Friday Face: 3rd January 2014

Friday Face: 3rd January 2014

Here is my first face of 2014 (and how strange is it to write that date?!) although I am actually cheating as this was my Christmas day face. I really wanted to use some new Illamasqua products that I received the day before, yes, on Christmas Eve. I need to tell you this little story as I am SO impressed with the service.

Basically, if you are registered on the Illamasqua website, they send you an email the evening before your birthday with a 15% off code as a little birthday gift. Cute, right? AND it applies along WITH your professional discount if you have one so I obviously HAD to order some things. So on the eve of my birthday (the 20th, my birthday was the 21st) and quite late at night, I placed my order. I received my email telling me it had been dispatched on the 23rd so I, knowing it was Christmas, expected not to receive it for about another week. Now, I always order using Parcel Motel as that way you can get free UK shipping and only pay the €3.50 Parcel Motel fee which saves so much money as I find the Illamasqua shipping fees to be outrageous. Before Parcel Motel, I would often fill my basket and then balk at the final price including shipping, deciding not to order. At nine am on Christmas Eve, I got a text to say that my parcel would be arriving. This actually meant that DPD delivery were at the Parcel Motel address in Northern Ireland. I was impressed that they were delivering on Christmas Eve but again, with it being Christmas, expected Parcel Motel to take a few days to deliver it. At 3.30pm on Christmas Eve, I got a text from Parcel Motel to let me know my parcel was in my local box. I never expected my order to arrive before Christmas, let alone on Christmas Eve. I was overjoyed at my early gift to myself but even more excited about the service!

Now back to my face…

Friday Face 3rd January 2014

I began, as usual, with my Revlon Colorstay Foundation buffed in with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and some Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer where necessary. I then combed through my brows with a spoolie before applying my NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Black/Grey with a Mac 266 Angled Brush. I then used an Inglot 6SS Buffing Brush to push my Catrice All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder into my skin.

Friday Face 3rd January 2014

I had treated myself to the Illamasqua Complement Palette – a quad made up of three powder eyeshadows and one liquid metal. I began by taking the Liquid Metal in ‘Focus’, a cool metallic brown, and buffing it all over the lid as a base. Liquid Metals are unusual as they are kind of like cream shadows only they never set  – which isn’t very functional – but they are stunning all the same. I then took ‘Forgiveness’, a rich chocolate plum, through the crease to buff out the edges and create some dimension. I used ‘Slink’, a soft champagne shimmer, under the brows as a highlight and used ‘Queen of the Night’, a blackened plum in the very outer corners for depth and a touch of smokiness. I also applied that underneath the eyes. For the piece de resistance, I used my new Pure Pigment in ‘Fervent’, a reddish brown with blue, green and silver reflects, all over the lid, avoiding the crease and very outer corners so as not to hide the eyeshadows. I lined my upper and lower waterline with my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in ‘Perversion’, lined my upper lashline with my Maybelline Gel Liner, applied some Diego Dalla Palma Mascaragogo and added Ardell Demi Wispie lashes.

Friday Face January 3rd 2014

I contoured my face with my Sleek Face Contour Kit and added some Catrice Multicolour Blush in ’01 Gone With The Wind’, a gorgeous peachy-coral which really lifts the fact. I didn’t want to take away from the eyes so opted for an Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream in ‘Velvet Rose’ on the lips.

What do you think? Are you as in-love with the Illamasqua products as me? What was your Christmas Day makeup like?

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