03/26/14

Urban Decay – Naked 3 – Eye-shadow palette

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I am really excited to finally start reviewing this so well known palette by Urban Decay, which all make-up geeks and beauty gurus have and should have. I probably should warn you this will be a pretty long review, but it will definitely help you visualize and know more about the product, especially if you intent to purchase.  As I was cruising in London at the House of Fraser stores last year, I came by the Urban Decay section and of course I had to buy the Naked palette. At first I was unsure if to buy the original Naked or Naked 2 palette, being that the 3 wasn’t out yet. The colours of the Naked 2 palette really appealed to me more than the original Naked palette, even-though they are quite similar.

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I have to admit that the Naked 2 is pretty much a phenomenal value, it consist of 12 eyeshadows, a lovely two sides brush and a small lip gloss. It is packaged in a bronzed metal tin that can be opened and closed very easily, which is a great way of protecting the shadows. I haven’t had any problem with the opening or ripping of the packaging and it does feel pretty secure. The brush is pretty nice to, the bristles are very soft and great for application. I do tend to forget that I have it, which reminds that I should probably place it next to my other brushes.

Now lets talk about the colours:

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Foxy is like matte yellowed beige colour, it is on the sheer side and a bit powedery. This colour is barely visable in my forearm however it can work for highlighting the brow on light complexions.

Half baked is a beautiful coppery-golden brown shimmery colour, it has a good color payoff and a smooth texture.

Booty call is a white-beige shimmery colour, it has a good colour payoff and i love using it for the brows or as a base.

Chopper is a  shimmery coppery-orange colour. This shade has a pretty good colour payoff however the sparkle is prone to fall out.

Tease is a dirty mauve-brown colour with a matte finish. I really like the shade as I have nothing which looks anything like it, however the pay off is a little bit disappointing being that the texture is a bit dry and stiff. You really have to jab at it with the bristles of your brush to loosen enough product to apply it.

Snakebite is a a dark bronze with a dirty golden shimmer-sheer. I love using this color for contouring, as it isn’t too dark but neither light.  The texture is dense and buttery and an excellent color payoff.

Suspect is a champagne-bronze colour with a metallic sheen. It has a good colour payoff eventhough it felt a bit powdery.

Pistol is dark grey- brown colour with a shimmer sheer. The texture of the pistol is soft and smooth and it has a good payoff.

Verve is a pale silver grey colour with a pink tinge.

YDK is a warm , coppery medium brown with a frosted finish. I love its smooth texture and the pigmentation is pretty good.

Busted is a dark burgundy-tinted brown colour with golden undertones. The finish is very soft and frosted. The colour payoff is very good and the texture is very smooth though a little less dense.

Blackout is a really intense, matte deep dark black colour. The pigmentation is great and it goes on very black.

Naked lip-gloss is a sheer neutral brownish pink colour. The gloss is not that sticky and has a lovely mint scent

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Pros:

  • Great packaging, its sleep, sturdy and very secure
  • It is a really wonderful and well-rounded palette, with a good range of light to dark colour in a variet of finishes.
  • The majority of the shades are very pigmented, easy to apply, and blend.
  • The brush is very soft and lovely to work with
  • It is good value for money
  • Great for travelling

Cons:

  • Some of the colours aren’t as pigmented as most of the other colours
  • It is a bit pricey for anyone that doesn’t have such a budge, however I do think it worth every penny. I do

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 Will I ever buy this product again? Definitely, I find it very handy for natural make-up looks and for travelling.

Do I recommend it? For sure, the palette has some good range of colours and the pay off is impeccable. If however this palette is out of your budget I do suggest you try the MUA Undressed palette, the colours are very similar and it is way cheaper. I do however suggest you invest in this beauty, as it has defiantly a lot more product and better quality, than the Undress me palette.

Rating:

let me know what you thing about the gorgeous palette, would love to read your opinion by commenting down below, thank you for stopping by 🙂

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

01/7/14

NYX – Trio Eyeshadow TS11-Orange/Copper/Peach

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A few months back, I was given this NYX Trio Eyeshadow palette to try out. These are pretty inexpensive and the colour selections they have are amazing.  I have the palette in Orange/Copper and Orange/Peach, which are basically copper selection of colours. These colours are perfect to use for everyday make up or even as a mid tone colour to use with other colours. The eyeshadow are housed in a slim black plastic casing and looks very similar to high brands packaging. It has also a small mirror and applicator, the applicator sponge looks pretty well, I still however prefer to use brushes but it’s still great to have when travelling.

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For the colours, most of the series runs from light (highlight), mid (crease), and dark (outer crease) however my palette seems to have oddly paired shades, because the darkest shade is a bit too light to apply on the crease.  The shadows are however very soft and powdery and have medium pigmentation, and looks better with a eyeshadow base underneath.

T4Pros:

  • Lovely sleek packaging with mirror and applicator
  • Good applicator
  • Good pigmentation, it will last for a good 4 to 5 hours.
  • Soft and powdery
  • Easy to apply and blendable
  • Not to shimmery, you can easily wear it for everyday to work
  • Inexpensive, it only retail for …

Cons:

  • This isn’t really a con but so you know, some trio are definitely better than other for colour payoff, so look up reviews or else check them out yourself at the NYX store at Sliema.

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Will I ever buy this product again? It is a probability however being that I love eye-shadows, I would go for bigger palettes but for someone that is a less make up geek than me, these would be perfect.

Do I recommend it? I do recommend these palettes, they are good quolity and perfect for travelling and also inexpensive

Rating:

Have you tried some of their trio eye-shadow palettes? let me know what you think

XOXO

 

08/24/13

Emerald Inceptions – Handmade Jewellery by Marcon

Things are certainly progressing both in fashion and in Jewelry design here in Malta. I am seeing a lot of entrepreneurial women out there that are starting to make a new of their own, one of them is Marcon Caruana. Me and Marcon have been knowing each other for a long time but little did I know she had such a talent for jewellery making.

 

I met this lovely lady last week, as she was exhibiting her work at the Gorygoth Malta shop. By spending a few hours with her, i could see how much passion she has for designing, and how much she loves doing it. They are a part of which is why she gives each item a story, that will someday be part of someone else.

I had to opportunity to ask her further about Emerald Inceptions, check them out:

1.How did Emerald Inceptions start?

Working on crafts has been my passion from when I was a tiny tot. I started with cards for different occasions, and even home accessories. My creativity comes from my parents. My mother was a seamstress, and my father was a carpenter.

Like most girls, I also like fashion, clothing, and shoes. Sometimes, because I did not find what I had in mind or wanted, I would look for things that I have at home (a broken necklace or pieces of watches) and then create a necklace or bracelet from them.The initiative to start my small business started when my fiancé and my family saw some of the things that I had done. So they encouraged me to try, and that’s what I did!

 2.What was the main reason you started designing jewellery?

 I have always had a passion for jewellery, especially earrings! My own collection of earrings from around the world is over 350 pairs, it was an obvious choice. Now I mainly focus on large statement couture necklaces.

3.Have you ever had any training to develop you skill?

If I see something I like, I need to understand how it’s done, first and foremost in my head, then once I understand the theory, I can work with tools and different materials, think outside the box and make what I see. I watch videos on the internet and have bought a lot of books that have helped me with what I do. What I know I learnt on my own, if there was a chance for me to take a course locally I would.

4.From where do you get your inspiration?

My main inspiration is derived from a beautiful time that has gone by – the Victoria Era. I mix the style of that age, with similar modern styles, namely Steampunk and Goth.I also get a lot of Inspiration from nature, especially the sea, classic literature, British Shabby Chic gusto and French Vintage glam.

5.Do you sketch your design before you start working on a piece or you are driven by the instant?

 Most of the time I see the design in my head, rather than sketch it, I grab as many wire or beads as I can and lay it out. This allows me to visualize it first.

6.What is your favorite piece of jewellery that you ever created?

Really depends on my mood. My favorite piece is called ‘Cronos Concubinus’ (yes most of my creations have names to explain the story). This two focal necklace, has the most antique clock part pieces I ever laid my hands on, plus a few more.

I created this haute couture necklace, using very rare trinkets, original antiques, such as the tip of a fountain pen from the 1900’s, two steam watch machines pre-WW1, brass and antiqued bronze charms. The chain work is all handmade, comprising of oval loops and the other strand is tiny propeller style links. The beads used for the center strand of the necklace are mostly light grey jade glass and the center bead is black diamond colour with AB colour Czech polished and multifaceted, super pretty when they catch the light.

The story behind it is that the God of Time (Cronos in Latin) had a lover (Concubinus in Latin) – that is why two focal – and the couple, even though two individuals, create a beautiful harmony together which is this couture one of a kind necklace.

7.It is common that most designers develop a certain bond with their designs; do you find it hard to sell a piece of jewellery that you have worked so hard on?

Yes!!! I cried and was shaking when I sold my previous favourite items. It is so emotional for me to find a buyer for my pieces, because we instantly connect. Knowing that there is another person out there that understands and loves your creation is a beautiful experience for which I am very thankful for and motivates me.

8.What is the future for Emerald Inceptions?

Keeping a constant progress to me is very important. Staying in touch with my current clients and understanding the potential for future ones takes time. I am now more determined to create more awareness about mixed media art jewellery and continue to spread the word about Steampunk locally.

However in the next few months a massive change will happen to EI which I cannot reveal for now 😉 But it will be amazing!

I can’t wait to hear the good news for Emerald Inceptions :). Btw watch this lovely braclet I got and some pictures of the display and work by Marcon:

xoxo

Sarah-Jane