Naked Ultimate Basics Palette | Urban Decay

I don’t usually write about events I go to, but I’m so excited about this product launch that I just can’t wait to talk about it. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a product launch since MAC’s Marilyn Monroe collection, or maybe NARS’s Andy Warhol limited edition collection, eeek I don’t know. Let’s just say, I’m frickin’ excited!

When writing reviews or sharing product thoughts with you all, I always use, wear them and test them them for several weeks or months before writing about them so that I can give you all an honest, thorough review. But, this is different. I haven’t even done a full review yet and already I’m writing about it. Let me explain…

I’m very lucky that since starting my blog, I’ve been invited to some amazing events with brands I love, and occasionally receive press samples of new products. It’s something I’m very grateful for and while I’m not currently working full time, it’s an exciting part of the blogging world that I love being able to take part in. It gives me a chance to meet with fellow like-minded bloggers, some who I’ve known for a few years, and others who I’m just meeting for the first time. It’s the perfect excuse for us to chat all things blogging, beauty and lifestyle.

The reason why I’m writing this post is because Urban Decay is one of my all-time favourite brands ever, like ever! I love their ethos, I love their branding, but most of all I love their products. You’ll already know this about me if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, and unless you’ve been living under a beauty rock, you will know that last Thursday, Urban Decay launched their new Naked palette, Naked Ultimate Basics, in Ireland.

Naked Ultimate Basics is an all-matte, warm toned, twelve shade palette and in my opinion, is their best palette ever and the best thing to happen to palettes in ages. The shades are to die for, the pigments are intense and the packaging is divine. I’ve only used it for the first time this morning and let me tell you, it’s L.O.V.E, love!


At the event yesterday, the lovely Danielle Roberts, Urban Decay’s makeup artist extroadinaire, created this insanely gorgeous look using three shades from the palette, Faith, Extra Bitter and Lethal. Extra Bitter is a nod to the original Bitter shade from their Vice 4 palette, while Lethal is very similar to my favourite shade from their Gwen Stefani palette, Punk. I’ve a feeling these will become my new obsession.

I promise to share a proper review post in the coming days with some different looks from the palette as I always do, but for now, I will just leave you with the beauty that is quite possibly, my new favourite palette ever in life!

The palette costs €47 and is available from both Debenhams and House of Fraser.

Sorcha x

 

 

Subtle Eyes with Clarins Iris Blossom Mineral Eyeshadow Palette

This evening I’m off to an event with the lovely people from Clarins, and it got me thinking about all the gorgeous Clarins products I have that I don’t use anywhere near enough. So given the day that’s in it, I decided to route out one of their mineral eyeshadow palettes to create a soft day eye look for the event.

The Iris Blossom mineral palette came out about three years ago now and has gorgeous earthy shades in both shimmer and matte. The shimmer shades are a sparkly white, a golden brown and bright purple, while the only matte shade in the palette is a deep charcoal. Because it’s a day look I’m going for, I opted to use only a very small amount of charcoal and purple, focussing on the brown for base and white to highlight.

Here’s how I applied it…

I coated my eyelid with brown all over and blended into the lid well before adding a touch of charcoal and purple into the crease. Once applied, I used a blending brush to buff out the shadow and give the eye an accent of colour at the crease. To finish, I added a small amount of white to the inner corner of each eye to highlight and brighten the area.

In order to keep the look soft, I opted not to wear eyeliner so I just finished it off by adding mascara to both my upper and lower lashes and, voila! A simple and very quick eye makeup look in less than five minutes.


For one last little Clarins touch, I applied some of my Raspberry lip oil to my lips which I am just totally obsessed with at the minute (if you missed my review you can catch it here). It gives the lips a lovely soft glossy look with no stickiness and smells divine too!

I’ll keep you all posted on how the event goes later in the week. In the meantime, I’ll just wish you all a happy hump day! Hope you’re having a good one.

Sorcha x

 

Quick & Easy Daytime Eyes

I don’t know about you, but when I’m going out during the day to an event and know it’s going to run into the night too, I always try to match my eye makeup to the occasion.

It’s not always easy to achieve a day-to-night eye look, there can be a fine line between just enough and overdoing it when it comes to daytime eyes, so I tend to go with deep shades applied very softly so that they are strong but not too dramatic.

On Saturday, we were out for a Christening, it was a sunny day so I wanted soft makeup, but I knew it had to last all day and night too.

Taking my new favourite eyeshadow palette, the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette, I decided to opt for a combination of cream and burgundy to give me just a hint of a smokey eye that would see me through until the early hours.

The two shades I chose were Blonde and Punk:


This look is so easy to achieve, especially if you’re pressed for time like I was. I began by applying Blonde all over my upper eyelid and crease to give a base coat to the eye. I then applied Punk to the inner crease, upper and lower eyelid, blending as I went. In order to ensure a strong, even blend, lastly I added just a touch of Zone to give a soft, warm feel to the eyes.

A quick swipe of eyeliner and mascara and I was ready to go.


This eyeshadow palette is absolutely amazing for pigment and longevity and hence why it’s my current favourite. My eyes lasted well all day and night, and as I opted for this look not to wear kohl liner on my waterline, I didn’t need to touch it up once!

Sorcha x

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the gorgeousness that is the new Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Alice Through The Looking Glass eyeshadow palette? I mean, is there anything Urban Decay can’t do when it comes to palettes?!

  
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a huge Urban Decay fan and this is why. Just as the excitement of the Gwen Stefani collaboration started to die down, they announced the release of this little baby.

This limited edition palette will retail at €49 so only very slightly more than there regular collection palettes, and the collection consists of twenty shades. To accompany the eyeshadow palette, there are also five lipsticks in the collection, Alice, Iracebeth, Mad Hatter, Time and Mirana.

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As I haven’t got my hands on this yet, I unfortunately only have UD images to share, but I’ll be sure to share some swatches as soon as I can.

It’ll be in stores from early May so you will be able to get your hands on it then too.

For now I’m just going to swoon…

Sorcha x

Review: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

As some of you may know, I recently purchased the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette. I’m a big fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows, they are really pigmented, have great holding power, and their palettes last for ages. So naturally, when they released this limited edition range, I was super excited to get my hands on it.

There is a lot of hype surrounding this palette at the moment, so I’m sure you’ve read many great reviews by now. But I thought, what the hell, I’ll add another one into the mix. I love it so much, I couldn’t not write about it!

The shades in this palette are just gorgeous, there is a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows so it’s perfect for both day and night time makeup looks. I tend to wear more matte shadows, particularly in day time, but you can’t beat a bit of shimmer for a night out on the town so this is a winner all round really.

The first row is mostly base colours, it has several nude shimmers, and a great matte burgundy shade at the end called Punk. This is, hands down, my favourite eyeshadow in the palette, and my new go-to shade. I’ve used it several times already and am totally obsessed.

The second row is a mix of matte and shimmer nudes, moving more towards brown tones so great for a soft daytime look. They are great staple shades, and the dark grey shade Serious at the end, would add some good smokiness to any eye look.

And finally the third row is where the colour pop comes. I mean look at that pink and gold! Shimmer, shimmer, shimmer… It has the feel of an 80’s throwback which I’m loving and the pigment on these is just amazing (as with all the colours in the palette).

I have yet to get adventurous with these particular colours, but I can’t wait to channel my inner 80’s child and get playing around with that pink, and the blue could be great with the black for a very dramatic eye too. So I’ll get sharing a post on some colourful, playful looks soon. For now however, as Punk is my favourite shade, I’ve put together a look using this, along with Bathwater and Zone.

To achieve this look, I lightly coated my eyes all over with Bathwater as a base. I then added Zone to my upper eyelid, leaving just the very inner part of my eye free of colour. To blend these, I added a generous layer of Punk, and using my blending brush, blended it into the crease of my eyelid, the eyelid itself, and under my waterline.

To add a little extra drama, I then applied a thin layer of Urban Decay Ink for Eyes eyeliner on my upper and lower eyelid, and finished it off by applying my Benefit They’re Real mascara to my eyelashes.

So there you go, a simple and quick smokey eye look.

If you’re a beauty lover then this is a must in your makeup bag. The palettes aren’t cheap, this one will set you back €46.00. However, the palette will last you for months so definitely a good investment. I’ve used it nearly every day since I bought it three weeks ago, so much so, I’m wondering should I buy another one before it goes off the market!

Have you tried this yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy hump day!

Sorcha x

Upcoming Beauty Reviews

Things have been very busy over the past couple of weeks so I haven’t got nearly as many beauty reviews written as I would have liked. But I’ve been trying out lots of new products and I’m excited to share all my thoughts on them with you.

There will be full reviews up on all these products shortly but here’s a sneak peak into what I’ve been putting to the test:

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette 

A few weeks ago I bought the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette and it is amazing. There are a great mix of colours, lots of soft nude and brown shades, combined with a few very strong shades like blue, burgundy and black.

I’m a massive fan of UD palettes in general so I was really excited to get this, and so far it’s is looking like a good all-rounder. Keep an eye out for some of my makeup looks using this palette which will be live next week.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 

Okay so I’ve read loads of reviews of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream and I was expecting wondrous, ‘magic’ results. Like, it’s nice and all but it hasn’t worked any magic on me so far. And the biggest question I’m asking is, is it worth the €90 price tag? I’m not convinced so far. I’m worried this is all hype and no substance…

But, I’ve only tried it a couple of times so in the interest of fairness, I’m going to give this another week or two before I share a full, detailed review.

Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel

 

I really love Benefit primers and their ‘That Gal’ offering has been a staple in my makeup bag for years. I also like their POREfessional offering, so when they released this mattifying gel in January, I instantly added it to my wish list.

I have dry skin, well maybe normal to dry, so I don’t suffer with excess oil on my face. I do however like most people, experience some shine in the afternoons around my T-Zone area. I’ve read that this does wonders for keeping shine at bay so I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts once I’ve given it a proper go.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen 

For those of you who read a lot of my beauty posts, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of MAC eyeliners. I use their Penultimate Eyeliner Pen as my every day eyeliner, and their Fluidline pot for a more dramatic look.

Because I’ve been using these for so long, I got a bit lazy about trying other market alternatives so when I was in Urban Decay a few weeks ago, I decided to try their version of a felt tip eyeliner pen, Ink for Eyes.

It’s super easy to use, I’m really liking it so far. The only downside I’ve noticed is that it does start to dry quite quickly on application so I’ll be watching it over the next while and will report back soon.

I will get full blog posts on each of these products up over the next week or two, I promise!

In the meantime, have you tried any of these? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha x

Going to the Dark Side

Last Saturday I went out with the girls for a late lunch / early dinner / cocktails kind of night. As we were meeting early I didn’t want to go too heavy with my makeup but I wanted it to be strong enough to last from day into night.  I love a dramatic lip so decided to pair a soft brown smokey eye with one of my favourite lip colours, Dark Side by MAC.

This lipstick is a really creamy shade of burgundy with a gloss finish, and is the perfect night time companion to help you pull off a dramatic makeup look.

Using a combination of my usual go-to products, Bobbi Brown eyeshadows and my Dark Side lippy, here’s a look at how I put it together…

 

After applying my brow pencil and shaping my eyebrows, I started off my covering my eye lids with Benefit’s Passion Pearl highlighter eyeshadow to give my eyes a good base. I then applied even amounts of Bobbi Brown’s Rose Gold and Fawn shimmer eyeshadows to give a soft golden brown colour. By blending these two shades together, it meant that the colour wasn’t too dark for day time.

The look was completed by applying a thin layer of eyeliner to my upper eyelid, then some kohl eyeliner pencil to the waterline of my lower eyelid for that added punch.

 

 

Once my eyes were finished, I dusted some powder over my entire face to brush away any eyeshadow residue, and applied Benefit’s Coralista Blusher to my cheekbones in upward movements, ensuring I highlighted as I went along.

To finish off the look, I took out the star of the show, my Dark Side lippy and applied onto my lips. This colour is just perfect in my view, I love rich shades and this shade of burgundy works in both winter and summer.

You can never underestimate the power that a dark or dramatic lip colour has to totally transform your makeup. I don’t tend to pair dark lips with dark eyes often as I think it’s always best to focus on one or the other. There is a happy medium however, and I hope I’ve found that here! I think I have, and hopefully you’ll all like it too!

Here’s a full list of all the products I used:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW25)
  • MAC Studio Fix Power (C35)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer Pen (Shade 2)
  • Benefit Blush (Coralista)
  • MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)
  • Benefit Eyeshadow Highlighter (Passion Pearl)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Rose Gold)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Fawn)
  • MAC Fluidline Eyeliner Pot (Black)
  • MAC Kohl Pencil (Smoulder)
  • Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara
  • MAC Lipstick (Dark Side)

I love any excuse to play around with different makeup looks and what could be better than a girls night out. My makeup lasted well into the early hours and apart from touching up my lips after dinner, I didn’t need to touch up at all!

Do you like a dark lip? If so, then why not have a go at this look yourself?

Sorcha x