Posts Tagged ‘makeup’
The benefits of mineral makeup…
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

We’ve all heard of mineral makeup, but not all of us are brave enough to take the leap and give it a try. How different can it be anyway?


For a start, mineral makeup is quickly becoming many people’s first choice. In the past few years people have become more aware of what they put on their skin and brands have stepped up the range of choices available so that many of us reach for the mineral stuff over their conventional makeup counterparts. Bellapierre is a great example of a brand who leads in the industry, always keeping their mineral formulations pure.

Being from natural sources, mineral makeup is much kinder to skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, rosacea or dermatitis that you then try to cover up with makeup, the chances are your current makeup isn’t doing your sensitive skin any favours. True mineral makeup won’t clog your pores, naturally filters UVA and UVB rays, and is free from skin irritants that are sometimes found in more traditional makeup. You may think that all that powder would feel heavy and dry on your skin, but in reality it’s quite the opposite! The minerals sit on your skin light as a feather even when built up to full coverage, not to mention staying put throughout the day and blending  in seamlessly so you’re not left with that dreaded caked on look! The beauty of ground up minerals is that due to the concentrated pure pigments, colour payoff is unrivalled, so a little will go a long way!

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However, what mineral makeup has to offer doesn’t start and end with powder. Bellapierre’s mascara inside the BBL box gives you the drama without the tears. Eyes are especially sensitive to any irritants, which is why I opt for a mineral option in that department too. Natural waxes nourish lashes instead of drying them out and without skimping on extra definition, length and thickness.


Top tip – Investing in a good set of brushes is key to enjoying the benefits of mineral makeup. Most important of all is a nice Kabuki Brush! Synthetic is usually best as they’re easier to clean and last longer.



WIN a Bourjois Beach Bag Essentials Kit worth over £100!
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

It’s around this time of year, when the weather is hotting up and your beach holiday is close approaching.

With a hot summer in mind Bourjois has cherry-picked a line-up of beauty beach bag essentials which you won’t want to be without. With lip crayons and bronzing products containing SPF, it’s easy to protect your skin whilst still looking beautiful. Smudged mascara under eyes is never a cool look so Bourjois’ NEW 1 Seconde Waterproof Mascara is the ultimate product for poolside or the beach to keep those under eye smudges at bay.

To celebrate The Glamour Beauty Edit, we are bringing you the chance to win your ultimate Bourjois Beauty Beach Bag Essentials!




The Prize 

– 1 Seconde Mascara Waterproof – RRP £9.99
– Color Boost – RRP £7.99
– Color Boost – RRP £7.99
– Contour Clubbing Waterproof – RRP £4.99
– Contour Clubbing Waterproof  – RRP £4.99
– Maxi Delight Bronzing Powder – RRP £8.99
– BB Bronzing Cream – RRP £9.99
– Bronzing Primer – RRP £9.99
– Bronzing Brush – RRP £4.99
– 1 Seconde Nail Polish – RRP £5.99
– 1 Seconde Nail Polish – RRP £5.99
– Cream Blush – RRP £7.99
– Happy Light Illuminating Primer – RRP £10.99

Prize worth £100.87


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How to rock cream blush with Bourjois Paris…
Monday, July 14th, 2014

When we think of blusher, what usually comes to mind is a big fluffy brush and beautiful pressed powder, but today we’re talking about cream blush. Before I delved into the world of cream blush, I always assumed blending it into my base would be a chore, and somehow it just wouldn’t look right. Oh how wrong I was!

The Bourjois Paris Cream Blush is the perfect place to start for beginners, although cream blush die-hards still go weak at the knees for it too. This cute little compact comes with a convenient mirror inside, and is easy to carry around without the risk of smashing in your makeup bag that comes with conventional blushes. To top it all off, the magnetic lid stops any grime getting inside! The cream to powder texture means you get ease of application with a flawless finish every time. I love the pretty coral shade 02 as my go to cheek colour for this summer as it’s light, playful and adds a healthy glow.




The best way to apply this is to skip the brush all together and just use your fingers. Once you’ve applied your base (i.e foundation, concealer, tinted moisturiser) dot the cream on your cheeks, concentrating most of the product at the apples, and blend outwards towards the ear. Important note – do this before applying any powdered products! It might look like a lot when you first put it on, but it soon settles and blends seamlessly with the skin to a natural looking flush.


To complete the look for summer, pair with a flick of blue eyeliner and peach lips! Are you a cream blush convert?



Tried and tested: Illamasqua’s new Glamore Nudes range…
Monday, July 7th, 2014

illamasqua nudes Illamasqua is a brand that knows how to do pigments like pros, so you can only imagine how fantastic the color spec in the new Nude Glamore Lipsticks range is. There are 7 delightful colours and you lucky ladies get one in your Glamour Boxes. So as many of you may be thinking…’What if I get a shade that’s not me!?’ here are a few tips on how to make the most of your lipstick.

Illamasqua swatches.docxLeft to right: Minx (pink toned), Buff, Starkers, Naked, Cherub, Rosepout (pink toned), Tease


If you feel the colour you receive may be too pale for you don’t stick it to the back of your makeup drawer, mix it with a lipgloss that is brighter and use it as a base. As I have a tan at the moment the one colour I found too pale was Tease. However, there’s ways of working around that!  Used with a brighter gloss (matted down with a touch of powder) or mixed with another lipstick, you can still benefit from the awesome texture of the lipstick. Adding a touch of red lippy to Tease would make for the perfect pink pout.

Minx or Cherub may be too bright as a nude on some skin types. The best way to amend and still use this is to fill your lips in with a nude liner of your choice and then pat some of the lipstick on over your lined lips. Doing this will add another dimension to your lip, whilst pushing yourself out of your comfort zone by using a colour you may never of thought you could pull off! Or you can always use it as a blusher!

I have recently fallen in love with brown lipsticks and glosses, which is why I would say Buff is one of my favourite lipsticks. Some of you may be slightly nervous by the depth of the brown, but tone it up or down using a lipgloss in peach. Believe it or not it also makes a great contour colour! Shhh!


Once you try your colour out and love it, I suggest you go out and buy the rest as there are 7 they make the perfect start to a summer day!

P.S. When applying lipstick I always suggest you prime (MAC prep and prime lip is awesome) and line, this way you don’t have to keep checking your lips you know they will last. The texture of the Illamasqua Glamore lipsticks help too as they are velvet finish so happy medium between matte and shiny.

I hope you guys love them as much as I do!


5 mins with…Leena Adesara | The Illamasqua Art Team
Monday, July 7th, 2014

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1.   In 5 short years Illamasqua have managed to achieve cult status where it has taken others decades to do so. What do you think has been the key to your success?

It’s all about the quality of our products and the service we provide. We don’t advertise anywhere because our products speak for themselves; high quality, super pigmented but easy to use. Our teams give out first class service, making your trip to Illamasqua a truly memorable one as we add that personal touch. We like to have a laugh with our clients! We listen and cater to their needs as well as showing them our perspective too. For us, education is so important and we make sure our clients always walk away with the power of knowing how to exactly use their chosen products.

2.    What would you say stands Illamasqua apart from the rest of the industry?

We don’t target a certain ‘type’ of client and truly are for anyone and everyone. You only have to look to our past campaigns which feature every genre, skin tone, race and age. Our products, which I like to call “pieces” because of their luxury nature, are so well made, super colour intense, easy to use and innovative. There is always something fresh and new with Illamasqua and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

3.   What would your advice be to anyone who wants to try a more dramatic, experimental look, but is worried about going overboard?

I love this kind of client! Experimental doesn’t necessarily mean going to the extremes and sporting green eyebrows! It’s about going out of your comfort zone, for example: “ok so you always wear a nude eye with a brown liner, lets change it up, let’s try navy liner and maybe a light bronze eyeshadow…navy will look great against your eye colour and will make the white of your eyes look whiter and brighter etc…”

However if you wanted to go for green eyebrows, then absolutely go for it! The training we give at Illamasqua is of a very high standard our artist’s will work out which shade and shape is best. We will educate you on colour as well as technique. For these type of more experimental consultations in store, ask for our level 3 or level 4 artists.

4.   We’re so excited to be launching the Glamore Nude lipstick range in our Glamour Beauty Edit box! What is your best tip to find a nude that suits your skin tone?

I am so excited for these lipsticks to launch and I know our Illamasqua Colour creatives and fans are too.

Cool or rosy skin tones: opt for a nude shade that has more of a pink to it versus brown- new Glamore lipsticks in Rosepout or Starkers would be perfect.

Warm or olive skin tones should opt for a nude shade that has more brown versus pink- new Glamore lipsticks in Tease, Naked and Buff would be perfect

For just a general neutral tone go for more coral, coral is a mixture of pink, orange and brown so new Glamore lipsticks in Cherub or Minx would be perfect.

5.   Okay, so we have the lipstick covered! How would you complete the look to compliment a nude lip?

It might be cliché, but a sexy smouldering smokey eye stands the test of time and is always a winner with a nude pout. Try Illamasqua precision gel liner as a base and team with our cult piece the Neutral palette, plus a set of number 14 lashes for extra volume. Bridget Bardot Classic Chic!

6.   Illamasqua products are very versatile. We’re big fans of your cruelty free synthetic brushes which can be used with cream and powder products. What are your must have multi-use products from the range?

It’s so hard for me to pick favourites, however, I do have a few must-have brushes that I couldn’t live without. My first pick is our Highlighter brush; it’s the most perfect short, soft buffing brush for all your buffing needs. I use it for foundation buffing, powder application, buffing contour, bronzer and of course highlighter. Our blending brush is the Rolls Royce of blending brushes. It blends creams, powders, and even wet eyeshadows like a dream! Smoulder brush – what did we do without it?! It’s quite new to our range, buffs your pencils, creates smouldering eyes and is great for details definition. Last but by no means least, the Smoothing brush is a must have. It smoothes concealer application to perfection, along with blurring out any hard edges on an eye look. I promise you will not look back once you use our brushes.




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