ipsy April - Beauty Rocks!

What a fabulous ipsy bag I got this month! This month’s theme was “Beauty Rocks!” Let’s take a look at what I received:

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil - This is a great velvet black shade, and come on, it’s Urban Decay! I love the brand but oddly enough I don’t like how Zero eyeliner looks on me. It pulls blue-gray, so I am happy to have a true black UD pencil now.

Benefit Lollitint - This is the newest addition to Benefit’s lip and cheek tint family. The candy orchid shade is a perfect example of how to wear Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, with ease! I love purples, and this is a flattering shade for my neutral-cool skin tone.

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Acid Pink - This is my first Cailyn product, though the brand seems to be quite popular in beauty subscription boxes. I am shocked at the incredible pigmentation of this tinted lip balm. I would consider it more of a stain, but without any dry feeling. This lasts really well on my lips, and on my hand when I swatched it!

City Color White Gold Mousse Eyeshadow - This is actually my favorite item in the bag! I was initially disappointed that I didn’t receive the Elizabeth Mott champagne eyeshadow that some friends had in their bag. Until I swatched this shadow….it’s just gorgeous. My pictures do not do it justice! It’s got a smooth mousse texture and so much sheen! I’m looking forward to trying more City Color products!

Kiss Looks So Natural Flirty lashes - I don’t wear lashes, so these will be going to a friend that will use them. They look pretty, and I do like the tapered end for a more natural look!


I’m going to show my age here a little bit…but I saw an ipsy bag opening on You Tube and I was totally irritated that the vlogger didn’t know what was on the front of the bag. (Yeah, I’m cranky today…deal.)
It’s a record. And not the turntables you will see if you go clubbing. It’s an old school record player. For vinyl albums! Love it - so cute!

If you don’t have an ipsy subscription, feel free to use my affiliate link. Thanks! <3
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xo Amber

Urban Decay Naked 3 Swatches


Urban Decay Naked 3 palette debuted 12 all new neutral eyeshadows with a rosy theme. This Naked palette comes housed in a metal case, similar to the Naked 2 palette. It contains a new double-ended shadow blending brush and 4 samples of the ever popular Eyeshadow Primer Potions.

Urban Decay’s descriptions of the 12 Rosy toned shadows:

Strange - pale neutral pink matte-satin
Dust - pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro glitter
Burnout - light pinky peach satin
Limit - light dusty rose matte
Buzz - metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter
Trick - light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro sparkle
Nooner - medium pinky-brown matte
Liar - medium metallic mauve shimmer
Factory - pinky-brown satin
Mugshot - metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift
Darkside - deep taupe-mauve satin
Blackheart - smokey black matte with rosy red micro sparkle

Here’s how I like to wear the Naked 3 shades:
Strange on my brow bone and inner corner, Limit and Nooner in the crease. This will give you a super easy, effortless matte look in no time.

Strange on my brow bone and inner corner, Dust patted on my lid with a flat brush sprayed with MAC Fix+, Mugshot in the crease, Darkside in the outer v, and blend the crease with Nooner.

Other info: Each shadow is 1.3g or 0.05 oz. Limit and Trick are the only vegan shades, however the rest contain carmine. You can find Naked 3 online at Urban Decay, Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s and beauty.com for $52.


Have you picked up the Naked 3 palette? What are some of your favorite looks with it?


Sephora Holiday Gift Ideas!

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about the Sephora at JCPenney grand opening I attended? Well, I took a ton of pictures of the holiday gift sets to share some ideas! If you have any beauty lovers on your holiday gift list, this is the best time of year to find fabulous deals and amazing gift sets!

sephora-occ  OCC Lip Tar All Stars Mini 4 pack $20

Bite Beauty Best of Bite 4 lip pencils $25

buxom-lip-gloss-set Buxom Dolly’s Opening Act 6 lip glosses $29


Tarte The Best for Lash 4 piece deluxe eye set $25

  Tarte-Pure-Delights-Lip-Surgence Tarte Pure Delights Lip Surgence set $34


Urban Decay Vice 2 palette $59

Nails-Inc-Nail-Polish-diary Nails inc Nail Polish diary $32



Kat von D True Romance eyeshadow palettes $36 each



Ciate Mini Mani Month $56


Formula X polish - The X Look $22.50

I hope all my US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Is anyone brave venturing out for Black Friday deals? I know I will be avoiding the crowds and craziness and staying home!!

xo Amber

Fast and Easy:Naked Basics EOTD

I’m all about simplifying my makeup routine for summer. It’s hot and humid, I’m outside more and I just don’t feel like doing my normal routine. I want to look pulled together and not scare anyone with a bare face!

Here’s an eye look that is super easy to do in a hurry, and it holds up well in heat and humidity!

eotd Urban Decay Naked Basics

Urban Decay
Naked Basics eotd

I used these shades from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

Venus - inner corner and brow bone
Foxy - above crease
W.O.S. - blending shade
Naked 2 - crease shade
Faint - outer v and smudged over gel liner

I used L’Oreal gel liner in brown and Buxom mascara. For my brows, I used Anastasia Brow Genius Kit. I have found that the Naked Basics palette works really well for filling in my brows too!
What are your beauty short cuts? I’d love to hear in the comments below!


Maybelline Color Tattoos Summer 2013

I have swatches of three of the new Maybelline Color Tattoos for you!
The new shades have a really lovely duochrome finish to them.
They had a smooth finish when I swatched them, like what we have come to expect from Color Tattoos!

Seashore Frosts is a truly unique color. I’ve never seen another shadow like it, ever! It’s hard to describe, and harder to get a picture that does its gorgeousness justice. I would describe it as a blue green shade with a beautiful gold shift. I wore this patted on my lid over MAC Painterly paint pot, and it was a light blue gray with gold sheen. It lasted me a good 10 hours without creasing, but it did fade throughout the day.

Lavish Lavender is the next color I tried. I love purple, and find it to be the easiest color for me to wear on my eyes. The look I wore today was Painterly all over lid to brow, before Lavish Lavender on the lid up to my crease. I used my Urban Decay Vice palette for the other colors. I put Anonymous on the inner half of my lid and under my brow. I put Laced in the crease, and used this as my blending shade. I patted Rapture on the outer half of my lid and blended a bit into my crease. I intensified the crease with Vice and also put this in my outer V. I used MAC Prunella eye kohl smudged on my upper and lower lash lines. Then I patted Vice over the eyeliner. This is my favorite way to use UD Vice. It looks gorgeous as a liner!

The last shade I have is Cool Crush. This is the most shimmery of the bunch, and I’ve only swatched it. It is a silvery lavender-blue shade. I don’t have high hopes for this one, but maybe I will be surprised! :)
Have you tried any of the new Color Tattoos? I’d love to hear your ideas for color combinations if you have!

I hope you’re having a great weekend!
xo Amber

The swatches below are in this order:
Seashore Frosts, Lavish Lavender and Cool Crush.


Makeup Blog Sale #4 - updated

Please see my previous blog sale items still available, along with details for purchasing items. Thanks!
If you would like to make a purchase, please leave a comment or send me an email sweetpea789946@gmail.com

xo Amber

Blog Sale 3

Blog Sale 2

Makeup Blog sale

Onto the newly added items!

LORAC pro powder cheek stain in Rosy Glow (2x) $14

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette (used 2x) $25

Becca mini Beach Tint in Fig (used 2x) .14fl oz $5

Real Techniques Detailer brush (1x) $4

Stella by Stella McCartney roller ball perfume 1/3 remaining $4

TO SWAP (For another niche perfume sample)-
1ml sample L”Artisian Parfumeur Voleur de Roses
2x 2ml samples Enchanted Forest

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