Urban Decay Naked Basics Review

I was in seventh grade when I first asked my mom if I could wear makeup. And I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Being 13-years-old I went for the cheapest, most colorful palettes; I would match my eye makeup with my outfit, not my eye color. I also thought I was really good at a smoky eye when I was in high school. I wasn’t. Don’t even get me started on foundation. As the years went on, I slowly got better at applying makeup. Now 22, I found my perfect eye makeup palette. It’s so good I threw all my other eye shadows away. I’m talking about Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

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Here’s why I love it. The colors are amazing and subtle and will look great on any eye color. With this palette it’s easy to create a delicate day look and an edgy night look. Finally a palette with all the colors you want in one simple place! Another bonus, it last all day.

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My day look

There are a few Urban Decay Naked palettes. I bought the Basics at Sephora for $28.00. Naked Basics contains six colors: Venus, Foxy (my favorite), W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave. If you’re wondering how I did my makeup in the photo above here’s how:
1.) I apply the W.O.S to my entire eye area: the lid, crease and brow bone. The color acts as a good primer for the other colors that go over it.
2.) Apply Foxy to the lid. The colors blend together perfectly and create a subtle, soft eye color making your eyes pop.
3.) I go darker on the crease with Faint.
4.) Similar to other eye palettes always apply a white shimmer to your brow line. Venus is great for the brows and inner corners of your eye lids!

Voila you got the Naked look!

As said before there are other Urban Decay Nude colors. The palettes contain six more colors and costs $54.00. The Urban Decay 2 consists of 12 colors featuring more gray, taupe and beige colors. Compared to the Basics this edition has more of a shimmer. Urban Decay 3 also has 12 new colors, but goes with rose-hued neutral and rich browns.

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If you’re interested in any of these palettes head on over to Sephora and check them out. Makeup at Sephora is always a splurge for me, but this has become on my favorite makeup purchases!

 

 

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No sun. No problem!

Confession Time. I love being tan. I swear in the summer I would get a spray tan at least once a week. When it isn’t summer time, I still like a subtle glow. Not an orange glow, but a subtle glow.

Over the years I’ve tried several self-tanning products, from Jergens to L’Oreal to Neutrogena to Tan towels to Victoria’s Secret’s line. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. All these brands were nice, but didn’t give me the glow I wanted on my face.

The face is the one part on my body I want to have color without layering on foundation or bronzer. I found two facial tanning products from Sephora that I love. Both work differently and both are priced differently.

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If you’re interested in buying any type of self-tanner for your face always test it on your skin to make sure it works and gives you the color you want before buying it.

Product: Faux Tan Face
By: Bare Minerals
Price at Sephora: $24.00

This product isn't fully blended

This product isn’t fully blended

Every skin type is different. For me, my skin isn’t porcelain white; I tend to notice tanning products working on my skin pretty quickly. I apply this product after I wash my face and before I apply my makeup. For others, it may make take some time to notice a difference. I read some reviews at Sephora.com and some women noted they would apply the product before bed and would notice a difference gradually or after a couple of days.

The product comes in a tube and only takes about two pumps to cover the face and neck. The product comes out pretty dark, but don’t let that intimidate you, it will blend and adjust. I apply and blend the product in with my fingers, but you can use a foam makeup wedge also. (If you use your hands, wash before and after application.)

The product doesn’t clog my pores and doesn’t feel heavy on my face. Another bonus: no annoying self-tanning smell!  Perfect for a sun kissed look.

Product: Tinted Self-Tanning Face Gel
By: Sephora
Price at Sephora: $5.00

This product isn't fully blended

This product isn’t fully blended

This product gives me instant color as well as easy application. The product comes in a tube with a brush at the end for blending. For this brand you don’t need a lot of the gel, because a tiny squeeze in this bottle goes a long way. Compared to Faux Tan Face, I find myself spending more time blending the product into my face and neck, but I get a really even coverage.

This product smells good too; it smells like summer to me! (Smell it, you’ll understand what I mean.) You’ll notice the smell going on, but it won’t linger or leave an after smell like other self-tanning products. For $5.00 this product gives you an amazing tint when you’re in need for some quick color.

As said before I love both products. I switch on and off depending on my mood. If you’re interested in self-tanning products remember to always find one that works best for your skin type! Happy safe, fake tanning!