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Naked Basics

The best matte eyeshadow palette ever!!

A couple of days ago, I posted a makeup post about a back to school natural look.  In the post, I featured the Naked Basic Palette. I decided that it would be nice to post about it separately.  The Naked Basic palette contains six of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows. Five of them are matte, while only one of them is a shimmer/ satin based shade.  I find that this palette is amazing for a  simple but gorgeous look and the shades could suit anyone.

The first three shades did not show up well on my pale skin…

The packaging itself is very secure. I’ve had this product for nearly two years and I use it daily. Not once has this product opened when it was in my handbag.  The eyeshadows themselves are very longlasting and are great for girls like myself who prefer matte eyeshadows over satin eyeshadows.  A lot of the larger naked palettes, have a lot of satin, shimmery colours which are very pretty, but not very practical for everyday wear.  In the picture here, you can see how the first three colours are very light and great for a good base.

From left to right; Venus, Foxy, WOS, Naked 2, Faint, and Crave

The eyeshadows themsleves leave a smooth finish and are not at all chalky like some matte eyeshadows can be. There are six shades, as seen in the picture above, and each of them are very unique. From left to right, they are; Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave. I use venus to highlight, foxy as my base , naked 2 in my crease and Faint on my brows. I find that Crave can also be used as powder eyeliner. The eyeshadows are very easy to blend and can be blended by a brush or by fingers. One of the best things about this palette is that you can go subtle with it or you can build it up darker.

Venus, Foxy and WOS close up

The palette itself is suitable for both cool and warm skin tones which I find amazing. It makes amazing looks on both my best friend and me, even though I have a cool skin tone, while her’s would be warm.  Basically, the moral of this story, is that anyone can look amazing with this palette. It’s small but sturdy and great to bring travelling since it doesn’t take up too much space.

Naked 2, Faint and Crave close up

Over all, I think this is a brilliant palette and is well worth the money. I would give this product a ten out of ten.

Where to buy:

America: Here

Ireland and the Uk: Here

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Capture my Woo

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Mac is a brand that most people have heard of due to it being so popular at the moment. Famous for being a long-lasting brand, Mac is seen as professional and of great quality. The question many people have in mind is whether Mac is as good as its top buyers claim it is. As a person who has never used Mac before, I decided to check out their lipsticks – which all of my friends adore – and find out for myself if these lipsticks were worth the money that many people spend on them. I was both excited and nervous to get the lipsticks as for some reason I’ve always been a little scared to go into Mac for reasons that I don’t know.  When I went to the Mac stand, I was very impressed by the customer service. The staff were friendly and very willing to help me find the perfect lipsticks for me. After hearing some stories of bad customer service at Mac online, I was very much relieved to say the least.

I bought two lipsticks and one lip liner while I was there. I got a satin lipstick called Captive and a retro matte lipstick called Ruby Woo. Captive was a lipstick which I had never heard of before but Ruby Woo was one of the many red lipsticks I had researched before I visited the store. I also bought a lip liner to go with Ruby Woo called Cherry. Below I have reviewed the two lipsticks separately.

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Ruby Woo

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To say the least, this lipstick is beautiful and the best red lipstick I have used. Since it is a matte lipstick it leaves a very flawless finish and has easy application. The color itself is very bright red as you can see in the pictures below. I wore this out one night with my friends and even though I ate while at a restaurant, the lipstick lasted for the night. I was amazed at the end of the night when I had to wipe it off. I find that for me, this lipstick is too vibrant for daytime use but is perfect for wearing when out at night.

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One of the many pros of this lipstick is that it could suit anyone and after all, there’s nothing better than a bold, red lipstick to spice up your life. While many people who have used this lipstick note that their lips are often dried out by this matte lipstick, I have yet to notice this happening to me, even though I have very dry lips. Everyone is different when it comes to lipstick though so if you have dry lips, make sure you sample this lipstick before buying it.

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Although the color is described as being a cold based, blue under-toned red lipstick, I have found that the lipstick is more neutral rather than being either too cool based or too warm based which makes it one of the reasons why it could easily suit anyone which is a huge advantage with this lipstick. The blue under tone of the lipstick is something that really makes me love it. A lot of lipsticks are orange under toned which tend to make my teeth look yellow but this one makes them appear whiter, which I adore and this is one of the main reasons why I bought this lipstick in the first place.

The colour itself is a bold, vibrant red that is very eye-catching. It’s one of the prettiest reds I have ever used and this lipstick was worth the money and a great buy overall.

Captive:

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The second lipstick that I bought is called captive which I love. I had never really seen myself as the type of girl who would be able to pull off purple lipstick but much to my surprise, I found that I love how it looks!  I would describe the colour of the lipstick itself as being a lovely plum colour. It wouldn’t be a “in your face” type of purple which I had been afraid it would be since I often associate purple lipstick with being  very dark. I love dark lipsticks but they can often be too much of a contrast to my pale skin.  Even though the lipstick looks very dark purple – which made me very sceptical of it – it turned out a much lighter colour in the end. 

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Unlike Ruby Woo, this lipstick is a satin set lipstick and is very easy to apply. It slides on lips like silk against silk. Surprisingly enough, I find that this lipstick is perfect for both night-time and day time wear which I love since I was a bit disappointed that Ruby Woo wasn’t the same. This lipstick is long wearing but it does not last as long as Ruby Woo which would be due to it not being matte. The texture is creamy and it does not dry out my lips no matter how long I wear it for. One coat of this lipstick is enough for a flawless finish to set you on your way.

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Conclusion:

I would recommend that it’s a wise idea to try these lipsticks on your lips before you actually purchase them. I tried both of them on before I even thought about buying them and absolutely fell in love with the two. I’d give both of these a rating of 4/5 and I plan to buy more Mac products in the future.  The prices the two lipsticks were twenty euro each and I bought them at a shop called Brown Thomas where the Mac stand was.

Readers in America can buy Ruby Woo from Mac itself for $17. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13854/310/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick#/shade/Ruby_Woo

Captive is the same price. While Ruby Woo has a lip pencil in the same shade, Captive does not. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13854/310/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick#/shade/Captive

The lip pencil that I got, Cherry is $16.50                             http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13852/340/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lip-Pencil/Lip-Pencil#/shade/Cherry

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My wishlist

Hola Beauties! How are you??

It’s been quite a while since I last posted here… well I just finished my state Exams and I am officially on holidays. It’s crazy how quick my secondary school experience ended. I can’t believe that I am finally done my exams. It felt that they would never end, but they did! Now that the stress of school is over, I plan to put more posts on my blog, meaning that I may need some new products.

Since I wanted to make a fairly quick post to get my blog started up again, I decided to make a post of things that I currently have my eye on. It was my birthday a couple of weeks, so I got a good bit of money. I’m travelling to London in about three weeks so I’ll probably binge a bit when I get there. I realised after making this list, that I seem to be obsessed with Urban Decay at the moment. I can’t help it, their collection is so pretty, you know? I haven’t bought any new makeup in about six months so I definitely deserve a shopping spree – celebrating my exams ending would be a great excuse to go out shopping!

Anyways, here is my current wish list:

  • Naked Heat


The minute I saw this palette, I instantly fell in love with it. I have three naked palettes: Naked 3, Naked Smokey and Naked Basics. I love them. I have only actually ever really used Urban Decay eyeshadows but I do want to try more of their range in the future. This palette is not released at the time of writing this but I think that the colours are really pretty. It appears to be the perfect palette for the warm winter months. I will , of course, wait to purchase until it has been out a  while – I would rather read loads of reviews before throwing money down the drain.

  • Garnier Camomile face mask


Anyone who knows me will know that I adore face masks. Nothing brings me more joy than a face mask. I also love Garnier. I have tried the moisture bomb mask and loved it so imagine how excited I am to try Garnier’s new Camomile mask in the moisture bomb range. Due to the hot weather, my skin has been feeling very dry and tired so this mask looks like the perfect mask for me. The thing that I love the most about Garnier is the fact that their products are great for skin for an inexpensive price. €1.80 for this facemask. What a bargain! I have no idea when I’ll actually get to try this face mask but I am looking forward to it!

  • Naked Skin Shapeshifter


This is probably the item that I’m least likely to purchase on this list. Mainly for the reason that I’m really pale and I worry that the light shades on this contour palette will be too dark for me- it happens a lot with  things like this. This is a three-in-one complexion palette for contouring, highlighting and color-correcting. It claims to have blendable and build-able shades. I really like the look of this palette and if has great reviews on Debenhams. But for €47 I will have to try the shades out on my face before even thinking about buying it.

  • Mac Burgundy nines

In general, I think that the MAC cosmetics Nine Times palettes are gorgeous- I love the look of all of them. But there is something about the Burgundy one that really catches my eye and stands out to me. Firstly, I love the purple toned colours. I wouldn’t be a big fan of such colours but at the moment, they are really jumping out at me. I have been looking at this palette for a while now, and I definitely hope to purchase it when I’m in London. It seems to overall have great reviews with a 4/5 star rating. If I end up buying it, I’ll definitely post a review here.

 

 

  • Naked illuminated trio


Recently I have been highlight crazy and this beautiful highlighting palette by Urban Decay definitely catches my eye. It’s a limited edition trio designed to create a sophisticated, Naked shimmer. It claims to be a lightweight product with light reflecting properties. It creates an instant glow on the user’s body or face. It includes three shades: Pyrite (the gold shade), Oasis (frosted taupe), and Twilight ( iridescent pink shade) as shown in the picture above. Like many other products on this list, it has many good reviews. For €35, I really like the look of this palette and may buy if I come across it when I’m out shopping.

  • L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity mask


I already have the detox face wash and glowface wash  from this range. I love them and plan to review them sooner or later. However, recently I met up with my best friend and her skin was radiant looking. I was literally staring in awe at her skin for a good ten minutes before I finally asked her, what her skin secrets were. She laughed, and told me that it was the L’oreal purity mask. I was amazed and I knew that I need that mask. The results on her skin was out of this world. She was wearing no makeup, yet her skin looked as if it belonged to a model’s. I quickly went online and started to read reviews- her experience was not unique. The three clays and eucalyptus seem to do amazing things for the skin. I am a big fan of clay masks for my troubled T-zone. I’ll probably buy the three packet mini’s to try all three masks since I love the face wash versions.

Well beauties, that is all of my wish list for today. Other items that nearly made the cut include Too Faced “Papa don’t peach”, Urban Decay’s optical primer,  and Barry M contour cream palette.

What is on your wish list at the moment?

Thank you for reading, and until next time, C.

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Kiko Contouring pencil set

Hello beauties ❤️. Today I am back with a review of one of my favourite yet least favourite highlight and contour kits. To be precise, in this kit, I love part of it – the contour stick- but I hate the other part- the highlighting stick. Now I bought this set two years ago so this is no longer available on the market, however, their new contour kit is pretty similar to this one.


I only use the bronzer crayon of this set. The highlighter crayon is the same tone as my skin tone- I am too pale for light products- so I never use it. But whenever I wore during summer time- i.e when I had more tan than usual- I always found it to be very shimmery. It had the effect of applying glitter to your face. It did not last long and I have never been impressed with the highlighting skills of this crayon. It would have been perfect as a cheekbone highlighter but it had no staying power.

This is a swatch of both crayons… Only 1 shows on my skin!


The bronzing crayon on the other hand is what I use to contour. It is easily blendable and is leaves a natural yet flawless finish. It is a great shade for my pale skin tone. It does not wash out my skin nor is it too dark. The kit I had bought was the palest they offered in the store where I bought it. I believe in the shop, they only had three shades on offer. There was probably more online.

Although this particular kit is no longer available, I am keen to try kikos new contour crayons as mine are pretty much run out of bronzer.

Thank you for reading!

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Velvet Teddy review

To me, a makeup look is never complete without a touch of lipstick. Lipstick is the soul of makeup and can turn a frown upside down. Makeup has always been a great way for me to express myself and show another artistic part of me that may not be shown otherwise. When it comes to lipsticks, I have very little nude shades. All of my lipsticks are either bright in your face reds, or cool purples, or bright pinks. So when my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I decided to research the best nude lipstick for my skin tone. I have a cool skin tone and I’m very pale, so I had to find the correct colour that would flatter me best.

 

A swatch of Velvet Teddy with no flash

It seemed that everywhere I looked, people were raving about one particular Mac lipstick; Velvet Teddy. I liked the name so I decided to research more into this lipstick since it seemed to be a very popular and almost cliché  lipstick amongst the beauty gurus of youtube. I found out that it was a matte lipstick with an almost velvety finish and based on the excellent reviews that it go on different websites, I decided to ask for it for my birthday.

 

 

Velvet Teddy

Upon receiving it on my birthday, I quickly fell in love with the nude lipstick and I have been told by many people that the shade really suits me. I feel great when I wear. While it is matte, it is not as dry as other matte lipsticks that I have from Mac like Ruby Woo – although Ruby Woo has a different formula and is a different intended finish so they shouldn’t be compared- and it applies very easily. It takes me mere seconds to apply it which is handy because I am often in a rush when leaving the house. The formula is very smooth and doesn’t dry out my lips which is a huge relief. It usually lasts throughout my entire day out so I tend to leave it at home rather than bring it with me when I am out and about.

 

I love the colour of this lipstick and I love how it’s a cute muted mauve colour with pink undertones. I am not the type of person who would usually be comfortable in a brown-based lipstick like this one, but I am very comfortable in this lipstick. I don’t use a lip pencil with this lipstick as I don’t feel the need for it. I would definitely buy this lipstick again and I would recommend it to all of my friends if they were looking for a brown/nude lipstick. Overall, it’d give it a rating of five stars out of five because it is amazing.

 

Me wearing lipgloss over Velvet Teddy

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My favourite facemask of all time

So after nearly a year of no posting, I have finally decided to come back and try my best to get back into my blog. I feel the blog itself needs a bit of a revamping but I will be able to get onto doing that later on. One thing that has not changed in the last ten months or so is my obsession with beauty and skincare. I adore both of them. I often feel that my makeup clogs up my pores however when I wear a lot of it and I always loved to remedy that. My skin is very important to me, and I like to think that if I look after it when I’m young, I will set up good habits for later on in life.

It is for that reason that I bought the Soap and Glory as it is a deep pore detox mask. I had honestly never read reviews on this product before I bought it but after the first time I used it, I fell deeply in love with it. One of the coolest thing about this mask however is that it’s a self heating mask. And it also changes colour from the original green colour to a light colour. Now this mask is for people with Oily or combination skin, the latter is what I have.

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So how do I use it ? Well, I simply dab a bit onto my face when it’s dry before I wet my fingers and rub it in. The water on my fingers trigger the self heat and makes the colour change from green to blue. Then, after about five minutes, I wash it off with a warm, wet washcloth. I would really recommend this product to everyone I know as not only does it unclog my pores, it also leaves my face feeling very soft as well.

Usually in Boots Ireland, the product costs €15.99 but at the moment, there is a sale on selected Soap and Glory products meaning it is only €11.99 right now. In the UK boots, it is usually £11.50.

Thank you all for reading, and until next time, xx.

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My makeup routine for school

Usually when it comes to school, I couldn’t be bothered to wear any makeup, but sometimes, I wake up inspired to make myself look better than I do usually do in school.

Most of the time though, I prefer to sleep for an extra half an hour. The trouble with my school – and many other schools – is that there is a strict policy regarding makeup. That means I have to wear it very subtly but still make myself look as good as possible. It can feel like a daunting task and it often puts me off even bothering to do anything with makeup in the morning.

To start my makeup routine, I cleanse, tone and moisture my face as I do everyday anyway. I like to look after my skin when I remember to, that is. The cleanser I use is the Seaweed Purifying facial cleanser by the body shop and is well worth the money. My toner which I am using at the moment is the Refreshing Toner by Garnier. My moisturizer cream is by soap and glory and is called The Fab Pore. These three products are great and I’d recommend them for anyone looking for new skin products.

Then I set my primer. The Primer that I use would the Porefessional by Benefit which helps cover large pores. As a person who has quite the large pores, this product really helps me not be insecure about how my pores look. As for the priming element of this primer, I find that it helps make my foundation last for a couple of hours longer than what it would without the primer. The Porefessional is very easy to apply and feels like silk on the skin. Some would see it as very expensive, which it is but I think that it is worth the price since you are paying for a product that works.

After having put my primer on, I then get a bit of my favourite foundation, which is Revlon Colorstay in the shade 110 ivory. I don’t use much of this and using a brush by Real Techinques, I apply the product on my t-zone and blend in it using a beauty blender. After that I apply my Stay Matte pressed powder by Rimmel which is in the shade of 002 pink blossom.  Once again, I apply this product using a real techniques brush that I got in a gift set.

Next, its time to bronze my cheeks. Using my Hoola bronzer by Benefit cosmetics, I sweep a bit of this onto both cheekbones, to give them a bit more definition. I am very careful with how much I apply, because I want it to look natural, and not look fake. Then for my blush I apply the Danedelion blush which is also made by benefit. I have an obsession with benefit products and can not refrain from purchasing their products. The cute packaging just lures me in. Now that my face is done, I start to work on my eyes.

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From left to right: Venus, Foxy, WOS (walk of shame), Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.

Now my eye makeup, is very simple when it comes to school, I don’t like having to go too much trouble so to get a nice but easy look, I use the Naked Basics palette to achieve it. I will be posting a proper review of this palette later on this week so I won’t be going on too much about  the product.

For my look, I only use four out of the six colours. For the whole eyelid, I fill it in with the colour Foxy. I don’t use a primer for my eyes in this case. Then for my outer lid, I apply the W.O.S shade to highlight the outer corner in a subtle way. I then apply the lightest of the three darker shades and apply it in the crease to create shadows. After all of this, I apply the only shimmer shade, venus to the brow bone and to the inner corner of my eyes. Once I have my eye-shadow done, I apply one coat of my favourite mascara, They’re Real by Benefit (again) and off I go to school for the day. This is my perfect look for school !!