Thursday, 30 July 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Review

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review 

Hi lovelies! I have always loved Urban Decay's Naked Palettes. I think all of them are beautiful and unique with great shade selections and I've always been happy with the quality. They might be on the pricey side but you're getting 12 full sized UD shadows, so it's actually not bad considering.

My favorite of the Naked palettes is the Naked 3 (you can see my review here). I am all for those pink hues. The Naked 3 is a definite staple. It's quite hard for me to resist Urban Decay's Naked palettes, and today's review will be on the new Naked Smoky!

Lets get started with the review, shall we?!

I'm going to be totally honest as I always am with you guys. When I first saw this palette, although I was excited, I didn't think I was going to get it. I am already very happy with my Naked palettes and I thought that a lot of the shades that are in this, I already had throughout my makeup collection, and the palette didn't really pop out at me like others do.

But then, the palette sorta grew on me. The more I looked at it the more I started loving it, and I realized I was in fact wrong about the colors. Almost all of these colors, I actually don't have. And even if I do, it's nice to have them all in one palette, and I love Urban Decay's quality. Really the only shades that are the same or similar to some colors that I have would be the warmer shades at the beginning of the palette. But they are still unique in their own way. I also love how the palette has a lot of darker colors (something I don't have quite enough of) and that lots of them are more on the cooler-toned side. This is my first palette that was created specifically for smoky eyes.

I definitely love the packaging of this Naked palette the most of all 4 palettes. It has a really cool smoky design on the front, and it's very sturdy and strong. It has a magnetic closure (which I love) and the letters on the front are raised and are a gunmetal color. The packaging is awesome! It also came with instructions (and quite detailed I might add) for how to create some eyelooks with the shades, which is nice for newbees and the experienced alike.

The palette contains shimmers and metallics and satins and mattes. Here are the descriptions for each color (9 of the shades are never before seen colors, and 3 are exclusives from past palettes):

High - champagne shimmer with micro glitter
Dirtysweet - medium bronze
Radar - metallic taupe-brown with iridescent micro glitter
Armor - metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle
Slanted - light metallic gray
Dagger - medium charcoal with micro shimmer
Black Market - jet black satin
Smolder - deep plum taupe
Password - cool taupe matte
Whiskey - rich brown matte
Combust - soft pink taupe
Thirteen - light beige satin-matte

I really love all of these colors, and what's kinda neat is that the palette goes from sparkly/shimmery shades first, then satins in the middle, and mattes at the end. I also love the mixture of warm and cool colors together, with the warms being on both ends and the cooler ones more toward the middle. You can create so many endless looks with these colors! They are also very neutral so they are super easy to work with. You can create gorgeous warm bronzey brown looks, beautiful cool toned looks with lots of greys, really dramatic, deep colored smoky eyes, and also really light, nude looks with the lighter shades. There are just so many options. Daytime eyes, night-time eyes, everything inbetween. I am so excited over this palette.

The shade Combust makes a great transition color (as does Whiskey and Password, love all three and are excellent crease shades too). Combust is quite light though, so you need to use quite a bit even though it's pigmented. I love using Thirteen all over my lid to set my primer (actually I have been using concealer nowadays to prime my eyes and loving it) and to create a nice base for further shadows, and I also love applying it to the brow bone. Smolder is gorgeous. It's really dark so you cannot notice the purple a ton when wearing it, but it just shows thru a bit. It's a very unique color and definitely a favorite. All of the shimmery shades at the beginning make excellent lid colors and High is not only beautiful on the lid but is also a great highlight shade for the inner corners and brow bone. It's gorgeous. My absolute favorite color in the entire palette is Armor. It's a super rich taupe-silverish color with loads of sparkle (and not much fallout at all - surprising for Urban Decay's sparkly shades). It's just so beautiful and rich and unique. LOVE it!

The formula of these shadows seems slightly different than the other palettes. And not in a bad way, just different. Maybe even good. They are very smooth, don't have barely any fallout at all, and they blend perfectly. The mattes are actually like butter and I'm really impressed.


These shadows don't crease on me at all and they last all day and look great. That is to be expected, because the other Naked palettes are like this on me too. The colors are paraben free as well.


The double ended brush that comes with the palette is surprisingly really nice quality. I like this one a lot and quite a bit more than the other Naked brushes. One end is a smudger brush and the other a tapered crease brush. It's versatile and also has really soft bristles. 


 High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger

  Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

Cool and Warm toned looks I created from the palette:

I used Combust for the transition shade and in the crease, Password in the crease and outer corner, some of Dagger in the outer corner and a little through the crease, Armor all over the lid, High in the inner corner and innermost part of lid and inner bottom lashline, Black Market to line the lower lashine as well as some of Slanted blended beneath it.

I used Combust for the transition shade and in the crease, Whiskey through the crease with a blending brush and also more concentrated with a smaller blending brush too, a little Radar in the mid-to-outer corner of the eye, Dirtysweet all over the lid, High in the inner corner, Black Market to line the lower lashline with some of Radar blended beneath, and a little more of Dirtysweet in the inner lower lashline.

I just love this palette and have really been enjoying creating looks with it. It's not one that I would grab for everyday, because I don't always want a smoky eye and don't always want these colors on a daily basis, but I have definitely been using this regularly and I'm really happy to have it in my collection. I also find myself snatching it up to get some of the shades to add to looks that I have created from other shadows and palettes. I love having the darker colors too as I mentioned, because I find I can never have enough dark shades for deepening looks or defining the outer corner/crease, at least not quite like these. And the shimmery ones, ohhhh, just so beautiful!! I love this palette.

I totally recommend this, especially if you love smoky eyes and neutral colors.

You can get this palette directly from the Urban Decay website and also in-store and online at Sephora.

Ingredients: Armor: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyurethane-33, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Dirtysweet: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Silica, Stearic Acid. High: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Radar: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Smolder: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Black Market, Dagger: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Slanted: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Combust: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. Password, Thirteen, Whiskey: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.   

Have you gotten the Naked Smoky Palette yet? If not, do you think you will? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Comment below!

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Get The Look - Taylor Swift

Get The Look: Taylor Swift 

Hey guys! Taylor Swift seems to be everywhere these days, and I can't turn on my radio without hearing one of her latest songs. Right now Taylor is the most successful and famous that she has ever been. And I admit, I think she's a pretty awesome artist and I love a lot of her songs. She is also well known for being super sweet to her fans, helping them out and sending kind, personalized gifts.

Taylor is also known for her winged liner and red lip. I am with her on the liner part, because I can't go without my winged liner. Her makeup is always on point. This picture of Taylor was taken at the Academy of Country Music Awards last year. I thought it would be a great look for a Get The Look post! I love her eyes and lips and think this is super easy to achieve! I am listing both drugstore and high-end products.

So read on to learn how you can get this look!

1. Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation

Taylor always has a flawless, matte complexion, and she does for this look as well. Maybelline's Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation is the perfect foundation for a matte finish. It has medium to full coverage (buildable), lets your skin breathe, and gets rid of shine. I am totally in love with this foundation. There are 16 natural shades. For the most natural and flawless finish, use a beauty blender sponge to blend the foundation in

2. Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama

Taylor has very natural looking brows for this look. It doesn't appear that she filled them in with pencil or powder. To get natural but fuller looking brows like hers, just comb through some of Maybelline's Brow Drama Eyebrow Mascara. This stuff can be used on its own or to set brows that are already filled in. A few swipes of this will add a little color and shape to your brows. It comes in 3 shades.

3. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Iceburg Blue

Taylor has a light icy blue eyeshadow all over her lids. Make Up Forever's Artist Shadow in the shade Iceburg Blue is the perfect light shimmery blue. It's gorgeous. With an eyeshadow brush, apply this all over the lid, mostly using a patting motion, to avoid fallout. You can also apply some of this with your finger, to get more color punch.

4. Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Nautica

You guys know how much I love Makeup Geek shadows. Taylor's eyes are rimmed all around with a richer, darker blue. So next, with a wettened eyeliner brush, apply Makeup Geek's eyeshadow in the shade Nautica, all over the bottom and top lashlines. Apply plenty and then blend out with a small blending brush or pencil brush. Make sure it is applied like an eyeliner on both top and bottom, blending out the liner in a wing shape at the corners on the top. The wet brush (or sprayed brush with a makeup setting spray) will make the color darker and more intense and easier to create the wing shape with. When you are done making a wing and lining and blending the shadow on both lashlines, then take this same color on a dry soft blending brush, and apply a little in the outer corners of each eye and blend. It will be lighter and more blown out and won't affect your wing. Plus it's supposed to look smoky. 

5. Sigma Standout Eyes Gel Liner in Wicked

Winged liner time! A great option is Sigma's Gel Liner in the shade Wicked. It's the blackest of the black, and applies very smoothly. With an eyeliner brush, apply a thin to medium line on the upper lashline, right over the blue smoked line, without covering all the blue (leaving some blue above the black line) and then make your wing at the outer corners. The blue will still be part of the wing, the black just helps to add more definition.

6. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara will give long, full lashes like Taylor's in this look. This mascara is super lengthening and volumizing and it's very black. Apply several coats to your top lashes, and a couple as well to the bottom. 

7. Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Color Blush in Madeira

Taylor is wearing just a little hint of a nude, muted blush. This beautiful Rimmel blush in the shade Madeira is perfect. Just dust this lightly over the apples of your cheeks with a large blush brush or powder brush.

8. Clinique Pop Lip Color & Primer in Poppy Pop

Taylor has a rich, vibrant orange-red lip for this look. The perfect lipstick to get that dark orange-red lip would be Clinique's Pop Lip Color in the shade Poppy Pop. These lipsticks are new. They are very bold and also include a built-in primer. This shade is gorgeous and goes great with the blue shadows.

So that's everything for this makeup look. I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Get The Look! Have an awesome, beautiful day my friends!

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Review

Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Review 

Hi everyone! You may remember my Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Review earlier this year. I raved about those lipsticks because they are the best I have ever used and I love the fact that they are natural and made with food grade ingredients (good enough to eat!).

Well, I also got my hands on Bite Beauty's Lush Fruit Lip Glosses, also made with natural food grade ingredients.

Lets get started with the review!

I really like having lip glosses on hand because I often use them over my lipsticks to add some shine, and also to slightly change up the color of my lipstick. I also sometimes wear a gloss alone, but usually for a more low-key natural look.

The Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Glosses come in 10 glorious shades and I wish I could have them all! They are very pigmented for a gloss and the shades range from natural to beautifully bright. 

The two shades that I picked up are Rambutan (described as a Peachy Nude) and Peach (described as a Baby Pink).

I just adore both of these shades. Rambutan is your perfect nude. Just so gorgeous and rich and provides just the right amount of peachy-nudeness. I don't know why Peach is called Peach, because it's not a peach shade at all. It's as described - a baby pink. It's this perfect delicate ballet pink. Both colors are super saturated and pigmented.

The glosses come in really nice glass packaging with a soft touch plastic top (the same soft touch feel as the lipstick tubes). The wands are an awesome shape, slightly slanted and flat. They apply the product perfectly and you can easily control how much you put on.

The glosses contain healthy ingredients, like real mango and strawberry. There are seven nourishing fruit oils:


How is awesome is that?! The fruit oils help to fight free radicals and improve the condition of your lips.



These glosses are not very sticky and they have a nice natural scent to them which comes from the natural fruit oils. I love it!

They last on me longer than any other gloss has. I just love to wear these on top of my Bite Beauty lipsticks. Rambutan is a very good match with Restina. But I also wear Peach over Retsina too. Peach is also great to use over a lip color that is really nude, because it will give just a nice hint of pink to liven it up a little (that's if you want a little hint of pink). They are both gorgeous and I love both colors so much that I don't even have a favorite. These are staples that I use every time I put my lipstick on. Since they are so saturated and rich, you don't need a lot of product. I can see these lasting me a really long time.

I also can't forget to mention that these contain Resveratrol just like the lipsticks do.

Swatches: Rambutan and Peach

I tried swatching these in a slightly dimmer lighting and a more bright lighting. See just how opaque these are for a gloss? I am so impressed! They are so pigmented! I just love these gorgeous shades.

I have never used such beautiful long lasting lip glosses in my life. These are my ride or die, number ones, staples. If you are looking for a richly pigmented lip gloss, I highly recommend these! They are also great for those ladies who are on the ingredient-conscious side (like myself) since they are natural. Who doesn't like the sound of fruits in a gloss? I know I do! These have incredible quality and I just all around adore this brand. Bite Beauty makes THE best lip products out there, in my opinion. Two huge thumbs up!

You can get these glosses HEREand  HERE

Ingredients: Polypropanediol Dimer Dilinoleate (Vegetable Source), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (And) Hydrogenated Castor Oil (And) Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (And) Beeswax, Pentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate, Polyamide-8, Organic Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Ricnus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (And) Glyceryl Rosinate (And) Glyceryl Oleate (And) Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables. 

Have you tried any Bite Beauty products yet? What are your thoughts and what are your favorites? I would love to hear from you! Comment below!

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