Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: The Verdict

So recently Urban Decay released the fifth edition in their Naked Palette range, the mother of all warm-toned eyeshadow palettes and subject of endless Social Media hype.

If your Facebook and Instagram feeds have been anything like mine, it’s been very difficult to avoid the hype around this product, but for good reason; it is probably the most Instagram-able palette ever released. A beautiful combination of shimmers and mattes, I made a beeline for the Urban Decay website on release day and managed to get my hands on one.

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What I love about this palette is that it’s both wearable and can be amped up. I’ve been wearing it almost everyday, but I’ve been playing with beautiful looks for nights out and the festival season too.

The packaging is sturdy and has a satisfying magnetic close which means there’s no worry of the palette opening in your makeup bag, plus there’s a nice big mirror inside. Always a bonus.

For an insight into each individual shade, keep scrolling:

Ounce: A pearlescent white, ‘Ounce’ is a great all-over-the-lid shade that is perfect underneath other shimmer shades. This is very creamy and looks great alone too.

Chaser: This shade reminds me of a paler version of ‘Naked’ from the original Naked Palette. Wearable and nude, this is a great shade for adding a touch of definitition without anything too crazy.

Sauced: ‘Sauced’ is a little too peachy for my liking, but if buffed well into the crease it makes a very nice contour shade.

Low Blow: This is one of my favourites from the palette. I love this shade on a day to day basis, and it can be amped up with a touch of ‘Cayenne’ in the crease.

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Lumbre: love this shade, it beautifully applies on top of ‘Ounce’, and is the perfect partner for ‘Dirty Talk’ and ‘Scorched’.

He Devil: This shade is difficult to work with, but the colour is a beautiful, burnt orangey / red, and if you can be bothered to spend the time blending is a real treat.

Dirty Talk: Another top shade of mine, I love using this in the crease on top of ‘Lumbre’, or for something more dramatic it’s gorgeous on top of ‘Ounce’ too.

Scorched: ‘Scorched’ is a dark shimmery pink, if you love your metallics this one’s for you. Pink copper at its best.

Cayenne: I love ‘Cayenne’, blends beautifully with ‘Lumbre’, ‘Dirty Talk’ and ‘Low Blow’. It’s a beautiful orange pepper shade, and is definitely my favourite matte in the palette.

En Feugo: This one’s beautiful but tricky to work with. If used with a matte base such as ‘Chaser’ or ‘Sauced’ it can work well with a fluffy blending brush.

Ashes: A gorgeous shade but a little chalky for my liking. If you’re a fan of your purple shades I’m sure this would blend well with other similar colours.

Ember: For me this is the dark horse of the palette, a gorgeous, sultry shimmer that’s between red and purple.  My favourite way of using this is to layer it over ‘Scorched’ and ‘Dirty Talk’.

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If you already have warm-toned palettes, such as the Anastasia Modern Renaissance or the Sephora Pro Palette you can probably give this one a miss, but if it’s your first in the vein of ever growing warm eye shadow palettes I’d highly recommend this one.

My only qualms with this palette are that there are a number of mattes that are tricky to work with, but the majority of shades are a delight and the shimmers are creamy but not too chunky.

I don’t think I’ll be getting bored of this one any time soon, you can pick one up here if you’re interested!

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March Birchbox

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Beautiful March Birchbox

I’ve recently started a Birchbox subscription, and oh boy do I love it.

I’m a big fan of ‘monthly boxes’, having been a bit of a Graze lover in the past. Having spent a lot more time blogging lately, I thought it was about time I got stuck into a beauty box, and Birchbox

seemed to have the most ineresting brands and versatility on offer.

After setting up my subscription, my first box arrived very quickly, isn’t the packaging gorgeous?

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For March’s box, Birchbox have created a wordsearch themed box – something my inner geek was very thankful for! The box is a beautiful pastel blue, with white and gold detailing.

I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of products you receive in the boxes, especially as they come in a cute little tote bag too. The boxes themselves are really sturdy ­ I’m probably going to

use mine as draw dividers to store makeup etc.

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Rituals White Lotus and Yi Yi Ren Foaming Shower Gel Sensation

I really enjoyed this shower gel ­ it foams up which is really lovely, and smells beautiful. You only get 50ml in the sample, which isn’t much once the liquid foams, but it’s enough to be able to judge

whether you enjoy the product or not. I managed to get about a week’s work of showers out of this, which is pretty good for a sample sized product.

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Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm

I think this has to be the star of the show ­ Arrow’s lip balm is incredibly moisturizing, has a perfect amount of pigment and the packaging is really cute.

It’s a bit of a gimmick, as the colour is supposedly dependent on the natural pigment of your lips, however I love things like that. This made my lips a really pretty peachy pink.

More Brows Eyebrow Thickening Fibre Gel

For a girl that isn’t really into brow gels, this was quite a hit. I normally find brow gel a bit excessive, as my brows are dark enough anyway and don’t tend to move much throughout the day.

I’m glad I gave this a go though, as it in fact made my brows look more natural, and did keep them in place all day. The wand isn’t tapered, which makes it a little difficult to work with, but overall a nice find.march birchbox

 

Polar Night Revitalizing Cream with Boreal Algae

This has made a nice night cream over the last few weeks, and the size is extremely generous. It’s quite like a gel in texture, which isn’t what I’m used to with a night cream, but it does leave the skin feeling supple and nourished. Lovely.beauty box review

Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush

I think this one has to be my favourite of March’s Birchbox. I’ve never tried any of Spectrum brushes, but they are absolutely amazing.

Super soft, perfect application and funky packaging make this brush one of my new favourites ­- it’s perfect for a subtle contour, great for blush application and you can even apply your foundation with this for a light coverage. Love it.

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No. 4 Reconstructing Masque

I haven’t got around to trying this one yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

The Verdict

So overall, quite a success! I was a bit nervous about receiving my first box, as you never really know what you’ll receive, but having discovered some beautiful new brands it’s safe to say that I’m

very excited for April’s Birchbox.

Do you have a subscription to Birchbox? Let me know what you thought of March’s box!

New in at Bourjois!

Boair mat foundationurjois are probably my favourite brand from the drugstore, because their products feel far more premium than the brand is given credit for. The packaging is always lovely, and the product inside is long-lasting, pigmented, and never reacts badly with my skin. So whenever I see they have some new launches, I find it really difficult to resist. They’ve brought out two new products in recent months; a base, and a mascara. I’ve been really loving both, so I can’t wait to tell you about them!

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation

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I was really intrigued by this product, as Bourjois are famous for their dewy foundations, not necessarily matte ones. Dewy foundations are far more up my street generally, but I figured considering I enjoy most other base products from this brand, it would be silly to disregard this one just because it’s marketed as a matte finish. Now this is matte, that’s for sure, and it has quite a thick consistency when applied to the skin. However, the longevity is AMAZING. My skin eats foundation for breakfast lunch and dinner, but when I checked my skin on my lunch-break at work, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the foundation was still intact. Twenty-four hour hold is definitely very optimistic, but it does last a lot longer than my other foundations, and that’s sans primer. I definitely have to make sure my skin is well moisturized before using this, but really that’s a step that I should take regardless of what foundation I’m using. Big thumbs up from me.

 

Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara

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Having loved Bourjois’ Twist Up the Volume Mascara, I thought I’d give this one a go as the wands are relatively similar, but the 1 Second Mascara doesn’t have the gimmick of incorporating two wand into one product. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gimmickey product, but I never really used the ‘twist’ feature, and so was pleased with the new release. This provides tons of volume, which I’m all for in a mascara, and to be honest the length you receive from this one is pretty darn good too. Don’t be fooled by the colour of this one; the product looks a little grey on the wand, but I can assure you that once applied the colour sticks to it’s namesake of ‘ultra black’.

Both of these retail at £9.99 which, while this may be at the higher end of the scale for drugstore make-up, isn’t bad at all for the results you can achieve. Have you tried either of these new releases? Let me know what you think in the comments.