Aromaleigh Foundation Review — Dewdrop, Pashmina and Finishing Powder

You know what sucks?  When, seemingly overnight your skin totally changes and freaks out and everything you were using before makes you look like an extra from “The Walking Dead.”  Thanks, Rosacea!

For a long time my foundation of choice was Illamasqua Skin Base but I noticed about a year back that it just wasn’t working for me, as my skin had gotten drier, prone to flakes and more red (yes, thanks to Rosacea).  Out of desperation I dug up my Bare Minerals foundation and tried it — HORROR.  I looked like a glittery, powdered prune.  Because my skin was so dehydrated and dry, it clung to lines I didn’t even know were there.  Yeah, gonna pass on that.  A friend recommended Aromaleigh Cosmetics so I ordered some samples and liked those so much I got the full sizes.

Aromaleigh’s foundations come in 3 formulas but I tried two — Dewdrop, which is a medium coverage foundation and Pashmina which is full coverage.  Since I had ordered samples to get the right color (hard to do for a pale, neutral-toned person like me) I got both in the shade 2N.

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Since I was placing an order I decided to try one of their finishing powders.  They have 8 kinds of finishing primers but since I wanted something that would add in some glow, I decided on the Luminesce Divine Powder which is described as “Luminesce Divine is a neutral and translucent, sheer, loose mineral cosmetic finishing powder that gives your skin more of a dewy glow.”  The color I chose is Cherub, which is a translucent shade.

One thing I noticed right away about Dewdrop and Pashmina is they are NOT glittery or sparkly like Bare Minerals can be.  They’re also not chalky or matte. I don’t have to “buff them in” which is nice because my dry skin cannot handle that much brush action.  Instead I can use a brush to pat them on — patting on a bit more where I need more coverage.  I’ve also used a damp Real Techniques sponge and that worked surprisingly well.  They give a good, natural looking finish that covers up the redness I have admirably.

The following pictures will show you how they performed on bare skin.  I have a tan colored freckle on my left hand so I wondered how they would work at covering it up.

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Bare hand with freckle

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Hand with Dewdrop foundation — applied heavily on the bottom and blended at the top. Covered my freckle almost completely.

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Pashmina Foundation — applied on bare skin heavily at the bottom, blended on top. Covered my freckle completely.

Not bad, right?  The Pashmina covered the freckle entirely.  Now, on to the Luminesce Divine.  It has a white iridescence with a hint of white gold.  Applied heavily in the photos below so it will show up on camera.

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Luminesce Divine in Cherub

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Luminesce Divine in Cherub

But what about ON MAH FACE???  Ok, since you asked…. these were applied on bare skin.  No primer or anything.

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Bare skin on the left, Dewdrop on the right

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Bare skin on the left, Pashmina on the right

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Luminesce Divine on the cheekbones on top of Pashmina

Both foundations did a great job of evening my skin tone, disguising the redness and purple areas around my eyes.  Dewdrop has a much lighter coverage but I could pat on more where I needed to.  Pashmina did a better job of covering the redness in one layer — because it’s a full coverage foundation, of course.  But I felt I could go in with a small brush where I needed to, to cover any zits or Rosacea-papules without it looking heavy.  They didn’t cling to the dry flaky areas on my cheeks OR accentuate the fine lines on my cheekbones.  I find that I get the kind of coverage I prefer by using Dewdrop all over my face and then using Pashmina as a sort of concealer to cover up any redness, zits or discoloration I have.

The Luminesce Divine looked great and added a glow that has ZERO glitter or sparkle.  I applied it heavily here so it would show on camera.  For ‘real life’ I’d apply a bit less and it would still show up.  I found I could also mix a tiny bit into my foundation before I applied for an all-over glow.

I’ve been using these foundations for about 4 months so I could give them a really good review through different weather conditions and see how my skin reacted to them.  I found they wore really well even without a primer.  Usually I just use my Paula’s Choice Sunscreen and pat these on and get a good 6 hours of wear without needing to touch up.  After 6 hours they got a little patchy around my chin but I would just blot them with a tissue and that was fine.  With an actual primer (like the Hourglass mineral Veil primer) I didn’t have those issues. These wore well during the winter months as well as out humid and hot spring.  I think they’ll hold up during the summer too.  They felt light and never heavy or like they’d slide off of m face.

If you’re looking for a new mineral foundation, definitely give these a try.   Especially if you’re a pale person who has trouble finding a shade to match.  They have a pure white color that you can add in to any of their shades, as well as colored toners so you can mix up a perfect match.

Aromaleigh Foundations come in 3 sizes:

SAMPLE size which is 1/3 of a teaspoon in a baggie for $2.25

FULL size which is 10 grams and is $17.00

LARGE size which is 25 grams and $37.00

Luminesce Divine Finishing Powder also comes in 3 sizes:

SAMPLE size which is 1/2 teaspoon for $2.00

FULL size which is 10 grams for $14.00

LARGE size which is 25 grams and $30.00

Aromaleigh Cosmetics is cruelty free, of course and many of their products are vegan.

Disclaimer:  All products were purchased by me and all opinions are mine alone.

 

 

 

 

Urban Decay ELECTRIC Pressed Pigment Palette Review & swatches!

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Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Today I am (finally!) reviewing Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette.  Before I just right into it we do have to talk about the name itself — “Pressed Pigment Palette” — not “eyeshadow palette.”  Why?  Well, pigments used in Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not deemed safe to use on the eyes in the USA, Canada and Brazil.  But I’m a gal who likes to live dangerously.  While I certainly can’t tell you to use those particular shades on your eyes, I will say that I have with no problem at all — no itching or irritation etc. Ok, now that that’s out of the way…. LOOK AT IT:

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Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

It’s gorgeous, no?  Each color practically glows.  And it comes with a double-ended brush that is actually pretty darn good for applying the shadows.

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Top Row, from Left to Right:

REVOLT — a buttery-smooth burnished silver with some barely-there sparkles

GONZO — incredibly bright turquoise blue semi-satin

SLOWBURN — safety-orange, nearly matte with some barely-there shimmer

SAVAGE — day-glow pink, matte

FRINGE — deep, shimmery peacock-green

Bottom Row, from Left to right:

CHAOS — neon cobalt blue, nearly matte satin

JILTED — warm, pinky-purple, satin

URBAN — deeper, more blue-toned purple, nearly matte satin

FREAK — shimmery bright grassy green

THRASH — semi-matte, chartreuse

All of the colors are intensely pigmented and blend really well.  You barely have to touch your brush to them to pick up a ton of color.  You can use them on bare skin but using a normal eye shadow primer will make these colors really sing.  While I’d love if all the colors were matte, I think adding in some semi-matte and satins really helped the formula blend well.  The only problem I had was that I found the pinks and purples stained my eyelids a little — though not badly and not enough to put me off using them.

The only color I didn’t like that much was Revolt.  Not because it’s not a great eyeshadow — it is.  But in a palette of bright and bold colors, silver just seems so out of place and boring.  I have a ton of great silver shadows — I didn’t need this one taking up room in a palette like this.  I’d have rather have seen another green or a bright yellow.

I think this palette is surprisingly versatile.  Sure you can use only the colors in the palette to do a super bright and bold eye look — like the one below.  I used Slowburn in the inner corner, blending out to Savage on my lid.  I use Jilted across the crease and Urban to deepen the outer corner.  I used Chaos to line the upper lid and again used Jilted and Urban on the lower lid.

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But as you can see below, you can take some of the shades and use them with other palettes to create a more wearable look.  Below I’ve used Freak and Fringe alongside the Comfort Zone Palette by Wet N Wild to make something a little more subtle and work-friendly.

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And because I’m me, I did it them at the same time.

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I think if you’re drawn to bright colors, this palette is a great investment.  If you’ve always been curious about incorporating bright and bold colors into your look but have been hesitant — again, you can’t go far wrong here.  The pigments are all of the best quality — easy to use and blend.  And remember, you’re not limited to using ONLY the colors here.  Think about using them in unexpected ways, like using Gonzo as a liner in an otherwise neutral eye look.  Or a dab of Freak on the center of the lid to punch up some olive green shades.  Never be afraid of bright colors — it’s make up.  It washes off!

The Electric Pressed Pigment Palette can be found on the Urban Decay website and wherever Urban Decay products are sold.  Urban Decay is not only cruelty-free, but Leaping Bunny Certified.

Disclaimer: All products listed were purchased by me and my opinions are mine alone.

Petit Vour Subscription Box — February & March Reviews

Ever since subscription beauty boxes became popular, I’ve really wanted to try them.  The problem?  The biggest, most popular ones were not cruelty free.  Bummer.  So when I learned about Petit Vour (pronounced “petty vohr”)– which guarantees that all the products in their boxes are cruelty free, I was very interested!

There are several different subscription options — monthly for $15 a month, the 3-month which is one payment of $45 and a 6 month which is one payment of $90.  They also ship to Canada and the price for that is $23/month.  I went with the 3-month subscription. Since I ordered at the last week in January, I got my January and February boxes within 2 weeks of each other. As with most beauty boxes, you can purchase all the full sized items you receive from their website — doing so earns you points which can be used to give yourself a discount.

Here’s the January box:

Petit Vour -- January 2015 Box

Petit Vour — January 2015 Box

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EvolvH Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo

While the card said I would receive the EvolvH Ultrashine Conditioner, I got the shampoo.  This shampoo is ok.  It smells very nice — fresh and green,  but I didn’t find it moisturizing or that is made my hair shiny.  My husband has appropriated this to use on his beard.

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100% PURE HAND BUTTERCREAM French Lavender

Initially I was super excited about this hand cream as I love real, French Lavender scents — it’s one of the few floral scents I like, in fact.  Immediately after applying, it does smell lovely but after a few minutes, it smells like baby powder. Not good. It’s minimally moisturizing.  Disappointing. Sadface. A lot of scents turn to baby powder on me so I guess it’s not surprising!

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Modern Minerals Eye Shadow En Pointe — a Petit Vour exclusive

Now here is where I got excited.  I love loose eyeshadows and pigments so I was pretty pleased to see a full sized eyeshadow by Modern Minerals in my box!  And this one is gorgeous!  Depending on the light it goes from rose gold to a golden lilac.  It’s sheer but very, very lovely.  This shade, “En Point” is exclusive to Petit Vour but the quality is so nice that I would definitely consider buying more from this brand.

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Rawskinceuticals Cheek Creme Pink Rose

This cream blush really intrigued me, as did the brand which focuses on raw and natural ingredients.  But sadly, this was another miss for me.  The color was ok — I worried it would be a little too cool and lilac-toned for me but it worked.  The texture was just really, really hard to work with.  It was the consistency of store-bought frosting.  I found it hard to apply and blend in and it ended up looking thick and chalky.  I tried using my fingers as well as a brush and it was just impossible. Add to that, the fact that after it sat on my skin for about 10 minutes, the color seemed to disappear.  Hard pass on this.

So I guess you could say this box was hit or miss for me.  But the gorgeous Modern Minerals eyeshadow made the box almost worth the price in terms of what I’ll actually use, as it retails for $12.50.  The shampoo sample will also get used and I will likely use the hand lotion, but on my feet.

On to February!

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Petit Vour February 2015 Box List

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Petit Vour February 2015 Box

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Harvey Prince fragrance samples — Imperial Gardenia & Damask Rose

First item up are fragrance samples by Harvey Prince — Imperial Gardenia and Damask Rose.  I sniffed these on a card and they both smelled very authentic — like honest-to-gawd flowers.  But I dare not put this on my skin b/c they’d instantly smell like gasoline and my allergies would go insane. But, if you’re into single-note florals, these seem of great quality.

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Ellovi Butter — Mint Chocolate

Guys… you guys… this smells EXACTLY like a Junior Mint candy.  In other words, it smells amazing.  This stuff is supposed to be good for face and body — really an all-purpose sort of butter made with products so simple and pure you can literally eat it.  They also say you can use it to remove makeup.  I’ve used this mostly as a hand cream and cuticle cream and it’s lovely.  The texture is like a softer coconut oil (and indeed it has coconut oil in it).  The only negative is that the scent doesn’t linger more than about 20 minutes. If it did, I’d buy a full size of this in a heartbeat!!  As it is, I keep this small sample jar next to my computer to take a whiff every now and then and use on my cuticles.  Seriously, it smells amazing.

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Balanced Guru SCRUB ME Face and Body Scrub

I have a love/hate relationship with body scrubs.  I like the idea of them but the execution often seems lacking.  Also, since I use a bathtub rather than a shower, scrubs that don’t dissolve tend to be messy and I have to scrub my tub out after every use.  This scrub is  enriched with “Raw Sugar, Organic Coffee, Coconut Oil, Babassu Oil and Cocoa Butter plus a little of Spearmint and Ginger” and they mention it’s safe for experiment and nursing mothers and children.  Good to know! (That came out snarky but I mean it — it’s good to have it right there on the label is that is a concern for you.)  The scent on this is… very heavy on the spearmint and coffee.  I love spearmint and I love coffee!  But together… they just smell unappealing to me.  I keep sniffing this in the hope that I will suddenly want to use it. I haven’t worked up the nerve to, yet.

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Lily Lolo Mascara in Black

The full-size item for this month’s box is this mascara by Lily Lolo.  I don’t have much luck with natural mascaras — especially if they aren’t waterproof.  So I didn’t have much hope for it.  But to my great surprise, I really like it!  The formula is very dark and not too wet and actually hold a curl in my lashes a little bit! (Most non-waterproof mascaras cause my straight lashes to uncurl instantly.) The brush is very nice and gave me separation, some length and volume. My lashes also felt really soft even after 2 coats.  I also like the simple but pretty packaging.

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Lily Lolo Mascara and my poor inflamed eyeball

 

Excuse my red eye — allergies are hell, y’all.  As you can see, while the curl was taken out at the outer corner of my eye, the lashes at the center stayed upright and curled.  Normally, without curling my lashes point slightly down.  This mascara did not flake, smudge or smear and I tested it up to 10 hours.  At the end of the day it did fade a little but didn’t flake.  It was a breeze to remove. Of course it is not waterproof so I’d have to be careful about wearing this if my allergies were in full flare up.  But overall, I really like it and I think it’s one of those mascaras that gets a little better after it’s been open a week or two.  This mascara is worth $20 and so this alone makes the price of the box worth it!

So, that’s it.  Two boxes worth of stuff.  Each month had one full sized item and a selection of samples.  Even though there were some misses for me, I enjoyed both boxes and each had items I will use, as well as items I can pass along.

If you’re looking for a cruelty-free beauty box, I think Petit Vour is worth your time and money. I can’t wait to see what I’ll get for March and I know when my subscription runs out, I’ll be subbing again.  It’s a nice, inexpensive treat.

These items were all purchased by me and my opinions are mine alone.

 

 

Aromaleigh Cosmetics Eyeshadows — Swatch fest!

Today I have some swatches for you and a quick review.  I love loose eyeshadows and these were my first from Aromaleigh Cosmetics.  I purchased a few full sized eyeshadows sight unseen because I was taken in by the photos on the website and… admittedly, I am a sucker for the names of some of them!  All of these were swatched dry, on bare skin — no primer used here.

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Aromaleigh Cosmetics
Abbatoir, Boudicca
Gotcha, Lagertha

Aromaleigh Cosmetics  Abbatoir, Boudicca Gotcha, Lagertha

Aromaleigh Cosmetics
Abbatoir, Boudicca
Gotcha, Lagertha

Aromaleigh Cosmetics  Abbatoir, Boudicca Gotcha, Lagertha

Aromaleigh Cosmetics
Abbatoir, Boudicca
Gotcha, Lagertha

Abbatoir is from the This Is My Design Collection, inspired by the TV show Hannibal — which is one of my all-time favorite shows.  So I couldn’t pass it up! Aromaleigh describes is as “This shade is a muted copper frost with a strong blue duochrome shift.”  I’d say it’s a coppery mauve with hints of rose gold.

Boudicca is from the permanent Ignis Antiquita Collection which is inspired by BADASS ladies from history.  Badass ladies from history are my favorite! Aromaleigh describes Boudicca as “strong plummy/russet brown, with vivid multichrome effects of green/gold and blue/teal.” I’d say that is entirely accurate.  It’s definitely a cooler-toned brown rather than a warm one.

Gotcha is also from the This Is My Design Collection. It’s described as ” A satiny muted oxblood with a metallic copper highlight lurking in the background… “GOTCHA” also has a teal duochrome effect and bright teal shimmer.” I’d say it’s more russet than true oxblood but it is gorgeous and rich.

Lagertha is another from the permanent Ignis Antiquita collection.  Lagertha is also a BADASS LADY on The History Channel’s amazing show Vikings.  She is my favorite character and one of my favorite TV characters ever.  No way I could pass it up.  #TeamLagertha! #Shieldmaiden4Life! Aromaleigh describes this shade as “a deep, smooth copper with a very intense chrome effect of chartreuse, green and gold” — entirely accurate.  This is a burnished copper, like a well-worn penny, rather than a shiny new penny shade of copper.

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Aromaleigh Cosmetics
Abbatoir, Boudicca
Gotcha, Lagertha

Overall, these eyeshadows are gorgeous.  I found the descriptions on the website pretty accurate for the most part.  My only “disappointment” was that I found Abbatoir and Boudicca very similar, though since Abbatoir is Limited Edition, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.  You can use these shadows without a primer to get a sheer wash of color and sparkle, or over a regular primer to get deeper, full coverage.  A sticky primer is not necessary.  You can also use these wet as a liner.  They blend very nicely and on me, with a primer they last 12+ hours.  I didn’t find any of these shades had any fall-out with the sparkles — but none of these are glitter-heavy.  I’m definitely impressed!  My order came to me quickly and included samples.  I’ve already placed another order from them, for foundation and um, more eyeshadows (I’m an eyeshadow junkie, what can I say?).  I like how the collections and colors are inspired by history and geeky stuff that I love.  It definitely grabs my attention and makes me more interested to buy.

I think if you’re looking for loose eyeshadow, it’s likely that Aromaleigh Cosmetics has what you’re looking for.

These items were all purchased by me and my opinions are mine alone.

Review: Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove (and Romantic Rose)

When these blushes first came out in 2013 they were limited edition and were scarfed up by the masses.  Thankfully, now they’re a permanent part of the Milani line and have included a few new shades.  I have two of them — Romantic Rose which was part of that original LE collection and Coral Cove, one of the new shades.

And they are FABULOUS.

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

As you can see, Coral Cove is a gorgeous, pigmented Coral Shade.  It has enough pink in it that it’s not too warm/orange for my skin, but is definitely coral.  It’s incredibly pigmented and not powdery when applied.

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove and Romantic Rose

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove and Romantic Rose

Here we have Coral Cove on the Right and Romantic Rose on the left.  Romantic Rose is a mauve-tinged dusty pink.  It’s the shade that for me, goes with everything.  It’s definitely the blush I grab when I don’t want to think about what blush to wear — a total no-brainer of a color.

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove and Romantic Rose

Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove and Romantic Rose

Both of these shades apply easily — they’re soft but not powdery — you won’t kick up a lot of dust in the pan when you pick up the color.  They blend out well and last a good 6-9 hours before fading slightly.  I think both are easily pigmented enough and rich enough to look great on a wide variety of skin tones and at the price of $7.99, they’re certainly cheap enough to grab a few! And while I hate to be a sucker for packaging, I’m very pleased when “low-end” lines take such care to make a beautiful looking item.  The deeply embossed rose pattern is just gorgeous and makes the product feel a lot more expensive than it is!

Here I am wearing Coral Cove.

If you’re looking for a new and easy blush, I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these shades.  They’re sold at Milani’s website and wherever Milani is sold.

Milani is not only cruelty free but Leaping Bunny certified!

These items were purchased by me and all opinions are mine alone.

Review: Wayne Goss THE COLLECTION makeup brush set

This is going to be a long one and full of a billion pictures!  Grab some tea and have a seat!

Confession time, first — these are my first high quality, luxury brushes.  Before I purchased them, my priciest brushes were from Real Techniques — so I can’t really compare them to any other luxury brands.  But I can compare them to bsimilar brushes that are less expensive and of course, judge them on how well they work.

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Wayne Goss — The Collection

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I ordered the set from Beautylish and since this was my first order there, I got $10 off.  With a set this expensive, any bit counts, right?  They arrived in record time (literally less than 30 hours after I ordered) and were beautifully packaged.  The brushes come in a cardboard tube that one could easily use to store them.  And they also came with a card that had care instructions on it, which was much appreciated.

Overall, the brushes feel luxurious.  They’re all beautifully soft — like rubbing a kitten on your face.  The brushes are well weighted and balanced and feel substantial in the hand but are not heavy or awkward to use.  The handles are long enough for comfort but not so long that I bump them in the mirror when I apply my makeup.  The bristles are made of humanely obtained, cruelty free natural hair.  The brushes are hand made in Japan and the fine workmanship is clearly evident — the bristles are evenly cut and shaped with no loose or untidy bristles.

Wayne Goss - The Collection Brush 01

Wayne Goss – The Collection Brush 01

The 01 Brush is an angled stippling brush.  The bristles are soft but firm — not at all scratchy.  This brush would be grand for liquid and cream foundation but I found it doesn’t work as well for powdered or mineral foundations.  I like to use it for cream blush and under-eye concealer more than for foundation.  Since it’s on the smaller side, it’s very versatile.

Wayne Goss -- The Collection Brush 02

Wayne Goss — The Collection Brush 02

Brush 02 is made for any powder product — blush, setting powder, bronzer, conturing etc.  You name it, this brush can do it.  It is incredibly, insanely soft.  Like putting on your makeup with a kitten.  While I find it a little too tapered to use for blush, it is the perfect thing for applying powder highlighter/luminizer.  I also love to use it for setting or finishing powder — it’s so soft it will just not disturb your foundation.  Light as a feather and luxurious to use.  If you buy this brush you may not be able to stop rubbing it on your face.  You may start rubbing it on other people’s faces — and they won’t tell you to stop. It could get awkward. Fair warning!

Wayne Goss - The Collection Brush 03

Wayne Goss – The Collection Brush 03

The 03 Brush is the largest eye brush in the collection and my 2nd favorite in the entire set.  Again, it’s extremely soft and absolutely perfect for blending eyeshadow, putting in a large swathe of crease color or adding a soft highlight under the browbone.  If you have smaller eyes or a smaller lid area, this might be a little large for you — but never fear because you can also use it for precise conturing on the face, as well as to set your under-eye area.

 

Wayne Goss - The Collection Brush 04

Wayne Goss – The Collection Brush 04

The 04 brush is another tapered eyeshadow brush, though a bit smaller than the 03.  I love using this brush to add in a darker crease shade (then using the 03 to blend it).  Perfect for detail work, if you have smaller eyes, hooded or smaller lids, this one might be your best friend for your eyeshadow work.

Wayne Goss - The Collection Brush 05

Wayne Goss – The Collection Brush 05

Brush 05 is the smallest of the tapered crease brushes.  For very detailed crease work, this one is a wonder.  It’s also small enough and soft enough to use to smudge eyeliner on the upper and lower lids, add that bit of highlight to the inner eye corner or under the browbone.  I also like to use it to apply a wash of color on the lower eyelid.  It’s small enough to do so but soft enough to blend it out.

Wayne Goss -- The Collection Brush 06

Wayne Goss — The Collection Brush 06

Brush 06 — ok, here it is. My favorite brush in the entire collection.  This gorgeously tapered filbert brush is so damned versatile.  Use the flat side to apply eyeshadow the turn that sucker on it’s edge and blend it into the crease.  This brush is like the one-stop-shopping of eyeshadow brushes.  It can do anything and everything.  Large enough to lay down a wash of lid color but small enough to do some damned fine crease work and use under the eye. It’s a workhorse of a brush and if you only have the money to spend on ONE brush from this collection, this would be my pick.  I’ve reached for it every single time I’ve done my makeup since getting it.

Wayne Goss - The Collection Brush 07

Wayne Goss – The Collection Brush 07

The 07 brush is designed for lipstick but I am a lazy bastard who never uses a brush for lipstick so I’m happy to say it is perfect for apply eyeliner, smudging eyeliner, or a more precise application of eyeshadow under the eye.  It’s also good for spot application of concealer to very small areas, such as to conceal a pimple etc.

Wayne Goss - The Collection Brush 08

Wayne Goss – The Collection Brush 08

The 08 brush is the tiniest eyeliner brush I have ever seen.  Made specifically for tightlining (getting liner into the roots of the eyelashes), it works very well for that.  Even I can finally tightline now, which I’ve always struggled with!  It’s also amazing for extremely precise eyebrow powders/gels, though I use it mostly for tightlining.

Overall, these brushes are a huge investment.  Are they worth it?  For me, yes.  The only brush I don’t regularly use is the 01, because I’m stuck using mineral foundation (thanks, Rosacea!).  If I used liquid or cream foundation, I’d use the 01 to apply it.  The brush set costs $210 which is a lot of money to plunk down on brushes but if you can afford it and feel like you’d use them, I think it’s worth the investment.  Buying them all individually would cost $224, so buying the set saves you a few dollars.  But they are definitely a luxury — and they feel like it.  But I also believe they will last quite a long time.  I’ve washed them several times and have had no problems with bristles falling out or the brushes losing their shape.  With care, I expect them to last me many years.

The Wayne Goss Collection can be purchased by Beautylish — check out his page there, where they have videos of Wayne talking about and demonstrating each brush!  You can also find Wayne at his youtube channel for lovely and helpful makeup tips, reviews and tutorials!  I’ve been a fan of his for ages and I felt sure he would not put his name on an inferior product — I was right!

These brushes were purchased by me and my opinions are mine alone.

Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

I’m really not one to get caught up in the hype when it comes to certain products — especially limited edition ones.  I’m the type who reads ALL the reviews, googles swatches endlessly and carefully considers what I’m going to spend my money on.  But when I saw Sephora’s photo of this palette on Facebook, I was filled with a sense of MUST HAVE THIS OMG NOW.  I don’t have any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, and this is actually my first Hourglass product (aside from a sample of primer that I have).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

The first thing you notice is the packaging — it feels lux.  Heavy, substantial and high quality, the palette is housed in a gleaming rose-gold.  The only drawback is that this shows every fingerprint imaginable.  I did find myself constantly trying (in vain) to polish away every tiny smudge and smear.

Hourglass describes the palette thusly: A limited edition palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Blush, the groundbreaking blush that creates seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Luminous Flush is a softly shimmering rosy pink.

Incandescent Electra (exclusive to this palette) is a glimmering peach.

Mood Exposure is a soft but warm plum.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
L to R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure — I think in this picture you can see the subtle shimmer and radiance of the blushes.

All 3 blushes are very finely milled and soft, which can make them a bit powdery in the palette but that powdery quality disappears on the skin.  They blend into the skin seamlessly.  The finish is hard to describe — they’re neither matte, nor satin… shimmery without being frosty and with zero glitter.  When applied and blended, they leave the skin glowing and radiant and I don’t feel the need to apply a highlighter or luminizing product.   I found that all the blushes wore well, with minimal fading even after 8+ hours.  On me, they are surprisingly pigmented and I have to be careful not to apply too much!  The colors are on the light side, but deeply and richly pigmented.   I have it on good authority that these blushes work well on deep skin tones as well, though you may have to be more heavy-handed in application.  The colors are also all pretty neutral — neither too warm nor too cool, which makes them suitable for a wide variety of people.

At $58, this product is pretty expensive by my standards but I think it’s well worth the price since the quality is very high.  I hope that like the Ambient Powder palette, this items becomes permanent because I would definitely repurchase it once I started to run out.

Here I am wearing Luminous Flush — I’ve applied it a little heavier than I would normally so the color really shows in the photo.

Luminous Flush

Luminous Flush

For pictures of me wearing the other shades in the palette, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

If you’re in the market for new blush, I don’t see how you can go wrong with this palette.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush palette retails for $58 and can be found at Sephora, Hourglass Cosmetics and wherever Hourglass is sold.

Hourglass Cosmetics is cruelty free!

Disclaimer — this product was purchased by me.  My opinion is honest and unfettered.