Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Review: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Berry Bliss

Another product I picked up in Melbourne was the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Berry Bliss, it's a part gel, part cream. These are avaialble in six shades and are awesome for the summer as their base is coconut water they never feel dry or crumbly and are great on a warm day.

They work like a stain and should be applied with fingers are brushes are not going to do you much good here, the downside being that your finger will be stained too. In addition to coconut water it also has argan oil in it so it's very hydrating - these would be amazing for dry skinned folks. I usually have oily/normal skin but i still find these to be really amazing and long lasting, they also make a great base for powders.

They really do look and feel like jelly and after 5 months this is as much as I have used up after almost every day, by the looks of it i suspect this is going to last a good few years. It's not sticky or greasy and is fragrance free. It's buildable  and melts into the skin and looks very natural. Because of this it will look good on almost any skin tone but darker skins will likley need an extra layer.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Review: Hourglass Ambient Powder Review

Hello all, long time no see. 

Let's not dwell on the reasons why but just move on to the new review, and maybe i will explain another day. For now let me introduce you to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in mood light. 

I picked this one up while I was in Melbourne last October for the Penny Arcade expo and spent some time at Mecca Maxima falling deeply in love with some products, it was love at first swatch. 
If you spend anytime on beauty blogs then you know all about these and so feel free to skip because this review is going to get a bit gushy.

Very simmiliar in packadging to the Hourlgass Blushes it's glossy brown case with interior mirror which while nice is probably not going to be highly used (by me at least). It fits nicley in your palm and is a very good size, it's going to last a while.

I picked out mood light after swatching several of the powders at Mecca and pretty much swooned, i walked away but came back 20 minutes later because I couldn't stop thinking how pretty it was. The powder is designed to mimic flattering light as it would appear on your skin. Like many other mineral powders it's mad eof tiny particles built to diffuse light and blur imperfections. Most of the the time this can be a major problem as they tend to be shimmery and turn your face into a disco ball, however the hourglass powders make that not be the case, now sure how, leprachaun magic maybe?

The one you choose will depend on your needs, the diffused light shade for instance is yellow toned and does a good job of brightening and covering any dullness or redness. I choose Mood light as I am terribly pale and have a bad relationiship with sunlight, mood light is pink toned but not red and is great at making my skin look like I might have actually been out in the sun at some point, it makes my skin look alive and awake and photoshop perfect.