HOURGLASS COSMETICS – WORTH THE SPLURGE?

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.

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - 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

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

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.

Price: £42

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

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

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.

Price: £56

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.

Price: £56

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

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

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.

Shade & Finish: This palette contains 6 exclusive shades
• Ambient Lighting Powder – Soft Light
• Ambient Lighting Powder – Filtered Light
• Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Golden Bronze Light
• Ambient Lighting Blush – Nude Glow
• Ambient Lighting Blush – Mood Flush
• Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder – Champagne Strobe Light

All the shades are well pigmented and wearable, each providing that luxurious lit from within glow that Hourglass is renowned for.

Price: £69

Overall: I love this palette all the colours are beautiful and extremley pigmented, yet blendable a great edition to my kit.

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

AMBIENT LIGHTING BRONZER

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

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

Price: £45.00

Overall: I really like these bronzers they are builable yet subtle, lovely for bridal to give a soft bronzed look without looking too contoured.

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

VEIL – MINERAL PRIMER – OIL FREE

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

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.

Price: £49

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?

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WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

Many things influence our decision to purchase a particular cosmetic product from the array of selection we are faced with, however how many of those items do you actually use up and would you repurchase?

Entering shops such as Boots, Selfridges, Debenhams and even more so online, we are greeted with a very wide selection of choice when it comes to cosmetics.

I’m sure I’m not alone in the amount of bags, boxes and even cupboards stuffed with cosmetics that I seem to have accumulated over time.

What makes you choose a product? For me it can be a whole host of reasons from recommendation, special offers (I’m a sucker for a GWP), what it claims to acheive and….dare I say it packaging! The amount of items I have bought because of the logo or the fact that it’s pink or gold or that it’s just insta worthy, it’s ridiculous (bet I’m not alone though).

I am actually a nightmare for buying something new that isn’t really required and starting to use it before finishing my current product, which quickly escalates to bags and boxes of half used products.

As I entered 2019 I tried to consciously finish a product and discard the packaging before buying something similar, or at least before opening something new.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

My professional kit is a different matter I have selected items, probably about half my kit that I use on almost every job and all those items I would and do replace before they run out, that still leaves half of my kit that is purely there just so I can be prepared for lots of skin types/colours and offer a range of looks.

By clinging on to half empty cosmetics we are just being wasteful and potentially allowing a breeding ground for bacteria, as once opened some products should really be used within months.

So when we wade through the mountain of products how many of them have we used and loved so much that we would repurchase?

For this post though I want to focus on my personal beauty items that I use on myself, if you would like me to do a post on my kit favourites please comment below.

When I decided to write about this topic and actually gave it some thought I was really surprised how few items there actually are.

I love skincare and love trying out new products however I have wasted a lot of money trying things that don’t agree with my skin or I just don’t like so now I try to keep my staple things that I know work for me.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover – A definite multiple repuchase for me. This product I love, it is super affordable and does the job. I wear waterproof mascara so need something super effective to remove all traces without endless rubbing. I also use this all over my face as a first step cleanse to breakdown my foundation, as its more affordable than the cleansers I use it means I am using less of my more expensive cleansers to remove my makeup.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

Garnier Micellar water – Another multiple repurchase, I use this both personally and professionally. I have tried other micellar waters and always seem to go back to this one. I don’t use it to remove my makeup but I always use it in a morning to wipe over my skin before I apply my morning skincare.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intensive – This is another product I love and again I’ve tried other products that claim to be similar but this is my personal preference. Read more about this product in my post Hydration Helpers

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

Paula’s Choice Retinol – I have only ever used over the counter Retinol and have tried a few brands and in my opinion this is by far the best. It’s not cheap, but it works and I have and will continue to repurchase this

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

These are the skincare items I have repurchased so far, I am currently using a few more items that I’m sure I will repurchase once they are finished, so I will keep you posted in a Part 2.

On to Make-up:

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

Estee Lauder Doublewear – I’m sure I mention this product in every post…I should have shares in it I buy that much! I have tried soooooooo many foundations and ALWAYS come back to this one. It’s purely the longevity of this product for me, I don’t need to powder, it doesn’t transfer and it last’s all day.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

Nars Creamy Concealer – There was a Dior concealer that I loved however they annoyingly discontinued it. I’m not sure it’s a Holy Grail product on myself but I have tried a LOT of concealers and for me this one is always my preferred choice.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

L’Oreal False Lash Architect waterproof mascara – I have tried a LOT of mascaras and there are a few I have repurchased in the past. I was using both the Diorshow waterproof mascara and Charlotte Tilbury Legendary lashes volume 2 and I do love them both, however once I tried this I was hooked, the performance is amazing and it’s just more affordable.

Mascara is definitely something you don’t want to be hanging on to unnecessarily, it is advised you only keep a mascara for 3 months once opened.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?

Those are the only repurchase items that I won’t deviate from, I tend to swap about with my other items and try something new once the item I’m using has run out.

How many items would you repurchase? Please feel free to share some of your favourites below

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5 MAKEUP TIPS TO SAVE TIME IN THE MORNING

Time is precious, especially in a morning, whether you are juggling the school run and work or just want a few extra minutes in bed, here are my 5 makeup tips to save time in the morning.

5 MAKEUP TIPS TO SAVE TIME IN THE MORNING

Skincare

Ok so this isn’t makeup but it WILL save you time in the morning in regards to your makeup routine.

As I keep mentioning, the better the base the better your makeup will look and the less products you will need to apply, thus saving you time in a morning.

So invest time in the evening, at your leisure and step up your skincare routine with active ingredients that will help treat any skin issues and allow you to wake with a fresher, clearer, smoother skin rather, than spending your time concealing .

Tint eyebrows and eyelashes

Many people wear mascara and also fill in their eyebrows of some description so getting them tinted can either cut out the step completely or provide you with a good base for you to quickly enhance.

You are always better to visit a professional beauty salon and take precautions by doing a skin test first to prevent any reactions. I am a qualified beauty therapist so I tint my own brows at home every couple of weeks and this saves me so much time (and product) in a morning.

Tanning drops

Even if you don’t need coverage, many people will wear either a CC or BB cream or some kind of bronzing product to give them a bit of colour, adding tanning drops into your moisturiser at night will allow you to awaken with a golden glow.

Seperate makeup bag

Precious seconds and even minutes can be lost by rumaging around looking for the items you need, so I tend to segregate my daily makeup into a seperate makeup bag or storage box, to make it easier and have the products and brushes I need to hand.

Multi use products

Using one product for a few jobs can not only save money but also time, using your bronzer as an eyeshadow, your brow colour as an eyeliner or your cream cheek colour on your lips will also help speed up the process.

5 MAKEUP TIPS TO SAVE TIME IN THE MORNING

I hope you find these tips useful and it saves you time to spend how you like, with a coffee, with the kids or…with your eyes closed in bed, after all getting sleep is important, it will mean less concealer in the morning!

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ILLAMASQUA – A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

The title of this post pretty much says it all! My favourite gel eyeliner was coming to an end so I just had to restock.

Whilst on the Illamasqua website I saw the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette, I thought to myself I probably have more than enough eyeshadow palettes, but then I saw….FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE….argh! I’m such a sucker for a G.W.P and anything trial size, perfect for in your handbag, to try new products and for travel.

So anyway as you will have gathered all the items ended up in my basket, through the checkout and arrived at my door…eek!

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

Since the brand launched in 2008, they made a strong commitment to never support or permit animal testing on any of their products, and only work with suppliers who uphold these principles. All their products are cruelty free their make-up brushes are made entirely out of synthetic hair and the range also houses over 100 Vegan products.

The products I have tried from their range have been great quality and highly pigmented so I was excited to try more.

Let’s look at what I ordered:

Firstly, the whole reason for the order:

ILLAMASQUA PRECISION GEL EYELINER

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

£21.00 colour Infinity

What Illamasqua says:

“A smooth, water-resistant formula, the liner applies effortlessly to deliver intense colour with ultimate staying power. Achieve long-wearing, high definition results with ease.”

My thoughts:

Abso-bloomin-lutely! They hit the nail on the head, I have tried many gel liners, some smudged and transferred to the eyelid, some turned grey when they dried, others dried up whilst I was less than half way through the pot.

This eyeliner is AMAZING, it’s creamy and easy to apply, yet dries to a water-resistant finish, it remains black and I get to use the whole pot without it drying out.

I apply this with a Mac 266 brush to define the eyes and also blend in strip lashes.

Next up my new purchase:

ILLAMASQUA ARTISTRY PALETTE – ELEMENTAL

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

£38.00

What Illamasqua says:

“Create the ultimate Smokey eye with the Elemental Palette. Created to celebrate Illamasqua’s 10th anniversary, this palette has 12 universal powder eyeshadows, suitable for all skin tones. Effortlessly transform your look with these highly-pigmented shades that work for both day and night time looks and are housed in luxurious, limited edition packaging”

My thoughts:

Whilst I love anything sparkly I am a bit fan of matte palettes as opposed to shimmer. I prefer to add colour, depth and blend with matte and then go in with my sparkle if and where it is required.

I do get quite a lot of clients requesting a matte eye look and always use more of a matte shadow on my mature clients.

Usually when I get a larger palette I end up using the same 3 or 4 colours, so what attracted me to this palette is that 11 out of the 12 colours are matte and the shimmer shade is gold so I can foresee using every single colour in it making it great value for money.

Shades:

As you can see from the swatches below these shadow’s are super pigmented, the texture is quite buttery which makes them a dream to apply, build and blend.

The tones of these shades are so wearable there are lighter, brighter inner eye and brow bone matte highlight colours, some great transistion shades and deep tones for creating a gorgeous smoke. I’m super happy with this palette and can see me reaching for it a lot.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

And finally my fab free gift:

ILLAMASQUA – YOU ARE BEAUTY – FREE GIFT

Makeup bag containing:

Mini Hydra veil – I have this product in a full size in my studio, so this handy mini will be great either in my kit (or my makeup bag). When I first tried the hydra veil I was suprised at it’s strange jelly like texture, however it leaves the skin feeling super hydrated and refreshed.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

Gel Sculpt – Silhouette – I opened this product, rolled it up and thought, well it will come in handy for makeup on black skin, the colour was so dark and intense I was unsure on who and when I would use it. Don’t let the colour put you off when you apply this it is a super sheer, nice golden brown. It’s gel like texture makes it easy to apply yet its not a cream so it seems to dry/set which I prefer, as I find creams slide around.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

Lipstick – In the shade Binary, a beautiful coral shade. It’s semi – matte finish means it’s long lasting, but not drying on the lips. I haven’t tried the Illamasqua lip colours before and so was very pleasantly surprised when I tried this at it’s high pigment. A beautiful shade heading into Spring/Summer too.

ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT
ILLAMASQUA - A REPURCHASE, A NEW PURCHASE AND A FREE GIFT

What have you tried from the Illamasqua range?

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GET THE LOOK – VALENTINES DAY RED LIP

Valentine’s day, the day of luuuurve…well supposedly! Shops are filled with red roses, red heart balloon’s, but today I’m focusing on a red lip, with not one but two GET THE LOOK’S.

Also arriving today is a little Valentine’s gift To Me… From Me, well it IS important to show yourself some love once in a while…and what better way to do it than with a big box of goodies from Charlotte Tilbury (Including some new red’s) comment below if you would like a post on what I got.

LOOK 1

GET THE LOOK - VALENTINES DAY RED LIP

Skin: The client’s skin was prepped using Garnier Micellar water to cleanse the skin and Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base to moisturise.

Base: NYX Pore filler was applied in the centre of the fore head and side of nose to minimise pores and prevent shine, Estee Lauder Doublewear was then applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Beauty Blender. Nars creamy concealer was used under the eyes to brighten and MAC mineralise skin finish in Medium Tan was used to add a bit of warmth to the face. Nars Orgasm and Mac Soft and Gentle were added to the cheeks for a pop of colour and a gentle highlight.

Eyes: Brows were kept soft yet defined using Anastasia Brow Powder in Caramel. On the lids I went for a soft golden smoke using Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-eyes and The Dolce Vita palettes, Barberella Brown Rock ‘n’ Kohl eye pencil also from Charlotte Tilbury was used to define the eyes. Ardell lashes were applied wth Duo glue and a good coat of mascara to further accentuate the eyes.

Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Kiss ‘n’ Tell was used to define the lips, then Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red was applied for a pop of colour.

LOOK 2

GET THE LOOK - VALENTINES DAY RED LIP

Skin: The client’s skin was prepped using Garnier Micellar water to cleanse the skin and Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base to moisturise.

Base: Estee Lauder Doublewear was applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Beauty Blender. Nars creamy concealer was used under the eyes to brighten and MAC mineralise skin finish in Dark Golden and Give Me Sun were used to add a bit of warmth to the face. Mac Fleur Power and Soft and Gentle were added to the cheeks for a pop of colour and a gentle highlight.

Eyes: Brows were defined using Anastasia Brow Powder in Dark Brown. The lids were prepped using MAC Soft Ochre then a soft matte smoke was create using Blanc type, Omega, Charcoal Brown and Carbon. Eldora M102 lashes were applied using Duo glue and Illamasqua gel liner was used to define the eyes.

Lips: MAC Lip Liner in Redd was used to define the lips then YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge was applied for a touch of glam.

Which is your favourite look? Let me know in the comments below

Ps Did you see my GET THE LOOK SOFT PINKS check it out HERE

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