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I recently received the new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick and Vanish Foundation Brush to test out. Prior to this, I had only tried lipstick by Hourglass, so I was excited to try out a different product. I mean, what beauty junkie doesn’t love receiving free makeup in the mail?

The foundation went on pretty creamy and smooth and didn’t feel too heavy. I liked how it really covered some of my imperfections — specifically redness! However, the real hero product here is the brush. The bristles are soft, but compact and short, so they work hard to really blend the foundation right into your skin for a weightless, yet also full-coverage finish.

If you’re in the market for a new foundation and are looking for something that’s going to give you full coverage (think: acne scars, under eye circles, pigmentation/discoloration) but also feel really lightweight I’d definitely recommend trying out Hourglass.  But don’t forget the brush — I think its really the key to getting the “weightless” foundation look that we all want!

Shop for both the foundation and brush below:

Disclosure: I received these products for free through Influenster. As always, all opinions are my own and I never write about products that I haven’t tried (and loved!) myself.  I actually wasn’t required to write a blog post about these products, but I really liked them and wanted to share! 

How to wear red lipstick


I think that I finally have become comfortable with how to wear red lipstick. It might sound petty, but it took awhile for me to really feel good about wearing red lipstick. I remember the first time I tried red lipstick — I purchased a tube of MAC Lady Bug during my lunch hour and put it on in the bathroom. A few of my co-workers definitely noticed and I felt very self-conscious. But I kept trying it out and eventually found my red lip groove. So, for those of you who may want to venture into the world of bright & bold, here are a few tips and tricks:

Start small. Don’t try out a red lip on the day of a big event.  Try it out by wearing it around your house one day, or to dinner with a close friend. You’ll immediately feel odd when you see yourself, but you’ll get used to it eventually.

Figure out your color. Some ladies look better in blue based red lipsticks. Others with a pink or coral based lipstick. If you don’t know what looks best on you, have someone from a makeup counter at Nordstrom or Sephora do a color match for your skin.

Don’t underestimate lip liner. No, not the nude lip with brown liner à la 1980. A matching or clear liner can be a godsend for keeping your lip color on your lips. I have too many different colors of red lipstick, so I always keep Lipstick Queen’s Invisible Liner on hand.

A few of my favorite reds:

Nars Dragon Girl Super Bright red
Nars Red Square Orangey Red
Nars Shanghai Express Brick Red
MAC Russian Red Blue-Red
MAC Lady Bug Sheer Yellowy Red
Hourglass Icon Burgundy Red
YSL Rouge Pur Couture #9 Bright Red