Quick Urban Decay Naked 1 FOTD

Hello lovelies!

Today, I had about 30 minutes to get ready so I threw this quick look together, and I figured I’d share with you all since it was so easy and quick but still looked put together!


The key to this look was the glowy skin, which made me seem like I was refreshed and ready to tackle the world, when in reality, I’d only gotten up a little bit ago. So let’s get started!

1. I used my Revlon Photoready Makeup in 003 Shell (can’t rave enough about this! It’s amazing for dry skin!!) with Benefit Porefessional to fill in my pores.

2. To set my makeup, I used Palladio Rice Powder in Translucent. I added some Wet n’ Wild Blush in Mellow Wine, which I love for the winter time because it gives such a natural, healthy glow. After my blush was in place, I used Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer to contour my cheekbones. As you can see, I went heavy on the contour, but blended it out to look more natural. To give me a glow, I used TheBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer, my absolute favorite highlight. I placed it anywhere where light would naturally hit, like the tops of my cheekbones, my cupids bow, under-eyes, a swipe on the bridge of my nose, and a bit on my forehead between the brows.

3. For my eyes, I needed a quick & easy look, so I reached for my Urban Decay Naked Palette, but first I put some Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Primer on. While waiting for the primer to set, I tightlined my lashes with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Zero, to give my lashes a fuller look. For my brows, I used Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium, with Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius in Clear to set my brows.

4. Starting the eye shadow, I put Buck in the crease, making sure I fully covered it. Sin went on the lid, in a patting motion as to minimize fall out. I put Smog in the crease, making it a more precise application than Buck, but still making it visible. To give a bit more depth I used Hustle in the outer corner of my eye. I used Virgin as a brow highlight, and a bit in the inner corner.


5. To finish up my face, I used Clinique High Impact Mascara with their Lash Building Primer, and a Clinique Chubby Stick in Richer Raisin to give my lips a bit of color. For a finishing touch, I used Urban Decay De-Slick to just keep everything on.

I hope you guys liked my FOTD! It’s really simple, and while it may seem like a lot of products, it goes fast, and the shadow is basically fool-proof. If you need ideas for dupes, or have any questions, leave a comment. Have a wonderful night!



Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend & Other Jewels: Smashbox On The Rocks Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hello lovely people!

Okay, I’m cheating a little bit, I have to fess up. I’m writing this at 11:23 pm on Tuesday, because I know I won’t have time tomorrow.  Thank goodness that WordPress has a handy dandy tool to schedule a post to come out whenever you like! I’m going to try to make this quick but informative, because my fur baby really want’s to go to bed.


I can’t resist the cuteness, off to bed we go.

I bought the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette (that’s a mouthful) a couple weeks ago at my local ULTA. Jewel- toned, this palette is versatile and is a great addition to any makeup collection. Originally the palette was $42, but ULTA dropped the price down to $29! With the fabulous color selection, and a discount, I couldn’t say no. I know my ULTA has a couple left, but it’s not available online, so if  you really like this palette, your best bet is to check your ULTA as soon as you can!


The Palette in all its glory.

Okay, I have to start off with the most negative thing about this palette. It’s bulky. It’s huge. I should’ve compared it to a Naked palette, in retrospect, but take my word for it, it’s quiet a big larger and wider than your Naked. This palette features 28 different shades, which range from mattes to shimmers and even include a white overlay shade (okay, I made up the name of it, but when I show you the picture, it’ll make more sense).


Look at that color variety!

I’m not a huge fan of the palette size, as I’ve told you, and the set up could be a bit better, so I will probably end up depotting this palette so I can use it for travel. The shadows have a lot variety, not only with colors but with finishes which I absolutely love! What originally drew me in was the purples, since I have green eyes and anything purple just makes them pop. I would say this is a perfect palette for someone who is just starting out, since it includes a lot of neutrals, but also some fun colors like Framboise, Lavender, Zoom, Peacock, and Juniper. Now, on to the swatches!


Swatch Set 1.

Right, so me being the genius that I am, at the end of my picture editing, couldn’t figure out for the life of me why I only had 27/28 shades and then it hit me: Marzipan is EXACTLY the color of my skin, so I accidentally cropped it out. Sorry guys! Anyways, I am going to try to go in some kind of order here, since the diamonds are very hard to swatch in sections.

Totally Nude: this is a matte pinkish-nude that I think will be perfect as a transition color. Pretty, but nothing special.

Sumatra: another matte, this looks a lot darker in the pan but comes out in a milk chocolate brown.

Ambient: I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COLOR! Seriously though guys, look at that. It’s beautiful. It’s gold and sparkly and beautiful and opaque and pigmented and I’m obsessed. I can’t wait to try this color in a Halo Eye look.

Fizz: I like this. It reminds me a lot of Mary-Lou Manizer. It’s a nice light champagne color.

Midas: Oooh, so shiny and pretty. This is another one of my favorites from the palette. It looks a little bit like a warm, shimmery taupe in the pan and I think it would be very flattering on darker skin.

Cream: Light, shimmery color. Nothing special. Most palettes have something close to this. Could be used as a brow highlight.

Sable: Matte light brown, also could be used as a transition color depending on your skin tone.

The “neutral” part of the palette is pretty standard and comparable to the Naked 1 Palette. The mattes were a little “dusty” when I was picking up color but it wasn’t very bad.


Swatch Set 2.


Zoom: I accidentally deleted my individual swatch for this, but as you all can see, it’s a shimmery salad color, which is one of the more unique ones in this palette. I can’t wait to see what kind of looks I can come up with, using this shade!!

Roast: Shimmery, dark brown color, very pigmented and creamy. I like it! Simple but still a useful shade to have.

Juniper: Milk chocolate sheen is how I would describe this color.

Lavender: La-la-love it! Beautiful satiny looking light purple. Just gorgeous. I had this on today and it looked gorgeous. Just a great pop of color.

Peacock: This is such a complex color. It’s a bit blue, a bit grey, some hints of green. It’s amazing! So creamy and smooth, it looks wonderful on the lid! Another one of my favorites.

Purple Mist: I so badly loved this color in the pan, a dark smokey subtle brown/purple color, it was perfect. Until I swatched it, that is. So chalky and hard to pack on, it was a disappointment.

Sapphires: Be still my beating heart, in the pan it looks straight up like a dark royal blue, but when you swatch it, oh my! It’s such a beautiful dark blue with lighter sparkles, I know this will be a staple for me whenever I reach for this palette.

Pastel: A light, matte pink, could possibly be used as a transition shade or highlight, depending on your skin tone. Very pretty and subtle. Pigmentation is a bit lacking, so you’ll have to pack it on your lid.


Swatch Set 3.

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Out of order we go again!

Gypsy: a dark gunmetal with beautiful glitter. Very pigmented and easy to apply.

Framboise: My favorite. Perfect raspberry shimmer color. Everything I have ever wanted.

Asteroid: a silver shimmer, very pretty!

Mink: Ooooh, shiny. And I love the name! Very pretty, taupe-ish.

Moonlight: Ugh, I don’t even know how to describe it, and it’s almost impossible to capture it with my camera. It’s basically a chunky, white glitter overlay that you can put over your shadow. It’s very pretty, but unfortunately it seems like it would fallout like no other, though I can’t attest to that quiet yet!

Snow: White, matte, standard. A bit chalky, but I’ve never seen a non-chalky white. Just pat it on your lid instead of swiping. Or use as a highlighter!

Babycakes: In the pan this looks almost like a satin coral, but swatched it’s not as intense, though it’s still a beautiful color and could be a good inner eye highlight!

Royal: Matte black. Not really impressed, chalky. The swatch seems to look more like dark brown though, oops. And I got some glitter in there. Man, swatching is HARD guys!

Lilac: Come to me, my precious. Love this shade. Beautiful, pigmented, perfect spring color. Satin finish, which me gusta.

Navy: Well, what could this be?! Standard dark blue. Needs a couple swipes to be fully opaque, otherwise a bit patchy.

Cabernet: Beautiful, shimmery dark violet/burgundy color.

Smoke: Matte, dark grey.

And another long post from Stay is finished! Yaaaay! Overall, I like this palette. The mattes aren’t exactly something to brag to your mom about, but the other jewel tones make up (get it, make up, get it?) for the lackluster of the mattes. If you can find this palette in stores, I would recommend grabbing it! It’s a win in my book.

Hope you enjoyed the review, leave any questions or comments down below!



Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hello lovelies!

It was an exciting day when I got nominated for my first blogging award by Amy from vogueinfatuation! You guys need to check out her blog, because it’s pretty awesome. She’s got everything from beauty to fashion, to fun tags! Again, thank you so much for the nomination Amy, I am honored, especially as a newbie blog.

The rules are as follows:

Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. Put the Award logo on your blog. Answer the ten questions sent to you. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. Nominate seven blogs.

My 10 Questions from Amy :

  1. What’s three things on your bucketlist? My first thing is that I would love to visit every continent at least once! So far I’ve got North America, Europe, and Asia, but I can’t wait to travel more. Second thing is to someday conquer my fear of heights and go skydiving. And the last thing would be to get professional cooking lessons from a chef!
  2. Craziest thing you’ve done? I’m not quiet sure that’s appropriate to share, sorry guys! 😛
  3. What’s one place you would love to visit? I’ve always wanted to visit Japan, I think the culture is so interesting and I absolutely love sushi.
  4. Best thing you have accomplished? Moving out of my parents house and making it on my own.
  5. Favourite item (clothings, jewellery, etc).? I have a silver cross necklace that I got when I was baptized and a couple years ago I got an A charm to put on there from father.
  6. Favourite food? Sushi, hands down. I could eat that stuff for the rest of my life. With miso soup. Delicious!
  7. What made you start blogging? I love makeup and I wanted to share that love with others … also my boyfriend got sick of hearing about the latest palette.
  8. Where do you hope your blog to be in five years? No matter what, I just hope to still be having fun with it, whether I have 100 followers, or 1000.
  9. Funniest moment you’ve had? Considering I’m clumsy, my whole winter is me wiping out on the ice outside, which my buttface of a boyfriend finds hilarious. My life is just one cosmic joke! 😀
  10. Where do you see yourself in five years? Andy and I really want to move down south after I finish school, so hopefully down there, with a nice job!

I nominate:

1. Monairthith, who has amazing makeup skills!

2. Becoming Ms. Martha, who runs a wonderful lifestyle blog!

3. MLGreenly, who has wonderful poetry!

4. With All My Affection, who was super sweet to me when I started blogging!

5. Daily Makeup Blog, another fantastic makeup blog!

10 Questions for my Nominees:

1. What is your best blogging moment?

2. When and why did you decide to become a blogger?

3. What’s the biggest challenge you have faced with your blog?

4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

5. What’s the happiest memory from your childhood?

6. If you were an animal, what would you be?

7. What country are you from?

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

9. What’s your favorite candy/snack?

10. In 2015, what’s your biggest resolution?

Once again, please check the ladies I’ve nominate out, they all have wonderful blogs. I know I haven’t been around that long, so I am very thankful to have been nominated. I hope everyone had a wonderful (or as great as Mondays can be) Monday!



Simple Weekend Makeup FOTD

Hiya guys!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend, even though it’s quickly coming to an end. I spent this weekend at my boyfriends, so I couldn’t post as much as I’d like, but I did manage to do this quick FOTD/review for you guys while he was busy playing his video games… boys, I swear they never grow up! 😀


Here is me and buttface (Andy) in the flesh.

For today’s look, I decided to go simple. Packing makeup is always a battle for me because I want to take ALL THE PRETTIES but I tried to contain myself this time to just this a handful of things.


Makeup used in today’s look.

Let’s start at the beginning. I washed my face, moisturized, and then primed it with Lancome La Base Pro Pore Eraser, one of my favorite primers. While I was waiting for my primer to soak in, I started on my eyeshadow. For eyeshadow primer I used Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, which I do like, but I don’t think I will be repurchasing. Since I didn’t have a lot of space, and wasn’t going to do anything elaborate, I brought along with me a Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells. I really like this eyeshadow, it’s perfect for a simple look and the quality is good for the price. Wet n Wild has some surprisingly good makeup, and at a budget-friendly cost! Another thing I really like about the Wet n Wild shadows is that they have the placement of the shadows printed on them, so it’s super easy for beginners! Also, honorable mention, I used the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Zero for tightlining, and I used it for my eyeliner as well, though I feel it’s too soft to get a precise line but will do in a pinch. For mascara, I used my typical Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, with Benefit Bad Gal Lash over it. This is absolutely my Holy Grail combo, and I will never, ever part with it. Brows are Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium, which I like, but I will probably try Anastasia Dipbrow or Brow Wiz next.


Wet n Wild Trio in Walking on Eggshells.

Done with my eyes, I tried a new product today! Revlon Photoready Makeup in 003 Shell is a foundation I recently got at ULTA mostly because it was on clearance from it’s original $13.99 to $6.99, and just like everyone, I love a good deal! I’m not quiet sure why it was on clearance, it might be discontinued? If it is, I am going to be a very sad makeup addict! My skin has been so dry that all my foundation (usually for my combo/oily skin) have been leaving me looking like I’m shedding. This foundation was pretty damn great! It has a natural sparkle in it, like glitter, but a lot finer, that gives you just a really nice glow and it doesn’t cling to dry patches! Oh, a quick word about application, I used a Beauty Blender knock-off from ULTA that I got in a goody bag, and that significantly helped in concealing my dryness and not stirring up flakes. After applying my foundation, I used Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in 150 Classic Ivory to conceal my under-eye area. I can’t rave about this stuff enough, it doesn’t crease, it’s creamy, and it conceals well. A must-have for my tired ladies. To finish off, I set with Palladio Rice Powder in Translucent, just to set everything.


Side view of shadow & makeup.

To finish off the look, I used the ELF Blush & Contour duo in St. Lucia, which I’m a big fan of because the pigmentation is great! I ended up using some highlight just to give myself a more glowy look by using The Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer. I love this stuff, it’s such a light dusting of shimmer that it just adds that extra oomph when you want to look like you’re glowing from within. For my lips, I swiped some Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Peony. In retrospect this wasn’t my smartest move due to my chapped lips and lack of chapstick, but I love the soft muted pink color. I’m in love with the Melted Kisses set from Too Faced, especially Melted Berry.


Completed look.

Wow, this went a lot longer than I thought, but I hope you guys enjoyed reading it and maybe got some new suggestions for makeup! If you have any comments, I’d love some feedback. Questions? I would be happy to answer them. Have a fantastic rest of your weekend, lovelies.



Would You Rather – Beauty Edition!

Good evening ladies & gents,

I thought this would be a fun way for me to disclose a little bit more about myself other than just giving you a boring list of things I like and don’t like, blah blah, it would get boring!

1.Would you rather go out with messy hair and nice make-up or nice hair and no make-up?

Well, considering I can be quiet lazy, messy hair and nice-makeup it is! I’d rather spend my time on my makeup than on my hair, and usually it looks decent enough that I don’t have to mess with it. That being said, I don’t have a problem going out with messy hair and no makeup either!

2.Would you rather shave your eyebrows or have your eyelashes fall out?

Hm, I’ve seen some pretty awesome drawn on eyebrows, but I’m not enough of a pro to pull that off, so I’ll say have my eyelashes fall out … even though that would be a travesty and I will most likely have nightmares about it tonight.

3.Would you rather be forced to shop at only MAC or Sephora/Debenhams for the rest of your life?

Sephora! I love the variety it has… though it’d be hard to live without my Ulta. If that was a choice, I’d pick Ulta. Around my parts we only have a Sephora inside JCP, no MAC, but a big Ulta.

4.Would you rather wear lip gloss/lip liner look or 80’s perm?

I bet I could rock a perm! I hate hate hate how sticky lipgloss is, and the way your hair sticks to it, and then it gets all over your face, and in general it’s just a mess, so perm it is.

5.Would you rather leave the house with an obvious foundation line or overdone blush?

Can I wear a scarf to hide the foundation line? 😛

6.Would you rather wear MC Hammer pants or biker shorts in public?

MC Hammer pants? I can pull off those bad boys.

7. Would you rather have a bad orange-y spray tan or really weird tan lines that can’t be covered?

Who writes these questions?! I’d pick the weird tan lines. Easier to explain than why you look like an Oompa-Loompa.

8. Would you rather have a bad haircut or bad hair color?

Either way, hair grows or you can change the color, so neither of these would be too difficult to put up with but I’ll pick bad hair color, since I’ve already experienced that!

9. Would you rather have YouTube or Twitter taken away forever?

Twitter. I’m kind of over it, it’s basically like a diary of what people are doing at that exact moment and I’m just not interesting enough to post 24/7.

10. Would your rather give up on using makeup brushes or mascara?

Mascara! I have naturally long black lashes, so I can live without the curl.

Viola, we are done! If you decide to steal this idea for yourself, like I did from vogueinfatuation, be sure to let me know, so I can check it out! I hope you enjoyed finding out more about me!



My 4 favorite MAC lipsticks w/ Lip swatches!

Hello lovely ladies (&gentlemen),

It’s a bright new sunny day! Today I thought I’d steer into a new direction, with a couple of my favorite lipsticks, by MAC. All the swatches are over bare lips, with just a bit of Burts Bees underneath, straight from the bullet (hence the unevenness on some!).


L-R: Modesty, RiRi Woo, Flat Out Fabulous, Sin


My bare lips for reference.

Let’s start out with something subtle. MAC Modesty is described as a “muted neutral pink” shade, with a cremesheen finish, which gives it a glossy look. It retails for $16 on the MAC website and is one of my all time favorite lipsticks. It’s very versatile and goes with so many different looks! On me, it’s almost a MLBB color, though the creamy finish identifies it as a lipstick. The staying isn’t the best, since it is very creamy, but overall I am very satisfied with it and I would definitely recommend it.


MAC Modesty Full Face.


MAC Modest on the lips.

Second up is unfortunately a Limited Edition lipstick, MAC RiRi Woo. This lipstick is a Retro Matte, so it doesn’t have a glossy finish whatsoever. Some do say that it is very drying, and while I agree, it’s nothing a good chapstick and lip primer underneath can’t fix! If you can somehow get your hands on this lipstick, I would buy it in a heartbeat. As you can see, mine is slowly dwindling in size. Also, this is a blue-based red (cool toned), so it will make your pearly whites glow! All in all, I would say this is a perfect red, and it’s suitable for various skintones. I would recommend a lip brush for application, due to the fact that RiRi Woo can some times drag across the lips. For something similar, try MACs Ruby Woo, the inspiration behind RiRi.


MAC RiRi Woo Full Face.


MAC RiRi Woo on the lips.

On to the pinks… well more like fuchsia! MAC Flat Out Fabulous is another Retro Matte Lipstick, like RiRi Woo above. At $16, this lipstick is worth the splurge if you’re looking for a bright, in-your-face kind of color and love matte finishes. The undertones on this lipstick are cool, but warm toned ladies, don’t be afraid to try it! According to MAC it’s a “bright plum matte” which I agree with, though it leans more fuschia on me. It’s a bit drying, so wear chapstick underneath, and best applied with a lip brush.


MAC Flat Out Fabulous Full Face.


MAC Flat Out Fabulous on the lips.

I won’t lie, MAC Sin makes me feel like a total badass. Part of their permanent collection, Sin is part of the Matte collection … are you starting to see a pattern here?! The burgundy color has cool undertones and is described as a “deep dark blue red” on the MAC website. This is one of the older Mattes, so it does tend to drag a bit on the lips (lip brush recommended!) but the lasting power is awesome. At $17.50, it’s worth buying if you are looking for something deep, dark, and brooding.


MAC Sin Full Face.


MAC Sin on the lips.

As I mentioned before, none of these have lip liners or lip primers underneath, and I would suggest both of those things for the Mattes, which have a tendency to be drying and to drag. All of these, except RiRi Woo, are available at MAC stores/counters or online.

What are your favorite MAC lipsticks? What kind of finish do you like?

Hope you enjoyed reading!



“Hi, I’m Stay!”

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Oh, hey! It’s Maaaario. Just kidding, it’s me.

Hey guys, first off, thank you for checking out my blog, you’re official one of my favorite people ever and I will bake you cookies if you so wish.

Second off, I figure I better introduce myself. My name is Anastasiya, but everyone calls me Stay… well, except for my parents. I’m a 20 year old college student living here in Minnesota, or as we fondly call it, Minnesnowta. I’m not kidding guys, it’s currently snowing and the windchill is a tropical -23, which is up from the -45 it was a couple days ago. HEAT WAVE, HALLELUJAH! Enough about weather, I got carried away. Anyways, originally I was born in Ukraine, and moved to the land of snow and icicles when I was 8 years old. My makeup obsession didn’t start until I was about 18 and out of the house, and away from my makeup banning mother (love you mom!). Now I frequently purchase, review and blab about makeup. Since my friends have gotten sick of hearing me spread my makeup cheer for everyone to hear, I figured I’d take it online, where birds of a feather flock together.

Basically, this blog is going to be a compilation of my daily looks, reviews, swatches of my collection, and any other helpful things I can share with you guys. Which means, I’m catering this blog to you, my dear reader. I am more than welcome to suggestions, as I want this to be a fun experience for both me and you. Don’t be afraid to drop me a line and tell me what you like and what you don’t like. Between posts, follow me on IG: makeupinminny, to tide you over!