Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush

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When Urban Decay launched their Naked Skin foundation, it came along with a foundation brush called Optical Blurring, this brush is made perfect to apply the Naked Skin foundation.

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The brush is made of synthetic fiber, it is dense and soft,  if you are familiar with the Sigma Synthetic Kabuki brushes you will see that it is very similar to them, but the UD brush has longer bristles, Sigma ones are short and more dense.

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Now i have applied the Naked Skin foundation in several ways (like using a Sigma F84 which is an angled kabuki brush and BeautyBlender sponge) but non gave me a flawless result like it did when i used the Optical Blurring brush, it gave me a real airbrushed and soft look, it even gave more coverage than applying it with another brush.

Now i love using the Naked Skin foundation more after applying it with the Optical Blurring brush, they are perfect together!!

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And since i posted a makeup photo i will show you some of the products i usually use while applying makeup and that are my favorite, of course i spoke about Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation and the Optical Blurring brush which are perfect for a flawless finish, but before that i like to apply an oil free foundation primer from Smashbox that is called Photo Finish Light which is the oil free one and i have spoken about it in a previous post. After that i like to correct my skin with Bobbi Brown Corrector in the shade Peach that i apply it on the dark spots and on the undereye areas. For concealing the undereye areas my favorite concealer is Instant Age Rewind from Maybelline but unfortunately we dont have it in the UAE but you can order it online from amazon.com through Shop&Ship service from Aramex. For my eyebrows i am using a new product that i recently got from a brand called Beautiful Brows which i will have a different post about it soon, and as an eyeshadow primer i am currently using Primer Potion from Urban Decay. Sometimes i use Powderflage by Benefit to powder the undereye area after the concealer, as far as i know this is a discontinued product. The eyeshadow quad is from Bare Minerals that i lately got from Sephora in Dubai Mall, i havent seen it yet in Abu Dhabi branch, this quad is all neutral and browns that is called The Truth. I like using it when i cant decide what makeup to go for, it can go with anything.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette

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First of all, i am happy to announce that finally we have Urban Decay (and Too Faced) brands in Abu Dhabi at the recently opened Sephora store at Al Wehda Mall. Of course my information is not new since the store was opened several months back, my bad that i didnt update my website sooner.

Anyways, this is a quick photo review about the latest palette by Urban Decay called Smoked, this palette is created to have the perfect colors to create a smokey eye and i think the choice of colors are brilliant.

No surprise that the quality and pigmentation of UD eyeshadows are amazing, except of the fall outs which you have to be careful about while doing your makeup.

This is the outside box of the palette, i like the font they used to write “smoked” and i also liked the idea of having a kind of matte black box and the writing is shining “foiled”. You will also know what the box contains from the white writing on the left lower corner where it has, of course, the Smoked Palette, a 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in black which is one of the best eye pencils in the market, an eyeshadow primer potion and a “how-to-look” book.

This is the back of the outside box, you can see all the eyeshadow colors and its names, in addition to the eye pencil and a picture of the primer potion. I believe this is the new tube of the primer.

This is the smoked palette which comes in a shape of a pouch with a zipper, the pouch feels leathery and nice but i know this kind of leather tend to get dirty in no time. And this is also the size of the primer potion that comes with the palette, it can be found in one side of the box, so make sure if you got the palette to open the box from two sides to get the palette from one side and the primer from the other.

As i said the palette comes in a shape of a pouch with a very neat zipper, i hate this kind of palettes for no reason but when you think about it they are very secure for carrying in a bag or while traveling, the box will never accidental open like some cases with other palettes.

The beautiful palette from the inside, you have 5 colors on top and 5 colors below and the eye pencil comes in the middle, as i said this eye pencil is really good and creamy, one of the best eye pencils in the market. You have 4 matte eyeshadows and 6 shimmery ones.

A closer look on the colors, as you can see the black and brown are matte colors but Mushroom is shimmery.

Kinky and Freestyle are also matte colors, those are suitable for wearing on all over lid of highlighting “Kinky”. Mushroom is the only shimmery color on the upper line.

Those are the beautiful and shimmery colors from the lower line, Barlust is my favorite color which i like to wear on all over lid.

The last two colors in the palette which are also shimmery, you can tell from the photos how beautiful the colors are and if you are familiar with UD eyeshadow quality you will know how beautiful they will turn out in real. As i said before UD eyeshadows are really pigmented and beautiful especially the shimmery colors.

 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

This is the new lightweight foundation by Urban Decay, i wasnt surprised when they called it “Naked” skin after the outrageous success of their original Naked and Naked 2 eyeshadow palettes.

 

The bottle is a bit taller than usual and here is a comparison in size between Naked Skin and Makeup Forever HD foundation.

The bottle comes with a pump, and the amount of product that comes out of a single pump is reasonable, i mostly use two pumps for a full face, so to me one pump is little. The product is pretty runny and maybe that’s why it is light weighted.

They made the numbering system easy, first of all make sure that you know which skin tone you have, are you warm or cool? The numbers that ends with (.0) are for warm skintones, the ones that ends with (.5) are for cool skintones.


Regarding coverage, its is light, so dont expect much of its coverage, you have to work on correcting your face properly before applying the foundation and i like using the corrector by Bobbi Brown. It says that the foundation is buildable but i dont like adding to much product on my face, if it didnt give me a full coverage from the first or second application then i wont try to add more.

The foundation has a demi matte finish but at the same time it gives a little glow, and it does last long, i didnt need to touch up for more than 6 hours which is really good for an oily skin. The foundation is oil free, some product claim to be oil free but they dont feel like it once i wear them, you can tell what the real product once you try it but this one is true to its word.

Apart from what it says about the foundation, this is what i personally think of it: once i apply it i feel my skin is “naked”, like i didnt apply anything, just looking straight at my bare skin but at the same time it looks smooth and almost flawless, i know that i wore makeup but my skin doesnt really tell that. Who is seeking a natural foundation that enhances the skin and look then this is the one.

The only thing i didnt like about this foundation is its strong smell, it reminds me of the chemical smell of MAC foundations, other than this i didnt see anything i didnt like.

The way i apply this foundation: After applying primer, i apply foundation on all over my face (you can use any brush like MAC 190 or Sigma F60) but i usually use Real Technique  Stippling brush, then by using a Sigma F84 i just dab it on my skin, the foundation is light so it will blend in no time.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation is going to be available at Sephora stores starting first of December, this is what the saleslady at Sephora store told me.

How To Create A Perfect Bun

I have been watching all those endless hair style photos wondering how to create a perfect high bun at home, the photos seem very simple and effortless but i dont want to go to the salon to do such a simple thing! It’s like i’m still wondering how to straighten my hair and not knowing yet about hair straighteners.

Once i discovered how to do it i thought to myself how on earth i didnt know about it before!! it is so simple and only takes 3 minutes to create such perfect bun!

All you need is a mesh “donut” bun maker (you can also use a sock, a tutorial will show you how to make one), bobby pins (as much as you need) and elastic,rubber bands.

Those mesh donut buns are available at many stores but i have seen different sizes and colors available at Madi International in Abu Dhabi.

Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer

Winner of Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Award for Best Primer.

The Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer is ideal for oily, acne prone and sensitive skin because it is oil free, 60% water based and enriched with vitamins and antioxidants to help reduce fine lines and the appearance of open pores. The Photo Finish Light Primer is formulated to absorb excess oil for a matte finish all day.

This is one of the best primers i have ever used, first of all i love its lightweight feel and smooth application, it gives a velvet finish but not as obvious as Too Faced primer, it feels so soft and smooth that makes applying the primer is one of the best moments while wearing makeup :p

Again foundation primers are used to hold makeup and make it last way longer, very recommended for oily skin and will help the foundation not oxidize which happens fast with oily skins.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

When i first saw this product at Bloomingdales and tested it which i usually do on the back of my hand i instantly loved it, this Clinique BB Cream is a alot different from the one i use from Garnier. Garnier BB cream is very thick, heavy and a bit oily for my skin, but Clinique wasnt and i felt it more suitable for my skin and i immediately purchased it.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream comes with a sun protection of SPF 30 in addition to antioxidants to prevent imperfections. Clinique BB Cream (as most BB cream problem) only comes in 3 shades.

Surprisingly, once i applied it on my skin i got a shocked and horror look on my face, even if the cream looks dark squeezing it out of the tube or  swatching it on my hand it turns shades lighter than its actual color, it feels and smell alot like a sun block. Once i applied it on my skin it no longer looks like a BB cream but more like a regular sun block, the scent is overwhelming and i dont know how the color transferred shades lighter, even though it looks pretty dark.

 

Have You Met My Gunnar?

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GUNNARS are high tech computer eyewear designed to protect, enhance and optimize your vision

If you spend long hours facing a computer/laptop screen then you will know what kind or problems you will be having afterwards, like eye fatigue, irritation, headache, and all comes mostly from the blue light and glare coming from the screen.And that’s why the glasses come with yellow shade, you will notice an immediate change of screen color once you wear it, and instantly you wont be irritated from the glare.

I am the kind of person who likes to get full brightness out of the screen and i know this annoys me sometimes, but wearing Gunnars i dont feel irritated at all, i can open my eyes fully which i usually half shut after a period of time facing a glared screen.Plus the glasses are lightweighted, very comfortable to wear for hours. The only problem with it, and same problem occurs while wearing regular sunshades that i feel an uncomfortable pain behind my ears after an hour or so. Does anyone have the same problem or is it just me?

So Gunnars comes in two different categories:

1. Advanced Computer Eyewear,:which is divided into Amber (for normal computer users) and Crystaline (for graphic designers and film/photo editors and creative persons). Crystaline doesnt come as yellow as the others so the colors wont change much.

2. Advanced Gaming Eyewear: this one is designed specially for games, it also has a yellow lens.

To know more detailed information about Gunnars visit their website, you can also order online.

I got an Amber one which is for normal computer using, and the model i got is called Groove.

Blush Highlighter by Lancome

I find it a bit weird to call this product a “blush highlighter”, i am not sure exactly what they meant with it, but its a typical frosty highlighter, i love the flower shape and the color is amazing, a bit too frosted for daytime, a small amount is enough. The color ( Moonlight Rose) is rosy champagne which i absolutely love.

 

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes vs. Star Mascaras

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Lately, i was in the makeup hunting mood (for other than MAC) and i came across the Lancome Hypnose Star mascara with its glittery packaging that really caught my eyes, its super pretty and when i went home i realized i actually got one as a mini mascara in one of the GlamBox.ME boxes, and not only this but i also got the other one that is called Doll Eyes.
Honestly, i wished i paid attention to them before and tested them before buying Star, if i did i wouldn’ve gone for the Doll Eyes and here i will show you why.

Lancome Hypnose Star mascara is really beautiful if you wanted a natural finish lashes, the mascara doesnt clamp and is perfect to work with on the lower lashes too. The mascara brush has a thinner tip that goes wider on the bottom. The downside about this mascara is that it is flat from one side, so as you can see in the photo the brush looks thin, it is hard to apply the mascara without twisting it to find the right angle to work with.
The final finish: will give you a natrual looking long lashes and thats it, it doesnt give volume or anything super special.

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara. Probably you can tell from the photo of the brush that you will have better results since it is fully rounded, it still has the thinner tip to wider base and still this gives an easy movement of the brush and works easy on lower lash line, again it doesnt clump but it will take a several coats to give the full lash effect.
The final finish: long voluminous lashes, no clamps at all. The lashes look pretty neat afterwards which i absolutely love.

I prefer Doll Eyes and i wished i tried the testers i had before, i will definitely would’ve gone get the full size instead of Star. Again i will pay more attention to what i have in my GlamBox.Me