Monday, 9 January 2012

The enchanting Book of Shadows

Oh siren, I have finally succumbed to your song. Like many before me, I will be yet another dead sailor drowning in the massive ocean.

But at least I will have died at the hands of great beauty, products that is. Sephora!

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I purchased my first eye shadow palette on Friday!

The Book of Shadows volume IV by Urban Decay.

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This is a limited edition release of their Book of Shadows collection. Came out just before the holidays, the palette comes with 16 colours as well as a few extras. Their infamous primer, the self curling mascara as well as a full size liquid liner. Oh, forgot to mention, it also includes a plug in speaker to amplify sound of any digital device.

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Since I am a near virgin to such complete make up products, I approach the box with trepidation. What could be waiting for me on the inside?

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A plumage of butterflies popped up and I squealed with excitement. *cue, laughter from boyfriend*

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Inside the "Get the Look" pouch there is a card of make up tutorials you can scan and download using your smart phone. Beside the mirror on the lid, there is a holder for the smartphone to rest while the makeup tutorial or anything else you like is playing. It's like your little personal makeup desk/DJ booth.

As I slid open the drawer that holds all the goodies, I squealed again.

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Packaging gets to me every time! I love how everything is packed so nicely.

Here are what the colours look like on my skin. I feel so sophisticated doing these swatches. I have always admired make-up bloggers and the service they provide. Hope I did a good enough job here.

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From left to right, Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra and Baked

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From left to right, Bender, Gravity, Lost and Hijack

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From left to right, Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight Rodeo and Crystal

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From left to right, Bust, Missionary, Skim and Zephyr

*phew* that was a lot of work, but fun :)

This will by no means be my last palette, maybe I will be NAKED in the future?

This was yesterday, I wore Gravity from inner corner to about 2/3rds of the way and Gunmetal from there to outer corner; and I wore Cowgirl for under eye. This is after a day of wear. Pretty pleased with the staying power. It's all in the primer.

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The primer makes the shadow stick better, it also makes the eye liner glide better. Although I do find that the Urban Decay liquid liner is too watery, when I was lining close to the inner corner, some run into my eye and it stung. Other wise, it's very fine and dark, just the way I like it.

I like the mascara as well, I have straight and stubborn Asian lashes which need to be coaxed into curling by heat and the lash curler. But I did see a slight lift after putting the mascara on. Since I have surrounded to my lashes on making them curl and behave, I just wear falsies anyway, so couple of coats of this mascara is enough as a base.

This is what I am wearing today.
Hijackoops, it's actually Crystal from inner corner to about 2/3rds of the way and Blue Bus from there to outer corner; and I am wearing Zephyr for under eye. This time I applied them using my fingers.

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Best part about this purchase, it was on sale! After taxes it came to $58.00. It used to be $77.00 before taxes.

The colour palette is well balanced with neutrals as well as many daring colours. It suits me well since I am pretty eccentric when it comes to my wardrobe.

A few criticisms, the drawer is not that easy to slide out and once it is fully out, it does take up a lot of space. It is almost impractical to hold it and apply make up at the same time.

But over all, I would definitely recommend this product, especially since the sale price is so fantastic.

Hope you all had a great Monday.

Man, never thought taking self portraits would be such hard work.

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