Urban Decay Naked Heat: Review, Swatches, and Looks

 

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I’ve been using this palette as my go to ever since I grabbed it a few months ago and I haven’t found too many faults with it but what I have found is a way to use almost all 12 shades in the palette. Now here’s the full review. If you’d like to jump ahead to see the looks I’ve done using Naked Heat, you can click here, here, or here

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The first shade in Naked Heat, Ounce, makes the perfect browbone highlight. I use the shade Chaser immediately beside it to set my concealer which I sometimes use as an eye primer. The shades immediately beside those, Sauced and Low Blow serve as the perfect light brown transition shades. Top to Bottom: Low Blow, Sauced, Chaser, and Ounce.

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The shimmer shades are smooth, creamy, and pigmented. Is there a bit of fallout? Yes. It’s also a good time to share with you all that I really like to load up my brush sometimes. Of course, MAC Prep and Prime Fix Plus to the rescue! The mattes also apply smoothly and blend easily for the most part, except for the two darkest shades, En Fuego and Ashes, which sometimes I have to work a little harder with. Top to Bottom: Lumbre, Scorched, Dirty Talk, and Ember

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My favourite shades are probably He Devil, Lumbre, Cayenne and Ember. He Devil reminds me so much of Brown Script by MAC. Ember however doesn’t show up bronze on my lids as it does in the pan, it reads as a metallic copper shade with a hint of orange on my eyelids. This is not necessarily a manufacturing problem but it’s just how my skin tone picks up the colour. Top to Bottom: Ashes, En Fuego, Cayenne, and He Devil. 

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As with all other palettes in the Naked series this one includes a brush as well. The brush is surprisingly not bad. Yes, I’ll admit I thought the brush wouldn’t be useful. The pointed end however is perfect for smoking out the lower lash line. I use 24/7 Liner in Perversion (also by Urban Decay) and it’s a pitch black creamy eyeliner that smokes out perfectly when using this brush. The other end, which is more rounded rather than pointed, is perfect for placing colour on the outer corner of the eye before blending it out.

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At the end of the day, I’m impressed with this palette. I can understand the hype and I’m glad I went ahead and grabbed it. All in all I think Urban Decay did a perfect mixture in terms of finishes as well as shades; 4 shimmer options, 4 lighter matte options for blending and highlighting, and 4 darker matte options for adding definition or creating a smokey look. The only thing that would somehow hit this out of the park for me is them somehow including a miniature liner in Zero or Perversion, or a mini Primer Potion for us consumers to complete our look. Maybe I’m just a little too hopeful? The colours in Naked Heat are totally up my alley and while I don’t own any of the other Naked palettes, looking at the color selections versus this one, Naked Heat is definitely my ideal pick.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Foundation in 370

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I take a lot of beauty inspiration from my fellow caramel and chocolate girls. Usually, Rihanna, J.Lo, etc. with the general theme being bronze goddess. For years I had wanted Rihanna to come out with a makeup line so that the rest of us could look like we naturally have a soft box following us all the time enhancing that subtle glow on the cheekbones. Imagine how excited I was last year when I heard she was coming out with a makeup line for fall 2017. Yes, I was one of those persons awake at 3 a.m. not only from having watched the live stream of the Fenty Beauty launch a few hours before, but also because I’m big on instant gratification at times. 

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The item I fell in love with was the Pro Filt’r Foundation. Pump lovers rejoice! We won’t be wasting product with this one. It does have a slight smell if that’s something you’re concerned and on another note it also has a little more product than average foundations on the market, i.e. 32 ml. or 1.08 fl oz versus the usual 30 ml. or 1 fl oz. Pro Filt’r Foundation gives medium coverage with 2 pumps and if you use 3 pumps, it gives you full coverage. I like how it wears on top of MAC Strobe Cream since I’m not a fan of my foundation looking too matte. Additionally it works well with my favourite primer — Veil Mineral by Hourglass Cosmetics, and because it is matte, I can get away with more shimmer/satin products to balance everything out. Despite the finish, it looks and feels lightweight. Though I don’t set this with a powder, I still find that it lasts for a long time on the skin with just a primer underneath.

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I’ve been wearing it for approximately a month and now I can honestly say that I’m impressed. My shade is 370 and it’s a perfect match. Though it does go on looking a bit light, by the time I’ve finished the rest of my makeup the colour has adjusted and looks like a second skin. I grabbed mine online simply based on the pictures and description of the shade (for tan to deep skin with warm undertones).
My shade matches for reference are:
NARS Sheer Glow and All Day Luminous Weightless – Cadiz
MAC (foundations) – NC45 which I tend to mix with NW40
BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme – Amber and Tobacco
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation – Y445, Y455
Estee Lauder Double Wear – Rich Ginger
L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte in 111 Soft Sable
L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow in 211

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Don’t expect a soapbox moment from me for the 40 shades, because while I’m impressed, it’s not necessarily a first. MAC Cosmetics has been making numerous shades for years, so has NARS Cosmetics, not to mention Make Up For Ever which was born out of Dany Sanz’ love for makeup artistry, and most recently, Maybelline’s extension of their FitMe line. All in all, I do think this is a good foundation and the price works perfectly considering the average cost of most high end foundations.

L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara

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As much as mascara is the first makeup item I had bought for myself over a decade ago, it’s an item that causes my loyalty to come into play. My lashes are curly so I get pretty picky about formulas. 

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When I had first seen a picture of Lash Paradise, I had the same thought as everyone else, “Wow that looks like Too Faced Better Than Sex!”. The thing is, when I had tried that mascara for the first time back in 2014 I wasn’t impressed. At all. I was disappointed. It didn’t exactly make my lashes super dark, nor did it make them long, and I found that it got flaky and messed up my makeup. Not the usual slight smudging under the eyes, I’m talking little black specks on my cheeks. 

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The brush does remind me of Better Than Sex of course, but it also reminds me slightly of The Shock mascara by Yves Saint Laurent, with the difference being that the latter has a rose scent. (Lash Paradise brush on the left and The Shock brush on the right)

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In a weird way this is one of those mascaras that I enjoy more a few weeks into its shelf life. Let me elaborate, at first the formula didn’t blow me away — maybe a month ago. Now? I really like it. I like how it’s not too wet and I can build up the coats; this is another difference when compared to The Shock, The Shock is a wetter formula. It doesn’t flake off nor does it smudge, but be careful with the inner lashes since it’s such a big brush. 

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I can’t speak to whether or not it gives lashes a curl, since my lashes are already curly. It does give them volume but not much length. This is one that I definitely feel you can layer up when you want your lashes to show in pictures without falsies. This shot is without Lash Paradise mascara.

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1 coat of Lash Paradise mascara

 

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2 coats of Lash Paradise mascara

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Bottom line? I do think this is a good mascara. Is it a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex? I can’t speak to that entirely since I haven’t used that in ages after my first disappointment. Is it a dupe for YSL The Shock mascara? No, because that one is definitely a wetter formula and there’s a very slight difference with the bristles. Is it a good mascara that I think everyone should try? Absolutely! 

Urban Decay Naked Heat: First Impressions

 

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For whatever reason, brands have been somewhat obsessed with giving us palettes that are pretty much centered around red shades. From ABH Modern Renaissance, to Smashbox Cover Shot in Ablaze, and now Naked Heat, that’s the only reasonable explanation. If you have blue eyes the more orange tones in this will be flattering, while green eyes will have fun with the shades that are red and plum tones. This is actually my first Urban Decay Naked palette because when the first 3 Naked palettes launched I was still wearing mainly drugstore makeup.

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I think the collection overall didn’t necessarily need 3 lipsticks since Urban Decay launched their extensive line of Vice lipsticks just a year ago. It would have been more useful to have warm toned blushes — my perfect options would be matte red and orange shades, and maybe something that’s a light gold/amber shade; all warm fiery tones and every skin tone could find a blush that works for them.

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The palette itself could also have done with a matte pure orange or a matte pure red shade — an ideal crease colour to help all the other shades transition. Something comparable to Rule or Red Brick by MAC, or Morocco by Makeup Geek, and the red could have been something comparable to Make Up For Ever Morello Cherry. Luckily I own the latter and I think it’ll work well with these shades. If you have the Modern Renaissance palette then you’re covered regarding the orange and deep red/berry shades. That said though, there are still decent crease options with the matte brown shades. I’ve used this palette for the past 3 days — i.e. all weekend, and so far, it’s pretty good. Stay tuned for a full post including looks, swatches, and a more in-depth review.

NEW From L’Oréal Paris! Pure Clay Cleansers and Masks

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I can’t stress enough how much good skincare matters more than good makeup in my opinion. You can wear all the makeup in the world and have an entire bag solely containing high end products, but it really makes no difference if you’re not taking care of your skin.

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I hadn’t flocked to the Pure Clay masks when they had initially launched as I already have my trusty GlamGlow set. To be honest though, I became curious when I saw that L’Oréal would be coming out with Pure Clay Cleansers since of course we cleanse daily. I received the package recently and what really reeled me in was the concept of the cleansers going from clay to…mousse? Yup, you read correctly. These are clay to mousse cleansers. They squeeze out as a clay — the consistency is comparable to any clay mask you’ve tried, and once a little water is added they feel like a mousse between your fingers and on the face. The first few times I used the cleansers I squeezed out a little too much, i.e. the amount you’d use to mask your entire face, but you only need half of that because when the water is added a little goes a long way. 

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In terms of results, I didn’t experience many noticeable differences, however I wasn’t exactly hoping for that as I’m still enjoing my Sunday Riley UFO. The brightening cleanser did have me looking a little more awake but to be honest with you, because I do so much skincare at night my skin generally looks acceptable in the morning  (wow, so humble).

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The exfoliating one had my skin feeling a little smoother and in terms of convenience I liked this one for not having to use 2 products — a cleanser, and an exfoliatior. The beads in this are super fine, you can feel a little grit but to me it’s nothing too abrasive. If you’ve tried the exfoliator from Lancer or Murad it’s comparable to those. While I don’t get particularly oily I still gave the mattifying one a try and it wasn’t bad but I definitely had to go in with my daytime moisturiser, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius, because after a few minutes with no moisturiser my skin felt tight. 

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As for the Pure Clay masks, the calming one (blue) was sent and so was the cleansing (black) mask. I tried the black one first as my skin didn’t need much calming and I will say that even though it contains kaolin clay (think Origins Clear Improvement) my skin didn’t feel dried out after using this mask. This would be ideal for twice or thrice weekly use for a deep cleanse to recover from all the makeup wearing. 

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For quick skin prep before makeup I used the exfoliating cleanser, the (black) mask and Hydra Genius to get everything in order. I like making sure the dead skin has been removed for smoother makeup application

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Honorable mention to the scents in both the black mask and the black cleanser. This duo I’m assuming is meant to be paired together. I don’t know specifically what it is but there’s something that’s so fresh and nice about it. All in all, I do like these and it’s not just because I’m in love with the scents. The products aren’t bad and I think these would be good for someone new to skincare or someone who has skin that isn’t very problematic and would like to try something new. I mean, clay to mousse? That’s pretty cool. Both Pure Clay Cleansers and Pure Clay Masks are available in stores as of mid-July.

L’Oréal Paris Skin Expert Micellar Water

 

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Micellar water, it’s everywhere. I’m a fan and Im going to tell you why. It’s a lazy girl’s dream! No, seriously. I’ve written about something similar previously but that was about 2 years ago. Let me explain to you how micellar water works so you can finally hop on the bandwagon (or gently climb onto the wagon if you so desire). Micelles work in such a way that they remove dirt and oil without removing moisture from the skin. This is because one end of the micelle has a water loving end (hydrophilic) and the other end is the oppposite (hydrophobic). 

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I love the various uses for micellar water since it works for both makeup and skincare. If your skincare routine often has a few steps and you’re rushing one morning, put some micellar water on a cotton pad and swipe it over the face. No rinsing needed and you’ve essentially just cleaned your face. Still use a moisturiser though, because everyone should moisturise. This would work especially well for dry skin since many cleansers can be a little drying, but I wouldn’t necessarily use it as a morning cleansing cheat if you’re oily. 

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If you’ve made a mistake with eyeliner or eyeshadow, use a little micellar water on a cotton swab to clean up the mistake since this is formualted to remove makeup as well.  In terms of removing face makeup, micellar water works well for that too, depending on how much you’re wearing. A few times I had to go over my face twice with micellar water for makeup removal before cleansing. If you’re wondering how long it lasts this bottle took me a little over 2 months to finish completely.

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Lastly, and I know this may seem somewhat random, but, if you’ve had some sort of eye surgery and are not allowed to have water touch your eyes right now, this is probably the solution to your problem. 

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Micellar water + cotton pads = your new makeup removal or skin preparation. Honestly, it’s one of those miracle products that’s truly worth the hype since it’s a real multitasker. Then again, aren’t we all? Let me know in the comments what your favourite multitasking product is!

MAC Eyeshadow x 9 Palettes

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I don’t usually make blanket statements but I doubt you’re being entirely truthful if you claim you use every single colour in a palette equally. Generally I’m all for equality, trust me. Eye palettes though? What am I going to do with that light pink shade that doesn’t flatter my skin tone?

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Eyes Times Nine palettes have wearable shades. Additionally, they’re compact and coordinated making them so easy to use! Let’s also appreciate how realistic the eyeshadow sizes are, small enough to not have you thinking you’ll never finish it, yet big enough for your 217 or 221 to fit. There will always be that one shade that you don’t use as much as the others, but I feel its less likely to happen with the Eyes Times Nine Palettes. 

 

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Red Hot Times Nine (the one in the middle) is currently one of my go to palettes for the summer time as I’m very much into brights when the mood is right and Semi Sweet Times Nine is the perfect compliment to your warm neutrals or pretty much any shimmer shades you already have in your collection. The quality of these shadows still works for me as I haven’t found a difference in terms of pigmentation or longevity between these and my regular MAC shadows. 

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Some of these palettes, for example Burgundy Times Nine (far right), do contain shadows that are permanent and can be purchased on their own. Think Haux, Quarry, Antiqued, Sketch, and Embark. Since this palette contains coordinated plum tones it will look especially flattering on green eyes. Semi Sweet Times Nine contains Carbon, which of course you can always purchase on its own, but you may not need that much black eyeshadow very often.  In that palette Outre reminds of a now discontinued Pro Longwear Eyeshadow — Uninterrupted, while Everyone’s Darling is perfect to adding dimension to the crease or the outer corners. 

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All in all, it could be that I’m a sucker for anything that’s travel friendly. Even so though, I think these are nice for a quick ‘treat yourself’ palette, or for someone new to makeup or just new to eyeshadow specifically. The shadow sizes and shades aren’t intimidating and the guess work has been done for you. Have you tried any of these Times Nine palettes? Let me know in the comments!