naked 3 palette
No-one will ever know for sure if Urban Decay predicted the record-breaking success of The Naked or Naked 2 eyeshadow palettes, but now that The Naked 3 Palette release is upon us, the legacy has become a particularly manic discussion point in the beauty community.

I’m simply here to answer one question for you…

Should I buy the Naked 3 Palette?

As I was lucky enough to get my paws on the palette a few weeks prior to its UK release, I have had more than enough time to learn the palette inside and out.

Before we get to the shades themselves, it is worth nothing that the Naked 3 comes with a dual-ended brush (one side a relatively flat shader, the other a fluffy blending brush) and a week’s worth of samples for each of their primers – both serving their purpose with no cause for complaint.

While the first two Naked palettes are beautiful, these twelve never before seen shades have slipped on some proverbial rose-coloured glasses, creating a more unusual and sensual selection of neutrals. For my eyes – a hazel/green/moodring sort of thing – and pale skin tone, it is the best out of the three.

Shade breakdown:
Strange – A pale neutral pink matte-satin. Very finely milled and what I am sure will become a nice alternative highlighting shade for many women.

Dust – A pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter. The only one I will be steering clear of. Though the colour is pretty, the texture is too powdery to use without a dampened brush. The ‘micro-glitter’ doesn’t feel quite as micro as it does in other shades.

Burnout – A light pinky-peach satin. Like a pearl! It has an above-average colour payoff, making it a staple neutral if there ever was one.

Limit – A light dusty rose matte. Quite a cool undertoned matte, and a shade very unusual to any in my current colour. The kind of shade you’d use to pump up a basic smoky eye.

Buzz – A metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter. I love the micro-glitter in this one; it turns the coppered shade quite metallic and has none of the fallout I expected. In fact, it is almost buttery to the touch.

Trick – A light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle. Something kind of wonderful. It’s brown… it’s gold… it’s destined to be your Night Out BFF.

Nooner – A medium pinky-brown matte. The kind of shade I would imagine Cara Delevigne keeps in her handbag for a quick swipe of cool.

Liar – A medium metallic mauve shimmer. Very similar to MAC’s Smokeluxe (which I love). There is a very pretty sheen of gold and grey on this one.

Factory – A pinky-brown satin. Very rich in hue, with a slight red undertone that makes it a gorgeous crease shade for pale girls and all-over eyeshadow for darker skin tones.

Mugshot – A metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift. The special brand of multifaceted shade that will make brown eyes sparkle (not easy to do with a brown eyeshadow, pals). Excellent colour payoff.

Darkside – A deep taupe-mauve satin. It blends perfectly and – thanks to its purple tones – brings out all sorts of aqua green colours in my eyes. It looks lovely when used as an eyeliner.

Blackheart – A smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle. ABSOLUTE MAGIC. I am always inclined to abandon the darkest colours in eyeshadow palettes (I don’t really have the lid space to stop them from looking gothic), but Blackheart is the exception. Like a juiced up version of MAC’s Black Slip, it’s the sparkly burgundy of your dreams.

The official release date for the UK is December 16th (at House of Fraser, Debenhams and online stockists of Urban Decay), so if the US release is anything to go by*, I would suggest setting your alarms now.

*Chaos. Sold-out chaos.

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by terry terrybly densiliss
Alert! Alert! We have a new holy grail beauty product on our hands. It’s called Terrybly Densiliss, it’s now available at Space NK, and it’s going to put your face in a time machine.

I may have been a die hard BB cream lover since my days as a beauty editor, but By Terry‘s latest foundation release has me picking up my terribly neglected foundation brush once again. Terrybly Densiliss is a skin miracle. While there are both powerful wrinkle-fighting serums and skin-perfecting foundations in market, this is the first product that combines the two with finesse. Not just a sprinkling of overhyped beauty oil in a layer of cake, either. Instead, a powerful balance of ‘Mimetic Factor’ (a patented plant active ingredient that works on collagen synthesis) in a satin-finish liquid foundation that feels weightless on the skin.

Seeing it hard at work on a variety of faces and ages, the ten shades currently available also cover the ghostly pale-‘coloured’ (me) to the richest ebony skin tones, virtually deleting wrinkles and imperfections on contact. In fact, fans of Terry’s old school Lumiere Veloutee will fall in lust with this. It’s Lumiere Veloutee 2.0 and then some.

At £75, Terrybly Densiliss is certainly an investment…but small change for the promise of having 23-year-old skin for the long haul.

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avon makeup
Next month, Avon are releasing 17 new eye colours and 60 new lip colours to launch a brand new make-up collection. Spearheaded by the creation of Avon’s ‘True Colour Technology’, this new collection will feature advanced and improved versions of their best selling formulas.

My personal highlight? The new Ultra Colour Lipstick. Available in thirty shades, these babies will be priced at £7.50, contain a SPF of 15, and wrap each pigment particle in a moisturising blend of Shea butter and vitamin E. The shimmer payoff from Frostiest Mauve (far right) looks incredible in photos.

Photographed below the lipsticks you will find two of eighteen shades of Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss (£6.50)Packed with anti-oxidant properties from arctic berry oil, these glosses are virtually weightless despite a high colour payoff and super shine.

The Glimmerstick lip liners round off the first photo in the shades Simple Spice and Nude. £6 waterproof lip liners that can stay put through a gin and tonic? Lela approved.

Though Avon are also releasing eyeshadow duos and an eight-in-one Naked-comparable palette called ‘The Nudes’, I was immediately drawn to their foolproof True Colour Eyeshadow Quads. Seen here in Emerald Cut, Jeans, Purple Haze, and Stone Taupes, these saturated shades are numbered 1-4 for super easy application.

Lastly, Avon’s Ultra Colour Lip Crayon. Though they look like a lipstick, they act like a lip pencil. At only £7.50, the shade ‘Reddy For Me‘ (a red for all skin tones) is set to find a permanent home in my handbag.

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