Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Get Clean, Naked and Balmy with My Top 5!

Nude up, beauties! I'm bringing Naked back! Take a walk down memory lane as I dust off Urban Decay's Naked Palette and rediscover its magnificence. The ORIGINAL release, not Take 2, either! And I guess I didn't really dust it off because the front is a tad crappy. Luckily the precious shadows housed within are well-preserved. Without further ado, I present My Current Top 5 Beauty Products! (in no particular order) ....

1. The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Shower Gel
I've finished the small one, so I've whipped out the 250ml so you can see how it looks. This gel is delightful! I love washing myself in lemony goodness; the fragrance is strong and invigorating and the formula works up to quite the impressive lather. I've been using Sweet Lemon Body Scrub then following up with this gel, and I tell ya, I smell like a Lemon Meringue Pie afterwards. WIN!

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume
To say I was excited when I spotted this new product would be an understatement. You know I'm a dry shampoo junkie, right? And that I'm always looking for products to create volume in my fine locks? THIS COMBINES THE TWO. And I know dry shampoos by their very nature add volume, but THIS SAYS IT ON THE CAN! And it totally lives up to my high expectations. I would have to say this dry shampoo, out of the millions I've tried (slight exagerration), gives me the most volume. And yes, it also works in the 'soaking up oils and refreshing/cleaning my hair' department. It's really good. Go get it now.

3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
This 'Synchronized Recovery Complex' (what the hell are they purporting to synchronize?) is pretty damn good. You only need a couple of drops from the little, err, dropper thing, on each cheek for the serum to cover your whole face. This leaves my skin soft and smooth and I've noticed my skin is generally clearer since I've been using it. Besides, I love products that work overnight. Sneaky side; I've worn it a few times during the day under moisturiser and it provides a decent base for makeup. Don't skip the moisturiser though, or you may have problems. As a general rule, night products should just be used at night, though. I was just rebelling :)

4. The Body Shop Candied Ginger Lip Balm
First of all, I bought this from a Body Shop store in Singapore half price, so I'm not sure that it's available in Australia. I probably shouldn't rub your face in it too much, then. But the texture of this balm is amazeballs. It's creamy and nourishing, with a lovely ginger fragrance that's subtle and comforting. I use this before bed to keep my lips from drying out overnight.

5. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
You know when you find something you stopped using months ago, give it a whirl and then think 'why did I ever stop using this?'. Yeah, that. These earthy natural, bronze, brown, grey and black shades are gorgeous. Highly pigmented, with great staying power, these eyeshadows look great, blend well and compliment each other perfectly. Like just about every beauty freak, I Had To Have this when it first came out, and certainly paid a pretty (fucking enormous) penny for it. Funnily enough, I didn't end up getting the second Naked Palette. My favourite shades here are Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Smog and Toasted.

Disclaimer: I bought The Body Shop lip balm and shower gels, Batiste Dry Shampoo and the Urban Decay Naked Palette and won the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.


  1. Ohh the ginger lip balm sounds awesome! Im going back to singapore for a visit so i will look out for it :)

  2. It really is fabulous Mandy! Have fun in Singapore and I hope you find some there :)

  3. I am lemming a new Body Shop shower gel, I think I'm going to get their other yellow option, Moringa though :) I love the sound of that lip balm, in Aus it was a xmas release so it may come back! I've been loving my Naked palette as well, such stellar shades. My favourites are Sin, Smog and Darkhorse <3

    1. Oh I didn't realise it was a Xmas release, thanks for the info! I haven't tried Moringa, but I do have The Body Shop's Raspberry Ripple waiting to be used! Naked palette is so versatile, so many people love it :)

  4. Ok, I'm going to dust off my own Naked palette... (:

  5. I love the Estee Lauder ANR (just not the long name!!!), and that Lemon shower gel sounds divine!

    1. Yeah it's way too long. I stop paying attention after the Advanced Night Repair bit!


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