Urban Decay Naked 3 Tutorial

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Hello Readers,

The Naked 3 Palette is one of my favourites from the Urban Decay range and it always seems to be my go-to for a subtle smoky eye. 

My last tutorial using the Naked Heat Palette was really well-received so I wanted to share another quick and easy look with you today, I know how handy it is to have a no-fuss, fast look to pull out of the bag for a night out!

  1. Blend ‘Limit’ into the crease and add ‘Nooner’ on top to create some depth.
  2. Apply ‘Liar’ to the inner and outer corners of the eye, leaving the centre of the lid bare to create your spotlight.
  3. Blend ‘Mugshot’ into the Outer V and bring below the lower lashline.
  4. I used ‘Buzz’ as my spotlight shade in the centre of the lid, but any of the paler shades would work just as well.
  5. I finished by dabbing ‘Spectre’ from the Moondust Palette on the centre lid.

The first picture is with flash, the second is without and topped with liner it’s a subtle but nighttime appropriate look that’s quick and easy to recreate any time you want something with a little less drama! 

Let me know your favourite looks from the Naked 3 Palette 👍

Lauren,

             Xo 

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Tutorial 

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Hello Readers,

I’ve been M.I.A again lately but if you’ve been following me on Instagram (@lilmalteaser) you’ll be up to date with all my goings on! 

So, since my last blog post about the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette I’ve been obsessed and I’m still using it every weekend! I just love all the warm, earthy colours with blue eyes. That inspired me to write a quick post about one of my favourite looks to create using this palette, but there are, of course, so many different amazing looks you can create. 

This look was inspired by a Pin I’d seen and I just applied the same concept to the Heat Palette using similar colours. It was really easy to create and only requires 5 different shades!

1. Using a buffer brush, blend ‘Cayenne’ into the crease.

2. Using the same brush, blend ‘He Devil’ into the crease, slightly below ‘Cayenne’

3. Apply some cream concealer or eyeshadow primer onto the lid to create a sharp line below the crease. This also helps the colour on the lid to pop!

4. Taking a thin and finely-pointed brush, apply ‘En Fuego’  narrowly along the crease and down onto the inner and outer corners of the lid, leaving the centre lid clear.

5. To darken up the look, I applied ‘Ashes’ on the Outer V, blending to create a seamless transition of colour and under the eye using a sharp, angled brush.

6. Finally, I used ‘Scorched’ on the centre of the lid to create a glittery spotlight. You can use any of the glittery shades in the palette for this but ‘Scorched’ is my favourite! 

To finish up the look I used Seventeen ‘Tattoo Me’ Liquid Liner and added Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in ‘Pink Lights’ to the inner corner of the eye to make it pop.

Have you found any great tutorials for the Naked Heat Palette? Have you created any looks yourself? Share them in the comments 👍💋 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Urban Decay Naked Heat 

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Hello Readers, 

This weekend I finally got my hands on the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and I haven’t been able to stop using it. It feels like the longest wait ever since it was announced at the end of May but didn’t hit Irish stores until August! I’ve been obsessing over it for months so I knew the review couldn’t wait.

I love the Naked palette range and I’m proud to add the fifth release to my collection, one of the things that sets this palette apart from the rest is the fact that these shades are so flattering on blue eyes, the burnt orange and deep purples are warm earth shades which really make blue eyes pop! 

As usual, Urban Decay made sure every shade could be mixed and matched and blended to perfection to create the most flattering smoky eye, you can use any combination and know they’ll have a beautiful finish. There’s also a great ratio of shimmers and mattes to help create your desired smoke.

The pigment of Urban Decay eyeshadows is one of the pros that sets it apart from other affordable brands, at €47.50 for each palette they are on the slightly higher end of the price range but still affordable and most importantly, they’re worth every penny. Each Naked palette has 12 shades, a mix of shimmers and mattes as well as highlighter shades to enable even the make up beginner to create a flawless smoky eye from start to finish.

In the below picture, I’ve swatched the last 8 shades in the palette, some of the more pigmented and blendable shades, highlight shades generally remain similar in these palettes – they go from white, creamy shades to tans and browns so that whatever your skin tone, and however deep a colour finish you want you’ll be able to achieve it. 

Unfortunately, pictures just don’t do these colours justice and the real-life payoff is breathtaking and so highly pigmented. I think this is my favourite Naked palette, the Naked 3 a close second, and I’ve only had it a couple of days. The shades are also very flattering on hazel-green eyes as tried out on my sister and they really made the colour stand out. 

I’m no trained makeup artist so these images aren’t preened and polished to perfection but I will be honest and say that the finish in real life is beautiful no matter how unskilled you are, the detail was very difficult to capture but you can see how pigmented they are from the colour payoff. I haven’t seen many tutorials/pictures that do justice to the shimmer of these shades so do be aware of that and know it will look so much better in person! 

I’m obsessed with this palette and I’m delighted to say that it was worth the wait and it’ll be an absolute staple in my make up bag from now on! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

Argan Oil Haircare Range 

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Hello Readers,

My hair has always been difficult to say the least, it’s fine but very curly so can be hard to manage. I’ve straightened my hair for as long as I can remember but I’ve always taken care not to damage it by using heat protect sprays etc. I’m also very prone to frizz so overall, not ideal! 

I was delighted to find this range of Argan Oil hair care products in Dealz, and even more delighted when I found that they worked so well! My first purchase was the Heat Defence Leave-In Spray which I’ve been using religiously for the last couple of years, I always use it after washing my hair, it has the added benefit of detangling my curls but I always make sure I spray it in before blowdrying and straightening my hair. It’s actually worked better at keeping my hair in perfect condition than the other, more expensive products I’ve tried. 

Having used this successfully for so long when I noticed the range had Shampoo and Conditioners I snapped them up, as with everything in Dealz they’re all €1.50 a piece so you can get all 3 for less than €5! I love finding bargains that really work, I have such a mix of pricey designer products and high-street bargains in my beauty collection and quality is so much more important than the price-tag so I’ll always recommend products that work regardless of the cost. 

I had tried the hair mask from this range a few months back and I was so disappointed, it left my hair really oily and lank so I was a tad nervous about trying these but I figured the spray worked so well that they should probably be ok. I have naturally oily hair so it was probably just a bit too much oil for my hair. The bottles of the shampoo and conditioner are huge, seriously such a steal for €1.50! 

They have a gorgeously sweet smell and left my hair feeling so silky and moisturised, they also gave me quite a lot of volume which was unexpected but brilliant. My hair was really easy to work with, as always I finished off with the spray before blowdrying and it hasn’t tangled at all (even overnight) plus it’s still smelling absolutely divine. 

I feel like these might be a little too rich for regular use so I’ll maybe use them once a week just for the moisturizing and volume, aside from that Mane ‘N’ Tail will continue to be my regular products but at €3 for the set, you really can’t go wrong with this range! 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Silicone Sponge Review

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Hello Readers,

It seems like there’s a new beauty trend every couple of months lately and for the most part I don’t usually buy into them. So the newest fad is these silicone sponges, now I wasn’t a huge fan of the beauty blender/sponge phase so I really wasn’t sure about these and I wasn’t willing to spend a fortune but when I seen a 2 pack of silicone sponges in Penneys from the P.S. range for only €2 I had to pick them up! 

I’ll admit that I had to look up a few tutorials first, beauty blenders were all about dabbing the foundation on but these silicone sponges give the best results when brushed across the skin, as if you were using a brush actually! 

My first time using these I pumped a blob of foundation onto the back of my hand, as I usually do when using brushes, and dipped the sponge in before applying but I was left with way too much product – I hate wasting foundation, I know you’ll all agree. The next time I used these I decided to follow the tutorials and pumped a small blob onto the sponge and applied directly to my face, sweeping it across the skin until I needed more. A few small blobs of foundation will cover your whole face – it’s amazing how big a difference it makes when the sponge doesn’t absorb product! 

If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I have really dry and sensitive skin so my recent skincare routine has really helped me achieve the flawless makeup application that has been so hard for me in the past. You can read all about my skincare in my previous post L’Oréal Fine Flowers. 

I’ve seen lots of fancy silicone sponges around in all different shapes and sizes and I’m sure you could argue they do a better job but honestly these sponges are absolutely perfect, easy to use and a total bargain so I can’t say I’ll be tempted to buy any others. I’d recommend these for everyone but especially for those who just want to give silicone sponges a try without spending a fortune! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

L’oréal Fine Flowers Skincare Range 

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Hello Readers,

I bought some of the products from the L’Oréal Fine Flowers range after hearing from a friend that they were brilliant for sensitive skin, I don’t know about you but I feel much more confident about trying a new product when somebody I actually know recommends it! I always look for ‘real’ blogger reviews too, a lot of the bigger bloggers are given so much free stuff it’s hard to know whether they genuinely love the product or not. Those of you who have sensitive skin will know how risky it is trying new products so I’m going to be super honest about these. 

I picked up the cleansing wipes (€4.99), gel-cream wash (€4.99) and toner (€7.99) but there are lots of other creams and washes in the range. They’re specifically designed for Dry & Sensitive Skin so by all accounts should help with those issues and although I’ve only been using them a week I definitely see a huge improvement already, which I’m hoping will continue the longer I use them. 

L’Oréal is an affordable range and their products are always good quality so I had no problem spending the money on them but luckily these are all half-price right now in Boots, I don’t know how long this sale lasts but I picked these up last Sunday and the offer is still valid at the time of writing this a week later so if you’re interested go now and get yourself a bargain. 

I’m usually not great at using anything other than moisturiser and the odd facial wash/cleanse but this range is meant for daily use, which I thought would be a struggle, but your skin is well worth investing a few extra minutes on and I’ve made sure to use them each night before bed, fingers crossed I continue to stick with it because I’ve noticed such a great improvement in my skin, it’s much softer and applying makeup is a hell of a lot easier! 

A lot of the time when applying foundation I’ll notice the skin around my nose area (prone to dryness and rosacea) will start to flake or look dry, which is absolutely awful and once that happens you can’t do much else on top, like contouring, or else my skin will look scaly – a nightmare those of you who suffer with this will know all about. In the week I’ve been using these products, I’ve found it so much easier to apply makeup, my nose area hasn’t flaked and I’ve been able to apply powders and contour over foundation with ease – now it’s still not perfect but I’m really optimistic it’ll get there! 

The one thing I really need to mention, I don’t know if it’s just me or if anybody else who uses the gel wash has experienced this but, I do find that I get a tingling slightly burning sensation around my nose area which is, as I mentioned, my problem area and most sensitive. It doesn’t hurt and it certainly hasn’t damaged my skin, as I said it’s actually improved, but I did worry a little the first night it happened. The toner calms it right down when applied afterwards. I also wondered if maybe it’s because I’ve never really used washes before – this would make sense since the burning sensation has lessened from first use to now but do keep an eye out for this and if you’re worried only do it every couple of days until you know for sure you aren’t having a reaction! 

Let me know if you have sensitive/dry skin and try this range! Does it help you?

Lauren,

             Xo 

NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette

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Hello Readers,

I bought this gorgeous Warm Neutrals palette from Nyx Professional Makeup a few months ago and I’ve been using it loads since then. It’s the perfect size for carrying in your handbag on a night out and the colours are so versatile, there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers for all your smoky eye needs – and the shades in this palette are perfect for blue eyes! 

This palette also comes in Brights, Cool Neutrals and Smokey – I think I’ll be purchasing the Smokey next, so there’s a palette to suit every eye colour but I think the Warm Neutrals is the best all-rounder. The matte shades are dark enough to create a smokey eye and the highlight/shimmer shades are perfect for that pop, or even for a natural daytime look too. I personally love the maroon/burgundy shades in this palette, always a must-have for Autumn! 

So, in the above picture I’ve swatched just a sample of the mattes and shimmers from the palette. There’s no filter whatsoever on the picture so it’s natural light and you can see just how pigmented they are! I’m a big lover of Nyx products, they’re always highly pigmented and such good value for money. This palette is no different, it currently retails at €22.50 in Boots and with 16 shades I think that’s a real bargain, especially when you consider how portable and versatile this palette is. All of the shades blend beautifully together and as mentioned, it’s so easy to create daytime and night out eyes with this palette. 

Lauren,

            Xo 

bBold Smart Mousse

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Hello Readers,

I recently bought the bBold Smart Mousse to try out, I’ve always loved having a tan on holiday but in recent years I’ve come to appreciate more of a subtle glow rather than the full-on tangoed look! I also love the convenience of a gradual or long-lasting tan that doesn’t require maintenance or top-up, let’s face it when you’re on holiday you just want a hassle-free beauty regime, right? 

Some of my personal favourites are Bellamianta, Xen-Tan and Vita Liberata which are all natural and long-lasting finishes, if you read my previous reviews you’ll find all the pros and cons. 

The thing that struck me about this tan, other than having seen a few (not many) beauty bloggers recommending it for its natural colour, was the fact that it supposedly continues to develop after you shower! The promise of no mucky build-up or stained clothes/bedsheets was very tempting. It claims to give the perfect tan in 3 easy steps…

1) Apply: I used a mitt to apply the tan, I always find it goes on smoother with less chance of streaking, plus you avoid the dodgy tanned palms! It was so easy to apply, it’s tinted so you can see exactly where you’ve applied and it spreads so easily. I applied a thin layer but as I’ll explain later you could definitely apply two. It was a bit slow to dry, it stayed a little bit sticky so I was nervous of wearing clothes over it but it didn’t stain my clothes although it left a slight fake tan smell. I don’t mind the smell but if you’re not a fan best to wear pyjamas or clothes you want to put out for washing straight after.

2) Shower: So the bottle recommends you leave the tan on for 1-3 hours depending on how deep a tan you want, I obviously appreciate a darker colour so I actually left it on for close to 4 hours – I’d read a few reviews of bloggers who’d left it on overnight without disaster so I figured I’d be fairly safe. The colour had developed to a golden brown in that time and I was pleasantly surprised that not a lot of colour washed off, it did fade but the water wasn’t running brown as it can do with other tan brands. Obviously it’s important that you don’t use shower gel, you can shower properly the next day. 

3) Develop: So out of the shower I pat myself dry, I never rub in case the skin/colour starts to flake. The colour was still quite golden and I put my pyjamas on to leave it to deepen overnight. The next morning I was surprised, but not unhappy, that the colour was really natural, it hadn’t deepened much overnight and instead stayed looking bronzed rather than tanned as such. I’ll definitely apply two or three layers next time to build more colour, I might even leave overnight before showering as although it did continue to develop it wasn’t drastic. 

The above picture was actually taken 3 nights after application/showering and even with another shower and a good scrub it hadn’t faded. As you can see it’s very natural, just bronzed, but it looked so well and really even, there were no streaks whatsoever. Even as the tan faded it did so evenly and I was never left with stubborn patches, it all seemed to fade gradually at once. 

Although I’d aim for a slightly darker colour next time, I loved the finish and I’ve never had such an even tan with an all over even fade! It lasted for days and even when it faded it was so natural that you couldn’t even notice. At only €14.95 a bottle I’d absolutely recommend this tan, especially for those of you who only want a natural glow although it definitely can be buildable if you want a deeper colour. Huge success! 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Birthday Edition Kylie Liquid Matte Lipsticks 

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Hello Readers,

I am literally the luckiest girl ever, my wonderful best friend got my the Birthday Edition Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Matte Lipsticks for my birthday! I’m still shocked saying it, I’ve toyed with the idea of getting some of these lipsticks for so long but always being put off by the fact that they need to be shipped from the U.S. 

The Birthday Edition features 6 miniature lipsticks in some of the best-selling shades, which are ALL to die for, by the way. I couldn’t wait to try them all! I’ve recently come to appreciate the beauty of a neutral lip and they look so much better matte, don’t they? 

Above is a swatch of each lipstick immediately after application (with flash) From top to bottom: Koko K, Dolce K, Exposed, Candy K, Kristen and Leo. I took the below picture a few seconds later, without flash, and they had already started to dry and become matte. I immediately loved the vibrancy of the colours, so pigmented and attention-grabbing. I love the shimmer when freshly applied so I think her latest metallic range will be a must-have, but I absolutely loved how bright they stayed when matte. 

Obviously, as these are matte lipsticks you would expect them to be quite drying on the lips and although they don’t actually dry out your lips (my lips were baby soft once I removed the lipstick, which is amazing) the colour itself does set very quickly and it dries quite hard, it’s not actually noticeable until you lick or smack your lips and it feels almost sticky like your lips might stick together. 

This isn’t really an issue, the colour was long-lasting but did need topping up to avoid extreme dryness which could end up cracking the lipstick. I found applying lip moisturiser before and after really helpful, but as I said it’s not uncomfortable or visually noticeable but it certainly wouldn’t be kiss-proof! 

In the above picture I’m wearing Dolce K, one of the gorgeous nude shades with just enough dark pigment to make it really stand out. You can see yourself that these lipsticks have really vibrant tones and look so good on. I already love them so I’ll definitely be adding to the collection very soon, there are so many amazing colours to try! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

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Hello Readers,

You’ll all know by now how much I love NYX cosmetics, I’ve reviewed their eyeshadows, contour palettes and lipsticks before – I’ve never been disappointed with any of their products, the soft matte lip creams are particular favourites, I was so excited when I seen the Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks online! 

I had seen a picture of ‘Vintage,’ the darker shade, on Instagram and loved it so when I went to buy it I ended up spotting ‘Soft-Spoken’ and it reminded me instantly of the Soft Matte Lip cream shade ‘Cannes,’ one of my favourite nude shades. Both have just enough pink undertone to stand out against my pale complexion! I’m wearing it in the below picture, it adds the finishing touch without looking overdone – I wasn’t a fan of nude lipsticks until ‘Cannes’ and now I can’t get enough.

These liquid suede cream lipsticks are longer-lasting than the soft matte lip creams but are more drying on the lips. If you moisturise before applying it won’t actually dry out your lips but you do feel the lipstick becoming more of a matte consistency and with the darker shade, ‘Vintage’ I noticed that it started to crack after a few hours so even though the colour hadn’t faded I needed another coat to top-up! 

Overall, I love these lipsticks. The colour range is great, full of really gorgeous nudes and neutrals as well as some brights for drama. The pigment is great, long-lasting and vibrant. The only issue I had was with cracking/drying on the lips but only while you’re wearing it, my lips weren’t dry afterwards! 

Lauren,

             Xo