Monday 31 August 2015

Trimming My Stash - August 2015 Edition - Empties And Mini Reviews

Hey Guys x I hope you've all had a lovely Monday x If you're in England at least, you may have been lucky enough to have a day off work - scarily it's the last Bank Holiday before Christmas and looking out the window today it's certainly looking more like autumn /winter than summer :( As per usual summer in the UK has been a bit of a damp squib - we've had a few nice days but to be honest I think that's going to be our lot.

Never mind, a new month equals a new start and instead of bemoaning the lack of sunshine in my life, I'm going to start dreaming about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and cosy jumpers. First of all though lets have a look back over the past few weeks and have a look at my August empties.

Palmolive Thermal Spa Mineral Massage With Dead Sea Salt And Aloe Vera - 250ml
elf Brush Shampoo - 120ml
Rolanjona Tendering Feet Mask Milk And Bamboo Vinegar Peeling - 1 Pair
May Beauty The Incredible Face Mask - 10ml
Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life - 200ml
Palmolive Mediterranean Moments Shower Milk - 250ml
Total - 6 Items 

I only managed to finish 6 items which is 3 down on last month but I'm still pretty pleased. The two shower gels that I finished were rediscoveries thanks to the bathroom renovations and I have few more stash items that are just about done. I'm still missing my bath but the disruption and the tidying have definitely give me a better idea of what I actually I have and what needs to be used up.

1. Palmolive Thermal Spa Mineral Massage With Dead Sea Salt And Aloe Vera - 250ml

This is one of those shower products that I mentioned and this was something that I was sent to review quite a while ago now x You can read my full review here x To be honest I've been using this more as a body scrub rather than an all over body wash and I have to say as someone who isn't normally a fan of aquatic, fresh fragrances I did quite like this one. I think this product has been discontinued now but Palmolive have recently introduced a product called Aroma Sensations Feel The Massage which sounds quite similar.

2. elf Brush Shampoo - 120ml

Washing my make up brushes is one of those thing that I put off for as long as possible. Last week I eventually got round to doing it and as a result I finished this product. It did the job and that was about it. I probably would have repurchased if elf had still been in the UK  but now I'm not really sure what I'm go to use. I sometimes use either an antibacterial tea tree wash or a baby shampoo so they are an option but I'd love to know what you use, so if you could leave me a comment and let me know I'd be really grateful x

3. Rolanjona Tendering Feet Mask Milk And Bamboo Vinegar Peeling - 1 Pair

Feet You either love them or you hate them x I have to say though I'm not particularly bothered either way but mine and so dry at the moment that it's driving me batty! Instead of forking out for some of the more expensive foot peeling socks I decided to try some cheap ones from ebay. Unlike the socks that I've used in the past these ones with just made of the sort of thin, papery fabric, with no plastic outer so you needed to wear them with socks. The socks themselves were drenched with a pleasant, coconut smelling liquid, so you just left them on for an hour, then you rinsed your feet. I used them a week past Friday and as yet I haven't seen any noticeable difference to my feet and as yet they haven't started to peel but there is still time so I'll keep you posted via twitter if you're interested x 

4. May Beauty The Incredible Face Mask - 10ml

After months of playing ball and behaving itself, my skin has had a major flare this month. It's mainly around my chin and jawline so it is probably hormonal but I'm not a happy bunny! I was sent some of these masks to review a little while ago (read my review here) and I really liked them so I bought another set. They really deep cleanse the pores, and I'm hoping that they will stop this breakout in it's tracks.

5. Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life - 200ml

As I've told you on many occasions I have an obsession with scrubs and exfoliators, but when it comes to body scrubs I can be a little bit picky. I love a nice salt or sugar scrub that dissolves in the water, and I hate gritty bits that just don't dissolve. Whilst this one does have particles that dissolve, it does also have a few of those grainy bits but since I got rid of the bath, this scrub has come into it's own. The grains wash easily away under the power shower, and they don't get into places where you don't want them ;) Throw in that familiar Soap&Glory smell and this is pretty decent product x

6. Palmolive Mediterranean Moments Shower Milk - 250ml

Another shower gel, another rediscovery, another product from Palmolive and another sample x You can read my review here but this is a lovely product that's perfect for summer or even when you want to evoke memories of balmy summer days. It's a lovely moisturising creamy milk, that smells of apricots and summer fruits. You can still get this one in Boots and it's well worth a sniff x

I'm way down on last years empties target so far so I'm really hoping that I can do a little bit better in September, my focus again will be some of those half finished products and I'm really hoping that I can add at least one make up item to my total x I hope this post was useful and if you have any questions please leave me a comment, and again I'd love to hear your brush cleaner recommendations x

Sunday 30 August 2015

EcoTools Skin Perfecting BB / CC Brush - A Review For My Pure*

Over the last week I've spent at least an hour washing all of my make up brushes. Although I don't always buy the most expensive brushes I do have a bit of an obsession with make up brushes and over the years I think I've developed quite a nice little collection.

One of the brush brands that I've became a little bit obsessed with over the last year or so is Ecotools. Created by actress Alicia Silverstone, EcoTools is a range of both environmentally friendly and cruelty free make up brushes and accessories. As you can see from my Beauty Product Directory I've already tried out quite a few brushes from the range but as all good beauty bloggers know, you can't have too many brushes, so for one of August's My Pure reviews I decided to try out one of the brands newest additions.

The EcoTools Skin Perfecting BB / CC Brush is specially designed for applying both BB and CC creams, and tinted moisturisers but I've also been using to apply foundation.

Like the rest of the Ecotools brushes that I've tried this one comes in a reusable, recycled plastic and fabric pouch to protect your brush.

The brush itself has the familiar embossed, sustainable, bamboo handle and it features a recycled bronze tone, aluminium ferrule.The brush head itself if made from soft, but substantial, cruelty free synthetic hairs and it is cut at an angle.

The way the brush is cut enables you to get into all the nooks and crannies of your face. The slanted side and point of the brush fits perfectly around the contours of your eyes and nose, and the flat side of the brush is perfect for larger areas of the face. It doesn't drag and you're left with a smooth finish with minimal brush marks. I did lose a couple of hairs on my first use but it washed and dried well without any further shedding.

Like the rest of the brushes that I've tried in the range this is a decent brush. It's designed for thinner textured products such as BB and CC creams and tinted moisturisers, but it also works equally well with liquid foundations. I've used it with both a BB cream and a foundation (reviews on my both to come) and I've had similar results. It isn't the biggest brush out there but the shape of it means that it's ideal for both the larger areas of your face, and the areas where you need to be a bit more precise. In my opinion the EcoTools brushes are some of the best cruelty free brushes out there. Not only are they brushes with a conscience but the quality is there, and they aren't too expensive. The EcoTools Skin Perfecting BB / CC Brush normally retails at £6.99 from My Pure, but it's currently on special at just £5.94. Have you tried any of the EcoTools brushes? Leave me a comment and let me know your favourites x 


Saturday 29 August 2015

Bumble And Bumble Invisible Oil And The Hairdresser's Trio*

My hair goes through phases and at the moment it's going through a rough patch. I don't know whether it because I've been a bit under the weather or  whether it's because I've been constantly changing my routine in attempt to use products up but it's thinning, falling out, difficult to style and it needs some serious TLC. So in attempt to give my hair the love it deserves I stripped my routine back to basics and I've been using a few products from Bumble And Bumble.

For the last month and a bit I've used nothing else on my hair bar top salon brand Bumble And Bumble's, The Hairdresser's Trio

This cute travel or trial size pack contains 3 products from the Bumble And Bumble Bb Hairdressers Invisible Oil range - a 60ml Sulfate Free Shampoo, a 60ml Conditioner, and a 60ml Heat / UV Protective Primer All of the products in the Invisible Oil range contain 6 lightweight, nourishing and moisturising oils, including Grapeseed, Safflower Seed, Sweet Almond, Macadamia, Argan and Coconut oil

Bumble And Bumble Bb Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo - 60ml

Designed for coarse, dry and thick hair, this shampoo is infused with moisturising oils and is sulfate free making it ideal if you have sensitive skin or a sensitive scalp. It's designed to soften, tame, de-frizz, detangle and protect the hair.

It has quite a thick texture and it's pearlised white in colour. All of the products in the Invisible Oil range have the same pleasant scent, it's an almost nutty, fruity, coconut aroma that comes from all of the natural oils.

A small amount of shampoo goes a long way, and like most sulfate free shampoos, you just add more water to the shampoo to increase the foam. This shampoo produces a nice creamy lather that rinses away easily, and leaves their hair feeling clean, and nourished.

I really liked this shampoo and on some occasions this was all I used. It left the hair feel moisturised and if you have normal hair this shampoo could be all that you'd need. The full 250ml size of this shampoo retails at £23 which isn't cheap, but in my opinion it's a worthwhile investment. If that's too much to shell at once then the 60ml size that you can see is available for around £7.50.

Bumble And Bumble Bb Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Conditioner - 60ml

If your hair needs a bit of extra attention though then the next step is to use a good conditioner, and the pack that I got also included the corresponding Invisible Oil Conditioner. Especially for dry, coarse and brittle hair, again it contains the 6 featherlight oils, and it's designed  to help soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle and protect the hair.

Packaged in squeezy tube, it's white in appearance and has thick, and creamy consistency, and exactly the same fragrance as the shampoo. Despite it's thickness and density it spreads easily through the hair, and after leaving it for a minute or two it rinses out really easily with warm water. It sounds strange but when it's rinsed out the hair almost feels thicker and plumper. It was also left smooth and silky, with very few knots and tangles.

Again I really liked this product x The texture was lovely and creamy, and it surprised me how easily that it rinsed out and how nice my hair felt afterwards. Although it isn't advertised as being a thickening product my hair definitely felt thicker and fuller when I'd used it but it didn't feel weighed down, lank or heavy. Again this isn't cheap, and a 200ml tube retails at £25 but a little goes a long way, and you can also get the 60ml tube that you can see here for £8.50 if you want to try it or you just feel as though your hair needs a treat.

Bumble And Bumble Bb Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat / UV Protective Primer - 60ml

The final product in The Hairdresser's Trio is this fabulous, multi use spray, which again is crammed full of those 6 vital oils. Created to help soften, de-tangle, de-frizz, tame fly aways, ease styling and protect against breakage, heat-styling and UV damage, this is the only spray bar maybe a hair spray or a dry shampoo that you will ever need.

With the same nutty, citrus, coconut scent, in its simplest terms this is a leave in conditioner or heat protection spray that you can either use on damp hair before blow drying or on dry hair before straightening or curling. You can also use during the day to protect your hair from UV damage whether your on holiday or even if your hair is feeling a bit dry and frazzled.

In a pump action bottle, it has a very light almost water like texture but it does seem to make a difference. I've predominantly been using this as a heat protection spray on dry hair before I've used my tongs or my straighteners and I really think it's helped. My ends especially don't feel as frazzled and there definitely seems to be a lot less frizz. I've also been using it as a detangler on damp hair, and again I think that it's given the hair a nice moisture boost and it's got rid of any residual knots and tangles. At a push I think that you could also use this as a refresher and revitaliser on drier hair, and for when your hair needs a moisture boost without weighing it down.

This one isn't cheap either but I've been using my 60ml bottle for over a month now and I've barely put a dent in it. I can't find this 60ml size online anymore but the 250ml bottle retails at around £20.50.

Okay this isn't the cheapest hair care range on the market by any means but what you are getting are good quality products that are used everyday in a salon environment and do what they promise. My hair still isn't great but it's getting there. These are the only products that I've used on my hair over the last month or so and I've definitely seen an improvement in both the condition and the texture. It is a considered purchase but if your hair needs some TLC, after your summer holidays or after illness then the Invisible Oil range could be something to try. Unfortunately I can't find this particular kit online any more but some of the smaller sizes are available directly from the Bumble & Bumble website and from various retailers including Look Fantastic and Escentual, and of course you can take the plunge and buy the full sizes from the likes of Boots and John Lewis. Does your hair need some TLC at the moment? Let me know and we can bemoan our bad hair days together x Thanks for reading x


Tuesday 25 August 2015

Nuts About Essence Eyeshadow - 15 Hazel Me Not*

One make up trend that I don't think will ever die is the nude or neutral eye - you only have to look at the sheer amount of neutral, naked and nude eyeshadow palettes on the market to see that this is a trend that's here to stay. It might not have overtaken the iconic dark, smokey eye just yet but few can deny its ease or its wearability. It's one of those looks that can be as simple or as complicated as you like, you can spend what seems like hours blending shades together to produce a cover girl look, or you can just use one shade for a clean and polished finish.

I have a ridiculous amount of neutral palettes in my collection but whilst I love a palette, sometimes you can do everything you want with just one shadow. I know we're all obsessed with eyeshadow palettes at the moment but please, don't forget about all of those single eyeshadows out there. I'm as guilty as anyone for focusing on my palettes but lately I've been using a single eyeshadow that's made me think again.

I have to admit that when I received Essence Eyeshadow in 15 Hazel Me Not, I wasn't that impressed. The clear plastic packaging was minimalist and utilitarian, and the colour just looked, well, a bit boring but then I swatched it and started playing.

Okay the colour isn't going to win any awards for innovation or pan appeal, but it's one of those beige, taupe shades that you just need in your collection.

Being such a cheap shadow I wasn't expecting a lot pigmentation wise but again this one surprised me. With an almost matte but not flat or chalky finish, this shadow feels soft, and smooth, and the colour payoff is excellent.

This shadow has been my real go to when I'm feeling a bit lazy. It almost seems to even out the skin tone, and it leave the eyelid looking clean and fresh, all day Throw on a few coats of black mascara and you've got a really simple, wearable look that takes minutes to achieve and would work for any occasion when you don't want to look overdone. The shadow isn't showing up too well here,and my wrinkly eyelids aren't helping! but I hope it gives you some idea of the fresh look that you can create.

This isn't the most fashion forward or interesting shadow out there but it's wearable and it's something most people would find a use for, worn either on it's own or alongside other neutral eyeshadow tones. For the price this shadow, the pigmentation and the wear time really surprised me,  Essence Eyeshadow in 15 Hazel Me Not, retails at just £1 for a 2.5g compact from Essence stand alone stores, Wilko stores and Wilko online which is amazing value for money. If this shade isn't for you there are loads more single shadows in the Essence range starting at just £1, so you can afford to experiment or even try something new. Are you still a neutral shadow fan? Let me know x


Monday 24 August 2015

Top 5 Fashion Accessories*

Which earrings pair best with the outfit you want to wear? Or, which shoes are going to work best with the dress you want to buy? When thinking of these, and other wardrobe questions you have, choosing the right accessories is key.

These are the top 5 accessories to keep in your closet, so you can always find the perfect outfit for any occasion.

1. Get Lifted  

Platform sandals are in! Thick or thin heel, sandal or full boot, thong style or any other style you like pair up well with nearly any outfit. If you want the perfect shoe, for every occasion, have a few of these platform sandals in your closet.

2. Statement Earrings 

From a large pearl, to the bold colours, dangling earrings, or an ornate earring which perfectly matches with the outfit, statement earrings are in. They can easily be paired up with any outfit, and with many colours, designs, and shapes to choose from, you can find a pair which works well with any outfit.

3. The Gladiator Sandal

Gladiator sandals have been huge this year. With the distinct lace design, the fun back closure, and low and high heel options, you can find a pair which perfectly pairs with your favourite dress, a pair of jeans, or the suit you have to wear when making a work presentation. 

4. Short Handbags  

Short handbags, which allow you to carry items around in a clutch style bag are in. Easy to carry, transportable, and they work well with any outfit. Women will also like that they don't dangle down to the ground, or weigh them down, when going out for the evening.

5. Ballerina Flats

You remember these when you took ballet classes as a kid? With designers rethinking the pointed toe front, back wrap closure, and designer straps, you can find a pair which will look good with any outfit. Plus, you will stay light on your feet all day.

Whether it is a night out on the town or the perfect outfit for work, these designer accessories will add a little pop to any outfit.

Wondering where you can start shopping for these top fashion accessories? Online catalogues might be the perfect solution for you. They provide a massive range of styles and trends from top celebrities as well as offering the ability of spread the cost by paying monthly on clothing and lots of other products.

*Sponsored Post

Thursday 20 August 2015

Large Collective Nail, Manicure And Pedicure Haul

Hey Guys x I hope you've all had a good day but if you haven't hopefully today's epic haul will cheer you up a bit. Shopping or even window shopping always lifts my spirits when I'm feeling down so hopefully my manicure and pedicure haul will do the same for you.

I'm going to start off with some nail art pieces that I picked up from Poundland. Every time I go into Poundland now I always have a little look through their nail bits and this I got some of their Disney Minnie Mouse Nail Stickers.

The packet contain around 120 little stickers ideal for creating an accent nail. As well as Minnie and Mickey heads, the packet also contains bows, flowers and little birds. I think these are great for both big kids like me and little people x

As well as the stickers I also had another look at Poundland's selection of Allura nail art wheels and I was pleased to find one that I didn't have.

This one contains a variety of silver and gold tone metal shapes and studs including teardrops, triangles, stars and hearts.

The kit also comes with a wooden hoof stick and a small nail file. I think these kits are great value for money and I really hope that they introduce a few more varieties.

Although my nails are pretty short at the moment I'm determined to get some length back in them so I can start to experiment with nail are again. I currently addicted to looking a nail art tutorials and something that you see popping up in a lot of videos and posts is peel off liquid tape or palisade. All you do is paint the liquid tape around your cuticles and your nails and when you paint your nails the excess polish sticks to the tape rather than your skin. You can do it with PVA glue but I thought I'd try the proper stuff first and so I got a bottle from ebay.

I paid £2.19 for this bottle from this seller and having received it I definitely think it is just PVA glue but I do love a bit of glue peeling and anything that can make my manicures a bit neater is worth trying.

Something else that I got from ebay is a nail and cuticle oil pen. I mentioned one of these in a recent empties post and I think for the price and the convenience they are well worth the money. Cuticle oil is my new best friend at the moment and I always like to have one in my handbag. I have a couple which I'm using at night but these pen applicators are great for travel and for during the day.

As I've said previously I don't think these are genuine OPI products but the product feels nice on your skin and it seems to be helping. This time I went for the lavender fragrance but to me it smells more like my Melissa shoes with a sort of floral, bubblegum scent. This was just 99p including postage from this seller.

Thanks to illness and medication my nails are notoriously rubbish so I really do need to take care of them, as well as using hand creams, cuticle products and strengtheners, I also need to be careful how I file my nails.

If I use anything that is too rough or aggressive my nails just split and peel but thankfully I have found a products I can use.

The Leighton Denny Expert Nails Crystal Nail File is one of my holy grail and go to products. I've written a full review here but it's a product that I now feel that I can't live without. The only trouble is they are a bit fragile so here's a tip- don't sit on it! I did and I ended up with a file of two halves, so I decided to treat myself to another one .

This is a limited edition version to celebrate Leighton's 10th anniversary on QVC and as well as coming in a protective case, it also comes with the number 10 on the end of the file, picked out in clear crystals. I know a lot of people don't like the idea of a crystal file but believe me once you've tried one you will never go back.

Despite the fact that we've had a nice day today, it definitely seems as though summer is on it's way out but I'm ever hopeful that we'll have a few nice days before the seasons change so I picked something up a few weeks ago to get my tootsies sandal ready just in case.

Excuse the stock picture but this little pot just didn't want to be photographed! I used to buy these Pedi Peel Pads a long time ago but like so many thing from Avon they disappeared without a trace. A month or so ago though they reappeared and I decided to stock up whilst I had the chance. All you do is rub a couple of pads over clean dry feet and the glycolic acid helps to exfoliate the skin and leave you with softer, smoother feet. Thanks to a thyroid problem my feet get very so I'm hoping that these will do the business again in between proper pedicures. Avon Footworks Beautiful Pedi Peel Pads normally retail at £6 for 55 pads but it's worth waiting for an offer before you buy x The current offer I believe is two Footworks products including this one for £4 so it's well worth picking these up whilst you can.

I love a good Avon bargain, and in a recent sale brochure I picked up another one of the Stardust Nail Enamels, this time in Teal Glitter.Based on today's shopping trip there seems to be a lot teal around for Autumn so this polish will be right on trend.

I love sparkle and whilst having a little look at Littlewoods online recently I couldn't resist picking up a new Nails Inc Polish. I love their new bottle design and I love their new brushes so I ended up getting Nails Inc Special Effect in Exhibition Road.

Crammed full of sparkle this colour will make an ideal top coat for any colour. In a clear base it contains circular glitter particles in lilac and gold. Okay it wasn't something that I desperately needed but the offer that Littlewoods had on at the time was just too good to turn down.

All you had to do was buy any selected Nails Inc polish and you got a Nails Inc 4 Piece Mini Collection absolutely free. The collection includes 4 x 4ml polishes in some of Nails Inc's most popular and classic shades, Victoria, Basil Street, St James's and Uptown. I love mini polishes and this was a great way of adding some more little ones to my collection.

Next up a bit of an apology x This final 3 polishes that I'm going to show you, we're all magazine freebies. Unfortunately none of the magazines are on sale any more but I still thought I'd show you them anyway as they might pop up in some future nails of the days x First up this ultra, summer shade from Nails Inc.

The recent collaboration with InStyle lead to a a small range of cover mounted polishes all with names themed around 80's songs. This coral, orange,red is Love Will Tear Us Apart. I love a bit of Joy Division and this limited edition colour is perfect for those summer toes. Although this one will be very hard to get your hands on now Nails Inc do have a few similar colours in their line and similar shades are available in most other ranges.

Another polish that came free with a magazine is Jessica Custom Nail Colour in 787 Floating Beauty which came with a recent issue of Red.

I don't have any Jessica polishes in my collection so I thought that this was an ideal way to try a new brand. Floating Beauty is another shade that's perfect for summer it's one of those hot, hot fuchsia pinks that again looks amazing on tanned hands and feet. This polish is still in the Jessica main line and retails at £10.50 for 14.8ml, which made this a pretty decent freebie.

The final product that I'm going to show you was another magazine cover mount and this time it was from Marie Claire. Like a lot of bloggers I have a love / hate relationship with Ciate but they do seem to get an awful lot of magazine coverage, and recently Marie Claire came with both a mini 5ml Ciate polish and a mini 5ml speed dry top coat. I already have quite a few Ciate polishes in my collection so I just picked up a random copy with came with Strawberry Milkshake.

This pale pink shade will either be fabulous or awful. With pale cream polishes like this there is no in between so we'll see. I can't find this particular colour in Ciate's main line but it's an easily duped shade so you should be able to pick something similar up.

I'm on a bit of a video making roll at the moment so I've filmed a very long, and rambling video to accompany this post x So by all means make yourself a cuppa, settle down and have a watch x

If you're a fan of all things nails then make sure that you're subscribed and following my blog, I have quite a few nail related posts to come over the next few weeks including some reviews, some nails of the day posts and a giveaway or two x Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please leave me a comment x

Sunday 16 August 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush - Radiant Magenta = Blusher Love!

Have you ever seen a product in either a magazine or online, and said I need that? If you're anything like me you'll probably say that every day of the week. More often than not though all it translates as are just words. For most of us, we know you simply can't buy everything that you want, it just isn't practical but every now and then it's good to treat yourself and buy something that you know you'll love.

At the end of April I treat myself to an early birthday present from SpaceNK and I picked up two things that I'd wanted and lusted after for the longest time. I'm going to review the NARS palette at some point for you but this post is all about a beautiful product from Hourglass

It's not often that I actually get to go into SpaceNK, but when I do I always had straight for the Hourglass fixture. I've spent many a moment stroking their feather light powders, and wishing and wanting, so eventually I took the plunge and ordered one the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers.

Boxed and packaged in a luxurious, but almost impossible to photograph, metallic compact, these fabulous blushers have a beautiful marbleised appearance and contain a photoluminiscent technology which gives them dimension and depth. There are 6 shades to choose from but I went for one of the pink shades, Radiant Magenta.

All of the blushers in the range are comprised of at least two contrasting shades, and whilst there are variations in the depth of colours, Radiant Magenta includes two shades, a cool, slightly scary looking, bright pink, and a neutral champagne, highlight shade. 

The first thing you notice when you touch this blusher is how soft it is. It has a fine,smooth texture, and to me it feels like you're stroking fur or silk, it really is that soft. Whilst you could in theory pick out the individual shades they are designed to be worn together. The combination of the two main colours produces a bright but wearable pink with just a hint of shimmer. The pigmentation as you can see is excellent, and after only the tiniest touch your brush is fully loaded.

Applied with a very light hand, this blusher gives the skin a really healthy look. As you can see this isn't about a blush with in your face shimmer or glitter, all the shimmer and the multiple pigments in the blusher do is to make you look healthier and glowing and to use a cheesy phrase as though you're lit from within.

Not the best pics as per usual from me and apologies for the lack of lipstick and the funny expressions, but I hope you can see from this just how pretty this blusher really is. It feels soft and silky to the touch, the pigmentation is superb and it applies and wears like a dream. This particular blusher is also not tested on animals and it's also free from talc, fragrance, parabens, nano particles, and gluten. 

The one negative maybe is the price - the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers retail at £28 for 4.2g from various retailers including SpaceNK. Spendy, but based on Radiant Magenta I can definitely see why people pay that, and I have a horrible feeling that this little pink blush may have started a dangerous obsession. I'd love to know if you have any Hourglass recommendations but I'm definitely thinking about another blush or maybe one of the highlight powder, or I might wait until the Christmas kits appear - I've already seen some previews and there is one kit that may have my name on it ;) Who knows only time and maybe my willpower will tell? Do you like the look of Radiant Magenta? Let me know x