There was and is still so much hype around the product that came prior to this which was the Hourglass Lighting Powders. Based on before and after photos of those, I wasn’t particularly seeking those out because they looked just like Hourglass’ version of MAC’s MSF Natural powders. It’s possible that I might have a better shade match in those compared to MAC’s range, but I wasn’t prepared to spend money on something you guys wouldn’t be able to see so much on camera anyway. So I decided to go with their Ambient Lighting Blush, again something bloggers went ballistic for. This was part of the stuff my niece brought home from the US for me, but I’m kind of wishing now considering $36 that I didn’t go for this and that I asked for Real Techniques brushes from Ulta instead. Now to tell you the truth, it’s a great blush that does exactly what it says on the box but nothing other than that. To be honest there’s nothing STANDOUT about it other than the fact that it’s by Hourglass and it’s very pretty to look at. The shade I have is Luminous Flush, a vibrant coral pink swirled with champagne beige colored ambient lighting powder.
A truly multi-dimensional blush that enhances cheeks with seamless soft-focus color, and a natural radiant finish. $36 from SEPHORA
I’m not ranting but neither am I over-the-hill raving. One level up it has over MAC’s mineralize skin finishes is that it comes in a more interesting shaped compact and it has a mirror, always a necessity, but you see what I mean right? The effect is like well-blended blush with less fallout or patchiness. There’s no increased value or promise even of better longevity. It’s just a pretty straightforward range of blushes that provide a satin finish without annoying sparkle. It even reminds me of the Milani Baked Blushes. It’s as simple as that. I’m still happy to own one, just not to the point that I’d say “thrilled”.
This was posted by Vogue on YouTube last December but I believe it’s well worth the revisit considering that many of you may not have seen this yet. Alexa Chung is a British model, “it” Girl, TV presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue. Her laid back but astute sense of style often catches people’s attention.
I haven’t tried anything huge from Tarte – high performance naturals, besides one of their Amazonian Clay blushes. The successful mid-range American cosmetics brand founded by Maureen Kelly continues to impress with its unique formulas, on point colors, and standout payoff and longevity. Her story here is pretty amazinggiven that she started with no professional makeup-artistry or business background. The range has a look that stands out, a quirky balance between feminine chic and mod ethnic. In terms of general pricing it’s pretty comparable to Benefit Cosmetics. A niece of mine (only 3 years younger than me) was coming home from the US and she sweetly asked if I’d like to buy anything she could bring home for me. One huge thing loomed in my mind ever since Jane Cunningham featured it. It was none other than Tarte’s New “Be MATTEnificent” makeup palette, a lavender/ taupe symphony of a palette, and one other item also by them which you’ll see soon.
PRICE: $36.00 from Sephora (currently sold out, check other sources)
Top row: Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up Second Row: Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View From the Taupe Bottom Row: Dream in Chocolate, Stand Out Black Blush: Elevated
TARTE’s first ever matte eye & cheek palette includes: 8 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay Eyeshadows, 1 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay blush (“Elevated”), and a double-ended eyeshadow brush
What I picked up instantly was how smooth and silky the eyeshadow is and how despite some fallout the payoff of the medium to lighter shades totally impressed me. What also makes the palette so worthwhile is that they included 2 extremely essential eyeshadow shades you can use to deepen the look or line your eyes (dry or wet most likely), dream in chocolate (dark brown) and stand out black. A bit of View From the Taupe and Dream in Chocolate can be blended together for use on brows. Read more to see more photos and a complete look applied on myself.
Ever since Lisa Eldridge did that essentially orange-y red Keira Knightley tutorial I’ve been looking to phenomenally set my lips on fire. It was quite risque in thought, orange on my yellow Asian skin? Would it work? The thought of orange-ish red lips made me gag, it looked good on other people but I was quite curious to see if it would work on me, though doubtful. I remember MAC Morange being an epic fail test and Lady Danger well might’ve been good but MAC is not in the budget at the moment. Then shortly after I was at Metro Mall in Alabang for my passport renewal duties I came across a dynamic duo, Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in “Hot Summer” (Php165)and their nearly identical lipliner shade in “Orange” (Php100).
What resounded in my head when I spotted “Orange” was that fabulous Lord & Berry orange lipliner Lisa used on Keira, Ever Bilena’s “Orange” Lipliner is a very good dupe. That lipliner together with Ever Bilena’s matte “Hot Summer” lipstick hit the sweet spot when blotted once, the results I tell you were off the charts.
L’Oreal True Match BB Cream in G2, Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop, Ever Bilena Matte Hot Summer lipstick and Orange Lipliner, COTTON ON Shades
What impressed me is how great it looked still after one meal and provided that you properly exfoliated/scrubbed your lips clean of any dry skin both the lip liner and the lipstick will glide on beautifully and stay on properly when blotted once with tissue. The lipliner is creamy but dry enough to last (perfect in texture in my opinion, not too hard, not too soft). I applied the EB Orange lipliner all around and almost all over the lip before adding the lipstick right smack in the center outwards direct from the bullet. I did not make the lipstick reach the edge of the lips so that the lipliner could do the job of preserving the edge. Do you think my Php265 (in total) drugstore orange red lip is a success story?
Say hello again to fab flavored Hurraw! cold-pressed vegan lip balms praised by the likes of Oprah, Nylon, InStyle, and teenVogue magazine! It’s summer time, the heat is almost on, and luscious lip treatment is on your mental to-do stack. I’ve handpicked some Hurraw!summery flavors (Kapha is kinda new) that I think would be cool to have handy this summer. Available locally from Cutieverse.com for Php280 or inquire via email@example.com to ask where they’re available in public retail one place I know is Beyond Yoga in Fort, BGC. My handpicked summer flavors featured are listed below.
…When it comes to lip balm, most people fall into one of two categories: those who believe the organic, all natural versions are worth $15+ price tags and those who still swear by their Bonnie Bell obsession from middle school. Hurraw! make it their mission to merge these two extremes. Their line of handmade lip balms has everything we love about the expensive brands -fair trade, raw and organic ingredients – along with the cheap price and awesome scents of our drugstore favorites…at $3.79 each it’s never been easier or cheaper to get the best of both worlds. – NYLON Magazine
Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting; plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting! It took us several obsessed years to formulate Hurraw! Balm and put it through all the rigors.We source honest, fair trade, organic, vegan and raw ingredients from reputable suppliers and are thrilled to share the labors with other balm lovin’ individuals. Your purchase supports legit fair trade, organic farmers and suppliers here in the States and around the World. – HURRAW! Balm
KAPHABALM- “An infusion of tulsi leaf. Invigorating and zesty grapefruit subtly melds with stimulating eucalyptus while fresh Malagasy ginger gives a bit of warmth. Energizing.”
SUN BALM SPF 15 - “It glides on silky smooth *(and virtually clear) like our regular balms but we formulated it to be extra thick and creamy for longer staying power while out in those shining rays! Juicy Tangerine, Roman Chamomile and a hint of Vanilla make it nourishing and calming for your lips. Packed full of amazing cold pressed oils to moisturize, protect and heal.”
COCONUT BALM – “Fresh, creamy, coconuts… there is nothing better. The coconut gives us so much, we just had to have a super smooth coconut balm! The rich, raw coconut oil in our balm enriches the fabulous flavor. Our all natural organic coconut flavor is the truest we’ve found and continues to put this balm at the top of our best seller list.”
GRAPEFRUIT BALM – “Fresh cold pressed organic oil from the grapefruit peel makes our creamy and smooth grapefruit lip balm out of this world zesty! An infusion of wildcrafted alkanet root gives our balm a gorgeous light pink color that leaves a sheer clear gloss on the lips! ”
ROOT BEER BALM- “People love our root beer balm as it takes them “back to their childhood.” We think root beer is great for all-ages, all-the-time! Cool, creamy, rooty and fabulous. Here’s to a frosty one clipped on the window at the drive-in.”
MOON BALM, Night Treatment – “Extra thick, creamy and rich; our Moon balm has some serious staying power. The Vanilla and Peru Balsam scent will lull you to sleep. Azulene packed Blue Chamomile lends a gorgeous green-blue color and soothes your lips for some true beauty z’s! Check out what it’s packin’: Avocado Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Argan oil”