Never Have I Ever...


Never have I ever had a spray tan, lost a false lash in public, over plucked my brows, got a plastic surgery... Or have I? Watch the video below to find out! :)


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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

This week is all about the Naked 3 Palette here on my blog. I know I'm probably the last person to blog about it, but I've only just started using it a month ago and I really wanted to properly test it out before giving you a full review.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ReviewLet's start with the packaging. I love that it is not velvety like the Naked 1 Palette, but made out of metal. This means that you can easily wipe all the dirt off and don't have to deal with dust sticking on it. I absolutely hate that about the original Naked palette. The packaging also feels very sturdy and comes with a big mirror inside, which I really started to appreciate back in the summer when I was in the States. Our bathroom had the worst lighting, so doing makeup in a mirrorless room in front of a window was very necessary. All the mirrors that came with products were life savers! Urgh, I'm drifting off topic again, aren't I? Back to the palette. The only thing I don't like about the packaging is the wavy surface. To me it just looks like someone forgot to take the protective plactic foil off, but since this is more of a personal preference and not something that would disturb the quality, I can disregard it. 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Inside the palette, there are twelve eyeshadow shades with the obvious rose gold theme. The first half of the palette is lighter in colour and warmer, while the second half contains bolder and more cool toned shades. I personally feel like the palette doesn't function as a whole like the previous two do. Don't get me wrong, I love the shades, but I feel like you can't create such a variety of looks that you can with the Naked 1 Palette, for example. Mixing light warm shades with cooler bold ones can be a little bit tricky. I see this palette more as a bonus, rather than a basic palette. If you're looking for only one that has tons of shades you can mix and match, I would rather go with either Naked 1 or Naked 2. But if you're like me and are only looking to add new shades to your collection, this one is a great catch. It has a bunch of pretty and unique shades that can be paired up with other eyeshadows from your collection. I'm not saying that you can't use it all by itself, because you definitely can, but I just don't find it AS versatile as the previous two palettes.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review


Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette SwatchesIf we take a closer look at the first six shades, you can see that they have a very smooth surface apart from Dust, Buzz and Trick. These are the shades I would describe as glittery, as they contain bigger chunks of glitter. I didn't have any problems with Buzz or Trick. They feel very buttery, apply smoothly and perform great throughout the day. Dust, however, is a totally different story. This is the one shade from the palette that really disappointed me. It feels chalky, looks chunky, and is not very pigmented. It just has glitters. The consistency is really weird compared to the other shades from this palette and is definitely the odd one out. I just don't like it. Period. The other shades left from the first half are Burnout, Strange and Limit. Burnout is a lovely shimmery shade, which is a little bit darker than Dust and fortunatelly nothing like Dust when it comes to the quality. It's nicely pigmented and applies like a dream. Then we have Strange and Limit. They are matte shades with which Urban Decay never impressed me. They definitely have the shimmery shades down, but their matte ones from the Naked 1 Palette were a bit 'meh'. These two, on the other hand, were lovely surprises. They're not giving the Lorac Pro ones a run for their money just yet, but there's an improvement. They don't feel chalky, are pretty pigmented and are great additions to the palette. 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches

Moving on to the darker shades, the first one is Nooner, another amazing matte shade. Liar, Factory and Mugshot are all shimmery and pretty much identical in consistency as well as performance. When I first saw them in the palette, I thought that they looked way too similar, but when I swatched them on my arm, they luckily turned out different. Still, I personally am not over excited about them, because I feel like I already have similar shades in my collection. Next is Darkside, a shade with a silky consistency and a unique sheeny finish. I don't even know how to describe it. It's not matte, it's not shimmery, but somewhere in between. I expected it to be a lot darker and pigmented that it actually is to be honest. I feel like this is another shade that is in need of improvement, but just to make things clear, it is nowhere near as bad as Dust. And now last but certainly not least - Blackheart. Wow, just wow. It's such a unique shade! Black base with pink glitters couldn't get any better for creating smokey eye makeup looks with a twist. I do have to say, though, that the consistency is similar to Darkside, meaning that the pigmentation could be improved. Unlike the shimmery shades, these two both need to be built up to shine in all their glory. 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review



Before I conclude the post, I also have to mention that the palette comes with a double sided brush and four eyeshadow primer testers. I haven't tried any of those out yet, so I can't really comment on them, but I know that the original primer potion is amazing, as I got one a few years ago with my Naked 1 Palette. I'm expecting others to be great as well, I just wish they would include a full or a sample product instead of these four testers, because I don't find them very practical.

So, these were my thoughts on the Naked 3 Palette. All in all, I like most of the shades, but I feel like it was not as thought out as the other two were. Compared to the shades from the Naked 1, some of the Naked 3 ones lack in the quality department. I can give Urban Decay another A+ for their shimmery shades, and a stamp of approval when it comes to improving the quality of matte shades, but Dust, Darkside and Blackheart could be a little bit better. Especially Dust.

Those of you who already own this palette, what are your thoughts? And for those of you who haven't bought it yet, are you planning to get one? By the way, I bought mine here.

P.S. If you're looking for any Naked 3 Palette makeup tutorials, you can check out my day to night one here. :)
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From Day to Night with the Naked 3 Palette

From Day to Night with the Naked 3 Palette Makeup Tutorial
I have two makeup tutorials in one video for you today! I've been really loving the Naked 3 Palette recently, so I decided to first create a neutral everyday look with the eyeshadows from the palette and then 'upgrade' it into a look that is more appropriate for the night time. If you want to know how I achieved both looks, watch the video below and don't forget to let me know which look you prefer. :)





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The Week When I Discovered My New Talent


I'm finally here with another Sunday post! I skipped last week's one because nothing much happened during the week apart from my hair getting fried. Yup, you read that correctly. We had a meeting for fashion week makeup, and since the model was late, they used my hair to demonstrate the look on. Long story short, my hair got crimped and when I came home I realized it's completely destroyed. It was dry and smelled awful! So awful that I had to spray my hair with a perfume, because I couldn't stand the burnt smell anymore. Two weeks and several overnight masks later, it's unfortunatelly still not back to the normal condition and still smells bad whenever I wash it, but at least is not as horrible as it was right after the crimping incident. If you have any suggestions for me in terms of what might help me get my hair back to normal, please do share them with me.

Moving on to this week, it was quite busy and pretty much all about IKEA. I went to Austria twice to get some furniture shopping done, and spent the whole Saturday installing drawer units. Imagine me drilling and screwing. If you have the picture in your head, it probably looks all kinds of clumsy, right? Well, I have to tell you that I did a pretty good job minus an accidental cut and several broken nails. Maybe I should go into the furniture business if everything else fails... :D

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Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint Review

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint Review

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint is not the first lip tint I've tried, but it's certainly the first one I actually like. Or should I say love? When I was ordering products for my online store, I've read TONS of blog reviews beforehand, because I wanted to get the best of the best, and this lip tint was highly praised all over the blogosphere, so it ended up amongst the chosen products. Of course, it was only a matter of time before I would try it out myself. Do you know how hard it is to look at cute and amazing products every single day and try to resist the temptation?! Imagine living in your favourite drugstore and not being allowed to touch anything. That's how I feel every time I walk past the boxes that carry products sold in my online store. Pure torture!
Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint Review RD301Ok, back to the review. I have two shades in my personal makeup drawer now - PK001 and RD301 - but today I'm only going to talk about the second one, because I haven't tried out the first one yet. RD301, also known as Cherry Red, is an amazing vibrant red shade. It comes in a sturdy tube with the usual doe foot applicator, which works completely fine, but I actually prefer to use a lip brush, as it allows me to be more precise.
Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint Review ApplicatorThe tint applies very evenly, which is a major plus, as most of the ones I'd tried before went on quite patchy. Another positive for me is that the product doesn't set for a few minutes, so you can quickly fix the mistakes without having to deal with having an accidental permanent stain not on, but around your lips. I was almost petrified of lip tints before for that reason. Every single time, I was afraid that I would screw up the application and couldn't get it off, but with this one I feel like there is no need to worry. Having said that, once it sets, it sets. It won't move or come off. I had it on for twelve hours the other day before I started removing it and it was still going strong. Even Bioderma couldn't get rid of it completely! When I woke up, it was still a little bit visible, but finally faded throughout the day. I'm saying finally because I was honestly worried that it would never get off. I mean, I've had a swatch on the back of my arm for four days! And yes, I do shower reguarly. The point is, if you're looking for a long lasting lip product, Fresh Cherry Tint is definitely the one to go for! I still can't believe how long it lasts. It even survived several meals, so this will definitely be my go-to product for any special occasions (that involve eating) from now on. I never want to wear bold lip shades when I go somewhere, because the reapplication on the go in public is just a no-go for me. It's different with the creamy your lips but better lipsticks - I whip those out whenever and wherever - but the bold ones can be quite fussy to work with when you don't have a mirror in front of you. 
Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint Review SwatchWhat else can I say about it? When you apply it, it feels very liquidy on your lips and looks shiny, but when the colour 'wears off', you are left with a beautiful matte-ish looking tint that isn't drying or moisturizing. It basically feels like nothing on your lips. The product can definitely be built up, as one coat can give you a more suble tint, while a few extra ones will transform it into a full blown bold shade. In the photos below, I'm wearing either two or three coats. Oh, and the smell! It smells like cherry candy! Sweet, but not sickly or artificially sweet. 
Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint Review Swatch on Lips







Overall, I am very impressed with the product and don't have one bad thing to say about it. As mentioned, I do have another, lighter shade to test out as well, so I'm interested to see if it will perform as great as this red one. Fingers crossed! An update is for sure to follow. Have you tried any lip tints yourself?

P.S. You can get the Fresh Cherry Tint in any shade you want for 15% off HERE if you buy it by the end of this week. Aren't I nice? :)


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Closet Confidential


Today I'll be giving you a little sneak peak into my closet, because I was recently tagged by Andrea to do the Closet Confidential Tag. If you want to find out what the cheapest, oldest, most expensive or most disappointing products that I have in my wardrobe are, watch the video below. :)


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Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara Review

Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara Review
Meet my current favourite mascara. Essence's I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara is hands down one of my best make-up finds and proves that lower priced products should never be underestimated. Priced at about three euros, this is the cheapest mascara I've ever tried. I think that a great deal of drugstore mascaras perform wonderful, which is why I've never had the need to get my hands on any high end ones, but I had no idea that the cheapest of them all would end up stealing my heart.
Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara Review wand
The mascara comes with a big plastic wand, which might be a little bit hard to handle at first. I'm quite used to big wands, so I personally didn't have any problems with maneuvering, but if you are a little bit clumsy when it comes to mascara application, it might be hard for you to reach the inner corners. Having said that, the wand does have some bristles at the very top, which can be very handy.

The initial formula is somewhere between wet and dry, but I would consider it more on the dry side since the mascara dries out really fast. You definitely need to follow the thee month rule with this one and throw it away, because I started experiencing a lot of flaky fall out after a couple of months. The flakes just ruin your makeup, because they get smudged all over the face and you can quickly start to look like you've just climbed out of a chimney, so listen to me and throw it away when it's time. Luckily, it's cheap, so you can always purchase a new one.
Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara Review Swatch

Excluding the drying out annoyance, the formula is pretty fab. It doesn't make your eyelashes stick together, adds a bit of length, holds the curl, and provides some volume. Unfortunatelly, not extreme crazy volume, like the name suggests, but it gives a great everyday definition. You can see how it looks like on my naturally completely straight and therefore hardly visible lashes in the photo above. I didn't use an eyelash curler this time like I normally do.

I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara is not groundbreaking, but it ticks all the boxes when it comes to my daily mascara requirements. And the fact that it costs only three euros is just an added bonus! I'll not be running to the store to repurchase it right away, because I have two other highly praised mascaras in my drawer that I need to try out first, but I'm 100% certain we will meet again soon. Have you tried this mascara yourself? What are your thoughts?

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