I believe in feeling your best (and looking your best) when you travel so I asked my best friend since middle school, Achara Kirk, an actress and model based in LA who is an incredible beauty product junkie (she always had the biggest and heaviest make up bag when we were growing up!) to review some travel sized beauty products for my blog. So watch this space for more natural and effective travel-sized products that enhance your natural beauty and you can bring with you everywhere.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Guest Post by Achara Kirk
When I heard that Uban Decay was releasing their Naked Basics eye palette I wanted to jump up and down with joy. Now here was an eye palette that featured all matte, neutral shades and didn't have all of that glitter and sparkle that seems to dominate in most make-up palettes. Don't get me wrong – I enjoy a bit of glitz and glamor in my make-up when I'm going to hit the town, but for everyday I like to keep it clean and simple and the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette delivers exactly that.
At first glance the palette is slim and sexy and the perfect size for travelling. It has a nice metallic sheen and suede like feel which makes it feel oh so luxurious when you hold it in your hand.
Inside, there is a large mirror which is perfect for on the go applications. The compact features seven beautiful complementary matte shades, including four never before seen colours.
The Urban Decay website describes the colours as follows:
“Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (cream bisque matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).”
This description of the colours is spot on. My favorites are Naked2 and Faint, which I use to contour my eyes and then Venus to add some highlights to my eyelid and brow bone and finally a little bit of Crave to line my eyes. And voila! A perfectly gorgeous doe-eyed look for the day.
All of the eye shadows have the velvety smooth and pigment rich finish that I have come to love and associate with Urban Decay. The shadows blend beautifully and they are wonderful for contouring and enhancing your eyes. The colors work well for a natural day look and you can build it up with the darker shades for a sultry, smoky night time look. These shades work well on my dark brown eyes and would also compliment lighter coloured eyes and really make them pop. So basically, it works for everyone!
The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette will definitely make it into my travel make-up bag as it has everything that I need to create a gorgeous everyday look (although I will probably also pack a few other more colorful or sparkly eye shadows for those nights when I need a bit more pizazz). You can buy this palette at Sephora, Ulta and at www.UrbanDecay.com. And best of all this little beauty comes with a totally affordable price tag too – only $27! Bargain!