FFF: Maroon-green makeup look

Saturday 31 March 2012

This weeks FFF is a request via Twitter to match an outfit that is maroon and green/teal with silver threadwork/beading.

Products used:
> NYX JEP in Milk
> Sleek Monaco & Bad Girl palette - Innocence, Bamboo, Aquamarine, Sunset, Humming Bird, Moors Treasure
> Sleek Au Naturel palette - Noir & Bark
> UD 24/7 eye pencil in Zero
> MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
> Kiko Unforgettable waterproof mascara
> Khuraira ACC in Light
> MAC Studio Finish concealer - NC35
> Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in 55
> UD Baked Bronzer in Toasted
> UD Super Saturated Lip Color in Apocalypse
> ELF lipstick in Seductive

After priming the eye with UDPP & NYX JEP in Milk I applied Sleek Innocence (from the Bad Girl palette) to the inner corners of the eyes, followed by Sunset (Monaco palette) on the rest of the eyelid. Moors Treasure (Monaco palette) was used in the crease, buffing it upwards slightly, followed by Bamboo (Monaco palette) on the brow bone, blending down into Moors Treasure. Aquamarine and Humming Bird were added to the lower lashline (although the photos have come out looking more mossy green than teal/turquoise!)
Lining the inner eyes with UD 24/7 liner in Zero and I then completed the look with topliner using MAC fluidline and Kiko mascara.
I filled in the brows with Sleek's Bark & Noir from the Au Naturel palette and concealed under the eyes to finish:

For the rest of the face I used Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in 55 and UD Baked Bronzer in Toasted to keep it neutral on the cheeks; for the lips I used a nude/coral colour (ELF Seductive lipstick):

I also tried a more dramatic berry lip colour (UD SSLC in Apocalypse) to see how it would look:
This look is fairly festive in my opinion, so could be used around Christmas maybe??
Which look do you prefer or like best? Would you wear this look?

Makeup Masterclass; Arabic Naked Palette Look

Tuesday 27 March 2012

This Sunday just gone, I held my first makeup masterclass based on the makeup look in this blog post, which coincidentally happens to be one of my most popular looks! 
I chose this look not only for its popularity, but also because the products listed are pretty much staples in all beauty bloggers'/makeup fans' collections; namely the UD Naked palette and other neutral products like bronzers, eyeliner and lipstick.
Despite the neutral colours however, the look is fairly full on/glamorous particularly because it has a double eyeliner flick.

The class was held in a small but cosy salon in East London (Pink Crust) and I kept the group small enough to be able to give attention to everyone.. which worked out well in the end!
Appropriate quotes dotted around the salon
I decided to start on the eye makeup rather than foundation, so that the hardest part would be out of the way.. and seeing as that's what a lot of my followers like the most, I thought it would be best to focus on that!

Numera (of Hommesdefemmes) volunteered to be my lovely model who I used to show the steps on, followed by everyone going ahead and doing the same on themselves. 
Priming the eye with NYX JEP in Milk
The girls picked up the look and techniques really well and watching all their looks come together definitely was a proud moment for me!
The girls getting to grips with the look
Another lovely quote
I love this symmetrical shot of doing eyeliner!
It was great to answer any questions as we went along in steps; I encouraged the girls to give their own takes on the look and dotted in and out if help was needed, but to be honest you'd think these girls were pros!
Here are some of their eyes finalised (without lashes):
Aalia (of Hijabi with Style)
Shirin's eye
Numera (I didn't get a closeup of the other eye!)
The talented Sheenie of Just Nice Things who by the way was a super pro!
It was amazing to see practically carbon copies of my makeup look and I was really impressed with the girls' efforts! 
After the main focus of eye makeup was done I decided to quickly go through foundation, blusher/bronzer/contouring, eyebrows and lips on Numera as these were the next main concerns.
The final look:

Sheenie's completed look which she put up in her blog post blew me away:
Do have a read through her post here, she has even more pictures of the day and her lovely makeup. <3 

You can also read Numera & Aalia's posts on the masterclass too =)

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this look, the girls were a great bunch and very talented so I look forward to holding another class in the near future!

If you're interested in attending a masterclass in the near future, do contact me via email: contact@frootibeauty.co.uk

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

FFF: Rihanna Who's That Chick makeup look

Friday 23 March 2012

This weeks FFF is inspired by Rihanna's Who's That Chick video, as soon as I saw the video I knew I had to recreate the look, it was so bright and bold!
This is another look found on my computer (from December!) as I am now ill *sad face*. I do have a request for next week so hopefully I should be better and that should be up by next Friday.

Products used:
> NYX JEP in Milk
> Kiko 01 Pure Colour Extravaganza palette - yellow, green, brown, beige
> Sleek Au Naturel palette - Noir & Bark
> UD 24/7 eye pencil in Zero
> MAC penultimate liner in Blacktrack
> UD Cannonball mascara
> Khuraira ACC in Light
> MAC Studio Finish concealer - NC35
> UD Glide on Cheek Tint - Quickie
> UD Super Saturated Lip Color in Crush

After priming the eye with both UDPP and then NYX JEP in Milk, I added the beige eyeshadow to the brow bone very lightly, sweeping it to the inner corner. I then added yellow to the full eyelid, with brown in the crease with a fluffy brush, buffing back and forth and slightly upwards. Using a liner brush I added a bit of green to the bottom lashline, and lined the inside of the eye with UD 24/7 Zero eye pencil. For the topliner I used MAC Penultimate liner in Blacktrack.
To finish off the eyes, I coated the lashes with UD Cannonball mascara, concealed under the eyes and filled in the brows with Sleek Bark & Noir shadows.

For the rest of the face I used UD cheek tint in Quickie (a bright bubblegum pink) and filled the lips with UD SSLC in Crush:

And the look from the video:
So there you have it.. Well it's my take on it anyway!
What do you think of this look? Would you wear yellow eyeshadow?

Mont Bleu Review and competition!

Sunday 18 March 2012

Hello my lovelies! It's been a busy and exciting time for me the last couple weeks and there's still more to come, so I look forward to sharing all of that with you over the coming days/weeks. I've reached a milestone on my twitter page last week (1000 followers) so I thought I'd have a small giveaway, sponsored by Mont Bleu a Czech brand specialising in crystal glass nail files.

They kindly approached me to review their products and offer my readers a giveaway of a crystallised nail file too!

I was sent a crystallised nail file and compact mirror, both of which were cleverly picked for a lover of purple:
For those of you who don't know, I'm a lover of all things sparkly, a typical girly girl, so when I first received these products my eyes approved of the sparkle-factor.
As you can see, the products are very glitzy and glamourous, and sparkle beautifully both with and without flash. I did not expect the crystals to be that clear and pretty to be honest!

Mont Bleu crystallised nail file
This is my favourite of the two items, for various reasons; it's in the girly colours I love (pink & purple), it sparkles beautifully, has an ombre effect (which I'm loving on anything right now!) as well as being more pleasant to use than metal files or emery boards.
without flash
with flash - look at the sparkle!
It has a decent thickness and is not flimsy at all and it comes in a velvet pouch great for keeping the file in. 
The one sent to me was the Comet color - Amethyst (€10/around £8.32), but there are so many to choose from, that you'd be spoilt for choice! Prices for the crystallised nail files start from €8/around £6.70 and you can also buy personalised ones too.

I've decided to give a new marking system in reviews too, the "frooti-factor" which I will scale from 0 to 5.
For the Mont Bleu nail file I have to say it ticks all the right boxes and would get at least a 4.5:

Mont Bleu crystallised compact
The compact sent was a heavy duty plastic mirrored finish and had cutely placed crystals on it in a similar design as the nail file (Comet design). 

This one is called Purple Comet (€12/around £9.98) which came in a lovely presentable leatherette gift box; other metal and plastic compacts start from €3.99/around £3.32). 
One side is magnified whilst the other is a normal/unmagnified mirror. My only qualm with this type of mirror is getting fingerprints all over the front, and that the stones would fall off. 

However, I've been carrying both products in my handbag for the last week to test it and not one has fallen off yet.. Impressive seeing as my handbag goes through a lot of abuse! 
So my overall rating for the mirror - (4):
I reckon these products would make great gifts for other girly girls out there like me (of all ages), as the sparkle on these products are amazing as well as the choice of other products that can be gifted. 

Frooti readers have been given a 20% discount code "BLOG" to use on all products, including tweezers, makeup brushes and more so be sure to use it if you plan on buying for yourself or for others. 

They do also do wholesale orders too (here), for those interested for corporate events.

Now for the competition!
Mont Bleu have offered one frootibeauty follower chosen at random to be given a crystallised nail file too, so to enter, please do the following:
  • Leave your email address in the comments box below along with "enter me" and your twitter and facebook name. You can email me if you'd prefer not to display your names openly - contact@frootibeauty.co.uk
  • Follow Mont Bleu on Twitter here
  • Like Mont Bleu on Facebook here 
And there you have it! This competition ends Friday 30th March, where a winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

FFF: Blue & Red makeup look with Book of Shadows IV

Saturday 17 March 2012

This weeks FFF is from an old look I've had on my computer as I've been so busy this week! I've had two photoshoots (both of which I'll be posting pictures soon of) aswell as starting an internship, so I'm a lot busier these days but I'll make sure to keep up with blogging!

For this look the products used were:
> UD BOS IV: Zephyr, Skimp & Blue Bus
> Sleek Au Naturel palette - Noir & Bark
> UD 24/7 eye pencils in Zero & Deviant
> UD Ink for Eyes in Zero
> UD Cannonball mascara
> Khuraira ACC in Light
> MAC Studio Finish concealer - NC35
> Sleek blush in Fenberry
> MAC lipstick in Such Flare!
> Vaseline

To start, prime the eyes with UDPP and follow with Zephyr on the inner corner and a little Skimp on the brow bone. Follow along the eyelid with Blue Bus, making it more intense at the outer corner and blending upwards. You can use a bit more Skimp to blend a bit better, removing any sharp lines.
Line the inner eye with UD Zero pencil and topliner with UD Ink for eyes in Zero too. Using Deviant 24/7 eye pencil, line the lower lashline.
Conceal under the eye and fill in the brows with Sleek Au Naturel palette - Bark (and Noir if required):
For the rest of the face I used Sleek blush in Fenberry on the cheeks and a bit of Vaseline followed by MAC Such Flare! lipstick:
Just a quick look this week, nothing too fancy haha!
Do let me know if you have any requests too.

FFF: Illamasqua HF Arabesque makeup look

Saturday 10 March 2012

Hello my lovelies!

So this weeks FFF is just a rushed one unfortunately, as I tried to get it done yesterday for today.. Inspired by the Human Fundamentalism visuals by Illamasqua in the last blog post (here).
The one I chose to recreate was the Arabesque look:
So without further ado, here are the products used:
> Illamasqua Fundamental palette - Surge, Bedaub & Inception
> Sleek Au Naturel palette - Noir & Bark
> UD 24/7 eye pencil in Zero
> MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
> Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet mascara
> Khuraira ACC in Light
> MAC Studio Finish concealer - NC35
> Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in 55
> UD Baked Bronzer - Toasted
> MAC lipstick in Spitfire & Inception eyeshadow 
> Vaseline

Start by applying UDPP followed by Bedaub (minty green cream pigment) on the eyelid and browbone with a flat brush. Apply Surge (liquid platinum metallic) on the inner corner and buff a little onto the lid. Follow with Inception (purple powder shadow) in the crease extending it to the inner corner area (but remaining in the crease) and a little bit of Noir from the Sleek palette too, blending upwards towards the brow bone. Also extend from the outer corner of the eyes down to the lower lashline. Add more Bedaub or Inception to the crease/browbone as needed and make sure to blend!
Line the inner eye with UD 24/7 liner in Zero and for the top and bottom liner I used MAC fluidline in Blacktrack. Then conceal under the eye, fill in the brows with Bark and Noir (or just one!) and finish with mascara. Using a liner brush, apply Surge to the outside of the brows and make a triangular shape coming down onto the outer bottom lashline like this:
For the rest of the face, the cheeks are just very bronzed, so I used UD Baked Bronzer and used Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 55.
I didn't have the perfect shade of lilac for the lips so I decided to use my MAC Spitfire purple lipstick (which gears towards pink) but patted Inception eyeshadow with my fingers on top (a fair amount too!) I then added Vaseline on top to make lips shiny (and blend better) and this is what it looked like:
I tried to make it look more authentic with the closest colour scarf I have to gold, but unfortunately its leopard print so not quite the same haha!
So there you have it! It's not exactly the same, I put my own twist on it and blended a bit more rather than a straight cut crease.. but hope you like!

How would you use the Fundamental palette? Which colours did you like best? 

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism launch

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Last night I trotted down to Piccadilly Circus to attend the launch of the new Illamasqua collection: Human Fundamentalism.
Some of the visuals from the Human Fundamentalism collectio
The collection is all about self expression and an "explosion of your alter ego", where Alex Box explained about making a stand with makeup and reversing "traditional beauty" with colour and through makeup.
There's a mix of acids and neutrals, with pastels for the nails so a great mix altogether, with something for everyone.
I loved the idea of making teal wearable on the lips, rather than just on hands and jewellery, though I may not be confident to rock it just yet haha! The idea stemmed from "classical beauty" of red lips and black liner but the inverse is teal lips and white liner (as above).
But for those who aren't too keen on colour, this collection has a contrasting "neutral" palette and colours more wearable and popular with most people I bet!

We were welcomed by the lovely Hayley (who was sporting the teal lip with a complimentary dress!) as well as milkshakes, sweets and more sweets. 90s garage tunes were playing in the back to fit the theme as well. We then were shown into a room with the products out on tables for us to play around with and swatch; here are some of my favourite products and their swatches:
The Neutral palette

Box & Apocalips lipsticks
Skin Base Foundation Au
Out of the two palettes the Neutral one was actually my favourite.. It had a great buttermilk shade (Stealth) which would be an excellent highlighter for the brow bone as well as an essential black (Obisidian). The golden colour (Vintage) was also beautiful too and the brown would be great in the crease. Both palettes are priced at £30 each.

The lipsticks (£15.50 each) were great too.. I spoke to one of the guys there about how I would use Apocalips.. mixed with another colour for sure! I found it more dryer in texture than Box, although both are matte lipsticks.

The skin base foundation in Au (the chemical sign for gold) can be worn alone or under foundation for a glow as it contains shimmery flecks in it. It will be sold at £25 but is limited edition!

I also loved the single eyeshadows (£15 each) Vernau (a caramel/peanut brown and Sex (pure white) as they would be amazing for contouring! 

Both nail polishes reflected the current Spring trend for nails as mentioned in the Superdrug post here. The two colours Stance (Mauve) and Nomad (Jade) compliment eachother wonderfully as you can see in the visuals above. I particularly loved Nomad (it seems to be growing on me this season!) and was lucky enough to get it in my goodie bag.
I tried it out today (very roughly I may add, to my recently cut nails!) with and without flash and loved how thick and creamy the polish was:
I also got the Fundamental palette (which I hope to recreate the Arabesque look from their campaign) and sealing gel that I'm excited to use for my eyebrows as it makes any powder a water resistant paste.
Fundamental palette & swatches:
There's also a white liquid eyeliner (£17) which I'd use under a black liner (not so much as a topliner!)

The whole collection will be available from March 14th from Illamasqua.com or you can preorder from today here.

What do you think of this collection? Which products stood out to you and will you be buying any of these products?

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