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

 

 

All About Neutral Eyes

If you love fashion and all things Hollywood, you’ve probably been stalking your Twitter feed or the online pages of your favourite glossy mags to get the low down on all things Golden Globes today.

I dip in and out of the celeb world to be honest, but I do love a good awards ceremony and all the style and glamour that comes with them. I couldn’t sleep last night with this flu I’ve been fighting but it did have one benefit – I was awake long enough to have a sneak peak at all the gorgeous gunas (or dresses for my non-Irish readers!). White, metallics, blue and mustard were the most popular colour choices of the night, with natural, soft makeup looks also taking centre stage.

Although accompanied by an even mix of both neutral nudes and deep reds and pink lips, it was clear that soft smokey tones were dominating the eyes of the ladies on the red carpet. Varying shades of golds and browns were sported by many, with just a hint of eyeliner to frame the eye. Rosie Huntington Whiteley, JLo, Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson were just some of the stars rocking this look:

Photos Getty / Jason Merritt (from Popsugar.com)

I love a good smokey eye and usually opt for dark browns and greys, but as I’m home in bed sick today feeling sorry for myself, I’ve decided to occupy my time by recreating the soft golden smokey eye look with some of my favorite products. We all have our go-to beauty products but here’s what I used to recreate my version of this popular look:

  1. Benefit Erase Paste Concealer in Medium
  2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  3. MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked
  4. MAC Fluidline Pot Eyeline in Blacktrack
  5. YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Black

Step 1: Brows – I’m just going to pause here. I have the worst brows ever, mostly due to scars I have from when I was younger meaning they don’t grow in certain places. So brow pencil is a must for me. Always. I never leave the house without it. Seriously! Anyway, after pencilling in my brows with my MAC brow pencil, I dotted some Benefit Erase Paste concealer under my eye and around the nose area to lift the dullness.

Step 2: I followed this by applying a thin base coat all over my eyes using ‘Bootycall’ from the Naked 2 palette.

Step 3: Once I had covered my entire eyelid with the base coat, I began to apply even amounts of ‘Chopper’ and ‘YDK’ on each eye, blending as I went along. These colours are light and shimmery, and so easy to use.

Step 4: To complete the eyeshadow application, I then added in a small amount of ‘Busted’ on the upper crease of my eyelids to add definition and enhance the colour.

Step 5: The next step was to add eyeliner. Taking my MAC brush 266, and using my MAC Fluidline pot, I applied a very thin line of liner to the bottom of my upper eyelid. Usually I would wear a thicker, longer line of eyeliner, but kept it minimal for this look.

Step 6: Finally, I finished off my eyes with my old reliable YSL Faux Cils black mascara.

Here’s a look at each stage of application:

Quick Six Step Application
Final Look

So there you go… My attempt at recreating a golden smokey eye. I’m no makeup artist but I do love playing around with colors and looks so hopefully you like it. Probably not the best application I’ve ever done, but not a bad effort from my sickbed!

Sorcha x