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REVIEW | Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

IMG_8930 (1) Gwen is synonymous with cool. In my world Gwen is also synonymous with teenage heartbreak, oh yes I was that teenager you heard crying her eyes out to Don’t Speak after a boy I liked for 3 whole days kissed someone called Vicky at the local disco (*rolls on the floor laughing at that memory). Thankfully my taste in boys improved somewhat albeit after a few disasters ha, but I remained a Gwen fan. I mean she sampled Maria from The Sound of Music, the woman just ticks all my boxes.

Anyway back to the BEAUTEOUS palette…

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Yes. I would leave it at that but I would imagine you are looking for more from me. This is my favourite UD palette packaging so far; black and white graphic prints with gold accents. It’s elegant and cool at the same time. The lid is dimensional rather that a print, I don’t know that appeals to me but there you have it. Attention to detail. The box also doesn’t rattle around like some of the precious ones. Gwen also names the shades; Anaheim – where Gwen grew up, 1987 – the year No Doubt formed and Bathwater -after one of her songs.

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12 of the 15 shades are new and exclusive to this palette. There are a few decent mattes swell (Woo hoo!!) as well as a mix of satins, metallics and shimmer. My first reaction when I saw the palette was of surprise. I expected bright, edgy colours for edgy looks from Gwen, instead this offering would work for everyone. There’s something there for every look, from work to a big night out.


Swatch time!


  • BLONDE Pale beige with pink iridescent shift. Pigmented and very smooth. Lovely to work with.
  • BATHWATER Pale beige with gold pearl. Warm with a slight frost finish.
  • SKIMP Pale nude satin. Silky and finely milled. It’s a touch more powdery that the other shades but still beautiful and easy to work with .
  • STEADY Medium rose with metallic gold shift. Very pretty warm metallic coppery sheen. Wears well.
  • PUNK Reddish brown matte. This looks plum to me, good pay-off. Easy to work with despite being harder to the touch that some of the other shadows.


  • BABY Cool metallic rose. Soft, easy to blend with a pretty sparkle.
  • ANAHEIM Light taupe-brown matte. Good pigmentation and creamy texture which makes it very easy to work with.
  • STARK Nude-pink matte. This is a little more powdery but it’s finely milled and easy to work with.
  • ZONE  Medium brown matte. Love this one, a beautiful matte that is easy to blend. Great pigmentation.
  • SERIOUS Smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl. Soft and easy to apply with a pretty fine shimmer.IMG_9836
  • POP Pale coral with iridescent sparkle. Looks amazing in the pan but this was my least favourite. This is sparkly and harder to work with, I find it shifts when you blend so instead I patted it on the lid over some base and it held better. Be prepared for fall-out if you by-pass a base.
  • HARAJUKU Metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer. Has a frosted sheen and a little sparkle. It’s not as intense as you would imagine but is still  pretty.
  • DANGER Deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle.
  • 1987 Bright metallic yellow-gold. My favourite! This is so creamy and buttery, it goes on like a dream.
  • BLACKOUT Blackest matte. Great pigmentation, creamy and easy to work with.

My favourites so far are 1987, Zone and Baby. With Pop and Harajuku being my least favourite, but I still like them all. Steady is also very lovely and stays as vibrant as it applies as it wears. Oh and I love Anaheim as a contour shade for my cheekbones too.

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The palette comes in at €46 which is fairly decent for 15 shades. They are available now from Debenhams and House of Fraser.

So apparently Gwen has been in the biz since 1987, how does she still look like that? And can I have some of whatever it is for my Birthday please??

Wind it up! Yodelay yodelay yodeloh, hey!

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Fake MAC / Benefit Products, M.A.C, YouTube Videos

Fake MAC Products – How to Spot them & Avoid Wasting your Money

Like many of you I have been duped into buying fake / counterfeit MAC products from ebay. I picked these few items up before I joined the online beauty community, man I wish I had waited. Anyway I hope this helps you find out how to spot a fake product.

This is from my own experience. Yes, I have been duped many a time! Hopefully you won’t be as silly.

The following items are counterfeit:

MAC Eyeshadows with a mirror and applicator: (pictured above) Yes, it sounds like a genius idea but unfortunately MAC have never made eyeshadows with mirrors or applicators. These are made in the East and sold on ebay. In Ireland our friends and family often bring these back from Thailand and are delighted with the bargain. These shadows are no bargain. I myself bought a few of these from a friend in my teenage years. Awful!


MAC Brush Rolls: I know so many girls who have this set and have no idea that they’re fake. One real MAC brush will cost you between €20 to €90. If you bought a whole set in a brush roll for €50, they’re fake. MAC do not sell 24 brushes in a set either. MAC’s brushes are numbered, generally the fakes are not (or they’re numbered incorrectly so check MAC’s website) Although I have seen some fakes that are numbered lately. Many of the brush roll sets say ‘Wholesale’ in the title. There aren’t mac wholesale items as they are only sold from MAC stores and stands.


MAC Mousse Eyeshadows: Again, MAC don’t make mousse shadows. The fake one I have looks like a Maybelline Mousse pot.

MAC Liners: I have recently seen some fake MAC eyeliners that come from China and Thailand. The MAC brand is on them but the packaging looks like that of another brand.

Palettes: There are thousands of these palettes on ebay. For those of you new to MAC, they name their eyeshadows, even in the palettes. I have seen  the following on ebay, all of which are counterfeit: MAC’s 9 Colour Palette, MAC’s Cream Shadows Palette, Glitter Palettes, 88 palettes etc.


Eyeshadows with numbers or colours instead of names: As I said, MAC use names like Sable, Satin Taupe etc not colours or numbers, those are counterfeit.

I have heard there are now fake pigments online too although I haven’t seen any personally. I have also seen counterfeit MAC Mascara’s too.

Ebay also have a page dedicated to counterfeit items on ebay. If you bought a fake product on ebay I have heard you are entitled to a refund through paypal.

There are some genuine MAC products on ebay but as a rule of thumb, if the price seems to good to be true then it probably is!

I have made a video sharing my experience with counterfeit MAC products and examples of the fakes.


I hope this helps!

Have you been duped into buying fake products?

*UPDATE Since I wrote this blog post many other brands have been copied and sold on ebay. I bought a Benefit powder box that is completely fake and a bottle of Posie Tint, which is also counterfeit. Both are complete rubbish. I reported the seller. If someone is selling tonnes of the same product don’t go there.