31 March 2011

Draw out your alter ego for the Springtime!

In celebration of the start of Spring, we wanted to showcase some of the best shades and pieces that Illamasqua has for this season!

From soft pastels, to the bold and brash, we have every shade of the spectrum covered so your alter ego can step into Spring with style.

Poisonous Pastels...

Cream Pigment in Bedaub

 Nail Varnish in Nudge

Powder Blusher in Katie

Medium Pencil in Coax

Shocking Brights...

Nail Varnish in Collide

Intense Lipgloss in Fierce

Powder Eye Shadow in Victim

Lipstick in Flare

Minimalist Nudes...

Precision Ink in Glister

Lipstick in Sonnet

Pure Pigment in Furore

30 March 2011

MILF Mother's Day Duo & a little something special for you too...

Within our ever-evolving range of colour-intense shades for the eyes, lips, face and body, there's the perfect Mother's Day gift just waiting for you at Illamasqua.com.

Our latest offering has been specially selected for Mother's Day. The MILF Duo, joins together two of our iconic products in one exclusive gift set.

Combining the deep purple of Intense Lipgloss in Move, with our award-winning Nail Varnish in MILF, a bright mint crème that embodies Spring in a bottle, you'll be forgiven if you can't help but keep this gift for yourself.

£22.00 Saving £4.50

Order by 12noon GMT Thursday 30th March and select UK Next Day Delivery at the checkout page, or by 12noon GMT Friday 1st April 2011 with UK Saturday Delivery to ensure your Mother's Day gift arrives in time.

For an extra special Illamasqua Mother’s Day, treat your Mum to a Transformation at any of our UK counters and we'll give you a Transformation on the house! The cost of Transformations are fully redeemable on Illamasqua products so you can even recreate the look at home. Click here for details on how to book.

Kelly Cutrone's Melbourne visit...

After an amazing welcome for Kelly Cutrone at her book signing in Melbourne last week, Illamasqua have teamed up with one of Australia's biggest bloggers for a write-up...

What do you get when you combine an amazing cult make-up brand, a New York PR powerhouse, and the launch of a really worthy cause?

Well the biggest in-store event in Myer Melbourne's history to put in mildly. On Wednesday March 23rd, a 400 strong crowd of fans gathered at the Illamasqua counter in Myer Melbourne City, to meet the one and only Kelly Cutrone, for the signing of her book "If You Have To Cry, Go Outside" and to celebrate the Australian launch of Illamasqua's charity S.O.P.H.I.E.

Before the actual book signing I was lucky enough to meet Kelly Cutrone, author and founder of PR firm People's Revolution, along with a group of other beauty bloggers for a chat and an interview. Being a huge fan of Kelly's, you do not know how much I was absolutely squealing in delight when I heard that we would be given this opportunity. With her no BS attitude and mission to help empower women, Kelly Cutrone is someone I wholeheartedly admire. 

During the interview and afterwards, signing copies of her book for us with personalized messages. Kelly had me, along with the other bloggers, completely enthralled with her charisma and confidence, yet she was so down to earth. She has an amazing wisdom about her which makes you hang onto every word she says and that's exactly what we did. She was entertaining, even going as far as putting on British accents when recounting the story of how she got involved with Illamasqua! 

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is something Kelly is proud to support as when she watched the short film about Sophie and her boyfriend Robert, it "just broke her heart". Upon viewing the film myself, it brought tears to my eyes and I'm sure many of you out there can definitely relate as well. Kelly, who is a single mother to daughter Ava, praises the work of the foundation and Sylvia Lancaster, Sophie's mother, who are trying hard to educate people about diversity and acceptance. Kelly is a strong, outspoken person and some 15 years ago even dressed similarly to Sophie, black clothes and long turquoise dreadlocks, making her a great ambassador for Illamasaqua and the S.O.P.H.I.E charity.

I'd like to thank Illamasqua and Kelly Cutrone for an amazing night. Kelly is a true rockstar and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is a wonderful cause. I'd also like to thank all those who attended that night, and those who have shown their support by watching the short film, purchasing S.O.P.H.I.E wristbands and/or the Illamasqua Sophie eye pencil. It is only through awareness and listenting to our inner voices, that we can truly be ourselves and help Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.

Click here to check out our lovely guest writers blog

29 March 2011

Toxic Nature...our regional teams have been inspired!

After the fabulous launch of our SS11 collection, our Illamasqua teams up and down the country have been creating some beautiful looks and adorning their counters with some very Toxic Nature themed pieces!

The collection has certainly inspired as they continue to experiment with the colours and mood behind Toxic Nature, we just had to share these shots with you...

Selfridges Birmingham counter

Debenhams Cardiff team

Selfridges Manchester counter

Debenhams Belfast make-up artists

Fenwick Newcastle team

What has had you inspired from our SS11 collection, Toxic Nature...?

25 March 2011

London College of Fashion show - we have 2 tickets to win!

Illamasqua have collaborated with London College of Fashion once again to showcase some of the finest talent emerging in London today…and to celebrate we have 2 must-have tickets to giveaway for their final show on Saturday 2nd April! To enter this competition simply leave a comment in the comment space below this post as to why you’d like to be there!

With Illamasqua providing the make-up for the shows and working closely with the team, we wanted to provide you with an insight into the show and the students who will feature within it…

From LCF - The Show

‘The Show is the culmination and wonderful celebration of the determination and hard work that has been invested by students and staff from across our three disciplines of Costume, Make-up and Prosthetics, and Technical Effects.

London College of Fashion is very proud of these students’ exceptionally talented creativity and making abilities, which they have brilliantly applied in a process which has engaged their energy, enthusiasm, humour, team work, confidence, ambition, resilience, and personal development skills to bring you this Show.’


Saturday 2nd April - tickets for sale to the public. £12.00
Venue: Cochrane theatre 

We will draw the winner of the 2 exclusive tickets on Wednesday 30th March so leave your comment and watch this space!

Alex and I will of course head down there to cover this fantastic show with some backstage shots and a write-up to share with you…

24 March 2011

Blogger fundraising team for Japan!

As the devastating events in Japan continue, a group of bloggers from the beauty community have come together to raise money by organising a sale and silent auction. This Saturday 26th March the team will host their event at the Horatia, 98-102 Holloway Road, London, N7 8JE and they would really appreciate your support in fundraising for this very deserved cause!

In aid of their fantastic idea and the time they have devoted, Illamasqua have donated a place on the Portrait of Creativity course for one lucky person and 3 of their friends to enjoy...so head down and enjoy the night!

An Interview with Melbourne's counter manager...Suzanne

Spotlight on: New Melbourne Counter Manager, Suzanne Rizk

Suzanne has recently joined Illamasqua (as in very recently, this week!) as their wonderful new Counter Manager. 

Tell us about yourself - how did you come to do make-up?

I've always had a passion for make-up.  Ever since I was a little girl I would raid my mother's make-up case and apply it in all the wrong places! Makeup wasn't something that I could afford to do full time. For the past eight years I've been an accounts manager, working Monday to Friday 9 – 5, and on weekends I would work as a freelance make-up artist. That's when I could unleash my creative side and where I felt most comfortable.

What attracted you to Illamasqua?

The images from the Art of Darkness Collection absolutely blew me away.  I felt so inspired - I had never seen anything like it!  After that I wanted to find out more and that was when I discovered Illamasqua and fell in love.  From that moment I knew that I had to be a part of the brand.  You can't compare Illamasqua to any other cosmetics brand in the world. It was so refreshing to discover something so professional and unique!

What are your favourite pieces from the Toxic Nature collection?

The cream pigments are my absolute favourites. I'm loving the simplicity of these formulations and how easy they are to work with. I'm also a huge fan of the fabulous Precision Ink in Glister, it's so original and fresh.

What are your Illamasqua favourites in your personal make up kit?

Illuminator in Halcyon - I can't do my makeup without this anymore. It's a great highlighter and I find that it works incredibly well as an eye primer. I'm always on the hunt for the best mascara and the Volume mascara in Harness is the perfect formulation for full, sexy lashes.  I also use Lipstick in Diablo for that edgy look that I love! 

Illuminator in Halcyon

What are your favourite must have Illamasqua pieces for Winter?

Nail Varnish in Stagnate is a definite must have. It’s the perfect shade for winter and goes with absolutely everything! Cream Pigment in Mould to create the perfect wintery smokey eye, and I also use this on the lips. And Powder Blusher in Beg to add warmth to the cheeks. 

Cream Pigment in Mould

What are you looking forward to for 2011?

Settling back in to Melbourne after being away for so long, embracing this new chapter of my life and of course ...rocking the Melbourne Illamasqua counter! 

23 March 2011

Haute and Illamasqua join forces again...

This Friday 25th March, Illamasqua will once again be in association with the fantastic Haute! club night. Rapidly becoming the hottest night in Shoreditch and home to some fabulous music and fabulous people...unleash those alter-egos and join us this Friday!

We wanted to share a little of the action from Haute! and Illamasqua's latest shoot...

The Illamasqua team behind the scenes

Head down to Concrete, Shoreditch for Haute! this Friday