Easter Week: Makeup and Outfit Inspo!

Welcome to the second post of Easter Week! I figure, now that I’ve given you some nail art ideas I might give you some ideas for outfits and makeup, because why not?

Easter is usually a busy time for a lot of people, family commitments, Easter get-togethers usually an arguments about who is hosting this year etc, etc. If you’re someone who doesn’t celebrate Easter then just sit back and get some inspo for makeup and outfits because: Pretty.

MAKEUP

Minimal Effort:

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This is probably what I’ll be rocking on easter. Minimal effort, easy and casual. Defined brows, glowy skin and nude/pink lips. I kept this look without any liner but feel free to add it, I probably would. Its fresh and youthful and low maintenance! To achieve this look I used my Urban Decay Naked 1 palette – A good dupe is the ‘chi chi nudes’ palette.

Easter Night Out:

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When people think of Easter, their first thought isn’t usually clubbing. But I’ve done my fair share of Easter themed nights in town. Free entry if you’re wearing bunny ears etc. I’d personally rock this look on the daily because I think its super pretty and its just so simple! I used my Naked 3 palette only to achieve this look. This is still dramatic enough to be worn out but also pretty and pastel enough to be worn to a day time event!

Floral fun:

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This look might not be what some think when getting ready for Easter, but in my time I’ve known a lot of Easter parties put on for kids where people have face-paint and the Easter Bunny is there along with big egg hunts and lots of fun! I’d totally wear this to that type of event. (If I could wear it on the daily, lord help me I would)

I used my Stila – Soul palette and the inglot white eyeliner on the eyes, the floral work is TAG body paints. Super easy to use and last really well. They’re water activated so really easy for beginners!

OUTFITS

Pastel Pink Easter outfit.

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This is something that I’d love to wear all the time because its just so pretty! But for those who tend to dress up for church / have a more ‘formal’ family affaire this is perfect. Its girly and fun and perfect for the weather (sprint time/ end days of summer).

Easter Morning

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If you don’t have plans for the Easter holiday then might I suggest this comfy ensemble! Its probably what I’ll be wearing if I don’t have to leave the house. Spend all day in your PJs eating waffles, pancakes and hot cross buns for breakky!

Easter night out

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If you’re going out for a night on the town for some Easter festivities, I think this is really cute. (I say that because its basically what I wore when I went out) I’d pair this with the dramatic makeup. The dress is simple but pretty and super comfy, if heels aren’t your thing go for some flats. The ears are what makes it, though. You’ll look adorable and sexy in this outfit.

Boho/chic Easter outfit.

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If I have to leave the house, this is what I’d opt for. A maxi skirt (because who can be bothered shaving their legs) and a low cut crop wrap top – because my body looks bangin’ in those. Pineapple earrings because: me. Cute strappy flats and a signature scent! I love the hair style for this too. Just so pretty… AND EASY! I’m all about that life! I’d pair this with either the minimal makeup or the more dramatic one because go hard or go home, right?

I hope you’re enjoying Easter week so far. If you missed the first post, click here!

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Review: Face of Australia – Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes

I don’t know about you guys, but I love eyeshadow palettes, ‘drugstore’ or ‘high-end’ I can’t get enough of them. So whenever I find a new one that I really like, I get super excited to share it with you, and today, I have TWO!

Face of Australia have been coming out with a few new palettes lately and I picked these up toward the end of last year and have been using them for the past few months. They’re called the “Face of Australia – Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes” and they’re available from Priceline. Each of these palettes retail for $18.95 AUD which I must say is a bit pricey, so if you’re on a budget I’d suggest getting only one of these palettes as they are quite similar. But if you’ve got the money to spend / want them because you’re a makeup hoarder like I am then I’m here to show the the subtle yet totally worth it differences these palettes have!

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As shown in the picture above, there are two palettes the ‘Nude’ and ‘Naked’ now this is kind of confusing a bit because the palettes are the ‘Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes’ and one of them is called ‘Nude’. It confused me for a bit when I was purchasing them and trying to figure out the differences.

Packaging: These palettes are made from some pretty heavy duty plastic. They feel like good quality without being heavy. They’re also compact enough to take travelling and offer enough shadows you won’t need to carry much more makeup. They’re sleek and black and aren’t to ‘busy’ looking. The palettes also have a pretty decent sized mirror on the inside. The mirror can be arranged to be open standing without needing support. So its good to place on a surface and use that mirror instead of taking a portable mirror with you. (happy travelling) However, because of the palettes design they’re slightly curved so if the mirror is pushed back too far it will get top heavy and rock backwards.

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Each palette holds 15 shades and as you can see they’re quite similar. The left is the Naked palette and the right is the Nude. At a glance you’d think they’re the same palette, but if you look closer the ‘Naked’ palette has more of a gold neutral theme whilst the ‘Nude’ has a hint of rose shades. Both palettes have a mix of mattes, shimmer and pearl/satin finishes. The palettes also come with a double sided applicator, one side has a foam tip and the other is a small detail flat brush. I’ve used the brush side (I hate the foam things) a few times and they’re quite acceptable. I’m glad that companies are adding small brushes instead of JUST those foam applicators.

Some shades are more pigmented than others, the really glittery shades don’t have much payoff but I’m sure using some fix+ would change that. However they’re good if you’re wanting to top off your eyelid with just some glitter. I was surprised with the matte shades. Usually drugstore mattes are hard and powdery and don’t offer much pigment at all, but these mattes are creamy – a little fallout with some of the lighter shades – and have great pigmentation. The other shades have great pigment and are equally as creamy. The really glittery shades (lucky there are only a few in each palette) are the only let down. The shadows are quite easy to blend too; I was surprised at how easy it was to blend them through the crease area.

Swatches:

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Sorry for the quality of the photo, I had to take this with my phone, I couldn’t get the right angle with my big camera (blogger problems). There was no primer or fix+ used in these swatches. MOST of them show up on my very pale skin. For me the standout shade is the black from the ‘Naked’ palette. It is so hard to get a pigmented matte black from any company, and the fact that this is a ‘drugstore’ brand is amazing. This is one of the most pigmented black shadows I’ve come across.

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Slightly better shot of colours but bad shadows across the swatches.

I’ve used these palettes for the past few months now and I think you can do a few good looks just using the one palette. They are similar so if you have the chance to get in and look at one close up, I’d suggest it. Or if you’re more a gold fan than a rose fan (or vice versa) then grab the one that appeals to you! I was regretting getting both for a short time but now that I have both and know some good looks using both I’m glad I have them. These palettes are (maybe still are) a limited edition palette so if you’re interested I’d get in to your nearest Priceline quick or order online soon!

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DUPE ALERT! Urban Decay & Chi Chi!

Urban Decay Naked Palette vs Chi Chi Nudes Palette

I wasn’t planning on writing this post at all, but one of the beauty groups I’m apart of started discussing the Chi Chi palettes a cult favourite among makeup lovers. One of the girls from the group found a photo online of a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette with the Chi Chi Nudes Palette. I have both of these palettes and I was genuinely curious.

Packaging, nothing at all looks the same. The Chi Chi Palette has a clear plastic packaging whilst the Urban Decay Palette has the felt feel cardboard packaging with magnetic closure. Size wise, the Chi Chi palette is smaller and slimmer, it also feels more secure, however the Urban Decay palette comes with a mirror and a double ended brush, the Chi Chi does not it also has two of those little foam applicator things that I don’t think anyone uses.

Taking a look at the shadows themselves. There is almost an exact replica in shades, down to the position and finish. You can also see the size difference in palettes. The size of the shadows is the same and as you can see there are 12 shadows in each palette. One thing I love is that the Urban Decay palette has names for their shadows. I think its great when companies do that, it makes it so much easier to explain things in a tutorial or when you’re talking about them etc. Now on to the best part…

Swatches

* NO PRIMER USED *

The Chi Chi palette is the top row and the Urban Decay is on the bottom. I was honestly so taken back by the similarities in colour. Even the finishes were the same. I must say though, the matte shades in the Urban Decay palette were better, thats just a general ‘rule’ though, it is hard to get good matte shades at the drugstore. Even though the Chi Chi ‘Mattes’ Palette is one of my faves. The matte shades in the Nudes palette are good, Urban Decay’s are just better.

I was especially surprised to see such a good dupe for ‘Half Baked’. A cult favourite shadow from Urban Decay and one of my personal favourite gold shadows.

When it comes to texture the Urban Decay shadows feel more silky, that typical ‘butter’ smoothness to them, the Chi Chi ones feel nice but they have a ‘harsher’ texture to them its not like sand or anything you can just feel the slight difference. There was a little more fallout with some of the Chi Chi ones.

I don’t know what wear time is with the two shadows I’ve not put them against each other, but I’m keen to do so.

All in all I’m pretty impressed with just how similar these two palettes are. If you’re not up for spending the $74? on the Naked palette but are willing to spend $22.95 on the Chi Chi one, I’d say go for it!

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