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Review + Swatches: Hourglass Vanish Blush Sticks and Hourglass Velvet Story Lip Creams

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I have been loving all of Hourglass’ new launches recently and these two are no exception. First the Vanish Blush Sticks – a cream blush formula in a stick applicator. And the colors are absolutely DIVINE!! I don’t use a ton of cream cheek products mainly because many of them can be too creamy, emollient and make me extra shiny. These Hourglass Vanish Blush sticks are exactly the opposite and I love them as a result! The formula is much drier but still very easy to blend. I find that using a small amount and blending out along the way is better. Though it’s a dry formula, it still looks creamy and gorgeous on the cheeks and lasts all day long. I definitely think these are a great option for those with oily/combo skin that want to use a cream blush but don’t want something too greasy or creamy. And for those with drier skin, these are still creamy enough to look beautiful on the skin and give the cheeks a nice radiant flush. I have been applying it with the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush which is nice, though you could use your fingers too.

Swatches left to right: Devoted, Adore, Wonder, Loyal, Sacred and Revel

In addition to the Vanish Blush Sticks, Hourglass launched their Velvet Story Lip Creams. They are a full coverage liquid lipstick with a soft matte finish. They are very long wearing and last all day long with only minimal touchups needed. Though they are a matte finish, they are not drying and feel super creamy and comfortable on the lips. The shade range is mostly neutral and the colors are all very wearable.

Swatches from left to right: Luxe, Pure, Crush, Hint, Touch and Indulge

Recent Empties (Hits and Misses)

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Sharing all my recent beauty empties in today’s video!

The products mentioned in the video:

Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Meltaway Cleanser

Loving Tan Self Tanner

St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse

Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Rose Face Cream

Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Soothing Treatment Lotion

Mad Hippie Hydrating Mist

Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist

Sisley Eye and Lip Gel Makeup Remover

Dr. Roebuck’s Hydrating Face Moisturizer

Elemis Pro Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream

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Kate Somerville Peptide Serum

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

Elta MD Sunscreen

Skinceuticals Sunscreen

Sisley Sunleya Sunscreen

Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream

Marc Jacobs At Lash’d Mascara

Paula’s Choice C15 Booster

Holifrog Balmy Wash

Holifrog Nourishing Milky Wash

Holifrog Gel Cleanser

Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel

Odacite Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate

Strivectin Moisture Matrix Melting Cleanser

Laura Mercier Lip Balm

Elemis Cellular Skin Bliss Recovery Capsules

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Foundation

Guerlain Passiflora fragrance

Dove Dry Skin Relief Face Wash

Perricone Smoothing and Brightening Eye Cream

Elemis Ultra Smart Pro Collagen Serum

R+Co. Death Valley Dry Shampoo

Dr. Roebuck’s Hydrating Mask

Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer

La Prairie Tinted Sunscreen

Sisley Tinted Sunscreen

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