Disclaimer: this is an un-retouched and super close-up photo of my skin so let's try to be nice about it :) It's a truly humbling experience to see what the camera sees on your face. (Holy crap, are my lips crooked? Am I starting to get age spots? Oy.)
But anyhoo, I'm really excited to have found my favorite red lipstick on the planet! I always get "reds" that are more dark pink than anything close to a true red. This is my first true blue-red that I've fallen in love with. I love the texture, I love the color, and it's really long-lasting for such a dramatic color.
This is Illamasqua's Box, created by THE Alex Box, who is a totally epic makeup artist that you need to be familiar with. I got the opportunity to meet her during Fashion Week and I'm impressed, humbled, inspired, and happy that I got the chance to sit down with a true artist. She got a little misty-eyed when talking about her namesake and signature lip color, Box. "It's every makeup artist's dream really" [wearing a lipstick that's named after you].
Some other things you may not know about Alex Box and Illamasqua that I found out last week:
-Their new Freak fragrance is made up of almost all poisonous ingredients. Well, formerly poisonous, but now a new distillation process makes Freak the first fragrance that's been able to safely use ingredients like Poison Hemlock, Opium Flower, Belladonna, and Queen Of The Night.
-Ever notice how much fun the names of Illamasqua colors are? The naming process is really just Alex and David Horne "having a laugh". A little bit of humor and a whole lot of love goes into naming these colors that the company is so passionate about.