Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Eyes, Hair, and Twins


I was hoping to do an outfit post this week, to work on overcoming my nervousness about that. But since the weather isn't cooperating, I'm pushing that back for a while. I am not about to go stand outside to take pics, and all my pretty Christmas decorations are down. I don't do cold.
There aren't many posts about "dupes", or knock off brands of makeup on my blog. But this is a pretty good one. And let me preface this by saying I love my Urban Decay products. I don't think I have any other eyeshadow that holds a candle to this, but let's face it, it's not cheap. So, I have a back up palette that I use.
It is from Physician's Formula, in the color shades "Nude". This brand has always worked well for me. I use their powder and blush occasionally. They are great for oily skin that is prone to breakouts from time to time. The case is super cute. Not sure why I like it so much, but I do. They make several eye shadow palettes in different colors, but this one is my go to. The color range is great, and I can say I have used almost every one - the black doesn't look super great on my eyes since I have a really light skin tone.  But the cost is like a fourth of that of Urban Decay, and you can find this at any place that sells makeup.
There are a few negative to this product though, like any cheaper version. It does take more shadow to cover your lid than Urban Decay. But the color is still nice even though it's not as build-able. The other thing I don't like is that each color isn't labeled - in fact, none of them are. So I can't even tell you what ones are my favorite, except by saying numbers 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8. Boo. I also hate the applicator that comes with it. It's cheap, and takes forever to get the shadow on. I use my own eye shadow brush for these. Despite the negatives, it is one of my go to eyeshadows, and I encourage you all to try it!
I recently bought this in the sample bins at Sephora after seeing good reviews on it from pinterest. It is a makeup setting spray from Urban Decay, and they make 3 different types. This one is for oil control. I used it for the first time the other day when I knew I had to be up for 20 hours straight. I really liked it! It kept my oil under control, and kept my makeup on. It worked especially great for my eye shadow, which somehow always gets smudged at work. I recommend this too! 
This was a free sample from my mother in law. It is Paul Mitchell smoothing cream to keep your hair straight and smooth during high humidity. I used it a an especially rainy day in Santa Claus. It worked great - my hair is really prone to getting wavy in humidity and it stayed straight. It didn't control the static that also plagues my hair in winter, but I use my shine spray to help with that. This was a great little sample to try out.
On a last note, how cute are these twins who celebrated their 100th birthday together?! I only hope that my twin and I are still the best of friends when we get this old. I doubt I could get her to dress like me in that lavender sweater though :)
PS - did you hear about the conjoined whale twins they found? You can read it HERE if you want to see, it was an interesting read. 

I hope you have a happy morning!

36 comments:

  1. I love the eyeshadow palette! Lovely neutral colours! I wish you that you live that long to celebrate your 100th birthday!!! :)
    www.minsbeautyequipment.com

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  2. That eyeshadow does look lovely!

    The 100 year old twins is such a cute story! When we were at the party store the other day there was a lady looking for 100th birthday decorations - the owner said they don't have many as it's rare people get to that age, such a shame.

    Away From The Blue

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  3. Thanks for sharing this! I am dying to get my hands on an Urban Decay Naked Palette! (I really want #2.) I just cant justify the price tag and I feel so silly asking someone to buy me that expensive of a makeup product has a gift, haha! Will keep my eyes out for this:)
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. I want the same one but like you don't want to spend $50 on it. This is a pretty good look alike!

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  4. Just stumbled across your blog and how bout I had to check out the conjoined whale twins after reading it! haha

    Sara Holt
    semoore2.blogspot.com

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  5. I use a physicians formula bronzer and i'll agree it's not as great as the more high end bronzers, but at the end of the day it gets the job done haha!! I have been meaning to get that makeup setting spray...and now that i know they sell the sample size - getting to Sephora ASAP!

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    1. I totally agree! Sometimes I just can't justify the splurge!

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  6. I can't live without that De-Slick setting spray, it is a holy grail for me!

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    1. I'm so glad I tried it, it's pretty awesome!

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  7. Love the UD makeup setting spray! Those colors look to be a pretty good dupe for the Naked palettes and you can't beat the price - I'm going to check it out for sure!

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    1. It's a pretty good substitute - and the spray is pretty amazing!

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  8. That last picture is adorable! I keep meaning to try out one of the UD setting sprays-- sometimes I don't feel like applying powder and it seems like they would feel more refreshing on the face while still keeping oil away!

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    1. The one for oily skin worked really well for me!

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  9. I wish you would have posted this one week earlier. I bought the Urban Decay naked palette and have buyer remorse. NOT because I don't love it, because I do. I'm just afraid to use it since I'm not good at doing eye shadow and it was EXPENSIVE! I should have tried a cheaper brand that was similar first and worked my way up. So if you have any good EASY eye make up tutorials let this girl know!

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    1. Haha - it took me forever to learn my version of a smokey eye. I didn't used to be do good with eyeshadow! This version is a good cheaper substitute!

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  10. I don't like the cold either. Brr! I love trying different types of makeup. The pallet I like the most right now is actually from Julep!

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    1. Oh thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it out!

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  11. I love that eye shadow! I don't like the cold either, it is definitely too cold where I live to go outside and take pictures today.

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  12. I love the Naked palettes but can't get myself to shell out that much money for them. I have a neutral palette from Coastal Scents that I really love - it has even more colors! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'll check it out - u can't spend that much money either!

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  13. Those twins are so cute!! I hope K & I are the same way - but just like you & your twin, we won't be dressing identical! :)

    xo, B
    www.BKCsquared.com

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    1. Haha too funny! Great minds think alike!

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  14. I need to try that makeup setting spray!!

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  15. What adorable twins! Thanks for sharing that makeup setting spray. I am thinking about trying some!
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    Jacqueline
    stylininstlouis.com

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    1. It works great, especially if you work long days!

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  16. Those twins are precious!!!! Great beauty tips and can't wait to see your outfit post too - I'm sure it will look amazing!

    Warmest,
    Liz
    {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}

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    1. You are so sweet - I always love reading your comments :)

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  17. I loved this post! I have been dying to try that palette :)

    dontcoralwithme.blogspot.com

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  18. Loved reading this post! I definitely want to get my hands on that palette and the setting spray -- my skin is uber oily!

    Don't be nervous about taking an outfit of the day picture -- it might feel a little silly at first, but I promise you'll be fine! You might even end up loving it :)

    Elizabeth
    http://glamcandyxo.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the motivation! I hope the weather warms up soon to do one!

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