Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette vs. MUA Undress Me Too Palette


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 Time for part 2 of the Naked palette comparisons! There are a couple of good dupes for Naked 2, (the new Makeup Revolution one has caught my eye recently), but I think the MUA Undress Me Too Palette is the most popular one, so I thought it wold be fun to compare them.

The Naked 2 Palette- £37

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 ‘Naked 2’ contains 12 cool toned shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). I used to use this palette almost everyday when I first started using makeup (and probably used one too many super shimmery shades, eeek) but recently I’ve kind of neglected it due to it’s lack of matte blending shades. The closest thing to a crease colour is Tease, which on my super pale skin can look kind of muddy. I honestly love all the shades in this palette- it’s one of the few completely cool palettes out there- I just wish there was a matte brown. When I want to use ‘Naked 2’ I generally have to reach for another palette as well to blend everything out which is kind of inconvenient, so I tend to forget about it. These Urban Decay shadows, as with pretty much all others, are incredible quality, long lasting and easy to use. The only downside, like I mentioned in Naked vs. Undressed, is the fact that it costs £37.

The Undress Me Too Palette- £4

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 ‘Undress Me Too’ contains 12 neutral-cool shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). The shades in this palette are slightly less cool than in ‘Naked 2’, and the colours are slightly less intense so they’re slightly easier to wear. These shadows are pretty much exact dupes for ‘Naked 2’, and the quality of them is really incredibly. Most of the shadows are as pigmented as Urban Decays, they’re very easy to blend and on me, with a primer, they last just as long as other eyeshadows.

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 These are pretty much identical in colour, I think, and the only differences are that some of the Urban Decay shades are slightly more pigmented. Honestly though, I think that most of Urban Decay’s shimmers are more like pressed glitters rather than eyeshadows, so I don’t really expect a £4 palette to live up to that.

What do you think? Do you have either of these, or both? Let me know which you prefer the look of!

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Makeup Revolution Haul


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 Makeup Revolution is a shiny new makeup brand that was released at Superdrug just the other day, and the reviews I’ve seen so far were all really great so I though I’d place an order! What do you think of what I bought? I went a little overboard because it’s such a cheap brand- think MUA prices- but I’m already thinking it’s much better quality. I’m going to try everything out and have some reviews and swatches up on the blog soon, so keep an eye out if you’re interested!

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Makeup Revolution is available at Superdrug, and on their website (which ships wold wide!).

Pastel Nails


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Happy Easter!

Barry M Silk Nail Polish in Pearl, £3.99

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes, The Spring ’14 Collection, £3.99 each

Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple, £7.99

Revlon Nail Enamel in Eclectic, £6.49

OPI Nail Polish in My Vampire is Buff, £11.50

Pink and Peach Makeup


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Oooh look it’s all of my favourite makeup brands conveniently put together in one post.

MAC Syrup £15– one of my favourite MAC lipsticks ever. It looks really purple in the bullet and swatches, but on the lips it’s a perfect medium, rosy pink.

Soap&Glory Glow All Out £11– a pink toned highlighting and setting powder. This powder is absolutely beautiful when lightly dusted over the high points of the face, or used with a powder brush all over to set foundation.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Blush £7.99– I love Bourjois’ little round pot blushes- they’re not the most pigmented or long lasting I’ve ever tried, but they leave a really beautiful healthy, glowing finish. The shade ‘Healthy Mix’ is gorgeous, but I also love ‘Peach Bloom’ for a more natural look.

Urban Decay Naked 3 £37– I’ve fallen in love with this palette all over again. I’ve been using ‘Strange’ as a base colour, ‘Dust’ all over the lid and then ‘Limit’ in the crease and blended up just a little and the colours just look so pretty!

Urban Decay Naked Palette vs. MUA Undressed Palette


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There have been dozens of copies of the Naked palette created since it’s release, and none of them ever really appealed to me until I came across MUA’s Undressed Palette in Superdrug. These shades look almost identical, and I thought it would be interesting to do a little comparison- mainly because of the rather insane price difference between the two. I’m planning a post like this for the other Naked palettes too, so let me know if you have any good dupes!

The Naked Palette- £37

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‘Naked’ contains twelve very warm toned shadows (10 shimmer, 2 matte). I’ve had this palette for almost a year now, and though I don’t reach for it often (purely because I find warm colours and lots of shimmer a little difficult to work with) it’s still one of my favourites. The quality of these eyeshadows- pigmentation, the colour payoff, the lasting power, you name it- is incredible. Urban Decay is definitely my favourite brand for shadows (closely followed by Too Faced, if you’re wondering) and the only thing I don’t love about them is the price. This palette used to be £36, which is painful enough, but then it was raised to £37 upon the release of Naked 3. I know, I know, it’s £1, but I still think that’s kind of ridiculous. Stop it, Urban Decay, you don’t need to keep raising your prices. Just stop it.

The Undressed Palette- £4

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‘Undressed’ contains twelve neutral-warm toned shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). I bought this purely out of curiosity, and I’m so glad I did because it’s awesome. Though the colours are almost exact dupes for Urban Decay’s, but they lean a lot more neutral and I personally find them a lot easier to wear. ‘Undressed’ even has that one extra matte shade- the copy of UD ‘Virgin’, a satin/ shimmer, which in the MUA palette is just named ‘1’, and is more of a matte/shimmer. Just that one extra matte shade makes a huge difference to the palette, I think, because it’s a nice all-over-lid shade for pale skin and a highlighter that isn’t too frosty on darker skin tones. Obviously, the quality of these eyeshadows isn’t as fantastic as Urban Decay. They’re a lot sheerer and often need building up, but that also means that they need less blending and you won’t be left with any harsh lines (always a risk with Urban Decays dark, super pigmented shadows). I don’t have any issues with the wear time of these, either. They seem to last as well as any other shadows, but I always use a primer and I rarely wear makeup for more than six hours, so I can’t really say for sure which would last longer.

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Some of these shades are crazy similar! I think the only slight differences I can see between these two palettes are that ‘Undressed’ is more neutral than ‘Naked’, and that the shadows in the ‘Naked’ palette (particularly the shimmery ones) are much more pigmented and have a slightly more true-to-the-colour-in-the-pan colour payoff.

What do you think of this comparison? Are you tempted to buy either of these palettes, or have you already tried them?

Forgotten Favourites


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I realised the other day that I’ve gotten into the habit of using the exact same makeup every single day, and so I was looking through my collection (‘shopping my stash’- is that the term for it? Never really understood that) and remembered about all of these! They’re all the products I used when I was first getting into makeup- just over a year ago- but since then I’ve kind of pushed them to the back of my makeup drawers and been discovering new things. Anyway, I thought they deserved some love so ‘Forgotten Favourites’ is now a thing on this blog. I’m going to have to come up with a better name.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation– the first foundation I ever tried and still one of the best. It’s very similar to the lovely Rimmel Match Perfection (another favourite) in a lot of ways, because they’re both medium coverage, satin finish and last a good eight hours.

Clinique Anti-Redness Powder– a great setting powder with the added benefit of keeping my skins natural redness at bay. I’ve kind of abandoned this since discovering concealer, but I’m looking forward to using it again because, you know, the less coverage I can get away with, the better.

Urban Decay Naked 2– a classic. I used to use this all the time and though I’m a little worried about how it probably used to look (who needs mattes when you can just use all the glitter?!? Eeeeek) I really feel like I need to try it out again. The colours are so lovely and it’s pretty rare to come across a completely cool toned neutral palette- I just wish there was maybe one more matte brown…

Maybelline Dream Touch Soft Blush– I love cream blushers, and the Maybelline ones are just so pretty. I used this such a long time ago that I can’t even really remember enough about it to review it, but I’m going to re-test it and get back to you.

Maybelline Baby Lips– I’ve not been using these for quite as long as the other things in this post, but I do keep forgetting about them- I don’t know why because they’re the nicest tinted lip balms ever. ‘Cherry Me’ in particular is one that I used to always reach for as an everyday colour, but ‘Mint Fresh’ is a lovely non-tinted option.

Zoya Nail Polish– Zoya is the first ‘high-end’ nail polish brand I tried, and it’s definitely the brand that started my nail polish obsession. Let me know what your favourite shades are because I definitely need to try out more- pictured above is ‘Zuza’.

Top 10 Under £10


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And, once again, I have failed to narrow it down to the number in the title.

Soap&Glory Eyeshadow Quad in ‘What’s Nude?’- £10review– this quad is simply beautiful, definitely a favourite and one that I reach for pretty much everyday- mainly because ‘Mudhoney’ is a great brow colour for me.

Sleek Blush By Three in ‘Lace’- £9.99– you can read my far-too-rambly review of this here, if you’d like, because this is honestly the best blush formulation I’ve ever tried. The colours are so beautiful, and you can really customise the intensity of them with different application methods.

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Vintage Romance’- £7.99– another one that has it’s own post dedicated to it (with swatches!)- this palette is stunning, and the horribly over exposed picture above (sorry!) really doesn’t do those purple shades justice.

Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Wild Watermelon’- £7.99– I could honestly have put any one of the lip butters in this post. They’re all incredible, and you can take a look at my collection swatches here. Wild Watermelon is one of my ultimate favourites, though, because it’s a really cool toned red that can be applied quite sheer making it wonderfully easy to wear.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in ‘Nudist’- £8review– I love the finish of the Soap&Glory lip crayons. They’re much more like a gloss than others I’ve tried, they smell like vanilla, and this colour is a pretty-but-natural shade that actually (surprisingly) works with my skin tone.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in ‘Red Sunrise’- £7.99review– super glossy, incredibly lightweight and available in some really gorgeous colours. I love these so much! This shade especially is really gorgeous, it’s kind of a cool toned pink-red.

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in ‘Keep Mauving’- £7.99review this shade is just really pretty. It’s kind of plum toned but still very natural, and it’s one I reach for quite often. Smells like vanilla, too! Anyone else see a theme, here?

Topshop Lips in ‘Hazard’- £8–  the only Topshop lipstick I own, actually, for whatever reason. This lipstick creates the most beautiful berry red stain ever. Do you have a favourite Topshop lipstick? I really want to try some other colours.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer- £5.99– mattifying but not drying, shine reducing but not dull-looking. This is wonderful for everyday wear because it doesn’t feel too silicone based, and it makes whatever makeup I wear on top of it last a lot longer.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in ‘010 Porcelain’- £6.99– my favourite foundation ever. Can I say that? I think I can, because this foundation is what I reach for when I don’t want to have to think about what makeup I’m wearing. The coverage of this can go from light to somewhere in between medium and full, and it leaves a really beautiful satin finish. And it’s actually pale enough for me.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation in ‘100 Porcelain’- £9.99– this is showing up much darker on camera than it is in person, sorry about that. I rambled about this foundation in my last post, in case you’re interested in a brief description of it’s wonderfulness. This foundation isso incredibly different to anything else I’ve been using it pretty much non stop since I bought it.

What are your under £10 favourites? Or, more specifically, your between-£5-and-£10 favourites, though that really doesn’t have the same ring to it. There are so many I had to cut out of the final post, so if you like this kind of thing I might do another Under £10 post (and this time I might be able to include makeup brushes and nail polish, too…).

Top 5 Under £5

*I wish I’d thought of something creatively April-fools-y for todays post. Damn*

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