My Review of Urban Decays Naked 3 Palette

I had been looking for this palette for (what seems like) forever.  We don't have a huge selection of Urban Decay in New Zealand, and what ever we get, it sells out before you even realise its in the country.

On my recent weekend away in Melbourne, Australia.  I came across a very well stocked Mecca Maxima store to which that had everything I was after in stock.  Included the much coverted Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette.

I instantly fell in love with this palette, mainly because is got a very strong rose gold theme to it.  Rose gold is one of my favourite colours, so falling in love with this palette is easy.

There is a good mix of matte along with frosty or shimmery colours in it.  Which allows you to do a series of different looks.

Urban Decays Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decays Naked 3 Palette

I find the colours to be very romantic, which is great when you beautify a lot of brides over wedding season.  Even the darker colours match perfectly with the other colours in the palette.

The double ended brush (blending and a flat brush) is aways great.  Its of great quality and feels lovely to use.

Overall I love this palette, its a great mix and will compliment most skin tones.  I even brought 2, one for my makeup kit and one for me at home.

Here is a closer look at the colours.

Overall, I love the Urban Decay Naked Palette No 3

Who is Amber? and What is she about?

I thought I should write a wee blog post on who I am and what am I about.

Often its hard to make a decision to use someone for the biggest day of your life, based on a website and not really knowing the person who is going to be spending most of your wedding day with.

My name is Amber McIver, I was born in Wellington and grew up in Auckland.  I went to Baradene college in Remuera, and I grew up on a farm in Drury (South Auckland).

I always knew from a young age I wanted to be a hairdresser, I often would cut off my barbie dolls hair and mum always brought me hair styling books as I was growing up.  So when I finished school, and headed off to hairdressing school.  Despite hating high school, I loved hair dressing school and was one of the top students, boasting 100% attendance over the 2 years.

I finished up at hair dressing school and found a job working in a tiny salon in Papakura.  Sadly, my boss at the time, was the most horrible person and I was wrongfully dismissed.  I took her to court and won my case, but it put me off working in the industry.

So I left the beauty industry, and got into the good old corporate world.  Working my way up the "food chain", till I was the Financial Accountant then Operations Analyst for Coca Cola.  I always felt I was wasted sitting behind a computer, and I didn't want to end up like the grumpy old man that sat next to me, who had been there 30 + years.  So I left and sought to get back into the industry I love.

In 2010 I had the opportunity to purchase the shell of my business (Verdo Nails), it was a very run down business, and all I was buying was the chalets.  I had to start from scratch, and it was tough, as there was no clients coming in my salon, but being pretty stubborn, I continued, with the plan that one day I would have something special.

About 18 months into business, I decided to start using my hair dressing skill (to which I paid 10k to learn by the way).  I enrolled in a bridal hair and makeup course, which was full time.  From there I found I loved getting people ready for their wedding day.

I still continued to grow my salon, and decided to link the two businesses together.

Why do I love what I do?

I love working with people, I am totally a relationship builder, and love hearing other peoples stories.  I am lucky that I get the opportunity to hang out with women I normally wouldn't get to meet.

I love making women feel good about themselves.  We often are rushing around and putting ourselves down so often, that taking some time out to look after ourselves, and do something that makes us feel good about ourselves is a must in life.  Especially if you are a busy mum.

Also, getting to spend the day with women on the happiest day of their lives is pretty cool.  Its so much fun to be around a bridal party when they are at their happiest.

I am lucky to have a job that I love, even 6 years into it.  

Amber xxx

School Ball Season is Upon Us

School Ball season is here.  This means dresses, shoes, hair and makeup, nails, tanning and lots more primping and priming for their big evening.  I often refer to school balls as mini weddings, especially with how much things can cost.

So I thought I would put together a few tips that will help you with your hair, skin and nails, so they look the best, without having to spend a fortune on it.

Healthy Skin

Keeping your skin blemish free, would be most teenage girls first requirements.  Heres a few tips to help with your skin:

  • Reduce Sugar
  • Stop touching your face, this spreads oils etc
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exfoliate every week
  • Keep your skin Clean
  • Reduce the amount of makeup you wear

Using a good skin care is always going to do good things for your skin.  So I always recommend using a good skin care and sunscreen from a young age.

Healthy Hair

Having shiny hair is something most of us want, but very hard to achieve.  Coconut oil is amazing for all things for your body, but about once a week I use that as a treatment.  Apply on dry hair, tie it in a bun, pop a towel on your pillow and head off to the land of nod.  When you wake, shampoo and condition as per usual (you may need to do an extra shampoo to get the oil out completely).  

Regular hair treatments, over time will help restore the condition of your hair.  Also, reducing the usage of heating tools will help restore the condition of your hair.

Healthy Nails

Healthy nails comes down to one thing, cuticle oil.  This simply is the best thing you can do for your nails.  It promotes strength and flexibility, which means your nails will bend rather than snapping.  I suggest using this twice a day for healthy nails.

Keeping your nails tidy and one length will help keep your nails from having a wee break.  

Push back your cuticles a few times a week, after you have had a hot shower.

We have you covered for your School ball hair and makeup, your nails and tanning requirements for your school ball.  This is located in my salon Verdo Parnell at 245 Parnell Road Parnell Auckland.

Amber xx