get my hands on Urban Decay’s Smoked palette and I definitely think this is something everyone could use in their makeup collection.

For $49, you get 10 pigmented and buttery shadows, a travel size Primer Potion, and a full size Perversion eyeliner. It comes in a zip-up package which prevents that fear of your palette every opening. Also inside, an mirror on the inside cover and room to store an eyeliner. Let’s take a closer look at each shade along with swatches.

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Beauty VIP of the Week: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

As if this week’s Beauty VIP could be anything but the Urban Decay Naked2 palette. It’s good, guys. Really good. Urban Decay sure knows how to create a neutral phenomenon. Whether or not I needed this palette, I needed it. Ya know? And I’m so happy that it did not disappoint. I’m beyond impressed. Borderline obsessed.

Here’s my take on the 12 shades in Naked2.

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What's New in Beauty: A New Benefit Blush, Holiday Nails and the Must-Have Palette of 2011

Benefit is releasing a brand new box of powder later this month called Hervana. The good news is that you can snag it several weeks early on Monday, December 5, at Sephora. Available online, for one day only. [Beauty and the Blog]

The beauty auction brought to you by bloggers and brands with all proceeds benefitting Doctors Without Borders is going on at through Monday, December 12.

I spotted this Butter London Glitter Trio in an Ulta mailer this week and was entranced. Pretty, right?  I especially love the rosy pink. $36 at Ulta.

Holiday party season is upon us. Check out these two simple makeup looks to get you party ready. [Refinery 29]

Rhetorical beauty questions: Do I need another neutral eyeshadow? Does that stop me from wanting the Urban Decay Naked2 palette? It sold out in just a few hours, but it will be back. If you want in too, get on the list. [UrbanDecay]

Beauty Gifts for a Bachelorette

Summer is the unofficial-official wedding season. It kicks off in May, and goes strong until October. I for one, am very much a traditionalist with shower gifts (something off the registry) and gift money on the big day (no, I don’t think it’s tacky, at all). But for bachelorette parties, I like to gift beauty, obviously. It’s a fun gift to give, and to get!

Here are my top picks for the bridal gifts this summer, and beyond.

Sephora Favorites, Beauty & the Bride Kit ($45)

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Just Another Mani Monday: Urban Decay Woodstock and the Rollergirl Nail Kit

Urban Decay’s Rollergirl Nail Kit is so many things: convenient, fun, sparkly, portable, giftable and summery!  I love that Urban Decay packaged six bite-sized polishes together for summer. Seriously, how often do you actually finish a full bottle of polish? The answer for us is usually never — not that it stops us from acquiring the latest and greatest, anyway… — but the genius concept is not lost on us.

For this week’s mani, I chose the hot pink Woodstock. This polish applied like a dream — and was opaque in one coat (although I did two!). It’s very hard to capture just how bright this color is, but let’s just say there is bright pink, and then there  is electric pink. Woodstock falls in the electric category, for certain. This color looks great on my tips, but I think it’d look even hotter on my toes.

Here’s a glimpse at the other shades in Urban Decay’s Rollergirl Nail Kit — if you’ve got a weakness for the 70s, then you’ll be all over these names! Even I want to bust out some disco moves:)

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Seeking Bold Color? Pink Cheeks Offer a Perky Pick-Me Up for Spring

This spring is all about color. And why should it be any other way? After this long (and still present) winter, I am ready to embrace brightness. My bold color d’jour is pink. And not just any pink, but the hottest damn pink you can find. For my cheeks, especially.  Sporting a bright pink pop of pink on the cheeks makes me feel so alive, and definitely puts off a healthy vibe. And if you shy away from bold color on your lips, this is a wearable alternative to incorporate the bold spring trend to your everyday.

Here are my pink cheek picks!

YSL Creme de Blush in Fuchsia Temptation is probably the brightest pink blush I’ve ever used. I’m in love with the color, and I even like how the fuschia is mirrored on the inner rim of the packaging. Small details really get me, OK?  Also, this formula is like a comfy velvet couch for the cheeks. It blends down to a powder finish, and I love how I can just lightly dab my fingers in the product and press on the apples of my cheeks. I’d say impossible to overdo, but with a pink this bright, that might not be entirely true.

Applying Givenchy’s Blush Gelée in Candied Pink is like melting a popsicle on your cheeks. You have the jelly finish, which is unbelivably cool, that becomes one with your skin. This is definitely a stain, so it’s very long wearing. I think it works best on a more natural face. This isn’t one to layer over powders or even foundations. It is however, fab over a tinted moisturizer.  I see this being a favorite of mine this summer!

Tarte brought its “skinvigorating” complex to a powder blush, in shades we all know and love from its famed Cheek Stain line-up. These Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes are full of color and pigment, and look so beautiful on the skin. They seem to have built-in dimension — i.e. a nice sheen that brings your face to life. I love Amused, a bright pink (almost as bright as YSL’s!), but the Cheek Stain lover in me also has a special affection for Dollface (one of my “firsts”).

Urban Decay’s Afterglow Glide-on Cheek Tint in Crush satisfies my cream blush tooth. This is a more traditional cream blush, and it glides on the skin like silk. It’s very buildable and works well over existing face makeup. This shade makes me feel like I’m sporting that after work-out glow, which, ironically, I never get after working out.

Now that you’ve heard me profess my passion for pink, are you on board? Let us know if you have any pink recommendations? There can never be too many in my makeup bag!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencils

These new Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencils have made my morning routine much, much easier. Lately I just glide on one of these pencils, quickly blend it out, put on some mascara and whoila… an instant look. My pencil of choice has been Rehabthey tried to send me back to Rehab and I said no, no, no.

I received some samples of these new 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencils but I’m really loving them so I’ve picked up a few more since I first started using these. The first time I tried these, I went with Delinquent, a dark people with some bright purple sparkle. That was a mistake on my part, choosing a dark shade like that because I didn’t realize that your playtime (aka blending time) is really short with these. After it sets, you can pretty much forget about blending the color out.

The next time I experimented with these pencils, I used an eyeshadow base on one eye and used the pencil bare on the other. My lids are like kryptonite to eye products so I like to think that if a product performs well on my lids, they’ll perform fantastically on anyone else. The eye without the primer started experiencing some creasing and loss of color around the 5 hour mark but the eye with a base made it through the work day with very minimal color loss. I still had color almost as vivid as it was when I applied it. When I realized how well these held up with a base, I was sold.

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Best of 2010: Favorite Eye Products

In 2010, we saw many beautiful eyeshadows and tons of color. We had a lot of fun with our eye makeup this year, but our picks for favorite products are what we see as staples day in and out. Eye makeup that we need to survive, ya know the feeling? Here’s what we deemed to be the best!

Urban Decay Naked Palette – What kind of 2010 wrap-up would this be without talking about the Naked Palette? This literally contains everything you need to create every type of eye imaginable, all within the beloved neutral range of course. Something tells me this will carry on as a favorite for many into next year, especially because it’s still one of the most sought after eyeshadow palettes! Worth every penny.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wearing Cream Shadow, Shore – Bobbi released some beautiful metallic cream shadows with her summer Beach Club collection, but it’s Shore, the barely there matte nude, that has stayed in the makeup bag since summer. It’s the perfect eye base — layered with shadow or just on its own.

NARS Smudgeproof Eye Base – NARS foray into eyeshadow primer was a successful one. We love this product, and it’s hard to put into words just how different it is than other primers. It’s got a great texture — almost a fluffy, tacky gel that seamlessly melts on the lids. Eyeshadows of the powder and cream varieties adhere to this very well. Definitely a staple eye product for us. And while I don’t think you get as much product as say UDPP, my tube is still going strong 6 months in.

MAC Greasepaint Stick, Dirty – MAC Greasepaint Sticks were a favorite for me in 2009 so I was giddy when the Art Supplies collection launched. Dirty is such a multi-dimensional shade — a blackened taupe — that creates the best smokey eye. I smudge this along the upper and lower lash line, throw on mascara and I am good to go. The staying power on these is really impressive too — they don’t budge.

MAC Superslick Liquid Liner – MAC did good in the eye department in 2010! The Superslick Liquid Liner that launched with Fabulous Felines was a game changer. The flocked tip makes it easy breezy to apply and the colors were so fun. We hope these come back next year.

Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow – Of all the eyeshadow singles that I tried, this was the moneymaker. Taupe Gris is one of those “do everything” shades that gives me a very polished look no matter what I do. It’s also an interesting shade, as are most taupes. It pulls rather purple on me, but depending on what I pair it with, it can look more grey or brown. Truly worth the Chanel pricetag.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes – Trish always sneaks onto our best of lists, because she makes amazing makeup. Her recent Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes is a Carla staple. It contains really rich, shimmering neutrals and even has your brow filler covered. Plus, these are so tiny. I’m pretty sure the new TSA body scans wouldn’t even notice this tucked in your pocket:)

Your turn to share. Any fave eye products to add to the conversation?