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Pregnancy Beauty Tips From Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke

Pregnancy is a time of joyous expectation and exciting new changes, but the morning sickness, dehydration and sudden skin sensitivity can sometimes leave you feeling less than beautiful. Gina Brooke, the Artistic Director for Hourglass Cosmetics, is a world-renowned makeup artist and a recent new mother herself, and she’s giving her unique perspective on looking and feeling your best.
“I loved being pregnant, but it certainly inspired some changes in my beauty routine,” says Gina. “Ensuring my body stayed hydrated, protected and free of irritants were my top priorities.”

Now, Gina is sharing her best tips and insider product recommendations for looking and feeling beautiful during your pregnancy:

· Skin is especially fragile during pregnancy, so SPF is key. Gina relies on Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52), a silky, mineral-based primer, before applying makeup. It smoothes the skin, neutralizes redness and hydrates the complexion while being free of gluten, parabens, sulfates and phthalates. It’s also vegan.

· Dry, chapped lips are one of the many side effects that pregnant women experience, and the best way to resolve this is to exfoliate and hydrate on a regular basis. Gina loves Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant ($18), a sugar-based lip scrub. Poppy seeds and sugar granules gently remove flaky skin, while shea butter conditions your lips. After exfoliating, try Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain ($26). This water-based, liquid gel stain formula offers a delicious wash of color and contains Vitamin E and Green Tea to make lips extra supple.

· Dry hair can be an issue for many moms-to-be as hormone levels fluctuate. Remedy it with Phyto’s Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream for Ultra Dry Hair ($26). This leave-in treatment makes hair incredibly silky and shiny with macadamia oil and plant extracts. It also works to smooth frizz and split ends.

· Many women experience dehydrated skin during pregnancy. Gina recommends using Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer ($55) to restore moisture to the skin and to create the “illusion” of healthy, glowing skin. It has light-reflecting properties and contains hyaluronic spheres which hydrate and keep skin looking soft and hydrated. It also contains an SPF 15 and is free of parabens, gluten, sulfates and phthalates. It’s also vegan.

Discover all of Gina’s recommended products at Sephora stores nationwide and on Sephora.com via computer or smartphone.

INTRODUCING HOURGLASS AURA CHEEK AND LIP STAINS FOR A BLISSFUL GLOW


Just in time for spring come Hourglass Cosmetics’ Aura, water-based, liquid gel stains for cheeks and lips. The pair can be worn together or solo. Either way they imbue the complexion with an ethereal, transparent flush and can be used to simulate the 70s-inspired, Californian look seen on spring runways. If spring makeup is about looking effortlessly chic, then the Aura range is right on the mark. The products enhance, illuminate and highlight without color overkill.

“The Aura collection is the ideal prescription for those in search of a lighter, more natural look,” says Carisa Janes, Founder and CEO of Hourglass Cosmetics. “They offer a totally unique finish between a tint and a stain.”

This new Aura cheek stain  is simply amazing! Its not too dark so those normally afraid of stains this is for you, it leaves the perfect tint to your cheeks that lasts. I tried the Petal color and its the perfect peachy blush and it went on great over my foundation. I love that the product is water based it feel great going on and I love how long it lasts.

Aura Cheek Stain – $45:
· Water-based formula with real staying power that gives cheeks a gorgeous lit-from-within glow
· Enriched with Vitamin E to help improve skin’s moisture retention
· Twist-click dispenser equipped with a sponge applicator for ease of application
· Free of oil, fragrance, and phthalates
· Available in three shades: Rouge (sheer rose); Flush (sheer red); Petal (sheer pink/coral shimmer)

The lip stain has been perfected! I love  my Hourglass Aura Lip stain, the water based formula doesn’t dry my lips like some of the other stains I ‘ve tried. The great scent is a plus and I love the perfect tint it leaves my lips.

I have the Petal in the lip stain at first I worried it might be too orange but it comes out a soft peachy pink that leaves my lips looking natural but with a perfect pink color.
Aura Lip Stain – $26:
· Water-based, non-transfer formula offers a delicious wash of color, buildable coverage and a natural, semi-matte finish
· Beneficial ingredients include anti-oxidants like Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract plus an algae-based extract that addresses elastin and collagen degradation in the lips
· Flock tip applicator with a built-in twist mechanism for easy, even application
· Free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance and sulfates
· Available in three shades: Scarlet (sheer plum); Flush (sheer red); Petal (sheer pink/coral shimmer)

They are currently available at Sephora.com and will be launching shortly at Sephora, Barneys and HourglassCosmetics.com

Disclosure: Complimentary samples of the above mentioned products were sent to me for an honest review.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen and Barney’s Event

Hourglass Extreme Sheen

HIGH SHINE LIP GLOSS

AN ULTRA-RADIANT GLOSS WITH UNPRECEDENTED AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL SHINE

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $28 US

AVAILABLE AT: Sephora, www.sephora.com, Barneys New York

PRODUCT CLAIMS

* Provides intense hydration to keep lips from cracking or chapping

* Treated with super-antioxidant vitamin E to nurture and shelter lips from damaging environmental elements

* Wears alone or layers over lipstick and liner to impart instant shine

* Paraben-, sulfate-, synthetic-dye, and phthalate-free

In other exciting news, Artistic Director Gina Brooke is hosting exclusive makeup events at Barneys in November. Customers will receive personalized makeup consultations with Gina and learn the makeup tricks that she uses on some of the most influential women in Hollywood (Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Anne Hathaway!). In Beverly Hills, Gina will also host a private Master Class, where select customers will receive the rare opportunity to learn advanced techniques.

Barneys Beverly Hills – November 6 (10:00 am-6:00 pm) – 310.276.4400 x5598

Barneys New York on November 13 (noon-6:00 pm) – 212.833.2658


Hourglass Illume Creme-To-Powder Bronzer Duo

I love bronzers and I was really excited to try a sample of the new Hourglass Illume Creme-To-Powder Bronzer Duo. This one product seemed to fix a lot of problems I have had with other bronzers.  Since I am so fair some bronzers just overwhelm my skin tone. I really liked the two shades of the bronzer the colors were very buildable and with the light and dark shade I could get a sun kissed look without looking made up. My favorite part was the creme to powder texture it made it so simple to apply and once it turned to powder it set well and stayed put. Another great product from Hourglass.

Hourglass Illume Creme-To-Powder Bronzer Duo

What it is:
A multi-purpose crème-to-powder bronzing duo.

What it does:
These luxuriously silky face colors seamlessly blend onto skin for a naturally radiant glow with a soft, velvet finish. The universally flattering bronzer imparts a healthy, natural golden tint, subtly defining and contouring the face. Accent colors of sheer rose or champagne beige warm and highlight the complexion. Formulated with a wax-free and oil-free base, Illume keeps skin looking fresh all day without blotching or streaking. Added moisturizing and antioxidant benefits of Vitamins A & E hydrate and protect skin from damaging free radicals.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Illume Creme-to-Powder Bronzer Duo is housed in our 360º swivel compact with rotating mirror to adjust to application needs.

$40