Monday, 9 November 2015

Sunday Swatches: Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette

So this weeks Sunday Swatches post follows up from the Vice 4 Palette look on Friday (here).
The last Vice Palette I have is the Vice 2 (missed out on the 3 last year!) but this palette looked promising and I love that it comes with a pouch so when I was kindly sent the palette to review I knew I had to dig in and create a look with the burnt orange shade "Bitter".

Packaging: The packaging for the Vice 4 palette differs from the previous palettes as it features a shattered, metallic oily effect and closes with a magnetic seal which a full size mirror is enclosed in.

Colour & Pigmentation: On the whole I felt the shadows are more drier and less buttery slightly than usual; I found the sparkly shadows (Deadbeat and Crowbar) needed to be swiped more than once, however the shimmery and matte shadows seemed less drier.
Despite the drier texture of the mattes, I found that using with the primer potion (as I always do) helped the shadows stick with no issues.

Price: Priced at £43, each shadow works out to be £2.15 each which is significantly cheaper than Urban Decay's usual full size eyeshadow, but with the added benefit of being in a compact palette including a good quality double ended brush.. Despite the prices of the palettes going up, it still makes for great value for money compared to more premium brands that offer less variety for the price.

FrootiFactor: I feel this palette is more cool toned than the previous Vice Palette, so this palette may not appeal to warmer complexions but I do love using Bitter as a transition/crease colour!
I also would like to see more of the usual buttery soft shades in the Vice Palettes, so I give this palette a rating of 3.5 out of 5;

What do you think of this years Vice Palette? What shades stand out for you?

The Vice 4 Palette is available to buy from John Lewis, House Of Fraser and Debenhams. 
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Friday, 6 November 2015

FFF: Urban Decay "Flame" Vice 4 Palette Look

I'm back with a makeup look I created using the new Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette.. I fell in love with the shade "Bitter" (a matte burnt orange shade) and knew I had to use it for a look so I decided to also use the fiery golden "Flame" and add a pop of purple colour to finish the look..

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Chocolate
Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette: Bones (inner corner & browbone), Bitter (slight above crease), Delete (crease), Flame (eyelid), Framed (blend above crease), Beat Down & 1985 & Deadbeat (lower lashline)

Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner - Infinity
Illamasqua Colouring Pencil - Vow
NYC Liquid liner
Huda Beauty Lashes: Giselle   
Solotica Hidrocor Ocre contact lenses 
UD Naked Skin foundation in shade 7.0

L'oreal True Match foundation - Golden Natural W4
UD Naked Weightless Concealer in Medium-Dark (Warm)
House Of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel for concealing on top foundation

Becca Afterglow palette - Moonstone for highlighting, Wild Honey and Flowerchild for contour and blush.
MAC Lip liners in Soar and Whirl

I hope you liked this look, please feel free to comment below with colour requests as I've been steering towards neutral looks of late!

The Vice 4 Palette is available to buy from John Lewis, House Of Fraser and Debenhams.
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Tuesday Takeover: Love, Naheeda

Hey guys!

Today I have another swatch post for you guys but by my lovely friend and fellow blogger Naheeda (LoveNaheeda) who has kindly written a little post for me on the NYX Soft Lip Pencils.

Be sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!
Hello everyone!! What a pleasure it is to guest post on Safiyah's blog - not only is she a very good friend of mine but she also introduced me to the wonderful world of makeup. I owe my low bank balance to you frooti so thank you for that!

Now, if you don't already know, NYX has recently launched on for all of us UK fans and boy am I happy! 
NYX is my favourite makeup brand ever so now I can shop my fave lippie and increase my Boots points at the same time. Just brilliant. 

One of my favourite NYX products has to be their Soft Lip Pencils. They glide on as smooth as butter and stay on all day (although a little touch up is needed after foodies!) and highly pigmented. I would go as far as to say they are the best lip liners ever, better than MAC. If you haven't tried them yet have a look at my swatches below as I have no doubt that one or more of the shades will tickle your fancy. And at only £5.50 it's certainly worth a try. I am not much of a writer (sorry peeps) so I will let the pictures do the talking! 

Plush Red is my favourite shade - it's so bold and makes me feel really confident, what's yours?

Love, Naheeda x

Monday, 19 October 2015

Sunday Swatches: Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Hello my beauts!

After my last post regarding The Swatch Gallery Project, I thought I'd follow up with a swatch post of my own with the relatively new Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipsticks.

If you remember my post with the non-matte Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks, you'll know I rated them with a FrootiFactor of 5 because they reminded me of the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks and were insanely pigmented.

I have to say these Matte Revolution lipsticks are just as impressive as the original Revolution lipsticks. I'll be showing the lipsticks swatches and comparing them to the original Revolution lipsticks in this post.

top: without flash, bottom: with flash
Here's a collage of all four lippies (taken on my iPhone, so excuse the quality!):

Original vs Matte Revolution:

Packaging: the outer packaging for the Matte Revolution lipsticks is black metal effect compared to the gunmetal grey metal effect with the originals.
Colour & Pigmentation: Matte Revolution lipsticks are Insanely pigmented as with the original Revolution lipsticks. I only had to swipe once in the swatches above, straight from the fresh lipsticks too (means the lipsticks didn't need warming up).
Texture: I was quite surprised to find these lippies really creamy and non drying whatsoever. I wouldn't quite say these are as matte as say a MAC matte finish lipstick, but more a Satin finish. 
Longevity: I'd say these last about the same as their original counterparts; due to the non drying texture, I found these didn't stain the lips or stick to them as a drying matte finish would.
Price: These are priced the same as the original Revolution lipsticks (£15.50).

FrootiFactor: I have to say I do love these lippies but was kind of hoping for a more drier texture, even though I quite liked that they were comfortable on the lips. Blackmail seemed a bit patchier than the others. Menace had the driest texture and felt it would last longer. Aside from this, I'd still give the lippies a 4.5 out of 5 because of the super high pigmentation <3

Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipsticks are available to buy at Debenhams, House Of Fraser, and John Lewis.  

Do you own any Urban Decay lipsticks? 
Which of these shades would you wear?
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Friday, 16 October 2015

The Swatch Gallery Project

Hi guys!

Apologies I've been MIA, but it has been for good reason as you will see below.

So I was approached by fellow blogger Annie (of Epiphanniea) with her idea of swatching products on different skintones as a sort of point-of-call/encyclopaedia for anyone looking to buy a specific product (for example, a lipstick). 
Of course at first the thought overwhelmed me and I had my reservations, but because this is something I personally would be interested and something I've not yet seen done (other than within own brands like Illamasqua), I was totally sold and knew I wanted to help out.

To be fair it's a pretty big project but so far we're a few shoots in and it seems to be coming together which is pretty amazing!

So what is The Swatch Gallery?
As the name suggests, the general idea is that all the swatches change to reflect your skintone. At the moment the gallery has 8 shades of skintone – you simply ‘Find Your Swatch’ by clicking on the person who reflects your skintone most.
It's still in its early stages and I posted this pic on my Instagram for feedback to which a lot of you pointed out there needs to be another shade or two between 5 and 6 (and as an NC30-35 I agree!)

Once you've picked your shade, you'll be directed to another page with filter suggestions for products you're looking for and of course the swatch pictures as below:

Hopefully as time goes on, Annie can swatch more products on more tones; so far we have worked with products from MAC, Too Faced, L'Oreal Paris and Makeup Revolution, so the range swatched varies from budget beauty to more premium brands. 

Do check out Annie's post explaining the gallery and why she started it here.
You can access The Swatch Gallery directly here.

I do think it's pretty epic and am glad to be a part of this project, what are your thoughts and suggestions?

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