Sunday, 31 August 2014

Hair Growth Update - August

The end of next month will mark a whole year since I took the last of my hair off, after it started to fall out. For now, my hair isn't that different from my last hair post, I think it is slowly straightening out as it gets longer, but it is going to take a while and I don't think it will naturally be as straight as it was pre-cancer, without the help of a straightening iron.

It has reached a length now where I can get the top half into a little ponytail, which keeps it off my face, or the bottom half into a ponytail, but it doesn't all go into one ponytail... yet!

I'm still using Lee Stafford's 'Hair Growth' shampoo, treatment pot and conditioner which is the 'For Hair that never Grows past a certain length' range. 
Next September hair update (next month) will be my last hair update, as it will have been a year since the last of my hair was taken off. ♥

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Urban Decay - Naked 2 Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Palettes, are definitely the most popular palettes between celebrity makeup artists, beauty bloggers and any makeup lover. I recently purchased my first Naked palette... Naked 2. Out of the three palettes, I thought this was the one I would use every single colour in as it has less pink/ purple tones and more brown/ earthy tones compared to the Naked 1 and Naked 3.

All of the shadows in this palette are usable, every day colours. The pigmentation of the shadow in the palette, is exactly what it will look like on the skin. It keeps the concentration and strength of colour when transferring from the palette to the eye... but then coming from the Urban Decay brand, you wouldn't expect anything less!

Below I've done swatches of each shade on my arm. There is a strong variety of shades ranging from light to dark, enabling you to create a more neutral toned down look with a mixture of the matte shades, or a dark dramatic smokey eye, combining the matte shades with the shimmery shades. It is a very versatile palette!

The palette includes 3 matte colour, (Foxy, Tease and Blackout) and 9 shimmery/ sparkly colours, (Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, YDK and Busted.)

  • Foxy - Creamy/ yellow, with a matte finish.
  • Half Baked - Golden/ bronze, with a shimmer finish.
  • Booty Call - Creamy/ pinky, with a shimmer finish.
  • Chopper - Coppery/ bronze, with a hint of glitter and a shimmer finish.
  • Tease - Earthy/ brown, with a matte finish.
  • Snakebite - Bronze/ dark brown, with a shimmer finish.
  • Suspect - Light golden, with a shimmer finish.
  • Pistol - Grey, with a shimmer finish.
  • Verve - Pearly/ cream, with a shimmer finish.
  • YDK - Light metallic bronze, with a shimmer finish.
  • Busted - Dark brown, with a shimmer finish.
  • Blackout - Blackest black, with a matte finish.

Comparing the colours in this palette to those in the Naked 1 and Naked 3, I definitely think it's the most usable and 'go to' palette out of them all. Purely because the other two palettes are dominated by more purpley/ pinky undertones, compared to the Naked 2 palette which is made up of more earthy and neutral shades, it is a much warmer palette, with a great 'basics' selection. ♥

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