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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G ‘Penelope Pink’ Lipstick

I finally popped my Charlotte Tilbury cherry the other week! I know! ‘Forever behind the times’ should be tattooed on my forehead! I will be posting a haul on that soon. This afternoon I just have time to write a short post while Finn has a nap and the weather is lovely and stormy outside! I’m so Hygge right now! And I have no idea if I used that word in the correct way. (I’m leaving it there though without googling it) because it made me laugh! Basically, I’m cosy and in the mood to chat about my new lipstick.




Firstly, the packaging! Sleek, Classy, Rose Gold perfection which I really enjoy pulling out of my handbag for touch ups.

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look 5

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look and thoughts

So the latest edition to the Urban Decay Naked palette series was released online in Debenhams on Thursday. I had Siri remind me about it since I missed the pre-launch. The only Naked palettes that I already own are the Naked 2 basics and the original Naked (see here how well loved that bad boy has been!!) the 2 and 3 never really interested me and I have never gotten around to picking up the smoky which is the only other that caught my eye. That was until Urban Decay brought the Heat!!


Anyway, I ordered this on Debenhams and collected it yesterday afternoon. After purchasing a toy helicopter for Finn (which was a lengthy choosing process) she is finally home!

Of course, I could have done the decent thing and not swiped my finger into the most appealing shade ‘Lumbre’ before taking photographs. Clearly, I don’t have quite enough self-control. The others made it to the photo’s in one piece so I’m giving myself a pat on the back for that at least.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look 5

Urban Decay Naked Heat

 I was initially going to do a first impressions post but I feel like there are already plenty of those to choose from in the blogosphere right now. I wanted to have a proper play and put together a makeup look using as many shades as I could. And this what I came up with.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye makeup look


Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look

Shades used in order of application

‘Sauced’ ~ Through the crease

‘Dirty talk’~ Underneath ‘Sauced’ 2/3 through the crease

‘Scorched’~ Outer edge of the eye 1/3 of the way over the lid

‘En Fuego’ ~Blended through the top lash line and into the Outer ‘V’

‘Ember‘ ~Outer ‘V for a bit of extra depth and definition.

‘Lumbre’~ over the lid- I applied this with a wet brush and love the outcome!!

‘Ounce’~ Inner corner highlight

I also blended a bit of each of the shades under the lower lash line.

Other products used

Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Khol eyeliner ‘bedroom black’ (tight line and waterline)
MAC Soft ochre paint pot as a primer
Illamasqua translucent powder to set paint pot.

Mystery lashes that I found in my drawer. They could be Primark ones??

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look

I absolutely love this look! I love it more in real life as I’m currently using my iPhone to take blog pics it really doesn’t translate quite as well. 😫 also, I think I’m allergic to the eyeliner I used. You can probably tell that the outer corner of my eye is smudged. It wouldn’t stop watering.Annoying. Anyway, I know no one likes a whinger so moving on!

So I managed to get 7 out of the 12 shades onto my eyes!! For me, out of the colours that I used the stand out was ‘En Fuego’ (Matte Burgundy) which wasn’t a shade that stood out to me initially but it is just so pigmented and buttery soft it’s a dream shadow to blend with and what a beautiful colour!

‘En Fuego’ aside the other shades that I’m loving are, my initial fave ‘Lumbre’ and ‘Dirty Talk.’ The pale matte shades also didn’t disappoint even though I wasn’t initially that excited by them. They serve their purpose well in this palette.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look

Urban Decay rarely disappoints when it comes to eyeshadow pigmentation and blend-ability and the Naked Heat is keeping the torch held high (pun totally intended.) The only shadow that I feel slightly disappointed in is ‘Ember.’ I just felt that its pigmentation didn’t pack as much of a punch as the other shades. I expected more from it especially because it looks so stunning in the pan. I’m now thinking that it may work better foiled. Edit– I was so wrong about this shade. It’s actually stunning! Maybe it didn’t work with the brush I was using at the time but the second time around (on a MAC 224) I find it beautiful!!

So I think I’ll leave it here because I feel like I’m transitioning into ‘review mode.’ I do have a lot of initial thoughts about the packaging etc but I want to give this palette a proper spin before I post a full review.

Urban Decay Naked heat available online now at Debenhams £39.50

I’d love to know, if you have this palette, what your favourite shades and looks to do with it are??



5 Tips For A Perfect Smoky Eye Everytime.

“I can’t do a smoky eye!” The number one problem I hear from my clients. I get why it can seem difficult. A pure black classic smoky eye especially. The possibilities for a messy outcome are endless and the ‘panda eye’ look is not a good look! It seems that most of the women I speak to don’t want to attempt a smokey eye themselves because the thoughts of winding up looking like a bamboo chewing bear are understandably less than desirable.

Because I hear about this problem so often, and understand exactly why and how things can go terribly wrong during a smoky eye application. I got to thinking about what it really takes (application aside) to perfect a smoky eye and have come up with 5 tips that will help you to nail it every single time.

1. Clean brushes

To avoid a muddy looking mess of a smoky eye and get a clean looking smouldering finish. Clean brushes are a must! Blending brushes and pencil brushes especially are a smoky eyes best friend. Have at least two clean, fluffy blending brushes and a pencil brush for smudging shadow under the lower lashes. My personal favourites are the MAC 217224 and 219 . I also love the Zoeva 228 luxe crease brush and the Bdellium pencil brush as fantastic affordable options.

smoky eye makeup, makeup brushes and palettes

2. Eyes first

We all know that regardless of what formula products you use, creating any kind of dark eye makeup look will more often than not result in some kind of a mess. Be it fall out from eyeshadow/pigments or smudging from eye crayons and Khol pencils. So it is pretty pointless applying base beforehand that will only get messed up.

This isn’t an exclusive tip but it will make your smoky eye life so much easier. Applying eye makeup first also allows whatever moisturiser or primer you use to settle into your skin which will also result in a better foundation application.Bonus!


3. It will always look a mess!

Having completely bare skin and full on smokey eye makeup can look quite jarring! It’s important to keep in mind that until you apply foundation and the rest of your makeup that this will always be the case. Don’t give up halfway through the eye makeup because of this. I know it sound’s a little strange but you have to be the boss when applying makeup, especially when doing a smoky eye. If you have total faith that it will go right then it will.



In my opinion, the key to great makeup is balance. This is especially the case when creating a smoky eye, as a true smoky, or so I was taught, is one that encompasses the whole eye. Be aware of keeping a good product balance. For example, applying minimal shadow on the lid and a heavy shadow under the lower lash line will drag the eye down and can give a droopy appearance which I’m sure nobody appreciates.

In the same vein, say you are creating a bronze/black smoky eye, adding some of the bronze eyeshadow used on the lid underneath the lower lash line along with black eyeshadow works great for adding uniformity and further balancing out the eye look. If you didn’t want to do this, no problem there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to colour placement.



5.The cleanup

This is as important as the application. Obviously, any fallout or smudging will need to be removed. The clean-up job afterwards can also lend a hand to finishing the look. Just take a face wipe, wrap around your index finger, place at the outer corner of the eye and pull upwards towards the end of the brow. This will neaten up the edge of the makeup and remove any fallout. The alternative to this would be to use tape at the outer corner while applying the eye makeup to keep the edge sharp and clean.

I hope these tips will come in handy the next time you fancy a smoky eye for a night out. What are your favourite smoky eye tips and tricks??



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