Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Still trying to get NAKED?

Here is an update from Urban Decay in response to the slow production of NAKED palettes.


Keep your heads up ladies!
You'll be NAKED in no time!


xoxo,

Monday, January 17, 2011

Getting Peacocky


Peacock eyes are a huge trend in January. Bright blues, teals, purples, and greens are a huge favorites amongst eyeshadow colors that have made recent appearances on the big screen, magazine covers, and all over the beauty realm.

I used my Urban Decay book of Shadows Vol. III to come up with this look, since it comes complete with the perfect shades for a peacock inspired look.  The colors were somewhat difficult to work with since they did have a lot of fallout, and these particular colors were darker, but with extra care and clean up, it worked out just fine.





What I used:

Face:
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Facial Primer
CoverGirl TruBlend Mousse Foundation - #460 Classic Tan

Cheeks:
MAC Blush - Bite of an Apple

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion along entire lid
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III
           - "Loaded" from outer V until center of lid.
           - "Haight" applied onto center of li blending out with "Loaded"
           - "Kush" blended into "Haight" to make a brighter green
           - "Radium" applied onto inner corner of eye extending out and blending with "Haight"
   Same gradual color order and blending is used for lower lash line.
           - "Perversion" to create outer V corner and along crease of eye lid.
           - "Psychedelic Sister" to highlight crease
Sedona Lace 88 Warm palette
           - One of the light matte colors are used as a highlight.
Urban Decay eyeliner - "Zero"
Stila Kajal liner in "Onyx" applied to lower lash line
L'Oreal liquid liner to line false lashes
False Lashes purchased during Halloween at Walmart

Lips:
MAC Lipstick - Pleasureseeker

I am trying to play outside of the box, or in my case, inside of the box, whatever boxed palette it may be.  I am exploring with bright colors and funky lashes, using inspiration that is all around us and incorporate that into my looks.  I had a blast doing this look, and was glad to be able to use these colors and see how beautiful and vibrant Urban Decay shadows are, even after being photographed.  

xoxo,

Honoring a Great


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." 
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Words to live by.

Wishing everyone a happy, blessed, and appreciative Martin Luther King Day.  Remember how lucky we are to have such a man, who stood up for everyone and everything that is peace and love. We must come together as one, red blooded, and on one planet. May we be inspired by this man, his dream, and continue to live out our own dreams in the honor of peace, love, and prosperity. 

xoxo,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy Sunday

Photo of the day


A gift, from the love of my life. 
Oh, a Happy Sunday it is!

Photo specs: Nikon D90 / ISO 200 / 50mm F1.4 / -0.3EV / f/1.8 / 1/40

xoxo,

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Collabo - a Giveaway


Sedona Lace and I have teamed up to spoil some of my readers, as well a fans and customers of Sedona Lace and their cosmetics.  Sedona Lace has hit the scene with a big bang and their palettes are flying off shelves like hot cakes...here is your chance to score a palette of your choice for FREE during our giveaway, hosted by me!

Here are the rules!

1) You must follow my blog and follow me on Twitter, this is how I know that you want to enter.   My twitter link is www.twitter.com/katrinalomidze.  Follow my blog by simply pressing the follow button on the followers widget in the right hand sidebar.  

2) Next thing you have to do is follow Sedona Lace on twitter. Their twitter link is www.twitter.com/SedonaLace

3) Once I reach 4,300 followers and Sedona Lace reaches 3,100 followers, we will select a lucky follower as the winner!

Stay tuned for more giveaways and collaborations between Sedona Lace and I.  
We have so much in store for you all!

Good luck!

 xoxo,

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Laced Up


There was no special occasion, but I played around with  my makeup, particularly with my new Sedona Lace 88 Warm Palette.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and the sunlight coming in from my window was promising for perfect portraits.  Besides the beautiful ambient lighting, the 88 Warm palette makes it so simple to do a look because every color compliments another within the collection.

I mixed 4 shades, a light melon gold for the lower lid, a deep mauve and an eggplant purple for the crease, and black for the outer V as well as blended out to give a smokey look.



For the blackest liner to line your false lashes, use a liquid liner. It's much easier than you would imagine.  Using a felt tip liner is best. I prefer L'oreal Lineur Intense felt tip liner in black.





One final photo, taken using flash.


What I used:

Face:
CoverGirl TruBlend mousse foundation - #460 Classic Tan

Cheeks:
Lancome cream blush - Karat Gold

Lips:
MAC lipstick - Fleshpot (Heatherette)
MAC lipgloss - Sock hop (Heatherette)
MAC lipliner - Subculture


Eyes: 
Sedona Lace 88 Warm Palette
              - H7 for entire lid
              - I7 & I8 for outer V and crease
              - C8 for outer V and smoked out above crease.
              - E1 for highlight
NARS cream eyeliner - Black Moon to outline lash line
Stila kajal liner - for waterline
L'Oreal Lineur Intense liquid liner to outline lash line once falsies are applied.
Ardell Demi Wispies
Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara



Shop Sedona Lace cosmetics at www.sedonalace.com
and use code: KatrinaLomidze for $3 off!

xoxo,

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hautelook: UD Overload

My Hautelook orders finally came in the mail. After so much worrying and complaining about how long the shipping process took, I was over it as soon as I opened the door and saw the boxes.

If you missed out, Hautelook hosted an Urban Decay sale in which everything was $2, including brushes.  The selection of items wasn't sensational, but very typical, for a $2 sale.  It seemed like a clearance more than a stupendous blow out customer appreciation sale.  Most of the item were the lower sellers of the line, such as pigments, 2 matte shadows, and their Big Fatty colored mascaras.

I ended up checking out with 18 items in my cart, 4 liners, 10 pigments, 2 matte shadows, and 2 Big fatty mascaras, in both Flipside and Black Cherry, but was surprised to find that only the Flipside mascara was sent to me and I was refunded for Black Cherry.  I guess a miscalculation of inventory left them without any to send to me, but I don't mind. I found the Big Fatty Flipside mascara to be rather dried out. At the end of the day, I have 17 items in tow, and I'm very happy with them.

For $2, it didn't hurt to try. So I grabbed a hold of whatever I could, totally missing out on the brushes.


All items came in their own plastic Urban Decay case, except for the liners and the mascara, which came in paper boxes.


The Pigments





As with any pigments, you have to be careful with the packaging because it can get messy.  Urban Decay went a little step ahead and built a brush into the screw top of the pigment jar.  A handy little tool which makes traveling with one of these much easier.


All pigments should be applied with care and precision to prevent fallout, and there are methods of under eye fallout prevention, such as powder, tape, or just using a towel to catch the fallout before it touches your skin.

I haven't tried these pigment for a look yet, I intend to in the near future, but overall, I like the color payoff, and for $2...I just had to have them.

Swatches


X - a melon gold shade, similar to MAC Melon pigment.  The color has a metallic golden sheen.

Asphyxia - a pink pigment with specks of iridescent violet, blue, and fuchsia sheen.


Shattered - a bright aque blue with metallic shimmer, and frosty tones.

Graffiti - a bright green, leaning a bit towards a dark lime green. 


Gunmetal - a gunmetal dark grey with a frosty finish.

Shag - a light bronze with a metallic finish.


Goddess - a black base with blue and violet shimmer.

Rockstar - a dark purple with violet, black, and silver shimmer.


Protest - a dark evergreen with specks of silver shimmer.

Yeyo - a frosty white with silver glitter.


Smoke Out Pencils


The smoke out pencils come with in a double sides pencil. One side sharpened exposing the color liner, and the other side equipped with a smudge tip. These are perfect for colored smokey eyes.  These glide on nicely, but are not similar to the glide on 24/7 liners, they are matte, and smokey.


Mary Jane - a muted midnight bue. 

Maui Wowie - khaki tan

Purple haze - a muted purple

Green Goddess - an intense camouflage green.

Matte Eyeshadow





Chronic - a bright near matte grassy green with a tiny hint of shimmer.

Narcotic - a bright matte turquoise blue.

Big Fatty Mascara - Flipside


This is the one thing I kind of regret buying. As much as I want to experiment with crazy looks, this mascara seems dry.  I'll give it a shot for a look, but while trying to swatch it, the color was just flaking off and not staying where it should.  

Overall: I'm happy with my Hautelook order! The shipping did take a bit of time, but I don't mind, especially for such great deals.  

If you are not a Hautelook member and would like to join the site and indulge in the outrageous sales, CLICK HERE and join! 

xoxo,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III



Urban Decay released the Book of Shadows Volume III, UD Loves NYC edition for the holidays of 2010.  The palette retails for $54 and can still be found at some Sephora stores, or online. 

The palette includes 16 shades of eyeshadows, 2 mini sized eyeliners, and 1 mini sized primer potion.  I don't mind the mini size of the added goodies, since they last me quite a while on their own. The palette is a great value, for all that you get, which would cost you triple as much if purchased individually. 

The colors are very workable, even the seemingly bright ones.  Most of the shades are a shimmery finish, and with a velvety texture, that glides on eyelids with a creamy consistency and blend beautifully. Some of the shades are a bit glittery, but with caution can be applied without heavy fallout. 



The colors are encased in a box with a pop up design of New York City when opened.  The display hosts a mirror on the inner side of the cover, which lights up on both sides.  My palette stopped lighting up after I dropped it, but does turn on from time to time.  I'm just glad none of the shadows shattered!




Swatches



Perversion - a matte black.  A charcoal type of consistency.  It does well with these shadows as it darkens them without being very overpowering. A must have black shadow!

Uzi - a light silver with flecks of silver glitter. 

Loaded - a deep forest green with metallic sheen.  It's very velvety in texture and so creamy when applied. This color is a new exclusive to the palette, and I'm glad it is! One of my favorite shades by far!

Kush - a light grass green with metallic sheen, and a hint of gold.



Midnight Cowboy Rides Again - a champagne with flecks of shimmer. This color has a tendency to have fallout, so be careful when applying. 

Last Call - a plummy pink with reddish undertones. 

Rockstar - an eggplant purple with metallic shimmery sheen.

Money - a light blueish-green with gold and silver sheen.



Haight - a teal blue with metallic silver sheen.

Maui Wowie - a light gold with flecks of gold glitter. Another shade that has a tendency to have fallout.

Smog - a medium bronze with metallic sheen.  A color that is featured in the NAKED palette.

Bordello - a mauve pink with metallic sheen and flecks of pink glitter.



Radium - a medium blue with blue and silver metallic sheen. A very true bright blue shade. The shades gives excellent color payoff.

Snatch - a light frosty pink with pink and gold glitter. Another favorite shade of mine. 

Suspect - a metallic tan with gold sheen. 

Psychedelic Sister - A bright purple with reddish undertones. It has a beautiful metallic finish and excellent color payoff. 

xoxo,