URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Beauty Balm | An Unexpected Favorite + A Giveaway

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Beauty balms. It’s a topic we could discuss forever. We have BB Creams, CC Creams… and apparently, as I learned on Lily of Chloeash’s Instagram, now there’s DD Creams.

I’ve never been particularly interested beauty balms, mostly because of the level of marketing hype that seems to surround them, at least in the US. But after receiving a sample of the Urban Decay Beauty Balm, I was pleasantly surprised.

Claims about skincare benefits aside – to me, this is a primer. And a really, really good one. It extends the wear of my foundation, keeps my T-zone less oily longer, and feels completely silky on my skin.

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When I first saw the color, I thought – how could UD think this would be flattering on anyone, let alone “univerally.” It’s a very pink beige. The type of color that tends to read artificial and orange-y.

But, when you apply a thin layer as a primer, something magical happens. The pigment blends away and it becomes almost translucent. You’re left with a slightly more even skin tone and minimized pores with barely a trace of orange. Thankfully, there’s not quite enough pigment to alter the color of foundations applied over it.

I don’t wear this on its own, but Urban Decay does say you can use it that way. Alone, the effect is subtle and my self-portrait skills aren’t good enough to really capture it. For that, I recommend checking out Christine at Temptalia’s Urban Decay Beauty Balm review - she has great before and after photos that show the difference this product makes.



June marks my first year of beauty blogging. It’s completely surreal that my blog is a year old – I just can’t wrap my head around it. It’s truly a case of time flying when you’re really enjoying what you’re doing.

In the spirit of my blog’s first birthday, I picked up an extra Urban Decay Beauty Balm to give away. I embedded this giveaway deeper in the post than usual, hoping to deter some of the giveaway spam I’ve gotten in the past. The giveaway opens June 6, 2013 and runs until June 20, 2013. I’ll ship worldwide. For any details/additional rules, please see the Terms & Conditions section in the Rafflecopter widget below icon smile URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Beauty Balm | An Unexpected Favorite + A Giveaway

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  Note (7/23/13): Urban Decay’s parent company is not cruelty-free, but they have maintained their cruelty-free practices & remain Leaping Bunny certified.

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Yaay congrats on your first blogoversary! The whole BB, CC, and DD (!!!) thing is a little insane. A lot of the times I think it’s just repackaged tinted moisturizers. Glad to hear this one works well for you as a primer though!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks so much, Sunny! I am so glad I got to connect with you in the world of beauty blogging this year :)

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Congratulations! This BB cream sounds like a beauty! I have yet go try a CC and now a DD? I can’t help it, I’m curious! I originally fell for BB creams bc some formulas are so easy and just disappear on the skin :-) I entered your lovely giveaway! xx

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thank you so much, dear Taylor! BB creams remind me of tinted moisturizers, which I do love. I’ve heard raves about the Rachel K CC Cream, though I don’t know much about it. ♥

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Ahh Jessica, I can’t even begin to tell you how much your incredibly kind words mean to me, thank you with all my heart! I am SO happy to connect with you! I’m just totally inspired by your comment. ♥

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Congratulations, dear Catherine–1-year is really exciting!! Isn’t it just insane how quickly time flies when you’re blogging?? It really freaks me out, actually! :P haha

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thank you so much, Becca! I know it’s absolutely crazy. I’m trying not to be too overly emotional about it… but I kind of am! haha I’m so grateful to have connected with you this year, love! ♥

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    BB creams are not really for me, but good luck everyone! And have a happy weekend :-)

    • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

      Oh and congrats of course!

  • http://aucupariabrumalis.wordpress.com/ Claire

    Congratulations Catherine! :) how exciting! I really like japanese and korean bb creams, most of them are too dark for me but I like nanoce (japanese) and mix it with my moisturizer, makes a nice tinted something for days when I don’t want much coverage xxx

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thank you so much, Claire! At some point, I would like to try a real Japanese or Korean bb cream… I’ll have to look up nanoce, haven’t heard of it. ♥

  • TinaBowling

    Many congrats on your 1 year! The UD balm sounds like a very nice product. Lately I have been loving the Aveeno BB cream enough to wear it almost daily!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thank you, dear Tina! ♥

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  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Thank you, Jennifer! ♥

  • Szappanbubi

    Super-lovely blog-birthday! congrats for every pretty beauty!

  • Sadi

    Happy Blogiversary !!

  • Sara

    amazing giveaway…thanks!!!


    Awesome Gineaway :)

  • Louise Ito

    Hoping it’s me *crossed fingers*

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  • Endless Summer

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I hope I win!

  • Christine

    Happy anniversary!!! :) I can’t believe your blog is only 1 year old because it is so well done! :)

    As for the UD BB Cream, definitely NOT a BB Cream, but I could see it making a great primer. It does make my skin look a little better, but the coverage is pretty much nonexistent. Thanks for the tip on another way to use it!!! :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thank you SO much, Christine! That means so much to me, especially coming from another beauty blogger… I think it takes having your own blog to really understand how much time and energy and thought and heart goes into them!

      I agree the coverage is nonexistent. It does blur pores nicely though. Let me know how it works as a primer for you ♥

  • Louise Ito ♥

    Hi, who won? :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi, I’m not sure why the widget wasn’t displaying the winner earlier, but it’s up now! The beauty balm is already on its way to her ♥