Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

I picked this up when it came out for VIB Rouge members (and lets not dwell on how sad it is that I spend that much money at Sephora). Its currently out of stock online, but it should hopefully be back soon! Its being marketed as limited edition, but honestly, I see this going the same way of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (aka permanent).

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swatches from the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and, Mood Exposure

The palette has two permanent blushes, Luminous Flush (a pinky shade) and Mood Exposure (a natural plum). The last is Incandescent Electra (coral) that is limited edition to this palette.

I found the pigment varies with these a great deal, which is also what I disliked when I first tried these. Depending on the amount of veining, you can either get a lot of pigment or very little. Hourglass does use 50% of the powder and the blush in each pan, so as you work your way through a pan the pigment level will change as well.

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Wearing Mood Exposure

I found the blushes blend beautifully on the skin and, since Hourglass does not use talc in its powders, these melt beautifully into the skin. They all have a bit of glow to them, but none are over the top with sheen (and certainly no glitter).

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wearing Incandescent Electra

I find these last all day on my cheeks as well, which is very helpful. I find the colors are different on my skin tone, but I can see someone with medium skin tones getting a palette of similar shades. I wish there was a bit more variation in undertone, but the colors are beautiful.

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wearing Luminous Flush

Luminous Flush is the most pigmented of my three, so I may have applied a bit too much in the photograph above (oh well, I do like a lot of blush). Overall, I find it a very lovely palette. The formula is beautiful and the colors aren’t too similar. Now if only it would come back in stock.

You can get this palette (hopefully soon) at Sephora and online for $58.

The rundown: A

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation is Good Stuff

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Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Light/Medium

This foundation smells like chocolate. I’m just getting it out of the way so now we can get back to the whole makeup thing, but man does it smell good. Just like the Chocolate Bar palette.

I find the powder to be quite good at controlling oil. Around midday, when I usually have to deal with an oil slick on my face, this guy is still going strong. I find around hour 6 I still get an oil slick, but the extra hour or two of oil control is greatly appreciated.

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Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Light/Medium Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

Applied dry, I find this powder foundation to have a light to medium coverage (funny since my shade is Light/Medium). I decided to take a picture of this powder foundation over my beloved Double Wear Light since I am actually having a pretty good skin situation at the moment so the coverage test wouldn’t really help. I would just say that I have used this alone as a powder foundation over concealer (plus I always use a powder foundation with a concealer, so trying to capture the finish in photographs is really the most helpful) and I have really enjoyed it. I also really love using it to set over liquid foundations. I love a good multi use powder and, this one does double duty with style.

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Wearing Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation to Set my Makeup

I really enjoy the finish of this powder foundation. Its a matte, but in a really beautiful, non-chalky way. Too Faced calls it rose petal matte and since I love roses, this kind of works for me. I am truly enjoying this powder. I think if you are looking for a great do-it-all powder foundation, this one is a great one to consider (plus that chocolate smell).

You can get this powder foundation for $34 online, at Ulta and, at Sephora.

The rundown: A

Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Pigment in Rose Gold is a Stunner

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Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Pigment in Rose Gold

I grabbed this pigment because, after a swatch I just couldn’t help myself. These are amazingly creamy, buttery, smooth and pigmented. They are just beautiful and I have my eyes on a few other shades (Hell and Sunday I’m looking at you).

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Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Pigment in Rose Gold

Thankfully my in store swatch was spot on as to how this applies. I found the shadow very pigmented and over a primer it lasted all day without creasing. I used this all over the lid, so I didn’t exactly test out its ability to blend on its own (I used NARS Bali in the pictures below in the crease to blend). The color is gorgeous. A stunning metallic rose gold with lots of depth and a beautiful almost copper tone.

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Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Pigment in Rose Gold Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

Its very metallic, but I found using a stiff brush I didn’t get any fallout (your finger would work great as well). I got amazing metallic payoff when using it dry. I just found the texture amazing. These are so smooth and creamy.

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this picture doesn’t do the shade justice, check out the swatch for the amazing depth in this shade

This rose gold shade is more like a gorgeous coppery rose. I find that with the warmer and deeper tone, it keeps the color from being too pink (which can make me look ill). Plus, the performance of this shade has me wanting to go back for more of these.

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wearing Rose Gold on my lids

All in all, I really love this shadow (well, pressed pigment). And I am thinking I will be getting more singles from this line. I would highly recommend these if you are looking for an amazingly textured powder shadow. They are just amazing.

You can get Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey shadows online and at Sephora for $21.

The rundown: A+

My Favorite Powder Foundations

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my loves

I got a comment recently asking me about which powder foundation I would suggest for another oily skinned gal. I have done some reviews of these separately, but I wanted to compile my favorites and go through the pros and cons of each.

-MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

This one is great one for light coverage with a natural finish. I tend to only use this one to sent my liquid foundations since it doesn’t really bring coverage to the party. I do really love the natural (hence the name) finish of this one, its not flat or dewy, its just pretty.

-Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation

This powder foundation is of the loose variety, but its worth the mess. This foundation can be built up to full coverage and has a beautiful glowy finish. I actually really love this one as a powder foundation to use with just concealer. Its great.

-Too Faced Chocolate Powder Foundation

I really have been enjoying this powder foundation. Look out for a full review later this week, but I have been using this as both a setting powder and a full-on powder foundation. Its works well both ways.

-Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation

This one is very matte and, very high on the coverage. If you are not into stark matte foundations, this one is not for you. It is a solid medium/full coverage. I have gone through a few compacts of this, its great. I love using this as both a setting powder and a powder foundation.

-Tarte Full Coverage Powder Foundation

I don’t think this one is quite full coverage, I would say more medium. It is also has a dewy finish, but less so than the Laura Mercier powder. It is loose, which I live with, but its not great (slightly less worth it than with the Laura Mercier). Its a good one and, like many of the others I use this for both a setting powder and a powder foundation.

I hope this helps some, I really love all these powders. They are always being rotated through my vanity. If you have any specific questions about them, please let me know in the comments below. Do you have a favorite powder foundation I haven’t listed? Am I missing out!? Makeup obsessed minds need to know!

OPI Fall 2014 Nordic Collection – Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

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Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

So, the new fall OPI collection came out and, I was in Ulta and, I might have left with a few of them (or four, there were four).

I painted my nails first with Viking in a Vinter Vonderland because:

A. Thats an awesome name.

B. This color is just so fall and, I am so ready for fall.

I love OPI polishes, and this picture above is with  two coats. I get a full 4-5 days of wear when I use the Formula X System with OPI but with most other base/top coats I get 2-3 days. I found the formula on the thin side and I love the OPI brush, since its nice and wide so it doesn’t take long to coat my nails.

The color of this polish is just stunning. A darkened purple its a great way to add some dimension to a dark polish for the fall/winter. This one is a cream, so no shimmer or sparkle here, which I prefer actually.

I found this polish didn’t streak on me and, I got opaque color in two coats.

You can get this polish at salons that carry OPI and Ulta for about $9 (prices may vary).

The rundown: A

A True Love – Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

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IMG_7948I know I have mentioned this palette a few times already, but if you missed it, I’m completely in love. Plus I love the movie, so its a win-win.

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Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

The palette is like a warm take on a neutral palette. It is chock full of great mattes, a cream and a very warm mid-tone brown. The dark brown (it has a plummy undertone, swoon) is a satin finish (I like the variety in finishes so the eye look isn’t totally flat). The split pan holds a shimmery white and black, which are great for adding some highlight or some depth respectively.

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swatches from the left: Righteous, Tyranny, Vengeance, Anger, Furious  

The colors are just perfect, they are all my favorite colors for everyday in one platte. But the formula. The formula is just amazing guys. Buttery, pigmented, blendable and, (a big one for me) there isn’t fallout here. Its amazing. I find over a primer they don’t crease on me (and my days with these have made it up to 12 hour work days).

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wearing Righteous all over the lid and under the brow, Tyranny in the crease, Vengeance in the outer corner and, Anger in the inner corner

I really don’t have much else to say, its true love for me and this palette. I guess I could wish the palette was smaller, since the cardboard is a bit oversized for the 4/5 shadows. But its really not that bad the way it is now.

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wearing Pulp Fiction on my eyes

You can get this amazing palette online and at Sephora for $34 for a limited time (if you love neutrals, especially warm neutrals, I would recommend getting it).

The rundown: A+

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Fall 2014 Trends – Metallics, Brows, Contour, Matte Skin

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Earlier last week I was chatting with my aunt (who is one of my makeup inspirations) and she asked me what I thought the big trends would be this fall. I thought it was a great topic, so here are my picks.

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Bold Brows

Bold brows have been in for some time now and, they aren’t going anywhere this fall. Big is still in. I find the easiest and fastest way to fill mine in are a pencil (like the Hourglass Arch or the Anastasia Brow Wiz), but I am also a huge fan of the MUFE Aqua Brow which is more of a liquid/gel. Powders are a great option of you are going for a softer look.

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Matte Skin

All about the matte skin this fall. I feel like more-matte always comes back in style around this time of year, but this fall it seems especially prevalent. Almost all the big foundation players (YSL, Laura Mercier, Chanel) have come out with matte foundations recently. I am a long time lover of Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+, but I also enjoy the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish if you want something with a lighter texture.

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Metallic Plum Eyes

Metallics are here in a big way this fall. Shadows in bright and glistening metallic shades are hitting the shelves big time (my favorite release of this kind being the NARS Dual Intensity Shadows but also check out the Ardency Inn Modster Pigments). More than just metallic, plum metallics will be big on the eyes (and they are a bit fun and unexpected without being too colorful).

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All the Contour

Contouring is still a big trend. Put down your bronzer and pick up your contour this fall. This trend is in full swing with contour palettes coming out in droves (Smashbox and Anastasia have joined the party recently in powder, for cream look to Becca).

What do you guys think? Any big trends you see coming our way this fall?

Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry is a Fall Staple

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Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry

I love lip pencils, and since fall is basically here (the weather is getting cooler every day!!) I wanted to scope out some possible color options. I went with Laura Mercier Plumberry, because honestly, the color is just my prefect idea of a plum lip. Perfect. Exactly what I always imaged a great plum lip color would be.

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Love for the Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry Swatch

I am also a fan of the texture and formula of this pencil. I love a very traditional lip pencil formula. Mostly because I find the drier ones to last longer on my lips and slip less. Those more moisturizing lip pencils can slide around some and fade faster on me. The Laura Mercier lip pencil formula is right up my street. Its a bit dry, the pencil is a sharpening kind (it even comes with a sharpener!) and, its very long lasting. The finish is matte, but you can add on a lip balm or gloss (I usually add some lip balm for hydration) and it still lasts about 4-5 hours on me (which is very long as I am a serial snacker).

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wearing Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Plumberry on my lips

I love plummy lips for fall and, as I mentioned earlier, this color is just perfection. Add in the great formula and I was sold. I am actually eyeing some of Laura Mercier’s other lip pencils (but those new matte NARS pencils have my attention as well).

You can get this lip pencil at Laura Mercier counters, online and at Sephora for $23.

The rundown: A+

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