Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Review

You probably won’t believe me when I say I don’t actually wear a lot of metallic or shimmery eyeshadows. As much as I love them, and believe me I do, my go-to are mattes.  And scorched, deliciously rich warm toned mattes, now that is what my dreams are made of. I know the market is over-saturated with warm tones, and people may be beginning to tire of the same concept over and over. But there are no complaints here. Oranges, peaches and reds really play up my blue eyes and I am not even close to getting bored of these hot fire shades.

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The Naked Heat palette caught my eye as soon as it was released and boy did it deliver. Creamy, pigmented mattes that translate on the eye and simply stunning shimmers that deliver the most beautiful looks. To this day it is one of my favourite palettes. But, having said that the shimmers just don’t get the love that they deserve from me and because my life is a little unpredictable at the moment, I find myself being drawn to more user friendly, practical and purse sized products.

Enter the Naked Petite Heat palette –  cue angelic singing.

This little pocket rocket is seriously the answer to my prayers. It boasts 6 new shades in one palm-sized little palette. But the question is, does it live up to the hype? Are the shades and formula up to the usual Urban Decay high standard? Let’s see.

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The packaging is a hard sturdy plastic with a clip closure. The front is emblazoned with flames and roses. The pan sizes are quite generous for the size of the overall product (They’re actually the same size as the naked palettes) and the mirror is really decent. tick, tick, tick.

Now, on to the important bits. There are 5 complete matte shades and one demi-matte highlight, which I think is a really clever inclusion in the palette. As expected the Naked Petite Heat is a bevy of warm shades that would compliment any eye colour.

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There is a decent amount of functionality; There are beautiful muted transition shades and rich crease colours. The darkest shade works well to create depth and is great as a liner or to smoke out your look. You may not be able to create a huge range of eye looks, but honestly, what 6 pan matte palette would give you crazy versatility with never-ending looks? Yeah, not many at all.

The formula is gorgeous. These are damn good mattes. They are smooth, buttery, pigmented and not in the slightest bit chalky. They apply really well and blend out even better.  These shadows are really fuss free, you don’t have to work to hard to get your desired effect, plus they have minimal fall out.

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The only partially negative I can mention is that it is quite possible that you may already own similar shades within your collection. I mean, they aren’t ground-breaking colours. But having said that, I think the appeal of the product is its size and having all those complimentary shades right there in your hand, in one tidy little high-quality palette.

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These days I am mostly applying my makeup in a rush so this palette is absolutely perfect for me, I cannot fault it. I think this is a great little palette for the beginner, or someone starting out with their warm-toned looks. Or, of course, someone like me, who loves warm-toned mattes and stick to the same kind of looks.

 

This smoking hot little number drops at Mecca Maxima on May 1st.

Does this tickle your fancy? Will you be adding this to your cart?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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BECCA Bright Eyes Collection – REVIEW

BECCA Cosmetics Bright Eyes – This collection sees the addition of two new products to their range – an Anti-Fatigue Primer and a Brightening Setting Powder. These in conjunction with the ever popular Under-Eye Brightening Corrector, which now has two shades, make up the Bright Eyes line.

Beauty Babes,

If you caught my current favourites post, you would have seen me briefly mention the brand new Becca Bright Eyes Collection*. This collection sees the addition of two new products to their range – an Anti-Fatigue Primer and a Brightening Setting Powder. These in conjunction with the ever popular Under-Eye Brightening Corrector, which now has two shades, make up the Bright Eyes line. I have been a long time lover of the Corrector and use it every time I wear make, and even often when I’m not. So, it makes sense that I was ridiculously excited to see this launch.

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PRODUCT BREAK DOWN

Anti-Fatigue Eye Primer

What they say –

Coverage can only go so far. This priming balm instantly smoothens and blurs fine lines while reducing puffiness over time. Infused with cucumber, Matcha Green Tea and Caffeine, the sheer and velvety texture effortlessly melts into the skin to condition the eye area. This primer perfectly preps the skin for corrector and concealer application, so makeup never creases or looks cakey.

Yes, I can see how this can come across as gimmicky, but just this once I am going to allow myself to buy into this unnecessary, but beautiful product. Ever since becoming a mum, I have struggled with tired looking eyes and dark circles; a new found problem, that previously I never had to deal with.

This balm is cool to the touch and feels so lovely on the skin. It glides over my delicate under-eye area and it instantly feels refreshed. There is no greasy residue and the skin certainly does look and feel smoother and brighter – the perfect canvas for colour correcting and concealing. I find that my concealer does sit better on my skin and creasing is kept to a minimum when this is used as a prep step. I also really enjoy the cooling effect and the way it blurs out any fine lines.

It is one of those products that isn’t absolutely necessary when it comes to concealing dark circles, but it sure does help. Plus I find the application really enjoyable and a step that has seamlessly slotted into my usual makeup routine.

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Under-Eye Brightening Corrector

What they say –

Infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators, this rich luminescent cream won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles as it preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage. It pairs perfectly with the Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème to conceal, colour correct, and brighten the under-eye area.

Becca have finally released a new shade in this cult-status product. I have always loved the peach shade, as it counteracts the grey tones under the eye, and it works perfectly for me, but there is no way ladies with a darker skin tones could get away with it. So it is about bloody time.

There are definitely a few tricks in applying this sticky product. Firstly you just have to warm it up between your fingers before you apply, otherwise it isn’t going to blend in very well. I find it best to pat into the skin to reduce the amount of creasing and it definitely needs to be set.  The formula is quite thick and a little goes a very long way, and things can get into hot mess territory very quickly.  But once you know how to work it, it really is unlike anything else.  So be prepared for a bit of trial and error, but the work is worth it.

The result is bright looking eyes, that aren’t creased or cakey looking, but instead a very natural and fresh finish. Fine lines are instantly blurred and the area is smooth AF. You can then add your usual concealer for ultimate bright eyes, but a lot of the time this set with a brightening powder works perfectly for me. I CANNOT live without this product, and that is really saying something.

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Under-Eye Brightening Setting Powder 

What they say –

This weightless and invisible loose powder instantly brightens and sets under-eye makeup for lasting wear. Infused with light-reflecting pearl powders, it instantly blurs the appearance of fine lines without settling.

Oh, hello! This powder is unreal. It is so ridiculously soft and light, I don’t think I have ever used a powder so finely milled. As I mentioned, the corrector certainly needs setting and this does the job brilliantly! It brightens, smooths, blurs and works miracles if you ask me. Sometimes, setting powders applied over a few layers of product can look heavy and ageing, but this just softens the area and in a way works like a snapchat filter. I do not have a bad thing to say about this littler wonder.

 

Overall Thoughts

What a range! Usually when a collection is released there is going to be a few duds, but not here, not for me anyway. Each of the products work well on their own, but create the most natural, perfecting finish I have ever seen when used together.  You could potentially be without the primer and still create a beautiful look, but I really enjoy it and will continue to use and love it. I would definitely recommend trying these babies out next time you are in Sephora.

Are dark circles and tired looking eyes something you struggle with? What is your holy grail product to cover or treat them?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

Maybelline Burgundy Bar Review

From first glance, the range of shades in the palette are really pretty and right up my alley.  The 12 shades range from champagnes and golds to a bright cranberry and rich burgundies. The inclusion of two matte shades makes this palette really versatile and allows the user to create a complete look from the one palette.

Hello Friends,

I’m not usually a makeup snob, meaning I like to mix both drugstore and high-end makeup into my collection.  Admittedly I do swoon over gorgeous sleek luxury packaging and products, but ultimately if the product is of high quality I want it all over my face. Having said that, when it comes to eyeshadow palettes I always lean more towards the $$$ end of the scale. I haven’t found a drug-store palette that measures up to the likes of Zoeva, Tarte or NARS, but the Burgundy Bar is certainly making me start to reconsider my stance on drug-store eyeshadows.

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From first glance, the range of shades in the palette are really pretty and right up my alley.  The 12 shades range from champagnes and golds to a bright cranberry and rich burgundies. The inclusion of two matte shades makes this palette really versatile and allows the user to create a complete look from the one palette. Without even swatching, you can see the soft formula of the shadows which does seem promising.

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As you can see, the eyeshadows swatch really well. They deliver a decent amount of pigment while remaining really soft. I did note that the dark matte brown was a little chalky and the third shade along the top didn’t perform as well as the rest – but both shadows were still workable.

Now we all know that finger swatches do deliver a more intense swatch than when applied to the lid with a brush, but this is where I felt the palette let me down a little.  The shades certainly lost their pigment once applied by a brush. I was really looking forward to creating a cranberry smokey eye, but I just couldn’t seem to get the intensity that I wanted. I lost that beautiful metallic sheen, but found when applied with a finger I could build the colour up a little more, which in theory is fine but I imagine this will prevent me from reaching for this palette over others. I also noted that at the end of the day, the shadows had faded and creased a little regardless of whether I used a primer or not.

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That being said, the eyeshadows are still really beautiful and do do the job. The formulas are buttery, smooth and blend quite well. Overall this is a good little palette and by far the best I have seen released in Priceline. I think it’d make a really good addition to a beginners collection. It would be perfect for anyone wanting to experiment with some more colour without needing to fork out too much coin. But for me personally, I have so many other warm-toned palettes that I would prefer to use over this.

Will you purchase this palette? or have you already? What are your thoughts?

 

Until next time,

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Foundation Face Off – Rimmel Wake Me Up vs. Bourjois Healthy Mix

Hello beauties,

Do you, like me, get a little overwhelmed when looking for a new foundation? With so many different claims, finishes and coverage levels, it is a little bit difficult to know where to start. Today I’m going to compare two VERY similarly marketed foundations to give my my opinion on what I feel is worth your coin.

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Both the Rimmel Wake Me Up ($19.95) and Bourjois Healthy Mix ($29.95) promise anti-fatigue, brightening foundations with the benefits of Vitamin C. Both have been recently reformulated and back on the market due to their high popularity.  The only difference apart from the price, seems to be the that Wake Me Up has SPF, while Healthy Glow does not.

I must note that I have a normal to oily skin type, that is prone to congestion and large pores. I like something a little glowy, but nothing that enhances my extreme oil production. Foundations on me do tend to get greasy-looking and wear off around my chin and nose throughout the day; I like my foundations to last a good 8 hours or more. So keep in mind that my opinions will be made in regards to this. I have trialled both formulas for a week each.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up

Firstly let’s take a closer look at the Rimmel Wake Me Up. Rimmel promises to erase the signs of tiredness and daily stress by instantly brightening and illuminating while evening out the skin tone and reducing dullness. Resulting in a radiant and healthy looking glow. This formula contains vitamin C, radiance pearls and an SPF of 20.

The packaging is sleek and sturdy, with a glass bottle and plastic orange lid. The product is delivered through a pump, which is my preferred method. The formula itself is probably slighter thicker than normal, but only very slightly. I did notice a little bit of sparkles which concerned me slightly – I wanna be glowy, but there is no way in hell that I want my entire face to look like a disco ball.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up

I applied Wake Me Up with a sponge, as I usually do with any foundation. Although the shade was a little too dark for me currently, it did blend out really well and the coverage was quite good. There was no sign of the glittery particles once applied. I’d say it is a medium coverage but noticed it does start to get a little cakey if built up too much. The finish is quite dewy, but I did set with powder to try and mattify slightly to get me through the day.  The rest of my makeup did apply well and was easily blended without anything going too muddy or catching on any specific areas. The finished result is fresh and glowy, but not too heavy.

Each time I have worn this foundation I have noticed it starts to really wear off around the 5 hours mark, regardless of what primer I use.  The redness around my nose starts to shine through, and it does start to look a little cakey in places. The amount of glow is nearing that ‘I’ve just bathed in a pool of oil’ look, which does start to annoy me, as I start to feel a little dirty and gross. However, I am easily able to touch up with a bit of blotting papers and a quick dust of powder. By doing this it brings a bit more life back to my foundation and makes it last for the rest of day without it looking too ratchet. So, overall I think it is a nice everyday foundation, but if you have the pleasure of being a greaseball like me, you’ll need a little extra maintenance.  Dry and normal babes, you might be right on the money with this bad boy.

But how does it compare?

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Bourjois Healthy Mix

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is a foundation that is said to boost radiance while also providing an instant anti-fatigue effect. The formula is enriched with vitamins B5, C and E. Dark circles, puffiness and redness are erased, for a healthy glow that lasts 16 hours.

Similarly to Wake Me Up, Healthy Mix is in a sleek glass bottle, but with a red plastic lid and it is also a pump style delivery.  On comparison with the Rimmel, I noted that Healthy Mix has a fresh fruity type of fragrance, which I found quite pleasant. Although Rosa from Lipstick and Linguine did mention to me that she wasn’t a fan.  The formula is slightly more watery but still easy to blend and manoeuvre.  I initially noticed that this formula does have a little more coverage and is easier to build up. The finish wasn’t as glowy initially, but did give the skin a healthy, fresh look without being too heavy.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix

Likewise to  Rimmel, I set the foundation with powder and the rest of my face products applied like a dream. No patchiness or muddiness in sight.  As the days wore on, I did notice a little extra dew, but it wasn’t too offensive.There was no point that I felt like it was too much. I found the wear time to be much longer and only noticed the coverage starting to fade around 8 hours, but it wasn’t anything to extreme.  On one day, I had it on for almost 12 hours and was still really happy with how it wore.

Verdict

I can only assume, but I feel as if  these foundations would be super dreamy on dry skin, due to their brightening and glowy properties. Even without the addition of SPF, I think Bourjois is the winner for me. Used with a primer with SPF, it covers all my needs and wants. I love that it lasts much longer, and the ease of being able to build up coverage makes it cross the line first for me. However, I think that both formulas are great everyday foundations, if you are after something light and fresh with a decent amount of coverage. I would imagine that Rimmel Wake Me Up would last longer on someone who isn’t as oily me, so ultimately the two foundations are really comparable. If you are after something a little more affordable, Rimmel is your better option. But, if you want something with a little more oil control and longer lasting, Healthy Mix is for you.

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

You can find more of me on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat (@onabeautybender)

DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation Review

As an oily lass, I always struggle to find a foundation that suits my long list of wants and needs – mostly because those very wants and needs are completely contradictory. I don’t like anything too matte and flat, nor do I want to look like I’ve been bathing in oil.  I want something slightly glowy, with a decent amount of coverage and badass longevity on my greasy mug.  It’s a big ask right?! Generally oily skin-types shouldn’t dabble too much with dewy foundations, and anything other than a matte finish doesn’t usually last very well. But I want to look fresh and full of life, too. Very few foundations have answered my slightly-unreasonable demands, but I was hoping that maybe Becca Cosmetics Ever-Matte-Shine Proof Foundation* could be added to super select foundation squad.

This long-wearing medium coverage foundation features a unique microfine powder that absorbs oil so your complexion remains fresh and shine free throughout the day. Created for combination to oily skin, this foundation minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, and creates a lasting soft-focus effect. – Activeskin.com

…Sounds very promising. The foundation is said to also be a buildable medium coverage, that is oil, fragrance and alcohol free.

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Packaging

The packaging is true to the Becca aesthetic; It is a brown squeezy tube with a metallic silver lid. The tube has a small window that allows the user to see the shade. I really like this type of packaging, as it allows you to get the most out of the product, while being very hygienic at the same time.

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Formula

The formula isn’t watery, nor is it thick; just a nice happy medium between the two. It spreads on the skin effortlessly and blends out just beautifully. The coverage hides any imperfections and blemishes with ease. I think this is easily a medium coverage foundation, but can be a little difficult to build up as it becomes a little streaky . I prefer to apply it with a kabukui brush, and then blend it out with a damp beauty blender for a flawless result. Using a Beauty Blender alone does tend to sheer it out a fair bit.  After application it doesn’t feel stick or tacky, it’s almost dries down to a powdery finish. Straight away I noticed a slight glow, which I loved but also made me a touch concerned for my oil production throughout the day. The result certainly wasn’t flat. It was even, light-weight, and not cakey in the slightest. Just beautiful.

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One half of my face done
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Foundation with the rest of my makeup applied

Wear

I honestly love how this foundation looks when first applied, but I wouldn’t agree with its shine proof claims. Right from the start there was a little glow that required a touch of powder, which isn’t a big deal, as I generally use a setting powder in my daily application.  I noted that it did start to fade around my nose at the 5 hour mark, and although it was quite dewy, It still looked natural and fresh. My blush and highlight fared well, which for me is quite surprising, as it usually fades quickly. At the 8 hour mark, it was quite shiny and patchy and felt like I definitely needed a touch up, but I still liked the overall look of it. The days that I set it with powder and a mattifying spray certainly had improved longevity and the amount of shine. With over a week of use I haven’t noticed any skin irritation or extra congestion.

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After 6 hours of wear

Overall thoughts

I actually really like this foundation. Although I don’t agree that it is completely matte and shine-proof . Which actually fits perfectly into what I like in a foundation. While it becomes quite glowy, it looks lovely and natural but somehow remains fresh. Plus any shine was easily diffused down with a slight dusting of powder. The coverage did seem to also slightly fade throughout the course of the day, but it wasn’t really a huge concern for me. I would imagine ladies without my level of face grease, would really enjoy the benefits of this little beauty.  I have been really loving this foundation for daily wear, it just looks so natural and fresh. I think it may even be giving a couple of my favourites a run for their money. I have been using this baby for a little over a week and just continually reach for it. I do think that it is better suited to a simple everyday look, over a heavy foundation for a night out, but that doesn’t make me love it any less. It is definitely a foundation that I will repurchase in the future.

Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation is available from Activeskin.com for $53.90

Have you tried this? What were your thoughts?

Love and light,

Camille x

You can find more of me on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat (@onabeautybender)

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.