Forget lingerie this Valentine’s Day… lingerie can make you feel fat and that’s simply not sexy. What makes me feel sexy? A fire engine red lip. Granted, not all reds are created equally. Many reds tend to look too orangey on me so I’ve always gone tore towards the berry side. But, I’ve always been searching for that perfect bombshell red — the color of lipstick I imagine Ingrid Bergman to have worn on her perfect pout. Alas, my search is over…
Illamasqua was kind enough to send me their “I’m the One” Collection, which includes Lip Pencil in Fiesty, Lipstick in Maneater, and Intense Lip Gloss in Touch. And I’ve gotta tell you, wearing all three products together — first outlining with the pencil, then applying the lipstick, and then adding a dollop of gloss to the center of my lower lip — makes magic happen.
The lip pencil has vivid color and glides on seamlessly. The lipstick is just to die for… I don’t have words. If you’re going to buy one item from this collection I’d go with the lipstick. Of course, I’m not a lip gloss girl. The publicist who sent this to me said she’s been wearing the lip pencil with the lip gloss over it and she’s in love. I will say this is the kind of lip gloss that could turn me — hydrating, intensely pigmented color with a subtle sparkle, and long lasting.
There is just something about this classic red lip that instantly transforms me from Janna in pajamas into sexy, sultry Janna in pajamas. Well, um of course I’m still wearing pajamas! Didn’t I explain the whole lingerie thing?? It’s all about the lip!!janna Tags Illamasqua, Lip Gloss, lipstick, Valentine's Day
Let’s face it, me being close to 5 months pregnant, very little can make me feel sexy these days. But, somehow the Illamasqua Lipstick in Box ($24) broke the “My face is so full I can’t look in the mirror” spell. When I’m wearing it I feel inspired to keep checking my reflection (as you can see from the photo below), pouting my lips at my husband, and feeling like I’m channeling a film noire temptress.
How did I discover it? Actually, I didn’t. My friend Jocelyn was over at the house, sipping wine (don’t worry… I had sparkling water but why should she be punished for my bun in the oven?) and raiding the beauty room. I love introducing friends like Jocelyn (a makeup artist and lash extension stylist) to the beauty room because they actually appreciate the masses of makeup and skincare, and I love sharing it with them! We were rapidly filling up Jocelyn’s beauty trick or treat bag when we started going through my hoards of makeup. She took the top off of the Illamasqua lipstick and gave me a quizzical look. I shot her back a look like, “What??”
“Janna, you’ve never used this,” she said as she twisted the lipstick up.
“Um, there are a lot of lipsticks I haven’t used in this room, Jocelyn.”
“Yeah, but this one would look really good on you. Try this on now!” she demanded as she handed me the lipstick.
There was no good reason why I hadn’t tried it except for that I probably have at least 100 lipsticks (no exaggeration) in my beauty room and in various handbags. It’s tough getting through them all! #beautybloggerproblems
I swiped on the lipstick and looked in the mirror. “Wow,” I said to my reflection. Jocelyn was right (and she knew it based on the look on her face). It made my lips look pouty and was the perfect shade of red for my skin tone and eye and hair color. Jocelyn gave me a quick I told you so in the form of, “See! This is going to be your new color!” She’s right.
If you’re ready to get your sex kitten on… the lipstick is a long-lasting matte so make sure you exfoliate your lips first and apply a balm at least 10 minutes before applying. But once you swipe on the lipstick you probably won’t have to touch up again for the night (unless of course you’re making out for hours on end because the lipstick makes you that irresistible).
Send me photos of yourself wearing the lipstick. I’m dying to see what it looks like on other people!
Posted by janna Tags Illamasqua, lipstick
For those of you who don’t intend to dress up for Halloween… Well, normally I would have you burned at the stake but I guess I’ll be a little more tolerant this year and let you creep by with some crazy ass nail art or Halloween-inspired polishes. (Please Note: If you are attending my Halloween party, this exception does not apply.)
British cult brand Illamasqua’s US Nail Art Ambassador Fleury Rose created these DIY nail art designs to get your talons ready for fright night:
EVIL EYE – Products Used: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorn ($14), Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorch ($14) and Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish Serenity ($14) (top coat optional) Tools Needed: Dotting tool like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10), tooth pick
1. After applying base coat, paint nails with two coats of Scorn black matte polish. Allow nails to dry for 3-5 minutes
2. Pour out a small amount of scorch onto tin foil. Dip the large end of a dotting tool into white polish and dot onto nail. Repeat step 3 times on each nail.
(Pro tip: if polish gets stringy, pour a fresh puddle of Scorn onto foil and continue process.) Allow white dots to dry 3-5 minutes.
3. Pour a small puddle of Serenity onto foil. With the small end of a dotting tool dip into rubber blue polish and dot in the very center of each white circle. Repeat on each nail. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes
4. Dip the point of a tooth pick into Scorn and gently dot a tiny black point into the center of each eye.
5. After drying add optional top coat for a shiny finish, or stay matte.
VAMPIRE’S KISS – Products Used: Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish Aorta ($14) and Illamasqua Nail Varnish Boosh ($14), Illamasqua Precision Ink Scribe 0.06 oz Tools Needed: Small brush like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10)
1. After applying Base coat, paint nails with two coats of Aorta and let dry 3-5 minutes
2. Dip small brush in Boosh, and paint a tiny triangle at the top of the nail. This will create the bow of the lips.
3. Next, paint an oval shape in the center of the red nail to create the opening of the mouth.
4. Allow to dry for 5 minutes (Pro tip: Allowing polish to dry before drawing on nail is very important, or you may smudge the whole thing and ruin your design!)
5. Draw on fangs and lip highlight with Precision ink in Scribe. Precision ink can be layered over its-self to create desired opacity of white.
6. Allow precision ink to dry 3-5 minutes and apply Top Coat.
WITCHING HOUR – Products Used: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Phallic ($14), Illamasqua Nail Varnish DWS ($14), Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorch 0.5 oz and Illamasqua Nail Varnish Blow ($14) Tools Needed: Small brush like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10) and a disposable sponge
1. After applying Base coat, paint nails with two coats o. After applying Base Coat, Apply one thick coat of Phallic. (Pro tip: Do not worry about getting this layer completely even, it will add dimension to the sky we are creating!) 2. Allow this layer to dry 3-5 minutes. Dip the small brush in Blow and create a tiny crescent moon. Next dot on very tiny stars with the tip of the brush.
3. Allow to dry at least 5 minutes.
4. Pour out a small puddle of Scorch, then a small puddle of DWS next to it so they are touching.
5. Dip the corner of your makeup sponge into the polish so you get a little of each color on the sponge. Gently dab on clouds.
6. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes, and apply Top Coat
If these designs are a bit too advanced for you but you still want to add a little festive fright to your nails, try ORLY’s new Spellbound trio that features chunky Halloween-inspired glitter and adorably sinister names:
Posted by janna Tags Halloween, Illamasqua, Nail Art, ORLY