BlackUp Full Coverage Cream Foundation & Loose Powder


I’d been avoiding doing another BlackUp haul, purchase, what have you, because quite frankly it’s a bit of a chore. For one thing, like I mentioned in my last review, their customer service is balls. For another return/exchanges are a hassle since you have to send them the product back for them to refund you, and then repurchase the one that you want. Assuming that you get it right the first time, great. But what happens if you don’t? That mess is time consuming and I don’t have the time or the patience for that crap. Not to mention that there are like two reviews for this stuff on the web, one a video review with seriously bad lighting, and the other is from Danielle over at The Style & Beauty Doctor. Danielle’s swatches are on point, but she is an NC47/50 and is neutral undertoned so sometimes it can be hard to gauge what my shade will be from her swatches.

But, UGH!! Their products are so good though!! That’s why despite all of the above whinging, I decided to go ahead and make another purchase. Another reason that I’d waited so long was because the thing that I really wanted the most was the Loose Powder, but the shade I was certain was my perfect shade has been out of stock for months. I was peripherally interested in the full coverage foundation, only because I had bought it once, got the wrong colour, had to send it back and couldn’t be bothered to repurchase. Finally decided to repurchase and then it was out of stock too. That was a year ago. See how that works? A better return policy encourages repeat customers. Just sayin’.

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Urban Decay Shadow Box. Picture Heavy Post.



Isn’t it pretty?

And to think, I waited this long to get my hands on it.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m probably one of the dumbest smart  people that you or I know. Sure I have a ridiculously high IQ and in some circles I’m known as a genius (haha!). But you know what? High intelligence does not translate to common sense. I prove that to myself daily.

What I’m trying to say is, I could have had this palette way before now, if I’d bothered to pay attention to the fact that this was an Ulta exclusive, because you know, then I wouldn’t have been waiting for my Sephora V.I.B. coupon so I could get it? Le Sigh.

Bout the palette, it’s rather small, think Too Faced regular palette sizes. There are twelve shades, the names of which you’ll find on the back of the box it comes in.




Inside the box is the palette itself. It’s made of card with a magnetic closure, mostly secured by the metal stylised letters UD, with a pretty large mirror for application. In truth, the card feels a bit flimsy, and on mine parts of it were lifting. On the mirror, the words Beauty With An Edge are printed. About that, I really wish they would stop with that cause for serious? Urban Decay is no longer edgy, they’ve in fact become very pretty, so this whole beauty with an edge thing seems to be grasping. Ya’ll are trying too hard now, stop it.






I’ve had this for a little while now, and I actually love the shades. I also have the Vice3 palette and I’m not sure yet, but I think that I prefer this one. The colours to me just seem a bit more wearable. Pictures below without flash first and then with.




Swatches below without flash and with.




Colours from left to right;

Sin – Champagne Shimmer

Indo – Metallic Emerald Green Shimmer

Bordello – Pale Mauve Shimmer/Gold Micro-Glitter

Tornado – Deep Purple Shimmer

Smog – Coppery Bronze Shimmer

Blackout – Matte Black

Flash – Iridescent Light Purple Shimmer

Mushroom – Warm Grey Shimmer

Lost – Metallic Medium Brown Shimmer

Freelove – Golden Peach Shimmer

Moonshadow – Bright Navy Blue shimmer w/tonal sparkle

Baked Cowboy – Golden Bronze Shimmer w/tonal sparkle (think Midnight Cowboy on steroids)


As you can see all the colours with the exception of Blackout are shimmer shades, and boy do they ever mean shimmer. These are mostly old favourites and three new shades, two I’m sure of, Baked Cowboy and Moonshadow, but I’m not sure which is the third. Smog is my personal most loved UD shade of ever. I’ve been using this shade since 2003 I think, I preferred it in cream form, but I’ll take it any way that I can get it.

I’ve been playing with this palette for a few days now and created some simple looks, I’ve been told that I need to do step by step tutorials showing which colours I apply and how, but since I like to take my shots outdoors, I’m still trying to figure out a good way to do that without looking like the crazy lady on the patio applying her makeup. Besides, I tend to do really simple looks, and that just sounds like massive complications to me. I’ll ponder though.

The first set of pictures are all taken with flash cause it was a pretty overcast day. This look is very fun and light, nothing too dramatic.




Colours used; Tornado on the outer and inner crease blended upwards, Smog on the lid and Mushroom in the tear duct to brighten. Mac Patina as brow highlight.




The shadows are mostly quite blendable, they last all day, but…

As a primer I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance, nothing else works as well for me, I know some people swear by UD’s Primer Potion, but I hate it, and it doesn’t work for me at all. Shadow Insurance never fails me. I also set it with concealer as well, just to get a good base for shadows.

The first day that I used the palette I didn’t notice this, but maybe with the colours I used being so light, that made a difference. With the look below, the colours are darker. About an hour or so after application, I went to the bathroom to check it, and there were gaps in colour where the shadows had creased and separated.

I don’t even have oily lids, if anything, my lids get dry and tend to strip. The colours were still vibrant, they’d just creased and migrated into the lines on my lids. Also, Blackout although really strong and vibrant when first blended, just sort of faded away rather quickly.


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Colours used; Moonshadow on the lid, Blackout from the outer crease  to the inner and blended upwards. Mushroom on the inner tear-duct and on the lower lash line, Sin as brow highlight.





Final Thoughts.

Issues with blendability and creasing aside, I really like this palette, the pigmentation is great so the colours are vibrant and more in line with the ones that I would wear daily. I think the colours are diverse enough that it would suit a lot of people, but I think it could use some variety in terms of finish, since this is an all shimmer palette, I wouldn’t normally use it as a full look palette.

It needs a at least one more matte shade and a satin or two. The micro-glitter/shimmer in every shade can a bit overwhelming, and it’s not something I’d encourage a rookie to get, although it doesn’t have as much fallout as you’d expect with shimmer shades.

At $34 it is a good value and does have some of UD’s best shades. Even though most of the shades are ones that are already a part of the UD arsenal, they’re the shades that don’t often make it into all the palettes, and as an added bonus it doesn’t have as many repeats as the Ammo Box. Like literally every single shade in the Ammo Box is one that I have, some of them more than one. I already have three Maui Wowie’s, I really don’t need a new one, plus a Mildew and an Oil Slick that I haven’t even made a dent in yet, so yeah.

If you’re looking for a good UD palette this season, this may be the one. Unless you’re new to UD, then I’d say get the Ammo Palette because it has all the UD superstars in it and it’s a good introduction to the brand and some of the colours that made it famous like Smog, Oil Slick, Maui Wowie, Grifter, Polyester Bride and Chopper.

I also just did a Sephora Haul for the VIB sale, so the review on the Vice3 palette is on the way!

So I Went And Did An Elf Haul…

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But it was just a tiny one…maybe…

Lemme explain, lemme explain!!

So I know that I had said previously that I hated Elf products because they were so hit or miss. And unfortunately, most of the time for me, they were complete and utter misses. Brushes with handles that fell off before even a first use. Blushes with absolutely no pigmentation whatsoever. So I’d said that I would never buy another Elf product. That was in 2010 or thereabouts.

So what had happened was…a few weeks ago, I walked into Target in a mood to buy something. Ever get like that? No? Just me then. Anywhoo, I walked past the Elf display and saw the matte lip pencils. On a total whim, I picked one up and whaddya know? I loved it!!

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Be A Bombshell Haul And Review…Finally!

I’ve been meaning to do a complete Be A Bombshell review since last year.

Last. Year.

So some of these pictures were taken either February of this year or late last year.

Last year the pile was still this small…




Last week when they had their 50% off Halloween sale . I did a haul, and my pile made it’s way towards exceeding this size, I decided it was time.

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Sleek MakeUP Precious Metals Highlighter Palette.



Because I obviously feel the need to own every. single. thing. that Sleek makes, I flew over to the site to snag these when I got the email of the launch of the Precious Metals Palette and the Control Shine & Prime primer. Actually, the email for the Precious Metals palette arrived about three weeks prior to the palettes availability, so I spent the next three weeks checking the site obsessively. When it finally launched, I snagged both of them (plus two more Blush By 3 Palettes and a backup Luminaire), then sat back and anxiously waited the ten days for it to get here. I almost died waiting ya’ll!! No seriously, I for real almost died. Ok, not really, but I’m real impatient so it felt like I was dying.

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BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Sculpt & Glow Contouring Kit.



I’ve been wanting to practice some light contouring for some time now. I mean, I do consider contouring kind of like false advertising, but, I’ve noticed that in photos it helps to bring blushes into focus. I’d never do it to wear out, but, ya know…

However, because I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, I didn’t want to invest a lot of money into something expensive when I’m still a newb to the contouring game. I’ve been using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade to do some contouring, but since it’s so pigmented, mistakes occur more often than I’m willing to admit to anyone (or myself). And since it’s built to last and be  really budge-proof, it’s really hard blend out. I was going to try the lighter brown shade as a contour…paste? gel? thing…?…I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

So when I saw this on the BH site recently, I decided to go ahead and pick it up. It’s pretty much an all in one kit which has everything you need to finish off a face. If it works for you that is, cause it didn’t really work for me.

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The Vault: OCC In Your Face Kit; Vicious Violets.



I got this kit in June, just after my birthday. I’m really not sure why I hadn’t reviewed it as yet, probably because I hadn’t used it yet, it took me a little while to figure out just which blush I could pair Pleasure Model with, since I can’t wear it as a blush. Or at least I thought I couldn’t wear it as a blush. It looks great as a shadow, but even with primer, it creases in two seconds flat.

There were two of these kits. This one the Vicious Violets kit, includes an OCC lip tar in Lydia, matching pencil also in Lydia, and a Creme Colour Concentrate in Pleasure Model. The other kit the Crucial Neutrals kit, I stayed far away from, I just can’t seem myself being able to rock Trick (creme concentrate) or the metallic lip tar Zhora in any situation. Buy hey, if neutral taupes and peaches are your thing, they’re on sale right now at for $29, when I bought mine it was almost $50 I think. In which case, $29 is a steal, considering the lip tar on it’s own is $18 and the concentrate is $20.

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The Vault: Butter London (Picture Heavy)



These things are under the vault because I know I’ve had at least one of them since last summer. The others I got earlier this year. I think. Anywhoo, I was cleaning out my ridiculous stash and giving stuff away (You know, to make room to the new stuff I’ll be acquiring almost immediately?) when I came across some Butter London products that I realised I’d never told you guys about.

In the interim, I also bought a new item from, so I just decided to put both of them together.

Today we’re gonna take a look at two Liquid Lippys in Queen Vic and Ladybird. A Cheeky Tinted Highlighter and a Cheeky Cream Blush in Ruby Murray.

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L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer



I’d picked these up at iKatehouse when I bought the L.A. Girl Lip Glazes. Like I said, I got them because everyone was raving about them and I wanted to see if they lived up to all the hype.

I got three colours, Fawn, Chestnut and Beautiful Bronze. On the site, the colours are not actually swatches of the product, but sort of a cartoony representation of what each colour looks like. Fortunately, I had already scoped out the colours from Chloe’s Makeover, a blogger with skin-tone similar to mine, so I thought I knew which colours to pick up.

Fawn I got for under eye highlighting and concealing, and although I wasn’t sure based on the colours which ones I should get, I purchased Chestnut for spot concealing, and Beautiful Bronze for light contouring. First let me say that the colours are way lighter in person than they look in pictures, yeah I should know that already, so I can’t actually use Beautiful Bronze for contouring cause it’s too close to my complexion.

The tube that it comes in is a squeeze tube with a brush on the end that I like because it makes application easier and that’s one less frikkin brush I have to wash.




What I don’t like is that the formula has a tendency to separate, and sometimes when I squeeze the tube all that shoots out at first is water. The first time that happened, I had it up to my face and it shot water straight into my eye. The second time it happened, yesterday, it shot not only water, but brown liquid all over my other foundation bottles, and the tan walls of the bathroom, in the house that I rent.. There goes my bloody deposit. After that, it came up clumpy and way too much. No amount of massaging the tube beforehand fixes it, because of that I’m pretty sure these won’t last very long cause if the water that keeps it moist is mostly gone, it’s just going to dry out and harden.

The second thing that I don’t like is that the brush attachment keeps trying to escape from the rest of the tube. When you squeeze, after a few uses, the brush attachment is halfway out of the tube and you have to push it back in. I’ve flirted with the idea of just super gluing that sucker in there, but I’m afraid of ruining it somehow, cause I’m really good at that.

Two of the colours that I got obviously have yellow undertones. Beautiful Bronze though has more neutral in the undertones even though they don’t come across in the pictures, and it’s more of a warm neutral anyway so I’ve been able to use it without too much issue.




Fawn is good for under eye highlighting, but surprisingly enough, although it looks so very light in the swatches, I can use it for spot concealing if I use it very lightly. Although I think that by January when all my summer colour is gone, I’ll be able to use it normally.

Beautiful Bronze is slightly too dark  although I’m just coming off of summer skin, and the undertones are sort of wrong being neutral, but I still think it will work great in the summer time. 

Chestnut is almost dead on my skin tone match, so much so that you can only just barely distinguish it from my skin in the swatch. It might be just a tad darker than my skin, but not so much that it’s noticeable and once it blends in, it’s seamless.

According to L.A. Girl;

Crease-resistant, opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. Provides complete, natural-looking coverage, evens skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes.

Yep to all of that. It does cover very completely, looks totally natural and I couldn’t feel it on my skin at all. And once it set, it didn’t budge until I took it off later on that night.

Ok, I’d just like to say  that I don’t have the best luck with concealers, especially under my eyes. My dark circles are such that they almost always peek through any concealer that I use, except for Sleek Luminaire. Plus, because I have to use a concealer with a yellow base, sometimes the circles under my eyes can turn green, not a good look. With concealers for spot correcting, they usually for some odd reason either have a white base that looks unnatural and shows through my foundation. One concealer from Inglot had the best formula, and the colour was so perfect that I almost cried, really I did. But, it turned whitish on me, and I don’t dare use it under my eyes. Plus for some odd reason, it gets these little black veins in it that scare the mess out of me, so I never use it.

I did have those problems with Fawn under the eyes  as well, just not as badly as I normally do. I tend not to use it too much anyway, but I did use it for these pictures so you can see it in action. It doesn’t always work, particularly when I’m super tired, and my circles are more prominent. But when it does work, it’s flipping spectacular, and the way that I mostly use it is not just for under the eye. I will usually bring it down onto the tops of my cheekbones to brighten up my entire face. I find when I do that though it interferes with my highlighter some. So yeah, It’s not going to put my Sleek out of business any time soon, in fact I have one on the way from London as we…em…type?

In the pictures below, I’m only wearing my BlackUp Fluid Foundation in FL07, my favourite foundation cause it’s light and simply looks like my skin. It doesn’t provide a tonne of coverage though. I’d probably classify it as light-medium coverage at best. I’m also not wearing any concealer under the eyes.


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You can still see the hyperpigmentation spots on my forehead and cheeks, the darkness around my mouth and the dark circles under my eyes. In the pictures below, I’m using Fawn under the eyes and Chestnut for spot correction and around my mouth. I did however forget to use it on my forehead, mostly because those spots have started to fade so I forgot about them. I was more concerned about the cheeks because I was about to do a blush look and I’ve found that my blushes look so much better when the spots are concealed and not providing a distraction.




Finished look with translucent powder, brows filled in and shaped, liner and mascara. You can still see the spots on my forehead, and my under eyes aren’t completely covered like it would be with the Sleek, but everything else is kinda flawless. Especially in comparison with the photos above.


Final Thoughts

This concealer is flipping excellent. It works better for spot concealer than every other concealer that I own because it doesn’t go white, and shamefully, they all cost on average at leas $15. This costs $2.99. I mean what else is there to say? With 18 colours, I’m sure almost everyone can find a colour for whatever they need from under eye brightening to spot concealing to contouring. At $2.49 (iKatehouse) you can totally afford to get a whole bunch of them to experiment with, in fact, iKatehouse has the entire set of all shades for $38.99.

The Vault: NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer and Renew Q10 Skin Elixir.


So these chaps are late to the party. I’d gotten these in June, about two months after I’d done the Spring Collection post. In that post I’d reviewed the Angel Veil primer which I’d hated, but I still needed a primer, and a serum, so when I saw these I went ahead and got them. This isn’t going to be an overly long post since these are pretty straight forward.

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Flower Beauty by Drew Barrymore. Skincognito Stick Foundation.



Gaaah! I did it! After a year and some, I finally caved and got me some Flower. Lemme explain doh!!

I love Drew Barrymore, I mean lurve! I’ve seen everything that she’s been in. I dunno, she just looks like she has a great spirit about her. You know one of those people that you see and you just wanna be friends with them? Yeah, Drew!

So when I heard she was debuting a line, I was so frikkin excited! Until it was announced it was a Walmart exclusive. Walmart! Of all freakin places Walmart? Ugh! Come one Drew, you’re killing me.

I hate Walmart. I hate the very idea of Walmart. But I love Drew, so I caved. For some reason, I just kind of knew that the products would be great, dunno why, I just did. They lived up to an exceeded all my expectation, so of course I went nuts. So now, split posts.

As to the Walmart thing, on the one hand, I can understand why. She said the wanted to produce high end, quality cosmetics at an affordable price. And when people think affordable, they think , Walmart. So yeah, I get it.

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My Beauty Addiction, and The Dupe List. Very Very Picture Heavy.



Alright lovelies, today we’re gonna talk about My Beauty Addiction and the colours that are either close, or dead on dupes for some of the hottest colours of the season from OCC and KVD. I’m pretty sure that Sherrie, the owner and creator of My Beauty Addiction didn’t intend for her colours to be viewed as dupes, particularly since they were around before both OCC and KVD’s versions of them.

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Kat Von D, OCC, And The Case Of The Strangely Wearable Lip Colour.

So, I was listening to After The Disco on loop while writing this post, and it seemed absurdly appropriate considering these here colours. If you haven’t heard After The Disco, I highly recommend purchasing from Amazon, and listening to it while looking at these pictures, it’s kinda hilarious. Or maybe I’m just weird. Probably. Moving on…

This season has got to be The Season of The Outlandish Lip Colours, yep capitalised.

From OCC’s Unknown Pleasures collection, to Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipsticks, we’ve been introduced to some at times stunning, if disbelief inducing colours. The most popular colours this season seem to be the ones that aren’t slated for everyday wear. Yet everyone seems to want to own then, and yes, wear them as much as possible.

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On Being A Pessimistic Bitch, Or The Death of Hope At Starbucks

I’d had the most awesome ever post planned for today, but, in the famous words of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air…what had happened was…

Me, that’s what the heck happened. For some reason, all week long I’ve been mistaking the days of the week, for other days of the week. Go figure. Anyway, I kept putting stuff off and before you know it, it was Thursday, but I thought it was Friday, and hilarity ensued. So, I never made it to Sephora in time, swatches didn’t get swatched, pictures weren’t taken, it’s just a mess.  I’ll make it today though. I promise,  I have to pass Sephora to get home, and since it’s Friday (it actually is this time), if I don’t do it today then I won’t be able to do it until Monday. I’m actually in a coffee shop down the street writing this, so as soon as I’ve done mainlining, I’ll head up the road.

Speaking of coffee shops leads me to the reason that I’m even writing a post today, with no product to talk about. I’ve been re-reading some of my posts the last few days, I tend to do that sometimes to see if my writing has changed, what I can improve on, this is what told me that my posts were too long.

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Iman Cosmetics…And Hello DooBop! Picture Heavy Post.



If I had a penny for every time someone told me to try Iman cosmetics, I’d have a few grand stashed away somewhere. I’ve been hearing this since I started wearing makeup, way back when the line launched, I think in 2002 or 2003. At the time, this was one of the very few modern lines of cosmetics available to women of colour. Unfortunately for me, the line was comprised of mostly red undertoned shades, couple that with reports from all my friends that had tried it feeling like it was too heavy (this was from chicks that wore MAC which is hella heavy), and I wasn’t really interested all that much.

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