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REVIEW+SWATCHES: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette


Such pretty shades!

My lovely boyfriend bought me the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette for valentines day! I officially have him trained so well haha. He didn't even know what it was but just knew I really wanted it. Bless him!

It completes my collection of the naked palettes (excluding the basics), this one is definitely the most different out of the three. Naked 1 and Naked 2 were both quite similar with more bronze, browns and golds shades but this one is more rose gold/pink toned - it's just beautiful.

The palette comes with a synthetic dual-ended eyeshadow brush, one for blending and one for placing, similar to the one you get in the Naked 2 palette. The brush is of a nice quality and I find myself using it a lot. You also receive a sample pack of 4 primer potions; original, Eden (nude matt), sin (shimmer) and anti ageing, which come in circular pods. Each squeezy pod has enough product for about a weeks worth of usage.

The packaging is similar to the Naked 2 with a click close lid, something I prefer to the magnetic Naked 1 lid as it will protect the shadows from damage more. It has a rose gold plastic outer packaging which will stay looking pristine for longer (make naked palette tends to look grubby a lot of the time - due to its felt finish)! Built into the lid is a large mirror, which if you're taking this on holiday is great as it's one less thing you need to pack!



The Shades

The shades are just beautiful. All are buttery soft, super pigmented and easy to blend. These shades can create a pretty romantic look that's perfect for spring/summer or even bridal makeup - to a smokey eye night time look using black heart.

Strange: a very light pink matte. A perfect shade for highlighting under the brows or the corner of the eyes.

Dust: a pale metallic pink shimmer with micro-glitter. This is possibly one of my favourites, it's such a pretty colour with a pink shimmer. Does have some fall out though.

Burnout: a light peach satin.

Limit: a light pale pink rose matte. A good colour to use all of the lid for a no-make up make up look.

Buzz: a metallic rose shimmer with  micro-glitter. love love love this one! Has a great colour pay off. I like to use this as a definition colour with dust.

Trick: a metallic bronze shimmer with micro-glitter. Has the same formulation as buzz but is more golden toned. I like to team burnout with trick.

Nooner: a medium mauve/brown matte. Great for a transition crease colour.

Liar: a metallic mauve shimmer.

Factory: a brown satin.

Mugshot: a metallic taupe shimmer.

Darkside: a deep purple-brown satin.

Blackheart: a smoky black matte with red micro-sparkle. This is beautiful! It's very pigmented and it's best to work up little by little as it has A LOT of staying power, so blend as you go to control it! I love that its a warm black, perfect to and some warmth to a smokey eye.



Swatches - photos taken in natural daylight with no flash











Overall I love this palette! The shadows are super pigmented and easily blended and to be honest it's worth every penny! You'll find yourself using it all the time and it's perfect for spring/summer looks. This one was bought for £37 at Debenhams but you can also pick it up in House of Fraser or on Feelunique.com.

Have you tried the Naked 3 palette? If so what's your favourite shade/shades?

April Glossybox

I've been receiving Glossybox for just over a year now and I've noticed it going gradually more and more downhill. What started off as something amazing is becoming something quite repetitive and uninspiring.

Since I started blogging in the new year I've made posts on each box I've received this year, so you can see for yourself if you think they are worth the money. January was very disappointing View it here, February they really tried to buck their ideas up View it here, March was disappointing view it here and then this month was disappointing again.

This months products

Monu Spa warming ginger massage & body oil
Monu is a brand that if you receive Glossybox you will know all about, I must have had maybe 5 different products by this brand and to be honest it's getting repetitive. I like to find new brands in beauty boxes not the same one over and over again - especially when you fill out box surveys and say that you would not like to receive more samples by them!

This smells very gingery and not something I would really use as the smell alone puts me off!

Tresemme instant refresh cleansing dry shampoo
Similarly with Tresemme, its a well known brand - one I actually do purchase and one I see a lot in glossy boxes. Off the top of my head I've had hair spray, deep treatment, shampoos and conditioner and now this dry shampoo. Again I'd like new brands not the same ones again and again. I'll still use this once my batiste runs out.


He-Shi Professional Tanning face and body gel
A new brand and new product to me, this is a tanning gel that gives you instant colour as well as developing into a long lasting tan. I'll save this one to test out when it starts getting hotter and I need to get my pale white legs out for the first time! Happy to have received this product to try.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the blues - pearl pink
Another brand I've seen in Glossybox before, I've previously received their lip and cheek stain. Beat the blues is a liquid highlighter similar to Benefits high beam and much cheaper at only £5.50 for a full size! It's slightly pinker than high beam and has a different consistency, but for the price this is a really good product. You can see in the blended swatch that it adds a shimmer to the skin without adding glitter or sparkle.




Emite Make up Lip Brush - L312
I've never heard of this brand before and I don't actually own any lip brushes so I'll definitely be using this product! It's a soft fibre slanted brush, with synthetic talon hair bristles.




Overall I'm disappointed with this box, only two brands were new. If you compare it to this months Birchbox, they were miles better in my opinion. For that reason I've actually unsubscribed to Glossybox now, I just can't justify spending £13 a month on it anymore.



What did you think of this months box? Did you get anything different?

April Birchbox

April Birchbox

After a weekend that went way too quickly when I finally got home I had a little surprise waiting for me in my room! April's Birchbox! They always seem to come as a surprise, even though they come every month, I kinda a forget about them - and then ooo a little Jenny gift!

This months theme is "good enough to eat" and the box smelled yummy! Think it's mainly from the Laura Mercier Souffle Body Creme though! The outer packaging is a lot smaller, I actually thought they might have reduced the size of the box! But luckily it just fits the inner box perfectly now - much more packaging friendly and no wasted space.

What was in this months Birchbox:

TheBalm "how 'bout them apples? cheek & lip cream
I love the size of this sample, so tiny but still in cute packaging. I've seen a lot about TheBalm in other peoples blogs but I shamefully don't actually own anything by them, so I was mega excited by this! I received the shade "pie", which is a warm red colour with a hint of pink. It's a multipurpose cream that can be used on lips and cheeks, best applied with a finger so you can warm the product up and blend it out nicely. It's slightly scented but can't put my finger on what it smells like.

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April Birchbox

Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil
For some reason I've actually veered away from using pencil eyeliners, tend to favour liquid and gel much more these days. So I'll make a conscious effort to try this one out properly! After a few swipes back and forth you can see just how black and creamy this really is.

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Color Club Gala's Gem nail polish
I knew about this item before I'd even opened by box! Birchbox let people pick what shade they would like to received. I chose gold struck which is a pearlescent gold polish, initially I was going to go for the tiffany's green shade but I have a few similar already! I figured a gold polish would look lovely all year round and be forgiving on pale skin as well as looking lovely on sun kissed skin.

April Birchbox colorclub

Laura Mercier Souffle Body Creme
OMG a Laura Mercier product! This is my favourite thing out of this months offerings! My first ever Laura Mercier product, albeit it a body product instead of make up, but I still LOVE IT! It smells lovely and leaves my skin feel soft! The scent also lingers for a long time. At £27 for a full size version, its a bit pricey but I may end up getting this as a treat!

April Birchbox

Yes to Cucumbers Facial wipes
I'm a secret lover of face wipes, lol. I know that sounds strange, but when your regular face cleansing route has 3 steps (cleanse, tone, moisturise) it's nice to use a cheeky face wipe occasionally when you just really can't be bothered and you want a quick clean! These ones are full of cucumber...juice?? Cucumber is well known for its soothing properties so after a long day using one of these feels lovely on your skin. They're oil free so don't leave your skin with a greasy residue. A nice sample size too, perfect to use as a carry on or to throw in your weekend bag.

April Birchbox

Propercorn Seet & Salty popcorn
I'm glad I got the sweet & salty flavour over the fiery worcester sauce, I can't do hot at all! Love popcorn, so this is a nice little extra to receive - plus I hadn't heard of Propercorn before.

April Birchbox

I'm loving Birchbox more and more, for me it definitely has the beauty box crown! I was so impressed with this months goodies and to get samples from brands like Laura Mercier is amazing! Keep it up Birchbox!!

April Birchbox

Were you happy with this months Birchbox? Did you get anything different? Birchbox costs £10 a month and you can sign up here

My favourite drug store foundation | bourjois HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION


bourjois HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION
Following on from my favourite drug store/low end concealer post that I did last month (check it out here) I thought I'd continue the series onto foundation. 

I don't tend to wear foundation on most days; I like to let my skin breathe! So when I do reach for foundation when I feel like my skin needs it, I lean towards the ones that offer light slightly dewy natural finishes. 

Which brings me onto my favourite drugstore foundation: Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation

I've been buying Bourjois foundations for years now, I just love them! They do tend to lean a bit more on the yellow undertone in their shades but there are some pinky ones in there too, so be sure to properly test them out before buying. Only bad thing is that there isn't a lot of shades selection, only maybe 6-9 but they're all for lighter skin tones. Anyways I stumbled across the healthy mix foundation a couple of years ago and fell in love then they introduced the serum version and I loved it even more.

Packaging

It comes in a hard plastic container with a pop off red lid, the shade is on a sticker on the lid - although they tend to fall off after a while. It features a pump applicator, so you can either pump it straight onto your face and blend in or apply to your hand and the apply. I prefer pumps to the tip up onto your finger kind as I feel you don't waste as much of the product. Only bad thing is that it's hard to tell when you're running out of it! The bottle doesn't go clear when empty so you may get caught out.

bourjois HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION
bourjois HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION

Formula

The healthy mix serum contains an anti-fatigue vitamin-rich fruit formula containing litchi, goji berries and pomegranates. In all honesty I'm not quite sure if those ingredients will give an anti fatigue effect or be vitamins that your skin can benefit from BUT I love the smell of this. It's definitely a bit fruity but not in an overpowering sense, very fresh though. IT JUST SMELLS NICE OKAY! LOL.

The gel/serum formulation means it glides onto your skin and blends out very easily, making a natural finish effortless to achieve. It feels very light on the skin and doesn't look cakey or sit in lines/pores. It gives light coverage- so will even out your skin tone and cover small spots, it is build able though (only to a medium coverage though). It gives your skin a radiant slightly dewy look, even though it's a dewy finish it's not greasy and I don't find it dries my skin out or anything like that.

Bourjois claim it boosts radiance for up to 16 hours, I'd say this is partly true. It won't look exactly how it did when you put it on after a days wear but it will still have some of that original "radiance" which is good enough for me. Plus that's all you really need with a light foundation anyway.

The healthy mix serum is available in 6 radiance-boosting shades. I'm shade 53 which I'd say is a yellow undertone slightly tanned skin. It's perfect for me in the spring or summer but I can't wear it when I'm at my palest.

bourjois HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION




Summary

I love this! It's a light weight, light- medium coverage foundation. Perfect for when you don't want to wear a lot of make up but still want to even out your skin tone or cover up a few spots.  I've heard people say its a good dupe for the Chanel Vitamumiere aqua foundations, but I haven't tried it so can't confirm it.

You can pick it up in boots and superdrug for £10.99 but I tend to wait until it's on offer or 3 for 2 (which is quite often in Boots!).