Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

I have been so excited about this palette since Urban Decay announced it a few months back. I am obsessed with all my Naked palettes so I knew it would only be a matter of time before this one was added to my collection.

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I am in love with this palette! The colours are perfect for any look (either day or night) and they all go together so beautifully. The colours are pigmented while still remaining buildable, it’s easy to create a full eye look with just this one palette.

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The brush that comes with this palette may be small but it’s still such an amazing brush! I like using the smaller side to blend colours into my lower lash line.

This palette isn’t long like the other Naked palettes but it’s still compact enough that it doesn’t take up much space in a makeup bag or drawer.

In my opinion, if you have this palette you are set, however I do plan on doing a post to compare the Naked 1, 2, 3 and this palette so if you’d like to read that just give this post a like or comment below!

This palette retails for $68 on the Urban Decay website. 

Review: TheBalm Nude’Tude Eyeshadow Palette

I purchased this palette a few months ago but I never actually really started using it until recently. I don’t know why I haven’t used it recently because it’s amazing!

dsc_0306TheBalm (in my opinion) make some of the best eyeshadows on the market. They are pigmented and easy to blend and the colours are just beautiful. I could go on forever but for now let’s focus on the colours in this palette.

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The first six shades (from the left) are all fairly light and perfect for a daytime look. I love using Snobby on my lid and Stubborn in my crease with a little bit of Sultry in my outer corner. I finish it off with Sassy on the inner corner, apply a coat of mascara and then my eye look is complete!

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The last six colours are perfect for a night look and adding that extra bit of drama you might want. I usually use a pretty natural base like Naked from the Urban Decay Naked 1 and then add Seductive on top of that and apply Sexy in the outer corner and crease. I sometimes like to add winged liner (which I make Adrienne do since I can’t do eyeliner to save my life), add some mascara and you’re done!

What I love about this palette is you have your nudes and your darks so this is a very versatile palette and it isn’t bulky so it’s easy to through  in your makeup bag. I feel that this palette has a wide range of colours to use for a variety of looks and that you are getting a great quality product for a reasonable price.

This palette retails for $36.00 on TheBalm.com

Ipsy March 2016

I had this post written ages ago but I kept forgetting to take pictures of the products (I’d lose my head if it was screwed on I swear) so here it is, my first impressions for the March Ipsy bag. You know what they say, better late than never!

Beau Gâchis Paris Eyeshadow Brush

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Product Description: Beau Gâchis® Paris’ Cosmetic Eyeshadow Brush enables beautiful, flawless application of loose and cream shadows. This handmade brush distributes pigment evenly and smoothly, and can be used to apply powder, liquid or cream products as well.

  • Individually constructed from the finest animal hair and purest synthetic fibers for quality and durability
  • Ultra soft bristles that blend easily and soften lines
  • Matte black wooden handle and durable ferrules as used by professionals

First Impression: It’s a good brush and it does it’s job so I can’t really complain!

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 3 Day Smooth Perfect Blow Dry Cream

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Product Description: A unique combination of ultra-light Mediterranean Olive Oil and Argan Oil – the ancestral beauty secret of Morocco – plus Shea Butter and our exclusive anti-frizz lock technology makes curls and waves desirably straight. Keratin deeply penetrates to strengthen while Vitamin E nourishes. Your hair will be glossy, ultra-smooth and full of body.

  • Maintains smooth hair for up to 3 days
  • Frizz lock technology removes frizz
  • Strengthens and seals split ends

First Impression: Let me start off by saying I love Marc Anthony’s Morocco line (I have the shampoo, conditioner and body wash) so when I saw this in my Ipsy bag I was so excited! The only problem is that it’s a blow dry cream and I don’t blow dry my hair. I have very thick hair that is also quite long so I never blow dry it (it literally takes 45 minutes at least to dry). However I thought I’d try this so I applied it to damp hair (it smells so good by the way) and dried my hair (not fully) and noticed that it did help with my frizz. However this is only day one so I’m not sure how it will be tomorrow. So far I like it though!

Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover

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Product Description:  This beautiful pink-toned shimmer eyeshadow is the perfect shade to achieve a soft glowy look for Spring.

  • Travel-size
  • Pink shimmer shade

First Impression: This shadow is so beautiful! I love the colour (it’s honestly perfect for spring) and it’s so easy to blend. I wore it in my crease and loved how subtle but pretty it was. Definitely love this shadow!

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold

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Product Description:  This silky blush gives the perfect sheer flush on the apples of your cheeks. Its natural mineral powder formula reflects light, applies true to colour, is hydrating and feels lightweight on the skin. Each duo features two shades to be worn alone or layered.

  • Natural-looking glow
  • Apply with a fluffy soft brush

First Impression: I’ve said it many times, I’m not a real blush fan. I don’t go out looking for blush (because my cheeks are naturally really rosey) but I was so excited for this blush! I love the colours and how subtle it is. There is shimmer in it but it’s honestly not over whelming, defiantly a workable blush. I actually used the lighter gold shade as a highlight as well (not sure if you are suppose to or not) and it works really well which is great for me considering I don’t own any!

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Pink Lust

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Product Description:  Doll up your lips with plush and vibrant color! NYX’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on smooth and sets into a striking matte finish. Velvety soft and waterproof, this long-lasting lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.

  • Waterproof, liquid lipstick infused with avocado oil and Vitamin E
  • Super pigmented lipstick goes on opaque and dries to matte finish
  • Delivers long-wearing, vivid color in one creamy swipe

First Impression: For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to try NYX Cosmetics so when I saw this in the sneak peak, I was immediately excited! I really wanted the shade Soft Spoken but I am so pleased with Pink Lust! I love the formula of this cream lipstick however it does stain your lips so just be prepared for that. Pink Lust is very bright so if you aren’t a fan of bright colours this is not the colour for you however the cream lipsticks themselves are amazing. I loved them so much I actually went out and bought two more; Sway (lilac purple, very pretty) and Vintage (which is a beautiful maroon colour).

Overall Impression: Overall I am so pleased with my Ipsy bag this month! I wasn’t a big fan of the actual bag itself when I saw it but it’s slowly growing on me (it’s probably the biggest one too which is nice, more stuff!). This bag just reinforces my love for Ipsy!

 

 

 

 

City Color Eyeshadow Trio Review

Along with everyone else who runs this blog, I subscribe to ipsy. In my ipsy bag last month, I received a new eyeshadow palette, the City Color Eyeshadow Trio in the colour Falling Leaves. It’s 3 colours, a dark copper, a dark pinkish brown, and a sparkly rose gold colour. I was very excited when I got it in my bag because I love browns, beiges, and pinks.

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The trio also comes in another colour, Blooming Flowers. It has a purple colour, a very light pinkish purple, and maroon. They sell for $5.99 on their website, and come in a compact a little smaller than two inches in diameter.

I tried the dark pink colour first. It was very dark, and went on very thick. I am usually able to blend as I put my eyeshadow on, however this eyeshadow was difficult to blend. I wiped off the pink, and applied the rose gold. It also went on very thick, however it was more translucent than the dark pink so the fact that I had not properly blended it was not very noticeable. I later attempted the dark copper colour, and was not surprised when it, also, went on very thick and was extremely dark.

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I really did not like this palette. It was just too dark and too thick of a powder. It wouldn’t blend very well, so it looks more like a large polka dot on my eye when I wear the darker colours, and the dark pink colour made me look like I had a black eye.

I will not be purchasing this anytime soon, and I would not suggest it to anyone else. Not only for the fact that I really don’t like the colours and the quality, but also that after paying $5.99 you may think it’s cheap, but then you see the shipping. It costs $12.95 for USPS and $24.95 for UPS. Keep in mind that I am in Canada, but that is a lot for shipping for such a small item that would be sent in the smallest size available for a padded envelope.

Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette Review

When I had decided that I wanted to start wearing eyeshadow to spice up my routine, I had purchased the Naked Basics2 eyeshadow palette, however that one palette was not enough of a variation for me, so I decided to purchase a second eyeshadow palette. After browsing all of the aisles at Shoppers, I had chosen to purchase the Smashbox Full Exposure palette for it’s many shades and tones of nude, and also the matte or sparkly options, all in one palette. It costs $62.00 CAN at Sephora.

The palette came with fourteen different shades of sparkles and mattes, including black, grey, and many shades of nudes, a double sided eyeshadow brush, and primer. However some do come with mascara instead of the primer.

This is the perfect palette for someone who is looking for something that’s a one-stop item because of it’s variation in nudes, dramatic shades, and sparkles. No matter what I’m doing or where I’m going, this palette is my go-to each time. I like to wear the pink toned nude every day to school to make my eyes pop, and on nights our with the girls I like to use one of the sparkly colours. Whether it be nude or grey or black is up to how I’m feeling and where we are going.

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UD: Naked 1, 2 & 3

I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay (obvs) so it’s not wonder that as soon as I was able to I got my hands on the Naked pallets (I know I don’t have Smokey yet but I’m working on it!) with 12 gorgeous shadows per pallet. Now the golden question, are they really worth it for the price ($54)? I would argue yes and let me tell you why.

Naked 1: 

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Ok so lets start with the Naked 1 (because going in order just makes sense) anyways this is the most neutral pallet in the collection and was the first one I ever purchased. I’ve had my fair share of neutral pallets over the years but let me tell you this none of them compare to the naked pallet! (ok michaela calm down). The colour pigmentation is incredible and they last all day. Use their primer potion and you are guaranteed to have no creasing (although I don’t find the colours crease anyways but the extra reassurance is always nice). My most used colours are naked, virgin, half baked, hustle, buck and smog

Naked 2: 

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Right so onto the Naked 2. I really love this pallet but it is my least used out of the 3 I own. I’m very pale in complexion (like white sheets are jealous of me) so I’m still playing around with the darker colours. However the quality and pigmentation of these eyeshadows are out.of.this.world. I did a soft smokey eye (using suspect, pistol and busted) and I barely had to use any shadow and it was still gorgeous! If you are looking for darker colours but aren’t quite comfortable with the Smokey pallet then I highly recommend the Naked 2! My most used colours are bootycall (love that name!), chopper, tease, YDK, and busted.

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The Naked 3, how do I even begin to explain the beauty that is the Naked 3? First of all, rose gold. I am obsessed with rose gold so this pallet is my dream. I love the colours and (again like with the first 2) the pigmentation is amazing. I am personally convinced that Urban Decay can do no wrong and could not make a single bad product (I am obsessed though so I may be a bit biased). Anyways the colours are incredible and they all work together so incredibly well and they are so easy to blend and I could literally go on forever about why you need this pallet in your life. I would say it is my current favourite Naked pallet (you can probably see why!). My most used colours are dust, trick and blackheart (seriously so incredible!).

This picture I’ve used called Blackheart Darkheart but in my pallet it’s called Blackheart (did UD make a typo?) 

So are they worth the money? I’d argue yes. While you can get away with not owning all of them, I think every makeup lover needs at least 1 Naked pallet in their lives.

shop the entire Naked line 

*disclaimer: the header image is mine but all other photos are from urbandecay.com (I tried to take pictures of the colours and wasn’t doing them justice!)

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UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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Hands down one of the best eye pallets from Urban Decay and was created by one of the most influential women in the makeup and fashion industry. Gwen Stefani’s music career has influenced not just songwriters but also the way girls have been dressing and doing their makeup since the 90’s to mid-00’s. This pallet represents the changing images she has been putting out for years with colours that can be used for multiple looks and styles.

The beauty of this pallet is that it features colours you would not typically get in other Urban Decay pallets. The Naked pallets all have nude type colours while the Vice pallets are bright and colourful. The Gwen Stefani pallet is the balance between these two extremes. It offers nudes, darker colours, a couple brighter colours, and a few sparkly colours that add a nice touch. The colours look amazing on and are really easy to blend.

This pallet retails for $70 and can be bought at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart in the beauty boutique, and online at Urban Decay.

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