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Hourglass Cosmetics – Ambient Lighting Powder and Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Series.jpgI have read about Hourglass Cosmetics’ Ambient Lighting Powders and Ambient Lighting Palette. I could not find Hourglass products in Singapore, so I ordered it off its USA website and had it shipped to Singapore. As you can see from the picture on the left, I bought an Ambient Lighting Power (Diffused Light) and Ambient Lighting Palette. I have been using the Diffused Light for a while and I can’t wait to share with you how it felt and what feedback I have been receiving since I started using it. Before I go on, I must thank Dorkchops for sharing with me information on Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder some months back, which helped me figure out which powder to purchase without testing it first.

About the Product

I shall not be talking to much about the ingredients used in the Ambient Lighting Powders and Ambient Lighting Palette. You can look at them through the image that I’ve provided in this post. However I would like to describe to you what I think about the product.  The product is made of finely milled ingredients compressed into cake, which explains why it is fragile and needs to be handled carefully lest it breaks and shatters. If you were to rub your fingers onto the cake, it will pick up a thin film of powder on your finger that gives out such subtle glow when it comes into contact with light. With Diffused Light, the light reflected is subtle yet refined. It is not shiny and really, I can’t see any difference when I dust it on my face with my contoured brush. That’s not important – I mean the whole point about wearing makeup is for others to see, right?

Using the Product

Usually, I wear my bareMinerals foundation and Tarte blusher to work (no lipsticks coz I don’t want lipsticks on my mug – as much as I love my collection of lipsticks). On the first day I tried on Diffused Light, I put it all over my face.  When I got into the office, I was stopped by a female colleague working in the same office, asking me why there is this bright glow on my face. On another day where I decide to change and only applied Diffused Light on my forehead, nose bridge and over my cheek after I’d applied blusher, another colleague whom I’d known for several years sat across me (about 2m away), and commented that my skin seemed to have improved so much (I had problem skin) that there is a glow from within. I laughed and told her its “make up magic”. Honestly, when I got home, I did realise that the Ambient Lighting Powder did seem to blur out my long lasting Tarte blusher and delivered a soft and subtle pink from the blusher. Maybe that’s where the healthy glow from within came from! Boy, I am so going to stock up on Diffused Light when I finish mine!

Purchasing the Product

Hourglass Cosmetics is not available in Singapore – so those in Singapore will have to order the Ambient Lighting product online via its USA website (without going through any shopping agent). If you are using comGateway or 65daigou to help you purchase items from overseas, you can also order Hourglass Cosmetics products from Sephora USA website.

Have you used Hourglass Ambient Lighting? Do you think it has worked for you?

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Label Young – Shocking Oil

Label Young Shocking Oil
Oil that does not feel like oil

My Label Young Shocking Oil only has a third of the bottle left so I think I should provide my review on this product to those of you who are still thinking whether to grab this product or not.

About the Product
The uniqueness of the Label Young Shocking Oil is that this product does not feel like the oils you see in the market. Yup you heard me! It does not feel like oil but more like dense gel that becomes watery when it comes into contact with your hands. However, it delivers similar levels of moisture just as how other oils would. The product is light yellow clear liquid with tiny red, blue and yellow beads that breaks open to deliver vitamin A (moisture and nutrients), vitamin C (tighten pores and increase pore resilience) and vitamin E (keratin and ringworm CARE) respectively. Its always a surprise what colour beads are discharged from the bottle each time I pour out the contents from the bottle.

According to the product publicity, the product can be used to moisturize your hair ends, and to moisturize dry patches of skin on the body, and mixed with your bb creams to create a dewy effect.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, 1.2 Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronatte, Beta-glucan, Lemon Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Magnolia Liliflora Bud Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Jojobar Ester, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Carbomer, Spice, Disodium EDTA (source: Q-trading @ Qoo10)

Free from 20 Additives : Parabens, Ethanol, Benzophenone, Steroids, Artificial Colours, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sulphate, Acid Sikrik Saline, Triclosan, Benzyl Alcohol, DM Hydantoin, Methyl Isobutyl non Jolly Teeth, Mineral Oil, Quaternium-15, Phenyl Salicylate, Dia Jolie Attend Urea, Inorganic Sulfate, Chlorobutanol, Propionic Acid. (Source: Koreadepart)

How to Use the Product
I have combination skin that is oily inside but mildly dry on the surface. I have also mentioned in my earlier post that I am a proponent for use of facial oils.

With Label Young Shocking Oil, I usually pour a bean size (size of 10c coin, or abt 1cm in diameter), spread it between my palms to break the beads and to warm before I apply it directly on my skin with light massaging strokes. The skin does not feel sticky after application, and I also did not experience any outbreaks after a few days of use.  There will be days when I get a little lazy and decide to apply the oil directly on my face instead of applying it after toner. Both methods worked for me. On using the product with other toners, I have used Albion Skin Conditioner in place of Label Young Shocking Toner with no side effects or outbreaks. Overall, I continue to receive the hydration from this product for 3 to 4 hours in humid environment. However, if you are working in dry, low humidity or airconditioned environment, I would recommend to follow on with one of the Label Young Shocking Creams or a light hydrating moisturizer for added layer of hydration.

I have not tried this on my hair ends but I did try to use it to hydrate dry patches on my body. No irritations experience. I must say this is quite a good product if you need a quick surge of moisture, especially on days where you feel the skin is dry or flaky.

According to the sites selling this product, you can mix the Label Young Shocking Oil with your BB Creams to create a dewy effect.

Where to Buy the Product
In my earlier posts, I have recommended a few places where you can purchase this product – online. They are:

1) Koreadepart – this online shop carries multiple brands of korean skin care products. I have had a recent Label Young haul from here.

2) Qoo10 – Search for “label young” or “labelyoung” and you should find a few vendors carrying their product range. This is not a new product so it should not be difficult to find it on Qoo10.

3) Label Young Official Online Shop (Korean) – If you can understand Korean, this is the site for you regardless of where you are. They have the most up to date Label Young product ranges on this site.

Have you tried this product? If so, do share with me what you think of this oil! 🙂

Update: Label Young has recently released Shocking Oil ver 2. I would love to try and give my review after I have gone through my recent Label Young Haul from Koreadepart! 😉