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Urban Decay “Aphrodisiac” Palette Review and Tutorial.

Note: I know Urban Decay has been the result of some (deserved) controversy recently due to one of their former employees. This review, however, has to do with the Palette, not the former employee and her disgusting behavior.

Not a lot of people seemed excited about Urban Decay’s release of their Aphrodisiac Palette. In fact, Urban Decay didn’t seem to place much faith in the Palette themselves, and it was quietly released in early August. I honestly don’t know why they spent so much time promoting their Born To Run Palette while there was hardly a peep about Aphrodisiac. Maybe it was because Born To Run didn’t do as well as they hoped, and they want to put their energy into making a better $50 Palette and not focus at all on promoting this one? Sounds like a poor business move, and that’s not me being rude to Urban Decay. I love their brand. I just feel like the lack of promotion for this Palette was a missed opportunity for both Urban Decay and makeup fans.

When I found out about this Palette, I was excited. I knew I wanted to do a tutorial. So, here we are. I got my Aphrodisiac Palette from Ulta and I can’t wait to see if I was right about it being a missed opportunity from Urban Decay or if they were correct in quietly releasing it. There’s only one way to find out!

First I started out by applying my Urban Decay Primer Potion to my lids. Then I followed this Makeup Tutorial from Pinterest, but with my own spin on it. Here’s how the Palette looked while still in the box:

And here’s how it looks out of the box. Pretty, isn’t it?

I started with the shade “Sheets” and applied it to my upper crease.

I didn’t follow the tutorial by extending the shade to my outer corner because I’m not doing a winged liner this time; like I said, I’m putting my own spin on this. (Although the Beauty Guru looks beautiful in her video!)

I made sure to do what she said and build the color up while blending it in my upper crease.

After that, I took the shade “Beyond” and applied it just above where I blended the “Sheets” color.

Following her instructions, I made sure to build the color up and extend it so it matched the length of the color of my crease area.

I cleaned the edges a little with the color “Sheets” again and then went in with an angled makeup brush and applied the color “Whiplash” very tightly to my upper crease.

Here’s the result so far:

Afterward, I blended the color “Whiplash” like the Beauty Guru in the Tutorial said and here’s the result:

Here’s where I start to put my own spin on things. I then took the color “Addict” and applied it to my lid.

Next up I applied the color “High Fever” to my lash line. Man, this color not only broke easily, but it was difficult to apply! So was “Addict”! Still, the result is good.

Lastly, I applied “Glare” just under my brows.

And of all the photos, “Glare” wouldn’t focus! Figures!

Whoo! I needed to take one of my brushes and start blending or else I’d look creepy!

After finishing my makeup, here’s the end result:

So, was this a missed opportunity like I originally thought? Well, although I stand by my statement that Urban Decay should have promoted it more, I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a missed opportunity. The formula could use a little work. This reminds me of the Maybelline Lemonade Palette, only slightly better. That’s not what I expect from Urban Decay, though. I expect much better.

Do I regret my purchase? No. Would I purchase again? Yes. But would I recommend it? Only if you’re a die-hard Urban Decay fan like I am. If not, I’d say you’d probably still be happy with your purchase anyway, but this Palette isn’t going to be the next big thing to hit makeup shelves, either. So, if you skip it, then catch it when it goes on sale.

$30 honestly wasn’t a bad price for this, but I’d place this more at a $20 price point.

My advice to Urban Decay is to stop focusing on rushing out Palettes and start concentrating on the formula more. You’ve got the theme and packaging down (in my opinion), just take a little more time and appreciation on that formula and you should be all set!

Oh and…hire better employees!

So, what did you think of my review? Did you get the Palette? Did you skip it? Did my review help you in any way? I want to hear your thoughts, even if you disagree!

See you soon!

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I Tried the No Makeup-Makeup Look!

Today I’m going to get my eyebrows threaded. That means minimal makeup. I thought this would be the perfect time to do a tutorial on the “No Makeup-Makeup Up Look!”

I usually use my BB Cream, but it doesn’t match my skin. So, when I apply, I apply it everywhere, including my eye area so everything matches. Not today because I don’t want to get in the way of the threading. So, I’m going to use some sunscreen and then go in with my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water.

Next, I covered up my pimples with Essence Colour Correcting Stick.

I then went in and applied my Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer with my Beauty Blender.

My under-eye circles needed covering. So first I went in with my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, blended it with my Beauty Blender and then mixed it with my Neutrogena Hydroboost Cover Stick. I blended that with my Real Techniques Diamond Makeup Sponge.

I thought that a tiny bit of eyewear couldn’t hurt. So, I started with my Urban Decay Primer Potion and lined my eyes with my black Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner.

I thought they could use a little color, not much. I went in with my Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette and applied the shade “Tiger’s Eye.”

I applied just a couple of coats of Better Than Sex Mascara. This is not my go-to mascara, but just like with Lash Paradise, I’m doing an experiment for a blog in a month. (Any guesses?)

A little color to the should do the trick! I applied my Sleek Blush in the color Flamingo. I ordered this blush thanks to the Beauty Guru, Kathleen Lights before it ever came to the states. If you ever get your hands on this beautiful blush, just know it’s very pigmented, so don’t swipe that brush too much or too hard!

Lastly, I sprayed on my Mario Badescu Facial Spray. Now, time for the lips!

I lined my lips with Real Her Liner and applied NYX Lingerie in Bustier.

It kills me not to do my brows, but, first world problems!

Here’s the final look!