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Hourglass, you have outdone yourselves.

April 23rd, 2014 · Beauty, Emma's Thoughts

Blush-a-holics, this one is for you.

By now, I’m sure that most of us have swooned over the hybrid glory that is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, a finely milled mixture of blush pigment and light deflecting powder. After becoming a huge fan of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder this winter, this new product launch was highly anticipated. The promo images sung to me. Reminiscent of my beloved MAC MSFs, but with less shimmer and better color payoff. With six shades to choose from, I went with the punchy coral Diffused Heat.

If you are familiar with the Ambient powders, here’s a trick to decode your color choices when it comes to the blush: pay attention to the names. Diffused Heat is swirled with Diffused Light to add warmth (hello glow!), Mood Exposure contains Mood Light to brighten, Radiant Magenta comes mixed with Radiant Light, and so forth. The Ambient blushes are designed to work as a team with the Ambient powders, to color correct on-the-spot, and offer your face depth and dimension thanks to the unique composition of these pigments.

The packaging is on point, no?

This is a warmer blush, but it still works very well on my cool, fair skin. I’m convinced that this color will look stunning on everyone (much like our favorite peachy pink pick from NARS). My favorite brush to use with this is the MAC 187 stippling brush, because it offers a truly goof-proof application. Swirl, tap, stipple and blend. I love how versatile Diffused Heat is– you can wear a sheer flush for a barely-there look, or build it up to beautiful vibrant poppy coral.

Product wear time is fantastic; this baby does not budge for a full 8 to 10 hours, at least. Hourglass blushes are a bit on the pricier side at $35, but a compact will last you a long time. You probably won’t finish it.

I’m convinced I need more of these in my collection. I think Mood Exposure might be up next– I don’t own much in the way of soft plum…

As I like to say: you can never have too much blush.

xoxo, Emma

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The Body Shop, revisited.

April 20th, 2014 · Beauty, Emma's Thoughts

If you can believe this, up until a few weeks ago I had yet to experience the glory that is The Body Shop‘s body butter. I blame this on two things: 1. the surplus of other lotions and potions currently living in my linen closet, aka my beauty hoarding closet, and 2. the retail outpost closest to me is located in a mall that I hardly frequent, and thus my opportunities for impulse shopping are nil. I will say though, after making the trip back out to The Body Shop? I will absolutely be back.

I fully intended on only purchasing one tub of body butter, but this quickly turned into three, as the scents were SUPER delectable. I could not decide. As a bonus, I had a Groupon to redeem ($30), plus the body butters were on sale. I purchased two (including one giant 13.5 oz tub) and got one for free.

Raspberry is a brand new scent for spring, and it is the first one I dug into. This stuff is AMAZING. So rich and moisturizing. It’s actually the only product I have been able to apply to cleanly shaven legs without experiencing some sort of stinging/red reaction. That is huge to me.

The smell is heaven, fresh raspberries. Not fake. Not overly sweet. I want to eat it. Because of this, I also have my eye on the raspberry body scrub– it resembles jam!

The other two scents I picked up: peach (which smells again, like real, fresh peaches off a tree) and coconut. I love everything coconut, so this one was a no-brainer. All three butters have a very thick texture; if you flip the tub upside down, the product is not going anywhere. Note that this is not the case of every Body Shop body butter, some are formulated for less-dry skin types, and are more of a lotion consistency. I recommend popping into the store to test them out and make sure you get a texture that is right for you. Personally, I love the super thick buttah. If you are going for body butter, I say go all out.

My coconut tub is twice the size! A bargain at $25, as the 6.7 oz. tub runs $20.

I plan on working through these one at a time to keep things fresh. Peach is likely up next.

Do yourself a favor and go smell these. There are dozens of other scents too, if one of these is not your cup o’ tea. The Body Shop’s body butters are hard to beat!

Bonus: the entire Body Shop stock is 40% off until April 21st. HOP TO IT!

xoxo, Emma

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Baume de Rose: worth the splurge?

April 16th, 2014 · Beauty, Emma's Thoughts

There is a class of beauty product that we all know as the “vanity piece”. No pun intended here, these products are meant for display.

They sit, beautiful both in packaged form and unboxed, happily on your bathroom counter, bedside table, or vanity. Propped up as little luxuries. They are the petite accent shelf to your functional bookcase.

By Terry’s Baume de Rose is my latest splurge in this category. Naturally, I have lusted over it for years, curious about the hype. The reviews that I have both watched and read mostly place it on a pedestal. This, of course, only made me want it more. However, I could never justify the price. Fifty-nine dollars for 0.35 oz of lip balm is a hell of a lot.

But in the name of both indulgence and blogging, I finally splurged. Sneaky caveat: I redeemed $50 worth of Birchbox points, so that price stung a lot less.

I will say this: Baume de Rose smells incredible. It smells like a million rose petals, carefully pressed. (That probably did happen.) If you enjoy rose scents, you will eat this up. It is a good lip balm. It feels moisturizing on the lips, has SPF 15, and is sticky enough to stay put for hours without being overly tacky. The texture is along the lines of a MAC Tendertone if that helps you visualize it– and I think you know of my love for Tendertones. The packaging screams luxury– weighty frosted glass with a gilded lid.

Baume de Rose on the lips

Will I repurchase? Probably not. Baume de Rose is very nice, but it is not leaps and bounds better than other far less expensive lip products. I will certainly enjoy this pot, though, while it lasts. I will also secretly admit to you that I am keen on trying Dior Crème de Rose someday (insert face of shame). Which at $27, is a bargain compared to By Terry. For a cheaper rose fix, stick with good ol’ Smith’s Rosebud Salve, for $6. For a closer dupe with a creamy pink finish? Your pick is Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé Kiss, for only $2.99. I own and adore both of these.

Have you tried Baume de Rose, or any other By Terry products? Let me know how you like them!

xoxo, Emma


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