Urban Decay Naked Palette Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the cult favourite Urban Decay Naked palette.

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Urban Decay finally launched in Australia at Mecca Maxima earlier this year and I was super excited to pick something up from the brand, I was umming and ahhing over what I wanted to get and finally settled on getting the beauty community’s number one love, the original naked palette.

There are currently three naked palettes from the brand but I decided to go with the original as the colours in this palette appealed to me the most.

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Swatched left to right

Virgin

Side Car

Half Baked

Creep

Gun Metal

I’ll start by saying I really like this palette, I think the colours are really wearable for both day and night. The formula is nice, I did find that creep wasn’t super pigmented when swatched but is able to be built up on the eye to make it a little more pigmented, and the more lighter shimmery shades and very pretty on the eye.

As much as I do really like this palette I unfortunately don’t think its worth the $78 AUD.

The colours are really pretty and neutral and for that reason I think it’s a lot of money for something that is just that, neutral. and I’m not finding that I’m reaching for it as much as I thought I would which is a bummer.

If you are on the hunt for a neutral palette I find I use my Too faced chocolate palette a lot more and it’s a little cheaper.

Do you have the Naked palette, what do you think? let me know in the comments.

xo Cassie

If you liked reading this, you may also like Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Review

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NYX Dreamcatcher palette review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the NYX Dreamcatcher palette.

 

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I bought this palette off Ikatehouse for $14.99.

There are 3 palettes in this collection, but I chose the Golden Horizons one because I wanted to be able to use it every day for work, this one is more neutral. The others have a few colours in them so I knew I wouldn’t use it as much.

Swatched

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As you can see, a few of the colours are a little chalky but I find that they all blend really nicely on my eyes. I have used this palette with and without a primer and find that it works really well both ways. Unfortunately this does tend to crease on me after a few hours, but most shadows do tend to crease on me since I have pretty oily eyelids so don’t let that deter you from this palette.

I have found that I get the most use out of this palette and you can make so many different pretty looks without a lot of effort, from a simple day look to a smoky eye.

Unfortunately it looks like this palette isn’t available on the IKatehouse website any more, but you can purchase it off the NYX website for $15.00

Do you own this palette, what do you think? Let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

Speckled Eggs and Eyeliner

Hey everyone, today I have a fun look for you!

I love makeup for the reason that like all art, it is left open to interpretation and there’s no right or wrong. For this look I got out all of my colourful shadows and went to town.

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Products used

No brand 120 coloured eye shadow palette 

I used Green, Pink, Blue and White –  to create the liner

Elf lock and seal

Face of Australia Mineral Inject Foundation

W7 Bronzer

Maybelline Color tattoo – Tough as Taupe (for my brows)

Elf blush – flushed

W7 Big lash mascara

Limecrime lipstick – Cosmopop

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable – Pasionee

I started out by using a champagne shade all over my eyelid, and a matte brown lightly in the crease. Because as I’ve said before I have really red stained eyelids so this particular look works best with a neutral eyeshadow look as a base.

I then mixed my colours with the Elf lock and seal until they were wet but not runny. this is crucial because otherwise you will end up with colour everywhere. I then took a thin eyeliner brush and started dotting the colours one at a time in the shape of a winged eyeliner. It’s crazy but this was the easiest eyeliner I’ve ever done, and it doesn’t take a steady hand to create. I literally just made small polka dots on my eye until I was happy with it.

I then finished off the rest of my look by pressing my foundation into my skin, and not powdering so I had a really nice dewy finish, I filled in my brows, added a little bit of bronzer and blush, mascara and a lipstick cocktail of Cosmopop and Pasionee to get a really pretty coral shade.

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If you recreate this look, I’d love to see! use #myspeckledliner on instagram and be sure to follow me! @Paintedlipstick

xo Cassie

 

All products mentioned are my own

 

Birkenstocks

Hey everyone, let’s talk about Birkenstocks, Birkenwhat you say? Yeah so did I!

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Photo via http://estmagazine.com.au/birkenstocks-are-back/

There are so many pieces of clothing that I just don’t and probably will not ever understand and these are one of them

I’ve seen these shoes around a bit lately especially on blogs and instagram, but I’ve also noticed that Kourtney Kardashian loves them. I personally think these shoes are so ugly and aren’t my cup of tea.

I also think that for the price, I’d rather buy something that I could wear all the time – I mean they’re not that expensive but for 80-$100 I’d want to get my money’s worth and I just don’t think I would with these shoes. (Although they do look comfy)

But I’d love to know what you guys think, fashion yay or fashion nay. Would you wear them?

xo Cassie

Facial Hair Removal

Hey everyone, let’s talk about facial hair removal.

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We are constantly told that the best way to get an even base with foundation is by using primers and creams to moisturise our faces, Which of course is all very true. But for some of us facial hair is stopping us from getting that perfect base for makeup that we all read about.

Problems that I’ve run into when doing my makeup is that I’ll have a light lady moustache, or don’t even get me started on the little chin hairs that I get, and it will make my foundation look like an off grey in that area. Which means I’ll be less than impressed with my makeup.

Hair removal can be such a pain in the bum, in some cases it takes ages waiting for wax to heat up or constant expensive trips to the salon. But I am a lover of anything that can be done in the comfort of my home, so my most proffered method of hair removal is

Tweezing

Wax strips

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These two are my favourite inexpensive at home hair removal methods that I’ve found have done the job. And can be found at any chemist or supermarket. I prefer plucking my eyebrows, waxing my lady stash and then tweezing any stray hairs that get left behind,

When I was much younger I would always be so embarrassed by my facial hair and because I do have some Italian roots it means that not only do I have to worry about the hair being there, but it’s also very dark so I try and stay on-top of my hair removal.

If by any chance you are feeling the same way, or are unsure of where to start with removing your facial hair, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. we all have facial hair, Some ladies are just more fortunate to have lighter hairs.

What’s your favourite method of hair removal?

xo Cassie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange and Gold Look

Hey everyone, I’m back today with this orange and gold makeup look.

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Products used

NYX eyeshadow base

Generic 120 eyeshadow palette (found on Ebay) find it here

Generic Blush palette (found on Ebay) find it here

Maybeline Gel liner

W7 Waterproof Mascara

Loreal True match foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte powder

W7 Bronzer

Color whisper lipstick – Mad for magenta.

 

I started by patting NYX eye shadow base all over my eyelid, then taking the gold eye shadow I blended that all over my eyelid & into the inner corner. I then took the lightest and darkest orange shade in the palette and blended the colour on the outer third of my eye.

I kept blending back and forth until I had the depth of colour I wanted. I then blended the darkest orange shade on my lower lash line, added a winged eyeliner and mascara.

I finished off my look with my True match foundation, Rimmel Stay matte powder to set, a light contour and orange toned blush from my blush palette & Colour whisper lipstick.

I love this look  it reminds me of a sunset and I think it would look even more amazing on someone with blue or green eyes.

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Would you wear this look?

 

xo Cassie

 

All products mentioned are my own.

Summer Stylin’

Hey everyone, yesterday I showed you how to achieve a fresh summer look and today I’ve put together a few cute summer outfits.

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(looks via polyvore)

I love both of these looks, look 1 is more casual, and look 2 is a little bit more dressy.

I think a sun dress paired with a denim cut off vest is such a nice twist on something very feminine, it adds another layer to the outfit without much effort. I like pairing this look with some chunky sandals and bright jewellery.

Look 2 I feel is a lot more dressy, pairing it with the dark heeled wedges and structured handbag makes this look a little more put together. Because the sun dress and cardigan are white I think the turquoise belt and yellow statement necklace really bring the look together.

It’s no surprise that both of these looks have pops of colour – in my opinion that’s what summer’s all about, bright fun colours. I also feel like you can get away with a lot more colour in the summer.

Here’s how I wear look 1.

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I like this look, I think its fun and perfect for the hot summer days.

what do you think, would you wear either of these looks?

 

xo Cassie

 

all products mentioned are my own.