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August Favorites

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This August, I’ve been loving a nice mix of makeup. The funny part about this post is that only 2 of the 6 products I’ve picked out are new. The other few are some that I’ve had for a while and I’ve just now rediscovered.

Read on to see what I’ve been loving this August!

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Urban Decay Nooner vs Kiko Milano 46

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Nooner from the Naked 3 palette is one of my favorite shades of all time, let alone my favorite shade from the Naked 3 palette. I love a great taupe eyeshadow and a rosy taupe is even better! However, I recently bought a couple of eyeshadows from Kiko Milano (one was reviewed here) and I noticed that one of the shades from the Wet and Dry line in the color 46 seemed very similar to nooner. As soon as I got home, I tested both eyeshadows to see if they had any similarities.

Let’s check it out!

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Gone swatching: Urban Decay Naked Heat palette

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I recently did a dupes post on this here, but I though I should share the swatches I did of this palette at a Sephora recently. I’m actually in New York right now and I’ve been doing a ton of swatches from Glossier, Bite Beauty, and Sephora, so I’ll be posting those soon!

I read the review from The Anna Edit and I wasn’t interested in buying because with her review she seemed a little underwhelmed with the palette. She either disliked or wasn’t going to use 7 of the shades which is over half the palette. She wasn’t thrilled with some of the formulas and thought the colors were too bold. So for me, that cut through the hype and I decided against buying it. You can read her review here if you’re interested.

Then, I swatched it myself, and was surprised with it. I love the quality of this, and I actually really like the colors. Like a lot more than I thought I would. I like Urban Decay matte shadows, and these are no different, thought they feel more blendable then the shades from the Naked 3 palette.

This is part one of two posts: the second will discuss the other part of the Naked Heat collection including the eyeliners and lipsticks.

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The matchup: Purple monochromatic makeup

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Unlike my last post that featured mauve makeup, this will be showcasing a more purple-grey look. In this post, I’ll be using the following thing:

  • The shades pearlthistle, and nightingale from the Julep flights of fancy palette in Solstice
  • The Urban Decay primer potion in original
  • The Kiko Milano smart eyeshadow in 08
  • The Julep gel eyeliner in radiant amethyst
  • The Bite Beauty amuse bouche lipstick in cava

Keep reading to learn how to get what I call a “sunset” look. The latest trend is also called sunset eyes (see a great tutorial here) but it draws inspiration from a sunrise. The shades used include hot pink, red, orange, and yellow, shades you see in the morning. My look is more subtle, drawing colors from a sunset- dusty blue and greyish purple.

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7 dupes for the Naked Heat palette

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So the Naked Heat palette came out in the middle of June and naturally people freaked out. It was the first Naked palette in 2 years, and they hype was crazy for it. I really wanted it at first. Then I read this post from the Anti Haul blog that cut through all the noise and I decided I didn’t need it…right now.

I was however interested in the colors featured in the palette. Would warm bronzes look good on me? Would I like them? Is this a trend I want to follow?

I wasn’t sure, so I decided to look through my collection for similar shades and look a little online for some close dupes.

A quick note about this post: none of these are exactly the same as the Naked Heat as I do not own it and have not swatched. I also don’t own most of the dupes I’m suggesting. However, if you’re looking to try similar shades at a lower price, this is a good post for you. For comparison swatches, I’m using this post by The Anna Edit.

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