January 8, 2016

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

Hello girls! 
Here's another eye candy for you, the Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette. 

 

According to Urban Decay, this is a follow-up of the industry's all time best selling palette, the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. The Naked 3 eyeshadow palette features 12 never before seen rose-hued neutrals from pale shimmery pinks to a deep matte black with red shimmers. You can choose from every finish imaginable - ultra smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. 
Weight: 12 x 1.3 g / 12 x 0.05 oz

This retails for $54, a bit expensive compared to the Lorac Pro Palette which retails for $42.

 Urban Decay Naked 3 vs Lorac Pro


 Urban Decay 3 Eyeshadow Palette up close


Shade description and finish (from UD website):
Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin)
Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter)
Burnout (light pinky-peach satin)
Limit (light dusty rose matte)
Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter)
Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle)


Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte)
Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer)
Factory (pinky-brown satin)
Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift)
Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin) 
Blackheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red shimmer)

 Urban Decay Naked 3 swatches (on NC20 skin)
 natural light (outdoor)

My favorite shades are Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner and Liar.
Dust is a lovely shade to highlight the inner corner of the eyes, but it is difficult to work with because of the chunky glitters that might irritate the eyes. 

 white light (indoor)

For comparison, here's the Naked 2 palette:


 

 Urban Decay Naked 2 palette swatches
 
The first shade Foxy is hardly visible on my NC20 skintone.

Both palettes are pigmented and smooth to apply, but I prefer the Naked 3 because I am a sucker for Rosegold shades and I find the Naked 2 "too warm" for my skintone.

 I'm thinking of getting the Urban Decay Naked Smoky because of the cute packaging (don't judge me haha) or the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette next time =D **drools**



What's your favorite Urban Decay palette? 


Till next time, 

January 4, 2016

Swatches: Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Happy new year Shopcoholics =) 


 For my first post this year, here's some swatches of my favorite eyeshadow palette LORAC Pro.
 Product Description from LORAC:
  Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’S velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’S velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.
PRO Palette Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!
- See more at: http://www.loraccosmetics.com/make-up_pro-palette.html#sthash.aTZkINDg.dpuf
Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’S velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.
PRO Palette Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!

- See more at: http://www.loraccosmetics.com/make-up_pro-palette.html#sthash.aTZkINDg.dpuf
Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’S velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.
PRO Palette Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!

- See more at: http://www.loraccosmetics.com/make-up_pro-palette.html#sthash.aTZkINDg.dp
Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’S velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.
PRO Palette Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!

- See more at: http://www.loraccosmetics.com/make-up_pro-palette.html#sthash.aTZkINDg.dpuf

 
PRO Palette Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!
This palette retails for $42 and includes a mini sized Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer.
Pro Palette shades:

    Top Row: White (Matte), Cream (Matte), Taupe (Matte), Lt. Pink (Matte), Mauve (Matte), Sable (Matte), Espresso (Matte), Black (Matte)

    Bottom Row: Nude (Shimmer), Champagne (Sparkle), Gold (Shimmer), Lt. Bronze (Shimmer), Pewter (Shimmer), Garnet (Shimmer), Deep Purple (Shimmer), Slate (Shimmer)



Lorac Pro Palette Swatches
Swatched on NC20 skintone

 I love all the neutral shades included in this palette! You can create natural to dramatic looks with it. As for the formula and pigmentation, I can say LORAC really nailed this one. The eyeshadows are buttery smooth to apply, very pigmented (even without eye primer) and has lesser fall-outs compared to Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I highly recommend this palette to makeup pro's and newbies. 

I can't wait to get my hands on the Lorac Pro to Go Eye/Cheek palette which I ordered online. Will post swatches soon. 

Till next time, 

December 16, 2015

November 2015 Favorites (Skincare)


Hello Ladies!
It's been a while since I have posted a review of the skincare products that I am currently using and loving. That's why I've decided to do a round-up for you guys on my favorite products dedicated to skincare.


 Bifesta Cleansing Express Eye Makeup Remover - Php 300 (145 ml) at Watsons
The oil and water formula mixes together to quickly remove waterproof eye makeup without stinging the eyes. 

Sunkiller Perfect Water Essence Spf 50 - Php 499 (50 ml) at Watsons
It is non-sticky, lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin due to its unique watery gel texture. I love the cooling effect it gives, plus this product doesn't have the typical chemical scent compared to other sunscreens.


Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush - Php 2,190 via Mary Kay Beauty Consultants
I've been curious about cleansing brushes like Clarisonic, but I cannot justify the hefty price tag. Imagine paying Php 5-8k for a product that you are not even sure if it works for you right?! I'm glad I've found a cheaper alternative and at the same time works for me! I only use this once a week (nighttime) together with the Mary Kay Foaming Cleanser with MELA-CP (Php 785 for 100 ml). I immediately noticed that my skin looks radiant and glowing whenever I use this.

 BN Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap - Php 180 (220 g) at BN Whitening Shop
This soap contains glutathione, rose hip, kojic acid and arbutin to exfoliate and lighten the skintone. This is my 3rd bar already and I am quite satisfied with the results. I only use it on my body because i find it a bit drying when used on the face.

BN Whitening Scar Cream - Php 168 (10g); Php 294 (20g); Php 525 (40g)
Hormonal imbalance and stress causes breakouts especially on the chin area. I use this cream to lighten and dry up my pimples, and usually would notice results 3-5 days after application.

Olay Natural White Hydrating Glow Toner - Php 299 (150 ml) at Watsons
I think my skin got immune already to the old toner I am using. My fashion blogger friend Sweet recommended it to me when I asked her what skincare products she's using. I did her makeup during their Giordano Bank on Basics shoot and I can't help but notice how glowing her skin looks. This toner is alcohol-free which I love and doesn't cause breakouts.
Physiogel AI Lotion- Php 560 (100 ml) at Watsons
This moisturising lotion is heaven sent for super sensitive skin like mine. Hypoallergenic, contains no colorants, perfume and preservatives. I only use this on my face 2x a week during nighttime to moisturise and hydrate my skin.
 

 Purederm Makeup Remover Wipes (Argan oil and Collagen variants) - Php 80 each at Watsons
These inexpensive makeup wipes removes my face makeup (BB Cream and powder) gently and effectively without drying my skin. Does not remove waterproof eye makeup.
The Argan oil variant restores hydration and softness, while the Collagen one is anti-aging. I have tried Nivea's makeup wipes, the Hydrating and Exfoliating ones but I like Purederm better coz it doesn't irritate my skin.

 Hope you enjoyed reading my skincare favorites. 
 
Till next time, 
 

October 28, 2015

Spend vs. Save : NARS Schiap Lipstick (Dupe Alert!)

Spend: NARS Lipstick in Schiap Php 1,450 
Save: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in 014 Sultry Samba Php 350

Schiap is described as a bright fuchsia pink shade.

TEXTURE & FINISH: 
 NARS has a semi-matte finish and has a creamier texture.
Revlon has a matte finish and is a bit drying when worn.


WEIGHT:
NARS - 3.4 grams
Revlon - 4.2 grams

Swatches
Nars Schiap | Revlon Sultry Samba | City Color Cosmetics Pucker Up

I included City Color on the swatch because obviously these babies look like sisters.

COLOR PAY-OFF:
Nars - offers medium to opaque coverage in one swipe.
Revlon - you need to swipe it 2-3x to get an opaque coverage.


STAYING POWER:
Honestly, Revlon is the most long lasting among the 3 brands with minimal fading when worn after 4-5 hrs. I highly recommend applying a lipbalm prior to lipstick application because of the semi-matte and matte textures.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Though in the staying power game Revlon is the winner, but what I love about NARS is that it is very creamy upon application and dries to a matte finish. It still feels comfortable a few hours after application and doesn't dry out my lips compared to Revlon.



Till next time, 

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