Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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If you don't follow me on Facebook, you should! I actually post almost every day, if not several times a day! I post photos and status updates as well as reposting any great beauty related sales, storage ideas or makeup looks! If you want more Cosmetic Addiction more often, check it out...


If Twitter is more your style, I have one of those too! I don't actually post as frequently on Twitter as I do on Facebook, but all of my tweets and FB posts are shared with oneanother. If you follow one you will see the posts for both! 


Hopefully I will have more time to write some posts now that the holidays are over and I am on break from school. I do have lots of fun things I want to share! Any blog posts I write are automatically shared with my Facebook page though, so again, if you don't want to miss anything follow me there! 

Hope everyone's holidays were amazing and that Santa was good to you all! ;-)

Monday, December 12, 2011

MyGlam December Bag


I literally just opened my first MyGlam bag and I already love the contents! I am already familiar with most of the brands & products inside, but I think the value of this bag is amazing. It is only $10 a month (or $100 if you sign up for a year at once) and this came with all of the following:

*FULL SIZE* NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
*FULL SIZE* Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin
Deluxe Sample of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
Sample of Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
Sample of Mai Couture Blush Papier
(FULL SIZE?) of Mai Couture Salicylic Acid Blemish Control Blotting Papiers

My Opinions/First Impressions:
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: I love almost all (if not all!) the NYX products I own. I have not used this product before but it smells delicious, like cupcake batter. Istanbul is definitely a color I would have picked for myself, it is a pretty pinkish nude shade. One of my favorite YouTubers keeps talking about this product, so I am really excited to try this!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin: I have this color in my Naked Palette. It is a beautiful champagne color that makes a great highlight, inner corner or all over lid color. This is a very versatile color and it is supposed to be one of Urban Decay's best selling shades.
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original: I already have a couple sample size tubes and a full size one of this product. I use it every day and it makes such a world of difference when it comes to the staying power of eyeshadow. I'll always happily accept another travel size of this! It is definitely one of my holy grail products.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: This product is a fairly new discovery for me. I first tried it about a month ago when I purchased a Tarte kit that included it. Prior to trying this mascara, I was pretty convinced that BUXOM Lash Mascara would always be my holy grail mascara. I still absolutely love BUXOM Lash, but I am finding room in my makeup routine to use this mascara on occasion. This one looks so natural I love to use it when I want to go for the no makeup look and just wear foundation and mascara.
Mai Couture Blush Papiers/Blotting Papers: These are the only new products to me in the bunch, but I have to say I am intrigued by blush papers. My Glam Bag came with a postcard that has a couple sheets of blushing paper on the back. They look really orangey to me, so I'm not sure I will like them but it is a very interesting concept. I have never used blotting papers, but I guess now I have them if I want to start!

OVERALL: As I said above, I think this is an excellent value for $10. There was no charge for shipping, and you get everything above including the little makeup bag. It also came with a coupon code for $15 off the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV. The full size NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream retails for $6 and the full size Urban Decay eyeshadow retails for $17. That is already a $23 value not factoring in the approximate value of the sample sized and makeup bag. I hope the bags continue to be this great every month, because as of right now MyGlam Bags are a solid win!

Visit www.myglam.com to sign up and start receiving MyGlam Bags!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

NYX Champagne and Caviar

NYX Champagne & Caviar (cell phone pic)
I just pulled this palette out to swatch it for the first time and wanted to share a quick photo. These are really pretty neutral colors with nice pigmentation and smooth texture. Like most of the products I have tried from NYX, I'm impressed! If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Naked palette or Naked2 from Urban Decay, this might be a great option for you. This palette retails at around $11 but I got it during the 40% off NYX sale on Cherry Culture last month. Here are some links if you are interested in purchasing it:

Buy it at Ulta! 
($10.99 but NYX is BOGO 1/2 off this week... and you can use coupon code 64069 to save $3.50 off any $10 purchase, or 11410 for $10 off any $60 online purchase! Codes valid through 12/17/11.)

Buy it at Cherry Culture!
($8.50 on sale, plus get an extra 20% off your entire purchase with code WHS20 through 12/15/11.)


Monday, December 5, 2011

Swatched: Urban Decay NAKED2

The long awaited sequel to the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palette is here! Naked2 is another set of 12 neutrals in a cool metal case. This time it comes with a mini Lip Junkie lipgloss in Naked and a double sided Good Karma eyeshadow brush. The first 5000 of these palettes went on sale on Thursday 12/1 just before 10 am PST on Urban Decay's website. I ordered mine and received an order confirmation within minutes. The palette was on my front porch by Saturday, 12/3. Every time I order something from their website, it arrives very quickly. They always pack everything well too, I have never had a problem with broken items. The consistency of their shipping speed and quality is very impressive.

Back to Naked2, I am already impressed with the case. While I was working on the photos below, I accidentally dropped the palette from a height of about 3 1/2 feet. The palette was closed, and I don't know if the results would have been the same if it had been open but in this case everything is still perfectly intact. (Whew! I would have hated to destroy my new palette within minutes of actually opening it.) The colors are all very beautiful, but I have slightly mixed reactions about them once swatched. In all of the following swatches, I swatched each color twice. The left side is with no base or primer and on the right it is over Urban Decay Primer Potion in original. With the metallic and shimmery shades the primer doesn't make much of a difference in the actual color. The couple matte shades are the ones that needed it the most.

Above are all the double swatches in a row. (Click on any of these photos to enlarge them.)

Here are the first three colors in the palette: Foxy, Half Baked and Bootycall. Foxy is a matte pale cream color. As you can see, it barely shows up on my skin. Even with the primer! It should still work as a highlight shade though. Half Baked is the only color that is a repeat from the original Naked palette. It is a light peachy gold color. While I love the color, I wish they had added another color instead so there were no repeats. I like to use this shade as an allover eyelid color. Bootycall is a very light slightly pinkish pearl shade. It has a nice smooth texture and would be good as a highlight.

The next three shades are Chopper, Tease and Snakebite. Chopper is a light peachy copper color. The texture is softer than some of the others, so be careful not to dig too hard into the eyeshadow or you will get far too much product. It appears to have glitter in it, at least when you look at the color in the pan. I don't see much glitter once it is swatched though. Tease is another matte shade. The color is a muted purpley gray. This is one of the shades I was most excited about in this palette. It takes some work to get color payoff, but I like the color so much I feel it's worth it. As you can see in the photo above, this is definitely one of those colors that behaves better with a primer. Snakebite is a deep bronze color with a slightly golden sheen to it. This is another color I was looking forward to and I think it will be a great crease color. It is also sort of soft, at least when swatching it with my finger.

The next three are Suspect, Pistol and Verve. Suspect is a very pretty light gold color. It is a neutral gold, no peachy tones here. Pistol is a light gunmetal gray color. This shade would be great for the crease for a lighter smokey eye! Verve is a frosty grayish pearl shade. I already have this color in my Rollergirl Palette and I love using it to highlight my inner corners of my eyes. Actually, Suspect is also in the Rollergirl Palette and I love using the two together.

The last three colors are YDK, Busted and Blackout. YDK is a little soft in texture. The color is sort of a metallic rose. Busted is a deep slightly plummy brown. I think these two colors would look great together, using YDK on your eyelid and Busted in your crease. Blackout is a matte black. As you can see, you get a much more intense black shade over primer.

Overall, Urban Decay makes great quality shadows and the brand is definitely one of my favorites but I wasn't blown away by this palette. If I could make any changes to it I wanted, I would scrap Half Baked and throw in another neutral color instead. I would also want to improve the color payoff in the matte shades, especially Tease. I don't care for double sided brushes too much, so I would have rather had just one full sized crease brush or a full sized liner. The mini Lip Junkie lip gloss is cute but tiny. Personally, I probably didn't need this one because I already have a lot of Urban Decay eyeshadows, but I do think there are some great colors in here and I know I will use it at least for those. If you don't already have a bunch of Urban Decay then this could be a great purchase for you.

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette! (currently out of stock as of 12/5, but they should be getting more in soon!)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Naked2 ONLINE!!

image from urbandecay.com

As of right now, the Urban Decay Naked2 palette is available on their website! Hurry Hurry, go now if you want one! I am guessing the first 5000 will sell out quick!

Buy the Naked2 Palette!!