Dreamy Picks February 2014

I gladly bid farewell to this past frigid month of February and hello to March. Although it’s already snowed this month and all signs of warmer weather are amiss, I still hold hope for the new approaching season. Snow or not, Springs new beauty Collections are in full bloom. There have been some exciting releases this season and a few already have made it to my list of favorites.

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S.W. Basics Toner – After a stressful couple of weeks my skin did not fair too well. I started to develop a form of Dermatitis on my face. After some research and after testing several treatments, I came across this toner from S.W. Basics. Within a couple of days, my skin cleared up and with continued use, it keeps my Dermatitis at bay. The S.W. Basics toner is sort has been a savior.

Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil – I’ve recently reviewed this products after receiving a sample from Aroma M. I adore this oil so much and have recently picked up the full-sized. (review)

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Incandescent – A recent acquisition from the Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer Collection. This stunning metallic-gold polish, Incandescent, reminds me of the warm days that I am longing for. (review)

By Terry Cover Expert Foundation in #7 – The newest addition to my foundation collection. This might be the ultimate ‘un-makeup’ makeup. While I am still testing, I will be sure to post my thoughts soon.

Gressa Lip Boost in Bare – Probably my most worn lip product as of recent. While it contains gorgeous pigments, it conditions like your favorite balm and it’s all natural to boot. I am never without it. (review)

Hourglass Ambient Blush in Dim Infusion – It’s no surprise that the Ambient Blushes are everywhere, they’re gorgeous. Dim Infusion brings life to my complexion. The formula is beautiful as if it melts into the skin. (review)

What’s on your February Favorites List?

Dreamy Pick February 2013

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Houglass Ambient Lighting Powder – I’ve recently reviewed this ‘hot item’ and have since been using it daily. This yellow-toned setting powder (not to be confused as a highlighter) leaves me with a naturally radiant finish while masking red-tones. (review)

Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask – Another product from Kahina featuring their precious Argan Oil along with rhassoul clay and antioxidants in a potent mask form.  The mask deeply cleanses, conditions and exfoliates skin. I have a review coming soon!

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil – This product has been nothing short of a miracle to my dry skin. I have been hesitant to refer to myself as someone with dry skin since incorporating this oil into my daily routine. The oil absorbs quickly leaving my skin radiant and not in the least bit oily. There are also a million other ways in which I use it. (review)

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #8 ‘Pink in Confidence’ – It’s no secret I have a thing for YSL lipsticks, the Rouge Volupte formulas being one of my favorite. I love this nude-pink shade from their new ‘Shine’ range for every day. (review)

RMS Beauty Un Cover Up – This product has superior concealing capabilities and is chock-full of natural and organic ingredients. So while I can sometimes get away with using this to conceal my under-eye circles I usually require something a bit more potent. Personally my favorite way to use this is as a foundation on my down days or when I want to give my skin some extra TLC. It melts perfectly into the skin providing light coverage with the most natural finish. (review)

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Shadow in Amethyst – These shadow sticks create an easy smokey-look in just a couple of swipes. The lasting ability is quite exceptional and I am simply smitten with the shade Amethyst. (review)

What are some of your favorites this month?

Hourglass Ambeint Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Hourglass has recently released a finishing powder called Ambient Lighting Powder in six shades. I can’t quite recall this much hype surrounding a new release in the beauty world before. Of course I had to see for myself what this magical powder was about. After much debating I’ve finally settled on the shade, ‘Diffused Light’.

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Hourglass Ambient Powder is “a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on the skin. Ambient’s illuminating particles are one of the first ever to exhibit both photoluminescence and color-correcting capabilities.” The six powders come in a variation of shades with different illuminating abilities.

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The powder is finely milled and utterly silky. It contains the finest shimmer that softly reflects light in the most flattering way. I go for an all over face application with this both day and night.

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Diffused Light is a soft, warm yellow power said to reduce redness, eliminate shine and give skin clarity. While the powder is mainly marketed as an all over finishing powder you can certainly use them as a highlighter as I am seeing some people do. The Ambient powder doesn’t have the setting abilities as my usual go-to and I must layer it on top on certain areas especially my under eye. As a person not to keen on powder and its mattifying finish, I am a huge fan of this one.

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Diffused light does not give me a powdery finish but rather a luminescent, ‘lit from within’ look. It softens and blurs imperfections and any color inconsistencies. It works beautifully to diminish any red-tones. This shade worked well for my light complexion and I have tested and approved it on my tanned skin as well.

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Does Hourglass Ambient Powder’s live up to their hype? I say, absolutely! The powder is stunning and has made its way into my everyday routine. Whether I use a tinted moisturizer or a medium foundation Diffused Light works to give me a perfect finish.

The six shades:

  • Diffused Light – reduce redness, eliminate shine, gives skin clarity
  • Ethereal Light – and opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow
  • Radiant Light – extend a summer glow, enhance your overall complexion with a believable subtle warmth (see it reviewed on The Beauty Sample)
  • Mood Light – mimic the softest most-forgiving light and reveal your lightest complexion
  • Dim Light – the perfect balance of warm and cool tones, blur imperfections and bring light to your most radiant complexion (see it reviewed by Glitter Geek)
  • Luminous Light – soft, incandescent candlelit glow (see it reviewed on the beauty look book)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is $45 and available at Sephora and Nordstrom