Friday, October 24, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Review

My love for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders runs deep. I have two of the blushes that came out in the spring so when I heard that they were coming out with a Holiday blush palette, I knew I had to try it! 

If you aren't familiar with the Ambient Blushes, they are a hybrid product in that they mix a cheek color with the soft-focus lighting effects of one of their Ambient Lighting Powders. The result is a natural finish that refines your complexion while also adding color to your cheeks. To read more on their blush concept check out this post I did on the colors: Dim Infusion and Radiant Magenta.

The blush palette contains three blush shades, one of which is new and exclusive to the palette, the other two can be found in the regular line. These are only slightly smaller than the regular sized blushes. Regular blushes contain 0.15 oz of product. Each blush in the palette contains 0.11 oz. Like the other two shades I own, these three have the same great texture and wear I have come to expect from Hourglass.

Luminous Flush: Hourglass describes this shade as "champagne rose." It is mixed with the Luminous Light Ambient Powder which is "A champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow." I think the Flush name is appropriate, it gives your cheeks that pinched-pink look, like you've just come back from a brisk walk.

Incandescent Electra: This shade is described as "cool peach." It is mixed with the Incandescent Light Ambient Powder which was exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, which provides a "celestial glow." This is a pretty baby pink. At first I was thinking this would be more of a spring shade but I've worn it a few times recently and I'm really loving the subtle glow it adds to my cheeks. I think this color is actually showing up on my cheeks better this time of year since I'm fairer than it would during the spring or summer.

Mood Exposure: This shade is described as "soft plum." It is mixed with the Mood Light Ambient Powder which is "A soft, sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion." It is coming off more brown than plum in the picture, but in person it is a beautiful soft plumy-pink color. I've been loving these colors for fall so this one is my favorite shade from the palette of the moment. 

My only gripe with this palette is that since the powders are so soft and finely milled, they are delicate and tend to kick up some excess powder when you dip your brush into them. I don't think I'd pack this for travel. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase and would recommend this palette if you're looking to add color that provides a natural, lit from within glow to your cheeks.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Weekend in the Mountains

Last weekend was our annual family camping trip to Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, NH. This was our second time camping here for Columbus Day Weekend. We stayed with my parents on their RV and were joined by my sister as well as some of my aunts and uncles. Here's a peek inside our holiday weekend in the mountains.

The campground is located in the NH Lakes Region, right around the corner from Lake Winnipesaukee. Its no secret that I love NH in the summer but I also really love it in the fall. The foliage around the Lakes Region and in the White Mountains cannot be beat! It really looks like a postcard.

We camped in the safari field area which is located at the bottom of a former Ski Jump. I love camping in this area. Its so cool to be staying at the actual foot of a mountain.

On Fright night when we arrived we were greeted with some homemade Apple Cider Moonshine. Not a bad way to kick off the weekend!

One thing to keep in mind about mountainside camping this time of year, as soon as the sun leaves the campsite it is COLD! I need to remember to bring warmer clothes next year. I was layering two sweatshirts and a scarf and was still cold. We worked hard to keep the campfire roaring to stay warm. Don't mind my socks with sandals or "Scandals" as we so fondly call them. They are perfectly acceptable when Camping or at Abakee.

There were a few intense games of Jumbo Jenga. At one point an actual ladder was brought out because the tower was getting so high.

On Saturday morning we took Dale for a walk and checked out the Wetlands Boardwalk. It is a 1/4 mile raised boardwalk around the wetlands area of the mountain. It was a nice quiet and peaceful walk with lots to look at. Keep an eye out for the Beaver dams.

That night my aunt and uncle put together an awesome fall beer tasting. We blind taste tested nine different beers and rated them. The beer with the highest rating turned out to be UFO Pumpkin.

To keep with the Pumpkin/Fall theme, you guessed it, we carved Pumpkins. You're never to old to enjoy a nice Jack-O-Lantern! We lit them every night and they were a nice festive addition to our camp.

There are several different hiking trails at Gunstock. Since I'm a beginner we didn't hike up to the top of the mountain but we did take a nice hike on the Quarry trails on Sunday morning.

If you are a lover of Fall Foliage the best way to take it all in is to ride the Panorama chairlift up to the mountain summit. Its a truly breathtaking ride with awesome views of the lake. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kylie Jenner Lip Trend: Three takes on Mauve Lips

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for beauty! The colder weather and changing leaves inspire me to switch gears and try new out looks. One change I've made lately is switching out brighter lips for more rich and neutral hues.

The inspiration:

Pinterest has been going crazy lately over Kylie Jenner's makeup. She has been rocking beautiful neutral makeup with a rich mauve lip. Here are three ways to recreate her look:

MAC Lipstick in Faux

This is one of the lipstick colors Kylie is rumored to wear for this look. It is a beautiful mauve with a satin finish. It feels velvety when you run it across your lips. MAC describes this color as "muted mauve-pink". It is long-wearing and leaves a slight stain behind.

Tarte Glamazon Lipstick in Inspired

This is more of a rosy mauve. I'd say that this is a satin finish as well. It feels buttery smooth when applied. I think this lipstick line may be being discontinued by Tarte as I can only find a few colors that are on sale on their website and Sephora. Side note, I freaking hate the packaging of these. Its huge and bulky and it only has a standard size lipstick inside that giant tube. Packaging aside, the formula of this lipstick is nice and it is long-wearing (claims to be 12-hours) so hopefully Tarte is just revamping the packing and not discontinuing this line.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Warm Me Up

This color is very comparable to the first two lipsticks but the finish is shiner and slightly glossy. This is a nice option if you aren't into the completely matte look but dig the color. It is also a nice affordable option from the drugstore.

MAC Lip Pencil in Dervish

An important part of this look is the use of a lip liner. It is said that Kylie uses MAC Whirl lip pencil for her matte mauve look. I actually own Whirl but to me it leans more brown and I thought Dervish was more appropriate. MAC describes the color as "pinky-mauve". This lip pencil was actually one of the first products I ever bought from MAC. It is the most universal pink color that can work with just about any nude or pink lipstick. Kylie uses lip liner in her look to overdraw her lips slightly above her lip line to make them appear fuller. I don't particularly like that look on me but I still use a liner to outline my natural lip line and fill them in at the corners to achieve crisp edges and also extend the wear of my lipstick.

All trends aside I really love the mauve lips look. Its daytime appropriate and is great for school, work and transitioning into the colder months.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Indian Summer

For the past few weeks we've been experiencing an Indian summer here in New England. I'd actually been looking forward to the fall but I can't say I mind a few extra weeks of nice summery weather! It has also given us an excuse to extend our summer at the Cape.

Last weekend we had our first guests at the new trailer! Our friends Todd, Heather and Eric came down and we went to the Cape Cod Brew Fest.

Mike and I love craft beer but had actually never been to a Brew Fest before. It was held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth. There was live music, food trucks and of course, lots and lots of beer! There were over 50 different breweries in attendance with 200+ types of beer available to sample.

Autumn and Pumpkin beers were the main focus of the event. I tried so many Pumpkin beers that at one point they all started to taste the same. I think this year I'm actually liking the Oktoberfest style beers more than the Pumpkin ones, which is really surprising to me. The best one I tried was Grey Sail Autumn Winds. I also really enjoy Belgian style brews and I loved everything I tried from Idle Hands Brewery. They're located in Everett so I think we may go visit the Brewery! All in all it was a really fun day and we loved the experience!

We've had the new trailer for about two months now and I thought I'd share some interior shots. If you're interested in seeing the outside and the story behind it I did a post about that here.

We are absolutely in love with the new digs. We have more space and storage than we know what to do with including a bonus back bedroom with 3 bunks and a pull out couch. Its so nice to have that extra space so we can finally have guests! 

We're slowly getting settled in and buying things we need but its not really decorated at all. The only only thing we have is one sad pillow from the Christmas Tree shop that was in our old trailer that doesn't really match the new color scheme. I'm trying not to obsess over that and I'm sure it will become more homey and lived in as we use it more. We're planning on going down at least one more time before our campground closes for the season at the end of the month. 

Hope this Indian Summer has been treating you well!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian Clay Blush Set Review

Its only September but Tarte has started to release their holiday collection. I'm far from being ready to think about the holidays but I have to admit I've been thinking about this year's holiday beauty releases for a while! The collection is called "Sweet Dreams" and right now its only available on the Tarte Website, but it will most likely be available at Sephora shortly. There are seven different gift sets available now on the website and I picked up "Chic to Cheek" Amazonian Clay Blush Set.

The set consists of four mini Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes. The size is 0.05 Oz. For reference, their regular blushes are 0.20 Oz.

Even though you are only getting 1/4 the amount of blush you get in the regular size, the packaging is only a little bit smaller than the original blushes. Speaking of the packaging, it is just gorgeous! Its embossed with a golden floral vine pattern dressing them up for the holidays. Just as in their regular blush line, the blush color coordinates with the outside packaging. I really love this about the Tarte blushes, it makes them so easy to grab the color you want.

The colors included in this set definitely have a fall/winter vibe with all matte shades of rose and berry.

Amour - Tarte describes this as a rosy pink. It gives your cheeks that perfect flushed look like you've just come in from the cold.

Classic - Tarte describes this as candy pink. I think this leans more coral than pink but its a more muted coral that makes it fall appropriate.

Prim - Tarte describes this as soft apricot pink. I don't really see the apricot color, I'd describe this is a perfect true mauve.

Daydream - Tarte describes this as plum nude. This is the perfect berry shade, its not too dark but can be built up.

I've never met a Tarte blush I didn't like! I also have the 2012 "Fantastic Foursome Blush Enthusiast" set that was just like this one with 4 mini sized blushes. I really like that they changed the packaging up with this set to dress it up for the holidays.

All four colors are spot on-trend for the season. Like the full sized Amazonian Clay blushes, the formula of these is amazing. They're incredibly pigmented and wear all day. If you're in the market for some new blushes for the colder months, this is a great way to try 4 new colors without breaking the bank, and of course they will make a great gift!