Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick Review

Glowy! Dewy! Shimmery! Goddess-y! All natural-y! These are the things we hope and dream of from adopting highlighter into our lives. The aim of the game is to look healthy and luminous.

Before we continue any further, however, I should preface with some shocking information; I have had the same highlighter since I was 15 years old (aka for 10 years). As in, not just using the same brand, the same exact product. Yup. You can tuck your eyeballs back into their sockets now. While that highlighter had been loved for this entire decade, I knew it was time for an upgrade as I had gone beyond hitting pan and the lid was no longer attached (oops). It just so happened that at this time, Hourglass’ new Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks had JUST been released! Ready for a fresh start, I moved my little legs as fast as they could take me into the nearest Mecca, swiped this beauty on the back of my hand and in an instant I was sold.

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No flash. Au naturel (aka no filters or editing).

I brought ‘Champagne Flash’ home with me. This stick of gorgeousness gives such a natural luminosity it’s hard to put into words (check out pics below!). In terms of the packaging, the highlighter comes as a wind-up stick in shiny silver. It feels sturdy and looks gorgeous, but the only downside I’d point out is that it is sooo easy to smudge and can look dirty in an instant just from the natural oils in your fingertips.

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The formula is buttery and creamy, is chunk-free and blends into the face easily and seamlessly. Personally, I simply swipe my finger over the stick and dab where I need to dab – plus, the warmth of my finger really helps it to melt into my skin! Simply gorg.

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One layer is all I need for that natural luminous glow we all desire. Extra love for this product as a little bit goes a loooonggg way!

Have a look at this.

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And this!

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And this.

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Sometimes I question why I didn’t pursue a career in modelling (also please don’t judge my post-gym sweaty hair. Or my wonderful, tidy background. Am I the best at taking/styling blog photos, or what?). And no, this is not leftover sweat from my workout, this is alllll Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick baby!

If you’re looking for a new highlighter, I highly recommend checking out this range. There’s a few colour choices depending on your skin tone and what you’re looking for! I am just in love with ‘Champagne Flash’. A Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick will set you back $61.00AUD.

Have you tried Hourglass’ new Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks yet? If so, let us know what you think down in the comments!

Alix x

KORA ORGANICS NONI GLOW FACE OIL

It’s only recently that face oils have come into my life; I was always led to believe, as a naturally oily-skinned gal, I should avoid oils at all costs. The general code I followed was: find oil-free products, and products that would strip my skin of the oil to achieve supple, mind-bogglingly dreamy skin. Did this work? For the most part, but if I didn’t stick to my skincare regime, my skin would be glistening and pooling with oil. Lovely. It’s like my skin went into oil-making overdrive!

I’ve come to learn that there’s a reason for that. Stripping your skin of its natural oils can result in your skin freaking out that it has no more oil left (understandable), so it thinks it needs to make more! I initially, reluctantly, introduced face oils into my regime, but consider me a convert. Face oils have completely changed my skin. I can’t believe I went so long without them in my life! All those years wasted… ah well, better late than never.

Fast-forward to now, and the newest addition to my face oil collection is the Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil. This is a collection front-lined and curated by Miranda Kerr, so you can imagine my expectations going into this one. Supermodel skin with just a few drops of this elixir everyday? Sign me up!

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In addition to certified organic noni oil, this little bottle is supercharged with pomegranate oil, rosehip oil, rose quartz (!!!) and buckthorn oil so it is packed to the brim with antioxidants and essential fatty acids to keep your skin smooth, hydrated and protected against those nasty free radicals. Every ingredient is natural and organic, and there are no parabens, sulfates or phthalates. It claims to help with dullness and uneven skin tone, also boasting to help balance your skin’s pH levels.

I use about 4-5 drops morning and night, warming the oil first between my fingers before massaging it into my face, neck and chest. One of the first things I noticed was the smell – while not overpowering, my nose picks up both a floral yet earthy scent which is pleasant to use. Although, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not my favourite smell in the whole world, but it’s definitely not intrusive or offensive at all.

IMG_0442The oil itself is quite light and thin, and sinks into my skin straight away, leaving a nice dewy finish which isn’t greasy at all. Not bad! After several uses, I can definitely vouch for its hydration – my skin is left smooth as a baby’s bum with not a patch of dryness to be seen. Additionally, if used just before foundation, you will be left with a lovely healthy glow!

In comparison to where my skin was before, I haven’t noticed too much of a difference in terms of skin tone, but I was using another face oil right up until I made the switch, which may be why. If you are going from being starkers to using this, I have no doubt you will see a beneficial change.

I will note that I have broken out just a little since switching to this face oil, and I’ve found my skin has been speckled with a few more mysterious red marks where I previously had none. This could be attributed to different factors of course, but it’s something I’m keeping an eye on! My skin’s pH levels have been slightly altered too – I’ve noticed my skin is producing more natural oil than it was before, so it’s not quite as successful as I’d hoped with that in mind.

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At $80AUD per 30ml bottle, this little guy isn’t cheap. If you’re using it morning and night everyday, I’d say it’ll last you around the 2-3 month mark.

While this oil is nice to use, it’s not quite enough to overtake my all-time favourite Face Hero from Go-To Skincare, which I find is far more decadent and effective, and more me, and about half the price.

However, if you’re looking for a light face oil that will leave your skin silky soft and have the money to do so, give this oil a go and see what you think. I have heard people absolutely adoring this oil, but for me it fell just a little short, especially for the price!

Alix xx