Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Illamasqua’s New Collection ‘Once’…

It was such a pleasure meeting up with the Illamasqua PR girls & other beauty bloggers a few weeks ago for afternoon tea in London. It was a chance to be introduced to the new Once collection over tea and scones as well as having a chance to ask questions about the new collection, future collections and what products Illamasqua will be keeping in the near future and what will be discontinuing.Thankfully they informed me they will always have their amazing Skin bases in their range, my favourite foundation in my kit!

On Friday, Illamasqua released the NEW collection called Once online. 

"Once is the beauty of the burnished, eroded and erudite. A palette inspired by the gentle and exquisite point when a flower starts to fade and becomes impossibly beautiful in its complex decline. Combined with the subtle opulence of faded gilt layers that reveal themselves the more you blend and search. She is an incandescent moment, a poem alive and a light within a pallet of decaying decadence." Alex Box, Creative Director for Illamasqua

What’s in the NEW Once Collection?

  • Three shades of NEW Vintage Metallix Eye Shadow, £16.50 each (Courtier - dusky rose, Embellish - rich cocoa, Bibelot - rustic golden teal)

A long-lasting, metallic cream-gel with a smudge-resistant finish. 

A soft neutral pink.

  • Two new shades of Sheer Gloss, £16.50 each (Exquisite - pink oyster, Opulent - rainbow beige)

Best worn over the top of bold lipsticks for a multi-tonal look. 

A gorgeous soft, dusky antique teal green filled with gold and pink flakes giving it a multi-dimensional look

Have you treated yourself this weekend to the NEW Once Collection?

Karla

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Love them that much I couldn’t resist! Had to get two more shades of Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour blush !! I can’t even explain how amazing they are! Love shade ‘Icing’ for a subtle pink highlighter to mix into my foundation or to apply on prominent areas of the face to create a dewy natural glow. And ‘Flush’ for a Baby Pink doll flush look to the cheeks!

Check out my blog post review on the watercolor blushers I did >here< 

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Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blush!


There are creams, mouses, gels, tints, powders and watercolours available on the market for blusher. And I have a love for all blusher types for different skin tones, occasion and the look I am trying to achieve.


Watercolour blushers are however very new to the beauty market and the high street are a little behind on bringing out watercolour blushers, mainly because of the price! They are simply amazing at saving time, making blending easy and the waterproof formulation means that it doesn’t budge especially in summer hot days.


I am loving Award Winning Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blusher in shade ‘Passion’ - 15ml
At £14.50 each, available in 7 shades. They contain Vitamin E and Jojoba to enhance application and nourish skin. Silicone based, oil free, and doesn’t clog pores and suits every skin type I have worked on. The silicone makes it virtually rub-off proof plus waterproof whatever the occasion.


How to use:

*Always shake the bottle to mix evenly before each use.

*Squeeze out two very small drops of Watercolour on the back of your hand or in a makeup palette

*Using a duo tapered fibre blush brush such as the Crownbrush C427 and pick up the first drop of colour, apply to cheeks and blend and lightly buff into outwards movements

*To deepen the colour on your cheeks, re-apply a drop of colour to each cheek and blend over the top of the first layer


These blushes dry quickly but still allows you time to blend. The cheeks will have a sheer veil of colour look. Finally they last all day even on oily skin.

I have been using these a lot of for wedding makeup’s. A must in all make-up artists kits.


Check out the Watercolour blush collection on www.danielsandler.com


Karla
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NEW Kryolan Lip N’ Cheeks!

Many of you will know I am a big fan of Kryolan so anything new and exciting they bring out I am straight their testing the products, and like always they never disappoint me. Their newest product Lip N’ Cheek is a multi-purpose product available in 11 shades, from beautiful nudes to bolder hues, they all create a soft subtle hint of colour to the cheeks, lips and even eyes!  It is also water resistant, making it ideal for hot days, oilier skin and for waterproof locations when working on set.

Packaged similar to a lip gloss, with an angled applicator for ease of use, you get 10ml of product in each tube which is packaged in their new design and logo- ‘Make-up is a science’. The formula is smooth enough to easily blend using fingers onto the cheek area, yet applies precisely to instantly stain the lip area, I also love to use my Syntho brushes from Crownbrush to apply for a smooth even application, however you only really need to use your fingers as it blends effortlessly without any tools.

My favourite shade out of all these three has to be Lotus! It’s such a beautiful pink girly shade which I think will be one of their best sellers as it pretty much matches most skin tones.

Kryolan Lip N’ Cheek are £16.50 each availbale from Charles Fox. Check out Kryolan’s NEW Website too!

Karla

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NEW MAC Cosmetic Pro Palette in action…

Check out my full blog review on the palettes >here<

NEW MAC Cosmetics Re fill Pro Palettes

I finally thrown out my old re fill pro palettes I had for my blushers and slowly but surely changing over my palettes to the NEW pro palettes from MAC that offer more versatility than the old pro palettes. Just like the Z Palette it’s an empty magnetized palette that gives you the freedom to put whatever you desire inside.

You have the option of purchasing the 6 pan blush insert (like what I have got) or the 15 pan eye shadow insert to have the traditional palette that MAC previously offered. One thing that I love about this new palette is the clear lid which allows you to see exactly what is inside-  like to pack my whole kit in see through bags so I know exactly what I have in each bag so having plates like this helps me reach to products so much quicker.  

The blusher and eye shadow palette is designed to give you extra products in one palette where you don’t have to buy the pan system that you insert you simple can have the freedom system. So you will have to decide which option (with or without inserts) works best for you and what your collection needs.  To remove the refills you just simply twist the sides and out it pops!

I am now going to spend some time working on changing over my eye shadow palettes from MAC now.

 Above Pictures:

Pro Palette Insert x6 -£6.50

Pro Palette Large/Single - £14.00

Karla
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Amazing two make-up products in my Glossy box this month- Kryolan for Glossy Box Blusher & Sleek’s ‘Oh So Special’ Eye Shadow Palette…

This month’s ‘Festive’ December Glossy box has arrived! And for those that don’t know about Glossybox , it’s a savvy subscription service. For £10 a month, subscribers receive a beautifully presented gift box containing 5 luxury beauty samples, some of which will be full size. The idea is, you get to try them before you buy them! Subscribe online for £10 per month. Then, every month your GlossyBox will arrive containing carefully selected, indulgent, and on trend beauty products. Delivery is free* and you can cancel your subscription any time. I just had to share two of my favourite items I got in mine this month…

Sleek I.Divine / ‘Oh So Special’ 12 Eyeshadow Palette. Normally £7.99!

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I used to buy Sleek Eye shadow palettes when I first started doing make-up artistry and to be honest I stopped buying them after discovering Make-up Academy’s eye shadow palettes which are similar to Sleek’s so when I got this palette in my Glossy Box all I could say was … it’s OH SO SPECIAL! So I wanted to share this item with you all. 

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I’m loving nudes and naturals in my makeup world lately. So Sleek Makeup Oh So Special Palette brings it to the table and does it well. From what I understand the Sleek Makeup Oh So Special Palette was created for Sephora (not within the US) but was later released as a standard part of the Sleek Makeup Collection.  This 12 eyeshadow pallete offers browns, subtle pinks, creams, and beiges. The colours are a nice mix of light to dark so you can go with a soft, subtle eye look or a deeper, sultry one. Six of the shades lean towards the lighter side and six towards the darker. I find Sleek does shadow formulas beautifully even when it comes to matte finishes. The mattes are finely milled, blend easily, and offer great colour pay off but of course, the real joy is the more shimmering/frosty shades which have a buttery smooth velvet feel that blend beautifully on lids with full colours pay off. The colours remain true on lids even without the aid of a solid primer.

First Row Swatches:

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Second Row Swatches:

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Kryolan for GLOSSYBOX | Blusher in Glossy Rosewood. Bonus product!(not to buy)

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As you all know I am a BIG fan of Kryolan in my make-up kit I was so happy to know Kryolan have now brought a range out for Glossy Box (which makes me want to keep my Glossy box for that extra bit longer now) Kryolan is a trusted brand in the professional make up sector, so they have developed an exclusive blusher  just for GLOSSYBOX! It’s a high pigmented dusky rose shade so a good match for my darker complexions with a soft lightweight feel so you only need a touch of it when applying to the skin. 

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For those still wanting the December box which I am loving this month it’s never too late to subscribe! 


Karla

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Christmas came early! And this time it was from Illamasqua

I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas! … Well that’s what Illamasqua are saying for their new Christmas collection! I was so excited to get an early Christmas treat from Illamasqua today and to get my hands on a Christmas present- One of Illamsqua’s First ever NEW Powder Blush Duo compacts in shade Hussy and Lover- £34.

There are two matte shades in this compact with a mirror which are very highly pigmented after one swatch, they are fantastic for adding colour, brightening and enhancing the skin and of course contouring. I absolutely love this idea from Illamasqua as I always use at least two blusher shades or more when applying blusher to add depth, dimension and shape to my models face, so to have this in one compact is ideal and should be available in many more shades to suit all skin tones in the future! 

Here are some of my tips when using Illamasqua’s Blusher Duo Compact:

*If your Illamasqua blush appears streaky, it means you might have used too much moisturiser under the foundation. Applying a bit of powder over your foundation will solve this beauty faux pas.

*Always use two shades of blush so this compact is perfect that blend well together. And complement each other. Apply the softer shade right below the cheekbones, then the brighter shade on the apple of the cheeks. Blend and blend.

*Try to choose blush colour that doesn’t clash with your lipstick colour and eye makeup. Pink blush is usually a good choice as it goes with most makeup colours. If you have a dark skin tone, however, pink might seem too light on you, so choose red instead.

*To create the most natural-looking glow, pick the blush colour similar to that of your cheeks when flushed after exercising.

*If your blush comes out too flat, dab a tiny bit of balm or cream blush on top of it to add a little glow and dimension.

Illamasqua also have many other NEW items such as the NEW lip palette, single lipstick lip brush with cover, lip twin set and nail duo set! Which are all perfect for Christmas presents! Last year my sister got me a lip duo set which I loved, so I am hoping some more Illamasqua goodies are under the Christmas tree for me this year!

So for now…. A Happy Early ‘Illamasqua’ Christmas!

Karla
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Karla’s Top Tips Applying Cream Blusher Using the Neat Kit!
Cream blush is one of the best forms of blush that you can use. You can create a sheer wash of colour on your face or models that will stay for hours. I am loving The Neat Kits Cream Blusher sets as I have so many choices of cream blushers in my make-up kit to suit all my models skin tones so handy for £23.00! So with cream blusher there is also the ability to build up the colour to a much more intense look. A lot of people don’t us this product because they do not know how to apply it. After years of applying the powder form, it can be difficult to figure out how to apply the cream form. Here are my application technique tips for cream blusher!
 
 
Option One: Fingers
 
 Step One
The key to remember when you apply cream blush is to start out with a little bit of product. You can always add more as you go. Gently tap the two fingers on the apples of the cheek and along the cheek bones. Continue using the tapping to blend the colour to the desired look.
 Option Two: Foundation Brush

Step One
Run the foundation brush across the compact to retrieve the colour for your face. This method is the most similar to applying powder blush. Gently brush the cream blush along your face. Think about this process like painting a picture. You will want to blend out the edges of the colour that you are applying for the most natural look. I love using my Sigma F84 - Angled Kabuki brush when applying cream blusher!

Karla
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Karla’s Top Tips Applying Cream Blusher Using the Neat Kit!

Cream blush is one of the best forms of blush that you can use. You can create a sheer wash of colour on your face or models that will stay for hours. I am loving The Neat Kits Cream Blusher sets as I have so many choices of cream blushers in my make-up kit to suit all my models skin tones so handy for £23.00! So with cream blusher there is also the ability to build up the colour to a much more intense look. A lot of people don’t us this product because they do not know how to apply it. After years of applying the powder form, it can be difficult to figure out how to apply the cream form. Here are my application technique tips for cream blusher!

 

 

Option One: Fingers

 

 Step One

The key to remember when you apply cream blush is to start out with a little bit of product. You can always add more as you go. Gently tap the two fingers on the apples of the cheek and along the cheek bones. Continue using the tapping to blend the colour to the desired look.

 Option Two: Foundation Brush

Step One

Run the foundation brush across the compact to retrieve the colour for your face. This method is the most similar to applying powder blush. Gently brush the cream blush along your face. Think about this process like painting a picture. You will want to blend out the edges of the colour that you are applying for the most natural look. I love using my Sigma F84 - Angled Kabuki brush when applying cream blusher!

Karla

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MUA (one of the brands I work for) are running an exclusive BLOG giveaway (my other blog I write for the brand) where you will get the chance to win Glamour Days and Glamour Nights palettes (They do spoil you!) So Go to the blog to find out more… www.muacosmetics.blogspot.com

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