Hourglass Seamless Finish Vanish Foundation Review

I saw a review for the Hourglass Seamless Finish Vanish Foundation on Beautezine and bought it the second it hit the shelves at my local Sephora. She made it sound pretty amazing, so much so that I stalked it until it popped up as available in-store. I didn’t want to chance ordering the wrong shade online-with foundation I just prefer to see it in person. I wasn’t planning on doing this review, as I wasn’t  anticipating blogging again, so I don’t have fresh out of the box product pictures. But you know I’ve used it enough to give a thorough opinion on it.

Packaging. Love it. It’s sleek and functional, a retractable, triangular tube that makes it easy to apply product to your face. The shiny surface can get smudgy, but it can be wiped clean, unlike the rubbery surface of say, a Nars blush. Rating: 5/5

Swatched:

Performance. This is supposed to be a long-wear (12 hours), full coverage, waterproof foundation. The formula glides onto the skin easily when you swipe it onto your face. I’ve used a brush and the beauty blender to apply this and I prefer the latter. It just seems to help move the foundation around more easily than a brush and makes it meld into the skin more naturally. I’ve worn it with and without primer and I think the application is better with the primer. It can cling to dry patches so make sure to moisturize well before use. I’d say it has a satin finish and looks more natural on the skin. It’s also probably the best shade match I’ve ever had in a foundation-I got Sand which is for light to medium skin with a golden undertone.  It’s not as long wearing as the Estée Lauder Double Wear,  so I wouldn’t wear it on a long haul day or if I’m going to be out in the summer heat and humidity. It starts to breakdown around my nose before 8 hours, but I do have an oily T-zone. It looks awesome everywhere else. It would probably last the full 12 hours on someone with normal to dry skin. Rating:4/5

Price. This retails for $46 USD which is super pricey considering you only get 0.25 oz of product. I get that this is a cream foundation and they say that a little goes a long way, but I feel like to get a really good full coverage you’re going to end up using more and you’ll run through it really quickly. If it came in double or triple the amount I think it would be more worth the price. Rating: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.3/5

I would actually buy this foundation again because it applies easily and it looks so natural that I can get away with just slapping it on without even having to bronze or apply blush. With the Double Wear or pretty much any other foundation I’ve tried, it’s obvious that I’m wearing foundation and I need to add warmth and dimension to my face with other products. With this it really is just like “my skin but better”.

If you’ve given this a try yet, let me know if it’s love or hate.

A beauty-mini quickie: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

I’ve wanted to try the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation for some time because of my love for the brand’s Veil Primer. It was offered as a sample recently on the Sephora website and I decided I may as well go for it. I’ve looked at the shades online and thought that Nude was probably a closest match to my skin anyway.

The foundation is on the thin, liquidy side and dries down to a powder finish. I used a Real Techniques buffing brush to apply it-they also recommend using your fingers. It does set quickly so you need to work fast. I did one layer, then applied a bit more just to the places where I needed it. I think the coverage is a good medium, it definitely evened out my skintone and covered up the redness around my nose. I didn’t want to go with another full layer because it looked like if I did, it was going towards the dry, cakey side really quick. I didn’t feel like it needed to be set with a finishing powder because it really does have a powder-like finish and looks like it too. I think setting it would have been major overkill.

The before and after. I did use the Veil Primer with it.

After the rest of my makeup.


And about 5 hours later.

You can see its worn down around my nose area, but it did help to control my oily T-zone. I’m usually much oiler looking by now. Everywhere else it held up pretty well. By the eighth hour, I definitely needed to powder my nose, it was dark by then and I didn’t bother with a picture.

So I’m glad I got to try this sample because I wasn’t blown away by it and buying a full-size would have cost $55. Not worth it for me, I actually prefer the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte to this.

Have you tried the Hourglass Immaculate? What did you think?

Get glowing: highlighting favorites


I was never one to be overly crazy about highlighting, I already have an oily T-zone and was always afraid it would just enhance it. But with all the craze over strobing, liquid highlighters, etc., I’ve started to fall prey to the lure of glowing skin. Especially since winter is here and I’m just not into having super matte skin like I usually do this time of year, I’ve been using what I’ve got to bring more light to my face. Although I really want to try out the Becca liquid highlighter, I am staying strong and resisting.

Here are some of my faves.


Benefit Watts Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. I got this as a point perk from Sephora, but only used it a few times since because I felt like my powder ones were enough. Since I needed to fulfill my need for a liquid highlighter I pulled this out as the next best thing and have been using it almost daily as a base to my powder highlights. It’s a shimmery light champagne shade that is really beautiful. It’s nice on its own too, I’m just in this phase where I want my highlight to be stronger.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. I’ve mentioned this in a favorites over the past couple of months, and it’s still a favorite. It’s pretty much THE favorite. It’s a soft golden shimmer that is just so perfect. I think it suits my skintone well since its on the warmer side.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer. This is a cult favorite and was actually my number one until I started using the Becca highlighter. It’s still just as beautiful, giving a nice pale yellow, champagne sheen to the skin.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent Light. I use this powder when I want to bring light to my skin, but in a little less obvious way. It’s a soft pearl color that has a sheen, but not a strong shimmer like the others. I use it mostly for times when I’m doing ‘no makeup’ makeup.

MAC eyeshadow in Ricepaper. My favorite inner corner highlight ever. It’s a frost, but not overly so and the buttery golden shade makes it perfect as a highlight that draws attention, but isn’t too much. Just looking at it in the pan, it doesn’t seem like anything to write home about, but really it is.

I swatched them all here, but honestly this picture doesn’t do them justice. They way they catch the light is just beautiful.

Here I’m wearing Ricepaper on my inner corners, along with Watts Up and Opal on the bridge of my nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow. It’s really hard to capture how a highlight looks in reality in a picture, but this was as good as it gets.

BTW, I got my haircut and went darker!

Anyway, please share your favorite highlighters you can’t live without!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light Review

After trying the Besame French Vanilla Powder (review here), I decided I wanted a get a light yellow pressed powder to set my under eye concealer because it’s less messy and faster than a loose powder. Also, I wasn’t happy with the finish of the Besame powder. I’ve eyed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light for awhile, and after seeing it on The Beauty Look Book during the Sephora VIB sale, I finally made the plunge. It’s described as a “soft, warm pale yellow powder” that is supposed to “reduce redness, eliminate shine, and give skin clarity”.

I like the packaging of this powder-it has a kind of sleek and modern look to it. It does catch fingerprints easily because of the shiny finish. There’s a good sized mirror underneath the lid. I also feel like it has good weight and feels sturdy in my hands. The powder itself is quite light and finely milled. In the pan it looks like there might be a slight sheen to it, but it doesn’t really translate to the skin. I’ve been using it to set my under eye area and it does a great job. Although it doesn’t give as much of a brightening effect as the Besame powder, it doesn’t leave my under eye area looking dry and ‘crepey’ like that powder did. I’ve also used it to set the rest of my face if I’m using liquid foundation and it works well for that too. Many setting powders make my skin look a little too dry or flat, the finish of this is just really natural. It does dull down any redness on my face, but it doesn’t obliterate it. And while it does reduce shine in my T-zone after application, it’s not super long-lasting. I usually end up blotting a few hours in, but that’s pretty typical for me.

I actually ended up bringing it with me while on vacation because I had just started using it before we left and was really enjoying it. Even though I only used powder foundation during the trip, I would still dust it all over my face because it does give that ‘soft focus’ effect that I love about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.

  Ultimately, I do recommend this powder as a general setting powder for all over your face if you want something natural that will brighten your complexion a bit. If you’re looking for extreme oil control, this might not be for you. If you’ve tried this powder out, what did you think of it?

Sephora VIB Sale Picks

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I take advantage of the Sephora VIB Sale every year because it’s a good opportunity to restock items I use regularly and get others that are more pricey. I thought I’d share what I was able to grab in-store and also what else I plan to get before the sale is over (I had Ava with me when I went and she was just not having it anymore).

1. Wen Deluxe Healthy Hair Kit (5pc): I recently started using Wen cleansing conditioner again after seeing it on sale on Rue La La and after watching Anna Lee Fiorino, a hairstylist at Chaz Dean Studios who does daily vlogs on YouTube with her husband, Jesse. Seriously, if you’ve watched her videos and seen her hair and her clients’ hair you’ll want to try it, too. I have tried Wen in the past, but I don’t think I was rinsing it well enough because my hair didn’t have that really ‘clean’ feel after washing and my roots still seemed greasy. Anyway, since I’d started using it again over this past maybe month and a half, I’ve noticed a great change in the feel of my hair, it is so much softer and less dry looking. My hair color is also not fading as quickly. Just for reference, I have pretty thick hair and a lot of it. The hair at the crown of my head (all the hair that grows above the level of my ears) is wavy, everything underneath is straight. I’ve also been getting a lot of compliments on the way my hair looks. Using cleansing conditioner has definitely added to the time I spend in the shower, you really have to work the product into the roots and wash it out THOROUGHLY, otherwise you probably won’t look like you washed your hair at all. The results for me are worth it, and I don’t wash my hair daily anyway (I usually do every 2-3 days). I was only planning on picking up a couple of bottles, but one of the associates directed me towards this 5 piece set (3 16 oz. cleansing conditioners, the replenishing mist, & re moist intensive hair treatment) and I thought it was a good deal, especially with 20% off.

2. Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Face Tonic: I love the Ole Henriksen line of skincare, it has really helped to keep my skin clear without feeling like I’m using a lot of harsh chemicals. I’ve used this toner for a couple of years, along with the Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser and Vitamin Plus moisturizer. I actually thought I picked up the cleanser, but realized when I got home that I accidentally got 2 toners. I also wanted the moisturizer, but there were none left in stock. So I’ll probably just order both of those online before the sale is over. I also want to get the Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster. I was initially introduced to this skincare line when I bought one of their little skincare sets and the collagen booster was in it. I thought my skin looked brighter after using it, but I stopped when I got pregnant. I still have it, but I’m worried it’s expired after all that time so I’m just going to pick up a new one.

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper: I’ve done a whole blog post just on this product which I will link here.

4. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder: I just got the Jouer Matt Moisture Tint, but I am still a powder foundation girl at heart for daily wear just because it’s so fast and easy. I’ve been wanting to try something new and after swatching this in the store I wanted to try it. It’s just super finely milled and very soft in feel. I was shade matched by one of their consultants to shade 9, but after looking at the website I think I’m either a 7 or 8. So, unfortunately I’m going to have to go back to do an exchange.

5. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: I tried this as a ‘point perk’ and it has since become my favorite primer. I never bought the full size because of the price ($52-ouch!) and would just reserve my little sample for special occasions. I swear, my makeup always looks the best and lasts the longest when I use this primer. It’s just the best. Enough said.

6. Clinique Chubby Stick in super strawberry: This was actually just a 100-point perk, but I thought I’d just throw it in here. I’ve never tried these before, it’s just not a product that has any major appeal to me. If it’s anything mind-blowing, I’ll be sure to let you guys know.

Anyway, if you haven’t taken advantage of the sale it ends on November 10th and you have to be a VIB member. If you already did, let me know what you picked up!

New love: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

I’ve heard a lot of hype around the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, but I tend to gravitate towards a more matte finish. When I saw that they had come out with a blush palette, I figured since I’d be getting 3 blushes in 1 I really couldn’t say no. My curiosity was getting the best of me anyway. Since recieving the palette in the mail, they are the only blushes I’ve been using lately. I love how they give a gorgeous glow to your skin without looking too shimmery or shiny. Per the Sephora website, they are said to provide ‘seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color’. Agreed.

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From L to R: luminous flush (champagne rose) incandescent electra (cool peach), mood exposure (soft plum)

Incandescent electra is a new shade, while luminous flush and mood exposure are part of their permanent collection.  The first two are my favorite and show up beautifully on my cheeks; mood exposure is a little more subtle. I swatched the shades on my forearm, but it just doesn’t do them justice. Although they don’t swatch well, you can definitely see the blush when applied to the cheeks.

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Swatched on my forearm in order of above picture. Picture taken in natural lighting.

Today I wore champagne rose. I use the time during my daughter’s first nap to get ready for the day. It applies easily and I don’t need to worry about going overboard. It’s so easy to grab this palette, pick a blush, then move onto the million other things I need to do before she wakes up!

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Mommy makeup 🙂

This palette is limited edition, so if you’re interested I would scoop it up ASAP. It retails for $58, but since you get three different blushes and it’ll probably last you awhile (unless you’re very heavy handed with them), I think it’s worth the money. If you decide to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!