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Last week the latest collection from Illamasqua rolled into town. Glamore is a fusion of colour, shimmer and texture. It’s also a collection that is accessible and likeable for all – there is nothing even a wallflower would be afraid of.
Three lipsticks and three nail colours complete the capsule collection. Today I am sharing the nail varnishes: Fire Rose (pink), Trilliant (champagne gold) and Marquise (orangey red with gold).
Illamasqua has created a new formula – Shattered Star, glitter with a very fine, textured matte finish. Glitter is usually my least favourite type of nail polish because I hate how it’s such a pain to remove but what’s won me over with the Shattered Star polishes is how flattering the appearance and texture is on the nail. It also distributes evenly (something which is quite difficult with regular glitter polish), chip-resistant and is fool-proof in application so I always do a neat job of it.
The fiery Marquise and the bubblegum pink Fire Rose are my favourites (and I’m not normally one for girlie pink colours). I hope Illamasqua develop more colours in the Shattered Star finish because I can foresee some other shades looking incredible (emerald green, please?)
The Shattered Star polishes are priced at £15 each.
It’s hard to believe fellow beauty blogger and make-up artist extraordinaire Frootibeauty held her first make-up master-class in March last year. Skip forward to last weekend which marked Safiyah’s second make-up master-class. A follow-up has been long overdue so when tickets went on sale a few weeks ago, it came as no surprise the limited places sold out pronto.
The venue was a brand new community hall in London’s Mile End – vastly spacious and bright to the pokey little salon in Hackney Safiyah struggled but coped magnificently with last year. There were 20 places (I think) set out in a kind of horse-shoe lay-out with chairs in the middle so we could watch Safiyah’s demo. I was armed with multiple eye palettes and much to my relief the guilt subsided the moment I saw Annie from Epiphanniea’s huge make-up box.
In Safiyah’s last class, the focus was on Arabic eye make-up with the use of the trusty Urban Decay Naked palette. This time the attention was on ramping it up a little bit with greens, something considerably daring for some of the girls who came to the class. Personally green on brown eyes is so flattering (as it is on other eye colours) so I was looking forward to what lay ahead.
I don’t think Safiyah could have been any more considerate and organised. A list of staple items was circulated beforehand and if anybody didn’t have one or two things, Safiyah had spares to loan.
The class was split into three parts: eye make-up, foundation and concealer and contouring. This order made sense as it’s easier tackling eye make-up (particularly bold looks) when there is potential fall-out and achieving a neater finish with adding foundation after. Throughout the session, she explained what tools to use and advice on which foundations, eyeshadows and other products from high end to high street delivered on quality and results, though it’s fair to say not everything will work for everyone. It is down to personal preferences and what suits you.
I ummed and ahhed for a good while before cracking open Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette, which had been lying dormant in my drawers for a few weeks. I picked 3 shades but also dipped into the two Naked palettes. The best trick Safiyah revealed was to apply a matte shade close to my skin tone to blend above the crease and make the appearance more seamless. This little nugget of information was the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle that no other make-up artist I’ve come across does. The advantage that Safiyah has is she understands darker skin tones because hey, it’s her job when she makes up countless Asian brides.
But back to my efforts. I almost had bouts of regret the moment I started packing on the colours and was unsure if the combination of the olive Stash and dark green Poison would stand out. I used Strike from Vice 2 in the inner corner and added Blackout from Naked 2 on the other corner for more definition. I also added Ambush from Vice 2 in the crease – the brown shade helped soften the greens.
With the natural daylight shining through the window behind me it didn’t look great and despite Safiyah’s positive reassurance, I wasn’t buying it. Well I should learn to trust her more because under artificial light and with some careful blending, the transformation took me by surprise. This is why Urban Decay’s my absolute favourite for eyeshadows. They’re rich in colour, buttery in consistency and a dream to work with. Please excuse the messy, long fringe – I’m due for a chop in a few days.
As we all played with our make-up, Safiyah moved around the room, answering questions and helping with applications. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials and read guides online yet there is something profoundly different about teaching in person, or perhaps it’s Safiyah’s calm and endearing style that doesn’t get lost in translation.
Getting recognition from Alex Box and Daniel Sandler is quite a major accomplishment. I’m impressed and proud at how many leaps and bounds Safiyah has taken from her last make-up class to this one which was pitch perfect. I predict a bright future for this aspiring young lady.
Here’s hoping Safiyah will run another class in the not too distant future. When she does, you’d best book your ticket fast.
*If you’re interested, the other products I used were Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil and Skin Base for the face, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner on the upper lash line and brows, Illamasqua’s duo blusher in Beg/Bronzerella and BareMinerals’ Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Maverick.
Just a quickie this time! Head over to Illamasqua’s site for an interview with me. I am thrilled to be their Beauty Spotlight feature this week, discussing my favourite products and recommendations. Thank you for choosing me, Illamasqua.