The Naked Truth- My favorite Nudes

Anyone who tends to lean towards the obsessive side of cosmetics has surely heard about the (already) legendary Naked Palette by Urban Decay.  I first heard about this while reading other's blogs, probably back in Sept.  At this time, I was also working in the cosmetics field and would occasionally have a client come in and ask if we had anything "like Urban Decay's Naked Palette"?  The hype started getting to me when I realized that all of my surrounding Sephoras did not have the palette in stock.  Every time I'd go in, I'd check out of curiosity, and there was always a space for it but never a product in stock!  It started consuming me.  Where could I find this?  I started trying to substitute for it....I purchased 2 different palettes -Too Faced "Naked Eye" (which did nothing for me) and Lorac's "A Private Affair" (eh....it was ok).  In October we made our cross country move from the East Coast to the West Coast. Was I a weirdo for thinking the entire drive, "I wonder if I will be able to find the Naked Palette out there??".  Probably =)
Turns out that it WAS indeed waaaay easier to find in the new city we moved to. I had to control my giddiness when I walked into Ulta (for the first time eva....never had one close before!) and there was this precious palette fully stocked.  I grabbed it, paid, and rushed home to oogle it.  On that drive home, I started wondering.....was I really after the palette, or just the hunt of finding it?  I am pleased to report that even though I already own 57 neutrals already, this purchase was not a waste.  Its perfectly packaged and everything you need.  Day, night, subtle, dramatic....it can all be achieved in this one place. It also has a mini primer (LOVE) and a double ended 24/7 glide on pencil (LOVE LOVE) I have used this EVERYDAY since purchasing it, completely abandoning my eyeshadow collection of over 100 different colors.  The Naked Palette is worth the hype!

My other current "Nudie" faves:

OPI Nail Color in "Otherwise Engaged".  This is the only neutral polish I've actually used up and had to repurchase (usually I am bored of it by then!).  It is the perfect combo of a creme finish mixed with a little shimmer.  Not even shimmer really, it's more of a seashell effect.  Makes nails look clean, put together and is my next favorite if I don't have the time to give myself a French manicure.  This is the only neutral polish that I constantly get asked, "ooh, what's that color?".  I have tried many different pale pinks in the past, and this is by far my fav!

And lastly, my current favorite nude gloss: "Smokey Look" Megashine lipgloss by NYX.  NYX is a brand I've only recently discovered, and man are they awesome.  Cheap price and quality product rolled into one (the package can tend to feel a little cheapy, but I am willing to deal since they seem great otherwise) .  This lip gloss color looks like it would be overly orange, but is pleasantly neutral (and as the name indicates, perfect to pair with a smokey eye) without making you look like you have ghost lips!  The texture of these is not too sticky and though I've read complaints about the smell, it doesn't bother me (reminds me of that grape children's cold medicine flavor!).
For around $5, you really can't go wrong with this!

Have you tried any of these?  I am always looking for new colors to try....especially in the lip department. Open to suggestions!

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