Review | Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant Light

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When I heard that Hourglass would be bringing out strobing powders, I have to admit, I was excited. I am not really a fan of harsh contouring or highlighting on myself, however I do like to highlight some ares of my face to bring a bit of life and dimension back to my complexion after I have applied my foundation, concealer and powder.

I already loved the formula of the Ambient Lighting Powders, Blush and Bronzer so I knew I would love the formula of these strobing powders. I am a little disappointed though that two of the shades are pink toned (Incandescent Light and Iridescent Light) and the other is tan in colour (Euphoric Light) as these tones in highlighters really does not suit my skin tone. Luckily the last powder (Brilliant Light) is yellow in colour which is perfect for me.

I was a little worried at first that the highlight the strobing powders provided would not be much different to that of the Ambient Lighting Powders. I really enjoy using a combination of Radiant Light and Incandescent Light as a highlight and find that on my skin tone this provides a really nice natural highlight. As I expected the formula of the Strobing Lighting Powder is smooth and feels light on the skin. It definitely provides more of an intense highlight than the Ambient Lighting Powders yet it still looks natural on the skin as it blends beautifully and there are no chunks of glitter. It lasts well on the skin and still looks just as good after it has been worn all day.

This is definitely a highlight I will save for special occasions or when I am doing more of a full face of makeup as it can be a little too intense for everyday makeup for me. The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders retail for £34 each and are available here.

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Wish List #5 | July 2015

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I know it is a bit late in the month to be posting a July Wishlist but there are a few particular products I am desperate to get my hands on at the moment so I thought I would write about them on my blog in the hopes a certain someone would see this post and treat me – just kidding… or am I.

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

Jaclyn Hill had done it again. She has collaborated with a fantastic company to create a beautiful product that I just cannot resist purchasing. I already love the formula of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors but the one I own (Rose Gold) is a tad dark for me at the moment, due to me having an English Rose – in other words ghostly pale – complexion. Jaclyn created this product to suit any skin tone. It is described as a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones. It sounds perfect. I believe it is only available from Sephora in the USA at the moment so I will have to buy it the next time I make a Sephora order – which I am thinking will be pretty soon! Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop retails for $38 and is available here. 

2. Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi)

I am already huge fan of Hakuho-do brushes. I only own two of them but they are two of my favourite brushes. When I heard Sephora were bringing out a range of brushes created with Hakuho-do it quickly sparked my interest. There are five brushes in the collection and the one I like the look of the most is the Pro Fan Cheek Brush (also called Ougi). Hakuho-do are famous for their fantastic quality natural hair brushes, however, in this collab with Sephora they have designed synthetic bristled brushes. All of the brushes have lacquered red handles with matte black ferrules, they just look stunning. They range in price from $30 – $54 so quite pricey but I am willing to pay that bit more money for a quality brush. The Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi) retails for $40 and is available here.

3. Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial

This is not a product I have heard much about in the blogging community but I don’t think I have been disappointed by a Ren product yet. The Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial claims to work in three stages overnight to leave skin looking more luminous, brighter and more even in tone. I love the Gycolactic Skin Renewal Mask and find that does a great job at making my skin look more luminous in the morning, so this sounds like it may up the glow factor even more. The Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial retails for £32 and is available here.

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze

I have to admit, when this was first released I wasn’t all that fussed about it. Now that I am seeing it being used more and more in tutorials I have fallen in love with the way it makes peoples skin look. It really does give that bronzed goddess look that everyone wants in the summer. I know it is super pricey for a bronzer but bronzing up my face is something I have been enjoying doing recently and none of my bronzers seem to be giving me the look I am going for. Im pretty sure I have £10 of Space NK points so this might accidentally slip into my basket next time I am browsing their site. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in luminous Bronze retails for £42 and is available here.

5. Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio

These were added to my wishlist today whilst I was browsing the Smashbox stand in my local Boots. I was on the hunt for their 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer (review coming next month) and I spotted some testers of these contour sticks. Today was the first time I had seen them in person so I swatched them on the back of my hand and blended them out. I was so impressed with how well they blended into my skin and I am pleased to see that the contour shade is cool enough in tone to actually give the appearance of shadows on the face. The Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio retails for £35 and is available here.

6. Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum

This is another recent product want of mine. I was watching Caroline Hirons empties video and she mentioned this as being good for someone with Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin). I have only just discovered that this is the name for the look of the skin on my arms and thighs, it is something that has bothered me for most of my adult life and is something that causes me a great deal of embarrassment in the summer months – though I’m sure most people don’t notice it. I think I might treat myself to this before my holiday in September to try and reduce the look of the Keratosis Pilaris on my arms. The Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum retails for £40 and is available here.

Have you tried any of these products? If so what do you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

First Impressions and Swatches | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

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When I saw this post on Temptalia I knew I had to have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. I am already a huge fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and I already had a single Ambient Lighting Blush (Diffused Heat) which I love, so ordering this was a no brainer. As soon as it went on Space NK’s website I immediately pre ordered it – cue weeks of obsessively checking my emails for a dispatch notification. I love the idea of having three of these blushes in a compact palette. I don’t think I have ever used a whole blush up, so this means I can have three different colours in a smaller size that I may actually finish – although I don’t want to, they are so pretty!

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Lets start with the packaging shall we. How beautiful does it look. The blushes come house in a gold mirror like palette, it is so reflective it was hard to get a good photo of it. It is nice and compact and there is hardly any wasted space as you will see from the photos below. There is just enough room for all three blushes and a decent mirror in the lid.The three colours in this palette are Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure.

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Luminous Flush is a pinky peach blush mixed with a champagne/gold highlight.

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Incandescent Electra is more of a peachy coral in colour with a cool toned champagne highlight. This is exclusive to the palette so if you like the look of this blush I would grab it quick before it sells out.

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Mood Exposure is a plummy mauve blush with more of a subtle cool toned highlight.

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Mood Exposure has to be my favourite of the three as it is the kind of colour I like to wear when I am wearing either a bold lip or a smokey eye. It is that perfect mauve/tan flush that looks very natural. The blush looks quite muddy and is a strange colour in the pan, but it is gorgeous when swatched and on the cheeks.

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L- R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Now lets look at the cost of the palette. A full size Ambient Lighting Blush is £28 and contains 0.15oz of product. The Ambient Lighting Blush Palette is £56 and contains three blushes weighing 0.11oz each (0.33oz total). That works out to be approximately £62 worth of blush, so for the price of two full size blushes you might as well get the palette and have three colours instead – but that’s just my opinion.

Overall I am so pleased I managed to get my hands on this palette. Like the Ambient Lighting Palette, this will become a staple in my makeup bag as it contains all the colours I use on a regular basis and it is nice and small.

Did you pick up this palette? If so I would love to know your thoughts on it, let me know in the comments below.