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…
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
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??
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If like me you are a mascara addict you will be familiar with issues of dried lashes later in the day, clumping, flaking and then come tea time you want to apply another coat to freshen up or add drama but your lashes will not cooperate. Enter Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection Lash Refresher. It’s the best mascara fix, holy innovation Batman!
The recent release from Urban Decay is a new take on the exiting Luminous Shimmering Face & Body Powder. It was released as a holiday / Christmas product but this will be of more use to me in the Summer and since I am counting the minutes til I can get my pins out in actual daylight…
I’m not ashamed to admit that if Urban Decay release a new palette, I have to have it. I love the quality and pigmentation of the shadows, adore the packaging and well I honestly I get sucked in by the limited edition part. There is a par of me that also loves a gimmick. Their latest palette was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film Pulp Fiction.
I have a love/hate relationship with glitter. I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame but I loathe mess. If you are a fan of glitter then you will love these new Heavy Metal Glitters from Urban Decay. The glitters came about when Urban Decay developed their Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive. The product held so well that they decided to work on loose glitters that would actually stay put.
You know I’m usually a boring neutrals girl, but this Urban Decay Palette made my eyes pop. It’s the new Electric Pressed Pigment Palette from Urban Decay and it’s like standing in a sweet shop. Holy shockingly vivid colours Batman! Dork, I know. However neutral I am I sometimes enjoy playing with colour. And what better way to to do that than with a palette like this. As they say, go big or go home!
I should just own up to problems, I’m Amy and I’m a highlighting product addict. How many is too many?! It would appear that I have no self control when it comes to glowing skin :-) I have tried mountains of them and here are my favourites of the powdered variety. I’ll record another on liquid and cream options and application tips since I use them in a different way.
Soap & Glory All Out Luminiser – a warm peach glow. It’s natural and really pretty. Love it! This one is the cheapest of the bunch at €14 / £11. I bought mine in Boots. Link
MAC MSF Perfect Topping – a subtle pink toned sheen. There’s no glitter in sight and the powder is finely milled. It’s very natural and subtle. It has been discontinued but I included it as it’s not very unique and is similar to a lot of cheaper pinky highlighters on the market.
The Balm Mary Lou Manizer – a champagne highlight. It works really well in conjunction with a matte bronzer as a contour. It’s warm toned and is the most intensely pigmented of the five. It’s important to add a little at a time of you’ll look like you have a stairway to heaven on your cheekbone!
Urban Decay Flushed – I absolutely love this bronzer, blush, highlighter trio. This is one of my top products of 2013. The highlighter shade is a rosy, warm pink. You can swirl all the shades together if you like (€26) Link
Too Faced Pink Leopard Highlighting Bronzer – a warm bronzy highlighter. It’s light in tone so works on fair skin without looking dirty. I have hit pan and I will definitely re-purhcase.
If you are looking for another affordable option I recommend Prestige Sun Baked Mineral Bronzer in Pure Shimmer. It may be called a bronzer but its a highlighter. Mine is finished up which is the only reason I didn’t include it. A little goes a really long way so tread carefully.
I recorded today using the new Canon Legria Mini which is designed for vloggers and youtube video makers. Its really quick and handy to use. It was sent to me to see if I liked recording with it, so far I likes. Obviously not being compensated, just me and my own opinions as per usual :)
I hope you enjoyed the video! I’ll be uploading another one tomorrow :)
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