Makeup Wars – Favorite Blushes for Spring & Summer feat. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

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When Sephora announced the pre-launch of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes to the VIB’s I wasn’t sure what to think. I knew I loved the Ambient Lighting Powder, but how different could the blushes be? It was hard to decide if I wanted to try them out when there were no reviews and no swatches. After some thought I ordered one, Luminous Flush, and waited. When it arrived I fell in love. Hard. So hard that I knew I needed all of the others. So during a sale I took the plunge and ordered the other five blushes.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Swatches ReviewSince this week for Makeup Wars we’re focusing on our favorite blushes for the Spring and Summer season I thought it’d be a perfect time to swatch and show off all six of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes together.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes Review

  • Mood Exposure (soft plum)
  • Luminous Flush (champagne rose)
  • Radiant Magenta (golden fuchsia)
  • Ethereal Glow (cool pink)
  • Diffused Heat (vibrant poppy)
  • Dim Infusion (subdued coral)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Swatches

My favorite thing about these blushes is that they truly make the face come alive and glow without becoming the disco-ball-glitter-bomb-of-death. They wear and blend well and the pigment is completely perfect, almost impossible to over-do. The finish ends up being luminous, soft and natural. With just one touch you know it’s a high quality product that you’ll have to repurchase over and over again.

On a related note did you guys hear that the previously limited edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is coming back? I’m SO excited! I missed out the first time so this time I will definitely be sure to get my hands on one!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush retails for $35.00 and is available at Sephora.

What is your favorite warm weather blush? Check out what the other bloggers are wearing this Spring/Summer by clicking the icons below!


Makeup Wars – Travel Items I Wish I Could Afford & How to Get Them on the Cheap

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This week for Makeup Wars we’re featuring our must have travel items. I’ve covered posts similar in the past when I went to New York and Florida as well as for Beauty Blogger Travel. For this post I wanted to do something a little different by sharing my Travel Items Lust List and a site I have been using to silently stalk these items to get them pre-loved and much, much cheaper.

What are the must have travel items that I lust for? Louis Vuitton luggage, of course. I’d love to get my hands on a keepall, suitcase and cosmetic case as well as a scarf and sunglasses for good measure. Ideally in carry-on sizes, because I’m too paranoid to let them out of my sight.

Authentic Inexpensive Louis Vuitton Travel Items WishlistHow am I attempting to get these items on the cheap? I’m using a luxury reseller called The RealReal. They offer pre-loved designer items at up to 90% off the original price and *BONUS* they will also give you 20% off of your first purchase for an even bigger discount… YES you can get brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Hermes… the list is endless! You can also consign your designer items and make some quick cash.

Other sites that carry authentic designer items at discounted prices are ShopBop, Gilt and HauteLook.

What travel item out there is on your lust list?

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Makeup Wars – 8 Ways to Hide Flaws & Illuminate Your Face

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This week’s Makeup Wars is all about being glowy. Illuminating, if you will. Some of these help to conceal, but for the most part I like to use them to give the illusion of brightness/being awake and all “no, I don’t suffer from insomnia at all”.

8 Ways to Hide Flaws Illuminate Makeup WarsIn no particular order….

1. Dior Nail Glow. I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet! I’ve had it for a year and am obsessed with it. Running out the door and need a mani but have no time for a mani? You can slap this on so fast and it adds a rosy tint to your nails leaving them shiny and healthy looking.

2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye/Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer. A mouthful… but this is the real deal for hiding the evil that is the under eye area… especially after a night of St. Patrick’s Day festivities (hint hint – everyone knows you were out because of what you posted on Instagram, you can still look like a million bucks the next morning with this stuff).

3. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. I dust this setting powder over my face makeup to help keep it flawless throughout the day, but one of my favorite things about it is that it contains light-active micro-prisms that optically fade wrinkles, pores.. all that bad stuff. There is also a pressed form of this but reviews said that the loose gives more of a matte finish and I’m all about that. Cream wise I love the Copacabana Highlighter that I got in a Sephora VIB gift!

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. Hourglass has some excellent Ambient Lighting Powders (see Mood Glow) but my heart lies with their Ambient Lighting Blushes. I got my hands on Luminous Flush during a VIB preview, then when the shades launched I bought up the rest of them. You’ll be seeing them very soon!

5. MAC Grain Eye Shadow. This eye shadow has been my go-to highlight shade for years. If I get a palette that doesn’t have a shade to highlight or blend a crease out with (which happens way more often than I like) I always add this in.

6. Tarte Champagne. I first used this highlighter when I got the Tarte for Aqualillies Palette last year. I use it all over – cheeks, eyes, anywhere I need a bit of brightness or deflection.

7. Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush. This cheek powder is rose gold and may be highlighter only status for some, but it’s the perfect blush for me! I also enjoy using Watt’s Up and am currently working my way through a pile of sample sizes I’ve acquired!

and finally…

8. Eat well. I’m really guilty of not doing this one. I just started back up (I see you coming, Summer) and it’s been refreshing. I have more energy, my skin looks better and brighter, I get more done… it’s just all around a fabulous feeling inside that radiates outward in your appearance!

In related news, check out Top 10 Items to Conceal & Correct. How do you hide your flaws/illuminate?



Makeup Wars – My Biggest Beauty Blogger Enablers

For this installment of Makeup Wars we’re focusing on our Biggest Beauty Blogger Enablers. This list can end up being pretty extensive, so I’m making it all about my top three four nine #sorrynotsorry.

Biggest Beauty Blogger EnablersWith just about every post that I publish here on Blushing Noir I get someone telling me I’m an enabler. So much so, that I’ll reply with #TeamEnable because at some point it’s got to trend, right? All my life when I’d go shopping with friends they would tell me I’m so bad to shop with because they spend so much money. I can justify any purchase and if I can’t, then it’s definitely not worth it.

Now it’s time to introduce you to my biggest enablers!!

All Lacquered Up. I didn’t need the two Spring polishes from Chanel. Surely there are dupes somewhere. They just looked so beautiful… I had to pull the trigger. I also entered the world of JINsoon polishes because of Michelle. Her swatches are so clear that I’m always drooling.

Phyrra. I don’t think there is one person on this Earth that has me buying up Tarte and Urban Decay like Courtney. Her swatches are fan-freakin-tastic and she does bold looks like no ones business.

Vampy Varnish. Kelly is the first blogger I found that had great swatches and the closest skin tone to my own. I am not embarrassed to admit I stalk her blog for the latest and greatest.

Perilously Pale. Christa is up in Canada and always seems to have pics and swatches of the lines before we even get press about them here in the US. I love to stalk her site for the latest on Dior, YSL, Guerlain and more!

Pink Sith. Elvira is the queen of taupe. I love taupe. No brainer… and her stories that she includes are completely attention grabbing and hilarious. This is probably the only blog where I read the entire post word for word.

Nouveau Cheap. Gianna is always posting the deals and before I read her blog I never even though about purchasing drugstore makeup. Now, some of my favorite products are drugstore! If you can tell in the main pic above (which is of recent purchases that need photographed) it’s all Milani, Maybelline and Wet n Wild!!!

Raeview. Rae is so wonderful for enabling. She’s fabulous at blogging, YouTube and enabling! I don’t even want to admit to you how much money this girl has made me spend. If you don’t think you need the latest collections from Tom Ford and Chanel then you need to watch her channel because she’ll do a tutorial and have you buying everything.

Cafe Makeup. Liz and Amy are a mother/daughter team who have amazing style and impeccable taste. I venture to their site for Chanel, Dior, NARS, Guerlain… you name it. And to also live vicariously through them when there are pics up of trips to Paris.

The Beauty Look Book. Sabrina takes wonderful pics and always does comparisons of high end items. You would think the fact that there is a dupe out there would have me saying “I don’t need that” but because of BLB I totally do. This girl has me buying $60.00 candles, you guys.

BTW, I started this post thinking I’d do my top three enablers and it ended up with nine. Then when I went to bed last night I thought of a few more. What a never ending post, I’m so sorry you guys. Not really.

Click the icons below and see who the other Makeup Wars Bloggers have bought because of their Biggest Enablers!


Makeup Wars Favorite Foundations

This week for Makeup Wars we’re sharing our favorite foundations, the products that we feel keep us at our prettiest!

I don’t really have just one favorite foundation.  I use a mix of things depending on what I’m looking for, coverage wise, and I also factor in the season.  Regardless, the four I tend to keep closest by my side are Miracle Skin Transformer, Clinique CC Cream, NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation and IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation.  All serve different purposes, so layering them in different combinations provides me with the finishes I need on my mug for any occasion.

Makeup Wars Favorite FoundationWhen I’m battling warmer weather I apply Miracle Skin Transformer to even out any skin discoloration as well as prime my face for makeup.  When it’s colder I go for Clinique CC Cream because it’s a little heavier and provides more coverage.

If it’s an occasion I need more coverage for I wear a light coating of NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation over-top of one of the above.  The final step is to dust a layer of IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation over my entire face.  This is a powder foundation and really finishes the face and covers without looking cakey.  If I’m just running to the school to drop kids off or pick them up, or to the store I simply put the Celebration Foundation on and it’s sufficient on it’s own for covering all the bad and making me look good ;)

Pair these products with my Top 10 Items to Conceal & Correct and you’ll be set!

What is your favorite foundation?  Find out what the other bloggers love by clicking the links below!

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