Now that it is officially autumn I find that my skin just needs a little more TLC and requires a little more work to achieve a healthy glow. I think good makeup however starts with good skin, therefore I’ve added the Witch Skincare Gentle Exfoliating Facial Wash to my daily routine as I find it helps add a lovely healthy glow to my skin. I’ve also really been loving the The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer for a really easy glow, it’s a really finely milled highlighter perfect for cheek bones, inner corner and brow highlighting.
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I feel like the beauty world (maybe just me) has been waiting for the release of a new Naked Palette since the Naked 3 came out but the wait is finally over, the Naked Smoky!
The Naked Palettes have to be some of the most loved palettes in the beauty industry and after reading all the US posts about the new release I am super excited to have been lucky enough to have got my own pre-release so of course I had to share my thoughts!
Just like with the other Naked Palettes there are 12 shadows, all fairly neutral and with a variety of finishes. Nine of the shades are brand new shades which is always super exciting and it also comes with a full size, double ended shadow brush which sadly isn’t quite as good as the previous ones.
Naturally my first thought was of super excitement, I love the neutral matte shades which are on the right hand side and there are some really beautiful sparkly, wearable shades on the left but I do find that the middle shades would get far less wear from me and I’m also not too keen that the darkest colours are in the middle. However the mixture of matte, shimmery, natural and darker more evening shades make this palette one of the most versatile, you can create a very nude matte eye, a wearable day look (like I did above) or a very dark evening look.
The casing is beautiful, probably my favourite out of all of them with the standard plastic casing but I love the almost marble like affect.
I think this is a really stunning palette and it’s probably my second favourite out of the Naked range (the Original will always be my fave!), that said there are about 5 shades that will very rarely be used but the ones that I do like are really perfect and would it be a shame to miss out.
I’m sure I’ll be using this palette lots and sharing lots of looks with it over the coming months so keep and eye out for that too. This palette is out on the 27th July at all Urban Decay counters (and online) and although it isn’t limited edition I am sure it will sell out quick, as all the Naked palettes do so get to your Urban Decay counter quickly after the launch on Monday.
As you may have heard, Topshop Beauty turns 5 this year! It’s crazy to think that it’s already been five years since my first trip when it first launched to get some blushers and lipsticks. I was having a look through their previous ads and I fell in love from one from 2013; dewy skin, ombre lip and a slightly smokey eye which I was inspired by for the makeup look I wore yesterday.
I usually go for either eyes or lips but I think one wash over the eye can still work with a bright lip. For this I went for Topshop’s Mono Eyeshadow in Explorer, £5 a beautiful burgundy brown which I buffed all over the eyelid and ran lightly under the eye. I chose to not contour my eyes and instead went for a good coating of 3D Curve mascara, £10 and a thin liquid line.
As my brows are naturally very dark I try not too pencil them in too much but need a product that will keep them in place. I used the Topshop Brow Fixer brown shade to fill in sparser areas and the wax to keep them in place.
In order to keep the skin quite natural I chose two cream products, the glow stick to add a little colour and shape to the face as well as Glow Highlighter in Polished, £9. I love Glow Highlighter, it’s such a beautiful yet quite natural highlight which is easy to apply, even with finger tips.
Although I had never tried an Ombre Lip, the Topshop Lip Ombre in Astound, £9 made it all very easy, I applied the darker colour with a brush and patted on the lighter colour into the middle of my lip simply using my finger. I feel in love with the colours, the effect it gave and I was surprised that it lasted all evening.
To celebrate their 5 years of beauty, Topshop have released a limited edition collection with some of their most loved products and the packaging is stunning (available here)
I rarely get too excited about the beauty of a new palette but I really am in love with the new YSL Couture palette Rock Resille Edition- I love anything in gold packaging and the polka dots really make this palette even more beautiful, quite the collectors item.
Inside there are five colours which is great for days where you don’t want to worry too much about which colours go together, it does all the hard work for you. The quality of easy shadow is beautiful, really pigmented whilst still being silky soft and blendable. I love the colours in this palette as they are probably some which I wouldn’t group together but look perfect; I love the mixture of warm and cool. Surprisingly the peachy bronze works really well with the matte grey to create a classic but edgy look.
It’s the perfect go-to, easy palette to create a polished look with little effort and particularly great if you often feel overwhelmed by too many shadows.
The YSL Couture palette Rock Resille Edition palette is £45 but will sell out fast so pick one up quickly if you are looking to add it to your collection.
I’ve been meaning to try Makeup Revolution properly for a while and finally got to dive into one of their eyeshadow palettes. Since they release so many products monthly it’s quite hard to keep up with what is new but I tried out their Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette which was realised fairly recently.
I believe that sometime less is more especially as some people get overwhelmed with too many shadows (if you do check out this post) but it’s a beautiful palette if you know what to do with it and if it’s something you want. Surprisingly, since it’s only £8, I actually really enjoyed using this palette. Most applied beautifully with the exception of a few less shimmery shades which were a little chalky but nothing that isn’t still workable.
There are some particularly beautiful colours in here but I think I would have been just as impressed with a well selected group of 4-8 shades which were also travel friendly. If you’re looking for a nice but very affordable alternative to the Urban Decay Naked Palettes than this is a great palette choice and you really have almost every natural/naked-esque colour you will ever need. I’m sure I’ll be reaching for this palette again soon, I just love a good brown smokey eye!