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The Fab 5, Vol. 5: Hourglass Cosmetics

Published in: Hourglass, Makeup Tips/How To, Video

Hourglass may not be a gargantuanly huge brand, but they’re one of my faves (yes, I know, I have many faves).

The luxe little line hails from down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), in sunny Southern California.

I like a lot of their products, but here are five of my “must-haves” from the line. Next time you’re cruising the aisles at Sephora, check ‘em out! If you decide to give one (or more) of these Fab 5 a try, let me know how it goes. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Products mentioned in this video…

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Thank you, as always.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: Like a Portable Photograhy Lighting Kit That Fits in a Purse

Published in: Face, Hourglass, Makeup, Product Reviews

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58), new for holiday 2013

Just when I thought there was absolutely no way Hourglass could improve upon the perfection of their Ambient Lighting Powders, they go and release a stunning new Ambient palette and effectively knock my cat lady socks off.

(No, seriously, I wear cat lady socks.)

New for the holidays, the $58 limited edition trio ($67 CDN) comes with three Ambient Light Powders and a travel-sized bottle of Veil Primer.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Pans from the left: Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light

Be warned — when you open the palette and gaze upon Dim Light, Radiant light, and the new limited edition Incandescent Light, you may experience beauty vertigo and feel the need to sit down, so take care to open it within reach of your fainting couch. :)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Dim Light

Dim Light

If you haven’t partaken of these Ambients before, you’re in for a treat. The line of universally flattering pressed powders was designed to sort of simulate different lighting effects, like candlelight, by diffusing, softening and tinting light on the skin.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Incandescent Light

Incandescent Light

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What’s Nude and Covered Up at the Same Time? Your Lips When Wearing These New Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos

Published in: Hourglass, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 4, a pink beige

That’s pinky beige Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No. 4 smilin’ at you from Novato, California

The last time I was surrounded by this much nudity was last year’s Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, ba-dum bum!

Ha, I jest. :)

Well…not really. And that was a little more jarring than the nudity I’m talking about today.

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos

Oh, hai!

Really, though, when a dude jogs past you in nothing but tennies and a fanny pack at the crack (no pun intended) of dawn, it’s a lot to take in before your first cup of coffee.

But I digress…

These new Femme Nude Lip Stylos by Hourglass ($30 each) are a joy to play with, partly because there are so many different ways a nude lip can go wrong, and this new collection of twist-up, retractable lip pencils gets it right.

Hourglass envisioned all six Stylos working together as part of a wardrobe of nudes — nudes for minimal makeup days, nudes for when you’re feeling artsy-fartsy, and nudes for when you have a hankering for something nude and slightly dramatic.

A satin finish gives lips a sheen while ingredients like vitamin E nourish and protect yo’ pout from the elements.

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 1

No. 1, a pale pink, and the lightest shade in the collection

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 2

No. 2, a warm honey beige

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 3

No. 3, a medium nude rosy pink

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: The Hourglass Visionnaire Duo in Prism

Published in: Eyes, Hourglass, Makeup, Unsung Heroes

Hourglass Prism

Wearing the Visionnaire Duo in Prism by Hourglass…and wondering if I remembered to shave my ‘pits

As a lifetime member of The S.O.S.E. (The Society of Smokey Eyes), I pledge…

  • To acknowledge my fellow sisters/brothers with a fist bump (the standard S.O.S.E. greeting) and by saying our motto loud and proud, “Smokey eye ’til I die.”
  • To wear smokey eyes whenever I damn well please! — and not just when it’s considered seasonally or otherwise appropriate (fall, winter and evenings out on the town).
  • To never, ever withhold sensational smokey eye accouterments, like the $38 Hourglass Cosmetics Visionaire Duo in Prism, from my beauty brethren, and to always spread the gospel of smokey eye love and truth to the best of my abilities.
Hourglass Prism

Smokey eye ’til I die!

I’ve been stuck on this duo big time, babe, and the main reason is that black eyeshadow on the right…


Imagine the darkest, deepest, truest black shadow that haunts your makeup dreams. Then make it smoother than Jeremy Renner singing in a smokey jazz bar, add powder grains that refuse fallout, and give it the cutest flecks of silvery blue glitter.

And not just a lame sprinkling of glitter, but a perfect amount — just enough to wink at you without venturing into tween makeup territory.

Swatching it on the back of your hand is like looking into a night sky filled with twinkling stars…

I fall asleep thinking about this eyeshadow, no joke. :)

Oh, but it gets better. The other half of this duo rocks just as hard.

It’s a shimmery slate, like a combination of periwinkle Crayola crayons and thunderstorm clouds, that buffs and blends into beautiful, smooth gradients.

Hourglass Prism Swatch

Neither color leans too cool nor warm, so this is truly one of those smokey eye duos that almost everyone can wear.

Hourglass Prism

Hourglass Prism

Hourglass Prism

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A Look at the Six New Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos and a Tip for a Heart-Stopping, Life-Changing Coral Lip Combo

Published in: Hourglass, Makeup

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse and Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Nectar

Back in the Bay Area, and wearing a coral combo that will change yo’ life!

Guess who’s back in the Yay Areaaa!

Yup, when I got back from Hourglass Cosmetics headquarters in Venice Beach this afternoon, I arrived home to find a furrious feline employer demanding immediate lurvies.

Gimme Kisses, Woman

Gimme kisses, woman!

Tabs didn’t even ask how the trip went! — not even after a deep-tissue scruff massage and 10 minutes of rigorous chin and jaw scratching.


Hourglass Cosmetics offices

Outside the Hourglass Cosmetics offices in Venice Beach, California

Hourglass Cosmetics office inside

Inside the Hourglass cosmetics offices

Hourglass cosmetics office upstairs

The view of the entryway from upstairs…

Hourglass cosmetics makeup


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