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2017 Beauty Gift Guide

It’s officially December and though the majority of people have started their Christmas preparations way back in mid-November, I personally couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s simply way way too early and this year has been the worst with some stores having Christmas stock laid out even before Halloween.

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Ridiculousness aside, I thought this year I would finally try my hand at writing a gift guide to help anyone who is struggling for a gift idea. Quick warning-this will be a long post 😉 .

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One of my favorite presents to ever get for people is jewellery and I personally think nobody does jewellery better than Pandora. I think I own almost every variation of their charm bracelets bar the essence one but nothing beats the gorgeousness of the bangle.

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This is a simple, shape holding bracelet, that makes a statement even without any charms on it. I find it more comfortable to wear than the traditional loose bracelet and it doesn’t lose it’s shape when it’s filled with charms.

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The great thing about Pandora as a present is that if you’re not into their bracelets than you can always pick up a pair of gorgeous sterling silver earrings or a simple ring to give to someone to remember you by.

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For the book worm in your life, I highly suggest the Dior Catwalk, which is a book all about Dior (duh!). More specifically it features every single trend that Dior has ever brought to the Catwalk over the years it’s been a high fashion label.

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The book itself features images of the various models and clothes design by Dior and it gives comprehensive details about each trend in short, easy to read paragraphs. Any fashion and beauty lover would love to own and showcase this stunning read on their bookshelf. If Dior isn’t a brand they love then Thames and Hudson bookstore have a variety of various beauty related books, so one of them should be a perfect fit.

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When it comes to functional beauty gifts, nothing beats getting someone a good brush set. For me, the brand that always comes to mind whenever someone says brushes is Real Techniques and my oh my do they do stunning brushes. They also make life easy as most of their brushes already come as parts of sets so the job is already done for you. Another great thing about Real Techniques is that their brushes are affordable so you may even find yourself treating yourself to a set as 70% of time, they can be found on offer with a buy one get one half price tag on them. I also find Primark/Pennys brushes great for a gift but you do need to go to the hassle of purchasing a good few of them and popping them together to create a set if you plan on getting them as a gift.

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Fragrances and Perfumes always are an easy option when thinking of a gift for someone however I always find them a bit of a hazard when purchasing as not everyone likes the same scents.

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I found this lovely subtle scent from Next called Just Pink that I personally think is soft enough and feminine enough that anyone who simply likes perfume will like it.

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You can purchase it on it’s own but I found this gift set with the matching body lotion for 16 euros, the same price as the 100ml bottle of it so you’re basically getting the body lotion free.

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I don’t think I can finish this gift guide without at least mention some amazing makeup ideas that would make lovely gifts. The first is for anyone who loves and adores lip products. We all know that one person that has 16 lip products in their bag on a night out and when you ask them what lipstick they’re wearing they’ll rattle off 4 different products.

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TKMaxx is the place to go to find amazing valued lip gift sets. I picked up this one by a brand called Cherimoya and it contains four metallic liquid lipsticks. This retailed for only 9.99 euros so not only are you getting a lovely gift but you’re also not breaking the bank.

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Last product I have to mention is the Urban Decay Moondust palette. Yes I know, it looks beautiful and it’s a 100% glitter palette. Honestly though I think it’s one of those gifts that can be given and even if the person doesn’t use, they will still love it.

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I love mine and I think I only ever really use it on the rare night out or for parties but I have no regrets about it being in my collection and I will probably never get rid of it.

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A cute idea to add to you’re Christmas Tree or even as a stocking stuffer, is these adorable hangable baubles by Bloomtown UK. You get three in a box and I will be going through what is in each one over on my InstaStories (@SooSoBeauty) so make sure you’re following me in Instagram so you don’t miss that.

That’s it guys. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration about where to go or what to buy for Xmas. If you have another suggestions please leave them below so everyone else can gain ideas too.

-Talk Soon xx

Foundations

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

These days everybody seems to be in this constant race to review the latest new product launch and while that’s all well and good, it can cause the internet to become slightly over saturated with the same content at the same time. Though I love to try out new products and I have been guilty of marking release dates on my calendar, I do want to take a slight break of sorts from it all to simply step back and review some old favorites that are still purchasable. For today’s post I want to review one of my favorite foundations and that’s Urban Decay’s Naked Skin.

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I purchased this foundation way before there was even talk about the development of the newer version which is the All Nighter Foundation. I still haven’t tried the newer version and that’s simply because I’ve always loved this version. Why fix what isn’t broken?. This foundation comes in clear double glassed acrylic bottle that has 30 mls of product in it. You can clear see the colour of the chosen shade through the bottle and it’s also printed on the base. My shade is 0.5 which is also the lightest in the range.

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The bottle has a pump which automatically gives it major brownie points as I dislike foundations that come in jars or without a pump. The texture of this foundation is very runny and you do have to give it a good shake before use to ensure that the pigments in it are distributed evenly throughout the foundation’s solution.

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On the skin this foundation feels and looks very light, almost like your natural skin minus the spots and pores. Coverage is light but it can definitely be built up to medium with another coat. I did find this foundation to oxidize slightly but that can be fixed by either going a shade lighter, or in my case where there is no lighter, mixing it with a white foundation base.

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Price wise this foundation isn’t cheap. retailing at 34.50 euros but like I said it has lasted me quite a while and there’s still quite a lot of it left at least another 6 months worth. A little of this goes along way thanks to the texture of it, it spreads quite nicely.

-Talk Soon xx

Events

UDXBasquiat Makeup Look

Yesterday I did a blog post all about my night at the revealing of the Urban Decay Basquiat Collection in Debenhams here in Ireland so if you haven’t read that then it’s just the post before this one. On the night the makeup artist Lisa did a makeup look and for this blog post I’m just going to go through it and steps she took to achieve the finished look.

To begin all of the models makeup was removed with the Urban Decay Prep and Prime Meltdown makeup remover. You simply spray this onto a cotton pad and wipe all over the skin to break down any makeup.

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Beginning with the eyes:

  • Eyelids are primed with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in the shade Eden
  • The primer is then set with a thin layer of Urban Decay Pressed Powder
  • Using the shade Enigma from the UDXBasquiat Palette, place all over the eyelid over the primer.
  • The shape of the eyes is then outlined and defined using the second shade from the palette Levitation.
  • The shade 1960 from the Tenant UDXBasquiat Palette is used on the outer corner and blended slightly inwards.
  • Use the shade Neo in the crease area and make sure to blend very well
  • Urban Decay Naked Concealer in the shade Fair Neutral is used to cut the crease by placing it all over the eyelid area only.
  • Over the concealer, the shade Boom was then added.
  • Any harsh lines were then blended out with the shade Neo.
  • The crease area was also defined further with the shade Neo on an angled liner brush.
  • Perversion Urban Decay 24/7 hr eyeliner is used to line the waterline and tightline.
  • Finish off the eyes with Perversion Liquid liner to create a cat flick and Perversion mascara on the lashes.
  • Eyelashes are optional

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Any fallout under the eyes can be removed with a wet wipe. She then used the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation for the base. The under eyes, forehead, nose, cupid’s bow and chin area are all highlighted with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in the shade Fair Neutral. The skin is then set with the Urban Decay pressed powder in the shade Translucent.

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The complexion was bronzed up, highlighted and blushed using the new UDXBasquiat Blush/Hightlight/Contour palette. The entire look was finished off by lining the lips with Urban Decay 24hr glide on eye pencil in the shade Psychadelic Sister and the lipstick in the shade Jawbreaker. Top the lips with the lip topper in the shade Monarchy and that’s the finished look.

If you guys have any questions about any of the products she used or the steps that were done please leave them below in the comments and I will try my best to answer them.

-Talk Soon xx

Events

UDXBasquiat Masterclass

A while ago I did an overview post on the Urban Decay Summer 2017 Collection which featured their collaboration with the artist Jean Michel Basquiat. Recently I had the great opportunity to attend the masterclass for the release of this collection into Debenhams stores here in Ireland.

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Before the masterclass began I got a chance to have a look at all the products up close and take a few swatches of some of them. The collection contains two amazingly pigmented eyeshadow palettes, a blush/highlight/contour palette, three eyeliners and three lipsticks.

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The masterclass took place in the Waterford Debenhams store and the makeup artist was the beauty blogger Lisa from the blog CuddlesNContouring. She began the masterclass by showcasing some of the Urban Decay Prep and Prime skincare range in order to remove any makeup that the model had on when she arrived. For the actual makeup look she used the UDXBasquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette as the main palette though she did use some shades from the Griot Palette also.

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I personally didn’t have a huge interest in the palettes as I already have a lot of palettes in my collection and the colours are very dupable in my opinion. I did however have my eye on the eyeliner in the shade Post Punk which is a very sharp lime yellow shade. This looks absolutely stunning on the waterline with any bright eye makeup look.

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Tomorrow I will have an entire blog post up with a full description of the make up she used and the steps she took to achieve the complete makeup look for the masterclass so stay tuned for that. I will share that for the final step of the makeup look however  she did use on the new lip toppers on the lips so I knew I just had to pick up one of them for myself.

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The shade that I chose is the shade Fever and this is a stunning crimson cranberry shade with a sharp iridescent glitter running through it. These retail for 18.50 euros a piece. I honestly had an amazing time on the night and the collection is definitely a collectors item, it’s so beautiful.

-Talk Soon xx

Lip Products

Urban Decay Vice Lip Effects

Personally I think “Lip effects” is just a fancy way of saying lip topper which is basically what these newly launching lip products from Urban Decay are. There are 12 shades in total and each one has a different and unique colour, and shimmer effect associated with it. These retail at 18 dollars/19 euros a piece and will be available to purchase on the 20th of April here in Ireland. I personally have a huge interest in the shade White Lie which looks very versatile and can be worn over a number of different lip colours.

-Talk Soon xx

Ritual:Smoky Blue-Grey with iridescent 3D sparkle

Reverb: Purple with shifty pink-gold sparkle

Monarchy: Bright Purple Sparkle

Circuit: Smoky Green with iridescent sparkle

Seether: Metallic Red

White Lie: Iridescent White with blue-violet shift

Bruja: Berry with gold pearl

Litter: Iridescent glitter

Regulate: Medium Purple Glitter

Copycat: Bright pink with iridescent glitter

3rd Degree: Golden Glitter

Fever: Pink red with green 3D sparkle and shift

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the Urban Decay website and are for illustrative purposes only. All images remain property of Urban Decay™

Collections

Urban Decay Summer 2017 Collection

One of my favourite collection releases tends to come every summer from the brand Urban Decay. For those of you who have been following me for awhile you’ll remember that last year I did an entire series of posts based around their 2016 summer collection. I’ll link those posts below in case anyone else would like to read them. This year for their new collection, they’ve teamed up with a very famous painter and artist Jean Michel Basquiat who’s signature look revolves around using graffiti styled art and bright colours. This collection is planned to be released by Urban Decay on the 20th of April.

Eyeshadows

Tenant Eyeshadow Palette
Price:
39 dollars/36 euros approx.

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Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette

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Gallery Blush Palette
Price:
34 dollars/32 euros approx.

“Perfect for any skin tone, the Gallery Blush Palette comes loaded with two shades of blush, a bronzer, a highlighter and a full sized mirror.”

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Vice Lipstick
Price:
17 dollars/16 euros
Available in three shades

“Three all-new, exclusive shades of vice lipstick based on the colours in Basquiat’s work.”

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Exhibition, Epigram, Abstract

 

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Price:
20 dollars/18 euros approx.
Available in three shades

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Post Punk, Anatomy, Vivid

In case you absolutely love this collection and want to buy it all, they have released a vault of the entire collection, which has every single product in it at a slightly lesser price than if you were to buy it all individually. As far as I know this vault is a online exclusive item, so if you want to get it you’ll have to purchase it via urbandecay.com

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Last of the collection is something new for Urban Decay, they’ve released three makeup bags to store all these makeup products in.

Gallery Cosmetic Bag
Price:
18 dollars/16 euros approx.

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1983 Cosmetic Bag
Price:
20 dollars/18 euros approx.

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Untitled Cosmetic Bag
Price:
35 dollars/32.50 euro approx.

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Personally for me this collection didn’t really spark any interest except for the bright yellow eye liner so I don’t think I’ll be doing an entire series like I did last year. That said if I do end up going to the masterclass for the release I will of course have a post about it up on the blog.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the Urban Decay website and are illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Urban Decay™ and L’oreal.

Urban Decay Summer 2016 New Releases

Urban Decay MasterClass

Urban Decay Masterclass Purchases

MasterClass Make-up Walkthrough

Masterclass Goodie Bag!

Collections, Lip Products

UD Vice Liquid Lipsticks

Urban Decay have gone and done it again! After the success of their previous Vice Lipstick launch where they brought out 100 lipsticks each with a different texture and formulation, they’ve decided to bring out liquid lipstick. Each liquid lipstick has its own formulation and texture much like the regular Vice Lipsticks. Some of them are named after famous eyeshadows and some of them are entirely new shades. They retail for 19 euros a piece and will be available to purchase from today onwards.

-Talk Soon xx

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Big Bang

Rock Steady

Tryst

Menace

Amulet

1993

Trivial

BackTalk

WSM

ZZ

714

Crimson

Firebird

Mad

Purgatory

Blackmail

Conspiracy

Time

Studded

Urban Decay Online Exclusive Shades

Disturbed

Twitch

Pandemonium

Crank

Flame

Tilt

Rapture

Brat

Naked

Double Crossed

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the Urban Decay website. Images are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Urban Decay™.