Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tuesday Takeover: Halima Fashionicide

Hello my lovelies!!

Today I have a special Tuesday Takeover for you from Halima of Fashionicide.
I have loved Halima's blog for a long while now (I currently have serious pastel hair envy!) and I knew when I attended the Illamasqua launch of the To Be Alive collection that Halima would be the perfect person to review the products!

The collection is dominated by the colour blue and comprises of an iridescent lipgloss (Iridesce), a lipstick (Vendetta), an eyeshadow palette (Spirit) and a beautiful iridescent nail polish (Prismatic).

Find out what unicorn princess Halima thought about the lipgloss below and don't forget to follow her blog!

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Illamasqua.

A brand I was so unbelievably hyped up about when they first launched many, many moons ago. Their bold, brash colours and the tagline "Unleash your Alter Ego" appealed to everything I wanted to be. I'm a huge fan of the teal 'Apocalips' lipstick and their 'Infinity' Precision Gel Liner, not to mention their equally beautiful cream blushers.

However last year saw me turn away from Illamasqua. It felt like they were turning their back on everything they knew and chasing those neutrals. Let me be clear, there's nothing wrong with neutrals, but when everyone has their own line packed full of them, they become pretty tedious, pretty fast. So naturally, I lost interest in Illamasqua thinking I'd lost them for good.

And then I saw the delightful Sheenie Sheikh post photos on Instagram of their exciting new collection 'To Be Alive', and my heart began to beat just a little faster - could it be the Illamasqua of old was returning? A bold blue lipstick, a multi-dimensional blue nail polish, an intensely coloured eyeshadow palette and last but most definitely not least, the jewel of the collection - an iridescent lipgloss!!

It was like I'd died and gone to heaven, truly. Illasmasqua were back. And maybe there's something in the name actually, maybe Illamasqua realised the error of their 2014 ways and wanted to announce to the faithful that they had returned, like a phoenix from the eyeshadow palette (or something or other!). They were Alive!

The lovely (and generous) Safiyah kindly sent over the new Shine Lipgloss in Iridesce to me, along with the Prismatic Nail Varnish - I'm just itching to get that on my nails - but when I saw that Iridesce, my eyes lit up. It just looks so stunning in the tube, I quite literally screamed when I first laid eyes upon it!

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how pretty!

I'll have to admit here, that I'm not a big fan of lipgloss. I've always felt there's so much more that could be done with them, other than add a little bit of shine, and besides it's all about the mattes for me. But an iridescent lipgloss promises to deliver that little bit extra, to add something to my look and that's what I've always been waiting for. It just has to be mine, and now it is. *evil cackle*

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Swatching it reveals a clear lipgloss with tiny little flecks of blue iridescent glitter held within, I was even more excited now! I applied it ontop of my purple lipstick, but it didn't really show. Only when I stood beneath fluorescent lighting could I see little flashes of those tiny blue flecks peering through. Honestly, I was so disappointed. For something that looked so good, I genuinely thought: "What is this shit?"

So I slept on it, let myself cool off after such an almighty disappointment and decided I'd try to apply it over my Lime Crime Velvetine in Black Velvet the next day. WOW. The iridescence was no longer being shy and meekly peeking through. It was positively loud, proud and leaping through, showing it's true beauty!

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Illamasqua's promotional material says this stuff glides right onto the lips, which is correct, but I have to say the brush that it comes with is dreadful. For starters, it's far too stiff for a lipgloss brush and secondly it's tapered. I've no idea what the thinking behind this was, it's just problematic all round. A doe-foot applicator or a softer, more fanned out brush would work much better. The stiffness tends to take your lipstick along with it, so I just applied Iridesce on to my own lip brush and applied it that way.

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From a distance my lips look piano black with hints of blue, but it's up close where the magic comes to life. Overall, I'm fairly happy with Iridesce. It's definitely a step back in the right direction from Illamasqua, but the execution is lacking a little. On normal coloured lipsticks, it's difficult to notice and borderline impossible to photograph. Inglot's alternative is far superior, showing up on almost any colour.

That being said, Illamasqua are back doing what they do best. The blue lipstick in the 'To Be Alive' looks vibrant, bold and brave, just like it should be. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out again for Illamasqua's future collections, hoping that the colour will keep on coming. 'To Be Alive' is out in the UK on 1st May, and I'll see you there in the queue, elbowing people out of the way to make sure I get my paws on that blue lipstick!

Also, a huge thank you to Safiyah for sending me the goods, and for offering me the chance to guest on her blog! You can follow me on my pursuit for Iridescence over at Fashionicide ;)


Monday, 27 April 2015

Sunday Swatches: Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

I cannot believe it's been a month already since my last blog post, but alas I'm back after a busy month with a review of the new Kiko Modern Tribes Limited Edition Summer Collection.
As you know, Kiko is one of my top ranked brands that I absolutely love; they're priced between drugstore and high end and have amazing dupes for high end and even premium brands a lot of the time for a fraction of the price; if you haven't tried Kiko by now, my posts should have you questioning why!

I was kindly sent a few items from the new Modern Tribes collection (all in luxurious feeling thick cardboard outer packaging) and I've chosen my personal favourites to review below.

Modern Tribe Face Brush
Up until now, I have been religiously using my Illamasqua Blush Up Brush for contouring along with a softer natural brush to blend; if I have more time I will use a further brush for blush application and another brush for applying highlighter to the tops of my cheeks.
This brush has now replaced all 4 of these brushes as it does the contouring, blush, highlighting and blending all in one (when used in conjunction with the Modern Tribes Tri-Bal Soul Baked Blush (reviewed next).
First and foremost, this brush caught my eye straight away for numerous aesthetic reasons:
Packaging:
1) the dark brown wooden handle paired with the brushed gold makes it look uber luxurious 
2) the ergonomic shape of the brush - I knew straight away this would be great for contouring
3) the brush is so dense with super soft synthetic hairs, it literally feels like rubbing a fluffy animal against your skin (if that's your kind of thing!)

Price: The Modern Tribe Face Brush is priced at £14.90, a fraction of the price of my usual face brushes but in no way lacking in usefulness. 


FrootiFactor: My only qualms with this brush is that it's slightly on the larger side for my face; I would recommed this for longer faces as the brush when used vertically/at an angle can cover quite a big surface area, but nothing a foundation brush cant fix from the bottom.
My other qualm is that it's best used with the Tri-Bal Soul Baked Blush (which is also limited edition) so I'm going to need to stock up on another blush if I'm going to use this daily!
However, out of 5 I would still give this brush a 4.5 as it means cutting FOUR brushes into one, and for a mum on the run it's perfect!

Tri-bal Soul Baked Blush  
This blush is more of an all-in-one contour, blush and highlight for me that I've been using every day since I got it, in conjunction with the Modern Tribe Face Brush of course!
These blushes come in three shades, I got the shade "02 Mysterious Earth".


Packaging: The blush is dome shaped and fits perfectly with the Modern Tribe Face Brush. The actual packaging is wooden with a mirror inside the lid and magnetic bits that help the blush and lid stick together (just mind your fingers!) 
Colour & Pigmentation: This "Mysterious Earth" shade has a bronzer type shade at the bottom, a peachy toned pink blush in the middle and a champagne pink type highlighting colour at the top. Pigmentation-wise, they're pretty pigmented pigmented!
Texture: Baked powder.
Longevity: I personally find powder blushes to last long, baked powder blushes somehow last a little longer still.
Scent: A lot of Kiko blushes have a pretty sweet smell, this one smells of vanilla which I personally love.
Price: At £14.90, it's pretty decently priced, considering it's a bronzer, blush and highlighter in one!

FrootiFactor: I personally think this is the best shade of the three available as it is an all in one type blush and best suited to my skin however I do love the scent and would be interested to swatch the coral shade to see how it would look for Summer.
I give this blush a 4.0 as the packaging is slightly chunky to carry and can catch a finger if not careful!

I haven't had the chance to try out the other products just yet but I love the look of the Free Spirit Lips And Cheeks Jumbo Pencil (shade 04 Typical Dahlia pictured above) as well as the luxurious looking Dawn To Dusk Volume Mascara, but I'm waiting to finish my current mountain of mascaras before I try this one!

More products from the collection can be viewed below, aside from the chunkiness of the bronzer and blush packaging, I do love the wooden brown-gold tribal theme!

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The Modern Tribes collection can be bought online or in stores in both Westfields and Regent Street.

Which products have caught your eyes? Will you be buying anything from this collection before it sells out? 
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Friday, 27 March 2015

FFF: Teal/Turquoise Makeup Look - Collab with Makeup A to Z

Hi guys! 

This week's FFF features another collab with Tanzina of Makeup A to Z, who chose the theme to be her favourite colour teal/turquoise; I added a hint of purple to the look as I generally love turquoise/teal broken up with purple, so I hope you like!

Products used:
Eyes: 

• UDPP & NYX JEP in Milk
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Ebony
Urban Decay Electric Palette - Fringe (eyelid)
• Motives eyeshadows: Whipped Cream (inner corner highlight), Onyx (outer corner), Cappuccino
& Chocolight (crease), Whipped Cream (brow bone), Fantasy (lower lashline)
• MAC Reflects Pigment - Transparent Teal
• Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Electric & Ransom
• Motives Little Black Dress Gel Liner
• Eldora False lashes in H151
• Lenses: Desio Lens in Forest Green
Face:
• Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Foundation - 2WN2
House Of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel for contouring and concealing under foundation
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Fawn, Java, Havana for contour, Banana and Sand for highlight
Motives Blush in So Peachy
Lips: 
Motives lip liner in Tender
Motives lipstick in Nice

And here's Tanzina's take on the teal/turquoise look:
I absolutely love the combination she used with the royal blue and pink, I've always been a huge fan of brights and this looks stunning on Tanzina.
Be sure to follow her blog for more makeup looks and reviews (www.makeupatoz.com).

Let me know if you're interested in joining in a collab feature, by emailing me (contact@frootibeauty.me.uk)
 
Hope you liked this weeks look, let me know your thoughts!

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Friday, 20 March 2015

FFF: Dramatic Green Arabic Makeup Look - Collab with Shazia

I thought I'd restart my collaboration feature again seeing as I've been a bit more frequent with blog posts this year.
If you remember my collab with Sanna (Look A Million) in 2013, it involved choosing a theme/colour and leaving the artists to create whatever look they want with it.

This weeks theme is a green one and I collaborated with Shazia Haque to create a look with the colour.
I've listed the products I used below as usual; I decided to try two types of nude lip shades for this look and have added Shazia's pics after too.

Products used:
Eyes:
• UDPP & NYX JEP in Blackbean

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Ebony
• Motives eyeshadows: Creme Fresh (inner corner highlight), Green Apple (inner eyelid), Forbidden & Heavy Metal (eyelid), Onyx (outer corner), Cappuccino
(crease), Vanilla (brow bone)
• Urban Decay Distortion Heavy Metal Glitter eyeliner
• Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Dime & El Dorado
• NYC Liquid Eyeliner
• Benefit They're Real mascara
• Motives lashes in 111
• Lenses: Desio Lens in Forest Green
Face:
• Motives Quad in Medium & Liquid Powder Mineral foundation in Vanilla Cream
House Of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel for contouring and concealing under foundation
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Fawn, Java, Havana for contour, Banana and Sand for highlight
Motives Blush in Baby Doll
Lips: 
Motives for LaLa lipstick in Nice
Motives lipstick in Pink Sand

And here's Shazia's look using the green theme, how gorgeous is she (mA)??!:
I like how different our looks are; I went for a dramatic look to differ from my previous green makeup looks whilst Shazia went for a more subtle look which compliments her lip choice too.
You can find the products she used on her Instagram ShaziaHaqueMakeup, be sure to check out her stunning looks!

I'm hoping to keep up with the collab features as much as possible (baby permitting!), so do let me know if you're interested in joining by emailing me via contact@frootibeauty.me.uk

Hope you liked this weeks look, let me know your thoughts! 
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Monday, 16 March 2015

Motherhood Mondays - Baby Classes/Baby Sign

Hello my FrootiMummys!

This weeks Motherhood Monday post is about baby classes that may be available in your area. 

To be fair I can only really comment on two classes I've attended so far - Baby Massage and Baby Sign, however I've heard Baby Yoga is like Baby Massage but without oil, but now my son's a bit too old to attend haha.

Baby Massage
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My local Baby Massage class had a large group of babies, all laid out in a circle in front of their mummies/carers and we were told we could bring our own oil, otherwise an oil is provided (tested first before use). Also recommended to bring along: towel and change of clothes.
The class consisted of every carer singing nursery rhymes along with the teacher/instructor, whilst she showed us different massage techniques on a baby dolly.

I was lucky enough to sit next to the instructor for the first session, which helped my bubba focus on her face rather than whether he liked being stripped down to his nappy in front of all these babies or not!
We learned different motions for the full body as well as techniques to help ease wind. The fun part for my bubba was when he was on his stomach and able to look around at all the other babies whilst enjoying a nice back massage.

I'd certainly recommend going to at least one baby massage class if there is one held near you as I found it fairly helpful to try new techniques I wouldn't have thought of at home after a bath for instance.
 
Baby Sign
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Baby Sign (or Sign Language) is a fairly new concept whereby the babies are taught Sign Language and yes whilst most people associate Sign Language with deafness, this concept is to do with babies learning to communicate before they're able to speak, to ease frustration.

I first knew about Baby Sign when I saw my friend Ayan's son sign to her before he could talk and I knew there and then that one day my baby was going to go sign class!

The course is held over 6 weeks (1 hour sessions), usually with two instructors/teachers and at the end the babies get certificates too which is quite cute despite the fact they have no idea they're on a course haha.
my little superstar's certificate <3
The first session covers why Baby Sign is handy;
  • empowers babies to communicate earlier
  • boosts self confidence - can allow a baby to communicate frustrations
  • can help parents identify a baby's needs
  • enhances bonding/interaction
I have to add my own benefit for Baby Sign too- 
  • Multi lingual babies - if you plan on teaching your child more than one language, Baby Sign is a great way to use the Sign for an object/action in English, then reinforce it in the language you're also using (in my case Arabic).
I was quite impressed with this extra benefit when I discovered I could talk in both English and Arabic for the same Sign word and I'm interested to see if my little boy picks up on it.

The sessions consist of starting by saying Hello to each baby, then on to learning words of the day in Sign (e.g. one week Animals, one week Basics/Meal Times, Nappy/Bath time and so on).
The Sign words are used within Nursery rhymes that we sing together in a group with the actions to reinforce it to the babies who sometimes stare mesmerised at all these mummies/carers doing all the actions and singing.

There are also various activities that the instructors then do.. much to their own amusement at times which is funny for us parents to see too. Things like "what's in the bag" (followed by more relevant nursery rhymes related to the object pulled out), musical instruments and then bubbles!
The babies love the bubbles, the way their faces are in awe when the bubbles are falling around them is priceless.

I'm currently on my third course of Baby Sign and at the first course I noticed my little bubs was deeply concentrating and taking it all in with an expressionless face (which is weird for him as he would usually smile at anyone and everyone).

The second course we started attending with my cousin and her baby who he is familiar with and it was cute to see my little munchkin act like a big brother saying "look, its my class!" 
It was at the second course that he began to get confident and army crawl away from me to explore with the other babies.

Now on the third course, he's definitely confident and knows the routine; actually playing instruments, grabbing objects and of course staring intently at the bubbles and waiting for the instructor to blow them.

Sign language wise - he certainly learned the Meal Times/food related Sign words ("drink milk", "eat food" etc) and would grunt impatiently if I mentioned "drink milk". I now have to mime the word "milk" or "eat" to friends/family for fear of him thinking it's time to eat or drink haha

"Bath time" is another favourite of his, he knows what's to come if I sign for "bath" and bounces excitedly. He understands "Change Nappy" and "Sit" as well as "Lie Down/Sleep" so it's quite impressive to see this.

Honestly speaking, I think my baby is developing verbally/cognitively more than physically, so I'm yet to see him Sign himself, but I think he'll actually speak words before he learns to sign; he's constantly babbling away with different tones of voice which I'm sure he thinks is actual words but it's just handy for me to Sign whilst I do an activity and helps him concentrate on what I'm saying as opposed to be oblivious to noises coming out of my mouth lol.

Anyway!! 
As you can tell, I'm definitely a Baby Sign fan and would recommend any parents to take their child along to at least two courses if it's offered near them.

It does take practising at home too though, but to be fair the words taught at the class are things we'd be doing on daily basis a fair few times anyway seeing as babies eat poop and sleep more than anything haha.
 

So that's my verdict on the classes I've attended so far, I'd recommend getting out and about to any mum (especially new ones), it's great to meet other mums/parents and also actually feels good to get out for you and baby too with the change of scenery.

I'd love to know if you're a mum/carer who has attended any baby classes and what you thought, and I'd love any suggestions too!
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