Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Review

Say hello to my new love; the Urban Decay Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. This foundation claims to help the "skin achieve a natural, illuminated, and bright finish - like the beautiful skin that you were born with" while being "weightless and virtually invisible". It comes in eighteen shades ranging from fair to dark, and cool to warm undertones so there's something for everyone. I use the shade 4, a medium-light shade with golden olive undertones, which would have to be the best match that I've ever used. Other foundations I've used in the past were always slightly too pink or yellow for me, but this one is just perfect!

Urban Decay Naked Skin contains 30ml of product (the norm for foundation) and comes in a sleek, attractive bottle with a pump (hallelujah). The formula is quite thin and liquidy which I'm personally not used to, but it's really easy to apply and blend out. It's definitely a more sheer foundation but can be built up to at least medium coverage. You would still need to use a concealer if you have really stubborn dark circles or a blemish, though. Overall, it helps to even out the tone of my skin and seems to lift and brighten my face as well. It's lightweight with a natural finish (UD says it's a demi-matte finish) and looks and feels as if I'm not even wearing foundation. I love it! As for lasting power, this wears well on me throughout the whole day (I have drier skin going into this time of year).

So, if you're looking for something that will give your complexion that little boost without being heavy or too much coverage then I would recommend Naked Skin, whereas if you need a foundation with some mean coverage you'll most likely be disappointed with it. Have you tried it?

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice Review & Swatches

The new Maybelline Color Elixir is a product I've been patiently waiting to try out, so I was pretty excited when I finally got my hands on one. They're said to deliver "the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss"; sounds good, doesn't it? Out of twenty shades ranging from nudes to purples I chose Intoxicating Spice, a brown with red undertones.

The Color Elixirs come in a tube that's about the size of my palm. Not only is it cute, but it's also helpful since you can see the color from the outside. For the applicator you get an "exclusive smoothing angora brush" in a teardrop shape that claims to give an even and polished application. 
Here are the swatches! In the tube Intoxicating Spice doesn't look like a shade I would usually go for, but once I tried it on I realized just how pretty it was. It doesn't quite have the color and opacity of a lipstick like it claims, but I was still really impressed with the pigmentation. Application was smooth, precise, and slick, and the formula was both hydrating and comfortable to wear. As for lasting power it stayed on my lips throughout eating and drinking, and though I lost some of the shine the color stuck around for quite a while. Overall, I kind of love this product... except for one thing: the taste. These have a horrible chemical taste that I just can't get over.. It's so bad that I can't see myself purchasing another shade no matter how much I love everything else about the product. Sigh.
So, what do you think? Have you tried the Color Elixirs yet? If you have please share your thoughts with me in the comments!

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Autumn Spice Review & Swatches

Today I have something interesting to share with you.. the new Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel! They offer quite a good color selection but out of all the shade and scent combinations Autumn Spice stood out to me the most, which is the one I have here.

Let's begin with the packaging! The nail polish is contained in what looks like a cute little perfume bottle. The design is very simple yet elegant, which I really like. Overall it's very aesthetically pleasing and would look really nice displayed on a vanity!

Autumn Spice is a rich brown with tons of copper and bronze shimmers. I used two coats here, but I think that you could get away with using one thicker coat. The formula was great and application was easy, though I did find that the rounded brush handle was a little bit awkward to hold and get used to.. but other than that, I didn't run into any problems.

Now let's get to the good part.. the scent! The scent is revealed once the polish dries so don't go sticking your nose in the bottle haha. As the polish dried I could definitely smell the Autumn Spice scent (it reminds me of a cinnamon and pecan candle that I have!) but it's not too strong nor too subtle. The scent does start to fade with time though, and after a while I could only smell it if I actually went and sniffed my nails.

So, what's the verdict? I like it! The polish itself is great on its own, but the scent adds a fun little extra - I think that it would make a good stocking stuffer!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N45 Review & Swatches

Let me introduce you to my new love.. the Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N45 by MAKE UP FOR EVER. I got a mini of it from Sephora, but I can definitely see myself purchasing a full size of it in the future. Before I share my thoughts, here's a blurb about this product from the Sephora website:

"Enriched with nourishing properties, Rouge Artist Natural keeps lips hydrated for eight hours after appliation. Its incredibly smooth texture glides on effortlessly for ultimate comfort while also leaving the lips supple and moisturized. Formulated with mother-of-pearl and colorful pigments, Rouge Artist Natural's transluscent shine adds a natural sheen to the lips."

N45 is described simply as 'red', but as you can see from my swatch it's a sheer, kind of pink-toned red. I wasn't expecting it from just looking at the bullet but it was a pleasant surprise for me! Here it is on the lips:

Besides the color, let's talk about what else I love about this lipstick.. Just as the description states, the formula is super smooth and easily glides onto the lips. It's comfortable to wear, non-drying, and the shiny, somewhat transluscent finish is really nice. Despite the emollient formula this lipstick also has pretty good lasting power.. It stayed on through eating and drinking, and while the shine faded the color remained for quite a while after. My only complaint would be that it has a slight 'generic lipstick' taste which I don't enjoy, but aside from that it's love! The description from Sephora for this lipstick is basically spot on!

OPI Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer in Kiss Me At Midnight Review & Swatches

When I first saw Kiss Me At Midnight from OPI's Mariah Carey Holiday collection I was instantly reminded of a more opaque Last Friday Night from their 2011 Katy Perry collection, and knew that it would be coming home with me.

Kiss Me At Midnight is my second liquid sand polish, and is a matte textured blue with tons of silver glitter. I kind of just want to describe it as 'incredibly pretty' because that's what it is. See for yourself:

Incredibly pretty, am I right? I absolutely love the way that it sparkles! I used two coats here (which is what OPI instructs) and that gave me full and opaque coverage. The polish dries quickly between coats and was easy to apply, so I had no problems working with it. I did add a topcoat afterwards (OPI says not to) just to make the textured finish a little smoother and glossier since I'm peronsally not all that big on textured nails, but it really doesn't take much away from the effect... with or without a topcoat this polish is still stunning!

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Mega Pixel Review & Swatches

Why don't more people talk about Smashbox eyeshadows? They're soft and smooth, have great pigmentation, and the colors stay quite true to pan; they're up there with my favorite eyeshadows! Today I have the Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Mega Pixel to share with you. I've reviewed another of these trios before in Focal Point, which you can find here if you like.

Mega Pixel contains the shades Frost, Frambois, and Aubergine (clockwise). Frost is described as an iced pink (though I don't see the pink in it myself), Frambois as a raspberry, and Aubergine as a dark matte plum. All very nice colors!

Here are the swatches! Each of the shadows were up to par with the quality of the other Smashbox shadows I've tried, and they applied and blended well. Frost and Frambois were one swipe each and I was blown away by their soft, buttery texture and their wonderful pigmentation. Aubergine, being a matte, needed two swipes for what you see here. It was soft and smooth but swatched a little unevenly. I find this is pretty common with Smashbox mattes, though.

Overall, Mega Pixel gets a thumbs up. If you haven't tried Smashbox shadows yet I really do think that you should!

Avon Wrapped in Velvet Eyeshadow Palettes Review & Swatches

Today I'll be showing you Avon's new Wrapped in Velvet Eyeshadow Palette that recently came out. This palette comes in two variations: 'smooth & cool' and 'rich & warm', and I have both of them to show you.

These palettes are very thin and quite small (they fit right into my palm). The packaging is nothing exciting.. just black plastic with the Avon logo on it. Let's get to what's on the inside:

On the left we have Velvet Smoke which plays up cool undertones, and Crushed Velvet on the right which plays up warm undertones. Let's see some swatches, shall we?

Velvet Smoke
Crushed Velvet
(Please excuse my goosebumps; I took these photos outside and it was freezing! )
Each of the shadows (excluding the blacks in each palette which were a bit dry and patchy) swatched great and I only had to use one swipe each. The texture of the shadows (again, excluding the blacks in each palette) were quite buttery and smooth, whereas Avon's other eyeshadows are usually more on the dry, hard side.

While I was pretty impressed with how well these swatched I was left feeling disappointed once I tried applying them to the eyes. When I applied these with a brush they just ended up being really sheer and uneven which is unfortunate considering how rich and pigmented they are when swatched. Any of the color I was able to apply was then turned muddy when blended. I really wanted to like these palettes, and even though they swatch nicely they just don't perform that well. It's a bummer because both palettes are so pretty, but I think that you can skip these. What do you think?