Urban Decay Naked Palettes

I have a whole range of high street and high end makeup products in my collection, and while most of the time I try to find more affordable alternatives, some higher end products are just worth the investment.

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Some of my favourite eye shadow palettes are from the brand Urban Decay. You may have heard of their famous ‘Naked’ palettes, and if you are looking for a worthwhile and versatile palette they are worth considering. Urban Decay has now released three Naked eye shadow palettes, each centred around a tonal theme while still staying neutral. Each of the palettes contains a combination of 12 matte and shimmer eye shadows that are suitable for everyday use, as well as for more special occasions. They also come with an eye shadow brush and either eye shadow primer (Naked 1 and 3) or lip gloss (Naked 2).

The original naked palette contains warm toned shadows including highlight colours, a variety of shimmery lid shades, matte crease colours and a deep black. One of my favourite shades from this palette is Toasted, a warm pink toned brown. The Naked 2 palette contains cool tone shadows, again with a wide choice of shadows to suit any occasion but more on the taupe end of the spectrum. A fond favourite from this palette is the shadow Pistol, which is a light gunmetal silver shade. The third palette is more focused around rose toned shadows including pink, rose gold and maroon shades. Nooner is a great mauve, matte crease colour in this palette.

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Each palette is of excellent quality and is highly pigmented. You can create a number of looks from just the one palette, which means you don’t need any additional eye shadows. I personally love all three of these palettes, so when making the choice of which one to buy it is all down to personal preference as they are all as good as each other. While I don’t usually opt for a smoky eye on a day-to-day basis, the imminent arrival of Naked Smoky means I may have to purchase in order to complete my Naked collection!

As always, I would recommend using an eye shadow primer with these shadows. The high street offer a great range of affordable options including Essence I love stage primer, Maybelline colour tattoos and E.L.F eye shadow primer. The Naked palettes retail for £38, but Debenhams often do 10% off beauty sales, which is often when I do my high end makeup shopping as you can get a bit of a discount.

A cheaper alternative to the Urban Decay Naked palettes come from the super affordable brand MUA. They have dupes for each of the first two palettes – Undressed (Naked 1) and Undress me too (Naked 2). MUA have really good quality eye shadows at affordable prices. So if you aren’t ready to take the plunge and invest big bucks then check out the MUA palettes for only £4 a piece!

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Urban Decay Summer Collection 2015

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Urban decay has come out with a whole range of new products for summer 2015. The brand previously had a limited number blushes available. However their new collection brings us a range of 12 brand new matte and shimmer Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes (£19.00).

The luxury packaging is gunmetal with a cut out on the lid so you get a peek of the shade inside. They have a finely-milled formula which means they apply smoothly and blend out well. They have great pigmentation and a shade range with something to suit everyone. I have the shades Video (a neutral nude brown) and Fetish (a pink-nude). I definitely want to give Crush and Rapture a try though.

Urban Decay has also released their Revolution High-Colour Lipglosses (£15.00). This collection contains 14 highly pigmented lipgloss shades. They apply super buttery and smooth, last a long time on the lips, while not being sticky or tacky. They are available in crème and sparkle formulas. I currently own the shade Liar, which is an everyday medium nude in a crème formula, but I do have my eye on Punch Drunk and Scandal.

In addition to the blushes and lipglosses, Urban Decay has added to their already extensive eye shadow collection. They have released eight new eye shadow shades (£14.00) which contain six duo chrome shades and two mattes. They are incredibly pigmented (as expected with Urban Decay!) and apply smoothly to the lid. I love that they have released more duo chrome shades, as I really felt there was a gap in the market for duo chrome. I have the shade Sideline which is a rich yellow gold with an olive green shift, but I definitely want to try more of the duo chrome shades!

Have you tried any of Urban Decay’s new products?

I’m looking forward to the upcoming release of their Matte Revolution Lipsticks!

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FOTD: Vintage Marsala

Face of the day: Warm brown and peach eyes with a marsala lip

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Face

Revlon photoready foundation in nude

Maybelline better skin concealer

Collection blusher in Blushalicious

Seventeen Wow highlighter

Eyes

Lime crime eyeshadow helper

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette

Urban decay Shadow box

Essence liquid liner

Max Factor clump defy mascara

Anastasia brow pomade in medium brown

Lips

Rimmel Provocalips in Make your move

FOTD: Shopping

Face of the Day:

Taupe and purple eyes with a warm coral cheek and nude lips

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Face:
Maybelline Superstay foundation in Nude
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in medium
Milani blush in Rose D’oro

Eyes:
Anastasia Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
Mac Soft Ochre Paintpot
Urban Decay Shadow Box palette (Sin, Mushroom, Flash, Tornado)
Bourjois Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner in Black
L’oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Lips:
Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Liar

The 20-day Palette Challenge!

I have far, far, far too many eyeshadow palettes, and next to my lipstick collection, it is the most overpopulated category of my makeup stash. So this month I have set myself the challenge of using a different eyeshadow palette, for everyday that I wear makeup, for 20 days! The main reason for doing this is that I have so many beautiful palettes, but they are often neglected as I end up reusing a small selection of palettes over and over again. I will be updating the list of palettes I have been using several times a week. If anyone wants any in-depth reviews on any of the palettes I have mentioned, just drop me a line!

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1. Urban Decay – Naked 3 (Strange, Nooner, Buzz, Factory)

2. Too Faced – A Few of My Favourite Things (Cream Coloured Ponies, Milk Chocolate, Taffy, Woolen Mittens)

3. Wet n Wild – Comfort Zone (All shades)

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4. Stila – In The Garden (Nectar, Breeze, Freesia)

5. Too Faced – Joy to the Girls (Snow Angel, Cookie Dough, Joy, Mulberry)

6. Mac – Warm Neutrals (Brule, Amber lights, Saddle)

7. The Balm – Nude Tude (Sassy, Sultry, Seductive, Sexy)

8. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Maya Mia (Vanilla, Warm Taupe, Caramel, Glisten)

9. Too Faced – Romantic eye (Soulmates, Bouquet toss, I do, Cut the cake, First dance)

10. Kat Von D – Chrysalis (Lifelike, Glasswing, Transition, Mezzanine)

11. Urban Decay – Naked (Naked, Buck, Toasted, Sin, Hustle)

12. Too Faced – Matte eye (Velveteen Bunny, Chinchilla, Coffee Bean)

13. Urban Decay – Vice 3 (Truth, Alien, Alchemy, Bondage)

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14. Urban Decay – Deluxe Shadow Box (Shag, Scratch, Underground)

15. Urban Decay – Naked 2 (Bootycall, Tease, YDK, Busted)

16. Cargo – Vintage Escape Fall (Autumn, Withered Leaves, Hot Cocoa)

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17. BH Cosmetics – Galaxy Chic (Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars)

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18. Stila – In the light (Bare, Kitten, Bubbly, Bliss, Sunset)

19. Kat Von D – Monarch (Entomology, Telepathy, Vanish, Wrath, Papillio)

20. Too Faced – Chocolate Bar (White chocolate, Salted caramel, Marzipan, Hazelnut, Champagne truffle)

20-day palette challenge completed!

This was really beneficial to me, as it made me make use of all of my palettes and not rely on just a few select palettes for a quick and easy look. I used only the colours in the palette that I used on each individual day (no additional crease/highlight colours). This definitely made me realise which palettes were the most versatile. Versatility is great with eyeshadow palettes as it means you can create a number of looks that require no additional products, hence making them pocket and travel friendly!

Although I love the majority of these palettes, my top five palettes from this experience have been:

1. BH Cosmetics – Galaxy Chic
2. Too Faced – A Few of My Favourite Things
3. Kat Von D – Monarch
4. Urban Decay – Vice 3
5. Cargo – Vintage Escape Fall

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My Drugstore Makeup Picks: Eyes

I’m back with the next instalment of my series on my favourite drugstore makeup picks, and this time were looking at eyes! So, here is my list of my all time favourite affordable eye products…

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Maybelline Colour Tattoos
These provide a great base for all eyeshadow looks and look great on their own for a wash of colour. If you have seen my previous in depth post on Mac paint pots, you will know that these are highly comparable at just a fraction of the price! They come in a whole range of colours in both matte and shimmer finishes and are priced at around £4.99.

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MUA Eyeshadows
MUA shadows are just amazing! They have a massive range of single shadow shades, in traditional and more unique colours, to give a variety of eyeshadow looks. I also use shade 19 (a dark matte brown) to fill in my eyebrows. Their eyeshadow palettes are also of great quality, they are highly pigmented and they have some really good dupes of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Single eyeshadows are priced at only £1 and palettes are around £4.

L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadows
Highly pigmented, long lasting shadows that always give off a really vibrant finish. Recently I have noticed that these are making less and less of an appearance in the drugstore and I fear they may have been discontinued in the UK (shock, horror!) But they are available on Amazon, and I highly recommend picking them up if you ever see them around!wpid-wp-1422394060284.jpeg

Bourjois Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner
As a big fan of winged liner, I have tried numerous liquid eyeliners over the years and I always come back to this one. Nothing compares. It is long lasting, doesn’t smudge and the brush is so easy to use. It allows you to create a thick or thin line, which is really pigmented and doesn’t required extra layers to build intensity. This is one product I could not live without!

Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara
Now, mascara is all down to personal preference, but for me I always like a mascara that defines my lashes, adds length and the appearance of more lashes without clumping. This is my mascara of the moment. I always have around half a dozen mascaras on the go at a time as I can’t resist testing out new products! But this is something I will definitely be repurchasing.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil Eyeliner
For a long lasting pencil that’s great on the lashline as well as the waterline, you can’t get better than this at the drugstore. It’s a good dupe for the well renowned Urban Decay eyeliners, and has a variety of great shades. This includes a nude pencil which is excellent for use in the waterline to brighten the eyes.

Maybelline Brow Drama Mascara
I use this to set my brows after applying a shadow or cream product when I fill them in. However, if you are lucky enough to have naturally well defined brows this is great for adding a hint of colour and keeping your brows neat and tidy. Big brows are back – embrace them!

Hope you you found this helpful, next time I will be talking about my very favourite lip products (and I will warn you, I am a total lipstick junkie!)

Lyndsey

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FOTD: Wedding Guest

Face of the day

Face – Maybelline Baby Skin, Max Factor 3 in 1 foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, Sleek pressed powder, NYX taupe blush, Mac Warm Soul blush, Mac Soft and Gentle highlighter

Eyes – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Mac Quite Natural paint pot, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Bourjois Pinceau liquid eyeliner, Rimmel Wonderfull mascara, Rimmel Scandal eyes in Nude

Brows – Mac Fluidline in Dipdown, Mac Charcoal Brown, Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark

Lips – No.7 Lipliner in Nude, Urban Decay lipstick in Native

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