Friday, 21 October 2011

ILLAMASQUA Lipgloss Collection

" Illamasqua is for the bolder person hiding inside all of us. It is an act and an attitude. A symbol of tolerance. A celebration of idiosyncrasies. A confident statement of self-ownership.""
Illamasqua has to be my all time favourite make up brand. Not only for the intensity of pigmentation in every product or the daring colours, but also for the impressive quality of the products. If you're a follower, you will soon realise over time that I am absolutely besotted with Illamasqua!

Having turned all my friends into Illamasqua lovers, and virtually being on first name basis's with my local Illamasqua team, I can't stop but stare whenever I walk past the counter. 

I want to introduce you all to my collection of their lipglosses. I have 8 colours all together ranging in shades. For me they top many other brands due to their pigmentation and texture, they aren't as sticky as some other makes and last for hours on end.

Illamaqua have two types of glosses: 
  • intense lipgloss "Come out of the shadows with high-shine, colour-rich Illamasqua Intense    Lipgloss in a wide range of bold colours. Create lips that look full and glossy, without feeling sticky. Draw attention to your lips, and to you."
  • Sheer lipgloss "Super glossy, with a sensual, sheer colour designed to enhance your lips. Use Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss on its own or with Illamasqua Lipstick for added pout. Add a little more sexiness to your smile. "
These glosses can be applied with a lip brush, finger or just straight from the tube. The packaging is stylish and sleek with a squeezable plastic tube, to lure out product. 

Here is my collection!

From left to right - Femme (Intense Lipgloss). Indulge (Intense Lipgloss). Move (Intense Lipgloss). Divine (Sheer Lipgloss)

From bottom to top - Femme (Intense Lipgloss). Indulge (Intense Lipgloss). Move (Intense Lipgloss). Divine (Sheer Lipgloss)

From top to bottom - Lily-Rose (Sheer Lipgloss. Besotted (Intense Lipgloss). Electrify(Sheer Lipgloss). Soul (Sheer Lipgloss. 

From left to right  - Besotted (Intense Lipgloss) Lily-Rose (Sheer Lipgloss). Electrify(Sheer Lipgloss). Soul (Sheer Lipgloss. 
My Most Commonly Used: Electrify, Soul and Move as most natural colours for day to day wear.

My Favourites: Lily-Rose as can be used over both pink and red lipsticks. Indulge and Divine.

Both sheer and intense lip glosses are sold for £13, and are very much worth it! The tube holds a lot of product and lasts for ages. I thoroughly recommend them!

 ( P.S. I'm very excited as I have just received an email from Illamasqua giving me 15% off shopping online for next week as it is my 18th Birthday on monday because I am a member! I wonder where birthday money will be spent..)

:) xox

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Drugs Store Mascara Haul 1

Today I went to Boots the English equivalent of a drug store and bought some new bits and pieces. I bought, 
2 Barry M lip glosses
Aussie Aussome Volume and Conditioning Mousse
Aussie Aussome Texturising and Conditioning Gel Spray 
(reviews of these products coming soon)

However the main reason for my shop was to get some new mascara. So I bought these 3:
1) Boujois - Volumizer Mascara

This is a recently new product and has been raved about by many beauty gurus. So excitingly I picked it up in hope that it would be a new favourite. 
        This mascara has taken the 'two step' approach like many new mascaras have such as the Mac Haute & Naughty Lash. 

Bourjois Volumizer has two step brushes.
 STEP 1) The brush has a thin wand and a normal sized less bristly brush. This brush 'prepares for 3D volume' and is guaranteed 'clump free'. So I decided to put it to the test:
The Results: 

BEFORE                                               STEP 1 

Already after step one I noticed an instant lengthening effect on my lashes. It did exactly what it said in giving volume and being clump free, but it also separated beautifully, lengthened amazingly and prepared my lashes for step 2. 


This step also did as it was supposed to in creating colossal volume and length, and coating the lashes evenly. 

I can honestly say, this mascara was one of the best mascaras I have tried in a long time! It cost £10.49, which is on the slightly expensive side for a drug store mascara, but it is definitely worth it, as it is comparable if not better than many high end/designer mascaras, is surprisingly long lasting and is generally fabulous! 

Scores: 9/10

The second mascara I bought was from collection 200, and it was the Super Size Fat Lash Mascara. The main reason I picked this up was because it was cheap. A mere £2.99, which is possibly the cheapest I have ever seen a mascara being sold for. However I also bought it as i had been recently impressed with my Big Fake Flash Lash Effect Mascara.

This particular mascara promises to "SUPERSIZE YOUR LASHES" being a 'super volumising mascara, for big, bold lashes'. I have to say, for £2.99 I was sceptical! (colour Brown/Black)

The Test: 
BEFORE                                                                                                  AFTER

For me this mascara was better than I expected. It did not leave my lashes clumpy or stick, the consistency seem a little dry, so I can imagine it would dry out quickly. However it did elongate my eye lashes and provide some volume. I am unsure if i would buy this mascara again however as it cheap and does an alright job, but is not amazing.

Scores: 4/10

Lastly I also made a cheap purchase from collection 200 buying the Extreme Coloured Lengthening Mascara.

This mascara promises "high shine vibrant colour lengthening mascara for bright eyes that pop!'. Despite this I bought it in black for practical reasons.

This mascara was the biggest disappointment out of all the buys, and did live up to the £.2.99 price tag!

The Test:      

I found this fluid extremely dry and it felt like the bottle had already run out and had been opened a year ago! It did clump slightly and did not provide any amazing volume or last long. I would be tempted to try the bright blue mascara they do in this make, but would not go back to this mascara in black.

Score: 2/10

A Little Bit About Me...

Hi, my name is Harriet,
I'm 17, live in the north east and admit I am a little bit obsessed with make up. I decided to start my own blog after becoming enthralled with popular beauty bloggers and and wanting to share a teenage girls point of view on the world of beauty!