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Today’s makeup: Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows III

Sorry for the lack of updates recently – I’ve moved back up to Manchester and been crazy busy with work! I’ve got a couple of new products to review so expect a few posts this week. In the meantime, here’s today’s makeup, using my oft-forgotten Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows III.

I’ve used this combination before and found that both shadows fade throughout the day (more so than other UD shadows) so this time I put Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy underneath and it stayed put. That stuff is magical! Someone on Reddit recommended it for use under UD’s glittery eyeshadows to prevent fallout – genius.

The colours are a bit more vibrant than the photos show – my camera likes to wash people out!

Makeup look with Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows III

Makeup look with Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows III

Makeup look with Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows IIIMakeup look with Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows III

Products used


Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in 3.0

Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent

17 Blush in First Flush


Urban Decay primer potion

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (all over lid and underneath)

Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows III – Money (all over upper lid and blended on inner part of lower lid), Loaded (Outer corner of upper lid, crease, and lower lid), Perversion (used to set and smudge eyeliner on upper eyelid)

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Virgin – inner eye and browbone

GOSH Velvet Touch eyeliner pencil in Black Ink – lining upper and lower lids

17 Wild Curls Mascara


MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipglosssignature


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Max Factor Ruby Fruit – a Chanel Rouge Noir Dupe? – Review and Swatches

Max Factor Nailfinity in Ruby Fruit. The bottles were sealed with sellotape – hate it when they do that!

Chanel’s Rouge Noir nail polish is often considered to be the jewel in the crown of its fabulous polish collection – a vampishly sexy black-red with echoes of velvet, blood and Elvira in a dark alley. Which of course means I had to have it. Imagine, then, how delighted I was to discover using my good friend Google that there exists an uncanny dupe for Rouge Noir in the form of Max Factor Nailfinity in Ruby Fruit!

Both the Chanel original and the Max Factor version apply smoothly without streaks, but I noticed that the Max Factor dried quicker and was more chip resistant. I’ve heard that Chanel polishes don’t wear very well, but as someone who can rarely make nail polish last longer than two days without serious chipping, that’s something I’m used to. So far, though, I’ve applied makeup and been typing away and the Max Factor nail polish has held fast. It’s a snip of the price at £5.99 – that’s more like it!

Max Factor Ruby Fruit

Ruby Fruit, complete with sellotape residue



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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain – review and swatches

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
Balm stains are all the rage at the moment, and Revlon has jumped on the bandwagon after the Clinique Chubby Sticks (seriously, WHO thought up that name??). I’m always excited to try a drugstore dupe of a high end product and I was really impressed by this one. RRP £7.99, but currently £5.99 in Boots and Superdrug.

It’s certainly moisturising – stains can be very drying but the balm component prevents that from happening. This does mean, however, that the glossiness doesn’t last long. Swatched on the hand there isn’t a whole lot of cover but they’re surprisingly pigmented, and you can really build up the colour on the lips. I tried out Romantic (bright red) and Honey (muted pink). The stain’s quite subtle (in a good way) and seems to last quite well, but I prefer the glossiness! They’re both great shades, and very easy to wear (Romantic is especially good if you’re looking to wear red but find it intimidating).

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Today’s makeup: Barracuda

Here’s a makeup look I did using the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencil in Barracuda as well as my old faithful Naked Palette. I wore this out on Friday for a night out in Brighton during which karaoke and crazy dancing to metal music happened, and it stayed put wonderfully.

blurry pictures ahoy!



Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in 3.0

BeneFit Posie Tint


Urban Decay Primer Potion

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencil in Barracuda (all over lid, lining lower lid)

Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Creep (all over upper lid), Gunmetal (blended into crease), Virgin (inner eye and browbone)

GOSH Velvet Touch eyeliner pencil in Black Ink (lining eye)

17 Wild Curls mascara


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honeysignature

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Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencil in Barracuda – Review and swatches:

The bigger, fatter version of Urban Decay’s famed 24/7 Eyeliner pencils, the 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencils aren’t just your average cream shadow. No creasing or greasiness here – these pencils pack a pigmented punch and are also really long-wearing. I finally had the chance to pick one up and I chose Barracudaa pearlescent black with silver glitter that looks a lot like the eyeliner Oil Slick. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencil in Barracuda

I first tried this when I popped into an Urban Decay counter before going to see Ingrid Michaelson at Bush Hall. Now, if you’ve ever been to Bush Hall you’ll know it’s the sweatiest you’ve ever been in your life. I hadn’t anticipated this, so piled on the eye makeup at the counter – Barracuda pencil all over the lids, followed by Oil Slick eyeshadow on top and Perversion 24/7 eyeliner pencil to finish. When it started getting really sweaty I was worried my makeup would be running down my face… but no! It stayed put all night, and was still perfect after the gig even though it looked as though someone had turned the sprinklers on! I was totally sold.

As well as working well as an eyeshadow base, these pencils can be used alone all over the lid or as eyeliners. They smudge well for a short time after application before setting – after that, nothing will budge them apart from makeup remover!

24/7 Eyeshadow Pencils come in a variety of lovely bright colours and the glitter isn’t as prone to fallout as the shadows are (notoriously) – my only problem is that they’re erring on the pricey side at £14 each. I know that in the USA, drugstore brand Milani do a similar product (in fact I asked my friend to pick some up for me!) but as far as I know you can’t get any cheaper versions over here in the UK.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation – Review

Urban Decay are mainly known for their legendary eye make-up, so the enormous hype surrounding their new Naked Skin foundation was contentious. Would it live up to the buzz? I decided to give it a try and popped into House of Fraser, and much to my delight UD are offering little sample pots with two weeks’ worth of product for you to try out before you buy. That’s a win in my books – I hate having to try on foundation in store as the light in department stores is always so yellow!

It’s so tiny and adorable!

Each shade of Urban Decay Naked Skin is given a number, from 0 to 12.0: shades that end in 0 are warm-toned, whereas those ending in .5 are cool-toned. Two of the assistants I asked matched me to 3.0 which seems about right – another that I asked gave me a sample of 4.5 which is far too dark, more baked skin than Naked Skin! The website suggests matches for other brands (such as MAC) so you can estimate what shade you’ll need to try on.

So how does it fare? It’s lovely and even to apply, and has quite a matte finish meaning you don’t really need to set it with loose powder. The first couple of times I wore it I had put translucent powder over the top and someone actually remarked that I was wearing a lot of foundation, so with this, the less on top, the better!

A couple of before and after pictures after the jump:

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