So for 2014, I only have 3 "resolutions":
1. To wear eye makeup whenever I go out
2. To wear red lipsticks more often
3. Invest more on skincare
So far, so good. But I'm clearly getting ahead of myself. It's only been 14 days since the start of the new year, I'm pretty sure I'm bound to fail come a few more weeks (or days) hehehe I'm feeling optimistic right now though.
My first resolution came about when I received one of my Christmas gifts - the UD Naked palette! I don't use eyeshadow often. Whenever I go out, I only see around 4-5 people who actually wear makeup (at least where I'm from), so I feel a little awkward and 'too dressed up' whenever I don eye makeup. But, sayang. I have the NARS And God Created The Woman palette that doesn't get as much love as it deserves because of this. Should I just not use my eye palettes because I don't want to be different? Nope, nope, nope. Thus, resolution #1 was born.
I'll go out fully made up complete with a heavy black liner. Fuck 'em.
(L-R): Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked
(L-R): Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
Ahhhh lovely ♥♥♥ Honestly, this palette is so beautiful! The felt packaging is not my favorite thing about it, though. I'm still scared to 'dirty it up' so I still keep mine inside the plastic box. I wish it came in a tin packaging like the Naked 2 and 3 instead. :(
My favorite shadows would be Virgin, Sidecar, Buck, Darkhorse & Toasted. I personally don't care much for Half Baked (which looks horrid on me) and Gunmetal. Sin is a miss for me, too. The others I like, but I don't go for them on an everyday basis... yet.
The pigmentation is amazing. I didn't use any primer for all of the swatches above. All the shadows were so buttery soft, you only need to tap your brush very lightly for the colors to show up.
Do I think it's worth it to buy the UD Naked Palette? Absolutely. It's not the most-loved neutral palette for nothing! You get 12 beautiful, wearable eyeshadow for only $4 each! If you're not a big fan of too much shimmery shadows, go for the much love & much hyped about Lorac PRO (which was my third choice). It has an even mix of mattes and shimmers - it's pretty freakin' awesome. And $10 cheaper.
(I did add a bit of 'Creep' on my outer v after I shot the original photo above)
For my face, I: used the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Nude, concealed everything else using MUFE Full Cover #8, skipped blush and applied Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer all over my face; focusing even more on the hollows of my cheeks.
For my eye look above, I: applied Sidecar as a lid wash, Naked on the crease to diffuse Sidecar a bit, Darkhorse on the outer v of my eye; pushing the color a tiiiiny bit on 1/3 of my crease, Creep to darken it up even further, Virgin on my browbone + innercorners, Darkhorse on my lower lash line. I used the Nichido gel liner in Black on my waterline; then curled my lashes using my Shu Uemura curler. I skipped mascara and the liquid liner on my upper lids.
After 8 hours of wear; I was impressed to see how vibrant the colors are, still! Beaaautiful. ♥ I'm still working on my application ~*skills, but I'm good with what I've been doing for now.
What do you think of this palette? :)