My Favorite Urban Decay Products

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Urban Decay has come a looooong way since it’s initial offering of nail polish on the shelves of Hot Topic. Today the brand sports a wide variety of products that can make any beauty novice’s head spin. Like every beauty brand out there, the line sports some big hits and massive duds. I want to help you avoid the Urban Decay duds and give you what I feel are the standouts in the Urban Decay Line.

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24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – There are some products that just don’t live up to their cult status and hype. The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils deserve all the kudos they receive. These creamy, long wearing eye pencils definitely deserve all the praise they receive. Available in a stunning array of colors, there really is something for everyone in the 24/7 Glide-On Pencil line. While you might want to reach for trusty standby shades of brown or black, I suggest trying purples and greasy too as an alternative to “safe” colors. My picks are Smoke, Mushroom, Invasion, Vice and Empire.

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Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush – This face brush is hands down my favorite brush ever! It works with cream and liquids to give a perfect finish that you just have to see to believe. The Optical Blurring Brush handles well, has the perfect weight to it and also works to blend blush/bronzer/highlight. As a makeup artist it’s rare for me to be like, “OMG you must has dis brush??!”. The Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is a definite must have.

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L to R: Cannonball, Perversion and SuerCurl

Mascaras – Urban Decay does mascaras very, VERY well. With one exception (the new Fatty is HORRID!) you can’t really go wrong with Cannonball (Waterproof), Supercurl or Perversion. I love all three and use them each for different purposes. Cannonball when I need a waterproof option. Perversion when I want dark, glossy, intense lashes. Supercurl when I am looking for a denser, thicker lash or to hold a curl. I own all three and reach for them all equally but if I had to choose just ONE: Perversion ALL the way!

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Naked Basics – If you own one Urban Decay palette than the original Naked Basics is the one you SHOULD own. You can go from light wear, to work wear and then kick up for a smokey, night time look. All five shades in this palette are stunning, easy to work with and long wearing. Good mattes are hard to find and a predominantly matte palette that is not a chalk fest is even harder to find. Naked Basics is under $30 which also makes it a great palette at an awesome price.

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All Nighter Setting Spray – I find that not everyone needs to “set” there makeup with a powder. I only really recommend a powder to set if your really oily OR wearing a tinted moisturizer/BB/CC/DD/FF/AA cream and you’re looking to pump up the overage. Setting powders can be really hard to work with and they can take your perfect look to cake town if you’re not careful. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray is the perfect way to “set” your makeup without cake face OR correct cake face. Yes, you can fix over powdering with All Nighter (or any facial spray). Just spritz some All Nighter on a fluffy brush and gently buff away the excess powder on your face. You can also buy All Nighter in smaller purse sized travel packaging making touch ups easy!

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24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils – The cousin of their ultra famous 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, their lip pencil options are JUST as fabulous! The 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils are long wearing, they stay in place and they will keep your lip color locked in place for hours. What you don’t hear about these lip pencils is how creamy and pigmented the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils are. You can actually wear these all over lips (over a great balm if you suffer form dry chapped lips) without the tugging you normally get with most pencils. In the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil have a liner and long wearing lip color in one. Not looking for any color, try Ozone for a clear liner that keeps your lippies in place and adds subtle definition to your lips.

Honorable Mention goes to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation. It wears for hours, looks like skin, provides great coverage and photographs well. It can be a little drying so if you have drier, flakey skin this is not a foundation for you.

What are your favorites from Urban Decay? Let me know in the comments section below!

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The 411 on Charlotte Tilbury

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending The Makeup Show Chicago. I’ll be posting a wrap up of the weekend long event tomorrow but I wanted to touch on a brand that is new to me: Charlotte Tilbury! The line made it’s debut in Chicago at The Makeup Show Chicago and it won’t “officially” hit US stores until the fall. When Charlotte Tilbury launches it will be available at select Nordstrom in cities across the US. I am sworn to secrecy, but I can just say that Chicago and LA are two of the cities that will be home to a Charlotte Tilbury Counter.

Charlotte Tilbury organizes her products by “looks” which are loosely based on the celebrities that made the look popular. You can read more about her looks here. My favorite look is the Rock Chick. The stunning fact: ONE model for all ten looks below. Crazy what the power of makeup can do right?

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While I could not purchase¬†products at the show, I was able to test and play with the products they had on display and I did develop some early faves! The Filmstar Bronze and Glow turned me into a beautiful bronzed goddess (I wish I would have taken a picture of this on!), the Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils which transform based on your eye color, the Bronzer Brush which had such a luxury feel to it and the cult classic Charlotte’s Magic Creme.

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Swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils.

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

This line has a definite luxury feel and price. The packaging is very sleek and classic, reminiscent of old Hollywood. The brushes feel good in the hand and are very soft. The products I tested were soft, pigmented and wore well for hours in the heat (it was HOT in the show!). If I had to compare this line to one available in the US now I’d have to say it reminded me of Hourglass/Tom Ford in terms of packaging and price but I felt the overall quality of the Charlotte Tilbury line was a bit better.

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The Rock Chick in real life! Stunning!

While you cannot buy these products in store officially until the fall you can order these straight from the Charlotte Tilbury site AND score 25% off using the following code: CHICAGOMAKEUPSHOW . And yes, I do have permission to share this with EVERYONE. In order to get the code to apply correctly you have to first set your Country, State and ZIP to reflect the United States and then enter the code. Voila! This code expires tomorrow (6/11/14) at midnight.

I might have finally found my makeup weakness. I loved everything about my Charlotte Tilbury experience. With the line officially launching in select US Nordies this fall I think my pocketbook will be hurting but as long as I look like a million bucks who cares!?!? Do you own anything from Charlotte Tilbury’s line? Let me know in the comments section below.

Ashley