The Spending Spree: HOURGLASS Cosmetics


The very lovely and super talented Laura Janes, Creative Director for Hourglass, came over to our little island for a weekend to show us Hourglass junkies just how it’s done, so of course I booked in at Liberty for an appointment.  

Yes, there was a small (£25) booking fee, which was refundable against purchase, but I couldn’t see that being a problem. I’ll admit, for a brief moment, I wondered what else from Hourglass I could possibly buy? I already have the Veil Primer, Veil Foundation, Superficial Bronzer, mascara, lipstick (or two), lip glosses and lip stains (or three), Vol 6 Eye Palette, (full post HERE), smaller Visonaire Eye Shadow Duo palette….. you get the picture?

So this is (some of) what I already own from Hourglass…actually, there’s also a cheeky little foundation brush that’s a little camera shy and not in the picture!

But that’s never stopped me before, so why should it this time round?  In any case, I’d been hankering after the new No.28 Primer and I knew there’d be more to collect! 

So here’s what’s on my face…i.e.what I bought…!
Clockwise from top: Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo in Dune, Hidden Corrective Concealer in Warm, Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Rouge, No.28 Primer Serum and Trace Lip Liner in Secret. I was given a mini size of the Film Noir Mascara, because they love me so much!


After applying the new primer and the foundation with the kabuki brush, and a little concealer under the eyes,  we decided on a daytime smokey eye, using a green eye shadow duo palette called Dune, consisting of gold and green, (with a little pop of purple thrown in at the end for good, smoked-out measure).

Black eyeliner literally just along the lash line defined the eyes and just the lightest touch of mascara was the finishing touch on my peepers.

Picture on right taken with flash, the two on the left taken without flash
I LOVE THIS LIPSTICK!!!

Cheeks were defined with the barest minimum of cream blusher, and then the holy grail of lipsticks reared its head – finding the right nude for my skintone.  Finally, after trying just about every nude shade in the current line-up, Laura whipped a lipstick out of her personal make-up bag and ta-dah!! My perfect nude! Called Perfect, no less! Serendipity, you may think and who would blame you? Sadly you’d be wrong.  For the time being, at least, anyway.  This “Perfect” shade won’t be available here in the UK until much later this month, but you can bet I’ve got my name down for it, and I’m waiting for that call from the girls at the make-up counter…!

And there you have it.  Needless to say, I bought most of what Laura used on my face, but isn’t that always the way.

If you feel you’re make-up is stuck in a time-warp, or you just don’t have the confidence to try something new, a mini-makeover by a make-up artist can be a breath of fresh air.  Choose a make-up counter that you are already familiar with and know that you like their make-up and you never know what you might be persuaded to try.  

Take me for example. I was truly stuck in a rut with my failsafe brown or black smokey eye and the myriad of coloured eyeshadows lining my dressing table drawers never saw the light.  Now, I’m no longer scared of using a little more colour.  I also learned some better brush techniques that make all the difference.

Try it out.  You’ve hardly got anything to lose.  And if you don’t like what the make-up artist had done, remember, it’s only make-up 🙂

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