Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Review

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I have tried butt-loads of mascaras ranging from mostly drugstore to high end. I picked up a trial size of Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara during my last Sephora visit. For its price it’s nothing fantastic. I will give it major props for staying soft even after multiple coats. I never have that experience. It doesn’t totally live up to its claims. My lashes aren’t necessarily¬† bigger, badder, or blacker – which is my ultimate maraca goal, by the way. My lashes are straight, but long. Which means I need a curling, volumizing, and thickening mascara that will last all day. I know, it’s a lot to ask, but can’t a girl dream? I give this mascara a “B” because it wasn’t bad, in fact I generally liked it, but it’s price is too high for an averagely performing mascara.

The wand is great, it’s the type that separates and applies evenly.

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Brand: Urban Decay

Price: $22.00

Color: Black

Grade: B

Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think of it! I’m not sure if I’m willing to shell out 22 bucks each time I need a new mascara.

-Amanda

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The Balm Cosmetics Nude ‘Tude Palette Review

My taste in eyeshadow is strictly tailored towards neutrals. So, when I see a new neutral palette that catches my eye I just have to buy it. I hadn’t heard much of the Balm cosmetics before I received a sample of their highlighting powder in my Birchbox. I was thoroughly impressed and figured the same would happen with the eyeshadow. The palette is only $36.00 and when you subscribe to their email list you’ll be sent a coupon for 10% off, making the palette only $32.00. I consider that a great deal compared to the Naked palettes that ring in at a whopping $54.00. You can buy the palette here. It comes in two versions, Naughty and Nice, and they are identical except for the inside packaging.

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Here it is in comparison to the Naked 2 palette.

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And some swatches…

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The color payoff is excellent and there is minimal to no fall out. I love each of the shades, but my favorite is selfish. I can get many versatile looks out of this palette. Dare I say I use it even more than my Naked 2 palette? There are many options for day time and night time looks. There is also a great mixture of mattes and shimmers.

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Price: $36.00 ($32.00 with coupon)

Brand: the Balm cosmetics

Colors: Neutrals/Nudes

Grade: A

Let me know what you think of it and if you have any great looks to share!

-Amanda

DIY Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

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This is the recipe that I use to quickly clean my brushes. It is important to take proper care of your brushes, especially because of the bacteria that will grow. I know I want my brushes to last me a long time! All I do is pour a small amount onto some paper towel and wipe off my brush heads each day. That way you start over with clean brushes!

Supplies:

70% Isopropyl alcohol – 2 Tbsp.
Water – 1 Tbsp.

It’s that simple! If you want, you can add scented oils so you eliminate the alcohol smell.

Enjoy!