Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The Naked Palette has become a cult product over the last 5 years since it’s first reveal with the Naked 1 palette in 2010. I bought my first palette, Naked 1 in 2011 and still keep it because I am a softy, sentimental. Half the palette has hit pan (another term for finished) and I still go back to use the remaining bits. It is honestly, the best palette I have ever owned and when I saw the colour range for Naked Smoky I knew I had to give it a try.

Naked Smoky Palette

Naked Smoky Palette

A brief rundown of the history of these palettes, they were created around colour tones, the Naked 1 palette was a matte and bronze range of colours, the Naked 2 more taupe based colours and the Naked 3 contains warm and rosy neutrals.  The Naked Smoky palette however has a range of matte, bronze, taupe and grey and black which for more makes it suitable for my skin tone and the looks I generally go for. Altogether there are 12 shades in the palette which makes it worth every penny.

Palette Love- A dozen sultry, smoky neutrals

For those of you that are looking for a makeup palette and have never bought one before, the Naked palettes are worthwhile looking into. Do make sure that you choose one that suit your skin colouring and your personal style.

The Naked Smoky palette comes in a nice slightly see-through case and also contains an dual-ended eye makeup brush. The brush has a smudge brush on one side and tapered crease on the other end. I have used the smoky smudger end and I think that Urban Decay have done well with this addition. The colour payoff of all the shades are amazing, as are all Urban Decay eyeshadows. Swatches can be found here by Temptalia. I think she has an excellent in-depth review and this will help any of you who would like to or are thinking about purchasing this.

Naked Smoky: (From left) High, Dirtysweet, Radar

 

From left: Armor, Slanted, Dagger

From left: Armor, Slanted, Dagger

 

From left: Black Market, Smolder, Password

From left: Black Market, Smolder, Password

 

From left: Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

From left: Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

In my opinion, Urban Decay have definitely earned my 5 stars are they have come up with another good palette. Personally, I didn’t purchase Naked 2 or 3 as I found not all the colours matched my skin tone well hence I probably would use them to their fullest. But I would gladly repuchase Naked 1 and I’m looking forward to creating many versatile different looks with the Naked Smoky palette.

For those interested, the Naked Smoky palette is now available for $81 in Australia at all Mecca stores and online.

Have you tried the Naked Palette? 

 

Disclaimer: This review is not sponsored post. The item featured was purchased by me and this is my own opinion and I am not affiliated or partnered with Urban Decay to promote this product.

Birthday Edit: Beauty Favourites

I don’t know about you but I love birthdays. Birthdays are an awesome time because it gives us all a reason to celebrate and also the best part about it, are the gifts!! I’m blessed to have family and friends that remember my special day (Oct 22) and shower me with presents but I always treat myself to something special . This year, is the first one in a long time I have not worked full-time, so gifts to myself comprised of a few special treats in the form of makeup. You’d be surprise how happy it makes my day though!

Over the last month, I have collectively added a few new things to my collection. Some of these were to replace items I have finished using as well (just another excuse really!) Basically I’ve been using and have enjoyed these products for the last month at least.

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Birthday beauty favourites

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

This is one that I have used before, however I think the last time I purchased this I was colour matched a shade darker and had to mix it with a lighter colour to get the right colour for my skin tone. This is in the shade St. Moritz (Medium 1). I like to use a tinted moisturiser for my everyday face only because it is lighter than a foundation but yet still gives enough coverage and evens out my skin tone. This tinted moisturiser also has SPF 30 which is great for everyday activities outdoors. I find my skin has a dewy finish and the shade matches my colouring perfectly which means I don’t have to put too much concealer after.

The Nars range comes in a variety of colours from fair to darker skin tones which is why they are one of my favourite brands. They are a bit on the pricey side however a little goes a long way. Nars is available online in Australia from Mecca .

Dior Addict lipstick in Gotha 967

The packaging of any of the Dior lipsticks are beautiful. You just want to flaunt it most of the time but do not judge this lipstick by it’s cover. The Dior Addict lipsticks are just like the rest of them. This a new improved formula with a hydra-gel core, is a moisturising lipstick gives off great colour pay off yet has a top-coat shine finish. Gotha is one of the newly released colours and perfect for me. I have been looking for a deeper toned marsala hue for a while so happy to find this one. By wearing this you don’t have to put a gloss over the top and it lasts fairly long through the day, maybe not so much after meal!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fig

Another interesting lip product I purchased a few months ago was my first Too Faced purchase. This liquified lipstick is similar to a lip lacquer in terms of it’s texture and long-lasting quality. The colour lasts very long even with eating and drinking but due to the type of longevity it can provide, it is slightly drying. I would also recommend using a lip liner before application to prevent the  smudgy look around the lips. The only con I have with Melted is that the lipstick comes in a tube with a sponge applicator. Too Faced is available in Mecca stores in Australia and online.

 

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Dior Addict in Gotha, Elianto Nail Vernis in Tyrian Purple, MUFE Smoky Lash (brush)

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash mascara

I love mascara. For me it’s one of the most important things to make my face ‘light up’ so to speak. I’ve heard about the MUFE Smoky Lash but only just finally got my hands on it! I can’t believe it’s my first but honestly this is one of the best mascaras I have used. It’s just my personal preference and I like what it does for my lashes.

Elianto Nail Colour in Tyrian Purple A43

This was an impulse purchase really! My reasoning was that it cost $2.50 (RM7) I fell in love with the colour, another dark burgundy hue and bought it. I would like to get my hands on Chanel’s Rouge Noir which I think might be a luxury dupe. The colour payoff is pretty good for a nail polish and quite reasonable. Elianto are a Malaysian brand so unfortunately for my Australia readers you won’t be able to get a hold of this item. Apologies.

 

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Beauty Favourites

Si by Giorgio Armani 

This is probably not-so new anymore. I purchased at airport duty free more than a year ago. When I first bought it, I liked the scent but it wasn’t a great love. I have always thought of it as more of summer scent and with very few warm days (in the Victorian town I live in) I hardly wore it. Since coming back to Malaysia, it is all I ever use. The base notes of this perfume is musky wood with light top fruit accents. It is a sweet yet modern feminine scent. Girly!

 

I have not really spoken much about products on the blog, however I have a confession to make – I am a huge consumer whore! With this, I have decided to do more product reviews to share more about what I trial and test in my daily routine. It will mainly be about skincare and makeup products with the occasional hair and nail care maybe even perfume.  I am finally doing something I have procrastinated for a long time. Any suggestions, are most welcome!

Have a great weekend!

Sarah xo.

 

The Shelf Life of Makeup

Has it ever occurred to you that your mascara or eyeshadows may have an expiry date on it? Personally, I never realised that all beauty products have a lifespan. At one point, I had a Chanel blusher for 6 years! If you go through a lot of makeup regularly, you may not have this problem. However for those that put on a little bit of blush for a night out or a swipe of lipstick every now and then, one may find themselves with a lot of ‘old makeup’.

 

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Cosmetics just like everything else has an expiration date. Essentially, creams, gels and liquids are prone to spoilage and bacteria can cultivate in these products with time due to factors such as the weather, hygiene and ingredients. As a product ages, it may stop working correctly or instead have negative effects on our skin.

Here are some of the most commonly used products and also ones that’s you’ll have to keep your eye on due to the shorter frequency of turnover. I have compiled these general guidelines from knowledge and bit of research over time.

 

Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner : 3 months

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Eye products have the shortest life spans due to the constant bacterial transfer from makeup applicator to eye. Mascara and liquid eye liner are most common due to their liquid nature which becomes breeding ground for bacteria. Mascara also has a tendency to dry out or clump up with constant use.

 

Lipstick & Lipgloss/Balms : 18 – 24 months

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Thankfully, my most used product has a long lifespan. Lip products have a pretty good long life of up to 2 years due to the ingredients in it and also because contaminated parts can be removed or cut off. For hygiene purposes, try using stick or tubes instead of pot or tub form but if this can’t be helped try using a lip brush for application.

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Liquid Foundations & Liquid or Cream Makeup : 6 months

Liquid foundations have a very-water or oil based nature tend to grow bacteria and mould easily compared to solid, cake formulas. Also, with constant use of fingers and makeup brushes, there is a lot of external bacteria transfer into the product. As these, liquid formulas have a high water or oil content, evaporation over time may cause the product to thicken hence not applying evenly onto the skin.

There are many other products not mentioned such as powder blushers and nail polishes. These products have a longer lifespan ranging between 18-24 months. One has to use their personal judgement and if something looks or smells bad it should be tossed. The only exception is perfume but even this needs to be carefully maintained. Perfume can last up to around 10 years and needs to be keep in a dark, cool place.

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Tips and Tricks

  • Try to use makeup applicator or brushes to apply makeup products to help lower the contamination and contact between cosmetic to skin. Remember, to wash applicators and brushes often (at least once a month, not once a year!).
  • Makeup is a personal product so try and keep it to yourself. In other words, avoid sharing.
  • Check signs of degradation on the products you have. If a product no longer works or smells odd- it is probably a good time to dispose it.
  • Store products in a cool, dry and dark location such as a drawer or cupboard. Avoid places that attract heat and humidity.

 

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All in all, I would say that it is probably best to keep cosmetics to a minimal or manageable amount. As I always say, quality over quantity. Invest in some good quality brands that have better ingredients and buy items that you will take pleasure and enjoy using.

Do you have any ‘old makeup’ and is it time to cull your makeup collection? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

xo Sarah

Anti-Ageing Makeup // A Good Base

Those of you reading this would probably think she doesn’t even have a line on her face what would she know. Well, I am definitely not very mature or ageing but I do have a mum who is now in her mid-60s and has pigmentation, uneven skin tone and wrinkles who has taught be a lot about skincare. I think there is beauty in mature skin the same way it exists in younger skin. In my pursuit of beauty, I am especially interested in learning of ways make women of all ages look and feel their best.

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Photo by Nars

Just last week I went to product launch for a supplementary product. I learnt that at the age of 25, collagen depletion begins and in our 40s it drops by 30%. This mean wrinkles start appearing and our skin is not as tight and supple as it used to be. There are many different way to delay ageing but the most invasive ways would be through skincare and beauty. Then a friend of mine, also a reader sent me this question:

What interests me is now that I am older how much make up should I use? Don’t want to look like mutton dressed as lamb but lipstick is not always enough. When I have had my make up down it always feels caked on.

Even at my age sometimes, too much makeup can feel caked on. The skin needs to be able to breath and makeup should be used to work well with the skin not against it.

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Photo by Vogue

Foundation
No matter how much foundation you put on on your skin, wrinkles and fine lines are not something you can cover up. Most times full-coverage formulas will lay over them and this makes your face feel heavy and caked on.

The idea is to create an illuminating and glowing complexion. Pigmentation and patchy skin tone are very common because of continual sun damage over the years. This also makes the skin look dull and sallow. The best thing for this is to use light and sheer formulas that are luminous.

With a foundation, less is more and a bit of technique can go a long way so best use a sponge specifically for blending. I think even fingers or a brush do the trick. Just remember to start with a little and add more if needed. It’s easier to build than to take off.

Concealer
Concealer is a great thing for hiding all the blemishes and spots. Apply only on the areas you need it for example the under eye area and pigmentation spots. The secret is blend, blend, blend. When you apply base makeup the best recommendation is to blend. This will stop makeup from feeling like it is sitting on the skin.

Get one that will give you coverage but is light reflecting. There are cake formulas out there but get a liquid type for a lighter feel but yet with enough coverage.

Powder
Powder is good for setting any liquid texture applied on the face. Try not to use a puff as this picks up more powder and will lay more on your face hence creating a heavier look. Just powder on for a softer even look.

Any brand of pressed or loose powder is fine for this, I have tried a plethora of brands and they all serve a similar purpose. This is up to your budget and taste. Go for translucent colour as it is suitable for any skin tone or colour.

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My mother -au natural

I have so much more to discuss about this topic so, if you have any questions please ask in the comments. I am happy to be of help! 

The ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look // 5 Minute Makeup

For some of your out there who may have read my post about developing a signature look, I mentioned that it’s as easy as 5 minutes and for a lazy day that’s probably more than enough. So here I have done a post with times for you to proof it is possible.

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1. Moisturiser-Primer-Sunscreen (30 seconds): A cheat product that is combined and does more with one product. By using a product like this your skin has been moisturised and is prepped to apply some makeup. It also has some minimal sun protection that is necessary to protect your skin from UV rays.

2. Tinted moisturiser (1 minute) : A lighter texture compared to foundation. There are also foundations out there which are lighter but will also have less coverage. The key with this is to use a sponge or even your fingers and slowly work it into the skin. The best way is with slightly circular dabbing movements. This will help even out the colour and your makeup won’t feel caked on. I have found that BB cream with a hint of colour is a good lighter option for this.

3. Concealer (1 minute) : Get one that will give you full coverage but that is light in texture. Make sure to blend the product well. This will stop makeup from feeling like it is sitting on the skin.

4. Powder (30 seconds) : Use a translucent powder with a brush to lightly soften the look. Powder the areas you need it most so maybe just the T-zone area (forehead and nose) and the under-eye area.

5. Blush (30 seconds) : Adding a hint of pink on your cheeks will make them look rosy and give the illusion of a flush. Just lightly add the tiniest bit of pink onto the apples of your cheeks. A glow always gives your face a more natural ‘no makeup’ makeup look.

6. Mascara (45 seconds): Put one coat of black mascara. This helps brings out the eyes more. This step can also be replaced with eyeliner instead of mascara.

7. Lipgloss (15 seconds): Slick on some lipgloss that is most natural look to your original lip colour. So if you have a darker lip, a nude or mauve colour and if you a light lips, a pink tone one.

Lastly, use the remaining 30 seconds to check your look and touch up anything that needs it.

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Have you ever tried your own ‘No Makeup’ makeup? Is 5 minutes too little time? Comment below:-)