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FACE: Illamasqua Growl Lipstick

I love bright lipsticks.

However, the other day I was walking through the Selfridges Beauty hall and had an MUA from the Illamasqua beauty counter stop me and say she had the perfect lipstick to go with my hair. I was taken aback at first, but also intrigued so I went along with it. We all know that Illamasqua tend to be a bit 'Avant Garde' so I was a little afraid she would be smearing on a bright green lipstick.

When I looked in the mirror though, I was shocked.

She applied a very deep, dark lipstick on me. And I liked it. No, I loved it.

The reflection of my lips 'Growled' back at me!


It's a really deep oxblood colour, think burgundy with a hint of plum. Illamasqua describe it as a 'rich mahogony brown'. And they are so right. It's Vampire-ish and ever so theatrical! I don't usually wear darker lipsticks, mostly because they just look so boring. This lipstick has changed my outlook on that, and next time I'm out shopping I won't be quite so dismissive.
Pairing this lipstick with smokey eyes gives a mysterious, seductive look. But in this case, in photos below, I've kept my eyes neutral to let the lipstick take all the glory.


It's opaque and the pigment is quite intense. As it's a matt shade, it's a little on the dry side but will last hours on the lips! I made the mistake of not exfoliating or applying lip balm. After application, I noticed that it accentuated the flakes on my lips. GROSS. Lesson learnt!


In natural light


 At night

Products used:

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in No 12 (equivelent to MAC NC40 - NC42) 
MAC Prep and Prime Loose Face Powder

MeMeMe Blush Me - Coral 
Sleek Contour Kit in Medium 

NARS Night Series Eyeshadow in Night Star (lid & inner corner highlight)
Clinique Brush On Cream Liner in True Black
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Industry (lower lash line)
L'oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

 Illamasqua Lipstick in Growl - obvs! 

I own faar too many lipsticks which makes me both happy and sad at the same time. However, this was a complete guilt free purchase as I don't own a lipstick in such a shade ;) 

I'm also kinda lemming towards their Apocalips, which is a pure teal colour. The look of it frightens me a bit but who knows, daring Halima may come out to play soon...

Also, on my Instagram post on Wednesday, I received a comment regarding my lip piercings. I won't go into the specifics of what was said, but let's just say it was a religious-type person slating me for the way I look. These kind of comments are a bit tedious, I mean what do these people think they're actually going to achieve? My message for them? Simple:
 Have a great weekend! And tell me all about your tales of products you thought you'd hate but actually love! 

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