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Illamasqua: Once


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There are two things to be happy about: it’s Friday and Illamasqua’s new collection Once* is out today.

Three new products define Once with a blusher – Naked Rose reissued from the 2012 Naked Strangers collection but there isn’t a lipstick in sight. Instead the main focus is on the eyes (always my favourite part which Illamasqua caters for spectacularly) with a subtle nod at the lips, cheeks and nails.


There are two new shades of their Sheer Lipgloss (£16.50) to coo over – Opulent (rainbow beige) and Exquisite (pink oyster). They shimmer beautifully and smell like candy.


One nail colour also features and it’s a stunning antique teal with very fine old gold glitter called Melange. It’s my second favourite from the collection, pipped to the post by the debut of three Vintage Metallic Eye Shadows (£16.50) in perfect autumnal shades.



Courtier is a dusky rose, Embellish is a rich cocoa and Bibelot is a rustic golden teal. I would best describe the Vintage Metallics as a cross between Illamasqua’s cream pigments and liquid metals as they give a fantastic shimmer yet have a cream-gel texture.


The packaging is identical to the Precision Gel Eye Liner pot, which enhances the look and feel of the product. In fact it looks premium with the rose gold lid, which perhaps is a sign that Illamasqua is moving in that direction.


Evidently these are my pick of the bunch and I have strong hopes this will be the start of a new line for the brand. I can picture a rich jewel colour like a deep purple or garnet – those would have me keeling over.

I won’t dwell too much on the blusher Naked Rose (£21.50) because for a brown girl like me, it’s wasted as it’s far but pale beauties like Do Not Refreeze and Tales of A Pale Face will love it.

Once is a thing of beauty and I believe it will have longterm lovers of the brand flocking towards it. Mind you, it’s not too obscure to frighten newcomers, I’d say it’s a gentle collection to lure you into the world of Illamasqua. And with that thought, I’m going to leave you with these incredible images.

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Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher is one of those products everyone should own. It’s a cult classic, in fact it’s Daniel’s hero product and there isn’t anything else quite like it.

Dabbing a drop on each cheek before blending it in, gives a lovely, luminous glow to the complexion that doesn’t fade or budge and a little bit truly goes a long way.

The watery formula (which is silicone-free) contains Vitamin E and Jojoba to nourish and enhance skin, and is a welcome alternative to powder and cream. The blusher is also versatile enough to be blended with other shades as well as layered on for a more intense colour. Mama Shaikh who has terribly dry skin loves this.

So yeah, where was I? Oh right, Daniel’s new Watercolour Blush. It’s called Joy, it’s a girly pastel pink with a subtle shimmer and £5 from every bottle sold goes straight to Macmillan Cancer Support. When you think that a bottle costs £15.50, that’s almost a third going to a cause we all feel very strongly about.


Truthfully I steer clear of pastel pinks but Joy gives my skin tone a natural flush of colour, almost as if my cheeks have been pinched but in a nice way – not like when your aunty or uncle would pull too hard. I’ve also mixed Joy with my favourite Watercolour Fluid Blusher, Spicey which makes for a warm peach.

Any way, this is Joy on its own in natural daylight (before I went to work) and in artificial light (but without flash):

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Crap. I look like a blow-fish. And I went a bit crazy with Joy in the second picture. (I was knackered, OK? And if you can get past the blow-fish thing then you’re very kind.)

Joy is limited edition – in fact only 300 bottles have been made so if you want to grab a one-off, you’d better get your skates on. I ordered mine directly from Daniel’s website so perhaps that figure is closer to 299 instead.