Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette Review

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First off, what a beautiful Palette. I was so excited to get this for Christmas, I mean….just look at it.
Just like a magpie I am drawn to anything shiny or sparkly…  and this packaging just screams glamour and luxury…with a hint of Gwen Stefani Punk, mixed with antique gold accents and of course, the classic black and white retro style she does so well. Everything about this reminds me of her…obviously, she made it!  But i’m glad she stuck to her own personal style.

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After trying this out every single day for about the last month I’ve had plenty of time to test each shade and make up my mind about them.  All of them have great staying power and have been tested in drunken, sweaty nights out …so Gwen has your back ladies. It has a huge gorgeous mirror big enough to please anyone, and a golden quote in it – “Magic’s in the Makeup” – from her No Doubt days. There are 15 1.4g shades, an amazing 12 of these are new to Urban Decay, and 3 come from UD’s Shadow Collection. Priced at €46, and Limited Edition, this is one of my most prized possessions already! I’ll go through each shade down below and I hope this helps anyone who may be in two minds about picking this up before it’s off the shelves. HOLLA AT ME GWEN!

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BLONDE

An absolutely gorgeous highlight colour and the brightest shade in the palette, a pale beige with a very fine shimmer to it.

BATHWATER

A beautiful pale beige again, with fine shimmer in golden pearl, perfect for a wash over the lids for ‘No Makeup’ Makeup days.

SKIMP

In my opinion the second highlight colour in the palette, a pale nude with a very fine shimmer, with a slight pink undertone.

STEADY

A gorgeous copper/rose shimmery shade with a metallic gold pigment. Perfect for blue eyes.

PUNK

One of my favourite shades in this palette, it’s a dark, ‘punky’ reddish brown shade that is completely matte and blends deliciously.

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BABY

This is such a beautiful metallic rose shade, that has a chunkier shimmer than shades mentioned above.

ANAHEIM

This shade is definitely going to be the most used! The perfect crease or base colour, a matte light brown/taupe, which is incredibly soft and easy to blend.

STARK

One of my least used shades of the palette so far, I think my light skin tone means it doesn’t really show up at all, as you can see in the swatch, but it’s a soft matte nude eyeshadow with a pink undertone. Perfect as a primer for other colours to be used on top, or for a ‘no-colour’ look.

ZONE

Very like Anaheim but slightly darker, it’s a medium matte brown colour perfect for the crease, and extremely blendable.

SERIOUS

A great smokey eye colour, it’s a dark grey with pearl shimmer, the swatch doesn’t do it justice!

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POP

Such a fun shade! A coral with chunky/sparkly gold and pink shimmer perfect for sprucing up any matte eye look. I don’t think the swatch is as ‘real-to-life’ as it should be.

HARAJUKU

Surprisingly I’ve used this a lot, even though I don’t typically use pink on my eyes that much. It’s a blue-toned pink with fine shimmer, but I was a bit disappointed with the colour payoff as i felt it wasn’t as ‘pink’ as it should have been!

DANGER

Not the biggest fan of blue eyeshadow, because of my blue eyes I usually find it to be a bit much, but this actually works really well. Definitely for a heavier eye look because it is so dark, it’s a metallic royal blue-pink with fine shimmer.

1987

A bright yellow gold metallic shade that I love so much, it’s so buttery and blends fantastically!

BLACKOUT

A colour every palette should have! Definitely one of my most used. The ULTIMATELY perfect matte black, jet black eyeshadow. Perfect for dark smokey eyes. I like to spray a bit of fix plus from Mac Cosmetics on an angled brush, and it acts as the perfect black eyeliner.

 

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this,

Namaste,

Amy xx

Review : Zenzation Athletics Premium Yoga Mat

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I’ve had this mat for over a year now so I’ve had a serious amount of time to test it out! Received from my lovely boyfriend as a birthday present, at the time I was desperately in need of one… The carpet just wasn’t doing the trick for my daily practice anymore!

First things first, I am in love with the colour. It’s warm, inviting and uplifting. This is important to me because it brings my eye straight to the mat in my room, making me think of yoga, and thus making me practice more! The rounded edges means it stays flat during practice, something that I love, it can be so annoying when something like that disturbs your flow.

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It has an anti-slip/sticky sort-of surface so it doesn’t move around a lot, which can be so annoying when in poses such as downward facing dog or warrior pose. It’s 6.5mm thick, which is incredibly comfortable. I have found that, while using someone else’s mat or using one provided at a class, they are usually quite thin. Sometimes when I put pressure on my knees in a particular pose I can have some discomfort and pain, and this mat helps so much with that.

One added bonus is that it’s made out of easy-to-clean material, if I’m outside and some mud gets on it, a quick wipe does the trick. I don’t find that anything gets stuck in between the threads of the mat.

I would recommend this mat to any yogi! It’s so comfortable, clean, and looks eye-catching…adding some extra joy into my everyday practice 🙂

Love and light always,

Namaste,

Amy xx

Link to buy this mat!