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My Illamasqua Makeup Buys


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You may remember a couple of weekends ago I mentioned that my finance and I were hosting a birthday/Halloween party at our house. I dressed up as a vampire, and as much as I love doing my own make-up I thought it would be a good opportunity to get my make-up done for me, as I didn’t have all the colours I would have wanted to use. I chose to visit my local Illamasqua counter as I’d heard very good things about the brand from my sister, and I’m sure glad I took her advice as the make-up was amazing. I was able to purchase some pieces up to the price of the makeover, so I picked an eyeshadow palette, a blusher and some false eyelashes. Here’s what I thought of my choices.

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Neutral Palette

I’m the sort of person who usually has a few eyeshadow palettes on the go at a time as I like to have a choice of colours, depending on my mood and the occasion. This palette provides a small selection of nude shades, with a mixture of shimmery and matte finishes, and it’s great if you want a lighter daytime look or darker nighttime feel. It allows you to create the perfect smoky eye effect, and as the colours are really pigmented you don’t need to use much.

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Powder Blusher in Sophie

I chose this piece as the Estee Lauder blusher that I’ve been using for the past couple of years is just coming to an end and I thought this would be a great replacement. It’s so pigmented that you only need a tiny amount to add a bit of colour to your cheeks, but you can layer it to create a more dramatic look, so it should last me just as look as my last. I much rather peach tone blushers than pink so this was a brilliant choice.

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False Eye Lashes in Doe

I absolutely love these dramatic eye lashes. They were a brilliant addition to my make-up look as they really made my eyes stand out. I think they would be a little too bold for a normal night out, but for occasions when I want to make an impact, they will be perfect. The glue provided was extra strong so there was no chance of them falling off, which meant I didn’t feel the need to keep it close to hand.

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