As soon as I saw the beautiful Benefit Cheekleaders blush, bronze and highlight palette’s I knew I just HAD to have one, but which would I choose…Pink Squad or Bronze Squad?
OMG… how could I choose?…ok, you guessed it….I got both!
Let’s take a look at my new beauties!
Pink Squad – This gorgeous collection contains the fabulous Hoola bronzer, the beautiful Galifornia, Dandelion and Dallas blushers and an amazing palette exlusive highlighter, Tickle.
The shades in the Pink Squad are perfect for a more fair to medium skin tone and anyone that loves a hint of pink. The colours are nice and buildable, which is good as you can determine the intensity.
Bronze Squad – This tan-talizing collection contains 2 bronzers, Hoola and Hoola Caramel for a deeper bronze, the amazing Gold Rush and Coralista blushers and a dreamy palette exlusive highlighter, Cookie.
The shades in the Bronze Squad are great for a fair to medium/dark complexion and anyone that loves a more sunkissed, bronze, more warm look to their skin.
There are definitely bits of both of these palette‘s that I love in terms of shades, so I was right to get both!
The highlighter’s in both palette’s are just beautiful however I feel they could have done with being in the opposite boxes. The Bronze Squad highlight shade Cookie is more of a beautiful light irredescent silvery pink whilst in the Pink Squad the highlighter shade Tickle, whilst looking pink in the palette is a very yellow gold finish.
I always have Hoola in my kit and have wanted to get some of the Benefit blushes for some time so the fact they are in one easy palette and for such a great price, means I’m saving both space and money.
Are you more Pink Squad or Bronze Squad? Comment below
Getting your makeup professionally done is a lovely treat, great for any special occasion and perfect for your wedding day but what about every other day let’s look at DOING YOUR OWN MAKEUP.
Stuck in a rut with your makeup?
Unsure which products or colours are best for you?
Struggling with getting your eye makeup to look nice?
The internet is a great source of information and YouTube have some amazing makeup tutorials, however for some people these may not be suitable.
When we watch other people applying their makeup they are applying it in a way that suits their face structure and using products suitable for their skin.
You really need some personal advice and assistance, that’s where makeup lessons come in.
This is something I get enquiries about all the time from clients wanting to learn how to apply their own makeup.
When choosing where to have a lesson I would always opt for a freelance artist rather than a particular stand in a store, this is purely as their advice will tend to be more unbiased as they are not trying to sell you any products.
Watching a tutorial online is good but there is no feedback, no one to guide you on the areas you are going wrong or praise you and build your confidence on the things you are doing right.
People want different things from a lesson so it’s important they are tailored to your needs.
Start with skin – the better the canvas the better the masterpiece, great makeup will always sit better on great skin, so be prepared to discuss your current routine and get new tips if there are changes to be made.
Take your makeup – it’s good for the artist to see what you already use and how you are currently applying it and also what with so they can guide you.
Take notes – you will no doubt get a LOT of new information which may not all sink in at the time so jot down any products and pointers to jog your memory when you at home and trying out your new techniques.
Ask questions – people are at different stages so if you need to go RIGHT back to basics or the artist is using terms you are not familiar with then ask them to clarify. Likewise if you have some understanding already maybe a quick recap is all that’s needed on those areas.
Be prepared for change – you’ve booked this lesson as you need help so accept the change and get out of the rut.
Don’t buy new products just to go – the artist needs to see your current situation and will advise you if there are things you would benefit having in your bag.
Have a go yourself – during the lesson it should be you doing the application, maybe the artist will apply to one side to demonstrate or just talk you through the application process.
Don’t be embarrassed – by either your makeup bag or your ability everyone has to start somewhere.
Practice – like with anything practice makes perfect, the more you are trying out your new skills the better they will be.
Hope you all had a great Easter and bank holiday break, the weather has been gorgeous. I decided that instead of chocolate I was going to treat myself to yet more makeup and with some BRAND NEW releases from Charlotte Tilbury how could I resist? So it definitely was a Happy Easter to me with Charlotte Tilbury gifts galore.
The first item I need to tell you about are the BRAND NEW Glowgasm Face Palette’s, if you’ve read my other posts you will know by now that I can not possibly chose one, I have to have both.
So I’d like to welcome Lightgasm and Lovegasm to my collection.
Both these palettes contain a Highlight, Multi-glow, Pop blush and bronze shade.
Before you even open the palette….WOW…the beautiful signature rose gold packaging this time complimented with a dreamy pastel design on the top, the sturdy case opens up to reveal a full size mirror in the lid and 4 of the most beautiful products I’ve ever seen.
Firstly let’s look at Lightgasm, this contains a beautiful light champagne highlight, a rose gold multi-glow, a pinky gold pop blush and a light- medium bronze shade.
Now let’s look at Lovegasm, this contains a beautiful yellow gold highlight, a much more intese rose gold almost copper multi-glow, a rose gold pop blush and a more medium-dark bronze shade
These are both beautiful palette’s and retail for £60 each. I must admit I was slightly suprised how much smaller the compacts were when they arrived than I had envisaged but I think they are so beautiful and well made, how can you resist?
Next let’s take a look at what else I ordered, first up are these Eyes To Mesmerise cream eyeshadows. I already own the shade Jean which is a gorgeous pearl shade, so I have added (L-R) Marie Antoinette, a beautiful taupe, Rose Gold, which is exactly as the name and Bette, a more true gold – RRP £22 . (swatches at the end of post)
Now onto lips, I own a wide range of the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and also 2 of the glosses so I thought I would expand my collection with 3 of the Latex Love glosses and 4 of the Hollywood Lips.
The Hollywood Lips are a creamy yet matte lip colour, they offer a great coverage and feel soft on the lips, for those that prefer a matte look. I got the shades (L-R) Showgirl, Too bad I’m bad, Best Actress and Charlotte Darling – RRP £24 . (swatches at the end of post)
These limited edition Latex Love glosses also caught my eye, these pigmented high shine lip glosses pack quite a punch – RRP £24. I got the shades (L-R) Belle Du Soir, Cannes Tropez and Dirty Dancer. (swatches at the end of post)
Here are swatches of the Eyes To Mesmerise cream shadows, Hollywood Lips and Latex Love glosses.
Hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions feel free to comment below.
When I posted this makeup look on social media a few ago I was inundated with comments, messages and questions. So I thought I would do a GET THE LOOK MOTHER OF THE BRIDE.
This mother of the bride was used to wearing makeup but wanted to just look a better version of herself. Her stunning dress was light pink so she didn’t want anything too dark but wanted her eyes to stand out and prefered a brighter cheek and lip.
Skin – The client’s skin was prepped with Garnier Micellar water to ensure a clean fresh base then Clinique Moisture Surge was applied to the skin for ultimate hydration.
Foundation & Concealer – Estee Lauder doublewear was used to cover the freckles and even out the client’s skin and Nars Radiant creamy concealer was used to provide a little more coverage and brighten the undereye.
Brows – Anastasia brow powder was used to softly enhance the brows and clear brow gel to keep them in place.
Eyes – Soft Ochre paintpot by MAC was used to create a canvas for the shadows and even out any discolouration. The Urdan decay heat palette was used to create a matte bright and warm soft smoke on the eyes. A coat of mascara and some Eldora lashes were used to enhance the lashes and a thin application of Illamasqua gel liner was applied on top to further define the eyes.
Cheeks – Definition was given to the face using Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow and a pop of colour was added to the cheeks using MAC Fleur Power.
Lips – Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk liner was used to create a natural fuller line to the lips and Coachella Coral lipstick for a beautiful hydrated pop of colour.
To see my previous post on how to avoid makeup ageing you click HERE
Hope you found this GET THE LOOK MOTHER OF THE BRIDE helpful, if you have any further questions please comment below.
I’m pretty new to the Hourglass cosmetics range, I’ve heard some good reviews and the products and packaging are so appealing, however they are definitely on the higher end of the price range, so I decided to see if they were worth the splurge.
The first product I tried was an Ambient lighting powder, I was advised to use the shade Radiant Light by one of the sales advisors.
I was very impressed with the powder and decided I wanted to try it in a different shade, that may be better suited to my skin tone as I was heading towards winter and my summer glow was fading fast, however this wasn’t the only item in my shopping bag and I ended up with quite a selection.
Let’s look at what I got:
AMBIENT LIGHTING POWDER
What Hourglass say : “Powders mimic six universally flattering light sources, from morning light to candlelight, allowing clients to build a wardrobe of options-not unlike having a personal lighting technician at your disposal. By manipulating and filtering out harsh light, powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles. State-of-the-art formula delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit. Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn day and night. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.”
Shade & Finish: Available in 6 shades: • ETHEREAL LIGHT: An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight. • DIFFUSED LIGHT: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity—like a soft ray of morning light. • DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones. • MOOD LIGHT: A soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion. • LUMINOUS LIGHT: A champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night. • RADIANT LIGHT: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow
As I mentioned earlier I was first advised the colour Radiant Light, I then went on to purchase Diffused Light and Luminous Light.
Packaging: Sleek, bronze coloured, robust packaging with a mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be.
Overall: On my own face I’m not a huge powder fan for setting my base as my skin is very dehydrated and I feel powder just adds years to me, that is also the case for some of my more mature clients…. that was until I tried this
The ambient light powders are super finely milled and aren’t dry or chalky at all infact they create a lovely soft glow, they are in no means glittery or a highlighter they are designed to create a healthy lustre to the skin, more of a ‘lit from within’ glow.
ILLUME SHEER COLOUR TRIO – SUNSET
What Hourglass say: “Give your face a luminous wash of color using this luxe creme-to-satin finish palette featuring bronzer, blush and highlighter. This versatile trio provides everything you need for sheer definition and color. Formulated to seemingly melt into your skin, it gives your complexion an incredibly natural and radiant finish. The palette now includes all three products in a sleek signature Hourglass compact”
Packaging: Sleek, bronze coloured, robust packaging with a good sized mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be. So handy having the 3 products in 1 a great time saver for in the morning and perfect for on the go touch up’s and travel.
Shade & Finish: As you can see from the swatches above, the formula has a good pigment and can be built up, the texture is such an easy blend cream formula that you can also wear it quite sheer too. All 3 are definitely on the warmer side, which is great for me as I prefer those tones.
Overall: I’m not a big lover of cream finishes as a rule, however for it’s blendability and quick and easy application it’s such a handy product and I can see me reaching for this. I do think it’s on the pricey side as it would be more of a “on the school run” “off to the gym” quick and easy product for me, however it is beautifully packaged, a lovely formula and has a real high end feel.
AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT – UNLOCKED
Please note these palettes are limited edition and I believe this is out of stock.
What Hourglass say: “Introducing the next generation of the coveted Ambient® Lighting Edit. The Unlocked edition features 6 new exclusive shades of powder, bronzer, blush and metallic strobe powder. This 100% vegan palette features the Hourglass symbol representing our commitment to being a cruelty free brand. A portion of profits from this palette will go to support the Nonhuman Rights Project – the only civil rights organization in the United States working to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals. All six powders are formulated with pure Photoluminscent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light for skin that appears softer, younger and lit from within.”
Packaging: Sleek, gold, robust packaging with a great sized mirror inside. With all 6 powders inside this is perfect for on the go.
All the shades are well pigmented and wearable, each providing that luxurious lit from within glow that Hourglass is renowned for.
Overall: I love this palette all the colours are beautiful and extremley pigmented, yet blendable a great edition to my kit.
AMBIENT LIGHTING BRONZER
What Hourglass say: Ambient™ Lighting Bronzer fuses the illuminating effects of Ambient® Lighting Powder with bronze pigments to add depth and dimension for a natural, sun-kissed glow. The sheer, airy formula sweeps on softly for a healthy-looking, radiant finish.
Packaging: Sleek, gold coloured, robust packaging with a mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be.
Shade & Finish: Comes in 4 shades, I have Nude bronze light and Luminous bronze light. • LUMINOUS BRONZE LIGHT – a medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl powder, for a softer, candlelit warmth. Ideal for fair/light complexions. • RADIANT BRONZE LIGHT – a warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light, a golden beige powder, to mimic a summer glow. Ideal for medium/deep complexions. • DIFFUSED BRONZE LIGHT [NEW] – a cool bronze shade fused with Diffused Light, a soft, pale yellow powder, to mimic a ray of warm sunlight. Ideal for light/medium complexions. • NUDE BRONZE LIGHT [NEW] – a neutral bronze shade fused with Nude Light, a soft, translucent powder, to mimic a subtle warmth. Ideal for light/medium complexions
Overall: I really like these bronzers they are builable yet subtle, lovely for bridal to give a soft bronzed look without looking too contoured.
VEIL – MINERAL PRIMER – OIL FREE
What Hourglass say: “Elevate your foundation to unprecedented performance with this state-of-the-art primer that extends the wear of foundation for a perfect complexion that lasts. With a texture unlike any other, this oil free primer not only creates a smooth, even canvas for makeup, but also conceals redness, minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and provides broad spectrum SPF 15 protection, all in a supremely airy, silky, cloud-like texture.”
Packaging: Luxurious, sleek frosted glass bottle with the classic Hourglass bronze shiny lid and pump.
Texture & Finish: I was suprised when I first tried this product at how fluid and almost watery the texture is but it feels absolutely beautiful on the skin. It goes on a cloudy milky, white colour and quickly changes to the most beautiful velvet texture.
Overall: This award winning product is an absolutely beautiful primer which I do feel adds longevity to a makeup application.
So the most important question, Is Hourglass worth the splurge?
Obviously I’m more than aware that the prices are quite high and for some people are well and truly out of budget.
Are they a necessity to your everyday makeup? Maybe not
Are there cheaper more affordable products that are similar? Maybe yes
Do they feel and perform like a high end, luxurious product? Absolutely!
I do love a luxury treat myself and of course I want the very best in high end luxury for my beautiful brides so I am happy with all my purchases.
And hey if they aren’t in your budget and you still want a treat, get one on your birthday or Christmas list!
Have you tried any Hourglass products? Do you have any on your wishlist?