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Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Book

September 28th, 2012

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Welcome to Fab Over Forty: Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Book

I love a good beauty book and have a collection of them from Bobbi Brown. Here latest book Pretty Powerful is the newest one to add to my beauty book collection. Bobbi’s books are always more than about just they typical how-to on makeup.  Although I do love a good how-to and you get some of […]

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Makeup Makeovers Book Review and Giveaway!

January 6th, 2012

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Welcome to Fab Over Forty Makeup Makeovers Book Review and Giveaway!

Lets face it, everyone loves a makeover story, right? Someone goes from a plain Jane look to a diva in a matter of a few hours.  But, does she keep up the look when all she has time at home to give herself is maybe 10 minutes to do her makeup and not an hour?  I’ve often wanted to follow up with women who’ve had them publicly done to see if she is still keeping up the look at home. Well, now you can do your own makeover in the time YOU have to do it yourself.   Robert Jones’ newest book Makeup Makeovers in 5, 10, 15, 20 Minutes: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations is here to help you give yourself the makeover you want in your time.

Robert Jones is president of simple beaute and a well-known hair and makeup artist with a client list that spans from Marie Claire, Elle magazines and more to Sheryl Crow, Diahann Carroll, Nexxus, Bergdorf Goodman and more.  He has a line of makeup brushes and organizational tools and plans to launch his own line of signature makeup.

In the book he gives us demonstrations and step-by-steps on how to create the look we’re after.  Giving us exactly what tools and products are needed.  He also gives us snippets of advice like “Anytime you’re using bright colors on the eye, you need to ground them with neutrals” and “Playing matte against shimmer creates a natural glow” and how to create a 5 minute evening look – no need to spend half an hour to look all glamorous for that night out.  There’s also a glamorous 20 minute look if you are so inclined to spend more time.  There’s a look for every level of time and every level of look.

I am thrilled that Robert’s book has so many photographs of step-by-step on where to place which eye shadow color and which brush to use to create the look, and how to get a flawless canvas, and really where to place that shimmer on the cheeks.  All these pieces and more are so useful and easy to follow along that you never have to worry again about how to get a beautiful look in the time you have available.

For a limited time while supplies last, when you order your book from Barnes and Noble or Amazon, just email your receipt with your mailing address to brushpromo@robertjonesbeauty.com and you will be sent the Robert Jones’ #28 eyeshadow blending brush free!  A $21 value.  But only while supplies last.   And you’ll notice he uses this brush quite often in the book.

That’s not the only thing being given away.   Fab Over Forty is starting the new year out with a giveaway of the book Makeup Makeovers in 5, 10, 15, 20 Minutes, offered by the publishing company to one luck reader of Fab Over Forty.  Here’s what you have to do to enter:

  1. Read my Disclosures page at the top of the page
  2. Enter your name in the comments (Crown at top of the post)
  3. Leave a comment on how long do you spend doing your makeup daily
  4. Contest open to US and CA residents only
  5. Contest ends on Friday, January 6th at 11:59 CST.

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

August 17th, 2011

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 ($64.00) is a limited edition makeup palette slated for a September launch. It contains 16 eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each), one Liquid Eyeliner (0.058 fl. oz.), Original Primer Potion (0.13 fl. oz.), and Supercurl Mascara (0.18 fl. oz.). The palette also contains a mini-speaker along with QR codes so that one can watch video tutorials designed for the palette. The value breakdown goes like this: $163.20 worth of eyeshadow, $18.00 worth of liquid eyeliner, $6.68 worth of Primer Potion, and $12.00 worth of mascara. Though you cannot purchase the items separately even if you wanted to, it amounts to the equivalent of $199.88.

Because of how photo-heavy this review is, and how long it is, the first eight eyeshadows are reviewed in this post, while the second set of eight will follow. The overall review for the palette along with packaging is included in this post. Because there are differences in quality for each shade, I have listed a pigmentation and texture score for each (both scores are out of 10), which I then averaged across all sixteen shades to give the scores found in The Glossover below.

Blue Bus is a cool-toned, blue-based purple with a soft, frosted finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. The payoff is disappointing–it’s dry, stiff, and applies unevenly. It lacks the density of other Urban Decay eyeshadows along with the smoothness that comes from a softer powder product. The color is very similar to MAC Parfait Amour. Inglot #379 is similar in color but matte, so it has a darker appearance. (7/5)

Gunmetal is a darkened blue-based gray with a silver shimmer and sheen. This is a permanent shade. The color payoff is good, though it feels a touch less soft compared to the pot version of Gunmetal. Inglot #451 is similar but slightly darker–has more of a black base. (9/8.5)

Cobra is a dark, cool-toned brown with a mostly matte finish that’s layered with green-gold shimmer. This shade is a repromote from the Black Palette. It doesn’t reflect very green when I swatched it–more like a brown with gold shimmer. The color payoff is decent but it has a drier texture. If you wanted more of the color in the pan, Laura Mercier’s Pine Bronze is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has a shade that is similar in the pan but also swatches browner–they are surprisingly similar. Milani Melange is also similar but has a blacker color base. (9/8)

Baked is a bright copper with a high frost finish. The color payoff is excellent, and it has a dense, buttery texture that applies very smoothly. This is a permanent shade. It is similar to Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz, Inglot #405, and MAC Amber Lights. (10/10)

Bender is a dark, forest green with a subtle green-gold sheen. The finish is a softened frost. This is a new and exclusive shade. It is one of the best performing shades in the palette–very buttery and smooth, while the pigmentation is tops. It is more yellow-based compared to Make Up For Ever #310. It has less green and more olive compared to Inglot #418. It is very similar to MAC Humid. (10/10)

Gravity is a plum-tinged medium purple with a frosted finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. It has decent color payoff, but it applies unevenly and splotch in places (see the bottom half of the swatch). Make Up For Ever #142 is similar in color but has a matte finish. theBalm All the Way Annie is a touch plummier. It is more pigmented than Milani Purr-fect Purple. It is not as intense as Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister, but it is darker (and plummier) than Urban Decay Ecstasy. (7.5, 7.5)

Lost is a dark bronze brown with subtle red undertones. It has a frosted finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. The color payoff is beautiful here–like Bender, it is one of the better quality shades in the palette. The texture is soft, smooth, and buttery. It is darker and browner compared to MAC Sable. It has slightly cooler tones compared to Inglot #422. There is a darker quality and a more reflective finish compared to Milani Rich Java. (10/10)

Hijack is a bluish-teal with a silvered sheen–a part frost, part metallic finish. This is a new and exclusive shade. The pigmentation in this shade was good, and it applies smoothly overall. The color is very similar to Bare Escentuals Vapor. It is darker and less teal compared to Urban Decay Aquarius. (9/9)

I’m usually really impressed by Urban Decay’s palettes, because the majority of the eyeshadows are high-quality with excellent color payoff, even if a few textures may be more prone to fall out because of the inclusion of glittery shades. I found Blue Bus, Crystal, and Skimp to be difficult to use, while Cobra and Gravity have a few concerns The standout shades were Baked, Bender, Lost, and Zephyr in terms of pigmentation and texture. If one wants a neutral palette, Urban Decay’s Naked palette does it better. If one wants pops of color, the 15th Anniversary Palette does it better. Last year’s Book of Shadows Vol. 3 was much better (and still available at urbandecay.com).

The packaging is extremely bulky–it’s large and heavy. If you thought prior Book of Shadows editions were bulky, then you will loathe the size of this one, as it is 1 3/4″ wider (only marginally taller). I had issues sliding the drawer out, because the mini-speaker tends to get caught against the top. The drawer was not glued in, though, so it did pull out all the way for removal. The top flap opens up with pop-up butterflies, small-sized mirror, and a pocket for your phone along with instructions for using the QR codes. The upside of bulky cardboard packaging is that it will absorb impact better than a hard plastic case would if you were to drop it. I dropped mine a few times on the bathroom tile to no ill effects.

I didn’t play around with the technology too much myself, as I relegated that duty to our resident tech guy (I was busy cropping photographs). I did watch some and saw how it all came together. I think it’s an interesting concept, but in reality, it ends up more gimmicky than useful. The drawer is so large to accomodate a mini-speaker, which does enhance the sound of the videos, but your phone would likely do an adequate job with its own speakers. The QR codes are a bit close together, but it is a minor concern. We have iPhones here, so that is what we tested it out with, and if you have a case around yours, you’ll need to remove it or else the plug will not connect properly.

Where to Buy: September 2011 @ Urban Decay

THE GLOSSOVER
PRODUCT : 8/10
PIGMENTATION : 8.5/10
TEXTURE : 8.5/10
LONGEVITY : 9/10
APPLICATION : 4/5
PACKAGING : 2/5

FINAL THOUGHTS

This palette lacks the quality level of previous Book of Shadows–it’s not the colors but the color payoffs and textures that make this palette less than stellar.

OVERALL: B-

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Blue Bus Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Blue Bus Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Gunmetal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Gunmetal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Cobra Eyeshadow


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Urban Decay Baked Eyeshadow


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Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Gravity Eyeshadow


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Urban Decay Lost Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Lost Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Hijack Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Hijack Eyeshadow


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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

August 17th, 2011

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Here is the review for the second half of the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 ($64.00) limited edition makeup palette. For an overall review of the product, along with packaging, please see part one. Because there are differences in quality for each shade, I have listed a pigmentation and texture score for each (both scores are out of 10), which I then averaged across all sixteen shades to give the scores found in The Glossover below.

Midnight Cowgirl is a warm, pale, peach-gold with a frosted finish. The color payoff is really lovely, as it is rich and buttery, though it does have flecks of gold micro-glitter. This shade is part of the permanent range. I find the majority disappears before you even apply it, but you may find that some fall out underneath the eye. It is a bit lighter than Bobbi Brown Desert Sand. It’s similar in color but lighter compared to Urban Decay Blunt. It’s also a lighter, less brown version of MAC Retrospeck. (9, 8.5)

Sin is a pink-tinged champagne with a frosted finish and rather metallic sheen. This shade is part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Scratch is much pinker. Giorgio Armani #8 is similar but more metallic in finish. Inglot #397 is similar in color, less pink-tinged. (9.5, 9)

Midnight Rodeo is a sparkly taupe brown. It does have glitter, but it’s subtle and doesn’t seem as large as Urban Decay’s other glitter-finished eyeshadows but may still have some fall out. The color payoff is good, and the texture is fairly smooth. I thought Urban Decay Toasted might be similar, but it’s not–much browner, less of a taupe. theBalm Insane Jane is grayer (more cool-toned), while Inglot #402 is nearly indistinguishable from Midnight Rodeo. This shade is a repromote from the 15th Anniversary Palette. (9, 8.5)

Crystal is a bluish-purple gray with a silvered sheen. It lacks pigmentation, and the texture is dry and stiff to work with–you’ll have to pack it on to achieve the color you see in the pan. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. Inglot #420 is similar but darker and lacks the bluish tones. Urban Decay Stripped has less purple and is much, much darker. (5, 7)

Bust is a softened, gray-tinged taupe brown with a soft, frosted finish. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It has a really smooth application with a buttery texture, while the shade itself has excellent color payoff. NARS Grand Palais is slightly browner, MAC Street Cool is darker and browner, MAC Satin Taupe is much, much darker, and Inglot #402 is warmer and less gray. It’s like a frosted version of Urban Decay Shakedown. (9.5, 9)

Missionary is a soft, beige-taupe with a frosted finish. It’s like a lighter version of Sin. It has good color payoff, but it’s not fully opaque. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It is pinker than MAC Butternutty. It’s a little lighter and has more of a sheen compared to Urban Decay Virgin. (9, 9)

Skimp is a beige-peach with a pearled sheen. The color payoff here was a bit sheer, and the texture surprisingly dry. This shade is a repromote. It is similar to Bare Escentuals Serendipitous. It is a little lighter than MAC Brule. (8, 8.5)

Zephyr is a warm white with a golden sheen. It has good color payoff, but it is a bit powdery. This shade is new and exclusive to this palette. It less yellow compared to Urban Decay Vanilla and MAC Nylon, but it is comparable to Bare Escentuals Breathtaking. (9, 8.5)

Where to Buy: September 2011 @ Urban Decay

THE GLOSSOVER
PRODUCT : 8/10
PIGMENTATION : 8.5/10
TEXTURE : 8.5/10
LONGEVITY : 9/10
APPLICATION : 4/5
PACKAGING : 2/5

FINAL THOUGHTS

If one wants a neutral palette, Urban Decay’s Naked palette does it better. If one wants pops of color, the 15th Anniversary Palette does it better. This palette lacks the quality level of previous Book of Shadows–it’s not the colors but the color payoffs and textures that make this palette less than stellar.

OVERALL: B-

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4


Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Crystal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Crystal Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Bust Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Bust Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Missionary Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Missionary Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Skimp Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Skimp Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Zephyr Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Zephyr Eyeshadow


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The Makeup Wakeup and a Giveaway!

April 19th, 2011

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Congratulations to Ann S – I’m sure the book will help give you a new look with your new job! 

 

Have you picked up The Makeup Wakeup yet? I told you a few months back that I got a sneak peek of the book by Sandy Linter and Lois Joy Johnson after I ran into Sandy Linter on my flight back from the Redbook MVP testing in NYC. But, I didn’t get my actual hands on MY own book till a few days ago – and I haven’t been able to put it down since! 

It’s like having your own personal celebrity makeup artist at your fingertips. 

This is a fabulous book on makeup for women over 40! Let’s face it, most all beauty books available are for women in their 20′s or maybe 30′s, but we have different beauty needs than when we were that young. This book gives you tips on what you can do to look fresher, younger without surgery and they also consult two top dermatologists and a cosmetic surgeon for those seeking those options. 

You get close-up detailed photos of how to create a look, what tools you need and you are even given a list of specific beauty brands and shades recommended by Sandy. Things are tackled like dark circles, how doing your makeup the same way you did even a few years ago can age you, how to camouflage nasolabial folds or thin lips and so much more. Things that you would never hear a 20 year old worrying about. Women over 40 we’ll claim this as OURS! 

Being Sandy is Lancome’s “Beauty at Every Age Expert”, Lancome has given me a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! Here’s how you can win:

  • Enter your name in the comments (click on the crown at the top of the post)
  • Tell me what beauty issue you have that you would like tips on how to improve
  • Contest ends on Monday, April 18th at 11:59 CST

Good luck! 

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