Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara Review

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Urban Decay I likey your new Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara but please can we has the waterproof version now?

Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara is a new twist on the old Skyscraper mascara but with a new applicator and plenty of other awesome features. Buying mascara nowadays is alot like buying a new car you get all the bells and whistles with this model! Lengthen, strengthen, separating, curling, brightening, and thickening formula phew…see? Multi-benefits is good.

Check the review ahead!

I must say I’m not in love with the fact that Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara isn’t waterproof. I’m very good about not touching my eye area at all when I have makeup in place however I must have been really tired one night and rubbed a fair bit on my eyes. Thankfully I looked in the mirror really quickly because I was looking all kinds of scary. The mascara ended up smearing every which from Sunday yak!

The good news is it wears long without fading or smudging through out the day just don’t touch it dears or you could fall victim to my drama. Used in conjunction with the new Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion and you can get some seriously long lashes that go on forever and a day.

The formula is a little iffy so take out proper time and patience to apply because you can and WILL end up with a hot mess of gooey lashes if you aren’t careful during application. The formula is thick and messy but the applicator makes up for this by combing through the mascara with good even strokes so you end up with proper long lashes minus a mess, just remember slow and gentle wins this race. The formula is thick as I mentioned so sadly the mascara doesn’t keep curl as well as I like since it weights lashes down however with primer in place it creates very long, very full, very fat lashes. The applicator is a straight edge plastic with tiny spikes to grip lashes for pulling upwards and out.

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On it’s own I don’t think it’s my ideal mascara but when paired with the new mascara primer I must say it creates a very nice lash look. The photos below are just the mascara and later tonight I have a scheduled post of the new Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection where I am using the primer potion combined with the mascara and you’ll notice how incredibly full and false like my lashes look.


Overall, I could use a waterproof formula and perhaps a bit of rework on the extra thick formula but I have absolutely no complaints with the results after my lashes are primed correctly, love that look, just not impressed with the mascara on it’s own.

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Bobbi Brown Fall Collection 2009: Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection

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Spotted: Bobbi Brown going preppy by duping Blair Waldorf snappy little look!

Hey Upper Eastsiders! Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection brings a fresh new spin on the strong Fall eye look using a dominate shade of forest green to capture the spirit of the season!

Check it below!

Whether you’re going manly chic this season, dark and goth (‘ello black lipstick and gloss!), or heading for the halls of Constance Billard School for Girls, makeup collections far and wide are embracing all sorts of incredible looks to suit all your looks this season.

Bobbi Brown is embracing it’s preppy side with a strong, bold eye look that has a certain preppy “tweed” look about it. With a scholarly feel this look should get you from the office to the evening in a flash.

Brand New Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils ($20) come in a range of shades with a built in smudger so you can go straight or smoked with a quick dab!

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Available in:
Jet
Walnut
Caviar
Midnight
Hunter
Brown Plum
Dusk
Charcoal
Mahogany

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Back by popular demand (I know of love ‘em) and part of the permanent collection, Bobbi Brown Lip Crayons ($22) will spice up your Fall look with a swipe of pigmented color.

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Available in:
Honeysuckle
Coral Pink
Raisin Berry
Poesy
Dusty Nude
Wild Rose

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Nothing adds mysterious to my eyes like a gorgeous shade of green. Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner ($21) has that Ivy League flair with a shimmering forest green and golden pearl.

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Two brand new limited edition Bobbi Brown Eye Shadows ($20) in Autumn Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow and Bash Metallic Eye Shadow will lend you a ticket to be first in class with your gorgeous green lids.

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Although small it strikes me as a beautiful collection. I’m particularly interested in both eye shadows and the gel liner. The overall look is pretty chic while the green brings the season in very nicely for me. I’m a big lover of green on my eyes as it really makes my rather large, buggy brown eyes look mysterious and dare I say seduction so I’m looking forward to trying my hand with these items soon.

What do you think?

Not so into the prep scene?

Loving it?

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Bobbi Brown Ivy League will hit counters and Bobbi’s site in August but I’ll have the sneak peek and swatches for you this week!

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Summer Must Have Makeup: Cover FX Powder FX Review

Benefit Hello Gorgeous has been my BFF for a while now. I truly adore this powder especially for warm Summer days when my best friend Jai is using my forehead as a mirror…you know what I mean right? You have those days too dontcha?

I recently discovered Cover FX Powder FX and I’m thinking that Benefit Hello Gorgeous and myself could still be friends just not BFF anymore……oh hai Powder FX wanna go steadies?


Jump for the review.

Well wow I do believe that Cover FX Powder FX is possibly the most richly pigmented powder I’ve come across to date. I’m talking seriously pigmented. I’m talking covering up everything and the kitchen sink pigmented. I’m talking making me look all fresh and gorgeous with under 5 hours of sleep. Oooo I want to hug and pet it and maybe sleep with it tonight.


Seriously, loves it!

Cover FX Powder FX is a mineral foundation available in some ridiculous color line up. I swear if anyone complains they can’t find a correct color for their tone available from this line up we can no longer be friends. With 20 or so shades to choose from I’m going to go with, yes they have your color.

The powder is deeply pigmented as I stated so it’s going to work double duty at creating an incredible canvas for makeup. It makes me skin so very smooth and…well it makes me look perfect. The powder is supposedly enriched with oil absorbing qualities and I can account for that as it sticks around on my face for a nice long wear without a crop up of nasty shine, sorry Jai best find a new mirror! Cover FX calls the finish sheer to medium matte coverage I call them crazy. What? You can totally get heavy coverage from this! The powder is totally good enough for heavy, medium, or light coverage depending on how wild you go with your sponge or brush. It is a mineral foundation but it wears lightly and doesn’t feel like a mask nor does it cause an outbreak of the itchies (I’m talking to you BE!). It’s oil-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free so you’re getting smooth, even coverage minus the gunk.


With proper prepping and priming I can get about 5 to 6 hours wear from the powder without touch ups in between. It wears incredibly well for a powder. It manages to not only even out my complexion but create a flawless finish to my skin. The powder is thick enough to conceal large pores, minor acne, and other flaws. It’s ideal for oily skin as it mattifies so very well.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with Powder FX and do believe we’ll have many adventures together the remaining weeks of Summer. If you’re looking for something to mattify your skin while creating a picture perfect canvas for makeup, Powder FX is the way to go. Loves it!

Muse Approved for purchase. Finally a foundation powder to love!

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P.S. If you noticed my skin looking all kinds of nice in some of my recent FOTD’s you can blame it on this powder.

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Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm Review and Swatches


The Muse is a mighty fan of The Beatles, John in particular. She does so believe that the sun rises and sets around Lennon, truly a gift to this world.

Anyway, Let’s talk Revolution, Revolution Organics that is. Come out, come out wherever you are you green friendly makeup lovers.

Revolution Organics are a new set of products that are made with certified organic ingredients and without harmful synthetics or chemicals. 100% healthy color with the benefits of a skincare the brand new Revolution Organics Glow Beauty Balm is a naturally moisturizing beauty stick for lips and face the leaves behind gorgeous, healthy color. A perfect little treat for the Summer me thinks!


Jump ahead for a review and swatches!

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm are 100% natural and created with 85% certified organic ingredients. If you’re conscious of what goes into your make up you’ll be happy to add these multitasking sticks to your beauty regime.


Each color stick can be used on lips, cheeks, or eyes to add a radiant touch of dewy color. The balms are highly moisturizing, pigmented, and pretty enough for a natural, fresh faced Summer look. The easy to use stick is a snap apply, simply twist, apply, and blend!

If you’re a fuss free makeup user or you prefer lighter makeup in the Summer these are ideal for creating a gentle flush to lips and cheeks (I haven’t tried on my eyes as the colors aren’t really meant for lids) for a quickie flushed look on the fly. The balms are moisturizing and blend easily onto cheeks. They are richly pigmented and leave behind a dewy finish. The results are very natural and pretty. I wouldn’t say these are sweat or warm weather proof as the formula is a tad too moisturizing to wear long on the face but the packaging is nicely portable for quickie touch ups and go!


Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm are available in three shades. Sunkissed (Peach), Blushed (Rose), and Bronzed (Warm Golden Bronze). My favorite of the three was blushed which gives a just pinched pink look to cheeks and a bitten look to lips (I’m wearing the shade in my pictures below).


If you’re looking for blush with organic, natural, good for you ingredients or just a simple blush for Summer wearin’ and tearing that multitasks for both lip and cheek use, these cute blushes fit the bill perfectly!

Available now from QVC, C.O. Bigelow, or visit www.revolutionorganics.com

Sportin’ Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushes on Cheeks and Lips


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NP Set Palette: NP Sweater Set Palette Review

My one experience with NP Set was pretty darn good and I was quite happy with the brand but never really further explored the line further until now. Recently NP Set has released a slew of handy little palettes that give you everything you need to create two complete looks including step by step tutorials. For those of us who aren’t so handy with color and blending, instructions like these are always a blessing.


Jump ahead for a peep at the new NP Sweater Set Cheek, Eye, and Lip Palette!

As I mentioned above NP Set has released a slew of these little palletes to suit your individual sense of style and personality. Each palette features lip, eye, and cheek makeup to create two separate looks. The palettes are $29 each and available on the NP Set website at http://www.npsetcosmetics.com. I haven’t seen this particular line in Target as of yet but I’m sure it’ll be released soon as back to school is right around the corner and what better time to market a new line of palettes.

There are a total of three palettes which are NP Denim Set, NP Sweater Set, and NP Career Set. Each palette creates a certain look which can be used for work, play, or for a glamourous night look!

NP Career Set
Is a palette for work-appropriate makeup. Elegant and chic this palette is for those who like a more neutral, natural makeup that’s understated yet elegant.

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NP Denim Set
Is a palette to hang out with. It’s the girl next door but with a flash of bold. Shades of purples create a super chic night or day look.

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NP Sweater Set
This is the palette I’ll be reviewing for you today. This palette is the softest of the three with shimmering golds and pinks to create a soft, cozy look a la your favorite sweater!

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The palettes all contain 5 eye shadows, one blush, three lip glosses, a dual side applicator, and instructions for creating two looks. You can of course create any number of looks using the palette but I found the instructions ideal for creating just the right looks without any guess work on my part. I blend shadow pretty well and I don’t have too many major problems applying makeup however I can use all the help I can get when pairing up colors. That’s why palettes like this are such a blessing. Pairing up all the shades I need in one neat palette keeps things simple so it’s a no brainer to create your look!


Although I was thinking that NP Sweater Set would be more of a softer, pastel look it ended up turning into quite a nice work or night time look. I was partial to the night time look which really did something for my eyes. The palette is a nice size white plastic compact with full size mirror. The shadows are all nicely pigmented, nothing dramatic mind you but they blend nicely, have a good soft texture, and are smooth enough to apply without having fall out all over your face. The glosses I wasn’t particularly partial to as I didn’t like the colors all that much but overall they do complete the look nicely. And finally the blush was a sheer color but again it perfected the look created. The shadows included are a sheer matte cream, shimmering gold, matte lilac rose, shimmering golden brown, and shimmering dark pewter. The glosses are a light bronze, tangerine, and pale iridescent pink. The blush included is a dusky rose.


The instructions are pretty basic with a diagram of the palette labeling each item with a number and following up with instructions detailing which “number” to use on your eyes, lips, and cheeks. The daytime look is a simple smoky brown look with a contrast of shimmering gold. The nighttime look consists of golden brown contrasted with the darker pewter shade. The looks are all suitable for either day or night looks in my opinion and perfectly work safe. I did improvise slightly with my night look by applying a deeper shade of blush to my cheeks but my day time look was created using everything in the palette.


If you’re new to makeup and would like a simple, no nonsense palette to practice a few looks will I highly suggest nabbing an NP Set Palette as they are ideal for creating simple, practical looks that are quite pretty.

Day Look

Night Look


Overall, you get alot of product for your dollar and the results of the palette are very nice. Count me impressed, likey!

Anyone see these yet?

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