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Illamasqua Nail Art Competition

By on August 13, 2009
in Giveaway, Illamasqua with 4 Comments

Calling all nail addicts! Been feeling a bit left out of the Mizzworthy/Illamasqua Alter Ego make-up competitions? Fancy showing us your nail alter ego and be in with the chance of having your work seen by top nail artist Sophy Robson?

Then start getting your ideas together to win some fabulous Illamasqua Nail Varnishes that the Nail World has been going crazy for…

FEAR NOT if you have untidy cuticles or a slightly wonky hand as this competition is being judged on creativity and artistic flair as opposed to technique and professionalism.

Get your thinking caps on Fanatics and start crafting up some cool nail art to WIN some of Illamasqua’s amazing Nail Varnishes.

Illamasqua has teamed up with the incredibly talented Sophy Robson to host this fun “alter ego” nail art competition and I hope you’ll all try out your nail skills and enter. You all know I don’t have a steady hand and I’m not exactly a nail art girl but I’m going to make an attempt anyway.

You can get the full details on the Illamasqua Blog but here is the jist:

Between now and September 6th… submit a pic of your nails decorated to represent your alter ego. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just creative.

Sophy will choose a winner from a short list of finalists. The winning looks will be revealed on September 16th.

The Prizes –
1st Prize – Two brand new Autumn Winter collection nail varnishes + choice of two others from core range

2nd Prize – Two runners up win a choice of three varnishes from core range

I’m just DYING to see the A/W shades, aren’t you??

So head on over to the Illamasqua Blog to learn what you need to do to enter and start snapping some cool nail art pics!

Illamasqua Hectic and Strike Nail Varnish

By on July 15, 2009
in Green, Illamasqua, Turquoise with 19 Comments
In honor of the upcoming Illamasqua launch at Sephora, I thought I’d share a couple more fab shades from their Nail Varnish line. In case you missed my post last week, Illamasqua is coming to the US and will be sold on starting July 21st. That’s only SIX days from now!! Yippee!! Now I can make all the REST of their polishes mine.

I’m also looking forward to snagging a few eyeshadows and lip glosses to try. The packaging is just so amazing I want it all. The eye quads are especially tempting. I could just go on and on but you’re here for the polish, right? Let’s take a look!

As with all the other Illamasqua’s I’ve tried, the formula is phenom. On the thick side but spreadable and smooth. Strike was pigmented enough to only need two coats but Hectic’s semi-sheer jelly-ish consistency required three coats to go opaque.

Strike – Is a bright, metallic turquoise. In the bottle it looks like it has a bit of gold flash but that’s just a reflection off the metallic particles. On the nail that pearly effect creates dimension and unfortunately, a bit of brush stroke madness. It’s not so overly stroke-y that I can’t deal though.
Hectic is an army green/pea soup creme. It’s like so fugly it’s cool, if that makes sense. I love its funky look as it reminds me of RBL’s No More War but on the lighter side of that. Color me smitten!
These along with all the other Illamasqua Nail Varnishes will officially go on sale at on July 21st and in their Times Square location on July 30th. The polishes will retail for $14/ea and should be in stores across the country come fall.

If you need some more Illamasqua enabling check out my previous swatches HERE!

So who else is counting down the days, plotting their first Illamasqua order? Which colors are you dying to try?

Exciting Illamasqua News

By on July 8, 2009
in Illamasqua, News with 8 Comments

Guess what fanatics?? Illamasqua is coming to the USA!! That’s right, the edgy UK brand that has been wowing bloggers with their insanely cool color palette and high quality products will now be available in the States.

As I read on the Sephora Blog, Illamasqua is launching on on July 21st and at their Times Square location on July 30th. By fall they’ll roll out to Sephora stores across the country. How freakin amazing is that??

Illamasqua Sirens Collection – Muse Nail Varnish

By on May 12, 2009
in Illamasqua, Summer 2009, Teal with 14 Comments
A couple weeks ago when I announced the news that Illamasqua is now shipping to the States, I posted a preview of their summer collection, Sirens, with new teal and coral nail varnishes. When I first got word of their new colors, the rep from Illamasqua told me they made her “want to cry they are so beautiful!” Color that brings you to tears?? Sign me up!

After all these years of playing with polish I still get jazzed about new colors but it’s the rare bird that causes a major reaction like crying. Could Muse live up to the hype? Find out after the jump!

OK so I didn’t cry but when I opened the box to see the smokey teal but I did shriek a bit, freaking out our kitties, before I raced to the polish room to give it a whirl.

Everything about Muse is fantastic. Loads of pigment, check! Smooth, creamy formula, check! Two coat coverage, double check! High gloss shine, you see where I’m going with this, right? Its deep blue-green hue reminds me of this Gap cardigan I owned forever and a day ago that I just LOVED and kind of wish I still owned, just for wearing around the house of course.
Since I had to bail on the swatch requests last weekend, I thought I’d head you off at the path with some Muse comparisons. As you can see, Muse is deeper than China Glaze Shower Together (Aqua Baby’s twin) and nowhere near as dark as Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal which I swear looks more teal in person.
The Sirens collection is available now on and on shelves at Selfridges in the UK.

Thoughts? Anyone know of a good Muse dupe? Share in the comments.

Big NEWS Illamasqua Fans!

By on April 24, 2009
in Illamasqua, Summer 2009 with 3 Comments
You asked for it and you GOT IT!! Illamasqua is now shipping to the US. No need for a petition, just some clicking and shopping. I just received word that Illamasqua’s online shop will start shipping to the US for a flat rate of £12.50. That’s a bit steep I know, so team up with your nail fanatic buddies and get some group orders going.

If you need some enabling, check out:

For My UK Fanatics – Illamasqua

St Patty’s Day NOTD 2009 – Illamasqua Elope

More Illamasqua Fun with Fern, Milf and Rampage

Also, I have the deets on Illamasqua’s summer collection, Sirens, after the jump!

Inspired by the powerful beauty of the Sirens, the captivating, brutal nature of their appeal and the undeniable pull of their decadent existence, Illamasqua has created a new make-up collection designed to glorify the divine being within us all.

The collection provides a cornucopia of sumptuous shades, from shimmering corals and aquamarines, to luscious golds and bronzed metallics. With products to enhance the face, eyes, lips and nails, Sirens lets you indulge your alter ego, and ensure that your summer nights are even hotter than the days.

Included in the collection are two hot new Nail Varnishes, Muse and Lament (below). If you look closely at the model’s nails, you’ll see that they used the shades to create a summery funky french. I’ll have swatches for you soon.

The Sirens collection was launched at the beginning of April as a Selfridges exclusive and is now available online.

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