Wednesday, August 15, 2012

beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger.

Here it is - part two of my recent shopping haul!

I went into Sephora with a few things on my wishlist. I ended up purchasing Urban Decay's Naked Palette, Benefit's They're Real! mini-mascara, and Tarte's blush and bronzer set. I also was recently given a set of Sephora Nail Bling Nail Stickers that I haven't had a chance to try yet.

Urban Decay: Naked Palette

The most important thing on my makeup wishlist was Urban Decay's Naked Palette. I have been wanting to splurge on this for some time, and finally had an excuse to! When I went into Sephora, I was still debating between the original Naked Palette or Naked 2, but ultimately chose to start with the original.

I've been using this palette a lot since I bought it. Generally, I love using more neutral colours to create a smokey eye. Browns and golds are my go-to eye shadow shades, which makes this palette perfect for me! I love the range of colours and the variety of shimmery and matte shades.
Benefit: They're Real! Mascara

After hearing rave reviews of Benefit's They're Real! mascara, I was intrigued. Not feeling secure enough to purchase the full-sized mascara, I decided to buy this smaller size to try it out. Now that I've tried it, I am wishing I bought the full size one!

My favourite mascara has always been Dior's Diorshow - it is just an excellent mascara all around. But after trying Benefit's They're Real mascara, I am completely torn between an old love and a new favourite!

The mascara wand with this mascara is amazing. The rounded tip of the wand makes getting those inner lashes and bottom lashes a million times easier. The mascara itself lasts all day without any smudging, even in the summer heat! And the best part? It makes my lashes look amazing. I have a new love in my life, and it is Benefit's They're Real! mascara!

 Tarte: Dollface Blush and Park Avenue Princess Bronzer

When it comes to blush, NARS is my go-to brand. However, I have heard some really wonderful things about Tarte, but had never tried anything from them. So when I saw this blush and bronzer set, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try out something from the brand.

While the blush looks like a really bright pink in the packaging, it actually comes off as a much deeper and richer colour. It looks really beautiful, especially on bronzey skin! It lasts really well and the pigmentation is quite good!

I actually love the bronzer more than the blush! Unlike so many other bronzers that I have, this has a nice golden tone to it, rather than brown. It looks beautiful on the cheeks and is absolutely perfect for summer!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your most recent makeup buys?

xo Shannon


  1. I have really wanted to try the Benefit mascara is it worth it?
    UD Naked Palette is one of my faves of all time. :D

  2. Nice buys! The last makeup I bought was some lipstick.

  3. Good products... X


  4. The Mascara looks great. I know what you are talking about...when I go out to shop whats on m list I definitely always buy mnore :)
    Love your make up posts!!

  5. Nice haul.. I am prolly the last blogger who hasn't got the naked palette as yet.. :D

  6. I have a smaller Naked palate..and I'm obsessed!
    xo Annie

  7. Im getting the NAKED Pallete soon! OMGOD Im so excited, Im probably going to cry when I get it haha. In New Zealand you cant get stuff like UD, tarte, Too Faced etc... and all makeup is so overpriced here (Like Revlon Colourstay Foundation is $40....) anyways..I love your blog! xxx

  8. The make up colors are nice. I bought a Mac powder cum foundation recently.

  9. Wow, amazing products! I want the NAKED Pallete too. My latest makeup buy was bronzer:D
    xx chris

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  11. Cute items :)

  12. Naked Palette ist anwsome!!! Im using from Dior, but are only 5colours, im thinking now of buying this Palette :) xoxo

  13. love the eye palette. and seriously that title is awesome!


  14. Just saying thank you again for your SWEET comment on my blog! You are honestly the cutest ever(:

    Your comments always brighten up my day Shannon!

    -XO Abbigayle Rashae

  15. love your make up haul-especially The Naked Palette, i really want to try it now! your blog is awesome. following you, maybe you could check us out?xo

  16. I love Dior mascara too!
    I've been using it, and I'm 100% satisfied.
    Now, I need to buy that NAKED palette so soon!

  17. Yes, we have tried them all and LOVE them! You got some great stuff here!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  18. I am so jealous. What an amazing haul. LOVE the naked palette! Have a happy Thursday and be sure to check out my giveaway ending tonight!.

  19. I want it!But I never do mak up, just lipstick and eyeliner an that's all.I suck at rest.
    wanna follow each other?yes no?
    ummm, yeah.


  20. I am so jelous!!! I want that shades too :))


  21. THe naked palette was a good choice, I think there's just too many shimmery shades in Naked2.

  22. followin!:)


  23. It is often good to receive style tips like yours.

  24. Great post, fab products must try out the new mascara, sounds great

    Nick fannings blogspot

  25. I love mascaras with such brushes! :D

  26. They're real is unreal! Best mascara I've ever had!
    Is if naked2 really that good? Still don't known if I should get it or not
    xx M

  27. ooh, i too have heard great things about the benefit mascara- will have to try it out.

    and you have naked? omg soooo jealous! i bought one of the colours from the 2nd one (half baked) and wear it almost everyday... they're all so gorgeous and last so well!

  28. great shopping dear¡¡ I love the naked palette¡¡ xoxo

  29. i love the post title! i totally agree with it :) great purchases, Naked palette is amazing and the mascara looks awesome!

    Your blog is so beautiful :)
    I really enjoy reading your posts,they're very interesting!
    I'm so excited to read more posts from you and gain more inspiration <3

    hope you have a fab day hun! ~ XO
    Chriissydollxo's Blog

  30. Very nice, i loved
    Beijos Vanessa

  31. I'm gonna put that mascara on my wish list! Nice haul girl!

  32. Amazing products!! :)


  33. I loooove naked palette,only those shades suit my skin very well . Thanks for stopping by my blog & following. Following you back via GFC... Keep in touch :)

  34. Wow!the colour pallet is absolutely beautiful! gorgeous products!



  35. Love Naked eyeshadows!

  36. Oh, I love both Naked palletes...i own Naked 2 :) I also wanna try Tarte all the colors! :)

    Beauty Blog: Me and my Cousin

  37. Great buys honey love everythn!

  38. I've actually been wanting to get that Urban Decay Naked palette for a while and now knowing someone else has splurged to end up using a lot, I'm determined to get it now :) I need a natural shade palette. Only have funky colours in my collection haha.

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