Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Powder Blush In Katie and Tremble

Hey Guys,

Sorry for the lack of posts but my Maters Thesis and Halloween has been totally distracting me!! Talking about Halloween, I hope you’ve all had an amazing one!! Check out my instagram @binkydiamonds to see my costume and some pics from my annual Halloween Party!!!

On to what were really here for….Blush!! I cant believe I’ve never talked about the Illamasqua powder blushes before on the blog, how blasphemous considering all their glory LOL. I only have two (and swatched all the shades several times in stores too!!) but wow are they amazing. So I thought I would share what I love about the two that I own: Katie and Tremble ($26 each, available at sephora and asos.com)

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_Katie_Tremble_1The packaging is rather simple, made from sleek black plastic with a clear lid. It is very sturdy packaging and the lid closes nice and firmly. It is a bit bulky though, its about the size of my palm.

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_Katie_TrembleKatie is a super light pastel pink with a matte finish. OMG this is the softest smoothest blush I’ve ever owned. The texture is like butter, it blends extremely smoothly on the cheeks and lasts for approximately 9 hours. I especially love this shade for winter. It gives a beautiful light flushed cheek. Its a great for fair skin tones, although its pigmented the color is rather muted and can be sheered out easily.

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_KatieIllamasqua_blush_swatches_KatieTremble is a matte coral pink. This shade is also extremely smooth and buttery. the pigmentation is amazing, as is the longevity at about 9 hours of wear with minimal fading. This shade is rather powerful and can be a bit harsh on fair to light skin tones but is easily sheered out for a light hint of pink. Of course this would look amazing on darker skin tones.

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_Tremble1IMG_8772THE VERDICT:

5/5 for both of these amazing powder blushes. The texture is so smooth and blendable, the pigmentation is amazing, and the longevity is great on both. The only downside is the slightly bulky packaging. But all of its amazingess totally makes up for that!!

Have any of you tried the Illamsqua powder blushes? Any recommendations on the shades I should check out? Im heading to London soon so I’ll be looking for more to add to my collection ๐Ÿ˜€

Hugs from Beauty Land

Working The Michael Kors Beauty Launch plus Mini Review & Swatches

Hey Guys,

Im so sorry I havent really been around, Ive been super busy preparing for my masters thesis and my up and coming fieldwork tripย  (which I’m leaving for in less then a week eeekkkk!!!!!). Apart from that I also had the amazing opportunity to work at the Michael Kors Beauty launch in Magasin Du Nord located in Copenhagen last weekend. The hours were long but boy oh boy did I have a fab time ๐Ÿ˜€

MichaelKors_beauty_launch_copenhagenIt was absolutely amazing. Not only did I pick up a few products for myself I got to apply all the gorgeous bronzers, polishes, and lip products to some lovely ladies.ย  Plus I worked with some fantastic girlies that made the experience that much better.

The beauty line is split up into three themes that each have corresponding makeup and fragrance: Sporty, Sexy, Glam. The concept behind the themes is really cool. Its meant to symbolize the diverse sides of being a woman and how we don’t just encapsulate one side but all interchangeably.

MichaelKors_Beauty_SportyThis is the Sporty display, It consists of gorgeous nude lip and nail products, a beautiful bronzer, and a light citrus-y perfume.

MichaelKors_Beauty_SexyThe Sexy products are full of vibrant reds and pinks with a a shimmery golden bronzer. The fragrance is warm and rich with notes of amber. This is my favorite fragrance out of the three. Its meant to emulate the feeling of wearing cashmere on a cold autumn day…and wow does it sure feel like it ๐Ÿ˜€

MichaelKors_Beauty_GlamMichaelKors_Beauty_Glam2The Glam products are just as beautiful at the others. This theme is more vampy and risque boasting gorgeous plums and burgundys. The bronzer is also packed with golden shimmer perfect for a bronzed goddess look. The perfume in this range is rather floral with strong notes of jasmine.

As you can see the display and stands are spot on, super classy and very stylish. I’m loving the metallic gold detailing. Oh and we cant forget how pretty the packaging is. Its so sleek and looks/feels super expensive!! Now you might be wondering how do these products actually preform? Well keep reading and you’ll find out ๐Ÿ˜€

Michael_Kors_BeautyI picked up a a bronzer, two lip glosses, a nail polish and a perfume from different themes.

Michael_Kors_BeautyMichael_Kors_Beauty_Glowbronzer2I picked up the Sporty Bronzed Powder in Glowย ($50). This was the least shimmery of the three. It has a hint of fine shimmer in it but doesn’t translate on the skin as such. It gives a nice satin/demi-matte finish. The texture is really soft and smooth and its super easy to blend. The pigmentation isn’t insane but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes its good to have less pigmented cheek products as its easier to build then it is to erase!! I’m really loving this guy, its not orange or muddy on the skin and it just gives a natural glow. The packaging is a bit big and bulky but its so beautiful that I don’t really care!!!

Michael_Kors_Beauty_GlamPolishMichael_Kors_Beauty_glampolish_desireI knew I wanted a nail polish so I went with this super rich and dark chocolate brown. Its the Glam Nail Lacquer in Desire ($18). This is such a unique shade, its almost black but not as harsh. It applies beautifully and opaquely in 2 coats. It also has really good longevity lasting about 4 days before chipping (which is pretty long for me!!). The brush is a tad on the thin side but I made it work by loading on the product to the brush.

Michael_Kors_Beauty_sexy_museOf course I picked up some lip products. I went for the Sporty Lip Luster in Muse ($24). Its a really light peach with gold shimmer and glitter. Its more on the sheer side and isn’t super pigmentedย  but that just makes it an easy to use every day shade. The texture isn’t sticky but you can slightly feel the glitter but it isn’t uncomfortable. Unfortunately the picture doesn’t pick up on the amazing way it reflects light.

Michael_Kors_Beauty_sexy_sirenAnd it would have been straight blasphemy had I not picked up this powerful pink. Its the Sexy Lip Luster in Siren ($24). Its a pinky red packed with red and gold glitters. I wish you could see all its amaizngness, the glitter is wow in your face sparkly. The texture is sticky free and again there is a very slight grit due to the glitter but nothing horrible at all. The pigmentation is pretty insane on this one, opaque in one stroke. When you use the corresponding lipstick you really get a pow in the face statement lip.

Michael_Kors_Beauty_SExy+PerfumeI haven’t purchased a perfume in a while so I thought it was time to treat myself to a new fall fragrance. I went for the Sexy Amber Eau De Parfum ($50). Its a very warm and musky scent with notes of amber. I absolutely love this type of rich and heavy fragrance for fall and winter.

THE VERDICT:

4/5 for this beautiful beauty line. The nail polishes are great and easy to use. The lip products are wearable yet some also pack a punch, there’s definitely something for everybody. The bronzer in Glow is perfect for contouring while the others are pretty cheek and highlight shades. I would have to say that over all I’m pretty impressed. The packaging and quality of the products are great, not surprisingly as Estee Lauder is the company behind the brand so it’s expected ๐Ÿ˜€

Have any of you tried any of the products from the Michael Kors Beauty range..what are your thoughts? Would you try them?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review & Swatches: Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Guys,

Firstly, Happy Labor day to all my American friends ๐Ÿ˜€ Its officially the end of summer which means autumn is beginning. The thing I love about autumn is the cozy atmosphere, warm colors, and comfy knit wear. But most of all I love that I now get to play around with all my gorgeous emerald and metalic shades for the eyes, and bold, dark, wine stained shades for the lips ๐Ÿ˜€ So whats more fitting then showing you guys the much talked about Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette!? Today I’ll be showing you some swatches and giving a full review.

North American’s can find this palette at your nearest Too Faced counter ($46). For all my Europeans and Intenationals, you can purchase this item from the British retailer beautybay.com (36 British Pounds).

TooFaced_PrettyRebel_PaletteTooFaced_PrettyRebel_Palette_backWhat Too Faced say’s:

What It Is:

Even pretty girls break the rules. Be as rebel as you want to be with 10 powerful after-hours approved (and all new) shadows in the deepest jewel tones, the most bad ass metallics and one scene-stealing pink.

More To Love:

The Pretty Rebel Eye Shadow Palette comes in an extraordinary range of 10 new shades in stunning, high pigment formulations for rich color payoff. Pretty Rebel comes with our signature how-to Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

Now here’s an actual look at the shadows

TooFaced_PrettyRebel_1TooFaced_PrettyRebel_2TooFaced_PrettyRebel_3TooFaced_PrettyRebel_4Now for the swatches…

TooFaced_PrettyRebel_Palette_SwatchesTopRowDainty: Cream shade with a matte finish. Really pigmented and very smooth for such a light matte shade. Its perfect as a brow bone or inner corner highlight.

Charming: Cool toned brown with slight purple and mauve undertones in a matte finish. Swatches patchy and uneven but actually works really well in the crease for some definition or as a transition shade. Its pretty pigmented but a bit chalky and a tad bit rough in texture. Yet it was easy enough to blend.

Girly: Metallic green with a brown duo chrome. This is a way cool shade. I love these duo chrome shades. Its really pigmented, very smooth in texture and easy to blend. (Wet N’ Wild also has a similar shade in the Comfort Zone Palette that’s pretty insane).

Totally Fetched: Hot pink with a slight purple sheen and tiny tiny barley-there glitters. This is a majorly intense pink. The glitters are so fine you can barely see them so its more of a matte shade. Its super pigmented, easy to blend and has an ok smooth texture.

Miss Sparkles: Dark grey/black matte with blue glitters. This one is a bit chalky and decently pigmented (its not the darkest black or anything!!). The glitters totally show up and don’t seem to fall out too badly during wear.ย  This shade does look really cool on the lid as a great crease or outer V shade.

TooFaced_PrettyRebel_Palette_SwatchesBottomRowRingleader: Soft, pale, creamy-pink with slight gold shimmer. The swatch doesn’t do it justice but this is a really gorgeous shade and works lovely as an inner corner highlight or all over lid color: great pigmentation, blendability, and smooth buttery texture.

Gangster: Mossy copper toned brown with a metallic finish. Great color pay off, easy to blend and amazing texture.

Instigator: Metallic gold. I love this shade especially wet. Very metallic indeed, easy to blend and really pigmented. Again the texture is silky smooth on this one.

Baddass: Cool toned blue with silver glitter and shimmer. This is a really lovely blue with a silver reflex. Sorry if I’m being redundant but this one is really pigmented and super smooth too.

Jailbird: Metallic silver. Wow this guy is so intense, richly pigmented and buttery soft.

THE VERDICT:

4/5 for this palette. Firstly the packaging is really gorgeous. It’s so unique but still totally functional. The bottom shades were a major stand out. Every single one was pigmented, rich and smooth in texture and easy to blend. Unfortunately the top row lacked a little bit in terms of swatching. Although Charming and Ms. Sparkle swatched a little patchy and felt rougher in texture they actually work really nicely on the lid and are pretty pigmented…had these been a tad better in terms of texture then his palette would have gotten full marks ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s a look I did using Ringleader on the inner corner, Instigator on the lid, Totally Fetched in the crease and outer crease, Miss Sparkle on the outer-v, and Dainty on the brow bone…

Toofaced_PrettyRebel_lookAll in all this palette is Pretty Rebel LOL!!! Honestly, this is a great palette for anyone out there looking to splurge on an awsomely intense and highly metalic palette. The shades work really lovely on the lid and make for some really unique and wow looks ๐Ÿ˜€

Have any of you tried this palette??ย  What I’d love to hear your thoughts?

Hugs from Beauty Land