Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

Urban Decay Cosmetics has become the neutral/natural palette masters of the high end cosmetics world.  They have an entire series of Naked palettes, the original, 2, 3, and Basics.  They recently released the Naked Basics 2 palette.  I have 1, 2, and 3 but never bought into the Basics palette.  A few days ago I went to check out the differences between the Basics palettes in person and decided that I kinda needed the newest one in my life.  As soon as I saw all of the taupe in person, I knew it was destined to join my stash!

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 is a perfect compliment to the Naked 2 palette.  It has 5 matte shades and 1 is satin.  5 of these shades are also brand new.So, without any further babbling: this is my review, swatches and tutorial of Urban Decay Naked Basics 2!

UD naked basics 2

The idea behind the Basics palettes is that you have an entire palette of shades that are perfect for anything.  With the range of shades they include in this palette you can do a very simple one shadow look (technically you can do several different one shadow looks) or you could try your hand at something seriously sexy.  This palette is also designed to compliment the Naked 2 palette because it is cooler in tone and has a ton of taupe!

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Swatches

Skimp is a pale nude satin.

Stark is a nude-pink matte.

Frisk is a warm gray matte.

Cover is a muted red-brown matte.

Primal is a muted brown matte.

Undone is a deep, smoky brown matte.

When I see this palette a ton of eye looks come to mind.  There are enough shades to get you through many looks.  I think that though the shades are all taupe-y and mid-tone, they all definitely have a shade of their own.  Could there have been more contrast in the palette?  I am sure there could have been, but I am happy with what is in it. I don’t typically go for shades that are too much darker or lighter than these.  I decided that for my tutorial I would create a classic smoky eye.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Tutorial

So even though there are 8 steps in my smoky eye, it is super simple to recreate!  So here we go!

{one} Prime lid and define brows.

{two} Pat Primal onto the lid.

{three} With windshield wiper motions, buff Frisk into the crease.

{four} With a tapered fluffy brush, work Undone into the outer v.

{five} With the tip of the tapered fluffy brush buff a mixture of Undone and Primal onto the lower lash line.

{six} Take your favorite black liner and line the top lash line, as well as the waterline and tightline.

{seven} With a smudger brush, work Skimp into the inner corner of the eye.

{eight}  Apply a couple of coats of your favorite mascara!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you took something away from it.  You can pick the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette up for $29 at Sephora, Ulta, and Macy’s.

Today’s Makeup Wars is actually surrounding 3 separate palettes.  Naked Basics 1, Naked Basics 2, and the Pulp Fiction palette.  You know what I chose to talk about, so now go see what the other Makeup Warriors decided to do!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia


There is nothing like a fantastic eyeshadow palette.  I love palettes that are mostly neutral with a few, totally wearable, pops of color.  The brand new Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette is one of those palettes that will appeal to the masses!  Today the Makeup Wars ladies are all coming up with a fun makeup look/tutorial for you!  So let me stop rambling and get to the good stuff already!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette

“Designed in collaboration with Maya Janeska (@maya_mia_y), these refreshing neutral hues combine with two pops of color to create the ideal palette for summertime looks with a hint of mod style. 10 shades that coordinate flawlessly.” – Anastasia Beverly Hills

The palette has 10 shades.  There are a mixture of mattes and satins/shimmers.  There is also a double-ended makeup brush that comes in the palette.  Each side is completely versatile so it will help you achieve any look you can dream up!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette

 

Nude – Matte skin-tone tan.

Deep brown – Matte dark blackened brown.

Sienna – Matte red-toned brown.

Warm Taupe – True matte warm taupe.

Vanilla – Satin white.

Aqua – Shimmering aquamarine blue.

Fresh Peach – Shimmering peach.

Glisten – Shimmering coppery champagne.

Caramel – Matte orange-brown.

Gold Bar – Shimmery gold.

Because I am such a neutral/natural makeup lover I want to show you a easy way to rock a little color.  Here is my easy-breezy pop of color eye look.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Tutorial

{one} Apply primer to the lid and lower lash line.

{two} Apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow onto brows.

{three} Pack Vanilla on the inner third of the eye.

{four} Blend Warm Taupe onto the center of the lid.

{five} Apply Sienna on the outer third of the lid, blending it into Warm Taupe.

{six} Apply Fresh Peach onto inner half of the lower lash line.

{seven} Apply Aqua onto the outer half of the lower lash line, blending it into the peach shade.

{eight} Deepen outer v with Deep Brown.

{nine} Smudge black liner onto the top lash line.  Also apply it to the tight line and/or waterline.

{ten} Apply your favorite coat of mascara.

{eleven} Blend Warm Taupe into crease.  I like to do this step after mascara because I like it to appear over my lashes when my eye is open.

{twelve} Apply your favorite falsies.   I am using the Eyelure Lovely Lolitas.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Tutorial

Overall I really enjoy this palette.  I love that it will appeal to simple gals like myself and also the ones that have a flare for color!  I hope you loved my look and I would LOVE to share with you the posts of my friends, the Makeup Warriors!  :)



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Covergirl XL Nail Gel

I may not have an extreme talent when it comes to nails and nail polish or nail art but I do know how to appreciate a good thing when I see it.  I am in LOVE with the new Covergirl XL Nail Gel formula.  The colors too!

“Get a gel-like look without the salon hassle with XL Nail Gel’s thick, plump polish formula. No UV light required, one coat gives you all of the reflective shine and intense color you crave for up to 7 days.” – Covergirl
Covergirl XL Nail GelI have 4 shades to show you today.  Rotund Raspberry, Overblown Orange, Bodacious Berry and Plump It Pear.  I am a huge fan of alliteration so these names appeal to me in so many ways.

Rotund Raspberry is true to the name.  It is a gorgeous red raspberry.  It is one of those shades that is perfect for summer but still relevant in ANY season.

Overblown Orange is a fabulous bright orange.  My friend is a big Florida Gators fan and I told her that she needed it immediately!  Definitely get it for those upcoming Halloween manis too!

Bodacious Berry is so on trend for Fall.  Those blue, black and berry tones are super in this coming season so load up now!

Plump It Pear is a gorgeous chartreuse.  It is one of those colors that not many people have, but they definitely should. These types of shades also come in handy for different nail art looks.

Covergirl XL Nail GelOverall the Covergirl XL Nail Gel is fantastic.  The pigmentation is great.  One coat is really all I need for an opaque look.  I applied two coats for good measure, but definitely not a necessity.  They retail for just about $8 and can be found at Walgreens, Target, and anywhere else that carries Covergirl products!

 Tell me in the comments below:  What shades are on your list of must haves for the coming Fall season?


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NARS Audacious Lipstick

My love for NARS Cosmetics runs deep and unconditional.  They have actually COMPLETELY outdone themselves on their upcoming 20th anniversary launch of Audacious Lipstick Collection.  The two shades I have to show you today are Audrey and Brigitte.  Those names are so iconic and these lipsticks absolutely live up to that!NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

“NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars launched his namesake brand with a collection of 12 unforgettable lipsticks. Now, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, NARS pays tribute to its beginnings with the launch of The Audacious Lipstick Collection: lipsticks so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is absolutely audacious.

The innovative, pigment-rich formula delivers an intense, full-coverage finish in a single stroke, while nutrient rich ingredients are known to smooth, moisturize and volumize. This 40-shade collection features a full range of provocative hues from neutral nudes to striking reds and bold pinks. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure, the specially designed sculpted bullet is embossed with the NARS logo.” – NARS Cosmetics

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

Because Francois Nars is actually a well-known movie buff and often names his products after movies and the like it is no surprise that the shades in this collection actually are named after some fabulous ladies.  The shades that I have to show you from the NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection just happen to correlate to two of my favorite fashion and beauty icons.  Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

I chose the lipsticks I wanted based SOLELY on the names alone.  I didn’t even have to see the shade to know I love them.  I think the shades were perfectly chosen and really embody the women they are named after.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey is a red currant.  It leans more mauve/rose than the description suggests but it is 100% a lip color for which Audrey is famous.  This type of beautiful, deeper lip shade is going to be PERFECTLY on trend for the Fall.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte is described as a nude rose and I would totally have to agree.  This is actually one of my perfect shades to wear. It goes with everything, including a sexy eye look and an intrepid star.  Brigitte is known as a sexpot and this has sexy written all over it.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte Swatches

Can you get over these shades? WOW!  I am completely convinced that I need every shade of NARS Audacious Lipsticks under the sun.  THIS IS ONE SWIPE from the bullet.  I am blown away.  The formula is so rich and luscious.  The pigmentation is smooth and amazing.  I have not one gripe about this collection EXCEPT that I have to wait until September 1st to order them from either narscosmetics.com or Barneys!


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