’tis an Up Close and Poresonal, my friends! where I do a thorough wear test, show you how the complexion product performs on my face with regular check-ins and no filters (should go without saying, but ’tis what ’tis), and at the end of the day compare the product’s performance against its claims. I’m the only test subject, so it’s as subjective as it comes, but if you have tastes and concerns similar to mine, maybe you can infer some useful conclusions.
for reference: my skin is combination/oily, smooth in texture bar the pores, with occasional hormonal breakouts (which have been mostly under control), hyperpigmentation (which I like to cover) and worn like a 42 year old skin can be – so yes, some wrinklage.
I prefer a natural/satin/luminous finish but without feeling too sticky or slide-y, a versatile medium coverage that can be sheered down or built up without caking, and, being an analog human who lives life in the non-digital world, I crave for long-wearing power (10 hours is my gold standard) and fading with dignity instead of a frazzled break down. I don’t mind a learning curve nor adjusting some steps to make it perfect, but at the end of the day it has to be worth my time and money, and, more importantly, if it’s not compatible with my sunscreen, it’s the end of the road for us.
so hop on the video and enjoy a day spent with the Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation.
I have shade 7, but I always advise doing some swatches and tests in store whenever possible and, even better, getting some samples and try before committing.
At the time of this post, the best price I found for it was £46 (around 52€) at Cult Beauty.
Being face to face with so many products/brands I only come across online, I HAD to feast on all the beautiful things, bring some “Wishlist” items and fall into some new exciting (not very famous) products
the names in these things don’t even leave room for the rest of the title…
this is an Up Close and Poresonal, my friends! where I do a thorough wear test, show you how the complexion product performs on my face with regular check-ins and no filters (should go without saying, but ’tis what ’tis), and at the end of the day compare the product’s performance against its claims. I’m the only test subject, so it’s as subjective as it comes, but if you have tastes and concerns similar to mine, maybe you can infer some useful conclusions.
I love single eyeshadows – they allow you to create your own colour stories and palettes, are great for travelling, and you can pick individual shades to customise your collection without the bulk and redundancy of buying pre-made palettes.
nowadays many brands provide magnetised palettes, from which you can pop out the eyeshadows and use them as singles, so I decided to compare my singles to those “pop-able” shades… it took me more time and effort, but I ended up with a far more accurately curated selection of my truly favourite and unique shades.
on this video, I’m focusing on the bright colours.
yes, my make up reset is a main priority in my life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get some new things to play with once in a while, mainly things that have been on my Wishlist for quite some time and I couldn’t get out of my head ;)
another stage of my Make Up Reset is done: I’ve gone through all my blushes and decluttered over half of them. I usually say I’m not a blush person, but dang, have I accumulated so many throughout recent years…
don’t forget, if you know of the perfect dupe for the colours Dusk (Glossier Cloud Paint) and Thrrrob (Benefit Boxed Blushes), let me know!
*note: I keep some products that are obviously over their “use by” timeline, but these are for personal use only and I keep track of what not to borrow to friends. I also get rid of anything that has changed texture, colour or scent, of course, since those are great giveaways that the preservative system has definitely subsided. in recent years, with the advent of misinformation and fear-mongering marketing taking precedent over formulation, preservative systems aren’t nearly as safe, long-lasting or reliable as they used to be, so keep that in mind when buying new things too quickly… all the products that don’t get to be relocated to new homes will be emptied out, their components will be separated and recycled as much as possible.