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


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