My beauty guardian angel Rose is absolutely revitalising my beauty life and I’m so excited for AW14. Rose is the beauty personal shopper at Selfridges Bullring – yes a personal shopper just for beauty. Woah. Rose is an expert of every counter and can pick out perfect product amongst hundreds in the hall, suiting any need or occasion you may have. And she’s just the loveliest doll ever, taking huge pride and joy in giving you a happy makeup bag, and she's from where I'm from!
Rose invited me to try out the latest Illamasqua launch exclusive to Selfridges with a makeover. I had a makeover once at Illamasqua for my 21st birthday night out and haven’t visited for a while as I’ve been through so many hair changes over the years, I wasn’t sure which colours suited me, and concentrated on more nude, neutral looks. Now I’m learning to be comfortable with a bright lip and feeling much more interested in a statement look with my lighter hair (which I need to sort out my roots and random red bits soon!!).
I work during the week but I had an upcoming Friday off work, so I booked in a slot the morning of V Festival! A full makeover before a festival? Indeed! I don’t go for the whole denim shorts/boho festival look and wanted to hit the first night at the fields looking awesome. It was just my luck that member of the actual Illamasqua Art Team, Clare Lille was at the counter that day, AND was a fellow fair redhead like myself!
Clare visits counters all over the world to advise the teams, and we chattered away about her recent Glastonbury trip and how you can certainly rock a smokey eye at a fest, which is precisely what I had!
I’m coming to the end of my Hoola bronzer and had a lovely time with NARS Laguna, but the new Sculpting Duo attracted me as a beautiful pigmented highlighter sits alongside in a curved palette with a generous, chunky mirror. I have a few odd highlighters in my collection but nothing to get me back into the swing of my cheekbones, which is something I want to incorporate into my AW14 makeup looks. I couldn’t resist buying it in memory of the makeover, so every time I used it I would remind myself to step up my makeup game.
I also loved the new Glamore Lipstick in Barefor a Kylie Jenner eat-your-heart-out pout. Who knew Illamasqua would do nudes so well! And new Brow Gel in Strike got my attention as I have nearly bought the Anastasia Dipbrow so many times, but I need to try out the shades first. There's only the one colour for Illamasqua at the moment but a light application suited me fine.
It's interesting to notice how the collection imagery is geared towards affluent visitors from the East visiting the UK during summer time, aka International Season, but the collection works well for all skintones seeking warm, rich tones and a luxe look.
Here's a full list of the products used:
Skin Base Foundation, 6.5
Skin Base Lift, Light 1
Powder, 010 Pressed
Eye Shadow Palette, Neutral Palett
Brow Gel, Strike
Eye Colouring Pencil, Von
Powder Blush, Naked Rose
Lip Colouring Pencil, Woo
And so off I tripped to V Festival, putting up my tent with so much shimmer, mud and rain were no issue!