Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Hourglass recently came out with a new foundation, Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46).  I orginially looked at this in store and passed on it.  Mostly because I have the Makeup Forever HD stick and I am not the biggest fan.  But, then I was browsing online and I was like well let's try it.  And I was right I should have passed on it.  I picked up mine in Porcelain.  It was a good color match but, I couldn't get it to work with my skin.  It just sat on my face and felt very heavy.  I tried this many different ways.  I used primer, no primer, my beauty blender, and a brush.  Nothing worked.  It lasted only a few hours before it broke down on my face.  I was so disappointed.  I am usually not one to return a product but, with this I did.  Hourglass claims this foundation is seamless and weightless but unfortunately I did not feel that way.  I know other bloggers are loving this which made me really want to make it work.  But I couldn't.  

Have you tried this new foundation ??  How do you feel about it ??

City Styles

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Estee Edit: Skin Glowing Balm

Since the Estee Edit was released I was very intrigued by this product, Skin Glowing Balm Makeup with Pink Peony ($36).  The Pink Peony really drew me in.  And I can never stop myself from getting a tinted moisturizer.  The Estee Edit claims the Skin Glowing Balm gives you a unique and gorgeous glow with this innovative complexion hybrid formula.  It is infused with ultra hydarting and conditioning ingredients, including shea butter, evening primrose oil, and muru muru seed butter.  It leaves your skin feeling moisturized with a dewy glow, while the pink peony soothes your skin.  
I, of course, got mine in the lightest shade, 100 Vanilla.  I tried applying this three different ways, with my fingers, with a brush, and with my beauty blender.  Each way left the product just sitting on my skin.  I didnt feel like it ever meshed with my skin.  I could feel it just laying there like a film.  I also tried it with primer (Too Faced Hangover RX) and without.  There also wasn't much coverage.  Which, with a tinited moisturizer is expected but, still not as much as I thought there could be.  
I was very disappointed with this Skin Glowing Balm.  The only thing I truly enjoyed was the smell.  We know how I feel about good smelling makeup.  But, that alone is not enough for me to keep using this.  If you have found a good way to wear this please let me know.   

In direct sunlight

Have you tried this Skin Glowing Balm ?? Hwat are your favorite Estee Edit products ??

City Styles 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Photo Diary: Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor Camp Grounds 

Top of Acadia Mountain 

Sunset from the top of Acadia Mountain 

Sand Beach 

Thunder Hole 

Hiking in Acadia Mountain 

West side of the island

Jordan Pond House 

Bar Island

For my birthday this year I decided I wanted to go to Bar Harbor, Maine.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Besides Hawaii, I would say this is by far one of the most beautiful places I have been too this year.  And I would totally go back in a heart beat!

Where you you been too this year ??

City Styles

Monday, August 8, 2016

Becca Champagne Splits {Prosecco Pop/Pample Mousse, Champagne Pop/Flowerchild}

Jaclyn Hill collabarated with Becca once again.  One of the products released were these Champagne Splits ($38).  I was very excited to see these and ordered two right away.  Flowerchild is my favorite blush and Champagne Pop is one of my favorite highlighters so it was an easy choice to get the Champagne Pop/Flowerchild.  And since I have not tried Proseco Pop my next choice was Proseco Pop/Pample Mousse.  

I was very pleased to see that the pigment is the same in the slpits as in the orginial form.  They are creamy and vibrant.  I am really loving the Proseco Pop/Pample Mousse at the moment.  Proseco Pop is only a bit darker than Champagne Pop.  And I don't have a gold highlighter like it.  

champagne pop/flowerchild
 Champagne Pop/Flowerchild

proseco pop/pample mousse
 Proseco Pop/Pample Mousee

Pample Mousee/Proseco Pop - Flowerchild/Champagne Pop

Flowerchild - Champagne Pop/Flowerchild - Champagne Pop 

Overall I think these are some great blush/highlighter duos.  I think they are great for traveling and on the go.  Two producst in one is never a bad thing in my book.  There are two more shades I still would like to get my hands on.  

Have you tried the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits ?? What is your favorite Becca product ??

City Styles

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Photo Diary: The Smokey Mountains

Back in May I took a trip to the Smokey Mountains.  They were breath takingly beautiful.  One item on my bucket list is to visit all 50 states.  And this year I checked off a few states.  I love my city but, it is so mice to get out in the fresh air and see what the rest of the country has to offer.  Along with the Smokey Mountains I also visited the Biltmore House.  Uhhhhh it's so beautiful.  The gardens were so amazing to walk through.  If you are ever in North Carolina I would say go and enjoy yourself.

What is on your bucket list ??

City Styles 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Clarins recently released three new Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ($25) shades.  I scooped one up in 10 Pink.  I am no newbie to the lip perfectors.  Back in the day it was my go to.  They smell amazing, aka my weakness, and they give the perfect amount of tint to your lips.  These new shades are no different.  The moment I put it on my lips I was taken back to my high school years.  And I love the fact that it has shea butter and wild mango.  After wearing the lip perfectors, my lips alwasy feel super hydrated.  And can we talk about the packaging.  How cute are the flowers.  The Pink shade I got is more of a coral pink then a true pink.  Which of course I am always happy with.  If you are looking for a lightweight summer lippie I would totally say pick one of these up.    

Have you ever tried the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors ??  What is your current go to lip product this summer??

City Styles