Review & Swatches: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Diffused Light”

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Availability: Sephora
Price: $45.00
Disclosures: Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light. Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With six universal shades available, you can create your desired effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. It is available in six universally flattering shades from least pearl to most pearl.

Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder touts “state of the art technology” to create the “perfect light” on your skin. This powder comes in six (6) different shades. This review is for the shade Diffused Light–a soft, warm pale yellow powder.


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GlossyBox July 2013: Unboxing & Review

Here is my unboxing and review of the makeup items found in GlossyBox‘s July 2013 special edition box. Come unbox with me!

If you like what you see and are interested in trying GlossyBox for yourself, you can get a free full-sized OPI nail polish bottle with your subscription here with the code SUMMER.

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Review & Swatches: Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in “Plum Splendor”

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Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Plum Splendor

Availability: Sephora, Nordstrom
Price: $49.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

An all-in-one five-shadow palette for brightening the eyes. These alluring palettes feature silky, lustrous, long-wearing powders that transparently wrap the skin resulting in a seamless layering of pure color and a radiant finish. Build with absolute precision and apply the shades in five simple steps (all over, lid, crease, highlighter, and liner) to design your customized eye look. Contour, sculpt, and lift with soft day colors or intensify your look with dramatic evening hues for smoky effects.

This review is for Lancome’s new Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Plum Splendor, which includes four (4) eye shadow shades (in pinks and purples) and a black eye liner shade.


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Review & Swatches: First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes

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First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes

Availability: Sephora
Price: $15.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

A convenient packet of towelettes that gently remove makeup, surface oils, and impurities. Perfect for use any time of day, whenever your skin needs instant refreshing, FAB Gentle Cleansing Wipes clean the skin and remove all traces of makeup, surface oils, and impurities. The combination of chamomile, aloe, and bisabolol calm and soothe the skin, while botanical antioxidants stave off free radical damage.

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Review & Swatches: Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in “Ladybird”

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Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ladybird

Availability: Sephora
Price: $36.00

Company’s Description

An all-in-one palette with eight matte, rich pigment shadows and an Autograph Pencil liner. This stellar matte eye shadow palette is formulated with rich, long-wearing pigment that prevents creasing, smudging, and fading all day and night. Smooth velvety shades glide onto eyelids, while colors layer seamlessly to create an array of customized neutral looks. The long-wear, on-the-go pencil liner glides onto eyelids for a flawless finish and is perfect for creating everyday neutral looks or intense smoky eyes.

Kat Von D’s newest True Romance palette in Ladybird features a mix neutral eye shadows in the following shades:

  • Für Elise
  • Vespertine
  • Renholdër
  • Siouxsie-sioux
  • Unrequited
  • Harlow
  • Wölf
  • Cleopatra
  • Immortal Love Mini Autograph Pencil

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Swatches: Zoya Satins & Cashmeres Collection

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Zoya Satins & Cashmeres Collection

Availability: Zoya Online
Price: $8.00 each

These photos and swatches are for Zoya’s Satins & Cashmeres Collection. The following shades are shown:

Cashmeres Nail Lacquers

  • Livingston: Fall red cream
  • Pepper: Brick red cream
  • Sailor: Dark navy cream
  • Hunter: Dark sea cream
  • Louise: Chocolate brown cream
  • Flynn: Camel brown nude

Satins Nail Lacquers

  • Channing: Rust red copper metallic
  • Mason: Red violet “Fandango Pink” metallic
  • Claudine: Meteorite gray metallic
  • Neve: Sapphire blue metallic
  • Giovanna: Lush emerald green metallic
  • Maria-Luisa: Sparkling cellophane gold topper

All the colors shown have one (1) coat.


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Review & Swatches: LORAC Mint Edition Palette

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LORAC Mint Edition Palette

Availability: ULTA
Price: $42.00

Company’s Description

A retro-cool eye and cheek palette inspired by classic, feminine style. The Mint Edition Eye/Cheek Palette contains a variety of eight matte and shimmer eye shadows and a blush and face highlighter, all made with Lorac’s original velvety-smooth formula. This full-face collection also features a limited-edition exclusive Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Retro, a nude-pink shade that flatters all skintones.

This review is for LORAC’s limited edition Mint Edition Palette, which includes eight (8) eye shadows, two (2) cheek colors, and a lip gloss.


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Monthly Favorites Video & GIVEAWAY: July 2013

Time for monthly favorites and regrets! In this video, I share the products I’ve been most impressed by this month, and some products I found disappointing.

Plus, I will be giving away the Shell Pearl Beauty Powder from MAC’s Year Of The Snake Collection! See the video for details.

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I hope you enjoy this video!

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Tom Ford Fall 2013 Collection

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Limited-edition
Release Date: September 2013
Availability: Nordstrom

Company’s Description

Tom ford focuses on the art of the seductive eye with his Fall 2013 color collection. At the Heart of the collection is the limited edition ombré eye color trio of monochromatic shades That uses light and depth to create a dynamic contrast. A n innovative, dual-ended liquid Liner enhances the look, adding sophisticated and provocative definition.

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Review & Swatches: Sephora + Pantone Universe Light Storm Liquid Shadow in “Tuscany”

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Light Storm Liquid Shadow in Tuscany

Availability: Sephora
Price: $18.00

Company’s Description

A long-lasting liquid eye shadow formula with color-shifting hues and incomparable shine. This unique color-shifting formula alters hues depending on the angle of view and available lighting to create a dramatic, multidimensional look. The lightweight, crease-resistant liquid pigments add a mega-chromatic wash of color to the eye. This stunning formula blends evenly into skin and dries quickly for long-lasting, ultra impressive wear.

Sephora’s limited edition Summer collaboration collection with Pantone Universe includes three two (2) liquid eye shadows (one of the originally three shades–Smoky Grape–is already permanently sold out). This review is for the Light Storm Liquid Shadow in Tuscany–a molten, brown-purple-taupe shade.

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