Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

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Hi guys! I’ve been getting some questions about this Maybelline the Nudes palette and I was also curious to see if there was an upgrade in the eyeshadow quality. Upon first look I was attracted to the simplicity and size of the palette.

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Seriously, here’s a size comparison with the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! I love how small and sleek it is considering it also has 12 eyeshadows varying from neutral to warm to cool tones.

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Let’s take a closer look:

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I numbered the shades since they don’t each have a name. Personally I find it easiest to view this palette as 3 eyeshadow quads (for ex. 1, 2, 7, 8) joined together so that the eyes don’t get overwhelmed. There are 5 matte shadows which I really appreciate: 3, 5, 6, 8, and 12. Shade 2 is kind of like the satin cousin of shade 5.

Swatches below were done with no primer. On the eyes I would highly recommend wearing a primer first so the shades show up better and last longer.

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The lighter shimmery shades 1, 9, and 11 lack pigmentation and staying power. They remind me of some of the lighter shades that I own in my other Maybelline quads in terms of quality. The rest of the shadows with the exception of the black shade are nice and smooth with decent pigmentation. Shade 1 had the potential to be unique and awesome because it has a pink pearlescent shimmer with blue and pink flecks in it but it’s just too lackluster. I love shades 5 and 6 because it has an ashy and cool enough of a tone to use on the brows! That is always a major plus for me.

I mostly pulled out the Naked 2 palette for comparison because the shades in the Maybelline the Nudes kind of reminded me of it. Are there any definite dupes? Nope, but i’ve swatched the ones that I thought looked the most similar beside each other below.

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My overall thoughts: I have worn the Nudes palette for the past week now and I really do like it. I typically do wear an eye primer and so far the shadows have lasted and still looked great on my eyes after several hours of wear. I’m even taking this one with me for my cruise trip with my family and Matt this weekend (so excited!). The eyeshadow quality seems to have barely improved if at all in my opinion but I think the selection of shades was very well thought out. The overall value is worth it considering the price. The price of their eyeshadow quads varies from ~$5-7 and this the Nudes palette varies from ~$10-12. The Nudes is pretty much like a triple quad in one which could have valued at a ~$15-21 price point. If you snag a coupon or discount then it’s an even better deal. I think the shades are all really wearable and most are easy to work with. Also, because i’m a big fan of smokey eyes and matte shadows I like the looks I can create with this. If you are a bigger fan of buttery shimmery highlight shades then I would pass on this one.

Have you picked up this palette or eyed it? What are your thoughts?

Black Playsuit

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Hi all :) I’m typing this up as I pack for my trip to LA tomorrow and I think this black playsuit is an ideal type of clothing item to travel with. It’s easy to dress up or down, you could pair a skirt over it for an additional look, and if you get something spilt on you it won’t be obvious haha ^^ I seriously love fuss free clothing. I also love golden hour; it’s freakin’ magical.

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Black Long Sleeve Playsuit

Hinge ‘Dresden’ Caged Leather Bootie

Kendra Scott Sky earrings in Violet

Bauble Bar Long Arrow Pendant necklace (check out my necklace picks in my latest video!)

Cole Haan crossbody bag

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Sammi started creeping into the shots so here’s his cameo! I love him and I love you all :) Thanks for stopping by!

Minimalistic

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I am often won over by separates because of it’s practicality in it’s capability of being mixed and matched. Does anyone else find it gratifying to wear certain items in your closet over and over again just because it’s so easy? Striped tops would definitely fall under this category. When I bought this textured striped top and pale blue skirt I had envisioned pairing them separately with either a print or something that would bring higher contrast to the overall look. The versatility of the two pieces inspired me to start by pairing them together and keeping it clean and simple.

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Nasty Gal skirt | Ten Sixty Sherman striped tee | New Look flatform sandals | Romwe bag (similar)

Tropical Fever

Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s August already?? I always love this time of year because it is so full of energy as everyone gears up for the new season. Is anyone else craving a summer get away like I am? This Tropical Floral dress definitely reads vacation in the print but I love the elegant cut of it. Summer is still here so I decided to inject even more color into the look!

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Dress: ASOS.com | Gold studded cuff: Vince Camuto | Bag: H&M | Heels: dresslink.com | Nails: Sally Hansen ‘Pacific Blue’

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Are you guys preparing yourself for Fall yet whether mentally or in terms of your wardrobe? Or are we not letting Summer escape us anytime soon? :) I’ve started buying some transitioning and early Fall pieces in this haul video! Check it out:

How to Hide Your Undergarments!

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Commando Mini Cami Slip, True Nude, Small/Medium

Do you have pieces in your closet that go unworn because it’s too see-through or because you wouldn’t dare expose your bra or panty line? This is a topic that isn’t too often covered and I was truly inspired because I too face many of these issues all the time!

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Victoria Secret’s Low-Back Strap, One Size

There are so many ways we can conceal our undergarments so I felt it was best to demonstrate in a video. I tried to pack in as much information as I possibly could so I hope you enjoy!

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Meltproof Makeup Look & Tips

Having oily skin has its pros and cons. What about when paired with wearing makeup in the scorching heat? I know, I know..con to the max. Don’t fret guys, shine and sweat are completely normal. Even actors and actresses have to get blotted very frequently on set because they’re human too. We can, however, take certain steps to keep our look from melting off of our faces faster!

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In this video you will also see me use the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette (talk about a mouthful!) on my eyes. I have been wearing this palette almost everyday as of late!

 

 Check out the video and information section for tips and a full list of products that I recommend to help you combat the heat!

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