BY JENNIFER MOCCIO
It all started a month ago when I went ahead and splurged on the Urban Decay Naked 2 eye shadow palette $52 USD at Sephora (aka my second home). This product seemed to be ‘all the rage’ amongst many makeup artists, so I decided to give it a whirl myself. I am totally new to the whole concept of the makeup ‘palette’ as of lately and I happen to be enjoying every single minute of it so far! Having multiple color options available at my fingertips is truly exciting and oh, so convenient! Prior to attending esthetics & makeup school, I didn’t feel that owning a palette was completely necessary. And after all (I thought), when would I or could I use ALL of these colors?! It’s amazing how 1 product can completely change my attitude toward the ‘palette’ – it’s glorious!
I’m not typically a believer in one size fits all… with the exception, of course, of my favorite Victoria Secret lacie undies (3 for $33 USD!). HOWEVER, the Urban Decay Naked 2 eye shadow palette is truly 1 item that fits the universal mold. You can literally use this product on every single eye color in existence. The palette boasts 12 rich and dreamy colors – ranging from pale to dark shades and matte to shimmery finishes. The BEST part = you can mix and match texture and color as much as you want to, and no matter how you blend it… it looks incredible – For reals! I tend to gravitate more toward the classic smokey eye when using this palette (as seen on my model Stephanie during the makeup competition at school).
To achieve the same look I used on Stephanie, here’s the breakdown:
Base color on entire lid, brow bone + tear duct – ‘Bootycall’
Crease only color – ‘Snakebite’
Mid lid color – ‘YDK’
Outside corner of lid color – ‘Busted’
But I also love that I have the option of creating a softer, more neutral & natural look too (did a demo of this on my own peepers shown in this photo)! The possibilities are endless! You’ll also be pleased to know that this palette includes a cute, travel-size Lip Junkie lip gloss in ‘Naked’ and a double-ended, full-sized shadow/crease brush – oh yeah!
I’ve been recently introduced to a brand that I am quickly realizing is just fabulous all around – ladies & gents, I present to you… BH COSMETICS!!! I can’t say enough about this company. They have fantastic, high-quality products, at an affordable price, each delivered in extremely attractive packaging. I truly adore their promotions & specials on makeup sets that allow you to try many unique products without breaking the bank. Really, what more could you ask for?! This brand is definitely geared toward the makeup artist, but I urge all of you little nuggets to take a look at their website for products that may very well tickle your fancy. My fancy was a bit over-tickled since I bought 6 different palettes and a 36 piece makeup brush kit upon my first visit to their site (no big deal and totally worth it!). I am currently hooked on & obsessed with their 10 Color Camouflage and Concealer Palette $12 USD (that’s right…another palette!). The creamy texture blends into skin effortlessly, leaving you with a flawlessly finished face. I’ve been using this product on dark circles, blemishes, light scarring and uneven skin tone which helps to achieve that clear complexion we all crave. With 10 gorgeous colors available, it literally covers every variation in skin tone that I’ll come across. I can also mix and blend colors together to create yet another color match. The palette itself is light-weight and easy to carry on-the-go. It’s sleek looking to boot!
I believe that an awesome brush is another reason as to why products can glide on smoothly to skin. Without a great brush, it doesn’t matter what type of product/brand you’re using… it just won’t work properly. My newest gems are my Real Techniques brushes and I just can’t get enough of them. Not to worry – I’ll do a future post dedicated to brushes only, but in the meanwhile, I am enjoying playing with my new pretty palettes and cannot wait to continue to use BH Cosmetics on both myself and clients 🙂
much love, my nuggets!
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