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$CND later, do I love it? Yessssssss. Is it worth it? Yessssssssssssssssssss.
Note: I know that this palette is SADLY out of stock, but I still wanted to review it for you since many of these powders can be purchased individually.
6 pans (mini size), each one containing 0.04oz (Total 0.24 oz) – Made in Italy
Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (neutral peach beige powder), Diffused Light (soft, warm pale yellow powder) Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Halo (deep berry blush fused with surreal light), Pur Effect (bright petal pink fused with a glimmering rose)
Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (a medium bronze shade fused with Luminous Light for a softer, candlelit warmth) Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Hypnotic Strobe Light (champagne powder infused with multidimensional pearl)
Is it a good value, the simple answer is NO. By gram of product, this is the worst investment ever. However, I do own full size Hourglass powders and believe me, some take forever to pan, so I see it as having 6 minis which sold separately would have cost a bundle (6 x 32$ = 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.
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
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 Light & Diffused 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 BrighteningPowder.
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)! 😉
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.
Sephora : Online & in-Store 42$🇨🇦
An assortment of 8 DELUXE SIZED products from top rated brand.
♥ The box contains:♥
BiossanceSqualane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
(0.13fl oz – Retail Value: 11.70$)
I’m in LOVE. This may be the best face oil I’ve ever tried and there are some amazing products on the market. I can’t believe how it transforms my skin with just 3 simple drops. It takes only that amount to cover my whole face. I will surely buy a full size. This Biossance oil makes my skin look brighter and healthier.
Note: If you are just looking for a great face oil, skip this box and buy the full size. Just WOW!
Lancer SkincareThe Method: Nourish
(0.25fl Oz – Retail Value : 23.50$)
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 ElephantC-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!!!!
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…
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.
Since I will not be “hauling” this year, I thought it would be fun to do an update on my last Spring VIB Sale Haul since I’ve been playing with all these products for nearly a year (with only one exception). Oops, my bad!
When I reflect on this haul, I harvested a great crop last year! I really bought some pretty good stuff minus two items I kind of regret buying !!! You can read and look (and laugh) at the worst pictures I’ve ever taken in my two years of blogging HERE …
If you see a Bunny 🐰, it means this product is CRUELTY FREE !
Note: I will do an in-dept review on each item in “hopefully” the near future…
Here is my “haulage” UPDATE …
Nars Blush in Impassioned🐰
This blush is so beautiful and practical as it goes with almost every makeup look. This color is the most dazzling and delicate neutral matte pink. The formula is impeccable, pigmented enough and it stays put all day long. Every makeup lover should own Impassioned and /or Madly, a more medium brown, with a touch of orange and peach gold shimmer.
My rating: 9/10 It’s that gorgeous. Pricey but I will use every bit of this beauty.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst
I love cream eyeshadows! As I get older, creamy formulas are fast becoming my BFF and Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour doesn’t disappoint. The brand defines this product as “long-wearing, transfer-proof, and crease-resistant, the color glides seamlessly onto lids and blends and layers beautifully with a rich pigment-payoff ” and ladies, it’s 100% true … To girls with hooded eyes, these items are a godsend!
At the end of a 12-hour workday, all my makeup has melted and creased but my Eye Colour is still INTACT! I own four LM sticks and Amethyst is the one I use the most (it’s currently in my Project Pan), as an overall wash or to replace my eyeliner …
My rating: 9/10. I took a point off because if you don’t put the lid tightly, you will end up with a dry stick very quickly!
I haven’t touch this bad boy once since buying it. Not that I don’t like it, au contraire, but I wanted to finish my old bM 5 in 1 BB in Barely Nude before starting this new one. Sad news however, this item is being discontinued and for the life of me I don’t know why!!! This eye color/primer is as good as my beloved MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots with a SPF 15 as an added bonus.
Recently, I was posting about brands that didn’t have all the recognition they should and frankly, bareMinerals is one of them. A perfect product that is no longer… What’s the point of praising their products if they just put an end to them? With this termination, there is no cruelty-free version of MAC Paint Pots in the market! At least, I have this brand new one to enjoy for the next season …
My rating: 10/10 but Discontinued (Makes me so sad… This product should have been more hyped!)
Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in Melon-Choly (05)
I’m not a big fan of the Sephora Collection line but when I saw this shade, I knew it would be perfect for Summer months. I mostly applying it all over my lips and top it off with a gloss. So juicy… and the formula is really great! I may not be the biggest consumer of lip liners but this one fits the bill as it glides smoothly, it’s retractable, non drying, creamy and the staying power is actually as good as a lot of high-end liners. Melon-Choly is a beautiful sunshine matte color. Highly Recommended!
My rating: 8/10. For the great quality at a very good price… 10/10 for the color though!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Angle Cut Brush #15🐰
Anastasia Beverly Hills brushes and ABH brow products are a match made in heaven. This brush #15 was a total impulse purchase and it usually happens when I enter a Sephora store just to window shop… Honestly, I don’t think this brush is a necessity if you already own #12 and/or #14 but if you are regularly using the ABH Dipbrow Pomade, you need to get this brush. This angled flat brush allows for a precise brow shaping and a perfect control of the pomade. It helps create perfect lines as well as fill your uneven brows with product and color. It is also a nice length rather than some of the longer ones on the market which can make it clumsy to hold.
My rating: 8/10 If you are using some types of pomade, this brush will be very useful and so beginner friendly!
Tarte Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Brush🐰
This large ultra-plush Tarte Pressed Powder Brush is nicely made and after 6 months of washing it, I can say that it doesn’t shed one bit. The only advantage is that it works perfectly with pressed powder as it picks up just the right amount of product but that’s about it; there is no other usage for this brush as it’s so very dense. Do I feel any buyers remorse??? Yes and no … Yes because I own other brushes that give the same results but No because I use it all the time even if I find it too big!
My rating : 8/10 Because it does exactly what it claims to, but there is no need to run to buy one either!
Marc Jacobs The Face II Brush🐰
I’m forced to admit that I’m a Beauty Blender Sponge type of girl and it will not change anytime soon. However, this brush is fabulous in every aspects: it is luxurious and very beautifully built. Only disadvantages are that it takes forever to dry when you wash it and that I shouldn’t have bought it in the first place! I NEVER use it!
I even tried to use it in combination with my Kevyn Aucoin Cream Contour but I find myself reaching for my bh cosmetics #114 brush way more!
My rating : 8/10 It’s a stricking gorgeous brush that applies foundation very nicely but not as nice as my sponges. I REGRET BUYING IT but life goes on… I might just give it to someone that will use it to its full value.
Shiseido Tinted UV Protector SPF 43
The only con about this product is that you need a lot of product to cover your face as it doesn’t blend very well. It also does cling a little to dry patches. That being said, I’ve enjoyed this Shiseido Tinted UV Protector SPF 43 all summer long and I didn’t burn nor get breakouts from using it! It gives a natural and healthy hint of colour that looks great even though you didn’t sit in the sun all day!
My rating: 7/10 It’s an ok product, that I’m not sure I will repurchase. My yearly struggle to find the perfect sunscreen continues, I’ve tried so many it’s unbelievable but to be honest, this product is good compared to 75% of the ones I’ve tried so far.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation🐰
With its beautiful light coverage, Nars Sheer Glow foundation is one of the only foundation that matches my skin perfectly! It just makes my skin glow even though I have combination/dry skin. It’s not too dewy but it still shows my natural skin without any cakiness!
My rating: 8/10 It’s unbelievable that such an expensive foundation wouldn’t have a pump. Seriously, for this reason alone, I wouldn’t repurchase this product (I know the pumps from MAC or Estée Lauder work on it but come on!). Like I previously said, Nars is the brand that matches my skin the best. Really stunning finish, so natural and above all, mature skin friendly!
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer🐰
Definitely in my top three favorite Tinted Moisturizers. This is such an excellent lightweight foundation/ tinted moisturizer. It’s quite long lasting for a hydrating product and it doesn’t break down like so many others do during the day. It the perfect product for a dewy, fresh skin look. It also provides enough moisture for my dry spots.
My rating: 9/10 I always get compliments when I wear it; people tell me I’m glowing! When I don’t feel like doing a whole face or I want to show my natural beauty, this is my way go to. Ok, I meant to show my “No Makeup, Makeup”!
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