I just realised it’s been a long time since I posted a product review on the blog, but this blush is well worth the honour of being the first review in quite a while. I love my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (although I’ve been using it a lot less after dropping and smashing it), so I was really intrigued when the brand released this line of blush. To be honest I couldn’t really justify the price with a cupboard full of blush waiting to be used, so I tucked them away in the back of my mind for future reference. When Christmas came around last year I made sure to pop them on my wishlist, and was lucky enough to receive Ethereal Glow as part of my gift from Sebastian. This is a lovely blush, but I think the reason it works for me is because I have such fair skin. The blush is dusty and the payoff is faint, which means I need to apply a lot of product to get any sort of colour to show on the cheeks. When the colour does show it’s a stunning soft pink with a hint of shimmer to it. I love it so much I even included it in my capsule makeup collection for Autumn. The Hourglass Etheral Glow Blush retails for $46 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima.
One of my best friends decided to start up something called Pot Luck Dinner Club, where once every 6 months or so we all meet up at someone’s house for a themed dinner party (to which we all bring a dish). The ‘pilot’ dinner party was a Vegetarian Mexican Fiesta, and I decided to slap on my Autumn Capsule Makeup for the evening and share it with you all. Here’s what I wore: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, YSL Touche Eclat in #1, Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow, Urban Decay Primer Potion, NARS Kalahari Eye Duo, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Hustle, Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, Chanel Lipstick in ‘Rivoli’.
I watched quite a few of Melissa Alexandria’s videos during the week, and started feeling motivated to streamline my possessions. I feel like this change has been coming for some time now and I’ve kind of been doing it in a gradual manner over the past year or so (in small ways), but I think I’m going to be embracing minimalism a lot more moving forward. I decided to start by building a capsule makeup collection for Autumn, as it’s around the time that I start digging out some of the more cold-weather friendly shades (gimme those deep plum lips!). Here is what I put together for my Autumn capsule makeup collection –
Foundation – Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Highlighter – YSL Touche Eclat in #1
Blush – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow
Eyeshadow – Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Shell
Event Eyeshadow – NARS Eye Duo in Kalahari
Eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Hustle
Eyebrow Pencil – Hourglass Brow Arch in Light Brunette
Mascara – Lancome Hypnose
Lip Product – Fresh Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose
Standout Lip Product – Chanel Lipstick in Rivoli
Let me know if you choose to do something similar this season, because I’d love to know which products you decide fit into your capsule collection.
I was getting ready to go out on Saturday night, and decided to try using a different foundation from my stash just to mix things up a little bit. It didn’t go well. The bottle had been sitting in my makeup drawers for so long that it had turned, and came up bright ORANGE on my face. Beautiful. This prompted me to do a big clean out of my makeup stash, which you can watch above. Be warned, it’s quite long and very rambly.
You may start to notice a recurring theme with a lot of my ‘face of the day’ posts, and that is because the majority of my base products stay the same. Why? Because I’ve discovered what works for me, what I love, and I intend to stick with it! At least until I grow deathly bored of them all or something. Anyhoo, here’s what I slapped on my face for a Valentine’s Dinner Date with Sebastian (we went out for Indonesian food, and it was divine). Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light, YSL Touche Eclat in #1, Benefit Erase Paste in Light, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, Hourglass Ambient Light Palette (again, I used all three shades combined over my face, and Incandescent Light as a cheekbone highlight), MAC Powder Blush in Instant Chic, The Balm Eyeshadow in Adagio, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Hustle, Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz (on bottom waterline), Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, and a combination of Clarins Rouge Eclat in Sweet Rose and Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Nude Rose.