Illamasqua Light 1 & Light 2 Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer Swatches & Review

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If you’re looking for a full coverage concealer look no further than Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer!

When used correctly, this concealer is designed to create flawless coverage while brightening. Available in 7 shades (from Light 1 up to Deep 2) there is sure to be one that you can fall for!

Illamasqua Light 1 - Light 2 Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer 1What Sephora says about Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer:

What it is:
A brightening concealer to lift, illuminate, and create flawless coverage.

What it is formulated to do:
Infused with warm peach tones to flatter every skintone, long-wearing Skin Base Lift blends easily, correcting uneven pigmentation and visibly lifting the eye area. It is designed to work in conjunction with Hydra Veil to refresh and rehydrate the area under the eye which is prone to unflattering and unwanted cool undertones and fatigue. For added brightening effect, custom mix each shade with Skin Base Lift White Light.

Illamasqua Light 1 - Light 2 Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer 2 Illamasqua Light 1 - Light 2 Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer 3 Illamasqua Light 1 - Light 2 Skin Base Lift Brightening ConcealerIllamasqua Light 1 - Light 2 Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer Swatches(L-R: Light 1, Light 2)

Light 1 is the shade that matches my particular tone the best – I run MAC NW20 but am neutral. Light 2 is more peach toned.  Both are creamy and easy to blend.  Swatched above I applied thickly, and these can be heavy, so I recommend dotting the product lightly on with your finger and blending well with a brush.  You can always layer if you need more coverage, but it’s likely you won’t have to.  Be sure to do one area at a time and blend quickly, as this product will set and wear through the day.

Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer retails for $25.00 and is available at Sephora, Bloomingdale’s and


Illamasqua FACET Nail Varnish Swatches & Review – The Sacred Hour 2013

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Rarely has a nail polish hit me as hard as Illamasqua Facet has.  I don’t have anything quite like it in my stash and I can’t think of a spot on dupe.  This nail varnish is beautiful, limited edition and, thankfully, still available!

Illamasqua Nail Varnish FACETWhat Bloomingdale’s says about Illamasqua Nail Varnish from this collection:

Two complementing shades that capture the essence of dawn and dusk. Inspired by opalescent crystals and flint, these varnishes create a mystical finish while being long-wearing and chip-resistant.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Facet bottleIllamasqua Facet Nail Varnish SwatchesFacet has got this smokey olive taupe base with gold, copper and olive shimmer.  It’s just absolutely breathtaking.  The formula was really smooth and fully opaque in two coats.

Illamasqua Facet Nail Varnish macro swatchesIllamasqua Nail Varnish retails for $17.00 and is available at Sephora, Bloomingdale’s and  Facet is limited edition to The Sacred Hour Collection released in Fall 2013.


Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo Photos, Swatches & Review

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Just because it’s no longer the Halloween season doesn’t mean you can’t wear some amazing lashes.  Sephora has a really cool duo of Bat Lashes and Swarm Nail Varnish for a great price, exclusively online!

And, if you’re not so into the harsh lines of the Bat Lashes, you can pick up a more demure (though still very dramatic and sexy) set of lashes like the ones shown below in Lush ($15.00).  I loveeee these because of how feathery and seductive they look.

Illamasqua Bat Lash DuoWhat Sephora says about the Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo:

What it is:
A duo containing matte black glitter nail varnish and unique bat-shaped false lashes.

What it does:
Own the night with this haunting, chic set. The bat lashes are hand-made and cruelty-free, and the set includes application glue. The highly pigmented, award-winning nail varnish is chip resistant for long-lasting spooky shimmer.

This set contains:
- 0.05 oz Nail Varnish in Swarm (black matte glitter)
- Bat-Shaped False Eye Lashes with Glue

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product was created using cruelty-free synthetic fibers. The included glue is latex-free.

Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo 2The Nail Varnish in Swarm is the perfect match for your Bat Lashes (or really to accent your fave polish with a bit of small and large black glitter in a matte finish).  I applied one coat below to a bare nail and added a top coat.

Illamasqua Swarm Nail Polish swatchesThe Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo retails for $19.00 and is available online only, exclusively at Sephora.  This item is Limited Edition.


Top 10 Palettes – Old School Edition

Top 10 Palettes can be such a broad subject.  After all, there are so many!  For this post, I want to take you back.  We’re talking old school-ish.  To the palettes you may have forgotten about, but that still hold a special place in your heart.

IMG_9979In no particular order:

  1. Midnight Hour Eye Shadow Palette.  This was from the Disney Reigning Beauties Collection from Sephora, the Cinderella Edition.  While all of the princess collections were to die for, this particular palette was probably my fave.  I reach for it quite a bit when I want something understated but not too boring.  Word is these collections are over… but I really hope minds change and we see more.
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Mélange de Colour Fashion Eyeshadow Palette.  This palette is the end-all-be-all of LMdB products.  18 high quality shadows all in one place.  Countless looks can be created and it’s travel friendly to boot!
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  When these shades blend together in the signature Couches de Couleur application technique it makes the perfect taupe.  So, of course it’s one of my faves!  Love this one for holiday!
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  Penelope was my first eye kit from LMdB and remains one of my go-to fave palettes to this day.  Every time I go somewhere, it travels with me.  Every time I’m at a loss for what to do with my look, I reach for Penelope.  She’s from 2011 but she’s like a best friend that I’ll never let leave my side!
  5. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows.  Well, if this isn’t a blast from the past I don’t know what is.  This one takes us back to 2010.  Back to which was, IMO, the very best thing Urban Decay ever released.  It doesn’t even matter that the shades weren’t “new” shades.  They had new, theme appropriate names and the artwork was incredible.
  6. Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow Palette.  Of course True Blood fans lost their damn minds when this collection came out in 2011.  You could transform yourself via looks into your favorite True Blood characters and perhaps attract your own Eric Northman.  Or Bill Compton, but not the Bill Compton from last season… you’re better than that.
  7. MAC Festive Frost Face Kit.  I wish I reached for this more, because the shades are to die for, especially for the holiday season.  This palette released with MAC Holiday 2011 and was a Nordstrom exclusive.
  8. MAC 5 Neutral Eyes Holiday Eye Kit.  This one is only about a year old, releasing with Holiday 2012, but it creates the best smokey eye you’ve ever laid eyes on.  You’re insane if you don’t love this.
  9. theBalm Nude ‘Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchased this back in 2011, but it’s still available!  The quality is amazing, but then… all theBalm shadows generally are.  Countless looks to be created… it’s neutral with a kick!
  10. Illamasqua Complement Eye Shadow Palette.  Complement is also only around a year old, but I adore the shades and the eye look they create together.  It’s not a palette you’d think would be wearable for multiple occasions, but in these colder months it totally is.

Okay, so maybe some of these aren’t too old school.  I feel like in the life of a beauty blogger we see so much that a year or two can feel old school.  Also, the Urban Decay and Tarte palettes are from several years ago.  Boom.  Justified.

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Makeup Wars Fall Manicure feat. Illamasqua Boudicca Nail Varnish

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I do love a good red, and that’s a year-round thing that goes for nail polish and lips alike.  But the colder months are when you can really show off ANY shade of red, not just something bright and hot.

That’s why, for Makeup Wars Fall Manicure I’ve decided to feature the Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Boudicca, which is available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s (yes, Bloomingdale’s has Illamasqua now – WOOOO!)

IMG_6407What Bloomingdale’s says about Illamasqua Boudicca Nail Varnish:

Boudicca was the wife of Prasutagus, the ruler of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. The Iceni were based in the region of Britain now called East Anglia. When the Romans settled in the south of England in 43 AD, they made an agreement with Prasutagus that he would be allowed to continue as ruler of the Iceni. However, when Prasutagus died, the Roman attitude to the Iceni people changed and Boudicca took up her role as the Warrior Queen.

Here, Illamasqua pays homage to this brave and stubborn British warrior, celebrating her long flame-red hair with this color-intense, long-lasting, flame-red nail varnish—available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.

Illamasqua Boudicca Nail VarnishIllamasqua Boudicca Nail Varnish SwatchBoudicca (other than being an ancient British queen) is definitely bright and clearly hot, but this fire engine red is also festive in that it has an amazing amount of shimmer.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s absolutely loaded.

The formula is fully opaque in one coat and paints on as smooth as silk.

Illamasqua Boudicca Nail Varnish retails for $17.00 and is available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.  This nail polish is limited edition.

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