Saturday, 13 July 2013

Illamasqua sale top picks

Hello beauts!


Hope your all well. As you all must have figured out by now, I'm a huge Illamasqua fan! Love their products so much which is why most of my looks contain a high percentage of their products. Illamasqua regulary do a sale; winter, summer- just like the clothing shops. It's a great opportunity to try some of their products if you haven't before and things are so cheap starting from £5! It's also great if you love a good bargain and want to add lots more makeup to your bag. 

Here are my top picks which I think are an absolute bargain and amazing products...

1. Medium pencil in 'Vow' £5 (RRP £13)

This product is a off white creamy pencil. Illamasqua describe it as a 'cool apricot yellow'. This pencil is amazing to open up the eyes when applied to the waterline. Instead of the typical white, it gives a more natural, doll eyed effect. Perfect for summer to brighten up those eyes! It would also be good as a base for eyeshadow (drawn on the lid and then blended out) or to highlight around the brows or brow bone- even as a nude lipliner if you have really fair skin! Or you could use it as a base to lighten up any lipstick shades.

2. Medium pencil in 'Debonair' £5 (RRP £13)

I love this bright blue shade! Amazing summer colour. You could wear it with a neutral eye in the waterline to add a pop or smudge it underneath your lashes. I love that Illamasqua medium pencils are so creamy which means you can draw and smudge- use it as an eyeshadow base for a bright blue smoky eye or create a winged liner.

3. Cream pigment in 'Androgen' £7.50 (RRP £17.50)

Illamasqua describe this colour as a coral. Androgen actually comes across more pinky and salmmony to me- but coral is a good summary! I actually love this pigment for combatting really dark circles. Salmon/peach combat blue and purple tones underneath the eyes. It can also help to brighten up the area- but beware because a small amount goes a really long way! I would reccomend either buffing a tiny amount before concealor with a blending brush or after, right where you can see the discolouration. Cream pigment in Androgen is also so amazing as a peachy coral matt lipstick or a cream blush! It works amazing as a base for pink shadow too.

4. Intense lipgloss in 'Succubus' £7.50 (RRP £14.50)

This lipgloss is so beautiful. Illamasqua intense lip glosses are like a liquid lipstick- they are so pigmented. This blood red gloss is perfect for achieving the hollywood glam look. A blood red is blue toned so suits most skintones. You can layer it over a matt lipstick for even more intensity and an all night wear.

5. Cream blusher in 'Seduce' £10 (RRP £18)

If you love a rosey pink blush then this is perfect for you. A tiny- literally a touch goes a very long way. Illamasqua cream blushes are insanely pigmented but blend so easy. I love that you can build it up to be a very rosy pink or apply the tiniest amount for a nice flush. Its great for everyday because it is so easy to apply with fingertips and leaves a lovely dewy finish. It can be layered with powder blusher for a more intense look. Personally this is my favourite for everyday and when I am in a hurry- looks so fresh, effortless and takes seconds to apply and blend.

6. Precision ink in 'Havoc' £10 (RRP £18)

This deep aubergine, purple/brown liquid liner is an amazing alternative to the classic black liner. The precision inks come with pointed sponge applicators allowing you to create the perfect flick. They have an amazing long wearing formula which is perfect for these hot summer days. The colour is very appealing- so unique and really adds a pop to your eyes without being too daring.

Did you buy anything from the Illamasqua sale? 

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Desio eyes contact lenses review/impressions

Hi beauts!

Oh my... It has been such a long time since I last blogged! If you have been following me on my Instagram/Facebook/Twitter you will see that I have been working on makeup looks like mad. I have also had exams so now they are done with- back to the blogging, yeay!

I came across a brand called Desio eyes on Instagram. Their contact lenses are by far the best I have seen- they look so natural. Apparantly they are made for dark brown eyes, so I was very eager to see how they would show up on mine. Desio sent me some samples to try and I chose the colours creamy beige (light grey) and desert dream (light/medium green). Desio are based in Italy and very established in the UAE with stores all over.

Contact lenses come in these little plastic covers with solution and in
the little pink cardboard carrier
Desert dream (left), Creamy beige (right)

I was also sent some advertising leaflets by Desio with a basic colour guide for other lenses. Often contact lenses do not show up true to colour on dark brown eyes as the pigment is so strong- but I am super impressed with these! Totally live up to my expectations.

Here are some snaps with the contact lenses in- look how opaque and natural looking they are!




These lenses are so super easy to apply! They are quite a thin lens compared to other lenses I have tried in the past making them so easy to pop in and also give your eye enough oxygen when wearing them.


Because the lenses are so thin you don't even feel as though you have them in after application. I have had them in for more than 8 hours and they don't make my eyes feel heavy or achey like other lenses have done in the past.


These lenses are definitely luxury! I love how they don't have a heavy black line around them. They are crafted so beautifully that they actually look like your real eyes. I have had so many compliments on them and you can only tell they are lenses when looking very closely.

These lenses are also available with a prescription. Prices are as follows...
-Plano (nothing) up to -6,00 is 34 euro (£29)
-Powers over -6,00 and positive is 44 euro (£37.30)

The lenses have a life of about 3 months- but personally I don't wear them everyday only for my looks and occasions so I would give them a bit longer.


The lenses unfortunately don't come with a lens case. For the price I do think they should! However for luxury lenses which look completely natural I don't think £29 is a bad price. I have seen some really false looking and plasticy lenses on the high street for £15. So £29 sounds good to me! Especially because they look so good and gain so many compliments. Available to purchase from

Keep a look out on my Instagram/Fb/Twitter for more Desio contact lenses and looks I have created with them!