New Year Means New Palettes

The New Year can only mean one thing. A makeup overhaul and essential clear out which means we get to make way for new beautiful makeup to add to our collection! If you have a sort through your makeup stash and create space for a new palette or two, then it's most definitely guilt free (and has helped me stick to one of my "keep organised" new year resolutions!) 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit In Surreal Light is a palette that not only looks spectacular on your dressing table or in your makeup bag, but performs wonderfully too. I have previously used an Hourglass all over powder which I purchased from America and lusted after the marble packaged, lighting edit the moment I saw it. It comes complete with mirror in the lid and five separate exclusive face powders which each serve a different purpose. 

 Surreal Light: a light nude powder for all over the face
 Surreal Bronze Light: a neutral tan shade containing Surreal Light, for a wash of natural warmth
 Surreal Glow: a pale sweet pink blush mixed with Surreal Light for a light flush to the cheeks
 Surreal Effect: a cool toned, rosey pink enveloped in a warm peach for a pop of colour
 Surreal Strobe Light: a shimmering peach toned powder that allows a glowing highlight wherever applied

Lately I have been enjoying creating a gold toned eye look, particularly throughout the festive season.  The Zoeva Rose Golden Palette for me ticks every box. It is far more affordable than many palettes on the market and contains perfect shades for a rose gold eye, all compact in a sleek, rose gold, travel friendly palette.
 The palette itself contains ten eye shadows in the rosey, gold spectrum, three of which are staple matte colours and 7 metallic, dazzling shimmer shades. "Just A Rose" is my most favourable shade of the moment but all shadows are pigmented and have hardly any fallout. As I am set to go away in a couple of weeks, I will definitely be taking this light travel friendly set of shadows with me in my case!

As eye palettes go, Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics is one of the most sought after palettes recently released this Winter. I have several of the Urban Decay palettes including the original Naked palette, Naked 3 and the Limited Edition Gwen Steffani Palette. Previously I owned a small basics palette but because it was so dinky and travel size the palette was used all up! 
 I mean, the packaging.. That packaging (SWOON)! It certainly is a show stopper, in a bronzed, chrome effect box with a three dimensional detail. It does contain a mirror and a double ended shadow brush ideal for blending and smudging, but isn't the most travel friendly palette. However, who even cares when it looks so beautiful? 
 The palette contains 12 shadow shades, all of which are matte. I plan on hitting pan first on shades "Blow" (a light, ideal base/under brow shade) and "Extra Bitter" ( a rusty, earthy brown). 

Let me know in the comments what palettes you have been loving this season!

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