Saturday, 21 February 2015

FFF: Just A Couple Shades Of Grey Smokey Makeup Look

Hi Frooti Beautys!

Yet again I've managed to get a look done (I'm on a roll, I know).
I'm back to a smokey look, but this time with a cool toned Grey that's currently a "hot" colour right now, due to a certain movie (hence the post title and totally coincidental by the way).

Anyway, as per usual, I've listed the products below and as always, let me know what you think <3

Products used:
• UDPP & NYX JEP in Milk

Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Stare
• Motives eyeshadows: Blizzard & Platinum (inner corner highlight), Dusk & Gunmetal (eyelid), Onyx
(outer corner), Cappuccino (crease) 
• Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Foxy, W.O.S & Naked 2 for blending and brow bone
• Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Dime (lower waterline)
• NYC Liquid Eyeliner
• Estee Lauder Little Black Primer
• Ardell Lashes: Demi 120
• Lenses: Desio Lens in Forest Green
• NYX HD Foundation in Soft Beige
House Of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel for contouring and concealing under foundation, and "Illuminate" for highlighting on top
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Fawn, Java, Havana for contour, Banana and Sand for highlight
Motives Blush in Pretty In Pink
YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in 9 Caress Pink

I seem to be loving pinks/pinky nudes on the lips lately, I'll try choose a different shade for the next look (or at least do variations in lip colours!).

Let me know what you'd like to see or if you have an outfit you'd like makeup inspiration for <3
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Friday, 13 February 2015

FFF: Urban Decay Electric Palette 'Frozen" Blue-Purple Makeup Look

Hello my lovelies!

My makeup looks have been more on the smokey/neutral side of late, so the other night I thought I'd whip out my Urban Decay Electric Palette again and play around with it.
The last time I played with this palette was shortly after my bubba was born last year, back when all he did was sleep tons!

Anyway, this look is a little less multicoloured than the last and more of a purpley-blue; it kind of reminds me of Frozen/something magical, but unfortunately you can't see just how pretty it is in real life with the beautiful UD Spandex multicoloured glitter and MAC Reflects Pigment =(

Products used:
• UDPP - Eden

ABH Dipbrow Pomade - Ebony
• Urban Decay Electric Palette - Revolt (inner corner highlight), Gonzo (eyelid), Savage (above crease & crease), Chaos (crease), Urban (outer corner)

• Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Foxy, W.O.S & Naked 2 for blending 
• Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner - Spandex
• MAC Reflects Pigment - Transparent Teal  
• NYX Two Timer eyeliner for top liner and inner eye
• Estee Lauder Little Black Primer
• Eldora lashes: H151
• Lenses: Desio Lens in Forest Green
• Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Foundation - 2WN2
• Motives Sculpt Series in Fire

• Motives Liquid Correction Concealer in Light
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Fawn, Java, Havana for contour, Banana and Sand for highlight
Motives Blush in Baby Doll
Illamasqua lipstick in Bare

The Electric Palette is available at House Of Fraser and Debenhams.
Hope you like this look, do let me know what looks/requests you'd like to see too <3

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

FFF: Motives Smokey Black with Purple Makeup Look

It seems like inconsistency is the theme with my blogging schedule these days, and it's mainly because by the time I get time to "myself" at the end of the day I just want to curl up with my electric blanket and sleep!

So let's just say I can't promise anything regular for the time being, but will post at whatever opportunity I get =)

I got round to doing a smokey black makeup look using matte colours with a hint of purple on the bottom lashline, and wore my Desio Lenses in Forest Green to jazz the look up a bit, but will play around with more looks to find my favourite look with these lenses.. let me know if you have any suggestions.

Products used:
• UDPP - Eden

ABH Dipbrow Pomade - Ebony
• Motives eyeshadows in Onyx, Cappuccino, Chocolight, Vanilla, Whipped Cream, Aphrodite & Fantasy (swatches here)

• NYX Two Timer eyeliner on top waterline and eyeliner

• NYX Wonder Pencil in 1/Light on lower waterline
• Eldora lashes: H151
• L'oreal Miss Manga mascara
• Lenses: Desio Lens in Forest Green
• Illamasqua Skinbase foundation in SB10
• Motives Sculpt Series in Fire

• Motives Liquid Correction Concealer in Light
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Fawn, Java, Havana for contour, Banana and Sand for highlight
Motives Blush in Lust
• Lansinoh as balm

• Peggy Sage lip liner in Bois De Rose

Do let me know if you have any particular requests, feel free to email me or comment below <3

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

TBT: Nanshy Eye Brush Set Review

This is kind of a throwback post to when I mentioned Nanshy over a year ago on Instagram; I've been meaning to review these brushes for ages, but I finally got the time to sit down and write it, so here we go!

As a makeup artist, I always get asked what brushes I recommend; if you attended one of my masterclasses, you would have seen I recommended various brushes for specific uses, however if you're looking specifically for eye makeup brushes, I recommend the Nanshy 7 piece Eye Brush Set, and you'll see why below.

The Eye Brush Set 
The set includes 7 cruelty free/vegan eye brushes, made from antibacterial synthetic hairs, which are surprisingly soft.

The brushes in this set include:
  • Large Shader brush - I tend to use this to pat on eyeshadow on the main eyelid, or on the brow bone as it is very dense.
  • Blending Eyeshadow brush - I use this for matte neutrals, on the skin above the crease area.
  • Eye Crease brush - I tend to use darker colours with this brush, in the crease/socket
  • Tapered Crease brush - this is a more dense/concentrated short haired (and less flexible) brush, so I tend to use it either on the outer corner of the eye or on the lower lashline.
  • Flat Definer brush - I use this on the lower lash line
  • Angled Detailer brush - I use this for the brows or can also be used for eyeliner or the lower lash line.
  • Precise Bent Eyeliner brush - I use this with gel liner, or to apply eyelash glue
Packaging: The outer packaging is a standard packed set with a plastic tray that holds the brushes; I initially kept the brushes in the clear plastic tray until I rehoused them with the rest of my brushes.
The actual brushes are fairly sturdy and of high quality.
The blending brushes diffuse and blend eyeshadow beautifully, and the brushes pick up enough product to work with, with no fall out of brush hairs whatsoever.
Having previously worked for Urban Decay, I can say these brushes remind me of the Urban ones (without the metal/heavier handles of course).
The only thing I would probably change is the white colour as it can easily get grubby when switching between brushes, but aside from that, I like that they are labelled on the brush handles; perfect for beginners (or teaching in my masterclass!)

Price: The Eye Brush Set is priced at £29.95 which works out around £4.28 a brush (usually £5.95 each); considering they're a fraction of the price of UD or other similar synthetic brushes, I'd definitely recommend getting the full set.

FrootiFactor: I give these brushes a 4.5 out of 5 for value and quality; the only thing I'd want to change is the handle colours, but hopefully this is something further down the pipeline for Nanshy <3

Nanshy Brushes are available to buy from

Have you tried any Nanshy Brushes? What are your favourite brush sets?
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Monday, 19 January 2015

Motherhood Mondays - Apps

Hi guys!
First of all, I'd like to wish you all a belated happy new year; 2014 was a life changing year for me with the birth of my son; it's amazing how fast a tiny human grows, he'll almost be a year in March!

I've always been the type to take motherhood very seriously and like a lifelong project; I wanted to become an educational psychologist as a teenager but fell in love with Nutrition at college and pursued that at university (with the odd psychology module of course).
Being the most important and influential person in a child's life is a massive responsibility in my eyes and though it's never easy, watching them learn new things every day and form their own personality traits is so beautiful.. I can't help but wonder what my little bubba will be like when he's in school, when he's a teenager and one day a man! 

Seeing as time flies, I've been noting his developments through his health book, apps and occasionally on my social media pages (#frootibaby).. It's always nice to look back at photo albums and see how much you've changed, so I hope to do this for little man too.

I thought I'd write this post recommending some of the apps I use to note developments and also for general helpful information that may be useful to check out.

Emma's Diary (free)
Initially in my pregnancy I had a few apps I would read on a daily basis to check the development of the tiny foetus growing inside me; I was fascinated by the scientific side of what was developing and at what apparent equivalent size my baby was (a kidney bean, an apple, a watermelon etc); if you are a longterm follower of mine on twitter you now know why I tweeted a weekly vegetable or fruit coupled with an emoticon haha!
I loved that the Emma's Diary app also allowed you to keep a diary of all you're feeling (another great idea to read back to your child one day) as well as read "Emma"'s diary and see if you're feeling the same.

My Baby Today | BabyCenter (free)
After baby was born, the BabyCenter "My Pregnancy Today" app prompted me to download the "My Baby Today" app, which consistently follows on from the pregnancy app but is baby development related. I now use this app and like that it gives supportive, handy advice on yours and baby's life, as well as activities to do and "weekly giggles" based on your baby's age timeline.

Baby Tracker (free)
At the beginning of baby's life, you'll have constant midwife and health visitor appointments, so I liked to keep track of feeds and lengths of feeds etc and have this information to hand if needed. There are plenty of Baby Feed Tracker apps, and most allow you to record lengths of feeds (if breastfeeding) or amounts of feeds if bottle feeding, as well as wet and dirty nappies and sleep times. 

Also handy to have is a growth tracker app that you can note down baby's height, weight and more, for those appointments with the health visitors.

For those who love checking out what stage your child is at cognitively, physically and emotionally, this app explains the fussy moments in relation to brain developments (or "leaps").
I like that this app has a personalised chart too, so you can see approximately where your child is - and also predict when they're next going to be Cranky, Crying or Clingy (the 3 C's).

The wonderful world of weaning is next; I've had a few people ask me what kind of recipes I recommend and haven't got round to replying, but from a Nutrition point of view, I like this app because it's got UK based recipes/measurements.
This app actually has many other points I like about it too:

  • The recipes are easy to make (a lot with simple ingredients that I use for myself too) which is great for when bubba starts having "mummy's food".
  • You can choose to follow the app "Week-By-Week" based on the weeks you start weaning (not age) or you can choose your own "Meal Planner" where you add the recipes you/your bubba will like to the days of the week
  • Ingredients from a recipe can be added to a shopping list within the app
  • You can add recipes to your/your babies favourites
  • There are articles and tips to read within the app as well as "Help from Heinz" 
Of course there are other apps you can go for like the Annabel Karmel app (£4.49), but for a free app, this pretty much has the same concept (if not more features). 

Baby Sign And Learn (free for lite/£1.49 full)
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a picture of my bubba's certificate for attending Baby Sign Class (which I wholly recommend). I love that learning sign can help a baby communicate with you more effectively, even though they can't say proper words yet (so far my little man gets excited/impatient when I sign for "drink milk"!).
If you don't have a sign class that you can go to, this app is pretty helpful and teaches words that you would use on an every day basis in your routine with baby (drink, eat, nappy etc), which is always handy if it helps calm (or excite) baby.

Lifecake - Baby Photo Journal and Slideshows (free)
Last but certainly not least, is the Lifecake app; this app is one I've recommended to friends and family who've also recently had babies (of course we all want to see how each baby is developing so we can swap mum stories!).
I like that this app automatically puts any pictures uploaded into age/date order (from the date the picture is taken).
The pictures, videos and notes can be thus sorted in date or age order; or if your timeline has more than one kid on it, then just date order. 
Privacy is important and the pictures uploaded to the app are private (unless you choose to share the timeline with a member of family/friend), and if they have an account it doesn't automatically mean you see their pictures, they have to invite you.
You can upload up until 1GB (I think there's a premium version thereafter). And yes you can order a photo book too, which I certainly plan to do as a keepsake =)
Best of all, every so often, Lifecake email you a "flashback" to see how your bubba has changed (e.g. a picture at 4 months next to a picture at 8 months) and it's amazing because you don't see it when you're with them every day but you can see it when they're put together!

So here are some of my favourite apps that I'd recommend; of course there's a plethora of baby apps that you can download to even entertain and engage your baby, but for now I thought I'd share the ones that would interest the parents out there =)

Let me know which ones you'd recommend or really love and why; it's always lovely to discover new apps seeing as there are so many!

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