Monday, 8 June 2015

Sunday Swatches: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation and Aqua Products

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Although this is a belated "Sunday Swatches" post, it's better late than never!

After attending the MUFE UK event 2 weeks ago, I knew people were dying to get their hands on some products so here's my review of the ever popular MUFE foundation and swatches of some of their Aqua range.
MUFE HD foundation has been a firm favourite of mine and it has been a staple in my kit for brides (and one that I actually do repurchase seeing as it works so well!)
I also love the HD Powder to use on clients so I was happy to get a full size in my goody bag at the event.

MUFE HD Foundation
MUFE foundations are quite puzzling to figure out as the numbers don't necessarily go up in foundation shade order. 
This is because MUFE HD foundations work with undertone ranges including: pink, beige, beige pink, yellow, dark yellow, dark beige, dark pink, coral, peach etc.. you get the gist!

I've included swatches of the MUFE HD foundation shades N120 (Soft Sand) and N123 (Desert) below, with my bare arm (no foundation) to show you coverage of my veins:
N120 blended swatch + straight from pump; N123 straight from pump, swiped with finger and blended
I also did a before and after on my face, first with only concealer and brows, then just with MUFE HD foundation on top, then both HD Foundation and HD Powder:
before (only concealer and brows)
after MUFE HD Foundation
MUFE HD Foundation + Aqua lip liner in 19C
Shades: I'd say N120 is for NC25-30 skin tones; it's described for medium light skin with yellow undertones and I find it suits my inner arm pretty well, however my face is definitely darker at the moment.
N123 is the most popular shade in my kit for around NC30-35 skin tones and is described for light skin with olive undertones; I have more yellow than olive tones but also have peachy undertones sometimes so I'm a bit of a mix, however N123 does give me an all over olive tone which I don't mind.
Coverage: As you can see, my veins are pretty well covered up; I'd say the foundation is medium coverage, but can be buildable to full coverage if needed.
Texture: It's smooth and fairly thick when pumped out and I'd say ever so slightly stringy? in texture but feels lightweight on the skin.
Longevity: As always I set foundation with an appropriate powder and setting spray so I've not had issues to date but I imagine this foundation is built to last as it is oil free and made for on screen.
Price: At £29, it is on the slightly pricier side and around the same price as the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation, however if you require moderate coverage and want/need to look flawless on camera, then this foundation is worth it for you!

FrootiFactor: As aforementioned, I'm a fan of this foundation anyway and it's been a staple in my kit for a while with no issues, so it definitely gets a 5 from me:
MUFE HD foundation is available from Debenhams (or even better, it's best to check in store at the counter on Oxford Street).

I also received some products from the "Aqua" range which I have always wanted to try as they are waterproof and as you may know, I'm a fan of waterproof products not only for myself but also for my clients who genuinely need their makeup to last through sweat and tears! 

Below are swatches of some of the Aqua products including their Lip Pencil, Liquid Lip Color, Eye Pencil and Liquid Liner:

I also did a quick look with these Aqua products below, nothing fancy mind you, first with just the lip liner, second with both lip liner and liquid lip colour as there is a slight variation of colour between them:
I have to say the Waterproof Lipliner Pencil is a new favourite of mine, I've received a fair few compliments wearing it and a lot of people have asked me what I'm wearing so I would definitely recommend it and give it a FrootiFactor of 5:
The Waterproof Liquid Lip Color however is a bit more red toned as opposed to the blue toned lip liner (despite them both being "Pomegranate Pink"). I'm not really keen on the liquid lip colour though as I find the consistency too sticky when it dries on the lips, much like glue, and although it leaves a beautiful stain, it did peel off on my lips a tad bit making it a bit messy to reapply/fix, so I'd give it a 2.5:
All in all, I am definitely happy a MUFE counter has come to London now; up until now I've had to wait for a makeup show (UMAE, IMATS etc) to view the foundations/products in person and now I don't have to guess what shade I am in a rush!

Make sure you do visit the Debenhams Oxford Street counter if you can, otherwise the products are available to buy from the Debenhams website of course.

Have you tried Make Up For Ever products? Which would you recommend?
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Friday, 5 June 2015

FFF: Too Faced Chocolate Makeup Look

My last post featuring the Too Faced Bronzers spurred me on to do a makeup look, so I thought I would include some of my newest acquisitions in this look including two of the bronzers from the previous post and a Make Up For Ever electric blue Aqua liner. The smell of the Chocolate Soleil bronzer made me want to reach for my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette too so I thought I'd do a neutral-ish eyeshadow with a dramatic liner.

Products used:
Illamasqua Brow Gel - Strike
Too Faced Chocolate Bar: Milk Chocolate (above crease), White Chocolate (blend above crease), Salted Caramel (above crease), Semi Sweet (crease), Champagne Truffle (brow bone), Marzipan (inner corner).
NYC Liquid liner
MUFE Aqua Liner in Diamond Turquoise Blue
Huda Beauty Lashes: Giselle
MUFE HD foundation in shade 123 
Motives Liquid Correction Concealer in Light
House Of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel for contouring and concealing under foundation 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Fawn for contour & Sand for highlight
Too Faced bronzers: Endless Summer (all over) and Chocolate Soleil (cheeks)
Motives liner in Pink Lady
Motives All Day Lipstick in Tantalize

I'm not usually a fan of the inner eye style eyeliner on myself (I just don't think it suits my eye shape) but I thought I'd switch it up a bit so I could make use of my MUFE Aqua liner (and Huda Beauty lashes!) so I opted for this Arab style eyeliner.. Hope you like!

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe

Hi my lovelies!

Today's special post is another one of my favourite brands that I've been a fan of for years.
Since the days I used to work in Debenhams, Too Faced was a brand that caught my eye when it used to be on a stand with Urban Decay (they now have their own allocated counter spaces thankfully!). 
It was the very girly and pretty packaging that caught my eye back then, and being the girly girl I am, the Too Faced Mood Swing lipgloss (colour changing lipgloss) had me all excitable.
It's a brand that I've always paired with Urban Decay (probably because they shared the stand), but also because Too Faced had very similar products to Urban Decay like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, their waterproof eyeliners and their pigmented eyeshadows.

Of recent times Too Faced have released some pretty awesome products like the Melted Lipsticks and the Chocolate Bar palette which I sometimes open just to inhale.

This post is semi chocolate related; I was very kindly sent an absolutely amazing Bronzer Wardrobe which features 8 (yes 8!) bronzers and a beautiful Kabuki brush because Too Faced believe there's a bronzer for all occasions, moods and outfits (and I don't disagree either!).
top to bottom: Sun Bunny, Endless Summer, Pink Leopard, Snow Bunny, Beach Bunny, Milk Chocolate Soleil, Chocolate Soleil and Dark Chocolate Soleil
All the gold packaged Too Faced bronzers are included in this wardrobe as well as face charts to create looks and a retractable synthetic Kabuki Brush.
The luxurious and super pretty gold packaging makes me feel like a true princess and the girly pink retractable Kabuki is perfect for on the go bronzing (or keeping little hands out of!).
As you can see all these bronzers laid out is pretty overwhelming, so I've categorised them below so it's easier to understand:

The "Bunny" Bronzers (shimmery): 
Sun Bunny, Beach Bunny and Snow Bunny
Sun Bunny: 
Duo bronzer with slight pink undertone to mimic the flush of a real tan.
Beach Bunny:  
Four golden shades that can be used individually or swirled together.
Snow Bunny
Four luminous shades with pink, bronze and highlighting shades for more of a glow.

The "Chocolate Soleil" Bronzers (matte):
Dark Chocolate Soleil
The newest bronzer Too Faced have released, a darker version of Chocolate Soleil, great for sculpted contouring, creating a more dramatic, deep matte bronzed look, or for darker skintones.
Chocolate Soleil: 
The original of the chocolate bronzers released, smells like chocolate because it's infused with cocoa powder, good for everyday contouring and creating an all-over deep tan.
Milk Chocolate Soleil: 
The lighter version of Chocolate Soleil; creates more of a subtle tan, best for lighter skintones.

Also included are the "Endless Summer" bronzer and the "Pink Leopard" bronzer:
Endless Summer
Formulated to last 16 hours, this stay all day bronzer looks more like a highlighter compared to the others, but actually bronzes my NC30-35 skin ever so slightly, with not as much shimmer as I initially thought would show up.
Pink Leopard
As the name suggests, the bronzer is patterned in a leopard print of 3 colours - a bronzing shade, a pink and a brightening shade.

My favourite so far has to be the Chocolate Soleil (obvs), I'm a fan of sweet smelling things and a chocoholic (hence why I bought the Chocolate Bar palette) so this was going to be an obvious favourite of mine. I also quite like the Endless Summer bronzer as it gives a subtle glow.

Now that I've showed you how awesome this wardrobe is, let me share the bad news first: unfortunately this wardrobe isn't available to buy as a set in the UK, however you can buy each individually (£25 each) from Debenhams (currently on sale with 10% off!).

Altternatively, the ever so cute Little Black Book of Bronzers holds all these bronzers in mini size and is available from the Too Faced website (however shipping and tax charges are added as it will be coming from the US).

You can also enter the lovely Annie's competition where she is giving away the full wardrobe on her blog, enter here.

Have you tried any of these bronzers? What is your favourite Too Faced product?

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tuesday Takeover: Mohima Farchu

Hello my Frooti Beauties! 
This weeks Tuesday Takeover is from Mohima who I discovered through Instagram with her stunning looks and honest reviews.
I hope you guys enjoy her review today, don't forget to follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

Illamasqua Gel Colour - Fluster

Hi Guys! Thanks to Safiyah for letting me do the Tuesday Takeover blog post. I love a good natter about all things makeup so I'm going to get stuck in straight away!
Today I'll be reviewing Illamasqua's new Gel Colour cheek tint. These come in stick form and provide an instant flush of colour to your complexion.
Now let me just take a moment to tell you that I love Illamasqua. Anyone who follows me on social media knows I harp on about them all day, everyday. They always think outside the box and keep it interesting. When I saw this product launch I wanted it immediately!

The Gel Colours include two shades, Charm (Apricot) & Fluster (Pink). I will be reviewing the latter. There is also a contour colour, referred to as Gel Sculpt, in the shade Silhouette.

When I received the product via post I was already flapping because the packaging is so cute. It's compact and fits in the palm of your hand. It has a sturdy plastic casing with 'Illamasqua' printed across the lid.
I also appreciate that the product label on the bottom matches the actual product shade! For makeup lovers or my fellow MUAs, this is really handy when picking it out of your makeup collection/kit.

When you pop off the lid there is a smaller clear lid that covers the twist up, this keeps the gel from drying out. So make sure you don't accidentally throw that out.

Onto the formula! When applying, it gives a cooling sensation and feels almost a tad wet but it dries to a satin/skin finish. It blends effortlessly and is extremely smooth. It also features a delicate floral scent, though it isn't noticeable when you wear it.
The shade 'Fluster' looks like a rich raspberry pink tone in the tube, but it actually translates as a delicate pink (which is what the shade is described as by Illamasqua). I think the name and description fits this product perfectly!

Due to the sheer colour payoff, it will translate differently depending on your skin tone and note, this shows up really well across the board! I love this for deep skins in particular because it looks more intense but still natural.
For your benefit I decided to pin down my little brother and swatch this on his arm (for reference, he would be a MAC NW45). He is still suffering the trauma from his early years where I convinced him that blue eyeshadow is for boys. I followed through and managed to do a bright blue look, lashes and liner included lol.

I have also swatched this on my own arm and my skin tone is MAC NC35 - uh excuse the hairs coming through on my arm!

I think this is very easy to apply either with fingers where you tap it on or with a brush. It's quite sheer but buildable and doesn't get patchy. Personally, I love this for a fresh face/no makeup look and I found that my Real Techniques blush brush applied this perfectly. It didn't cling to dry patches nor did it highlight pores.

At £22 I was initially quite dubious, would it live up to the price? After a one week test run, I think it does. It lasted a good 5 hours on the skin with nothing underneath and longer over foundation and/or layered with a powder blush. 

With regards to the other shades, I will be purchasing the contour colour in Silhouette! It's such a great alternative to using heavy contour products and would make contouring a breeze for everyday looks. If you are a beginner or want a sheer and slightly buildable coverage, I highly recommend these products! 

If you are still in doubt, Illamasqua's YouTube account has a video to demonstrate the products and their unique application technique. 

Hope you enjoyed this blog post! Have you tried this product? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!


Friday, 15 May 2015

FFF: Illamasqua Fervent & Static Pigment Makeup Look

It's been a while since I've done a makeup look so I got down to doing one after Illamasqua kindly sent me some products I was itching to use (check my interview with them from last month here).
I love the pigment Fervent that I was sent and following the last post by Halima I was dying to use my Static iridescent pigment so I thought hey why not try them together? Check out how it turned out below!

Products used:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Dark Brown
Motives shadows: Heavy Metal (main eyelid), Whipped Cream (highlight), Cappuccino (crease), Onyx (outer corner/crease)
Illamasqua Pure Pigments in Fervent & Static
• NYX Two Timer eyeliner on top waterline and eyeliner (smudged as eyeliner)
Eldora lashes: H151
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in shade 233 
Motives Liquid Correction Concealer in Light
Motives Luminous pressed powder in Light/Medium
House Of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel for contouring and concealing under foundation 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Fawn, Java, Havana for contour, Banana and Sand for highlight 
Motives blush in Baby Doll
Motives liner in Pink Lady
Illamasqua lipstick Bare

What do you think? Fervent kind of reminds me of an oil slick-y type effect that I quite like.. I used Static as a inner corner colour so you can't see the full beauty of it but I do hope to use it again in another look!

All Illamasqua products can be bought online or at their flagship store in Beak Street and various other retailers.
Hope you liked today's look, let me know if you have any requests <3
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