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Urban Decay Naked Vault

Hi beauties! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. With the holiday season fast approaching, brands are going crazy releasing limited edition sets. Although most of them are quite conservative in size, variety and price to match, Urban Decay Cosmetics has just released a HUGE limited edition pack suitably named Naked Vault.

 

Urban Decay Naked Vault

 

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See I wasn’t kidding when I said huge :) Priced at $280, the vault contains full size products of Urban Decay’s popular sellers with a total value of $360. The Vault is available to purchase at Sephora or via the Urban Decay website, although for such a big purchase, it makes sense to have your total go towards your Sephora points if you have a card with them.

Here’s a break down of what you get (all products are full size)…

 
Urban Decay Naked Vault

 

Urban Decay Naked Vault

Naked Original Eyeshadow Palette ♦ Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette ♦ Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette ♦ Naked Naked Flushed Palette ♦ Native Naked Flushed Palette ♦ Streak Naked Flushed Palette ♦ Darkside/Blackheart 24/7 double ended Glide On Pencil ♦ Zero/Whiskey double ended Glide On Pencil ♦ Perversion/Pistol double ended 24/7 Glide On Pencil ♦  Rule 34 Naked Lipgloss ♦ Nooner Naked Lipgloss ♦ Streak Naked Lipgloss

OK that was a lot of Naked for one paragraph! :)) In my personal opinion, the inclusions within the Naked Vault are OK but they could have been better:

  • Instead of going overkill with the Flushed palettes, they could have included one Flushed palette, and one of the Naked Basics matte eyeshadow palettes.
  • Same with the eyeliners. Instead of including 3 double ended pencils, they could have included either a lipliner, a Revolution lipstick or even both, especially that there are 3 lip glosses within the set.
  • A small size of their Naked Illuminating or Bronzing Balm would also give this vault better variety across Urban Decay’s Naked range of products.

Nevertheless, if you’ve never owned a Naked eyeshadow palette, or you have one and always wanted the others, this is great value for money considering each palette retails at $54. Whether you want to keep it all for yourself, or get together with a few friends and share the products, being limited edition, this type of value will be hard to come by again.

If you’re interested, I’d say to be quick as it’s only just been released and I have a feeling it won’t be around for long ;)

 

What are your thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Vault? xx

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Product Series: BB & CC Creams

Aaahhh! The good old BB Cream craze that has literally swept the ‘western’ cosmetics industry by storm. As we move down the double letters of the alphabet, most are still confused about what BB, CC and (believe it or not) DD creams are all about. In today’s Product Series, we’ll look at the concept behind these creams so you can decide if it’s something you need to incorporate into your beauty/makeup routine.

BB and CC Creams
 

WHAT ARE BB/CC CREAMS

BB Creams – short for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm and CC Creams – the Color Correcting versions, were initially developed in Germany. But they found fame in Asian markets, particularly Korea as a multi purpose tinted cream which doubles up as skincare + makeup base all in the one product.

Its main purpose is to correct skin problems such as blemishes, pores, pigmentation, color imbalances with regular use, as well as acting as a primer base for makeup. Used either by itself or under other products, the true concept of BB and CC Creams are slightly different on our shelves than the Asian counterparts. This is where a lot of confusion happened initially, because the formulas available to us were no different than basic tinted moisturisers. If you find the right BB or CC cream for your skin needs however, these creams are actually convenient, easy to use, and provide many great skin benefits.

TYPES OF BB and CC CREAMS

Before the BB Creams launched in our stores, I had heard of a select few Asian brands which had been very popular in Asia for years. Having done plenty of research on these creams, it was easier for me to tell the difference when “our version” of creams hit the shelves.

So, in order to stay true to the original formula, first and foremost I will be recommending the Asian BB and CC Cream brands that are renowned for…well…what they’re supposed to do.

My absolute favorite CC Cream deserves a mention in its own right. It’s a Korean brand named Rachel K. It contains all the benefits of BB Cream coupled with the Color Correcting properties. I’ve been using this CC Cream for quite some time now and it really is ‘magical’ to say the least.

Rachel K CC Cream

Rachel K CC Cream in Neutral

Rachel K CC Cream is a Color Correcting Blemish Balm. It has a very interesting texture. It applies like a lightweight cream but soaks into the skin right away, leaving a smooth, even and silky surface. This cream is also 10 in 1: EGF (epidermal growth factor) which generates cell production; SPF 35; Moisturizing; Whitening; Nourishing; Anti-Wrinkle; Collagen Enriched; Non-Comodogenic; Smudge Proof and Waterproof.

Although the packaging has changed since my last purchase, the formula is exactly the same. It comes in one standard color. Some of you may look at my swatch and think it’s restrictive for different skin tones but it actually adjusts to each individual’s skin color. The trick is in letting the cream settle into the skin for about 5 minutes before applying anything else on top. I typically use this cream as a primer base before my foundation but it’s also great for evening out skin tone, blurring out pores and fine lines as well as providing SPF 35 if you want to wear it on its own.

Another original BB/CC Cream option you can confidently try is by Missha. Their best selling M Perfect Cover BB Cream comes in various shades so it can actually replace your foundation if you’re after heavier coverage. All the stores I’ve linked these products below offer international shipping – just click the pictures to be taken to the sites:

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Rachel K CC Cream / Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream / Missha Real Complete BB Cream

So…what’s available in our stores that could come close to the above products? In all honesty, I’m yet to find a drugstore or a makeup brand that has the perfect BB/CC Cream formula. If you’d like to try such creams, try to go for one by a skincare company, as they understand the concept better. Dr Brandt has a variety of BB and CC Creams which receive great reviews from users:

 

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Dr Brandt Range / Estee Lauder Clear Difference BB Cream / Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

DO YOU REALLY NEED A BB or CC CREAM

If you don’t have specific skin issues, or your current routine of skincare, color correcting or primer is working just fine, BB or CC Creams are not a necessity. That said, on days where I want a quick boost and a smooth surface to work with, without going into the additional steps of priming, concealing and the likes, I do enjoy the convenience of my Rachel K CC Cream.

BB and CC CREAM TIPS

* Being a product which has skincare attributes, the long term effects may take some time to see. For these type of benefits, regular use is key, so you may want to completely replace your daily primer or SPF with your BB/CC Cream.

 

What do you guys think of BB or CC Creams? Do you use it and which one is your favorite? xx

 
 

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hi beauties, just popping in to give you the heads up about the new Hourglass Cosmetics Modernist Eyeshadow Palette.

After the very successful release of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and Ambient Blush Palettes, this is the very first eyeshadow palette by the brand. Going by some of the swatches I’ve seen, the colors are gorgeous! It features a shimmer brown in the middle and the rest of the colors are matte. Great everyday palette or you can build up to a more dramatic look using the darker matte brown.
 
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Currently The Modernist Palette is only available through Barney’s on pre-order HERE (and they do offer international shipping). If you can’t get it at first try, keep checking back the site as I think they would re-stock.

The palette will be available in other stores in February. I will update you guys on the exact release dates and links as soon as I get further information ;)

Check out my review of the Hourglass Ambient Powder Palette HERE and information on the Ambient Blush palette HERE