I should just tell you now that I really have no self-control when I go into Ulta. I’m safer shopping online (usually). I had just placed an order online at Ulta.com, because the Ulta brand was having a pretty good sale (Buy 3, get 2 free), and I wanted to take a look at the new Urban Decay Heat Palette. The colors of the Heat palette were pretty, but I felt like I was in the market for something different. I ordered the Brunch Palette by Lorac instead.
Well, I forgot to order dry shampoo in this quick online shopping trip. No biggie, I’ll just pop in to my local Ulta store after I run to Target for diapers. I’m going to pause here for a moment, to mention that there is some evil genius out there sitting on a giant pile of money, for deciding to put an Ulta directly next to a Target.
It was a lovely Saturday morning, my husband was at home with the kids, and I found myself standing at the check out counter in Ulta, with dry shampoo in one hand, and the new Urban Decay Heat palette, in the other. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?
To be fair, pictures of this palette really don’t do the colors justice. I think that’s why I didn’t buy it online. I didn’t do any research beforehand, because honestly, Urban Decay has never let me down. I wasn’t worried about pigment, or quality for the cost. They certainly take the cake with this palette, because it is AMAZING. Even my photo (above) really doesn’t show the sheer fire this palette brings to the table. Go see it in store if you are on the fence.
After my daughters’ were in bed that night, I settled into my bathroom to play with makeup. It has been awhile since I have sat myself down to create something a little more “fun” and a little less “practical.”
I paired this palette with some of my favorite products from Nyx. I wanted to use a red eyeliner, because I have never used a red eyeliner before, and it felt fitting. Nyx is one of my favorite makeup brands because of the cost to quality ratio. I really feel like you are getting your money’s worth on pigment, quality, etc. for not a lot of money. This was my first time trying their vivid brights eyeliner (in Fire) and it was gorgeous!
The sun was fading pretty fast by the time I was done this look, but I managed to catch some good light to take this photo. I should also mention that these colors really bring out the green in my eyes. Score!
The filter game with this palette is strong, as you will see in the next photo. This is the one I uploaded to Instagram (pretty_and_practical), and it got a pretty good response. I even got a like from Karity. If you aren’t familiar with their products, Click Here. I have been stalking their Instagram for awhile now, drooling over their pigmented shadows. I’ve had their products applied to my face by other Makeup Artists, but I haven’t purchased from them myself.
That filter makes me look like I’m caught in a sunset, and I love it! I can only say good things about the new Heat palette by Urban Decay! The colors have enough range to do a pretty day look, and a bolder evening look. It’s the perfect palette for summer, and an even better option for autumn!
After I got the beauty look, I did have a little bit more fun before I took it all off, and crawled into bed. The look below shows my inspiration photo, along with the “fun” look. I’m obsessed with Egypt, and since I wanted to create a golden sunset look, I thought this photo was fitting.
You can buy this palette wherever Urban Decay products are sold. If you are interested in seeing it in person, your local Ulta should have it on display, allowing you to play with the colors. I managed to snag the last palette at my local Ulta, so don’t be surprised if they are sold out in store. There are probably tons of other people out there who saw it in person, and just couldn’t resist!