Everyday Look – UDXGWEN

If you share similar traditions to mine, the holiday season is just about to wrap up with Three Kings Day tomorrow. I know that most of my makeup loving friends received (or could’nt wait and ran out and bought) the ultra fabulous Urban Decay UDXGWEN palette as a gift over the holiday season. It is so easy to get caught up in the hype of new beauty products but often let them sit because we don’t know how to use them. Fortunately the UDXGWEN palette isn’t makeup rocket science. The palette is pretty neutral friendly. While I am normally all about simple “everday” beauty, I do like glitz and glam up my everyday looks every once in a while. I’m not going to bore you with the basics. I created a face chart for my current basic everyday look. I am going to give you tips on how to take my everyday look into the glam zone. This amplified look is perfect for running errands, lunch with the girls, a day at the office or a trip to the mall or a romantic date.

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Now that we have our basic everyday look to of the way let me give you some tips on how I turn this from boring everyday to “everyday glam”.

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Add Some Super Shimmer/Glitter – I know, I know glitter isn’t technically for everyday but just the tiniest amount of a light neutral glitter liner or glitter based shadow can add a slight pop to a neutral eye. My favorite place to add this is to the inner corner of the eye. It brings just the right amount of light to the eye without looking too overdone. In the face chart the lid color I used is very shimmery but you can still add more.

Switch Up the Lip Products – Swapping out your “My Lips But Better” shades for a holiday inspired red, berry or  even a brown can amp up your everyday looks without being too overdone. I want to say that switching up your lips is the easiest way to play with your everyday looks.

Plum/Mauve Blush – I love plum and mauve blushes SO much! And the winter time is one of the best seasons to wear them. Just a little bit of plum/mauve blush on the apples of your cheeks give that pretty sugar plum fairy flush.

Smoke Out Your Liner – Adding smoky liner is another easy way to make your everyday beauty look a little extra special. And it’s easy! With a brush or even a cotton swab you are going to lightly smudge some eye shadow into your upper and lower lash lines.

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You can use one or all of the tips above to transition your everyday beauty looks to one that is a bit more glam and a little less “natural”. Why not try to glam it up for yourself and ring in the new year feeling good on the outside.

Happy New Year!

Ashley

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it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream (C’mon it Cosmetics with the long name!) contains .406 fl. oz/1.08 f. oz. and retails for $15/$38.  This CC cream is available in five shades ranging from “Fair” to “Rich”. You can find It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC at online retailers an it Cosmetics retailers nationwide. This CC cream receives a TON of hype online so of course I wanted to give this perennial beauty fave a whirl to see if the accolades were earned or not.

I have to say that the  it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is a hit AND a miss in my book. I’ll start with the hits! This CC cream goes on beautifully, wears flawlessly on its own, is lightweight, doesn’t settle into pores and mimics the look of skin. It does a FABULOUS job at blurring pores/fine lines and leaves a beautiful dewy finish. The coverage on its own is light to light medium and not really buildable.  It wears for a good four to six hours on my skin alone but over primer and set with powder its the beast of the CC cream world: all day wear! I’ll have some minor splotchiness on the oiler parts of my skin at hour eight but otherwise  it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream wears beautifully! This is a great alternative to wearing liquid foundation if your looking for light to medium coverage and SPF. Dewy skin is hot for Spring 2015 and the  it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is a great way to get the same results in one product versus using several different products.

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It’s not all rainbows and unicorns with the  it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. My major gripe is not with the product itself but the ridiculous marketing claims. The packaging and the it Cosmetics website make some really amazing claims that their product just cannot possibly live up to.  First, the it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is touted to be your All In One product. I’ve even heard their rep on QVC claim: It’s all you’ll ever need. Que sideye… Really girl? After ten days of daily use I did not see softer, smoother skin, a reduction in wrinkles or smaller pores like their packaging claims. Last I checked there was no permanent way to minimize your pores.

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Wearing it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Light and spot concealer for my under eye area and chin. Taken with my IPhone  6.

it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is supposed to cover “everything”. I still found myself using concealer under my eyes and on a laser surgery scar (which is barely noticeable on its own) because I wasn’t getting the coverage that I needed. Multiple layers of this CC cream just does not cut it.  It Cosmetics also claims you’ll see a 179% increase in hydration IMMEDIATELY. I STILL had dry patchy skin in certain areas even when I didn’t set  it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with powder. I dislike when a good product is slapped with a ton of obviously false “clinically proven results’ and unfortunately the  it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream suffers from not meeting up to it’s own marketing hype.

Is it fabulousness in a tube? Yes, but is it the end all be all that it Cosmetics claims? Nope! I say ignore the insane claims on the packaging. You will absolutely need to use the it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with your other daily skin products. This is a PHENOMENAL product when used in conjunction with your daily lotions, potions and serums. Have you tried the it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream? Let me now what you thought about it in the comments section below.

X’s & O’s

Ashley