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If you recently embarked into the world of make up, you're probably using your fingers for almost every application step - which really isn't a bad thing. But you'll come around finding great use with make up brushes. When I purchased my first set of brushes, it never came into my mind that I needed to clean them until I stumbled upon a Youtube video regarding the consequences of NOT cleaning them. In short, imagine having months and months of make up residue on the brushes and have them directly in contact to your bare skin. Hence, yes, please wash them.

It also took me a long while to learn HOW exactly to clean the brushes. For a while, I used water and soap but still couldn't achieve the ultra-white effect on the brushes like how you see in beauty videos. Then, a Sephora advisor introduced me the Make Up Forever Instant Brush Cleaner - and it blew my mind, or to quote what I actually said, "It changed my life forever."

All you need to do is to spray the cleanser onto the brush, where you'll start to see the make up residue slowly disappearing into thin air - which is still something I've yet to figure out why. After that, you rub the brush onto a clean towel where you will see the make up residue left on the towel. Repeat the steps until the brush is white and clean. 

How often do you need to clean your brushes? 
Usually I use the Make Up Forever Instant Brush Cleaner once every week because I use my brushes every single day. However, on a monthly basis, I'll soak my brushes into a glass of soap and water after using the brush cleanser - just so it's ACTUALLY clean. 

You can purchase the Make Up Forever Instant Brush Cleaner at your nearest Sephora outlet. 
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It took me long enough to set myself apart to write a product review. Judging from the title, you'd probably expect this to be another one of the many in the google search - An Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette review, and you're right, it is. 

Big thanks to the people at Urban Decay for the Smoky palette and ever since I got my hands on it, I've committed myself to use it on an every day basis for about 3 weeks to provide a thorough review. 

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I like how the Naked palettes improve on its packaging as they move along to creating new editions. The Naked 1 and 2 looked a lot like it was made out of a cardboard - which isn't a bad thing, but just not as great as it looks compared to the recent editions. When it comes to Naked 3 however, they decided to up its game to making it look a tad bit more expensive, almost like a luxurious box of chocolate - I've always had a problem opening the Naked 3 palette, it felt like I had to put a certain amount of force to open it while being aware to not destroy the colours in it. 

Whereas the Naked Smoky sets its bar up high with a hard plastic case with a magnetic opening. It comes in a unique smoky print at the front cover and metallic borders for a luxury twist on the inside. Also, I was told that every Smoky palette has its own unique smoky pattern? Which makes it extra exclusive! 

When it comes to creating a smoky eye make up, the main trick to master is the trick to blend. Hence, a good blending brush will need to come in handy during the application process. Surprisingly, the Naked Smoky comes with a rather amazing dual-ended brush. The brush comes with a long and soft synthetic brush on one end, plus a shorter and smaller brush tip on the other - all this especially designed to help creating the perfect smoky look.

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Unlike the previous Naked palettes, the Naked Smoky comes with a beautiful array of textures and shades. From the left, you have the bronze shimmery shades, to cool-tone metallics at the middle segment and it ends with the neutral mattes at the far right. Hence, it makes creating a day-to-night look (incorporating warm and cool tones) achievable with just one kit. 

When it comes to texture, it feels rather different than the previous releases. As many times I've tried, the texture of the shades still feels quite powdery/chalky, especially the matte shades on the far right. In my opinion, the shimmery/metallic shades however are the main focus of the palette - they are not any ordinary shimmery shades - they have an amazing colour pay off and are super pigmented. The colours are vibrant and the shimmers work really well for the mid-lids if you are going for a glamorous night look. 

However, I do find the application pretty messy - the micro glitters tend to fall on to my cheeks easily during application. Hence, it's highly advisable to use a good eyeshadow primer before using the Smoky palette (recommended: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion). 

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Below are the names of the shades and their description. 
From left to right
- High (champagne shimmer with micro-glitter)
- Dirtysweet (medium bronze) 
- Radar (metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter)
- Armor (metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle)
- Slanted (light metallic grey)

- Dagger (medium charcoal with micro-shimmer)
- Black Market (jet-black satin)
- Smolder (deep plum-taupe)
- Password (cool taupe matte)
- Whiskey (rich brown matte) 
- Combust (soft pink-taupe)
- Thirteen (light beige satin) 

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It’s true that they say, in order to stay connected is to disconnect – the only thing that can make me click open my Microsoft Word and start writing from scratch is when there’s no wifi and when I just want to be in front of my computer.

Just a little recap for those who don’t know, which I assume is all of you, I am not old – I just have an old soul. I’m turning 22 in October and graduated with a degree in Advertising just last year. At the age of 22, I think I’ve interned at close to 6 places in total – 5 out of 6 of them are creative agencies. And to fast forward a little, I just came to realise that I’m actually the youngest person in my current workplace.

Since after graduation, life’s never been better. Landing a job wasn’t difficult, landing a job that I love was. With a degree in Advertising, you can basically go into almost anything from media agencies to creative agencies to the client side, and to go a little more in-depth, I could be a copywriter, in the client servicing team, a strat planner, a graphic designer…. .. to be honest, I can basically do all of the above.. and that was where making a decision became difficult. I remembered so clearly, I could even name names, whoever who told me, in exact words, “You don’t need to love what you do”. It was those words that made me go into something that I didn’t love (hated) and stayed through every single minute doing the things that didn’t made sense to me because I was told that it’s okay to not love what I do. That was when I made one of my biggest mistakes. I went through 5 job interviews in a week and landed with one - which turned out to suck.

I’d like to think that God is a little biased towards me, He loves me so much that He gave me literally anything and everything that I asked for. Believe it or not, my life turned around when I was in Melbourne, crying to Leonard about my life and that I felt so under appreciated, I felt that I can't seem to do anything right and that no body cares the about the things I love doing. It was one of the lowest points of my life. But I guess my moods usually turn around real quick and I usually find solutions to them after a good nap. So one day, I wrote in a piece of paper, in exact, what I enjoy doing, what the hell I want to do with my life, how am I going to make money out from it, and where is it going to take me - I had goals and timesheets and all that jazz – I ended up picking “beauty” - super cliche for a beauty blogger to say this, but yea. I realised how much I love beauty as a whole and how much beauty content I consume in my mind on a daily basis as a part of my “me-time’. Hence, I wanted to create a platform where I talk beauty IN MY OWN WAY, IN MY OWN DAMN WILL, IN MY OWN WORDS, IN MY OWN OPINION. 

One of the reasons why I started Eeked was because I wanted a place where I express, design, create shit that I think is great. After optimizing my content and blog, which I came to realise that my self taught knowledge was actually pretty good… I landed myself with a full time job as a Social Media Strategist for several beauty brands because someone spotted me and brought me in to work with them. Ever since then, life’s never been better. I begin to learn so much about social media – what works and what doesn’t. I learned so much about digital ads, the tracking, the things you can DO with FACEBOOK (seriously, there are so much to learn), and how important social media is. People usually think that all I do in my job is to take pretty pictures and post them online. Well, you don’t know, mister, you don’t know what you are talking about.

Long story short, this is where I learned about how to expand Eeked – if only I actually have the time to do so. I started learning how to earn extras from Eeked apart from my fulltime career. And slowly, I achieved most of the goals that I set initially before this all began. I appeared in ads for several beauty brands and I even got into an interview with one of my favourite magazines. Adding on to that, I have another magazine opportunity coming up and I get to share on stage, with a mic and all – it’s back to being in performing arts again.

Hence, my advice is to always be sure of what you love doing, don’t waste your time doing the things you know will never last, but spend more time finding out the things you love doing and turn it around, make money out from it, make it into a career. Spend some quality time away from your phone, go for a swim or just sit in a steam bath, and observe what makes you happy. 

And if you don't want to turn your hobbies into a career, you don't need to. But find time to focus on those areas because it makes you happy. All in all, "happiness" is the goal that everyone should set their minds at. 

When the people around you think you are crazy, and think that your dreams are most likely unachievable - ask them if they love what they are doing - because they probably don’t. Who knows years down the road, you can go back to that same group of people and show them in their faces what you have succeeded, and that you have succeeded with one goal in mind - HAPPINESS. #inyouFACE