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
Whilst I was studying at beauty college many (many) years ago I got a job at Debenhams in the cosmetics department, over Christmas. They postioned me right across from the Clarins counter, at that time Clarins had a little beauty room within Debenhams where they would carry out relaxing facials and spa treatments and the Clarin’s girl’s sauntered about in their stunning white and red spa uniforms, it was my dream to wear one of those one day.
Clarin’s was my weakness as I stood across gazing at their counter I was first to spot their GWP, they seemed to be constantly advertising great deals and offering a cosmetic bag or even a beach bag full of goodies when you purchaed a couple of items…if you know me AT ALL I am a sucker for a Gift With Purchase especially if there’s any kind of bag too, I just can’t resist!
Fast forward to completing college and getting my first job inside the spa of a Marriott hotel, which just so happened to be a Clarins salon and I was whisked away to become a Clarins trained therapist and handed my very own white and red spa uniform, my dream had come true!
My beauty career then lead me to various different salons training with various different companies and with NEW companies and NEW realeases all the time, many other things seem to fill my beauty bag.
Anyway last year I was on the hunt for a new foundation, I’ve tried sooooo many and not been wowed and if you read my blog post you will see I purchased the Clarins skin illusion foundation. I got a few shades for my kit and loved it and even a sample of my own shade.
Last week whilst out shopping I decided to purchase the full size foundation in my shade as I’ve been loving it… in true Clarin’s style if I bought another product I could have a goody bag…SOLD, the lid had smashed off my Dior blush, so a new blusher it was and BOOM, the bag was mine!
Inside the bag were trial sizes of Nourishing balm mask, SOS primer, Hydra essential and Multi active nuit
As I started using all my new goodies I fell straight back in love and SOMEHOW I ended up on the Clarin’s website….no idea how that happened!
Which leads on to the delivery I have just received….
I love trying new products whether as free samples or as small travel size, it gives you a good feel for the product ensuring it’s right for you and your skin type before commmiting to the full size.
Clarin’s are an absolute dream for their trial sized products and I think it’s a great move, their products are amazing and once you have tried, you most definitely want to buy.
As soon as I smell Eau Dynaminsante I am whisked back 20 years to my Clarins days and it makes me smile. Whilst I was purchasing my foundation I had a sniff at the other versions and fell in love with the Eau des Jardins, on the website there was an offer meaning for no extra cost you also received a complimentary handbag size fragrance all in a beautiful Clarins tin!
I love to cleanse I think it is such an important step and something I do religiously so into my basket went the cleansing milk and toning lotion which came as a set which came with a free eye makeup remover and…..yep you guessed it another beautiful cosmetics bag!
The next product in my basket was the Water comfort One-step cleanser, this is a product I have tried in the past. It is beautifully fragranced and refreshing and I use it in the morning to wipe over my skin.
So that’s what I actually puchased and even got a few free goodies, but wait for it…. as I had spent £70 I received a FREE bonus pack which contained 6 travel sized products, Instant eye makeup remover, moisture rich body lotion, exfoliating body scrub, Tonic body treatment oil, beauty flash balm and Nourishing balm face mask.
Feeling very excited at this point I headed to the checkout only to be asked to choose not 1, not 2 but 9 free samples!! So I chose Eye contour gel, Super restorative night cream, super restorative eye concentrate, Super restorative day cream, Refreshing hydration mask, blue orchid face treatment oil, Eau Dynamisante (I just had to!), Beauty flash balm and Double Serum.
So if I go off the radar for a while I’ll be in my bathroom, smothering myself head to toe in my new treats!
If you are looking to try new skincare, travel lots or just love a bargain like I do, check out the Clarin’s website *WARNING* self control IS needed!
I will be back to do an updated post on how I get on with the products, any I love, and I don’t love and also if I would go on to purchase the full size/ repurchase.
Are you a Clarin’s fan? What are your fave’s? What would you like to try
*As with all the products I blog about they have all been bought with my own money and I receive no commission or reward for anything you go onto purchase.*
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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