Urban Decay Naked & Eyeshadow Primer Potion

WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN TO EVERYONE when they said they loved the Naked palette from Urban Decay? And even though Naked3 is out, people still seem to adore Naked, the first bronze-hued palette that came out three years ago.

My brother is the absolute best – not only does he know that I am cosmetics-obsessed, he asked his cute and adorable girlfriend (who takes cosmetics-obsessed to a whole new level & I love her for that! I envy her make up skills) what she uses and decided to gift me the gloriousness that you see in the photo below for Christmas. The kit came with a mini travel-sized Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which I was dying to try as well.

I have been missing out – period. I’ve been testing the products for a week and a half straight, and they haven’t creased yet. Today was the longest and toughest wear test to date: Applied make up at 7:15 am, finished the day with a run on the treadmill, and didn’t remove my face until 10:30 pm. AH-MAH-ZING. Not a sign of a crease starting (thank yoooou, isododecane!). I’m in love.

The colors of the Naked palette are super easy to use and you could go through so many different looks and shade-themes with it, it has easily become the most fun thing in my make up bag. If you are a skeptic like I was about the palette, I’m giving you one more reason to give it a try.




Argan Oils: Huilarome; Josie Maran

Happy new year! I’m starting a new year resolution in the realm of cosmetics, and this year I want/need/must use more oils for my skin. I’m noticing a lot of changes on my skin in my 30’s, and oils seem to be part of the solution.

Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil is one of the more well-known products in skin care, and catapulted the argan oils to beauty fame. I bought a small bottle of it in the summer, and it was a little too greasy for the season. But now with the dry winter season, my skin is accepting the oil.

The bottle to the left in the picture below was purchased on my trip to Morocco in September. Huilarome was a brand that the owner of our riad (= hotels in Morocco) recommended. Argan oil is produced in Morocco and they are as pure and fresh as they can get!

I only use the oil in the evenings, as my last step in my skin care regimen (cleanser, toner/lotion, serum, cream, and finally the oil). The next morning, my skin feels uber supple and renewed.