Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Urban Decay's Vice Palette

One of my makeup vices...Urban Decay of course, and their new Vice palette is gorgeous!!!  This palette boasts 20 never before seen shadows (brand new! not just renamed...hello, Alice in Wonderland palette) in an array of mattes, shimmers, brights, satins, and neutrals.  Great for the color timid or color crazy!  I found the colors all highly pigmented with the exception of the sparkly shades, those were still pigmented but weren't as dense as the other shadows.  They're super blendable and won't fade as the day wears on.  The jeweled case is beautiful and I love how the lid slowly opens with the push of a button.  Everytime I press it, I hear "Ahhhhhhhhhhh!"   The case does pick up oil easily though, so don't put lotion on your hands and then pick it up...you'll leave greasy finger prints (learned that the hard way).  So, the colors are Desperation (greyish taupe brown matte-satin), Muse (dark reddish brown w/golden and multidimensional shimmer), Jagged (matte black base w/gold metallic), Blitz (bright gold metallic), Penny Lane (bronze metallic w/gold glitter), Junkie (dark green-blue w/gold shimmer), Chaos (vibrant royal blue w/very subtle shimmer), Unhinged (electric turquoise blue metallic), Occupy (dark grey-blue metallic), Black Market (dark charcoal black matte-satin), Provocateur (light greyish pink w/lots of multidimensional glitter), Rapture (dark greyish purple w/multidimensional shimmer), Vice (dark eggplant w/subtle red shimmer), Noise (dark reddish-pink metallic w/big gold glitter), Armor (greyish brown metallic w/silver micro-glitter), Nevermind (light taupey-brown shimmer), Echo Beach (light wheat-champagne shimmer), Anonymous (light whitish-pink nude matte), Freebird (light peachy-pink w/silver micro-glitter) and Laced (pinky-taupe matte).   Colors I love so far; Blitz, Penny Lane, Junkie, Chaos, Unhinged, Vice, and Nevermind.  Colors not so loved; Jagged (thought I would love it, glitter killed it), Armor (again, damn glitter), and Freebird (guess why).  I love glitter, but it seems to just kill the color.  This palette also comes with their Good Karma double ended brush, which is a nice bonus.

All in all I love this palette, I just have two complaints...uno, the price...not everyone has $59 to shell out on a palette and dos, some of the eyeshadows are really soft, which is good for blendablility, but bad for fall out and accidently gouging your shadows.  If it falls, bye bye pretty eyeshadows.  Anywho, here's the swatches.

 Pretty Package, love the jeweled letters
 
Love the big mirror!  Thank goodness for no crazy frills this time like the last palette.

All the gorgeous shadows! Row one; desperation, muse, jagged, blitz, penny lane. Row two; junkie, chaos, occupy, unhinged , black market.  Row three; provacateur, rapture, vice, noise, armor.  Row four; nevermind, echo beach, anonymous, freebird, laced.

desperation, muse, jagged, blitz, penny lane, with camera flash, indoor lighting
 
desperation, muse, jagged, blitz, penny lane, no camera flash, indoor lighting
 
desperation, muse, jagged, blitz, penny lane, outdoor lighting

junkie, chaos, occupy, unhinged , black market, with camera flash, indoor lighting

junkie, chaos, occupy, unhinged , black market, no camera flash, indoor lighting

junkie, chaos, occupy, unhinged , black market, outdoor lighting

provacateur, rapture, vice, noise, armor, with camera flash, indoor lighting
 
provacateur, rapture, vice, noise, armor, no camera flash, indoor lighting
 
provacateur, rapture, vice, noise, armor, outdoor lighting

nevermind, echo beach, anonymous, freebird, laced, with camera flash, indoor lighting
 
nevermind, echo beach, anonymous, freebird, laced, no camera flash, indoor lighting

nevermind, echo beach, anonymous, freebird, laced, outdoor lighting



Monday, September 10, 2012

New Zuca Bag (Sephora Pro Rolling Bag)

I have been wanting a Zuca bag forever, but had been putting it off because they are sooo expensive, around $300.  I received an email from Sephora with their summer clearance and they had a Zuca bag for $140!!!  Plus I had an extra 10% off VIB coupon!  I got the bag, tax and all, for $130!  I was beyond excited!  It arrived probably about a week ago and I love it!  The only thing I don't like is the big "Sephora" logo across it, but I'm going to replace it with my company logo so it's all good.  I haven't organized the bag yet because I'm going to Vegas this weekend and want to buy extra organization bags to go in it from Make Up For Ever, but once I get it all organized, I'll do another blog post.  For now, here's all about the bag! 
 
Front: The Sephora flap has a magnetic snap, underneath is the zipper to open the bag
 
Right Side:  Has two zipper pockets, both are pretty deep.  This bag also has the one wheel on the bottom (some have two wheels).  Because it has only the one wheel, this bag can be a carry on for plane travel, the two wheeled bags are not carry ons.
 
Left Side: Two pockets like the right side
 
Back: Extendable arm for wheeling the bag around, pocket to put i.d.

Inside Zuca bag: Deep and roomy inside for lots of storage and organization.  Mesh hammock pocket on top of bag, two mesh pockets on the open flap.  Lots of room in all pockets.  None useless.
 
The Zuca bag came with 5 vinyl lined organization pouches that act as stackable drawers.  I love that they have a clear top so I can see everything in them. The pouches offer lots of storage space for super easy organization and are washable. 

Top:  This bag has an aluminum frame, so it's super light but strong, and can hold a good amount of weight.  The seat on top can hold 300lbs.  Great if you get to a shoot or to a wedding where there's no place to sit or have people sit.  You (or clients) can sit on the bag!  (You can also buy a seat cushions at the Zuca website)

The bag came with this water resistant dust cover too!  Great for protecting your bag while you travel or from raining weather!

The dust cover offers a zipper in back so you can still extend the arm and roll the bag around.  It also has a pocket to put i.d.