Refresh for May Day #26: Best Eyeshadow Palette

Eyeshadow palettes are a bit like a season of “The Bachelor” for me.  Even though I bought it for all the “right reasons” (multiple awesome colors allowing you to obtain a variety of looks and ideal for travel), after you become acquainted with it, I am invariably disappointed by its relative uselessness.  In other words, I end up not using all, or even most, of the colors, the formulation is not great resulting in the staying power of an engagement from “The Bachelor”, and I overall end up feeling like I have wasted my money.  Until, I met the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette.  It has become my Holy Grail of eye palettes.  It contains a mixture of finishes – matte, shimmer, and metallic and I have used every single color!  I can get a smoky eye night out on the town look as well as a subtle natural look all from the same palette!  There are 3 other versions of the Naked palette from Urban Decay  –  original Naked, Naked2, and the Naked Basics.  All of the palettes are slightly different and work with probably any variety of skin tones and eye colors possible.

Brief description of each:

Naked  – combination of warm and cool undertones, variety of finishes

Naked2 – taupe and beige with cool undertones, variety of finishes

Naked3 – all warm undertones, variety of finishes.

Naked Basics – 6 shades, all matte

I do like all of the palettes, but for my green eyes, the warm hues in the Naked3 mean that every single shade is flattering.  Although the $54 price tag can seem a bit daunting, for 12 eyeshadows that are all used regularly and a quality double ended eyeshadow brush, it definitely is worth the price.


Link to product and image from Sephora

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette





Refresh for May Day #22: My Favorite Eyeliners

Yep, I said eyeliners… as in plural, because I love eyeliner.  The right eyeliner, along with the right brow pencil and mascara, can make a huge difference without much time (granted that they are applied correctly, of course!).

Here are my top 3, each with a different formulation.  Links to products provided below and images from Sephora.

My pencil pick is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil.  It glides on smoothly and has serious staying power.  Like, “stays in place despite being in the hospital for 30 hours” kind of staying power.  Another bonus is the huge array of colors available.  Seriously, think of a color, and you can probably find 3 variations of that color in this product line.


My favorite gel by far is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.  This is a long wearing product that actually is still easy to correct if you make a mistake.  Easy to apply (I use the Bobbi Brown Eye Liner Brush) whether you are trying to achieve a precise cat eye or a smudged smoky eye.  The black is a wonderful inky, pigmented black and is a staple for me.


For days (or nights) that I want to achieve that great inky, black, precise line, but don’t have time for the gel and brush, I use Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner.  It is quick to apply, waterproof, and allows for very precise placement.  Great for travel!


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