Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Shhhh… can you hear that? It’s the sound of the halo of light that the Naked 3 palette is emitting… for the launch of Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette is something that a lot of people (me included) are very excited about.

They kicked off the Naked range with the origal Naked palette (check out my review here) – a velvet cased twelvesome of gorgeous warm toned neutral bronzey shades. Soon followed Naked 2 – a metal cased palette along the same kind of lines, but cool toned neutrals. Since then there have been an array of others added into the Naked line… Naked Basics (check out my review here), Naked Flushed (review here) and a variety of Naked skin products such as foundations.

The latest addition to the family is Naked 3 – jam packed with warm toned pink to brown hues, with a rippled metallic rose gold case. One of the founders of Urban Decay saw a beautiful sunset one night, which led her onto the decision to create a palette of these colours (God bless that sunset).

Inside the mirrored case you will find 12 shadows ranging in finishes, and a double ended synthetic eyeshadow brush. One end is for packing on colour or using for liner, and the other is great for blending or for using on the lid for a soft wash of colour into the crease. When you purchase Naked3 you also get a Primer Potion sampler which has about a weeks worth of original, Sin, Eden and the new anti-ageing formulas.

This is the first time they have released 12 shades entirely for this palette – there are no repeats from other palettes – all fresh and new and gorgeous.

The story beings at Strange – a very pale pink in a satin-matte finish – this colour would be good for a delicate daytime look, to use as a base to creating others, or to add to the inner corners of your eyes. Dust is a pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter. Burnout is a beautiful pink with a hint of frost, and Limit is a stunning matte muted rose shade.

Buzz is a beautiful cranberry/rosey colour with iridescent microglitter, Trick another metallic pinky copper shade, with a hint of a sparkle. Nooner is a gorgeous purpley matte brown, and Liar a metallic milk chocolate brown shimmer.

Then we reach the darker shades. Great for adding in a bit of definition, or for a full on smokey-eye.  Factory is a pinky-brown satin shade, Mugshot a pinky-taupe shimmer, Darkside a deep purpley brown satin, and Blackheart a gorgeous matt black with pink micro-sparkle.

I quickly threw together four looks using the palette.

As the inspiration behind the palette was a sunset, that’s where I was trying to go with this. I used Burnout all over the lid, then added Liar in the crease, then blended it out with Trick. I then added some Buzz to the middle of my lid. I used Urban Decay’s Perversion liner on a smudger brush along the lashline.

For this look I added Blackheart all over my lid and underneath my lower lash line, then blended the edges using Nooner. I used MAC Prunella on my waterline.

I used Dust all over my eyelid then added Darkside into the crease of my eye and under my lower lash line. I added L’Oreal Superliner to my upper lid, and Urban Decay Perversion to my waterline.

I used Liar all over my lid, then Mugshot in the outer corner. I used Factory under my lower lash line, and added Urban Decay Perversion to my tightline and waterline.

The big question is…. when!? When does this go on sale? Well I’ve been told “mid December” and will retail for £37…. I’ve spotted them on lookfantastic.com for pre-order for delivery by 21st December.

*UPDATE!* The official launch date in the UK is 16th December, but if you go to House of Fraser on Oxford Street from 12th-19th December you can preview and purchase there, plus have a makeover by an Urban Decay makeup artist.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed

Urban Decay really are taking their NAKED range to all areas – now they have released NAKED Flushed, a gorgeous, multipurpose face palette.

In the mirrored compact, which is about the size of an iPhone, there is a bronzer, highlighter and blush. 

 

The three products can be used separately – the bronzer is matt which can be used for bronzing or contouring, the highlight is perfect for the cheekbones, under the brows, inner eyes or along the nose, and the blush is a satin finish deep rose colour. I think it’s great that all the products are quite large, and spaced out from one another making it simple to use them alone.

I have been wearing the three mixed together to create a pretty cheek colour which leaves a very slight frosted finish which accentuates my cheekbones while giving my cheeks some colour. I’ve then used the bronzer with a different brush as a contour. I really love the colour of the bronze on me, but most of all, I love the three colours blended together.

The powder is super soft and velvety and goes onto the skin easily. It doesn’t require any hard work to get a good finish on the skin – I just sweep my brush from one side to the other and hey presto! 
Urban Decay NAKED Flushed is available from HQ Hair for £20 – another great value piece, hurrah for NAKED! 

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Everyone (myself included) went crazy when Urban Decay released their first two Naked Palettes – a range of 12 shadows on the neutral scale which are perfect for creating brown toned looks and smokey eyes. The only issue some people had, was that most of the shades were shimmery – some people preferred matt finishes, and they would like to see a more matt version along the same line. So that’s what Urban Decay did! They created the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette – a palette containing 5 matt and 1 satin colour.



The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is a lot smaller than the original Naked & Naked 2 palettes – there are half the amount of shadows, but there is no brush or eyeliner included with this one as there was with the first two. It makes it a really good size to be able to put in a standard sized make up bag without being too bulky, and contains a nice range of colours.

Venus is the only satin colour in the palette – it is a white frosty shade which is perfect for highlighting under the brows, inner corners of the eye, or to add over another of the shadows to give less of a matt finish.

Foxy (which also exists in the Urban Decay permanent line) and Walk of Shame (W.O.S) are both pale fleshy toned shadows, Foxy being more peach, Walk of Shame being more pink. They can be used as a base to any of the shadow looks, or used on their own with a darker colour for contour for a softer looking result. They are also good for neutralising any discolouration your eyelids may have – Foxy knocking out any blue tones, W.O.S taking away redness.

Naked 2 is latte coloured, creamy brown also found in the Naked 2 palette, with Faint being the darker big sister. These two would work well together to create a smokey brown eye look.

Then there’s Crave – the blackest black eyeshadow which is very highly pigmented. This can be used to add definition to the more neutral shadows, or for a full-on black smokey eye.

The colours feel creamy and glide onto the eye easily and last all day – they contain the Urban Decay Pigment Infusion System to ensure you get a great colour pay off from each shadow. Despite there being only 6 colours, it’s a really versatile palette which you can use for both day and night looks.

Here I have created a neutral, daytime look.

For this look I used W.O.S all over the lid with a little Venus over the top, Naked 2 in the socket and blended out, Faint in the crease, blended out and a little crave on the outer V, taking it into the lash line, and blended. I also used a little Naked 2 under the lower lash line and finished with liquid liner and mascara.

And here a more full-on, night time look.

To create this look I used W.O.S to give a nice neutral base, then Faint into and above the crease then blended out. I then patted Crave on all over the lid and into the socket, then blended it into the Faint. I used a small amount of Venus under the brow bone as a highlight, and in the inner corners of my eyes, then with a small brush, applied Crave under the lower lash line. I finished it with black eyeliner in the waterline, and mascara.

I really love it – the range of colours is perfect for me, and a touch of black can vamp up any look! The fact the colours are so highly pigmented and long lasting means this is a perfect little palette for me!

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette costs £20 (fab value too) from Look Fantastic

Mally Citychick In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette

Mally is a brand I had never encountered before, until I attended a QVC event at the end of last year. It is a brand created by make up artist Mally Roncal seven years ago. It’s an American brand, but you can find it over here on QVC.

One of the pieces that drew my attention at the event was the Citychick In The Buff shadow palette. I have to admit, that it was because of it’s resemblance to Urban Decay’s Naked palettes – the size of the actual palette itself the nude tones of eyeshadow make it hard not to draw comparisons.

I was lucky enough to be able to take one of the palettes home with me, and it has not left my make up bag since!

The palette is designed with a mock crocodile skin in green, which is very hard wearing. It’s been bashed about in my make up bag for a couple of months and not showing signs of wear and tear. It has a large mirror which is great for make up on the go, and comes with a double ended fluffy brush, perfect for soft application of product and blending. I find I do use another brush with the palette and use the Mally brush just for blending as I find it a little too soft to pack the product on how I like it.
There is a large Shadow Base in the palette, which is a creamy formula designed to put on the eyelid to neutralise any colour on the eyelid and prime the lid to help the shadow stay on longer and be more vibrant. I found that when I used this my shadow did last longer and didn’t crease.
There are then 11 neutral shades making up the rest of the palette which are a mixture of matt and shimmering colours. Chocolate Diamond is a dark reddy brown colour with flecks of gold glitter, it’s beautiful as an all over colour for a full-on smokey look. Au Naturel is not visible on my swatch photo above, but as it’s such a nothingy shade it’s perfect for creating an even base. 
My favourite colours in the palette are Bubbly, a shimmering iridescent white which if gorgeous for highlighting under the brow or the inner corners of the eye. I also love the shimmery gold and bronze colours – Tigers Eye, Brownstone, Oak, Egyptian Gold and Toast are the ones I tend to lean towards the most. 
What’s great about the palette is it’s versatility to create so many kinds of looks – you could go very nude and neutral, or all out smokalicious with it, with lots of looks in between. I’ve added photos of a couple of middling looks I have used it for in the last few days. 

Pricewise it’s roughly the same as the Naked Palette, but I think they are both worth the value, and both have an equal place in my heart. If this is anything to go by, I look forward to exploring more of the Mally range.
Mally is available at QVC.

Holiday Beauty Hits

Seeing as I’ve just got back from ‘Beefa, I thought it was pretty fitting that I did a holiday hits post – my most favourite things to use while I was away. I could make a list as long as my arm, but I’ve tried my best to cap it at a top 10!

one – Urban Decay Naked Palette (£32 from Beauty Bay)
This was fabulous – every colour I could have needed for my holiday. Creep was used for the nights I wanted to go totally smoky, but mostly Half Baked was given a good run for it’s money. I tended to mix it with NARS Orgasm Illuminator to foil it and make it ultra metallic a la…

two Dove Indulgent Nourishment Body Lotion (£5.10 from Boots but currently on offer at £3.40)
After hearing the Dove skin expert at The Only Way is Blogging saying that any moisturiser is good for post-sunned-skin, I decided to use this rather than a general after sun. It has 24 hour moisturisation technology and really left my skin feeling soft and gorgeous, even if I do say so myself! (please note, this was a press sample)

three ES A155 Lashes (£8.25 for 10 pairs from KKcentreHk)
These were a Godsend – despite them being reusable, when we were getting in at ridiculous hours of the morning from a night out, more often than not I ripped the lashes off my face and left them in random places never to be found again, so having a big stash of inexpensive yet effective lashes on hand was ideal! Check out my review of these lashes here. (please note, this was a press sample)

four – EOS Summer Fruits Lip Balm (approx £5 from eBay or available widely in USA)
I loved the look of these ever since first seeing a picture – I just had to have one. I love the quirky shape of it and all my friends adored it too. Perfect for having on hand and giving a bit of moisture to your lips while sunbathing.

five – Sleek Paint Pot in Peach Perfection (£4.30 from Sleek)
This was perfect for adding a slight sheen of colour to your lips poolside – it just gave the impression you had gone to the effort of doing something, without doing anything too much! Check out my review of this here.

six – Compact Mirror (mine is Benefit, but not sure if they’re still in production)
I’d say this is an absolute essential – for checking if any mascara has run, bits in your teeth, all your lotion is rubbed in etc etc

seven – Dove Intensive Repair Regenerating Mask (£3.99 from Superdrug)
This is a hair mask which is designed to be left in for 3-5 minutes then washed out, however this was my rescue hair product in a different way! My hair is very thick, and I have lots of it – so trying to do anything with it after washing it was a complete nightmare. The only way I managed to regain any control was by slathering my hair in this, so I could actually tie it up (normally on the top of my head) and leaving it in until the next time I washed my hair. When I came back to England and gave it it’s first wash, it was in such good condition – something I certainly wasn’t expecting after it being in the sun for so long.

eight – Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 08 (£25 from Illamasqua)
I really don’t have good skin. Not the kind of skin I would want to go baring, with no make up on. I needed to find something that covered up the bad bits without me looking too cakey. I bought this, and Garnier’s BB cream hoping one of them would be the solution to my problem. Unfortunately the Garnier was just too sheer for me, but the Skin Base Foundation was perfect. My friend commented on my make up one day asking how it stayed looking so perfect (score!) however I know it wasn’t exactly perfect – it does get shiny after a while of wearing, particularly in the heat, and as expected, needs reapplying after getting wet. I am wearing it in all of the photos in this post and loving that because there’s no SPF in it I don’t look like a ghost in them! I think if I could find a way of making it last a little longer without getting shiny, it would definitely be my holy grail foundation.

nine – Exposed Skincare Acne Treatment Serum ($19.95 from Exposed Skincare)
I am currently following the Exposed Skincare plan – I have used it for over 30 days now, so expect a full review of that soon. Although I still got spots, the Acne Treatment Serum helped to dry them out a lot faster than usual, so they were there for a lot less time than they would normally be. The last thing anyone wants on holiday is for their skin to get worse, so this was handy when I had a breakout.

ten – L’Oreal Lash Architect Waterproof Mascara (£7.99 from Amazon or in store at Boots)
I’m not saying this is the best waterproof mascara I’ve ever used – but it did the job; the mascara stayed put all day without any smudges or panda eyes. It seperated my lashes nicely, made them look full but not too ott, and basically, just made it look like my eyelashes actually existed!

Although it’s not really a beauty item the Liz Earle Tote Bag was kindly sent to me just in time for my holiday and is the perfect size for a towel, book (I kidded myself every day that I would get more than 2 pages read!) sun tan lotion, water and make up essentials. It has a magnetic fastening, a gorgeous nautical style, and is very robust. If you take advantage of the Liz Earle Suncare Offer before 31st August, you too can have one of these bags in a slightly smaller size. The set includes Mineral Suncream  SPF20 to help reflect UVA and UVB rays, their Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel to cool and rehydrate and two shimmering treats – basically everything you need to keep your skin looking amazing while you’re away!

So, that’s my top 10 folks. What do you think of it? Would you add anything in?

Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palette

My Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette arrived today – there is currently 10% off and free delivery at Debenhams.com so I took advantage. It was worth the wait – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

It comes in plastic packaging with a purple velvet style tray for the palette to sit in, and a 3.75ml bottle of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion – which you use on your eyelids to help your eyeshadow stay pigmented, stop it from creasing, and make it last longer.

The palette itself is dark chocolate brown with a velvet feel to it, and the logos splashed across it in metallic gold.

The palette contains 12 eyeshadows which are in the brown family. Some of them are existing shadows, some of them are new to the line, and have been introduced via this palette.

There is also a double-ended 24/7 glide on liner inside, one end brown the other is black. I have never ever felt a liner that goes on so smoothly, almost like it is really oily but without looking really shiny. ‘Glide on’ does exactly what it says on the tin!

I have swatched the colours on the back of my hand.

This morning I used Virgin all over my lid and crease, then Sin over my lid. I used Naked in the middle third of my eye, and Half Baked on the outer third and crease. I then lined my eyes using Zero, and finished off with Black Hypnose Mascara over Diorshow Maximize.

The colours are all really highly pigmented, smooth and good quality. My faves at the moment look like Virgin and Half Baked or Sidecar – I just love how they are SO golden, almost like gold leaf! This will be a really handy addition to the make up collection to take away, and all of the colours are really wearable for both day and night time looks.