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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Holiday 2017

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Review & Swatches

Yes my friends, I bit the bullet and purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 palette. I’ve been wanting Volume 1 or 2 for so long and always passed, but this one had my name written all over it.

95$CND later, do I love it? Yessssssss. Is it worth it? Yessssssssssssssssssss. 

Note: I know that this palette is SADLY out of stock, but I still wanted to review it for you since many of these powders can be purchased individually.

What’s Included

6 pans (mini size), each one containing  0.04oz (Total 0.24 oz) – Made in Italy

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Review & Swatches

Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (neutral peach beige powder), Diffused Light (soft, warm pale yellow powder)
Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Halo (deep berry blush fused with surreal light), Pur Effect (bright petal pink fused with a glimmering rose)

Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (a medium bronze shade fused with Luminous Light for a softer, candlelit warmth)
Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Hypnotic Strobe Light (champagne powder infused with multidimensional pearl)

Great Value?

Is it a good value, the simple answer is NO. By gram of product, this is the worst investment ever. However, I do own full size Hourglass powders and believe me, some take forever to pan, so I see it as having 6 minis which sold separately would have cost a bundle (6 x 32$ = 192$!)

Fair to Light Skin Friendly?

Hourglass products seem to be oriented more towards light to medium skintones. This palette is “darker” than Volume 2 but is still appropriate for light skintones.

Same Formula?

Formula wise, these are exactly the same as their full size counterparts. These powders are simply magical. They blend so easily and give that glow from within. Just a casual warning though: They are addictive, you will want more and more… Another observation: Contrary to some other brands (Tarte, Too Faced just to name a few), I feel that Hourglass doesn’t cheap out and try profit from the Holiday buzz.

Closer Eye On Each Powder

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Review & Swatches

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Hypnotic Strobe Light: This is the only powder that I’m not madly in love with.  It’s a nice highlighter, but a little too shimmery for my taste. I still use it on the high points of my cheekbones, nose and cupid bow. As a single, I wouldn’t buy a full size as I prefer Laura Mercier (Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact 01) & Kevyn Aucoin (The Celestial Highlighting Powders in Candlelight & Starlight) highlighters .

Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Halo & Pur Effect: These blushes are PIGMENTED! On my light skin, I just need to slightly tap my brush in the powder and I have enough product for both my cheeks. It’s a clear shift from my ultimate favorite Hourglass (Ethereal Glow) but I’m digging these A LOT!

Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light: Although my perfect shade from this line is Nude Bronze Light, this one actually works very nice too. I take a small fluffy brush and apply gently on the top of my cheeks and forehead for a very subtle glow.

Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim LightDiffused Light: I own the full size of Dim Light and I use it mainly in summer as a finishing powder all over my face. I feel it gives the nicest fresh glow ever. For Diffused Light, I mostly use it to set my undereye concealer and it’s so pretty. The only problem is that I’m pretty sure I will pan this within 1 to 2 months, since there is already a dent😩. I will likely buy a full size of this one during the next Spring VIB Sale to replace my rapidly shrinking Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.

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I’m totally ga-ga over this beauty. I like the convenience of having 6 different powders in one stunning compact. But keep in mind that you have to use small brushes for a perfect application (I use Sephora Pros Brushes # 74, 79 & 90) since the pans are very small. To put it simply, Hourglass makes one of the most beautiful cruelty-free powders out there. It’s expensive like hell but heck we only live once (I keep telling that to myself and BeardMan – mostly to justify my spending)! 😉

Have a beautiful day my beauties!

Ingrid xxx

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NEW Maybelline Brow Products | Hot or Not?


NEW Maybelline Brow Products | Hot or Not?

Thanks to Chick Advisor (#GotitFree), I recently received three new brow products from Maybelline. It’s been a while since I reviewed a drugstore item and since brow products are one of my makeup weaknesses, I was very curious to try them.

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★★★

– 5 Shades Available –

Maybelline BROW DRAMA SHAPING CHALK EYEBROW POWDER (Blonde)

I have mixed feelings about this powder. The product by itself is good but the concept needs to be revisited!

Pros:

† This powder doesn’t budge – Amazing staying power if you prime your eyebrow,

† Easiest application ever,

† Affordable (around 9$🇨🇦).

Cons:

† Too much product comes out and way too fast – too much product results in thick, bold eyebrows and since normally, I have thin, overplucked brows, it gives me an unnatural look and changes my makeup drastically,

† Messy – If you don’t tap out the excess powder, it will be fallout galore,

† The Blonde shade is too dark. The result is too obvious for my personal taste,

† NOT for thin eyebrows, unless you use a different brush to apply it.

There are definitely people out there who rock the dark, thick brows and who will love this product however, it is not for me. But for the new trend of bushy brows, this product will definitely do a great job!

Rating: 3/5;  it’s not a bad product at all if you are careful with the application.

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BROW PRECISE FIBER VOLUMIZER EYEBROW GEL (Blonde)

– 5 Shades Available –

★★

MAYBELLINE BROW PRECISE FIBER VOLUMIZER EYEBROW GEL (Blonde)

Pros:

† Affordable (around 10$🇨🇦).

† The gel by itself is ok, if you use a little bit.

Cons:

† Once it dries, the product is VERY flakey,

† AGAIN, the blonde, lighter shade is too dark for me,

† Doesn’t make my brows appear fuller at all,

† Very unnatural and ultra-matte.

The gel tends to clog the brush and goes on too thick leaving small globs of product. More than once, I had to remove the gel from one of my brows (with an eye makeup remover) and start over. The only way I could use this product is by dipping my ABH #12 brush into the gel and apply it into my eyebrows. When doing so, it works but what’s the point of using this product if you have to add all these extra steps! This product is possibly better suited for thicker eyebrows with only a few sparse areas to fill.

Rating: 2/5

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BROW PRECISE MICRO PENCIL (Blonde)

– 4 Shades Available –

★★★★

MAYBELLINE BROW PRECISE MICRO PENCIL (Blonde)

Pros:

† The tip is really fine – it makes it easier to define your brows. It doesn’t apply harshly, and you can definitely build it up.

† Built-in sharpener,

† Affordable (around 9$🇨🇦),

† It goes on very smoothly.

Cons:

†I don’t like the spoolie on the opposite end of this product. It’s of lesser quality compared to most other spoolies that come with brow products,

† The blonde color is a tad too dark (This is the theme of the day).

† The worst downfall is that once you twist up the product, it won’t twist back down. You have to be really careful with your maneuver, just roll up a tiny bit at a time,

† I don’t see this product lasting more than 1 month – Compared to my favorite ABH Brow Wiz who lasts about 3 months.

Rating: 4/5: It’s a good brow pencil but unfortunately, I already found my Holy Grail. It has some great features but the big drowbacks are the shade selection as the Blonde is too dark and the unusual spoolie.

 

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Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

The one “skincare” set to buy this Holiday is by far the new Sephora Favorites Scouted By Sephora. I loved it so much that I BOUGHT a second one a few days later. SIX OUT OF EIGHT products are superstars and remarkably effective.

Availability…

Sephora : Online & in-Store 42$🇨🇦

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

Description…

An assortment of 8 DELUXE SIZED products from top rated brand.

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

♥ The box contains:♥

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

(0.13fl oz – Retail Value: 11.70$)

I’m in LOVE. This may be the best face oil I’ve ever tried and there are some amazing products on the market. I can’t believe how it transforms my skin with just 3 simple drops. It takes only that amount to cover my whole face. I will surely buy a full size. This Biossance oil makes my skin look brighter and healthier.

Note: If you are just looking for a great face oil, skip this box and buy the full size. Just WOW!

Lancer Skincare The Method: Nourish

(0.25fl Oz – Retail Value : 23.50$)

The best NIGHTIME moisturizer period. It’s a normal to dry skin saviour. It applies so smoothly and it has a very refreshing scent and feel to it. No breakouts to report and additionally, it doubles as an eye cream. Just sublime! It really makes a difference; my skin looks fantastic.

Note: Works so great after Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. (Read above)

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

(0.27fl Oz – Retail Value: 27$)

Did you watch Stephanie Nicole rave about Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum? I’ve tried Vitamin C serums before and I always get an adverse reaction to them. This product is the ONLY one (so far) that my acne-prone skin tolerates. It actually acts very well by giving my face that glow that we are desperately searching for.

Note: There is a little tingling sensation when you first start using it – this is normal. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on a daily basis, especially with this product.

Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer

(0.33fl Oz – Retail Value 27.20$)

Although it may not be the best moisturizer out there, I enjoy it a lot. The natural organic ingredients make it even better. I mix with my foundation (as suggested) and it helps keep my skin hydrated without being too much. Would I buy the full size? I don’t know but I sure will enjoy every last bit of that generous sample.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

(0.8fl Oz – Retail Value: 5.60$)

The  Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is my all time favorite body cream. I’m crazy over the scent. Honestly, that smell is everlasting – I put it at night after my shower and in the morning, the fragrance is still there! To the question: Does it tightens and softens? The answer is a big fat NO, but who cares when it smells that good.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask

(0.5fl Oz – Retail Value: 13$)

Where have you been all my life??? This mask is unbelievable. This potion is able to clean out my pores and minimizes them significantly (it’s a MIRACLE). I swear, I have less blackheads on my nose. On the extra plus side, it smells yummy!

Note: I only use it on the nose area and my chin since these areas are more problematic and acne prone.

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

(0.32fl Oz – Retail Value 5.85$)

A mask with a warming sensation, how cool is that? I like it a lot; not just for that feeling, it really helps reducing breakouts on my chin. This one’s a keeper!!!

Note: If you have ultra sensitive skin, I would suggest you test it on a small area since it could be too strong for you.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

(0.5fl Oz -Retail Value: 3.50$)

This product is a air dry styler for your hair, supposed to bring texture and softness. Unfortunately, nothing extraordinary happened but what can you expect with my crazy mop of hair? Maybe I used it wrong since I mostly let my hair dry naturally. However, I’ve tried it on my ends and it does give a nice effect. I wish it would smell more “coconuty” though 😋.

Total retail value: 117.35$🇨🇦. At 42$ it’s a STEAL!!!!

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

If you are lucky enough to find this set, buy two! Seriously you won’t regret it. I’m totally smitten with all the products with the exception of the Coconut Oil Gel that is just ok. Each product is sensational (except Tata Harper & IGK) and I WILL buy the full size version when I’ve emptied those beauties! I guess that says a lot…

Ingrid 

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DISCLAIMER: This is not sponsored. Although some items may have been sent as pr, I am under no obligation to review them. Most items I discuss are purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.