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Thursday, February 24, 2011

West Elm Narrow Leg Vanity

I've had my eye on the West Elm Narrow Leg Vanity for months and months, and now I finally got it in the color chocolate! (The picture looks lighter on West Elm's website. In person, it's actually an espresso finish. Too bad my stupid camera is picking it up as black.) I am not disappointed at all. It has enough room to store all my makeup. However, I don't recommend this vanity to store for makeup collectors, especially those who have tons and tons of makeup and those who are beauty hoarders because the space is limited. However, this would be great if you plan on using it to do your makeup.

I adore this vanity. It's convenient when I do my makeup because I have everything laid out in the middle storage area. When I'm not doing my makeup, I can fold the the mirror down and it becomes a completely flat table, which I can place my laptop on and do some more blogging for you lovely readers! Also, it looks deliciously gorgeous. =) 

Just in case you're wondering, I have my Caboodles traincase, Nail Polish Case, Mac Carry All bag, and a wicker basket of hair products stored underneath the table.

The price was ridiculously expensive, but well worth it. I bought it in January and the total came up to $314.59 including shipping, processing, delivery surcharge, and tax. Good thing I had a $100 gift card from West Elm and the final price was $214.59. WhoooHooo =D

Deal Alert! West Elm is having a 15% off sale on all furniture items and is selling the vanity for $254. With shipping, processing fee, delivery surcharge and tax, the total will be around $341.76 if you buy it now. I think the sale ends Sunday, so get it soon if you really want it.

How do you store your makeup and do you prefer to sit or stand while doing your makeup?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Swatches: Urban Decay YDK vs Stray Dog vs Mac Satin Taupe

With Flash

YDK is perfect for the lids as a wash of color. It's frosty and has a metallic sheen that's super gorgeous. It looks so brown in the first picture, but it's actually a light taupey shade with a hint of a plummy undertone. Just be careful with fallouts because it has microglitters.

Natural Lighting

Stray Dog and Satin Taupe are almost exactly the same, except Stray Dog has a prettier metallic sheen finish. I like to use both on the crease. Stars Makeup Haven (SMH) Frenzy is darker and has a stronger brown undertone. SMH Breathless is also in the same Taupe family, but it is lighter and better suited for the lids. It is too light for my crease.

I love all of these colors, but YDK and Stray Dog are my favorite.

Note: Urban Decay Eyeshadows cost $17.00 for 1.5 grams at Nordstrom,, and Sephora. Mac Eyeshadows in pan form cost $11.00 for 1.5 grams (some of the eyeshadows have 1.3 grams) and cost $16 in pots. Stars Makeup Haven (SMH) raised their price from $4.95 to $6.00 for 1.3 grams.

The formula of Urban Decay eyeshadows is different than Mac, with the exception of some Mac eyeshadows. Urban Decay eyeshadows are much smoother and buttery, and the shimmery eyeshadows look much prettier than the Mac shimmery eyeshadows. However, I do get some fallouts when I apply certain Urban Decay eyeshadows (the ones with the microglitters), but I don't get as much fallouts as I do with my SMH eyeshadows.

*Update* I posted new swatches of these eyeshadows here.

Which taupe eyeshadow is your favorite?

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