Product Feature- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

You’re making me blush. Fine this palette is making me blush. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?! I know by now the Hourglass ambient lighting blush palette is old news and but I thought I would still write about it. As soon as I saw this gem, I had this sudden, overwhelming need to give this trio a home! I rarely give the newest blush in stores a second glance, but this time I could not seem to tear my eyes away.

Packaged in a sleek and slim gold case, this palette comes with three shades include Mood Exposure, Luminous flush and incandescent Electra (an exclusive shade to the palette). All three shades provide the prettiest glow and colour to the face with the added bonus of the infamous hourglass highlight from the shimmers in each blush. This girl has yet to purchase the ambient lighting highlight pallet – got to keep the spending in check sometimes.

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While this palette is on the pricier end, I definitely think it is worth it. Especially if you are not a blush fanatic like I am, it’s great to have one go to set that will never let you down. The pigmentation is superb and is very buildable, allowing for both subtle romantic looks to some intense cheek colour. The shades are long-lasting without the need to reapply throughout the day.

All three shades are gorgeous but my personal favourite of the palette is Mood Exposure. As I had never worn let alone even swatched a colour like this before, I was initially hesitant towards this colour due to its purple hues. I found it looked most natural on my skin and really popped whenever I wore a colour that complimented it.  Just goes to show you can’t judge a blush by its colour.

After the success of this blush find, perhaps I should expand my horizon! What are some of your favourite blushes?

Until next time

Sarah x

Product Feature – Clinique Chubby Stick Contour

It’s no surprise that sculpting and contouring has taken the world by storm.  I myself am amateur at best in my contouring game so I’ll welcome any product to help improve skills. If only we could all achieve those Kim K sculpted cheekbones. I currently only own powder products, but I was interested in finding a cream product. Behold, my prayers were answered as Clinique recently came out with their Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour.

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This product only comes in one shade, which initially worried me as I felt it would be too close to my natural skin colour, but thankfully it was dark enough. Hopefully Clinique will introduce a wider range of shades for us. Application is very smooth, super easy to blend, and very buildable. I find the finish much more natural than a powder product. Rather than sitting on top of your makeup, the creamy formula blends and sinks into your skin and foundation. I’ve also noticed a bit of shimmer in the product prior to blending it in which adds a bit of brightness and built-in highlight.

Let’s talk about the packaging, aka the way to any beauty lover’s heart. I love the chubby stick and its compact nature. Super easy to pop in a makeup bag rather than a bulky palette. I use the almighty beauty blender to work the product into the skin; eliminating the need to carry around a brush. Also I love the chubby stick as it allows you to be precise and target the exact hollows of you cheekbones to get the sculpted look.

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I did find however that the lasting power with this product wasn’t great as the colour did fade throughout the day. Now I wouldn’t say my skin type is oily, but this could be an issue for some. Perhaps my skin is super dry and is trying to absorb every bit of moisture? Perhaps I’m not used to wearing cream products? This definitely isn’t a negative for the product. Just something I have to be aware of in my own use. I tried setting it with the Nars Contour Blush in Gienah the next day and it lasted much longer.

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In addition to being affordable, I would give this a big thumbs up. Let me know some of your contouring secrets!

Until next time,

Sarah x

Weekend Update: L’Oreal Spring Warehouse Sale

I love a good sale. My ears perk up when I hear a sale is on. I get that excited little flutter in my tummy about the prospect of a good deal. Am I the only one that lives for the shopping adrenaline rush?

Anyway, this past weekend I was lucky enough to get entry tickets to the L’Oreal spring warehouse sale. It advertised products from brands like Essie, L’Oreal, Maybelline and Garnier at a discounted price. I have never been to an event like this before so I was super excited to see what was on offer. So early Saturday Morning with Tim Hortons in hand, my darling Mother and I donned our shopping faces and headed out to the warehouse. We arrived just before noon and as it was still relatively quiet, we walked right in with ample time to browse before the place really began to fill up.

The product deals were great and there was an amazing selection of make-up, hair care, perfumes and skincare. This was the second week that the sale was on and I did find that there were limited shades of foundation and concealer products. I was disappointed as I wanted to get my hands on another Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Concealer. Perhaps they were the quickest to sell out.

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IMG_0237Products Purchased: 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Deep Forest

Essie Nail polish in Take it outside, Sittin’ Pretty, Not Just a Pretty Face and Haute in the Heat

L’Oreal EverSleek Frizz Taming Serum

Garner Clean Charcoal Impurities Eliminating Scrub

Maybelline One by One Volume Express Mascara

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara

Garnier Refreshing Make-up Remover wipes

Garnier Intensive Repairing Lotion

Overall the sale was great. I purchased both familiar products and new products to try. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any pictures from the sale as it was quite busy and, in all honesty, I was in the shopping zone. Probably my ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon! I was even a tad bit sad once it was all over.

Stay tuned for possible reviews on some of the products I purchased!

Until next time,

Sarah x