Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio | Favourites

Hello there…

I showed very little restraint during the Spring Sephora VIB Sale and picked up quite a few bits. That 15% off really roped me in this year!

One thing I’ve been so excited about using since it arrived is the Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio

I find the best way to apply these products is with medium to small synthetic face brushes. My personal favourites are the Real Techniques ones.

The bronzer on the left is a great shade for my fair/light skin tone. I wouldn’t use it to contour but it’s a nice, relatively neutral bronze shade, perfect on the cheekbones, temples and across the top of the forehead.

The blush in the middle is a gorgeous everyday pink with a slightly peach undertone that works great for Spring/Summer.

The highlight on the right is quite subtle but I really like that about it. It works best blended out over the high-points of the face. I buff it on lightly with a brush for large areas of the face or dab it with my ring finger on smaller areas. I usually apply it across the top of the cheekbones, in the inner corners of the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, and even lightly above the eyebrows. It’s a subtle but noticeable sheen that really compliments the bronzer and blush.

The only downside to this palette is the size. It’s a bit smaller than I expected. I’m not sure how deep the pans are but I have a sneaking suspicion they’re not very big… I’ll keep you updated on how long it lasts me.

Hourglass definitely knocked it out of the park when it comes to the quality and colour selection on this one. For $75 (Canadian), that’s what I would expect.

I’d love to know if you have any favourites for bronzer, blush or highlight this season!

Handful of Faves | Favourites

Hi Everyone!

This is a quick favourites post that’s designed to enable you if you’re feeling spendy and looking for something new to pick up, haha. I grabbed five things out of my makeup bag that I love… maybe you’ll love them too!

non-greasy priming goodness…

Maybelline Master Prime in Blur and Smooth. I was loving this range almost a year ago in this post here!

light coverage and spf 30…

This bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is perfect for warmer days and light makeup looks.

the best way to look more awake than you are…

L’Oréal Magic Lumi Concealer Corrector layered over a full coverage concealer under the eyes is my go-to.

suble and matte…

This MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork is a fantastic base for other shadows or worn alone.

sensual yet understated…

At first I thought the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume would only be night time appropriate. As long as you keep your application light, it’s gorgeous during the day as well!


I hope this inspired you to dig through your makeup stash for a forgotten love… or maybe you found something new to add to your shopping list!

As always, follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get updates on what I’m using and loving as well as when new posts are up!


Have any favourites you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Mary-Lou Manizer Highlight | Must Haves

Hi Everyone!

Who doesn’t have this amazing highlighter? If you spend any time on YouTube following beauty gurus, you might have heard about it… a million times, haha.


Well, I was on the anti-bandwagon, as I often am with “over hyped” products. Guess what, this is definitely worth the hype. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is a golden highlight powder that packs a serious punch!


My favourite thing about this product is that it’s buildable. You can use different types of brushes to get different effects as well. A stiffer, more dense brush will give you a stronger colour payoff. Whereas a big fluffy brush will give you a natural, ethereal glow. I also own the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in the shade Brilliant but I have to admit I reach for The Balm one more often.

Lots of blending gives a subtle glow…
Awkward vein highlight, haha…

Even though my skin type is combination-oily, I can still use highlighters with proper placement. By avoiding the forehead it doesn’t look greasy. Instead, I sweep this in a C shape from above the tail of my eyebrow down and along my cheekbone. I avoid bringing it onto the apples of my cheeks. A slight dusting over the bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow gives a nice balanced effect.

Whether you want something for everyday, or a full-on night out strobing effect, Mary-Lou‘s got you covered.

As always, follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get updates on what I’m using and loving as well as when new posts are up!


Do you have Mary-Lou in your collection? What’s your favourite highlighter? Let me know in the comments below!