How to use the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: three pretty eye looks

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Now that Urban Decay is finally available in Switzerland – happy dance! – the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette of course had to become part of my eyeshadow collection.

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Don’t worry, this isn’t a review. Since the launch of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette nearly every beauty blogger out there has tested, swatched and talked about it, so I don’t think anyone’s waiting for yet another review and swatch post. I’m sure everyone knows by now how totally awesome the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is and you probably don’t need me to tell you again how gorgeous the colors in the palette are and how fantastic the quality of the eyeshadow is.

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So what am I going to do today then? Well, I’m going to show you three different looks that you can create with the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Have a look!

1. Very subtle (a.k.a. The Butt Naked Look)

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For this subtle and understated look I used the four lightest shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: Stranger (inner corner of the eye + brow bone), Dust (inner half of the eye lid), Burnout (outer half of the eye lid) and Limit (crease).

2. Soft and romantic (a.k.a. The Nearly Naked Look)

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For this soft eye look I used the four middle colors from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: Buzz (outer half of the eye lid), Trick (inner half of the eye lid), Nooner (crease) and Liar (inner corner of the eye).

3. Smokey yet wearable (a.k.a. The Not-So Naked Look)

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For this everyday smokey look I used the four darkest shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: Factory (inner half of the eye lid), Mugshot (inner corner of the eye), Darkside (outer half of the eye lid + crease) and Blackheart (along the upper and lower lash line).

In Switzerland the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is available at Manor for 63 CHF.

Are you the proud owner of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette yet? Which of these three eye looks do you like best?

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Review | Neutralizing redness with the Make Up For Ever HD Primer in Green #1

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A few months ago I learned how to fix the obvious color difference between my rather red face and my very yellow neck and body with the Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Liquid Pigment. I was over the moon! But now that I go foundation-free most of the time and only wear Bobbi Brown’s new powder foundation on my bad skin days, I needed to look for a new way to cover up the redness in my face. The Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Liquid Pigment needs to be mixed with liquid foundation, and not wearing liquid foundation anymore also means no color correction anymore. So I turned to Make Up For Ever again for an alternative solution and decided to give the Make Up For Ever HD Primer in Green #1 a try. Today I’m revealing whether this green primer can hide the redness in my face just as well as the Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Liquid Pigment.

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Make Up For Ever describes the Make Up For Ever HD Primer in Green #1 as a light non-greasy primer with a soft velvet finish that makes the skin look smoother by filling in fine lines and pores and makes make-up more even and long-lasting. It also promises to energize skin cells – whatever that means – and to hydrate and brighten up the skin.

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The Make Up For Ever HD Primer in Green #1 comes in a lovely frosted plastic pump bottle, contains 30 ml of product, is bright green, has a bit of a funny chemical smell and has a light runny texture that needs a few minutes to dry. So yeah, this is clearly not your typical run-of-the-mill primer.

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So far for the technical details. But how does the Make Up For Ever HD Primer in Green #1 perform? Well, as a primer it’s alright. It makes my skin a bit smoother and more even, it creates a good base for my make-up and it keeps my oily skin shine-free a bit longer than usual. And the redness? At first I didn’t really think that the Make Up For Ever HD Primer did much color correcting, but then when I took a few head shots I noticed that the color difference between my face and the rest of my body was definitely less noticeable. So even though the primer can’t hide all the redness in my face, it definitely neutralizes it enough up to a point where it doesn’t bother me anymore. Win!

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The Make Up For Ever HD Primer in Green #1 is available at Make Up For Ever and in the Make Up For Ever online store for 51 CHF.

Have you tried any of Make Up For Ever’s HD primers yet? How do you neutralize the redness in your face?

Review | Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara by Grow Luscious

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Around this time last year I fell head over heels for the Revlon Lash Potion Mascara and it looks like this year it’s the brand new Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara that has me completely lovestruck. Today I’m telling you how the latest addition to the Revlon Grow Luscious range managed to win my heart!

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The new Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara looks a lot like the Lash Potion Mascara that Revlon launched last year, both look-wise and formula-wise. The tube looks very similar, the wand looks identical and the effect of the mascara on my eye lashes is pretty much the same. In other words: the Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara adds some serious length and volume to lashes, and this in a very natural way, without clumps or the dreaded spider leg effect. Sweet!

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So is the new Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara nothing more than a copy paste of the 2013 Revlon Lash Potion Mascara? Revlon says no. According to the brand, this is their first mascara that contains only high shine pure black pigments for an intense and unseen blacker-than-black result.

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Meh. Okay. If you say so. I personally can’t tell the difference between last year’s Revlon Lash Potion Mascara and the new Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara. But that’s a good thing, because that means that the Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara is just as fantabulous as the Lash Potion Mascara that I adore so much. So I ain’t complaining, no siree!

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The Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara is available now for 20.90 CHF.

Have you tried the Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara yet? What do you think of the result?

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Review | L’Occitane Arlésienne eau de toilette

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On October 16 there was some serious falling going on at the Van Roosbroeck residence. First, the new L’Occitane Arlésienne eau de toilette fell into my mail box. Then, I nearly fell off my chair when I opened the box and saw how gorgeous the bottle is. And then my jaw fell pretty much to the floor when I actually smelled the fragrance for the first time. Yep, October 16 is definitely the day that I completely fell in love (pun intended) with the L’Occitane Arlésienne eau de toilette!

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Arlésienne is L’Occitane’s newest fragrance range and is inspired by Arles, a city in the South of France. The Arlésienne fragrance is characterized by three flowers that are typical for the Provence. It has top notes of saffron flower, accompanied by mandarin. Then in the heart of the fragrance you find rose, accompanied by lilly of the valley. And the base note of the fragrance is composed by violet, accompanied by sandal wood and tonka bean.

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Together these notes create a very feminine and floral perfume that smells delightfully soft and romantic, but at the same time also a bit mystical and sensual. For young girls the L’Occitane Arlésienne eau de toilette will probably be a bit too warm and floral – Arlésienne isn’t exactly a fresh hip fragrance – but those who like classic and slightly sensual fragrances will definitely appreciate the L’Occitane Arlésienne eau de toilette. And the bottle? I don’t even have the words to describe how beautiful it is. It’s simply stunning!

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Bottom line? With Arlésienne L’Occitane has another winning fragrance line on their hands, I’m a fan!

The L’Occitane Arlésienne eau de toilette will be available in November for 66 CHF. There will also be a shower cream, a beauty milk, a perfumed soap, a hand cream, a hair mist, a lip gloss, a solid perfume, a perfumed candle, a body oil and a beautifying powder available. So Arlésienne lovers will be able to South-of-Francify themselves from head to toe with the Arlésienne products!

What is your first impression of the L’Occitane Arlésienne eau de toilette? Is it something you might like?

P.S.: Have you checked out the beautiful Arlésienne promo video yet?

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Review | BE Creative Make Up Azure Eyeshadow Quad & Cherry Licious Lips Intense Gloss

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Since the launch of BE Creative Make Up in Switzerland earlier this month, my collection has grown from obsession level ‘you’re clearly a fan’ to ‘we love you but we think you need help’. Today I’m reviewing another set of BE Creative Make Up products for you. Have a look!

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BE Creative Azure Eyeshadow Quad

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The BE Creative Azure Eyeshadow Quad contains four lovely blues: a pale matte baby blue, a silver blue with a pearl finish, a purplish gray blue with a pearl finish and a beautiful shimmery dark blue.

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The four colors are all silky soft, nicely pigmented and easy to apply with minimal fall-out. They do tend to crease a little though, so using a good eyeshadow base first is a must.

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BE Creative Cherry Licious Lips Intense Gloss

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I used to be a real lip gloss girl, but nowadays I’m more into lipstick. Or I guess I should say ‘was’, because I have totally rediscovered my love for lip gloss thanks to this gorgeous BE Creative Cherry Licious Lips Intense Gloss. It is just so damn pretty, it totally sends my heart into overdrive!

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A lovely pink shade, intense shine, a pleasant texture and a moisturizing formula, what more could you want? I’m completely sold on this beauty. The only thing that I don’t get is the name choice – have you ever seen cherries in this shade of pink? – but what’s in a name, right?

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In Switzerland, the BE Creative Azure Eyeshadow Quad and the BE Creative Cherry Licious Lips Intense Gloss are sold exclusively at Marionnaud for 24.90 CHF and 17.90 CHF.

What do you think of these two BE Creative Make Up products? Have you tried anything from the brand yet?

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