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!


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NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner

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NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner is a “new” (at least according to their website) pencil eyeliner that claims “24 hour wear”. The line comes in seven shades ranging from basic black to some fashion colors like sky blue and teal. Each NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner contains .0 1 oz of product and retails for just $3.99. You can find NYC Cosmetics at your local drugstores, big box stores and online. NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliners are hard to find in store in any of the more colorful shades. I’ve only ever seen Black and Dark Brown.

The NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown is an intensely pigmented, creamy, easy to blend, easy to apply, long wearing once it sets and waterproof .  Dark Brown is a smoky matte cool brown. I had zero issues applying Dark Brown to my waterline. It wore well through tearing thanks to  our especially windy weather as of late. There’s not really a ton to say about the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown other than it’s fabulous! Smoky brown perfection in pencil form. I grabbed Dark Brown because it reminded me of a recent fave that I raved about here. How does this drugstore liner compare to Lancome’s Liqui-Drama Eyeliner in Brûlée? Let’s find out.

So how does the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown compare to Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée? VERY WELL! Believe it or not this is an ALMOST a complete dupe for Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée. They differ in two key areas. Brûlée wears for a full 24 hours like the packaging claims, NYC’s Dark Brown does not. Dark Brown does wear extremely well for 12+ hours. Most of us don’t wear makeup for 24 hours (at least I hope not!) but you know how I am with marketing claims. NYC’s Dark Brown beats Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée when it comes to application. I found Dark Brown to be much more creamier, it glided on smoothly leaving a nice dark line with a single swipe. In terms of color match, NYC’s Dark Brown is just slightly darker than Lancome’s Brûlée. Personally, I prefer the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown to Lancome’s Brûlée.

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Color me shocked that this drugstore bad boy beat it’s higher end cousin. For just $3.99 NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown is a beauty steal and a MUST have! Are you a fan of NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner? Have you tried any of the other shades in the line? Let me know in the comments section below.