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Friday, November 22, 2013

Autumn Edit

As always, my seasonal edit is just a tad late.... Whoops. We're more than halfway through autumn now, but I've just been soooo in love with my autumnal makeup selection; it would be criminal of me not to share my autumn favourites with you all. My makeup mantra for this season has been very clean, natural, cool, glowy skin injected with burgundy and bronze where appropriate. Let's have a chat about my top picks this autumn.

FACE: My choice base this fall has been the perfect and gorgeous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. I couldn't stop singing its praises in my last blog post, so if you want a full review be sure to check that out. What I love about this product is that you can dust it on everyday after you've done all your makeup and it just creates such a beautiful, subtle lit-from-within look to the skin. For those of you who get that dull, lackluster skin around this time of year, I highly recommend trying this product out because it is seriously amazing. A miracle worker. 

LIPS: To me, fall is all about taking the colour palette a bit darker and richer, and bringing out those gorgeous berry tones. For an everyday, wear-with-anything lipstick this season, MAC Syrup in the Lustre finish is my top pick. It's the most gorgeous, sheeny plum shade, and the type of lipstick you can whack on mirror-less. So effortless and so forgiving; what's not to love? Of course I had to put a vampy lip offering in here as well. For days or nights when you're feeling a bit more adventurous: MAC Dark Side lipstick which comes in an Amplified finish. Dark lipsticks are one of the easiest ways (and one of my personal favourite ways) to get yourself looking presentable fast. When I'm pressed for time to do my makeup, I will quickly do my base, run some mascara through my lashes, and just slick on my favourite dark lipstick. All done in five, but it looks like it took you ages.

CHEEKS: If you're going to wear a dark lip, it is critical that you tone your cheek colour down. (Unless of course you are doing something editorial and that's the look you're going for.) Something like MAC Gingerly blush is perfect for the job. It's a murky light brown with a hint of rose; and it just adds some life to your cheeks without going overboard. My other cheek option is Stila Convertible Colour in Peony. It's a cream product, and I love it because it's so easy to pat onto your cheeks or lips if you're in a rush or on-the-go. This one has a bit more colour than Gingerly - it's a pretty, muted dusty rose - but it still has that autumnal tone.

EYES: Although bronzy shades are more typically associated with summer, I think a cool bronze eye in the fall is absolutely gorgeous, and it complements berry lips really well! I use the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze as an eyeshadow base to prevent creasing and increase staying power, then apply L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush on top, all over the lid and into the crease for a vibrant bronze. I then take a fluffy blending brush and just blend all the edges for a soft, seamless eye look.

NAILS: Without question, OPI We'll Always Have Paris. Oh the gorgeous, deep merlot.... Classic. Chic. Screams fall. No further explanation necessary.

STYLE: If you're going to purchase one clothing item or accessory this autumn, let it be the Wilfred Coquette scarf. I just... I have no words. If you recall this was on my Window Shopping blog post (few posts back); I received it as a birthday present from a few friends and have been obsessed ever since. The Coquette scarf comes in a few different colours and patterns, as you can see mine has really nice earthy tones which makes it really easy to wear with a lot of different outfits. But what I love most about this scarf is how massive it is. It basically doubles as a blanket. And I'm not kidding. This scarf may not look substantial at first - as in it's not a chunky knit scarf - but it is oh so warm and cozy. Whenever I'm feeling extra chilly and I don't have a sweater to chuck on, I'll wrap this around my shoulders and it brings me back to a comfortable temperature in no time. ;)

What have you been loving this autumn?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder | Dim Light

Let me just hop on the rave train and start by saying, Hourglass, you made a darn flippin' amazing product. Interestingly though my opinion of this product wasn't so from first use, or even from first sight which is unlike that of many beauty bloggers.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are a range of six gorgeous, finely milled finishing powders each with a different purpose. I think what is quite unique about this product is that each of the six in the range do very different things on all different skin tones but they all promise to light up your complexion from within. Some are blue-toned, some are yellow-toned, some are high-shimmer, some are just glowy. Whatever your skin type and tone may be, there is one for you. Personally, I was looking for a neutral, beige powder to use all over my face as a finishing powder, rather than just at the tops of my cheekbones as a highlighter. Dim Light was the one that ticked all the boxes - when applied it just gives the most beautiful sheer layer of soft focus glow to the skin. Not a dewy, wet-looking glow; not a shimmery, glittery glow; but a very subtle, fresh faced, life-giving glow. It also has a lovely way of just blurring the skin so as to help hide any imperfections. It is truly remarkable.

Dim Light in natural light - it's a very subtle effect, and one that is more noticeable in person.

Taken directly from the Sephora website, these are the six powders and what they claim to do:
Ethereal Light: A sheer, cool tone that eliminates shine and mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.
Dim Light: A neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections.
Mood Light: A soft, sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.
Luminous Light: A champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth. 

In theory, this product should work fine on top of just about any type and texture of face base, just a light dusting to finish the face off as the name finishing powder suggests. In my personal experience, I find this works best when substituted in place of my regular setting powder. As the last step of my base routine on top of liquid foundation, I think it does a fantastic job at what it claims and it lasts quite a while too! It doesn't claim to set makeup but in my opinion it's actually quite excellent at it.

Although these powders were talked about heavily in the spring and summer this year, I actually think Dim Light in particular is incredibly suitable for autumn/winter because it has a way of injecting life into the paler skin we get from the change in weather. It's a much more season-appropriate way of avoiding the "dead" look. No need for fake tan, which can get messy and is more suited for summer anyways. I absolutely love my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and am quite afraid to admit to myself that it just might be a holy grail, forever in my stash product. (Pockets emptied.)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders contain 0.35 oz of product, and are sold in Sephora stores for CAD$52.
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