Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Light Blush in Ethereal Glow and Diffused Heat

Hourglass has been one of the brands that people raving about lately (or at least I think it started around a year ago). Many beauty enthusiasts swear on their Veil Mineral Primer as the best primer ever. The Ambient Lighting Powder also get lots of love from the world due to its ability to recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight, as what the website claimed. And then, there comes the Ambient Lighting Blush. They combine the Ambient Lighting Powder with cheek color in order to get that radiant and glowing cheek. It said that each pan is handmade to ensure its balance between the colors and the powder, that is why each blush is one of a kind and they will not have the same pattern on the pan. Wonderful, yes? The blush promised to give you a multidimensional glow that will illuminate your look.

They come in 6 different shades, which are Dim Infusion, Radiant Magenta, Diffused Heat, Ethereal Glow, Luminous Flush, and Mood Exposure. But as much as I wanted to have them all, I got to make my choice, so my picks are Ethereal Glow and Diffused Heat. They are so pretty that I spent some time to ooh and aah at them before collecting the courage to dip my brush on them.

Ethereal Glow has a beautiful cool soft baby pink color. I chose this because I think I need at least one light colored blush that can instantly brighten up my complexion but not in the bold brightening way that pops out your cheek. I want a subtle, soft, yet lighten up my face, giving it a fresh looking kind of face and that is what Ethereal Glow does for me. At first I was afraid that it is going to be too chalky and to pale for my skin (I have light medium skin), but when I swiped it on my cheeks, it gave me the color that I want. I did need to build it up around 3-4 swipes until I get the perfect color on my cheeks, so I think a dense brush will do a better job in applying this blush. 

As you can see in the picture, Ethereal Glow is perfect to pull an all pink theme makeup without making it too pinkish. Just the perfect hue for the whole complexion. You can use it when you want to put on a bright lip or bold eye makeup to balance the look.

Diffused Heat is said a vibrant poppy color, but I would like to call it a lovely coral pink blush. I need a blush that will give me a healthy looking cheek as if my cheeks are blossoming through the day. The color is pigmented, so an opposite of Ethereal Glow, it helps to use softer bristles so it will not pick too much color. I usually try to swipe it lightly and build it up to the color level that I want. The result was astounding! I love love it! Diffused Heat gave me a wonderful color that keeps my complexion looked fresh all day. Did I mention that these blushes last for quite a while, around 6-7 hours without touch up? They just sit there and make your cheeks look pretty all day.

Hourglass blushes also made without parabens, fragrance, talc, nanoparticles, gluten, and not tested on animals. Its perfect for those who concern about their makeup ingredients. 

Overall, I am truly in love with these blushes and definitely will repurchase after I hit the pan. The blush is a bit pricey but I assured you that you really get what you pay.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Amazing Grace - Philosophy

The first time I encountered Philosophy was some time ago in Siam Paragon shopping mall. At that time, Philosophy just opened their counter in the department store and they were giving out perfume paper sample. I usually don't like taking those papers, but curious with the new brand, I took it. I never regret my decision to take the paper because the scent had become one of my favorite scents now. The scent called Amazing Grace. It is one of Philosophy’s Grace lines. 

Philosophy is known for their inspiring quotes on their products. They want to give their customers a beauty product which not only makes us look good, but also makes us feel good about ourselves. It inspires us to enjoy and celebrate our unique individuality and honor ourselves. I personally love all the quotes on their products and would love to try more of their products in the future. 

Back to the fragrance, I was instantly attracted to the scent because it’s so soft yet so fresh. The fragrance has the perfect amount of feminity and definitely boosts up your classic style. A scent that will not gives you a headache in case you spritz too much, because the smell is fresh and clean. For me, it feels like I roll around in a freshly clean sheet and I love to spray it all over my body. 

That is why I decided to purchase the Amazing Grace set that consist of 30ml Amazing Grace Spray Fragrance, 2oz Perfumed Body Butter, and a bottle of nail polish with matching color theme which is soft baby pink. It was a gift set to celebrate Mother's Day, which explains the mother and son/daughter pictures on the box packaging.

The spray fragrance is definitely my favorite. As for the body butter, I found the texture is a bit too thick to my liking. The texture is not buttery creamy but more like just buttery without the cream if you get what I mean. I did not really enjoy the application process because it did not glide and absorbed easily on my skin, though after a while, it did not leave sticky feeling on my body. The scent has more or less the same as the fragrance, so I usually layer it with the spray fragrance afterwards. 

It seemed the nail polish is not in the permanent line which explains why the quality of it is a bit disappointing. There is nothing special with the color and I think I can find a better quality nail polish with the similar color. 

I am on my second bottle of Amazing Grace right now and still lovin everything about the scent. I will buy it again and again until I don't know when. I wish it will never be discontinued *crossingfingers*. If you have a chance to encounter Philosophy, try to stop by and browse through their products. I also heard good review on their skincare products and might want to check them out if I have the chance.

Have a wonderful weekend, gorgeus!