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Fun Makeup Look for Summer – Feat. The Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Ain’t no doubt about it, summer is fun. The warm weather makes people happy and the good times roll well into those long summer night. In general, I don’t believe in only wearing certain colours in certain seasons, but summertime has given me the urge to be colourful. So I thought I’d use the completely stunning Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay eyeshadow palette to create a fun makeup look with a splash of colour. Without further ado, let’s get started.

 

The Base



For the base I was aiming for one thing – glowy af. Tbh, this is what I aim for daily, and in life in general, but for this look in particular I wanted that dewy like a fairy kinda glow.

 

To achieve this I used the NYX Angel Veil primer, to hydrate my skin (especially important when you’ve spent time in the sun) and help with longevity. For foundation I used the L’Oreal Nude Magique cushion foundation in shade Vanilla. Under my eyes I used my everyday favourite concealer, Benefit’s Fake Up in Light. I then lightly powdered my t-zone and under my eyes with Revlon Colorstay pressed powder in Light – this helped to keep my concealer in place and stops me from slipping from glowy to oily.

 

The Face



If you haven’t got the idea yet, we’re going for glowy. To keep this going, I used the Soap & Glory Solar Powder. This is technically supposed to be a bronzer/highlighter duo but I love to blend the two together as a very lightly shimmered bronzer. For blush I used my ride or die, Luminoso baked blush by Milani followed by a beautiful natural highlight using the Soap & Glory Glow All Out luminising face powder. This is a pinky highlight that is just so subtle and pretty, the perfect ‘glowing from within’ highlight.

 

The Brows



For brows I used the NYX micro brow pencil in brunette. I wanted my brows to balance out the brighter eye look we’ve got coming up. I love a full bushy brow – so that’s what I went for.

 

The Eyes


Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the beautiful Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. Wow. This palette honestly shocked me with the quality; I was speechless when I swatched this in Mecca. The colour range is beautiful, that blue in particular slays me.

For this summery look I decided to play with the pink shade in the palette, Harajuku, and create a wearable yet bright (totally a thing) look. First I used the shade Stark from lash line to crease to balance out my eyelids and create a smooth base for the rest of the shades. I then used Blonde on my brow bone and Annaheim through and slightly above my crease to create some light depth and a blending point for the rest of the colours. Next up is Zone which I used directly in my crease to deepen things up and create a gradient effect through to Annaheim. To deepen my outer corners I used Blink on a more defined brush and then, with a clean fluffy blending brush, I smoked out the edges so there were no harsh lines. Here comes the fun bit – Harajuku! Using a more precise brush I popped this on the inner two thirds of my eye and, with the same clean blending brush from earlier, I softly blended Blink and Harajuku together to create an effortless gradient. To top it all off, and add a little more glow cause we all know we need it, I added Pop to my inner corners and coated my lashes generously in the Essence I Love Lashes Mascara to finish every thing off. Ta Da! 

 

The Lips


To finish this look off, I tossed up whether to go nude and balance the eye or just commit and go bright. In the end I compromised and went for a muted pink. I used a Rimmel 1000 Kisses lip liner in Natural to both line and fill in the lips. Over the top I used a true favourite of mine, Shanghai Suzy’s Dusty Rose. This lipstick gives me life, such a gorgeous pinky nude.

 

And there you have it! A bit of a fun look for summer nights, and to match those gorgeous sunsets. What’s your favourite kind of look for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

 

If you’re in the southern hemisphere I hope you are enjoying your summer!

 

Stay beautiful,

 

– N x

REVIEW: Urban Decay VICE Lipsticks

Urban Decay recently replaced all of their lipsticks with a new line of 100 different shades in five different formulas and because I’m so good at saving money I only picked up eight shades (to start with) and thought I would share my thoughts with you – meet the VICE Lipstick line from Urban Decay!

I tried to pick up a shade from each formula but couldn’t decide on a colour in the cream or sheer formula but I’m sure I will in the future.

The Price:

In Australia you can purchase these lippies from Mecca, both online and instore, and they will set you back $28. Considering the quality and sheer quantity of shades available I find this price pretty decent as you are bound to find your perfect lippy in the collection somewhere!

The Colours:

There are 100 of them, I think that speaks for itself.

Formulation:

They really have thought of every possible lipstick finish possible in this collection! From sheer, every day shades to super chunky glittery shades to dark, vampy, wintery hues. My favourite finish out of the six has to be comfort matte. It really reminds me of the MAC Satin formula which I loooove!

Sheer: This is one of the formulas that I didn’t really find a shade that clicked but there are lots of beautiful ones in the collection! The sheer finish would be great if you want a shade that looks like you put in a little bit of effort but not like you are wearing loads of makeup. I also think this finish would be great if you wanted a “my lips but better” lippy.

Sheer Shimmer: I have the shade Ex-Girlfriend in this formula and looooove it! The finish is somewhere between a shimmery and cream lipstick. It’s not going to last you all day and it’s not an opaque colour by any means but I really like that it is buildable and easy to reapply! I think this is a nice formula to get in an every day colour and Ex-Girlfriend is definitely that for me.

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Cream: As I mentioned, I don’t have a colour in this finish but from testing in store it seems nice and creamy. It’s also supposed to be a buildable formula so don’t expect this to be your all-day-waterproof lipstick but again, something nice to slap on in a rush and be done.

Metallized: I have two shades in this finish and really like both! Peyote is a beautiful every-day colour that I have been wearing non stop! Amulet is unlike any other colour I own in my collection and, for that reason, I love it! The Metallized finish is really flattering and I’ve been loving these shades (especially Peyote) as a handbag companion since I bought them as they are easy to slap on and reapply! Like the cream and sheer shimmer formulas they won’t last you all day but I looooove them!

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Comfort Matte: As I mentioned above this is my favourite formula out of the bunch! They last a really long time without being drying or powdery on the lips! If you are eating and drinking on a night out, you will need to reapply these shades but they last longer than the others. I picked up four colours in this finish and will definitely be buying more! Backtalk is the kind of colour that I tend to reach for constantly if I want to look like I put in a little bit of effort, it is a beautiful cool nude shade and the pigmentation is insane! 1993 is a warm brown shade and I think I will be rocking it a lot during the warmer months! I also picked up Blackmail which is the kind of deep, vampy shade I love wearing on a night out or during a cold and wet Tassie day. Lastly I got Menace which is a classic blue toned bright pink! It’s a great bright colour for the summer months.

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Mega-Matte: This finish reminds me so much of the MAC matte and retro matte listicks! It is a tad drying but if you properly prep your lips with lip balm, primer and liner before applying them they don’t look powdery or too heavy! I picked up the shade 714 in this shade which is a classic red and is also the shade that Ruby Rose wore in all of the campaigns for this collection. I absolutely love this shade and think it would suit every skin tone!

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Packaging:

The boxes of the lipsticks are so cool! They have broken up colours stacked upon one another and gold writing. I think they look nice and sleek and I love that they have a sticker of the colour on them too so they are easily recognisable! The actual lipstick tubes look so sleek and also have a sticker on the bottom of them with not only the shade name but the colour of the lipstick too which is great when you have the stored together! They have a little clip when you shut them too so the lid doesn’t fall off in your handbag or during travel! A+ from me!


Overall Thoughts:

I think Urban Decay hit the nail on the head with this range! There really is a colour for everyone! I hope they come out with some of the colours in a variety of finishes as I think that would go really well but overall I think I might have found my new favourite range of lipsticks!

Stay Happy,

-M xx

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

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I am a massive fan of the “I woke up like this” makeup look. Which, of course, involves several steps, many makeup products and looks in no way how I appear when I wake up. Nailing that natural look makes my heart sing. So when Urban Decay released a foundation called “Naked Skin” I was all over that like a bad rash.   Did it live up to my expectations? Keep reading to find out…

 

First things first: What is up with that name, Urban Decay? I understand that you’re trying to get a lot of information across, but were all those words really necessary? I think we could have cut it down a tad. It’s quite the mouthful. But that’s just nit-picking really.

The packaging is pretty much perfect, in my eyes. It looks high-end, but the lightweight packaging means you won’t have to compromise when it comes to travelling. I love my YSL Touche Èclat but it’s so damn heavy! If I want to take that on a trip I have to cut down on other products, and that’s a real pain. I’ve also had mine for months, rolling around with all my other foundations an the packaging has stayed un-tarnished.

Okay, onto the important stuff.

It comes in 18 shades, which means it covers girls ranging all the way from 0.5 (very fair, porcelain) to 12 (dark with deep golden undertones). Nothing annoys me more than when a company brings out a foundation with shades ranging from mildly pale – slightly tanned and leaves the rest of us hanging. So, props to Urban Decay.  I use the shade 2.0 (fair with slight yellow undertone).

The product description promises “coverage without compromise…the best of both worlds…buildable coverage…that looks and feels like nothing.” For me this was spot on. It gave me enough coverage to help me cover and blemishes and help me to feel confident even on my worst days. At the same time it looked and felt light, meaning I didn’t have to feel like I had caked on makeup if I was just going out for coffee or running errands. Even if I did cake it on for a night out it still felt light and natural. This is achieved through the super thin consistency of the foundation. It literally runs down my face before I blend it in. This does mean you need more than one coat to get full coverage (so you need to use more product) but that’s something I prefer.

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It leaves a demi-matte finish, which for me is exactly what I’m after for an everyday foundation. It gives me that glowy, healthy, youthful look that I love whilst also keeping my t-zone in check; something that dewy foundations struggle to do for long periods of time.   I do still set my t-zone and under my eyes with powder for special occasions, but it’s not strictly necessary, you can definitely get away without it.

As far as staying power…I am still undecided on this one. It’s by no means my longest wearing foundation. After a full day of wear, my skin is definitely peeking through and those blemishes are back out on show. However, whilst this isn’t fantastic, it does wear away naturally. There’s none patchiness or caking that can occur with other products. I would say it lasts a good 4-5 hours before it needs a touch up.

So all in all, I’m going to give the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weighless Ultra Defintion Liquid Makeup a 3.5/5. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good foundation, but there’s just something about it that stops me from loving it as opposed to just liking it. It probably would have been 4 if it lasted just a little bit longer.

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If you are a fan of no-makeup foundation, then definitely give this baby a go.

Aussie gals can pick their’s up here.

What are your favourite natural-looking foundations? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

 

Birthday Makeup Look

Another year has gone by and so arrives another birthday! I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m getting to the point in my life where I’d quite like to skip this birthday and press pause on the aging process for a little while. Alas! ‘tis not possible (trust me, I tried), and so I decided to give in and celebrate yet another year of my life.

 

Celebrations call for fun makeup looks! Generally, as a rule, I don’t like to try new looks/techniques/products on special occasions. You never know how its going to go, it could be a flat our disaster and then you’re left stressed and feeling less than perfect. Not how you should be feeling on your birthday! But with age (apparently) comes some courage! So this year M and I decided to try out a few new looks, products and techniques to achieve the makeup look for my birthday night out. I know, we’re crazy brave.

 

For a while now we have been meaning to try the eye-taping technique, where you use a piece of sticky tape to mark out a sharp line for your eyeshadow/eyeliner. My birthday was the day.

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It worked really well! I recommend doing your foundation post-eyemakeup if you’re using this technique as the tape strips off quite a bit of coverage. However, all in all, I get the hype.  It left a clean sharp line and ensured there wasn’t any shadowy fallout on the temple that can leave it looking dirty. I chose to soften it slightly with a blending brush but the look was still much more clean cut. I’ll definitely be using this technique again!

The star of the show were the eyes. We used a combination of our new Tarte Tartlette Amazonion Clay Matte Eyeshadow palette and the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette. We haven’t used either of these palettes much but they both really brought their A-game. I created a brown/golden eye that looked seriously amaze. Still so in love with the finished look.

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Tarte Tartlette Palette

From the Tartlette palette I used the shade ‘free spirit’ as a base to set the primer and then the shade ‘force of nature’ in the crease to give the eye a bit more dimension.  The shade ‘dreamer’ was used to carve out the outer v and create the almost wing-like edge (thanks to the tape!).

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Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

The combination of the two golden shades from Vice 3 (‘brokedown’ and ‘lucky’) made my heart skip a beat.  The pigmentation was insane and it stayed that way. Well done Urban Decay, well done.

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The rest of the face I kept pretty simple. For foundation I used my new Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid MakeupThis was the first time I had ever worn this foundation and I was pretty impressed! My skin has been beyond dry lately (painfully so) and this foundation adapted to the landscape rather well.  A dash of Benefit’s Hervana on the apples of the cheeks and their Dallas bronzer for carve out dem cheekbones. To highlight (my absolute favourite part of any look!) I used a combination of MAC’s cream colour base in the shade ‘hush’ and mineralise skinfinish in the shade ‘soft and gentle’. On my lips I used my brand new (M gave it to my for my birthday, she’s the best!) Tom Ford lip colour in the shade ‘pink dusk’. The finishing touch was the Katy Perry Feline Fierce Lashes by Eyelure, which really brought together the rest of the eye look!

All in all I’m really happy with the finished look. Keeping the rest of the face simple allowed the eye look to really pop! I felt glam whilst not looking too over-done for a Thursday night.

It was fun. Birthdays are fun. Having said that…I’m in no rush for he next one to come rolling around haha

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Until next time, stay happy!
N x

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