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!