This just in…Hourglass Cosmetics has just announced the release of their limited edition Ambient Lighting Blush Palette for the holidays! If you’ve seen the review of my Ambient Lighting Powder Palette HERE, you can probably guess why I’m so excited about this new addition :)
This trio blush palette features the colours: Luminous Flush – champagne rose; Incandescent Electra – cool peach and Mood Exposure which is a soft plum.
As per my previous review of the Ambient Powder Palette, what makes the Ambient formulas so unique is the super finely milled shimmer that runs through the product. It really does give off an airbrushed glow, rather than sparkle or obvious shimmer. The blushes are no exception. They have the same glowing powder formula marbled through the blush so you not only get a beautiful deposit of color but also the airbrushed highlight.
If you enjoyed the Ambient Lighting range of powders and blushes so far, or you’d like to try them for the first time, this limited edition palette is perfect to add to your collection or get acquainted with this gorgeous line from Hourglass.
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette $58 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette $58
When Urban Decay says they’re releasing new products, they really mean it. Other than MAC’s seasonal and limited edition collections, Urban Decay is the brand next in line to be very consistent with rolling out new products and sets. They’ve just recently released their Holiday 2014 products and if you’re a fan of having variety when it comes to single purchases, I think you’ll be very pleased with these…
VICE 3 EYESHADOW PALETTE – $60- BUY HERE
The Vice range of Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes have been very successful in the past, so it’s only natural that they continue to release follow up colors. This Vice 3 palette is no exception. If you love a good range of colors combined in the one palette, Vice 3 would be a good choice for you. Again, with many of the Urban Decay palettes, lack of matte shades is probably the only downside to this palette as it features 2-3 matte shades. From subtle everyday browns to jewelled and smokey tones however, the palette does offer a great variety of colors.
FULL FRONTAL LIPSTICK STASH – $39- BUY HERE
Featuring 6 mini lipsticks, which 3 of the colors (Flower, Crush and Illicit) being exclusive to this limited edition set, this pack also includes a full size Ozone lip pencil – a clear lipliner which is designed to prevent lipsticks bleeding. This pack is a great way to try out Urban Decay lipsticks, to add new colors to your collection or to gift to someone.
TEN 24/7 GLIDE ON PENCIL SET – $52- BUY HERE
Urban Decay is great in designing pencil sets and if you’ve missed out on their previous releases, fret not. This 10 pencil set features brand new colors inspired by the Urban Decay eyeshadows. It also includes the super black Perversion. Being long wearing liners, these pencils make a great base for eyeshadows or to use on their own.
BLACK MAGIC 24/7 DOUBLE ENDED EYE PENCIL SET – $39- BUY HERE
If you’re a fan of dark eye pencils, but you still prefer a touch of color, Urban Decay has also catered for you with this double ended pencil set of their most popular colors. This set is something I would purchase in a heartbeat…if I didn’t already have all the featured colors in individual pencil form. From the richest browns and blacks to shimmering deep purple and teal, this set is a must-have for all pencil lovers.
NAKED ILLUMINATED SHIMMERING POWDER in AURA – $29- BUY HERE
If you have the previous shimmering powder in the shade Luminous and felt it was too light or gold in color, you might be pleased with this new shade Aura. With pink/peach undertones, the formula of this powder is the same as the original – a little on the sparkly side. I personally prefer my illuminating powders to be more subtle – more shimmery than sparkly but if you loved the original formula and would like to add a softer peachy shade to the mix, then this powder would be perfect for you.
Last but not least in the Urban Decay Holiday 2014 new releases is a Duo pack of their All Nighter Setting Spray, priced at $39.
As you can see, Urban Decay is great in offering a variety of colors within a single purchase which is a great way to promote their product range. Also If you’re new to the brand or would like to expand on your existing collection without breaking the budget, I feel Urban Decay sets are amazing value for money. With holidays fast approaching, they also make great gifts for your loved ones…or yourself ;)
A question that I get asked quite often is how I clean my makeup brushes and sponges. It’s all fun and games when we’re using countless number of brushes when doing makeup and it can be quite daunting when it comes to the cleaning process. This is where Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps have been my savior for years. And once I tell you all about these rightly called ‘Magic Soaps’, you’ll understand why every household should have at least one bottle lying around.
There’s so much to say about Dr Bronner’s line of soaps, I can easily do a separate post on every feature. For the sake of not overloading you with too much info all at once, I’ll cover the basics but you can check out all you want to know about this amazing brand on their website at DrBronner.com
Family owned and run for over 50 years, Dr Bronner’s brand is known as the Natural Product Pioneers. Using only organic natural oils and vitamins sourced from Fair Trade projects around the world, the brand is renowned for their corporate responsibility. So you’re not only getting a safe and natural product, you’re also contributing to benefit communities, economy and the environment around the world.
What sets Dr Bronner’s products apart from others on the market is their remarkable multi-use. You’ll notice the castille liquid soaps in particular will have “18 in 1″ uses mentioned on the label. And yes…you really can use this one single bottle for chores you never even thought to use liquid soap for. Just as an example: use Dr. Bronner’s soaps for washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids.
Check out Dr Bronner’s Dilutions Cheat Sheet as a reference to how you can create your own concoctions HERE
There are 8 different types/scents of Dr Bronner’s product range. Almond, Unscented Baby Mild, Citrus Orange, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose and the one I particularly recommend for cleaning makeup brushes and sponges which is the Tea Tree one, known for its anti- bacterial qualities.
Almond / Unscented Baby Mild / Citrus Orange / Eucalyptus / Lavender / Peppermint / Rose / Tea Tree
When using the castille soaps for cleaning makeup tools, first thing you’ll notice is quickly and easily this soap will melt the products off your brushes and sponges. Rather than having to rub away at the bristles, not only risk damaging them but also wasting so much time trying to get all the product residue off, this soap will turn your makeup tools to their original state in an instant. The natural oils contained in the soaps help dissolve away dirt/products whilst gently conditioning the brush bristles. With so many added bonuses, it’s definitely worth including into your makeup routine.
Dr Bronner’s products are not limited to liquid soaps. You can also get bar soaps, lotions, body butters, lip balms as well as hair care products. And starting at $3 which will last you a long time, Dr Bronner’s magic soaps are really just that…pure magic!
You can purchase Dr Bronner’s products at drugstores, select pharmacies, as well as their website HERE which has links to different parts of the world where the brand is available – including Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, Middle East, Canada and US.
Do you guys use this brand of soaps? if so, what’s your favorite use for them? xx