So Fresh Fridays x 2!

I have not only one but TWO So Fresh Fridays picks this week. With the holidays right around the corner, all companies are whipping out their big guns and I myself could not be more excited because it gives me LOTS of things to talk about!

First, we have Urban Decay’s NAKED Basics palette. They really kept this a great secret until a few days ago and I am expecting this palette will be just as successful as the NAKED and NAKED 2. The NAKED palette is the best selling palette of all time. OF. ALL. TIME! That is just crazy! The difference between this palette and its predecessor is that there are about half the number of shadows and they are all matte vs. the other two which have matte and shimmer. This palette is available at ULTA, Sephora and UrbanDecay.com.

Second, we have the much anticipated collaboration between Target, Neiman Marcus and a number of super famous designers which starts 12/1. The fabulous thing about this exciting venture is the fact that all items will be available at Target AND Neiman Marcus! If you have ever attempted to purchase designer collections at Target in the past, you know girls wait in line before doors just so they can snag all the inventory and sell it on ebay! I can’t even hate, it’s a smart idea. Anyways, now that it will be available in multiple retailers, it should make grabbing your favorite items a little easier.

 

Black Shadow Alternative

I love a smokey eye but I often find that jet black shadow and eyeliner can be too harsh on me. Now don’t get me wrong, I am the first to use jet black liner to line my upper lid and waterline but the second I try to bring that shadow or liner down on my lower lash line it immediately makes my eyes look smaller and tired. Tired is never cute haha!

One alternative I am loving this season is this beautiful smokey grey/navy shadow. I absolutely love this color as a shimmer shadow. It is the perfect shade for everyones upcoming holiday parties!

I am also a big fan of using darker bronze and lighter plum shimmer shadows to create a smokey eye. They are not as intense as a black or chocolate brown but they are understated and just as beautiful!

Here are some of my favorite black alternatives…

From top left: ULTA eyeshadow in Twilight, Revlon Luxurious Color Diamond Lust Eyeshadow in Neptune Star, Givenchy Le Prisme Mono Eyeshadow quad in Dressy Indigo, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Gravity

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Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

This pick should come as no surprise seeing as I featured it in my Let’s Get Naked! post earlier this month. This palette from Urban Decay really is the greatest AND don’t forget, they are currently having their Friends and Family Sale so head over to their website and grab yours for 20% off!