Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette: Swatches and Review

Following my last post featuring a makeup look using the Urban Decay Electric palette, I thought I'd do a quick review of the palette with swatches for you all to see just how pigmented the palette actually is.
As the name suggests, the palette consists of pressed pigments which means that the colour payoff is not chalky or invisible as with other bright eye shadows; the Sleek Acid palette has very similar colours, however I've found the neon colours to not show up without NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil as a base, whereas these UD ones don't even need a primer to show up as you can see below:
Colour & Pigmentation: The palette has amazing colour payoff purely because they're pressed pigments; this also means that the soft texture can cause the shadow to have slight fallout, but with its amazing pigmentation, it's worth it (and I always start with the eyes anyway, so fallout can be wiped away).
The palette consists of mattes and shimmers with one metallic silver shade (Revolt).
My personal favourites are Fringe (satin teal), Jilted (two toned fuchsia-blue) and Urban (bright metallic purple).
All shades are new except for Chaos which was available in the Vice Palette and Revolt which was in the Anarchy Face Case.
Texture: The texture is soft and velvety, no need to dig with a finger or brush to get the colour to show (as with all UD shadows!).
Packaging: Not too sure if I like the smoke-screen print on the front of the palette, however it certainly corresponds well with the shades inside so you know what you're reaching for when amongst other palettes. I do however like the sleek feel of the packaging and the generous sized mirror; the brush is also different to the usual metallic looking brushes included in other palettes; this double ended brush has black casing and bright purple synthetic brush fibres.
Longevity: As with all UD shadows, these are long lasting but even more so due to the fact they're pressed pigments. Some shadows like SlowBurn and Savage do stain however, so best to be careful.
Price: At £38, it's slightly pricier than a Naked palette, but still pretty worth it considering single eye shadows (non pressed pigment) are usually £14 each.

FrootiFactor: Overall, I'd give the palette a 4 out of 5; aside from the fallout and smoke-screen design, I'm glad to see UD are back to their bright and colourful selves seeing as it's what I fell in love with about them in the first place.

The Electric Palette is available from today (April 1st 2014) at the following retailers: Debenhams and House Of Fraser and online at Look Fantastic, Feel Unique, HQHair and BeautyBay.

What do you think of this palette? Do you prefer the Naked collection or would you like to see more brights from Urban Decay?

Friday, 28 March 2014

FFF: Urban Decay Electric Palette Makeup Look

Hi guys!

So I managed to get some spare time this week to do a makeup look which is no easy feat with a newborn by the way!

I was uber excited to use the Urban Decay Electric Palette that I was sent (releasing on April 1st 2014), so I got straight to it, trying to use as many of the colours in this one look.. 

Unfortunately I won't be able to describe what I put where for the time being as I'm short for time with posts, however once baby settles I'll be able to describe more (and hopefully get some more YouTube tutorials done!)

Products used:

> UDPP - Eden
> Urban Decay Electric Palette - Gonzo, Slowburn, Fringe, Chaos, Urban, Freak

> Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - W.O.S, Naked2, Crave
> Inglot AMC Gel liner in 77 (black)
> Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil - Vow
> Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara
> MAC Pro Longwear concealer - NC30
> Eldora False Eyelashes - H151
> UD Naked Skin foundation in 6.0
> Daniel Sandler Sculpt & Slim Effect Contour Powder
> Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher in Spicey
> UD lip pencil - Naked
> Illamasqua lipstick - Luster

eye makeup without eyelashes
eye makeup with eyelashes
eye makeup with eyelashes
full face makeup
full face makeup
I hope you enjoyed this look, it includes some of my recent makeup acquisitions including the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher and Sculpt & Slim Contour Powder, Eldora False Eyelashes and of course the new Illamasqua lipstick in Luster.

The Urban Decay Electric palette will be available priced at £38 on April 1st from Debenhams, House Of Fraser, Look Fantastic, Feel Unique, HQHair and BeautyBay.

Would you wear this look?


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Tuesday Takeover: Pyari Beauty

Hello my lovelies!
Apologies for the lack of posts over the last 2 weeks, but if you've been following me on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter, you may have noticed I've been away to give birth to my beautiful son.. So I think that is a valid excuse for now!

Once again I've asked a fellow blogger to guest post and this week it's none other than blogger and friend Aaliyah of Pyari Beauty, who will be reviewing the MAC Pro Longwear concealer that we shopped together for as it's one of my most favourite concealers and kit staples.

Hello everyone! I’m Aaliyah from Pyari Beauty, when Safiyah asked me if I wanted to guest post on her blog of course I jumped at the chance. Today I will be reviewing the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I first came across this concealer when Safiyah included it a few months ago in her concealer stash on Instagram. After hearing her positive thoughts on it I knew I had to get it. When in Westfield Stratford one day, I finally got matched and the shade I was matched to was NW20. I purchased it there and then and it's been love ever since. For those who love the ever popular Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, the Pro Longwear Concealer is the big sister of that except the Pro Longwear Concealer is oh so better. You get 5 ml of concealer in a sleek glass vial which comes with a pump. You only need the tiniest amount so you need to be careful when you dispense the product. The formula of this is creamy but it dries fairly quickly which can make it a little difficult to work with, so you need to make sure to blend it before it dries. I love using this for my under eyes and any blemishes, it's for sure one of those multi purpose concealers which can be used anywhere. To apply it underneath my eyes, I use my ring finger which is my preferred method, however you can use a Real Techniques Buffing Brush as well. When I apply this underneath my eyes, I do find it creases slightly but powdering over the concealer helps with this problem. Longevity wise this concealer is amazing. I don't find that I need to reapply my concealer after a few hours as I have experienced with other concealers. It's something that I can apply and not need to worry about whether it'll still be there at the end of the day. Overall I'm very happy with it and I have definitely found a new favourite. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a multi-purpose, long lasting full coverage concealer.

What's your favourite multi-purpose concealer?

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Collection launch

Last week I attended the Illamasqua event for their new Glamore Collection, where I met and chatted with the amazingly talented and inspiring founder Alex Box (who is always so grounded, absolutely love her!)
Glamore collection with an extra "Marquise" nail varnish
We talked about the new collection and how it was all very girly and glam but also perfect for Spring with the floral type visuals. Alex wanted to show how these glamorous colours can suit any skin tone (see the visual below) and I have to say I was sceptical at first when I saw the cool toned pink for my own skin tone but once trying it out at the event I was pleasantly surprised!
a couple of us bloggers (Sheenie, Leanne, Priya & Sharmin) wearing the new lipsticks at the event photobooth
The collection features:
3 satin finish lipsticks (£16.50 each):
  • Luster
  • Glissade
  • Soaked
3 glitzy "Shattered Star" nail colours (£15 each):
  • Trilliant
  • Fire Rose
  • Marquise
It also includes a repromote of the Eye Brow Cake (£15.50) and Angled Brush (£19) to frame the face with these gorgeous lipsticks.

I decided to get a manicure done similar to one Alex was sporting with an ombre glitter effect and chose the colours Trilliant (a light pink shimmery shade with chunkier silver glitter) and Fire Rose (bright pink shimmer with silver glitter too):
holding shade "Trilliant" with ombre mani in Trilliant and Fire Rose
I was more drawn to the pinks in this collection, however on trying the Marquise nail polish, I absolutely loved that it had a pinky-gold hint with one coat and turned into a beautiful golden burnt orange-red when using two coats:
As for the lipsticks, I absolutely adore them, not only for the colours and longevity, but also because of the new satin texture which is massively different to their usual much drier textures as you can see in the swatches below:
I have to say I was quite surprised not to find an outlandish product in this collection as Illamasqua are known for their dare-to-be-different shades; personally this collection is my favourite to date as I am a huge girly girl and love anything sparkly or pink/purple and this collection hits all of these points on the head perfectly. 

I really can't fault this collection on any points as I feel there's something for everyone here and it will certainly draw more mainstream makeup lovers back to Illamasqua once again.
The collection is available globally from today (27th February) at Illamasqua.com and in stores.

What do you think of this collection? Have any particular products caught your eye?


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Tuesday Takeover: Chocoholic Hijabi

This weeks Tuesday Takeover is by Asmaa from Chocoholic Hijabi who is a fellow blogger friend and of course a chocoholic as her name suggests!
I'm not usually much of a skincare blogger but I've personally been interested in trying products from GlamGlow as I've heard great things about the brand, so I asked Asmaa to guest post her review of the YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Mask which she recently tried.

GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Mask [review]

Hello FrootiBeauty readers! I'm Asmaa and I blog over at Chocoholic-Hijabi. Today's guest post is a review on the very well known GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Mask, which I received a sample of in the February You Beauty Discovery box.

YouthMud Tinglexfoliate promises to leave your skin with a 3 day glow, soft and smooth and with tightened pores. Also known as the 10 minute facial in a jar, it claims to leave your skin camera ready immediately. It's supposed to leave you with younger looking skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but seeing as my skin isn't quite mature, I wasn't sure what to expect.

First of all, the texture of the mask is grainy and contains particles of leaves, which I wasn't too keen on. You only need to apply a thin layer of the mask over the face, there's no need to apply loads as the smallest amount will have an impact.

Texture of the mask. You can clearly see the 'bits' of leaves in the mask (which did clog the tube a little).
The dried mask is more chalky in colour whereas the mask that is still wet, is less apparent on the skin.
Within seconds of applying the mask, I could feel my skin tingling and (slightly more worrying) burning. I know that the mask is supposed to tingle (it's in the name), but it really was a bit extreme on my sensitive skin. Nevertheless, I did leave the mask on until it had dried. I noticed a tightening sensation where the mask has started drying and the burning/tingling did decrease as the mask dried. After 10 minutes, I used lukewarm water to wet my face again and then, using circular motions, started to remove the mask (and also exfoliate at the same time).

Results: After removing the mask thoroughly, my skin felt extremely smooth and taut, and I'm happy to say that there are no lasting effects from the burning/tingling that initially occurred. True to it's word, the mask definitely has the effect of a facial and great for when you're in a bit of rush, but want to treat yourself. There is a visible difference to my skin, I'm not quite sure if it's glowing, but there is definitely something (and it's stayed smooth and soft). Overall I don't think this mask is best suited for me and I'm going to try out the SuperMud Clearing mask (hopefully with equally good results) =)

GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate is available from a number of retailers (such as HQhair, LookFantastic and Beauty Expert), priced at £25 (15ml) and £50 (50ml). It is pricey, but I do believe that there is a 'Try before you buy' sample set available on the GlamGlow website, which allows you to try all of their products before purchasing any full size product.

I hope you found the review useful and thank you for reading! You can find more of my ramblings over at chocoholic-hijabi.blogspot.co.uk =)

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