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Urban Decay have finally released their collaboration palette with Gwen Stefani. I couldn’t resist, I needed it in my life. The Urban Decay marketing team are geniuses πŸ™‚

I picked my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani in Debenhams. It will set you back €46. They have it on the website with free shipping here, if you like what you see πŸ™‚

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The palette contains a mixture of neutral matte, satin and shimmery shades for the most part, with a couple of more intense colours for good measure. I think it’s a good mixture. As a Urban Decay fan I have alot of their palettes, so I’m used to them having some crazy colour combos within them. I think the Gwen palette gives good practical but still really pretty colour choices. You get 15 shades in total which is pretty decent for the price. They are soft and pigmented as you would expect from the brand. I love all the names she gave them too. If you’re a Gwen fan since her old school No Doubt days (like myself) you will get all the references she makes with them.

 

Now onto the good part, the eye shadows in action πŸ™‚

The top row:

We have ‘Blonde’, the lightest shade in the palette.

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‘Bathwater’ (one of my favourite No Doubt songs :).

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‘Skimp’.

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‘Steady’.

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‘Punk’.

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Then the second line of shadows:

‘Baby’.

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‘Anaheim’.

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‘Stark’.

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‘Zone’.

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‘Serious’.

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And finally the third line of shadow and where most of the crazier colours lie:

‘Pop’.

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‘Harajuku’.

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‘Danger’.

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‘1987’.

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And ‘Blackout’, a matte black is always a welcome addition to a palette for me.

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I struggled to part with the money for the Gwen palette so close to Christmas for myself I have to admit. The guilt has subsided now however and I’m so glad I did. She’s just so darn pretty. I love everything the colour choices, the packaging everything! And there’s also an added bonus with it. You get samples of the lipsticks Gwen will be releasing with Urban Decay too. Score!

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The packaging of the lippies looks amazing in the picture may I add πŸ™‚

 

So we have ‘Rocksteady’.

beauty blog irelandA pinky red lipstick with a cream formula.

 

It wouldn’t be Gwen without a matte red. So this is a mega-matte (according to Urban Decay) and it’s called ‘714’.

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‘Ex-Girlfriend’ is a sheer neutral brown shade.

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Then, finally we have ‘Firebird’ an awesome bright purple hot pink shade with a cream finish.

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I think it’s safe to say the Gwen palette for Urban Decay is a hit with me πŸ™‚

Have you picked it up? Or is it on your Christmas wish list?

Let me know.

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Makeup Geek is finally available on Irish shores without customs. Wohoo! I am a huge Makeup Geek fan and have been since Marlena first started releasing makeup. I have some eyeshadow swatches here if you want a closer look at some of them and some of their awesome pigments swatched here too.

Since Makeup Geek is finally easier to get a hold of. You can purchase it from Beautybay I thought I would pull some of my shadows out and do a festive look with them. I went with green as I thought it would be a great choice coming up to Christmas and I really like green on my hazel eyes. It works on pretty much all eye colours though.

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As always I primed my lids and used Vanilla Bean all over my lid to set it.

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Then I took Latte, a cool toned brown and used this to start defining my crease a little, with a fluffy brush.

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Next I took the star of the show Envy.

makeupgeek irelandI took a flat brush and packed this on the moving part of my lid up to the crease.

irish beauty blog beautynookirish beauty bloggerThen blended out the edged with the brush I used to apply Latte.

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I wanted to warm things up a bit so I took the shade Cocoa Bear.

makeup geek cocoa bearAnd applied this into the crease to blend everything together.

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For a little pop of lightness on the lid, I added some Appletini.

Makeup Geek Irish Beauty Blog (12)I just used my finger and put a little bit on the middle of my lid.

Makeup Geek Irish Beauty Blog (13)Then, blended it into Envy with the flat brush I had already used.

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I used some more Vanilla Bean on a fluffy brush, on my brow bone to just lighten it a little more. Vanilla Bean has some shimmer running through it but it’s really light.

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So now you look like you got punched in the face, don’t worry we can fix that πŸ™‚

To add some definition to the lash line, I took Makeup Geek’s black shade Corrupt.

beauty blogWith a bent liner brush, I did a thin line across the top lash line.

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Now we can clean up the under eye, this part helps so much. Most times when you work with dark colours, you’ll get fall out and things can look so messy. I just used my foundation brush to clean up under my eyes.

top irish beauty blog beautynookConcealer time then, one of my favourite parts of makeup πŸ™‚

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I curled and added loads of mascara to my top lashes, then it’s time for the lower lash line.

I used Appletini first on a smudger brush just in the middle.

easy makeup tutorial beauty blogI then added envy to the inner and outer parts with the same brush and blended both colours together.

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More mascara on the bottom lashes.

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You could totally leave things like that then.

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I wanted to add a bit more (as always). So I took Makeup Geek’s Shimma Shimma and added it onto my tear duct, blending it into the shadow on the inner corner of my eyes.

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Lastly I took a black Kohl pencil. This is Urban Decay’s Perversion.

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This went onto my upper and lower waterlines.

irish beauty blogtop irish beauty bloggereasy christmas makeupTo make the Kohl pencil last a bit longer I added a bit of Makeup Geek Corrupt over the top just to lock it into place…and then we’re done! I kept the rest of my makeup really simple and just added a brown nude lip colour.

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There you have it, my take on a green smoky eye using some Makeup Geek shadows. Let me know what you think and hope you’re enjoying the Christmas countdown πŸ™‚

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I’ve had an off and on relationship with the nude lip throughout my makeup wearing life. When I first plonked makeup on my face, nude lips were the only thing I would pretty much do because I had bad teeth and didn’t want to draw attention to them. I use to pale my lips out completely which in retrospect brought more attention to my wonky teeth. Then, I got invisalignΒ  and bought so many coloured lipsticks it was ridiculous, and just thought nude lips didn’t suit me then. I’ve come full circle with it now and have realised just how many variations there is on the so called nude lip out there. When it comes to nude lip liners, they are so handy to have in your makeup collection. You can add them under similar colour lipsticks for staying power, under darker or lighter lipsticks (or glosses) to change the colour slightly, or of course use them to even out your lip line, and dare I say it…even over draw! πŸ™‚ Here’s probably my 5 most used nude shade lip liners. They are not completely nude and they fall into different colour categories, but they could be all used to create a nude lip πŸ™‚

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First up is a I’ve spoken about in detail here before. It’s Rimmel’s ‘Eastend Snob’.

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I bloomin’ love this stuff. It’s the perfect nude pink shade. Rimmel do great lip liners and Exaggerate ones are great because they are retractable, no sharpening! I wear this under so many different lip colours, and it’s gorgeous on it’s own too. I will never be without this in my makeup collection. Rimmel if you’re reading this never discontinue it ‘kay? πŸ™‚

 

The next one says it all really with the name. This is the Urban Decay Glide On lip pencil in the shade ‘1993’.

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And it pretty much sums up that era of lip colour perfectly, right? The Urban Decay lip liners are amazing so pigmented and easy to apply. This shade is great for warming up lip colours.

 

 

Next up is the cheapest of the bunch, but I love it just as much. The PS Love Lip Liner Pencil from Penneys in 06.

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If you want to give a brown lip liner a go to see if you like it this is the place to start. For €1.50 you get to try on the 90’s lip trend and then if you like it, you have a great pigmented lip liner in your collection. It’s win win really πŸ™‚

 

My fourth choice is NYX lip liner in ‘Mauve’.

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Not the nudest of the collection but still kind of a subtle colour, so I think it qualifies? You can see from the size of the pencil, I get a lot of use out of this bad boy. I even have a the Nyx lipstick in the exact same shade. I think mauve is a great way to go if you’re not a huge fan of the nude lip trend, but still want to give something a go.

 

And lastly but definitely not least, I had to add Mac’s Whirl into the list, it has a life of it’s own at this stage.

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Whirl is the full on epitome of the 90’s brown lip like the Urban Decay 1993, but I think it’s a little bit cooler in tone. I wear this so much just on it’s own. Another bonus is this makes your teeth look whiter! This is probably as nude as I get…on my lips :p

So there you have it my top 5 most used nude lip liners. I think it’s safe to say I’m more of a brown lips girl rather than full on nude, but hopefully this might help if you’re in the market. Let me know and thanks for reading as always.

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I’m back again with another Urban Decay Naked Palette look. I am no makeup artist, just a lover of makeup and applying it :). I did a look with theΒ  the Naked 2 here a while ago too. I think most makeup lovers picked up one of these palettes along the way, so I want to cover all the bases.

This time I did a really easy and achievable Smoky eye using the aptly named Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteYou can check out swatches of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette here here too, if you want to see all of the shades on the skin.

First up I primed my eyelids with the Paese Eyeshadow Base. I just used my finger to apply it.

Paese CosmeticsEyeshadow primerbeautynook blogThen over top of it, just to set it and to get rid of the tacky feeling, I used the lightest shade in the Naked Smoky Palette ‘Thirteen’ all over the eyelid.

Thirteen Naked Smoky PaletteEyeshadpw lookThis step isn’t really necessary, but I just added a little of the shade ‘Combust’ into my crease to begin the story πŸ™‚

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Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil SlateI applied this to the moving part of my eyelid, one eye at a time and blending as I went as these set pretty fast.

irish beauty blogbeauty blogbeauty bloggerTo blend out the edges of the Jumbo pencil more and deepen up the crease, I took the shade ‘Password’, which is a grey toned matte brown.

Password Naked Smoky PaletteI used a clean Mac 217 blending brush to buff this into my crease, and to make sure there was no harsh edges.

simple eye lookNext is the fun part πŸ™‚ I loaded up my brush with the colour ‘Armor’.

Armor Naked Smoky PaletteAnd patted this onto where the Jumbo Pencil was. Be sure to pat, there is alot of fallout. You can always apply more of this at the end to intensify the look so don’t worry if you blend some away finishing the look.

Real TechniquesI decided to darken the outer v so I took a tapered blending brush and grabbed the darkest shade in the palette ‘Black Market’.

Smoky paletteLouise Young brushI basically just drew a V with the brush on the outer part of my crease and lid.

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Mac 217smoky eye lookIf the colour gets too muddied, just apply more and blend the edges. Don’t worry if the edges of your eyes get a bit messy, you can just clean it up with you concealer.

easy smoky lookurban decayUnder the eye I added some ‘Black Market’ with a pop of ‘Armor’ in the middle and blended it up to meet my top lid

smoky palette makeup lookirish makeup blogger beautynookI curled my lashes and added some healthy coats of mascara. You can by all means add lashes and some liner on the top lash line at this point if you want to make the look even more dramatic.

I decided to add some gel liner to my inner waterline. Rather than going for black, I went with the Inglot AMC Matte liner in 78, which is a grey colour.

Inglot AMC 78 Gel LinerbloggerI wrote a whole blogpost about how I apply liner here so I won’t bore you with all the details. I use a pencil dipped in the liner to get the job done though :).

So I tightlined the top.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (30)And the bottom.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (31)You can see the difference with or without liner here.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (32)Last set. I added some highlight to the inner corner. I took the shade ‘High’ in the Naked Smoky Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (34)And applied a good helping with a pencil brush.

irish makeup blogIt just adds a brightness to the look. You can see one eye with and one without here.

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And there you have it, there’s my hopefully easy smoked eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

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I added a light pink lip and some peach blush to finish it off.

irish beauty blogThat’s my look with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette complete. πŸ™‚

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I am a makeup lover, not a makeup artist. But I do enjoy slapping the slap on, so I thought I would start doing little step by step posts. Hopefully they will do down well πŸ™‚

I did a really easy Autumn appropriate eye look using my favourite (I think) from the Naked Palette the Urban Decay Naked 2.

Urban Decay Naked 2First up in this Urban Decay Naked 2 look, I primed using their Primer Potion, I would be nowhere in makeup land without primer! I just used my finger to add a small amount all over the lids.

urban decay primer potionpriming lidsThen I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Pomegranate Punk’Β  as a base colour on my eyelid.

maybelline color tattoomaybelline color tattoo pomegranate punkI just patted this on with my fingers, not taking it above the crease of my eye and used a synthetic blending brush to blend away any harsh edges.

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To ensure any shadows I was going to use blended easily on my lids, I just used the same synthetic brush to add a wash of ‘Foxy’ from the crease up, it’s just a matte skin coloured shadow.

urban decay foxyeyeshadow blendingUsing a Nima ‘Debs’ brush.

Nima Debs BrushI dipped it into the shade ‘YDK’ from the palette.

urban decay YDKI applied this on top of the Maybelline Color Tattoo.

urban decay makeup lookThis shadow has alot of fallout, in fact most Urban Decay shadows do because they are so soft, so I suggest waiting to do your concealer or even your whole face until after the shadows are applied.

makeup tutorialOnce I was happy with the colour on the lids, I cleaned off the Nima brush and dipped in into ‘Tease’

urban decay teaseIt’s a matte purpley taupe shade so works lovely as a crease colour.

And so I added this softly into the crease in window wiper motions and built up the colour in stages. easy peasy right?

easy purple eyeshadow lookFor an added little bit of dimension, I took a smaller brush, this is the Real Techniques ‘Essential Crease Brush’.

real techniquesI went into the shade ‘Busted’ and just added a small amount to the outer V of my eyes.

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makeup blogNot necessary, but adding in a bit of darkness makes it look a little more dramatic I think.

irish lifestyle blogI then took the lightest shimmery colour in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette ‘Bootcall’ and applied it to my brow bone.

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Instead of lining my lid with a black or brown, I chose this Barry M pencil in ‘Bold Purple’. It’s a true purple with a bit sparkle running through it.

barrym bold purple eyelinerI applied it from the pencil, it’s nice and soft, and then I got it right into the lash line with a little liner brush.

irishbeautyblogstep by step makeup tutorialI applied some mascara to my upper lashes and then for the lower lash line, I just blew out some ‘Busted’ shadow under there and left it at that.

easy makeup tutorialI lined my waterline with L’Oreal Infallible pencil in ‘Night Day Black’. This is a dark grey colour.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeliner 'night day black'If I knew I was out for the whole night I probably would have switched up this step and used a gel liner instead.

irish lifestyle blogI added mascara to my bottom lashes then.

Final touch, again unnecessary and not for everyone, I used a pencil brush to apply some of the ‘Bootycall’ shade to my inner tear duct. I love doing this step, I think it just brightens my eyes and because I used purple shades it covers any purple under tones that might be visible on my skin there.

irish beauty blogAnd there you have it, my really simple and of course unprofessional cool toned purple look using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette.

 

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The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette has finally hit our shores! Hallelujah!

Makeup lovers across the country have been waiting with baited breath to add to our Naked Palette collections, and now finally we can. I swear Urban Decay has one of the best marketing teams on the planet πŸ™‚

Of course, you clicked on this blogpost to see the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette in all of it’s glory, so I’ll stop harping on and get to it!

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I think this Naked has the nicest packaging out of them all yet. It’s plastic with a magnetic closing and a fancy smoky design of course πŸ™‚

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Here she is, fresh off the press with the flash on my camera on.

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And here she is sans flash, just so you can get a realistic idea of the colours.

There is 12 colours in the Naked Smoky Palette, with nine brand new shades and three exclusives from previous palettes.

irish beauty blogAs you can see it’s very cool toned with alot of colours you would expect from a palette called ‘Smoky’.

So from left to right, we have:

‘High’ a pink toned shimmer

‘Dirtysweet’Β  a bronzey gold

‘Radar’ a warmer toned shimmery brown

‘Armor’ a purple toned shimmery grey

‘Slanted’ a blue toned shimmery grey

‘Dagger’ a shimmery grey

‘Black Market’ a black with a slight shimmer

These are all pictured below:

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Then we have:

‘Smolder’ a deep shimmery purple

‘Password’ a matte purple toned brown

‘Whiskey’ a matte cool toned dark brown

‘Combust’ a matte pink toned nude

‘Thirteen’ a matte cream

All pictured below:

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Here is the whole Urban Decay Smoky Palette pictured together.

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With this palette you also get a dual ended eyeshadow brush.

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On one end, there’s a fluffy blending brush and then on the other is a pencil brush. I think this is my favourite brush out of all the Naked Palettes.

So there you have it. An up close look at the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I picked this up in Debenhams and it was €46. You can get it on the website here.

What do you think? At first look and swatch I’m really digging it, just have to see now how it wears and blends on the eyes. As a makeup addict I am glad to have all the Naked gang to hand though, I must admit…not something I’m proud of but hey ho πŸ˜›

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