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illamasqua loose powder review

Illamasqua Loose Powder Review

Illamasqua Loose Powder Review….

It’s that time of year and a lot of things in my kit are running on empty. One of my favourite products is a translucent powder from another brand and sadly one item that I needed to buy. I don’t know about other makeup artists but I do get comfortable with products, I buy the same when I need to replenish my kit and I don’t tend to branch out. If its not broke why fix it? Right?

After reading some fantastic reviews on Illamasqua’s website for the Loose Powder I thought I would give it a go. I felt that if it wasn’t as good as the translucent powder I already use it would find itself in my ‘surplus to requirements’ drawer.

I used it today on myself and oh lordy, I am a little bit in love! It is so similar to the one I already use but if its possible, its even finer, so concealing and diffusing any imperfections whilst leaving my skin a nice amount of matt. It also smells amazing!

illamasqua loose powder review
illamasqua loose powder review

On myself and especially when I am working with brides I prefer to use a loose translucent powder that is so fine it diffuses fine lines, large pores, mattifies the skin whilst holding everything in place (i’m not asking for much am I?). The Illamasqua Loose Powder certainly ticked all of these boxes without my skin feeling weighed down with heavy product. I think that when it comes to creating flawless base for my brides (or anyone for that matter) face powder should be invisible, it should be there for setting and finishing and not to create another layer of product so in my opinion translucent loose powder is the way to go!

Here are a coupe of shots to illustrate how my skin looks today, (my skin is quite oily with fine lines and large pores) so its nice to see how well these products have lasted! The products I am using are: Foundation, Concealer, Setting powder, Bronzer, Mascara & Eyebrow Gel.

illamasqua loose powder review
Here is a close up after I applied the translucent powder.

illamasqua loose powder review
Fresh faced with wet hair! You can see an overall look of my skin after applying the powder at 8am.

illamasqua loose powder review
This is me at 4 o’clock. Skin looking fabulous, I haven’t reapplied any makeup and my pores are still covered, skin is semi-matt and makeup in place! WIN!

 

 I can’t wait to use this on my bride and her bridal party tomorrow!!

 

 

 

‘Born Pretty’ Affordable Makeup Brush Review

Makeup Brush Review

I recently came across the Born Pretty Website. They have an abundance of makeup brushes and beauty products at really reasonable prices. Normally when something is ‘reasonable’ the quality suffers so I thought I would try out a couple of brushes and a creme eyeliner. In my opinion, you can never have too many makeup brushes and I am always on the lookout for the perfect eyeliner.

I have always used a flat foundation brush to apply the product and then another to buff in the foundation so I wanted to try out the Tapered Face Brush. The bristles are ultra-soft goat hair and the tapered tip is great for applying the foundation and also buffing it into the skin.

The shape is perfect for blending foundation into any hard to reach areas with better precision than using a flat brush. I used this brush to apply my everyday foundation (Ester Lauder Doublewear) it is medium/full coverage foundation so I like to blend it in to avoid it looking heavy on my skin.

I was really happy with this brush and the shape of it is fab for using with any cream blushes as it blends so well without holding too much product.

tapered born pretty makeup brush
Makeup Brush

born pretty store angled brush
Makeup Brush

The second brush I used was the