Brand Spotlight – Hourglass | March 21

Brand Spotlight – Hourglass | March 21

Hourglass is known for its luxury yet does everything it claims to, products, particularly its face products as it aims to mix beauty with science. The holy trinity which gives the ultimate glow, in every light, that still looks natural. The brand has become one of my favourites in recent years and has introduced me to some of my most loved products.

Ambient Lighting Powder

Probably the most famous Hourglass product, the ambient lighting powder which will set you back £45 and is the most loved item in my make-up bag. No word of a lie, from sitting at the counter in Liberty, this product changed my life. Coming in 6 shades, this buttery, illuminating powder is like walking around with a filter on. It just makes you look better. You can wear this on it’s own or over your make-up, it soften, conceals, and gives you a healthy, soft glow that works in every light. It comes in six different shades, I’m pretty fair and I wear Dim Light. I won’t let this product run out with re-purchasing, I love it. If you’re going to buy one, let it be this one.

Ambient Lighting Bronzer

This is the dreamiest bronzer which has many of the properties of the ambient lighting powder, but with a multi-tonal, sun kissed glow. In two minutes, you look like you’ve had a week in the sun. It’s so natural looking when the light hits your face. I’m pretty fair, and I purchased this in Diffused Bronze Light (light/medium) and it’s a great colour for me. At £49, it is pricey but it lasts really well and you don’t use a lot of product. The packing is pretty sturdy and touch wood, I’ve never dropped it but I think it would fare pretty well.

Ambient Lighting Blusher

The third, and final product in creating the ultimate glow. I use this in Incandescent Electra which is a cool peachy colour which still has a light pink glow. I haven’t loved a blush as much since Tanya Burr’s Peonies Please and I’m so happy I discovered this. Like the above products, it has a blurring effect which smooths your skin. This is buildable and has creates a natural looking, multi-dimensional look with the littlest effort. The full size would set you back £38 but my tip would be to buy the travel size, it’s £24 and you get so much product- it lasts for ages.

Arch Brow Shaping Gel

My holy grail brow gel is a Charlotte Tilbury one so I wasn’t sure how much I would like this because I’m used to a very fine wand, where as this is much thicker. The wand has multiple lengths so with a bit of practice, you can get all the fine hairs and use the longer bristles to add volume into the thicker parts of your eyebrows. I don’t use this as an everyday brow gel, but I do like it when I’m going out. It certainly gives volume and it stays in place all day.

Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

This is the only product that I’m not crazy, in love with… and it might be me. Firstly, to disclaim, I have incredibly long, dark eyelashes (by far my best feature) so I don’t need, or ask for much in a mascara. I’m a fan of a No.7 brown mascara that separates my lashes, keeps them out of my eyes and is easy to come off. This nourishes your lashes and it subsequently has a somewhat waxy texture and it’s not the easiest to come off. I do like the look but I feel like you could create the same look with a high street product. It does have rave reviews, so it could possibly just be me.

My Hourglass Wish List

The products next on my list to try is the Veil Soft Focus Setting Spray, the Femme Nude Lip Stylo, the Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint and the Veil Powder Brush. As a brand, it’s pricey so trying new products is a bit of a treat but I normally hold off until there’s 20% off or Space.NK sometimes do £10 off a £40/50 pound spend, then I go in.

Please let me know if you’ve tried any of the products, or are going to try any based on my recommendations. Equally, if you’d recommend any products or brands as a spotlight feature, please let me know in the comments below.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is one of my favourite holidays, I absolutely adore spoiling my mum and this is the perfect opportunity. I am normally super prepared and have a gift organised early in the year, so thought I’d share a few suggestions to give you some inspiration. I appreciate not everyone is as lucky as myself and may have lost their mum or have a difficult relationship so find this day hard. Mother’s Day doesn’t need to just be about a mum, it’s about showing someone you appreciate all they do for you be that a gran, auntie, friend, step-mum, dad, anyone.

If your mum needs some R&R time, why not gift her a book? One I’ve recently read is Because of You by Dawn French which is a story about motherhood. In the early hours of the millennium, two women give birth but only one goes home with a baby. It’s a heartbreaking yet heartwarming story, the narrative is beautiful and it’s a really great read. You can pick this up in larger supermarkets or on Amazon.

My approach with gifts for my mum, is things she would never buy herself. Something that is really lovely and indulgent is the Neom Real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment Candle. You light the candle while you’re in a relaxing bubble bath or just before you go for a shower, then blow it out and use the wax as a body oil. It will leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated and the scent to relax will linger for the rest of the evening to put you in a calm state, ready for sleep. I’ve had this candle before and it’s worth every penny. At £40, it is expensive but you’re getting two products in one. It’s a real treat.

If you want to show your mum she’s your best friend, this Monica Vinader Linear Solo Friendship Diamond Bracelet is a step up from the pasta friendship bracelet you would’ve made her as an infant. I bought this for my mum last year and it went down a treat. It’s delicate, stylish, suits all tastes and can be engraved complimentary if you want to make it that little bit more personal. MV is my favourite jewellery brand and a big reason for that is their ethical sourcing and 5 year warranty. If in a few years it’s looking a bit battered, they’ll repair or replace it for free. This is £80 but keep an eye out for flash sales as this is normally included in them.

While no-one is going anywhere right now, if your mum is anything like mine, she’ll travel with lots of jewellery. My mum loves to accessorise and over the years has build up a lovely collection which you don’t want rolling around at the bottom of a make-up bag in transit. Katie Loxton have designed a beautiful One in a Million Jewellery Roll with dedicated compartments for jewellery. Be quick with this one, it’s currently on sale for £17.49 at John Lewis & Partners.

Caring for your hands has never been more talked about than in the last twelve months. In the cold british winters, I rely on hand cream and I also think it’s make a really lovely, thoughtful gift. For indulgence, Molton Brown have some decliciously smelling, rich but not greasy handcreams including this Heavenly Gingerlilly which is £10. If you want to go extra indulgent, what about Jo Malone English Pear & Fresia hand cream which at £25 for 30ml? This is one of my favourite Jo Malone ranges and is a perfect spring fragrance.

If you’re thinking along the lines of a sweet treat, M&S Swiss Truffle Chocolate Assortment for £8, she’ll be eating a mixture of milk and dark chocolate truffles for days. In my eyes, these are better than Lindor truffles and are so very morish. M&S chocolate is Throrntons chocolate which is my favourite, a hidden gem.

If you’re still stuck for idea’s, you could make your mum a gift box with all of her favourite little things, the supermarkets normally have nice little Mother’s Day trinkets and you could include things like bath bombs, photographs, hot chocolate, face masks, slippers, soap, or other bits and bobs depending on what your mum likes. I assure you this will go down a treat because it’s so thoughtful and personal- which is really what Mother’s Day is all about!

To make the day a bit more special, and since it’s unlikely we’ll be going out for lunch this year, you could make your mum a special afternoon tea to share and spend some quality time together. If you’re not a baker, lots of cafe’s are doing afternoon tea boxes for Mother’s Day this year.

Let me know if you think any of the above are good idea’s, if you have any idea’s of your own or if you are a small business owner and have anything that would be a good Mother’s Day gift, please leave your links below.