URBAN DECAY – Blush, Bronzer and Highlight Palette – Sin Afterglow Palette

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A sparkly collection of blusher, bronzer and highlights!

So I got this recently as I wanted an all in one palette to take on my travels to save me carrying a load of compacts/kits in my makeup bag. The colours weren’t anything special, which is sad from a brand as innovative as Urban Decay. I feel they played it safe with the release of this palette – but by doing so it creates an everyday staple.

In this palette you get six shades; A matte rose pink – Kiss Off, a sparkly peach pink – Score, a matte universal tan brown – Paranoid, a glittery rose-gold/brown –PSA, a peach gold highlight – Spotlight, and finally a champagne highlight – Sin.

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Although the colours are run of the mill standard blushes, bronzers and highlights – I have to commend them on their formula. They’re easy to use, blend and apply – no fallout and easy to build up colour to create the look that you want. I wouldn’t say they’re a buttery powder, they’re as Urban Decay say – ultra-lightweight due to their afterglow formula.

A little goes a long way so I’m very glad from a value for money side of things. They’re also very long lasting. Urban Decay say they should last up to 8 hours. I’ve worn them for 6 hours without a primer or setting spray and not seen them wear off!

Bottom Line: If you want to have a blush, highlight and contour palette in one and love Urban Decay formula – this is for you, but the shades aren’t revolutionary!

Price: £30 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***

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URBAN DECAY – UDXKL – KRISTEN LEANNE COLLABORATION – KALEIDOSCOPE EYESHADOW PALETTE

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Oh my, such an electric collection of glittery stunning shades!

As you’ve seen from my Beauty Beam palette and Daydream palette – I am completely obsessed with this Kristen Leanne and Urban Decay collaboration!

I decided I had to complete my palette collection and splash out on something outside of my usual, neutral, not too flashy palettes – so I decided to grab this beauty! This palette contains a wide range of shimmering, rainbow colours to create a magnitude of looks!

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In this palette you get a creamy collection which boasts a vibrant pink, an electrifying purple and a stunning gold to name a few. The shades are names after Kristen’s favourite things such as Corona, Tajin and Dye – the latter being a homage to her Arctic Fox company that specialises in Vegan hair dye!

This palette is the complete opposite of her Daydream collection as it’s for more glam looks as it’s vibrant shades are jammed packed with shimmer and glitter. The shades build beautifully, allowing you to create beautiful and unique looks to which you’re able to customise the colour payoff.

As with the other eyeshadow palette, you get a vegan brush included that has a fluffy, blending end and then a stubby, compacted end to help create your looks!

Bottom Line: Oh my god, I am in love with the bright striking shades!

Price: £28 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

URBAN DECAY – UDXKL – Kristen Leanne Collaboration – Daydream Eyeshadow Palette

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A stunning collection of five shades to create dreamy day looks!

As you know from my Beauty Beam highlighter palette review from the new Urban Decay and Kristen Leanne collaboration, I was very excited for these palettes! I snapped up this Daydream palette so I had a one stop palette for day looks, as the neutral and muted tones are perfect for pretty, subtle day looks.

The packaging on this palette is adorable, with the front looking like pink frosting. The inside is a beautiful baby blue and teal, with pink roses – painting an adorable rose garden imagery.

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The shades in this palette are all matte, and come in a variety of neutral base and transition shades with a lovely dark shade, Eight, that makes a wonderful eyeliner for days when I’m not wanting a dark cat eyeliner look.

Lucy is a beautiful, bright white shade for highlighting the brow bone and laying a foundation to make the other colours pop! Daydream is a stunning, all over base for eyelids to create definition. 12/12 is a stunning salmon pink matte shadow that is easy to build pigmentation on, whereas Subscribe is a light brown with yellow tone, that is perfect for defining your crease.

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The other three shades are perfect for creating your own unique take with the shades – you can go pretty in pink with 12/12, bronzed goddess with Subscribe, or smokey siren with Eight. You can also use Eight to turn your day look into a night look.

With this palette you also get an adorable mini blue double ended brush to help you create your looks! One end is a fluffy, pointed blending brush whereas the other end is a stubby, fluffy brush to pack on the colour and blend it out.

Bottom Line: A quintet of beautiful, matte eye shadows to create dreamy, day ready looks.

Price: £28 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

Urban Decay – UDxKL – Kristen Leanne Collaboration – Beauty Beam Highlighter Palette

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This was the collaboration I was looking forward to the most this year!

Everyone who follows me on my social media will know I love Kristen Leanne – I even lost it when she liked my photos on Instagram.  So when this collaboration was announced on Kristen’s social media – I knew I had to own these. I was so, so psyched for this collaboration. As soon as these items hit the Urban Decay UK website, I placed my order – and I am so glad I did.

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The first two items I ordered were this Beauty Beam highlighter palette and her Day Dream eyeshadow palette – I will be reviewing the latter soon. I am eager to get my hands on the Kaleidoscope palette but there has been a supply issue in the UK.

This palette is amazing as it is an all in one highlighter palette with three shades; a dark bronze highlight, a light gold highlight and a champagne gold highlight. Each shade is as shimmery as the next, and the colour payoff is immense. The bronze shade is perfect to define and contour and the light gold is perfect to highlight your cheekbones where as the softer nude champagne highlight is perfect for a subtler glow.

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Bottom Line: A trio of creamy, shimmering highlights that will suit everyone’s look.

Price: £22 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

#MOTD: Panic! At The Disco

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This is my makeup I wore to see Panic! at the Disco at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff!

I started off by tackling my eyebrows – I used my Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Dark to define and shape, and set my brows with the Ready! Set! Brow! clear gel – I’ve stopped using my L’Oreal Brow Artist brow gel when I’m drawing my eyebrows more defined.

For my eyes I did a gold cut crease over a grey smokey eye using my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. For my crease I used Tease from my Naked 2 and blended out – I love using this shade to add warmth to my smokey eyes – and went over with Pistol and Blackout. I cut my crease using my NYX Concealer Jar in CJ01 – Porcelain, which helps define the cut of my crease and eyelid. I layered over the concealer my favourite shade from the Naked 2 – Bootycall!

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I then used my Kat Von D Ink Liner in trooper to do wings, and added my false eyelashes – as I didn’t want to go over the top for my gig with large eyelashes,  so I used my subtle Fleur de Force 3/4 lashes from Eylure. I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to blend my natural lashes to the falsies.

I did my usual; for my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I used Bourjois’ Mat Illusion Bronzer in Hale Clair to define and contour my cheekbones and nose. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my NYX Strobe of Genius palette in the light gold to highlight  along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

My lipstick is from my Sleek Makeup Matte Me Mini Collection – in the shade Birthday Suit! I then finished off using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

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#MOTD: Stunt Lads

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This is my makeup I wore to a small family meal whilst I was back in Cardiff!

I started off by tackling my eyebrows – I used my Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Dark to define and shape, and set my brows with the Ready! Set! Brow! clear gel.

For my eyes I did a rose gold smokey eye, using my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, my Clionadh Cosmetics highlighter, and my Sleek i-Divine Eye Palette in Storm. For my crease I used Tease from my Naked 2 and blended out – I love using this shade to add warmth to my smokey eyes. I used the shade Snow Storm to define my inner eye, and as a base for my eyelid and layered Perfect storm on my outer eye lid and blended the two together, to create a transition shade. I layered my Slaine highlighter from Clionadh on top to add the rose gold sparkle to it. I used my Kat Von D Ink Liner in trooper to do wings, and added my false eyelashes – as I didn’t want to go full haul for the meal I used my Fleur de Force 3/4 lashes from Eylure. I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to blend my natural lashes to the falsies.

For my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I used Bourjois’ Mat Illusion Bronzer in Hale Clair to define and contour my cheekbones and nose. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my Clionadh Cosmetics Llyr to highlight using both the pink and blue shade – as it matched my top, along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

My lipstick is from my Sleek Makeup Matte Me Mini Collection – in the shade Birthday Suit! As usual, I set it all using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

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#MOTD: Harley Quinn

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This is my makeup I wore for my Halloween shift in work – we were doing a fancy dress competition! Seeings as I’m the store manager of an entertainment and gaming store I decided to go as Dr Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.

For my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my NYX Strobe of Genius palette to highlight using the purple shimmery shade, 3rd shade clockwise from top left, along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

 

For my eyes I first used my Urban Decay eye shadow primer to ensure the shadows didn’t crease during my shift. I mainly used the pink and blues from my MUA Poptastic palette, which is £4 – available here.

Formy dark pink eye I used my Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick  in Outlaw and blended it out, and layered the bright pink shade from my MUA palette over it and blended that out too. I used all four blues in the MUA palette for my other eye, and blended them together to get the correct bright blue that Harley wears. I used my Kat Von D Inked Liner in Trooper to do a standard winged liner to add definition to my eyes, and used Benefit’s Badgal lash eyeliner on my waterline and lower lash line.

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I added my falsies – this time it was my EYLURE X CHERYL – Girls Night Strip lash – review here! I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to make my eyelashes blend. For my eyebrows I opted to not draw them in as Harley’s are more natural looking so instead I used L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper in Dark to define and set them without going over top.

I used my Kat Von D Inked eyeliner in Trooper to draw my heart and ‘Rotten’ on to my face – both set with a fine brush and Blackout from my Naked 2 palette.

My lipstick is the ultimate matte lipstick my Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw – my  favourite blood orange/red shade. I set it all using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – to hold it all in place during my 9.5hr shift!

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Found my Puddin!!!

#MOTD: Vamp

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This is my makeup I wore to my local quiz at Sixty Million Postcards – so excited my team came 4th out of 22!

For my eyes I did a cut crease, that wasn’t so darkly defined, using my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. For my crease I used Tease and blended out, and layered Snakebite over the top and blended that out too. I used Blackout to define the outer corners. Using my NYX Concealer Jar in CJ01 – Porcelain, I cut my crease and eyelid, setting it using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. On top of my eyelid I used Bootycall – I’m currently obsessed with this shade – it is such a lovely glittery, pale gold shade.

I added my falsies – this time it was my Eylure x Fleur De Force Fleur Loves 3/4 lashes, full review here! I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to make my eyelashes blend. For my eyebrows I opted to not draw them in, instead I used L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper in Dark to define and set them without going over top.

For my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I used Bourjois’Mat Illusion Bronzer in Hale Clair to define and contour my cheekbones and nose. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my NYX Strobe of Genius palette to highlight using the light shimmery shade, 4th shade clockwise from top left, along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

My lipstick is the amazing NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies – my ultimate favourite shade. I set it all using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – I swear by this spray! It is so good for nights out or long days!

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#MOTD: My Essential Products

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These are the products I cannot bear to live without, and are a constant staple in my makeup bag!

Starting off is my base. I always use NYX’s Angel Veil as my primer – it helps keep my makeup flawless and is a stable base. I have dry and combo skin, and I find it perfect for me – it does however leave a silicon type feel which might put others off. My foundation is NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat in Porecelain, and use NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Fair (which is a perfect Pixi Correction Concentrate Brightening Peach dupe!) under my eyes and on my eyelids. If I feel I need extra coverage I can always rely on Bourjois’ Healthy Mix and Blur The Lines concealer. The former is for light coverage days, and the latter is perfect for high coverage due to it’s thick creamy formula!

For my cheeks I’ll either use Benefit’s Rockateur or Bourjois’ Little Round Pot Blusher in Rose Frisson or Healthy Mix. I mix it up depending on my chosen lip colour and desired look. My highlighters change daily but they’re always from NYX’s Strobe of Genius palette. For more glam looks I use my Sleek’s Solstice Palette as I find that these are more pigmented – review of which you can find here.

For a daily look I go nude eyelids – or a rose gold if I’m feeling fancy – with black cat eyeliner for which I use Kat Von D’s Ink Liner in Trooper. I curl my lashes daily and use Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara on my top lashes and the Bourjois’ Volume Glam Ultra Curl on my lower lashes. I define my eyebrows using NYX’s Eyebrow Push Up Bra, as the colour is a universal match – so it suits everyone! I set them using L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper, which is a fibre infused gel so it adds a bit more definition and volume as it sets!

To finish it all off I use my MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 lipglass (review you can find here!), as it gives a subtle pink/mauve sheen or I use NYX Matte Lipstick in Sierra.

(All products mentioned have been linked to!)

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