day 19 // urban decay shadows

In my extensive list of jobs, one of my favorites was working for Esteé Lauder. It was extremely fun to be 20 and working at a million dollar counter in the Mall of America. Granted, it was crazy hectic and repeat clients were scare because it was tourist city, but it was fun. I made some amazing friends and even though that was 20 year and a state ago, it still makes me smile. Mrs. Lauder’s story was and still is inspiring to fiesta girls everywhere and has always stuck with me.

What I did learn in those days was how to apply makeup on almost anyone. You don’t give a 16 year old the same treatment as a 61 year old and you can read who wants to have a little fun and who wants to stay with the basics. I was required to wear a lot of the stuff, so I decided to go a bit on the crazy side most days. Back then, I wasn’t Lauder’s demographic. They had an older crowd and were in the beginning stages of trying to break into a younger group of ladies. They certainly didn’t have the allure of Mac or the modern day Urban Decay.

I love Urban Decay eyeshadows. Love them. Why? The colors are bold, pure and gorgeous. They layer nicely, they sparkle when they are supposed to and the mattes are even every time. I can’t get enough of them. Guess what else? They stay on! They offer a shadow primer, but girl, you don’t need it for your normal wear and tear. When I take my makeup off at night, I’m consistently floored by how much is STILL there!

Urban Decay is edgy, fun and known for their Naked Palette. This sucker came on the market in 2010 and was on every shadow lover’s wishlist. The $54 price tag didn’t deter anyone, and still doesn’t. It became a must have loaded with 12 bronze-hued shadows in an insane range of finishes only Urban Decay could dream up—including matte, satin, shimmer and sparkle, Naked took neutral eye color to a new level. From the palest champagne to the grittiest gunmetal, it’s everything you needed to let eyes go laid-back, beachy vibe, or black-tie drama. For those of us who were bored with the neutrals, Urban Decay came to our rescue and saved the day.

Seven years later, I have graduated from the all-inclusive Naked palette, however, not the brand. The shadows are so well made, they are worth the $19 – $21 price tag because they stay on and have gorgeous color. You can get pre-made palettes or build your own. I recommend grabbing some great brushes and wash them regularly to ensure the best application possible. You got this. 

As Tom and Donna would say,


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