Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Review + Event: Hourglass Cosmetics

The Hourglass line provides lush shades and incredibly luxurious packaging. Cutting-edge ingredients work to smooth and soften the skin, while innovations in packaging give the line its super chic appeal Hourglass opens your eyes to a beautiful new reality: style and substance can coexist.

-Adorn Hydrating Lipstick ($24)- A long-wearing, hydrating lipstick with a burst of color and brilliant shine. I tried Embrace (copper red shimmer, pictured above), it looks rather dark in the tube, but when you apply it, it's the perfect, sheer, muted red with gold shimmer. For me, this is the Holy Grail lipstick shade that is "my lips, one or two shades deeper"+super shine. It's just enough to brighten my face. To apply, I use a lip balm (Burt's Bees Original) then layer the lipstick on my lips about 3 times, then use my pinkie finger to rub it in so there's no harsh line. I love it and am interested in trying more shades.

-Trace Lip Liner ($28)- A mechanical lip liner pencil on one end and a brush on the other for blending or applying lipstick or gloss. The liner itself is very smooth and non-drying like some. I used Voice (coral rose.) When its used to line and fill in lips, it provides a great base for the lipstick to hold onto. Coral Rose is a fantastic neutral shade for everyone. The packaging is a tiny bit shorter and lighter than other liners. Great for your purse.

-Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner ($32)- A moisturizing, water- and smudge- proof felt-tip liquid liner. Formulated with Pearl Protein and a botanical blend of Chamomile, Aloe, Rosemary and Perilla extract to condition and nourish the eyes. Provides all-day staying power and never streaks, smears or transfers. I love the design of this liner, the tip is very thin for precision, but it gets fatter, which is good for a thicker line. Like any liquid liner, it takes practice to get the hang of. I don't recommend applying layers, something weird happens and it starts to rub off. At least let the layers dry in between coats if you do. I like Cognac (dark brown) a lot for lining underneath my eyes. A good high-end choice if you have the $ to spare.


Hourglass Cosmetics will be offering free spring/summer makeovers at the Beverly Hills Barney’s on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

WHO: Hourglass Cosmetics, its creator Carisa Janes and lead makeup artist Josh Wolf
WHAT: Complimentary makeovers
WHERE: Barney’s
9570 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90212
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2008
11am to 6pm

To schedule an appointment please call the Hourglass Counter at (310) 276-4400 x5598. Those who attend will receive a full-sized eye shadow. Purchases over $100 receive the Sheen Reflective Lip Gloss in Beach; Purchases over $250 receive a Leather Cosmetic Bag.

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