Anniversary palette FOTD II

Monday 29 August 2011

Here's another look I created just playing about with my favourite colours from the Anniversary palette.. unfortunately you can't see the true glory of this look, coz of the shimmeriness, but it looked a lot better in real life!
I used a mixture of the blues and the purples from the palette for this look as I hadn't yet ventured into using the most amazing colour of the palette - Deep End.

In all honesty this look doesn't showcase Deep End, but it does use it is blended with the other colours to make a rainbow of blues.
Products used:
> UD tinted moisturiser in Bulletproof
> NYX JEP in Milk
> UD 15 year anniversary palette - Midnight 15, Deep End, Omen, Evidence and Junkshow
> MAC studio concealer in NC35
> UD 24/7 eye pencil in Perversion
> UD Cannonball mascara
> UD brow box in Brown Sugar
> MAC Mighty Aphrodite blush
> MAC lipstick in Spitfire

After applying the tinted moisturiser all over the face and UDPP and NYX JEP in Milk on the eyes (blending well!), I used Midnight 15 on the inner corner of the eyes, followed by Deep End further along the middle of the eyelid, to the outer corner of the eyelid.
I then used Evidence in the crease blending it inwards towards Deep End and Midnight 15 on the inner corner. Using Omen, patted some in between Midnight 15 and Deep End, and also lining the bottom of the eyes with it. I used Junkshow to further make Omen a more brighter purple-pink.
For the eye liner I used the LE UD eye pencil in Perversion to create a thicker wing shape than usual and also to line the inside of the top and bottom waterlines. To finish the eyes I used UD Cannonball mascara, wiggling it to create volume and length.
I filled in the brows with UD brow box in Brown Sugar, then finished the rest of the face with Mighty Aphrodite blush on the cheeks and Spitfire on the lips.
And there you have it! Hope you liked this quick FOTD...I'll be sure to use Deep End in another look, I love it so much!

Finally I'd also like to wish all my Muslim followers a Happy Eid! 


Sleek Saturdays - Caribbean Cocktail makeup look

Friday 26 August 2011

Seeing as I've recently acquired a LOT of Sleek Palettes, (sunset, sparkle, good girl, bad girl, meditteranean, caribbean, oh so special, and now the nude palette *phew*), I decided to make use of them as much as possible and join in Liloo's Sleek Saturdays this week.. and hopefully more if I get the time!
I used the Caribbean palette as it best suited the dress I was wearing which was my inspiration for this look!
My dress colours:
I kept this look very simple as I was in a rush to go out shopping, otherwise I would've loved to go to town using as many colours as possible!
So here's the look!
Sorry I didn't get to capture the whole face, as none of the pictures I took showed the true colours of my makeup but it coordinated perfectly with the dress, using my MAC wonderwoman lipstick in Spitfire and Sleek pout polish in Raspberry Souffle on top!

Colours used for the eyes from the palette:
> Martini (off white shimmer) - inner corner of the eyes and brow bone
> Apres Midori (bright green shimmer) - middle to end of eye lid
> Purple Haze (matte purple) - crease and outer bottom corner of eye
> Green Martini (forest green shimmer) - bottom middle lashline

Other products used:
> UD eye pencil in Zero
> UD ink for eyes in Zero
> Too Faced Lashlight Mascara
> UD bronzer in Toasted
> Sleek blush in Pomegranate
> MAC lipstick in Spitfire
> Sleek pout polish in Raspberry Souffle

I hope you liked this short EOTD, I'll be back with more shortly!


Asian photoshoot...

Monday 22 August 2011

Recently I've been looking for models and photographers (and hair stylists) to collaborate with to build my portfolio and I have to say I've met some really nice people through it and managed to produce some excellent work.

I have a fascination with photography as it is.. the only problem is, I own a DSLR, but don't know to use it 100% properly.. or have the equipment to produce photoshoot style images, that are so much more better (in terms of lighting).

Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my recent makeup looks I did on a gorgeous young model (Lauren), with the help of a lovely photographer.
I wanted some professional pictures of Asian/Asian Bridal makeup, so here's 4 of many pictures that I've managed to watermark!
The first two pics were an Asian Bridal look, whilst the last two were just an Asian fashion theme that I wanted for my portfolio. I have to say I love the sari, but sadly I'm useless at wearing one, so it's pointless me owning any!
I've added these pictures to my portfolio on my facebook page: Frootibeauty

Please do like the facebook page to view all my makeup looks so far, it's a lot easier than viewing it on blogger and I do link the makeup looks to the tutorials on blogger so I hope you find that useful!

I hope to review a lot more products soon, I've had so many hauls it's now uncountable and I feel bad I haven't had time to review them, although I've swatched almost every purchase!

Soon, my lovely followers,


Anniversary Palette Arab FOTD makeup look

Wednesday 17 August 2011

After I reviewed and swatched the Anniversary Palette (here), I thought I'd show you a makeup look I've done with it recently; I plan to do tons more as I totally love this palette and all the combos, but for now, here's the one (using the Toy camera feature on my camera!):
Products used:
> UD tinted moisturiser in Bulletproof
> UDPP (original) 
> NYX JEP in Milk
> UD 15 year anniversary palette eyeshadows: vanilla, tainted, omen, evidence, junkshow
> MAC studio concealer - NC35
> UD ink for eyes in Zero
> UD 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
> UD UrbanLash in Sly
> UD Brow Box in Brown Sugar
> UD Glide on Cheek tints in Score and Crush
> UD Baked Bronzer in Toasted
> UD Super Saturated Lip Colour in Big Bang

First I applied the tinted moisturiser all over my face (I'm a shade darker since my holiday!), filled in my brows, then primed the eyes with UDPP and NYX JEP in Milk.
I started with Vanilla on the inner corner of the eyes, blending it across the lid a little and using what was left over for the brow bone. I then used Tainted on the middle of the eyelid followed by a little of Evidence on the outer corner, but blending it upwards. I then used Omen in the crease and blending downwards into Evidence. Finally, I used Junkshow in between the highlight on the brow bone (Vanilla) and Omen, blending down again, into Omen/Evidence.
For the eyeliner I used Zero eye pencil to line the inner eye (top and bottom), then used the Ink for Eyes in Zero to make a topliner flick and bottom liner flick. In between the flicks I used Vanilla with a small brush, then went over the lines again to make them darker.
I used the UD lashes in Sly as they were nice and full for this "Arab" look, then concealed under the eyes and used a bit of the UD false lash mascara on the bottom lashes.
For the rest of the face I used the Toasted bronzer on cheeks, forehead and chin, then a bit of Score & Crush glide on cheek tint.
To finish off the look I used the new Super Saturated Lip Colour in Big Bang:
And the full face:
I totally love the colours and only used them softly for this look.. but I plan to use the more darker colours for my next look, so please do send me some requests if you'd like any particular eyeshadows used!


Urban Decay's 15 year Anniversary Palette.. review & swatches!

Saturday 13 August 2011

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After my last UD post where I rambled on about the new Fall 2011 products, I decided to leave the 15 year anniversary palette to a post of its own!

I've been excited about this palette for a while now.. after seeing the tester and feeling the buttery texture of the eyeshadows for myself, I was desperate to own one and fast.
This palette is unlike any of Urban Decay's other ones; from the packaging to the eyeshadows, Urban Decay have made it a must have collectors item for all true fans.

This limited edition palette is available for £39 currently at Debenhams and House Of Fraser stores, so be sure to get yours before they run out of stores like the Anniversary pencil set earlier this year!

Encased in a velour box, the metallic lid with "UD" jewelled logo stands out, showcasing it's premium-ness in comparison to all other UD palettes.
Past the outer velour box, the sides of the metallic lid have a cut out design, in a very Urban style. One downside to this almost mirror like lid is the amount of fingerprints you will attract.. not that practical!
The actual eyeshadows are held in a metallic-looking purple plastic casing, all of which are totally new Urban Decay shades. So due to this, there's no fear of buying a product with repeats of a shade from another palette. There's a nice even mix of neutrals and bright colours, but this palette stands out to me personally because of colours like Junkshow, Omen, Evidence and Deep End.
Top half of the palette:
L-R: Top row: Midnight Rodeo (peachy brown with silver), Tainted (matte lilac with golden shimmer) Deeper (golden chocolate brown)
Second row: Midnight 15 (pearly oyster shimmer), Junkshow (bright pink with blue tones), M.I.A (mousy brown, similar to Underground 24/7 eyepencil)
Third row: Vanilla (creamy ivory gold), Omen (two-toned purple-pink with blue), Ace (charcoal grey; darker than Gunmetal eyeshadow):
Fourth row: Flow (peachy shimmer), Evidence (deep navy blue shimmer - like Goddess but without microglitter), Blackout (matte black, darker than Perversion)
Fifth row: Chase (bronze-gold shimmer), Deep End (turquoise-teal shimmer), Half Truth (aubergine/eggplant purple):
This palette also holds a second use once the eyeshadows have been used.. making it a collectors item to be treasured long after the palette is finished. By using a fairly pointed object, the bottom right corner of the palette can be lifted out: reveal a velour bottomed tray underneath. This makes a great gift for UD fans as well as a general present for anyone who could make use of a trinket box/ shallow jewellery holder. Personally I think this idea is cute and clever and being a fan of purple, I see myself using this feature (if I can bear to finish the eyeshadows!)
As aforementioned, the eyeshadows are all completely new shades, some may be similar to other eyeshadows from UD's range but I can assure you there are slight differences! The shimmery eyeshadows are more creamier and buttery in texture and highly pigmented, making it a dream to apply and blend, but also needs to be only touched lightly, or you will end up with a great dent in your eyeshadow! The more darker shades and matte shades are less creamier and pigmented, but with more than one swipe you can gain the pigmentation you need.
On to the swatches:
L-R: top: Midnight Rodeo, Tainted, Deeper, Midnight 15, Junkshow, M.I.A, Vanilla, Omen, Ace, Flow, Evidence, Blackout
bottom: Chase, Deep End, Half Truth

And up close: 
What do you think of this palette? Are you planning on getting it, or if not, why?


London Madness

Wednesday 10 August 2011

I'm in between writing (beauty) posts at the moment (don't you just hate it when you have loads of unfinished drafts?!), but I thought I'd take a break from beauty and cosmetics to quickly post about the London/UK riots occurring.
The above pictures seem so movie-like, and at first I was in shock at how surreal it seemed; almost dreamlike, but it's been 3 days now and people are still expecting more looting and rioting.
Monday was when most of the other places in London kicked off, including where I currently live; Hackney. 
It was awful to see the streets being closed off, helicopters above head and sirens everywhere whilst these youths randomly set alight cars, just for kicks. I wanted to actually kick those youths for just that.

Personally, it disgusts me that people are trashing normal people's houses, cars, family businesses, but also their own neighbourhoods. No matter how much you feel victimised by the police, there is no condoning damaging shops and people's livelihoods.

The fact that the police cannot do anything to teach this youths and fools a lesson angers me even more and sitting at home watching the tv screen where youths are squaring up to the police makes me sick.

These youths have no discipline or morals in themselves, they obviously think it's funny and profitable for them to loot whatever they want, but the truth is, they need to be taught a lesson. I've been brought up in east london and went to one of the worst schools in the borough, so this sort of behaviour is something that isn't new to me; yet it disgusts me that it's reached a bigger scale where youths aren't even scared of police.. let alone headmasters/teachers.

I do implore any bloggers out there with children, especially those of ethnic minorities, to not harbour hatred for police/society, as I do believe that these riots are the result of that. Saying that, I do feel for those of ethnic minorities, who do get stopped more often than non-ethnic minorities, but this is no excuse for tearing apart towns/shops/cars.

It pleased me today to see the public rise and use twitter to clean up the streets, it goes to show that mob mentality can be both negative aswell as positive. I hope people can learn a valuable lesson from this; discipline of youths is much needed or our future generations will be headed for a much bigger disaster in the future.

For now, I just hope that these youths are caught and prosecuted for their carelessness and stupidity and that London can gain it's dignity again before the Olympics.

I hope that whoever is living in this social nightmare keeps safe and out of harms way until things get back to normal.


Urban Decay Fall Products 2011

Wednesday 3 August 2011

As your Urban Decay fanatic (and insider), I've managed to bag a couple of the new products to be released any day now at your nearest UD counter!

Up first:

UD Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour (which I'll call SSLC for short)!
I managed to get two shades: Big Bang (bright pink with glitter) and F-Bomb (non-shimmer/glitter red).
These remind me of a cross between Clinique's fairly new Chubby Sticks for lips and Barry M's Lip Lacquer Crayons. The shimmery shades from UD's range (Big Bang and Adrenaline - both pinks) definitely remind me of more expensive versions of Barry M's Lip Lacquers, however, these SSLC's have all the hold UD is best known for. Texture-wise, they're a hybrid between a lipstick and a lipgloss, with all the pigmentation of a lipstick, but with more sheen than a normal lipstick.
As much as I love the 2 glittery shades, they don't suit me too well as I have what you would call "voluptuous" lips. They do however look amazing on not-so-voluptuous lips, the glitter is amazingly fine and pretty!
I tried Big Bang on my lips, but I feel it would be better suited on paler skin tones as it's quite a bright pink; I think Adrenaline would probably look better on me but hey ho!
The creamy, non-shimmer/glitter shades are much more appealing to me; I only have F-Bomb at the mo, but I intend on getting Crush (bright pink) and Punch Drunk (orange), whether it be for me or to add to my makeup kit is another story!
Here are the swatches of F-Bomb and Big Bang:
I'll do a makeup look soon with these SSLC's as soon as I get time, so bear with me!

Next up:
The Revolution High Performance Lash Curler (RLC)
This curler has been named The Revolution and appropriately so as it's the first of its kind due to the design having no bars on either side of the curler (or "cage").
Taken from the official UD website, here's the explanation:
For those of you who may have had the ouch factor of pinching your eyelids whilst using lash curlers, this should be the answer.
So far, I've used the curler about 5-6 times and at the beginning I was disappointed at how poorly it worked. It was only til I watched the tutorial that I realised I had been using it wrong, as the top of the curler is elongated so that it can sit against the eyelid, whereas I had not been doing that. Once I had started laying the metal top against my eyelid, the curl was definitely there.
I tried to capture a before and after but unfortunately I couldn't get them from the exact same angle, but you do see a difference!
Natural lashes, before curling:
 After curling:
You can defo see the difference, my lashes after curling are positively pointing upwards!
Packaging/material: The actual curler feels very very sturdy, like it's heavy duty and aesthetics wise, it looks quite scary but funky too. I like the fact it has a finger rest like salon scissors and it's usable by both the right and left hands as demonstrated in the tutorial:

24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liners
I dont have the waterproof liquid liners yet, but I did manage to swatch all the liners to hand and get home to take a pic..
My most favourite has to be Retrograde as it's a navy blue-purple with purple shimmer.. the picture above does it no justice, it really is amazing! Second best for me has to be El Dorado, as it's super shimmery and I love the 25/7 eyeliner pencil in this colour, so the matching liquid liner is a must for me!
Perversion is somewhat shinier than I thought it would be and Revolver doesn't look like it has much pigmentation, but it's only til I've visited the UD website that it recommends shaking the bottle.. which I didn't do!
All liners are truely waterproof as my hand had been washed and hand sanitised at least 3 times before this picture of swatches was taken, so props to UD for again making a product that does what it says.

15 year Anniversary Palette
I haven't yet got to swatch the anniversary palette, but it's on my wishlist and the hubby has promised to get me it as an early Eid present, so I shall be swatching that soon! The palette is absolutely amazing from what I've seen of it and should be retailing for around £50, but I think it's so worth it!

UrbanBrow Precision-Tip Brow Tint
Again I didn't get to swatch these, but they are available in Blonde & Brunette, in a felt-tip type pen, as opposed to the traditional pencil. Personally, this would be ideal for fair skinned blondes or light brunettes, as I found them to be too soft in colour and pigmentation.. I prefer darker brows! I currently use the UD brow box in Brown Sugar and a bit of black to my eyebrows, so Brunette in this new Brow Tint won't quite cut it for me. 

UrbanBrow Styling Brush and Setting Gel
This product seems a bit more upper class than the wax from the UD's current brow box, as I have seen professional brow lounges etc use gel rather than wax when finishing eye brows. It is quite wet, but does its job in holding the brows in place and I do currently use the Khuraira Brow Fix, which consists of a gel too.

Urban Lash (false lashes)
Urban Decay have discontinued a few of the lashes, but brought out even better ones now!
The four new lashes include: Black Velvet, Sly, Flirt and Instaflare.
I got to try the "Sly" lashes, and they suited me pretty ok! I managed to get a pic, it's not the clearest pic for eyelashes but it also has me wearing the new Retrograde liquid liner on my top eyelid, so let me know what you think:
Pretty natural looking right? I love them.

Finally, I thought I'd share something that seems pretty much exclusive as I couldn't even find the product on the net anywhere, including the UD website :S
It's the new Urban Decay glitter tattoo kit (I'll find the proper name for it soon), but it's pretty much similar to other glitter tattoo kits you may have seen, only this one is very Urban, with Urban colours and Urban stencils. You get five glitters; gold, black, purple-blue, pink and green/teal and x2 of the 5 stencils; a snake, a skull, a flower, stars and a bird. Also in the kit: glitter glue and a fan brush to wipe away excess glitter.
I've actually got a glitter kit already and love putting it on for occasions, so when I saw this I was pretty excited.
Here's a star I used on my arm with 4 of the 5 glitters:
It's quite cute and would make a great gift for any true girl at heart or someone who loves glitter like I do! I'm not sure if this is only released in Debenhams stores or both Debenhams and House of Fraser, but I know some products will be exclusive to only either one of the department stores, so keep your eyes peeled.

Out of all the new products, the Super Saturated lip colours are my favourite, followed by the 24/7 waterproof liquid liners. I hope to get my hands on the anniversary palette asap, so I can gush about that in a post of its own soon!

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