Eyes

Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette

There is nothing I love more than when summer time hits and Urban Decay release their summer collection. I don’t think their is a single year that has passed since I’ve gotten into makeup that I haven’t picked something up from their many releases. This years collection really incorporates the summer image of palm trees and sandy beaches as well as clear skies and warm days. This is also reflected in the product shades as well.

SAM_4621 From the collection I only picked up the star of the collection and that’s the Beached Eyeshadow Palette. This palette has eight beautiful shades which are a mixture of matte, satin and shimmer finishes. Out of the eight shades, six of them are completely wearable on an everyday basis so it’s definitely a great palette for travel and for creating nice neutral looks.

SAM_4624 I love the packaging of this palette too, it’s very different to any other palette in my collection. It has a very old-school tin pencil case vibe to it and it opens horizontally too. The lid of the palette flips completely open so it means you can you can keep it to the back of the palette if you want to use your own mirror but if not-it has a great big mirror that perfect for focusing on your eye area because of the shape of it.

SAM_4622 Both the pigmentation and formulation of this palette do not disappoint. I absolutely love the shimmers but they do have a bit of fallout so I do recommend doing your eyeshadow before your base. Damping your brush also stops this and intensives the pigmenation of the shadow too.

The palette is available in stores now and retails for 34 euros. I have added a link to it via the Debenhams website in the case you would like to pick it up for yourself.

-Talk Soon xx

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Eyes

🔥🔥 Naked Petit Heat 🔥🔥

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been into the Urban Decay Naked Palettes and I honestly don’t know why. I always find them over hyped. Sometimes I buy into the hype and go to my local UD counter to pick one up…see the shades in the palette and decide against it. It’s mostly because there is not a single Urban Decay Naked Palette available that I would use every single shade in it. Until now that is.

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When the Urban Decay Heat Palette launched I had the same feeling I had with the other palettes. It had shades in it that I wouldn’t use. Then the Urban Decay Petit Heat launched and I was hooked. I had finally found MY naked palette and boy is it gorgeous. Let’s talk packaging. True to it’s name -it’s tiny, so small that it’s smaller than your mobile. It has the most gorgeous flaming roses imprint as the cover design and it’s simply perfect for travel.

Inside you get six gorgeous warm toned eyeshadows. Five of them are mattes and one is a satin finish. You get two perfect transition shades with Vibrant and Hot Spell. The pigmentation on all these eyeshadows is so intense.

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Shades Wild Thing, Heist and Strike are the accent shades in the palette. they can used to deepen the outer edge of the eyes or even to create an all-over smoky eye. The colour you choose will determine the effect you get on the eyes. Personally my favourite shade has got to be Heist, it simply makes brown eyes pop.

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Last shade in the palette is Inhale and this is the shade you use to highlight the inner corner or even use it as the eyelid shade to brighten the look. It’s great as a browbone shade and when you wet it with a bit of Fix+ it literally looks like metallic foil on the eyes.

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I absolutely love and adore this palette. I’ve been switching between it and the Madison Makeup Ireland BerryBold palette. Retail price is 32 euros but if you wait until Debenhams has 20% off it’s beauty range then it’s price is a beautiful 25.60.

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

A few posts back I did a nice little review of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and so it only really make sense for me to also include a review of the Naked Skin Concealer on my blog.

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Truth be told the concealer is just as good as the foundation if not better. The packaging of it is reminiscent of the foundation, where basically if you Naked Skin Foundation bottle tiny you would get the concealer tube packaging. It comes with a wand applicator that has a flatten doe-foot sponge on the end of it.

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I personally find that this has way too much product on it when you initially pull it out of the tube but I just wipe the excess off using the sides of the opening of the tube and then the amount is perfect. Shade wise I am Fair/Neutral and as far as I know this is the lightest of all the shades available.

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The coverage of the concealer is way higher than the coverage you get with the foundation. This is a very heavy duty concealer and works brilliantly on both the under-eyes and blemishes/spots. I typically like blending this out with a dampen sponge though I also find using a brush works perfectly also.

Price wise this concealer comes in at 23 euros which on comparison with other high end concealer prices, really isn’t that expensive.

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Collaboration

New launches are never done half-way when it comes to Urban Decay and this is definitely evident in their Spring 2018 release which is in collaboration with Kirsten Leanne, a youtuber who’s main ascetic is her love  of bold colours. It’s very easy to see why Urban Decay decided to part with her on this release as their love of colour can be seen with every product in their line. As far as I know these products will be available in stores on March the 1st and much like their UDXBasquiat collection, it will probably be limited edition.

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UD x Kirsten Leanne Kaleidoscope Palette
Price:
 $39/€33 approx.

UD x Kirsten Leanne Daydream Palette
Price:
$26/€22 approx.

UD x Kirsten Leanne Beauty Beam Highlighting Palette
Price:
$34/€29 approx.

UD x Kirsten Leanne Vice Lipstick
Price:
$17/€19
Available in three shades

UD x Kirsten Leanne Vice Liquid Lipstick Duo
Price:
$29/€24.50

UD x Kirsten Leanne Vice Liquid Lipstick
Price:
$18/€20
Online Exclusive

UD x Kirsten Leanne Eyeshadow
Price:
$19/€21
Online Exclusive

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

 

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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