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!

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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