Hourglass

April’s Wish List

Hourglass Modernist Palette in Infinity – Would you just look at that! This beautiful artist-inspired eyeshaddow palette contains a seamless colour transition of beautiful taupe and bronze shades. Each palette contains five richly pigmented shades in a range of finishes from matte to shimmer. Really I’d love to have one of each shade range… But Infinity really floats my boat.

The Shine Brush – The Wet Brush – The ultimate mane saving tool, this brush effortlessly detangles dry or wet hair without stretching or breaking. Apparently, the long ball-tipped bristles are ideal for stimulating circulation near the scalp, to better feed your follicles and encourage new growth, and… the ‘Mongolian Boar’ bristles help deliver a lustrous polish. I’m desperate for a new brush and… this is it.

Laura Mercier Silk Créme Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation – Now I’m very aware that I don’t need another foundation in my life. But I’ve read so many rave reviews about this one that it just needs to be mine. This photo-ready foundation creates a flawless, long-wearing canvas with a natural luminous finish. The photo-ready, natural luminous finish is ideal for video, photography and special events. Perfect for graduation I think!

Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush – This award winning brush is the top of my ‘brush’ wish list. It expertly blends all eyeshadows together, softening any harsh lines and edges. The nature of this brush means it can also be used to set concealer. Plus it may just be the softest thing that I have ever felt, I can often be found swirling it over my hands at a Bobbi Brown counter… just for the very fun of it.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat – Inspired by the ultimate, rock chick ‘bedroom eyes’, Charlotte Tilbury has created a revolutionary, no-nonsense liquid-eye pencil: it has the silky smooth glide of a liquid liner with the soft, sooty, pigment-rich result of a kohl. The Eye Cheat shade is the perfect nude eye brightener to be used in the inner waterline to widen and enliven the eyes.

Whistles Sekka Stripe Drape Top – Featuring a high collar rounded neck and sculpted arm sleeves, this asymmetric top is perfect for a standout monochrome look. I love the pattern and draping involved in this piece and would love to add it to my wardrobe. A girl can dream.

Wallis Berry Leather Shoe Boot – Please can someone tell me where I can find these boots in stock?! PLEASE. Sold out everywhere and my heart breaks a little bit each time I visit a wallis store and they aren’t there. This shoe boot has an asymmetric cut which is sexy and flattering on the foot. In mixed materials of suede and leather in this seasons must have colour berry, these shoes are a gorgeous finishing touch to an evening look. I need these in my life.

Chloe Clare Medium Leather Shoulder Bag in Marshmallow Grey – Clare Waight Keller’s signature namesake bag has had a compact makeover with this tri-tone style. Still sleek and practical, this smooth and textured navy and grey leather piece is perfect. Perfect for me.

Is there anything that you’re currently lusting after?

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EVENING MAKEUP

After seeing this post from Alix from I Covet Thee I was inspired to scribble down exactly what I reach for when I’m in preparation for a night out. Now.. let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, I’m not a wild party gal and a complete night owl. I couldn’t be more opposite. In fact I’ve often been known to say “I actually enjoy getting ready for night’s out, more than the night out itself”. Not a true student I know! But.. on the odd occasion I slip on my heels and sip on a few ‘Gin Jams’ with the girls, this is what I reach for…

Now much like Alix, my black uniform is adhered to on nights out, unless I’m feeling brave and crack out a coloured cami and blazer combo *how brave*, And I slip on my Whistles French 65 black pointed courts and grab my Statement Clutch Bag from Zara which is years old, and I love it. Job done.
Makeup wise, my foundation of choice is a toss up between Bobbi Brown Longwear Even Finish and NARS Sheer Glow (reviews of both can be found here) both imitate perfect skin and the NARS one is particularly good for photo situations as there’s no pesky SPF that might cause flash back and make me look like I have a ghost face. Teamed with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  and Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light the base is good to go.
For special occasions I am partial to sculpting myself out some cheekbones – and the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is the one for the job, along with its sister the Celestial Powder for highlighting. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is dusted lightly on my cheeks to pep things up a bit before I move on to eyes.
Depending on what look I’m going for the eyes are either played up or down. If my black outfit is in play then I usually opt for a killer red lip, and will reach for something like the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in either Red Square, or my old favourite Cruella – with this look I’ll dust some of the KA Celestial Powder all over my eyelids and the Sculpting powder in the crease, curl my lashes and then add a copious amount of the L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes mascara to seal the deal.
If I’m not feeling the red lip, I’ll opt for something bronzed and beautiful all over the lid like MAC Mulch with Espresso through the crease. Teamed also with lots of the aforementioned mascara and a wash of MAC Patisserie on the lips.All that’s left is a quick spritz of Diptyque Vetyverio, a deep musky scent with a hint of freshness which I will always be seen sporting in the evening and I’m ready to go!

What are your night out make up staples?

The Blush Revolution

Hold the phone. *Insert heart eyed emoji here* Aren’t these just beautiful?

I dropped the deets on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette on Sunday so if you haven’t seen that post then you can catch it here – so… imagine these powders crossed with a pop of colour and voila! The Ambient Lighting Blush is born. The integration of Photoluminescent Technology offers transformative coverage while instilling cheeks with an out of this world flush.

The ALB are a hybrid between the different glow giving powder formulas and traditional powder blushes which are formulated to impart a natural glow from within. Multiple products? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

This six strong line-up landed in February, mixing the best-selling Ambient Lighting Powder formula with 6 different pops of colour. Handmade in Italy, no two pans are the same, and they’re all beautiful. I can’t say I own anything else like this in my blush stash – brightening, flushing, and oh so pretty.

Top L-R and Bottom L-R
Diffused Heat – A vibrant poppy blush combined with Diffused Light for a subtle halo effect.

Radiant Magenta – A golden fuchsia blush combined with Radiant Light for a summer glow.

Luminous Flush – A champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.

Dim Infusion – A subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth.

Mood Exposure – A soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion.

Ethereal Glow – A cool pink blush fused with Ethereal Light for a moonlit luminosity.

Here are my recommendations as to what colours will compliment each different skin tone:

Fair Skin: Dim Infusion and Ethereal Glow

Medium Skin: Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure

Dark Skin: Radiant Magenta and Diffused Heat

My favourite? It’s a tough one. I’ll go for Luminous Flush or Dim Infusion.

These truly are the next generation of blushes: they’re a groundbreaking hybrid of two wonderful concepts that deliver a seamless, soft-focus colour and radiant natural finish.

They can be found in Space NK retailing at £28 each. So what’re you waiting for?! Which shade are you going to choose?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Now I think it would be best if we all just took a minute to sit and admire the beauty of this palette. This 3-in-1 glow giver has all of your highlighting and powdering needs covered, and boy is this a good’un.

The kit consists of three Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in a smooth gunmetal silver compact with a sample-size of the Veil Mineral Primer which is a whole other story!

The shades in question are Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive to this palette) and Radiant Light. Which, if you’re unfamiliar with the function these powders perform; they act as a personal lighting system, blurring, colour correcting and highlighting where needed.

These powders are like no others, their high-tech, soft-focus finish mimics all sorts of lighting that floods your face. They work by manipulating the way that light reflects on your skin, giving the highly sought after ‘luminous finish’ without looking greasy or shiny.

Dim Light – is the ‘neutral peach beige’ and the setting powder of the bunch. It works by blurring imperfections on the face such as enlarged pores all whilst imparting a natural-looking highlight to the high parts of the face. Think.. a setting powder without a cake-face finish.

Incandescent Light – is the ‘opalescent pearl’ that brightens the complexion and adds a celestial glow. This is the most shimmer packed of the three and fits the bill of a classic highlighter. Perfect for in the corners of the eyes and top of the cheeks.

Radiant Light – is the ‘sun-kissed golden beige’, acting as a very light and natural looking bronzer – rounding things off nicely by imparting a bronzey golden glow to the face. Perfect for all over the face, collar bones and the shins… just everywhere!

I picked mine up for £56 from Space NK a pricey investment, but a necessary one none the less!

New In

My leave of absence from the blog sent me into a downward spiral of obsessive purchasing.

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Hourglass – Now you may remember here that I proclaimed my love for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, and true to form, they are mine! Say hello to Dim Infusion, Mood Exposure and Luminous Flush (L-R). These blushes are a hybrid between their Ambient Lighting Powders and pops of colour which impart that whole ‘glowing from within’ thing. They’re exactly what I expected, and more. My favourite is Dim Infusion, riddled with peachy tones that gives a subtle flush similar to my own. Although Luminous Flush is a close runner it’s bronzey and beachy and I can’t wait to put it to the test on holiday this summer!

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NARS – I had a bit of a NARS blow out. Now lets not judge… this is a haul of the past two months worth of spending, induced further by pre-exam depression. I have a problem.
But… I finally got my hands on the Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla after a UK shortage of the stuff, and I can confirm that yes… It was well worth the wait! Please pray that they never run out of stock again.

Another NARS purchase was the Multiple stick in Maui and this is by far one of my favourites. It’s a beautiful blush colour, but it’s so good on the lips too. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that it might be my *favourite* lip colour so far. It’s just a shame that it’s such a dry consistency, meaning that it doesn’t always sit very well on the lips and things can start to look a little creased.

So because of this problem with the Multiple stick, I set off on a hunt for a lipstick dupe, and although I haven’t found it yet.. I’ve definitely stumbled across another love on the way. Enter NARS Satin Lipstick in Niagara – a pink based coral that I’ve just fallen in love with! Perfect for the summer, perfect for the winter. An instant pick me up in a bullet. I think I’m in love.

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Eyes – Now I’m cheating a bit here, there may or may not be another NARS purchase in this category, in the form of a Due Eyeshadow in Kalahari, marked as a Gold confection and a Sugared cocoa, these two are beautiful. Kalahari appears in one of my favourite palettes ‘And God Created the Woman’ and here is where my love affair began. Swept all over the lid this shadow imparts a subtle shimmer and a warm hue, but packed on with a flat brush and buffed out – this can create a show stopping bronzed smokey eye like no other. Top marks.

Perhaps a close runner up as my favourite purchase of the lot is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in the shade Brown Perfection. A twist-up, thick pencil formed eyeshadow that glides on, stays put through rain or shine and adds the definition needed to ramp up the eyes. I find it’s best as an eyeliner/smudger outerer rather than an all over the lid jobbie but it’d do both if you wanted. Recently you can find me lining my eyes thickly, top and bottom and blending it right out… Olsen-style.

And last but not least is a new mascara entry – Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in 10 Noir. Now here’s my only gripe.. I wanted the mascara, but I wanted it in brown so with a range including Bleu, Noir, Prune and Khaki Bronze I didn’t really have much of an option. I guess Khaki Bronze would of been my best shot, but they didn’t have it in stock. So, I bit the bullet and went for the black and… I love it. I love the formula, it holds a curl, and adds volume like no other without flaking or clumping. I just wish it was brown.

So for now I’ve curbed my spending and tied up my purse strings. Let’s just hope that the summer launches aren’t too enticing!

Come at me Brow

Now its no secret, i’m a dark haired lady – naturally my eyebrows resemble those of Wolverines and in the past I may have resented this, I shaved (yes – shaved!!) my monobrow in order to obtain the more aesthetically pleasing separated brows and ended up with rather attractive stubble (!), but now.. the bushier the better baby.

With fashion forward folks looking towards the bleached brow, and many people just hacking their brows all together, it seems like a comprehensive brow breakdown is needed.

Rule No. 1 – Embrace your brows! Whether they’re naturally thin and arched, or bushy and bold, work with what you’ve got. If you’re eyebrows are thick, don’t pluck them within an inch of their life, love them! Cause baby, big is beautiful. Think Cara Delevigne, Lily Collins and Audrey Hepburn, those are the brows I lust after!

Step 1: Go to a professional – It’s worth paying that little bit extra for someone to give you their professional opinion, whether you go to get waxed, sugared or threaded, if you’re explicit in what you want, you’ll always come out with a set of brows you’re happy with.

Step 2: Invest in a good pair of tweezers for maintenance – I’m always on the cautious side when it comes to plucking, but with the right tools, you can achieve brow perfection. I recommend the Tweezerman offerings, a bit pricey, but seriously worth it! Think of it as an investment. Beware, in order to obtain complete precision, these bad boys are sharp!

Step 3: Arch those brows – in order to achieve a polished brow look there is one product that I rely on, the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, a powder, wax and pencil all rolled into one the precise little nib.

Used in sparse areas to sketch in a few extra hairs, or to shade at the arch, this strongly pigmented wax fills in and holds like no other, brow perfection in one little pencil.

Dark Brunette is an undetectable brow-like shade for us dark hairs gals, and it’s bloomin’ long lasting, it’s seen me through rain and shine without so much as a hair out of place. Let’s not forget the spoolie brush at the other side, which is great for coaxing those strays back into place. The best thing.. I’ve had mine 7 months, used it every single day, and there’s still half left – which almost makes it worth the £26 price tag.

Almost.

There you have it, a comprehensive brow guide and a review in one. No excuses now girls, get those brows ship shape.