I honestly can’t decide if I’m more excited about Lorac Mega Pro or Vice 3.
I don’t remember if I’ve talked about this before, but the Sonia Kashuk 109 blending brush is the one brush I use every time I wear eyeshadow. It’s $3.99 USD and, in my opinion, it works as well as the much beloved Mac 217. It’s not available online and for some reason it never gets it’s own spot in Target. It’s always mixed in with other brushes, so dig around a bit before you decide your Target doesn’t have it.
Because a couple people asked and I like looking through other people’s makeup collections, here’s my current stash. Most of it is from the past two years or so; a lot of products have been given away to people who would use them before they got too old. I don’t really need any more makeup for… ever, so I have slowed way down on buying much of anything other than eyeshadow palettes because they are my kryptonite.
Most of the boxes and dividers are things I collected from the dollar section at Target over the past year or so. The location of the drawers — near a window and an (inactive) heater isn’t great, but city living means that there isn’t a lot of space for a stupidly large makeup collection.
Q:Can we have a Sigma Creme de Couture: One Year Later post? I'm still experimenting with mine but I'm curious about your love/meh/hate feelings about the colors.
I admit, I don’t use this palette too much because it’s so pretty and I am afraid of using it all up. Overall, I feel like the quality of the shadows isn’t the best I’ve ever seen, but they aren’t shitty, either. When applied over a sticky, opaque base like NYX Milk, the colors really pop. The more normal and neutral colors are kind of meh because I can find similar shades in better formulas, but the brighter colors still call to me. I think these colors are way, way more wearable than the Urban Decay Electric palette, especially when paired with any one of the neutral palettes I have. My favorite look to do with this is a gradient from one color to another, usually vertically.
Like I said, I’m unreasonably afraid of using the palette up, so I don’t use it a ton, but the blues, greens, and that yellow have pretty sizeable dents in them. When I want a bright look, I definitely reach for this palette over UD Electric or even my Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 (which I recommend picking up on Amazon or direct from Sleek if you like bright colors and missed out on the Creme de Couture palette).
Plus, it was really, really cheap for how much product you get. The whole palette was $32 and clocks in at just under an ounce of product, meaning the shadows are just under $37 an ounce. That’s a great deal compared to most mid-range brands, which usually range from $50 to $200+ an ounce. Even the Naked palettes, which are a good deal, cost almost $90 an ounce.
tl;dr: I’m glad I bought it and it was a good deal, but I don’t use it a huge amount. There’s just not a lot of bright matte palettes out there, and I wish this one was permanent.
Q:where did you get ur makeup bag from?? i love ur blog btw :)
I get this question a lot, so I guess I’ll just keep answering it occasionally. The makeup bag from my inexplicably popular post is actually two train cases from the Sonia Kashuk line at Target. It doesn’t look like the brand makes single layer train cases anymore, but their three tiered train cases look pretty cool.
Naked Basics, Naked 2 Basics, and Pulp Fiction palettes, all from Urban Decay.
Q:Thanks for this blog! You have made me more brave with makeup, which has never been a particular joy for me. Which is why I'm a bit stumped by my Annie-approved-Urban-Decay-eyeliner that now needs sharpening: how does one sharpen one's eyeliner pencils without ripping the whole thing to shreds?! Whenever I use my regular old eyeliner sharpener to coax a pencil back to a point, I fail utterly. Is there a trick? Or is this just one of those girl skills I'm not destined to have?
Thank you for such kind words about this Tumblr! I am always so flattered when someone, like, you know, reads it!
Yes, Urban Decay pencils can be a pain in the ass to sharpen, but I think you can probably get the hang of it.
I use an Urban Decay sharpener for two reasons: UD claims it is designed to be sharper and therefore better able to sharpen the silicone pencils and because I keep getting them for free with other UD stuff. I don’t think it matters at all as long as you’re using a standard sharpener. So basically just not scraping it against a flat rock or using one of those wall mounted abominations we grew up with in classrooms. If you have an eyeliner sharpener, you will be fine.
The trick to keeping your pencil from crumbling and smearing while sharpening it is to put it in the freezer for twenty minutes or so. I usually leave it for twenty minutes to like five to seven days — the frequency with which I eat ice cream and will discover the forgotten liner in freezer. I would recommend closer to 20 minutes though, I think,
After it’s out of the freezer, you can sharpen it with far less fallout.
Top row is Naked Basics and the bottom is Pulp Fiction, both from Urban Decay.
Both have a highlight shade, a dark brown, and a black. The big differences in the palettes are the middle shades. Basics is much cooler than Pulp Fuction and has one more shade — but that shade is an extra light nude that’s almost identical to the other light nude. Pulp fiction has one of those annoying split colors that you have to be careful not to mix. If you already have Naked Basics and Pulp Fiction isn’t calling to you, I think you can skip it.
However, I love the Pulp Fiction palette and I have used it to the near exclusion of all other palettes. It’s really simple but the quality of the shadows is great, the packaging is small and durable, and it’s got a Samuel L. Jackson quote from Pulp Fiction on it. It’s in the running for my favorite palette of the year so far.
My power brow attempt looks okay? ish? maybe? But that’s only because it’s paired with an updo. The effect of bright pink hair next to my strong brow an red lip was alarmingly clownish.
Used the Pulp Fiction palette on my eyes and Melted Candy on my lips.
- Me: I am not going to buy anything until the holiday season! I want to use stuff I already have!
- Me: *browses Sephora's website for an hour*