Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E

As a Makeup Artist I am a huge fan of the brand Illamasqua and I have just purchased some fantastic products in time for the festive season which I will be sharing with you on a later Blog.

For now though I want to tell you a little about the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (ILLAMASQUA S.O.P.H.I.E) and the items I purchased…

On 11th August 2007, 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were kicked, stamped on and left unconscious – for nothing more than looking different. Sophie later died from her injuries.

The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation was set up by Sylvia Lancaster, a youth worker and Sophie’s mother, in her memory, and is dedicated to educating young people in our society about acceptance and tolerance towards others through interactive youth workshops.

As a brand that promotes the right to experiment and self-express through the way you look, Illamasqua have continually supported the Foundation’s work and remains committed to changing attitudes towards subcultures.

Watch the film above and find out how and where the funding for the charity goes. To mark the 4th anniversary of Sophie’s death, Illamasqua created a film in association with The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation to further raise awareness and celebrate their work.

In tribute to Sophie, Illamasqua commissioned ‘Dark Angel’ in 2009 – a short film by award-winning French director, Fursy Teyssier, that’s a haunting rendition of Sophie’s story, featuring the music of iconic British band, Portishead.

Please show your support and watch the films so that the Foundation’s message can continue to spread through our society.

The two items I purchased from Illamasqua to ‘Stand up for Sophie’ were a Sophie Black pencil for £13.00 and a wristband for £2.00.  £3 from the Sophie Pencil purchased and all proceeds from the wristband sales go directly to the Foundation which helps them spread their message of tolerance and acceptance throughout our society.

To find out more, please visit or follow The Sophie Lancaster Foundation on Twitter for daily updates on the charity’s work at

S.O.P.H.I.E. Stamp. Out. Prejudice. Hatred and Intolerance. Everywhere.

Jo x

Jo Coletta
Jo Coletta is a London based freelance Hair & Makeup Artist whose recent credits include regular on line and print editorials and advertising campaignsWorking with the Ultimate Lifestylist Naomi Isted for the past few years as her Hair & Makeup Artist Jo has attended numerous celebrity events and worked very closely with Naomi for her hit international TV series Harley Street Beauty.She can be seen regularly assisting back stage at London Fashion Week and Mens Collections and most recently was the key Makeup Artist for Ravensbourne College catwalk show for Graduate Fashion Week.With a keen eye for the latest trends in Fashion, Beauty, Hair & Makeup Jo loves to share her beauty and makeup tips and experiences via her online social media.Jo is extremely proud to be a contributor at The Ultimate Lifestylist and encourages and looks forward to all the readers feedback and comments.

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