Product Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation 

This foundation has been out for quite some time, but I was on the fence about purchasing it because there were so many mixed reviews.

I was really looking for a foundation with incredible staying power as well as coverage and this one seemed to meet those characteristics based off of its description and name. So, I ignored the reviews completely and decided to try it out for myself! I purchased this foundation about three weeks ago (in the shade 4.0) and have been testing it out since.

Keep reading for my full review on this foundation and to find out whether or not I think it is worth repurchasing!

About the Product

According to Sephora, this foundation claims to…

  • give a full coverage and completely matte finish
  • is waterproof
  • is oil-free
  • will last “all night”
  • comfortable enough for everyday wear
  • contains 25% pigment (about THREE TIMES as much pigment as their Naked Skin foundation)
  • says there is no need to build coverage or apply multiple layers
  •  diffuses light to blur flaws
  • mattifies skin and absorbs oil to reduce shine throughout the day
  • says to allow foundation to set before choosing the right shade for you (oxidizes, they suggest choosing a lighter shade if you are between shades)
  • comes with airless pump which makes it possible to get out every last bit of product
  • comes in 25 shades

 

My Thoughts…

I will start with my preferred method of applying this foundation. I tried applying it with both a kabuki brush and beauty sponge and definitely prefer the brush. I find that it drastically improves the coverage and blends the product out easier and faster. This foundation gives FULL COVERAGE. A little bit goes a long way, so the 1 ounce bottle will last quite a while. You do not need to build this up whatsoever, otherwise it might look a little too cake-y. While the description says this foundation gives a completely matte finish,  I find that it is more of a natural-matte finish on my skin. I do not mind this at all though because I do not like when matte foundations make my skin look flat and dull. One of my favorite things about this foundation is how long it lasts! To me, this foundation lasts twice as long as the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. This was a major element I was looking for in a foundation and this one met that need 100%. The description did not specify in hours how long the foundation was supposed to last, but I did end up sleeping in my makeup one night (I know this is terrible for your skin and I do not recommend sleeping with your makeup on) and when I woke up the next morning my skin still looked flawless. This being said, the claim that it will last “all night” (hence the name) stands to be true in my opinion. The foundation also claims to diffuse light to blur imperfections. I agree with this statement 100%! Right when I apply the foundation, I notice that my skin instantly looks flawless and my pores are blurred. Even though this is a full coverage foundation, when I look into a magnified mirror, my skin still looks like skin and I cannot see the foundation just sitting on top of my skin.

 

I did find a few downsides to this foundation as well. While the shade range is pretty extensive, the undertones of the shades are not. The undertones are either very pink or very yellow. I have neutral-olive undertones and the shade that matched me best was 4.0. This shade, for me, is very yellow though and I do need to blend it down my neck and a little on my chest for everything to match. In Urban Decay’s defense, their description does claim that it will oxidize and that you should wait for it to dry down before choosing a shade. I have noticed that fuller coverage foundations tend to oxidize the most, so this is not a deal-breaker for me. 4.0 is slightly too yellow, but it was the only shade that matched me the best. The description also claims that the foundation is comfortable enough for everyday wear. I do not really agree with this claim for two reasons: 1) I personally do not like to wear full coverage foundation, or foundation at all, everyday and 2) I find that it is slightly too heavy to feel comfortable even if I did wear it everyday. This foundation is no BB Cream, and for that reason I think it is just slightly too heavy and full coverage to be comfortable wearing just on casual days. The claim that this foundation absorbs oils is something else that I do not exactly agree with. I still do get pretty shiny in my t-zone, BUT the foundation does not break up in that area which is a huge plus for me!

Final Thoughts

So… would I repurchase??? The answer is YES! While there were a few cons, I really do like this foundation and will most likely continue to repurchase it. When I go all out with my makeup, this has been my go-to foundation since I purchased it. I love how full coverage it is while not looking like a thick layer of makeup on my skin. The undertone is slightly off, but this is something I can fix by mixing in other foundations/foundation mixers. This being said, I do think that UD should add in shades with more neutral undertones to accommodate many more skin shades.

If you have been on the hunt for a full coverage and long lasting foundation- give this one a try! AND if you have been hesitating to splurge on this foundation specifically like I was, remember you can always get a sample from Sephora or try it out in-store first!

 

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Glam Vampire Halloween Makeup

One of the easiest ways to put together a last minute Halloween costume is to play around with makeup! I if you don’t have time to go shopping for a costume or just don’t want to spend the money, creating a look out of makeup and whatever you have already in your closet is always a creative and inexpensive option!

The vampire look is pretty typical, but that’s because it is so easy!

Keep scrolling to see the look I created, as well as a full list of products I used.

FACE

  • L.A. Girl Pro Coverage foundation in fair
  • Skipped concealer
  • Set my entire face with the Maybelline Fit Me Lose Powder in the lightest shade
  • Contoured using the Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping palette (mixed all of the contour shades)
  • Skipped bronzer, blush, and highlighter.

EYES

  • Used the red shade from the Morphe 35B palette mixed with the shade Bitten (deep red) from Makeup Geek on the inner half of my eyes. I also brought these colors into the crease slightly as well as the bottom lashline. I used whatever color was left on the brush to smudge it down to wear I would normally apply concealer to enhance the look.
  • Used the shade Blackout from Urban Decay (rich matte black) in the outter V of my eyes. I also brought this down to the lower lashline and smoked it out slightly.
  • I created a dramatic wing using the NYC black liquid liner.
  • Applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies
  • Used a black eyeliner to line my waterline and applied a coat of mascara to my bottom lashes.
  • I used a cool-toned light purple shade to create the veins under my eyes with a liner brush.

BROWS & LIPS

  • Filled in my brows using a dark brown cool-toned shadow from the Tarte Clay Play palette
  • For the lips, I used the Katy Perry x Covergirl lipstick in shade Perry Panther (black lipstick) just on the outer edges of my lips. I filled in the center with the Wet N Wild Catsuit liquid lipstick in shade Video Vixen. I blended these together with my finger to create an ombre effect.

 

*Choker is from Sam Moon

Glam Sugar Skull Halloween Makeup 

Hi everyone!! I am back with another glam Halloween look and I am so so excited about this one! The image below was my inspiration for this Sugar Skull makeup look. This makeup was done by @christianthemua on Instagram and when I came across this picture I knew I wanted to recreate it! I love the color scheme and how the warm tones give this a fall vibe as well. I kept my look pretty similar for the most part, while also simplifying the look slightly.

As always, keep scrolling to see my recreation of this look as well as a full list of products that I used to create it. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram @marinaleebeauty!

 

FACE:

  • L.A. Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation in fair (this is really a light medium shade, it matched my skin perfectly).
  • I skipped concealer and contour today since it would have been covered up by the eyeshadows anyway.
  • I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in black bean to sketch out the cheekbones and blended out the harsh lines with a matte black shadow to create a gradient effect.
  • I used a terracotta blush shade from the BH Cosmetics nude blush palette to bronze my skin and under the cheekbone shading.
  • I used the same NYX eye pencil to sketch the cross on my forehead, nose, and to sketch outlines petals on my chin. I used a black felt tip liner to help with line precision.
  • I applied a gold metallic shadow overtop of the black jumbo pencil on my nose for more dimension.

EYES:

  • I used the same NYX jumbo pencil in black bean as a base for the navy eyeshadow in order to make the color pop more.
  • I used a matte navy blue shadow from my Morphe 35B palette and patted this overtop of the black base. I also blended this slightly into the crease.
  • I used a mixture of MUG “Bitten” eyeshadow (burgundy) and a bright red shade from the same Morphe palette to shade all around my eyes in a circular area. I also used this to blend out the blue shadow.
  • I applied a thin winged bright yellow liner for a pop of color. The liner I used was the NYX Vivid Brights liquid liner in Vivid Escape.
  • I applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies
  • I used the same yellow liner to apply dots under my eyes as well as a bright cobalt blue liner from Wet N Wild.
  • I used a black felt tip liner to sketch the “sockets” around the red eyeshadow and the teeth (apply lipstick first).

BROWS & LIPS

  • Filled in my brows using the ABH Dipbrow pomade in medium brown
  • lined my lips with the Elf Matte Lip Color in Riach Red.
  • I applied the NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard overtop.

The ONE product I use that saved my skin!

I already have a post raving about the magic skincare powers of Manuka honey, but I wanted to post an updated review of this amazing product!

About a year ago, I started suffering from a random outbreak of hormonal acne all along my cheeks and jawline. It was extremely frustrating and I tried so many different products to try to fix the issue. I finally landed on Manuka honey and I have been using it pretty much every day since! Using Manuka honey regularly as a topical skincare treatment has decreased my texture, acne scarring, and uneven skin tone by about 99%!

Keep reading to find out how I use Manuka honey as a skincare treatment, purchasing tips, and other benefits of adding Manuka honey to your everyday skincare routine.

This picture above was taken in natural lighting with no filters or photo editing. I am also not wearing any makeup whatsoever. I do have a little bit of discoloration under my eyes and around my mouth, but any acne scarring and texture that I used to have has completely gone away!
Manuka Doctor is the brand of honey that I use! There are other great brands out there, but this is the one that is available in-store at my local grocery store. It is also a great price for Manuka honey (about $21 a jar).

 

Manuka Honey vs. Regular Table Honey

One of the main differences between Manuka and regular table honey is their origin. Table honey tends to be very inconsistent when it comes to quality, origin, age, and contents. On the other hand, Manuka honey comes from the Manuka plant, which can only be found in New Zealand. This means that there is no inconsistency in its origin and is better regulated in terms of its contents. Another reason why Manuka honey is far superior to table honey is its higher concentration of antibacterial and ant-inflammatory properties; this is measured in MGOs or methylglyoxal. Some studies show that the MGOs in Manuka honey are found to be nearly 100 times greater than in regular table honey. You will also often times see numbers such as 10+, 15+, or even 25+ on the labels of Manuka honey jars and this is the measurement of how potent the anti-inflammatory properties are in that particular jar of honey. This score is referred to as the UMF or Unique Manuka Factor. The higher the UMF, the more expensive the honey is.

 

Purchasing Tips

  • Make sure it says “Product of New Zealand” on the label. This is extremely important because anything labeled as Manuka honey that is not from New Zealand is not authentic Manuka honey.
  • I recommend purchasing a Manuka honey with a UMF score of 15+ or more. You will still receive benefits of a 10+ honey, but this is closer to just regular table honey.
  • Make sure you are purchasing from a reliable brand. I like the Manuka Doctor brand because it is reputable and their product is 100% genuine raw Manuka honey.
  • There is no such thing as cheap Manuka honey. If you come across a product that is significantly less expensive than most, it probably is not the real thing.

 

How I use Manuka Honey

I like to use Manuka honey as a daily mask or as a spot treatment. Before applying the honey, I always make sure that my skin is clean by using a gentle cleanser or micellar water. I apply a few globs all over my face and spread it around with my fingers. I like to leave this on for as long as I can, but a minimum of 30 minutes. Sometimes I will even leave it on for a couple of hours if I am just hanging around the house! I pretty much use the exact same steps when using the honey as a spot treatment. I dab a little bit onto the blemish with my finger or Q-Tip and let it sit there for as long as possible. When I am ready to take off the honey, I rinse my face gently with warm water and pat dry with a towel. My skin feels extremely soft and hydrated afterwards!

Also, if you tend to pick at your blemishes and the results are red, swollen bumps all over your face, Manuka honey will be your best friend! Since it is so high in anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes the skin and reduces irritation extremely well. This being said, Manuka honey is also great for ant bites, mosquito bites, dry patches, burns, and other skincare issues.

 

Other Benefits

  • Anti-aging benefits with consistent use
  • Can help in reducing dark under eye circles
  • Works as a great spot treatment for acne
  • Extremely nourishing and hydrating for the skin
  • Helps reduce skin texture and dryness- great for people with Eczema
  • Less expensive than many other high-end skincare products- plus this is a natural product with no added chemicals!
  • High nutritional value- add it to your tea or as a substitute for regular honey!
  • Helps boost immune system

And the list goes on and on!

 

 

** Information in this post was based on my personal experiences using this product. The factual information about Manuka honey itself was pulled from a few sites: Livstrong.com, thehealthcloud.co.uk, manukahoney.com

Metallic Green Smokey Eye feat. Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette (Fall Makeup Look)

It has been an EXTREMELY long time since I have posted a new makeup look, so I am so excited about this one! I have had the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Brushes collab palette for quite some time and was finally able to play around with it today!

Keep scrolling for a full list of products used to create this look!

EYES

  • Primed my eyelids with a concealer
  • Used the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Brushes palette for the entire eye look
    • Shades “Pooter” and “Pukey” in the crease as transition shades
    • Shade “Diva” (metallic emerald green) all over the lid. This shade is extremely pigmented, I did not even have to wet the brush!
    • Shade “Enchanted” (deep matte forest green) to deepen the outer corner and blended it slightly into the crease.
  • I applied the same shades in the same order to my lower lash line.
  • Applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies
  • Applied a coat of the Essence Lash Princess (black and blue tube) to my top and bottom lashes

FACE

  • Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation shade Golden Beige
  • Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in custard mixed with Tarte Shape Tape concealer in light sand
  • Set my concealer with the RCMA No Color powder
  • Bronzed using the Sonia Kashuk cream bronzer in warm tan
  • Contoured using a mixture of all 3 contour shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light palette
  • Jaclyn Hill x Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop highlighter on my cheeks, nose, brow bone
  • Maybelline Fit Me blush (old formula) in shade deep wine

BROWS & LIPS

  • Filled in my brows with the ABH Dipbrow pomade shade medium brown
  • Lipstick is the Colourpop “Lippie Stix” shade Grunge (matte)

 

MOTD: Modern Grunge 

I pulled out my Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition palette to create today’s makeup look! I also added a bright yellow/green winged liner to add a pop of color to a typical grunge-y makeup look.

Keep scrolling to see more pics of the look I created and, as always, a full list of products that I used.


EYES:

  • Primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
  • Used the Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition palette for my entire eye look (except the liner). I used the two warm brown shades in the crease, deep purple on the outer corners, and metallic purple shade all over the lids.
  • Applied a coat of Essence Lash Princess mascara (black and blue tube)
  • NYX Vivid Brights liquid liner in shade Vivid Escape
  • Ardell “Demi Whispies” lashes
  • Marc Jacobs black eyeliner pencil

FACE

  • Used Tarte Shape Tape concealer shade light/medium as a foundation
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer in light sand to conceal
  • Set the face with Wet N Wild Photo Focus finishing powder in tan beige
  • Set under eye area with Essence matte setting powder
  • Bronzed my skin with NYC Sunny matte bronzer
  • Contoured with the Fiona Stiles contour powder in Ahiko
  • For blush I used a light cool toned pink shade from the BH Cosmetics Nude Blush Palette
  • Highlighted using the pink highlight shade from the Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics palette
  • Filled in my brows only using the Essence Make Me Brow brow mascara (dark shade). I did not want to fill in my brows too much so that they had a messy and feathered look.

LIPS

  • Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Stunning
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine overtop

 

MOTD: Metallic Cobalt Blue Halo Eyes

I used the Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette and the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette to create this bold eye look today! This is by far one of my favorite looks that I have created so I hope y’all like it just as much as I do!

Keep scrolling to see more pics of this look and a full list of products that I used!

EYES:

  • For primer, I used the Smashbox Studio Skin concealer
  • In the crease, I layered shades Sauced and Cayenne from the UD Naked Heat palette. I used these same shades to smoke out my bottom lash line as well.
  • I applied the shade Chi (metallic cobalt blue) from the Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette all over my lid. I used my finger to apply the shade Giza from the same palette in the center of my lid to create a halo eye effect. I used the same technique on my bottom lash line, but did not smoke these shades out too much.
  • Sephora crayon eyeliner in “My boyfriend’s jeans” (metallic cobalt blue shade) in the water line.
  • Curled my lashes and applied a coat of Essence I Love Volume mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies

FACE:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation (shade 128)
  • Smashbox Studio Skin (light/warm) and Tarte Shape Tape concealer (light sand)
  • Set my face with Essence matte setting powder
  • Bronzed my skin with the Covergirl True Blend bronzer in 200 bronze
  • BH Cosmetics Nude Blush palette (neutral shades)
  • BH Cosmetics Spotlight Highlighting palette (shades Dream and Glow)

BROWS & LIPS:

  • ABH Dipbrow Pomade in medium brown
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi
  • Wet N Wild lip gloss in “Ring My Bellbottoms” (sheer gloss with gold reflects)

 

MOTD: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette 

I used the new Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette for today’s look! I am so excited to create more looks using this gorgeous palette, especially since Fall is just around the corner!

Keep scrolling for pics of the look I created and for a full list of products I used.

EYES

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat palette (shades Sauced, Low Blow, He Devil, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, and Ashes). I used as many shades as I could from the palette to add dimension to the eye look.
  • Ardell Demi Whispies
  • Catrice black pencil eyeliner

FACE

  • L’oreal True Match foundation (W5)
  • Nars Radiant Creamy concealer (custard)
  • Essence Matte pressed setting powder
  • Wet N Wild contour palette (dulce de leche)
  • Milani baked blush in Rose d’ Oro
  • Maybelline single shadow in The Glow Down (as a highlight)

BROWS

  • ABH Dipbrow pomade in medium brown

LIPS

  • Maybelline lipstick in Stormy Sahara (warm toned nude)

 

MOTD: Juvia’s Place Masquearade Palette 

For today’s look, I used the Masquerade Palette from Juvia’s Place (mini)! The shades in this palette are gorgeous, pigmented, and easy to blend.

For a full list of products used and more pics of this look I created, keep scrolling!


EYES

  • Juvia’s Place Masquerade Palette (mini)- Zobo in the crease, Makeda all over lids, Calabar in the outer corner
  • NYC black liquid liner
  • Covergirl SuperSizer mascara
  • Ardell Demi Whispies

FACE

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer
  • Maybelline Fit Me loose setting powder
  • Tarte Clay Play face shaping palette (contour shades)
  • Maybelline Fit Me blush in Deep Wine (old formula)
  • Smashbox x Casey Holmes Spotlight highlighting palette (gold)
  • Elf Cosmetics baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls

BROWS

  • L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in brunette

LIPS

  • Rimmel x Kate lipstick in Boho Nude