Thursday, November 18, 2010

Urban Decay Book of Shadows III Event!

I have been incredibly busy lately (full time college student with a full time job!!) & I remembered that I had this entry as a draft & never published it, so I finished it and here it is!! Better late then never! ENJOY :)

As you all know, I have recently fallen deeply in love with Urban Decay...
On Saturday, August 28th 2010, I attended the Urban Decay Book Of Shadows III launch party & exclusive pre-sale at Sephora in Times Square. The perfect location to debut the UD♥NYC palette!

At my Sephora (haha - yes, I call it "my" Sephora, because that's the one that I go to the most.) they were having a very special one day only sale of the Urban Decay Book Of Shadows III palette - Urban Decay Loves New York!!

When I got there, the line was huge & went all the way to the end of the block!!

Thankfully, I was able to waltz right in & I didnt have to wait on the line, being that I had a very special  interview set up. I had an interview with one of my idols, Urban Decay's head international makeup artist, Eric Jimenez. I was so happy to be meeting Eric and I was absolutely honored to be able to interview him & speak to him one on one about Urban Decay and their fabulous products. (click here to read the interview!)

Urban Decay's head makeup artist, Eric Jimenez, greeting some of the patient Urban Decay fans that stood in line waiting to get their hands on the Book of Shadows III.

After my interview with Eric (click HERE to read it!!) I bought myself a beautiful Book of Shadows III - UD♥NYC - I was thrilled! I got my first Urban Decay palette and I was so happy that it was celebrating my amazing city - NYC - how perfect?!! (I use this palette almost everyday now - it is incredible!!!)

Then, to make a long story (very) short - before I knew it, I was in the UD♥NYC tee shirt doing makeup in Sephora alongside the fabulous Urban Decay National Artistry Team!! IT WAS AMAZING!! I was absolutely honored & I had such a blast!

I did makeup on a bunch of Sephora shoppers who were there for the Urban Decay event. I gave them each a special look using the new Book of Shadows III, and I must say, they all left the chair looking fabulous!! I am in loveeeee with the new UD♥NYC palette and using it made me fall in love with the brand and develop a hardcore Urban Decay addiction ;)

This is me & a very special woman that I met at the event! This wonderful doll's name is Cadie & she was one of the makeup artists in Urban Decays National Artistry Team. She was so kind & welcoming to me and we had so much fun doing makeup together!
As we would do makeup we would always start dancing and we loved the music that the DJ was playing! "oh my God! I love this song!" was said about a million times lol Anyway - Cadie was a real sweetheart, as were all the other fabulous Urban Decay makeup artists!! I wish I had a picture with each & every one of them!!

This event was incredible and I had such an amazing time talking & getting to know Eric (read the interview HERE!) as well as hanging out and doing makeup with the marvelous & extremely talented Urban Decay National Artistry Team!!

♥ XOXO Chloé ♥

The Urban Decay Book of Shadows III will be available in Sephora in early October.
Click HERE to read my review of Urban Decays De-Slick powder, HERE to read my review of their Lip Junkie lip gloss, and click HERE to read the interview with Eric Jimenez ♥

Eric Jimenez

When I went to the Urban Decay Book of Shadows III event I was lucky enough to meet one of my idols - Eric Jimenez! Eric Jimenez is the head international makeup artist for Urban Decay. Besides having one of the best jobs in the world, Eric is also one of the most kind people that I have ever met. He really has a true passion for makeup and he really cares about making everyone feel & look beautiful!!

 Three fun facts that I learned while speaking to Eric:
• He started selling Avon door to door at a very young age with his mother.
• He owned his own cowboy hat company!! (pre-UD days!)
• He began working with Benefit and then started working with Urban Decay 5 years ago.

Of course, I had to ask Eric what are the top 5 Urban Decay products that he would recommend for every makeup lover! These are the top 5 products that made the cut!
The Original Primer Potion!! And now Urban Decay has a Pro size primer potion in a squeeze tube = HEAVEN!!! This is a necessary makeup item in everyone makeup collection!
The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil!! And now you can get your hands on the 24/7 Jackpot!! Besides just being a kick-ass eyeliner, these pencils can also be smudged & worn as eyeshadow!
All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray! (There also is one for oily skin - I loveeeeee that one! - as well as one for dry skin!) A few spritzes of this & your gorgeous face will last all night! I use this everyday so my makeup lasts through school & work!
Lip Junkie Lip Gloss! These lip glosses are amazing! (check out my review & swatches HERE) A perfect long lasting, non-sticky gloss with a beautiful wide-range of colors!
Eyeshadows! yesss :) I absolutely love the Urban Decay eyeshadows! With a very low amount of binders & very high pigment, these shadows are long lasting, smooth & extremely pigmented!

Eric greeting Urban Decay fans waiting on line for the Book Of Shadows III event!
Meeting Eric was absolutely amazing & he is such a HUGE inspiration to me!

♥ XOXO, Chloé

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spooky Spiderweb Nails!!


Since today is Halloween I knew I needed to wear a pair of my limited edition Halloween nails by Kiss Nails!! I already wore "Hayride" this past week, so today I put on "Pumpkin" to celebrate Halloween in style! These nails are PERFECT for Halloween :)

These artificial nails have a spooky twist on a "French manicure". It's a spiderweb pattern with a black tip with a line of silver glitter separating the web from the black tip. There is also a silver glittery spider as a finishing touch, so cute & perfect for Halloween!

I absolutely loveeee the style/pattern of these nails and I am so excited to be wearing them, but I just couldn't deal with the extra-long length! (texting was near impossible!!) So, I grabbed my nail clipper & nail file and cut them down to a much more practical, shorter length!

Still as spooky & festive, just more manageable!! =)
I really love these nails & I hope that Kiss Nails comes out with some limited edition nails for the holiday season!! how cute would little Hanukkah & Christmas nails be?!! hahaha :)

I hope that you all had a very happy Halloween & that you enjoyed seeing my spooky spiderweb nails! I am going to go watch a scary movie and eat some candy! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
♥ XOXO, Chloé ♥

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vamp Up Your Halloween with Kiss Nails!!

As you all know, Kiss Nails are my favorite brand of artificial nails and I wear them very often! So, being that it is Halloween time, they have created four styles of limited edition Halloween nails that are sure to add the perfect finishing touch to your Halloween look!

The four styles of the nails are (from left to right) - Witch, Ghost, Pumpkin, and Hayride.

In addition to the four styles of the artificial nails, Kiss also created four styles of limited edition Halloween nail art, body art and eye & face art!! Below are the photos of the two different styles of nail art, one of more "sweet" with cute skulls, black cats and colorful bats & stars, while the second one has a more of a "spooky" feel to it! Spiderwebs, bats, black skulls, and spiders! 

Then there is the body art and the eye & face art!! I loveee these two sets! 
(as you can tell, I've already used one of the body art stickers, it was a really pretty red rose!)
The eye & face art is SO pretty! I am planning to use it to add some bling to my eye makeup :)

On Wednesday I started to get into the Halloween spirit and I put on the artificial nails in "Hayride" - They looked awesome! I LOVE the black-red fade look that the nails have and the black design on it is subtle but still so pretty! I would wear this nail style all throughout the year - not just Halloween!! It looked so pretty!

I love them & I got so many compliments on them! They really look like they were airbrushed at the nail salon :) I'm kind of upset that they are only Halloween limited edition & that they wont be around long, I need to stock up on this style!!

I hope you all enjoying seeing these fabulous limited edition Halloween products from Kiss Nails!!

♥ XOXO, Chloé ♥

e.l.f. Nail Polish in Metal Madness (NOTW)

This past week I tried out a new e.l.f. nail polish & i loved it so much! I kept getting so many questions from fellow polish-addicts about what color/brand I was wearing!! I was wearing e.l.f.'s new shade "Metal Madness", A gorgeous gun-metal gray color with silver sparkles!

Such a perfect color for the fall, I really love it!
So, if you're looking for the perfect shimmery gun-metal polish at a low price (e.l.f. polish is only $1!!) then you need to get your hands on e.l.f.'s "Metal Madness"! It's one of my favorites this fall!

♥ XOXO, Chloé ♥

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New York Fashion Week 2010 - Nicholas K.

Hi everyone :) As you all know, I was at New York Fashion Week! It was amazing! I wanted to make sure that I share with you all of the fabulous nail polish looks & trends that were on the runway! Here are the lovely polishes from the Nicholas K. show! Enjoy :)

On Septemeber 9th, Celebrity nail technician Pattie Yankee and the Dashing Diva nail team worked backstage on models for the Nicholas K. show at Lincoln Center.
Polishes: special mix, special mix, Concrete Playground, Astor Place, Tibi Couture
 Nicholas K. had an army inspired collection and Dashing Diva specially mixed two custom color polishes for the show. The mixing resulted in a khaki brown color and mint green color.
Along with the special mixes Nicholas went three other Dashing Diva polishes.

Concrete Playground, a heather gray polish.

Astor Place, a grey/brown mix. 

Tibi Couture, a light creamy beige. 

With Nicholas’ army inspired collection, the polishes looked absolutely amazing!

♥ XOXO, Chloé ♥

Friday, September 10, 2010

Backstage at Farah Angsana & Ashleigh Verrier

Last night I was backstage at two incredible fashion shows - Farah Angsana & Ashleigh Verrier. I have a ton of photos! I will be uploading them later tonight or tomorrow!
In the meantime, I have to get ready for some Fashions Night Out events!
Stay tuned for some fabulous New York Fashion Week coverage by yours truely :)

♥ XOXO Chloé ♥

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New York Fashion Week Nail Trends with Dashing Diva!

This Tuesday, September 7th kicked off New York Fashion Week!
I was there in Lincoln Center to enjoy this great evening that brought together designers, models and fashionistias from all around the world.

As we all know, Fashion Week not only focuses on just fashion, but on beauty as well! (I always say you cannot have fashion without beauty & you cannot have beauty without fashion!) So, naturally, I was excited to see all the beauty trends that NYFW kicked off with!

Dashing Diva Nails lead the way that night and its fabulous nail polishes took the runway by storm!
At the shows, 'pure at heart' and 'fifties flair' inspired models wore the popular "Fashion Week" polish, a sheer pink Dashing Diva runway favorite!
photo credit to Eric Yu of Dashing Diva
The 'rocker chic' inspired models wore a gun metal "Penthouse Views" metallic silver polish. 
photo credit to Eric Yu of Dashing Diva
The 'jazz aged' inspired models wore "Dark PR", a beautiful dark burgundy polish.
photo credit to Eric Yu of Dashing Diva
Also, Dashing Diva Nails also worked on top models, one of them being Giselle!
photo credit to Eric Yu of Dashing Diva
These three Dashing Diva polish shades were all over the runway!
Fashion Week, Penthouse Views & Dark PR
Have a happy Fashion Week!
I know I am!
♥ XOXO Chloé ♥

Sunday, September 5, 2010

UD Lip Junkie Lip Gloss Swatches & Review!

 hello my fellow makeup lovers :)
 If you have read my previous blog entry, you are all fully aware that I have recently fallen deeply in love with Urban Decay. And I have fallen HARD ♥

I was dying to test out their lip glosses and I heard that their lip junkie glosses were really great, so I just haddddddd to try them out as soon as I could!

So i present to you these gorgeous swatches of the Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Glosses!
They look so pretty in the tubes & the color you see is the color you get!

Top row left to right: Peroxide (light pink) Midnight Cowboy (sheer nude sparkle)
Crush (bright hot pink) Runaway (medium peach shimmer)
Bottom row left to right: Heavy (dark neutral) Naked (pinky neutral)
Jilted (deep pink sparkle) Perversion (sheer black sparkle)

True to color! The color that you see in the tube is that color that appears on your lips.
Not sticky at all! I hateee sticky lipglosses and this is not one of them! It was super smooth & not gooey.
Super shiny. I am more of a lipstick type of girl, but when I wear lipgloss I like it to be obvious that I am wearing a lipgloss - shiny & glossy lips! & its such a huge plus that its not sticky!
Really good range of color & shades. There are 11 gorgeous shades so you know you can find one you like! Take your pick from sheer pretty neutrals, kick-ass brights, or a glimmering near-black The 3 of them I couldn't show you were Red-Light (bright pinky red), Wallflower (nude creamy-pink), and Love Junkie (sheer dark red).
I love the minty scent & flavor! Its refreshing, smells good, feels good on the lips and most importantly its not too strong & it doesn't taste bad.
Lasts a pretty long time for a lipgloss. Most lipglosses that I have tried always come off so easily, but this one lasted pretty well & the color stayed.
The lipgloss tube is "molded" not all soft. This is a pro for me because now there cant be any lipgloss "accidents" where my lipgloss explodes all over my bag because the tube was squished. Thank God!! LOL
Pretty packaging! Yes, as you all know I loveee trendy packaging & this product, like every other Urban Decay product has packaging that looks so nice!

I didn't notice any plumping effect to my lips. This product is advertised to have an ingredient called "Maxi-Lip" that is said to give your lips a boost & have some plumping action. Unfortunately, I did not really notice any when I used this product. But it also says "plumps lips an average of 40% when used daily for a month." So I guess I will use it more and more & see if I notice a gradual change in the plumpness of my lips.
May be considered a little "overpriced" by some. Some of my fellow makeup lovers may think that the $19 price tag is a little too pricey for a lipgloss. Personally, it is an average price for lipgloss amongst the higher-end brands, but a some people might still think its overpriced.

I really liked these Urban Decay lipglosses!! There were many pros about this product and it really lived up to my expectations, except on the plumping part. I think that with the wide range of shades, the smooth & shiny finish, the refreshing minty flavor and the non-stickiness, it equals a pretty fabulous lipgloss! My three favorite colors are peroxide, crush and runaway! I also like mixing peroxide & crush together, soo pretty!

XOXO Chloé

Friday, September 3, 2010

My New Love: The Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder!

Whenever I would go into Sephora I would always find myself standing in front of the Urban Decay display and admiring all their fabulous makeup. I don't know if it was their trendy purple packaging or their unique & provocative color names (bordello, anyone?!) but I was always so attracted to the brand. (yes! you can be attracted to a brand - only real makeup lovers/addicts know that!) Finally I was reaching my breaking point and I knew that I needed to get my hands on some Urban Decay products. And FAST!

So, the following Urban Decay products was one of the first that I have ever tried and it is now one of my ultimate favorite products that I use every, single day. If it is possible to be actually addicted to a makeup product, then this is the product that I am a total junkie for!  
The Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder!

I always wondered if it was worth it to invest in a more expensive product (especially one that I use everyday and all through out the day!) from a more high-end brand, rather then to keep using the e.l.f.'s studio translucent matifying powder for only $3. Don't get me wrong - the e.l.f. one worked fine, but I was curious to see if there was really a difference. 

After looking around Sephora, I came across this pretty-purple compact. It was love at first sight!
I was instantly in love with the packaging (I am such a sucker for pretty packaging!) and when I went on further to read the description of this product I knew that I needed to try it!

"This shine-stopping pressed powder blots oil and keeps shine at bay. Try it on naked skin (if you run into the hot guy at the gym), or over foundation (for touch-ups on the dance floor without destroying your makeup). Because the formula contains super lightweight, oil-absorbing rice powder, you won’t feel the powder, but you’ll see the shine-free results. The lavender shade applies invisibly and works on every skin tone, from dark chocolate to palest porcelain."
Keep De-Slick in your bag at all times! The gorgeous, transparent purple compact seems to glow from within, featuring Urban Decay embellishments of skulls, flourishes and flowers. Pop it open to reveal a mirror and handy application puff.

Really does keep my skin shine free for a longgg time. (longer then any other blot/matifying powder that I have tried!!) I applied this on top of my liquid foundation to set it at 7:30am before I went off to college in the morning, and my skin stayed shine-free until about 12:00pm when I went to go eat lunch.
If you do get shiny, a little bit of the powder instantly absorbs the oil and returns your skin to a perfect matte finish. When I noticed that I needed a little touch up, all I needed to do was pat a little powder in the shiny spots & like magic they disapeared and my skin was back to looking perfectly matte.
Large compact, a lot of product. Its not tiny by any means and you only use a little product at a time, so it will last for a while. (The compact is about the size of my palm.)
Does not disturb your makeup at all. Putting this on top of your makeup throughout the day does not change the color of your makeup at all.
Doesn't make your makeup look cakey, no matter if you reapply multiple times during the day. I wore this on a 95degree day in NYC where I was walking a lottttt for about 2 or 3 hours outside. I reapplied about once an hour, yet my makeup didn't start to look cakey at all.
Comes with a little application puff. There's no need to bring along any other brushes or separate application puffs. Plus, this one is so adorable!
Pretty packaging! Do I really need to explain this one?! The purple compact is so hot and i love the Urban Decay embellishments of skulls, flourishes and flowers.

The $30 price tag. I'm not really a huge fan of spending $30 for a powder and I know that it may be too expensive for some makeup lovers out there. Even though I am listing the price as a con, I am still going to be buying this product - it works for my skin so wonderfully that it is totally worth the $30!!

It has everything I want in a mattifying powder and it even comes in one of the most trendy compacts that I have ever seen! It is my new "holy-grail" translucent mattifying powder and despite the $30 price tag I will most definitely be purchasing this product again! (and again & again & again!!!)

I have officially fallen in love with Urban Decay products. Stay tuned for more Urban Decay reviews & hauls - I can assure you that there will be many more!! ;)

XOXO Chloé

Chloé's Nails of The Week! (week of August 29th)

My nails for this week are so hot! They are inspired by Harajuku fashion & trends. They are bright and totally fun! These are perfect nails to wear to end the summer with!

This style is follows the "mismatch manicure" trend with bright neon colored tips, a thin white stripe and silver glitter! Since these nails will catch everyone's eye, this style is for confident girls only!! ;)

Company: Broadway Nails
Line: Fashion Diva (Harajuku)
Style: BHFD01 - Love
Length: Short

"DON'T CONFORM, MIX IT UP!" That definitely was the rule when this set of nails were created!
Who wants boring nails anyway?! NOT me!! 

I love these nails!! I adore bright neon colors on the nails during the summer, so having a bunch of hot neon colors on my nails definitely let me end the summer with a bang!!

I also gave myself a pedicure with a polish that matched the neon theme of these nails perfectly!
Company: Milani (their Neon line)
Color: 502 Awesome Orange

As usual, broadway nails never let me down & always let me have the hottest nails!

Thanks for reading dolls!
♥ XOXO Chloé ♥