Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spring Shopping List

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Here are some things I promised myself this spring.




L'oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

- Glowing luminous skin is a trend for spring 2013 but I say it never goes out of style. I've heard great things about this foundation AND I'm apparently still not put off by this "Magic Lumi" line even though 2 out of 3 of the products I've tried from it have been complete disappointments.
I am either the most optimistic person in the world or I just never learn my lesson. Wish me Luck!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow

- Where I live Spring is basically mild Summer, and Summer means swimming and other water related activities. It would honestly be irresponsible of me not to start buying waterproof products! And it would be lovely to have perfect eyebrows even at places like the beach where makeup is a no no.
I know this product wont disappoint! The only thing I'm concerned about is the sad, three color, shade range.

MAC Impassioned Lipstick

- No wishlist of mine would be complete without a lipstick. I do love a good bright for spring and summer, I dont care if it's trendy or not. I've had my eye on this one for a while. An extremely bright yellowy pink that leans almost corally.
 It's not what I usually go for so it seems like the perfect addition to my MAC lipstick collection. Also I love MAC 'Amplified' finishes.




Yup only three, sad I know. But after receiving a huge amount of makeup for Christmas I cant justify too many purchases with all this new makeup lying around... #FirstWorldProblems.

Tell me whats on your spring shopping lists. 


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: Do You Need It?

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Who would have guessed there would be a third addition to the 'Naked' Family back when the second palette launched and shared the success of the first?? (Everyone)! Alright, I complained about the lack of matte shades in the original palettes too but I will admit that this "Basics" thing didn't really excite me much. Firstly this palette looks a little under-whelming and secondly, I can't help but think it's a little unnecessary if you have the first two. So, Do you need it???


The Basics 



 
The Naked Basics Palette contains six full sized eyeshadows, five mattes and one shimmer. There isnt much to say about it, the shades are as natural as it gets - white, beige, brown, and black. They all are smooth and pigmented, great quality (Like most Urban Decay shadows). 
The packaging is great too. Its similar Naked 2 palette, sturdy and snaps shit with a full sized mirror inside, but it's a little different. Its rubberized,  feels very similar to Nars Packaging but it doesn't get as dirty. Although I dont have any major problems with the packaging of any of the Naked Palettes, this one is my favorite.


The Lightest shades:

Venus - The only shimmer in the palette, a frosted white color, this is a really great highlight shade especially
              for light skin because it really shows up well.

Foxy - The only duplicate in the palette, featured in the Naked 2 Palette, this is a yellow toned beige. Seems
             slightly more pigmented but still doesn't show up well on light skin.

Walk Of Shame (W.O.S) - This is the pink toned counterpart to Foxy. Like Foxy, it doesn't always show
             up well because it is so light.


The Dark Shades:

Naked 2 - Just have to say why couldn't this have been in the Naked 2 Palette instead of that 'Half   
                 Baked' Duplicate!! Love this shade! Very light cool (almost grey) toned brown, shows up better
                 in real life.

Faint - There is nothing special about this shade. Just a basic neutral medium brown but obviously a very
            useful shade to have.

Crave - Another really nice velvety, matte, pigmented black shade. This might be the best one yet!


How does It Compare?







Virgin (Naked 1) is my favorite white highlight shade because it actually shows up on my light skin and Venus (Basics) is extremely similar to it but its actually a little whiter. I use a highlight shade no matter what I am wearing so, in my opinion, it's nice to have both of these.

Need it! 



I found that W.O.S (Basics) actually looks like a matte version of Bootycall (Naked 2). All three of these shades have a peachy undertone, which is my personal favorite, so I am pleased to have a matte version.

Need it! 


Unfortunately, Foxy is featured in both Naked 2 and Naked Basics. Boo!

Dont Need It!



As I already stated I always wanted another matte brown, Naked 2 - type shade. Naked 2 (Basics) is very similar to Naked (Naked 1) it just has a cooler undertone.

Need it! 


Faint (Basics) is actually the most unique shade, it stands apart from any other shade in the palettes.

Definitely Need it!


This is the swatch that surprised me the most, Crave(Basics) is actually the more pigmented than Blackout (Naked 2)! Its definitely a 'must have' for those who use black eye shadow, blacks this pigmented are hard to come by!

Definitely Need it! 


Conclusion

Alright, you really have to decide for yourself on this one.
 I can justify owning this just based on the cool vs warm toned or shimmer vs matte arguments, But not everyone can. 
Overall, I think this palette is just a compliment to the first two, there isn't a whole lot you can do with it on it's own. It's not as versatile as the first two, so how much use you will get out of it is entirely dependent on your personal makeup style. I think any makeup addict can justify buying this, However If you do not own the first two, I would definitely recommend putting the money towards those first!  








Friday, January 4, 2013

NOTD: Deborah Lippmann Today was a Fairytale

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Happy 2013!! I didnt get much blogging done last month I was busy surviving the end of the world and doing lots of Christmas related activities. But I made sure to ring in the New Year right with these festive nails! 



2 coats Deborah Lippmann's Today was a Fairytale, over sheer base color.

These nails are ment to showcase Deborah Lippmann's beautiful 'Today was a Fairytale' polish but I added a basecoat because it's quite sheer. Underneath is a very thin layer of a metallic light blue polish called 'Rich in Spirit' by Nicole by OPI. The base coat did not make the nails completely opaque but complemented the glitter polish nicely. 



Today was a Fairytale is a sheer but build-able glitter polish. It has a sheer light blue base with lots of small round silver glitter and tons of large silver hexagon shaped glitter. 
I love this, like all Deborah Lippmann glitter nail polishes I've tried. Im mainly attracted to them because they look so pretty in the bottle. I find this brand makes the most chic glitter polishes, they always come in stunning colors and never look childish. Not to mention, they are never gritty and always long lasting, I applied this on New Years Eve and still wearing it today (a miracle, really) with minimal chipping.