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

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Essence XXXL Matt Effect lipgloss review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the Essence Matte effect lip gloss.

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I picked up the colours 06 Soft Nude and 07 Silky red

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Let me start by saying I love these lip glosses, they are so silky smooth on the lips. I wouldn’t say they were very matte though, but they also definitely aren’t a gloss which is tricky. In my opinion the best way to describe the finish is more like satin.

The above swatches have been applied directly from the tube with no lip liner.

The glosses are a little slippery on the lips, not to be confused with the Australis Velour Lips which set like concrete. These don’t really set at all, which I personally quite like as a change from the usual matte lip glosses that are on the market, but if you’re looking for a product that won’t budge then these probably won’t be for you.

I picked my glosses up at Priceline and can’t find them on the site for the life of me, but I don’t think they were any more than $6 AUD if that. My local store had 3 colours but was out of stock of the other shade.

Like I said, I really like these glosses and think they’re perfect as a ‘throw on and go’ lip product, easy to apply and smell great!

Have you tried these products? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

If you liked this post, you may also like Ulta3 Colour me pretty lipstick crayon review

 

OXX Makeup review

He everyone, today I’m back with a review on the OXX makeup found in Kmart Australia stores.

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While out browsing the makeup section in Kmart (as you do) something caught my eye, it was a stand filled with makeup with a $2 price tag, my legs started moving and before I could even register what I was seeing I had walked out the store with more makeup than I needed. (let’s be real, I always need more makeup)

Since we are transitioning into colder weather just like with fashion, make-up changes as well. So I’ve been looking for some warm toned blush and was thrilled to see some warmer neutrals on display. I picked up a blush and eyeshadow (because why not?)  both for $2.

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Eye shadow left – The eyeshadow is a really nice brown shade with little flecks of gold glitter through it, which once on the eye you don’t really see. It’s really pretty and is nicely pigmented.

I used this all over the eye on it’s own and it lasted really well throughout the day.

Blush right – The blush is a pretty dusty pink that throws off a little taupe in different lighting.

It does take a little more time to blend and layer to get a nice colour pay off but that didn’t really worry me given the price point.

Unfortunately neither of these products have ‘names’ so if you do go searching for the same products I think these may be the only neutral shades available.

OXX brand also has eyeliner, mascaras, lipsticks and other shadow shades all for $2 each.

Over all I think that these are worth taking a look at if you’re looking to try a cheap makeup alternative to the usual cult favourites.

Have you tried OXX makeup, what did you think? let me know in the comments.

xo Cassie

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Ulta3 Colour Me Pretty Lipstick Crayon Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the Ulta3 Colour Me Pretty Lipstick Crayon in the colours Pretty Poppy and Pretty Affair.

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I love these two lip crayons, they are smooth to apply and glossy on the lip.

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Pretty Poppy.

Pretty Poppy is a really beautiful orange/red shade that is super easy to wear. I find myself reaching for this lip shade when I’m wearing hardly any make up and am running errands because it just makes it look like you’ve made some effort when really.. you’ve just rolled out of bed after sleeping through your alarm and your backup alarm..

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Pretty Affair

Pretty Affair is a gorgeous blue based red/berry shade which is just as smooth and creamy as pretty poppy, again another wearable colour and would be perfect for the colder months as it is a tad darker.

What I love most about these lip products is that they are so easy to apply, comfortable on the lips and glossy. I think Ulta3 have done a bang up job on these products and at the price point of $4.95 AUD how can you go wrong?

There are 6 shades in the and I think I might just have to pick up the others!

have you tried these out? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

All photos have been taken by me.

W7 Prime Magic Primer Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the W7 Prime Magic Primer.

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Let me start out by saying that I love this primer, it’s silicone based and is a clear gel like formula it smooths my skin making foundation glide on and stay on.

I like to pat this product into my skin using my fingertips and will generally place it on my problem areas where I know that I have extra large pores. This primer makes my make up stay on all day long and minimises any creasing creasing. I tested this primer out while wearing my Estée Lauder double wear foundation which is long wearing and very full coverage. My foundation looked flawless and creased far less than it usually would ( I have very oily skin, so creasing is inevitable unfortunately) it just blew me away!

And if you’ve been reading my Blog for a while you will know that I love a bargain, especially when it comes to make-up since it’s so expensive in Australia. So, you could imagine my excitement when I picked this little guy up for $4.99 AUD from my local chemist! (drug store) for all my US readers.

Have you tried this primer, do you like it as much as I do? let me know in the comments.

xo Cassie

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Review

Hi everyone, happy new year and welcome to my first post for 2015! Today I’m back with a review on the Too Faced Chocolate bar palette

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Let me start by saying that this palette is so nice, I have found all the shadows to be so creamy and well pigmented and think that there is such a great assortment of shadows in the one palette.

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Here I have swatched from L to R

Salted Caramel

A cool toned matte brown

White Chocolate

A matte cream shadow

Marzipan

a beautiful shimmery champagne shade

Cherry Cordial

A deep redy purple shade with flecks of glitter in it

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All of these shadows have been swatched as is, without any primer and as you can see they are all pretty well pigmented. I think this palette is perfect whether you’re just starting out with makeup and want to branch out, or if you are a professional adding to your kit this palette will not disappoint (It even smells like chocolate how could you resist!)

I love this palette and have been testing it under all sorts of conditions and love it! just recently I took this palette away with me on holidays and I didn’t find myself needing anything else on my lids as I found this held all the colours I needed.

I purchased my palette off Myqty.com.au for $64.99 AUD and you are able to get it here. Trust me, you’ll love it!

Do you own this palette, what do you think of it? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

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Ho Ho Holiday Makeup Look

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a fun Christmas themed makeup look.

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Products used

Ardell lash glue

Lorac mega pro palette

-Fawn

-Camel

-Brown

-Deep teal

W7 Mascara

LimeCrime Lipstick –  Retrofuturist

LA Girl glazed lip paint – Pin Up

Maybeline color tattoo in tough as taupe

Loral Magic Nude liquid powder foundation

Thin Lizzy darkest powder – Contour

Napoleon Perdis – Blush Patrol

Green craft glitter

Red Cherry #102 lashes

Estee Lauder Blush – Nude rose

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I started out by brushing fawn all over my lid as a base and blended camel into my crease, I then used the deep teal shade to map out where I wanted my wing to be. I used a small synthetic brush and in small sections I dabbed on lash glue, and using a wet small brush I picked up the green glitter and placed it on the glue, I did this until the wing was covered in the green glitter. (You could use a black liner to map out the wing, but I found that using a similar shade to the glitter you’re using just means that if you do see any of the shadow/liner, it will blend in)

I took a little bit of the teal, and the dark brown shade and blended that on my lower lash line and prepped my lashes for falsies. For this look I used my biggest and most dramatic lashes, but to make this look a little more wearable you could use a wispy lash.

I buffed in my foundation, and filled in my brows as usual and contoured my cheeks, I then used a muted rose blush shade, and a rose gold highlight to finish off my skin. I kept my skin very neutral as I wanted most of the attention on my eyes. I finished off my look with a a bright red glossy lip using Limecrimes retrofuturist all over and dabbing the LA girl glazed lip paint in the center.

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I had so much fun with this look, and you could change the colour of the glitter to make this suitable for a New Years Eve look.

if you recreate this look make sure you show me using #Paintedlipstick and tagging me @Paintedlipstick on all social media!

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and stay safe! ill be back on the blog in the new year, but to keep updated on all things beauty be sure for follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Paintedlipstick.

xo Cassie