Unboxing: Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette | Clozette


We've recently spilt the tea on the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette but now it's time for a test-drive.  This original-Naked-palette-reincarnate brings to the table 12 pans of mattes, satins, shimmers and glitters in an array of equally stunning warm and cool colours. Also, unlike its past variants, it offers four bigger outer pans featuring stellar MVP neutrals varying from gold metallics to warm terracottas, all of which claim to be more universally flattering for all skin tones, ages and genders. Now, we know it was a sad day when the OG Naked palette said goodbye but this is looking like a great replacement! 


With its many promises and oozing appeal, we got super excited to give the Naked Reloaded Palette a try as soon as it landed on our office. But don't think we'll leave you out of the loop. Join us as we give you a peek at how this possible new vanity staple fares compared to its predecessors by watching our little swatch party in the unboxing video above.

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Finding your perfect match in life is a challenging journey, but once you find 'The One', everything in the universe just falls into its rightful place. It doesn't matter if you have to move mountains to find your other half — not just in love but also friendships that you know will last a lifetime — you just know it when the right fit comes along. Same goes with our love for everything beauty. Whether its drugstore, high street, luxury or something that has to be ordered from the other side of the globe, once you find your holy grail, there's no going back.


Beauty OTP all products


But while one product can work wonders, it got us thinking: do our current favourites have their perfect match lying in a beauty counter somewhere? One that would make them exceed their limits and elevate their already promising performance. Is there a match for their 'one true pairing'? So we put our detective hats on and went on a quest to test three pairs of products that are said to produce the best beauty OTPs. Here's our verdict. 


Rimmel Match Perfection Primer + Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 


Rimmel's top-rated primer may be from the drugstore but it delivers amazing results when it comes to smoothening and brightening the skin. Its smooth, velvety finish helps minimise unwanted texture, ensuring that your base will glide on smoothly and flawlessly. Estee Lauder's best-selling foundation, on the other hand, is known for its high-coverage and stellar all-day-wear performance that delivers both a picture-perfect and a real-life flawless looking appearance. Together, we went on to see if these two seemingly complementary products end up giving us a happily ever after when it comes to our base. 


Beauty OTP Rimmel Primer + Estee Double Wear


Beauty OTP Rating:  7/10

While they may initially seem like a good match, our tests showed that the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is a strong, independent product that can already work great on its own and don't need much help from the Rimmel Match Perfection Primer. They work a little better together in terms of increasing blendability, but we figured that there's another foundation out there that could need a little more boost from the Rimmel primer. It just sort of faded away as a sidekick when teamed up with Estee's already heavy-duty formula. We're liking the match, but we don't want an imbalance of power between our OTPs.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil + Benefit Gimme Brow Gel


The NYX Micro Brow Pencil is already a long-standing crowd favourite not just because it serves as a great dupe for some higher end brow pencils but also because its slim and precise tip gives perfect control. It leaves no room for overdrawing, making it a preferred option for both beginners and experts. Sharing the same status would be the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel, whose volumising attributes made it a much-coveted beauty product since day one of its release. They are products that are proven to perform well both on their own and when complementing another product. But how do they fare together?


Beauty OTP Nyx Brow Pencil + Benefit Gimme Brow


Beauty OTP Rating:  8.5/10

A match made in brow heaven? Almost! It's no coincidence that these two are crowd favourites. But together, they deliver a whole new level of fleek-ness. Not only can they fill in empty gaps and spots in between brow hairs with great precision, but these two combined also delivers the most natural-looking arches that won't budge or smudge no matter what your plans are for the day. However, we feel like this power couple works best for those with a fair amount of brow hairs to begin with.


Maybelline Strobing Cream + The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer


Cream and liquid highlighters are not that easy to get right because they have the tendency to clump up or look streaky on top of your base, but Maybelline must know a magic trick or two. The brand's Strobing Cream gives the perfect wet-slash-dewy buildable highlight finish that melts onto your makeup seamlessly. And since we're talking about getting a gorgeous glow, it's no secret that The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer is one of the most top-rated highlighters in almost all beauty platforms and for good reason. From its soft and velvety texture to its champagne shade that looks divine on almost all skintones, it's no wonder why this pick has its own fanbase. Will this pair be the saving grace of our beauty OTP quest?


Beauty OTP Maybelline Master Strobing Stick + Mary Lou Manizer


Beauty OTP Rating:  10/10 

Alone, they're gorgeous. But together, they're bordering on ethereal with a stunningly blinding glow. The combination of cream and powder fused together melts onto the skin beautifully without emphasising any texture or making the skin look oily. The cream also helped extend the powder's longevity, preventing the highlight to fade throughout a day's wear. We're totally stanning this match-up!


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There’s nothing wrong about a detailed way to treat yourself, but taking it a notch lower can be just what you need to give yourself a renewed sense of enjoyment in your routine. Who knows? You might even find something that works better when you detox a little. Here are little ways you can tone down your routine for the better. 


Micellar is the new way to cleanse your hair


Rejoice Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner variants


Instead of focusing on styling and relying on treatments and products, we say treat your hair to some natural detoxification. Change your usual routine to one that includes the Rejoice Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner.

Yes, you read that right. Micellar is the new way to cleanse your hair! Following the same technology used in micellar water for the skin, the Rejoice Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner contain powerful micelles that thoroughly yet gently cleanses your hair and scalp.

The series comes in two variants: Airy Volume and Oil Removal. Aside micelles, these products have white tea that purifies the hair from damaging properties. Making your tresses free from oil, dirt and remnants of pollution, this duo gives you the feeling of fresh, breathable scalp and hair that’s clean, smooth and airy.

The Airy Volume shampoo and conditioner contain water lily that helps in removing oxidative damage and discharge heavy metals in your hair to ensure your tresses get the full-bodied volume it should. Meanwhile, the Oil Removal variant has lemongrass that’s packed with antioxidants to ensure that your hair grows strong.


Go for a natural scrub


Acids are great for exfoliating the skin, no doubt about it. But sometimes, you should also listen to your skin and give it a bit of rest from chemical peels. Instead, try going the natural route. Cleanse your skin with the help of a natural scrub like a konjac sponge for something thorough.

Strengthen with a soak


Go for a nail soak instead of a new mani


There’s nothing quite like getting a fresh manicure. The fresh coat of polish somewhat gives us a sense of newness and readiness to take on challenges. Just like our skin, though, putting too much on our nails can wreak havoc on them. So make sure you give them time to breathe, too. Every so often, opt for bare nail days. And while you’re at it, make sure you strengthen them with the help of a nail soak composed of coconut oil, jojoba oil and a drop of lavender essential oil. This will help ensure your nails are always ready for the many styles and colour changes you’d put them to.


Dry brush your skin 


Make it a priority to dry brush you skin


We’re sure you give your skin some scrubbin’ while in the shower with the help of your favourite products. However, did you know there’s a different way to get glowing results for your body? Instead of religiously scrubbing using exfoliants, try dry brushing your skin every once in a while. This method removes dead skin cells and promotes circulation that helps in removing and preventing the formation of cellulites.

Steam it


We’re no strangers to the power of masks when it comes to relieving our skin from dead skin cells, deep-seated dirt and more. But if you’re feeling tired of putting on masks, waiting for them to dry and rinsing them off, perhaps steaming is the route to go. Every now and then, loosen up the dirt and impurities on your skin by getting a steam. You can opt for a device that does this especially or you can simply boil a pot of water, take it out of the fire, put your face above to get the steam and just relax.


Change the usual. The Rejoice Micellar Series is available at GIANT, AEON and AEON Big Stores across Malaysia.

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