fotd: updated jewel eyes

April 13, 2017  |  Face of the Day, Josie Maran, Urban Decay  |  1 Comment

This is actually a recreation of an old FOTD, which I felt compelled to updated because the main product I used – Josie Maran Watercolour Eyeshadows in Maui Teal – was limited edition and no longer available. Although the Watercolour Eyeshadows don’t seem to be carried at Sephora anymore, you can still get them here at QVC, and the permanent shade Forest Green is a decent stand-in for Maui Teal.

I wanted to tweak this do-over slightly to be more sparkly, so I based this look around another awesome liquid eyeshadow: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega.

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I love liquid eyeshadows because they’re so versatile. You can be really imprecise and finger-paint them on for a sheer wash of colour, or heap them on and combine them with powder eyeshadow for a punchier look as I did here. I think you can tell which I prefer! I added a bit more sparkle to the look by patting more Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in (solid) Lightyear over (liquid) Vega.

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I know this very bright, very glittery look isn’t going to be for everyone, but take it from a person who has been living in neutral shades lately: it can be really cathartic to just go crazy once in a while! I hope you’ll be inspired to break out your loud colours and glitter this long weekend and have fun playing with your stash too.

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Face: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Frost // Eyes: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Lightyear, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackheart from the Naked 3 Palette, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M228 Eggplant and ME912 Orchid, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown // Lips: Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Lip Lacquer in #15


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review: urban decay all nighter foundation

September 27, 2016  |  Product Reviews, Urban Decay  |  2 Comments

I got a couple of requests for a review on Urban Decay’s All Nighter Foundation when I posted a photo of it on my Instagram feed, but as with all base products I like to test it for a while before I weigh in. So here we are, finally! Side note: how gorgeous is this bottle?

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The first thing you should know about this foundation is that it’s super, SUPER pigmented and delivers ultra full coverage. The first time I used it, I made the mistake of going to town with two pumps on a dense brush and…it wasn’t a good look, you guys. I washed it off and started over with one full pump and still had loads of leftover on my hand. I’ve since realised I need maybe a half pump for my whole face. If you pick this up, please be smarter than me.

This foundation did oxidise on me a little so I’m glad I went down a shade (from 3.0 to 2.0 for my NC15-with-a-slight-tan face). I was kind of freaked out by how peachy the arm swatches were, but somehow this worked out really well on my face and turned out to be a better match for me than I expected.

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For reference, here it is between two other major players in my current foundation rotation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation in Y225 and IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream in Fair.

urban decay all nighter swatches

I tested application with both a dense brush and a Beauty Blender. Using this with a dense brush gave me flawless coverage in one layer; using a damp Beauty Blender gave me light to medium all-over coverage that I was able to build up in areas that needed it more (which is my personal preference). Even when I wore it as full coverage though, it felt really weightless on my skin which was a pleasant surprise. I used a half pump on a dense brush for this photo, and I think you can tell it was more than enough.

urban decay all nighter foundation before after

This foundation had a velvety matte finish which wont require powdering over if you have normal or dry skin. I have combo-oily skin and I noticed it wore better on the drier parts of my face like my cheeks. On my T-zone – in the tropical Singapore heat – I needed to blot lightly every 4 hours or so, but on days when I was indoors in the AC it lasted about 10 hours.

The two seconds it takes to blot is totally worth it however because at the end of each day, my base makeup still looked freshly applied and just flawless. I mean, this stuff does NOT fade. Or look tired. Or worn-in. So I definitely recommend it if your makeup needs to last through a full work day and still look good for after-work drinks or events. And did I mention it photographs beautifully? Because it photographs beautifully.

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PS you can see more of this look in my Urban Decay Moondust Palette FOTD here, which has a full product list.

Overall, if you can find a colour match and are prepared to blot if necessary – which, lets face it, most of us combo-oily girls do anyway – this is an awesome fade-resistant foundation to own and an excellent value considering you’ll only ever need the tiniest amount each time.



This post features a product/products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

fotd: urban decay moondust palette

September 22, 2016  |  Face of the Day, Urban Decay  |  No Comments

Though I usually like Urban Decay’s Moondust shadows dabbed lightly onto the centre of my lid to dress up my day looks, I figured I’d go all the way with this FOTD since I was testing out their beautiful new Moondust Palette.

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For drama, I started with a black base – a lot of their Perversion eyeliner rubbed all over my mobile lid and blended out through the crease. I also tried a couple different methods of saturated glitter application to see what worked best. On my right eye, I scraped off some pigment from Galaxy, mixed it with Inglot Duraline and foiled it onto my lid with a flat brush. This gave me the saturation I wanted, but somehow mixing the powdered shadow with a wet binder seemed to dull its effect.

On my left eye, I dabbed a bit of Too Faced’s Glitter Glue over the black base, and used my finger to pat Galaxy directly onto that. And bingo! Look at that sparkle:

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By the way, I rectified my right eye with the same method, in case you’re wondering why you can’t see a difference in these photos. I also traced along my lower lash line with Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Empire and patted Magnetic over that, and finished off with a bit of Spectre in my inner corners.

I wasn’t expecting Galaxy to look teal over a black base, considering how different it looks in pan and in swatches – it just goes to show you, this palette is full of surprises. I’m so excited to discover what all the other shades morph into when applied over black. It’s going to be a very sparkly fall/winter for me!

PS I pulled out all my Urban Decay makeup to see how close I could get to a single-brand look, and I sure did come close. Judging by the (very few) gaps in my collection, it seems the next category of their products I need to explore is blush. Being a huge fan of nude shades I’m already eyeing up Video and Fetish, but would love to hear your suggestions and recommendations if you have any.

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Face: Urban Decay All-Nighter Foundation in 2.0, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral, NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder // Cheeks: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed // Eyes: Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion and Empire, Too Faced Glitter Glue, Galaxy, Spectre and Magnetic from Urban Decay’s Moondust Palette, Buck and Naked from Urban Decay’s Naked PaletteUrban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Grey Brown from the Artist Palette Vol. 4 // Lips: Dior Addict Lip Glow


This post features a product/products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.