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Celebrate Glamore with Illamasqua

Lip Focus - Lilac with Lipsticks

Immerse yourself in a world of timeless textures, bold shades, and strong definition. Illamasqua’s latest collection is glamour in all its glory! Last night we celebrated the line launch at Bloomingdale’s, for a full introduction to

Master Class with Alex Box (Plus What’s NEW at Illamasqua!)

Illamasqua Alex Box

If you ever have the opportunity to watch Illamasqua’s Creative Director, Alex Box do makeup — take it! On Friday night, I joined Illamasqua at their new home at Bloomingdales SoHo for an interactive masterclass hosted by Alex Box using the brands new The Sacred Hour collection. With an

Illamasqua Launches I’MPERFECTION Nail Collection

For the launch of Illamasqua’s Spring 2013 collection, titled  I’MPERFECTION, the brand is taking perfection from imperfection. Or rather encouraging fans to highlight what other brands encourage you to cover up; release your scars, show off your freckles… (Which I’m guilty of — I cover up my beauty marks.) So it’s perfectly fitting, I take to a collection of nail varnishes that are clustered in marks (it’s a good first step, release the nails, and work towards the face).


I’mperfection consists of 5 new, limited edition speckled nail varnishes ($16) in shades In Fragile (blue), In Speckle (purple), In Mottle (green), In Scarce (pink) and In Freckle (brown). I’m very

Makeovers with Illamasqua

Since making a splash state side with an exclusive partnership with Sephora; the UK beauty line Illamasqua, known for it’s dramatic looks and subversive inspiration, offers a wide variety of unique shades, professional finishes, and versatile application options.  After posting about the nail varnish, and loving it last month– I was excited to play with the rest of the color line.  Lucky for me the team was invited to meet with product development head David Horne and learn about the line, complete with make-up application.

Makeup artist, Kim Anderson took the lead and gave me a natural,  daytime shimmery look, focusing on my eyes for extra emphasis.

Me, Illamasqua Make-Up Artist Kim Anderson, and Lara

After using Satin Primer on my face and applying Rich Liquid Foundation, Kim went to work on my eyes using a mix of Powder Eye Shadow in Fatal and Cream Pigment Eye Shadow in Mould to create a look that was intense in color but muted in tone and finish. After succeeding in making my eyes intensely green by using a shadow with purple in it, she highlighted my cheeks with Cream Blusher in Rude (the brands top seller).

Sharing a few tricks of the trade (that I will be using from now on) she rubbed the heel of her hand in the cream blush and applied it to my cheeks, she then blended it with the opposite side of her hand creating a perfectly symmetrical look. I really like the Rude blush shade as it’s so versatile and works on so many different skin

Anything but a Faux Pas: Illamasqua Nail Varnish

Pretty Connected contributor, Elizabeth Borenstein finds a new nail polish line to add to her collection…

Illamasqua shades Kink and Faus Pax

Nail polish changed my life the day it stopped me from biting my nails. This obsession with painted nails took on a whole new level when I was treated to a nail art manicure by the supremely talented Miss Pop of www.misspopnail.tumblr.com (check out her site and prepare to be amazed!).

As soon as I received lllamasqua nail varnishes in shades Faux Pas (blue violet) and Kink (bottle green) I promptly ran over to visit Miss Pop and get the skinny on what she thought about the new formula, which promises a “unique rubbery finish”.

Manicure by Miss Pop

After sampling the nail varnish and working her artistic magic Miss Pop gave her seal of approval,

“Great brush, polish applies evenly, and the color is rich and unique-you only really need one coat (although they recommend two). The finish is not matte or shiny it falls somewhere in the middle, it’s like nothing I have seen before.”

I agree. I love the shades (I’m so into muted jewel-tones at the moment) and the finish, and after wearing the polish for a few days I noticed my nails felt stronger and grew faster than with regular polish.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish ($14) is available exclusively at Sephora

DISCLAIMER: A complimentary sample of Illamasqua was given to Pretty Connected for post consideration. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review.