Since the first glimpse of the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection, all I can think of is the beautiful colors comprised in the collection which complement with each other as well as the season, rightfully called as ‘Sultry And Ripe For The Picking’. The collection has a Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Vice Lipstick, and Naked Cherry Highlight and Blush Palette. Such perfect colors and products for the season with some beautiful berry and pink hues which will complement with most of the skin tones.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette is a must-have from this collection. Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette has a sexy vibe that’s more tart than sweet.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

This cherry-hued palette has 12 ‘never-before-picked’ neutrals which are perfect to create the most tempting eye looks. The 12 all-new shades include an array of soft-mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering coppers and plums to the most intense black cherry.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

Bing is a deep mauve matte that is on trend, Drunk Dial is a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax. The formula has a velvety texture and blends easily. The shades are pigmented and the staying power is amazing, stays on all day without any creasing.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

The shades in the palette, from left to right are described as:

Hot Spot – Ivory Matte

Caution – Soft neutral beige matte

Bang Bang – Shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle

Feelz – Soft Dusty Rose Matte

Juicy – Soft warm peach

Turn On – Pale metallic rose shimmer

Ambitious – Metallic rose copper

Bing – Deep mauve matte

Devilish – Reddish plum matte

Young Love – Metallic cranberry

Drunk Dial – Deep metallic burgundy

Privacy – Deep brownish-plum matte

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette 

The Crimson compact is adorned with a row of metallic cherries, includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush which is dense and soft enough to use and carry within the palette on the go. The chill neutrals and sexy shimmers to super-smokey eyes do spice up everything with some beautiful eye looks.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the cult favorite eye pencil which has two new shades in this collection called Black Market and Love Drug. Black Market is a black satin shade that looks amazing as a winged liner or as a tight line. Love Drug is a deep wine metallic that intensifies the cherry eye look. Both shades work great as a base for eyeshadow, just apply to areas of the eye where some more drama is needed. 24/7 Gilde-On Eye Pencil is a creamy, award-winning and waterproof that stays soft for blending for about 30 seconds and then dries down to a long-lasting finish that does not budge.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

There is three limited edition matching shades of Vice Lipstick in the Naked Cherry Collection. The texture of the lipstick is very creamy and pigmented. They feel very comfortable on the lips and the staying power is really nice.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

From top to bottom, Vice Lipstick – Juicy, Devilish, Cherry, 24/7 Glide-On Pencil – Love Drug, Black Market

The three shades in this collection are:

Juicy – Light peach-pink with copper micro-shimmer

Devilish – Berry pink with tonal micro-shimmer

Cherry – Deep berry wine

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

I am really loving the collection with all the pink and berry hues which are my personal favorites when I am in good mood. I would advise you to check this collection before it sold out. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection is available at Urban Decay stores and urbandecay.ca. It will be available at sephora.ca and beautyboutique.ca (October 5th), Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart (October 15th).

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This review was due a long time back and as I am testing many products at one time, so some reviews get delayed and I do prefer to not share my review until I have tested for sufficient time and I am fully satisfied. The first time I shared about the hair care products I have been using from Miriam Quevedo on my Instagram handle and stories, I got so many messages asking about my thoughts. This is my first time trying this brand, so I will share about the brand first. Miriam Quevedo is an award-winning anti-aging powerhouse in skin and hair care. From rejuvenating hair treatments to customized skin rituals, the cutting edge line transcends modern cosmetic standards. A renowned authority in skincare from a young age, Miriam Quevedo applied her intensive anti-aging techniques for the skin to her hair collections. The products are made with high concentrations of the world’s finest ingredients in Barcelona, each luxurious essential is a product of Miriam’s decades of experience as a true hair and skin care master. The precious ingredients include precious, rare, and unique ingredients including White Caviar oil, 24 Karat Gold, Platinum & Diamonds, Exotic Botanicals include Oils, Extracts, and Floral Waters, Cutting-edge Peptides include Hexapeptides, Tripeptides, and Natural Peptides. Miriam Quevedo’s passion lies not only in using the highest quality ingredients but also in achieving the perfect synergy between nature and science for proven results.

I started using Miriam Quevedo haircare and skincare products including Glacial White Caviar Hydra-Pure Shampoo, Extreme Caviar Exfoliating Scrub Scalp Mask, Extreme Caviar Restructuring Luxe Serum for hair and for skincare – Black Baccara Moisturizing Bio-Adaptive Gel Cream and Black Bacarra Dynamic Weekend Peel Booster. I have been using the products since Spring and from the time I shared the post on my social handles in March, I have been getting so much interest to know more, so here I go. The hair care products are almost empty and I do have the skincare products on rotation.

Miriam Quevedo haircare and skincare

Glacial White Caviar Hydra-Pure Shampoo is a gentle yet concentrated shampoo and provides hydration to the hair and scalp. It is an ultra-moisturizing, anti-aging treatment which is ideal for those with sensitive, dry scalps and dry or damaged hair. It helps rebalance the scalp’s microflora, relieves any scalp irritations and protects against future damage. The powerful antioxidants offer protection against oxidative stress while active molecular peptides help recover elasticity, bounce, and strength leaving hair incredibly silky, soft and renewed. It is formulated without Sulfates, Parabens, Mineral Oils, Phthalates, Paraffin, or Petrolatum. I have been really enjoying this for my dehydrated itchy scalp, it makes my scalp comfortable and hair clean yet moisturized without weighing them down.

Application – ‘Apply the highly concentrated, rich Cream-Essence to wet hair and scalp. Massage in gently to create a gentle lather. Add more water if necessary. Leave for 2 to 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.’ The key active ingredients include:

White Caviar Oil: Precious Oil. One of nature’s best kept cosmetic secrets due to its richness in amino acids, proteins, essential fatty acids, trace elements and peptides. Creates a unique anti-aging lipo-protein complex, with powerful repairing, regenerative and protective properties.

Encapsulated Swiss Glacial Water: Allows active ingredients to deeply penetrate the skin, increases cell’s resilience and survival at high temperatures. Protects against thermal aging and replenishes and maintains a pure and continuous hydration.

Organic Baobab Oil: High antioxidant activity. Contains strong regenerating, soothing, conditioning, repairing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Complex of Edelweiss, Rice and Cotton flower extracts: High antioxidant activity. Natural photo-protector with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Hair color protector.

Keratin Protection & Rebuilding System: Rebuilds and repairs keratin while maintaining the structure of hair fibers to provide a more manageable and much healthier look. Acts as a thermal protector to prevent against heat damage.

Hyaluronic Acid Fraction: Draws water to hair creating a plumping effect. Acts as a membrane to prevent moisture loss from the scalp. Deeply moisturizes both hair and scalp. Adds shine, increases elasticity, and forms a protective film.

Scalp Hydrating and Calming Complex (Xylitol and Lactitol): Combats dryness, flaking and irritation. Provides immediate and long-lasting hydration.

Betaine Amino Acid: Essential for maintaining hydration in both hair and scalp, retains up to 40% of water. Reduces irritation, protects, and leaves the scalp feeling comfortable.

Panthenol (Provitamin B5): Protects, moisturizes, softens and brightens hair.

Natural Tensioactives derived from Oats: Natural, scalp-friendly cleanser.

Extreme Caviar Exfoliating Scrub Scalp Mask is a luxurious pre-treatment that renews the scalp and prepares it for treatment with effective, gentle exfoliation. This invigorating formula is rich in cell detox-booster, which helps detoxify skin cells, Tahitian mother-of-pearl and coral sand, which remove dead skin, and a botanical phyto-active 15 complex to help neutralize scalp imbalances. Powerful conditioning and protecting ingredients such as caviar and pro-vitamin B5 add smoothness and suppleness. It is suitable for all hair types and is formulated without Parabens, Mineral Oils, Phthalates, Paraffin or Petrolatum. This is a nice add-on in my haircare routine to gently exfoliate the dead skin and buildup, without being harsh and irritating on the skin. It does not irritate my itchy dehydrated scalp but I feel it is clean, pure, and calm. 

Miriam Quevedo haircare and skincare

Application – ‘Apply the rich, creamy exfoliating scrub to the scalp (in partings of approximately 3cm/1 inch apart). Work from the front of the head to the back, using your fingertips to create a gentle, circular massage over the scalp. Leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and continue with your Miriam Quevedo cleansing ritual. Use once a week. To improve exfoliating benefits, we recommend applying a warm, dry towel during the exposure time. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately.’ The key ingredients include:

Caviar: One of the most exclusive anti-aging ingredients given its abundant composition of essential amino acids, structuring peptides, proteins, essential fatty acids and trace elements. Intensely protects both hair and scalp and restructures broken down Keratin, all while restoring hydration, strength, and elasticity for more vibrant, youthful-looking hair.

Natural Tahitian Mother Pearl and Coral Sand: Help to remove dead skin, which renews the scalp and provides effective, non-aggressive exfoliation.

Cell-Detox Booster: Detoxifies skin cells by eliminating residue.

Botanical Phyto-Active 15 Complex: Combination of 15 botanical extracts with powerful anti-lipase activity to prevent scalp imbalances and irritation. Helps combat hair problems like hair loss, dandruff and excess oil production.

Panthenol: Provitamin B5 protects, moisturizes, softens and prevents brittle hair.

Cooling Touch: Provides a pleasant and refreshing sensation to soothe and calm the scalp.

Extreme Caviar Restructuring Luxe Serum is a caviar-based formula intensely repairs damaged hair with a gorgeously glossy finish. It is a weightless leave-in serum is fortified with a cocktail of vitamins, amino acids and peptides that regenerate hair from the inside out.  Structuring proteins bind to hair creating a seal that locks in moisture and protects against heat styling and oxidative stress. It also conditions and smoothes hair’s surface to eliminate frizz and imparts unprecedented shine while restoring hair’s electrical balance. It is suitable for all hair types and beneficial for color and chemically treated hair or hair exposed to harsh environmental conditions. It is formulated without Parabens, Mineral Oils, Phthalates, Paraffin or Petrolatum. It is something new in my haircare routine, I have not used a serum on my scalp before. I apply it as per the directions on it. It is not oily and does not leave a residue. It does not weigh the hair down but is very lightweight. After using for few months, I feel my hair have strength and feel more alive than before.

Application – ‘Apply a small amount, working it in gently with your fingertips, lock by lock, with downward strokes. Apply to shampooed and towel-dried or dry hair. DO NOT RINSE FROM HAIR. Brush and style as usual.’

The active ingredients include:

Caviar: One of the most exclusive anti-aging ingredients given its abundant composition of essential amino acids, structuring peptides, proteins, essential fatty acids and trace elements. Intensely protects both hair and scalp and restructures broken down Keratin, all while restoring hydration, strength, and elasticity for more vibrant, youthful-looking hair.

Multi-vitamin B Complex: Cocktail of five B vitamins (Thiamine – B1, Riboflavin -B2, Nicotinamide – B3, Pantenol- B5, and Pyridoxine – B6), defends against oxidative stress, increases the protective and regenerative properties of hair´s natural keratin and promotes healthy hair growth.

Hydrolyzed Keratin Peptide: Repairs, replenishes and protects Keratin, the key structural component found in hair. Smoothes hair’s surface resulting in a natural and beautiful luster while creating a protective film to protect against thermal damage. Restores hair fiber giving it body, volume, and shine.

Miriam Quevedo haircare and skincare

Black Baccara Moisturizing Bio-Adaptive Gel Cream is an ultralight yet deep moisturizer with cellular lipid refiller for maximum balance, radiance, and age-defying action. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for oily skin.

Application – ‘Use daily, day and night. Always apply to clean and toned skin. Depending on your preference the Black Baccara Bio-adaptive Gel Cream can be applied in two ways:

1. Pre-blended Application:

Mix a small amount of the Black Baccara Bio-Adaptive Gel Cream with a few drops of your selected Black Baccara Dynamic Booster(s) in the palm of your hand. Mix well and spread the blend in an outward motion beginning from your forehead, nose and cheeks, working your way down to your chin, neck and décolleté until fully absorbed.

2. Layered Application:

Use the enclosed spatula to apply a small amount to cheeks, forehead and neck. Spread in an outward motion beginning from your forehead, nose and cheeks, working your way down to your chin, neck and décolleté until fully absorbed. ‘

The active ingredients include:

Rare Black Baccara Bio-adaptive Concentrate: Creates an ideal micro-environment to protect against negative epigenetic factors (stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, etc.) that can lead to accelerated aging. Detects skin’s exact needs and adapts to provide necessary protection against internal and external stressors. Regulates cellular “clock” that can be offset by our lifestyle ensuring cells function properly. Clinical studies*

Organic Buckwheat Superfood: Rich in proteins, essential amino acids, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, key ingredient for skin brightening, anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation and revitalization.

Amino Acid Betaine: Derived from sugar beets. Hydrates, maintains water balance and protects against irritants.

Shea Butter: Hydrates and protects skin with an invisible barrier. Accelerates tissue growth, providing more flexible, functional skin with a restored barrier.

Olive Oil: Restores skin’s barrier function, provides protection and age prevention, smoothes dry and mature skin and refreshes sensitive skin.

Organic Argan Oil: Contains over 80% of unsaturated fatty acids and an abundant amount of vitamin E. High nutritional value for skin, inhibits free radicals, prevents itching, peeling and dehydration.

Sweet Almond Oil: Moisturizing, nutritional and protective properties. Helps improve cell regeneration, elasticity and softens skin.

Panthenol: Hydrates skin, increases cell renewal, removes and diminishes imperfections, and provides anti-inflammatory properties. Increases skin´s elasticity and smoothness.

Allantoin: Increases cellular renewal and delivers high moisturizing, calming and soothing properties. Restores skin’s surface, diminishes imperfections.

Organic Aloe Vera: Protects skin from daily aggression, hydrates and prevents dehydration.

Chamomile Butter: Anti-inflammatory and repairing properties. Calms reactive skin and improves texture.

Miriam Quevedo haircare and skincare

This is a very lightweight moisturizer, melts in nicely into the skin without leaving any residue. I feel my skin is soft, comfortable, hydrated, and smooth when I am using this moisturizer. It does leave a subtle glow to the skin. My skin looks clearer and radiant, and just thinking about the amazing ingredients, makes me feel happier.

Black Bacarra Dynamic Weekend Peel Booster is an-depth renewal for face, neck and cleavage refreshes skin with renewed radiance. This Dynamic Booster is packed with gentle AHAs, Fractioned Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acid Betaine that create a “radiant skin effect” with corrective and perfecting action. Gentle exfoliation and lasting hydration smoothes skin, evens tone and noticeably reduces wrinkles and expression lines. It is suitable for all skin types.

Application – ‘ This Dynamic Booster is packed with gentle AHAs, Fractioned Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acid Betaine that create a “radiant skin effect” with corrective and perfecting action. Gentle exfoliation and lasting hydration smoothes skin, evens tone and noticeably reduces wrinkles and expression lines. ‘

The active ingredients include:

Rare Black Baccara Bio-adaptive Concentrate: Creates an ideal micro-environment to protect against negative epigenetic factors (stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, etc.) that can lead to accelerated aging. Detects skin’s exact needs and adapts to provide necessary protection against internal and external stressors. Regulates cellular “clock” that can be offset by our lifestyle ensuring cells function properly. Clinical studies*

Fractioned Hyaluronic Acid: Unique combination of thousands of molecular weights to mimic the hyaluronic acid found naturally in our skin. Improves moisture content and elasticity, while strengthening skin’s barrier. Fine lines are diminished, wrinkles are reduced by number and depth, skin looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper. Clinical studies*

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): Naturally derived from fruit and lactic acids, to evenly and gently exfoliate revealing newer, shinier, healthier skin. Brightens skin, restores a healthy pH, removes blackheads, treats pigmentation and acne and diminishes fine lines.

Amino Acid Betaine: Derived from sugar beets. Hydrates, maintains water balance and protects against irritants.

Panthenol: Hydrates skin, increases cell renewal, removes and diminishes imperfections, and provides anti-inflammatory properties. Increases skin´s elasticity and smoothness.

Miriam Quevedo haircare and skincare

I love using this weekend peel as a ritual once or twice a week. It is very gentle exfoliator, makes the skin fresh, clear, smooth, soft, and comfortable. The skin is radiant after the chemical exfoliation and is a nice boost to the skin mid-week or on the weekend. It did not irritate my combination acne-prone skin and keeps the breakouts in control and the exfoliation effect helps with my pigmentation.

No doubt why these products have won Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Awards and Allure Russia Best of Beauty Award. With the haircare products almost empty and skincare products on rotation, I am really enjoying using the products from this luxurious brand from Spain. I would advise you to check this out for all the amazing ingredients and high-performance products. Miriam Quevedo products are available online at Nordstrom.com and Spacenk. In Canada, Miriam Quevedo is available at Vancouver at Pacific Centre and Toronto at Yorkdale, Eaton Centre, and Sherway Gardens.

 

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Laura Mercier’s Loose setting powder has been a part of my makeup stash as well as makeup routine for as long as I remember, it was one of the first few things I had when I got more interested into makeup and everything beauty. I still have my first jar, which you will see in pictures, broken from the corner but it is still good as new, a little bit is all I need to set my makeup and it is one of the best, never looks cakey or gives a grey cast, does not accentuate problem areas, it is just what I need on the days I wear makeup. That being said, I was so excited when I saw the ‘glow’ version of the iconic and cult product from Laura Mercier, I mean the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow and Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow is described as the same iconic setting powder that comes in a glow finish. The original powder is infused with pearl pigments to lock in the look for extended wear with a healthy glow finish. It does not add weight or texture but creates a radiant finish with a touch of sheer coverage as it creates a soft-focus effect to subtly blur the fine lines and imperfections. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow is available in 2 shades, Translucent, and Translucent Medium Deep.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow and Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush

Few of the key features of the new ‘glow’ version of the powder are below:

Sets makeup for prolonged wear as it has the same base formula as the Translucent Loose Setting Powder, just that this one is infused with pearl pigments.

It helps to absorb excess oil and controls its appearance for a longer time, all day for most skin types

It has a lightweight formula that blurs the look of fine lines

It provides sheer coverage and helps bronzer, blush, and highlighter go on more smoothly and evenly

It is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin types.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow and Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush

Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush is the new brush launched with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow and helps apply the powder evenly on the face. It has a specific structure as you see in the pictures to glide on easily on the natural curves of the face. The contoured end of the brush can be used to set in the curves of the face and build glow in key areas like the cheeks, bridge of the nose and above eyebrows.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow and Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush

I have been using the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow for a few days now to set my makeup. I have the shade Translucent Medium Deep which I quite like, it is not as dark as it looks in the jar, it is quite sheer and applies beautifully on the skin without giving any coverage but does imparts a glow to the skin, blurs my problem areas, and does not emphasize the problem areas.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow and Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush

The finish is radiant, not oily or greasy, like the glow from within, do not confuse glow with an oily glow. The powder is very finely milled, very smooth to touch and apply, blends in effortlessly into the skin. It does not feel cakey during the day, feels like I have no powder on top. The staying power is nice, I do look dewier by the end of the day as my skin secretes its own oils and it gets mixed with all the products over it. It keeps the makeup intact for the whole day and a little is all I need. The powder brush works great with the powder, I have used it even with my other powder brushes and it works well too.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow and Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush

Top – Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow, Bottom – Translucent Loose Setting Powder

With this new Glow Powder Brush, the difference I feel is that I have more control on where to apply as to where I need the glow. I have sometimes mixed and matched with the original loose setting powder. The original being on the oily areas of my combination skin and the new ‘glow’ version above my eyebrows and cheeks. They both work perfectly together. I am really enjoying the ‘glow’ as fall is here and an extra way to feel special is always welcome. I still love and have on rotation, Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage which I reviewed a few months back here.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow and Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush are already available at Sephora, Sephora.ca and will be Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, and Saks Fifth Avenue from November 2018.

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