Makeup Resurrection: Top 5 Palettes I Need to Use More

I own enough eyeshadow to last until the end of my days. Some products catch my attention and manage to stay at the top of my makeup drawer. Other palettes I only use a few times and they end up ghosted or forgotten. These palettes have been relegated to my makeup graveyard. I want to resurrect these palettes, get them back into my regular makeup rotation and rekindle the feeling of excitement I had when I first purchased them. Let’s take a lot at a few lesser loved palettes in my collection.

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Urban Decay: Born to Run Palette Review

I’ve wanted the Born to Run palette since its release last year. The wanderlust design spoke to me on a spiritual level but Born to Run reminded me a lot of the old Vice palettes Urban Decay used to release. I own several of the Vice palettes and I rarely use them. I decided I wouldn’t use Born to Run enough to justify the $64.00 CAD price tag…then it went on sale! The price dropped to $39.00 CAD at Sephora so I decided to indulge my desire to own this travel themed palette. Let’s see how Born to Run performs! 


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Urban Decay: Sansa Stark Lipstick Review

I’ve had my eye on the Urban Decay, Game of Thrones collections since it was announced. The packaging is so rich and beautifully detailed. I’ve never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones – (but the aesthetic of this collection was calling my name). Sadly, the collection was totally sold out at my local Sephora. Surprisingly, last week, I found one lonely Sansa Stark lipstick available in the GOT display. I picked Sansa up and gave her a home. Let’s see how she performs. 


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My Makeup Collection: Urban Decay Naked Palettes

My Urban Decay collection started with an icon – the original Naked palette. That fateful day was the beginning of the longest makeup relationship of my life. I have since expanded my Naked collection to include Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smoky and most recently Naked Heat. Each palette signifies a chapter in my personal makeup saga. These palettes have been well-loved in my collection and the nostalgia is real for each palette. Let’s check out my Naked collection! 

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Ranked + Reviewed: My 2018 Eyeshadow Purchases

I thought it would interesting to take a look back at the palettes I bought last year. Last year was a palette frenzy and I ended getting caught up in it. Brands were releasing new palettes left, right and centre. So, I had no choice but to indulged in a few (too many) new eyeshadow palettes. When 2018 was all said and done, I had nine new palettes in my collection. I bought all these palettes for different reasons and I love them all – (but not equally). I’ve ranked my 2018 palettes from worst to best, so let’s check out the list. 

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Swatch Gallery: My Urban Decay Lipstick Collection

Dusty rose, mauves and the occasionally pop of outrageous colour – that sums up my lipstick tendencies. I’m not as adventurous as I’d like to be when it comes to lipstick. I usually stick to neutrals, (medium mauve and me go together in perfect harmony). I own far too many neutral lipsticks but somehow I can always justify picking up another – (albeit slightly different), shade.

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Urban Decay: On The Run Palette in (Shortcut) Review

Urban Decay never fails to grab my attention with their eyeshadow palettes. Lately, I’ve been trying to add functional palettes with lower shade counts to my collection. For that reason, I was beyond pumped when I saw the On The Run palettes announced. I had a hard time choosing which of the three new On the Run palettes to pick up – (I wanted them all). In the end, the rust and rose tones were speaking to me so I settled on Shortcut.

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Christmas Haul: Huda Beauty, Urban Decay + the Balm

Christmas 2018 has come and gone – luckily for me that means I have a few new palettes in my collection to play with. I’m extremely lucky to have brothers who are willing to buy me makeup and they made some good choices (I wrote a wish list). I had three new palettes under the tree this year! I’m stoked to finally try out Huda Beauty and add to my mountain of Urban Decay palettes. 🎄🎁✨🎅🏻


Huda Beauty Emerald Obsession – This pocket-sized palette packs a massive green punch! I’ve had my eye on this palette for a while and I was so happy to receive it for Christmas. I have light brown eyes, so I find green shades really pop on me. Brands rarely release green shadows, let only an entire palette offering a variety of greens with different finishes. The shades didn’t swatch particularly well but I found they applied well to my eyelid. I’ll be doing a full review of this palette once I’ve played with it more so stay tuned for that soon. Check out my full review here.










Urban Decay Naked Heat  – I’m one step closer to my goal of owning every palette in the Naked line! I was on the fence about buying Naked Heat for myself but I’m so glad it was under the tree this year! The packaging of Naked Heat is so beautiful and looks so stylish compared to my older Naked palettes. 

I’m late to the party but all the hype seems true with this one! The shadows are an improvement on the Naked formula for sure. All the shadows swatched beautifully, though some of the darker shades were dryer in texture. Some shades do look similar in the pan but when swatched or applied I can see the differences in them. I recently purchased the Naked Petite Heat (review here Urban Decay: Naked Petite Heat Review) when it was 50% off and a lot of the shades in Naked Heat are nearly identical. The quality seems awesome but I definitely have very similar shades in other palettes. 










The Balm Foiled Again  – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge sucker for packaging. The Balm does unique and cute concepts better than almost any other brand. The detail and thought that went into the Foiled Again palette is fantastic! I love that the outside looks like a comic book and the inside looks like a newspaper. Even the shade names tell a story! Each row has a little narrative being told using the shade names. I just love when brands are creative with their presentation it makes using the palette that much more fun. 

The Foiled Again palette contains eight foiled shadows and four mattes. The foiled shadows are gorgeous and the mattes are perfect for my skintone. I used this palette for my Christmas day look. The shadows I used performed blended well and lasted for 8+ hours without fading on me. I can’t wait to get more use out of this crime fighting palette. Check out my full review here.










I love the products I received this Christmas. All three of these palette were things that I really wanted to try for different reasons. I love eyeshadow more than any other makeup product and I’m always so excited to add to my collection. Here’s hoping Santa is as good to me next year as he was this year! 🎅🏻🤩

To view other products I purchased this holiday season, please see the links below: 

Urban Decay: Naked Petite Heat Review

Urban Decay’s Naked Petite Heat has completed my Naked Basics collection! This little fireball was on sale at Sephora for 50% a few weeks back and I decided to pick it up. Who can resist an Urban Decay palette priced at only $18.00 CAD – I certainly can’t. This mini Naked Heat is packed with shades to support any warm, fiery eye look. 


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Naked Cherry: Purchase or Pass?

Over the years, I’ve collected a small museums worth of Urban Decay products. Myself like so many other makeup enthusiasts got my start in high end makeup with the original Naked Palette. I currently own 5 of the 6 previous Naked palettes. The more recent additions to the Naked Collection haven’t excited me but my desire to complete my set is strong. Should I cave to my desire to buy Naked Cherry and collect them all?

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