Thursday, 24 April 2014

My Thoughts on Naked 3


Hey lovelies!

I'm sure we've all seen plenty on Naked 3 since it was released around Christmas time. I was lucky enough to be bought it for my birthday a few weeks ago and I couldn't resist but photograph it (it's SO pretty) and I thought I'd give my views on it too.

You can see M's post here so I will try not to repeat everything that she has already said!

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So the outer packaging; a rosy gold theme is probably onto a winner without even trying. Rose gold really has been the metallic of choice over the last few years particularly thanks to Michael Kors watches and Zara handbags. The main reason for this? It suits almost everyone. Some people can't wear golder tones or silvery tones and rose gold seems to cover all bases whilst still being versatile enough to create a soft look or a darker smokey look for night.

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The box contains the palette and also a booklet with testers of all four primers on offer from UD.

I'd bought the original primer a few years ago in a Buyapowa deal but in all honesty never really used it. I have seriously been missing out and from now on that primer is surgically attached to my eyelids on day trips and nights out (work doesn't deserve that kind of commitment!). I'm super excited to try the others particularly after being shown them at the UD showcase event we went to; Eden looks like it will be a superstar for nights out.

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The packages look like they will contain a tiny amount of product but actually there's a generous sample size inside them so I will look forward to testing them out.

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So the palette itself....is it worth the hype?

Here are some close ups of the shades:

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Pink has always been an eyeshadow I've avoided if I'm honest. so this end of the palette is a little scary and if I'm honest, offputting. Strange is a colour I love already as I love using a matte light colour for over my lid to give it a good base and lighten the inner corners. Dust and Burnout are shimmery pink and apricot kind of shades which i can see me using to add shimmer in the centre of my eye lids to make them pop. Limit and Nooner which you can just see at the end are matte shades that will be good for day to day base colours. Buzz is one that scares me the most....dusky pink shimmer!
Trick is a lovely coppery glitter shade that I'm looking forward to using on nights out; it will be great with a bit of a tan in the summer months.

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Again you can see Trick and Nooner in this photo and the colours here are MUCH more my thing. I'm a bit of a magpie and shimmery colours are what I love. Liar, Factory, Mugshot and Darkside are very welcome additions to my collection and I can see me slowly becoming obsessed with them
Blackheart is one of my absolute faves; a dark black with red glitter in and its perfect for a Saturday night; I needed this colour more than the others and I love how easily it blends for a smokey eye with a difference.


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Another bonus with these palettes is the brush that comes with it. This brush is a double ended one specific for Naked 3. It has a larger fluffier brush on one side and then a thinner flat brush for more detailed applications. I really like it, a brush is always a welcome addition to my collection and this one slots in nicely. Lots of use will be had from this!

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So....is it worth the £37 price tag?

The shadows work out at around £3.08 each which I'm sure we'll agree is a pretty good price for super pigmentation, a wide variety of shades that compliment most skin tones and long lasting crease free finishes.

The brushes from UD normally cost at least £10 so you're getting a bargain, plus the addition of the primer samples which are probably worth an additional £10 and overall you've got yourself a bargain.

The shades are complimentary for many skin tones and although I've said some aren't my cup of tea and 'scare' me I do think i'll use them as glitter will always be a good look!

I'd say this was a welcome addition to a make up wardrobe; what do you think?
Are you fan of rose gold shades and super pigmentation? What do you think of UD's brushes?


L xxx


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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Book Review: A Song Of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

Morning All

Hump day is here already. I love Wednesday's as it's my mega gym day and I always feel strong after it.

I've done a few book review posts now so thought it was about time I shared my current addiction. I'm a huge fan of reading. I love getting lost in a book and this year I seem to have gotten back into reading and finding the time again. (Goodbye reading the metro daily hello books!).

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I thought I'd talk about the first 3 books in The Song of Ice and Fire series as I've currently just started the fourth. The first 3 are a Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords.

I feel I should start by saying if you asked me my preferred reading genre 100% it would be chrime thiller, second to that chick lit and thirdly classics (mainly as I want to read them more lately!). On multiple occasions I was told to watch Game of Thrones. I refused point blank for ages. I would go as far to say I hate Lord of the Rings (I am now determined to read the hobbit!) And I thought Game of Thrones would be alone those lines amd I wasn't interested.  If I watch or read fantasy it's more teen things like Harry Potter,  Twilight and Hunger Games.

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In February I was finally persuaded to give it a go and agreed to try watching and reading it. I had already set myself up not to like it as everyone said it was good but a really hard read and complicating as there are lots of characters and it goes between them all. For me I watched two episodes of the first series then started reading the books. I think watching a few episodes first really helped me to have the characters in my head and understand the relationships linking everyone before I got stuck into the book. (One helpful thing is at the back of the books there are character lists and family tree type information).

It's been 9 weeks since I watched the first two episodes and I can honestly say a book has never gripped me so much yet taken me sooooooo long to read. If I love a book it's not unknown for it to take me 2 days to finish it. I'm a fast reader and probably scan read a lot. With A Song of Ice and Fire you can't do that as you'll miss things so I pove that it's got me reading properly again.

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For two solid months I've read everyday except for two (I was horrifically hungover!) and I'm still hooked and not bored of it yet. I always want to read more. There are a few characters I don't enjoy so when I have their chapters ( the book is set into chapters where a chapter is a different characters story! Probably should have mentioned that sooner!) I am a bit slower reading them.

The books are long but don't let that put off. They are a great read. From someone who doesn't usually like the fantasy fiction genre I'm hooked.

I will give one bit of advice that was given to me. Don't love any characters George Martin is fond of killing them. It's great for keeping you on your toes and the end if every book has you reaching the next. I've been so gobsmacked sometimes I've text L in disbelief!

Have you read any of the books or watched the tv show? Even if it's not your thing seriously give it a go. But be prepared to lose a good few months to these books!

love M

xxx

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Lush Love Lettuce Face Mask

Evening All

Hope you had a great bank holiday! I got totally distracted yesterday reorganising and totally forgot to post. My skin has been really misbehaving lately so I've been using face masks weekly to try and help it.

Lush are some of my favourite face masks, I love that they are natural and that they are kept in the fridge so feel nice and cool on the skin. They are also buy 5 get 1 free technically. I'm working my way through trying them all out. I love oatifix and cosmetic warrior! Don't be put off by the use by date. I tend to keep mine 2 months and they are fine as long as they are kept in the fridge. I did check in store before and they advised that as long as they smelt and looked the same they were probably ok.

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Love lettuce is one I've been meaning to try for a while. I love how useful the assistants always are in Lush and they try a few out on your hands so you can get a feel of the differences between them on the skin.

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Despite the name it doesn't contain lettuce. It contains lavender which is great for calming the skin (and my angry spots at the moment) it also helps with sebum control. It has a slight gritty texture from almond shells which gently exfoliate the skin as you remove the mask. I like to apply let it sit for 15 minutes then use a small amount of water to lightly wet the mask and use it as a scrub before I was it off. Honey helps to sooth and moisturise the skin.

It's a great mask for oily combination skin to control sebum while moisturising too. 

I love that so many of Lush face masks suit my skin so that I can mix it up. Another plus is that Lush as always don't test on animals!

Have you tried Love Lettuce?

Love M

xxx

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Urban Decay Event


Happy Easter All

Hope you're all enjoying some tasty Easter treats! I'm currently waiting for a tasty pizza to be delivered as there has been no Easter roast for me this year :(!

I've been given some tasty Easter treats though and they've been tucked into.

On Friday we went to an event for the launch of the new Electric Palette from Urban Decay. I was really intrigued to see how they'd use the palette as for me (and I'm sure many others the palette looks really scary at first!)

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The ladies from the Cardiff Urban Decay counter are brilliant and so helpful. I love that we all had face charts of the looks that were going to be created so we could remember all the products used. We also had a pen so we could easily write down any tricks! (like you can use the pore perfecting primer to turn an eyeshadow into a long lasting lipstick!)



L absolutely loves Naked Skin at the moment and did purchase it after the event. At the moment my skin is too bad for such a lightweight foundation. 

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So here is the beautiful Electric Palette. The packaging is gorgeous!! I absolutely love it. The colours are pressed pure pigments so are super pigmented and can be used in a variety of different ways as was demonstrated!! They convinced we I totally need it but I don't know if I'd actually use it so I've resisted for now. The palette contains 10 eyeshadows and a brush and retails for £38. The shadows are all a decent size too and will last forever! And at only £3.80 a shadow it really doesn't work out that bad!

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The first look created was one to show how to subtlety use the palette for everyday wear. The slight bit of pink through the crease looked so pretty on and subtle. I'd also love to use the amazing blue shade (Chaos) and the purple (Urban) as coloured liner!

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The next look was a more full on look for a night out. I love that they used the jilted pigment on the lips. It makes such a gorgeous colour. The eyes remind me of a parrot in a good way. I'd love to have this look done on me for a night out. It really did look amazing. I'm not sure I have the skills to recreate it.



The final look included coloured brows, a pink contour and using the shadows as hair chalks!! I'm totally in love with coloured brows. As I have pink hair at the moment I'm so tempted to try this. I'm not sure I'm confident enough to pull them off. This would be amazing counter/stage make up!


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There were lots of products to play with. Myself, L and Nina (from the little nomad!) were swatching everything!! The new glitters look amazing. Some of these were used on the lips and the eyes in the final look and really finished it off.



Thrash (the yellow green shade) looks really scary in pan but really looks great when used a little on the inner corner. It was also used where you'd use highlight to bring out the cheeks!

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Here is Chloe at stage too prior to false lashes!! The colours really pop and she makes it look really wearable!

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And the final look. Look at those brows!! I'm in love!! The eye make up is so stunning. I love how creative the girls are!!

Such an fun afternoon. L and I enjoyed some shopping after and we will be sharing our purchases soon!

Thanks Ladies!

Love M

xxx


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