Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

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From the first swipe I was in love with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. The powder has an amazing airbrushing effect that hides my skins flaws and discoloration and leaves it glowing. So I was very excited to try out the Ambient Lighting Palette filled with 3 different shades of Ambient Lighting Powder.

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From the left the first shade is Dim light a great neutral shade that is perfect for evening out skin tone and leaving a perfected look. The second shade Incandescent Light is exclusive to this palette the lightest of the powders the pearlescent shade to this powder makes the perfect highlighter. Then my all time favorite go-to is Radiant Light, most days I just wear moisturizer with SPF and a bit of Radiant Light. My skin looks and feels good and its quick and easy.

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This before and after shows my natural skin followed by the perfected look from Radiant Light. It doesn’t mask your skin which I love it just evens it out and makes it glow. I may be stockpiling this palette, don’t tell!

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE $58
Create your perfect light with this palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder. Each of the high-tech, soft-focus finishing powders recreates an exquisitely flattering light source. The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow.

DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.

INCANDESCENT LIGHT (EXCLUSIVE TO THE PALETTE): An opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a
celestial glow.

RADIANT LIGHT: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow.

Hourglass products are available for purchase at  www.hourglasscosmetics.com at or www.Sephora.com.

 

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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I’m in looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove with Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette!

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It’s official – I’m in LOVE.

I get a LOT of eye shadow – on this site. I get a lot of people sending me a lot of beautiful shades to review. I am not complaining, it’s amazing! I haven’t had to buy eyeshadow in years and years! I’ve seen Urban Decay’s Naked palettes come and go – and I’ve never thought to buy one. I’ve been envious of them, but never actually branched out and bought one. Until now.

I was in Ulta the other day and I saw the Naked 3 palette and I knew it had to be mine. I plunked down the $54 for the pallet, and I have to say, it was probably the best $54 makeup purchase I’ve ever made. The possibilities are ENDLESS. There are so many makeup looks you can create with these gorgeous 12 colors – you will just DIE!

Experiment with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter. It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow-up Naked and Naked2 (two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes)! And this time around, we’re giving you a dozen NEW ways to get Naked. (Yes, we loaded this palette with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades.)

Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Naked3 includes a NEW double-ended shadow/blending brush AND an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer!

Our art-school-inspired tin case is a gorgeous rose-gold color (a subtle hint at the shades inside). Embossed on top with a big “Naked3″ and cool facets that beg to be touched, it’s sure to inspire lots of jealous stares.

What You See Is What You Get: Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin), Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Burnout (light pinky-peach satin), Limit (light dusty rose matte), Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle), Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte), Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer), Factory (pinky-brown satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin) and Blackheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle).

Fill Weight: 12 x 1.3 g / 12 x 0.05 oz

You can pick yours up here – or at your local Ulta!

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New Contest! BIC Soleil Glow – 5 Winners!

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It’s summer time and with sun dresses and short season upon us its time to stock up on some great razors. BIC just released a great new razor the BIC Soleil Glow.  And so far I love this razor. The blades are crazy sharp which means no stubble or going over spots twice. And the comfort strip and comfort shield protect my skin from nicks.

In the photo below you can see the great cover that comes with this razor.  Most travel/storage covers seem to pop off or just not stay on at all. I love the cover on the BIC Soleil Glow you slide it on and it snaps into place. I have used this for travel and the cover stays put until you slide it off. No more dulling the blade as it jostles in my bag or worrying about find a razor in my bag blade first. This is such a great razor it leaves my skin so soft and smooth and has cut my shave time considerably. And the best part a 3 pack is under $7!

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Bic Soleil Glow
Warmer weather is here, and women everywhere can flaunt their beach-ready legs thanks to the newest addition to the BIC Soleil portfolio of razors – the BIC®Soleil® Glow™!

What’s unique about Soleil Glow is the Comfort Shield head, which evenly distributes pressure and glides over the skin to provide a silky, smooth shave. This helps protect the skin from irritation, which, along with glide, is one of the most important attributes for women when selecting a razor. The BIC Soleil Glow is essential for smooth, summertime legs, so give it a try!

  • Comfort shield head evenly distributes press, glides and helps protect skin form irritation
  • 3 flexible blades individually adjust to follow the body’s curves
  • Moisturizing strips feature vitamin e and aloe to soothe skin
  • Ergonomic handle with non-slip grip for ultimate control
  • 3 beautiful, pastel colored handles in every pack

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You can purchase BIC Soleil Glow Razors at your nearest drugstore or mass retailer.

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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New! Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

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The ultimate collection of neutrals, Smashbox’s latest palette has every color you need for a light to smokey look. When I first started reading about this palette I was wondering why the reviews were so different. People either loved it or hated it and there didn’t seem to be a middle ground.

After a few uses I love it, the matte shades are vibrant and very long wearing and the shimmer colors are just that a light shimmer. Now possibly the women who didn’t like this palette like a more bold sparkle look on their eye. In my mid-30′s this was the perfect shimmer. It brightened my eye area without looking like I was over the top sparkly and heading to prom. I always use eye shadow primer and found these colors stay put really well, this is now my daily go-to palette. As you can see from the swatch below with one swipe the colors stayed true to how they looked in the palette.

 

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Along with the beautiful collection of colors, Smashbox also included a travel size Full Exposure Mascara. And even better for boring Betty’s like me they included a bonus pamphlet with different makeup looks based on the shape of your eyes! Such a great idea I have very round eyes and love the tips to get the best look for my eye shape. Overall this is a great collection of items and will work from every day looks for work to smokey eyes for a night on the town.

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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette $49

What it is:
A set of universally awesome neutrals that includes how-tos for six different eye shapes.

What it does:
This versatile palette includes 14 must-have neutral shades—from nudes to blacks—in long-wearing shimmers and velvety smooth mattes. The clearly organized palette—shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom—makes them easy to work with, and the kit also includes a breakthrough eye shape chart to achieve your most gorgeous look, along with a dual-ended brush to use with both formulas, and a bonus Full Exposure Mascara sample.

This set contains:
- 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
- 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
- 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
- Get-the-look eye shape chart

What else you need to know:
The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios needed it. On set, they’ve seen every skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a super universal, straightforward palette that works on anyone, anywhere—in front of the cameras or behind the scenes.

Just like you dress to flatter your body shape, eye makeup should be applied based on your eye shape. After nine years of research looking at more than 5,000 eyes, the Smashbox R&D team narrowed it down to six main shapes. Their artists then created how-to’s based on the shapes to get the most gorgeous eyes possible with this palette.

smashbox 24hr eyeshadow primer

I won’t apply eye shadow without a primer, but even with primer sometimes I have issues with shadow fading or creasing especially in the warmer months. Smashbox’s new 24hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer is here to save the day! This primer is everything I never knew I needed and wanted.

The texture is nice and light and easy to work with. The best part is my eye shadow sticks like glue! I can apply my shadow in the morning and no matter what my day entails even a long workout and my shadow looks fresh and new. This has even helped stopped the creasing my eye shadow loves to do on hot days. You just need a small dab of product so one tube should last me a very long time. If you are shopping for a primer don’t miss this one!

SMASHBOX 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer $20

What it is:
A shadow primer that locks on more vibrant color for a full 24 hours.

What it does:
This primer makes shadows last and has the added benefit of making color appear more vibrant. Sweat- and humidity-resistant, this formula doesn’t fade, crease, or smudge for 24 hours.

What else you need to know:
“A primer that makes my eye shadow last for 24 hours? Yes, please! I’ll never have to worry about my shadow looking like a hot mess after yoga or a long night out!” — Lori Taylor Davis, Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist.

“My models kept asking for a primer that would keep their eye shadow on after a shoot, because they liked the look so much. This primer is literally like glue for your shadow.”— Davis Factor, Smashbox Founder and Celebrity Photographer

You can find this and other great Smashbox products at Smashbox.com  and Sephora.com.

 

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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