Hey there all,

Today I got to play with some items from Illamasqua.  (‘Illusion’ & ‘Masquerade’). It’s a relatively new British highend makeup brand that was set up back in 2008.


These are the 3 products I got to try out. 1) Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel, Rich Liquid Foundation, 2) Skin Base Lift, 3) Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer.

The rehydrating gel is a primer, retailing for £30 (30mls), it has a fresh scent & feels lovely on the skin, I really loved the wee pot it comes in & for an added bit of twee there’s a teeny tiny spoon on top to help you judge how much to use. 


Next up was the foundation, also £30 (30mls), I used the tiniest amount which went along way.  I thought the packaging looked cheap, for the amount you’re paying I think they could have pimped the bottle up a bit.
Finally the concealer,which costs £17 (2.5g) to be honest I didn’t see anything special with it to warrant the price tag.


Would I buy this? No!
Innitially I loved it, it gave great coverage & I really liked the shade.  But after 4 hours this was my face, my skin felt greasy & shiny.  It had come off my chin & parts of my nose, then was clumpy in other parts as you can see.  A very disappointing outcome for the price.

Have you tried Illamasqua?  Have you had a better experience?

Thanks for reading.

~LoVe & HuGs~





Hello there,

I’m talking about concealer today.  I’ve always used ‘Rimmel Hide The Blemish’ which is a twist up stick one, but when my last one was finished I fancied a change. 


I picked this Maybelline Super Stay Better skin” liquid one up last week.  I got it in the 02/light shade, it was £5.99 for 11ml. I can’t emphasise enough just how little you’ll need of this.
Remember, you’re putting it on after foundation so squeeze out the tiniest amount, dab it on & I know you’ll think “Ah! This is a bit amazing!” Then wipe the rest off the back of your hand & scold yourself for not heeding my advice because you’ve just wasted about 5 applications on a face wipe thinking you’d need alot more.
It might look like a small tube but after I used it once or twice I quickly realised It’ll be a looOng time before it runs out & was so pleased with the coverage.


I usually put concealer on after foundation but for the purpose of showing you how well it works I used it alone in this photo. 
As you can see on the left I’m rocking some serious under eye luggage.  It was actually a matching set until I put this on under my right eye.
It is what it is so the only claim on the back is “Instantly flawless natural looking coverage” but I found it really brightened up my skin too.

I’d definitely buy this again but I use so little of it per application it’ll be a while before I have to.

What’s your concealer of choice?

Thanks so much for stopping by.

~ LoVe & huGs ~

* MaRiA *