Our First Giveaway! (ENDED)

***UPDATE*** Our giveaway has ended! Congratulations, Kaleana! Check your email and respond within 48 hrs or the prize will be forfeited and awarded to another qualified entry! 

This is just the 1st of many giveaways in the future! Thank you to everyone that participated!   

 

I am so excited to offer the first Butterfly Eyes Giveaway! One lucky reader will win an Urban Decay The Vice Palette! Click the link below and get started! Make sure you read all of the rules necessary to complete your entry! Good luck to everyone!

DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is not sponsored by or endorsed by Urban Decay Cosmetics.

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Urban Decay The Vice Palette: Color Swatches & Review

If you aren’t already aware of this recently released palette, read the breakdown Urban Decay: The Vice Palette.

First things first, let’s talk about the packaging. UD fans that haven’t been exactly thrilled with past palette collections may be a bit more happy with this one. The Vice palette packaging is a soft touch (think smooth and satin feel), plastic casing with a “UD” clear jeweled logo on the lid. What may really be the more thrilling part is the opening mechanism. Instead of having a magnetic closure or a pry open/pull apart system, The Vice has a push button on the bottom half of the case . With just a simple push the palette pops open and then proceeds to open all the way on it’s on. Well, it doesn’t open flat thankfully. It opens with the top portion stopping at an angle. This is great because a full sized mirror is located in the top portion of the lid, so you don’t have to worry about trying to prop the lid against something if you want to go for hands free use. There is also a slot inside for the included Good Karma brush, which is not a new feature but something worth mentioning. The shadows are placed in groups of 4 (going down) with 5 shadows in each row (going across). As mentioned, there is a full-sized mirror that takes up the entire top portion of the lid  with exception of a thin area were the closure is located. Overall, the packaging feels very sturdy. It is not as thin as a MAC palette or BH Cosmetics palette would be, but it is not extremely chunky.

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MAC Pressed Pigments: Quick View

As the title implies, this is just a (somewhat) quick view on the MAC pressed pigments that were released as part of the Face & Body collection. Stay tuned for swatches and a more detailed review in the near future!

I passed on these initially when the MUA @ MAC begged me to let her play with them on me on launch day. I figured no harm, no foul…so I let her have fun with all of the Office and F&B products. While she was applying other products I swatched 2 of the pigments on my hand and fell in love…the swatches were gorgeous! When she got around to playing with these on me she decided to use them as eye shadows…and this is where the love affair fell apart.

While in theory these should make an amazingly interesting neutral look (which it does to some degree) what actually happens is an amazingly glittery disaster area that travels from the spot of application to, well…EVERYWHERE! Before it was all said and done, I had glitter in my hair, all over my face, on my shirt, on my chest, on my arms….and most disturbingly, in my eyes! This was NOT due to messy application. It was due to fall out that occurs during and long after applying. The gritty annoyance I felt in my eyes (I am a contact lens wearer) was enough for me to decline that day on adding these to my collection. The look she created was pretty BUT a bit too sparkly for my taste (unless I was doing it for a special occasion or a night out. But since it wasn’t even lunch time yet I felt more silly than anything).

After leaving with the items I did decide to add to my collection (MAC sculpting cream, the limited edition 163 brush,  Face & Body foundation, and a pro lip glass from the Office collection) I went home, with the two pigments still swatched on my hand. I was still enthralled with how much I loved the colors on my skin…just not the crazy fallout that occurred. It ate at me all day until I started thinking of other ways they might work for me other than anywhere near my eyes. Since it had managed to travel to my hair I thought that one option was intentionally applying it there (for looks during the holidays perhaps). Other options I considered were using it to dust over my arms and chest when going out, perhaps on my cheeks, etc. Let’s just say this was my way to justify going back to get them since in my area, if you wait too long on limited edition products you will miss out in a hurry. It was why I splurged on the 163 brush after the MUA mentioned she was dying to use it on me but they were only sent 3 (yes! THREE!) so they couldn’t use one for demo purposes.

After going back and picking up Deeply Dashing and Light Touch I did a few test runs with my theories. I’ll do a more detailed review later, but overall I realized that I should have stuck with my original decision to skip these. I can honestly say I think this is the first time that I have been completely disappointed by MAC. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been the happiest with their decline in eye shadows as of late (although I would never say that they are terrible or the worst out there…they just haven’t been up to the old MAC standards that made me and millions of others fall in love with them) and their lackluster collections, but this has been the first time that I have contemplated moving completely away from using their products. This isn’t solely because of the major disappointment in the pressed pigments. This disappointment was more of the exclamation point. I am hopeful that MAC will come out with something that absolutely amazes me and reminds me of why I loved the brand in the first place, but right now it’s starting to feel like a relationship that has ran far past it’s course…and I’ve just been too afraid to completely let go. A bit dramatic I know, but any beauty addict out there can likely relate lol.

Have you tried the pressed pigments? Share your thoughts, ideas, or tips on how you make these work for you!

Ulta/Butter London Haul!

If you didn’t already know, today (9/10/2012) is the Buy One, Get One free sale on Butter London nail polishes at Ulta.  I made it my personal goal to get there when they opened so I could take advantage of this rare sale….and so I could get my pick of available color before there were little to no choices left. I didn’t go overboard (shockingly)…I only bought 4 colors. Considering the usual $14 price tag it felt pretty good to walk out with 4 bottles for the price of 2. FYI, if you don’t have time to stop by Ulta (or don’t have one locally), this sale is also available online at Ulta.com!

The 4 colors I chose (and their descriptions via the Butter London website) were:

Trustafarian – “A golden holographic finish gives this delightful sage green nail lacquer a surprising and sophisticated edge.”

Slapper – “A truly teal nail lacquer, bold and very bright.”

Queen Vic – “A stunning, elegant and classy lacquer. Red wine meets cranberry. Nail lacquer fit for a queen”

Scoundrel – “A medium tone purplish-mauve nail lacquer that can appear darker or lighter depending on what clothing you are wearing.”

Here are the polishes in the order listed above!polish

I will probably do a review on the brand in general since I have been using their polishes for the last few months. If you are a BL fan, what are your favorite colors?