Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation review

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Since the launch of the new Urban Decay Fall products I've been most excited about the new Naked Skin foundation out of them all; when I worked for Urban Decay I found their foundation range lacking something as their cream to powder didn't suit every skin type and their tinted moisturisers oxidised (so even the lightest shade was too dark for the palest of skins). The only foundation I really liked best on everyone was the Surreal Skin Mineral foundation but even so, Urban Decay had to bring out a liquid foundation as their range was lacking in that department.

Illamasqua Generation Q swatches & review

Sunday 26 August 2012

Last week a surprise package in a very familiar black box arrived making my heart skip with excitement. Of course it signified the arrival of the new Illamasqua Generation Q collection which I had been lucky enough to attend the launch of back in June (you can read about that and see swatches here!)

I came back from the launch super excited about this new collection; not only does it come with another positive message (no age limits in beauty) but the collection on first glance had a lot of purple in it; and for those of you who know me by now, I love purple.

On to the products then!
I received the powder blush in Sophie, lipgloss in Opulent and nail varnish in Charisma:

Powder blush in Sophie
At the launch the Sophie blush struck me as less pigmented than Allure, however this blush I received is super pigmented; after swatching I went to apply some with my brush and ended up with too much on my cheek, so a word of warning: go light handed with these blushes!

Colour & Pigmentation: Sophie is a coral-pink with golden shimmer and I love it. With flash you see the pink more, however without flash it's a more coral tone. Pigmentation-wise, its super pigmented!
Texture: Powder.
Longevity: Being a powder blush, I find they last a lot longer than creme/liquid forms.
Price: At £18 it's about the same price as a MAC blush, however with Illamasqua you know you're getting consistently great pigmentation and longevity, so it's worth it.. plus Sophie is so pretty!

FrootiFactor: All in all, I'd give Sophie a 5 out of 5 as I can't fault it!
Intense lipgloss in Opulent
with flash
without flash
This lipgloss is such an unusual but lovely colour; it should pretty much suit every skintone and I love that it looks different from every angle! You can see in the swatch above how many different colours show.
Colour & Pigmentation: Opulent lipgloss is described as a "rainbow beige". To my eyes I can see quite a bit of lilac tones to it too (which of course I love). Pigmentation-wise it's quite opaque, no more than two coats is needed if you wanted to wear the gloss fully opaque, but I prefer wearing it a bit more sheer.
Texture: I found it just ever so slightly sticky, which I'm not usually a fan of, however it is less stickier than other brands that claim to be non sticky!
Longevity: Glosses that are stickier tend to last longer and with Opulent there's no strong colour to stain the lips so I think longevity would be 3-4 hours max.
Price: Both lipglosses are £14 each which isn't too pricey for an intense colour gloss from a high end brand! With Opulent, you know you won't find the exact same colour anywhere else either ;)

FrootiFactor: I'd give the gloss a 4 out of 5 losing a full point purely because of stickiness and longevity:
Nail Varnish in Charisma
Charisma was probably my favourite out of the two polishes as it's more wearable and a slight shade of purple. I do quite like Creator as it's a magical black with gorgeous micro glitter in it, but I'd only wear it going out or to match an outfit I think.

Colour & Pigmentation: Charisma is a deep metallic raspberry pink/purple that is slightly two-tone. It's fairly pigmented, one coat being pretty much opaque, two coats needed max.
Longevity: I haven't yet tried the polish for over a couple hours since the swatch at the launch (here) but Illamasqua polishes tend to be fairly chip resistant and long lasting so I'd expect no less from this collection too.
Price: At £13.50 it's not cheap but both polishes are a beautiful colour, just looking at the swatches by Fashion Polish makes me crave Creator too!

FrootiFactor: I'd give this polish a 4 as it does what it says on the tin!
The full range (below) will be available from the 6th September, however if you have any favourites that you'd like to buy before the release date, then you can get tweeting, pinning or liking and the 3 most voted products will be released on the 28th August!

Which are your favourites from this range? Will you be voting to get your most wanted product earlier?


1000 follower contest!

Friday 24 August 2012

Hi dolls, apologies for the lack of posts lately I've been ever so busy but should be back on track very soon!
For those of you looking for inspirational looks for weddings and occasions or to match an outfit, please feel free to browse my makeup looks album here (all with links back to here with written tutorials!) or by clicking on the blogger label makeup looks. I find that looking through makeup looks is much easier through my Facebook page rather than with blogger.

As you may or may not have seen, I've finally reached my 1000 GFC followers and now also on my Facebook page too, so I've been putting together a few goodies and decided to hold a competition for those who would like the chance to win some of my favourite products; the products in this competition are enough makeup to do a full makeup look!

Here's a list of all the products up for grabs: 

> Urban Decay Midnight Emergency Kit (Limited Edition) with eyeshadows: Midnight Cowboy, Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15 and AC/DC, full size lip junkie in Midnight Cowboy and eyeshadow brush 
> Illamasqua full size Powder Eyeshadow in Inception  
> Urban Decay trial size original Eyeshadow Primer Potion (UDPP) 
> Urban Decay trial size 24/7 eye pencil in Zero 
> Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation samples   
> Benefit trial size Bad Gal Lash mascara 
> Clinique trial size Moisture Surge Thirsty Skin Relief 
> Clinique trial size Blush in Sunset Glow 
> Clinique Lipstick in Rosette 
> We Are Faux eyelashes in Roux Sixteen 
> Violent Lips Temporary Lip Tattoos in Pink Leopard Print
> MUA Great Lips Lip Balm from the Love Hearts collection 
> MUA Nail Varnish in Shade 6 
> Miniature Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance and other fragrance samples
  • To win, create or send a makeup look of your choice; I love seeing creativity and particularly love anything sparkly or purple! 
  • Entries MUST be created by yourself, I will check that you created it!
  • You can submit entries via email to enter@frootibeauty.co.uk 
  • Please make sure you are a follower of my blog, this contest is only for Frootibeauty followers. 
  • You can enter as many times as you like, but can only win once. 
  • Please try and submit at least 2 photos, one closeup of the eye and one of the overall look. 
  • This contest is open internationally so anyone can enter.
  • This competition ends on the 21st of September 2012 at 11.59pm GMT.
  • I will publish the winner on my blog once I have chosen my favourite look.
I hope to see some great creative looks; I'm not looking for perfection so have lots of fun!



FFF: Green-Turquoise makeup look

Friday 3 August 2012

Hi my lovelies, this weeks FFF is a green and turquoise look using the Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows (number 3) as I haven't used it in a while and thought I'd make use of it again! 

Products used
> NYX JEP in Milk
> Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows: Maui Wowie, Kush, Loaded
> La Femme eyeshadow: Irid White
> Sleek Au Naturel palette - Bark & Noir
> MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
> UD 24/7 eye pencil in Electric
> Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet mascara
> Khuraira ACC in Light
> MAC Studio Finish concealer - NC35
> UD Naked Skin foundation 6.0
> UD Razorsharp powder
> UD Baked Bronzer in Toasted
> UD Super Saturated Lip Color (SSLC) in Crush

After priming the eye with UDPP & NYX JEP in Milk I applied Maui Wowie (glittery golden-green) to the inner corner, followed by Kush (green) to the rest of the eyelid. Loaded (dark green) was used on the outer corner and crease, blending inwards slightly at the crease. La Femme Irid White was used on the brow bone and blended down into Loaded.
After cleaning up the outer corner with a cotton wool bud, MAC Fluidline was used for the top liner and inner eye followed by UD Electric liner on the lower lashline.
Sleek Bark & Noir eyeshadows were used to fill the brows and after concealing under the eyes Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet mascara was worked into the lashes:
For the rest of the face I used the new UD Naked Skin sample I received at a counter in shade 6.0 and set it with the UD Razorsharp powder. I then added colour to the cheeks and face with UD Baked Bronzer in Toasted and used a bright pink on the lips (UD Crush SSLC):
I hope you liked this look; please feel free to request any makeup looks you'd like done by either commenting below, emailing, tweeting or writing on my facebook page!

Also, do let me know if you'd like a review of the new Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation used in this makeup look. 

Stay beautiful <3

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