Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette Review and Swatches

I was being such a lazy bunnie last weekend so no post up, but here's a treat for all you ladies... a review on the Urban Decay NAKED Basics. I haven't really seen a lot of reviews on this one, perhaps also due to my absence in the beauty blogging, but here's my take on it.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is a handy palette for your makeup bag and is great for travelling. The case is rubberized similar to that of the NARS packaging, though the UD Naked Basics, in my opinion, better because makeup doesn't adhere to it as much as the NARS packaging does. 

The palette comes with 6 eyeshadow, 5 of them matte and one, Venus, has a satin finish. Foxy, a matte highlight with a yellow undertone, is present in this palette. For those who have the NAKED2, this is a familiar shadow. W.O.S. (Walk of Shame) is another nice matte highlight/neutral shade which suits my own skin tone. Naked 2, a similar shade of neutral as to the Naked shadow is a great blending color. Faint is a lovely medium brown shade and Crave is a black with brown undertones... which makes it just a tad lighter than Blackout which is also in the NAKED2 palette. 

Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint, Crave

Urban Decay has been my favorite eyeshadow brand since I started using makeup and it's the only brand I really splurge on when it comes to eyeshadows. The pigmentation is great and they are so buttery smooth. Application and blending is very easy when it comes to these shadows. 

This is really a great palette for those ladies who are just starting to learn how to put on makeup since this is really a very basic palette. I would also recommend this to ladies who likes wearing neutral makeup. This palette is wonderful in creating light, everyday makeup that you can build up to a nice smokey eye. 

The only downside I see in this palette is the shadow Foxy since I was never really a fan of that shadow in NAKED2 - it's too yellow for my complexion.

This palette retails for $27 with 6 full sized shadows and a mirror. A single, full sized eyeshadow from UD retails for $18 so this is a bargain.  

I just love this palette since it is so handy that I can just throw it in my makeup bag and it has all the neutral shadows I need for a great everyday or smokey eye. I can already tell that I would hit pan on Walk of Shame faster than the other shadows in the palette since it is similar to Naked which I love as a blending color.

This a great addition to the Urban Decay Naked line, though I wish that they would name other shadows creatively rather than name them Naked and Naked2 since it  can easily be confused as the palette and not the eyeshadow itself. 

So what do you ladies think about this palette from UD? 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sephora, Macy's, Ulta and Drugstore Holiday Haul

Hello lovely ladies! As promised to everyone who follows me on twitter and instagram, here's a super fab haul.

First up is Sephora. I finally bought the Too Faced Natural at Night Palette. I was hesitant for a long time to get this one since it reminded me so much of the UD Naked Palette and I was also considering buying the Lorac Unzipped Palette but Too Faced won me over in my dilemma. I also got the Charlotte Ronson All Eye Need Eyeshadow Quad in Angela which was on sale that time for only $10. A great on the go smokey eye palette. I also found a limited time code for a deluxe sample of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector. 

Too Faced Natural at Night Palette

Charlotte Ronson All Eye Need in Angela

For Christmas, I've been telling my mom to just give me a gift card for Sephora but instead she gave me a $50 gift card to Macy's as one of her gifts to me. I would've preferred a Sephora gift card just thinking about all the other beauty brands and the points but no biggie, I still have my eye on a few items that I wanted from Macy's... namely MAC. I ended up getting two MAC lipsticks and the much coveted, new Urban Decay Naked Basics. 

Urban Decay Naked Basics

MAC Amplified Lipstick in Chatterbox and MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Sunny Seoul

Most of my purchases in Ulta were for the package I''m sending to my good friend, Jill of Lipstick Traces. I only bought a few items for myself and two of them were backups. I bought a backup of my favorite lipstick ever - Revlon Coralberry. This is one of my go-to, everyday lipstick along with MAC Brave (which I lost but thanks to my cousin Rina, she repurchased it for me while she was here in NYC for a visit). The other backup was of the NYX Super Skinny Marker. I also got another Revlon lipstick in Peach Me and two of the NYX powder blushes that I'm slowly trying to collect; Rose Garden and Peach. And finally I will get to try one of the famous Real Techniques brushes by Samantha Chapman which is the Expert Face Brush.

NYX Powder Blush in Peach and Rose Garden

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Lastly, from the drugstore, which are mostly repurchases of my empties: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer and Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Liner. Thank goodness for Maybelline's BOGO half off sale I trimmed down on my expenses. The Sally Hanses products are also on 50-75% off sale so I bought two nail lacquers, Xtreme Nails in Blackout and Pacific Blue. Last but not the least, a limited time only Revlon Nail Art in Moon Candy. (Sorry for the LQ pic since I just took it with my phone)

I hope you liked this haul of mine. I was waiting for my JustFab package to arrive today so that I can include it in this post but sad to say FedEx is super late so I guess I'll put up the JustFab haul together with my LUSH mini haul when they both come in. :)

I'm working on that giveaway I promised a year ago. I'm so sorry that it has been delayed for too long already. I just had too many things on my hand right now. Anyway, please do follow me on twitter and instagram for more updates on things: urhapppybunnie :)