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Project Pan Update #3

Hey everyone,

Recently I posted my project pan update #2 where I showed my progress, new products I am adding to my project pan and products that were leaving it.

This update is going to show the starting points for the new products mentioned in the previous post, give an update on the remaining products and I am going to add a few more previously unmentioned items in too.

Remaining products from the original project:

The MAC eyeshadow in Vanilla is remaining in my project pan and the latest progress photo is later on in this post.

Sleek contour kit in light – I have decided to declutter this from my collection as it is very old and appears to be making my acne worse as a result. The picture below shows the final progress made on the product before it was binned.

LA Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain – I am declaring this product finished. I could possibly squeeze a little more out but it is becoming more and more difficult to do so. Therefore the photo below shows the ending point of the progress on the concealer.

MAC lipglass in Oxblood – This product is remaining in my project pan and the latest progress photo is later on in this post.

New products mentioned in update #2 and additional products:

Lorac eyeshadow primer – The photo above shows the starting point for this product. The reasons that this product has been added to my project pan are that the packaging is terrible, it means that you can never dispense the right amount making it very wasteful and the product itself is not accessible in the UK.

My reasoning behind adding the Colourpop super shock shadow in Glow was mentioned in update #2, in depth, so I will not repeat that here. The above photo shows the starting point for this product.

The two shadows, Sweet Lust and Jest from MAC, are also added to the project because I rarely use pink/pink toned shadows anymore.

This was the first MAC blush I ever owned and therefore it is quite old and needs to be finished. This is the MAC mineralized blush in the shade Dainty.

The Colourpop matte liquid lipstick in Times Square and NYX matte lipstick in Natural are now being added to this project. The Colourpop item was from my first order to the brand and I never use the NYX lipstick, so I decided these need to be used up.

Finally I decided to add a palette to the project as I have never done a pan that palette challenge before. This is the Alice through the looking glass palette by Urban Decay. It is really bulky, is difficult to store, not all the shades are of the same standard expected from the brand and it contains a lot of colours which I don’t get a lot of opportunities to use. Therefore I am looking forward to keeping track of my progress.

This brings the empties total for 2017 to 135 items, with a retail value of £560.64.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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Decluttering my lipstick samples – Would I purchase the full size?

Hi everyone!

When the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks first launched I got a tonne of free samples to try out. The range has 120 shades in 6 finishes, and I only own the full size of one (the shade ‘714’). These are priced at £15.50 each and are cruelty free.

I want to disclose that unless I say otherwise in the mini reviews, I love the formula of these. The main distinction as to why I won’t purchase the full size of some of these is that some colours just don’t work on certain skin tones. However, I wanted to include swatches of all of them because you might just find your perfect shade.

Swatches and individual reviews:

This shade is called ‘Stark Naked’ and it is a warm nude in a comfort matte formula. I wouldn’t purchase the full size of this one because I don’t suit warm toned nudes at all as I am so pale. If you have more of a medium skin tone, this will definitely look good on you.

This shade is called ‘Rapture’ and it is a mauve pink in a cream formula. This is such a beautiful, classic cult shade. I will definitely purchase the full size of this. The cream formulas just glide on and the pigmentation is gorgeous.

 

This shade is called ‘Backtalk’ and it is in a comfort matte formula. This shade is similar to Rapture except it is a matte rather than a cream finish and is more of a cool toned purple with less pink in it. However, it is still really wearable and I will be picking up the full size. It seems like it is going to be perfect for the Autumn months.

 

I will be purchasing the full size of either this or Conspiracy (which is the darker version). This metallized medium brown is a unique lipstick that doesn’t feel gritty. Definitely a recommended shade.

This is ‘Manic’, this one is a cream formula and is more of a slightly reddish brown shade. I adore this, I think that this is so wearable and yet it adds a little something to your look. Will definitely be picking up this shade soon.

 

This is a bold deep red shade, in a cream formula, called ‘Rock Steady’. Definitely a shade I want to pick up. What’s your favourite type of red to wear?

 


This is a cream formula in ‘Gash’ and it is a pink based red (it is a bit darker than in the photo). Whilst the name of the shade may be off putting, the colour certainly isn’t. I don’t know whether I will purchase this or not, I don’t have a lot of opportunities to wear red. There are so many available in vice lipstick range that you are guaranteed to find your perfect red.

 


This is a cream formula named ‘Jilted’, it is a medium pink with a purple edge to it. For me this is a quite bold shade but I enjoyed trying it out. I may pick this up in the future if I want to purchase something a little outside my comfort zone.

 


This cream lipstick in the shade ‘Firebird’ is a hot pink with a purple reflect to it. I work in an office five days a week and bright pinks don’t really suit me, so I will not be picking this up.

 

This hot pink with a sheer formula is ‘Sheer Anarchy’. I love the sheer formula, it gives such a beautiful finish to the lips and it looks stunning during the summer. I just won’t be purchasing this because personally again I just won’t wear bright pink colours. If that is a colour that you really enjoy I would try this out, as I imagine that this would look stunning on holiday.

This comfort matte lipstick in ‘Pyscho’ is a beautiful hot pink shade. As with the other pinks, this one just isn’t for me.

 

This is the other metallized lipstick mentioned earlier. It has the same formula and reflect as Amulet except this is a deeper bronze. Personally I don’t think you need both in your collection, so save your money and choose one as they are extremely similar.

The final one is ‘Blackmail’. This is a comfort matte formula and this is the only one that I don’t like the formula on. It was a little patchy to apply, I don’t know whether that was because I had to apply it with a lip brush. However, even when I rubbed my lips together to blend the product it didn’t sit right. I would never wear this sort of black with a purple tint as it would make me look dead, so obviously its a no from me on purchasing it.

That is it, my full review on the lip samples that I had from the Urban Decay Vice lipstick collection. Overall, I love the vice lipstick range from Urban Decay. There are so many colours and finishes that your perfect shade is guaranteed to be discovered. What’s your favourite shade from the collection?

As I have decluttered all of these samples now these will add to the total number of empties for 2017. Making the total 112 items and £396.67! (no money added as these were free samples).

Until the next time,

Lauren x

March empties (10 items)

Hey guys,

This month I don’t have that many empties as I have been decluttering my collection quite a lot. My latest one is Declutter #2 here on my blog (the previous post), if you want to check it out. 

AVON ANEW VITALE day cream sample: FREE ~ Using up these samples has been a process. I now have only a few left to use. As mentioned in my previous empties posts, this is a okay basic moisturiser. I heard this is being discontinued and I won’t purchase it before it does because it just isn’t as good as the full size moisturisers that I already own.

No7 Quick Thinking wipes: £2 ~ These are my favourite makeup remover wipes of all time. The only time that I purchase other wipes are when I need them but don’t have a voucher for the No7 ones. I refuse to pay £7 for a pack of makeup wipes when I can just wait and get them for £2. I really hope Boots starts doing the No7 vouchers soon though because I need a new pack.

Wilkinson Sword Quattro Sparkle disposable razors: £3.86 ~ Although as you will see below I love my Venus and Olay razors, I do like to have a non foaming more traditional razor option. Just as sometimes when those razors are new the foam is a little excessive so I will go in with these. I always purchase these and I will be picking some up soon.

Gillette Venus & Olay razor heads: £11.55 ~ These are my favourite razors that I always repurchase. The fact that it foams when you are using it, removes the need for shaving cream and reduces the risk of razor burn. I love these even though they are expense, although what razors aren’t, and I have already repurchased.


AVON Senses Winter Dreamland Shower gel: £1 ~ This is a limited edition product that AVON brings out every Christmas. It has a raspberry and apple scent, which is warm and very wintery. It does have little beads in it, for what purpose I do not know because they don’t seem to do anything. It was really nice to use in the winter months and I would purchase it again.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick sample in Seismic: FREE ~ This shade has been swatched below (I did build the colour up as it is quite sheer). As I am so pale I find it really difficult to wear dark berry shades, so the fact I can build this up is really appealing to me. I really enjoy the Vice lipsticks as they have lots of different shades and formulas available to suit everyone’s preferences. At £15 each, I think they are absolutely worth the price tag so go and check them out at the Urban Decay counter.


Smashbox Pore Minimising primer sample: £3.75 ~ Pore minimising and smoothing primers are my favourite to use as it gives you a really nice, even canvas to apply your base products on. I am not sure what my thoughts are on this primer to be honest. The consistency is definitely the thickest silicone one I have tried and it can ball up on me sometimes. I think that maybe this is a little too thick for my dry skin but if you have combination/oily skin and large pores you should definitely give this a shot.

L’Oreal Preference hair colour in 5.21: £6 ~ I have a real hate relationship with this hair dye since changing the formula. L’Oreal has discontinued my shade. This is the second time that only my shade of hair dye has been discontinued. Literally only my shade. Therefore, this shade was a different one for me. It was only a little bit lighter but I can tell it isn’t going to last as long.

My biggest issue with this hair dye since the re-formulation, after you wash the product out of your hair and blow dry it, my hair is left looking caked in product. I washed it till the water ran clear and yet when I touched my hair it was all stuck together and sticky. Absolutely appalling. It isn’t just me either, my mum uses this hair as well and it does it too. Safe to say that after I use up my last box I am looking for a new hair dye.

Garnier Micellar Oil-infused cleansing wipes: £3.29 ~ I know I said before that I was done trying out the Garnier wipes as the previous ones really didn’t work for me. However, I bought these as Fleur de Force really likes them. These stink so bad, it stings my eyes and leaves a residue on my skin. These are the worst Garnier wipes I have tried yet, I am not going to try another pack from their range (this time I am serious).


PS…Love this Oval cosmetic pads: 90p ~ These are in nearly every empties and I always repurchase these, they are perfect for applying toner and removing your makeup. I can’t see myself being without these.

That is it for my March empties, I hope you enjoy it. The totals after including this months empties are 63 items at £208.25! I cannot believe how many products I have used up in the first quarter of the year. Be sure to follow my blog and my Instagram, which is also ‘teenbeautylife’, to see what the totals are next month.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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.

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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

 

6 brands – cruelty free and great quality

In this post I am going to mention 6 different brands that are cruelty free and produce great quality products. It is a personal preference of makeup users as to whether they use brands which are cruelty free or not. However, more and more people are choosing to declutter their makeup collection and purchase cruelty free brands. Until I did my research I had no idea how many well known brands test on animals. MAC, Kiehl’s, Dior, Guerlain etc. Personally, I own a lot of makeup that isn’t cruelty free but now with the knowledge that I have I do second guess myself before making a purchase. Therefore, the aim of this post is to provide you guys with information on great brands that are cruelty free should you be interested in switching your purchasing habits.

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Drugstore brands:

If your budget limits you to drugstore brands then it doesn’t mean that you can’t shop cruelty free. It is more difficult to shop cruelty free in the UK because most of the brands available at the drugstore are owned by L’oreal or are named by PETA as those that test on animals. However, the three below are all high quality and very affordable.

  • Makeup Geek – Whilst this isn’t available at the drugstore, it is easily acquirable on the internet. I purchased products from this brand from BeautyBay. I love purchasing from BeautyBay because the products arrive really fast and it is free delivery on orders over £15.00. Makeup Geek is well known for its single eyeshadows and blushes, which are both very affordable at £4.95 for an eyeshadow and £7.95 for a blush. With 92 shades in just the regular eyeshadow range on BeautyBay, you are spoilt for choice and can create every eye look imaginable. As I am sure you guys know, from YouTube, their products are highly pigmented and very blendable. So if you are looking for a way to build your cruelty free collection, please check this brand out. Click here to view the range.
  • NYX Cosmetics – Not that long ago, NYX became available in the UK in Boots stores and Selfridges. This brand’s products have the cruelty free logo on them, which means that PETA has certified them as cruelty free. The best products by NYX, in my opinion, are the butter glosses and the angel veil primer. Their lip products come in a wide range of shades and finishes and with the butter glosses costing only £5.00, you can afford more than one.
  • Sleek – This is a UK brand that I personally love for their blushes and matte me liquid lipsticks. Their blushes are highly pigmented so you get a huge amount of product for your money, the shade rose gold is a great dupe for NARS orgasm blush. The matte me lip products range was recently added to, to include berry shades. They are long lasting and apply smoothly, so check out the range for cruelty free liquid lipsticks at £4.99 each.

High end brands:

For those of you that like to indulge in high end makeup, the three brands mentioned below are all cruelty free and I recommend each of them highly.

  • Becca – This brand is renowned for being cruelty free, but a lot of their products are also vegan. Some of the products that are vegan are: Shimmering skin perfector pressed in Opal, Moonstone, Champagne gold, Topaz, Pearl and Blushed copper, Ever matte pore perfecting primer, Mineral blush in Wild honey, Sweet pea, Lantana, Nightingale and more. With Becca being a recognised brand for high quality and standards, if you guys are looking for a brand that is cruelty free and has vegan products then this is the one for you.

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Photo Source: Technocupcake.com

  • Too Faced – The brand has had many recent launches including the Born this way concealer and sketch marker liquid eyeliner. Known for their innovative ideas and collaborations with those famous in the makeup industry, Too Faced is a cruelty free brand that I love. If you guys love adorable packaging, high quality, buttery eyeshadows and long lasting lip wear check out the Too Faced range either online or at Debenhams.
  • Urban Decay – This brand is famous for its eyeshadow palettes, with a range from bright colours to rose gold to smokey shades. Whilst I have had issues with the brand in the past I have fallen in love with the Naked skin concealer, Vice lipsticks and Naked Basics palette. Urban Decay has a wide product portfolio to suit everyone’s taste including the recently launched 100 vice lipsticks that are cruelty free, pigmented and reasonably priced at £15.00.

What are your favourite cruelty free ranges??

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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