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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Show & Tell: Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows

Hi all!

I'm a biiiiiiig New York City lover so when I got the Urban Decay NYC Book of and Shadows for my birthday, I was overly excited. Mandy and I went to the Big Apple last year and had a love affair with the city to end all affairs. We shopped, we laughed, we drank and we swooned. I'm sure anyone who has been to New York can agree that it really is pretty amazing.

Anyway, the Urban Decay NYC palette was released a few months after the hype of the Alice in Wonderland palette had died down (I can't remember specific months but I'm pretty sure it was mid-2010) and caught a lot of attention.

Building on the same concept as the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows, the NYC palette has a lot to offer a make-up freak like me...

Containing 16 gorgeous and pigmented eyeshadows, 2 24/7 liners and a mini primer potion - The palette is an all in one solution for anyone who has never tried Urban Decay products before but really wants to have a play around.

It doesn't get much better than this!
When I first got my Alice in Wonderland palette, I was impressed. The little pop-up scene was so cute and encompassed all the things magical about Alice's trip down the rabbit hole. However, after seeing the pop-up scene in the New York palette, well Alice can stay down the rabbit hole now! Haha.

With some of New York's most famous landmarks, i.e. yellow cabs, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building - The scene definitely caught my attention and even more so when I realised that there is a backlight so the city is illuminated.

After the initial excitement at the pop-up show, I slid open the little drawer and found myself face to face with some gorgeous colours that are somewhat similar to those in the AIW (Alice in Wonderland) palette.

A closer look at all the shadows:

The names of the shadows are so random (Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, anyone?) but it just makes the palette even more loveable.

When I saw 'Loaded' I fell in love. It's just an absolutely gorgeous jade green that I don't have in my collection so I'm looking forward to having a good play around with that one and pairing it with 'Kush' to create a smoky green look.

I would love to pick the brain of the brains behind the names and ask them what made them name the shadows as such (Try saying that really quickly without fluffing it up. Lol!)

There are some really pretty neutral-toned shades that I can't wait to pair with the more "out there" colours (namely Psychedelic Sister). The options and colour combinations are actually limitless, much like the AIW palette, so I have no doubt that this will keep my busy for a few weeks!

The two 24/7 liners that come with the palette are Ransom, a gorgeous indigo, and good ol' Zero. I know a lot of people speak highly of Zero but I just can't get it to work on my waterline which is really frustrating. I've tried setting it with a matte black shadow and I've tried smudging it out but it doesn't do it for me so can someone please give me a hint on how they get it to work!? It would be much appreciated! You also get a dinky sized eyeshadow Primer Potion which I've decided I'm not going to de-pot because it would make life easier for when I travel to have a small one to throw in my make-up bag.

So there you have it!

Even though I love my AIW palette, I think it's going to be unloved for a while because I gave my heart to NYC!

The next post is going to be the swatcheroonies of the palette so stay tuned :)

Take are and keep swivelling those hips in your

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