Illamasqua Launches at Bloomingdales W/ Live Artistry Experience From Creative Director, Alex Box

Earlier this month Illamasqua provided bloggers and editors with the rare opportunity to see Illamasqua’s creative director, Alex Box, do a live demo of her makeup artistry. These live demo events were just in time for the unveiling of Illamasqua at Bloomingdale stores in New York, Miami, New Jersey and Chicago. If you’ve ever seen an artist at a live painting event then this is the same sort of concept. The model’s face was a blank canvas and Box did her thing in real time with a great soundtrack playing along; as the music got more lively and upbeat, so did her movements and strokes. It was definitely a great experience to watch, especially when she surprised us all and slashed blue color all over what we thought would just be a pretty, but very sculpted face. We should have known better. See her process in pictures below:

No longer only at Sephora, Illamasqua in the US can now be purchased at Bloomingdales counters in Chicago, Short Hills New Jersey, Miami, and 59th, Soho and Huntington LI Bloomingdale stores so, be sure to check Illamasqua out there and shop the new Sacred Hour collection.

***Thanks to Beauty Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for attending the Illamasqua Event with me and covering for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

NYC EVENT ALERT | Julian Kynaston & Alex Box Celebrate Illamasqua Launch at Bloomingdales

Ready for a rare and unique beauty experience beauty lovers? On Thursday, October 10th, from 6:30pm – 8pm, Illamasqua and Bloomingdales 59th Street invite you to see the amazing Alex Box, Creative Director of Illamasqua, in action with a live performance where she transports three models from plain Jane into their most daring alter-egos. The event will also give you, dear beauty lovers, to celebrate the launch of this cult British makeup brand at Bloomingdales and the latest collection from Illamasqua, Sacred Hour.

Also on hand will be the event’s host, Julian Kynaston, Founder of Illamasqua and the man who created the concept of a professional make-up brand that celebrates self-expression. So if you’re a fan of this exciting brand or you want to know more abut it, head over to Bloomingdales 59th Street for this uber cool event.

Beauty Buy | Illamasqua’s Raindrops Nail Varnishes Now Available at Sephora

Have you been dying with envy over the fact that only British beauty addicts have been enjoying Illamasqua’s coveted Raindrops and Pink Raindrops nail varnishes? Well my fellow US-based beauty lovers, that time is now over for both Raindrops are now available at Sephora.com. We finally get to delight ourselves in these coveted nail varnishes which feature a sheer finish with lightly reflective silver glimmer.

To celebrate this exciting new launch, Illamasqua US Nail Ambassador, Fleury Rose, shares two edgy DIY designs inspired by two-tone nail art – a hot (and rather easy) new trend for a sophisticated, graphic look. See the nail looks and how to replicate them below:

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Illamasqua DIY Nail Art with Raindrops and Pink Raindrops by US Nail Ambassador Fleury Rose

1.) Prep nail by removing old polish, filing, buffing, and applying a thin coat of Illamasqua Base Coat
2.) Apply two coats of your preferred Raindrops polish, and let dry 5-10 minutes
3.) Apply a swipe of your complimentary polish in Caress (cornflower blue) or Harem (bright mauve pink) to the smallest end of a wedge makeup sponge and gently dab at an angle creating a straight diagonal line. (pro tip: This is a great technique to create easy color block nails!)
4.) Apply another swipe of polish, and dab the nail creating another diagonal line which connects at the tip of the nail. There should be a triangle of your Raindrops color visible at the center of the nail.
5.) Repeat on all nails, and go back in with more polish on the sponge filling in the side triangles till opaque. Allow to dry 5-10 minutes.
6.) Dip a very fine pointed brush in Nail Varnish in Scorch (white), and wipe excess off on edge of the bottle. Carefully outline each nail with a thin line. Repeat on each nail.
7.) Allow nails to dry 5-10 minutes before applying a top coat.

Raindrops and Pink Raindrops are available at www.sephora.com. Get them before they’re gone.

Color Coordination | Illamasqua Nails and ICU Eyewear Sunnies

There’s a huge trend going on right now which has everyone matching their nails to more than just their outfits. These days, you can rock nails that match your handbags, shoes makeup, or accessories. Since sunnies are one of the must-have accessories for summer, why not have them match your nail color? Think of the fun you can have. Illamasqua, a brand known for celebrating personality and individuality, and ICU Eyewear has several incredible colors that coordinate and compliment each other perfectly. Both brands have an amazing variety of colors, some of which are featured below – so many choices, it’s difficult to choose a favorite.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Alarm
ICU Crystal w/Wavy Temples Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Gamma
ICU Crystal w/Metal Temples Gold

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Harem
ICU Crystal Pink/Black

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Prism
ICU Crystal w/Outsides Spray

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Purity
ICU Black with Metallic Temples Pumpkin

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Superstition
ICU Modern Classic Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Swinger
ICU Retro Speckles Brown

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Venous
ICU Crystal Green

Luckily you don’t have to choose. Because ICU Eyewear is so affordable, you can mix and match several of the eyewear styles to your Illamasqua nail varnishes. With eyewear styles retailing for only $21.95, you can switch up your look all season long. 

Illamasqua Launches Summer Collection – PARANORMAL

Are you ready for a little Paranormal beauty? Illamasqua, known to already push the beauty boundaries with out-of-this-world makeup, introduces the Paranormal Collection, a uber-vivid collection that challenges you to embrace the supernatural with unexpected textures, formulas and colors.

Illamasqua’s US Nail Ambassador Fleury Rose and US Brand Ambassador Joshua Heald, was on hand to introduce us to the extrasensory collection which includes the Limited Edition Paranormal UV Nail Varnishes – $17.00 each

Three new shades and top coat that not only offers bold, vibrant colors but also glow under UV black light revealing an alternate, color and paranormal effect. The four varnishes are Omen (Paranormal Bright Green), Seance (Paranormal Bright Violet), Ouija (Paranormal Bright Pink) and Geist (Paranormal Clear/Glow).

the Paranormal Palette – $46.50

With it’s unexpected texture and unique formula of water resistant eyeshadow colors that provides a silky consistency with a soft powdery finish for effortless application and blending. This amazing multitasking shadow (it also works great as a lipstick) contains spherical fine particle silicone, which provides easy use and long wear. The four colors include Paranormal (Vivid Cerise), Possession (Cool Green), Aura (Warm Copper) and Trance (Soft Violet).

the New Gleam – $26.00

This lightweight highlighter, available in new Supernatural (warm bronze), a new darker tone (Aurora, a champagne-tinted hue launched last season) with golden iridescent color lifts, highlights and creates a halo of extraordinary light wherever applied. Also in the collection is the previously launched Precision Ink Liquid Liner in Scribe (pure white).

You won’t have to wait long for this extraordinary collection, it is available at Sephora and www.sephora.com starting April 30th.

Spring Perfection | Illamasqua’s I’mperfection Collection

Spring is just a few week away and there are several things to look forward to – warmer weather, beautiful blooms, new wardrobe additions and of course new beauty items from Illamasqua. The avant-garde beauty brand launches I’mperfection Collection – a collection of stunning blushes, nail lacquers, lip colors and an innovative blush brush that celebrates your imperfections. The collection encourages you to showcase what other brands encourage you to cover up. “So show off your freckles. Make beauty spots more beautiful. Shine a light on your birthmarks. And be proud of your scars.” – Illamasqua

The Limited Edition Speckled Nail Varnish ($16.00), available in five colors – Speckle (lilac speckle), Mottle (green speckle), Fragile (blue speckle), Scarce (pink speckle) and Freckle (neutral speckle) is inspired by the spotted markings on the eggs of birds. The speckled nail varnish is a long-wearing, chip-resistant and like all of Illamasqua’s beauty products, highly pigmented.

The new highly pigmented Powder Blushers ($26.00) features intense color with a matte finish that can be used dry or wet for a bolder look. The beauty of this blush is you can build from a subtle shade to intense color providing you with several variations from one color. The blushes, which comes in 16 colors, can also double as an eyeshadow with neutral colors perfect as a matte bronzer or contouring powder.

The Blush Up Brush ($40.00) is the perfect companion to Illamasqua’s powder blushes. This innovative brush features an innovative ellipse shaped head that is designed to “tuck directly under the cheekbone.” Achieve the perfect brush strokes with the Blush up Brush as you sweep your blush up and across your cheekbone.

Illamasqua introduces a new bright pink hue, Immodest, to their already amazing Lipstick Collection ($24.00). This high-pigmented lipstick gives intense color with a matte finish for a non-stop, all-day sexy pout.

The innovation of the L’imperection Collection isn’t limited to the nail varnishes and blush brush – you can created an amazing speckled eyeliner (featured above) with Illamasqua’s Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner ($27.50) in Scribe (white) and Abyss (glossy black).

We had the pleasure of learning about all these new products from David Horne, Director of Product Development and creative genius behind Illamasqua. He is a genius you can’t help but love because he is so open to listening to his customers, celebrating unconventional beauty and breaking beauty boundaries.

Check out some video of David Horne using the Blush Up Brush on one of the preview’s attendees

The Illamasqua l’mperfection Collection is available now on www.sephora.com, and in Sephora and Sephora at jcpenney stores.

Be a True Blue Beauty with Illamasqua’s New Blue Nail Varnishes

For nail color, the fall season is all about being blue. Shades of blue adorn the talons of stylemakers and trendsetters on city streets everywhere. Illamasqua will keep you a true blue beauty with the two editions to their beloved Illamasqua Nail Varnish Collection – Noble (cornflower blue) and Cameo (turquoise blue).

Illamasqua’s Director of Product Development, David Horne specifically mixed these two complimentary hues to compliment Illamasqua’s range of over 50 bold shades of chip resistant, long wearing nail varnishes. Illamasqua US Nail Ambassador, Fleury Rose suggests pairing the two colors together. Check out the tutorial video below

“It’s fun to play with the two shades together; I would recommend a modern french manicure or using Noble as an accent nail while painting the rest of the hand in Cameo. Blue nails just add the perfect pop of color! Featuring Illamasqua’s highly pigmented formulation both varnishes are true to color with just two coats, which is often hard to find in a blue varnish.” – Fleury Rose, Illamasqua US Nail Art Ambassador.

Noble and Cameo to be sold exclusively at Sephora, Sephora inside JCP and online at www.sephora.com from October 4, 2012 and retails for $14.00.