Sunday, 30 April 2017

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette: Review

Hi!  My name is Amanda Barbosa and I’m makeup artist and love makeup.  A warmer Welcome to my website! Whether you found me through Fb, Instagram , YouTube or just life bring you here, I'm delighted you're here. I love to share my profession opinion with all beauty products, which includes makeup, skincare and hair and nails. 

As soon as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette was available at apothecary, I was tempted to buy it. I am a huge fan of the brand but it’s a bit expansive... So, after counting my coins, I've purchased this limited £69 face palette to the shades contained within. I knew I had to have it, for my brides and clients, no matter what!  
Today I'll share with you a first look of the palette along with swatches and my first impressions of it.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette comes in an elegant marbled white packaging (opaque) with the Hourglass golden logo on the front. A nice shape: it is perfectly portable compact. It is so cute on your vanity or makeup kit. Is made in Italy, baked in ”Miscelare” (mixed) and its vegan, cruelty free.
I can only agree on what they say on their website: “a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting where the sun brings the softest, most flattering glow to the complexion.” and again “Formulated with Photoluminescent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin”. 
On my swatches you can see on this order, top to bottom, the 5 shades:  Surreal Light, Surreal Glow, Surreal Effect, Surreal Bronze Light and Surreal Strobe Light. 

As you can see I’m not super pale, dry to normal skin type (my foundation shade in mac is nw20, Chanel acqua vitalumière shade B20) and it really works on mine and most others skin colours and types. Worth all the money! This palette put any dullness away giving you a sophisticated glow and radiant skin without glittering. I love it! Have you ever tried this palette? Please let me know your opinion. 


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Coco Codes!

Chanel 2017 Spring/Summer Makeup Collection

I Am Done with Winter! I want to move forward to spring. Fortunately, some makeup can give a hint of colour and make me feel closer to my favourite seasons.
This year, I couldn’t wait to see what is coming from Lucia Pica Chanel's Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, and she did in my opinion a great  job : the Coco Codes collection.
Red, Gold, Beige, Black and White. Iconics Chanel’s colours in a new collection. The brand says “an invitation to get creative with colour, free women to invent their own codes of beauty”. 
I bought a few products (unfortunately I still don’t have all of them, they are not cheap!) from Coco Codes: 274 Les 4 Ombres Codes élégants, Rouge Allure 176-Rouge Independante, 126 Rouge Coco Shine Beige Doré and I love them all. The others I tested it at Boots in Oxford. If you have the possibility, go and test it.
Great collection with an amazing good taste and quality. This collection is definitely a must-have from the brand. Lucia, deeply understand the meaning of a bold lips with elegance. Since she arrives, many shades have been revisited by her. Superb. Bravo Lucia Pica! Bravo Chanel!

Monday, 13 February 2017

The wedding day

Many of us, men and women, at least once thought about the Big Day with our True Love.
Planning is essential. If you have the possibility, a reliable wedding planner can be a big help, but also doing by yourself can be great fun.

The ceremony, flowers, the wedding dress and the venue are parts of that dream and all of it deserves attention and love. Makeup and hair are also an important part of your wedding day and choose the right makeup artist and hair stylish is critical to achieve what you want and be confident with yourself.

In my experience, a Trial is truly important to understand each other and create a unique bespoke look. Remember: you must to be comfortable at your wedding.

I love to help “my brides” to relax and enjoy the most memorable day in their lives. I’m literally delighted to be part of it. And I think this is the most important thing: enjoy you day!

After your makeup is done, outside, your beloved will be waiting for you. You will be surrounded by people that you love. That’s something magical. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Amanda meets Helen Elowe

Last week I went to the Wedding Fair in London. Was a good opportunity to see what is coming (and update my skills, of course! I always want the best for my clients) for bridal hair styling, accessories, fashion and of course Makeup! But, the best part was when I met Helen Elowe, a delightful lady founder of Helen É Cosmetics. I visited her stand and her brand is high-quality pro makeup and is amazing for every occasion that includes bridal makeup, HD videos, films, and photo. She was so kind answering my questions about those superb products (I love them all!!) and she allowed me to took a picture of herself. Gosh! She is soo beautiful! I've never imagined to meet her in person and she is people like us :D

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Review of Pupart L Palette 002

This pretty chic palette was a gift from my beloved aunt. I know this Italian famous makeup brand. I had a Pupa Cube when I was 16, a long time ago and I like it so much. Being honest, I was quite sceptical of this palette because most of my makeup are pro, I’m a no longer a teenager and I didn’t find enough reviews online from the brand, and from this palette in special. So, I decided to test it and I will tell you my impressions and a vote for this product. But first let’s see what this Italian brand says on them website about this palette.


Northern patterns matching super chic colors.
Absolutely elegant.
Super complete and super compact.
It comes with make-up for all occasions, in all the best colors!
For eyes, face and lips.

Ok. It’s a good presentation, the package is very attractive and elegant, was completely in love with these patterns in gold and white (the palette 001 is black white). They say it is northern patterns (maybe Scandinavian? I do love Norwegian decoration!), but in reality it makes me remember Missoni’s brand classic pattern (probably is my brain kidding with my Italian cultural background). The back part is black, and is written Made in Tunisia. Ops! On the website they claim “Design&Make-Up MADE IN ITALY”, in full capital letters, although it is really made in Tunisia. Not surprised at all. Well, as far I understand the design is made in Italy, the ingredients, styling are Italians and designed in Monza (lovely city near the Goddess Milan) and the manufacture is in Tunisia like many other brands, especially in fashion. Italy has strict laws for cosmetics and if it’s sold in Italy the product should respect all the European standards and Pupa does it. Another thing I would like to say is that I totally agree when they say “Absolutely elegant”. BTW, let’s see what this palette offer. Listening Blur, after drunk a great coffee only I can say: Uhoooooo!!!!


2 compact blushers
1 cream blusher
1 face powder
1 bronzer
3 all overs
3 concealers
1 eye primer
20 eyeshadows
2 double
16 glosses
12 cream lip colors
This palette promises to be “Super complete and super compact”. I agree with the second part, but unfortunately not with the first. Despite there is a lot of products in it, I think it isn’t a “super complete” palette. I’ll explain later in cons why.


Price: More or less £22 in Italy (it isn’t a splurge in comparison with other palettes from other brands). I don’t know if they sell it in the UK. Probably on amazon.

  • Package: Great design. Sophisticated. Superb.
  • Size: Super compact, easy to transport, Net Wt 1.53 oz- 43, 5 g
  • Eyeshades: 20 stunning eyeshadows(6 mattes) with a medium-high pigmentation and a very, I said, very classy colours. Mostly buttery and bendable Wow! The palette worth the money for the eyeshadows part.
  • Bronzer: Finally a non orange undertone bronzer (the universe listened my prayers!).This bronzer has a hint of gray tone given a natural tan to the skin. I don’t remember anybody in mother nature becoming “orange” after a sun exposition. Unfortunally maybe pink or red...Ouch!I don’t wanna remember this....
  • Lips: Definitely the 12 lip cream colours are A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Absolutely gorgeous and pigmented. The 16 glosses are great too.
  • Cream Blusher: with lovely pink-coral shade, easy to blend, suits all skin tones.
  • Concealers: 3 wonderful concealers very quick to apply and really help to blow up any imperfections with a good coverage, a green corrector, excellent to blurry blemishes or any redness.
  • 3 highlights (all over): a creamy texture highlighters with a pearl, champagne and pale pink colours. Marvellous!

  • Eye primer: too greasy for those like me with oily lids. I’ve used it with Pupas eyeshadows and with other eye shadow brands. For me it does not work, maybe it will for you if your lids are less oily then mines.
  • Compact blusher: two coral pink shades. The shades are similar, except for the intensity of the colour: one is lighter e the other a bit darker, but both pinkie coral. These powdery blushes aren’t long lasting. Fade very quickly. Remember the cream blush? Yes, the colour is similar too but the cream one at least the colour last for 8 hours.
  • Setting Face powder and Concealers: Very useful face powder to setting the makeup in place. Very good performance and keeps the skin. So, at this point are you asking to yoursef: Why she’s saying positives (pros) things instead a con? Because, these powders and concealers although they’re great products they don’t match to deep skin tones! It’s a shame they should buy these items separately.
  • Paraben Free? I’m not a paraben hunter, but for those who are there is nothing written in the palette. I searched online and I haven’t found anything about.

My vote for this palette was 8.5!

Well, my final considerations are these: It’s a great palette, wonderful, good taste, well designed, but, in my opinion Pupa should include a mini eye pencil, mini mascara and the most important: more face powders and concealers in colours suitable for brown and deep skin tones. Make up, is an instrument to enhance natural women’s beauty and give us that necessary confidence to approach life. Makeup means inclusion.

Please let me know your opinion about this Pupa Pupart L palette!