Was it Worth it: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

was it worth it naked 3

I’ve rewritten this post several times as I’m not sure how is best to do this post, I thought after a year of owning the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette I’d be able to do a more comprehensive review of if it is really worth it as the hype and excitement of owning it is gone. My loving boyfriend brought me the Urban Decay Naked 3 for our two year anniversary last October, after watching me look at it so longingly forever. So although I did not purchase it with my own money I feel as though I can still asses the worth.


The Eyeshadows

Unlike the other Naked palettes, the Naked 3 palette unlike the other 2 palettes is much warmer with pinky-mauvey type tones so it doesn’t necessarily suit all skin tones or hair colours. I feel as though this definitely needs looking at in person swatching and weighing up if you would suit or use the colours. I love pinky warm neutrals so I knew I would get the use out of the palette, for some it doesn’t work and the palette just sits collecting dust.

I think the quality of the shadows is somewhat variable, some shades are better than others I am aware a lot of people say dust is a so-so shade, I disagree simply because it is pretty much pure glitter requiring more of a press on the lid type thing opposed to the normal application, you have to learn what works best for each shade and for you. I don’t think the quality is that bad and it’s just the odd shade where you have to change what you do to make it work, yet with the Urban Decay Primer Potion everything looks really good and lasts all day.

I also like the variety offered within this palette in terms of finishes from mattes, pearls and metallic. The official finishes as described by urban decay are as follows matte-satin, metallic, satin, matte, shimmer and microsparkle, so all in all a good variety of finishes and there is enough of each finish that you can create a look from each for example you can create a completely matte eye. Although initially exclusive to the Naked 3 palette most if not all the shades can be purchased individual but with a little help from online I will try attempt to explain each shade within the palette, as well as what I think of each one individually.


naked 3 shades

Shade by Shade Rundown

Strange a pale neutral pink with a matte-satin finish. To be honest to me this is pretty much a white shade, off white a most. I use this quite a lot actually tending to opt for it as a brow bone or inner corner highlight, you could use it all over the lid but this is definitely more of a highlighting shade

Dust a pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter. In all honesty this is much more of pure glitter shade and is one of the most messy eyeshadows, it splits opinion as it isn’t that pigmented. However as a glitter shade I find it is most effective if you put on over a primer and pack it on, or if you don’t want to pack it on it makes a nice inner corner highlight but it is the worst shadow in the palette.

Burnout a light pinky-peach satin. This is my super lazy day shade and my go to over September as I really couldn’t be bothered with makeup, I went for lips and swiping this over the lids. A pale satin shade that adds the subtle something which brightens your eyes without really having to do everything.

Limit a light dusty rose matte. This paired with Nooner is one of my go to work looks with both shades been beautiful creamy mattes, this is beautiful dusty pink shade and is a great all over the lid colour.

Buzz a metallic rose shimmer with silver microglitter. In terms of pigmentation and ease of use this is a far superior micro glitter shade, a beautiful rich pink. Apply lightly for an all over the lid option or pack on for a really high impact and beautiful outer v or central eye look. I definitely use this in more full on looks but I love this shade.

Trick a light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal microsparkle. This is definitely my least reached for shade and with its more orangey tones is sort of the odd one out of the palette. I think this is probably a love it or hate it kind of shade but this is one I rarely used.

Nooner a medium pink-brown matte. As mentioned I pair this a lot with Limit for an everyday/work look as matte shades are perfect for work. Both the shades work really well together and I use this as either an outer corner colour or a crease colour, just great for a definer but it could be an all over shade for more of a full on or smokey look.

Liar a medium metallic mauve shimmer. I’ve always dabbled with liar but over the past month or so I’ve reached for this even more using it for the bulk of my lid but mainly the outer two thirds but this is also a great crease shade if you are going for a lighter or more subtle look.

Factory a pinky-brown satin. First and foremost I wouldn’t consider this to be pinky-brown it is a warm brown but I wouldn’t call it pink toned. This is a great crease, outer v shade or could even be use as a definer on a lighter day time look or even to smoke out.

Mugshot a metallic taupe shimmer with a slight pink shift. This is a definate taupe shade but once again I do not see the pinky tone in this. Great to use within this palette and definitely is the most diverse outside the palette. It looks great in a look with dark side.

Darkside a deep taupe-mauve satin. I love this shade and I really don’t use it enough, its on the darker side (oh haha dark side get it) and for everyday wear I only use is a subtler liner than black heart. This is a really pigmented and pretty shade, probably great for a pinky-brown smokey eye which I need to experiment with a little bit more.

Blackheart a smokey black matte with rosey red microsparkle. I tend to use black heart as a liner using the angled brush, by using it in such a way unfortunately or fortunately depending how you look at it the red glitter is barely visible. If I used the black for more of a smokey look it might be more visible but it doesn’t bother me as it is a great black shade and great for a liner/definer shade.


Versatility

There is a limit to versatility in the sense that everything has the rosy toned theme, while some palette offer more colour variety. However every shade works together, so you can mix and match as you wish meaning you don’t need to think about if colours work well together, something that’s great for creating a great look when you’re half asleep doing a makeup. With the lovely variety of shades and shadow finishes I think you can create endless looks suitable for every occasion so for me this palette is definitely versatile enough.


Dupes

The dupe market is growing within the UK highstreets stores with great offers on a budget from the likes of MUA, Makeup Revolution and Freedom Makeup. If you don’t want to spend the money there are some great alternatives, I have tried a few and nothing matches the Urban Decay Naked 3 but they come damn close. The main shades that vary is the glitters are a lot worse quality and nothing seems to match Blackheart in colour and appearance. I feel as though you could happily live without the Naked 3 and search out a decent dupe. Personally I prefer the Naked 3, and as I reach for it most days I think I would prefer not to use the dupe but if it is an every so often item save the cash.


Use

Like I mentioned before I use this palette almost daily, after 12 months the minimum I’m using it is twice a week but I still get so much use out of it. This isn’t a phase at this point, I am getting the use out of it and it is completely worth it. I like that I can make a subtle matte look as well as something fancier all in one palette and I love all the different looks I can create with the palette. I use pretty much all of the shades to even Dust, the only shade I never tend to dable with is Trick, although it does go with some other shade in the palette the more coppery/orange isn’t something I find myself reaching for. I think not really using one out of twelve shades is that bad really, considering it is so easy to grab a palette and only use half of the shades.


Naked 3

Packaging and Brush

I know the packaging for this has split opinion but I really like it, it’s really robust in the tin form and I don’t feel as though it feel cheap at all. Definitely having more of a high end feel, first and foremost because it’s not made from card and secondly is closes securely yet simple to open. I feel as though it would be hard to damage the palette and the eyeshadows are unlikely to get damaged although it may prove to be heavier but probably not by much. I think the rose gold and subtle but shinny aesthetic perfectly mirrors the makeup miracle that is hidden away inside.

The Naked 3 Palette also comes with a dual ended brush one that is more for eyeshadow application while the other ended is more of a blending brush. It isn’t a bad brush, way better than the sponge tip applicators or ‘brushes’ offered by its drugstore counter parks and I use it regularly. Not my favourite eyeshadow brush but its semi decent and good for travel etc. It also washes well which is a nice plus, I just wash my brushes with baby shampoo.


So was it worth it? For me it definitely was but I know it is a bit of a mixed palette and I would suggest if you are uncertain buy a dupe. Then you can make the switch up if you use it load, or not if you’re in love with the dupe, while if you barely use it there isn’t any money wasted. Have you tried any of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes and do you think they are worth the price?

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette has a RRP of £38.00 and is available from a variety of outlets.

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Graduation Day

I've Graduated

So if you’ve seen my life update, you will have seen I graduated on the 10th September, with a Upper Second Class Honours in Economics from the University of Hertfordshire. It’s a nice little ceremony in St Albans Cathedral, which is a beautiful venue, and I feel like it was such a great event, I thought I’d do a little bit of a post about my outfit, makeup and just some nice snaps from the day.

Graduation Outfit

I didn’t set out to buy a brand new dress for graduation and if I brought something new I wanted to be able to reware it, I own enough clothes as it is, buying more only seems excessive at this point. Yet a few weeks before my graduation I found this super cute tea dress on sale in Apricot for £15.00, irresistibly cute I had to have it. With the graduation sash being white and silver most outfit choices were going to go but I feel as though the mint green pops on this outfit really set it off. I wanted to keep my shoes simple too and nothing too high, so I went for a pair of comfy favourites. I have no idea what brand these are and I’ve had them a few years but they never do me wrong, as a pair of nudes with a cute bow are suitable for all occasions and go with all outfits really, you just can wear black tights with them. I feel like the whole outfit fit the sense of the occasion without being too dressy or anything too much.

With my hair I kept it super simple, I had being tempted to curl it but I didn’t want the curls to drop and I needed a style in which the cap would fit. To me straightened hair seemed the most appropriate it looks nice and I didn’t have to worry about it, just a touch of hair spray in the hope of not getting hat hair and some grips to keep everything in place.


The makeup was all about being long lasting and looking nice in photographs, after all I’ll have these for the rest of my life so looking nice is important and I’ll be full faced in make up for 8 to 10 hours and it needed to remain flawless the entire time. I do have makeup envy of my friend Enxhi who went for it a bit more but then she was topping up her face every hour which seemed to take its toll.

Graduation Makeuo

I went for pretty much double priming my face starting with a very simple base of the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer, which really hydrates and preps the team. Pairing this with my bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, which is my favourite primer and simply put this in the areas where my makeup tends to fade first. For my makeup I decided to opt for my lighter foundation and I know this isn’t that light but my other one is proper full coverage and I was in the mood for a lighter look that the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory provides. Then obviously to make myself flawless I concealer is needed using the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory under my eyes and where I want it to be brightened. With the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain, covering my blemishes etc. leading to a really flawless face. I didn’t feel like having much colour on my cheeks or extreme bronze etc. so I used my Maybelline New York Color Show Blush Em! which due to its lacking in pigment it just adds a beautiful subtle flush of colour.

Now onto the eyes which because none of the palettes do shadow names its hard to say how I created the look, but I went for a nice transitional brown eyeshadow look as I didn’t want something ott. Obviously I used my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion, as a based to help it stay where I would be without it, I have no idea. Then I used a combination of the No 7 Mini Eyeshadow Palette and a shade from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette to create the complete look. To make it a touch more glam I used the champagne glittery loose pigment that is the bareMinerals Eyeshadow in Flawless Diamond which just made it glitter and really set off the look. Finishing it off with lashings of the bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara. As I kept putting off buying a setting spray for so long I never did it I used the good old hairspray trick of setting your makeup, which actually works better than setting spray. Although it’s not ideal and you are definitely best leaving it for one offs opposed to everyday. Then to finish it off and to set everything I used the bareMinerals Original Foundation in N10 Fairly Light. Nothing to over the top but mood appropriate.

Graduation Day
The final touch was a pretty manicure which is curtsy of Primark, I wasn’t going to spend loads on getting my nails done, and I didn’t want to keep them on for ages because they aren’t practical for work. These super cute flower detail nails are from Primark and they are simply adorable. They lasted the entire time and I even got a few complements about them.

So that’s what I wore for my graduation, nothing too fancy but something a bit nice. It was a great day and I’m so proud of everyone for getting to this point, it is a little bit odd not to be returning to education this year but I’m working and I’m excited for all the things I can do in life. To those of you who are contining or starting further education, make the most of it enjoy the experience while you can but make sure you work it can influence the rest of your life and it is possible to have fun and do well. I wish you all the best.

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Review: Soap and Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Mask & Peel

Soap and Glory the fab pore 2-in-1

I’ve wanted to try a proper face mask for a while but with it being a while since I tried a non-sachet face mask as I’ve had a few bad reactions to some in the past. I’ve been wanting to try the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Mask & Peel and it was on offer in Boots so I took that as a sign to buy it. I brought this mid-July and after using it for a while I know feel as though I can now make a full review on it.


Soap and Glory, fab pore 2-in-1

The Packaging

The box reflects the usual Soap and Glory packaging with a pin up/ 1940s girl on the front, which as I’ve said before it’s not my personal taste but it fits in with the rest of the range. Then like a lot of the skin care it comes in a crisp white matte packaging, a beautiful tub with the logo embossed on the lid, a style I much prefer. The product is a good size and the tub is sturdy, the only thing is a lot of skin care around this price point is in glass packaging which is slightly more luxurious


What does it promise?

According to the Soap & Glory website this mask promises to:

“Infused with SUPERFRUIT™ YUZU and Soap & Glory’s super-active secret weapon, PORESHRINK-R™, this deep cleansing facial treatment is a must-have for any girl who wants to see less of her large pores. Use once-a-week for maintenance (unclogging pores, spot prevention, and face detoxing), or twice weekly if you’re battling breakouts. Guaranteed to give exhausted skin its fresh back. Genius in a jar!”


How to use it?

There are two ways in which you can use this face mask, depending on time you can use it for a deep clean or a quick refresher. You need to massage the fab pore into the skin, with a focus on the T-zone working it into the skin in order to sort it all out. If you are clog prone it just simply leave it for 5 minutes for a quick refresher or if you would like a more deep clean leave for 15 minutes. Rinse well and the use a moisturiser or treatment cream to finish off, to ensure you skin stays hydrated after a deep clean. It recommends to use the mask 1-3 times a week, which problem varies on how you wish to use it, certainly with a deep clean you would only opt to do it once a week.


soap and glroy, the fab pore 2-in-1 mask and peel

The Verdict

I love the feel of this mask feeling smooth and air whipped (in my opinion), with the obvious exception of the tiny microbeads which disappear as you work it in. It just feels amazing on your fingers. It’s also one of those where you can put a thick or thin layer on depending what you prefer really. So how did I find it?

 Oddly enough the first time I used it I opted for the deep cleanse the first time I used it, which for some completely odd reason seemed like the most logical choice. So I took a little bit out on my finger tips and massaged it into my face, following the directions on the box and paying particular attention to the t-zone. It starts with quite a bit of microbeads which as you work it into the skin appear to disappear or ‘pop’. Then I simple left it on and went to go and do something else. The mask will dry completely in the 15 minute time period but unlike other masks it doesn’t feel drying on the skin which is a pleasant change. To take it off I simple ran a flannel under warm water and took it off making small circles, rinsing occasionally. The best way I can describe the freshness you feel is, is like that fresh intake of breath you take after eating a strong mint, which is an odd sensation as it takes a while to get used too. Regardless of any odd feelings, it did leave my skin feeling a lot smoother to the touch as feels fresher and cleaner. I have definitely enjoyed it and I can see a clear difference in my skin especially on the first day or so.

So on to using it for the short time period of around 5 minutes. Once again it does a similar thing leaving my face feeling clean and fresh, but obviously not to the same extent. This is defiantly my fault for trying the longer first and in comparison my skin does feel smooth and clean just not as clean. Just another thought I mentioned previously about it not feeling drying on the skin, this appears to be a terms of thickness thing. If you so a thin layer it is definitely drying and tight but this is definitely a personal preference thing and takes nothing away from the results given by the face mask.

So I don’t think I would bother with the 5 minute mask again, but using the 15 minute mask once a week will fit in a lot better with my lifestyle as I am not going to spend ages on a skincare routine in the morning/evening I choose one that is simple and effective as I just want to chill when I get home on a evening. While 15 minutes on a Friday Night or at the weekend is much better fit my life. That’s the thing with skin care and face masks although you do need to make time for it pick products and a routine that works for you. I think this had made a difference to my skin but trialing it in a period where I wouldn’t suffer it form breakouts in general has made this difficult, but in general my skin feels nicer.

I do think it’s a good product, and definitely worth picking up on offer to see about repurchasing I think wait to see when it’s done, depends if I decided to try something new. I don’t get the name the mask and peel thing seems a little bit off for me as there isn’t really a peel aspect to it but hey its up to them.


Have you tried the Soap and Glory The Fab Pore Face Mask? What are your favorite face masks?

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Primark Beauty Products: Review and Swatches

primark make up review and swatches

So as you may of seen last week in my primark haul, I purchased a load of there beauty range called P.s. Love although I couldn’t try as much as I wanted as the range was limited at the store I visited so I may do a part two some time soon.

Also I cannot seem to find the names of these of them although they all have a code on the product starting with a PS so I will try my best to describe the colour and write this code at the end. 

P.S Love single eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Single: £1.00

I only picked up one single as it was simply a choice between this colour I got and a white so I thought I’d get most used out of this. Its a warm champagne taupe kinda colour, very natural, the swatch is similar to how it works on the lid and it adds a shimmery wash of colour. The high amount of shimmer I am more likely to use this for an evening look but its a good basic colour to have in the collection.

It is slightly chalky though and you need to ensure you tap the brush on you’ll end up with it all over your face and you do have to build it up to get the colour the same as it is in the pan. I think the singles at this price point like MUA and Make Up Gallery can be variable, some are amazing and some are awful. This is sort of middle of the road, you won’t loose out by purchasing it but there are definitely better options out there.

The packaging is simple and actually feels robust as it has the satisfying click and it does not just open on a whim. The pan is a great size and you  get a good amount of of product which I’m happy about, no one could ever be disappointed with how much you get. Finally there is a small mirror in the lid, not a practical size for application but its a nice touch and I appreciate the thought to include it. The single I tried is PS2994.

P.S Love Lift and Curl Mascara

Lift & Curl Mascara: £2.00

I really wanted to try a Mascara but had no idea where to start so I picked the lift and curl mascara simply because purple is my favourite colour, logic I know. The brush of one long side and one short side similar is becoming more and more popular these days which is great as I am thoroughly enjoying. This brush type really does create the curl and I absolutely love it, this didn’t quite match up to Benefits Roller Lash mascara but I’m loving the curl it creates and for only £2.00 it is worth checking out.

P.S. Love eyeliner duo

Eyeliner and Pencil Sharpener (2pack): £1.00

There were several different colour options but I went for the practical of a nude and white for neutral eyes and pretending I’m not tired. These swatched beautifully and I couldn’t wait to use them only problem was when I actually did. On the water line or the lid for that matter it resulted in not product transfer and no change in appearance which is a shame. Inexpensive but not worth picking up, pay a little bit more for something that is better quality.

P.S. Love lip crayon

Lip Gloss Crayon: £1.50

There were a number of colours but as sometimes lip crayons can be hit a miss, so if in doubt I’ll opt for a lighter neutral colour. I find lip crayons useful to slip in my bag for easy touch ups as they can’t really go wrong so I thought it would be a great idea to try one. As it can be seen from the swatch there is no colour pay off but I simply put that down to the colour I selected, it simply has a slight pink tint if you look hard enough and a load of glitter. I’m not keen on glitter lips especially for everyday so would only use it for a night time look, adding an additional layer of glitter between lectures can only look tacky and for a lip gloss stick it seems to only add glitter rather than a glossy finish. Unfortunately this is a no go as it feels so greesey on the lips, I even kissed my boyfriend when I had it on to see what he thought for the kissability test. He found it so greesey he was pulling faces and made me fetch him a make up wipe, it is not worth it. I don’t know whether to try the other colours or not as it is so hit and miss, have you tried any other of the lip gloss crayons if so what do you think? The lip gloss crayon I tried is light pink and has the code PS2652-01.

P.S. Love Blush Sticks

Blush Sticks (Coral & Pink): £1.50

I’d never used blush sticks before buying these two so it took a while to get the trick of applying these as its different to everything else. I picked up a beautiful bright pink and a coral type pink, which are beautiful and blend out effortlessly. They also stay on all day which is more a trait of cream blush rather than just these sticks themselves so its well worth having them in your collection. I think I do still prefer my powder blush but its well worth having a few cream products in your collection in your long days or nights when you want your make up to stay. If you want to try out to cream products but not sure what to make of them its not a bad to start off with the P.S Love range as they are pigmented, blendable and if you don’t like them its only £1.50 so you have nothing to loose really. Just one last think I suggest warming up before you use it so I simply pop it in my bra before I start doing my make up and then it applies perfectly. The blush sticks I tried was a bright pink (PS2996-01) and a coral pink (PS2996-00).

P.S. Love nails

Nail Polish: £1.00 £0.80

All of the nail varnishes are meant to retail for £1.00 but since December they’ve been priced at £0.80 which you cannot possibly go wrong with. Unfortunately I haven’t taken a snap of the nail varnish but this one is simply amazing, its a really good quality glitter polish in which great with two coats giving an amazing pay of and it looks great. It removes easily but it doesn’t peel off like the barry M glitter polishes, so swap inexpensive for even more inexpensive especially as glitter nails aren’t for everyday. I’ve tried a few other colours and am presently surprised with the quality of what I have tried so if you fancy one don’t hesitate to pick one up.

False Nails: £1.00

 I picked up these false nails for 50p and couldn’t resist I’m planning to wear them this weekend when we go London Zoo for my Birthday. However I’ve brought countless set of nails in the pasts and I love them, they last a few days even more if you buy better glue and look amazing. Primark’s false nails are especially great for special nights out as they are so inexpensive and look absolutely amazing.

What have you tried from the P.S. Love range, what is worth trying and what isn’t? I’m impressed with some and not so with others but with the range been so inexpensive I don’t feel as though I’m wasted money.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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