we heart this http://weheartthis.com Los Angeles Lifestyle and Beauty Blog, Makeup Reviews and Swatches, Fashion, DIY Projects and more Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 My Photoshoot with COVERGIRL, Herbal Essences and Olay http://weheartthis.com/2015/03/04/photoshoot-with-covergirl/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/03/04/photoshoot-with-covergirl/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:00:06 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126232

Why should celebrities be the only ones to have a bit of red carpet fun? That was the idea behind the post-Grammy event I attend last month hosted by COVERGIRL, Herbal Essences and Olay. With their latest and greatest products...

My Photoshoot with COVERGIRL, Herbal Essences and Olay

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Why should celebrities be the only ones to have a bit of red carpet fun? That was the idea behind the post-Grammy event I attend last month hosted by COVERGIRL, Herbal Essences and Olay. With their latest and greatest products in tow, and makeup artist Jake Bailey and hair stylist Charles Baker Strahan to work their magic; they gave some lucky bloggers the chance to shine like stars too.

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As with any event, the first step is the outfit. I paired the Yoana Baraschi Mesh Well Dress from Rent the Runway with my own Hale Bob heels and bold, gold accessories, for a look that had a bit of an edge.

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Glam images, including ones from the Grammys the night before lined the Siren Studio halls and provided inspiration for primping.

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But sharing our spotlight was definitely COVERGIRL Katy Perry. Ok, we were sharing her spotlight. I mean, did you SEE her at the Grammys? That lilac wavy wig alone slayed me.

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We even got to imagine what spending some time with her backstage would be like; with her favorite foods and drinks lining the decedent spread set out for us.

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But enough snacking, it was time for the primping to begin. First up, some time in the chair with Charles Baker Strahan. What an absolute sweetheart! We dished about the Grammys; which looks we loved and which ones we weren’t too sold on (I’ll never tell!) and he gave me a super informative overview of the TON of new products in the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals line. It’s broken into three collections depending on your needs; Rejuvenating, Illuminating and Detoxifying.

I fell instantly in love with the Rejuvenating Oil Elixr, which softens hair, strengthens to protect against damage and smells like Turkish figs and cassia flowers. It’s bonkers good.

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While he gave me the prettiest waves my locks have ever seen, we bonded over our shared love for the Cleansing Conditioner from their Naked Moisture line. My shower hasn’t been without since I first discovered it. If your hair looks better on the second day AFTER you wash it – this is for you. You get clean but lived in hair, I love it.

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Hair beautified, it was straight into the capable hands of Jake Bailey, who told me right away that I had “pretty blue eyes” and I declared my eternal love to him (internally, of course).

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After a prep of the skin with the Olay Regenerist line, Jake ended up doing a look on me with COVERGIRL products that was similar to Katy’s red carpet look from the previous night. Which makes sense, since he was the one who created it; smoky brown eyes and soft lips. He told me he loved using browns on blue eyes because it always made them pop. After applying COVERGIRL’s Quad #705 Go For The Golds, he added their new Full Lash Bloom mascara which made my lashes super long, lush and clump-free (the formula has beeswax in it.) Insider’s Secret: Jake used his own driver’s license as a mascara guard! How’s that for a personal touch?

Once my lips got a slick of Lip Perfection Liner Pencil in #225, Beloved (which is as creamy as lipstick) and Lip Lava in Ooh La Lava, it was time for the shoot.

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A celeb’s first stop at any event is the classic “step and repeat” – so too was mine. The photographer Kevin Hees was great, making me feel like I did this sort of thing all the time! You know, just another Monday…

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The shoot ended with my head in the clouds, err, balloons, after a morning of first-class red carpet treatment. Even though I was only heading home to my linoleum. My dogs didn’t even ask who I was wearing!

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we heartsters – Have you used any of these new products? What’s your favorite?

Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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Shopbop Sale: Save up to 25% through March 8 http://weheartthis.com/2015/03/03/shopbop-sale-save-up-to-25/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/03/03/shopbop-sale-save-up-to-25/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:00:30 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126218

Winter Blues? Get Spring Delivered to your Doorstep! Ready to give the winter snow, ice and cold the heave-ho? It’s been a very tough season for many readers, but take heart, spring IS on its way. But until the birds...

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Winter Blues? Get Spring Delivered to your Doorstep!

Ready to give the winter snow, ice and cold the heave-ho? It’s been a very tough season for many readers, but take heart, spring IS on its way. But until the birds start singing and the flowers bloom, you can prepare for the season by browsing the Shopbop Spring Sale!

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I recently got the spring shopping fever and the only cure was a new purse in a fresh, fun color. I turned to Shopbop – of course – to satisfy my shopping needs. And soon a gorgeous, new bag arrived (carefully wrapped and with a ‘Thank You’ card) on my doorstep – and it practically whispered “Spring is almost here.”

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Isn’t she pretty? It’s the Rebecca Minkoff Large Moto Satchel in Soft Blue – and I am in love! I adore the sunny pastel blue (that pairs great with my black wardrobe), roomy but not overwhelming size, and the double rolled handles. And the special touches like the patterned interior, elegant silver hardware and flirty fringe just makes me happy.

Get your own fab spring bag (or heels, skirt,necklace, etc) during the Shopbop Spring Sale! The details:

Dates: Sale runs from Tuesday March 3, 2015 at 6:30AM EST to Sunday March 8, 2015 at 4:00AM EST.
 
Save 15% with purchase over $250
Save 20% with purchase over $500 
Save 25% with purchase over $1000

 
Savings Tip: Share this sale your friends, family and/or co-workers, and put together one large group purchase to save even more!

Click here to get the Shopbop Spring Sale Code and start shopping!

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While you are there, make sure to check out Shopbop’s latest brands including
Prabal Gurung‘s flirty florals meets edgy lines style (above) and the cute and bright clutches and bags from Koko (below).

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A final bonus? If you have a cat, he or she will do some spring cleaning and make themselves at home in your Shopbop shipping box! Here’s my Giles, wishing you all a happy spring shopping spree!

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Readers – What fashion purchases will you be making this spring?

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Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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Palette Perfection, starring Hourglass and Clarins http://weheartthis.com/2015/03/02/hourglass-modernist-palette-swatches-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/03/02/hourglass-modernist-palette-swatches-review/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:35 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126166

Hourglass Modernist palette in Color Field and Clarins Garden Escape palette – Swatches and Review Two palettes were introduced to my vanity recently that are as much eye shadows as they are works of art. And since their arrival, it’s...

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Hourglass Modernist palette in Color Field and Clarins Garden Escape palette – Swatches and Review

Two palettes were introduced to my vanity recently that are as much eye shadows as they are works of art. And since their arrival, it’s been hard to reach for anything else. Now, I introduce them to you, dear readers, in a piece I’ve titled Palette Perfection (with good reason).

Let’s take a closer look at these two green-hued beauties…

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This brand rarely releases something that I don’t flip for. I mean, they were the entire reason we created a Packaging Porn category on we heart this! So, it’s no surprise to me that I ADORE the Hourglass Modernist Palette ($58).

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I chose Color Field from the seven beautiful options because I am a sucker for a gorgeous green. Color Field gives you two of them, plus a gold and two neutrals to round them out.

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Within the elongated rosy bronze case, the five shadows sit architecturally, dipping and rising like sand as waves move over it. The peaks and valleys of shadows range from being placed deep and wide (in the lightest shade) to shallow and thin (in the darkest shade). Honestly, I could stare at this palette for hours!

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Not only are the ripples beautiful to look at, I think they make getting the shadow on your brush easier too. On the lighter shades with a bigger brush, or on the darker shades with a finer tip, you can angle your brush along the creases and pat to load the product on to your brush. That patting maneuver works much better with these creamy, finely milled shadows than a typical swipe of a brush.

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The Shades are:
Ivory Nude (matte)
Buttery Gold (pearl)
Light Cocoa (satin)
Golden Khaki (satin shimmer)
Blackened Khaki with gold micro glitter (satin)

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The shades in this Hourglass Modernist Palette can be worn wet or dry. But I found that they are so richly pigmented that wet application wasn’t necessary. They blend like a dream too, allowing for numerous looks with just five shadows.

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The soft airy yin to Color Field’s moody olive yang is the limited edition Clarins Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette ($45). If Mother Nature had to put spring into palette form, I’m pretty sure it would look a lot like this.

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I’m embarrassed to admit this is the first product I have ever tried from Clarins, the luxury French line first released in 1954. Zut alors – that’s shameful! But I am very sure to announce it will not be my last.

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The packaging is beyond. Honestly, just another level. From the red velveteen case…

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To the etched soft gold packaging, complete with a thumb divot for easy opening.

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There’s a mysterious hole on the back of it too. Which makes me think that maybe I can pop the pans out when they’re empty one day and use the perfectly sized mirrored palette for the classiest business card holder ever. Can you even?

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The palette also comes with a double ended brush and sponge tip applicator.

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The shadows are embossed and debossed with beautiful patterns. Combined with the shade range itself, the whole effect is very French garden. Again, I could stare at this beauty for hours.

The shades, all with a shimmery finish, are:
White
Forrest Green
Sage Green
Pink Coral
Icy Pink
Brown-Based Light Taupe

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The colors have an entirely different effect when used wet, sometimes almost looking like new shades altogether. Dry, the colors are light and sheer. Wet, they’re intense and pearlized. Wet is my chosen method of application.

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If you’re looking for a palette that doubles as a work of art, look no further than Hourglass and Clarins latest offerings. I’ll say it again: palette perfection.

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone

Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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The Lipstick League – week of 2.23.15 http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/28/lipstick-league-week-2-23-15/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/28/lipstick-league-week-2-23-15/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:24:10 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126156

Question of the Week: What is the one part of your beauty routine that seems to get neglected most often? Answer: Body lotion, for sure. By the time I get out of the shower I just want to dry off...

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Question of the Week: What is the one part of your beauty routine that seems to get neglected most often?

Answer: Body lotion, for sure. By the time I get out of the shower I just want to dry off and get in my jim jams. Plus, I know I have at least 15 minutes of hair drying to follow so I want to get on with that. Luckily, since I started using Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash I don’t need lotion anyway. So. Much. Moisture!

Here’s what happened this week with The League…

EauMG – takes a stroll down memory lane and finally reviews one of her favorite masculine fragrances. She can’t believe that this fragrance is celebrating a 20th birthday this year…oh, how time flies.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Cinderelly! Cinderelly! Glitter.Gloss.Garbage swatched MAC Coupe D’Chic from the Cinderella collection, so check it out before the store launch!

Gouldylox Reviews – These palettes have not gotten much love and I’m not sure why. They are absolutely gorgeous to look at and to wear!

Love for Lacquer – Must have date night essentials? Love For Lacquer shares hers!

Nouveau Cheap – You know I love finding dupes for popular, expensive palettes. So did I strike (rose) gold with this one? Come find out.

Prime Beauty – asks what happens when unique packaging and quality products come together? Stix Lipstiks!

Phyrra – Want a new miracle skin product? Check out Phyrra’s First Impressions of the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream!

Vampy Varnish – Sometimes matte polishes look much better with a top coat, which Kelly shows you with some of the new Essie Cashmere Matte shades.

we heart this – want to try Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost Water Gel? How about winning it, along with a $200 GC to MyHabit? Well then, click here!

Beautygeeks – Meet your dry-lips superhero. Your wallet will love it, too.

Beauty Junkies Unite – If there really is shaving nirvana, Amber has just found it with the new Gillette Venus Swirl Razor. See what makes it a sublime shaving experience!

Clumps of Mascara – How many beauty thangs can you score for $50 at CVS? Check out what I grabbed and enter a giveaway so you can score $50 worth of beauty items, too!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – One of my favorite perfume blogs, The Candy Perfume Boy, simply explains one of the most amazing technologies in the perfume world, headspace. It sounds so sci-fi and well, it sort of is. These are machines that captures smells. Yeah, really.

How about you, we heartsters: What is the one part of your beauty routine that seems to get neglected most often?

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Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine and Eyeliner Swatches and Review http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/25/milani-fierce-foil-eyeshine-eyeliner-swatches-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/25/milani-fierce-foil-eyeshine-eyeliner-swatches-review/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126093

Shadows and Liners Worth Singing About Oh, the love songs I could sing for Milani! Luxe quality cosmetics at drugstore prices are something many claim, but rarely achieve with any consistency. Milani can make this claim. And you can add...

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Shadows and Liners Worth Singing About

Oh, the love songs I could sing for Milani! Luxe quality cosmetics at drugstore prices are something many claim, but rarely achieve with any consistency. Milani can make this claim. And you can add the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine and Fierce Foil Eyeliner to the existing long list of high performers.

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Seriously, I put my money where my mouth is when it comes to my professing such hard-core love for this brand. An anniversary trip to Vegas a while back got a bit sour when I realized that I hadn’t brought a stitch of makeup. Really? My anniversary? VEGAS?!

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To repurchase all my high-end brands for the weekend would have cramped my gambling budget immensely. In fact, it would have annihilated it. Milani Cosmetics saved the day. I only wish these Fierce Foils had been available then because these scream “Vegas,” baby.

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The Fierce Foil Eyeshine ($9.99) is available in four quad-palettes, each named for the Italian city that inspired them. Of these palettes, I road tested two, Milan and Rome, and found them creamy in consistency and equipped with high-beam sparkle and shimmer.

Let’s get a closer look at the colors:

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01 Milan: gold, light pink nude, light cocoa and copper

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01 Milan: gold, light pink nude, light cocoa and copper

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03 Florence: bronzed copper, medium chocolate, yellow gold and copper penny

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03 Florence: bronzed copper, medium chocolate, yellow gold and copper penny

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02 Rome: lilac, plum, silvery pink and grape

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02 Rome: lilac, plum, silvery pink and grape

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04 Venice: silver, cobalt, gun metal grey and bright ocean blue

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04 Venice: silver, cobalt, gun metal grey and bright ocean blue

These Eyeshines can hold their own as shadows, and they wear amazingly well. While buildable, the staying power is much better with a single sweep of color. One sweep of these colors will provide good saturation, unlike most eye glosses. With a primer, these creamy shadows/shiners lasted all day without creasing. Without primer, creasing happened pretty quickly for me.

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Tip: if you would like to build these for maximum saturated color, pat on an invisible eye primer between the layers—it works like a charm. Also, you don’t need the tiny sponge tip applicator that comes with each quad, it’s not nearly as useful as your pinky finger.

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While the Fierce Foil Eyeshine has some pretty intense color with good saturation, none is so good as to take the place of a liner. For that we have the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliners ($6.99 each).

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With a creamy consistency not unlike the Eyeshines, these pots of liner boast dark metallics and ultra-smooth, long-lasting performance. There are four colors to choose from:

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02 Purple Foil – Eggplant splashed with lavender
04 Navy Foil – Inky, moonlit-ocean blue

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03 Brown Foil – Gilded cocoa
01 Black Gold Foil – Khaki-kissed black

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Upping the value, each Milani Fierce Foil liner comes with a high quality brush. Seriously, this is included? Yes it is!

I can honestly say that I like these eyeliners better than any other cream/gel potted eyeliner I’ve used in recent times (presently I have two high-end pots in my makeup case). Consistency alone makes this one a winner, while staying power raises the bar for all.

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I tested the Black Gold Foil, a velvety black, subtly shot-through with golden khaki micro glitter and the Purple Foil, a blackened purple with abundant purple shimmer.

One more tip: These liners can also be used all-over the lid as a shadow for an intense, smoky look. And no matter how you use them, a little eye primer keeps them from creasing for hours.

I’m going to ignore a little Shakespearean advice on love where he writes, “Speak low if you speak love.” No, I’m singing Milani’s praises because I’m convinced this brand will NEVER steer you wrong.

Readers – does Milani leave you with a song in your heart?

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone

Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
skin tone: NC 25
skin type: oily/sensitive
favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Powder Foundation – swatches and review http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/24/urban-decay-naked-skin-powder-foundation-swatches-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/24/urban-decay-naked-skin-powder-foundation-swatches-review/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:00:26 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126068

Bonus: A peek at the Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Like many other we heartsters, I love Urban Decay. Their high-performance and cruelty-free products make them a brand that we adore. While originally known for their bold and funky...

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Bonus: A peek at the Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

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Like many other we heartsters, I love Urban Decay. Their high-performance and cruelty-free products make them a brand that we adore. While originally known for their bold and funky hues, in recent years Urban Decay started a beauty frenzy for neutrals and nudes thanks to its original “Naked” eyeshadow palette.

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This formerly limited edition palette is now part of Urban Decay’s entire line of permanent Naked products, which now includes two additional eyeshadow palettes, liquid foundation, beauty balm, finishing powder, lipgloss, bronzer, highlighter and blush. The newest additions to this celebration of all things “Naked:” the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation ($36) and Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($28).

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Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation and Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer have a lot of fantastic features. They’re both beautifully smooth in texture, versatile, buildable, long-lasting and lightweight.

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I tried several methods of using the UD powder foundation and concealer. Urban Decay recommends preparing your skin with B6 Prep Spray and Pore Perfecting Primer, then applying the powder with a damp sponge to get more coverage, then applying the concealer and blending with a brush, using the optical blurring brush to apply a bit more powder on top, and lastly using UD All Nighter makeup setting spray.

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When I tried this method (using similar sprays and primers), I found that I really had to make sure my skin was well moisturized. Because my skin is blotchy, I needed extra coverage (extra powder), using a generous amount of moisturizer on my face kept the powder from looking streaky or dry.

This powder foundation can also be applied dry with the included sponge. I found using the foundation with a fluffy powder brush on top of well moisturized skin produced a very subtle effect. It also worked nicely on top of liquid foundation (for those needing heavier coverage), and it looks natural but polished.

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Additionally, the packaging on both of these is beautiful. I love Urban Decay’s attention to detail when it comes to product packaging. The powder foundation comes inside a cute purple drawstring pouch that helps it stand out in a crowded bag.

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Both products are sleek, compact, functional, and elegant looking. Although, you’ll want to use that pouch as the foundation compact is very prone to fingerprints.

The Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is available in 14 shades, and we got a look at 5 compacts:

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Urban-Decay-Naked-Skin-powder-foundation-medium-light-cool-swatchesclockwise from bottom right: Medium Light Cool, Medium Neutral, Medium Dark Golden

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If you only need lighter coverage, the powder foundation is ideal. While it can be layered, it works best and looks best when used with a lighter hand.

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The Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is great for under eye circles or random blotchy spots, and is definitely a good product for a variety of skin concerns.

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Applied with a standard doe applicator, this concealer is creamy, blendable and layerable as well. I personally have found myself reaching for it fairly often!

Those looking to complete that Naked look with a natural looking glow to their skin, should check out the latest Urban Decay products.

Readers – do you go Naked with Urban Decay? What is your favorite product from this coveted line?

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone

Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: oily, acne-prone
favorite beauty product: eyeshadow

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Review and Photos http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/23/laura-mercier-foundation-primer-review-photos/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/23/laura-mercier-foundation-primer-review-photos/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:00:14 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125807

Master the Art of Makeup By Starting with this Beauty Must-Have All great paintings start with a fresh canvas. Every day, when we paint our faces, we are creating truly great and important works of art. I’m being totally serious....

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Master the Art of Makeup By Starting with this Beauty Must-Have

All great paintings start with a fresh canvas. Every day, when we paint our faces, we are creating truly great and important works of art. I’m being totally serious. Your face is your calling card. It is often what people remember most about you. So it makes sense that we should honor these great works of art by properly preparing a fresh canvas – your face – with the help of Laura Mercier.

You may ask how I prepare my canvas. Well, of course I do the obvious things like wash and moisturize, but the other crucial step in my preparation is to apply a face primer. I feel that this is an often overlooked part of the process. Face primer can help your makeup stay in place longer by creating a smooth surface and giving the makeup something to grip onto. Face primer can also create a protective barrier for your skin as well as seal in any serums or moisturizers that you have applied prior to it. Primers have A LOT of benefits.

So know that you know you need one, which one do you try first? I am a little obsessed with these miracle workers, and keep searching for my Holy Grail primer. There are many different primers out there for many different skin types. I was quite pleased to receive the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($34) for testing.

This one is considered a classic in the primer world, and surprisingly I had yet to try it. According to the company, Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer has “vitamins A, C, and E that act as antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment” while also being appropriate for normal to combination skin types.

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I found that the Laura Mercier foundation primer truly does live up to its reputation as a classic. It has a lightweight and creamy gel finish that applies invisible. The primer helped to smooth my complexion without leaving any weird color behind. This means that your foundation color will be true over this. The primer felt comfortable, and left a slight dewy finish.

I feel that my makeup generally lasted throughout the day with this one, but I am extremely oily and required a small powder touch-up. I will likely repurchase the oil-free version of this product. I would absolutely recommend this primer to anyone with normal to combo skin, as it does the job and helps you to create the perfect canvas for your masterpiece.

Pros:
Smoother looking complexion.
Longer wear for makeup.
Antioxidant formula to help protect skin.
The formula did not break out my sensitive skin.
$34 may seem pricey, but the tube contains 1.7 fl oz, which is significantly more than average primers.

Cons:
Maybe not idea for excessively oily skin (go for the oil-free version).

Readers – have you tried this beauty addict favorite from Laura Mercier? And what are your favorite face primers?

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Kellie is a perpetual grad student, glamorous geek and writer. She hopes to one day soon add the title of history teacher to her repertoire. She resides in the frozen tundra of Northeast Ohio and is an avid consumer of books, tv, music, video games, beauty stuff, and accessories.
skin tone: NC15
skin type: oily and acne prone
favorite beauty product: lip products and face primers

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Giveaway: Win Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel and a $200 MyHabit Gift Card http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/22/giveaway-win-neutrogenas-hydro-boost-water-gel-200-myhabit-gift-card/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/22/giveaway-win-neutrogenas-hydro-boost-water-gel-200-myhabit-gift-card/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:00:59 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126086

I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty fun to be we heart this (and we’re thankful for every moment!) Take today for example; Tyna and I are going #BehindTheGlow at the 87th Academy Awards and attending a viewing party hosted...

Giveaway: Win Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel and a $200 MyHabit Gift Card

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I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty fun to be we heart this (and we’re thankful for every moment!) Take today for example; Tyna and I are going #BehindTheGlow at the 87th Academy Awards and attending a viewing party hosted by Neutrogena, OK Magazine and MyHabit, happening mere steps away from the Oscars themselves. (So, make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook where we’ll be sharing all the beauty and fashion details, all night long.)

But we’ve got a chance for you to have some fun and get your glow on too…

The winner of this giveaway will get receive:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
A $200 gift card to MyHabit

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Your glow will be visible thanks to Neutrogena’s oil free and lightweight Hydro Boost Water Gel, which has been clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for 48 hours. It will also be internal thanks to the amazing deals you’re going to get with that $200 gift card to MyHabit; a fashion & lifestyle destination offering up to 60% off designer brands and new discoveries for women, men, kids and home. (It’s powered by Amazon, so use your Amazon account sign in.)

So, what are you waiting for? Go #BehindTheGlow and WIN!

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Giveaway: Win Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel and a $200 MyHabit Gift Card

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The Lipstick League – week of 2.16.15 http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/21/lipstick-league-week-2-16-15/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/21/lipstick-league-week-2-16-15/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:58:15 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126044

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite beauty pick-me-up? New fragrance? New lipstick? New nail color? Answer: My biggest pick-me-up is whatever new item I have! There’s nothing like the rush of a new product. Right now, the Lipstick Queen...

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Question of the Week: What’s your favorite beauty pick-me-up? New fragrance? New lipstick? New nail color?

Answer: My biggest pick-me-up is whatever new item I have! There’s nothing like the rush of a new product. Right now, the Lipstick Queen Bête Noire collection is giving me serious palpitations; three dark blackberry shades in three finishes; sheer, intense and metal. LOVE!

Here’s what happened with the League this week…

Clumps of Mascara – is running! Literally. The Iron Girl Clearwater race is in April and I can’t wait to run, walk and wog my way to the FINISH line.

EauMG – I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of posts featuring makeup products that match Pantone’s color of the year. Now let’s talk fragrance. Here’s my guide to perfumes that remind me the color Marsala.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m not a pink lipstick kind of girl. But lately, everything is reach for is pinky pink. You’ve got to check out my favorites that are rocking my world.

Love for Lacquer – Looking for amazing Spring nail polish? The new KBShimmer collection will rock your world!

My Beauty Bunny – Is your skin revolting against this harsh, cruel winter? We amped up our hydration routine with Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture – it’s a great cure for dry, winter-ravaged skin!

My Newest Addiction – Laura shares with us #allthethings she carries in her Tory Burch Robinson Open Dome Satchel. The hand cream is pretty fabulous.

Nouveau Cheap – Did you know that Wet n Wild has released new blushes in their Fergie line? Take a peek at all three of these lovely shades here.

Prime Beauty – shares her love for the February POPSUGAR Must Have box. Seven full-sized products that captures a beauty junkie’s heart and then some!

Phyrra – shares her best tips and tricks for How to Wear Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows, as well as other glittery and duochrome shades!

we heart this – Would you believe us if we told you we fell in love with a lipstick that sells for just $2.49? You should, ’cause it’s true!

Beautygeeks – has the BEST-EVER advice on how to choose the right hair colour, guidelines from veteran celebrity hair colourist Christophe Robin (row-ben), who is the best in the world.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber tried an eyebrow product that’s only $4.88, thinking it was way too good to be true. The good news: it’s not! See what it is!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – Are you a lover of gel nails? If so, check out those Gellac Glitter Effects Sprays that Chickettes featured. I’m just so amazed at how far gel nails have come!

we heartsters, what’s YOUR favorite beauty pick-me-up?

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3 things: time after time http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/20/3-things-time-time/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/02/20/3-things-time-time/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:00:42 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126042

It’s another round of 3 things and this week we’re talking about time. From showers to hair styling to makeup, makeup, makeup – how long do you take to get ready to face the world? Let’s play! • How much...

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It’s another round of 3 things and this week we’re talking about time. From showers to hair styling to makeup, makeup, makeup – how long do you take to get ready to face the world?

Let’s play!
• How much time to you spend getting ready in the morning for your typical day?
If I’m working from home, I skip the vanity session (that’s my vanity above right, Stef’s is to the left), and take about 5 minutes – enough time to brew some coffee and feed the cat. If I am headed to a meeting or event, around 45 minutes for a shower, quick blow dry and makeup application.
• How long do you take to get ready for a ‘fancy’ (cocktail party, nice restaurant, play, etc) night out?
For a big night out, to shower, shave, style my hair, put on makeup and get dressed can take an hour and a half – even two hours if I’m iffy on an outfit.
• What is the longest you ever invested in getting ready – and what was the occasion?
Two days. Seriously! When Stef and I filmed our John Frieda Precision Foam Colour makeover videos, we pretty much spent 48 hours shopping for the perfect outfits and accessories and getting prepped for the camera. It was awesome.

Your turn, we heartsters. Cut and paste the following into the comments and tell us these 3 Things!

• Typically, how much time to you spend getting ready in the morning?
• How long do you take to get ready for a ‘fancy’ night out?
• What is the longest you ever invested in getting ready – and what was the occasion?

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Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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