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

Love it or Leave It: Lip Products

I was recently going through my makeup collection and realized that I have a lot of lip products so I figured I would share with you which products I thought were worth the money and what ones I could do without.

 

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from left to right: Tea & Cookies, Pink Lust, Sway, Vintage, Stone Fox

 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks ($10.00)

NYX became available in my city around 6 months ago (roughly) and it’s safe to say my obsession with this brand is unreal. The liquid suede cream lipsticks were the first product I tried by NYX after receiving Pink Lust in my March Ipsy bag. After trying that I went out and purchased Sway and Vintage. Vintage quickly became a staple colour I wore constantly. I love the colour pay off of most of the ones I’ve tried and don’t regret buying any of them except Stone Fox, it doesn’t seem to have the same pay off as the others and it looks more blue than grey.

 

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from left to right: Ibiza, Stockholm, Istanbul, Prague

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams ($9.00)

I love these, straight up! I love how soft they feel on my lips and how amazing the colour pay off. The color you see is exactly the colour you get. I love how small they are as well because they are perfect to throw in your book bag or purse or clutch and they don’t take up much space. These are some of my top lip products I own right now!

 

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left to right: Honeymoon, Bedtime Flirt

 

NYX Lip Lingerie ($9.00)

These just became available in my city about a month ago and I know quite a few people who swear by these. I bought Honeymoon (a brown nude) and Bedtime Flirt (a pink nude) and I must say I’m not disappointed. I tend to grab Bedtime Flirt before Honeymoon but both are awesome colours. My only complaint about these is that there isn’t a wide range of nudes in the collection. They all look fairly similar which I’m upset about because the formula is amazing!

 

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from top to bottom: L.U.V, Echo, Lolita, Bow N Arrow

 

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick ($20.00)

In my opinion, these lipsticks are some of the best on the market, for the most part. I only have 4 (for now) of the collection (I believe there are 24 colours total) and I still keep gravitating towards them no matter how many times I try to broaden my horizons with lipsticks. The only colour I “regret” (I use regret loosely) is Echo because it isn’t the blue I wanted, however, it’s still a beautiful colour. The formula of these lipsticks are long lasting and doesn’t dry out my lips.

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from left to right: Roach, Bang, After Dark

Urban Decay Lipsticks ($21.00 approx.)

I love Urban Decay, everyone knows that, however,  I can’t decide if I love their lipsticks. I find both Bang and After Dark very drying and the formula isn’t that great. Roach on the other hand,  is one of my favourite lipsticks ever. It’s a beautiful cream lipstick whereas Bang and After Dark are both matte. Overall, while I love Roach, I don’t think these lipsticks are worth the price.

 

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from left to right: 105, 107, 110, 45

 

Kate Moss for Rimmel London Long Lasting Lipsticks ($7.00 approx.)

These are some of my favourite drugstore lipsticks! For the longest time, I was constantly reaching for 105 because it was the perfect wine colour for fall or winter. The only one I wouldn’t suggest getting would be number 45 from the nude collection because the colour payoff isn’t great, you can barely tell a difference from before you put it on to after. Overall for $7.00 you can’t go wrong with these lipsticks.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Baked Highlighter

I received this highlighter in the shade Bellissima in my June Ipsy bag (sorry I haven’t posted any Ipsy reviews in the past few months!) and honestly at first I wasn’t all that impressed because frankly I never really understood the hype around highlighters. However after trying it out on a whim one night, I instantly fell in love!

This isn’t the first highlighter I’ve received but it is by far my favourite. My favourite thing about this highlighter is that it has a touch of pink to it so it isn’t like someone just threw glitter on your face (which is how I feel about most highlighters). Truthfully this is my favourite highlighter I’ve ever used, I actually prefer it after my Pixi highlighter and my TrustFund Beauty highlighter.

This highlighter retails for $9.00 on the Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics website. 

April 2016 Favourites

So looking back on past posts I’ve realized I never posted my favourites for the month of March (whoops) but I picked up a product or two that I’ve been loving for April so lets talk about those instead!

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory 

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Ok at first I was a little iffy on this foundation, not going to lie. However after using it for the month of April it’s become a favourite of mine. I love the medium to build-able coverage and when I blend this foundation in with my beauty blender my skin looks flawless and I have actually received quite a bit of compliments wearing this foundation. One of my all time favourite things about this foundation is I don’t have to set it with powder.

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Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in fair 

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You can see my dark circles from across the room because as a university student, I don’t know what sleep is. This concealer not only cover my dark circles but brighten up my under eye area by creating a nice highlight. Add some setting powder on top of the concealer and you are set for the day!

**Picture found on Google Images 

Kate Moss for Rimmel London Long Lasting Lipsticks

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I’ve mentioned the Kate Moss lipsticks before in my February favourites and while my opinion hasn’t changed, my collection has! I went from owning 1 to 5 in just a few short months! Recently I’ve been reaching for these instead of my higher end lipsticks!

April 2016 Ipsy Bag

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of April but I am so ready for summer! I’m very excited for my glam bag this month and can’t wait to try out all the products I’ve received. The theme this month is dreamers and I’m loving it so far!

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner in JET 

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Product Description:  Dramatically emphasize your eyes with Starlooks’ intensely-pigmented, mechanical kohl eye pencil! These ultra-soft liners glide across delicate lids and water-line without pulling or scratching. Try a smokey effect by blending outwards with a fluffy brush!

  • Maximum Color Saturation
  • Long-lasting
  • Ultra Creamy Formula

First Impression: I have stated time and time again that I am not an eyeliner person. I don’t wear it (mainly because I just make a mess) but even I can appreciate how beautiful this eyeliner is! I swatched it on my wrist and was amazed by the pigmentation. This is the blackest eyeliner I’ve ever seen and it’s very creamy. Another huge plus is that it’s retractable which makes it perfect for traveling because you don’t have to pack a sharpener as well.

Tarte Cosmetics Lip Insurgence Lip Creme in Wonder

Product Description: The super creamy formula is infused with their famous maracuja oil to leave lips feeling oh-so soft. And we’re beyond obsessed with the soft poppy pink shade.13106778_10206062971717654_832939449_o

P.S. It also doubles as a cheek color! Apply to the apples of cheeks and blend for a radiant flush of color.

First Impression: I have wanted to try Tarte Cosmetics for so long so I was super excited about this. I haven’t tried it on my lips yet but I swatched the colour and it is gorgeous! The formula feels creamy and it seems like the product won’t transfer much, will update you all on this! Also bonus, Tarte is cruelty free!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Gel to Oil Overnight Repair Treatment

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Product Description: This overnight treatment has seriously upgraded our hair repair game! The nutrient-rich gel melts into an oil to release a blend of Natural Oils, Vitamins and Antioxidants (AKA NOVA Complex) that strengthens, restores moisture, and repairs damage while you get your beauty sleep – literally.

First Impression: I’m a little wary on putting oil on my hair because my hair gets oily fast (like I don’t even know what second day hair is) but I’m really excited to try this product because if it repairs I’m game because my hair is damaged. This product doesn’t seem to have a scent, or if there is one it isn’t strong at all,  which is nice so for now this product is good with me.

Crown Brush C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush

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Product Description:It multitasks as much as you do! Use with your fave foundation, blush, or highlight.
First Impression: This brush is very soft and has finger grips on the handle which is a plus.  I don’t know how likely I am to use this brush for foundation but for blush I think it’ll be a great brush.

Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Face Highlighter

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Product Description: It’s totally buildable, so you can take your look from a subtle sheen to an out-of-this-world glow. Plus, the ultra-blendable formula is totally foolproof – perfect for anyone from newbies to pros!
First Impression: I am so excited to try this highlighter! I do not own any highlighters and the fact that I got one from one of my favourite brands is a huge bonus for me. What I’m most excited about is that it’s a cream and which I swatched it, it was absolutely beautiful! I’m very excited to try this!

April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag First Impression

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The bag

I love this months bag, I’ll definitely find a way to use it. It’s colourful with yellow and blue tie dye, and once I looked closely I noticed a little pink along the edges of the blue, too.

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Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Face Highlighter

I love the name of this, “that glo tho”, it’s hilarious. It’s a lovely golden bronze colour, and right now all I’ve got for highlighter is my Smashbox step-by-step contour kit so it’s nice to have something that’s more than a kit.

tarte cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Creme

I got the lip creme in the colour ”
wonder”, which seems like a bright pinkish red. I’m not sure yet how I feel about the colour, but I like it more than some others I’ve received from ipsy.

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Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522

This brush is really soft, just like every other Luxie brush I’ve ever felt. Also like every other Luxie brush I’ve ever seen, it’s very pretty.

Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Hair Mask

I’m a sucker for hair products, so I was pretty excited about this. I’m assuming it’s called Keravegan because it’s got keratin and it’s organic/vegan, which if that’s true then it should be fantastic for your hair.

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Probelle Nail Lacquer

The colour I got for this is called “In or Out” and it’s a sort of pastel yet bright purple, if that’s possible. I’m not a huge fan of the colour, and the smell is really strong for my liking, but if it’s a good quality nail polish then I’ll keep the brand in mind when making future purchases.