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Urban Decay NAKED Heat Review

NAKED Heat Palette First Impressions

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NAKED Heat, the 5th palette in the NAKED series is a ‘hot’ palette featuring mainly warm, earthy, fiery tones. With 5 shimmer and 7 matte shades, it’s a good mixture of formulas. As compared to the previous palettes featuring only 2-4 matte shades and mainly shimmers.

I am not a huge fan of the NAKED series, owning only the NAKED 3 palette prior to the Heat palette. Both NAKED 3(rose-gold tone) and Heat(fiery earth tone) are the one tone kind of palette. Which I love because they are very easy to use yet so versatile.

The dual-ended brush that comes with the palette is as usual of good quality, with one side for packing on the colors and the other for blending. As long as you clean the brush in between colors, the dual-ended brush is all you need for this palette.

Swatches of NAKED Heat

Here are swatches of the Naked Heat palette. The shimmer shades all have good pigmentation and are all very smooth and buttery. The mattes are soft and buttery but some shades can be a little chalky to touch but no issues when blended out on the eyes.

From left to right: Ember, Ashes, En Fuego, Cayenne, Scorched, Dirty Talk, He Devil, Lumbre, Low Blow, Sauced, Chaser and Ounce.

Indoor lighting

Outdoor natural sunlight

My thoughts on NAKED Heat

I feel that this is the palette for summer and for those who love warm tones in general. Is this palette for everyone? I would say yes and no. The colors in the palette are mostly complimenting and very easy to pair with. However, dark earthy orange tones are not the easiest colors to work with. One can easily end up with a bruised look if the colors are not blended properly.

The colors are definitely on trend for the season. Perfect summer colors that can be used even in transition to fall.

My favorite colors in the palette are Chaser, Lumbre, He Devil, Scorched and Ember. Chaser is a lovely light peachy matte brown that is very smooth to blend. It works great as a transition or highlight. Lumbre, Scorched and Ember are shimmers which are really smooth and buttery with great pigment. These are great lids and outer V(Ember) shades. He Devil is a nice medium reddish matte brown that works great all over the lid or in the crease.

My rating of the Urban Decay NAKED Heat palette: 4/5

Retailing at $83, the NAKED Heat Palette is available at Sephora and Urban Decay Free Standing Stores.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Lazada GSS Sale – RevlonXLazada Surprise Box!

Happening from 6th to 8th June, it’s just 3 more days to the LAZADA GSS SALE!

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What to look out for during the Lazada GSS Sale?

  • Up to 90% off!
  • Flash deals every 2 hours!
  • 42 Specially Curated Surprise boxes worth at least $100 for simple $29!!!

Plus use the code GSSJOYCE18 for 18% off with no minimal spending! There’s a cap of $8 max discount and only for new users though!

Sneak Peak of the Revlon X Lazada Surprise Box!

I was very excited to receive the Revlon X Lazada Beauty Surprise Box as you are know how much of a beauty junkie I am!

There’s a total of 5 items in the box and today I’m featuring two of my favourite products from the box!

First up is the Revlon Colorstay Eyebrow Liner!

I love that it’s creamy and really easy to draw! Plus it’s waterproof and almost budge proof after it settles. And it’s always a plus point when the pencil comes with a spoolie brush to brush through the brows for a softer effect after drawing. Would recommend a light hand when using this eyebrow liner as it is also very pigmented!

Would recommend a light hand when using this eyebrow liner as it is also very pigmented!

Next is the Ultimate All-in-One Mascara!

This mascara comes with a mini brush that makes it easy to get to the corner lashes, making sure that no lash is left out!

It provides volume, and help to lift up the lashes and also lengthens! The colour is also super intense to give you the defined look! And of course, it’s waterproof! No smudging even after an average of 10 hours wear!

Nicely defined full brows with lashes that are plumped up in length and volume thanks to the Revlon Brow Liner and Ultimate All-in-One Mascara!

There are only 42 boxes available that will be released throughout the 3 days of the sale so fastest fingers first! $29 is really worth it!

Surprise Box Social Media Contest!

For those who managed to snag a surprise box during the LAZADA GSS SALE ! Here’s a contest for you to win attractive prizes!

Simply post an unboxing of the surprise box you got on your social media channels with the hashtag #lazadasurprises to enter! Simple right? I’m sure many of you who do get the box will be sure to post it on social media, so just add the hashtag to enter the contest ok? Who knows you might get extra luck to win!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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My Sephora MOTD Makeup Haul

Sephora totally replaced my to go place for makeup when it first landed in Singapore. I’ve been a regular shopper there to satisfy my makeup addiction since then, almost never leaving Sephora without a purchase.  And it’s no surprise that I am a black card member with unlimited 10% off because I always hit the $250 mark to qualify for it.

So when I was offered credits to do a makeup haul from Sephora, I was more than happy to do so! I did try my best to keep within budget but I ended up spending some extra dollars.

Sephora Haul Fit For An MOTD

It’s not easy to decide on what to buy when there are thousands of choices out there! Hence, I decided to narrow it down to brands and picked enough items which allowed me to create a makeup look.

Kat Von D 

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I’ve picked up an eyeshadow palette in Rust and a Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora from Kat Von D. Kat Von D is pretty new in our local shores, and is famous for its Tattoo Liner! I already have the liners, foundation, and concealer from this brand. Hence, I’m curious on how the other products perform so I’ve got two items!

Tarte 

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I love my Tarte blushers for its longevity and pigmentations that could be built up. The Tarteist Contour Palette is great as it has all the products you need for contour and highlight including a lovely blush shade!

Nudestix 

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This is a brand which I’ve yet to try. I picked up the Eyebrow Stylus which comes along with a gel. I would say it’s pricey for a brow product but I’m pretty much blown away by how soft the pencil is and the ease of use.

Makeup Of The Day With Sephora

My makeup of the day using mostly loots from this Sephora haul except for mascara and base! I really love how the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora is such a wearable red! It’s suitable for everyday wear!!

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Shop Your Favourite Makeup With Sephora Online!

And it’s great that Sephora now have an Online Shopping platform! Shopping for your favourite makeup brands can be now done here in the comfort of your home! And it’s great if you don’t like waiting because they usually released new brands online first!

Plus I love how they deliver to POP Stations as there is one near my office. I can just collect at my own time once delivered, not having to worry about having no one at home to receive my precious Sephora haul!

Have you recently haul at Sephora? Let me know what have you bought!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Colourpop Super Shock Shadows Review

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

Colourpop has been out for a long while and I finally succumb to temptations and ordered myself a couple of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows myself after hearing all the good reviews! Plus at USD 5 a pop, it’s not too much of a loss even if it’s not as good as the review say.

colourpop super shock shadows haul

Availability: https://colourpop.com/

You can now ship directly to Singapore on Colourpop. Alternatively, one can go through Ez-buy where shipping is actually much cheaper if you are not buying a lot.

Price: USD 5

Finishes: Pearlized/Metallics/Ultra-Metallics/Satin/Matte

Colours I’ve Gotten: 

  • Luckfully (Pearlized)
  • Liberty (Ultra-Metallic)
  • Bubbly (Metallic)
  • Eye Candy (Metallic)
  • Flowershop (Pearlized)
  • Birthday Boy (Metallic) (Limited Edition)

Texture: Creme to powder (Super soft in pot)

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The texture of these Super Shock Shadows is pretty interesting. It feels like cream or I would say mousse. But it dries to a nice powder finish. Which is great because you do not have to deal with fallouts as with the usual powder shadows formulas. One thing to note is that you have to keep these shadows tightly capped if not they will probably dry out very quickly. You do not want that to happened even though these shadows are like super affordable. After exchange rate and shipping, each shadow is probably around $8.50 or less.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows Swatches

From top to bottom:

Birthday Boy/ Bubbly/ Eye Candy/ Liberty/ Luckfully/ Flower Shop

Indoor Swatch

Indoor Swatch

Outdoor Swatch

Verdict

Is spending USD 5 each worth for these shadows? Are they worth the trouble to get via an agent or the hefty shipping price?

YES!

But do read up on the reviews and look up on swatches online before deciding which to get. Because not all shadows are made equal! The star of my haul is definitely Liberty in the Ultra-metallic finish. I feel that you can’t go wrong with this finish and also the metallic ones!

Lasting power wise, they hold up for decently for a day at work(10 hours approx) without primer!

Have you gotten any of the Super Shock Shadows? Let me know which is your favourite!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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H&M Beauty Haul + First Impression

H&M Beauty Department Launch

So H&M beauty was launched recently and how can I not check it out right? Especially I’m pretty much a H&M fashion person, ditching my usual F21 and New Look(No longer in SG) when it first opened in Singapore.

Availability:

  • One Raffles Place
  • Orchard Building (Somerset)

Price Range: $7.90 to $19.90 ( Just double checked prices) 

h&m beauty haul

H&M Beauty Infinite Impact Eye Colour

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Price: $9.90

Colours I’ve Gotten:

  • At The Barre
  • Blushing Beauty
  • PeachLife
  • Paradise Found
  • Water Sprite

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Outdoor Swatch


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Indoor Swatch

 

For $9.90 a pop, the shadows are of pretty good quality with decent colour payoff. Not all shades are equal though so do a swatch before making your choices. I’m pleasantly surprised that their mattes are pretty smooth, good in pigmentation and most importantly not chalky at all. These singles are also better than the palettes that H&M also carries.

H&M Beauty Gossamer Lip Stain

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Price: $14.90

Colours I’ve Gotten:

  • Have A Heart
  • Raspberry Pop
  • Leading Lady

These stains are sweet and I meant it literally. They have this sweet candy taste when applied and makes you felt like eating them. Lasting power wise is decent but it does leave behind a very light stain to keep the colour. I think there’s a total of 6 or 7 shades for this range.

H&M Beauty Metallic Lip Stick

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Price: $19.90

Colours I’ve Gotten:

  • Sugar & Spice

Instead of the usual creamy lipsticks, I decided to go with this Metallic one with such a lovely colour payoff. It’s smooth and creamy and the colour definitely pops when worn! Sugar & Spice is one of the brighter and wearable shades in my opinion. There’s an actual gold metallic one which is pretty awesome if you want to rock the gold lip look for Halloween.

Lip Product Swatch

Here’s the swatches of the H&M Beauty Lip products I’ve bought.

Lip Outdoor Swatch

Lip Outdoor Swatch


Lip Indoor Swatch

Lip Indoor Swatch

Verdict

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The range of products is quite extensive from lip pencils to eye shadow palettes to foundations and even face masks. Definitely very affordable but I must say that not everything is value for money. For an example, the micellar water is totally passable. Save that $9.90 and get something that actually works better at Watsons.

Lips sticks and single eyeshadows are worth to check out. $2.90 a pop for a mask is not too bad either. I swatched the blushers and some powdered bronzers and they are mediocre. But for that price tag, they are pretty decent.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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