The rumours were true, the reality has surpassed expectations. Urban Decay’s much anticipated Naked3 palette is almost within the clutches of make-up junkies and last night I got to see it, touch it, try it and take it home.
I’m sure many of you have already scoured the other beauty blogs for everything and anything about Naked 3. In short it is full of rose-hued shades, it’s in a gorgeous rose gold coloured tin case with a rippled effect and it’s available to buy online and in store on Monday 16th December. It completes #theperfect3some in the series of Naked palettes from Urban Decay. That’s all you need to know, right?
Naked3 comes with 12 brand new shades, it’s the first time Urban Decay has created a palette with a dozen never-before-seen shades that aren’t available anywhere else. It has mattes, pearls and metallics and of course they are deliciously smooth, rich in colour and heavenly to blend. And they will suit all skin tones.
The shades I made a bee-line for were the darker ones: Blackheart (smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift) and Factory (pinky-brown satin). Hnnnghhh! Seriously sexy colours. Unlike the previous palettes, I can certainly see myself using all the shades from Naked3. I wonder if Urban Decay have finally cracked the code with this one.
It feels like my birthday has come a few weeks early. I’m more excited over Naked3 than its predecessors and I love those (and Naked Basics).
Are you going to get Naked for the third time?
*Naked3 is a PR sample, Naked and Naked2 are my own purchases
It takes something spectacular to bowl me over when it comes to Christmas gifts. I’m over perfume and body lotion sets for a start yet every year the competition is more fierce with the shops awash with countless gift sets. It’s one thing to couple together best-selling products, it’s another to do something totally different altogether.
Last week bareMinerals unveiled their Christmas gift sets over a few mince pies and clapping eyes on them, it’s no wonder they are bursting to show them off. Ranging from stocking fillers costing £15 to stellar sets for £45, bareMinerals has properly pulled out all the stops for this year’s festive period.
Among the selection is a Christmas cracker filled with pots of their loose eyeshadows. Lots of pots of it. Well, 20 to be precise. It’s called Degrees of Dazzling (£59) and is worth £200. It’s also currently sold out on bareMinerals’ website. *stamps feet in annoyance* Why? This is crack for eyeshadow fiends like me!
Nonetheless, I do have a few firm favourites from bareMinerals’ Christmas selection.
First up is Perfect Ten – 10 coveted shades for the eyes, lips and cheeks in a slim travel make-up clutch. Included are bareMinerals READY® eyeshadows, a blusher, a luminizer and two Marvelous MoxieTM lipsticks.
The bareMinerals READY® Face & Body Luminizer (£35), which is too pretty to use, is flying off the shelves. It’s a deluxe, limited-edition version of bareMinerals’ solid mineral powder features three shimmering shades to swirl together and lightly sweep onto cheekbones, shoulders, decollete and anywhere else you want to glow, or apply individually for a dazzling touch of peach, bronze or ivory luminescence.
However, the stand-out product for me is the new bareMinerals READY® Convertible Eyeshadow Palette (£45). Genius idea! A selection of 12 flattering eyeshadows for all skin tones that can be individually popped out at a simple push and slotted into the centre mini-compact that holds three so you can design your own on-the-go compact. The mini-compact comes away and is perfect to slip into your handbag or take on your travels. Like I said, genius!
There is an abundance of more dazzling gift ideas from bareMinerals on their website and in store in their boutiques and at stockists like Debenhams. If you order online and by 20th December, it’s free delivery for orders over £35.
Chocolate advent calendars do nothing for me. Tiny morsels of chocolate? Punishing! Why bother unless they start manufacturing advent calendars containing whole bars…but whoever started the trend of beauty advent calendars is a genius. Seriously, what a great idea! Every day there is a treat to look forward to and it’s calorie free.
To kick off the festive season in style, YOU Beauty Discovery and industry experts Latest in Beauty have joined forces to offer an exclusive limited edition beauty-box advent calendar.
It’s filled with 24 of the newest and most-coveted prestige beauty and skincare products…everyday cleansing, face masks, detoxifying bath salts, moisturisers…seriously this is beyond epic.
It’s a big box so for once, size does matter. Some of my favourite brands such as Stila, Sisley, ESPA, Caudalie and Dermalogica have included premium treats in this calendar and for the ones I’ve never tried, this is a great way to sample new products. What’s even better is the whole kit and caboodle costs £49.95 when it’s collectively worth more than £240.
You Beauty is a subscription service which launched earlier this year, and this calendar is available to members and non-members (with postage and packaging at £4.95 for non-members). No strings attached! What are you waiting for?
I haven’t opened my calendar because like a good girl, I will open each door every day and reveal on Instagram so make sure you are following me to find out. There had better be something epic on the 18th, that’s all I am saying.
To find out more about YOU Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar, visit www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk.