Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A face of first impressions ft HourGlass, Maybelline, Tarte, NARS

If you've watched my Sephora haul video, you'll know I was quite restrained in the makeup purchasing department.  Restrained in that I could've blown my entire spends in a couple of trips to the happiest place on earth - Sephora!  But as I mentioned in the video, I tried to be smart with my purchases and get things I thought I'd love, use and want to blog about.  It took me a week to film that video and fellow beauty bloggers will know that you cannot use new makeup until you photograph them in natural light!  So I couldn't wait to delve into everything and seeing as I'm off work for a couple of days this week, what better time to play with some of the bits I got!

I'll be doing full reviews on everything once I play and test out a bit more, but thought it might be nice to give some first impressions on some of the products.  I don't know about you, but with me, I generally know if I love something or not pretty early on in the relationship.  I also need to test out new makeup for the first time at home, rather than go to work with nice foundation, only for it to turn orange as the day goes on!  So days off and weekends are perfect testing out times.  Let's see what I put on my visage yesterday shall we?

That's not too much sure it's not?  Not at all.  I think I love the Hourglass palettes more than is humanly possible and think I'm set for life (until they bring out more shades) when it comes to blushes and powders.  I was heading into town for lunch with my friend yesterday so wanted to keep things light, neutral and effortless.  This is what I looked like and yes, I'm wearing the furriest fleeciest thing ever from Penneys that I put on every single evening after work!

On my face is the Sephora Airbrush Foundation that's so weird to use!  I tried spraying it on my face but felt that it was a waste of product as not much was landing on my skin, so I tried spraying it on to the back of my hand and applying it with my Beauty Blender before finally deciding that spraying it on to the Beauty Blender directly was the way to go.  First impressions - this foundation is gorgeous for someone who loves a natural finish and evened out my complexion beautifully while looking invisible.  I believe I'm going to be able to pretend my skin is naturally lovely and lie to everyone I meet with this baby!

I used the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes as I appear to have developed black areas under there for some reason.  This hid them quick smart and I'll be doing a full review once I test it out properly.  I set it with the highlighting part of the Seventeen Define & Contour palette that I fricken love and have talked about millions of times here on the blog.

A quick dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette over my face set everything in place.  I don't know the names of the shades off by heart yet, but see that glow on my cheek there?  That came from the middle shade and I love it.  I used Mood Exposure from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette as a contour/blush and it's the perfect neutral dusky pinky blush that will work with every eye look.

On the eyes, I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in the shade Downtown Brown all over the lids.  I am obsessed already.  You can use them wet or dry so I'll be trying this one and the other shade I got a bit more before fully reviewing them, but so far, nine hours after applying, it hasn't  creased on me and I'm hoping they arrive on Irish shores soon.  I lashed on a layer of Tarte's Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara which I'm really enjoying using, but need to figure out how to use it properly as it has a two step application process that I only discovered the other day.  I decided I wanted to put something on my waterline, so rooted out the first brown liner I could find, Bourjois' Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in the shade Up and Brown.  Love this stuff.

I decided it was high time to lash on a bit of Anita from NARS' Audacious collection and it's quite possibly the perfect dusky pink lipstick.  It feels nice and light on the lips and worked well with the whole look.  I wasn't paying attention to longevity so will report back once I take notes.

So far so good folks!  If there's anything you'd like to see a full review on first, leave me a comment below and I'll get working on it.  But I think I've chosen well with my new products and I have a tonne more to play with, so this might be a regular series on the blog next year.



  1. Loved your sephora vid karen- watched it last night & gave strong hints to himself that I really wanted the hourglass powder palette from Santa! I also would love the blush trio- love hourglass! Very impressed with maybelline downtown brown,looks like you have multiple shades on- fab smokey eye! Cant wait for your in-depth reviews of these.

  2. Really want those hourglass palettes & the nars concealer - would never have thought of setting it with the 17 powder! Looking fab Mrs!

  3. Love this look - it's right up my street! The bronze-gold eyes really stand out when you use quite a nude lip like that xx

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