12 Christmas Stockings: Face Lace – Nouveau Mask

Face Lace - Nouveau Mask gold

Here we are at the last Christmas stocking with the Nouveau mask in Satin Gold by Face Lace. With my love of masks I was interested in trying out these re-usable vinyl ones since I first heard of them. For most people these would be for wearing at a party or themed event, so it offers an affordable and easier way to create a distinct look, compared to spending a lot more for a hand-made mask which might not see much use at other times.

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Sparkling gold leaf nails

Rococo Nail Apparel Gold Leaf Lacquer

Gold Leaf Lacquer

One of the earliest posts on Imagination is spicy was about Rococo Nail Apparel’s Embellish kit: Daring nails for the undaring. I’ve not been experimenting with new polishes recently, until I treated myself to another Rococo product, Gold Leaf Lacquer.

The lacquer contains 24 carat gold leaf, which makes it a pricey purchase but one I think is worth it for a dramatic or special effect manicure. For a first try I used it over my favourite Super Gloss Black.

Gold Leaf Lacquer applied

Gold Leaf Lacquer applied over Super Gloss Black

With the first application my thumb and forefinger turned out a bit messily because the gold leaf flakes can be a) rather fragile to handle and b) more flexible than they initially look in the bottle. For experienced nail art fans; handling gold leaf shouldn’t be too tricky if you’ve done large glitter/flake/jewel manis before.

For beginners like me, I have some tips.

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Illamasqua Review – Part Two

This is the second half of my Illamasqua review, which follows on from Part One (Skin Base foundation and concealer). This review was a little delayed as I was waiting for the chance to try out some 0f the Autumn/Winter collection, Generation Q, which launched in September.

I’ll be looking at two eyeshadow palettes: 4 Colour Liquid Metal and the Complement shades.

4 Colour Liquid Metal Palette

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Illamasqua Review – Part One

Illamasqua foundation

From L to R: Illamasqua under-eye concealer, foundation base & Nars primer

I’m new to knowing the Illamasqua brand of make-up. I first heard about it when the buzz hit make-up blogs about a new collection launching in September called ‘Generation Q’. The publicity was generated as they ran an open casting call for non-professional models to be the faces of the range. It’s a good choice on Ilamasqua’s part as a selection of people across different age ranges still stands out as a rarity within the cosmetics industry.

Last month they had an online sale, I decided to try out some of their sale and non-sale products. These were selected for a very specific make-up project I’m planning; the products under review may not be the colours/every day look that everyone would choose. The reviews will be based on ease of application, coverage and consistency and staying power.

As with all reviews on Imagination is spicy, these are solely my opinions based on personal experience.

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Daring nails for the undaring

I love make-up; eyeshadows, lipsticks, tinted moisturisers, foundation, liquid liners, highlighter powders and creams, brushes, you name it and I’ve probably bought at least one example of it some time. Every day does not have to be a full make-up day but it’s a small pleasure of its own to open my cosmetics case. It reminds me of looking at a picture book idea of a pirate’s treasure chest with glimmers, textures, sparkles and deep hues.

There is one product that is less well-represented: nail polish.

I’ve never really got along with the stuff, whether that was a home or professional manicure (I’ve had two proper manicures and they didn’t do anything dramatic for me. Apart from the first time where the manicurist made one of my fingers bleed). In each home attempt there was always something rather disappointing about it; either the colour didn’t seem right, the polish was gloopy or smelly to apply or I got bored with it part of the way through and finished only with reluctance. Eventually the polish would be thrown away, I accepted it wasn’t my thing and forgot about trying again.

Except that recently I had a mini-revelation of the nail kind. It’s all owed to a friend who casually delivered a compliment by saying; “You’re lucky your nails grow long, you should really do something with them”. Tales of nail polish woe followed, but, being the persuasive person they are, they suggested I try something completely different. Something that the undaring me would never usually think of wearing.

Rococo Nail Apparel Embellish Kit – Supergloss Black

When I found the Rococo Nail Apparel Embellish kit at SpaceNK my friend gave encouraging noises. I’m about as far away from a gothic/rock/bling look person as you can get, so it definitely grabbed my attention.

What to do with it? If applying nail polish was already a chore, then how on earth would it be possible to get the little crystals into place? Thank the internets! Nail art – How to create Swavroski crystal nails is a really clear and helpful guide.

My first attempt is below – I know it’s hardly the most precise or intricate example of nail art, for me it was the moment I finally got the point of nail polish. Thank you Rococo Nail Apparel, I salute you!

The finished article