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Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blusher in Iridescent Flash Review

Hi everyone,

One product that I have been so excited to try recently is the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting blusher, which I picked up at Sephora when I was in LA. I cannot tell you how long this blusher has been on my wish list but at £32 a pop the price tag has always put me off. So was it worth it I hear you ask?

Well, a bit about the product itself first…. This blusher is a combination of the Ambient Strobe Lighting powder with a blush shade running through it which Hourglass say will provide it with that ‘glow from within’ look.

There are four shades available and I chose the shade Iridescent Flash which is a lovely magenta shade blended with the Iridescent Strobe Light powder. I really love the colour itself which provides a lovely, natural flush to the cheeks but is buildable if you want a stronger look.

I have to say though, that from previous reviews I have read and from the description of the product, I was expecting this blusher to provide a lot more of a glow. I was a little confused and disappointed to find that actually it wasn’t as ‘glowing’ as I thought it was going to be and although it still does add more dimension than many blushers, I wasn't blown away by it. Even in my swatch photo I think it looks like it has quite a glow about it but it isn't quite the same when applied all over the cheeks somehow.

Another slight disappointment I had was with the formula, which is really quite powdery. This is a bit of a pet hate of mine as I really don’t like it when a product gets everywhere and sadly this is a bit of an issue with this blusher.

I don't think this photo shows fully how powdery the blusher is but hopefully it gives you an idea.
Overall, I do like this product but I don’t think I would rush to buy another which I know may be quite a controversial opinion! I'm sure there are people screaming at their screen wondering what I am talking about but for me this blusher just wasn't what I was expecting. I would like to try some other products from Hourglass as mostly I have heard nothing but good things about them – maybe I had just too high expectations with this one.

Have you tried any Hourglass products? What did you think of them?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


June Empties

Hi everyone,

I’m back today with another empties post as I have been quite good recently at saving all my empty packaging for these types of posts! I have also been using products up before I replace them which has meant that I have got to the end of more than I normally would and I am able to share my thoughts on them here with you guys.

Simple face wipes are quite a boring one and are something that I always keep stocked up on. I like them for just going over my face after I have cleansed to double check that I have removed all my makeup thoroughly and they are also great for on the go and freshening up.

The Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion is another product that I always include in my routine. It can be harsh on the skin if you use too much so I literally use a 1p sized amount and gently wipe it all over my face. It acts as a chemical exfoliator to remove any dry skin and helps tackle blemishes.

Benefit Porefessional is another long standing favourite of mine and I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it. It is silicone based but I really like the way it smooths out the appearance of my skin and helps my makeup stay in place all day. 

I never ever use up blushers but I finally came to the end of my Nars blushers in Lustre and Orgasm. I have already repurchased both which just goes to show how much I like them. Lustre is a golden shade while Orgasm is a pink with golden shimmer running through it but both give the most gorgeous glow to my cheeks.

I received this Champneys body lotion in a gift set and I have absolutely loved using it. The pump top started my obsession with lotions that come in this type of packaging – so much easier to use and less mess! The scent was gorgeous too and I just felt like it was one of those product that feel extra special when you apply them.

Speaking of products that make you feel extra special, if you have been reading my posts recently you may have picked up that I have enjoyed using nicer shower products. This mango shower gel from The Body Shop smells good enough to eat and is great for helping to wake me up in the morning with it being so refreshing.

The Seventeen Doll’d Up mascara and Benefit They’re Real eyelash primer are products that I have been using alongside each other recently. I used to love the Seventeen mascara but I haven’t used it in a while and I was really unimpressed with it this time round. It did nothing to lengthen my lashes at all which is why I ended up trying the They’re Real eyelasher primer underneath to try and give them a boost. The eyelash primer worked wonders and I was so pleased as without it I would have thrown the Doll’d Up mascara away. Having said that, I don’t think I would purchase the They’re Real eyelash primer again and would instead just buy a better mascara in the first place!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'd love to know in the comments which products you have been using up recently. Have you tried any of the ones I have mentioned here?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth Body Lotion Review

Hi everyone,

Recently I have been having trouble with dry, itchy skin which has forced me to be good and use my body lotions and butters more often. Normally, I am really bad at doing this, especially in winter when it is just so cold when you get out the shower and all you want to do is cosy up in your pyjamas! However, seeing the benefits of doing it more regularly has meant that I have stuck with it and now my skin feels in much better condition.

One of the body lotions that I have treated myself to recently is the Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth. The lotion contains ingredients such as sweet almond oil, rosehip seed, shea butter and mango peel extract and has the Mist You Madly scent. I ordered this online and hadn’t smelt it before but I wasn’t worried as I usually really like Soap & Glory scents. I have to say though that although this scent is pleasant enough, it wouldn’t have been my first choice for a body lotion had I smelt it beforehand. I tend to be drawn to more fruity fragrances for shower products and body lotions and the Mist You Madly scent is quite floral as it contains freesia, magnolia, vanilla and musk.

One major plus to the Soap & Glory body lotions for me is that they come with a pump. I really like this as it means less mess and I don’t get it all up my nails like I do when scooping out a body butter! The lotion itself is described as being ‘ultra rich’ and does have a fairly thick texture which takes a little longer to sink in than some of my others that have a lighter formula (as to be expected).  The results are worth it though as my skin always feels so soft when I wake up in the morning and regular use of this lotion has meant my skin has felt so much more hydrated and less tight and itchy.

I will definitely continue to use the Soap & Glory body lotions going forward but I do think I will choose one with a different scent next time as this one is just a little too floral for me. If you guys have any recommendations please let me know in the comments :)

Have you tried any of the Soap & Glory body lotions? What did you think of them?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx