Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara

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Urban Decay does A LOT of things right when it comes to cosmetics. How I am just now reviewing the new and improved Big Fatty is beyond me. I reviewed the previous one years ago (back when my mascara reviews were new and I sucked at ‘em) and now I’m back with an updated review. This review will replace the old Big Fatty mascara review. Which is a good thing because I like this version A LOT better.

P.S. – I got a lightbox this weekend and I’ve been messin’ around with some shots. Please excuse ‘em if things look a little funky.

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Price: $20 at Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This new formula is buildable, virtually weightless, smudge-proof, flake-proof, and provides ultra-long wear. Unlike other thickening mascaras, which can clump, this high-tech, moisturizing formula includes hemp seed oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, and purisilk SPB to condition lashes and maintain a soft feel. The uniquely shaped, big molded brush actually latches onto lashes to load mascara evenly to each lash. The most exciting thing: The tip of the brush is covered in small bristles, specially made to deftly handle your tiny lower and corner lashes. No need to buy a special mascara for your corner lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I especially love it because it’s a preservative-free mascara. Woo hoooo!

What I Loved About It: You’ll get pretty good length and volume with only two coats.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is a bit tricky to use.

Overall: Well, well, welllllll. Funny story about this mascara. I was telling my friend that  I was wearing Big Fatty and she goes into this long and hilarious story about how her family used to call her “Big Fatty” up until a few years ago. The crazy thing is, she’s super slim. But she’s a slim gal that can put away a plate of food in minutes. So yeah. Funny stuff.

Like most Urban Decay products, this mascara is free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and pthalates.  So if you’ve got eyes that are super sensitive, you’ll appreciate this mascara little bit more. Now when it comes to the wand, the first glance of it may terrify you.

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Because it totally terrified me. It’s a great wand but it’s a victim of what I like to call the “Black Abyss” effect. Some mascaras have great wands but the tube has a huge hole that makes removing some of the mascara residue difficult.

See what I mean?

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I hate when this happens but it doesn’t always mean that a mascara is doomed. If you have a few minutes to wipe away the excess mascara sludge, you can reveal enough of the wand and its bristles to sweep it through the lashes. So yeah, mascaras like this do require a little more time but I think the results are worth it. I did struggle with using the ball on the end to apply mascara to the inner lashes though. I couldn’t remove enough mascara to make it happen without getting mascara all over my lids.

Formula-wise, it’s on the thicker side but mainly because it’s a volumizing mascara. On the good side, this means if you’re a fan of only applying one 1 of mascara, you can do with no problems. On the bad side, this means that if you aren’t careful when applying more than 1 coat of mascara, you may end up with some clumps. And I certainly wouldn’t recommend more than 2 coats with this baby.

So after you’ve removed the excess mascara from the wand and decided if you’re going to apply 1 or 2 coats, the actual application is simple. The bristles are nice and stiff and make it so you can sweep through the lashes while separating them. Any mascara that allows separating is the mascara for me! With just 1 coat, lashes look noticeably darker and plumper. The second coat just adds the icing on the cake and you’re left with nice volumized lashes with a bit of length to ‘em that will last all day. Yep, although it’s not a waterproof mascara, it does darn well at lasting throughout the day without any smudging and flaking.

 

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: I do! Especially if you’re an Urban Decay lover. I think you’ll love this one.

 

So whatcha think? Think a mascara like this is worth your time?


Urban Decay’s Vice palette – my new beauty BFF

Look at me! Look at me! I’m wearing eyeshadow again.

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This is like 2 weeks in a row. I’m so proud of myself. I’m just sayin’… When you go from being too lazy and not doing anything more than mascara and liner to actually doing full-blown eyeshadow looks, you have to kinda pat yourself on the back. And don’t think I didn’t. :cool: Today’s look is brought to you by Urban Decay’s Vice palette.

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Yep yep. Have you gals seen this palette in person yet? O.M.G…online pictures hardly do it. If you’re near a Sephora, do yourself a favor and check out this palette. You’ll likely be shelling out the $60 for this baby.

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Yeah, I know. It’s not the world’s most affordable palette but me thinks Sephora’s Friends & Family sale is coming around soon and this palette should definitely be on top of your list. First, let’s see what Sephora says about this palette,

“This decadent collection of shades has a mix of mattes, satins, shimmers, neutrals, and brights, offering a lot of something for everyone. This sleek purple case is beautifully minimal and classic. Press to open and the dampened hinge slowly treats you to a glimpse of the booty inside. The palette also includes a large mirror and double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush.” (source)

So wait…20 eyeshadows of various textures AND a double-ended brush? Makes that price seem a little bit better, uh? After all, this isn’t just any kind of palette. This is an Urban Decay palette. Which means the shadows are going to perform impeccably. Yup. Let’s work our way from the outside in.

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The box that the palette comes in showcases the shadows on the back which is extremely helpful. And shout-out to Urban Decay for naming their shadows. Many brands don’t feel the need to name the eyeshadows in their palettes and I find it to be crazy frustrating. And this is one sturdy palette, homies. I can’t but my finger on the material that it’s made out of it but it’s solid and long-lasting. It feels like a rubberized finish and I love how it’s smudge-proof too.

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It’s definitely one of the most durable palettes I’ve ever come across. And then when you pop it open, well, it’s just pretty mind blowing. I can’t even begin to put my finger on some of the best shades in this baby. Okay, I lied. I can. There’s Chaos…

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And Noise…

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The lovely Vice.

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And Penny Lane…

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I love a palette with the perfect mix of bold and neutral shades and the Vice palette does this beautiful. Time for some swatches!

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(L-R)
Desperation, Mused, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane

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Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market

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Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor

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Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced

Beautiful shades, uh? Am I in love with everyone? Nopers, but how many times have you loved EVERY shadow in a palette? The bright blue matte called Chaos is gorgeous and all but it’s tough to pack on the skin. Of course a base will help it really pop. The jet black stain that is Black Market is a STUNNING black. I love sheerer colors too. Anonymous works as a stunning browbone color for me. I find that most of the shades are workable. And for this look…

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I only used 3 eye shadows.

LID – Unhinged (metallic electric turquoise with shimmer finish)
CREASE – Laced (opaque pinky taupe with matte finish)
BROWBONE – Anonymous (opaque almond with matte finish)

Not too shabby, uh? That blue eye took me all of 5 minutes to do. Yessir. I’m lovin’ the Vice palette. There are a tooooon of looks you can create with it. It’s currently available on Sephora.com and if the $60 price tag has you a bit queasy, the holidays are rollin’ around. :wink: Know what I mean?

Any lovers of this palette? How awesome is that electric turquoise?

Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil set

Oh snitty-aaaaap! Urban Decay has another eyeliner set and of course eye am alllll over it. Hehe! See what I did there?

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First of all, if you haven’t tried any of Urban Decay’s eyeliners, you don’t know what you’re missin’. I’m not even exaggerating. Everything about their liners are awesome and they are definitely worth the $16 price tag. And this is coming from a cheap gal like myself. Yeah, I’ll testdrive drugstore eyeliners but for everyday use, I am always returning to Urban Decay’s Zero eyeliner. I can’t help it. I find it to be the blackest, most long-lasting awesomeness eyeliner everrrrrr. Oh, and they are paraben-free too which I know is important to a lot of folx.

This set is the newest UD eyeliner set on the block and it’s pretty rad. Mostly because a great deal of the shades are wearable for all makeup lovers. Now before you get too excited, these are the travel version of the eyeliners but whatever because if you’re like me, you’ll get good use out of ‘em nonetheless.

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Urban Decay has a set of eyeliners with bolder colors but I like how every shade in this collection is wearable and practical. For $38, you’ll get 6 eyeliners that are perfect for use on the lower lashline, as an eyeshadow base and my favorite, on the waterline. As a gal with insanely sensitive eyes, I find Urban Decay’s liners to be the BEST when it comes to all day wear. I can apply a liner on my waterline at 7am and I can always guarantee that by 7pm, it’ll still be there. Even if I’ve sweated, cried or dunk my face in a bucket of water. Yep.

Say hello to the sexy 6.

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Pretty stuff. uh? The fantastic gunmetal shimmer that is Uzi will be gorgeous with a smokey eye. Zero and Demolotion are both black and brown mattes and Smog is the bronze-y version of Uzi. The last two are my favorite. Obviously, right?

Empore is some kind of awesome.

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…and it’s really hard to explain what color it is because there are so many colors intertwined. It’s a bluey purple. It probably looks different on different eye colors but on me it looks a bit more purple, uh?

And then there’s Mainline…

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Such a rich and beautiful teal. Corporate America or not, I will most certainly rock these shades to work. They’re that pretty but also that unassuming. So yeah. If you’re a typical black or brown eyeliner gal but want to step outside of the box a bit, this collection is totally up your alley.

And it should also be up your alley because it’s Urban Decay. Nuff said. These are currently available on both Sephora.com and UrbanDecay.com. If you find the price to be a little too steep, keep your eyes peeled for deals and sales at both Sephora and on UrbanDecay’s website. They come around pretty frequently and it’s the best time to stock up on your beauty lemmings.

Now tell me…which shade is your fave?

 

Urban Decay Friends and Family sale starts today!

 

It’s hereeee! Urban Decay’s Friends and Family sale starts today so if I made you all weak in the knees with wanting that awesome Naked Liquid foundation, now is your chance to grab it 20% off. See how much I look out for y’all? :cool:

The sale ends on Saturday, October 13th so you’ve only got a few days to get your discounted shop on. And I’m almost positive that the sale includes already discounted items as well. *squeals* Don’t forget to use discount code FFHOLIDAY12 at checkout.

 

Other Urban Decay recs of mine:
Lush Lash mascara – awesome mascara! Check out my review.
Eyeshadow Primer Potion – It’s only the best ever.
Naked 2 palette – I’m still the beauty loser who hasn’t tried out 1 or 2. I think this sale may convince me to splurge.
24/7 Double-Ended Glide On Pencil – I use Zero daily and Whiskey is the perfect color for more subtle looks.

Happy shopping!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – best liquid foundation EVER!

Look at me! I’m reviewing a foundation! It’s a well known Clumps of Mascara fact that I like to be foundation-free. Between being too lazy to applying it each morning, not wanting to deal with it potentially coming off in the Florida heat AND having this inherent fear that it’ll cause breakouts, I do just fine with applying concealer and powder. But every now and then, I can’t ignore the hype every time a brand releases a new foundation. Such was the case with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup.

Before I even get into my experience of using this foundation, let’s check out the specs.

-Gives a demi-matte to matte finish
-Includes anti-aging properties like Matrixyl 3000
-Hygienic pump makes for less product waste
-Formula is without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and phthalates
-Available in 18 shades
-Transparent bottle lets you know when it’s time to re-up.

Biggest selling point to me? The fact that it’s free from synthetic ingredients. Win, win and win again! If I’m going to slather a foundation all over my face, I’d much rather it be one that is on the gentler side. First impressions of this foundation were like any other that I’ve tried. It intimidated me. I stared at the bottle forever trying to figure out how to apply the foundation. What kind of brush should I use? Should I use a brush at all? These are the things beauty anxieties are made of. Fo real, y’all.

But honestly, application was really very easy. I grabbed my trusty ecoTOOLS skunk brush…

..and got to work. I squirted a bit of the foundation on the back of my hand, stipled the brush in the foundation and then dabbed all over my face.

I find this the easiest way to apply liquid foundation. I’m sure there are better or easier techniques but I’m an old lady who likes to stick with what she knows. Plus, applying liquid foundation this way feels so good on my skin. It doesn’t feel like work. It feels like I’m pampering my skin.

The first time I had this foundation on, I had to do a double-take because I just didn’t LOOK like I applied anything. In fact, I ended up washing my face and starting over except only applying foundation on one side of my face. See a difference?

I do too but it’s not a drastic change. And I’m not complaining because I hate nothing more than the obvious foundation look. More than anything, I didn’t FEEL like I had on foundation. I’ve been wearing this daily for a few weeks (with a few breaks in between) and haven’t had any problems whatsoever. Oh oh! And let’s not even talk about how dead on the color matches my complexion. I’m wearing 12.0 and even at first swatch, I knew it would be a match made in heaven.

So yes, Urban Decay…YES! Y’all knocked this foundation out of the park. Any time a self-proclaimed foundation hater can brag about a product, you know it’s good. I love how long-lasting this foundation is. And it’s not only incredibly lightweight, but it also wears well in the Florida humidity. Which says a lot.

Quite honestly? I can’t find one thing to complain about when it comes to this baby. Ah yes….the lack of sunscreen. That part does annoy me a bit because I feel like all foundations should have some dose of sunscreen in ‘em. But thankfully the powder I use to top off the foundation has sunscreen in so, so I’m covered there.

I can’t even complain about the price tag because at $38, it really isn’t THAT steep. You can grab a bottle of this magical foundation stuff at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Have any of you foundation-wearin’ gals tried this foundation yet?

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara

Huge news, y’all! This mascara review makes the 150th mascara review added to the Clumps of Mascara Mascara Bin. It’s hard to believe that I’ve tested over 150 mascaras AND wrote reviews for them. Is there a Guinness World Records section for something like this? Seriously. In honor of the 150th mascara review, I’ll be giving away UD’s Lush Lash. Aaaaand, it’s an International-friendly giveaway! Details after review!

Price: $20 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “A thickening and lengthening mascara formulated to help lashes actually grow longer. ” (source)

The Truth: The wand is a dream!

What I Loved About It: This mascara lengthens nicely.

What I Didn’t Like: You probably won’t get the complete benefits of this mascara unless you use it in conjunction with Urban Decay’s Lush Lash System (Growth Accelerating Serum and Conditioning Mask). And that goes for $42.

Overall: Here’s the dealio, because I can’t spend weeks reviewing a mascara, I won’t be able to say much about this mascara’s ability to make the lashes healthier over time. What I will do is rap on the awesomeness that is the wand, the formula and whether or not the mascara’s overall performance is up to par.

Let’s take a look see at the wand.


Nice, uh? This is the perfect wand for maneuvering through wonky lashes. The bristles are smaller than I’d like but at least they are sturdy.

Formula-wise, I think this one’s formula is nice. It plops itself on the wand easily and distributing it on the lashes is easy. It flaked a bit on me throughout the days I wore it but this can be alleviated but applying a coat of your favorite mascara primer before applying the mascara.

This baby promises to thicken and lengthen and I think it does a darn good job. Like I think it does better lengthening than thickening, I love that I can apply 2-3 coats without it clumping up on me. I didn’t get insanely longer lashes with Lush Lash, but I find it be the perfect everyday mascara. Aaaand, if I weren’t too busy reviewing so many other mascaras, I would definitely use this for days and weeks at a time to see if helped lead me to healthier lashes. It’s been such a long time since I’ve reviewed an Urban Decay mascara and it’s a plum shame because Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands.

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Lashes after 3 coats



Do I recommend it?: Sure do. Especially if you need a good separating mascara.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

 


POLL: Will you get the Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette?

If anyone knows how to work beauty junkies into a massive  frenzy, it’s Urban Decay. Their legendary Naked palette was notorious for being out of stock both online and in stores. While it found its place in permanent makeup land, beauty lovers now have the Naked palette 2 to obsess over.

Considering I’ve got a mess load of similar shades, I decided not to get the original Naked palette. Vex in the City’s swatches, however, have me thinking about putting the Naked  2 on my birthday list. You know…in case Esposo asks. Then again, I’ve been a beauty lover for a good  5 years or so and I find it hard to get excited over repeat products and Naked 2 looks a lot like the original Naked.

Aside from the packaging, they could pass for twins. Not to mention – while I don’t have neutral shadows like this in ONE palette, I’m sure if I search my shadow collection enough, I could find dupes of these. Boy, I tell ya….being a beauty blogger brings about a level of discernment. No longer can I just buy products because of the hype. I be breakin’ it down yo.

What about you?

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Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof mascara

Ahhh yesss, what beach babe doesn’t need a good waterproof mascara? Here’s the thing…I don’t actually WEAR mascara when I’m going to the beach. But if I’ve been out and about all day and then head to the pool or beach, a waterproof mascara is totally ideal. They are also fantastic for ladies with allergies, heavy sweaty Betty’s (like me) and anyone who wants a mascara that will last all day.

This isn’t the first time Urban Decay has done a waterproof mascara. But this is the first time I’ve really been excited about one. I mean…ULTRA waterproof? That just sounds cool, uh?

Price: $20 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara’s light gel formula has been rigorously field-tested in the ocean as well as the sweat-drenched gym. The exclusive Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the dense, fuzzy brush to increase seductive length and volume, without ever flaking off and compromising your lashes’ natural feathery texture. Mermaids can now sing their siren songs with abandon, and high maintenance types can cry all they want. (source)


The Truth: I totally love that Urban Decay used “mermaid” in describing how awesome the mascara is. Ha!!

What I Loved About It: It has a very cool wand. VERY cool. And if you look closely, you’ll notice that it is indeed a fiber mascara.

What I Didn’t Like: It really wasn’t all that ultra. Waterproof? Sure. Ultra? Meh. And I would have loved more volume. But you knew I would say that, uh?

Overall: I’m not sure what I expected when I first tried this mascara. When I review waterproof mascaras, I put them under quite a bit of scrutiny. They not only have to be awesome when it comes to not budging a bit when it comes in contact with water, sweat or humidity, but they must also provide a good amount of volume. I mean, what’s the point of a rocking mascara if it doesn’t really LOOK like I have on mascara? Know what I mean? That said, Cannonball is just okay. I didn’t find it to be terribly volumizing and while it did okay while splashing at the beach, I noticed that it began flaking a bit after awhile. Womp. That sucks. I expected more. The “Lashes after 2 Coats” picture shows a bit of flakiness I got hours after applying the mascara. It wasn’t a complete bust because I still have some mascara on the lashes. But not enough that satisfies the “I need big lashes” monster inside of me.

Bare Lashes

 


Lashes with 2 Coats of mascara

 

Do I recommend it?: If you’re in the mood to try something new, give it a whirl. But if you’re a “I need super volumized lashes” kind of gal, this mascara ain’t the one for you.

But I can’t help but love the name. I love Urban Decay and their unique product names.

Have you tried this mascara yet? Whatcha think?