Carisa Janes founder and C.E.O. of Hourglass Cosmetics, launched her own vegan and cruelty-free luxury beauty brand at Barneys New York in 2004 at the age of 29, and later sold it to Unilever in 2017.
I had resisted the gorgeous Hourglass AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT PALETTES for a few years, that was until last year when The Unlocked Edition was launched. With 6 stunning warm toned shades that were right up my street, I can create several complete makeup looks for day and night, it is ideal to travel with, and great for the minimalist amongst us (definitely not me... I could open my own beauty store!).
AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH are lightweight hybrid blushes that combines Ambient Lighting Powders with blush colours, creating a very natural, soft, multi-dimensional blush shade. These blushes produce a beautiful ethereal look, which is long lasting and gives the skin a gorgeous luminescent lit-within flush. They build well so you can layer until you reach your desired look, and blends effortlessly should you get a bit carried away.
Mood Exposure is a combination of mood lighting finishing powder (a lavender powder that produces a warm natural looking blush for fair skin tones) and a rose blush, which creates a very natural flattering warm shade. Hourglass Mood Exposure is my holy grail blush, perfect for light to medium complexions, giving cheeks a stunning youthful pop of colour... try it and be pleasantly surprised.
Lightly swirl the entire compact, tap off excess and apply to the apples of the cheeks.
SCATTERED LIGHT GLITTER EYESHADOW are light reflective, semi-loose glitter that is easy to use, applies smooth and sheer, buildable for desired intensity without looking heavy, are long-wearing and looks great day and night. The eyeshadow comes in a lightweight pot making it ideal to travel with, and has a little plastic inner lid that helps keep the shadow compressed in the pot.
Create a beautiful sophisticated sparkle and understated glam for any occasion. Available in 5 beautiful shades: Smoke (cool taupe - I love using this on blue eyes, as it brightens and makes them pop), and Blaze (warm copper) are suitable for most skin tones. Reflect (warm champagne) and Aura (cool pink) are best suited for light to medium skin tones, and Reflect Foil (cool yellow gold) look great on medium to dark skin tones.
ARCH BROW SCULPTING PENCIL is a mechanical eyebrow pencil that is a combination of powder, pencil and wax, creates naturally looking defined eyebrows effortlessly. This sleek double-ended eyebrow pencil has a brush to groom brows into place and doesn’t need sharpening. Available in 9 shades.
NO.28 LIP TREATMENT OIL
CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM HIGH INTENSITY REFILLABLE LIPSTICK is a creamy richly pigmented opaque colour, that will not feather or smudge, and leaves a satin finish. The stunning sleek gold packaging is the big attraction, with it’s ultra slim well-weighted casing, that feels sturdy and luxurious to hold.
I love the refillable concept of being able to change colours by simply pulling and pushing the refill. There is nothing on the outer case to indicate what colour is inside, so I found it better and less confusing to buy the refills in shades I like, and store them upside down with the shade facing up.
With so many beautiful shades to choose from, you are likely to find a colour to your skin tone and style. I like half of the 32 shades available:
BEIGE - I'll Never Stop (nude beige),
PINKS - My Favorite (nude pink), I Believe (vivid pink), I Can't Wait (vivid fuchsia), When I'm With You (deep magenta),
ROSE - I've Never (nude rose), I Want (medium rose), If Only (deep rose),
I'm Addicted (terracotta rose), I've Been (deep brown rose),
PLUMS - One Time (aubergine), If I Could (plum),
REDS - I Crave (bright red), My Icon Is (blue red), Secretly (classic red), I Can't Live Without (currant red).
GIRL LIP STYLO is a hybrid of a lipstick and a lip balm which glides colour on smoothly, instantly hydrating and nourishing lips. 20 wearable shades in a turn and twist applicator, does not need sharpening and creates a wash of colour that is buildable for a silky soft finish.
The shades I am particularly fond of are:
PINKS - Dreamer (peachy pink), Creator (nude pink) and Explorer (soft pink),
ROSE - Seeker (pinky rose), Activist (nude rose) and Inventor (soft rose),
MAUVES - Futurist (medium nude mauve) and Achiever (deep mauve),
REDS - Lover (vibrant orange red), Innovator (classic red), and Icon (blue red).
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