Better Than the Naked Palette??? Say What?!

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Okay so I’m not saying that all of these shadows are better than all of the shadows in the Naked and Naked2 palettes, but lets take a step back and think about it. What’s the thought behind the Naked palette? It is supposed to be a selection of neutral shadows to give that fresh “naked” look. Well they are beautiful and I love them all but most of them are not exactly neutrals. I didn’t even think about it that way until I received the fabulous “Butt Naked Eyes” palette from NYX! This is quite simply everything you need for an everyday look. There’s a little bit of sparkle, a little bit of jazz, but most are mixer friendly soft and sweet neutrals.

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And the pies de resistance! Open up the little drawer under the eyeshadows and viola! Four blushes, two highlighters, and a matte bronzer! Hooray for hidden drawers!

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The textures of all these products are fantastic, totally on par with urban decay, actually I have less trouble with fall out with the NYX shadows.

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Overall I’m absolutely in love with this set. For $35 ( I got mine for $19 on hautelook.com ) you get mega bang for your buck! This is a must have in collections big or small.
Swatchy swatchy!

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Leave a comment if you have this, love this, or want to see a look done with this palette! Thanks a ton!

P.s. Next post Wet n Wild lip products!

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pixie ultimate beauty kit

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Okay so I have had this for almost a year and I am just getting around to playing with it. It had the unfortunate luck of being given to me as a gift along with the naked 2 palette and I’m sad to say it got pushed to the back of my collection and forgotten about. Rude, I know. Anyway, getting ready for school in the morning is becoming more time consuming the bigger my collection gets. Decisions, decisions…so in an effort to streamline on weekdays I try to work from one palette and one foundation for at least one week. Putting this one on the back burner was a big mistake. I think i could use this everyday for a month and still have ideas for looks. Its got neutrals, warm and cool, some jewel tones, and metallics. The only thing it’s missing is a black, matte or otherwise. The texture of the shadows are very nice and soft, the shimmers have a little fallout but nothing as bad as Chopper from Naked2. As far as the blushes go they are nice as well. The colors they chose to include are…interesting. There is a lovely rose pink, three sort of pinky toupee shades, a deep orange shimmery shade and a complimenting light orange shimmer ( I’m sure these would be nice on a darker skin tone but they look clownish on me ) then a light champagne and shimmery pink. The lip glosses alone in this set, I think, are worth the purchase price. ($30 at Target) most of the time if you get a palette the lip glosses are a throw away item. Ugh, remember getting those walmart make up sets for Xmas and the lip glosses would be super sticky and clumpy and none of the colors were flattering? Well these are sooo much better. It has me wondering if Pixie has a full size lipgloss with this same formulation. It goes on very smoothly and has a slightly minty scent/flavor. Huge selection of colors to flatter any look!

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Overall, I’m very happy with the palette and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking a palette that’s going to give them a lot of product for the money. I hope you enjoy and leave me a comment if you would like to see a tutorial using this palette!

Finding Inspiration for a Makeup Look

Okay, have you ever sat down to do your makeup and felt like you had a kind of writers block. You just stare at your eyeshadows thinking “where do I start?” Well whenever this happens to me I just do swatches on my arm. Sounds simple enough right? You’d be surprised how easy it gets after doing this a couple of times. Now my makeup collection is enormous (let me know if you want a post about it) but this works equally well for those with a smaller collection. Whenever I am choosing what to swatch I reach for something I haven’t used in a while or maybe not at all. Now you’ve heard “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. The same goes for cosmetics, you can’t always tell by looking at it in the pan what it will look like on you. Okay, so pick what you want to swatch, as many as you want and go to town on both arms. For me I usually end up rekindling my love for a color and the rest of the look falls into place, but maybe you aren’t there quite yet. Let’s say you have a small collection with a couple different drugstore quads. By swatching them and holding them next to each other you can see all types of new combinations you haven’t tried. Another example, let’s say you have no idea what blush to choose for an eye look. Why not swatch out the eye look on one arm and all your blushes on the other. Then you can see what compliments it perfectly. I did mine today with my naked palette from Urban Decay and I realized that toasted and smog would create a lovely blended look. (maybe a post for tomorrow) Any hoo I know this isn’t some top secret professional beauty tip but it’s always come in handy for me and I wanted to share it with you. Thanks and comments welcome!

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Almay Intense Smokey Eye Set

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While browsing the cosmetic area at Walmart I came upon a set from Almay that came with a smokey eye trio and a mascara, both of which I had never tried. I have to admit I am a sucker for a package deal so I picked the colors I liked and took it home! Only then did I realize they were, as most Almay eye products are, specialized by eye color and that I picked the ones for green eyes. Well I tried it anyway and I don’t think it is at all bad. The shadows were a bit dry but the color pay off was nice. I tried to use mostly drugstore products for the rest of the look and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!

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Foundation: Loreal true blend 405
Concealer: Olay cover girl very light
Powder: elf hd powder
Blush: nyx summer peach
Contour: NYC sunny matte bronzer
Brows: maybelline definer in light brown
Eyeshadow base: maybelline color tattoo tough as toupe
Eyes: eyeshadow trio for greens
Mascara: Almay intense in black
Eyeliner: revlon colorstay black
Waterline: maybelline master precise midnight master
Lips: revlon kissable balm stain in honey

A wearable blue eyeshadow look

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I was getting a little bored with my everyday make up look so I decided to spice it up a bit. I love the Maybelline Tattoo gel cream eyeshadows and I have all the colors, although I have never used the blue, orange, or purple shades. So I thought if I blended the blue out with a nice taupe that it would still have the impact I wanted without being over the top. As an added bonus, all the products I used were from the drugstore except my brushes. I’m deeply in love with sigma brushes, but you can use whatever you have and it will be just fine.

I started with my Physician’s Formula foundation primer in the green shade to counteract my redness. Then I went with my Revlon color stay mineral foundation in the shade fair. To set that in place I used the color stay pressed powder in the shade fair. To fill in my brows I used the Maybelline define a brow pencil in light brown. When filling in your brows it’s really important to ice the right shade and this one is perfect for me. On the eyes I started with a base wash of the color tattoo cream in Tenacious Teal. I just applied it my finger to my lower lid being sure to stay below the crease. This cream gel product goes on smoothly and you have a little time to work with it before it sets for good. Over this in the same area, using a small shaded brush, I applied NYX’s eyeshadow single in the shade Ocean. This is a tealish blue but it has a golden shimmer in it that reads a little more neutral than just straight blue lids. We don’t want hooker eyes! In the crease area, with a dense fluffy brush I applied a light wash of another NYX single in true taupe. This shade actually leans more toward a tan brown for me but I chose it because it would play off the warmth of Ocean. Blend out all the harsh lines and always start applying at the outer corner so that it will have the most concentration of the darker color. Finally with a clean fluffy brush I used a basic champagne-ish color as a brow highlight, being sure to blend out the top of the taupe. On the cheeks I just used PF shimmer strips in Miami Strip, concentrating the darker shades under my cheekbones to contour. The lips are easy peasey, I just used NYX lip gloss in Baby Pink. Ta da, a blue eyeshadow look that anyone can pull off and it didnt break the bank. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave questions or comments!