Sunday, 29 December 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Probably the most wildly hyped release of the year, the Naked 3 palette had some big shoes to fill following the success of the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. Known for their buttery, pigmented shadows, the Naked 3 platte has been released to much fanfare, and is decidedly different enough to warrant adding another palette to the ever expanding collection! 

The third release is considerably different to the first two, providing the first warm toned, rose hued palette which admittedly I wasn't originally sold on. I never wear pink toned eyeshadows and thought it might come across a little too "bubblegum princess" to be wearable, but after reading just about every review out there I have to say I needed to try it out for myself. It turns out the rosy toned shadows really compliment blue eyes and are a nice alternative to the usual brown/ taupe hues I normally wear. Long lasting and incredibly easy to blend, the shadows- like all the palettes before it are incredibly pigmented and the 12 different shades offer loads of different alternatives whether you are looking for a simple day look or a vampy evening look. I was concerned that the Naked 3 would be too similar to the first and second one, but luckily this one is completely different and I dare say I like it more than the Naked 2! 

The Naked palettes are designed so that the colours next to each other work the best together, which makes it easy to build up different looks. The left side works better for the daytime, and are definitely the more rose toned section of the palette. The right side is the darker, brown/ taupe side which would work really well for a smokey eye. The majority of the shades are shimmery/ satin shades with three matte shades to work with. The palette also comes with samples of Urban Decay primers, which I am loving as they work well to blank out the colour of your eyelid and make the shadows even more vibrant then they were to begin with. 

Against all odds, this pink toned palette has shot straight to my number one spot and is the one I reach for the most! What do you think of the Naked palettes?

Love K xxx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette Review

In my infinite wisdom of being makeup obsessed, I am signed up to just about every makeup related email, whether it be individual brands, stores like Space NK or online beauty retailers. So when this little beauty popped into my inbox a couple of months before Christmas from the Bobbi Brown site I knew it would be a festive winner. A couple of matte shades, a gold shimmery shade and four glitters? I was hooked....

The Bobbi Brown palette is THE perfect festive palette, when else can you pile on the glitter and not represent an 80's disco ball? The four glitter shades in the palette are not overpowering, encompassing a silver, pale gold, deep gold and brown and if anything, have a very low pigment so its difficult to go overboard. You definitely need a good primer to use these shades, and I found the best way to use them was with my finger, to add a "pop" in the centre of the eye. The other four matte shades, like all Bobbi's products, are super pigmented. Two light shades for the inner corner and crease and two dark shades- grey and black- for the outer crease. The one shimmery gold colour I used all over the lid as a base, added the grey or black in the outer crease and added one of the glitter shades over the top. It really does create an elegant festive eye look, without going too overboard. As we all know, Bobbi is never one to go OTT! I think this palette would work really well with the Old Hollywood Lip colour, a Marilyn inspired red which comes in a fabulous gold case. Now where did I leave that credit card... 

The Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette is available from for £59.
Love K xxx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

NARS Radient Creamy Concealer

It took me ages to get my hands on this baby. Apparently the colour I was going for appears to be the most popular colour! After darting into just about every Space NK, Selfridges, Liberty, House of Fraser or John Lewis, I finally managed to get my hands on one when after weeks of searching I dejectedly asked the NARS rep at the Liberty counter and they had it! Hallelujah! 

So I was expecting big things from this (namely because it took to long to get my hands on it... why does that make things seem so special?) and I wasn't disappointed. Creamy, illuminating and full coverage, this concealer doesn't cake or settle into any fines lines. I went for Vanilla, which is a couple of shades lighter than my foundation, as I use it for an under eye concealer rather than a blemish concealer. I do find however, that it tends to highlight my pores if I place it too far under my eyes, although I suspect that is down to the colour rather than the product itself. I would also recommend setting this with a translucent powder, the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder (holy grail product!) works brilliantly for this, as I find it can sometimes make my mascara smudge if not set. 

This concealer is available from any of the above locations for around £21. 

Love K xxx