Sunday, 24 August 2014

Note To Self.. No More Eyeshadow


For someone who wears eyeshadow once or twice a week (at the very most), I'm very aware that my little stash is a bit over the top. All of this for just two little eyelids? Yes, I know it's ridiculous. It's not even that there's so many, it's also the fact that many are SO similar. I have a problem.

Eyeshadows, whilst not my highest priority in the mornings, are one of my favourite things to buy. I get drawn in by all of the different colours, and the shimmers, the satins, the mattes.. Oh a light brown? Yes, I have about 5 already.. but this one is different, I swear! 
I wish I could use them on a daily basis, but I'm not the greatest at getting up on time, so find that I usually don't have time to pat on a pretty colour. ..And I'll always choose eyeliner over eyeshadow if I'm pushed for time.


My first venture into 'sensible and wearable' eyeshadows (goodbye 13 year-old me's blues, purples and shimmery whites..!) began with these little 'Color Tattoo' pots from Maybelline. With a promise of  24-hour-colour, these drew me in, and I used to use them a fair amount. The colours shown above are 35-On and On Bronze, 65-Pink Gold, and 40-Permanent Taupe. 
I spent a few weeks trying to track down Permanent Taupe to use through my eyebrows.. I'm not sure how that went in the end, as I can't remember ever trying it again! I'll have to give it another go on the brows soon, as I remember the colour doesn't quite suit my lids.
Pink Gold is one that I love to use as a base pinky-toned shades from Naked 3. This is such a beautiful shade, but you only need a tiny touch of this.. a little goes a long way.. (so don't cover your entire lid in pink!)
On and On Bronze is the first one I picked up. A beautiful colour which gives just the right amount of shimmer.

You've all seen these before, Naked 2&3. I feel like writing about Naked palettes is some sort of beauty blogging right of passage. I don't think I've ever mentioned these on my blog before, but I was lucky enough to receive both as a gift from Ben at the beginning of the year. Beautiful palettes, beautiful shades. The overwhelming temptation to try the original Naked is too much to bear! I'm thinking I might pop it on a christmas list or something.. I'd feel far  too guilty if I bought it myself.



Favourite shades from Naked 2:  Bootycall, Suspect, Verve and Pistol.
Favourite shades from Naked 3: Strange, Burnout, Liar and Mugshot.

Another thing to point out, the samples of eyeshadow primer that you get with these palettes are amazing. 
TOP TIP: Rather that ripping off the top of the sachet, or cutting the corner off, just pierce them with a pin and they won't dry out as fast! :) This goes for all sample-sized sachets. (Thank you to the lady at Kiehl's for telling me this!)


And finally, the Naked Basics palette, and two MAC shadows.
I snapped up the Naked Basics with a 20% voucher from Debenhams right as I started this blog. 'Naked 2' is my most used shade here. When I was fully blonde, I used this shade through my brows every day. Every single colour in this palette has it's use, and it's a fantastic one to take away with you on holiday, as it doesn't take up much room either!
The MAC shadows I only picked up a couple of months ago (if that). Spurred on by Rebecca's post HERE, I went on a quest to find Shroom, as another friend had also mentioned in the past, so I was keen to give it a go. A lady at MAC offered to put some on for me before I bought it, and then asked if there was anything else I'd like to try. At this point I mentioned Naked Lunch.. and well, the rest is history. 
Let me just say one thing. Being on an eyeshadow-spending-ban and having a half full MAC quad is hard...

Thanks for reading, and I'd love to hear what you think down below! :)

Also I'd love to take the time to say a massive thank you to all 700 of you readers!! I didn't even notice that number creep up, it's such a joy seeing that so many of you enjoy what I do on here, so thank you!
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20 comments:

  1. Ahh a post after my own heart. This is exactly how I feel about eye shadow palettes at the moment. Whilst I love them dearly I'm not using them as much as I should. I've made a conscious decision to start using them properly, they're too beautiful not to be used.

    The Basics Palette is fast becoming a favourite of mine!

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Precisely - yes! I just wish I could use every single colour, every single day! I need to just have a huge experiment with them all and find out what combinations I like.
      I think sometimes they can be a bit daunting as well, too many to choose from. I need to slip them into my daily routine again somehow! ;)
      Good luck, and yes, Basics was one of my best purchases of 2013! xx

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  2. It makes me feel so much better that you don't have enough time in the morning for make-up, I always feel like a lazy butt but now I feel a little more normal! I love those Naked palettes, I want one so bad!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings


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    1. Haha I know what you mean! Leaving the house before 8:30 almost every day doesn't give me much time to play with.. let alone daylight.
      The Naked palettes are beautiful, and well worth the money I say! Especially if you have a big occasion coming up, as they're so versatile! x

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  3. You have amazing taste in eyeshadow! Pinky shimmer all the way haha :)

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    1. Thank you, haha! I was a bit wary of Naked 3 at first because I didn't think pink would suit me much, but the colours are so beautiful on! x

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  4. Goodness me, what a lot of eyeshadow's! My collection is creeping up but I'm desperate to get my hands on Naked 2, I use basics everyday for my brows - the formula is just so perfect for both lids and brows! Congratulations on hitting 710 Amy, I'm so proud of you and you deserve every single one of those readers! xxx

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    1. Well Phoebe, Christmas is just around the corner! ;) If you like the Basics then Naked 2 is a good choice as it's like an extension of it - similar, very wearable, neutral shades :)
      And thank you Phoebe!!! :) xxx

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  5. I am exactly the same, I have an insane amount of eyeshadows but I use the same palette over and over again every day so nothing else gets used. Can't help but adore UD palettes though, the best high end shadows I think :)

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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    1. Yes! I really need to find a way to switch up my routine, it's hard to get out and try new things everyday. And I love the UD shadows, I find they blend a lot better than any other ones, and go brighter than others when used with a primer! x

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  6. Ah eyeshadows - my vice. I use quite a bit of eyeshadows on a weekly basis, but I always reach for my UD Naked Basics and the Too Faced Neutral Eyes. I really need to cut down on how much I buy - they're pretty and beautiful to look at, but for two eyes, I spend way too much money on things I don't use. xxx


    Daphne | subgenre of a dream | bloglovin

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    1. Absolutely, for the amount of money I've spent on eyeshadows, I'd have expected them to just apply themselves! ;) x

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  7. I definitely think you should get the original Naked palette, I have all 3 (so, so unnecessary really, but let's not think about that!) and although I love them all, the original is my favourite by far. Pixiwoo do a really good youtube tutorial using it which has become my go to look with the palette :)

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    1. Ohhh, don't tempt me! I'll have to look that up, I need some inspiration! From the looks of it, it does actually look a lot more varied than the other two! x

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  8. I can never seem to have enough of the same colours that are all a tiny bit different either! I certainly love your collection!
    xo
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    1. I know, it's silly really, isn't it! Thank you :) x

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  9. You have a lovely collection of eyeshadows! I have the naked 1 palette which is very well loved and 5 shades from Mac, I think I'm going to purchase a larger palette from Mac to house my growing collection but it will just increase the temptation to purchase more and more!

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    1. Thank you! Aaah that's the one I have my eye on..! And as much as I love MAC eyeshadows, I'm going to try and stick to my quad, buying a larger palette would be far too much of a temptation! x

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  10. you can never own too many eyeshadows ;) lovely post!

    Heather | porcelainbeautyx

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