MAKEUP (Reviews)

BLUE HUES: Eyeshadow Look + Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette Review

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As one of my birthday gifts from my amazing Aunt, I graciously received the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. Ironically I mentioned in my previous blog post that I would be playing with more colours in my looks this spring/summer, and I think I have the perfect palette to do so.

 In combination with this colourful/wearable look I’ve created, I thought I’d include a review on what I think of the palette.

 Mini Review: 

First off, the black/sleek packaging is gorgeous! I literally gasped once I realised what I was opening. With the palette comes a large built-in mirror. It’s durable, meaning it’s a travel friendly makeup item I’d take for the mirror especially.

I had so much fun creating this look. Working out the textures in these eyeshadows was interesting, as I notice they don’t perform ‘well’ when you swatch them but it’s when you apply them onto your lids they’re so soft, pigmented and workable anyone can use this.

I think it’s made for you to pick up the product (with a brush) and work it onto your lid as opposed to a swatch on your hand to tell the quality of the eyeshadow.

They’re so easy to use, even when mixing the shadows they didn’t separate at all.

I love the fact that these shadows are based on the rainbow. There’s so many different looks you can create, from really bright and fresh eyes to really dark and moody eyes the list goes on.

In the future, I feel like it’ll become a makeup essential of mine.

I will say that there was a little bit of fall out but it’s no issue of mine since I do my eyes before my base. Overall I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a colourful palette or if you just want to add a really pretty palette to their collection…

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 Creating The Look:

I was inspired to go for a bright ‘Blue Hue’ look on the eyes whilst adamant to keep it simple yet bold at the same time. I think with any eyeshadow look, blending is the most important step towards making a bold colour wearable on the eyes. The main focus was blue. Icy, light blues blended in with touches of pink to suit my skin tone. I personally think this look can suit just about any skin tone with the right colours to complement each other.

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 I used 5 shades out of the palette:

  •  “GOSSIP” (Shimmer/Metallic, Hot Pink)
  • “BLINDSIDED” (Satin/Shimmer, Sea Blue)
  •  “DELIRIOUS” (Sheer Shimmered, Chalky Purple)
  •  “METAMORPHOSIS” (Duo-chrome, Sheer Shimmered, Chalky Blue)
  •  “BUMP” (Matte White)

Priming:

When working with multiple colours, it’s always a good idea to start with an eye primer to get the best out of your eyeshadows. I have extremely oily eye lids when wearing makeup. But I find that when I add a tiny bit of the NYX (waterproof) Eyebrow Gel, my eye makeup will not budge (until I remove it of course). It is a great, yet an affordable way to prime if you have really oily lids like I do. If dry, try a hydrating concealer or just go for a traditional eyeshadow primer.

I set my eye base with a skin-toned eyeshadow (1-2 shades brighter) using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, although any neutral/warm eyeshadows will do.

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Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Application: 

 To make this look more chic, throughout the whole process of the eyeshadow blending I made sure that the shadows were diffused upwards to give my eyes a cat eye shape without needing winged eyeliner.

Starting with “GOSSIP” this shade went slightly on top of L’Orange (ABH Contour Powder, but any orange-toned bronzer will do) to emphasise a smooth transition into the blues.

Next was a pinch of “BLINDSIDED” right underneath “GOSSIP” then going straight in with a synthetic flat shader brush (I used the brush it came with) packing-and-buffing this quickly onto my lids.

I then Mixed both “METAMORPHOSIS” + “BUMP” right over the lids (twice), to help brighten and give a more pastel tone to my lids.

Lastly (this part is optional) I added a little bit of “DELIRIOUS” right over the crease to blend “GOSSIP” and “BLINDSIDED” together, again to help show of the blue slightly more.

Products Used:

💖Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette 💖

  • Eyebrows: Any Brow Pencil
  • Concealer: L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer “Fawn”
  • Foundation: Stila Stay All Day “Cocoa”
  • Powder: Mac Studio Careblend Pressed Powder “Dark”

    Contour: ABH Contour Refill Powders “Carob” + “L’Orange”

  • Setting Powder: RCMA “No Colour” Powder
  • Liner: (I only lined my lids without a wing to give a sleeker look) NYX Matte Black Liquid Liner
  • Mascara: Bourjois “Queen Attitude” + Maybelline “Stiletto Voluptuous”
  • Blush: Any Pastel Pink colour will do (on the cheekbones)
  • Highlighter: There are so many cream highlighters, any will work. I like to use a good goat haired blush brush to lightly apply and quickly pat the product onto the tops of my cheekbones. This method will prevent your foundation from moving while giving you a nice glow✨

    Thank you to my amazing Aunt @heidimapeza for inspiring me into the world of makeup! As well as this awesome palette to create this look and much more!

Here’s a link to the brushes I used for this look:

https://www.mikasabeauty.com

You can use my code: STACYJANG25 for 20% OFF 💛

I swear by these brushes.

I also have a first impressions review on them here on my blog. 
Hope this gives a little inspiration to play with more colours this spring/summer.
Lots of love,
Stacy xx

This blog post is not sponsored. 

THE SPRING LIP EDIT

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Spring is upon us and lately, I’ve been gearing towards a more fresh-faced makeup look. knowing that I will be doing more colourful looks this spring/summer, I thought I’d share my current go-to makeup look + my favourite lip colour at the moment.


 Keeping within the ‘fresh face’ theme, for me, that is clean looking skin + a subtle/bright coloured lipstick. For example, switching from a deep red lip colour to a nude lip makes the biggest difference in anyone’s look with minimal effort. With that being said I’ve rediscovered a lip item that I’ve had in my drawer and haven’t put it down since.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick “07 Nude-ist”

 The formula of Rouge Edition is the reason why I think this is perfect for spring: It does not dry matte, but once you apply – gives a nourishing, matte finish. A velvet finish if you will.

For me, sometimes I may feel like I don’t want the heaviness of a traditional liquid lipstick, however, I still want a matte-looking lipstick. This lipstick is right in between.


 Pigmentation: This is another reason why I love it. Though it may not be to someone else’s ideal, I’d say it is sheer to buildable. Once you apply, it’ll give a sheer amount coverage but since the texture is very creamy, this allows you to add more coverage to your desire without build up.

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The shade I have is “07 Nude-ist”. This one, in particular, is super versatile and through my eyes, a universal colour – bright, yet subtle.

Depending on what look I’m going for, I like to use a lip liner here and there but when I’m in a rush I simply run this across the centre of my lips and gently blend in with my fingers.

 All in all: This has become a lipstick I always have to carry in my makeup bag. Whether it’s when I’m travelling or if I need a something on the lips but don’t know which lipstick to go for. This is a must have.

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Products used:

Skin- Loreal True Match Foundation

Concealer- L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer

Setting Powders- Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Refills

Bronzer- Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Glow- Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette eyeshadows “Primavera” + “Vermeer”

Eyebrows- Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette (Dark Brown Eyeshadow)

Lashes- Bourjois Queen Attitude Mascara

Lips- Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick “07 Nude-ist”

 

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