This weeks challenge was “Glitter” and while I was almost going to take the easy route and do a glitter manicure (I actually did do one for Manicure Monday this week if you want to check that out). I thought “NO!” I’m doing these weekly challenges to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone with my makeup.
While the look may not be too “out there”, it’s not something i’d wear up the street to do the shopping.
I started using my favourite glittery product which is the Illamasqua Pigment in Ore, but once I’d blended it into the lid with a couple of shades from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Bootycall & Tease) the glitter disappeared and I was left with a “shimmer”. This does not fulfil the brief (I totally got that line from my Project Runway obsession!). To bring a little more sparkle to my lids I went to the rarely touched NYX Pigments section of my makeup collection and chose one of the glitters I have in the shade “Gold” and simply wet it and pressed it on top of my black eyeliner (with an awfully done wing… I’m still practicing/perfecting that!).
The rest of my face was using products from my August Makeup Edit, except for the new kid on the block the Maybelline Color Whisper in Mad for Magenta.
First off big huge gigantic props to Illamasqua for taking a stand and dropping the prices of their products in Australia and looking at the new prices, they are now marked similarly to some of our so called drug store brands! So go forth and buy some amazing products just like I did.
I had a myer voucher that I wanted to spend and I had my eye on MAC Impassioned lipstick, couldn’t find it so went over to Illamasqua to check out the new Generation Q
collection…Hello Beautiful! The first thing I swatched was the S.O.P.H.I.E. blush, a gorgeous golden coral shimmer (quite similar to NARS Orgasm but not quite as pink). It is honestly the perfect summer blush, and like all Illamasqua blushes i’ve experienced it’s highly pigmented, easy to blend and goes on like a dream! In my hot little hand it goes!
Then I walked around looking at other things when one of the makeup artists said to check out the new Gleam product (a cream highlighter) in the shade Aurora, she said all the things it did and how it was a multitasking product. SOLD! Taking it home and trying it, it is everything she said and more… this is my perfect highlighter! Subtle with a slight gold sheen i pop this on the high points of my face to give that nice glow, I’ve also worn it under my makeup to make it a bit more dewey.
Both products were $28AUD each, prior to this a blush from Illamasqua would set you back $42!
Here is a look I wore recently on a night out using both products!
Product Disclosure – Products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own!