Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Years Sparkle Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and restful break if you had one. It's time to gear up for 2012 so I wanted to start it off right with a fun makeup look.

Today's tutorial is another dramatic look that is perfect for the upcoming New Years celebrations. I've had tons of requests for a New Years party look and when I grabbed my NYX Glitterati Palette, the hot pink spoke to me. Who am I to refuse very compelling hot pink glitter?

Products mentioned:
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation in Natural Beige 60
Nars Concealer in Custard
Tarte Smooth Operator Powder
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Milani Liquif'eye Eyeliner Pencil
Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette (Blackout, Junkshow, Midnight 15)
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Woodstock
NYX Glitter Cream Palette
Sugarpill Cosmetics loose shadow in Lumi
Eyeko Pen Eyeliner
Urban Decay Cannonball mascara
Darkness Wxos lashes
Urban Decay Urbanbrow Setting Gel
Urban Decay Urbanbrow Brow Tint in Brunette
NARS Danmari Palette (Desire) individual blush here
Urban Decay Stardust Sparkling Lipgloss in Andromeda

Here are some pics of my look:

I'm a fan of the yin-yang thing going on with the inner corner of my eyes and the outer corner wing at the end. With makeup, it's all about balance. Heavier smokey eyes need this balance to not look overwhelming on the face.

Here you can see the sharp angle of the crease and how the hot pink pops. I also want to note that the end of the wing is at the end of my eyebrow. If you want a wider wing, draw the eyebrows out further as well to match.

Here's a close-up of the eyes. Can I just say that I'm totally obsessed with the Sugarpill Lumi pigment? It's so glowy and iridescent, but not too shockingly teal that it clashes with other brights. I need to use this as a main part of a future tutorial!

Obligatory smile! :) I noticed a few perceptive Youtube commenters saying that my eyebrows are more arched than usual. I trimmed them and decided to go with a sleeker look, which works really well with these types of dramatic eyes! What do you guys think? Does it suit me?

I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and have an incredible last few days of 2011! I have so many new projects in store for 2012 including more Kpop looks, "basics" tutorials, and some HIGHLY requested tags that I know at least a few girls will be looking forward to. Until then you will just have to sit here and patiently wait, and ponder, and maybe also consider giving me suggestions for videos you'd like to see in the new year.

*cue mysterious music*

Monday, December 26, 2011

Naughty & Nice List 2011! (and Merry Christmas :)

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are at home, relaxing with your loved ones and enjoying the holiday break. Tonight I'll be heading off to a couple different family Christmas get togethers, but I wanted to quickly post this year's Naughty & Nice list!

You may remember last year's list where I came up with my top 5 disappointing products and top 5 most loved products for this year and I wanted to continue the tradition.

Naughty List

1. Suave Dry Shampoo $3
Initially a medium-hit, this affordable dry shampoo ($3) is readily available at mass retailers and comes in a 5oz container. The smell is actually quite nice, like candied grapefruit, but the big miss is that by the afternoon my hair would become greasy again. Unacceptable in my opinion!

2. Covergirl Lashblast Length Water-resistant mascara $6.23
This mascara was a huge let-down for me. I was hoping for clean, long lashes and instead got wimpy lashes that neither held curl nor lengthened my lashes much. There is no volume added to speak of and it just did none of the things I look for in a mascara. Remember ladies, there is a big difference between water resistant (boo) and waterproof (yay)! Waterproof holds curl, water resistant does not.

3. B&C Pore Peeling Tsururi $9.80
After testing this out incorrectly the first time, I tried it out again with tips from helpful youtube comments who could read the instructions. ;) Sadly, even after massaging this nose mask as instructed, I found no difference in the state of my blackheads. I don't think I would repurchase this, plus is smells pretty strongly of glue and chemicals. I'd rather use my Queen Helene Mint Julep mask!

4. Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing Shampoo $12.60
This shampoo was very liquidy and hard to manage. It doesn't spread well though the hair and smells very strongly, reminding me of tea tree oil. It left my hair stripped to the point where my conditioner couldn't compensate and my hair just felt drier. I'd skip this and try a drugstore option instead.

5. Barielle Intensive Hand Treatment Cream $20
This hand cream came with cotton gloves and the idea is to apply this at night to supposedly wake up with soft, supple hands in the morning. Instead I had waxy, coated hands that didn't feel super hydrated. The product just didn't sink into my skin even with the cotton gloves on all night. I'd rather stick with my beloved Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy instead.

Nice List

This is by far my favorite lip product for this year! Revlon Lip Butters are a moisturizing lipstick that imparts more color than traditional "lip butter" products. It's much more of a lipstick than a lip balm and is nearly identical to my former favorite Dior High Shine lipstick. I love this lip product so much that I dedicated an entire video/blog post to my collection of these lipsticks. My favorite shades are Peach Parfait (everyday natural peach) and Lollipop (flattering fuchsia).

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed $25
A surprise favorite, this is hands down my favorite blush of the last year. I bought this on a whim from Ulta since I don't tend to go for brownish blushes and I knew it would be unique in my collection. Ever since, it has been difficult to put this baby down. It's been an everyday favorite and I don't even remember the last time I've been this consistently devoted to one blush! The other pinks, plums, and corals in my collection are jealous. ;)

3. Stila Hair Refresher in Jade Blossom $28
This dry shampoo is the best-performing dry shampoo that I've used to date. The smell is nice and fresh without being too heavy or powdery and the clincher is that at the end of the day, my hair still looks as nice as it did in the morning. I don't really think any other dry shampoo I've tried has lived up to that! The only downside is that the powder is white and my hair is black so I have to do a thorough brush-through, but the effort is worth it for no grease all day.

4. Sigma Sigmax F84 Angled Top Kabuki brush $16
This is the magical brush that makes your foundation look airbrushed. The fibers are very soft and dense and I like this rounded angled version because it gets in all of the contours of the face easily. Using this brush makes foundation application quick and flawless and makes streaky liquid foundation a thing of the past.

5. Tarte Smooth Operator Powder $28
I first got a sample of this powder from Sephora via a suggestion from the sales associate. I've tried quite a few powders this year and didn't have high expectations, especially since I tend to avoid loose powders due to inevitable powder accidents, but this powder had the smoothness of MUFE HD Powder with the oil-controlling abilities of my favorite MAC Blot powder. Actually, I think this powder actually holds up longer than my MAC Blot! It's the best of both worlds.

I hope you enjoyed this year's edition of the Naughty & Nice list! I'll be posting up the makeup tutorial of the look in this video very soon. Let me know in the comments your own naughty and nice products and if you'd like to also do this tag, feel free to link to your post as well. Have a restful holiday and be safe!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Acne Update & Clearasil Review (and giveaway)!

So today I have something to share with you that will again touch upon a topic that is a struggle that I've been dealing with for quite some time now: ACNE. I know many of you may think that acne is something that only teenagers deal with but it's actually something that has been very up-and-down for me (mostly down) for the last 16 years. It may seem like I have very nice skin in my videos but there is a lot that can be said for lighting and glow, the latter coming from meticulously taking care of my skin since I was young, throughout the good and bad.

So to give you an update on my current skin condition, it is combination, sensitive, and acne-prone meaning that changes in hormones (like switching birth controls), weather, traveling & work-related stress, proper sleep, or skipping washing my face can all lead to a lovely few breakouts. After a few of these events combined 3 months ago, my skin went really unbalanced and I had some uninvited cystic bumps covering my cheeks, chin, and sides of my mouth. Ouch, super painful.

Since the manufacturer of my old beloved prescription face wash discontinued making the product, I've been on the search for "the one". I know this sounds so cliche, but when Clearasil wanted me to review their new Perfectawash specifically targeting those with acne, I was actually feeling desperate and crossed my fingers that it would help. You guys know I get tons of requests for product reviews but this one is something I would 100% be interested in myself so it just felt right. :)

Here are my thoughts on the product!

Basically, the Perfectawash is a face wash system that comes with a hands-free dispenser and 2 face wash scents, Superfruit Splash (pink) and Soothing Plant Extracts (green). It contains 2% Salicylic Acid which I will say in high school did nothing to help my acne but nowdays is my acne fighter of choice. It's the same ingredient that is the super acne fighter in my beloved Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and I actually do see results with it more so than Benzoyl Peroxide which tends to dry out my skin and bleach my towels and clothes.

I don't want to repeat everything I said in the video here, but to make a long story short, over the month that I have been using it, my skin has steadily been improving so I really do think this face wash has been helping over my non-acne-fighting washes that I've been testing out lately. It also doesn't strip my skin of moisture and the hands-free dispenser, which may seem gimmicky to some, actually does look quite nice and is hygienic and fun to use. At $19.99 for two 5oz washes plus the dispenser, the kit is a pretty good deal and refills will retail at $8.99. 

The kit will be sold at here starting December 26th and I believe will be at other retailers next year as well. 

I still have a few cystic bumps that are healing and others that are now hyperpigmentation spots, but hey, if I truly did have perfect skin then what kind of acne product reviewer would I be, right? ;)

If you would like to be entered into the giveaway for one of these Clearasil Perfectawashes, please leave a message in the Youtube comments letting me know what your biggest skin concern is. There will be 5 winners randomly selected and the giveaway is for the US only, ending in 1 week.

Readers, what is your greatest skin concern? Acne? Eczema? Blackheads? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Birthday OOTD & Vlog :)

Hi everyone! I just first off want to say thank you so much for the lovely birthday messages you've sent me. I'm not gonna lie, it's not something I was expecting and I actually got a bit emotional reading all of them. Maybe it is redundant for me to say it, but I really want to say how deeply I appreciate all of your love and support.

As I told you before, I recorded an Outfit Of The Day (aka OOTD) video for my birthday, and I also included a reveal of a couple of special presents.

Items Mentioned:
Abercrombie Lace top (similar / similar)
Forever 21 tank top & satin blazer, size 2
J Brand "Clocker" legging jeans, size 23
Stuart Weitzman Wedgelin boot, size 4
Necklace and bangle were from various Hautelook sales (my invite)
Michael Kors "Blair" watch in rose gold
Louis Vuitton Trevi PM

Lipgloss is MAC 3D glass in Racy (Sadly it's an old limited edition which I am crossing my fingers that they will re-release because it's one of my favorite lipglosses of all time!)

So here is my outfit in pieces since I didn't have room to do a full-body with the giant Christmas tree behind me. ;)

My bling for the evening. Gold tones and Urban Decay Zippy glitter polish. This crystal quartz necklace is especially one of my favorite pieces of the moment. I got it from Hautelook (for a dang good discount) and the designer is Vivian Tamayo. I'm also lusting after similar crystal pieces like this and this. There's just something about rock crystal that is really cool and edgy, and matches everything I own.

Birthday present reveal! This is the Michael Kors Blair rose gold watch that I bought during the Macy's Friend's & Family sale. The Macy's site listed the face as being 41mm but Nordie's and Dillards lists it as 39mm. No idea which is true but I think it looks nice on me even though I have tiny wrists.

Also available in champagnechocolate, silver, and silver with rose gold accents.

And here is my bag reveal of what I got from Louis Vuitton in Paris! It's the Trevi PM in Damier Ebene. I love the pleats and how it has both top handles and a shoulder strap for versatility. It's my first and only LV purchase and I am totally in love with it!

Here's what it looks like worn using the top handles.

And my favorite way of wearing it, using the top straps which is much more comfortable and convenient.

And of course, here are the two cameos from the vlog at the end of my video.
First is my very special birthday cake appearance, Hello Kitty. =^_^=

And second is my long-haired Chihuahua, Cherry. She's a total sweetie!

I hope you enjoyed my outfit and getting a little peek into my birthday activities with my family as well. It was truly a wonderful one this year and I feel so grateful to be with the people I love, and of course to be given the blessing of your love and support as well!

Just out of curiosity, since the purse was a huge splurge for me, I want to know in the comments how you guys feel about big splurges on luxury items? Is it something you do and do you feel it's worth it? What was your favorite splurge purchase? Let me know!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

L'Oreal Infallible Shadows & CVS Beauty Clearance haul!

Hello everyone! Today is my birthday and I've been running around doing lots of important birthday things like renewing my driver's license, eating birthday lunch with my mom (yummy 양장피!), and posting a birthday blog post on my blog. I might even eat cake later tonight, who knows! I'm crazy! Hehe.

It seems like retailers lately are really taking advantage of it being my birthday this month. (You know I'm kidding! I guess people buy gifts for other people sometimes too.) I'm not gonna lie though, I have thoughtfully made my contribution to our economy thanks to the holidays this year and my birthday is no exception. In lieu of the season, as well as some decent new products and sales, I bought some new stuff on the cheaps and want to share my haul with you!

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Amber Rush, Bronzed Taupe, Golden Sage, Perpetual Purple
Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation in Natural Beige 7072
Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Copper Spice
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Gel CreamLiner for Green Eyes & Hazel Eyes
Wet & Wild 6-Pan Eyeshadow in Vanity (trios / 8-pans)
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish in Tyin' The Knot 32
Revlon Scented polish in Mon Cherry 335
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in Cream
Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Pink Punch

First of all, can I just say the L'Oreal Infallible shadows are pretty fantastic? The wear on these is ridiculously good and they do NOT crease on me, which is awesome for those monolid/sok ssangapul (hidden crease)/wonk eye days. I've cried through wearing this and my makeup was surprisingly intact later on.

Here are some swatches of Perpetual Purple, Golden Sage, Bronzed Taupe, and Amber Rush.

This was just a screencap from my video, but you can see how pigmented and metallic they are! In real life they are even more saturated and vibrant than shown here. I for sure need to go back and get the deeper colors for doing easy monolidded looks!

As for the big beauty clearance, I wasn't even really planning on hitting up CVS but I spotted the big red letters as I picked up some alterations and couldn't resist.

If you'd like more info on the CVS sale including a "Master List" of items to check prices on, visit Nouveau Cheap, my favorite drugstore beauty blog. She has helped me on endless hunts through drugstore beauty aisles and I credit a lot of my drugstore favorites to her hard work!

For anyone who picks up Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow quad in Copper Spice, you can check out my previous tutorials using it here and here.

I'm going to try and record a quick birthday Outfit Of The Day before going to dinner tonight. I hope you enjoyed the haul and thank you SO MUCH for all your sweet birthday wishes on twitter and youtube! You don't know how immensely my heart feels lifted when I read them, knowing you guys took the time to send me your warm wishes. <3 This birthday I feel so loved and it wouldn't be the same without your continual love and support. THANK YOU!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Naked 2 Holiday Tutorial!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited for this weekend! My birthday is the 14th so I'll be celebrating tomorrow with my family and I'm actually really looking forward to it. I even think I may record some vlog footage just because hubby and I special ordered a cake and it's just too awesome not to share. As another year has gone by, I somehow feel like I am comfortable being the age that I am although being officially in the upper 20's probably means I should stop posting my age, right?  ;)

Anyway, this time of year is also the time for a lot of celebration and tons of holiday parties! In lieu of that, I thought I would create an updated holiday look my Naked 2 Palette (review here) which also has a modern twist!

Products mentioned:

Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream (also here)
Tarte Smooth Operator Powder
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Verve, Snakebite, Foxy, Bootycall)
Wet & Wild Gel Eyeliner
Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow pencil
Urban Decay Cannonball mascara
Covergirl Lash Exact mascara
Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in powder pink
Darkness Wxos lashes
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
NYX Mosaic powder in 01 Highlighter
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (Peach Parfait and Lollipop)

Here are my pics of the final look:

Somehow I feel like I can't get the exact true color of Lollipop to come across properly, but it is somewhere between these photos and the video. It's a vibrant orchid fuchsia pink with plenty of pigmentation, which I feel is a fun take on the classic red holiday lip!

Here's a close-up so you can see the shading of the eyeshadow. Verve really is such a pleasing oyster, silver-taupe color that brings a lot of light to the eyes.

Gotta love those holiday lights! Classic makeup during the holidays is always a no-fail look. For those of you who shy away from bright lipsticks, I encourage you to take a step out of your comfort zone and try a bright fuchsia or red! I love Cherry Tart and Lollipop from Revlon's Lip Butters, but I also really LOVE NYX's Round lipstick in Fusion, Snow White and Eros (swatches here) as well as Black Label lipsticks in Orchid and Cherry (swatches here).

Happy holiday partying and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if you decide to try out this look, or at least attempt a bold lip this season. ^__^

Thursday, December 8, 2011 Charity Auction!

Hey guys, I wanted to post up a blog dedicated to the charity auction which is being held for the second time this year, ending soon on December 12th. I was so insanely happy to see how well last year's auction went, especially with my particular contribution, because I know it included my beloved readers who were amazing enough to give such a generous amount (far exceeding the value of the actual blush) to Doctors Without Borders.

This year's auction is already off to an amazing start, with bids reaching above the total amount collected last year in the very first day! It has been such a blessing to be a part of this yearly donation that the incredibly sweet KarlaSugar has put together and I wanted to show my support a second time by donating a limited edition item, the unique Paul & Joe "cat" Lipstick C in 068.

Paul & Joe's famous "cat lipstick" was released as a limited edition item in the Claire de Lune A/W 2010 collection. The Lipstick C 068 shade is called "Moon Shadow;" it's a raspberry pink with gold flecks. The finish is moisturizing and glossy with semi-sheer color. It's a very wearable color that would be flattering on almost every skintone.

This year's auction has other really incredible items including the entire collection of Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes. (omg!) You guys know how obsessed I am with shade Exposed (which I went on and on about in my Nov Hits & Misses) and I'm so tempted to collect them all!

Another jaw-dropping auction item is Urban Decay's contribution of "the Ultimate Collection" which includes:

• Ammo Palette
• Sustainable Shadow Box
• Midnight Emergency Kit
• Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils: Binge, Graffiti, Covet, Lust, Ransom, Zero, Stash, Rockstar, Lucky, Electric
• Five 24/ Glide-On Shadow Pencils: Delinquent, Rehab, Sin, Narc, Clash
• Five Lipsticks: Rush, Revolution, Trainwreck, Hotpants, Midnight Cowboy
• Three Stardust Lipglosses: Space Cowboy, Glitter Rock, Andromeda

I may have peed my pants a little when I saw that one. Seriously, these are only just scratching the surface of all of the amazing things available this year so definitely check this one out!

Each contributor is donating the shipping price as well so shipping is included for each item. As a bidder all you have to do is sign up for an account which will securely hide your e-mail and personal information, bid away, and see your lemmings go to a good cause. :)

As with last year, your winning bids will be directly donated to Doctors Without Borders which is an organization that focuses on people all across the world in need, especially to women who have been through a disaster. For example, they treat victims of rape in Papua New Guinea, flood victims in Mexico, and women at risk of death from childbirth in Pakistan.

I hope that you guys can head over to the site to see all of the lovely beauty products before the auctions end. Again, they will close down Monday, December 12th at 5:00 PM CST so make your bids before then, and good luck!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

November Hits & Misses

It's time for another monthly Hits & Misses roundup! This month includes plenty of lip products to keep those puckers nice and moisturized during the frigid cold. I woke up this morning to snow on the ground, which may be our first tangible snowfall this year. Burrr, I'm so glad I don't have to drive a terrible distance through bad road conditions anymore like I had to for my last job!

In the video I also talk about my new blush obsession (seriously) which you can check out below:

Products Mentioned:
Revlon Lip Butters (my full post on them)
B&C lip cream in Peach (lemon/apple<-- peach is out of stock everywhere I looked :(
Blistex Deep Renewal Lip Balm
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Exposed
Jeune d' age Organics eye cream
Lancome Le French Touch Absolu lipstick
Darkness Lashes in WXOS (drugstore options Maybelline / Modlash / Ardell)

For some reason I feel like I have been drawn toward more natural makeup lately with the shorter lashes and neutral-colored blush. It's so weird because I've always been a pinky-peachy type of blush person! Maybe the weather has also caused me to be lazy with my makeup and just grab my go-to favorites but I must say, it will be very difficult in the future for me to find an obsession beyond the Naked palettes, Tarte blush in Exposed, and Revlon Lip Butters.

click below for my full review

Speaking of Revlon Lip Butters, I've heard some comments from people saying that it dries their lips out (Maybe similar to how the Lancome one dried my lips out?) after a couple hours of wear. I haven't had this problem personally but I just wanted to bring up the possibility in case it's been an issue for you. Everyone's chemistry is a bit different so feel free to have an open discussion in the comments.

I also wanted to bring up a lip balm that others love but I've actually had a terrible time with: EOS lip balms.

It's possible that I bought a dud but mine was very dry and stiff to the point that it was difficult to even apply. It just does not glide on! After not using it for a few months, I recently tried it again and it smelled like cardboard. Yuck! It promptly went into the trash. For those of you who love this lip balm, please let me know in the comments how this is supposed to feel because my experience with it was like an awkward first date. I should like him but maybe the chemistry just wasn't right! ^_~

Oh and for the Tarte blush in Exposed, I have swatches here and used it in this SNSD The Boys tutorial. Don't let online pictures fool you (such as this stock photo from Ulta above), this is a neutral pink blush, not a bronzer brown! I don't think I've had a blush obsession this strong since I first fell in love with my dearly discontinued Rock & Republic blushes, may they rest in peace.

Let me know if you've had any recent makeup obsessions. I've had so many recently and I want to know I'm not the only one. Leave it in the comments! ;)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review & Swatches

Wowee, what a busy week this has been! There's just been too much to post I hope you guys have been as excited about all the fantastic new products that have been coming out as I am!

One of the most hyped products right now is the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette which was just released on earlier today for $50. It won't reach other retailers like Sephora and Ulta until mid-January 2012 so if you want to be the first to get this, you'll have to fight the masses on Urban Decay's website each day. So is this palette worth the hype? Let's take a look.

The palette comes nicely housed in a tin-style container, reminiscent of Asian pencil cases, with a mini Lip Junkie lipgloss in the shade "Naked", of course.

Opened up, the layout is quite similar to the former Naked Palette with 12 full-sized eyeshadows and a full-length mirror going across the top. Value-wise, this is great for neutral lovers since 1 eyeshadow for Urban Decay retails for $17 so you are getting $204 worth of eyeshadow for $50 and that's not even taking into account the brush and lipgloss included.

This mirror is actually much larger than the old palette, embedded in cardboard. I didn't use the mirror on the last one since it was so small but this one is a more adequate size for actually putting eyeshadow on. The synthetic brush is dual-ended with a rounded blending brush end and a flat brush end.

The lipgloss is a cute miniature size with a pretty filigree cap. The color is quite wearable and pretty, and it also has a cooling minty sensation. I also show in the video that the angled squeeze applicator is a bit rubbery to give more "drag" in application. This will be an easy addition to throw in my purse since it's so tiny but it also probably doesn't hold a ton of product.

Here you can see the palette contains 12 shadows, 3 of which are mattes (foxy, tease, blackout) and I think it's a good call that they added a matte highlight shade and matte black this time around. I was actually hoping for more mattes since I dearly love Buck from the last palette but they have quite a lot of metallics and satin-finish shades instead, and of course a signature metallic-with-glitter Chopper.

Here's a close-up of each section:

Foxy - matte cream
Half-Baked - metallic neutral gold
Bootycall - satin champagne (very similar to Virgin from the original Naked palette)
Chopper - metallic rose gold with silver micro glitters
Tease - matte mushroom taupe with purple undertones

Tease - matte mushroom taupe with purple undertones
Snakebite - satin deep bronze (gooooorgeous)
Suspect - satin light taupe
Pistol - satin warm steel grey
Verve - pale metallic slightly pinky grey (I really love this shade from the Rollergirl palette)

Pistol - satin warm steel grey
Verve - pale metallic slightly pinky grey (I really love this shade from the Rollergirl palette)
YDK - metallic toasty taupe with coppery micro micro glitters
Busted - satin plummy dark brown
Blackout - matte black

Here are swatches of all the shades on my arm:
foxy / half baked / bootycall / chopper / tease / snakebite / suspect / pistol / verve / ydk / busted / blackout

Comparing this to my original Naked palette, the Naked 2 contains more light metallic shades as well as more medium greigey-taupey colors. The original leaned very warm and I would not say this one is cooler, per se, but it does include more of those medium, I'm-not-sure-how-to-describe-this-color, greyish purplish taupish tannish shades.

Here's a dupes list:
Foxy - Used to be available in individual pot form, but not anymore so it's not "new" but new to me.
Half Baked - The only shade that is included in both Naked palettes.
Bootycall - Palette exclusive shade. Very similar to Virgin (Naked) and I think it was a little unnecessary since you have Foxy for highlight and Verve for inner corner brightening.
Chopper - You can buy this individually. It's much rosier and more glittery than Sidecar (Naked 1).
Tease - Palette exclusive shade. I wanted this matte to be silkier than it is.
Snakebite - Palette exclusive shade. Slightly darker version of Smog (Naked 1).
Suspect - This shade was in the Rollergirl Palette.
Pistol - Palette exclusive shade.
Verve - This shade was in the Rollergirl Palette.
YDK - You can buy this individually. Similar to Sidecar (Naked 1) but a touch warmer and without glitter.
Busted - Palette exclusive shade.
Blackout - This matte black has been in several palettes including the 15th Anniversary palette.

Technically there are 5 new shades, but since Foxy was formerly discontinued, there are 6 in this palette that are new to UD's current lineup. Did I mention I LOVE my Rollergirl palette? I'm happy they included 2 of those shades in here as well.

One thing that does slightly bug me about this palette is the layout of shades. Naked original had a logical progression from lights to darks with a few coordinating lighter-darker shades being placed next to each other. Naked 2 on the other hand seems to skip about more instead. I want the coordinating lighter shades to the left of darker ones! (Original Naked Palette below)

Do you need both Naked and Naked 2? Honestly probably not. Most of the shades are close enough to being duplicated from the first palette that it wouldn't warrant another expensive purchase. If you don't own either palette though, I think the Naked 2 is a really wonderful and well-rounded palette with a good range of light to dark colors in a variety of finishes. The glitter shades from Naked (Sidecar, I'm looking at you) went less used than the rest of the shadows but the glitter in Naked 2 (gorgeous rose-gold Chopper) is such a beauty and the glitters seem less dense that I think it might be one of my most-used shades in the very near future.

It just comes down to what shades you prefer on yourself. If you want traditional warm browns, I recommend the original Naked. If you prefer medium, taupier colors then try Naked 2.

As for me, my perfect palette would be:
Naked original except replacing Sidecar (metallic taupe with glitter) with Chopper (rose gold)
Toasted and Hustle (purples) with Verve and Pistol (greys)
and Creep (almost black with glitters) for Blackout (matte black)

In other words, you can't make me decide! Too bad we can't have it all unless we own both.... ;)

So what do you think? Will you be picking up the new Naked 2? Which palette do you prefer?

Disclaimer: Thank you to Urban Decay for generously gifting this palette! This post is not sponsored.

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