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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Hourglass Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fever

Published in: Hourglass, Lips, Unsung Heroes

Hourglass Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fever

Wearing Hourglass Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fever ($30) on my lips

This is the one Fever that you’d actually be stoked to catch. “But Karen,” I can already hear you saying, “I can’t afford to get sick! Between dating Ryan Gosling (hey, a girl can dream) and pet assisting for five cats, I can’t afford time off!”

Not to worry, friend. :) This isn’t a Fever that’ll leave you in bed, clammy and immobile for 48 hours with sweat between your toes. This is Femme Rouge Lipstick in Fever by Hourglass ($30), a vibrant stop-and-stare fuchsia.

Hourglass Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fever

Hourglass Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fever, $30

The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.

I wore this lipstick in my review of the Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette a while back, and ever since then — kid you not — I get at least one email a week from someone asking about it, and the emails usually start with the words, “I HAVE TO HAVE IT,” or something to that effect.

I totally understand, ’cause the first time I wore the lipstick, I caught it (the Fever). My brow broke out in a cool sweat as I swiped the tube across my lips. I think I may have also experienced a temporarily delirium. Either that, or RyGos really was sitting on my living room couch eating a wedge of gouda…

Hourglass Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fever
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The New Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: Chic Cheeks Are Just a Couple Swipes Away

Published in: Face, Hourglass, Makeup, Product Reviews

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette blushes from the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hello, gorgeous. Good afternoon. I don’t want to keep you from the fun I hope you’re having (it is Friday, after all), but do you have time for a 2-minute review? I hope so, because this is one I think you’ll like. :)

Are you ready? OK, I’m turning over the hourglass now…

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette blushes from the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

From the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 2-minute review

  • A limited edition palette containing three Hourglass blushes, two of them re-promotes and one brand new blush shade.
  • Price: $58 US, $67 CDN
  • Coming October 2014 to Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora and Space NK stores, as well as online to hourglasscosmetics.com.
  • The two re-promoted blush shades are Luminous Flush (a champagne rose blush fused with Ambient Powder in Luminous Light) and Mood Exposure (a soft plum blush fused with Ambient Powder in Mood Light).
  • The single new shade, exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, is called Incandescent Electra, a cool peach blush blended with Ambient Powder in Incandescent Light.
  • Handle with care! Even the packaging indicates that the palette is fragile, so this beauty may not be fit for whirlwind travel.
  • Incandescent Electra, the new peach shade, is much more pigmented than I thought it would be at first blush/glance. One layer is enough for a natural-looking flush.
  • Go really easy on Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, because you’ll probably only need a bit of either one.
  • All three of these are, unsurprisingly for Hourglass, a breeze to blend, and the powders don’t appear heavy at all on the skin.
  • I think they also look great in pics. Skin doesn’t look oily, and pores don’t look extra-large.
  • Wear time clocks in around 8-9 hours.
  • Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A (an A+ if the packaging felt more fit for travel, but I’m nervous about the blushes breaking!)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Luminous Flush

Luminous Flush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Incandescent Electra

Incandescent Electra

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Mood Exposure

Mood Exposure

Hourglass Blush Palette Swatches

From the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Mood Exposure

Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Luminous Flush

Luminous Flush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Incandescent Electra

Wearing Incandescent Electra

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage

Published in: Hourglass, Lips, Unsung Heroes

Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage

Wearing Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage ($30) by Hourglass, an unsung makeup hero!

Ironically, my favorite lipstick (this week) is a modern twist on a traditional idea. It’s called Vintage, and I think of it as a modern twist on a traditional nude lipstick for fall.

I’m kind of loving that idea, the idea of lips that are slightly richer, and maybe a few shades darker, than your natural lip color.

Tom Ford’s fabulous new rich, rosy brown Lip Color in Negligee has some of that same vibe.

The whole idea is just so different from what I picture in my head when I think “nude lips,” which over the past few years have meant a lot of light peach, pink and beige.

Barbie lips, so to speak.

I was digging around in my lipstick collection last weekend for something modern and nude when I re-discovered this old friend’s charms — Vintage ($30), a shade in the Hourglass Femme Rouge lipstick line, and one of my unsung makeup heroes.

Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage

Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage, $30

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

Published in: Face, Hourglass, Unsung Heroes

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

That’s Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat ($35) on my cheeks

I can’t believe it’s already August… Can you? No! I refuse to accept it. I’m in a state of denial.

I’m not even going to entertain the possibility that summer could end until at least October.

Or late November.

I want to go straight from summer to Halloween, back to summer, and then wake up on Thanksgiving night, LOL! :)

Oh, well. Sooner or later, probably when it starts cooling off, I’m going to have to accept the inevitable…and somewhere along the way, I’m sure I’ll feel a hankering for rich, red fall lips.

To help me through this difficult time and ease the transition, I’ll turn to Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat ($35).

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush closeup

A closeup of Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush

Talk about your beautiful blushes, babe. It’s one of my favorites to wear with warm-toned and/or vintage pin-up red lipsticks like MAC Lady Danger.

I dunno… There’s something about the way this blush works with warmer yellow-based reds (and corals).

Me likey.

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush

Diffused Heat

Orangey poppy mixes with warm pale gold in the marbled pattern, and blended together on cheeks, they look natural (see: no crazy clowns).

The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.

When I apply one layer, it looks like RyGos just chased me around my condo (because, obviously, he takes time out of his busy schedule to play hide and seek with me).

Noticeable, but not hella distracting, which is great when you don’t want your cheeks competing with your lips when you wear a bold red.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

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Exercise Your Right To Look Good While Sweating With the Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Liner

Published in: Eyes, Hourglass, Makeup, Product Reviews

Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian

Wearing the new Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian ($45)

Hellooooo, freckles and dark circles! The bare-faced/no makeup action in some of the pics below was necessary to demonstrate the waterproof-ness of the new 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian by Hourglass ($45 for a pack of three).

Here’s from last weekend, before and after a 7-mile run. I’m wearing Obsidian on my lash and water lines.

Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner before a workout and after

Before and after Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

Please ignore the haphazard lining, LOL! I wasn’t heavily invested in precision, although the skinny 1.5 MM twist-up tip definitely allows for it. I’ve really been loving it for getting between the roots of my lashes and for doing precision work in the inner corners (like in that pic at the top).

7.25 miles

Nike Women’s Half Marathon, Oct. 19…I’m comin’ for ya!

After seven miles, buckets of sweat, and one complete run through MJ’s Xscape album, Obsidian looked great. With the exception of some very minor transferring to my lower lash lines, I didn’t see any movement up into my crease, any creasing or smudging — basically, no malarky.

Then, I jumped into the shower while still wearing the liner and took this pic after.

Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner after 7.25 miles and a shower

Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner after 7.25 miles *and* a shower

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