Naked Heat vs Revolution Iconic Fever

For my birthday a couple of weeks ago my cousin gave me the Revolution Re-loaded Iconic Fever Palette. Safe to say I was very pleased (any eyeshadow is legit my number one) and I was excited to dig in, especially with the mattes because a one wash brown matte eyeshadow has been all I’ve been wearing recently. After about a week I started to realise that this is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise but beside a few extra shades I’d say they were identical. Because I love reading posts about dupes and watching videos of people testing different products on half of their face I thought I’d put both of the palettes to the test by recreating the same look with a different palette on each eye. Here’s how I got on.

First, I swatched all of the eyeshadows from the Naked Heat Palette and then found the matching one from the Revolution palette. Most of the Revolution eyeshadows were very similar, if not the same, as the Urban Decay ones. Not just in colour but also in texture. They’re not quite as buttery smooth but for the difference in price they’re not that dissimilar. One shade that is noticeably different is Lumbre. The Urban Decay shadow is a light peach with some gold shifting shimmer but the Revolution ‘equivalent’ doesn’t have as much of a sheen and is more of a copper (and to be honest I prefer the Revolution one). Overall I’m very impressed with how similar the shades are.

Left swatches: Urban Decay | Right swatches: Revolution

When testing both palettes out, I wanted to use as many eyeshadows as possible – so I did. I started out with Chaser (light matte brown) all over the lid and then Sauced (warm matte brown) in the crease. I did notice that Sauced was slightly darker and a bit more pigmented but with a little bit more work I managed to get the Revolution shadow up to the same level. I then went in with Low Blow (orange matte brown) through the crease but focusing on the outer edges. The Urban Decay shade was darker again than the Revolution one when one the eyes but I worked a bit more and managed to match them (ish). Finally (because I clearly used every single matte eyeshadow in my crease) I went in with He Devil on the outer corners. These shades were very similar and performed pretty much identical. Now moving onto shimmer! After putting some concealer on my lid (Maybelline Eraser Eye in Light) I went in with Scorched. When I swatched these on my arm there was a noticeable but difference, but on the lid they look exactly the same. Everything from the colour to the sheen is spot on! I ended by using Ember along the lash line (exactly the same) and He Devil under the eye. Stepping back I thought they looked exactly the same and to look at you wouldn’t notice or know that two different palettes were used.

Left: Revolution | Right: Urban Decay

I tested the wear time of both eyes throughout the day to see if the cheaper palette didn’t last as long as the pricier one. There was no difference. None. At all. I am so impressed with how the Revolution palette holds up. It more than delivers on colour and wear time. The only thing that’s a bit different is pigment and the eyeshadows take a little bit more working with but nothing that’s going to majorly set you back. When one is £42 and the other is £4, it’s crazy how similar they are.property

My makeup favourites for 2018

FOUNDATION – Revlon Colorstay mixed with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk: This combination is perfect for me. The staying power of Colorstay mixed with the seamless blending of the Luminous Silk. I do like them both individually but they are a formidable force together.

CONCEALER – Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer: An old faithful. It gives me the coverage I need (which is a lot) but isn’t cake-y. An all round good egg.

POWDER – Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: I used the RCMA powder for most of the year but when I was travelling about a bit for a few weekends I wanted a powder that was easier to travel with. I thought I’d pick up an oldie but a goodie and oh wow did it change my life. It made me realise that the RCMA powder wasn’t stopping any oil from sneaking through during the day and I was ending up a cake-y mess. The Stay Matte just does the job and I’m very grateful to have rediscovered it this year.

CONTOUR – Jordana Contour Stick: A surprise choice, I picked this up to take a Beauty Bay order one the £50 mark for free next day delivery. This doesn’t work for me really when I’m fake tanned but normal, pale Abz totally gets on with this. It’s a great shade to give a little bit of sculpting, is really easy to blend and is compact for travel.

BRONZER – Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: After two years this one is still going strong. It’s the perfect matte shade for my naturally pale self but I can build it up when I’m a bit more tanned.

BLUSH – Mac Immortal Flower: I’ve been a bit of a blush slut this year but if I had to pin down a favourite I’d go for my old faithful, Mac Blush in Immortal Flower.

HIGHLIGHT – Tanya Burr Highlight in Champagne Sorbet and The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: I couldn’t pick just one highlighter, it was too difficult. There are two that I have in my life, one for everyday and the other for when I need something a bit more popping. The Tanya Burr one gives a great sheen with some sparkle and I love it for everyday. But the Mary Lou Manizer gives me that glow and ‘pow’ highlight when I need it. Best of both worlds!

BROWS – Glossier Boy Brow: This has literally changed my life. Bold statements but it’s 100% the truth. There’s some magic in that tiny little bottle that fluffs up the brows to the point where when I have my eyebrows tinted I don’t need to use anything else. On other days I’ll give them a bit of a boost with a brow pencil but this is the only thing I really need.

EYE PRIMER – Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Life changing makeup moments happening all over 2018. Ever since I got it for Christmas back in 2014, the Mac Paint Pot in Painterly has been my go to, everyday eyeshadow base, but when it came to an end I pick up the Nars one and oh my golly golly gosh it’s great. I swipe it on and then set it with my powder. It does not budge, like at all. I’m in love.

EYESHADOW PALETTE – Revolution Sophdoesnails Extra Spice Palette: I’ve been obsessed with this palette ever since I got it back in August. It has so many amazing shades in it, from everyday to random colours, that I can’t get enough. And it was only a tenner! Cookie dough is my favourite shade (obviously, it’s nearly all done) followed by cheesecake and dreams. If you don’t have this already I 100% recommend.

MASCARA – Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: Another magical product, this creates lashes like no other.

LIP BALM – Dior Lip Glow: I love this so much. It’s so easy to wear, comfortable and a gorgeous colour. It may not be the most moisturising lip balm but when I want a bit of something something on my lips then this is my go-to.

LIP PRODUCT- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk: It may not be a lipstick or a lipgloss with bags of colour and selling points but it is my most used lip product of this year by far. It goes with a lot of my other lip products (my fave at the moment is the LMX Matte Lip) and just makes my lips look ten times better. Love you long time lip cheat.

One week with Urban Decay Naked Heat

One of my favourite blog posts that I’ve written over the past however many years I’ve been writing on this thing is the ‘A week with the Naked Smoky Palette’. I spent a week where the only thing I used was that one palette to see if I could make it work for a variety of different looks. So, I thought, two years on’ that I’d do the same with the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I bought this last year and although I used it a heck of a lot when I bought it, over the past few months it’s been a bit neglected. So I used this palette everyday for a week, different looks for different occasions, and gave it a proper test.

So, how did the week go?

I started off with a makeup look that I used to wear all the time. Back in the day when I was at university I used to do a smoky eye situation everyday. I mean why I didn’t want those extra precious minutes in bed I don’t know! I do love the way it looks though especially with the warm tones of this palette. Basically, Ounce all over the lid (shimmery cream), Chaser through the crease (light matte brown) followed by Low Blow (matte brown) and Lumbre (shimmery peach) all over the lid. Finishing touches are Cayenne (dark warm toned matte brown) on the outer corner and Ashes smudged into my lash line. Loved this look and it wasn’t too hard to do – the eyeshadows are so easy to blend that they’re not hard to work with in the slightest.

Recently I’ve been all about the one stop eyeshadow. Basically a one swipe wonder that I can put on in the morning and not have to think about for the rest of the day. This palette has got a lot that can work for this. I love Sauced for everyday, a warm toned brown that is way on the reddy side but I’m totally in love with it. A couple of swipes blended out into the crease and I’m all set. The same with Lumbre and Scorched except they’re a bit more jazzy as they have plenty of shimmer in them.

I went out on a big hurrah with another old favourite – a bit of shadow with some winged liner. I realised when I wore it how much a love it but boy does it take a lot of maintaining. The basic shadows I used were Ounce (the shimmery cream) all over the lid with a mixture of Low Blow and Chaser in the crease (matte browns) and then on the outer corner. Easy and simple because, let’s face it, doing winged liner is traumatising enough without having it mess up a load of shadows underneath!

By forcing myself to use this for a week I’ve totally fallen back in love with the palette. I never didn’t like it anymore but I got out of the habit of using it and every time I went back to it – the warm tones scared me a bit. But after getting back into the swing it’s a yes, yes, yes from me. This will be my go to for a smoky eye situation and my one swipe wonders, in fact pretty much anything!

Go to guys: Sauced, Lumbre, Low Blow, Scorched, En Fuego, Ashes

Take them or leave them: Ounce, Chaser, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Cayenne

No thanks: Ember

Taking a trip down makeup memory lane

I was sat looking at my makeup the other day (you know, like normal people do) and I suddenly thought that a lot of it relates to a special time or has a significant moment attached to it. Even the most random and ‘boring’ of products reminds me of something that has happened. So, I thought it would be nice to look back at the makeup that give me my favourite memories and it might encourage me to get the products out of the drawer and use them a bit more!

Back in my early days of blog reading and Youtube watching the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes were big news. But being in the UK and no plans of visiting America on the horizon I just had to sit back and watch everyone rave about how amazing they were. So when we hopped on a plane to Florida in 2015, this was top of my Sephora shopping list. Obviously I bought the shade Tipsy (it was either that or Exposed – the go-to shades) and I still crack this out every Summer. Whenever I wear it I think of wandering around the Sephora in Florida (my first time in an American Sephora), filling my basket with vlogger recommendations. This product will always hold a special place in my heart.

The first non-stationary highlighter I bought was a great day. It was around this time two years ago after I’d been for an interview at the job I currently have, hooray! It was in Leeds and my mum went with me so afterwards we went out for lunch and popped along to Debenhams for a cheeky purchase to celebrate a job well done. The Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter had just come out and it had received good reviews all round so I thought it would be a good one to give a go (up until this point I’d been using glittery champagne eyeshadows as highlight – it was very questionable behaviour!) The were three shades and I went for Aura, a pink/purple shade which I’d heard was good for people with pale skin. It’s a good product but this colour is just not me. It’s preety much purple and isn’t the vibe I usually go for but this product gives me such fond memories of that day that I don’t think I’ll be able to part with it anytime soon.


Kinda Sexy – to this day one of my favourite birthday presents. It was the first Mac (and only) Mac lipstick I’d been gifted and I was given it in La Tasca in Nottingham on my 20th birthday from my friends. Up until then I’d spent so long searching for the perfect nude and then this magically turned up in my lap. It’s a warm toned nude with a matte finish that looks cracking over the top of any nude-y lip liner. This was my go-to for ages and  reminds me so much of my second year at uni. It’s still probably my most worn lipstick.

The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. If ever there was maybe too much hype around a product this was it. I’d waited for so long before I took the plunge and bought one. It was with money I’d got from my 21st birthday and I had some time to kill before I was meeting my friends for a birthday surprise (afternoon tea at Browns, yes, yes, yes!) and I bobbed into town to splash the cash. I’d heard so many good things about this product; it’s the perfect gloss, the most moisturising thing you’ll ever have on your lips, etc. But I have to say I was pretty disappointed – I just found it too thick and sticky. Even though I wasn’t a fan of this product, I had the best time that day so I like to keep it as a littl reminder.

A couple of years ago for my 21st birthday, my mum, dad and me went to London. We had the best time there seeing the sights and having a wander round. One disaster that happened when we were there was that we only just made our slot to go up the Shard by minutes (you’re allowed 30 minutes over your booked time, we were 25). The reason we were running late and had to run from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Shard (it feels like miles) was that I was desperate to get my hands on the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. I’d been to every department store and shop possible to get my hands on this but they were sold out of my shade everywhere, it was a joke, But finally a very helpful House of Fraser answered all of my prayers! That was such a memorable day and there was so much hunting for a foundation which, I’m sad to say, I can’t get on with. I just find it too thick and hard to blend but it gave us a great story to tell!

When Fleur de Force released her makeup collection on Feel Unique I was there with the items in my basket and checked out before you could even say’good god get a grip girl’. I went for her Cosmic Bronze palette and one of her glosses. I ended up getting so much wear out of the palette and it reminds me of my third year at uni because it’s pretty much all I wore with some winged liner and a questionably strong brow. The thing that I remember most about this product is that I ordered it on a Thursday, it didn’t come until the Thursday after at which point I’d gone back to uni (on that day – how annoying!) and had to wait for it to be posted from home to Nottingham which took nearly another week so by the time it reached me I was desperate for it. No wonder I ended up loving it so much!

What’s your favourite makeup memory?

My go-to evening base

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago (here) my ‘everyday face’ has become very minimal and basically a slap it all on and run out the door kind of situation. But on a weekend and on the rare occasions where I leave the house in the evening I’ve been going all out and putting all of the products on my face. So I thought I’d share what products I’ve been using when I want a full coverage, ‘look at how much makeup I have on my face’ situation. Enjoy!

After making the discovery that I actually have a very dehydrated face my choice of primers has seriously changed. I’ve gone from one that is very silicone-y and makes my face very matte to something tacky and semi-hydrating to plump up my skin before foundation. Back in December in my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar I got a mini This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up and I love it. It’s sticky (in a good way) and it gives my skin a boost of moisture – but it’s also quite pricy for a primer so if anyone has any cheaper dupes for it please let a girl know!

Foundation wise I’ve been using the Maybelline Superstar 24 hour Foundation in. I like it because it’s full coverage but I’m still on the fence and not 100% sold on it. I might be putting too much on or something but it likes to collect and not fully blend into my skin. Also it doesn’t last as long as I would expect a full coverage to do. I think I need to play about with it a bit more with different primers and brushes – I will get this to work!

When I’m going on out on my base there are three concealers that are my go-tos. The first is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Peach which I use underneath my foundation. It makes my under-eyes look a smidge lighter and brighter and I prefer my face when I use this product. Then on top of my foundation I go in with the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (I’ve mentioned by love for this concealer here), blend it out with my Real Techniques Sponge and finish off my concealer journey with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral. I’m obsessed with this concealer, it’s my all time favourite. Full coverage, tick. Crease proof, tick. Cracking colour, tick tick tick. This concealer trio is perfect for me.

Before I go in with the powder I dab a bit of the Pixi Glow Booster on the tops of my cheekbones, my cupids bow and the end of my nose. It gives me a bit of extra glow and I think it emphasises my powder highlight when I go in with that later. When my Laura Mercier Powder ran out a few months ago I thought I’d give the RCMA No Colour Powder a go and so far I’m very impressed. It’s pretty much exactly the same, finely milled and does a great job at mattifying my face. Winner!

My purse hates me | Beauty Haul

What a few weeks it’s been. I was struck down with a mystery ‘illness’ that came and went within the space of a week (very bizarre) and then the Beast from the East arrived with its buckets of snow and freezing temperatures. So here’s something for you to warm you up – a few bits I picked up on a recent makeup splurge. So, snuggle under a blanket, grab a cuppa and let’s get cracking.

There’s a NYX store in Leeds and yes, it is as magical as it sounds. I picked up three bits when I was there, the first being a lip oil. I saw this and pretty much grabbed it and shoved it in the little NYX bag my friends kindly retrieved for me to merrily fill. I was thinking it was going to be like the oils you see on instagram that magically plump your lips ready for your lipstick of choice. It doesn’t do that but I’ve been putting it on after I do my base to get rid of the foundation that gets on my lips. An unnecessary step but I’ve been liking it! If you read my January favourites then you’ll have seen that I’m all about lip gloss at the minute so I decide to pick up one of the Butter Lip Glosses in Angel Food Cake. There were loads of shades to choose from but I wanted something nude-y and this one does the job really well. I’ve not stopped wearing it since I’ve got it – great shade, non sticky formula and makes my lips shine! Totally into it. The last thing I picked up from NYX was a blush in Mauve n Out. A massive impulse purchase that I don’t regret. It’s a cross between a pink and a plum and gives a natural blush colour for winter and I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of it day to day.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Maybelline Super Stay Foundation so I decided to pick up one. I’ve not used it that much since I’ve got it but my first impressions are very positive. I have the lightest shade and it’s a pretty good match for me. The coverage is medium to full, totally my bag, and it’s mattifying but not drying. I’ve needed to do a bit of blotting during the few days I’ve worn it but I have to do that with most of my foundations anyway.

And last, but definitely not least, is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral. I’ve had this a couple of times before and every time I repurchase it I remember how amazing it. Full on full coverage, great shade match for me and lasts me a decent length of time.

Rediscovering old favourites | Makeup change up for Autumn

Isn’t it funny. It’s as if as soon as September graced us with its presence my subconscious was like ‘give me all of the change’. I suddenly wanted to smother myself in jumpers, eat warming soups and snuggle under a cosy blanket – the normal things for autumn. One thing I hadn’t expected to happen was a sudden urge to crack out some old products. Not all of them seasonal changes either, there were just some products that I hadn’t used for a while and fancied giving them another go. So here they are.
First up is a very autumnal lipstick shade that I couldn’t wait to start re-wearing once the colder months rolled around. It’s the Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond. I mentioned it in my last post (read that here if you want to know what makeup I wear on the weekend) and I’m totally obsessed with it. It’s my perfect autumnal shade as I don’t like anything too dark on me but this is just slightly deeper than my usual lipstick shades of choice. It sticks around on the lips but isn’t drying and I’d totally recommend trying this range out – I may need to invest in more shades. Another Mac product is the blush in Immortal Flower. This always disappears when summer rolls around but once the warm days are over this makes a reappearance. It’s my perfect blush shade and goes with pretty much every makeup look possible. It’s also impossible to overdo.
Another one which makes a reappearance every so often is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Whiskey. Easy to swipe on for a more natural look I’ve been loving it paired with any of the shades from my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. It gives me something softer than my usual intense black waterline when I use it (obviously –  because it’s brown) and at the minute I’m loving using this everyday. Now, we move on to the inspiration for this post, the Sleek Brow Kit in Dark. I haven’t used this in so long and one day I had this sudden urge to give it a go again. I loved this product a few years ago and for a while it was the only thing I used on my brows. After moving on to pencils and pomades I forgot about this little gem, but now I’m so glad its back in my life. I used to go in with the wax then the powder on a brush that was way too big to create anything close to natural brow hairs but after trying it back out again I just use the powder with a tiny little angled brush. I’m so glad I decided to use this again, it gives my brows a slight warmth and soft fullness that nothing else really gives. If you haven’t ever tried this before I seriously recommend it (I’m acting as if its some kind of revolutionary product – it’s not, it’s a brow powder, but it’s a really good one!).
Have you recently rekindled your love for a product? 

My willpower is non-existent | Urban Decay Naked Heat First Impressions

It happened.
I have zero willpower, I will always give into the hype and I should never be trusted with more than £5 at a time. BUT I haven’t been this excited about a set of eyeshadows in a long time, probably since I got my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette. But we’re not talking about that today, oh no, we’re talking about the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. No doubt you all know what this is so I’m not going to bore you with the background all you need to know is I wasn’t planning on getting it (well, not really), I bought it and I love it. Great packaging, sturdy, good sized mirror and an amazing shade selection, warm reds, just something totally different but still wearable.
I’ve tested it out for a couple of days so these are pretty much my first impressions of the palette. As I haven’t given it a lot of testing yet I don’t have any favourites so what I’m going to do is run through the shades and say if I love it, like it or take it or leave it.
Ounce | Like it. This is one that although I’m not gushing over I know for a fact that it’ll be the most worn eyeshadow in this palette. A white with a bit of shimmer I’ll probably use this all over my lid as a base and then as a brow bone and inner corner highlight.
Chaser | Like it. Another one that doesn’t blow me away but I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. A light matte brown I’ll use it in the crease day to day and as a transition shade on something more smokey.
Sauced | Love it. Similar to Chaser but a heck of a lot warmer this is such a different shade that I know I’ll still get a lot of use out of. I’m excited to give this more of a test run.
Low Blow | Like it. Again I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this one, especially putting it through the crease and slapping on some winged liner, but it’s quite a standard shade.
Lumbre | Like it. A gorgeous shimmer that will be great for something simple everyday I’m a big fan of this light warm toned pink that reflects rose gold. However, this is a more pinker version of Trick from the Naked 3 palette which I’m totally obsessed with so anything that resembles that shade will take a bit of beating.
He Devil | Take it or leave it. Not to say that I don’t like it but this looks terrifying. I’m going to need to give this a trial because it’s very warm and red and I’m going to have to concentrate to make it not look like I have an eye disease.
Dirty Talk | Love it. love it, love, love love! This swatch…I can’t. Can we all just appreciate the warm shimmery amazingness that is this shade, thanks.
Scorched | Love it. Another stunning shade, very similar to the last one, just swatches like a dream. I’m so excited to give them a real try on my eyes but if I love the way they look no doubt I’ll be posting on here about it.
Cayenne | Love it. This palette just keeps bringing these amazing mattes. I can tell this one is going to look great either with winged liner or in a seriously smokey eye.
En Fuego | Like it. A very autumnal cranberry colour I have nothing like this at the minute and it looks great but I just need to decide how I’m going to wear it – any tips?
Ashes | Love it. Autumn in a shade. If all of my clothes were this colour I would be one happy person. I’m thinking lower lash line goals so we shall see. I have high hopes for this one.
Ember | Love it. Look at this. Dark, shimmery, reflecting colours all over the place. Yes please put it on my eye thanks very much. Another one I may be too terrified to use on a regular basis but that swatch is so stunning I can’t help but love it.
I may post an update in a few weeks about my actual favourite shades and what I’ve been gravitating towards but so far I’m in love with this palette and if you’re not buying it because you’re resisting the hype, don’t. Let the hype consume you so you can feel the feels of the Naked Heat palette.
Do you have this palette? What are your favourite shades? 
(Please satisfy my nosiness I really would like to know)

My favourite highlighters to make my face shine

In two years I’ve gone from having zero ‘proper’ highlighters to become an absolute shimmer fiend. 
When I started university I used a shimmery champagne eyeshadow as my highlight, as I didn’t see the point in spending money on something if I already had something similar. Since then I’ve gathered a collection of highlights for every eventuality and I just love them. The first ‘proper’ highlighter I bought was the Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura. I went for this pink shade because I’m quite pale and thought this would be the best one for me. Looking back I should have got Sin, the champagne shade, as I suit warmer colours but it does still look nice. It’s a very subtle highlight that catches the light nicely and shines purple. I imagine this would look amazing for a festival as a highlight underneath a tonne of glitter. Next up is The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer. This. Changed. My life. This will forever be one of my favourite highlighters. It’s the perfect champagne, gold shade for my skin tone that never looks overdone. I take my fan brush, give it a swish and then slather it on the tops of my cheekbones. For the price – under £20 – you cannot go wrong, the pigment is amazing and it performs just as well as the one I’m going to mention in a minute. If this isn’t already in your collection then go out and get it, now! My next highlight purchase is one that was totally hyped up and I lapped up that hype and put it in my basket. It’s the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. I bought this with my birthday money this year and I haven’t looked back. It’s intense, it’s in your face but that’s what it’s meant to be. It looks better when I’ve had a tan as the shade is a little darker than my normal skin tone but I still love this. I am terrified of it breaking when I travel but so far the two cotton pads I’ve wedged inside it have done the trick (fingers crossed this continues). Last but not least, my most recent highlight purchase is the Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder in Champagne Sorbet. To read my full thoughts read this post but it’s such a great everyday highlight that is in my current makeup stash. Good packaging, stunning colour and hard to overdo it. Lots of bang for you buck.

Any highlighters you think I need to try? Let me know!

L-R: Becca Champagne Pop | Tanya Burr Champagne Sorbet | The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer | Urban Decay Aura
L-R: Becca Champagne Pop | Tanya Burr Champagne Sorbet | The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer | Urban Decay Aura

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter

My makeup collection is always expanding but there is one area that isn’t very big and that is highlighters. I bought my first highlighter in February as part of the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour and Highlight Kit. I liked it at first but it wasn’t given me the glow that I wanted. So, as a treat for going to a job interview (fingers crossed, very exciting stuff!) I popped into the Debenhams in Leeds and bought this wonderful piece of shining goodness, The Urban Decay Afterglow Highlight. After looking at swatches online I thought that my pale skin would be suited to Aura the best as Sin was a little too golden. Aura is a very light, cool toned pink that is the perfect sheen. It gives a really intense highlight, which I love as it makes the cheeks really stand out. It lasts for a very long time on the face, holding up to it’s 8 hour claim. The only down side I have found with this product is the packaging. Although I love the way it looks, for photo taking purposes, as I found out taking this photo, it gathers fingerprints so easily! But I suppose that is something I can live with. For £19 you get a lot of highlighter for your money. All in all I love it!

If anyone knows if the Afterglow blushes are worth a try then please let me know because they look great!