Illamasqua on Discover Beauty

Spent a FAB weekend with my BFF Nicola @nickloveslippy who works at cult beauty brand, Illamasqua, as Head of Communications. I thought I would abuse my friendship rights and insist she answer some questions for my blog whilst I snooped around her makeup bag at the new Once… Collection.

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Here’s the scoop…

K: What are your 3 favourite Illamasqua products of all time?

N: Naked Rose Blusher, an everyday perfect natural blusher (pictured below). Skin Base Lift – an under-eye concealer that lightens and brightens. Precision Gel Liner – for the perfect black flick and as a smokey eye base.

K: What is the most expensive beauty product you have ever bought?

NLa Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask for £204.00 (WHAT!!) A massive, massive extravagance but literally one treatment later I believed the hype about it!

K: What is the one product you would cant live without?

N: Noooo I literally cant pick just one I have to pick 2 plus a brush! Illamasqua Masquara in Raven, Eye Brow Cake in Thunder and an angle brush to apply.

I’ve never tried the Precision Gel Liner for a smokey eye base so have just ordered it (to arrive Tuesday), after watching the makeup tutorial I cant wait to get into the studio and try it out!

Whilst routing through her travel case of makeup (yes she has that much!) I tried out the new Once… Vintage Metallix eyeshadows – OMG Im in love. I managed to ‘borrow’ the Bibelot Vintage Green which really set off my brown eyes.

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Stay tuned for tutorials using the Beautiful Illamasqua Once… collection!

Karen x


Rapunzel Resized

The start of The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing automatically makes me think the end of summer is nigh and I’m ready for the shift of seasons. It’s been fabulous waiting to see what Cheryl Fernandez Versini will be wearing and her makeup seems to have stepped up a notch this year.


Looking back to June when I worked on the Fairytale of Fashion photo shoot, shot by the brilliant Pink Soul Pictures, for St Albans Fashion Week (October 27th – 31st 2014) I saw similar elements in the ‘Rapunzel’ look that I wanted to share.

Here’s what you need to recreate the look!

Stila Jewel Eye Shadow – Blue Sapphire £13.00
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner – Cobalt (for lighter eye colours) £13.00
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner – Midnight Blue (for darker eye colours) £13.00


The Smudge Stick is by far the easiest soft liner to apply. It is creamy and as the name suggests can be smudged to soften the look and extend it beyond being just a line.

Stay tuned for a free tutorial on how to apply these fabulous products like a pro!

Karen x


Standout Jewels Feauture Grid-01

There are some serious treats coming your way this year… STANDOUT JEWELS have got a crazy selection of wearable, colourful neck candy. New to the industry but kicking up a storm over on INSTAGRAM – I had the pleasure of working with founder, Emily and her array of modelling beauties. Working behind the scenes I managed to nab an online exclusive for


Dessert Rose £20.00 + P&P   BUY IT NOW
Silver, black and white statement necklace.
“Wear it with a LBD, killer heels and nothing else or updress a simple white shirt, blazer and jean combo with a cool clutch”. Emily, STANDOUT JEWELS

Check out the makeup looks I created for the STANDOUT shoot.

Karen x



3 models, 3 looks and 100’s of super sparkling statement necklaces, I was in heaven… Newly founded Jewels brand #STANDOUT asked me to work behind the scenes as Hair & Makeup Artist on their Jewel photoshoot for 2014.  Close cropping on the lips and neck meant a precise pout and flawless skin was essential. I thought it was a great chance to try out the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 03 Hot Pepper and 05 Ole Flamingo RRP £8.00.

Bourjois YSL Touche Eclat

Here’s my tips for achieving the PERFECT POUT!

After perfecting a flawless base, outline the lips with a concealer pen like the YSL Touche Eclat then blend by patting over with fingertips. This will create a crisp outline like a liner to prevent the colour bleeding onto the skin.

For a soft matt finish, more like a colour wash effect, apply one coat of Rouge Edition, brushing from the outer corners of the lips inwards. For a more dramatic effect that will last pretty much all day, apply a second, heavier coat. It will dry MATT.

Add a final dab of Touche Eclat to your cupids bow and blend to maximise the PERFECT POUT.

Karen x