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Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Urban-Decay-Rockstar-Eyeshadow-Swatches-ReviewI’m ecstatic to bring you this review on the Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeshadow because it’s my first Urban Decay eye shadow that I’ve ever worn.

Ever since I got into the brand and used their eye liners (which I love), I’ve been wanting to try their eye shadows because they have so many wonderful shades available.

However, I have an allergy to a certain ingredient (bismuth oxychloride), and it’s in a lot of popular eye shadows. My eyes will get all puffy, red, and itchy. (I learned it the hard way when I was in high school and experimented with my first CoverGirl and Revlon eye shadows.) So I was pretty bummed when I noticed that all Urban Decay shadows seemed to have that ingredient as well.

But, don’t cry for me, Argentina! I was able to find lots of great shadows that I can wear by NYX, Marcelle, and even some Kat von D ones!

Then Urban Decay reformulated a lot of their eye shadows. I checked the ingredients, and lots of them now don’t have bismuth oxychloride! Sooo…since I already loved using the 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Rockstar, it was a no-brainer that I’d want to get the eye shadow in the same shade. 🙂 (I practically rushed out to Sephora one evening after work to get this and was beaming the entire time.)

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The Best of 2011: Nail Polish, Nail Art, Makeup, Skincare & Fragrance

Swatch And Learn The Best of 2011It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it?

I’ve tried all sorts of new beauty products including nail polishes. And I’ve had tons of fun coming up with nail-art designs!

Now that it’s the last day in 2011, it’s time to reflect upon the year.

I’d like to share with you my Best of 2011 list! I still have a ton of favourites from last year, so these picks are strictly new ones that I’ve blogged about in 2011.

You’ll see it broken down into the following categories: nail polish (duh), nail art (double duh), fragrance, makeup, and skincare. All lists are in no particular order. (It was difficult enough to whittle down my picks for the nail polishes!)

Feel free to click on the links – they’ll take you to the blog post with the swatches, reviews, and tutorial (where appropriate).

Now I’m so curious about what you think!

Is there a lacquer that you feel I sorely missed including? Have you found your Holy Grail facial cleanser? What nail-art design have you worn in 2011 that you would consider wearing again in 2012?

Please weigh in with your picks! We’re all different, but our love for beauty products brings us together. 🙂 Continue reading


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Greed Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Greed Review & SwatchesEye-shadow primer changed my makeup life!

In the morning, my eyelids tend to be normal to dry, but as the day progresses, they get oilier, so shadows tend to crease very easily by 3 in the afternoon.

When I discovered primers, I was disappointed that most of them contain bismuth oxychloride. You see, I’m allergic to it. If I wear stuff with that ingredient on my eyelids, they turn scaly, red, and itchy. Plus they swell. Yeah, it makes me look like a million bucks! 😛

So you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Greed!

Not only does it not contain that allergen, but it has a pretty shimmery gold colour and makes sure my eye shadow doesn’t crease!

Layering this over shimmery shadows really makes them look more brilliant, and it looks pretty as a brow highlight.

Have you tried this and/or other primers from Urban Decay? Or do you like a primer from another brand better? Continue reading


What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag

I’ve been seeing a lot of cool What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag YouTube videos and blog posts this summer. Thought I’d join in and show you what products I take. Plus this is very timely since I’m actually going on a short romantic ‘trip’ soon. I’m staying within the city, but he and I always have a great time.

Whats in My Travel Makeup BagBut before I go into the details about what I’m taking with me, I’d like to blab a little bit about myself first. If this bores you, you can scroll down this post to get right to the makeup. 🙂 Continue reading


The Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Products I Use Every DayThere were lots of products that I fell in love with. But sometimes things just weren’t meant to be. They started seeing other people. And they made up lame excuses for sneaking out in the middle of the night. Needless to say, the relationship was cut short.

Of course I was heartbroken, but new products entered my life. Some took me for dinner and a movie. Others serenaded me with a Spanish guitar. And one special product made me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world.

Here are the products that I’ve been faithful to because they’ve never let me down when I needed them. We plan to grow old together and celebrate many happy anniversaries. Continue reading


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils 15 Year Anniversary Collection Review & Swatches

Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-on Eye Pencils 15-Year Anniversary Collection Review I’ve had the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils 15 Year Anniversary Collection on my wishlist shortly after it came out. And I’ve been testing them out for months.

If you know me, you know that a day without eyeliner is like a day without sunshine. Eyeliner makes me feel put-together. When I don’t wear it, something feels ‘off’.

Urban Decay 24-7 eyeliners hold Holy-Grail status for me, and I consider them must-haves for any make-up lover’s collection.

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows III Review & Swatches

** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

Eyeshadow palettes are my absolute weakness. There. Now you know my Kryptonite. Wave a palette of pretty shadows in front of me, and you can bet that I’d get weak in the knees. I just love looking at my palettes in the morning, with my mind spinning as to what kind of color combinations to create.

So how could I ever pass up the chance to purchase Urban Decay Book of Shadows III? I had to visit my local Sephoras a few times when it first hit the shelves before I found it in-stock and waiting for me to take home.

Urban Decay Book of Shadows III is one of those shadow collections that get a lot of attention very quickly. But the big question is: does it live up to all the hype? Continue reading