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OK, it’s been ages since a blogger was given a grilling with our 20 Questions so who better to hit you between the eyes than Aysha from Truly Madly Beauty. I’ve been following Aysha’s blog for Lord knows how long. Not only is she a babe, she’s a hoot on Twitter and Instagram, with her moody kitty cat as her faithful support act. Aysha is big on nail art so do check out her efforts. So, let’s get cracking, Aysha…


Why did you start your blog?
I first discovered the wonderful world of blogs about 4 years ago, before then I had no idea they existed at all! Anyhoos after about a year of reading and commenting on many of my favourite ones I thought it was something I would like to give a go myself :) Also I think folks were getting tired of me going on about ‘this’ product or ‘that’ polish, I could just see their eyes glaze over, so Truly Madly Beauty was born and it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made as I love it so!

How long have you been blogging for?
I’ve been blogging for about 3 years now. Gosh doesn’t seem that long, time really does fly! :D

What do you enjoy most about blogging?
For me it’s most definitely the wonderful people I’ve met through blogging. The blogging community is so lovely and I’ve actually made some really amazing friendships through it. It’s really great finding fellow bloggers as obsessed about all things make-up and beauty as you and realising, hey maybe I’m not so weird after all!

What frustrates you most about blogging?
The affect it has on my wallet! Bwaha! Seeing so many puuurdy things just makes me want to but it ALL! My current wish list is longer than my arm and growing lengthier by the day. I try to justify a lot of my purchases by stating that they are for “blogging purposes” of course…which is erm… 100% true *side eye* ;)

What do your family and friends think of your blog?
Only a few of my closest friends and family actually know about my blog. To be honest I quite like it that way, I almost see blogging as my second life away from reality, call it my 007/superhero complex ;) The folks who do know about it though have expressed positive thoughts which is lovely and my mum is of course my biggest fan! She carries a wad of my cards everywhere with her and pimps my blog whenever she can – bless her!

How frequently do you post?
Well I work full-time so I just blog whenever I can really. I like the fact that my blog is just my hobby and the perfect escapism for me. I think if it got too much or if I felt pressured to blog I’d lose my love for it, so I do like to try and do a few posts a week if my blogging mojo is there :)

What’s your day job?
I work in the pharmacy industry. For the past 6 years I’ve been working in community pharmacy, however I’ve recently been offered another job which will be more behind the scenes pharmacy which I’m very excited about!

How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
Oh my good lord…well, if you’re familiar with my blog then you may know why this question has me breaking out in a sweat and palpitations…I like nail polish. A LOT. It’s my addiction. The last time I organised my polishes was about half a year ago and then it was just under 200…I think that figure may have doubled since then…but they were all for blogging purposes, blogging purposes I tells you!!!!

Do you set yourself a budget, or do you buy on an as-and-when basis?
Hmmm not really though perhaps I should where polish is concerned! Of course when you see so many pretty things on blogs it takes a lot of restraining to stop oneself from running out and buying ASAP, but I do try to be sensible. I also try to use up current foundations before trying out something new.

What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
Well after having a sift though my make-up stash I’m seeing a lot of Bourjois and Benefit so I’d say those two! I think the quality of high street make-up is so great you honestly don’t need to spend a fortune. With regards to nail polish my favourite brands would be China Glaze & Models Own :)


Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
You know if you’d asked me this a year ago I would’ve said absolutely not! However over time I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin and actually love wearing light make-up. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going all out at times yet I do like just going for a bit of tinted moisturiser and eye liner. Oh yeah black eye liner, that’s my holy grail product I can’t do without, I can have a completely bare face but whether it be a cat eye flick or quick waterline job I can’t do without eye liner!

What’s your favourite beauty treatment to indulge in?
Ooooh I love me a good pamper sesh so it would have to be either a full body massage or a facial. Both are so wonderfully relaxing and I do try to indulge in one or the other at least once a month.

Tell us about the best holiday you’ve been on.
I’m not the most travelled person when it comes to far distance places though this is something I plan on changing in the near future! However my most recent holiday was a Med Cruise with my family which was pretty blooming amazing. Not only did we get to see many amazing places in one holiday including Sicily, Athens, Turkey, Crete before finishing off in Rome but my God all the amazing food on the cruise…I still fantasise about it. I definitely plan on doing another cruise again in the future!

What would be your ideal day off?
Ooooh my ideal day off would be a day spent in a lovely relaxing spa with a good book and indulging in lots of pampering treats!

What is your favourite TV show?
I know I may be in the minority here but I just cannot stand reality TV, I refuse to succumb to it. I’m more of a film lover and would most often choose a good film over TV but I do have a weakness for the historical dramas. Rome and The Tudors in particular were most enjoyable, completely for the gripping drama mind you and NOT the beautiful lead actors…*cough*

What music do you enjoy listening to?
Pretty much everything though I’m not the biggest R&B fan which seems to shock many but its just not my cup of tea. I love anything with a good beat to it that you can get up and dance to, sometimes I like to venture back to my hardcore rock days with a good dose of metal. (You’re my rock chick sister! – Sheenie)

What is your favourite food?
Seekh kebabs fresh off the BBQ wrapped in naan bread and covered with lashings of hot sauce and melted cheese… Heaven. On. Earth! *drools*

Where would you most like to go in the world? (money no object)
If money is no object then it would have to be an around-the-world trip! Haha! Is that cheating? Vegas, Miami and Dubai would be definite stops though, I’ve heard fab things about all three.

Which 3 guests would you invite to dine with you and why?
Well if there’s one thing I love more than make-up/beauty it’s to laugh! So my 3 guests would be…Brad Garrett as he is absolutely hilarious, Will Smith because…well he’s Will Smith and lastly a women to even things out…hmmm…Dawn French! :D

Tell us a secret…
Oh my! Okay…at one point of my life I wanted to be an air hostess and I actually possess a cabin crew qualification! So if pharmacy doesn’t work out you may see me on your next flight! Tea? Coffee? But that’s a wee bit boring isn’t it…? Trying to think up a juicier secret…Okay, we all have a secret weird crush right? Mine? Alan Rickman! Yes I know he’s old enough to be my great granddad but there’s just something about him! And yup I even liked him a lot as Snape. And on that note I shall creep away slowly…Adieu. ;)

Thank you, Aysha for letting us learn more about you and your blogging side. I urge you to follow Truly Madly Beauty and Aysha on Twitter if you don’t already.


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Frooti Master-class


posted by on Blushers, Bronzer, Eye pencils/eye liners, Eyeshadows, Fellow Bloggers, Foundation, Illamasqua, Make-Up, Primer, Urban Decay



It’s hard to believe fellow beauty blogger and make-up artist extraordinaire Frootibeauty held her first make-up master-class in March last year. Skip forward to last weekend which marked Safiyah’s second make-up master-class. A follow-up has been long overdue so when tickets went on sale a few weeks ago, it came as no surprise the limited places sold out pronto.

The venue was a brand new community hall in London’s Mile End – vastly spacious and bright to the pokey little salon in Hackney Safiyah struggled but coped magnificently with last year. There were 20 places (I think) set out in a kind of horse-shoe lay-out with chairs in the middle so we could watch Safiyah’s demo. I was armed with multiple eye palettes and much to my relief the guilt subsided the moment I saw Annie from Epiphanniea’s huge make-up box.

In Safiyah’s last class, the focus was on Arabic eye make-up with the use of the trusty Urban Decay Naked palette. This time the attention was on ramping it up a little bit with greens, something considerably daring for some of the girls who came to the class. Personally green on brown eyes is so flattering (as it is on other eye colours) so I was looking forward to what lay ahead.


I don’t think Safiyah could have been any more considerate and organised.  A list of staple items was circulated beforehand and if anybody didn’t have one or two things, Safiyah had spares to loan.

The class was split into three parts: eye make-up, foundation and concealer and contouring. This order made sense as it’s easier tackling eye make-up (particularly bold looks) when there is potential fall-out and achieving a neater finish with adding foundation after. Throughout the session, she explained what tools to use and advice on which foundations, eyeshadows and other products from high end to high street delivered on quality and results, though it’s fair to say not everything will work for everyone. It is down to personal preferences and what suits you.


I ummed and ahhed for a good while before cracking open Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette, which had been lying dormant in my drawers for a few weeks. I picked 3 shades but also dipped into the two Naked palettes. The best trick Safiyah revealed was to apply a matte shade close to my skin tone to blend above the crease and make the appearance more seamless. This little nugget of information was the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle that no other make-up artist I’ve come across does. The advantage that Safiyah has is she understands darker skin tones because hey, it’s her job when she makes up countless Asian brides.


But back to my efforts. I almost had bouts of regret the moment I started packing on the colours and was unsure if the combination of the olive Stash and dark green Poison would stand out. I used Strike from Vice 2 in the inner corner and added Blackout from Naked 2 on the other corner for more definition. I also added Ambush from Vice 2 in the crease – the brown shade helped soften the greens.


With the natural daylight shining through the window behind me it didn’t look great and despite Safiyah’s positive reassurance, I wasn’t buying it. Well I should learn to trust her more because under artificial light and with some careful blending, the transformation took me by surprise. This is why Urban Decay’s my absolute favourite for eyeshadows. They’re rich in colour, buttery in consistency and a dream to work with. Please excuse the messy, long fringe – I’m due for a chop in a few days.

vice2b vice2a vice2c

As we all played with our make-up, Safiyah moved around the room, answering questions and helping with applications. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials and read guides online yet there is something profoundly different about teaching in person, or perhaps it’s Safiyah’s calm and endearing style that doesn’t get lost in translation.

Getting recognition from Alex Box and Daniel Sandler is quite a major accomplishment. I’m impressed and proud at how many leaps and bounds Safiyah has taken from her last make-up class to this one which was pitch perfect. I predict a bright future for this aspiring young lady.

Here’s hoping Safiyah will run another class in the not too distant future. When she does, you’d best book your ticket fast.

*If you’re interested, the other products I used were Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil and Skin Base for the face, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner on the upper lash line and brows, Illamasqua’s duo blusher in Beg/Bronzerella and BareMinerals’ Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Maverick.

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Last week I had a wedding to go to. Not just any wedding, mind – a big, fat Asian wedding. I’m always disorganised when it comes to dressing up for Asian marital events because it’s quite a complex procedure in getting ready for one. Jewellery, hair, a blinging outfit and crucially, make-up. Henna on the hands is optional (and nice if you can get that done).

Thankfully the arduous task of slapping on the war paint was in the very skilled and talented hands of my beautiful friend, Tanzina who’s behind the blog MakeupAtoZ. If you want to refresh your minds about Tanzina, we have 20 Questions answered by her.

Tanzina is a self-taught make-up artist but seriously, she could give a few pros a run for their money…certainly the one who did the bride’s make-up at the wedding I attended. I love Tanzina’s style – it’s individual, bold and she never ceases to amaze me with the ideas she comes up with.

I wanted to share some photos of Tanzina’s amazing efforts and if you’re not reading her blog or following her on Bloglovin’, Instagram and Twitter, you are missing out. This girl is extremely creative and stunning to boot.


Photo: Tanzina from MakeupAtoZ


Photo: Tanzina from MakeupAtoZ


Photo: Tanzina from MakeupAtoZ


Photo: Tanzina from MakeupAtoZ


Among the products used were Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil and Skin Base, Urban Decay’s concealer (it’s a chubby pencil which I must get!) and the eyes were a blend of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, a pigment from Inglot and Illamasqua’s Pure Pigment in Beguile with Eylure false lashes.

Tanzina, I can’t wait for you to do my make-up again! And please start making YouTube videos.

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