Urban Decay’s Naked Palette: Life-Changing?

A friend told me on Twitter last week that she finally got her hands on Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. She said the palette was “life-changing.” I would have to agree. After all, I’ve also declared my love for this palette  on more than one occasion, including calling it the “one palette to rule them all. ” This is now my third post on the palette.

Cue surprised/crazy look:

If you have this palette, do you think it is worth the hype? Did I ask you this before?  Indulge me please.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Body Shop Honey Bronze Giveaway which ends this Friday.

It’s Summer Eh? Lancome’s Bronze Azure Collection

Summer lovin’ happened so fast. Summer lovin’ had me a blast. Do you ever get a song stuck in your head that pops out of nowhere? This is the song that popped in my head when I apply products from Lancome’s Bronze Azure Collection.  Have you seen this on counters yet? If not, it is worth a look. I have already raved about Desert Rose blush but there are other gems to be found. 

The Heat Wave eyeshadow ($50) palette is one of two palettes in the collection. This one has a gorgeous turquoise blue. As usual though, I gravitated to the more neutral tones in this palette. I am not however a huge fan of the pinkish bronze. Too glittery for me. The darker brownish colour is beautiful as a crease colour as a liner and the white has some golden undertones that works beautifully as a highlight.All in all, this is a palette you can create a lot of different looks from.

 Le Vernis in Sarong ($22) is a shimmery coral pink polish. I found it a bit clumpy between applications so I had to give the bottle a quick shake between applications. That said, this polish had amazing lasting power. I put it on last Thursday and it lasted until Monday with very little chipping. I even went to the beach and dug in the sand and it did nothing to my poor attempt at a manicure. Love the colour. A must-have for coral lovers.  

Finally the Waterproof Artliner in Beach Gem ($37) is a sparkly emerald green. I rarely deviate from my blacks and browns for eyeliner so I was surprised at how much I liked this. My 8 year old daughter even noticed, asking me why I had ‘green stuff’ on my eyes. This had amazing lasting power and did not budge even in scorching hot weather. I love the pop of colour it gives — understated but works for colour-fearful people like me.

All in all, the pieces I’ve seen from this collection are beautiful. I’m intrigued to see if the Star Bronzer Natural Glow is still available as I’ve seen some pretty pics of it. One more bronzer to add to the collection can’t hurt right? 

Now, Summer Nights is still in my head. 

Tell me more, tell me more. Might have to get my fix with a little Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta this evening.

Disclaimer: Products sent for consideration only. These are my views.

Mad about Semi-Precious Pearl MSF…in a Good Way!

There’s something about MAC MSFs (Mineralize SkinFinishes). I can’t explain it but I get giddy when I get my little hands on a new one. So, as you can imagine, I am quite pumped that there are four MSFs launching in the upcoming Semi-Precious Collection, including Semi-Precious Pearl.

Hello beauty.

Semi-Precious Pearl has a beige champagne outer circle and an inner circle of white, plum and bronze. This, my friends, is my kind of MSF. It speaks to me on so many levels. Love the bronze, love the champagne, love how it catches the light. Simply gorgeous.

What I love most is it isn’t overly shimmery, a common issue I have with other MSFs. The champagne is beautiful as a highlight, and I swear I’ve been wearing this almost daily. And when you swirl all the colours together, you get the warmest golden glow, which is how I wore it below.

Tell me, are you going to haul from the Semi-Precious Collection?

I’m interested in seeing the other MSFs in person as well as the other items from the collection. I will try very, very hard, however, to resist the temptation to haul.

On another note, I thought I’d show you an outfit of the day featuring a new sleeveless shirt and short cardigan  I bought from Le Chateau in Canada. I had no idea Le Chateau carried work appropriate clothing. I was excited until the cardigan fell apart on me on day 1. A tiny thread came loose during the morning and when I snipped it off, it became a hole by late afternoon. Total fail. Never had anything like this happen before with any other brands. Back it went!

Disclaimer: MSF sample provided for consideration only.  

It wasn’t love at first swatch: NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

I’ve got a thing for taupe eyeshadows. I can’t seem to get enough of them. When I heard the buzz about the NARS Dogon eyeshadow duo (click on photo above to enlarge) and the taupe-like colour that it contained, I was more than intrigued.

I was drawn to Sephora like a moth to a flame, and when I saw the shadow, my reaction was….’meh.’ It wasn’t love at first swatch. Nevertheless, being the beauty addict that I am, it still came home with mama.

And when I got home and started using it, my reaction was…’meh.’ I found the darker shadow to be hard to use — it is so pigmented that one slip of the brush and I instantly had a bit of a smokey eye mess. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the beauty of the shadow, dark blue/black. I just couldn’t get the knack of using it. As for the taupe, I wasn’t that impressed. So Dogon sat on my dresser, and I started to think maybe I should exchange it.

Not one to give up that easily, I tried again. And hallelujah, I have seen the light. I played around with the application, and voila, I am officially in love. The taupe is not just an ordinary taupe. In different lights, it has different tones. Sometimes, it looks mauve while other times it is golden with hints of green or brown. It is truly multidimensional. I also now know to use the darker shadow with a light hand, in the crease or across the lid but very lightly. I’m sure those who are more skilled at applying shadows can do some amazing smokey looks with this colour. Below is one of the looks using Dogon. The taupe was applied all over the lid into the crease and I softly blended the darker shadow on the lid. I really like it.

I’ve never met a NARS eyeshadow duo I didn’t get along with, and I’m happy to report that Dogon and I have a long friendship ahead of us. Whew.

Did you get anything from the NARS Summer collection? What are your favorite NARS duos?

QOTD: Do you line your lower lash line?

When it comes to eyeliner, I’m an upper lash line, winged liner kind of girl. Lately though, thanks to my fascination with the Duchess (i.e. Kate) and her fashion sense, I’ve been trying out eyeliner on the lower lash line. I don’t wear it as heavily as she does. I’m feeling a bit timid about it still and I’m not entirely convinced it’s for me.
How about you – what do you think of liner on the lower lash line? Yay or Nay?