Hourglass Vanish Foundation (with before/after pics!)


hourglass-boxWhen I first opened the pr box I got from Hourglass, I thought (and tweeted out) “whoa nelly“. I mean, what a beauty! I’m still fairly new to the Hourglass line, only using their Arch Brow for my eyebrows, and the ever so popular ambient lighting powder in the shade dim light that I bought a mini size of at Sephora. Everything that I’ve tried from them has been nothing but excellent and well worth the money.

Vanish-FoundationHourglass recently launched their Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation available in 26 shades! Shaped in a triangle tube, applied as a stick-foundation. But don’t let that scare you away. I know we’ve all tried stick foundations that either didn’t blend well, or applied too thick.

It’s not the case with the Vanish Foundation, because it’s all in the name. It really does vanish into the skin. You know I love me a natural foundation look!

Hourglass-VanishSee how I apply it, after the jump!

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Dior Tie Dye . Beauty Talk Tuesday

Dior-TieDyeHigh5Makeup looks, and not necessarily product reviews of makeup, are probably one of my favourite types of beauty posts to do. That way you can truly see how to use a collection, or a various amount of makeup brands on one’s face. This time I’m going to stick to mainly products from Dior’s latest line: their Tie Dye summer 2015 collection.

Dior-Summer-2015So many fun colours for the lips, cheeks and even eyes. As per usual, I kept things pretty tame on the face and went for yet another every day type of look. Throughout the next few weeks I’m going to be posting a bit about the new Tie Dye collection, so stay tuned — because I have a feeling I’ll even be posting about it on Saturday’s too!

Can you tell I made this tutorial just after I woke up (and showered)? My eyes look super sleepy in the first few photos. Ignore that, and let’s get right into the look.
Dior-Skincare-tutorial1. Diorsnow Global Transparency Essence. Did you know using a serum is like drinking a green juice for your skin? My skin is almost always sucked dry of moisture, so I’ve been applying some sort of serum both day and night to help bring some moisture back into my skin. This one is excellent and I do enjoy how it makes my skin feel especially in the morning after a whole night of rejuvination. However, I might have to skip on it if I were to buy it myself rather than it being sent for a review, considering the hefty price tag associated with it.
2. Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Eye Treatment. Eye creams are a dime a dozen, whether they’re expensive or fit in your budget. I have a couple of favourite ones throughout my rotation, from everything to a thick hydrating one, to a lightweight one for other days.
3. Philosophy Full Of Promise moisturizer. For the cooler months I’ve been using this mositurizer as opposed to my favourite Hope In A Jar also by Philosophy. But I feel as though this one sinks in better when I am prone to my dry skin issues. It looks fantastic underneath makeup, causing a glowy look to the makeup.
4. Diorskin Nude BB Creme in 025. Look how much that tube of BB Creme has been used. A lot! Clearly I’m enjoying it after using it for 5 weeks straight. For day to day makeup I prefer a more lighweight application and as an added bonus it has an SPF of 10. Now I don’t think SPF 10 is strong enough for my fair skin, so I apply an SPF after my moisturizer and before the foundation layer.
5. Cle de Peau concealer in Beige. I have been using this concealer in almost every makeup look I’ve done in the past year. It’s the concealer that just won’t come to an end. It’s brightening under the eyes and covers up that silly red circle on my cheek by my nose.

Dior-TieDye-Tutorial6. Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown. I wish I was great at doing my eyebrows. But I feel like I’m not doing something right. I’m still practicing. Bonus is that there’s a little spooly hidden on the bottom side of the brow pencil. The Dior brow styler is similar to Anastasia’s Brow Whiz, and I have that one too, but I think the colour on that one is a little too red for me.
7. Clinique High Impact Mascara. Lengthen those lashes! I have about a handful of favourite mascaras. This being one, which is excellent for an everyday look. Nothing too drastic.
8. Dior Tie Dye blush in Nude Tan. Perfectly pigmented to give a coral glow to the cheeks
9. bareMinerals California Bronzer. Add a bit of sun-kissed bronzer to achieve the perfect California Bronze. If you haven’t seen my review/tutorial on this it’s over here!
10. Dior Addict Tie Dye Lipstick in 001 Red Bliss. More like a tinted glossy lip balm, you don’t need a mirror to apply this like I had originally though. Toss it into your purse and reapply when you’re on the go.
11. Dior Lip Mazimizer Collagen Activ in 006. Adding another extra bit of gloss to the final look, I used this lip plumper. Alright, so I have to be honest. This one is pretty similar to my go-to lip plumper by Buxom lip glosses, but Buxom gives an icy cooling to the lips, where the Dior one is a bit warm. So, it’s taking a bit of getting used to. The colour is gorgeous though, a nude colour which can easily be paired on top of other lip products.


Dior-After2The final look!

Disclaimer: The Dior Tie Dye collection was sent for review. All opinions are my own, and thank you for supporting spiffykerms.com.

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Rouge Dior Lip Balm

Rouge-Dior-LipbalmA simple way to wear a coloured lip product. My kind of deal. While I’ve only ventured out of my comfort zone and wore Dior’s deepest lipstick colour from the previous collection outside of my house that one time, I’m much more comfortable starting it all off with a tinted lip balm. I don’t have to colour inside the lines, or keep anything looking sharp and straight on the lips. It’s forgiving for a lip newbie like myself.

4-Dior-lip-balmsAll the colours. I love each and every one of them. This isn’t an exaggeration, I’ve been wearing them every day in rotation because they’re that easy.

Dior states the days of choosing between lip care and makeup are over. Bursting with freshness, the allure created is one of youth, and vibrancy. Isn’t that the case.

As any tinted lip balm, it doesn’t last after a meal.

Lip-balms-by-DiorThe lip balm formula isn’t greasy nor does it bleed. I’ve had those kind of lip products before. They went straight to the garbage after I discovered it to bleed. Not one’s finest look.

Dior-Lip-BalmsWith any collection, there’s always a bit of hesitancy with a colour or two. This one being Star — thinking it would be too nude or shimmery on my lips. But turned out to tie with my other favourite, the darkest of the collection I received: Lili.

Dior-StarStar is initially marketed as a finishing touch to a lipstick, but I prefer to wear it on its own for a glossy effect.

Dior-SpringSpring is a beautiful sunny toned coral that brightens the face up, on those cloudy fall mornings where you’re missing the summer sun and simply don’t want to get out of bed. Pop this baby on, and you’re instantly radiant.

Dior-DioretteDiorette is more on the fuschia side of colours. Not too much of a difference between Lili and Diorette to be honest, but Diorette is more brighter and pinker.

Dior-LiliLili my favourite of the lot, it’s a berry colour that gives my own lips a “your lips but better” look. I dislike that phrase so much, but it’s the best way to describe it. A more muted colour than Diorette.

As for the swatches on my arm, Diorette and Lili come off differently. Left to right: Star, Spring, Diorette, Lili.Dior-Lip-Balm-Swatches

As you can see, the packaging on these new Rouge Dior Lip Balms which contains 0.11oz/3.2g  are more slender than the Dior Rouge which has 0.12oz/3.5g but the lip product inside is practically the same.Dior-Rouge-Balm-and-Lip

Dior-BalmsRouge Dior Lip Balm are $37 CDN each, and is available at The Bay, and thebay.com exclusive September 2014. All other Dior counters November 1, 2014.

What are your thoughts on the Rouge Dior Lip Balms, any catch your eye?

How often do you wear lip products?

Disclaimer, I received all Dior products from the PR company for review, all opinions are my own.

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