UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches.

I teased you with the news of the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette last week and now that I have it, I just had to show it off. This palette is nothing short of spectacular — every detail! From the case that truly represents Gwen's lifestyle to the shadow's themselves, it is a true collaboration between Gwen and the Urban Decay brand.

UD| Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches

Gwen and Urban Decay spent hours together at Gwens's hours. They talked makeup and design and the palette is a true representation of Gwen.

The case and box are stunning! I love the gold and white stripes on the box and it makes it giftable for the holiday's. The case is sleek and heavy and it really surprised me. It feels very custom and is quite detailed. It features a black and white graphic dot print and has a antique gold plaque that features the UD | Gwen Stefani logo. It's very rich feeling.

UD| Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches
UD| Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches

Upon opening, the palette is filled with 15 must-have shades — all made with Urban Decay's great formula that are pigment last and very long-lasting. 12 of the shades are brand new and were created just for Gwen and three are from the UD shadow collection that Gwen handpicked. They are overall pretty neutral. If you look at Gwen, her eye looks are mostly neutral with a bold liner or pop of color, like you you see from the hot pink (Harajuku) or bold blue (Danger) which makes an amazing liner or crease color for a smoky look. I really love the shades and the names are really Gwen!

UD| Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches
  • Blonde (because Gwen is) - pale beige with pink iridescent shift
  • Bathwater (a No Doubt song) - pale beige with gold pearl
  • Skimp (a favorite of Gwen's from the UD line up) - pale nude satin
  • Steady (after the No Doubt album "Rock Steady" - medium rose with metallic rose gold shift
  • Punk (the music genre Gwen got started in) - reddish brown matte
  • Baby (an homage to her fashion line L.A.M.B.) - cool metallic rose
  • Anaheim (where Gwen grew up) - light taupe-brown matte
  • Stark (another of Gwen's favorite shades) - nude-pink matte
  • Zone (after the song "Danger Zone") - medium brown matte
  • Serious (another of Gwen's songs) - smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl
  • Pop (like her current music) - pale coral with iridescent sparkle
  • Harajuku (one of her style influences) - metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer
  • Danger (because we like a little danger) - deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle
  • 1987 (the year No Doubt formed) - bright metallic yellow-gold
  • Blackout (Gwen's favorite black shade) - blackest black matte
UD| Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches.

The UD X Gwen Palette is available now on urbandecay.com and it's at Sephora for Rouge and VIB members. It will be available for all, any day at Sephora, Ulta and Macy's. Buy it for $58.

How To: A Party Perfect Smile.

It's party season! My calendar is filling up with holiday parties and events this season and I love seeing my friends and family that I haven't over the year. One of the first things I notice about people is their smile. A pretty smile is like the perfect accessory to that dress and bag you picked out. Plus, your smile says SO much about you. Make your smile party perfect this season with a just a few quick steps.

How to: a party perfect smile for the holidays

Lip Exfoliator

You want your lips to be super soft and smooth, so invest in a lip exfoliator to remove dry chapped skin from the lips. I use the e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator a few times a week to get the job done. It is sugary sweet and gritty to get rid of any dry, chapped skin and flakes from lips making them super smooth and soft. 

e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator

Lip Balm

After using the lip exfoliator and every night before bed, I apply a lip balm on my lips to keep my lips smooth. I like Nivea Lip Butter to lock in natural hydration with Shea Butter and Almond Butter.

Nivea Lip Butter

Teeth Whitening

Of course one of the most important parts of a great smile is great looking teeth. I've been whitening my teeth and removing years of stains with the new professional strength CVS Health™ Platinum Whitening Kit. In just a quick 20 minutes, my teeth are two shades lighter.

CVS Health Platinum Whitening Kit

 This whitening kit is so easy to use. You see, the Platinum Whitening Kit comes with a super soft, flexible tray that is already filled with the whitening formula. The tray is designed to keep the mixture in place and it really adheres to the teeth — I think it's the secret to it working so well. That, plus the 25% carbamide peroxide, the professional strength whitening agent. It has a nice, peppermint flavor and it didn't irritate my teeth or gums as it includes an ingredient to minimize sensitivity with a bit of a numbing effect. 

CVS Health Platinum Whitening Kit

The CVS Health™ Platinum Whitening Kit sells for just $29.99 and comes with two bonus whitening treatments, so you get a total of three treatments in the kit. Make sure you keep the tray and simply refill with the easy-to-use syringe which makes for a totally mess-free refill process.


The finishing touch to any smile is the perfect lipstick. As it's the holiday season, I have been going for brighter shades and of course, red shades. One of my favorites is L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque in the shade Lacquerized. This is a super smooth high-gloss finish lip color that lasts about six hours on my lips. Lacquerized is a pretty bright red shade that is not too shocking.

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque

All of the products mentioned can be found at CVS/pharmacy, where I shop often. I like shopping at CVS because it's not only convenient for me and has a lot of my favorite beauty products in store, but they always have great deals and special perks courtesy of the Beauty Club. Members of the CVS Beauty Club get things like $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty products plus $3 ExtraBucks® Rewards on your birthday. If you haven't signed up, you should; you'll get a 10% off beauty shopping pass upon sign up.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with CVS/pharmacy. All opinions are 100% my own.