Daytime Smokey Eye Look Featuring Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette

Now that I work in a more conservative environment, I have had to tone down my makeup (boo!). That is why I am so thankful that I bit the bullet and bought my Naked 2 palette. It has come in very handy for the more neutral makeup looks that I have been wearing. I thought I would share what I consider to be a soft, work appropriate, daytime smokey eye look that I definitely have on rotation.

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My go to “work appropriate” daytime smokey eye and neutral lip.

 

Step 1:

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I began my eye look by priming my eyelids with my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I love using this primer because it has color neutralizing properties that counteract any discoloration that my eyelids might have. I then used a shimmery champagne eye pencil all over my mobile lid as an eye shadow base.

Step 2:

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Next, I placed a cool toned mauve eye shadow right above my crease and blended it out and upwards. This color created a nice transition for the other shadows I would be using.

Step 3:

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I then placed Suspect, a shimmery cool toned light bronze, from the Naked 2 Palette onto my mobile eye lid and blended it out into the mauve transition shade. I also ran it along my outer lower lashline (about 3/4 of the way in). I also filled in my eyebrows using an eye pencil, eyebrow powder and set them with a brown tinted eyebrow gel.

Step 4

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I placed Pistol (also from the Naked 2) a shimmery, cool toned dark brown into the outer V of my upper eyelid and along the outer quarter of my lower lash line. I then blended out the color, adding more Pistol until I reached my desired intensity. I then took Bootycall a satin finish champagne color from the Naked 2 palette and applied it to my brow bone for a subtle highlight.

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To complete my eye look I added a metallic taupe-pewter eyeliner to add definition to my upper lash line. I used this color instead of black eyeliner to create a softer eye look. To make my upper lashes appear fuller I tight lined my upper lash line with a long-wearing black eye liner. I then placed Verve (Naked 2) a light silver-bronze shade into my inner eye area. This just opens up my eyes and makes me look more awake.

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To complete the look I added 2 coats of black mascara to my top lashes and 1 coat of a plum colored mascara to my lower lashes (I like using mascara in shades of purple on my lower lashes to emphasize my green eyes). I then added a matte mauve blush to my cheeks and mauve lip gloss to my lips. I also lightly highlighted and contoured my face.

Products Used:

On Face: YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Boscia B.B. Cream Oil Free SPF 27 PA++ mixed with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Pale (used to counteract the darkness under my eyes), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, MAC Sheertone Blush in Coygirl, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheekbones and nose), Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer andBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in 02 Brown and 04 Blonde, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in 380 Medium to Dark Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Wet n’ Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in 130 Pixie (used as an eye shadow base), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve (used as transition shade), Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in Bootycall (used to highlight my browbone), Suspect, Pistol and Verve, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mushroom, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet (used to tightline my upper lash line). Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara in Black (on upper lashes) and Benefit BADgal Plum mascara.

On Lips: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly

NYX Prismatic Shadows Review, Swatches and Makeup Look

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NYX Prismatic Shadows – Shown from left to right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

I am like a magpie of the makeup world, I love anything shiny and sparkly. Enter NYX Prismatic Shadows.  This new line of eye shadow comes in 12 shades, ranging from light silver to a deep aubergine and are priced at $6.00 a pot. They are advertised as an eye shadow that possesses extra sparkle and dimension with a fully pigmented metallic texture.

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A close-up view of NYX Prismatic Shadows cute packaging <3

I purchased four colors from the range. In the pots they appeared sparkly and beautiful (minus Punk Heart which arrived broken to pieces…grrrr). However, I have to say when I swatched them, they weren’t near as shimmery/sparkly as I had thought or wanted them to be, especially the colors Girl Talk and Punk Heart.

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Swatches (no flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

 

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Swatches (flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

Also, I found the consistency to change from shade to shade. Fireball was extremely buttery and pigmented, it’s formula is by far my favorite of the four I picked up. While Girl Talk and Smoke & Mirrors formula is quite dusty and dry. The pigment of Girl Talk was also a let down, it is very sheer and took a lot of layers to get the shade as it appeared in the pot (that is why my swatch of this shade is so much larger, it took several applications to get it to show up), I would definitely suggest using this shade with a damp brush (as I did in my look) to get the best results from this shade.

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For this eye look, I applied Girl Talk from my lash lash to crease (I later went in and reapplied this shadow with a damp brush, since using it dry, I wasn’t achieving the desired intensity and shimmer that I had wanted) and all along my lower lash line. Next, I applied Punk Heart to the outer V of my eye and blended into the crease. For added definition and to keep the eye liner in my water line from moving, I used a flat liner brush to place Punk Heart all along my lower lash line. To add more depth to the look I applied Smoke and Mirrors with a small eye detailer brush to the very outer corner of my upper eyelid and the outer third of lower lash line.

 

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I didn’t want a total shimmery eye look, so I applied a matte mauve eye shadow above my crease and blended well. For my brow bone highlight, I added a matte white eye shadow with pink undertones. To highlight and open up my eyes, I applied a shimmery champagne eye shadow to the inner corner of my eyes. To add more definition to my eye, I applied a black gel liner to my upper lash line and smudged it out using the Smoke & Mirrors shade.

Pros:

  • Super cute packaging
  • Price
  • Staying Power

Cons:

  • Inconsistent formulation of shadows
  • Differing pigment from shade to shade
  • NYX line not widely available in stores
  • Only 12 shades in line
  • Fallout from shadows

Bottom Line:

I find these shadows to be okay. Maybe I have been spoiled by my Colour Pop eye shadows with their awesome pigmentation, super creamy formulation and no fallout. All in all, I am happy with the colors I have purchased, but I don’t see myself purchasing any more shadows from this line, they are way to hit and miss.

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My finished makeup look.

 

Products Used:

YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (mixed these 2 products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 10 and 20, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Marvin Westmore blush in Blush and Mocha, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, wet n wild Creme Eye Pencil n 130 Pixie, NYX Prismatic Shadows in 04 Girl Talk, 02 Punk Heart and 06 Smoke & Mirrors, Lancome Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve and Daylight, wet n wild Color Icon palette in Walking on Eggshells (used browbone shade), Sephora Flash Liner in 10 Deep Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Dior Show Mascara in 090 Noir, Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara in Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

Beauty Hack – What To Do With All Your Unused Lipsticks

If you are anything like me, you love a good lipstick…or 20. But, what happens when you purchase what you think will be that “perfect” shade of nude, pink, coral, or red only to apply it and wonder, “When did I join the circus?” You toss it away in a drawer. Great, more money down the drain. Until a couple of years ago, this was the story of my life. I realized how big my problem was while organizing my makeup and saw all my tubes of unused lipstick. The colors were lovely, they just didn’t look lovely on my lips.

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Some of my lipstick castoffs, from left to right, NYX Pure Nude, NYX Watermelon, wet n wild 370S Lolly Popstar, Revlon Matte 003 Mauve it Over (this is also beautiful on the lips), NYX Chic, NYX Narcissus (my most used color for “blush”), and Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 36

 

I had wanted to add some cream blushes to my makeup collection and figured before I invested in any, I would try and use my discarded lipsticks as cream blushes.  Through some trial and error, I have figured out how to apply the lipstick to my face and achieve the results I want. Needless to say, I have not purchased any cream blushes. My lipstick castoffs are all I need.

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Blush application: Before powdering my face, I apply the desired shade of lipstick straight from the bullet, making small dots from the apple of my cheek back to my ear. To make my blush appear more believable, I also put dots on the center of my forehead just below my hairline.

 

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The size of your lipstick dots will be dependent upon how intense you want your blush to be. For a natural flush I use 6-7 small dots on each cheek.

 

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I always use a stipple brush to blend the product. For a natural look I use the elf small stipple blush (what I used here). When I want a more intense blush look I use my Real Technique’s stipple brush.

 

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For a more dewy look, as shown here,  I leave the lipstick blended as is, without powdering over it (this method will fade quicker, but it is beautiful, especially on people who have dry skin). I usually powder my entire face and then if I want a more bold look and extra staying power I go over my cream blush with a powder blush in a similar color (I prefer this method since I have oily skin). Some people might wonder if using lipstick on your face will cause breakouts, I have not had any problems with this. And this is coming from someone who has very problematic skin.

 

Valentine’s Day Look #2 – Pink Shimmery Eye with Red Matte Lip

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Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look

 

For my second Valentine’s Day look, I wanted the focus to be on my lips. I decided to go with a strong red lip paired with a pink, shimmery eye. I chose a matte formula liquid lipstick (for the staying power), since most likely your Valentine’s Day plans will involve drinking and/or eating and hopefully lots of kissing. Sadly, this lippie did not even come close to my expectations (I will have a full review on this line of products in a future post). Here is a step by step tutorial of how I did my pink, shimmery eye.

 

Step One:

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I started by priming my entire upper eye area and lower lash line, with a matte, tinted eye primer. I chose this primer to cover any discoloration on my eyelids since I would be using light colors on my eyes. Then from my upper lash line to crease I applied a matte white eye shadow pencil to act as a base and really make the eye shadows I was going to use pop.

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I also added a translucent face powder from my crease to my eyebrow, which helps the powder eye shadows blend better (I do not do this step if I am working with creme shadows).

Step Two:

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Next, I added a soft cool pink eye shadow to my crease. Then I blended it out and up, to create a transition shade for all of my eye shadows.

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I added a sparkly off-white eye shadow over the white base on my eyelids. I went over this with a shimmery, pale pink loose pigment, and blended this into my transition shade.

Step Three:

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I used a bright fuschia eye shadow with a satin finish formula in my crease to add more depth and definition.

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I made sure to blend this color really well with with a fluffy blending brush, using wind shield wiper motions (back and forth).

Step Four:

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I then wet a flat shader brush and dipped it into my loose pigment, that I had used in step 2. I applied this to my eyelids, to make them really sparkle, as well as, cover some of the fuschia shadow that had gotten on my eyelid during the blending process. I blended only the edges of this shadow, as to not disrupt it’s intensity and sparkle. I tightlined my upper lash line with a black pencil eye liner, before adding a black liquid liner to my upper lash line. To lift and open up my eyes, I added a small wing at the end. To give the illusion of bigger eyes, I lined my lower waterline with a shimmery, white eye pencil. I then used the same sparkly, off-white shadow to highlight my inner eye area and a matte white shade with a hint of pink undertones to highlight my brow bone. I finished up by adding 2 coats of mascara (one coat thickening, one coat lengthening) to my upper lashes and one coat of mascara to my lower lashes.

 

 

Products Used:

On Face: Lancome La Base Pro  makeup primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + foundation in shade 30 (I wanted a full coverage foundation, since any red on my face would be magnified by wearing a red lip), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light (to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose) and 20 Sand (to cover blemishes and any redness not covered by my foundation), NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used under eyes to counteract any purple tones), Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used all over my face, to combat oiliness), Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour nose), e.l.f. blush in Pink Passion, Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used for cheek highlight)

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eye pencil in dark brown and Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in medium brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used over eye are to make primer less tacky and blend eye shadows), NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (used as an eye shadow base), Urban Decay X-Rated eye shadow (used as transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used on eyelid and inner eye), Urban Decay eye shadow in Junkshow (used in crease), Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used over Bobby Dazzle), Urban Decay eye shadow in Tainted (use along lower lash line), Lancome Color Design eye shadow in Daylight (used as brow highlight), Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tightline my upper lash line), L’oreal Liner Intense liquid eyeliner in Black Mica (upper lash line), Tarina Tarantino eye liner in Crystal Gun (in lower waterline),YSL Shocking mascara (for length), Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara  in Excessive Black(for volume)

On Lips: Dior Lipliner Pencil in Holiday Red (lined and colored in entire lips), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo (used all over lips)