Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Tuesday Takeover: The Blushing Giraffe

Hi my lovelies,

Sorry for the lack of posts of late, I've been uber busy now that my little one is on the move walking but I will be back with posts very soon!

In the mean time I have a great post from one of my favourite bloggers: Iqra of The Blushing Giraffe.

Hello Frootibeauty readers! Can I just say what an honour it is to be guest blogging back on the lovely (and super talented) Safiyah’s blog. She kindly sent me a few Kiko goodies to review for you all so lets get started.
I believe two of these are from the Rebel Romantic collection which is limited edition this autumn - the eyeshadow palette in the pretty purple box and the eyeliner in that stunning green box. The cute multicoloured square box houses one of Kiko’s colour shock long lasting eyeshadows and the moment I opened the surprise package I was so excited to try them all out! Unfortunately the postman came mid-way through me doing my makeup for a wedding so I couldn’t delve in and experiment..but a week later I am ready to give you my thoughts.

The first thing that I tried is the Kiko Milano Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette in 03 Wonderful Mauve (£12.90) which is a cool toned quad of matte shadows. I normally gravitate towards warm eyeshadow colours so it was really refreshing to play with the taupe's and greys. When I first swatched the eyeshadows I was a little disappointed at the colour payoff, however used over a base on the lids I found it showed up better and didn’t take as much building up as I had anticipated. I love the nudey-beige shade, it’s great base for everyday and both the grey/taupe colours work well to add definition in the crease area. The black shade is surprisingly the most pigmented with one swipe, so it’s easy to add some depth and smokiness to your look if you want too! The packaging is very sturdy with a pretty design on the front and size wise, is a little smaller than a powder compact with a full sized mirror on the inside - making it very travel friendly. It also comes with a mini duo doe foot applicator. All in all a decent eyeshadow palette, if a little pricey, but it’s worth checking out if you’re a neutrals kind of girl.

Moving on to the Kiko Milano Colour Shock long lasting eyeshadow in 103 Alternative Brown. I assume this is very similar to their cream crush lasting colour eyeshadows only with 1g more product. The cute little pot with frosted glass houses a cream eyeshadow formula which looks remarkably similar to the Charlotte Tilbury ones! It is a moose/whipped type of formula which feels very light on the eyes and blends well. You can pack this on for an intense colour pay-off or you can use a light wash of it all over the eye, depending on what look you’re going for. My favourite way to use this is actually like a gel liner, though the texture isn’t similar to one at all, I find with a small brush it is easy to line the lids and it makes a nice change from an intense black wing. In fact it gives a sort of smoky look to the eyes. The shade looks like a gunmetal grey in the pot but transfers as a cross between black and brown with very subtle speck of shimmer. After using this I’m tempted to pick up some of their matte versions and some lighter ones too. I think it’s great value for money as a little goes a really long way.

Last but certainly not least we have the Kiko Colour Definition Eyeliner and Kajal in 05 Splendid Emerald. Green eyeliner is not a colour reach for on a regular basis, but after using this pencil I’m going to push myself out of my comfort zone because WOW does it make brown eyes pop! Very pigmented, thin nib, twistable so no need for sharpeners and it even has a tool which you can use to make the end pointy again. I really want to get my hands on the beige shade as I think it’ll be perfect for the waterliner and overall the quality of this pencil really impressed me. I found it easy to line my top lid as well as my waterline and my lowerlash line. The waterline did take a few swipes to build colour but that’s usually expected.

Swatches of everything are below, please note the liner is a lot more of an emerald green than the photo suggests!

Just heads up, Kiko currently have an offer of a BB Lip Glaze 07 Poppy Red for £2.90 instead of £6.90 (code BEAUTY1) till the 4th of October! So if you fancy anything in this post, there’s your excuse!


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tuesday Takeover: Truly Madly Beauty

Today I've got a mani post from the lovely Aysha of Truly Madly Beauty who is my go to blogger to ask mani related questions; she suggested CND Airdry to me last for fast drying nails that don't smudge and I haven't looked back since!

Hope you enjoy her post below:

Two Tone Geometric Nails

Thank you Safiyah for asking me back to do a wee Takeover Tuesday post on her lovely blog for you! I've been a long term fan of this lady with her seriously impressive makeup skills & I'm looking forward to the day when she finally teaches me how to contour right! I came to the conclusion that I may have been doing it wrong all this time after my mother inquired if I'd been in a fist fight on account of the "bruising" on my face...hmm. O_o *cough*

Anyways, I digressed majorly there didn't I? If you're familiar with my blog at all you'll know that nail art is my passion. Today I have for you lovelies a quick & simple two tone geometric design using two polishes from Loreal's Color Riche range.

The shades I've used here are 242 Pink Pop, a yummy bright pink creme & 241 Cloud Wow, a pretty pale blue lavender creme. Both polishes were great to work with, smooth formula & quick drying & I love the brush that comes with these. Definitely helps with easy application. They're also contained in such cute dinky bottle packaging that they would be perfect to pop in the bag or take on holiday. This geometric design could not be more straightforward to create so here's a breakdown of the steps for you.

Grabbing your polish, apply one coat to the whole nail, I decided to alternate both shades.

Then using the alternate polish shade, apply a coat at a diagonal across just half of the nail. I use the brush that comes with the polish & apply free hand but you can use a thinner brush & fill in the rest if you find that easier!
Don't worry if your line is a tad wonky as the next step is to apply a thin white line across the diagonal where the two colours meet. I use the Models Own nail art pen in White as it has a thin striper brush end which is perfect for this & makes applying thin straight lines very easy.
Next grabbing a dotting tool, or if you don't have one then a simple bobby pin will suffice! Remember dolls nail art tools are NOT compulsory to create fun nail art! Use whatever is at your disposal! Dip the dotting tool/pin into some white polish & apply a row of dots along the edge of the white line.
The inner magpie in me loves adding a touch of sparkle to the nails so to finish the design I quickly added a dot of Models Own Southern Lights which is a disco of lilac tinted holographic glitter, super satisfying sparkles!

Finally after a bit of clean up if you have any polish spillages on the skin areas with a bit of acetone & a brush, apply a nice thick coat of topcoat to seal your design, I use CND Air Dry, quite possibly the best topcoat on the PLANET in my opinion (& I think Safiyah will agree with me here? ;) ) & that's it!  
Thanks for reading & I hope you liked the two tone geometric design lovelies! Feel free to pop over and say hello! You can come find me over at Truly Madly Beauty! Instagram: Aysh_xox Twitter: @Aysh_tmb 

Thank you again Safiyah for having me! <3

Monday, 7 September 2015

Sunday Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Smoky

Following my last Smoky makeup look post, it's only fitting to follow up with the review and swatches of the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette!

As a previous Urbanette (someone who applied makeup for Urban Decay on a counter), you could say I have ample experience with the brand and am still a hardcore UD fan as many of my friends, family and readers will know.
I've loved seeing the brand grow from strength to strength, you can read my Urban Story and Naked History for some background info on my experiences!

I've had the pleasure of reviewing and creating makeup looks for all three previous Naked Palettes on this very blog, and came up with my own guide to which Naked Palette is for your skintone here.

However, this Naked Smoky palette is something slightly different; I have to say I was a huge fan of the Smoked palette and still dip into it now and then, but now the Naked Smoky palette is on the market with 12 shades of matte, satin and sparkle, it may well be the palette I reach for more when I need a quick smoky look.

The Naked Smoky palette consists of warm bronzes, cool bluey greys and matte neutral browns too.
It comes with a double ended brush with one end great for blending (or smoking out) and the other end for smudging.
Here's the palette swatched below without and with flash:

without flash
with flash
Packaging: The packaging for the Naked Smoky palette is hard semi transparent plastic as opposed to the previous metal and cardboard packaging. The corners are square as opposed to round and the shadow pans sit in a transparent base. It closes with a magnetic seal and has a full size mirror.

Colour & Pigmentation: The shadows are pigmented as usual; I found the satin/sparkly finished shadows had the same buttery texture as usual with Urban Decay, however the matter shadows seemed much more drier to touch.
I did also find that some shades in my palette were less pigmented than others and had to be swiped more than once; namely Radar, Password and Combust.
Nine of the shades are completely new with three exclusives from previous Vice Palettes (Black Market, Armor and Radar).
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.

Longevity: As always, the UD shadows last very long, even without primer; I found that the darker ones (Black Market, Dagger, Smolder) can even leave the slightest stain which can only help with longevity.

Price: Priced at £38, each shadow works out to be £3.17 each which is significantly cheaper than Urban Decay's usual full size eyeshadow, but with the added benefit of being a cool and 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 pigmentation for the price.

FrootiFactor: I love the packaging and shades available in this palette. I do believe these shades would suit all skintones from fair to very deep compared to the Naked 3 which I would recommend for fairer skins mostly. I give this palette a 4.5 out of 5 simply because some shades seem a little less pigmented than I'm used to, but overall still an amazing palette:

The Naked Smoky Palette is available to buy from Debenhams, House Of Fraser and now John Lewis too.
How often do you wear smoky looks? Will you be adding this palette to your collection?
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Friday, 4 September 2015

FFF: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Makeup Look

Hi my lovelies!

I recently received the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette and couldn't wait to create some looks before I got on to the review, so here's my creation I decided to go with, I hope you like!

Products used:
Illamasqua Brow Gel - Strike
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette: Black Market (inner and outer eyelid corner), Whiskey and Password (crease), Dirtysweet (middle eyelid), Combust (blend above crease), Thirteen (browbone).
Urban Decay Naked Basics: Faint & Naked2 to blend above crease
Illamasqua Sculpt Palette (orangey shades): Steal and Create for crease intensity
NYC Liquid liner
Huda Beauty Lashes: Giselle   
Solotica Natural Ocre contact lenses 
UD Naked Skin foundation in shade 7.0
UD Naked Weightless Concealer in Medium-Dark (Warm)
House Of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel for contouring and concealing under foundation 
Illamasqua Sculpt Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 lipliner in Liar
Urban Decay SSLC in Lovechild

The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is available NOW at the following retailers: Debenhams, House Of Fraser and now John Lewis too!

I thought I'd pair this look with the new Solotica Natural Ocre lenses I received, what do you think? I'll be sure to create another look with this palette in the near future without the lenses too, let me know if you have any requests!
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sunday Swatches: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Love Flush

Hello my loves, hope you're all well!

Today I'm going to be reviewing the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in shade Sand and the Love Flush blush in I Will Always Love You.
As you may well know from my last post on the Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe, I have always loved Too Faced for their super sweet girly packaging. 

Born This Way Foundation 

Foundations have come a long way and are no longer simply products to cover imperfections; most foundations now have key ingredients to help the skin along whilst wearing the product and this foundation stood out to me for the Coconut Water (my skin is in need of hydration!) and also the Hyaluronic Acid for younger skin.
swatch without flash
swatch with flash
Packaging: There's no denying the packaging for this foundation is super cute but also luxe looking; I love the thick glass bottle but see it as a problem for carrying this in my kit or for telling the true colour through the frosted glass. I also love that the bottle has a pump; always a plus for hygiene!
Shade: On first swatch, I found the shade "Sand" to be slightly pinkier than I would have preferred (you can sort of see it more with the no flash swatch above); however in flash I found the shade to be a better match and the pink tones didn't show up.
Coverage: This foundation has medium to full coverage, however compared to other medium to full coverage foundations (like the Urban Decay Naked Skin here) it is definitely fuller coverage.
After it has been buffed into the skin and allowed to settle, it has a demi-matte finish. Seemingly blurs lines too, great for drier/maturer skin.
Texture: Slightly thicker texture than other foundations but buffs seamlessly and gives even skintone and texture; hid my freckles and a beauty spot.
Longevity: Due to the demi-matte finish, this foundation lasts fairly long; I don't generally wear foundation all day so I can't comment but for occasions I think this foundation would last me pretty long, especially if I powdered my oily areas.
Key Ingredients/Pointers:
  • Coconut Water naturally replenishes moistures levels
  • Alpine Rose brightens the skin’s appearance and promotes elasticity
  • Hyaluronic Acid promotes a smoother, more youthful appearance
Price: At £27-29 it's fairly pricey; but if you however if you're looking for a foundation that has some great ingredients to keep your skin hydrated and younger looking, this foundation is the one for you!

FrootiFactor: Though I'm not usually a fan of fuller coverage foundations for myself, I have to say I love this foundation; the feel, the ingredients the packaging and the finish (as shown below at the end of this post). I give it a 4.5 only because of the tone difference with and without flash:

Available to buy at the Too Faced website as well as Debenhams.  

I created a quick peachy themed look with the Born This Way foundation and Love Flush blush below, also wearing Crosswires lipstick by MAC and Hudabeauty lashes in Giselle:
without flash
with flash
Again, as you can see, the picture taken without flash shows the foundation to be more pinky toned, however when flash is used, it looks significantly less pink and more yellow which is more suited to my tone (looking at my hand/arm for comparison).
Love Flush 

When I saw the new Too Faced Love Flushes, they first reminded me of my Polly Pocket toys I had as a little girl which I absolutely adored playing with, being the girly girl I was. So when I saw these cutesy blushes that claimed 16 hours wear, I was itching to add it to my collection of blushes of course.
without flash
with flash

Packaging: I do love the Polly Pocket-esque packaging and love that it has a mirror in the lid too.
Shade: "I Will Always Love You" is a subtle peachy coral shade with golden microshimmer. 
Pigmentation: Fairly good colour pay off.
Texture: Soft and smooth powder.
Longevity: I didn't notice any big difference in longevity to normal powder blushes, however the golden microshimmer did leave behind a nice subtle sparkle when I was taking my makeup off.
Price: At £18 it's around the same price as a MAC blush but with cuter packaging of course!

I'd give this blush a 3.5 out of 5:

The Too Faced Love Flushes can be bought from the Too Faced website.

Have you tried the new Born This Way foundation or Love Flush blush? What foundations would you personally recommend?
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