URBAN DECAY – Naked Basics Palette & Naked 2 Basics Palette

urban decay - naked basic complete
NAKED BASICS PALETTE
urban decay - naked basics 2 complete
NAKED 2 BASICS PALETTE

Price: $34.00 CAD (per palette)
Size: 6 – 0.05 oz (per palette)

PACKAGING
Both have practically the same exact packaging – plastic, matte brown palette with a mirror and 6 shades inside. The size is perfect for travelling since it is about 4 inches wide and 2 inches tall with only a thickness of about ½ and inch. I took the first palette on my month long Asia trip this past summer and there are no signs of wear or tear. The shadows were well protected and nothing broke or shattered inside which is a plus. It also comes with a good closure that clicks into place so you know it closed for sure – unlike the magnetic closer of the original naked palette. Overall I am quite please with the sturdy structure and sleek look of the Naked Basics palettes and would highly recommend them for travel, due to its durability.

PRODUCT
Both palettes come with a total of 6 eye shadows – 5 matte and 1 shimmer (highlight). All possess the buttery and silky texture Urban Decay is well known for – however I did find that they were not quite as opaque as the original Naked palette’s shimmer shades. On a grand the scale the shadows provided a smooth application that is velvety and blend-able. The longevity is acceptable if you are not spending a few hours walking around in the hot sun and sweating tons – otherwise it does last all day especially if you use a primer before application. In summary, they are very similar to each other and I would not say that you would really need to have both of the Naked Basics palettes. I would suggest choosing the one that fits your skin tone and eye colour the best and go with that one.

SHADES
Naked Basics Palette

Venus (shimmer): this is the ‘highlight’ shade with fine glitter – nothing too overwhelming or glittery. It is beige in tone when in the pan but gives off an off-white tone when applied. I usually apply it to the inner corners of my eyes or at my brow bone
Foxy: in the pan this colour looks tan however when applied it gives off a skin tone colour with yellow undertones
W.O.S: this shade is a lot like Foxy however it possess a pink undertone but the difference is very subtle
Naked 2: this shade is a very subtle and light taupe – however I found it sometimes looks ‘chalky’ on my lids. I often find myself using this as a subtle wash of colour on my lids for a quick look
Faint: This looks like a dark brown shade with a warm undertone. It is great for contouring the lids and is one of the more opaque shadows in the palette.
Crave: this is the darkest shade in the palette however I had hopes to use it as a liner but the opacity was not as strong as I wished. Luckily this shade is buildable so an opaque line is possible.

Overall, I found that these colours were sufficient enough for me to create casual and more formal looks when I was on vacation. I do wish that the darker shades were a little more opaque but besides that I was rather pleased with the palette since I am able to use all the shades unlike the original Naked palette.


Naked 2 Basics Palette

Skimp (shimmer): in this palette this is the highlighter shade provided, it has a pink tone and I find that this one is more opaque and finer than the Venus (Naked Basics)
Stark: this is a very pale pink that sometimes comes off a little chalky on my skin tone
Frisk: like the W.O.S (Naked Basics) this is a taupe colour however it is a little deeper in tone and leans on the grey side.
Cover: this is like a darker chocolate brown with a warm tone and has the opacity Urban Decay is known for
Primal: this shade is a lot like a black brown that leans closer to the brown side. I find this is great for a smokey eye as it is not as harsh as a black but still gives the depth you want
Undone: is a subtle black with a mix of brown which is a little like a darker version of Primal – making this also great for the night out look

Overall, I personally feel that the Naked 2 Basics palette was more on par with the original Naked palette – opacity wise. However, this palette consists of more darker shades which may or may not be useful if a majority of your looks are casual and natural looking. I personally like the darker shades of this palette over the ones found in the Naked Basics but I like the lighter shades in the Naked Basics over the ones in this palette (highlight shade not included).


In summary, I would say both palettes are great and affordable for the quality. On the plus side – I would not say that one would require both in their collection (which saves you some money). With these palettes it is a matter of whether you use more of the darker shades than the lighter ones or lighter ones more than the darker ones. Also, a large majority of these shades a matte and would not be great for you if you like shimmer shades.

– SL.


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Eyeliners I Purchased in Asia

I purchased a few eyeliners in Asia, as I often feel that their makeup brands do a great job with their eye products because of a higher demand. Their makeup must also withstand the test of heat and humidity along with longevity. I took a few months to test them out and here are my thoughts:

KOJI DOLLYWINK LIQUID EYELINER | blue packaging
dollywink liquid eyeliner brown complete
Price: $19.60 CAD (sasa online)
Shade: brown
Applicator: brush tip

The first eyeliner is a brown liquid liner from Dollywink, a Japanese brand known for its eye products. I opted for a brown liner because I wanted to try a more subtle line for my everyday look. As for packaging it has a brown cap to correspond to the colour inside and a brush tip. There is no pump or knob to turn as the product comes out on its own, at a reasonable amount of course. Also the cap easily clicks into place to let you know you have closed it properly. Overall, I personally have not experienced any fraying of the brush tip so I am still quite pleased with the packaging as a whole. As for the product I find it comes out smoothly and consistently without break in the line. However, since the product is brown if more pressure is applied at a certain spot there will be a bit of a darker tone but nothing significant. The product sets relatively quickly which I am pleased with and intensity of the colour or line can be built up without gathering the product into a clump. On the down side I did find that it was not really waterproof as the line would disappear in the more watery sections of my eye namely the inner and outer corners. Above all it applies smoothly and easily creating a clean and subtle look which I would recommend for those looking for an easy eyeliner to use that is not waterproof and easy to wash off.

KOJI DOLLYWINK LIQUID EYELINER | red packaging
dollywink liquid eyeliner black complete
Price: N/A (I purchased it as a set with a mascara and could not located it online, sorry!)
Shade: black
Applicator: brush tip

I am not sure if this is from a different collection in comparison to the one from above as I purchased it as a set with a mascara and could not find it alone online. For this eyeliner the packaging is quite similar, minus the corresponding cap colour to the product inside. This liner is also a brush tip, however I have experienced a bit of fraying on this brush but it was easily fixed and works fine now. As for product the colour is not quite as opaque as the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner, but intensity is buildable. I do like how it sets a lot faster therefore avoiding mishaps from blinking or opening my eyes too quickly and creating a double line on my eyelid. I found with this liner was a little bit more water resistant, but I would still not call it waterproof. Overall, I do like this product for everyday use as it creates a skip free line that is quick and easy to create.

LA ROSE DE VERSAILLES
La rosa de versailles liquid eyeliner complete
Price: $17.64 (amazon.ca)
Shade: black
Applicator: brush tip

Once again I purchased this as a set with a mascara and was unable to find that set online so the price is not the same as the price I purchased it at. The packaging for this eyeliner has a sleeker look with a princess effect in comparison to the cutesy Dollywink packaging. Just like the two above it was a pen type eyeliner with product dispensing on its own. The applicator is a brush tip that was slightly longer in length in comparison to the Dollywink eyeliner and personally I did not experience any fraying or separating of the hairs. Do not quote me on this but the brush tip feel a little more synthetic which maybe could lead to less fraying but I am not 100% sure (this is just my guess). As for the product I found the colour possess a good level of opacity, with slightly buildable intensity. Like the ones above this eyeliner set relatively quickly and smoothly.  However, because its slightly longer length in the brush tip I found it to not move and bend as smoothly like the ones above – so if you tend have rounded eyes or have difficulty with lining the inner corners you may not like this product. With that in mind it is not hard to apply so do not be scared. Overall, out of the 3 this is my favourite as the opacity and application is smooth, in combination with better longevity and slightly better water-resistance.

**once again these are my opinions from my own experience – your eyes may be different from mine so of course use your own discretion.

– SL.

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SEPHORA – Holiday Shopping Event [20% off] HAUL

sephora 20off haul

For those who are Sephora VIB members – do not forget to take advantage of the 20% off going on until tomorrow !
I have decided to put a haul of some of the items i picked up at the store today, since the trek to the closest Sephora took a lot of energy out of me.

Above are only a few of the items I purchased, since some are still coming in the mail. I will list what they are below and if you have a preference on what item you would like to see a review on leave a comment below :) I will try my best to do reviews on them all.

PRODUCTS| left to right
NARS- Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (shade: Damned)
SEPHORA- Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53
YSL- Touche Eclat Radiant Touch (shade: 2.5 Luminous Vanilla)
ANASTASIA- Brow Wiz (shade: Soft Brown)
BENEFIT- Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes (contains: Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Watt’s Up!, Hoola, Coralista, Rock, brush)
BENEFIT- Gimme Brow (shade: light/medium)
TARTE- Clean Slate Poreless
TARTE- Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner (colour: Deep Amethyst)
HOURGLASS- 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner (colour: Obsidian/ black)
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URBAN DECAY- B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray
URBAN DECAY- Naked2 Basics
HOURGLASS- Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (shade: Canvas)
TOO FACED- Better Than Sex Mascara (colour: Black)
ANASTASIA- Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced
ANASTASIA- Brow Gel (colour: Clear)
MAKE UP FOR EVER- HD Pressed Powder

Before there are any mean comments below about the amount I purchased- I would like to mention that I do make a list of items throughout the year that I save to purchase with the 20% off . Also these will hopefully last me the year or longer, and some of these items I do pick up for my mother but do try out first for review purposes.

Thanks for reading!
– SL.

URBAN DECAY – Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

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Price: $24.00 CAD
Size: 0.37 Oz

PACKAGING 
The overall look and quality of the packaging is quite good and sturdy. The bottle has a simple and clean design with no odd bumps or edges. The wand is my favourite part, it is amazing! It is made with short but abundant and dense bristles. This really works to grab all your lashes individually and coat them evenly. It also helps to separate your lashes avoiding clumps in your application. This wand is easily one of my favourite designs of all the ones I have personally tried. I recommend this for you if you have thin sparse lashes and tend to get the spidery look with other wands. 

PRODUCT
In short I love this formula for my lashes! It is a gel based mascara but it was not heavy on my lashes and dried relatively quickly for a gel base. Since it is not heavy it does not weight down my lashes and make them droopy. When you first apply the mascara it glides on smoothly and easily however it will transfer to your under eyes so do be careful and give it time to dry. On the bright side I found that since the wand was so slim I had fewer accidents and can apply my mascara quickly without being overly careful. As for volume and length do not expect it to work miracles but I found it gave me a good amount of length and fullness without clumping or creating the spidery effect. The formula is extremely waterproof, I have tried to use simple face cleansers to wash it off as a test and it barely budged. I had to use an oil based makeup remover before it came off easily. Longevity wise after a long day of being out and about I did not find any smudging on my under eyes even with my watery eyes. Lastly, this mascara thanks to its waterproof ability it does not flake even if you rub your eyes. Overall, I really recommend this mascara if you do not mind having to use an oil based makeup remover when taking off your makeup at the end of your day. Just remember, since it is extremely waterproof you need to soak cotton pads with remover and place them on your lashed for a minute without rubbing and it will come off. 

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– SL. 

Tarte – Be Mattenificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette

tarte - be mattenificent palette

Tarte Be Mattenificent Amazonian Coloured Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette
Price: $43 CAD (Click photo to go to product on Sephora)
Free of: parabens & phthalates
Size:
– Eye shadows (6): 0.0758 Oz each
– Blush (1): 0.1244 Oz
– Eyeliner/eye shadow (2): 0.1185 Oz each
Included in the palette:
EYE SHADOWS
1. Sand out from the crowd
2. Peach for the stars
3. Two plums up
4. Pink outside the box
5. Rose to the occasion
6. View from the taupe
BLUSH
7. Elevated
EYELINER/EYE SHADOWS
8. Dream in chocolate
9. Don’t stand black

**Palette can be found my on LUVOCRACY page.

If you want the short version of my opinion, it is: I LOVE THIS PALETTE FOR EVERYDAY LOOKS! IT IS SO VELVETY SMOOTH!

If you want the long version of my opinion and thoughts, well here it is: I am not a big fan of glitter shadows and usually gravitate towards matte shadows, so this was a great find for me. I do have to warn you though, on the box it comes in you will see ‘CC’ on it. Do not be fooled this palette has nothing to do with the ‘colour correcting’ products you see on the market. The ‘CC’ is meant to stand for Coloured Clay, which is one of the main ingredients in the palette. Tarte is known for their use of Amazonian Clay in their products, but what are its benefits? Well I did a little research for you and below is what I found.

ABOUT AMAZONIAN CLAY
Now you may wonder what Amazonian clay is and what the benefits are. I tried to do a little research on the ingredient ‘Amazonian clay’ but was met with very little answers outside of the Tarte website. So I took a look at the ingredients listed in the product and found ‘Amazonian clay’, rose clay, vanilla clay, and mineral pigments, which are ingredients that are found in many cosmetic products. As I looked at the compound break down, I did not find any harmful chemicals, so from my knowledge I do not think these products are bad for your skin as some people fear. However, I do not know for sure outside from Tarte’s claim that these products are fully natural. With this in mind I have not had any negative experiences with the product and my mother, who has sensitive skin, did not react to any of the ingredients. Amazonian clay: (as stated on the Tarte website) is known to remove oils, nourish, reduce dryness and flakiness, provide a smooth appearance, improve clarity and texture, and hydrate the skin. Overall, Amazonian Clay is what gives the product its smooth and silky texture, along with oil absorbing powers that prevent the product from creasing and smudging.

PACKAGING
The packaging is very beautiful, sleek, and sturdy. The top is made to replicate the look of amethyst, giving it a unique and luxurious look in comparison to other palettes. Tarte definitely put equal effort into the outside as they did the product on the inside. The closure on the palette clicks and locks in place, so when put into a bag for traveling, you can be sure that it will not open up and get destroyed.

INCLUDED IN THE PALLET
6 Eye shadows
– 3 nude tones
– 2 dark nude tones
– 1 dark tone
1 Blush
2 Eye liner / eye shadows
1 Double ended brush
– Blender side (great for blending in the product)
– Eye shadow (good for patting the product onto the eyelid)

ABOUT EACH
1. Sand out from the crowd

This is a nude with a yellow undertone, making it great if you want the ‘no makeup’ makeup look for warm skin tones. This can also be used to lightly highlight and even out the look for your eye lids. All you need to do is pick up a bit on to your fingertip and dab it onto your lid lightly and delicately.
2. Peach for the stars
Like the name says, it is a peachy pink nude made for warm skin tones. It will give you a natural looking peachy pink tint to your eye lids and is also ideal for a matte pink smoky eye look
3. Two plums up
This is the only bold eye shadow in the palette which is a deep purple, that is quite versatile since it is a toned down deep purple. It can be applied all over the lid for a hazy purple look or in the crease to add depth. This colour looks amazing in combination with the nudes of the palette, and the purple really made my chocolate brown eyes stand out.
4. Pink outside the box
This is a nude pink that compliments cool skin tones, making it ideal for the ‘no make’ makeup look. It is very similar to ‘sand out from the crowd’ but because the undertone, it will appear more flattering that the other, depending on your own undertones.
5. Rose to the occasion
Do not be fooled by the name but this is a taupe with a mix of rosy pink. This colour will go great with ‘pink outside the box’ for a natural looking gradient look. I used this on my day to day look to contour my crease just slightly.
6. View from the taupe
Like the name states it is a simple taupe colour, a very natural looking grey-brown which pairs well with ‘sand out from the crowd’ if you want the natural gradient. It is also a great way to contour lightly in your crease.
7. Elevated (blush)
This is the blush, which is a rosy pink that looks very natural on skin. When you wear this it will not be obvious that you are wearing blush but it will give you a nice rosy tint. The blush makes a perfect complement to the natural and everyday look you will produce from the shadows in the palette. This blush is a very good way to finish your natural look.
8. Dream in chocolate
This eyeliner / eye shadow is a dark brown that completes neutral looks. It allows you to line your eyes without making you look harsh. Since it doubles as an eye shadow, it combines amazingly well with the ‘view from the taupe’ and ‘sand out from the crow’ for a matte brown smoky eye.
9. Don’t stand black
The second liner colour is a toned down black (not a dark black) which does not create a harsh line. This is a good option if you want a bolder line to your look without it looking like liquid liner. It also doubles to at depth to your crease if you want a smoky eye.

PRODUCT FORMULA
EYE SHADOWS
I fell in love with the eye shadow the moment I swatched them. They were so buttery, silky, and velvety upon application providing them with the ability to blend with ease. In combination to its soft powder, it is highly pigment, therefore you do not need to pick up a lot of product onto the brush. On the down side, the nudes are quite similar to each other, and I was hoping that ‘peach for the stars’ and ‘rose to the occasion’ would be on the deeper side, but I still like them a lot. That is why this is definitely not a bold or statement palette, it is designed for a natural and subtle ‘wash of colour’ look. I am not sure if it is thanks to the clay, but I noticed that the shadows looked different from other shadows when sitting on my lid. When you apply other eye shadows it is quite obvious that powder is sitting on your skin, but with these, it looked like I used a tint giving a more natural affect. To put the product to the test I tried it once with primer and once without primer.
With primer: It glided on very easily and beautifully like a cream eye shadow, with little to no fall out. By the end of the day I observed that it did not crease or smudge, even when put up against the cold Canadian winter and my watery eyes.
Without primer: it still stayed true and applied beautifully and smoothly. However, since it did not have primer to stick to, I did require a little bit more product but not a significant amount more. With that in mind I did not notice much fallout and it still looked flawless once applied. As for longevity I did not notice much of a difference, it once again did not smudge or budge.

EYE LINERS/EYE SHADOWS
The formula was a little more compact than the shadows, therefore to the touch it was not at the same level of silky-ness. Though it did not feel the same, it still applied and glided on effortlessly without any breaks in the line. They were both pigmented with little to no fallout. The lines created from the powders were easy to line the eyes with, as they were consistent and smooth without skips in the line.

BLUSH
I found that the formula was just as soft and velvety as the shadows, helping it blend well into the skin. Just like the shadows, it did not appear like powder on my skin it gave almost the same effect that stains give.

OVERALL
I really loved this palette and it is getting a place in my everyday look. I really think it, is a great value for the quantity and quality you get. This palette is a great find for the matte lover who prefers the natural look. You can create everyday looks that do not make you look too done up for the occasion. I recommend this palette if you are new to using eye shadows on your everyday look. It is a great way to learn how to create smoky eyes without looking like you are about to go clubbing. However, due to its predominance in nudes, it may not show up on some skin tones, I am an Asian with a light-medium skin tone and from my experience it showed up well and blended beautifully with my skin. From reading reviews, I do not think this palette is universal to all skin tones so I recommend testing the colours on your skin before purchasing the palette. I feel, beside this negative point a lot has gone into the quality of the product from the packaging to the formulas. Finally, the brush that came along with the palette was perfect for my eyes. My fold is very close to my eyes, minimizing the space I have to work with; because of this I have avoided using normal size blending brushes. I was pleased to find that the one provided fit perfectly in the fold and blended the shadows smoothly without bringing the colour too far up. I really love this product and would recommend it if you are into nude and natural looks.

– SL.

Dollywink – Black Mascara (#02 volume)

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Dollywink Black Mascara (#02 volume)
Price: $22.99 USD
Shade: Black

Dollywink is a Japanese brand that carries amazing products especially fake eyelashes and mascara. This mascara was gifted to me and I instantly fell in love with it on the first try. From my experience I have learned that mascaras usually do not do what you want it to do on your very first try. But when your 2nd – 3rd try of the product swings around it will usually start to work the way you want it to. Since I am Asian I have been blessed with thin and insignificant lashes so finding mascara that works well is hard. Honestly speaking, this could become my staple mascara.

To begin with, this mascara is VERY waterproof! This baby will not wash off with just water, so it is definitely a plus if you tend to find your mascara under your eyes at the end of your day. The only thing that washes it off is a good soaking under cotton pads with oil based makeup remover. So I highly recommend this mascara if you do not mind the difficulty in removal, and you are looking for a waterproof mascara. This would definitely be amazing if you needed to take a trip to the beach, it will not make you look like a monster after your day.

I found this mascara very volumizing, my lashes looked fuller without clumping. Not only did it make my lashes look fuller it also lengthened my lashes a bit. My lashes do not get exponentially longer like lengthening mascara would, but it does lengthen enough for a natural look. The small, short, and dense bristles on the wand are great for short lashes. I also found that because of this design, it was rare that I would get mascara in places I did not want it.

On the negative side the bristles are not all around the wand like you would find in many mascara wands. This design does contribute to the product not getting everywhere, however I had to pay attention to the side the bristles are facing before using it.

Overall I really recommend this product if you are on the hunt for a smudge proof mascara. Its great ability to create a fuller look with some length is definitely a plus in my books.

**If you wish to purchase the item I have provided a link. Just click on the photo and it will take you there .
***Also can be found on my LUVOCRACY page.

– SL.

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Highliner (Gel Crayon)

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Marc Jacobs Highliner
Price: $30 CAD
Shade: Blacquer
Size: 0.1 Oz

Being a fan of Marc Jacobs, I was very excited when I heard he was coming out with a line of makeup. I have always loved his style so I had very high hopes for the line. When it first came out in Sephora, I wanted to buy and try it all but the price was definitely on the higher end. With the price in mind I limited myself to one item I needed most from the collection, so I ended up buying the highliner.

On the website it claimed to be waterproof, long-wearing, and colour-intense. It is described to be a gel pot eyeliner encased within a crayon. The liner contains vitamin E and rosa canina seed extract, which is supposed to soothe, soften and protect the delicate skin around our eyes. It also suggests that after applying the eyeliner you should blend it quickly as it sets within 15 seconds.

With this in mind I bought it hoping it would be great for tight lining because of its smooth consistency and claim to be waterproof. In my opinion the eyeliner would not be my top choice for tight lining as it transfer to my under eyes after 2 – 3 hours. Not only would it smudge but it would also collect in my outer eye corners due to my watery eyes. When using it to line the eyes I agree the application was smooth but the line would jump creating blank spaces, also due to it being so soft, it broke easily when being used and would occasionally crumble when I lined my eyes. I tried to fix it by smudging it with a brush but the line would be really inconsistent and because it dried quickly I would not be able to fix the whole line before it set. Another problem I had with it was its diameter of the product. I would use the sharpener to sharpen it but as it drew the line it would quickly become dull because of its extremely soft formula creating a thick line. I definitely would not recommend this for drawing the winged eyeliner look. On the positive side the black liner was very pigmented and black, which I did enjoy. However, for its price and my experience with the highliner I would not purchase it again as I do prefer the Make Up For Ever eyeliners for tight lining and lining the eyes.

Overall I was not very happy with this product. Since I have watery eyes it smudged faster than I anticipated. I even tried using an eyeliner brush to grab the product and then drawing it onto my eyes, but it dried faster than I could apply it. I hope they improve the product a little, because I loved the packaging and pigmentation.

**If you wish to purchase the item I have provided a link. Just click on the photo and it will take you there .

– SL.