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May empties (15 items!)

Hey everyone,

Anyone who works in the Finance industry knows that this time of year is chaos. I have been spending four hours a day on a train and the result has been a big decline in blog/ Instagram posts. As well as a zombified Lauren staggering around, looking for the nearest can of Red Bull to drain.

Now that I am based back in Belgravia and the weather has finally picked up, you can count on a lot more blog posts coming soon. Within the next two weeks there should be about 3 posts going up. Some of the ones that are currently in the works are: decluttering my makeup collection by brand, a review on the ILUVSARAHIIxColourpop collection, a project pan update, Kylie lip kit collection review (finally) and more!

Empties:

L’Oreal Preference Color Extender FREE ~ I may have a love hate relationship with the hair dye but my opinion is clear on this product. This really extends the wear of your colour and just revives it. It leaves my hair feeling amazing and it is really quick to use.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-balancing shampoo 400ml £4.49 ~ This is a great shampoo with a drugstore price tag. I will be repurchasing this for sure. It gets rid of all the oil from your scalp without stripping your hair, it doesn’t dry out the lengths of your hair and it keeps your hair looking good in between washes.

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water sample FREE ~ This is aimed at normal to combination skin and I think this would be a great product for those of you with that skin types. However, if you have dry skin like me I would give it a miss as it doesn’t do anything special for our skin type. The formula is a more gel consistency that is lightweight which is typical for products aimed at those skin types. This is a recent release which is now in stores at Boots and Superdrug in the UK.

L’oreal Fine Flowers cleansing wipes (normal to combination skin) £2.65 ~ These did remove my makeup well and didn’t stingy my skin. However, as I have dry skin, these did dry me out a little. It probably has something to do with the very strong floral scent to these. If you are sensitive to that I would avoid but if you aren’t and have the skin type these are aimed at I would try them out.


PS…Love this oval cosmetic pads 90p x2 ~ It wouldn’t be an empties post without these bad boys. These are a necessity in my collection to apply skincare and remove makeup. I will never not repurchase these.


Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures 1 minute treatment £3.99 ~ This smells amazing which was the first thing that drew me to this line. The fact that it is only a one minute treatment for someone like me who likes to be in and out of the shower quickly. Considering how long the product is on your hair for, it really does condition your hair and the scent clings to the hair nicely. Would definitely recommend picking this up.

Caudalie VINE [ACTIV] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum sample FREE ~ This is such a beautiful glowly serum that really brightens up the appearance of your skin. Obviously I am not going to purchase the full size as I don’t need an anti-wrinkle serum but I would definitely check this one out in store if you are looking for one. It gives a nice amount of hydration to the skin and leaves it soft. However, it is an expensive brand so I recommend trying a sample for yourself.


Laura Mercier Oil free tinted moisturiser in ‘cameo’ £34.00 ~ This was one of the product in my project pan 2017, which now means that I have finished 3 of the 10 items in that project! This was in my project pan because this shade was very pink toned for me. I did really enjoy using it but I will be checking for other shades when I go to repurchase it.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done hybrid complexion perfector in ‘light’ £28.00 ~ I loved everything about this product, from the formula to the coverage and wear time. However I had to use the Body Shop lightening drops every time I wore this product because the shade range is terrible and this was so dark on me, even though it was the lightest shade. It is a real shame because I really love the product but I won’t be repurchasing. Although, as you can see I did use every drop of product in this as the pump makes it so easy to use it all up. I wish more brands would have this packaging considering the price you pay for it, you want to be able to use it all up.

Kat Von D Lock it foundation sample in ‘light 44’ FREE ~ This is an incredibly full coverage foundation that lasts all day. I really love the formula of this product but I am unsure on the shade for my skin. Some days this would be a perfect shade for me an others it would be too dark. However, because I am so into the formula I will try to find my shade again next time I go to the Kat Von D counter at Debenhams.


Benefit They’re Real mascara FREE ~ This is in my empties because it has dried out and it had started to flake when I wore it on my lashes. I got this free at a Benefit Cosmetics and Marie Claire event last year, and I do really enjoy this product. However, I prefer the Roller lash mascara so I won’t be repurchasing this mascara.

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! mini FREE ~ This is an amazing brow gel, it just strikes the perfect balance between light formula and strong hold. I will be picking up a full size very soon. I prefer to use this on more natural brow days as there isn’t as much product to keep in place so I don’t need an intense hold. My only complaint with this product is the packaging. Yes it looks super cute, but sometimes it is very difficult to open because of the divots in the lid.

AVON True Colour glimmerstick liquid eyeliner pen £3.50 ~ I think that this is a really good drugstore priced eyeliner. It is pigmented, it lasts all day and there are other shades available. I have been through so many of these so I think I am going to try out some new eyeliners for a while but I do suggest looking into this if you’re on a budget.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear brow gel £16.50 ~ There is no product left in this tube for me to use. I love this brow gel. It sets your brows like concrete, they won’t move all day long. It does smell incredibly strong but that doesn’t linger after it has been applied. I personally don’t mind this but some people do so I thought I would mention that it can get a little solid on your brows. If you don’t like to feel like you’re wearing product on your brow this isn’t for you but I really love this product and will be repurchasing it soon.


That is it for my May empties, I hope you enjoyed it. This brings the total items up to 99, and the retail value to £396.67! 

‘What products did you use up in the month of May?’

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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Declutter #2 (MAC, Colourpop, Benefit and more)

Hey guys!

This was yet another attempt to reduce the clutter in my collection, not that it made much of a dent. My last declutter was focused on mascaras and eyeliners, where as this is a group of more random products.

The thing that started this off was decluttering inside my Z palette. My zebra print Z palette contains all my depotted products that I am trying to finish/ get more use out of and my MAC pigments that I pressed myself. Below is a picture of before and after I decluttered and there is a big difference. The only difference between now and the after picture is that I put my two single Revlon shadows from my project pan in there as well.

 


The only products that I will be counting in my empties items/pricing are the MAC eyeshadows and the Revlon eyeshadow, the rest won’t be. The two MAC eye shadows I am decluttering are “Da Bling” because I never wear that shade of pink on my eyes anymore, and “Retrospeck” as it has a greenish undertone that I can’t pull off. MAC eyeshadows in the pro pan form are £10 each.

The other two random shadows from the palette I am getting rid of are one from House of Colour (the light pink one) as I already have shades like this I prefer; and the Revlon Shadowlink in dark brown (£2.99) as it is super old and doesn’t get used.

The 4 other shadows are all from a Collection eyeshadow palette that retailed for £3.99 total and I depotted the shadows a while ago (that’s why I am not including the 4 in the total). I decided to keep my two favourite shades from the palette and declutter the rest. It was an okay neutral palette but some of the shades weren’t very pigmented and nothing drew me to it.

The final thing I decluttered from my Z palette was the Benefit blush in ‘Coralista’. This shade of blush generally doesn’t suit me and it is very similar to Milani Luminoso. Therefore I didn’t need this as well. All the depotted Benefit cheek products are from a set I got for Christmas, the packaging was just too bulky and I get more use out of it now its in a Z palette.

Lacoste touch of pink body lotion 100ml (FREE) ~ I got this in a set with the perfume and the body lotion is just far too strong for me. It actually smells stronger than the perfume itself. For that reason it was just sitting in my draw, so it was time to declutter that.

Urban Decay Nirvana empty palette (£8.50) ~I only have two urban decay eyeshadows and the packaging on the spine was giving out a bit. Safe the say I wasn’t impressed with the palette. The two eyeshadows that were in the palette I placed into my large black Z palette.

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MaxFactor Green CC stick (£9.99) ~ I don’t have time on an everyday basis to colour correct. Since this is only one colour, I will be decluttering it because when I do colour correct I have a kit by Sleek that I love to use instead.

PS…Angled Brow brush (£1.00) ~ This brush just got so gross from being used everyday. The spoolie on the end is now bent and the brush just isn’t up to it anymore. I have two on back up cause I love this brush so much. I use it for my brow pomades and it just applies the product so precisely. The spoolie also means that it is the only brush that I have to use to complete my brows.

MAC lipsticks:

  • Viva Glam V (£15.50)
  • Viva Glam VI (£15.50)
  • Fabby (£15.50)
  • Sweet and Sour (£15.50)
  • Real Redhead (£15.50) (LE)

When I was looking at my MAC lipsticks I decided to go through and check that they all still smelt good and that they didn’t have mould on them. Which seems to be more common in MAC lipsticks for some reason. I have never had this issue until now but the two Viva Glam lipsticks and the Limited edition one did have mould on them near the base. The other two I decluttered because Fabby was really old and I never used it as it had quite a frosty finish. The second one, Sweet and Sour, only had a little product left in it and since I only use it in the summer time there was no point keeping it till then. All of these will go back to MAC at some point (3 already have).

AVON loose pigments in “brown” and “pink” (£3.50 each) ~ The pink shade was far too iridescent for my taste in eye looks and even for highlighting my cheek bones. The packaging doesn’t have a sieve either, it just has a whole in the middle which means you have to tip it into the lid and then try and put the remainder back. Due to this I never use the brown one as it isn’t worth the hassle for a regular brown shade.

Halved my pigment collection


Colourpop Super Shock shadow in “Kathleenlights” $5 (£4.01 approx) ~ This shadow I gave to my best friend as the colour really doesn’t suit me. Its a stunning eyeshadow with a smooth formula so I didn’t want to waste it. So I had to pass it along to my friend as I love Colourpop Super Shock shadows so much and I knew she would too.

Colourpop ultra satin lip in ‘Littletitous’ $6 (£4.79 approx) ~ This looks like a beautiful pinky nude in the tube but as it dries on your lips it becomes a brighter, and brighter pink. I got my mum to try it and it happened to her too (not as much as me but similar). The results can be seen below. The picture isn’t that great but you can see that her lips are darker than the tube, it looks as though she lined her lips with a dark pink lip pencil as well (she didn’t, that is the shade getting darker still!).

Benefit dew the hoola mini (FREE) ~ This came in a magazine quite a while ago and I was so excited for it. I don’t like to give super negative reviews but this was terrible. It was completely orange and didn’t last long on the skin. I definitely wouldn’t pay the money for the full size.

Benefit Benetint mini (FREE) ~ I have the full size of this product and I just don’t use it enough to justify having two. Therefore, I thought it best to just declutter the mini of it.


That’s it for this declutter post, I hope you guys enjoyed it. I know I haven’t done a project pan update but to be honest there is only one product I have made visible progress on. I will also not be doing a February, March or April beauty haul as I just don’t have the time at the moment. Those post will be back in May though. Don’t worry about the empties posts though, these will continue as normal.

The empties items are now up to 53. Bringing the retail value up to £175.90!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

 

August empties part 2 (12 items)

Hey guys,

Part 1 of this month’s empties brought me over 1oo empties. My next project pan goal is to reach 150 empties.

Also, I start my full time apprenticeship tomorrow so I don’t know when certain posts will be coming out. I was thinking maybe doing two months worth of products at once, like a October & November empties post. Let me know in the comments whether you would like that or whether you prefer these posts monthly.

Hits:

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99) – This had to go because I could no longer get all the dirt out of it and the sponge’s pores became very large. Saying that I have repurchased it as I prefer to use this sponge under my eyes rather than my beauty blender because of the flat oval edge.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick sample in Red Carpet Red (FREE) – This is the final Charlotte Tilbury lipstick sample that I had. As I mentioned before in a empties post, I love this colour and formula. If I didn’t already have so many red lip products I would probably purchase the full size.

Seventeen Falsifeye HD! mascara in blackest black (£6.99) – I really enjoyed this mascara as it both lengthened and separated my lashes. What I mainly look for in a mascara is length rather than volume and this mascara gave me some of the longest lashes I have ever achieved. It is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras and I will repurchase after I have tried out some others that I have in mind.

L’oreal Recital Preference hair dye in refined brown (£6.00) – I have gone back to dying my hair for the winter and this product turns my hair such a lovely cooled toned brown. I have never had a problem with this product so I really recommend it.

AVON Anew lip plumping conditioner (£9.00) – I would apply this to my lips before bed to ensure that when I woke up my lips were nice and hydrated. It filled in the natural lines on my lips which made it great to apply before liquid lipstick since those are typically quite drying products. Next time I need a lip treatment it will be a strong contender.

AVON Care Intensive relief lip treatment (£1.10) – This lip balm was really basic everyday product in terms of being scentless and having basic packaging. However, this was more hydrating than expected. Whilst I won’t repurchase this product it is in my hits because if you like basic scentless lip balms, that are affordable I would recommend this to you to try out.

The middle ground:

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AVON Clearskin blackhead clearing daily astringent (£2.50) – I used this as a toner after cleansing (not sure if that is what you are supposed to do but oh well). This is in the middle ground because I cannot say for sure that this cleared my blackheads, but I haven’t had very many during using this product. Therefore, I probably won’t repurchase as I couldn’t see prominent results.

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume pre-wash conditioner sample x2 (FREE) and TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume shampoo sample x2 (FREE) – I got these four samples from two different magazines, ELLE and Marie Claire. It has the regular TRESemme hair product scent and my hair was in good condition after using it. I liked the concept of a reverse system but truthfully I didn’t experience an increased amount of volume in my hair. I don’t know whether it was because I have really thick hair or not but I won’t be purchasing the full sizes.

Miss:

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KIKO Milano cleansing pure clean make up removing wipes (£1.70) – I have a makeup wipe obsession so I have tried many different brands. I can safely say these are the worst makeup wipes I have ever tried. These burned my eyes and dried them out. It took quite a while to actually take my eye makeup off. I highly DON’T recommend these.

That concludes the August empties making a total of 20 products used in August. Bringing the overall empties total to 114 and the total empties worth to £506.93!

June empties part 2 (7)

Part 2 of this month’s empties is mainly samples so it isn’t going to bring the empties value up a lot. I’m hoping that next month there will be a lot of empties as I am nearly at the end of a lot of products.

Hits:

  1. Soap and Glory total drama clean micellar water (£4.50) – I have trialled many different micellar waters from L’oreal to Garnier to Una Brennan but I can safely say that this is only second to my Bioderma. If you are looking for a cheaper micellar water, definitely check this out. I was worried about this product burning my eyes because of the cucumber included but that never occurred and it removed all traces of makeup with ease.
  2. Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate sample (FREE) – I really like this product and although I cannot comment on the line reducing element of it, I can on radiance and hydration. This product adds another layer of hydration into my skincare routine and improved the overall radiance of my skin (due to the 10.5% pure vitamin C). I will definitely include this in my skincare routine, just when I get more lines on my face after all it isn’t the cheapest of products. For a 50ml bottle it is £39.20 on the John Lewis website.
  3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial moisturiser SPF 30 sample (FREE) – I really like this moisturiser because it is light yet it provides me with all the hydration that I need. With SPF 30 it makes it a great morning moisturiser and it does smell like sun cream which I personally like. However, I have heard from others that this moisturiser isn’t good for those with oily skin. I am definitely going to purchase this next time I need a moisturiser. The 250ml bottle is £34.00 on the website but they have smaller sizes at 125ml and 75ml.
  4. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Nude Kate sample (FREE) – I received two of this shade when I went to the Charlotte Tilbury store and two of Red Carpet Red. I love the concept of these samples. You open the cute little envelope and inside is the lipstick shaped into a pair of lips on the plastic piece. You then fold it in half and then press your lips down onto it and then your lipstick is applied. Nude Kate is a lovely everyday nude shade with a creamy formula. Safe to say I will probably be picking it up very soon. Charlotte Tilbury lipstick are £23.00 and be sure to check out the Hot lips collection as £1 goes to charity for the first two months since the launch.

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The middle ground:

  1. AVON LUCK for her perfumed body spray (£4.00) – I liked the scent of this body spray and the packaging is really cute, but it didn’t age well. By that I mean the scent became more and more like pure alcohol. With that in mind, I don’t like it enough to purchase it again and anyway I have a lot of other perfumes in my collection.
  2. REVLON lacquer balm in 105 Demure (£7.99) – This product was in my Project pan lip edition, which makes it 5/10 done. The shape of the product meant it was really easy to apply on the go. However, my problem with it was the shade. It wasn’t anything special and the glitter in it felt a bit gritty. With this gone I now own no REVLON lip products, and I won’t be purchasing anymore because I don’t like them enough to justify purchasing from a brand that isn’t cruelty free.

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Miss:

  1. Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica lightweight cream sample (FREE) – This was a miss for me because I really hate the smell of it. I can’t describe it but it reminds me of something. This along with the fact that it has no SPF so you can only wear it as a night cream, and that it is so lightweight that it doesn’t provide me with nearly enough hydration makes it a bust.

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Part 2 brings the total number of items to 76 and the total to £336.92! I can’t wait to see what the figures are going to be next month.

Coty Airspun loose face powder

This is a product that was 100% a YouTube made me buy it purchase. More specifically a Tati made me buy it product. Every other video she makes she raves about this product, its even in her top 5 favourite powders video. Naturally, after all the hype I heard about this product I had to have it.

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Where did I buy it?

Of course in the UK you cannot buy the brand Coty, so I purchased mine on Amazon UK. I paid £14.95 including shipping and it arrived really quickly, I was very impressed. You get 65g of product for the price which is such good value for money. I have the shade translucent but there are others that have colour to them. Apparently there is also an unscented version as well if you are sensitive to fragrance.

The Positives:

  • The powder is finely milled, which results in it leaving a beautiful finish to the skin
  • A little goes a long way with this powder
  • The price point- its even cheaper in the US and can be found at Walmart
  • Lots of shades available
  • Sets make-up all day, controls my T-zone oil well.

The Negatives:

  • The plastic holes in the packaging to allow product through are temperamental. I don’t know whether it is just my one or not but sometimes I get no product come through, and I have to remove it. The rest of the time I open it and its a hot mess with powder every where.
  • THE SCENT! This powder is highly perfumed. It smells very grandma and I am not a fan of it at all. There is an unscented version of it and if anyone knows how it purchase in the UK please let me know.

Random Fact:

This product has been around since 1935! With the hype still going strong, it is obvious that this product is loved by many.

What is your favourite powder?

 

Urban Decay Naked Skin one & done hybrid complexion perfector

Hey everyone,

So in my last blog post I mentioned that this was one of the products for Urban Decay that I was trialling to see whether it would support my love hate relationship with the brand. If you haven’t checked out that post, please go ahead before I get into this one. Also, please follow my blog and my Instagram which is linked on it.

Claims from the brand:

  • Optical blurring
  • Luminous finish
  • Paraben free
  • SPF 20
  • Immediate improvement in the look of skin tone that lasts for up to 8 hours
  • Significant improvement in radiance after 12 weeks of use
  • Significantly firmer-feeling skin after 12 weeks of use
  • Visibly smaller looking pores after 8 weeks of use

As you can see this product promises big things, basically everything you could wish for. Therefore, I was so excited to try this product with its promises of smaller pores, SPF, a luminous finish and long lasting coverage. The next aspect of the product that caught my eye was…

Packaging:

The packaging for this product is beautiful. It is a metallic finish bronze to a grey silver ombre tube with a pump to dispense the product. The cap on the pump is silver and has the Urban Decay logo on the bottom of it. With the writing on the tube being silver and white, the entire product looks very sleek and the colour scheme works well together. Overall, I cannot fault the packaging. I love the fact it has a pump as it makes it really easy to dispense onto the back of my hand.

Performance of product:

I haven’t been using the product long enough to assess it against the long term claims. However, I have formed my opinions on three of the claims mentioned above. Optical blurring, luminous finish and immediate improvement in the look of skin tone that lasts for up to 8 hours. This product gives a lovely luminous finish on the skin and provides a good amount of coverage expected for this type of product. I really like the way that it blends so seamless. Also, the ingredients in it are aimed to make it more hydrating so it works well with my dry skin. BUT…

I had been really liking this product until this morning. I purchased the shade light (this is the lightest shade available) and this had been working for me great. Until this morning when it decided to turn bright orange on me. Has this happened to anyone else?? Unfortunately my luck gets worse. Today is the last day to return the product and I cannot get to a House of Fraser today, so I am stuck with it. It doesn’t last 8 hours on my skin either, as my break outs and pores start to show through about 4 hours in even with primer. Anyone own this and have suggestions about the best way to set it??

Price:

This product was £25.00 for 40ml and I purchased it from House of Fraser on Oxford Street. As it is part of the Summer Collection stores are getting it in and out of stock all the time.

Overall opinion:

I really like the finish and coverage of this product but it doesn’t last on my skin very well and the colour has just become so orange. I am going to try make this work with my Body Shop lightening drops and attempt to find a better way to set it. Currently, this is in the category for hate of my love hate relationship post along with the Naked 3 palette and Nirvana make your own palette. If I can find a way to make it work in the aspects mentioned then it might be moved to an okay category.

 

Love Hate Relationship with Urban Decay

I have been meaning to post this for so long it is ridiculous. Anyone who knows me will know that I have a very strong love hate relationship with Urban Decay and I am finally going to tell the story as to why.

In my very early days of getting into highend make up, Urban Decay was always a brand that I thought of highly due to YouTube, reviews and friends telling me I had to have this and that. Most of all one of the Naked eyeshadow palettes. One day when there was a 10% off sale on the Debenhams website, I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Naked 3 palette. I was so excited when this product arrived, the packaging was gorgeous and the shades are stunning (bearing in mind my favourite colour is rose gold). I was using this product for about a month but something didn’t quite feel right. I should mention before I progress with this story that my product knowledge of this palette at the time was very limited. Soon after I realised the error with the palette, one of the shades was duplicated. I had two of buzz and no trick.

Of course I then tried to return the palette to the Urban Decay stand as this was a manufacturing error and therefore the returns policy expiration is non  applicable to the situation. Long story short, they didn’t take it back which I was so annoyed about. Apparently I couldn’t because it had been used.

Therefore, I came up with this solution. The two buzz shades next to each other was just angering me, so I smashed the one that was supposed to be trick out. Then, in its place I repressed the gold eyeshadow from the Makeup Revolution Redemption palette Iconic 3 (a dupe for the Naked 3 palette). I am not going to repurchase the Naked 3 palette when it runs out. I have decided I am going to just repress the Iconic 3 palettes shades into the Urban Decay packaging. There is a picture of the two palettes below.

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Quite a while later I decided to give Urban Decay another chance and purchased the make your own eyeshadow palette in the Nirvana packaging. I really love the design of the packaging, it is unlike anything else I own. However, Urban Decay let me down yet again with its manufacturing quality. It is a small thing but from a major brand I expect better. The Urban Decay label on the top of the palette is peeling off and I cannot get it to stick back on. The picture below should better explain it. If anyone can tell me a way to fix it please let me know in the comments because I have really tried.

Now the part of the post which explains why it is a love hate relationship because so far I have just explained my hatred. The other Urban Decay products that I own are two single eyeshadows in Laced and Space Cowboy, the Naked basics palette (which my best friend bought me for Christmas), the Naked Skin concealer in Fair Neutral and the Naked Skin one & done hybrid complexion perfector in light from their current summer collection.

The two Naked skin products are really recent purchases and only occurred after my faith in the brand was restored with the Naked basics palette. These other products were what I expected from the brand in the first place. High quality, pretty packaging and great customer service when purchasing. I hope to continue to have good experiences with the brand from now on but the previous incidents will result in me being cautious in future. Also, I will have reviews about the Naked Skin products up on here once I have had longer to use them.

What are your favourite products from Urban Decay? Do you have a brand that you have a love hate relationship with?

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