Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Review

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I know I’m kind of late to the game reviewing Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm, but you know…better late than pregnant. Anywho, late or not, I have recently been wearing the UD BB after a suggestion from Bren of OMG Bren. My skin has been super dry lately, and she suggested I wear a good BB cream under my foundation. Since my foundation of choice is UD Naked Skin, this seemed a logical choice!

It claims to:

- hydrate instantly
- improve hydration over time
- make makeup go on nicely
- make makeup last longer
- protect with SPF 20 (broad spectrum)
- instantly even out skin tone
- instantly minimize pores, lines, wrinkles, and redness
- treats skin to firm, improve elasticity, and provide “measurable anti-aging benefits”

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm contains some new to me ingredients. Pepha®-Protect helps protect your skin cells against daily stress. Uh hi? I need that. Vitasource® and dGlyage® firm the skin, improve elasticity, and fight wrinkles. Not huge issues for me NOW, but hey better to prevent than to try and fix later!

At first I wasn’t all that excited about trying this because it only came in one shade. That shade has been renamed Naked Medium, and a lighter shade and darker shade (Naked Light and Naked Dark) have been added to the range. Hooray! Not surprisingly, I’m wearing Naked Light.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm is not what I expected, formula-wise. I was expecting something thicker. UD’s BB is pretty runny actually. It applies very smoothly and sort of glides over the skin. Unlike other BB creams I’ve tried, I actually don’t recommend applying this like you would any other skin care. If you rub it in circles or rub too much, I find it just balls up. If you just smooth it gently in one direction, it will blend and apply beautifully. That could be because of the skin care I use beforehand, but  if you’re having similar issues try that. Apply it almost like you would a face mask type product.

After applying I definitely feel the silicone-y primer-y feeling, but it’s not as much as when I just whack on a bit of primer. Flaws are definitely blurred. As far as coverage goes, it’s not so much covering problem areas as just making them less noticeable. Red areas look less red, spots are still spots but not as glaring. It’s like a soft focus effect more than a tinted moisturizer effect of providing light coverage – which is what a lot of other BB products provide. I find that I need way less foundation/concealer when wearing this. Whereas before I had foundation and loads of concealer, today I only put on a little concealer over the beauty balm and I was good to go.

If you aren’t looking for coverage, this beauty balm will appeal to you. If you need additional actual coverage, it does make a sublime canvas for applying additional foundation/concealer. Foundation and concealer apply so nicely over the beauty balm! If you don’t wear more base over this, blush and highlighter etc. still  applied really well.

I haven’t been using it long enough to know if the long term benefits are really coming through, but wearing less concealer and foundation couldn’t ever be a bad thing. I can definitely feel a difference in hydration overall. And also, sun screen! :) This sun screen doesn’t bother my skin at all. Many of them do.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with this and have incorporated it into my everyday beauty routine! Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm is available at Sephora, Ulta, UD’s site…you know the drill, for $34.

March Beauty Favorites

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Those of you following me on Twitter/Instagram know that I am on the brink of moving house. In fact, I am moving this coming Friday! Because of that, almost all of my stuff is packed already. Including my makeup. I’ve been living out of my makeup bag recently.

First, what bag do I use? It’s the super awesome set bag by The Kim Greene Line. The 2nd edition Essential Bag, in pink. It holds a TON of stuff. This bag is my life right now. :) It holds more than the items I’ve been using/am blogging about this month, believe it or not! Sometime I’ll do a “what’s in my makeup bag” post, but these are the creme de la creme. ;)

Complexion

My usual foundation if I am going to wear any is Urban Decay Naked Skin. This stuff is so flawless. I love it. It actually comes light enough for my pale ass self (I wear shade .5!), and it feels weightless once it’s on. My bottle is almost empty, and I’ve already made sure I have a second one to start using as soon as I unpack it. It’s a little on the pricey side, but one bottle will last quite a while since a little goes a long way! ($39, Sephora)

Along with the UD foundation I have been wearing Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin concealer in shade Y0. It’s perfect for spots as it blends naturally and wears like iron. Win! ($20, Sephora)

Cheeks

This month’s cheek looks can pretty much always be attributed to The Makeup Show LA and NARS. Both of my favorites are NARS products and I got both of them at The Makeup Show. I’ve been using the new Contour Blush in Paloma ($42, NARS), the lightest shade for contour & highlight. For a color, I am in love with the new blush shade “Love” ($30, NARS). It’s like a non-shimmery Deep Throat. Let’s be honest though, I’ve never met a NARS blush I didn’t like. As per usual, the gals at the NARS booth at TMSLA were very supportive of my crazy NARS addiction very helpful in helping me make my purchases.

Eyes

Since I still get up at the crack of dawn (just a few more days of that! yay!), my eye makeup has been pretty simple. I like the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette because it’s completely idiot-proof, no-brainer eye makeup. I go over the lid with Naked 2, the crease and/or outer V with Faint, and highlight with Walk of Shame. Boom. Done. Sometimes if I wanna get fancy I will do the crease with Faint and the outer V with a mix of Faint and Creep (mostly Faint, little tiny bit of Creep). I can line my eyes with Creep or Faint, so then all I have to do is add mascara and I have a complete eye look with one little palette. Seriously, it might be basics, but they’re AWESOME basics. ($28, Sephora)

I’ve also been sort of addicted to the Make Up For Ever Aqua Color  in 20E. It’s a pinky taupey basic BROWNISH shade with shine/shimmer finish. It’s one of those shades you can just pop over the lid, blend out, and be DONE with it if you want to. And I have, many times. Or other times I’ve incorporated it into a Naked Basics look to add a little ‘oomf’ to the mattes in that palette. ($20, Sephora)

You all know from my review that I am madly in love with the Kevyn Aucoin lash curler. I’ve been using it every day. Want more info? Read my review. ;) ($21, Nordstrom)

Also getting lots of love and previously reviewed? Maybelline The Rocket mascara. LOVE LOVE. Still love. I haven’t loved a mascara this much since I tried that ungodly-expensive Hourglass Film Noir. And Maybelline is MUCH friendlier on the wallet! Check out my review. ($6.99 at Drugstore.com)

Also at The Makeup Show LA, I picked up another Senna Sketch-a-Brow. Brows you can literally throw on in 5 seconds? Yes please. This time I’m actually wearing the shade “Blonde”, which is not too light. It’s just more ashy than the Brunette shade. I’m always really impressed with how these pencils wear, too. They wear like iron! A very important quality in an eyebrow pencil, I say.

Lips

I have been living in 3 shades of Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain virtually non-stop all month. They’re really hydrating, and the color does leave a light stain. Moreso for the brighter colors, but even for the lighter more neutral colors too. The three I’ve had in rotation are Sweetheart, Honey, and Precious. Sweetheart is a bright bright pink. This one is the most staining of the three. Honey is a rosy pink. Precious is a pinkish beige nude. ($7-$9 depending on the drugstore you go to, $8.99 at Drugstore.com)

So those are my favorites… what are yours?

Get The Look – Orange Lips

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Y’all know I love me some orange lips! But wearing bright orange lipstick can be intimidating since it’s such a bold, fashion-forward look! Luckily L’Oreal has this great little video that shows you a very simple look with orange lips. Even better is all of the products in it are available at the drugstore. I like using drugstore products to experiment with a look I’m not sure I’m going to love. Don’t buy a super expensive high end orange lipstick as your first one! Try the beautiful one in this video instead for under $10. Hooray!

 

By the way, this video contains links to buy the products featured. These are not affiliate links, so I’m not slacking in disclosing affiliate links. :) xoxo Feel free to buy via the links though! 

10 Lipstick Formulas You Should Try

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I’ve been really into trying different lipstick formulas lately and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite formulas! If you haven’t tried these yet, you should!

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Best of Brand – Urban Decay

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Since Urban Decay’s Friends & Family sale ends at midnight tonight, I’m offering up my top picks from the brand! If you haven’t decided about hauling, perhaps something here will catch your eye. ;) Just as a reminder, the code is FFHOLIDAY13 for 20% off everything at Urban Decay!

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NARS Holiday 2013 Gifting Collection

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Here comes the second half of the NARS Holiday 2013 collection…the gift sets! Get your drool wiping tissues ready again kiddos. These are all available November 1st.

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NARS Holiday 2013 Color Collection

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This blog post should come with free tissues. To wipe up the drool. ;) I love the images for this collection. The model looks so electric! Yeah! Here’s the first half of NARS’ holiday offering – the color collection. This collection will be available starting 10/16/13 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com.

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Avon Product of the Week: Halloween Lip Balms!

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For as long as I can remember, Avon has released its seasonal scented lip balm collections. This year is no different, and it’s time for Halloween lip balms!! I’ve had these since mid September and it’s been so hard waiting to blog about them until it got closer to the holiday, haha…

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Halloween Makeup Inspiration

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What are you guys doing on Halloween? With the holiday fast approaching, I turned to Pinterest to gather my Halloween makeup inspiration. I am the appointed makeup artist for the family Halloween gathering (my grandmother’s birthday is Halloween, so we are making it a family party). What better way to browse inspiring makeup looks than by creating a Pinterest board for them?!

Introducing my Halloween Makeup Inspo Pinterest board! Over 200 images and counting of all things Halloween makeup, from scary to cute to downright gross.  Check it out! And while you’re at it, check out my other boards too for lots of makeup, hair, nails, and cute fluffy animals (because what Pinterest account is complete without fluffy animals?).

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? I’m going to reprise my butterfly costume from a few years ago, hopefully now with much better makeup skills. I did okay last time, but I was wearing the costume to work so I had limited time to put on my face! This year promises to be much better. ;)

Stila Artist Signature Set for Holiday 2013

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The centerpiece of the Stila 2013 holiday collection is without a doubt the Artist Signature Set. This beautifully packaged gift set is a Stila girl’s dream come true. I can see this being a treasured gift to a makeup lover that they will look back on as one of their most beloved gifts!

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This stunning gift set contains a plethora of beloved Stila products including 15 Lip Glazes, 8 Smudgestick Pencils, 3 deluxe sized Smudge Crayons, a dozen eye shadows, 4 blushes, and 3 makeup brushes. Also included is a booklet of how-to tricks and tips from Stila Pro artist Sarah Lucero!

Here’s a closer look at the products inside:

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The Stila Artist Signature Set retails for $185, which might sound hefty but for what you’re getting I think we can all agree it’s a steal. There’s over $150 in lip gloss alone! If you’re looking to get your paws on this set, it hits stores on October 17th.