Unsung Makeup Heroes: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

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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

A second layer turns up the intensity to season finale cliffhanger levels. Even better, when I apply additional layers beyond one, I still don’t need to load up my brush because it doesn’t take a lot to fuel Diffused Heat’s fire.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

I’m also wearing MAC Lady Danger Lipstick and Hourglass 1.5 MM Gel Liner in Obsidian in this look

Another thing about Diffused Heat? — you seriously can’t mess it up. I can pretty much grab any blush brush to apply and blend it (for these pics I used a MAC 109), and I never have any drama feathering out the edges.


On top of everything else, it’s also long-wearing (9-10 hours), so if you wanted to, you could spend all day long looking for carefully raked piles of autumn leaves to kick without having to break for a touchup.

Not that I ever do that… 🙂

You can find Diffused Heat burning things up at Hourglass counters, Sephora and also online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Stephanie says:

    DANG Karen, you are WEARING that lipstick. Hella fierce. Now I wanna go pull out my orangey reds. What else is summer for?

  2. Arianne says:

    Yassss girl, YAAAASSS! This blush is so you! I personally think it’s the best of the Ambient Lighting Blushes. Most of them are just too pale/similar to show up on our tan skin.
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  3. Chelsea says:

    God, that lipstick is fabulous. It really does look great with that blush!

  4. fancie says:

    You’re not the only one in denial lol. This year is flying by much too quickly! Diffused Heat looks like it was made for you. And Lady Danger looks so good paired with it!
    fancie recently posted … So I Went Back to CVS…

  5. This has been in my cart at Sephora.com since forever! Time to place that order. It looks stunning on you! And since I love coral and red lipsticks, I’m sure I’ll love this too!
    Ankita@corallista recently posted … FOTD : Smokey Plum Eyes with Berry Lips

  6. Jen says:

    Man, just when I convinced myself that I don’t need this… 😛

    Another blogger described this as looking like bacon, and I must say, I agree!

    Lastly, you look AMAZING in that last pic. Like, DANG GURL.
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  7. Divya says:

    This is stunning! I think this and Radiant Magenta would work really well on medium tan complexions! 🙂 I actually really like to pair Radiant light ambient powder with red lipsticks.. somehow that works amazingly well!
    Divya recently posted … Neutral Nail Colors For All Seasons

  8. Fool-proof and ridiculously pretty, love love love it!

  9. Eesha says:

    This is incredibly pretty and you look stunning!
    Eesha recently posted … Review: MAC Lipstick in Syrup

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