Lip Envy

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I am obsessed with lip balm, I always have to have at least one on me at all times so this post it dedicated to some of the man  lip balms I own and use on a regular basis.

I’m going out hard to begin with, probably the most frivolous purchase I have ever made it’s the By Terry Baume de Rose – This lip balm is probably the best one I have ever purchased and I tell you what it would want to be for the price tag.  It is so creamy and luxurious on the lips and has a heavenly scent of rose, if my lips are in a dire situation this is the lip balm I head for. Next up is a new one but something that I can see myself getting a lot of use from it’s the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Apricot –  I purchased this the other day thinking it would be incredibly useful to have in my handbag, something that is moisturising yet has a hint of colour.  It has a lovely subtle peachy pink shade and adds a beautiful gloss to the lips.  I also think this will be great for travelling, my lips always get super dry on planes so I’ll definitely have this in my carryon.  Another brilliant all rounder lip balm is the cult classic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – This is an absolute classic for a reason, it does everything!  I use this on my lips every night before I go to bed and know that it will protect them, it also works on my hands and cuticles when they are a bit dry and when my dry flaky patches on my cheeks to add some real moisture and protection.  Now that is a real all rounder isn’t it?  I have also had this one tube for a very long time so you’re really getting your moneys worth with this one!  This next one is a real favourite of mine it’s the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid – I have had a few Lanolips products in the past including their 101 ointment and enjoyed them so much so I knew I would love the Lemonaid lip aid as well.  This is perfect as it is extremely moisturising as well as having little flecks in it which very gently exfoliates the lips which really comes in handy when they are particularly dry.  The smell of this is stunning, it’s so fresh and lemony, just another reason to love it.  Finally I have quite an unusual lip balm it’s the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream – As the name suggests it is a lip cream so the texture is quite thin unlike most balms that are very thick but this cream really sinks into the lips and leave a protective barrier.  What I like to do most with this one is layer it under a thicker balm, that way you get double the moisture.  Again the scent is beautiful, much like all the Aesop products it has a great earthiness to it.

Seeing as I can’t live without lip balm I would love to hear what lip balms you love?

Sarah xxx

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By Terry Baume De Rose here 

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss here

Elizabeth Eight Hour Cream here

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid here

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream here  

Heaven Scents

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I have a confession to make – I am a perfume addict!  I have so many perfumes yet I continue to buy more so I thought I would share with you some of my absolute favourite scents that I reach for on an everyday basis.

First up is a fragrance that has been in my collection for close to ten years it Flora By Gucci – I first purchased this when i was in Hong Kong and went a little cray cray when I saw the prices but I have repurchased this several time since, I have a feeling this will always be in my collection.  This is what I would call a floral yet sweet fragrance with notes of peony and mandarin that gives this a beautiful fresh scent.  I tend towards fresh scents which is why I love this one so much plus it is one that I can still smell on me at the end of the day and the compliments I get aren’t hated either.  Next up is another oldie but a goodie, this is the first grown up perfume I was ever given, its J’adore by Dior – I mean just look at the damn bottle, so elegant and sleek you know its holding a good scent in there!  Again this is quite floral with notes of jasmine and rose which gives the most sophisticated scent and just screams I’m so fancy!  I am almost out of this so I’ve been using it sparingly but whenever I wear it my mother always tells me ‘that’s your scent, I always think I you when I smell that’ which I think is really lovely.  I will definitely be picking this up in duty free when I go to Europe.  Next up is a brand that was quite new to me up until a year ago, the Diptyque Do Son – Surprise, surprise another floral scent, this one contains Tuberose, rose and orange notes giving yet again a fresh scent of floral and and sweet.  I love that this is supposed to represent the scent of seaside Vietnam and really want to go there now, if this is what it smells like then I am in!  I have a whole post dedicated to this beauty so head here if you would like to read it.  Finally I have my newest purchase to join the group, a very extravagant purchase but one I couldn’t go past, it’s the Tom Ford Black Orchid – Again look at this stunning bottle!  Stunning and sophisticated.  This is one of the deepest scents I own, the musky yet floral tones is very modern and glamorous which I just love.  This beauty also lasts on me all day, I can still smell this on me and my clothes at the end of the day which is a real bonus.

What are your favourite scents?  Have you tried any of these perfumes?

Sarah xxx

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Flora by Gucci here

J’adore by Dior here

Diptyque Do Son here

Tom Ford Black Orchid here  

Make Me Blush

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My life would be totally incomplete without blush, I rely on it completely to brighten up my face and make me look alive especially on those less than perfect days!  So today I thought I would share with you my favourite blushes in my collection.

First up is the newest but already one of the most loved in my collection, it’s the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat – Hourglass has killed it lately with their entire ambient lighting range, I have got one from each of their ranges and this blush is probably the most used out of them all!  It is such a natural looking peachy pink shade with a slight shimmer through it as well as the ambient lighting powder running through it with gives the perfect lit from within glow.  This is perfect for those days that I don’t feel so healthy and am in desperate need of that glow!  Next up is a great drugstore find the Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso – One of the beauty worlds favourites!  It again is a beautiful peachy pink shade with a stunning gold shimmer through it, I absolutely love this on a day to day basis to add some colour into make face and with that touch of shimmer I just love the healthy glow it gives off.  I am clearly all about the glow!  Now onto the matte blushes, I picked this one up out of necessity on holidays when I lost my other blush but It turned out to be a lucky surprise.  It’s The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Guava – This is such a super simple pop of pink colour that looks great in the summer to give you a nice flush on the cheeks.  The shade is not super pigmented which is good in this case as you can’t really go overboard with it, no clown face over here!  Another matte love of mine is the Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink – This is a great winter shade, it adds some depth to the face and although it doesn’t look subtle in the pan it definitely looks subtle on the skin.  I often use this when I’m wearing a berry toned lip to keep the same kind of tones in the look.  Finally lets get back to the shimmer, I have been loving the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink – I purchased this beauty as I heard it was a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes and I really think they are!  It’s beautifully creamy like the Hourglass one as well as the two shades running through the blush giving a nice sheen as well as a great depth to the skin.  Now these are not the cheapest drug store blushes in the world but If you don’t want to all out for the Hourglass blush I would definitely recommend these!

So there you go my favourites blushes in my collection!  What are your favourite blushes?  Do you have any of these?

Sarah xxx

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Defused Heat here

Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso here

The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Guava here

Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink here

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink here  

Long Lasting Foundation

As many of my readers know I have quick only skin so I am always on the hunt for the next new foundation that claims to be mattifying and long lasting.  When the L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte foundation came out I knew I had to get my hands on it quickly!  I bought this about 2 months ago now and I really wanted to give it a good old work out before I made my mind up and told all of you what I though about it.  Well I have given it a serious work out and I have to tell you it is a miracle!  First lets talk about the application, I still use a primer so my foundation really has a good chance at lasting then I apply this with my favourite Sigma Flat Top Kabuki.  I really work it into the skin so it looks seamless, it blends super easily and has a brilliant amount of coverage.  As I have fairly patchy blotchy skin so I really needs something that covers all of my red spots and this really does, it one layer it truly evens out my skin tone which also means I don’t need to use as much concealer on my face. Bonus!  Now I have read a few reviews of this and many people don’t seem to use powder with this, but I just can’t do that I need  to know that my t-zone isn’t going to look like a shiny disco ball after a couple of hours so I put a light dusting of powder on my t-zone and it really makes it all stay in place.  This is the most important part – the lasting time!  To truly test this out I wore this on one of my really long days that involves a lot of travelling and walking quite a distance.  I am telling you by the end of the day it was still all there without looking cakey, most days I don’t have a chance to freshen up my makeup I normally just use the cheapo university toilet paper to blot my nose and keep on going.  So the fact that this lasted all day with only minimal oil breakthrough is an absolute miracle to me.  Plus it didn’t cling to my dry patches at the end of the day either!

All in all I think this is definitely my new favourite long lasting matte foundation, I can’t wait to see how this holds up in the summer as well!  I also think this will be a staple in my travel makeup bag, something that is easy to apply and lasts all day without any touch ups, this baby is definitely coming to Europe with me!

Have any of you tried this foundation?  What did you think?

Sarah xxx

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L’oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation here 

Nude Lip Favourites

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Everyone needs a nude lip option in the makeup stash and up until recently I didn’t really have many.  But as usual once I get a taste of one I want them all!  Originally my ideal nude lip was quite a pink one, I never really thought I suited a vert nude lip so I really tended towards the pinky kind.  However, since discovering a few true nudes I can now say I am a nudeaholic!  How scandalous!

My first favourite has to be the one that started it all; the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection – this is a very true nude and I was quite scared at first but after the whole Kylie Jenner 90’s revival I know I needed to give it a go.  I think what I like about this one is it a little darker than the average nude so It doesn’t wash me out plus these lip pencils are divine!  They are so creamy and non drying that they are comfortable on the lips all day.  The next true nude I have literally just purchased in the last couple of week but boy oh boy do I love it!  It’s the Clinique Pop in Nude Pop – This is quite a sheer nude colour which is bloody brilliant for everyday wear, I think it looks best with a lip liner underneath to make it last longer as well as add an extra oomph to it.  Another nudie rudie is the Essence Long-lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty – This is the perfect slap on and go nude, its got a great amount of pigment that you can easily see it on your lips plus it’s a lovely formula that nice and creamy.  I’m not quite sure of their long lasting claims but it’s easy enough to reapply without a mirror.

Now it’s time to talk about the pinky nudes that I still use on a daily basis.  Let’s start on one that has continuously reappeared on my blog it’s the NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey – I adore this and I tell you what I think it has been blog at least once a month since I started.  It just goes with absolutely any look imaginable and I know that when this does eventually run out it will be an immediate repurchase.  Finally, the last pinky nude I adore is the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Peony- This is actually quite similar to the NYX lipstick however, it does last a tad longer, and is possible a little bit paler.  Again this goes with any look and is super duper easy to apply with the sponge applicator.

So there you go, my favourite nude lipstick.  I hope there are a few options for everyone and for those who like me don’t suit every nude out there.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks?

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Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil here

Clinique Pop in Nude Pop here

Essence Long-Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty here

NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey here

Too Face Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony here  

Bronze Goddess

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Even though here in Australia we are still in the cold depths of winter a girl can dream of the beautiful summer times that lay ahead, so in my haste to get to summer I though I would share with you my favourite products to get the beautiful bronze goddess look.

The first product which I believe is key to the bronzey look is beautiful glowy skin.  Now as I am an oily skinned lass it is not possible for me to use the sheer luminous glowy foundations that most people like to use during the summer, if did that my makeup would be running down my face by 10am.  What I like to do to add some glow is add an illuminator either as a base or mixed in with my mattifying foundation.  I love the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare LIght – Even when used underneath foundation this gives a beautiful lit from within glow that just screams its summer and I’m a bronze goddess!  As well as a lit from within glow I also like to have a bit of somethin somethin on top to give me the perfect bronze glow, option 1 here is liquid bronzer the one that I love is the Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel in Desert Sun – Now I don’t use this all over my face but I do like to use it where I would normally use a powder bronzer in the places the sun would naturally hit.  This looks kind of scary when you squeeze it out of tube, its dark with gold shimmer through it.  But once you blend it into the skin it looks beautiful and natural leaving a bronzy glow and not a muddy brown look.  Now if you’re going for the all out, I’m bronzed and I know it look, then you can always add a little bit of the Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Light – Ever since I purchased this last month I have been using it non stop, even though it’s winter I want to glow so bad!  Now as I said you can use this over the top of the Bobbi Brown bronzer but that could be a little bit over the top, but this bronzer on its own is absolutely stunning.  I’m normally one to go for a matter bronzer however, when this beauty came along I new I had to try it, it just adds that extra depth to you skin whilst giving you a healthy glow or the ‘I’ve just come back from holiday look which can’t be beaten.

For me a bronze goddess look can not be complete without a gold/bronzey smokey eye.  For this I love using the Urban Decay Naked Palette – This cannot be beaten for all the bronzey gold shades looks ever.  I have been using this a lot lately due to my palette challenge so I have been giving my bronze looks a really workout.  I love using the gold shade half baked all over the lid with the matte brown, buck, in the crease and the dark brown, smog, to add even more depth to the crease.  I also love to use Makeup Geek’s Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand – I don’t know how they do it but this is the creamiest most pigmented bronze shade I have ever worked with, I just wear this alone on the lid sometimes and it looks like I have worked really hard perfecting a bronze smokey eye, this shade plus a the perfect crease shade, some brown eyeliner and lashings of mascara and your eye look is done!  Another honourable mention is Mac’s Tempting – Another shimmery bronze colour that looks great all over the lid.

What I love most about the combination of these products is the beautiful healthy look that it gives you.  You can feel like rubbish and look like you are glowing from within!  Who wouldn’t love that?

What are your got to products to look and feel like a bronze goddess?

Sarah xxx

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Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare here

Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel in Desert Sun here

Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Light here

Urban Decay Naked Palette here

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand here

Mac Eyeshadow in Tempting here

Fail Safe Lip Combo

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I would like to quickly apologise for the lack of posts last week, with a combination of the flu and the beginning of uni I was either in bed or in class.  But I will be back to normal from now on!

Who doesn’t love a good old fail safe lip combo?  Something that goes with a smokey eye, something that looks casual when you don’t want to look too done up, something that you can just slap on and know you’ve made the right choice.  For me this is definitely the combo that always saves my life.  First I start by lining my lips with the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob – This is the perfect pinky nude shad that I just love, its kind of a my lips but better, the great thing about his lip liner is that it is completely opaque so it gives a great cover on the lips and also means I can overdraw them without it looking totally noticeable which for my upper lip is an absolute godsend.  On top of that I use the NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey – Now if you have ever read my blog before this lipstick will not be new to you at all!  I absolutely adore this colour and formulation of this lipstick, its matte which is my favourite kind of lippy plus the colour is my perfect pinky nude shade.  I am getting a lot better with wearing proper nudes but this kind of pinky dusty nude I think definitely compliments my skin tone a lot more than a regular brown nude.  As I said previously this lip combo goes with absolutely any look, I challenge you to find a look it doesn’t go with!  As well as it looking fab with anything it also lasts the distance, with the combo of the lip liner and the matte formulation of the lipstick it really grabs to the lips with out moving.  Earlier in the year I wore this combo to a wedding in the wine region of the Hunter Valley, it was hot out there and I mean HOT so as you may have guessed I was drinking a lot and I tell you what, this did not budge!  It lasted all day with just a little touch up after dinner.  This was the final hint that this lip combo was the one for me, something that looks fantastic as well as having a very long wear time.  And I mean both of these products being of the drugstore variety is even more of a bonus!

Have you go a fail safe lip combo?  Have you tried either of these product?

Sarah xxx

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Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob here

NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey here

July Favourites

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I honestly cannot believe that it is the end of July, it feels like only yesterday that I got home from India and went back to uni.  Now I’m in my last semester and have to grow up and get and adult job, gulp!!  Moving on, it’s time to share with you my monthly favourites!

First up is a favourite due to a little challenge i have set myself, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a palette challenge. I set myself this challenge to use all of my palettes for three weeks straight in order to get more use out of them and find some awesome new looks.  So as you may have guessed I started out with a staple in my palette collection, the Urban Decay Naked Palette – I love this palette, you can literally do any look you with ever need with this beauty right here.  I’ve been loving using this for the month and I have been experimenting with different combinations and looks, you can check up on my progress on my Instagram follow me at @bellusbeautyblog.  I’ve been posting my makeup looks and what shades I have been wearing.  You can also read the original palette challenge blog post here.

Next up is a foundation that I will always love but I absolutely adore in winter, it’s the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 – This is one of the first really expensive foundations I had ever purchased and was not disappointed one little bit! I did get it when I was in Hong Kong which made it a little bit cheaper thank god!  I’ve been getting a bit of use out of it this winter when I’ve been wearing a bold red lip, I like to have a nice glowy skin when I wear a red lip so it looks a bit more modern than the severely matte skin that I normally associate with a red lip.  Even though I have super oily skin this stays put all night long and doesn’t separate at all which is all the more reason to love it!  I’m so glad I have a back up of this for when it runs out, I don’t think I could go long without it!

So as you may have read in a previous post I purchased my first ever lipgloss a few weeks ago and boy am I happy!  The one that grabbed me is the Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait – This really does have high colour, as someone who is much more comfortable with the colour payoff of lipsticks I was pleasantly surprised that you could clearly see the colour on my lips.  This shade is a very natural dusty pink which I have been known to love ahem, NYX Audrey, and it’s just a great alternative to a matte lip look plus it is super easy to apply on the go.  If you would like to read my full blog post on this beauty you can find it here.

  

The next two favourite are not beauty related but I know I couldn’t do a favourites post without including them.  The first one is my brand spanking new camera, its the Olympus Pen E-PL7 – This camera is the new love of my life!  I don’t know what I was thinking just taking photos with just an iPhone when I could have something as fantastic as this.  So hopefully you have noticed that my photography game has stepped up a notch as I have been trying to get a little bit more creative as well as the quality been a thousand times better!  Now I didn’t just get this camera from my blog, I thought it would be a brilliant yet portable sized camera to take with me to Europe in January.

  

Now the other non beauty favourite is Tanya Burr’s Cookies – I swear since I discovered this amazing recipe I haven’t stopped baking them for friends and family, I even baked them yesterday for my mothers work do.  These cookies are so rich and indulgent and mighty full of chocolate that I just can’t get enough of them.  The reason they are so indulgent may be due to the fact that they have one whole block of chocolate in them!  I have been using Cadbury’s Salted Caramel or Crunchie block, they are both delicious and when they are baked they go al soft and gooey! Yum!  You can find the recipe here.

So there you have it, another months and another favourites!  I don’t want to wish the year away however, it do really want this last semester to be over as well as get my travelling on to Europe!  What have been your July Favourites??

Sarah xxx

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Urban Decay Naked Palette here

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here

  Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait here

Olympus Pen E-PL7 Camera here

Tanya Burr Cookie Recipe here  

Pinky Peach Perfection

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My love for pinky peach anything knows no bounds, I cannot even begin to tell you how many lipsticks I have in this shade it’s almost embarrassing yet when I’m at the shops I still go straight for them.  I thought I would share with you my favourite pink peach lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes – if I wanted to do a complete pinky peach look these are the products I would use.

First up is a new Item to my collection the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat – I adore this blush so much, it adds a natural flush to the cheeks as well as adding a youthful glow from the subtle shimmer in it.  I had a few choices when picking the shade of this product but I just knew I would not be disappointed with this peachy shade!  Another blush that I love for this kind of look is Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso – This is a definite favourite in the beauty world and I do not disagree one little iota!  Again it looks natural and the gold shimmer gives a beautiful lit from within glow to your face.

For the eyes I can’t go past the Sleek I Divine Palette in Oh So Special – This has a beautiful mixture of shades and some the are absolutely perfect for a pinky peach look.  When I use this I love taking the darkest matte peach shade in the crease and the pinky peach glitter shade all over the lid.  For me I really benefit from these shades, they make my eyes look a lot brighter and a lot greener, another reason to love the pinky peach vibe!

Now for lip colour, as I said I have a bazillion pinky peach options but I somehow managed to keep it down to two for this post. First up is Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 16 – I love this lipstick for an everyday option, it just goes with everything!  This lipstick was even used on all of us bridesmaids in my brothers wedding!  Plus it looks bloody awesome with a complete pinky peach look especially paired with the Hourglass blush  My second pick for lips is the Revlon Colorburst Lip butter in Sweet Tart – I love the formula of these lip products, they have a lot of pigment plus they are super moisturising and comfortable on the lips.  This shade is slightly more pink than the Kate Moss counterpart however, it definitely still has that beautiful peach vibe to it which looks perfect with this look.

So there are my go to products for the perfect pinky peach look!   How do you feel about the pinky peach shade?

Sarah xxx

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat here

Milani Baked Powder Blush Luminoso here

Sleek I Divine in Oh So Special here

Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 16 here

My Ambient Lighting Family

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Its finally happened, I’ve got the set and I now have my full ambient lighting family!  It’s taken my quite a long time but I am absolutely loving the ambient lighting collection.  It all started when the Ambient Lighting Powder came into existence, I jumped on in straight away and got the shade Diffused Light – now this shades looks super white however, it does not cast a whiteness on my face at all.  Now this makes my skin look like its airbrushed, it diffuses any fine lines and kind of diffuses my pores which is bloody awesome!  Now the next two I added to my collection at the same time, I had been eyeingg off the blushes for quite some time but for some reason I just couldn’t justify the money (this coming from a girl who spent $80 on a lip balm) but when I tested the bronzer I knew I had to have the set.  First let’s talk about the blush, this is in the shade Diffused Heat – the light colour powder is the perfect match to Diffused Light so it blends in completely onto the face, the colour is the perfect pinky peach shade which looks stunning on the cheeks at gives me that fresh rosy cheek look.  But I tell you what, my absolute favourite out of them all is the new bronzer!  I purchased the shade Luminous Bronze Light – these babies are pigmented and I mean PIGMENTED!  When I am fake tan free I only need to slightest swipe of this to make a real impact however, when I have got fake tan on I really like to go to town with this to achieve a real bronze goddess look.  I just love how this bronzer makes you look alive without being muddy or orangey and it gives you a glow without looking like a disco ball.  I love this in winter so now imagine how much I am going to love it in summer!  With a combination of the blush and bronzer there is literally now need for any highlighting!

So there is a little insight into my Hourglass Ambient Lighting family, have you tried any or all of these products?

Sarah xxx

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Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light here

Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat here

Ambient Lighting Luminous Bronzer Light here