Urban Decay Naked Palette*

Urban Decay Naked Palette

I feel like Urban Decay’s original NAKED Palette needs no introduction. It’s the palette that launched a thousand copies, and I feel like it’s also behind a whole tonne of people discovering the awesomeness which is the Urban Decay brand.

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The palette feels pleasingly chunky to hold, although whoever thought that a felt covering was a good idea was nuts! It attracts dust like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Along with 12 stunning eye shadows, the palette includes a double ended brush as well as sachets of a few different eye primers.

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The palette’s colours range from a cool grey toned neutral (Virgin) through to a sparkly black (Creep). The shadows are all quite warm in tone, and are perfect for everything from providing a little definition, right the way through to a dramatic smoky eye.

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On a daily basis, I’ve been focusing on the left hand side of the palette. I smooth the shade Naked (a matte medium toned beige) over the whole of my eyelid, blending a little of Buck (a darkened beige-brown) in my crease. I then add a touch of Sin (Champagne shimmer) to the inner corners of my eyes, then add a little definition to my lash line using Dark Horse (a dark chocolatey brown).

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I really love how balance the palette feels – the mix of matte and shimmery shadows feels perfect! I love how you can really alter your look depending on the shadows you choose, and no matter how subtle or dramatic the look you want you’re sorted!

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The formulation of the shadows is really dreamy – they all feel almost creamy to use, and the colour pay off is pretty much unbeatable. Even the shimmer shadows are really pigmented, and there is almost no fall out. The shimmer and sparkles also last for hours!

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The double ended brush is a nice inclusion in the palette. The bristles are synthetic, and although not what I would use everyday, it’s really nice to keep in the palette to use in a pinch!

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One end of the brush is nice sized dome, which picks up a good amount of shadow, and allows for easy blending. The other side is a narrower brush, which is great for adding a bit of definition around the lash line. Since it’s not too pointy, it gives a subtle line of colour.

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Honestly, I can’t believe it’s taken me quite this long to get round to using the original NAKED palette! I’ve used my NAKED 2 an absolute tonne, so I’m really happy to add this palette into rotation! The warm toned shadows make me feel polished without using a tonne of effort, and the adaptability of the original NAKED is just awesome!

Urban Decay’s NAKED Palette costs £38.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation*

Urban Decay Naked Powder Foundation

I’m absolutely loving Urban Decay’s expansion of their Naked Collection. I’m not sure that I’ve some across anyone that doesn’t absolutely adore their eyeshadow palettes, whilst the lip glosses have been in constant rotation in my handbag.

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Urban Decay’s newest foundation offering is their Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation, and even though it’s quite the name, the formulation is incredible!

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I know that powder foundations can sometimes feel a little daunting to use, but this one just leaves skin looking perfectly even rather than cakey or powdery.

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The foundation comes packaged in a fabulously glamorous bronze compact, complete with purple carry case, and it looks as pretty on my dressing table as it does slipped into my bag when I need it for touchups!

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The inside is incredibly well thought out too, with a large mirror and double sided applicator sponge. One side of the sponge is smooth, whilst the other other feels ‘fluffier’ meaning it’s incredibly easy to control the amount of coverage you need and use.

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Urban Decay’s Naked Ultra Definition Powder Foundation comes in a range of 14 shades which span from the palest porcelain to super deep, so if your skin tone is hard to match, you should definitely try the range out! I’m obsessed with how smooth and flawless the foundation makes my skin look. Rather than looking too made up, a quick swipe of a damp sponge with the foundation gives the perfect amount of natural looking coverage. All my redness completely disappears, and I can even skip my under eye concealer! I’m also in love with how long-wearing the foundation is too – I apply it after moisturising in the morning, and it’s still fresh-looking well into the afternoon.

Urban Decay’s Naked Ultra Definition Powder Foundation costs £26.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Urban Decay Naked Concealer*

Urban Decay Naked Conceal

Over the past couple of months I’ve really been getting into the no-makeup look. I think it looks super chic, and it’s perfect for Spring (which is hopefully on the way)! The most important part of looking super-natural is finding a perfect base, and that’s where Urban Decay’s Naked Concealer comes in.

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For a natural dewy look, I like to apply a little of the Naked Concealer while my moisturiser is still sinking in. I swipe the concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and on my chin. I then use my finger to blend the formula. I’m obsessed with Naked’s formula – it’s a full coverage concealer, yet it feels silky soft to apply. Even if you need a little more coverage, the concealer is incredibly easy to build – even if you apply layers and layers of the stuff it doesn’t cake! If I have a blemish I need to conceal, I just dot a little of the formula, leave it for a second, then blend it in using my finger. To finish my natural look, I reach for my Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette which you can read about here.

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The wear time of the concealer is actually amazing – I easily get 8-10 hours of wear without the need to touch up. It stays looking fresh all day, and thankfully it doesn’t oxidise or fade away either. The doe foot applicator makes applying it an absolute breeze, and it’s super easy to control the amount of concealer I’m using, as well as get into awkward spots.

Urban Decay’s Naked Concealer is priced at £17.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette – Native*

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Native

I’m not sure quite how I missed Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palettes, but when I saw Native, I knew I just had to try it!

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Available in a selection of 4 colour-ways, and containing a bronzer, highlighter and blush, I can’t imagine a skin tone which wouldn’t suit one of the options, and I just love how sleek and convenient they are! The compacts are packaged in a brushed rose gold case, with a huge mirror on the inside which is just perfect for on the go touchups.

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Native is described as having a medium bronze bronzer, pale pink shimmer highlighter and bright pink blush. It’s absolutely perfect for this time of year – it means you don’t have to lug multiple products around with you while you’re out and about, and it also fits perfectly into my evening bags!

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Native is a perfect choice for an easy, natural look. After applying a light base of tinted moisturiser, I swirl a little of the bronzer over the apples of my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin then apply a little of the blush and highlighter to my cheekbones. The palette is quite cool in tone, and the formulas of all three powders are super soft, with a great colour payoff.

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To keep the colours clean and separate, I use my MAC 167SE brush for the bronzer as it’s a little smaller than my regular bronzer brush, and my usual blush brush works perfectly. The powder applies incredibly smoothly and evenly, and it gives a lovely, slightly dewy finish. I’m obsessed with the beautiful pink blush – it really brightens my face in this icky weather. The highlighter is a complete dream too – the shell pink just melts into skin, leaving a natural looking glow. It’s not glittery or sparkly, rather just a subtle sheen which is so pretty both on the cheekbones and the brow bone.

Naked Flushed costs £22.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Debenhams Spring/Summer 14 Press Show Continued …

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So, continuing on from yesterday’s post, I thought I would share all the goodies which were part of the Debenhams Spring Summer Press Show. After oohing and aahhing over all the lovely things downstairs (as well as making a mental shopping list) I headed upstairs, where all the gorgeous new beauty goodies were displayed.

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I have to say, the number of brands which were exhibited was great – it was a good mix of old faithfuls and newbie brands, and it was lovely to see all the new colors and products. One of my favourite stands was Cargo Cosmetics.

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I’m pretty obsessed with their Jet Lag concealer (see here), so I couldn’t wait to have a nosey around their new stuff. It’s probably not surprising that I’m heavily lusting after the pink and nude glosses.

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The ‘Suited to a Tea’ palette was also adorable – the names all had tea connotations, and the colours were beautiful – the fact the shades could be used on eyes and cheeks is a major plus!

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Another palette that caught my eye was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar. I’m a brown shadow aficionado, so this was right up my street! There was a great mix of warm and cool toned shades, and they even had a slight chocolate-y scent.

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These Sweetheart blushes (again, by Too Faced) were swoon worthy. I love the Laduree-esque packaging, and I don’t think these would look out of place on Marie Antoinette’s dressing table. The powders gave a beautifully sheer wash of pink shimmer, and are perfect for wearing with a little tan.

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It was at this point that the nail polishes caught my eye – particularly this quad of perfect pastels from Nails Inc. The pink and blue are just dreamy, and I love the grey for a little unexpected mani!

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If you’re still feeling the nail art trend, Nails Inc have also made it ridiculously easy with their 2 in 1 polishes. One end has a gorgeous colour, whilst the other has a fun topcoat. I love the way you can decide how crazy you want your nails to be (plus those topcoats are perfect for hiding chips!)

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I spent quite a while at the Clarins section – the brand are finally coming out with a Chubby Stick contender – as usual, the nudes and pinks caught my eye, but those bright corals are a beach staple!

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The collection is inspired by Brazil, and look at those colours! I’m obsessed with that blue eyeliner – can you imagine that with a tan?!

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The bronzer is something special too! It’s completely matte, apart from that teeny apricot diamond at the top. I can’t wait to get my hands on this for a believable glow.

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Urban Decay’s Electric Light Palette was something special too! Those colors are actually insane in person – they’re neon, and I think that this would really be incredible in the right hands – probably not one I would actually buy, but definitely one of my favorites!

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As well as these familiar brands, Tromborg was right in the centre of the room. It’s a Scandinavian beauty brand, and I’m pretty sure it’s exclusive to Debenhams. I think the packaging is so chic and minimalist, and the colours were divine – just look at those blushes! I can’t see the brand on the Debenhams website yet, but it shouldn’t be too soon. This is definitely a brand I want to learn more about!

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I was also super happy to see Ole Henriksen, as it’s one of those brands I stock up whenever I hit a Sephora. I’ve been using the brightening wipes (pictured) and they’re pretty great. They smell of orange sherbet, and they leave skin cleansed and toned, but not stripped or dry.

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Right in the corner was also this display of fun little cosmetic bags – so perfect for stashing all the goodies I’d obsessed over all evening!

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