Monday, November 5, 2012

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
I have finally caved in and purchased the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette!

One of the major reasons I postponed this particular purchase was because of the price. At $60CND, I found it hard to convince myself to follow through with buying this popular palette. However, with my Birthday coming up in a few weeks, I decided now was the time, if ever, to get my hands on Naked 2.

I have to say, I have had my eyes on this pallete for quite some time, so I have had enough time to decide if I really wanted it. Most of the time I looked for alternatives to the Naked palettes, yet when I went to Sephora I would always walk by them.

What attracted me most were all the beautiful neutral colours. I am not a big fan of colourful eye shadow. In fact, my Coastal Scents 88 shimmer palette remains untouched because I can't find use of the colourful shadows. 

Both Naked palettes are quite similar in terms of the eyeshadows they contain. In fact, many of colours closely resemble each other. Also, Half Baked appears in both palettes. However, I preferred the Naked 2 to the first Naked Palette for a couple of other reasons:
1. Naked 2 comes with a matte black- essential for a smokey eye
2. Naked 2 comes in a sturdy metal tin that snaps shut
2. Naked 2 comes with a dual-ended brush. One side can be used for packing on colour, while the other side will help you blend.
3. Naked 2 has a full-size mirror on the compact itself

Overall, I am happy that I have finally bought Naked 2. Even though the price was an issue for me at first, I look at the palette as more of an investment. I think that you are getting your money's worth because you are getting 12 decent-sized eye shadows that will not only last you quite a long time, but you will also get great use out of all the colours.

A definite-must in your make-up collection.

Naked 2 Palette includes:

12 eyeshadows:

  1. Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish)
  2. *Half Baked* (golden-bronze with shimmering finish) appears in Naked 1 palette
  3. Booty Call (shimmering cork)
  4. Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter)
  5. Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish)
  6. Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base)
  7. Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish)
  8. Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish)
  9. Verve (oyster with shimmering finish)
  10. YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base)
  11. Busted (deep brown with shimmering finish)
  12. Blackout (blackest black with matte finish) 
1 Dual-ended (Shadow/Crease) Brush
1 Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked (pinky neutral)
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire- Make-up Remover

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire

After hearing so many good reviews about Bioderma's Sensibio H20 I decided to check out what all of the hype was about. I ended up purchasing the 250ml bottle from Shoppers Drug Mart on sale for around $20.

Now, this is definitely the most expensive make-up remover that I have purchased. At first glance the solution literally looks like a bottle of water, so I was skeptical about what exactly I was paying for. I contemplated whether it would be worth the price. However, after using it for a couple of months, I have many good things to say.

First and foremost, I love how gentle this solution is. As the name of the production suggests (H20), the Sensibio H20 is described as a 'cleansing water'. These properties are apparent when you actually apply the solution on your face. Unlike many other makeup removers that I have tried, this one does not leave an oily film or irritate my eyes. When I apply the solution to my face, it literally just feels like water.

Directions: What I do is soak a cotton ball or cotton pad and gently press into my skin. I do not scrub my face. I let the product absorb into my skin so that my makeup breaks down and literally slides off onto the cotton ball/pad. Many other make-up removers I have tried spread the make-up around my face. This ultimately means I have to use multiple cotton balls/pads to completely clean my face. Even after that, I usually do not feel like my face is clean. Things are completely different with the Bioderma Sensibio H20. Every last bit of make-up comes off- even stubborn eyeliner!

Packaging- The only con I really have concerns the packaging. You have to pour the product onto your cotton ball/pad, which means you risk spilling it. I believe the 500ml bottle comes with a pump which is much more efficient. It allows you to control the amount of product you use. I really wish the 250ml bottle also had a pump.

Overall Rating- 4.5/5 I would highly recommend this make-up remover. Although the price is steep, I believe it is worth every penny. I have sensitive skin and this solution is so gentle that it does not irritate it whatsoever.  I took off 1/2 a point because of the lack of a pump.

Have you tried any other Bioderma products that you would recommend?