Can I just take a moment to express my admiration for this brand? While I love high performing cosmetics, I love a high performing cosmetic that is cruelty free the most. While I strive to be 100% cruelty free, sometimes I fail due to my very sensitive skin.
While Hourglass isn’t the newest rage (at least not at the moment), I feel like the brand has made their stamp in the cosmetic world by being a tried and true brand with age defying formulas that work for all skin types no matter what your age is.
With that said, here are four GREAT starters into the Hourglass world.
Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer
Im not usually one for primers, to be honest, they don’t always perform well on my skin and usually do a great job of clogging my pores. The Veil Mineral Primer is fantastic! A lightweight, oil and fragrance free formula that really just feels like very lightweight moisturizer and works amazingly on my super oily skin at keeping my make up in place.
With oily skin, oil free foundation and other face products are a MUST. This foundation offers a light to medium coverage and worth the higher price point. Now unlike other Hourglass foundations, this formula will leave a dewy more natural finish.
Looking for a powder that wont make you feel like a frosted cake? This might be the one for you, too! Lightweight feeling and silky texture. Another product in their lineup that is so worth the price point!
I feel like the Ambient Lighting Powders are the holy grail products for SOOO many people, and I am late to jump on this train. Why do these three shades cause such a stir? Honestly, I feel like it is their natural shades without being too flashy. While I like to sparkle like a twilight vampire at night, during the day I am after something more settle, and this product delivers!
If you are a Disney fan as well as a make up lover, start screaming now! In true ColourPop fashion, they came through with the new, ultra amazingly wicked ColourPop x Disney Villains collection.
If you have never purchased a ColourPop item before, let me tell you you will not be disappointed and the color pay off is simply amazing and their price point is fantastic. Let’s drill down through the products, shall we?
First let us start with the shadow palette “Misunderstood”.
This is a 15 pan rich color shimmer and matte shadow palette with names that reflect scenes, locations, characters and themes from various Disney movies. Devious, Sing, Jetsam, Facile and 101 really speak to me. Can you name which shadow goes with which movie and Villain? Leave a comment if you can!
No Spots: matte pure white Mongrels: metallic pinky ivory Diablo: metallic lime Devious: matte terracotta Tragic: matte soft warm beige Underworld: metallic bronzey copper Pain & Panic: metallic mid-tone gold with peachy pink flecks Forest of Thorns: metallic orchid Flotsam: metallic baby pink with blue glitter The Fates: matte deep blue Revenge: matte charcoal grey with silver glitter Sing: metallic dark brown with hot pink to gold duochrome flip Jetsam: metallic denim blue with teal duochrome flip Facile: metallic rich olive green with gold flecks 101: matte black
While everything is available separately, I feel to do this collection justice, they should be reviewed as their complete collections: Cruella, Dr. Facilier, Evil Queen, Hades, Maleficent and Ursula. Each collection retails for $25, that breaks down to $8.33 an item, which is a steal!
With its frosty feels and classic, yet striking, red lip stick. This collection most definitely screams Cruella de Vil.
Highlighter: You Idiots! You Fools! You Imbeciles! Is a silvery frosty pale peach with copper shift. ($10 if purchased separately) Crème Lux Lipstick: Cruella. Is a classic warm red lipstick on the yellow side. ($8 if purchased separately) Ultra Glossy Lip: Puppies!!! Is a clear gloss with gold flex that complement both the highlighter and lipstick. ($7 if purchased separately)
Dr. Facilier Collection
Dr. Facilier is my most FAVORITE Disney Villain to date. FAVORITE. So of course my expectations were high for this set and though it isn’t what I expected, I do think it is pretty awesome.
Highlighter: Meet Me on the Other Side. Is a golden tone pigment with a warm peach shift. Crème Lux Lipstick: Dr. Facilier. Is a is a warm dusty pink rose tone. Ultra Glossy Lip: Shadowman. Is a golden-crimson tone gloss that has SOMEWHAT of a green shift, but more on the gold side.
Evil Queen Collection
The red in this set is exactly what I was hoping for and though at first I was a bit underwhelmed by the highlighter, after scrolling through a few pieces of artwork, I think this is a very well thought out set.
Highlighter: Fairest of them All. This is a dark champagne with a brilliant gold shine. Crème Lux Lipstick: Evil Queen. Is a deeply rich cherry red pigment with a matte finish. Ultra Glossy Lip: Bad Apple is a very sheer cherry/apple red gloss.
One of my favorite gods and who better to play Hades then James Woods? Now this is probably the most underwhelming set of them all. These colors are very warm peachy nudes, while Hades is a cool colored character, at least until he looses his shit.
Highlighter: Everybody’s Got a Weakness is a peachy pink highlighter with a brilliant shine. Crème Lux Lipstick: Hades is your basic creamy peach nude lipstick. Ultra Glossy Lip: Hot Headed is pretty much the same color as the highlighter but in a gloss.
The Maleficent collection did not disappoint and feel this is a good representation of the dark queen, mixing cool tone with vibrant pinky reds and icy gloss and a light but cool highlighter. I have mixed feelings on the lipstick, I love how vibrant it is, but also Mally’s lips are always red and not pink.
Highlighter: Mistress of all Evil is a golden shimmer but on the cool side. Not as peach tone as the others. Crème Lux Lipstick: Maleficent is a deep rich pink, a few shades away from red. Ultra Glossy Lip: My Pet is a sheer icy lavender with pinky glitter shifts.
Simply said, I love this set. A true villain’s set. Dark, cold, ominous just as you would expect.
Highlighter: Poor Unfortunate Souls is a wickedly lavender shimmer. I think this would make a lovely eye shadow. Crème Lux Lipstick: Ursula is a deep dark berry cream lipstick that just looks so amazing on darker skin tones. Ultra Glossy Lip: Sad But True is a opal blue speckled gloss that plays off the lipstick and highlighter beautifully.
Jelly Much Shadows
Jelly shadows provide a powerful pigment punch without the fallout of a press or loose pigment. These make excellent options for everyone of any skillset. These are sold as a single pot retailing for $8 each (not bad!)
From left to right, starting from the top:
Perfectly Wretched: Icy warm pink with a warm undertone Spindle: Silvery purple with a cool undertone Not Today: A metallic green with green shift and warm undertone I Own You: A peach – gold shift with a warm undertone Cursed: Gold as gold can be with a warm undertone Just Your Voice: A silvery marine blue with a purple shift and cool undertone
These I need to get my paws on, the array of color shifts in these glitter jelly shadows.
From left to right:
Anomaly: a holographic teal and silver glitter with lavender specks. Do I Look Like I Care?: a beautiful rose gold and lavender glitter littered with blue specks.
While I do love these new items, I am a little disappointed to find there are so little green, blue, purple and black shades. When you think of villains your mind drifts to the darker realm of the color spectrum. But I do understand they have to make these products usable for everyday looks and that they hit it on the nail head. So overall, BRAVO! I really do love these sets and hope this launch does amazingly well.
Have you been living under a rock? Oh no? …Then by now you must have either heard of or binge watched this show by now. If not, I would love to hear your measly excuses. I would advise you not to read further if you are avoiding any spoilers.
This show absolutely sucked me in, gluing me to my laptop for two days straight. If you love serial killer drama’s, this is the show for you. What I really loved about this series is how they portray Joe ( aka secret stalker serial killer from hell ) in such a light you practically feel bad for him, making excuses for all his wrong doings – no matter how bad those wrong doings were.
Joe deliberately takes advantage of social media, making psychological assumptions of his victims to validate his actions and stalker behavior. You are offered bits and pieces into Joe’s childhood, but never the full story. These bits and pieces give you clues to why Joe is well… Joe.
To keep this short and sweet without giving too much away, my only gripe about this series would be the ending. While I do love the cliffhanger, letting us all know there will be a second series, I don’t appreciate the ending. It feels as it was the typical ending to simply, “end things”. I personally feel it could have been more suspenseful and engaging, having Joe and Beck’s “ending” parallel to Joe and Candace’s “ending”.
So without further rambling checking out the trailer below and watch ‘You’ on netflix!
I am never one to promote audio books over physical books, especially when it comes to the classics. But, audio books do have their usefulness in my day-to-day life. Driving, cleaning, creating artwork and even when I am desperately trying to fall asleep – which sounds alarming when the sentence starts with driving, but I assure you that there is nothing to be alarmed over. My favorite reason for listening? Anxiety. While anxiety might seem to gain the best of me at times, I find that being transported to another realm via audio book can be extremely relaxing.
With all that said, my preference is listening to the classics. Especially Austen and the Brontë sisters. Why? Simply because I know these stories well that my attention to the details of the stories isn’t completely needed. I can relax and just listen to the familiar tale.
My recent find isn’t exactly an audio book but a radio drama that I stumbled upon via facebook. A collection of stories written by the Brontë sisters. I thought this perfect to listen to while dabbling in my favorite hobby, building houses in the Sims 4. That is a whole separate blog post, but an interesting note, I have found myself relating builds to the book I was listening to at the time, which I find very charming now.
And the verdict? I can NOT get enough of this series! Well worth the purchase, so much so, I have listened to it on repeat for entire month of January thus far!
If you have a passion for books, the classics or even the Brontë sisters in general, you’ll love this! The series will transport you smack in the middle of each story, as if you are sitting right there next to the characters and participating in each conversation. The BBC usually doesn’t disappoint when bringing stories to life through radio or podcast and this collection hit the mark.
Be sure to check it out for yourself and let me know which of the dramatizations is your favorite!