Review: Naked 2 Basics

Hello lovelies!

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I am ordering the Naked on the Run palette from Urban Decay today, but thought I would also do a post on the Naked 2 Basics for comparison when I get my order in!

I got the Naked 2 Basics because I was looking for something that was more portable than the full sized Naked palettes. I liked that the Basics are neutral still, with this one being more cool toned than the original Naked Basics palette.

The mirror is a nice size for a travel palette as it takes up the entire top portion of the palette. I was hoping the whole thing would be slightly more compact as I have a pretty small makeup bag. It is hard to open, but I actually like that a little bit since that means it doesn’t randomly pop open when being tousled around in my makeup bag on a daily basis.

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The shades are Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, and Undone.

I swatched them in order on my hand below. These are done with my finger using one pass, no primer. IMG_2478.JPG

As you can see, Skimp and Stark are barely visible on my pale skin. Skimp does give a bit of a sheen and both would be pretty highlights on darker complexions.

Swatching with a finger, the colors came out chalky and dragged horribly which left a splotchy application.  I did go back and redo 2 of them with brushes so you can see the difference. The swatch on the bottom toward my wrist is Primal, and Undone is the vertical swatch on the left. You can see them compared to the original swatches done with fingers (Undone with finger is top swatch, Primal with finger is 2nd swatch from top).IMG_2479.JPG

As you can see, the use of brushes made a HUGE difference in the way that these applied, so I would make sure you have a set of quality travel sized brushes available to use with this palette.

The fallout though is pretty bad on these. I took a photo of Cover’s fallout after I swiped a brush through it twice to do my eyes one morning. No bueno. That is a lot of wasted product over the life of the palette and if I were using this on the go as I had intended, chances are I would be getting this all over my clothes, car, etc. IMG_2480.JPG

If I would have known at the time that Naked on the Run was going to be coming out, I would have saved my cash and just held out for that. Here’s to hoping that I have better luck with that one as the travel palette I’ve been hoping for!

Did anyone else have better luck with the Naked 2 Basics shadows than I did? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: Lorac Mega PRO Palette

Hey guys!

 

As you all know the holidays are coming up. If you missed the Lorac Mega Pro palette, people are still putting them up on ebay. If you start watching now, I’m sure you can find one at a reasonable price. However, this item was a Limited Edition from Lorac and Amazon, so it is not available through the official retailers anymore.

I figured I would still do a quick review though in case anyone was debating buying themselves a little something, or putting one of these babies on their Christmas list!

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The palette itself is quite a bit smaller than I had anticipated it being. It was roughly the size of the Vice palettes from Urban Decay but thinner. It is a sturdy cardboard, and the top portion can be flipped all the way back. It also has a good sized mirror. It might be a little bit big for travel if you are taking a shorter trip.

 

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Here is a closer photo of the shades and layout of the palette. The top half is predominantly matte shades, although the 2nd row is more of satin than true mattes. The bottom half is very similar but has much more shimmer. I feel like the first two rows could be laid over the bottom two and you would have almost the same colors in matte and shimmer in most cases (see Mulberry and Merlot). There is, however, still some variation and I do like that I can use this to add drama with the bottom half or keep simple and clean daytime looks with the upper half.

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Shades in order

Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso

Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo

Row 4: Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

 

 

 

Swatches:

 

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Swatches of Row 1 and 2 in order. On bare skin in natural light. Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

Cream is a pale warm beige. Nothing too crazy, would be a good highlight for someone with a bit deeper skin tone.

Fawn is  a warm peachy beige.

Camel is just as it sounds, a tan (camel-y) color.

Sepia is a brown with warm undertones. It is more of a medium shade and has better color payoff than the Camel or Fawn.

Dusty Plum is muted plum. I wish it was a cool shade but sadly is a warm tone (but still lovely).

Orchid is a pinky shade. Finally a cool toned shade, but I’m not a huge lover of pinks so even though this one is a purpley pink, it is one that likely won’t see much love from me.

Mulberry is cool tone berry. This one can have some problems with dragging/blending so you need to have a little more time to work with this one and I would REALLY suggest using a primer!

Espresso is dark brown. Nothing too crazy, but I do like this one for the outer corners when I am doing a softer daytime look.

White is plain white. This one is kind of chalky and I probably won’t use this one a ton.

Khaki is a grayish brown. I like the slightly satiny finish to this one.

Brown is a matte medium brown. Another staple shade that you probably already own in a few variations, but it’s nice to have it easily accessible for when you are creating a look with this palette.

Stone is a purpley gray. This is one of my favorite shades in the palette after actually using it a few times. The purple tones to it make it more interesting than a lot of the other gray shades in my collection.

Lilac is lavender. This one was chalky and did not have very good color payoff at all. My least favorite out of the whole palette.

Wisteria is about the opposite of stone. This one is a purple with a bit of gray added. I like to use these two to create just a bit of contrast but stil have a very subtle day look.

Gray is not gray. I’m not really sure why they even called it that. If anything, stone is more of a gray than this is. This is more of a blue. It’s a grayish blue, but still.

Black is a plain matte black. Again chances are you already have this in your collection, but it comes off more of a charcoal than a true black. I also had some issues with blending with this one.

 

Let’s move on to the next 2 rows! The shimmers!

 

 

 

These are the shimmers. I took 2 photos under each lighting with my arm turned, in order for you to fully see each swatch. These are taken in soft indoor lighting with no primer. I tried to make one set of swatches the focal point of each photo. The ones that are complete swatches (not cut off at the ends) are the focus of each photo.

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Swatches of Row 3 under natural light and indoor lighting.

Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo 

 

Opal is much prettier than I had thought it would be judging from the pan. It is a white with intense gold shimmer.

Sand is a light champagne. I reach for this one quite a bit as a highlight.

Copper is a metallic-y reddish brown shade.

Sienna is a softer brown. Another good one just to have if you are looking for a little something without going too over the top.

Apricot is bright peachy orange. It was MUCH brighter swatched than I thought it would be and would really help to brighten a look.

Blush is a light frosty pink. It wasn’t as buttery as some of the other shads.

Merlot is my FAVORITE shade in the bunch. Its a medium metallic wine shade with a bit of shimmer. Goes on very easily and blends well.

Indigo is blue black with a ton of micro glitter, but the glitter is VERY hard to see once applied.  With a more intense (sticky) primer, the glitter may take hold better and be more visible, which would make this another favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Row 4 under natural light and indoor lighting.

Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

 

Vanilla is more frosted off white. This is another I prefer to use for a highlight or the inner corners.

Cashmere is a softer metallic light tan/off white. I use this on my brow bone when I want something with a hint of shimmer but not a ton of color, but the light color would show on someone with a darker complexion.

Smokey Topaz is bronzy brown with a bit of glitter and is pretty pigmented.

Dusty Rose is brownish pink. Another shade you may already own.

Granite is another frequently used shad for me. Dark brown with some shimmer/metallic finish that is super easy to blend and work with.

Maroon is brownish red. I was hoping with would be a deeper TRUE maroon (a bit closer to the merlot), but its more of a red.

Deep Teal is another beautiful shade. It’s a darkened cool teal. This is one of the shades that initially interested me and it did not disappoint.

Caviar is more of a true black than the ‘Black’ shade in this palette. It is not matte, but when I want a black, I reach for this.

 

 

Overall, I would absolutely buy this palette again. It was $59 and while I do wish more shades were cool toned, but I find that the warm shades here are still okay for me to work with.  It does have quite a few browns and whites, but on the skin they are all different enough where I was not disappointed, and there are enough unique shades that I would have gladly paid more for to make this palette worth it for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

Hey guys!

 

A few weeks ago, I stayed up in great anticipation to grab some items from the MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection!

 

I changed my mind about 15 times as to what items I was going to grab. It didn’t help too that the launch was plague with issues. MAC was supposed to release this collection on Sept 29th. Then word on the internet was that it wouldn’t be out until the 30th (so some people wound up staying up 2 nights in a row). Then MAC tweeted a statement saying it would be out around noon. They missed this deadline as well and when the collection finally launched, they were missing one of the most anticipated items – Frank-N-Furter lipstick. Rumor on the street is that there was a problem with one of the FNF batches, which is why the entire collection was delayed.

Anyway, once I was FINALLY able to place my order, I went as quickly as I could. This was no time to look around. I felt like I was that crazy person during Black Friday that just throws EVERYTHING in their cart and runs to the register. lol.

 

The packaging on all of the items that I got is amazing! The picture below is of the inside of the blush box, but they all have this image of the characters inside!

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I grabbed the Crazed Imagination limited edition blush because it was a pretty purpley-bronze shade on my monitor. When I swatched this, I was VERY disappointed. I was aware that it was sheertone but there is literally almost NO coor payoff on these, even though I am super pale. It was also more on the brown/bronze side than I had been hoping for.

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My sister and I happened to stop at a MAC store the day of the in-store release and while I was there I showed her how poor the pigmentation was. The sales woman snarkily told me (because I had just swatched it with my finger and got nothing as far as color payoff) that since people had been rubbing their fingers all over it all day that of course it wouldn’t have any payoff since the oils from everyones hands were all over it. I understand this may be somewhat true, but I replied back that even my BRAND NEW item that I was shipped had poor payoff as well and I walked away. I was a bit irked by it however.

Moving on, the next item was the pigment. This shade was another limited edition shade called ‘It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time’. Again, I’m not sure if I have a monitor issue or not, but this looked like a beautiful plum with a bronze shift. This turned out to be a bronze with a reddish shift. Not bad, but also not something   I was crazy for or would use all the time like I would have had it been the shade I thought it was!

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I grabbed some of the blue base red lipsticks since I have pink undertones. The first is ‘Oblivion’ which is very bright and has an almost satiny finish.

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Next is ‘Frank-N-Furter’ which is the one that was much waited on and had the potentially botched batch haha.

This one is a pretty matte and looks like a great go-to fall blue red.

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The Formidable nail polish was the one item that I got because the histeria, lack of sleep, and the craziness of the sale got the best of me. I paniched and picked the shade I liked better, only to find out right after I placed my order that this color in particular is part of their permanent collection and was just shown in the fancu packaging. The only other polish shade was one that was a repromote or limited edition so Bad Fairy is the one that I left behind in the chaos.

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The products are all the same quality that we have come to know and love from MAC. I also love that the RHPS graphics on the packaging are on there really well. They aren’t like a cheap sticker that is very easy to scratch off.

Below are some swatches of a few of the items. We have Frank-N-Furter at the top, Oblivion in the middle, and then the Crazed Imagination blush at the bottom. The top photo is in direct sunlight. The one below is the same swatches but in indoor lighting.IMG_2395

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Review: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Hey guys!

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The Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette just dropped in price, so I thought I’d review it for any of you who may be debating purchasing it.

The packaging on the palette is very in theme with the movie. The inside of the box is red with white blood-like spatter. It is a sturdy cardboard with a decent sized mirror inside.  The palette design is well presented, although I feel it is VERY bulky for the size of the small shadows inside.

 

 

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It also comes with a look card and a small brush as seen above. I love to color of the brush as it again keeps with the Pulp Fiction theme.

 

I swatched this and was not thoroughly impressed. Some shades lack any kind of pigmentation, while the others just looked so… plain on my skin. Don’t get me wrong, they might be nice, matte browns but for the $32 I spent at the time, I was looking for something with a little more to it.

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I do have all 5 shades swatched on my hand above… but can you even see them? I know I’m pale but come on now!

 

Overall, I like the movie and the theme of the packaging. I would use this as some daily neutrals to pair with some of my other UD shadows, but I wouldn’t pay $32 for this again. I think the $16 price tag that it is on sale for now is much more reasonable. I would pick one up still at that price!

 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Rave: ELF Stepping Up Their Game

Hi lovelies!

 

I was in Walmart the other day shopping for a few odds and ends. I usually buy more prestige makeup and don’t venture down the beauty aisles here too much, but I noticed an ELF display that caught my eye. If you ask me, they are stepping their game up big time!

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The display that caught my attention was a freestanding rack that was black and plexiglass. It spun (much like a jewelry rack so that you can rotate it to see things on each side) and had different displays set on each side organized by price range and type (face, lips, etc). I walked through aisles and couldn’t find ANY other ELF makeup, so it seemed that this smallish display was their entire product line at that specific store, but I am still very impressed compared to the boring look that I usually see if I am perusing the Target aisles near me.

This is what I ended up grabbing:

Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in (L to R ) In The Nude, Pink Umbrellas, and Movie Star  I chose a variety of colors with varying pigmentation so that I could play around with them a bit and switch things up. These go on more like a lip butter than a glass, but have the same slickness to them that a gloss has when you apply it. I have had these before, but my last one snapped off and broke inside the packaging, but I like the formula and for $2 I repurchased them. I’ve had lip butters 8x that much do the same thing, so I’m going with the cheaper ones that I can reach for on a daily basis!

 

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Translucent Matifying Powder- This powder does have a slight color to it in the pan, but is barely noticeable when applied. My first impression was that it was a tad chalky, but i will have to play with it some more. It comes with a sponge that is absolute TRASH. It smells horribly like chemicals or something, and I recoiled when I went to use it. The smell also stayed on my face after I used it. This wouldn’t be bad with a brush, but the package is pretty bulky for the amount of product you get (The pan covers half, the spot for the sponge is the other half of the case). For only a couple bucks I’m not too upset, but I won’t be repurchasing this.

 

If you are thinking about grabbing some ELF to try, or stocking up, NOW is the time! They have a half off sale at eyeslipsface.com  going on that is on your entire purchase over $35! That is a TON of stuff considering how cheap their makeup runs even ticket price! Enjoy the sale, I’ll be drooling over my computer but sticking to my July No Buy!

*I am in no way affiliate with or compensated by ELF. I got an email about the sale and all products purchased in this posts (and all posts unless stated otherwise) are purchased by me!

Haulin’: Small Ulta Haul – June

Hi guys!

 

My mom and I went to do some exchanges at Ulta today, so I thought I would show you what I picked up while we were there!

 

I did get one item at a local hair salon and NOT at Ulta, but I included it in this post so that I wouldn’t have to do a separate one for that too!

I returned a lip liner that was Ulta brand, a glitter top coat Ulta brand eyeshadow, and my Stila BB Trio that I reviewed recently. Instead, I grabbed:

 

 

Bliss Facial in a Box – $12

Ulta Eyeshadow in Lustre -$4 on sale

NYX Chunky Dunk in Pink Bikini-$5.99

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural -$6.99 (then had a coupon for 20% off one item, so came down to $5.59)

 

At the hair salon, I got the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Trial Kit -$15

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This is a swatch of the Chunky Dunk Lipie (is it just me who can’t stand that word? lol)

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This is the Ulta shadow is Lustre. It’s very pretty and subtle for an all over wash of color when I want a quick easy and effortless look. I’ve had great luck with Ulta shadows in the past. I only returned the one mentioned above because the description was off from the actual product (I bought that one online).

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The Bliss Facial in a Box kit was an impulse purchase at the register. It has a mask, Peel and a treatment all in small sizes to try. The exact contents are: Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, That’s Incredi-‘peel’, and Triple Oxygen Ex-‘glow’-sion. I’ll let you know how I like these once I take them for a test run!

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Here is the NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural. It’s very creamy and easy to blend. I also like that it is pigmented enough to show up easily, but not so much so that it’s going to look crazy on my extra-pale skin.

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This is the stuff I grabbed for the salon. I have heard great things about the pillow proof system, but I didn’t want to pay 15-20 apiece and then have it potentially not work for me. These should give me just a couple uses, but I’d gladly pay $15 to try them out than almost invest almost $40 to hate them, and not be able to return them because this is a small business.

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Have you had any luck with this system? Any great finds at your local Ulta lately? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Stila BB Trio

Hi guys!

  • Leaves a silky, powdery finish
  • Reduces pore size and provides oil and blemish control
  • Contains micro spheres, to hide skin imperfections and reduce wrinkle depth
  • Reduces redness and skin irritation
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increase anti-oxidant activity
  • Provides seamless, smooth coverage
  • Ideal for all skin types and skin tones
  • Oil-free, paraben-free and dermatologist tested

 

I personally really like BB’s when I’m looking for more sheer-medium coverage. I use them on my day off, while I’m running errands, etc.

 

Most true BB creams come in one shade that are meant to be blended and buffed into the skin until it matches with your skin tone. I was not able to do that with any of these. They were just too dark for my ridiculously pale skin.

I thought that maybe I could use the bronzing to contour, but it had too much of a sheen to it for me to be able to use it for that purpose. The original formula also didn’t have the buildable coverage that some of my favorite BBs have without giving me a weird orangey glow. It also did not have the wear time of many of my other BBs. I see this as more of a tinted moisturizer where I usually go for heavy duty BBs.

If I was going to purchase one, I would get the illuminating, but I tend to favor a more matte look since I have oily skin, so these will be going back to the store sadly. I much prefer NYX’s BB formula or Benefit’s Big Easy which I will review later.

 

I have one more concern that I can’t seem to find additional info on. I have been reading up on micro beads and micro spheres and how bad they are for the environment. Most are made from plastic and are so small they get into our water, but I can’t find if the spheres in this product are plastic or just something just used to market the product as innovative (or both).

 

L to R: Original, Illuminating, and Bronzing.

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This second photo is when I just started to blend them into my skin.
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Please let me know if you have any info on the micro-spheres in this product as well!