My picks from the ‘Once’ collection by Illamaqua – Courtier and Melange

Illamasqua is a brand that, most of the time, I can’t afford but when I saw the ‘Once’ collection I fell a bit… a Lot, in love. Thankfully the release has coincided with me getting paid for some blogging related stuffs SO I have money that’s expressly for blog things and what’s more important on a very beauty oriented blog than some Gorgeous makeup from a beautiful new range!

And oh oh oh the pretty! Even just the packaging with the rose gold lid to the cream shadow and that famous Illamasqua polish bottles!
This is the Vintage Metallix in the shade ‘Courtier’ – I absolutely love cream shadows and when I saw this one I knew I’d be a little bit crazy for it. These cost a rather high end £16.50 which is the cost for luxury of this calibre but oh my goodness it’s beautiful!
My photos don’t do this justice, it’s just one of those that’s incredibly difficult to capture on camera – It’s a pale, almost neutral shade but it’s very pinky toned with gold shimmer in it, it’s absolutely alive with depth and beauty (Yup, we’re going a bit poetic here)

You can see some of the shimmer here – I managed to lose the next photo so I’ve just spent ages finding it again, haha.
You can see the shimmer a lot better in this one. None of them do it justice, I took SO many shots trying to make it look as beautiful as it does to the natural eye but I think it’s one of those things that needs to be seen with the naked eye – If you can get to a counter to see this, and swatch it, I’d really recommend it.
And this is the nail polish… when I first saw ‘Melange’ I just said wow, wow and wow again. It’s a beautiful teal with this gorgeous golden shimmer running through it – It’s one of the most unique shades I’ve ever seen and I know I’d have been gutted if I hadn’t ordered it, even though it’s £14.50 which is more than I’d normally spend on polish – If you Do treat yourself with higher end polishes from time…. well just look at it! I’ve got four wheel swatch photos to show you because it’s so different in so many different lights!

I think you can see why I fell in love with this polish, I am itching to put it on my nails Very very soon!

To be honest there was a couple of other items, from the collection, that I’d have like to have bought (A gloss, the blush and another cream shadow) but these are the highlights of the collection, for me, and I am so so pleased to have bought them. I will be wearing the cream shadow tomorrow, my eyes are looking forward to it haha. 

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  1. beautyqueenuk September 2, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Wow you are right, Courtier is beautiful x

    • admin September 3, 2014 / 7:03 pm

      I used it today, I Love it xx

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