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Urban Decay Naked 3 Review and Swatches! (giveaway ended)

You might be thinking, “Aren’t you a little late on this Christine?” haha as if you all haven’t been bombarded enough with posts and tutorials utilizing this palette. If you are still on the fence about spending $52 on this rose and taupe toned neutral eyeshadow (12 brand new shades, yay for no repeats!) palette, then I hope my thoughts can provide a bit more insight. Or why not take a crack at possibly winning your own Naked 3 palette? :)

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As you may know, Urban Decay has previously launched their Naked 1 (consisting of mostly warm and bronze neutral tones) and Naked 2 (consisting of cooler neutral tones) palettes. What does the Naked 3 have to offer? Let’s take a closer look at the shades.

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Strange – pale neutral pink matte-satin, the pink undertone in this is very slight so it is easily mistaken as a pale matte beige, it applies smoothly with good color pay off

Dust – pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter, this one is sheer with loose texture, it does not apply evenly unless applied wet, I especially like to “dust” this underneath the center of my lower lashline for that cute “light up your eyes” sparkle

Burnout – light pinky-peach satin, I like to describe this as an apricot shade, it is one of my favorites because of its subtlety in adding a soft warm glow, great as a quick wash of color over the lid for everyday as well

Limit –light dusty rose matte, appears as a matte light mauve brown, great shade for those who may find other transitional browns or soft browns to look harsh or muddy

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Buzz – metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter, has that amazing buttery texture and quality just like the rest of the following metallic shades in this palette that we all have come to love about Urban Decay’s shadows

Trick – light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle, this shade is like a rose gold in all it’s glory, it shimmers and sparkles and just demands attention

Nooner – medium pinky-brown matte, pigmented, smooth, awesome, who doesn’t love a good matte shade?

Liar – medium metallic mauve shimmer, if Buzz and Factory had a baby I think it would be this, the mauve pink flash gives it a unique look

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Factory – pinky-brown satin, warm deep rich brown, love the smooth texture

Mugshot – metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift, gorgeous and easy to wear satin taupe shade that I felt was missing from the previous two palettes

Darkside – deep taupe-mauve satin, gorgeous deep cocoa taupe shade, love the amount of depth this one has

Blackheart – smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle, this is the kind of shade that always looks more gorgeous in the pan but I definitely appreciate that it is matte

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* Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Final thoughts: This palette possesses an ethereal and romantic vibe. I even love that there is no chunky glitter, just delicate micro-glitter in some of the shades that add brilliance and shine. If you are fearing that this palette may have too much of a rosy or pink tone, the taupe shades are amongst my favorite and would do an excellent job of balancing them out. Are many of these shades dupe-able? Yes. I found myself being reminded of other similar shades to Burnout, Mugshot, and Darkside that I own and love. I do think the shades are new and unique enough that even if you own both the Naked 1 and Naked 2, you won’t be disappointed.

So are you planning or considering including this one in your collection? Let me know your thoughts!

GIVEAWAY TIME! I went out and bought an additional Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to give away to you guys for being such awesome and loving supporters :) I wouldn’t typically do that if I didn’t enjoy the palette myself! There are multiple ways to enter via this nifty widget:

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Good luck to you all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you haven’t seen my latest romantic look using this palette, go check it out!

 

Sigma Mall of America Meet & Greet

This was the first time I had a store hosted meet and greet and I have to thank Sigma and those of you who came out for making it so special!

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Signing headshots and seeing my face all over the store was certainly a foreign feeling. It was a bit overwhelming at first but as I started meeting you guys all I could feel was grateful and humbled. I am beyond fortunate to be able to dedicate a trip to meeting you all!

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Lol I love how Sigma took a picture of this since I didn’t get a chance to myself! :)

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Loved meeting each and every one of you! These lovely ladies wanted a picture with both me and Matt haha :)

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So cool that I got to do my demo on one of you guys!

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With Simone aka Mrs. Sigma herself! Such an inspirational and admirable woman :)

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With the Sigma crew!

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And of course Shauna! She is the one who organized this event and well she’s just awesome! <3

All images above were taken by Rasun of Sigma.

Some more behind the scenes images!

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Thank you guys for making me laugh, smile, and for warming my heart with your kind words!

You all seriously inspire me SO much.

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Yummy treats at the event! Drooling as I post these images lol!

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The Mall of America was certainly huge and unique–not everyday you see a roller coaster inside a mall!

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Don’t ever take me too too seriously :) I’m a dork and kid at heart.

<3 Christine

Paris: Where’s My Luggage?

Wow I don’t even know where to begin.

Well I did mention on the video to come here for a funny story so let’s start with that! It’s actually really not that funny but this was the only mishap we ran into regarding this trip. Me and Tiffany were luggage-less for the first and second day that we were in Paris! It’s funny because we had previously discussed how we would freak out if this ended up happening to us. Our luggage didn’t make it on the right flight to New York (since this is where the whole group met first) and then it took forever until they made sure it got on a flight to Paris. No one really is to blame here but it was just unfortunate because it was a hassle to try to sort things out multiple times with the staff at the airport to ensure that our luggage would eventually get to us. We both stayed positive and were happy to know that at least our luggage wasn’t lost.

What was my first thought when we realized that we would have to make do the first couple of days? UNDERWEAR

I can live with wearing my clothes twice but wearing the same pair of undies twice..uhh yea i’d rather go commando!

We made a one stop shop at H&M (I seriously love H&M) and I ended up getting 2 whole new outfits, one for our cruise dinner (dress and shoes) that night and one for the next day (top and skirt).

Luckily our luggage did finally arrive at our hotel the second night we were in Paris :)

More pictures coming up soon! In the meantime check out this video that I finally uploaded!

Hair and There

Hi everyone! As some of you may already know, I colored my hair for the first time a week ago. A lot of the red (which was supposed to be more of a plum red) has inevitably been fading. I don’t mind the shade but I see a little brassiness here and there that I could definitely do without. I’ve also been wearing my hair wavy lately with most of the back pieces clipped up for a change. It is reminiscent of the angled a-line bob that I used to have and did love! :) I’ve always envied those with dimension and color in their hair because when styled you could really see the texture and movement of the hair.

My trip to California was a great getaway and I just recently got back. Can you guess which beach i’m at in the picture? Stay tuned for more pictures and a video from my trip!

 

Smashbox Softbox Eye Palette, Sally Hansen, FOTD

I talked about the Smashbox Softbox Eye Palette in one of my recent haul videos and promised some swatches so here they are! :) I figured I would go ahead and do a review too.

I first came upon this palette at Sephora and of course they were sold out there. After swatching some of the shades from the display palette I couldn’t help but want to get my hands on one. I even checked an Ulta and they were sold out of the palettes as well. So about a week later I took the plunge and ordered one from the Smashbox website.

What appealed to me the most was the selection of shades. I have been loving soft neutral eyes for the summer and the shades in this palette looked perfect for bridal makeup!

I admit this palette was a splurge considering it is $48 and I may have fancied it a little too much at first. So what do I think of it now?

The packaging is very simple and basic. It came with a mini eye primer which didn’t hold up as long as the Urban Decay Primer Potion does for me.

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