Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Grace be unto you, Urban Decay has launched a new nude palette to replace my beloved NAKED OG. I am counting my lucky stars that it arrived at my door as a complete surprise last week. Of course I couldn’t wait to “dip into it” as the beauty guru’s so like to say. And dip I did do. My first dip I even made a YouTube video of it which you are more than welcome to watch. 🙂 Or continue scrolling for my more in depth review of the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette. As well as all the other products I used to achieve this lewk. Happy Neutrals to you! 🥰

NAKED OG vs NAKED RELOADED

While I was rather taken aback when I found out the NAKED OG palette was discontinued, I made peace with it. Mostly because I had an unopened palette that I purchased at a Sephora VIB sale. It was a “just-in-case” purchase but clearly I am clairvoyant. I anticipated this move by Urban Decay. JK I’m just a makeup hoarder and I’m trying to justify my collection. ANYWAY. The NAKED OG was revolutionary when it was released in 2010. I discovered it thanks to Rumi Neely when her blog Fashion Toast was at its peak. It made me develop a deep love for neutrals when previously I had despised them. Love and hate is truly a fine line.

🍒NAKED CHERRY 🍒

My most recent Urban Decay review was of their most recent NAKED launch, the much buzzed about Naked Cherry. For those interested, head on over to my Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial. Or keep scrolling for more Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette goodness.

Locked and Reloaded

During my test out/try on, I ended up using quite a few of the shades. This included: Bribe, Barely Baked, Angel Fire, Retro, Reputation, Burn, End Game, Bucked, and Blur. Basically the whole palette short three shades. That’s pretty impressive! In my experience, the ability to use so many shades in one look isn’t a regular occurance. For whatever reason, the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette has conjured up the right formula for eyeshadow alchemy. I am here for it. I am wearing it. And I cannot wait to continue to delve deep into this palette and create more looks… most likely ones that are on the lighter side.

Still drooling over this blush and highlighter combo 

THE FACE

Here’s a quick list on the products I used on my face:

PRODUCTS
*GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer
*MAC COSMETICS Prep + Prime Fix+ (Did you know you can buy MAC at Sephora now?!)
*IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil Free Matte in Light Medium
*NARS Lasting Radiant Creamy Concealer in Affogato
*STILA Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten
*TARTE Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blissful

*In case you’re ever wondering, this is my unedited skin*

THE EYES

All of the things I used on my eyeballlzzzzzz

PRODUCTS
*KISS Looks So Natural Eyelashes in Shy
*MAC COSMETICS Paint Pot in Painterly 
*BENEFIT BADgal Lash Mascara in Rich Black
HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette (I live for this eyebrow pencil and have bought it for years!)
*TARTE Lashy and Flashy Eyelash Curler
*URBAN DECAY Naked Reloaded Palette
*CHARLOTTE TILBURY Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Eye Cheat
*CHARLOTTE TILBURY The Classic Eye Powder Pencil in Audrey

THE LIPS

Here is the extensive list of products I used on my lips 😉

PRODUCTS

*NUDE BY NATURE Moisture Shine Lipstick in Pale Coral
*TOO FACED Rich and Dazzling High-Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss in Sunset Crush (Limited Edition!)

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Thanks so much for joining me while I dipped a toe into this new palette. For more beauty and travel videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel here. I would very much appreciate it as I’m s l o w l y growing my little channel. Also, I would love to know what you think about the new Naked Reloaded palette. Will you get it? Have you tried it? Do you miss the OG palette? Leave a comment below! 

Until next time….. Toodles! xo SJ

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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As always anything marked with a * indicates product I have been gifted but are under no obligation to post about. 

ARIZONA TRAVEL DIARY

ARIZONA TRAVEL DIARY

ARIZONA TRAVEL DIARY

Canada is currently in a polar vortex. My latest fashion icon is the Michelin Man; it’s all about the layers. Since I’ve decided to avoid the reality outside my window, all I can bring myself to share on this space is memories from warmer times. Here’s my Arizona Travel Diary from my trip last winter. Hopefully this will keep us all warm until the weather passes and becomes a bit more humane. I also created a list and video about some of the weird places I love in Arizona. You can check that out here: Weird Arizona – 5 Strange Places to Visit on a Trip to the Arizona Desert.

xo Sandy Joe

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Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Full Face of Drugstore Makeup 

The lore of good drugstore makeup has been information I have slowly pieced together over the years. I’ve taken product recommendations by word of mouth. My countless attempts at duping higher end items for less over the years. It has been an epic trial and error that comes with many wins but also colossal missteps. Today, I have decided to share one of my testing sessions on new to me drugstore makeup in a beauty tutorial: Full Face of Drugstore Makeup. Join me while I find a few new favourites and duds I wouldn’t bother using again. 

THE EYESHADOW

I first decided to create this video when I received the L’Oreal Paradise Enchanted Collection. I was a little bit hesitant. The eyeshadow palette and blushes are all peach scented. Though I’m not completely sold on the smell, I did find the eyeshadow from the Paradise Enchanted palette to be very blendable and easy to work with. The palette is by no means ground breaking, but it definitely has a place amongst the workable everyday nudey browns palettes. I especially liked how it worked with the Lise Watier Metamorphix – one of my favourite products to make any powder eyeshadow into a cream/liquid. 

THE LINERS

I was absolutely blown away by the quality of drugstore eyeliners these days. It came as such a surprise to me, I’m embarrassed to say. The Super Slim liquid liner especially has the perfect tip for making a precise cateye. There is even a grip that helps with the application. 

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Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Revisiting the some of the brands that I began my makeup journey with has been both parts nostalgic and fun. There are so many more options available than there was when I was a teenager, it is staggering. With such an abundance of choice I can see how going to the drugstore to pick out something as simple as eyeliner could become overwhelming. I’m so grateful for communities on YouTube that have helped make me a more informed consumer as well as entertained me for hours and hoursssss. If you enjoyed this video and post, head on over and subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more posts like this Full Face of Drugstore Makeup. 

I Lived in a Haunted House | Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House

I Lived in a Haunted House | Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House

I Lived in a Haunted House | Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House

Halloween is a great time to bring up this little known fact about myself. I lived in a haunted house – The Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House to be specific. I loved to periodically pop by and visit it, sometimes I even document it in a style editorial. How did I live in a house that is located in a city park? Well, first of all, my family donated it in 1992 and it was carefully moved from the neighbourhood of Belgravia down to the nearby park.

Just a little baby Sandy watching her house getting plucked up and moved away.

The Stories

Our house has been featured in several publications and tv special. We have yet to be consulted for any of these features so my sister (founder of The Witchery) and I decided to take things into our own hands and tell our stories. First hand. From the people they actually happened to (us). I’ve made a YouTube video chronicling the most interesting tales from the Firkins House while we resided there in the company of a ghostly presence! My mom was so kind enough to surprise drop by that day and give us more details about the house we grew up in.

I Lived in a Haunted House

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my little piece of history in this house’s existence. If you enjoyed what you read and watched, please subscribe to my YouTube channel for more upcoming videos 🙂 . I would love to know if any of my readers have had any ghostly encounters? If so, please share your experiences in the comments below! I love a good spooky story to keep me up at night! 👻

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz / Audrey Karpetz

Many thanks to Fort Edmonton Park for having me over to revisit my childhood home! 

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It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe! | Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair

Fall is upon us and with that comes one of my favourite annual spectacles: the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair! This was my third year attending and it did not disappoint. It was the 30th anniversary and boasted the heaviest pumpkin in the history of the festival! The pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1884 lbs!!! But without further adieu, I present: It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe! Tune into the video above to get a vlog of the whole experience… right down to the infamous pumpkin drop!

A Real Sincere Pumpkin Patch

If this highlight reel didn’t sate the appetite for pumpkin related content, I suggest heading over to my Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival post. There you can watch a few short clips of the infamous pumpkin drop, see some pumpkin spiced baked goods, and see me blending in with my camo wear. 🙂

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

Thanks so much for joining me on yet another random road trip! It’s more than likely that I will be attending this fair next year – rain or shine, I’ll be there. In the meantime, if quirky road trips are an interest, check out my post and video about 5 weird places to visit in Arizona. Or my lengthy backlog list of travel articles I have been compiling over the years. As always, if you enjoyed this video and want to see me on the regular, subscribe to my YouTube channel – I appreciate each and every sub as I grow this new corner of my offbeat empire.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Oh hey there! Were you wondering How I Spent My Summer Vacation? Look no further than this quick little video of an accurate summation of my summer. There was a healthy dose of cold ramen from Tokiwa, my favourite place to get ramen in Edmonton. In fact, the only place I will ever go for ramen in Edmonton. There was ice cream, canola fields, the farmer’s market, and more! Even an opening of the new Aga Khan pavilion at the Devonian Botanical Gardens. There is no shortage of random outings (I even went to the waste management facility) in this summer highlight reel. I intended this to be a monthly vlog but it turned out that an entire summer fit into one. So there’s that. Anyway, keep scrolling to watch the video. 🙂

And All The Other Things I Did

I suppose it wouldn’t be fair to say this is *all* I did this summer. I also ran a 10K race with Lululemon. I went to the Stampede with GMC Canada, and camped in Kananaskis. I also went to Road Tripping to Gabriola Island where I unplugged for two whole glorious weeks. A vlog from that is yet to come! If you enjoy my videos, be sure to head on over to my YouTube channel to subscribe to be alerted when these videos are hot off the press 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

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