ILLAMASQUA – A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

The title of this post pretty much says it all! My favourite gel eyeliner was coming to an end so I just had to restock.

Whilst on the Illamasqua website I saw the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette, I thought to myself I probably have more than enough eyeshadow palettes, but then I saw….FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE….argh! I’m such a sucker for a G.W.P and anything trial size, perfect for in your handbag, to try new products and for travel.

So anyway as you will have gathered all the items ended up in my basket, through the checkout and arrived at my door…eek!

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

Since the brand launched in 2008, they made a strong commitment to never support or permit animal testing on any of their products, and only work with suppliers who uphold these principles. All their products are cruelty free their make-up brushes are made entirely out of synthetic hair and the range also houses over 100 Vegan products.

The products I have tried from their range have been great quality and highly pigmented so I was excited to try more.

Let’s look at what I ordered:

Firstly, the whole reason for the order:

ILLAMASQUA PRECISION GEL EYELINER

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

£21.00 colour Infinity

What Illamasqua says:

“A smooth, water-resistant formula, the liner applies effortlessly to deliver intense colour with ultimate staying power. Achieve long-wearing, high definition results with ease.”

My thoughts:

Abso-bloomin-lutely! They hit the nail on the head, I have tried many gel liners, some smudged and transferred to the eyelid, some turned grey when they dried, others dried up whilst I was less than half way through the pot.

This eyeliner is AMAZING, it’s creamy and easy to apply, yet dries to a water-resistant finish, it remains black and I get to use the whole pot without it drying out.

I apply this with a Mac 266 brush to define the eyes and also blend in strip lashes.

Next up my new purchase:

ILLAMASQUA ARTISTRY PALETTE – ELEMENTAL

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

£38.00

What Illamasqua says:

“Create the ultimate Smokey eye with the Elemental Palette. Created to celebrate Illamasqua’s 10th anniversary, this palette has 12 universal powder eyeshadows, suitable for all skin tones. Effortlessly transform your look with these highly-pigmented shades that work for both day and night time looks and are housed in luxurious, limited edition packaging”

My thoughts:

Whilst I love anything sparkly I am a bit fan of matte palettes as opposed to shimmer. I prefer to add colour, depth and blend with matte and then go in with my sparkle if and where it is required.

I do get quite a lot of clients requesting a matte eye look and always use more of a matte shadow on my mature clients.

Usually when I get a larger palette I end up using the same 3 or 4 colours, so what attracted me to this palette is that 11 out of the 12 colours are matte and the shimmer shade is gold so I can foresee using every single colour in it making it great value for money.

Shades:

As you can see from the swatches below these shadow’s are super pigmented, the texture is quite buttery which makes them a dream to apply, build and blend.

The tones of these shades are so wearable there are lighter, brighter inner eye and brow bone matte highlight colours, some great transistion shades and deep tones for creating a gorgeous smoke. I’m super happy with this palette and can see me reaching for it a lot.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

And finally my fab free gift:

ILLAMASQUA – YOU ARE BEAUTY – FREE GIFT

Makeup bag containing:

Mini Hydra veil – I have this product in a full size in my studio, so this handy mini will be great either in my kit (or my makeup bag). When I first tried the hydra veil I was suprised at it’s strange jelly like texture, however it leaves the skin feeling super hydrated and refreshed.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

Gel Sculpt – Silhouette – I opened this product, rolled it up and thought, well it will come in handy for makeup on black skin, the colour was so dark and intense I was unsure on who and when I would use it. Don’t let the colour put you off when you apply this it is a super sheer, nice golden brown. It’s gel like texture makes it easy to apply yet its not a cream so it seems to dry/set which I prefer, as I find creams slide around.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

Lipstick – In the shade Binary, a beautiful coral shade. It’s semi – matte finish means it’s long lasting, but not drying on the lips. I haven’t tried the Illamasqua lip colours before and so was very pleasantly surprised when I tried this at it’s high pigment. A beautiful shade heading into Spring/Summer too.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT
ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

What have you tried from the Illamasqua range?

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GET THE LOOK – VALENTINES DAY RED LIP

Valentine’s day, the day of luuuurve…well supposedly! Shops are filled with red roses, red heart balloon’s, but today I’m focusing on a red lip, with not one but two GET THE LOOK’S.

Also arriving today is a little Valentine’s gift To Me… From Me, well it IS important to show yourself some love once in a while…and what better way to do it than with a big box of goodies from Charlotte Tilbury (Including some new red’s) comment below if you would like a post on what I got.

LOOK 1

GET THE LOOK - VALENTINES DAY RED LIP

Skin: The client’s skin was prepped using Garnier Micellar water to cleanse the skin and Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base to moisturise.

Base: NYX Pore filler was applied in the centre of the fore head and side of nose to minimise pores and prevent shine, Estee Lauder Doublewear was then applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Beauty Blender. Nars creamy concealer was used under the eyes to brighten and MAC mineralise skin finish in Medium Tan was used to add a bit of warmth to the face. Nars Orgasm and Mac Soft and Gentle were added to the cheeks for a pop of colour and a gentle highlight.

Eyes: Brows were kept soft yet defined using Anastasia Brow Powder in Caramel. On the lids I went for a soft golden smoke using Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-eyes and The Dolce Vita palettes, Barberella Brown Rock ‘n’ Kohl eye pencil also from Charlotte Tilbury was used to define the eyes. Ardell lashes were applied wth Duo glue and a good coat of mascara to further accentuate the eyes.

Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Kiss ‘n’ Tell was used to define the lips, then Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red was applied for a pop of colour.

LOOK 2

GET THE LOOK - VALENTINES DAY RED LIP

Skin: The client’s skin was prepped using Garnier Micellar water to cleanse the skin and Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base to moisturise.

Base: Estee Lauder Doublewear was applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Beauty Blender. Nars creamy concealer was used under the eyes to brighten and MAC mineralise skin finish in Dark Golden and Give Me Sun were used to add a bit of warmth to the face. Mac Fleur Power and Soft and Gentle were added to the cheeks for a pop of colour and a gentle highlight.

Eyes: Brows were defined using Anastasia Brow Powder in Dark Brown. The lids were prepped using MAC Soft Ochre then a soft matte smoke was create using Blanc type, Omega, Charcoal Brown and Carbon. Eldora M102 lashes were applied using Duo glue and Illamasqua gel liner was used to define the eyes.

Lips: MAC Lip Liner in Redd was used to define the lips then YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge was applied for a touch of glam.

Which is your favourite look? Let me know in the comments below

Ps Did you see my GET THE LOOK SOFT PINKS check it out HERE

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GET THE LOOK – SOFT PINKS


My makeup philosophy is that you should look like “you on a good day look” I believe makeup should be used to enhance the natural beauty and features we have, not mask them. I feel this Get the look Soft Pinks shows that beautifully, if I do say so myself!

This makeup was for a bridesmaid, I like to show that you can still wear a good amount of makeup and it look soft and bridal.

GET THE LOOK - SOFT PINKS

Skin – My client had a lovely clear skin so I made sure it was ready for makeup by wiping over with Garnier Micellar water and applying Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched face base.

GET THE LOOK - SOFT PINKS

Base – Estee Lauder Doublewear was lightly applied to even out the skin tone, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer was used to lighten and conceal under the eye. Bronzer was applied to add warmth and definition to the face and blush for a pop of colour.

Brows – A strong brow is everything to young girls, well most girls today, so I used my trusted Anastasia Beverly hills brow powder and gel to create a slightly fuller, more defined brow.

GET THE LOOK - SOFT PINKS

Eyes – Lids were primed with Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre and the eye area was kept light and soft with delicate pink shadows and soft definition in the crease. Mac Soft and Gentle highlight was used in the corner of the eye to give a more awake look and Eldora lashes were applied for a full fluttery finish.

GET THE LOOK - SOFT PINKS

Lips – My client wanted a fuller lip and I explained how lip shape can be enhanced with just makeup, so I added fullness and created shape with Mac lipliner in Soar and applied Bobbi Brown Pale Pink over the top.

Hope you like this look, if you have any questions feel free to comment below.

Check out my other GET THE LOOKS Here , Here and Here

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CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

I am always on the hunt for new makeup for both myself and my kit, especially foundations. I do tend to find it tricky to find something that ticks all my boxes, I have tried so many and never really feeling that they do what I want them to do. So I decided to give the new Clarins skin illusion foundation a try, let me share my thoughts with you.

I’ve never tried a Clarins foundation before and hadn’t heard about this foundation prior to catching a glimpse of it as I was passing the Clarins counter in Boots so I decided to stop and take a look. Clarins described this as a natural hydrating foundation and with winter on it’s way I was definitely intrigued.

CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

Shade

This foundation comes in a range of 22 shades, I purchased 110 Honey and 116.5 Coffee and got samples of 112.3 Sandalwood and 114 Cappucino. My summer glow is fading fast *sobs* and whilst I was in store I was more Sandalwood however I’m more of a match to Honey now.

The shades I chose are fab, they are really adaptable to a range of skin colourings and the darker shades I chose have more of a yellow hue, as many of my clients wear self tan and I feel these tones match much better.

Coverage

When I saw the dropper dispenser and dripped some onto the back of my hand I was thinking “this is going to be far too sheer” however as I started to blend it I was pleasantly surprised. The consistancy, whilst feeling light had such great pigment meaning that you didn’t need much product to even out  your skin, allowing your skin to still look like skin.

This foundation is still very buildable, on first application it is quite dewy but dries to a lovely satin finish which is perfect for a drier skin, meaning if need be you can add a little powder to the areas you need to, if at all.

Longevity

This foundation makes no claims to be long wearing as it is designed to provide long lasting hydration, that being said I am very happy with the longevity of this foundation.

Obviously if you have an oily skin this is not the foundation for you anyway but I would say this would still suit a combination skin with a little powder through the T-zone.

I’ll also add that I have been using this on myself withoit a primer to see how the foundation holds out on it’s own and as I said I am happy how it wears through the day.

Packaging

The Clarins skin illusion foundation comes in a sleek rounded glass bottle with a white and gold lid, which is a dropper to dispense the foundation.

I’m not sure whether I would prefer a pump and lid but the dropper is still quite handy for not wasting product.

CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

Overall

I was really suprised how much I liked this foundation, my doublewear has even been cast aside for daily use.

When I first applied it there was a slight scent which reminded me of Chanel Vitalumiere and sometimes my eyes are not great with scents but so far this hasn’t affected them, which is great.

As I know it has great skin benefits it feels like a skincare product when I apply it, as well as a foundation.

This would definitely suit a drier skin type and perfect for a more mature skin, it has the feel and moisturising qualities of a tinted moisturiser yet the coverage of a foundation.

I have tried many foundations and whilst they sit in my personal makeup kit they don’t often make it into my professional kit…. and this one has!

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SPECIAL EDITION YSL LIPSTICK PACKAGE

On a recent trip to the Trafford centre I saw YSL were doing an exclusive special edition YSL lipstick package. You purchase 2 of their Rouge pur couture lipsticks and get interchangeable limited edition lids to go on them, all presented in a YSL box for no extra cost. I thought they looked super classy so decided to treat myself.

SPECIAL EDITION YSL LIPSTICK PACKAGE

I simply love YSL not only for their luxury brand and packaging but their products are great too. I’m a massive fan of their Rouge Volupte shine lipsticks as I love a more balmy feel and a glossy look without wearing a sticky gloss, the only problem is they don’t last well on the lips, however they do look fab when you pull one out your bag to reapply.

I purchased 2 lipsticks in the shades 66 Bois de rose and 17 Rose dahlia and chose the lids in a nude and gold snake print finish and also the red and gold snake print finish.

These not only look amazing but are a great handbag must-have.

SPECIAL EDITION YSL LIPSTICK PACKAGE

Shade

The Rouge pur couture lipsticks are available in 43 shades.

I purchased 2 shades, 66 Bois de rose, a deeper neutral colour with a slight purple tinge, looks slightly less intense in person than it does in the picture, I have quite a bit of natural colour in my lips so feel I can’t wear anything too nude this has a similar tone to my Chanel lipstick in Mademoiselle.

SPECIAL EDITION YSL LIPSTICK PACKAGE

I also chose 17 Rose dahlia, a beautiful bright corally-red, again slightly less intense in person which makes this a very wearable shade, not too intense for a brighter day look.

SPECIAL EDITION YSL LIPSTICK PACKAGE

As you can see below these are both beautiful, wearable shades and a great addition to my personal collection.

SPECIAL EDITION YSL LIPSTICK PACKAGE

Finish 

YSL claims “an SPF 15 moisturising formula which saturates lips with intense, stay-true colour and medium to full coverage, with a radiant, satin lipstick finish” and I would have to agree, if I go for a full cover lipstick I much prefer a satin finish and these offer just that, a comfortable wear yet great colour pay off.

Longevity 

Again YSL claims a “up to 6 hours” wear, like with all lip products it depends what you are doing whilst wearing them, eating, drinking…kissing all will affect the longevity. I am very pleased with the longevity of this product though and would highly recommend.

Packaging

As with all YSL products their packaging is super classy, whether you buy the standard lipsticks in their sleek gold packaging or these limited edition ones they both look amazing when you pull them out to reapply.

Here is a close up of the 2  complimentary special edition YSL lipstick package lids I chose.

SPECIAL EDITION YSL LIPSTICK PACKAGE

Overall

I love these lipsticks, a great product, with a great finish, available in an amazing shade range, in fabulous packaging…what’s not to love!

These retail at £28 and I am happy to pay that, it maybe a little out of someone’s budget but I would definitely suggest putting it on your gift list.

You can treat yourself or a loved one to their very own HERE

Hope you liked this post, if you have any questions or comments please comment below

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