Gothiness – Halloween Macabre, By Illamasqua

Leave it to Illamasqua to hold a Halloween course… I can’t say MAC wouldn’t either, but Illmasqua isn’t just edgy – a la MAC – it has a deeper, subterranean, curiously-otherworldly vibe.  Always.  To manage a full-on scare for your Fright Night revelry, they’ve got you covered…

Remarkably, the creepy harlequin-clown work (pictured) is a lot harder to achieve than one might think at first glance – try doing performance makeup even just once, and you’ll have an idea.  The deconstructed, paint-peel look reminds me of an abandoned, antiquated-Venetian mural (or maybe a mask from Carnivale that got left behind to gather dust through the centuries…) – I’d love to see the array of products used to create it, a plethora no doubt.  (PS, I can’t stand clowns, but I can appreciate the work done here!)

Anyway, you needn’t want this kind of facepaint to join in the fun – whatever form of haunt you take, sin you prefer, or wickedness you’re aiming for, I’m sure Illamasqua can help you achieve the desired eerie effects (don’t forget, your tools will matter as much.)  The course is only $67 too, which is a lot less steel than I’d have expected. For the best day of the year EVER?  Yeah, it’s worth it!


More Halloween

Sophia No.1

On September 21st, Dolce and Gabbana will be hoisting an “exclusive experience” at the Dolce & Gabbana Boutique in Corso Venezia 7, Milan – the hoopla?  A “unique shade of red, ” special tribute lipstick in honor of Italian siren Sophia Loren…”Sophia Loren No. 1” (you can pre-order yours by clicking the link!)

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

The main Dolce image felt rather vibrant to me…and not nearly as “red” as I anticipated – I was expecting to see something less magenta, perhaps? It is still rather striking.  That said, I saw a few more images on BritishBeautyBlogger…which had me a bit perplexed.

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

It looks a lot less OOMPH-ie in the tube in a true photo (though let’s be fair, photos and colors are always tricky to judge on a screen.)


I’m thinking to myself…it really wouldn’t matter if Sophia was wearing it and it WASN’T as bold as the ad, now would it?  She’s so gorgeous she could wear a 99 cent lippie and be red-carpet ready no matter!

I’m curious to see more swatches of it – I actually think the Dolce lipsticks, while perhaps less “go-to” than other brands – are pretty fabulous – I’ve not seen a color that wasn’t as yet.  Worth checking out…if you are a Sophia-diva fan…or you just love your lippies!