Review & Swatches: Hourglass Ambient Lighting & Blush Palettes

Over a year ago Hourglass came out with their coveted powders in a trio palette named Ambient Lighting and late last year they came out with the Ambient Blush Palette. Ive had some time to play around with these bad boys and can finally give you guys some feedback.

Hourglass_AmbientLighting&BlushPalettesHere’s the low down on these bad boys….

Ambient Lighting Palette

  • Trio of Ambient finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. Includes a setting powder, highlight and bronzer.
  • This palette includes Incandescent Light, a shade exclusive to this palette, and two existing shades, Dim Light, and Radiant Light.
  • Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion to deliver a lit from within glow.
  • Soft smooth texture and finely milled powders absorb into the skin instead of sitting on top for a beautiful and natural effect.

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Hourglass_AmbientPalette_Swatches(From Left to Right: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)

Ambient Blush Palette

  • Creates seamless, subtle, multi-dimensional color for natural-looking radiance.
  • Created with patented Photoluminescent Technology – with a range of vibrant cheek colors, that’s buildable, lightweight and subtly illuminating.
  • Soft smooth texture and finely milled powders absorb into the skin instead of sitting on top for a beautiful and natural effect.
  • This palette features three shades; Luminous Flash- a champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light powder for a subtle glimmer, Incandescent Electra- a cool peach hue blended with Incandescent Light powder for a radiant glow and Mood Exposure- a soft plum tone with Mood Light powder to brighten the complexion.

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THE VERDICT:

Both these palettes get a 5/5.

The quality of the product and packaging is amazing. I love the subtle and natural effect you get from waering these.  It has a super finely milled texture, so soft and smooth. You definitely get that lit from within glow. Hourglass do mention that the palettes are universal yet I think they are more suited towards light to medium skin tones. The palettes are available at Sephora, Net-A-Porter, and SpaceNK and cost around 75 Euros each.

Have any of you tried these bad boys? Whats your verdict?

Hugs from Beauty Land

5 Ways To Save Money When Your Addicted To Buying Makeup

Anyone who’s into makeup knows how difficult it can be on the wallet…we all know the struggle lol. So I thought I’d compile a short list of tips on how you can save cash moneys and still get yourself some makeup goodies.money_lipstick375x250

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1. Multi Usage Products

  • Try to buy and use multifunctional products. For example a shimmery champagne eyeshadow can also be used as a cheek bone highlight, or a bronzer as an eyeshadow, crease shade, or eyeliner.
  • Cream blushes can be doubled as a lip stains.
  • Face primers can be a great alternative to a lip primer to stop your lipstick from bleeding.
  • Translucent powders are a great way to turn any foundation or lipstick mat.

2. Samples

  • When purchasing beauty products online go for the free samples (if they offer any). This is a great way to try new products without 100% committing to them.
  • When buying products in store ask for samples. If this isn’t possible ask to try the product on your face. Wear it for the day and see how it reacts with your skin, how long it lasts etc and you can purchase it when you feel confident that you like it.

3. Research

  • Research products online before buying them. Check out reviews and swatches so you can make an informed decision before you commit to purchasing. This is especially important when buying drugstore products that don’t always have testers available in store.
  • Researching will also help you find dupes and alternatives which might be more budget friendly.

4. Sanitation

  • No need to buy deep cleansing brush cleanser, just use a mild soap, even the one you use to wash yourself with.
  • For spot cleaning your brushes try a spritz of rubbing alcohol it can also be used to disinfect powdered makeup products.
  • Rubbing alcohol can also be used to fix any broken powdered products.

5. Budget

  • Create a savings account dedicated to your love of makeup. Add whatever you can each month so you can save up and splurge without having to compromise.
  • If your shopping in store create a list and stick to it, that way your sure to stay within your budget.
  • Go through what you already own and be realistic with what you actually “need”. Discard any products you don’t like or use and sell the ones that are in a good and sanitary condition and you can add the profits to your makeup fund.

I hope this was useful and if you have some other great tips don’t forget to leave it in the comments section :)

Hugs from Beauty Land

How To Prevent Under Eye Concealer From Creasing

Concealer is indeed a girls best friend, it covers up any nasty blemishes and sun spots, as well as covering those pesky dark under eye circles. Yet it can be problematic for many people, from a dry and cakey finish to excessive creasing which both enhances the look of fine lines. In my line of work I get girls and guys on the daily asking me how to combat these problems so I decided to offer some great tips so your under eye concealer looks and stays fresh and beautiful all day long.

1. Before application apply a generous amount of eye cream. A hydrated area will diminish creasing.

2. Use a primer to prep the area before application. You can use one made specifically for the are such as the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer. I also like to use a combination of the Make Up For Ever Primers in Nourish and Smoothing (Check out my full review here for more details).Smashbox_PhotoFinish_Hydrating_UnderEyePrimermakeupforever_step1_skinEqualizer_primers3. Use a creamy rather then a thicker/dryer texture of concealer. The more creamy the texture the less it will emphasize fine lines and provoke creasing. I like to use the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer but it is a tad on the thick and dry side so I like to mix a bit of the HD Concealer in to make it creamier and thinner in texture.

Make Up For Ever HD Concealer + Full Cover 4. If you have a concealer that’s too thick and dry in texture you can also add a bit of eye cream to thin the product and provide more hydration.

5. Apply a light layer of translucent setting powder to the area after application in order to absorb excess product (which leads to creasing) and to make sure the product stays in place. Although powder foundations do the trick I find a translucent powder to provide more hold and longevity such as the the Make Up For Ever HD Powder or the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.Laura Mercier Secter Camouflage Powder + Make Up For Ever HD Pressed powder and Pro Finsih As you can see the main culprit of under eye creasing tends to be due to dryness, so keep that under eye area hydrated and perky for a flawless long lasting finish.

Do  you have problems with under eye creasing? What are some of your solutions and HG products?

Hugs from Beauty Land