Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Shadows Palette Review: 

Hello everyone! 😉 It’s almost time for the New Year Eve party and we all know that we want an amazing look to make our friends say: ” Wow! Your makeup is awesome tonight!”.
So, I thought to review the perfect palette: The Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette.

Who is it for?

Everyone who wants an amazing palette with a versatile selection of shades for creating intense night-time looks as well as softer day-time eye shadows designs!   

What’s good about it?

This palette, along with the others in the Urban Decay Naked line, has a great pigmentation, wears well throughout the day without fading or creasing and has a good texture too (between powdery and buttery in consistency).

In this palette you will find 12 eye shadows: 4 matte, 4 satin and 4 shades with sparkle.

As I said before, most of the shades have a smooth texture, a deep pigmentation and they also are very easy to blend. In fact, according to Urban Decay, each shade features the Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, a serious staying power and blendability.

The included double-ended brush (available only in this palette) has a fluffy Crease Brush on one end and a smudging Smoky Brush on the other; both ends work well, and if you are traveling, this brush is enough to get you by.

If this palette was under your Christmas Tree but you are not so sure how to use it then don’t worry, because inside the box you will find a detailed tutorial look book with step by step instructions and four amazing ways to create an appropriate go-to-the-office look, an intense go-to-the-party smoky eyes look and everything in between.

•The 4 matte colors are:

-Thirteen (light beige satin)

-Combust (soft pink-taupe)

-Whiskey (rich brown)

-Password (cool taupe)
•The 4 satin colors are:

-Smolder (deep plum-taupe)

-Black Market (jet-black satin)

-Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer)

-Slanted (light metallic gray)

 

•The 4 shades with sparkles are:

-Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle)

-Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter)

-Dirtysweet (medium bronze)

-High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter)

The packaging is also awesome! The case and the brush feature a cool “floating” smoky effect, with the words “Naked Smoky” on the top of the case.

The magnetic closure on the case prevents shadow mishaps in your bag, and the full-size mirror makes it easy to touch up your makeup wherever and whenever you want!

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What’s not so good about it?

I have to say that this is an expensive palette, but it’s also an amazing product, so it’s definitely worth the price!

Also, 2 shades with sparkle, Armor and Radar, have a little fall-out when you put them on. For this reason I would recommend using a good eye primer to prepare your eyelids and solidify the wear of this shades. (FYI: I have oily eyelids, so I always use this palette with a good eye primer, and I can honestly say that my makeup lasts a whole day/night).

Final thoughts!

The Urban Decay Smoky Palette is, in my opinion, the perfect palette and a must have product! 

P.S: If you own none of the others Urban Decay palettes and you are thinking of buying one, the Smoky Palette is the best choice because it’s definitely offers more look options than the others.

What’s inside?

 

Ingredients:

Armor: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyurethane-33, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Dirtysweet: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Silica, Stearic Acid. 

High: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Radar: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Smolder: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Black Market, Dagger: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Slanted: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Combust: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

Password, Thirteen, Whiskey: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
All Shades May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77400 (Bronze Powder), CI 77400 (Copper Powder), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet).

Final Vote: 

  

5 on 5 stars

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Swatches:

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• One of my most used eyeshadows combinations:

   

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My 3 favorite hand creams for this winter season:

Hello everyone, today it’s all about hands, because I’m going to talk about hand creams for people that, like me, have extremely dry hands in Winter or are in a job in which they need to wash their hands very frequently. 🙂

During the colder months my hands become extremely dry and chapped and I tend to have dry patches, especially on my knuckles; sometimes they hurt too. Over the last couple of years I’ve tried out many brands and this is the best I’ve found on the market! 🙂

P.S: These hand creams are all amazing because they can give your skin a very moisturizing feeling without being greasy.

• The drugstore one -> Dove Regenerating Deep Care Complex:

This hand cream is really cheap, but at the same time a very good product. The texture is thick but absorbs really quickly and doesn’t feel greasy; plus it smells lovely. I always use this one before going to bed and the next morning my hands are silky and soft, because the Dove Regenerating Cream will restore your skin’s beauty by actively helping to renew it as you sleep.

You can find it here or at almost every store near you.

• The luxurious one -> Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream:

Craving a little luxury product in your everyday routine? Your hands are dry and sore and you have “bad” cuticles around your nails? Then this is the perfect product for you! The Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream has been a bestseller for quite some time because is slightly creamy texture is capable of moisturizing your hands and nails without leaving a greasy feeling. Also, I use this cream before painting my nails because it can protect and nourish them under every kind of nail polish. Bonus point: it’s smell heavenly, but the fragrance is not over powering. Apply whenever your skin feels too dry, then massage in from fingertips to wrists (don’t forget your nails and cuticles). As I said earlier, this is a luxury product, therefore more expensive than other hand creams, but it’s worth every penny. Moreover, it’s a wonderful gift idea!

You can find it here.

• The best one -> La Roche Posay Cicaplast Hands:

This one has a gel/creamy texture that is rapidly absorbed. It’s innovative formula soothes and protects sore and dry hands, ensuring long lasting comfort with a 30% concentration of Glycerine and a 4% concentration of Niacinamide. Glycerin allows an anti-friction barrier protection resistant to washing, whilst Niacinamide allows to reduce inflammation, to repair the cutaneous barrier and to prevents the formation of cracked skin. Moreover, this cream is suitable for all skin types including atopic skin, and it’s paraben-free and fragrance-free. I can honestly say that La Roche Posay Cicaplast Hands is the best hand cream I have ever used!

You can find it here or at almost every pharmacy near you.

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 The consistance:

  

 Ingredients: 

•La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Mains:

 
•Dove Deep Complex:

 
•Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream:

Water, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Myristate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Heptanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Allantoin, Polysorbate 20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Unsaponifiables, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Lecithin, Methylparaben, Sodium PCA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triclosan, Potassium Sorbate, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Marsdenia Condurango Bark Extract, Palmitoyl Myristyl Serinate, Morus Alba Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Frangula Alnus Bark Extract, Rhamnus Purshiana Bark Extract, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Tristearin, Tocopherol, BHT, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Eugenol.

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Christmas Dinner Ideas:

Hello everyone! 🙂
Today it’s -10 to Christmas so I was thinking to write down an “Italian” menu for a great Christmas dinner or for any holiday dinner. (For example if you were thinking to invite some of your friends/colleagues at your place to celebrate and you want to surprise them with some very delicious Italian dishes).

So, here are some ideas: 

1. Appetizer: 

  
Tzatziki:

This is actually a Greek sauce sometimes served as a dip with focaccia bread. It is made of strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with smashed cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil and sometimes dill. Delicious!

Here is a vlog on how to make a great Tzatziki.

2. First Course:

  
Penne all’Arrabbiata:

This is a spicy sauce for pasta made from tomatoes and red chili peppers, cooked in olive oil. “Arrabbiata” literally means “angry” in Italian; the name of this sauce may very well be due to the heat of the chili peppers and one’s reaction to them. 😉

Here is a vlog on how to make penne all’arrabbiata.

3. Main Dish:

  
Braised Beef with Barolo Wine:

This main course is an amazing dish prepared with two premium Piedmontese products: a boneless cut of chuck roast from the highly prized Piedmontese breed of cattle and Barolo wine, generally considered one of Italian’s best red wines. A tasty side dish with this main course is a bowl of roasted potatoes.

Here is a vlog on how to make a great Braised Beef with Barolo wine.

4. Dessert:  

 –Coffee Mousse and Pandoro Dessert:

When Christmas holidays are over or you want to make a new creative dessert and you have still left some Pandoro or Panettone slices you can prepare this quick and easy recipe for a dinner dessert or a sunday brunch! 😉

Here is a vlog on how to make this yummy dessert.

Buon Appetito… and Happy Holidays!

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Christmas Decoration Ideas:

Hello everyone! 🙂
In order to remain a little Christmassy around here, today we are going to talk about Christmas decorations for your tree, your house, your room or wherever you want to feel the “Noel” spirit!

During this time of the year I love shopping to buy something new for my house (not just Christmas related items) or simply new stuff for my everyday routine! 😉

Anyway, here are some ideas to transform your house into a Christmassy chalet:

Give your table a lovely “Noel” spirit with this cute metal biscuit tins:

  
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Or a little twist with this lovely set of 6 glasses in a wooden chalet stand:

  
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And if you are, like me, a tea lover you need to have a wintery mug that keeps your tea hot during the cold evenings, like this one:

  
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Obviously, there are plenty of beautiful Christmas decorations for your tree, these are the ones I like the most:

This cute glass baubles with a little snowman painted on it, for example:

  
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And of course some amazing fairy lights! 🙂

  
  
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Don’t forget to light some candles like these set of 3 glasses candles and put a nice wreath on your door! 😉

  
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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! 🙂

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