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Friday, May 20, 2016

Beauty: May Favorites

This month's favorite products: highlighting palette, tinted eyebrow gel, cleansing balm, and night serum

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive to the palette), Radiant Light

I found the perfect everyday highlighter for my skin tone! The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette provides a subtle, glow-from-within look that is natural enough even for the work place. The powders are so silky and blendable, you won't see obvious specks of shimmer on your face.

Dim Light: I dust over the center of my face - forehead, bridge of nose, and lower cheeks with the Real Techniques Setting Brush.
Incandescent Light: This is the brightening powder in the palette, so I use the Sigma F35 Highlighter Brush to swipe under eyes, over cheekbones, on tip of nose, and cupid's bow of the upper lip.
Radiant Light: This is the darkest shade in the palette, so I lightly layer it over my contour with the Too Faced Powder Brush.

For a more bam!-in-your-face highlight, I use Becca Champagne Pop (read more in April Favorites).

Glossier - Boy Brow
Glossier Boy Brow
The hype around the Glossier Boy Brow is real! The Boy Brow is a tinted gel that colors, tames, and thickens your brows. I fill in some sparser areas first with my trusted Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony with the ABH #12 Brush. Then I brush the Boy Brow in Black through the hairs, and I love how feathery, natural, and thick it makes my brows look!

Clinique - "Take the Day Off" Cleansing Balm
Clinique Cleansing Balm
I'm too lazy to double cleanse, so I love that this Clinique Cleansing Balm takes off all my makeup (liquid eyeliner included) and cleans the face. Scrape a bit of the balm and rub onto a dry face -- a little goes a long way! It doesn't leave a greasy film, yet is gentle and doesn't dry out the skin at all.

Drunk Elephant - Night Serum
Drunk Elephant Night Serum
This product is pricey, but I believe in splurging for serums in the skincare routine, as they're intensely-packed with antioxidants and are more targeted in their treatment. Drunk Elephant is praised for their high quality ingredients, and out of the four products I bought from their line, I'm most into this Night Serum. Two of my skincare concerns are hyperpigmentation and pores -- and the 12% glycolic acid exfoliates and addresses sun damage and dryness, while the 1% salicylic acid dissolves blackheads and improves uneven discoloration.

Check out my April Favorites and more Beauty posts.

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16 comments:

  1. Nice review ;)

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  2. That highlighter palette looks beyond gorgeous. On my to-get list now!

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  3. perfect

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  4. Super love

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  5. I loved this! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. If you like the Ambient Lighting Palette, check out the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit! It is phenomenal!!!Three powders, two blushes, and a bronzer. It is a bit smaller in size and is pricey, but you get a good variety.

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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    1. I've heard good things about that palette too! I'd love to check out the Hourglass blushes and bronzer, and the palette seems to be a nice way to sample those.

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  8. I've only tried the hourglass ambient lighting palette and it's one of my favourite products too! Heard a lot of good things about the Clinique cleansing balm but haven't had the chance to try it yet :)

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  9. Such pretty products! I absolutely love the palette!
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  10. I have that Hourglass palette in my car! LOL

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  11. I love Clinique products as well! Great product review girlie.

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  12. That Hourglass highlighter seems promising. The packaging seems so luxurious too :3

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  13. I have both the Hourglass and the Becca highlighters and my personal favorite is Becca! I feel like the Hourglass doesn't really show up on me. Maybe because I apply my make up in semi-darkness. Maybe the Becca is super intense when I go outside and I just never realize it!

    Anyways I'm obsessed with the tropical background you used! What is it/where did you get it?

    xx freshfizzle

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    1. Hi Tania!

      I think the Hourglass is just right for my skintone for wearing to work. It doesn't look sparkly, but just a subtle glow. I use the lightest color for a highlight and I can see it, so I like to buff it in more so it isn't as obvious. I love Becca too! They're so pigmented and gorgeous, definitely my go-to for life outside of work haha.

      As for the background, it's wrapping paper from Moorea Seal --> here's the link!

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