Sunday, 21 February 2016

UD Naked Palette VS MUA Undressed Palette

urban decay naked palette


The other day as I was sat on my bed deciding which of my eyeshadow palettes to use, I noticed some striking similarities between the Urban Decay Naked Palette and the Make Up Academy Undressed Palette, which I received a few months ago in a Glossybox, used once or twice, and then threw to the bottom of my makeup bag, forgotten, as I tend to reach straight for the Naked Palette.

All of the shades in the Undressed palette are very similar to those in the Naked palette, they're even in the same order as those in the Naked Palette! I swatched a few of the shades from both onto my hand to see the difference between the two palettes, and although they are very similar, the Urban Decay eyeshadows are obviously more pigmented.


On the right is the shade 'sin' from the Naked palette and on the left is it's MUA counterpart. 

I decided to try and recreate my usual eye look that I wear when I'm not at school (which I wrote about in my everyday make up post), but rather than using the Urban Decay palette I used the eyeshadow palette by MUA. I wasn't disappointed with this product, and in fact, I was pleasantly surprised with the results! I achieved exactly the same look and you could barely tell the difference between the two. I’ll definitely be wearing the MUA palette more frequently and save my Naked palette for more special occasions!

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 Even though the MUA palette is not as pigmented as the Naked palette, it is still pretty pigmented! In comparison to some other palettes from other drug store brands, the Undressed palette is very pigmented, and for only £4 (yes you read that right!) it's a great dupe for the Naked palette, and perfect for those who are only starting out with make up or those who don't want to splash out a hefty £38.50 on the Naked palette, which is practically the same. 

What are your thoughts on these two palettes?

Sarah-Michelle x 

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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Beauty Wishlist



Benefit Rockatuer Blusher
This blusher looks like it's a gorgeous colour that would be lovely for spring/summer, and I've heard and read good reviews about it!

Naked 2 Palette
I love the first Naked palette and would love to add this one to my makeup collection. All of the colours look so lovely and wearable. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
I love the Nars foundation and I really want to try this to see if it's as good as the foundation.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
This looks gorgeous and would be perfect for creating a glow-y look for Spring/Summer.

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour
I've only used powder contour and I'm really interested to try this and see which is better and gives a more natural look.

Mac Prep and prime fix plus
This is another product that I've heard good reviews about on YouTube and blogs, and I'd love to try it!

YSL Rouge pur couture lipstick in the shade '09'
This is a lovely lipstick shade that I think would be perfect for spring/summer and the YSL packaging is gorgeous.


Mac Velvet teddy lipstick
This is a lipstick that basically everyone owns and raves about. It's a nice nude shade that would be great as part of an everyday make up look.


Mac 217 Brush
I don't own any eye make up brushes apart from the one that came with my naked palette. I've seen Many YouTubers and bloggers use it for blending their eyeshadow and i've wanted it for quite a while now.

Zoeva Rose Gold brush set
This brush set is GORGEOUS! I love anything rose gold, and I've read and heard some very good reviews about them! All round they seem like great brushes!


What's on your beauty wishlist?

Sarah-Michelle x

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Monday, 8 February 2016

My Everyday Make Up | Updated


Hello everyone! 

It's been a while since I've written about my everyday make up, and it's changed quite a bit recently. I've started to use some more high-end brands and I've definitely noticed a change in the appearance of my make up, so I thought I'd share an updated everyday make up routine. 

After cleansing, toning and moisturising using my Liz Earle products, I'll prime my face using a pea-sized amount of the Emite Diamond Heart primer. I've only started wearing a primer everyday recently because previous primers that I've used broke me out after only one use. This one hasn't broken me out yet, it helps my make up to stay on better, and it gives my skin a nice healthy looking glow. 

I'll then move onto foundation. I pour a small amount of Nars Sheer Glow in the shade Light 01 Siberia (I'm so pale!) onto the back of my hand and then slowly blend it onto my face using the Real Techniques blending sponge. Nars Sheer Glow is such a lovely, lightweight foundation that matches my skin-tone perfectly! It has good coverage as well, and I've ditched the concealer because I've found myself no longer needing it to cover up the dark circles under my eyes while using this foundation. I love the real techniques sponge for blending my foundation. I slightly dampen it with water before I use it and it leaves a flawless finish every time!

To add a flush of colour to my face I use the Bare Minerals blusher in the shade 'your highness' which I featured in my January favourites. This is a pretty rose pink shade that's perfect for everyday wear. I tap a tiny bit of the loose blush into the lid and swirl my angled blush brush by eco-tools around in it. A little goes along way with this blush as it's highly pigmented, but also very easy to blend!


I never leave the house without powdering my foundation as it sets everything in place. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder and lightly dust this all over my face, paying more attention to my T-zone and under my eyes, using my cute little eco-tools powder brush.  The stay matte powder is my go-to powder and has been a favourite of mine for years - probably since I first started wearing make up! It's a really good product for a really good price. 

Brows are a very important part of my make up routine. I feel naked if I don't fill them in slightly! I use the powder from the Barry M Brow Kit (I think this is the only product that's the same as my previous everyday make up post) to fill them in a bit and give them more shape. I use an angled brush by eco-tools to apply the powder. The colour of the powder is a really good match for my natural colour so they don't look too overpowering. 

The next step depends on where I'm going. At school we aren't allowed to wear much make up, and to be honest, I couldn't be bothered spending loads of time in the morning doing eyeshadow anyway - I like my time in bed way too much! However, if I'm going shopping or somewhere like that, I will wear eyeshadow. I try to keep it quite natural though. No smoky eyes or anything. I usually swipe the shade 'sin' from the naked palette all over my lids and then put a little bit of the shade 'buck' through my crease. Sin is a really nice shimmery pink/champagne colour which is very pretty and not too intense, and buck is a matte brown, perfect for adding more definition in the crease. To finish my eyes off I add a little bit of buck to my lower lash line and highlight the inner corners and brow bone with the  shade 'virgin'. 



And finally, no make up look would be complete without mascara! I use the Benefit Roller Lash everyday which is great for my short, fair lashes. The curved wand with different sized bristles is great for lifting my lashes and makes them stand out more than they have ever before!

And that's my everyday make up! Whenever it's all written down it seems like a lot of make up!

Are any of these products in your everyday make up routine?

Sarah-Michelle x 

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Music Monday | January Playlist



Music is a huge part of my life; I love listening to all genres of music and a variety of different artists. So, I thought I would share some of the songs that I was listening to the most throughout January. 

Stitches - Shawn Mendes

Love Yourself - Justin Bieber 

Take Me Home - Jess Glyne 

Sax - Fleur East

History - One Direction

I Know What You Did Last Summer - Shawn Mendes ft. Camila Cabello

Ex's and Oh's - The Tide (cover of Elle King)

Lay It All On Me - Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran

Colors - Halsey

Over and Over Again - Nathan Sykes

Rest Your Love - The Vamps





What songs were you listening to in January?

Sarah-Michelle x 

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