DUPE? Urban Decay Naked 3 VS LA Girl Nudes

I don't know when it happened, but somewhere along the way, I became a pink girl. I never really liked the color growing up--I was too cool for pink. Pink was too girly for me. I was tougher than pink. And to think many, many years ago, boys wore pink and girls wore blue. Wearing pink means you're weak? Being girly is weak? I'm glad I'm over that ridiculousness. What a silly stigma to throw on a color, right?

I've always been drawn to jewel tones for some reason--perhaps because they compliment my dark hair better. I don't know. But maybe blame it on being a blogger, blame it on the fact that the new pink shades are more appealing and are everywhere, but I've totally embraced it. Pink sort of calms me in a way--there's a creaminess to it. I'm now drawn to pastel pinks. It's even become part of my eye shadow collection--something this various shades of brown wearing girl never thought would happen.

And whereas before pink shadows made me think I looked sickly wearing them, the trend of nude shades has made them more versatile than bubblegum pink. And the love of nude shadows and palettes really came together in a glorious combination made famous by Urban Decay. But their palettes are around $54. Could there be a much more affordable alternative? This Dupe Detective put on her pink hat (of course) and got to work. I'll be comparing the Urban Decay Naked 3 vs. LA Girl Nudes palette. Do we have a dupe here? Keep reading to find out:


12 shades

Can be easier to find online (try Amazon) than in stores. I've seen it at ULTA, Walgreens, Walmart, etc.

The packaging is nothing fancy, and you might not like all of the ingredients (I linked to them above), but the colors are really pretty. I think you can get quite a few looks from this palette. 

And what, fellow beauty enthusiasts, does this palette remind you of?


Online, ULTA, Sephora

Here we have a side by side comparison, with the L.A. Girl being on top. You can see there are some similar-looking shades, but not an exact dupe of every shade.

Let's try them on, shall we?

On your right, I am wearing UD naked 3, and on your left, L.A. Girl. By the way, those are my natural lashes--you might recall I got lash extensions at the beginning of May--here's to prove that no, having extensions didn't make my lashes fall out or ruin my eyes. It's all good, y'all.

And now for some swatches! L.A. Girl is on your left, UD is on your right.

I chose not to swatch every single shade, instead, only the definite dupes. It's hard to tell, but there are 5 definite dupes, with some shades being very similar, and some shades that are exclusive to each palette.

The quality of the shadows for both palettes is very similar. UD has some shimmery shades that have too much fall out. Covergirl has a Roses palette that is also similar, but it's around $12. I think if you are going for a dupe or similar palette that definitely won't break the bank, L.A. Girl Nudes is a great one to add.

Do you think this is a dupe?

Extra Elle:
Thanks for the love on my last post. I wish I would have opened up sooner. Thanks to your support, I am feeling more and more like myself every day. I love and appreciate you so much. Thank you.


We Need to Talk

Friends, we need to talk. 

After 7 years of blogging 5 days a week about beauty products and some of my life, I realize I need to do more of the latter.

I'm a very private person and never want to trouble anyone with my problems. But I have realized that not reaching out for help or not sharing our struggles only causes us pain the long run and creates this unnecessary stigma of weakness.

So here goes:

I have been suffering from extreme anxiety.

Anxiety is nothing new to me. I have had it since I was about 4. But lately it has hit an all-time high. It all started back in October. TMI alert here, so you can skip this paragraph, but essentially I ended up having a period for 3 months. Yes, you read that correctly. It really wore me down, just having no relief, and that I got no answers as to why it happened. Everything is fine now, but it kind of made me depressed, I guess you could say. My hormones definitely felt out of whack. I didn't feel like myself.

Then in December, as I was leaving for Christmas break, I overheard at work that my position would end when the new school year begins. I am a nanny and the youngest will start preschool, so they won't need me anymore. I love the family and my job and 100% support their decision. However, it totally broke my heart and I finally got the confirmation it was true a couple of months later. I will miss those kids something awful. I began to panic on needing to find in job in 8 months. That's plenty of time, but at the time, I felt overwhelmed.

In February, I had the flu. In March, I had pneumonia. I felt so down, so tired. No energy.

And then after a really good end of 2016, my blog stats, my Instagram, everything started to plummet. It really bothered me. Why was this happening? Was it me? Why didn't people like me? I refuse to be a blogger that does things for click bait--do your makeup with Cheetos using a sock! Um, no. I refuse to be the blogger that buys every single new beauty product, every single shade, just to be first. I can't do it. I don't look like the contoured to the Heavens girls of Instagram. I don't want to be like everyone else.

I began blogging just a few times a week. I thought maybe taking a break would help. It didn't. It made things worse blog-wise and that made more anxiety.All things beauty--my biggest passion--weren't enough. My last haul was in January. I never shared any of those products and they sat in a box for months. I quit painting my nails, wearing makeup most days, even doing my hair. That sounds SO artificial/first world problems/vain, but those things make me feel better about myself. I wear makeup/paint my nails/do my hair only for myself. I didn't feel like myself. 

All of these things, plus some additional personal issues, caused my anxiety to build up. I began to retreat into myself and away from everyone.

But one day I couldn't take it anymore. Something had to give.

I began to open up to others and share what I'd been going through.

It turns out that I'm not alone. Imagine that!

I began to practice self-care--that sounds like such a selfish thing to do, but taking time out for myself really, really helped. I know we're all busy, but scheduling that time really helped.

This was drawn for me by Rebecca Jo! Thank you!
I turned to my faith.

I focused on the good, on the positive, on the things (not necessarily material here, just a general term) I have instead of the negative. Is __issue worth getting upset over? Will it matter in 5 minutes? A month from now? No? Then let it roll off your back.

Instead of focusing on overwhelming big problems, I put them into smaller pieces.

I realized that it's okay and that there is no shame in having anxiety.

While I am not currently on any medication for my anxiety, there is nothing wrong with that either. No shame. The same goes for talking to a professional.

I write this today because I see that light at the end of the tunnel. I am closer to feeling back to myself than ever before, closer than I've been in months. I feel like I am over the hump and running towards the finish line.

Not allowing anxiety to have its grip on me has been the most freeing feeling. Taking things one day at a time, allowing myself to feel emotions and not hide them or bottle them up is freeing. And then letting them go.

Today I feel free.

Have you suffered from anxiety?



So y'all, today is one of those days where I feel like the week is dragging by, and then I look at the calendar and realize we are halfway through June. Slow down, 2017!

And just what does that have to do with liquid lipstick? Well, today I'm comparing the new Covergirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick vs. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick. In my testing of those two products, I decided to try the former against some of my other liquid lipsticks, like Maybelline Color Jolt. I realized it was almost exactly a year ago that I tested that one! It doesn't seem like a year at all! And it makes me wonder, is Covergirl too late to get on the liquid lipstick train? L'Oreal released their version this past fall. Regardless, when I saw the new Covergirl Melting Pout last month, I had to pick it up and test it, since it reminded me of the Too Faced version--even the promos say it's comparable to a $20 liquid lipstick. But is it a dupe? Keep reading to find out.

Covergirl Melting Pout


12 shades

What they say: "Stop the world and melt with COVERGIRL liquid lipstick! This all-new high-impact, opaque lip color is rich, creamy and compares to a $20 liquid lipstick. The soft touch precision applicator is cushiony and comfortable so lip color glides on smooth delivering a satin finish that's not sticky or tacky."


I haven't really heard anything about these, and minus the day I purchased mine last month, I haven't seen them in any more stores. No displays, nothing!  But let's talk about the product--it has the applicator similar to Too Faced.

I felt like the packaging does not represent the color inside--I picked up 105 since most of the colors don't really appeal to me. Wearing it, it really looks just like my lips already.

It isn't as glossy as Too Faced or others that I've tried--those apply glossy and then dry down to a demi-matte finish. This seems to skip the glossy step and is already demi-matte. But it is not drying by any means. It's a nice feel on the lips.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick


15 shades

What they say: "Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in one long-wear formula. Using exclusive technology to keep cauldrons of molten lipsticks liquid and creamy, Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, high-impact, super rich, saturated color that lasts for hours."

Something interesting here--the Maybelline Color Jolt is .21 ounces and the Melting Pout is .24--look at the size difference in packaging! Too Faced is .4 oz.

Is it a dupe? Not really. I like the fact that it is unscented, but I prefer the finish (I like the gloss and the demi-matte) and staying power of Too Faced. However, it isn't a bad deal for $7.99, I just wish the shade range was better, since blue and purple lipsticks aren't my thing, but that's personal preference. If you have Color Jolt or L'Oreal Lip Paints already, there's no need to run out and get this. I did like it though!

Have you tried the Melting Pout liquid lipsticks yet?


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