Urban Decay

Naked Heat

It’s been a long time I feel like since Urban Decay came out with another eye shadow palette. I haven’t actually bothered to look up when the Smoky palette came out but it’s felt like a hot minute. I just started getting interested in adding eye shadow to my everyday looks and I somehow had managed to get Naked 1-3 and the Smoky palette. I was really excited for Naked Heat to complete this collection especially since I have held off on palettes with the red/coral family.

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Naked Heat Shades

I’ve looked at a lot of Instagram posts of the palette right before it came out and I couldn’t help but notice that most of the looks done with it seemed like a singular shade. It all just looked like a light red/orange behind the eyes.

I tried two looks on my first two days with just this palette and came up with the following looks.

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Naked Heat Look #1

 

This first look I used Ounce as the base shade all over the lids. I then moved on to Cayenne for a matte shade in the outer corner of my eye and when I decided that just that shade was too dull, I added Scorched over it. I wanted a lighter shimmer in my inner corners and decided to go with Lumbre. It’s a very beautiful rose gold (heavier on the gold).

I’ve known for a while that I have trouble taking photos of my eyeshadow looks what actually reflect the color in real life (as most of my posts so far make it look like it was pretty much one shade all over. Kind of why I thought the palette would be different in person compared to the Instagram posts that I’ve seen.)

This wasn’t exactly the situation though. The end result was pretty much a light red gold transitioning into a deep red gold. I tried the look with the Urban Decay Eden primer potion initially but when the colors weren’t popping quite enough I switched to the Urban Decay Sin Primer with the shimmery undertone.

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Please ignore the snap filter, it’s the only pic that shows the more obvious gradient

This second look I went with a huge mix of deep shades in the outer corner. It was so messy to the point where I really can’t tell you which shade I used in which area of the eye. The most I can say was that I used the shade Ashes to deepen the corners. I even kept using that shade after I had already applied eyeliner. I didn’t use any eye shadow in my inner corner at all in hopes to create a more obvious gradient look.

By the way, as I’m such a newbie at the eyeshadow game, all I’m constantly looking for is an easy application process. I’ve only had to use three brushes to create all these looks. My favorite is the Morphe 433 brush. It’s an incredibly easy to use brush especially with Asian eyes as I have to draw on a crease every morning to create the space for the rest of the eye. The next most awesome brush is a brush from IT Cosmetics that I got from Ulta; the No. 220 Small Shadow brush. It’s the perfect size to add corner deepening shades, add shadow to the bottom outer corner of the eye, and can even be used for blending. The density of this brush is universal for all uses as is the Morphe 433. Finally the classic blending brush also from Ulta, with IT Cosmtics and unfortunately it’s so worn down I can’t see a brush number or anything else for that matter on the sides. But I know that they advertise it as the “best blending” brush, just like they advertise others as “best foundation brush, best brow brush, etc.”

Now  back to what this post is supposed to be about, my final Naked Heat look was quite a success! I used the shades En Fuego and Ashes in the outer corner and topped with the shade Ember. With the inner corner, I used the shade Booty Call and just a miniscule amount of Half Baked from Naked 2 to create the more obvious gradient look. I have to say I dig this one soooooo much more.

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Naked Heat and Naked 2

Naked Heat is a palette of coral, copper, and red shades. It’s definitely not a complete look kind of palette like Naked or Naked 2.

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Naked Heat and Naked 2

All in all, very beautiful shades, very pigmented, and has a great mix of matte and shimmer shades. Maybe if I try the shades on the left of the palette a bit more I could create whole looks with this palette but for now I think I’ll use it as a specific color scheme kind of palette? Hope that makes sense. It may also be harder for me to fully appreciate this palette just because I can’t wear such dramatic looks at work during the week and on weekends I’m out right now with summer activities that would be best suited with no make up use.

I’ve been trying to get back on WordPress for a hot minute! But life has just been so incredibly busy lately. I’m gonna make sure to make this a more regular thing once again. Writing these reviews seriously improves my mood!

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The One About the Naked Palette

It’s been a while since my last post! I was working on reviewing all the products I purchased at the Sephora 15% VIB sale. Next item I’d like to talk about it the extremely well known original Naked eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay.

I only recently starting dabbling into eyeshadow. I’ve pretty much not worn any eyeshadow in the past until just this year. Therefore, it was ridiculous and I just simply couldn’t justify spending $54 for eyeshadows that I didn’t even know how to apply.

But hey! New year new me! I finally hopped on the bandwagon! I’ve always liked the shimmer and the fabulousness of the colors in this palette as pretty much any girl. We all know we’re interested in shiny things, but I couldn’t figure out how to use them! (Until Now.)

This is the look that I came up with using the Naked palette and one shade from the Tarte Tarteist Pro palette.

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I started with the Urban Decay Eden lid primer and put the shade Classic from the Tarte Pro palette as a base. Then I went in with the shade Naked in my crease with the Morphe 433 brush (most amazing brush ever! It gets the color even in my creases like no brush has ever been able to before). I then used the shade Hustle in my outer corner and finally a mix of Sin and Sidecar for my inner corner and went back over it again with Naked in the crease.

Overall I would say that the two matte colors are very universal and can be used with almost any eye look while the darker shimmer colors are more suitable for either an attention grabbing work look (low key shimmer but with SLIGHTLY darker outer corners) or a night out in Vegas look. Overall I wouldn’t say that this palette is very good for day time or work appropriate looks; although it may work for some people, I don’t know what people do for a living but I work weekdays at a financial company so…they’re not the biggest fans of dramatic looks.

The lighter shimmer shades are incredibly beautiful colors and I guess they are pigmented because a lot of it transfers to my fingers during swatches but they don’t show up very well on my Asian skin tone even with a light base underneath. I previously spoke about trying the NYX jumbo white eye crayon over the lid to see if it would make color pop but it didn’t help at all. Literally no difference.

One of the other products I purchased during the VIB 15% sale was the Urban Decay lid primer in Sin. It’s a shimmer primer. It worked! I applied the primer in Sin over the inner corner where I placed the shimmer shades and used my finger to pat down the shimmer shades instead of a brush or rubbing it in.

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Products used in order of application:

  • Benefit  Porefessional Primer
  • Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • NARS creamy radiant concealer
  • Urban Decay Eden Primer
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (on sides of nose)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner
  • Ardell Natural 105 lashes
  • Dior Diorshow Mascara (very little, just to stick my natural eyelashes to the Ardells)
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (cheeks and forehead for contour)
  • Benefit Watts Up Highlighter
  • Tarte Tarteist lip gloss
  • Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
  • And the final touch of course is my all time favorite perfume! Versace Bright Crystal!

 

 

 

The One with the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Review

I spent way too much time and money at Sephora this weekend. But you know what, after everything with my ex went down, this is going to be my breakup present to myself.  So 15% off isn’t that much of a discount, but it’s better than nothing and it made me buy several palettes and such. I was going to review everything at once but I bought so much I figured it was best to do it one at a time.

First up, the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette! What a mouthful, I’m gonna call it the Tarte Pro from here on out. This is my first Tarte product ever and I think I’m about to start a great relationship with this brand.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

I’m gonna review out to in. First off packaging is beautiful. It’s a very sleek black palette but now I understand why every Tarte Pro palette tutorial I watched online had fingerprints all over the front. Unavoidable.

I love the gold inside, so gorgeous and classy. It comes with 16 matte shades and 4 shimmer/glitter shades. I tried each row independently and then started creating my own look and its just beautiful. It’s a super pigmented palette, and the shades are so creamy and blendable even without super pricy brushes. (I just can’t with super pricy brushes, I’d rather direct that money towards makeup)

In YouTube tutorials, a lot of people talk about kick back during application but honestly, the color is so pigmented that if you’re just pressing lightly and do a gradual application there’s no reason why kick back should happen.

I created this look with the Tarte Pro palette today!

I started as always with my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer Eden all over my lid. I then used the shade Classic (First shade in first row) all over my lid to create a base. I used the shade Bold (second shade in the last row) in my crease.

The shade No Filter I think has become my favorite shade of all time. Out of all the palettes I’ve tried and been using I haven’t run into such a natural, yet royal, rich, and regal color. I’m using it in my corner crease (third shade in the second row).

I then brightened up the inner corner with the shade Glam (second row glimmer shade).

Overall, I would highly recommend this palette, the packaging is beautiful, the shades are pigmented and combine perfectly to create really natural looks but give you the ability to glam up any look with the shimmer shades. It was I believe $53 but I had the 15% off.

Rest of my makeup: Benefit goof proof brow pencil, NARS under eye concealer, NARS lipgloss in the shade Chelsea Girls, MakeUp Forever foundation, Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner, MakeUp Forever mascara, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Benefit WattsUp Highlighter, Urban Decay setting spray.

So much new makeup to play with! I’m unsure what the next one to be reviewed will be, but we’re off to a good start with this one. It’s so pretty!

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The One About Another Naked Look

Hey all! So I got bored and decided to try again with the new Naked 3 Palette I got the other day. It came out much better than the first time. Although, this time around I had to use more than the Naked 3 palette to get the kind of darkness I wanted on the outer V. The Naked 3 palette has two shimmery dark shades to work with but both of them have a tint of pink in them and didn’t give the desired dark effect I wanted. Here’s how it went!

I started with the shade Trick all over my lid and Nooner in my crease. For the outer V I used the Urban Decay shadow in the shade Secret Service around the top edge of the V (Top Shade), and towards the bottom I used the shade Whiskey from the Naked Smoky palette. I then finished with the shade Dust from Naked 3 in the inner corner to brighten up the eye.

 

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Naked Smoky and Naked 3 Palettes

 

I was only going to practice eyeshadow looks but I wanted to take pics! and how a I supposed to take pics with just shadow and nothing else? I applied Benefit eyeliner, Ardell lashes, and lip color from Kat Von D in the shade Damned. So excited to try more new looks!

 

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Ardell Lashes in 105 Natural, NYX White Jumbo Eye Pencil, Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner, Kat Von D lip color in Damned, Urban Decay Eden primer, Duo lash glue

 

Brushes: Elf crease brush, Ulta crease brush, IT Blender brush, IT small eyeshadow brush (No. 220)

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I’m going to Sephora on Saturday so I’m excited to see what I come back with! Hopefully I’ll come back with even some of my wallet in tact.

 

The One About Naked 3

So, I decided on the palette I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to reward myself with. I put all this research into what palette I wanted and what colors I thought would look good on me but the moment I stepped into Sephora I didn’t get anything I had planned on!

I settled on Naked 3 from Urban Decay! Honestly, I had thought about this palette in the past but my first instinct was, nah. Not my color not a well rounded palette good my beginner status. But who knows, maybe I was just in a cheerful mood that day that I went in. The color scheme just made me feel happy and beautiful and peaceful. I ended up with a palette of pink and nudes instead of my expected brown and bronzes!

I’ve used eyeshadow in the past but in a very basic way. I pretty much just used a light brown all over my lid and that was it. I have no blending expertise or color designing expertise other than what I watch from YouTube and to be honest I don’t even retain that much of it. So I tried my first look with this palette and this is what happened!

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So ignoring the mascara mess in my left eye, I thought it turned out pretty well for a beginner! I wore it to a clinic today so it’s not like I would make it super dramatic or dark.

I used started with the Urban Decay Eden primer all over my lid.

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I then used the shade dust in what started as the inner corner but ended up all over my lid. The two sided bush that comes with the palette is actually works really well and I used the small end of it to pack on as much as I could. Dust is incredibly bright, but has a lot of fallout and takes a while to build up color. Even now I wish I had done more of Dust to bring out the brightness. I think next time, I’m going to put this NYX white base first and hopefully Dust will show up better next time.

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Next, I blended the shade Limit into the crease. I was considering using Nooner, (which is what most YouTube tutorials use for a crease shade) but I wanted something even lighter for this daytime look. I then used Darkside in my corner V. Next time I try this I think I’m either going to apply a lot more Darkside or I’m going to try Darkheart. I wanted the outer V to be obviously darker and when I look at myself in the mirror I can tell the obvious gradient effect although it doesn’t quite show up in the picture.

For Dust I used the flat brush shown on the left from the Naked 3 palette, for Limit, I used a blending brush from IT Cosmetics at Ulta. To drag Darkside along the outer corner, I actually used one of the brushes from the Naked Smoky palette.

Anyways, I’m going to be trying more looks in the future. Practice makes perfect! It was good that I didn’t stay out that long with this look for long because it’s not as clean cut and the gradient wasn’t as clear as I wanted it to be. I like my face makeup to be clean and so when the rest of my face was put together and paired with a messy eyeshadow look, it wasn’t that great. Next time!

*Also, thanks to Amazon Prime, the Hell Pore mask I mentioned last time is already here and I’m gonna try it soon! At the same time, an eyeshadow palette from Morphe also arrived on my doorstep. Plus, Sephora just sent me an email letting me know this week because I’m VIB I get 15% off, so honestly, there more than likely is going to be another Sephora run! 🙂