Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

This post is actually the first of several Urban Decay reviews - I received a few vouchers for Christmas and for my my birthday so I used them to buy a few new products! I'll try and space them out a bit so you aren't all overloaded with Urban Decay posts, unless you would rather me post them all consecutively? Anyway, I really wasn't interesting in either of the Naked palettes when they first came out. I'm not usually one to go for more neutral shadows so I never really paid much attention to them. I've been experimenting a little more in the past few months and I've found myself reaching for neutral shades more and more, and I found myself looking at these palettes. In the end I decided to ask on Twitter what you all thought I should buy, and the result was pretty unanimous! I was torn over which palette to buy, in the end I with the Naked 2 because I thought it might look a little better with my pale skin.



This palette comes in a large rectangular tin. It's very sleek and nice. It's probably a little more subtle than most Urban Decay products I own! It's also very easy to clean (I can't be the only one who cleans my eyeshadow palettes?) I like how sturdy it feels too. My only issue with the packaging is that it doesn't close very well. It has a magnetic closure, but if I were travelling with it for example, I'm not sure it would stay closed. I'd probably tape it up if I happened to be taking it anywhere! It also has a large full sized mirror in the lid.



This palette comes with twelve full sized shadows, a dual-ended brush and a miniature lip junkie gloss in Naked. Only three of the shadows are mattes (Foxy, Blackout and Tease), so if you like shimmer shades, this is for you!

If you read this blog frequently, you'll know I adore Urban Decay's shadows and this is no exception. They are easy to apply, highly pigmented and incredibly soft. I've not had any trouble with fall out from any of these shadows except Chopper which produced the tiniest bit of fall out for me.



My favourite shades from this palette are Tease, Verve and Snakebite. This might be the first palette I've ever owned where I know I'll use every single one of it's shades. There isn't a single one that I don't like. At first I was a bit sceptical but as soon as I started using it I fell in love. I've found myself switching between this and my Smoked Palette nearly every day. I particularly like using Verve and Blackout together to create something a little more interesting. Before I bought this palette I'd read a few reviews that said that Tease was the worst shadow in the palette, so I was a bit hesitant to use it, and it's one of my favourites! I tend to wear it alone on days where I don't want to spend a lot of time doing my make up. I really love it. The only shadow that I didn't like as much as the others is Foxy, I found it to be a little on the sheer side.



The lip gloss in Junkie that comes with this palette is a neutral pink. It's not a colour that I would've gone out and bought, but I have worn it a few times. I actually wore it to university last week and it was still going strong after four hours of wear and a cup of tea. One of my friends asked me if I'd reapplied it without her noticing because she was convinced that a gloss couldn't possibly last that long! It feels sticky but it isn't uncomfortable. It also smells like peppermint!




The dual-ended brush isn't a bad addition either. I use the fluffy crease brush a lot, but I've only used the other side a couple of times because it's a little too stiff for my liking. It's workable if you're going travelling and you don't want to pack your brushes though!



Overall I really love this palette, and I would definitely consider buying Naked 1! It's on the more expensive side, and I don't think I'd have bought if I hadn't had vouchers, but I'm certainly glad that I did! Even my Mum has been using it!

This palette costs £36 and can be purchased from Debenhams.

Have you tried either of the Naked palettes?

Disclosure: I bought this palette with vouchers I received for Christmas.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Name Change

Hi everyone! Just a super quick post to say that I've finally decided to take the plunge and change the name of this blog.

I've been contemplating changing the name for months now. I was having a seriously unimaginative moment when I first created this blog, and I've never been completely sold on it, but at the same time I wasn't sure about changing it because I'd gotten used to it.

The new name is Divine Obscurity. I used to have a blog called this some time ago but I shut it down, but I still really loved the name so I've decided to re-use it!

I'm still keeping the url the same as I've heard stories of some people changing their url and losing followers and things like that. I'm also keeping my Twitter name the same (for now) as Divine Obscurity was taken (boo!) so it shouldn't really change anything else very much! My email address will not change either.

There's a chance that I'll decide that I don't like it after a week or so and switch back. I'll see how it goes!

Let me know what you think!



Saturday, 16 February 2013

Restyle Fake Fur Stole

I made this post not long ago where I mentioned that I was looking into getting this fake fur stole from Restyle. In the end I gave in (this always happens when I'm subscribed to mailing lists and I see discount codes...) and I ordered it. At £16.00 it wasn't exactly expensive, so I thought why not?

Just a heads up on the pictures, my camera has been really acting up recently and these were the best of a bad bunch. I'm going to order a charger for my old little camera to use as a back up. My normal camera wouldn't focus and all my pictures were coming out orange and bright regardless of what setting I put it on and how many times I reset the white balance.

I'm one of those people who is always cold. I own at least four coats now and numerous jackets. I had actually been on the lookout for a cardigan for the past month or so, but I hadn't been able to find one that I liked (how hard is it to find a nice, inexpensive long black cardigan?!) so I was interested when I saw the fur stole on The Gothic Shop's website.  I went out to a restaurant for my cousins birthday and it was too warm to put my coat on (and I'd have looked a bit silly sat in my coat) but I was still a bit chilly. I thought it'd be good for similar situations as well as making my outfits a little more interesting!



I was a little concerned about ordering this because the top I ordered before had been too big for me, but I went by the measurements on the site and hoped that it would fit. Fortunately, it did! 

This fur stole measures 39 inches across, and it has a fleece lining and fastens with a ribbon. It's actually a lot warmer than I was expecting! It's very, very snugly and comfortable to wear. I was also quite surprised at how informal it can look too. I thought I was going to have to wait to wear this when I go out, but I wouldn't feel odd wearing this to university. I'm never concerned about it slipping or moving around either.

Taking pictures of yourself in a mirror is much harder than it looks! I actually cropped my head out of it because I'd been out all day and looked like I'd been dragged through a hedge backwards (to say the very least).
The only problem that I have with this stole is the ribbon. I feel like it ought to have been longer. I'm tiny so I have it on it's tightest, and there isn't much ribbon left to make a bow. The ribbon is also quite stiff and doesn't hang very well.

Overall I'm incredibly pleased with this. It has definitely made me feel better about ordering some more of Restyle's clothing items after one of their tops didn't fit me, and I really glad that it didn't put me off ordering. It's a piece that I will get a lot of use out of because I can wear it with so many outfits. I think I will probably benefit from it the most in summer; I always tend to go outside without a jacket despite being really quite cold!

I don't usually do clothing reviews, but I was so pleased with it that I decided that it wouldn't hurt to post about it! Would you like to see more posts like this or not?

You can purchase this from the Restyle website or The Gothic Shop.

Have you bought anything from Restyle?

**side note**

I would like to thank you all for your kind words on my last post regarding Thomasina. It was really lovely of you all and it made me feel incredibly grateful to know all of you through blogging! She is due back at the vets on Monday so we're going to see how that goes. If all is well, they'll put her on some stronger steroids that should brighten her up even more. She seems uncomfortable but she isn't in pain (from what I can see). Hopefully the steroids will ease her discomfort a bit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes well and that there's something that we can do to help her a bit.

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Disclosure: I bought this myself.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

20.

This post is a little late in coming, I was going to get this posted last night but we got back late and I didn't get round to it.

Anyway, I turned 20 yesterday! I don't usually like my own birthdays but I've grown to tolerate them over the years (I really don't like people making a fuss, I'm not the most sociable person so I find them a bit difficult!) but I had a really lovely time yesterday. We really needed it after the week we've had (I'll add a note about this at the bottom). We went out to eat at my favourite restaurant and overall I had a really nice night!



Instead of a birthday cake I had chocolate orange cheesecake, and it was divine! There's still half left but I don't think it will be around for long!

I received a lot of lovely gifts. My parents bought me my new phone a few weeks ago, my sister bought me a book and I received a lot of edible presents!

My aunt bought me this card because she thought it looked like me with short hair, haha!


The other good news is that this is the first birthday I've had in years that hasn't been icy. Unfortunately the snow is supposed to be going back tomorrow but this is the first year I've managed to avoid it on my birthday. I'm definitely ready for Spring to make an appearance now.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

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I really hate to end this post on a really awful note, but I didn't want to make a separate post to mention this because it would be too difficult.

We found out on Monday that Thomasina has cancer. She's been given steroids and they've really perked her up. She's still doing bizarre things like sleeping in the sink and sneezing, but aside from that she's like her normal self and she's begining to put weight on again, which is good. Unfortunately there isn't anything else that they can do and she won't be with us for much longer. I've had her since I was six years old and I can't imagine life without her and I know it's going to break my heart. I wanted to mention it on here sooner rather than later, I hope you all understand that this means that I'll probably vanish from here for a little while at some point. I also know that I talk about her a lot on here and Twitter and Instagram and it would be better if I explained what was going on and that it's easier to explain now rather than later on. 


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On a lighter note, is anybody doing anything nice this weekend?


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Restyle Night Whisper and Wild Rose Necklaces

If you've been reading this blog for a long time, you'll know how much I love jewellery. I feel bare when I'm not wearing any, so my collection is beginning to get quite big! I discovered Restyle a few weeks ago through reading numerous blogs that mentioned them. As much as I love Alchemy Gothic, I've always been a little bit put off by the price, so I was really interested when a saw that lots of people were saying that Restyle was a cheaper alternative.

I was a little bit unsure about ordering directly from Restyle because of it being in a different currency (I'm easily confused to say the very least) and I wasn't sure if I'd have to pay extra to convert it into pounds. Instead I ordered them from here, because I'd used that website before. They cost more than buying them on the actual Restyle website, but I figured that not having to pay the postage to get them shipped probably equalled it out.

I went for the Night Whisper necklace because I don't own a lot of purple necklaces except for my Morticia necklace. I thought the bat was adorable and that it would match my Morticia earrings. It features a silver bat with outstretched wings above a dark purple stone set in a silver frame. The rectangle stone isn't as bright as I was expecting, it's a really deep purple. My skin is really red in these pictures; I think I was reacting to the wash powder again! You can also see the shadow from my camera - I couldn't quite position it to capture the jewellery properly and not get a shadow, sorry!



I really adore this piece because it's a little more understated than most of the jewellery that I own. It hangs really well and the detailing on the bat is really nice. The only issue that I have with this one is that there seems to be a bit of a gap between the frame and the stone on the lower part of the necklace. Fortunately you can't see it when it's on so it's not a major issue, but I thought I ought to mention it nevertheless.



The other necklace I went for was the Wild Rose necklace. I'm really into deep reds at the moment and this one captured my attention immediately! I was torn between the necklace and the matching earrings - in the end I went for the necklace and decided that if I liked it I could always buy the earrings at a later date.  It features an oval dark ruby gem in the centre surrounded by roses and leaves, with two black stones either side and one hanging from the bottom.



This is definitely my favourite of the two necklaces. It's a really ornate and beautiful piece. I love more intricate jewellery designs and this is exactly the sort of thing that I love. I can't decide if buying the earrings to go with it would look a bit much or whether or not it's nicer on its own! The gem really catches the light.

On a side note, I also ordered this blouse last week in a size small, which was listed as being a UK size 8. I'm actually a UK size 4-6, but I've known size 8s to fit me, and I'd also heard that their clothing tended to be on the small side, so I took a gamble and ordered it. It was not a size 8. Nowhere near. It was more like a size 10-12, it absolutely buried me. Just a warning if anybody is looking at the clothing!

Overall I'm really impressed with the jewellery I bought; the quality is excellent for the price. I'm still debating ordering this fake fur stole, but I'm really worried after my experience with the blouse I ordered that it'll be too big. If anybody else has bought this, is it huge? I'm also very tempted by that red rose handbag too...

Have you bought anything from Restyle? What did you think?

Disclosure: I bought both of these necklaces myself.
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