Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review! By Erica

1.jpgHey everyone! So today it’s just me, Erica, writing this post! I bought something super awesome that I wanted to share with you guys!

My birthday is February 10th (Next Friday!) and I am so excited, so I decided that my gift to myself this year would be something I’ve been dying to get: the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette!

23I’m gonna be honest here: I haven’t found a single palette review that said how big this palette is, so I was a bit surprised buy its size! The palette itself is only 4×2 inches, which is surprisingly small, but since the shadows are full-sized, the inside seems so big!!45Urban Decay, once again breaking the laws of science 😀 😀6Venus is a very soft shimmer shadow, and the rest are all matte. These are perfect for highlighting your inner corner and brow bone! I’ve been using Venus for my inner corner, and layering a bit of Venus and Foxy on my brow bone. Sometimes I’ll use W.O.S as the base shadow if i want a brighter look, but I prefer to use Naked 2.Venus has the perfect amount of shimmer, so its natural and has a barely-there look. 7Naked 2 is the perfect shade for my base shadow. Its name does it justice, because it is such a natural tone it matches my skin tone perfectly. Faint is a medium brown and looks fabulous in the other corners of my eyes to give them a more contoured look. Crave is pretty much black, but is also a tiiiiiiiiiiny bit brown. I love using it instead of eyeliner for a more natural look along my lashline, and then to make little wings. 8The colors in this palette are so pigmented! It is amazing. This is with just a little shadow to swatch. The shadows are so soft they almost feel like butter. ❤ ❤ ❤

The colors in this palette may seem simple or , but this is the perfect palette for that ultimate every-day look. They are the most basic colors you will ever need, and I can’t stop reaching for it! The lid is built on tight so that it won’t fall open while you are using it, but it isn’t hard to open either; perfectly pose-able! Plus, the outside is so soft it feels like velvet. Every morning, I go in and I just stand and stroke the case 😀 I have so many every-day looks saved on my phone, you wouldn’t believe it!

I hope you enjoyed my palette review!! Do you have any Urban Decay palettes? Have you ever tried the Naked Basics palette? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments! ❤

Washi Week-Day 2: Washi Manicure + Extra!

washi week7.jpgToday has been nuts!!! We have been cleaning the whole day, and we decided to reorganize the whole boys room using the KonMarie method (if you’ve never heard of it, OMG GO LOOK IT UP!! Marie Kondo is amazing!) and that took most of the day. I never thought 3 little boys could own so much stuff! We were just finishing for the night (that’s right, we have to keep going tomorrow…) and realized we never got in our washi tape craft for the day!!!

We felt that since these to crafts totally go together, today would be a double day! So for the first craft, we’re gonna give ourselves a washi tape manicure!

Here is what you’ll need:

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Clear top coat nail polish, nail scissors,a fine nail file, and washi tape (the cuticle pusher is optional but helpful)

We will start with freshly cleaned nails. Paint one coat of clear nail polish and let dry. Once its dry, cut a piece of washi tape a little longer than the nail it is going on. Place it on your nail so it is just above the cuticle at the bottom. Use the cuticle pusher (you can use your finger but the pusher works better) to press the tape on well and push out any bubbles and creases. Next, gently clip off the extra tape around the nail, leaving the tip. Use your nail file to file off the extra at the tip of the nail using downward strokes. Lastly, top off your new manicure with some more clear polish. Allow to dry and you’re done!!

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Cute right?! Its such a simple way to get designs on your nails but without all the trouble of drawing the designs! Plus, we don’t think there is a cheaper way out there to get nails this pretty 🙂

 

For our extra washi tape craft, we decided to go simple but adorable and make washi tape nail polish bottles!

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Seriously, this is like the easiest thing on the planet! But its so cute and helps you tell your polishes apart, plus you get to see your favorite washi tapes while painting your puppies!

All you have to do is clean the handle with nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to make sure the tape stays on. Next, line up your washi tape and press on well. If the tape comes all the way to the top of the bottles handle, use a fine file and gently file away the extra. Just like we mentioned in yesterdays post, if you want a permanent fix just give your handle a quick once over with mod podge or clear nail polish.

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And thats it!! These two crafts go hand-in-hand and they’re sooooooo adorable! We love the washi nails and hope you love them too. Its so fun to mix and match designs and add fun accent nails. So cute! Thats all for todays double day; we hope to see you back tomorrow! 😀

Have any fun washi tape crafts you’d like us to try? Any fun tips and tricks? We’d love to hear about it; let us know in the comments bellow!

Washi Week-Day 1: Makeup Brushes!

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We are so excited to kick off Washi Week!!! We figured the first craft should be fairly simple, so we decided to start off with washi tape makeup brushes! They’re so easy, cute, and look oh-so-pretty in your makeup bag. The best part? They only take a few minutes to make and the design possibilities are ENDLESS! You can mix and match whatever colors and patterns to make it just like you want it. So, without further delay, let’s get to it!!

For this project you will need:

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And mod podge to seal and protect the tape (optional)

 

Lets get started! The first thing you’re going to do is gather your brushes and clean them with the rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. The washi tape won’t stay on very well if there is dirt and oil on your brushes, so give them a nice rub-down! Next, choose a brush and decide how you want the tape to look. This is the fun part! Choosing what design to do for each brush is so fun, and we love to mix things up. Once you’ve decided, roll the washi tape on the brush making sure that there are no folds or bubbles in the tape along the way. Do this to all the brushes and make sure to press the tape on really well to make sure they stay put. Washi tape often wears down or fades over time from rubbing and touching it often, so if you want this to be a permanent makeover, grab a paintbrush and brush on a coat of mod podge. We enjoy redesigning our brushes every now and then so we don’t seal ours.

washi-week4washi-week5washi-week9washi-week6 And that’s it! Super simple and quick, and these brushes look so adorable! Perfect way to spice up your beauty cabinet and add an extra touch of cute!

We hope you loved this craft! Ever tried to give your makeup brushes a makeover? Have any tips or helpful tricks? We’d love to hear about it; let us know in the comments below!!