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

THE GROUNDS OF THE CITY

Sydney is definitely up there when it comes to the fine art of dining with some truly stand-out places dotted around the city. Recently, there has been a buzz about town with a certain new-ish arrival on our doorstep: The Grounds of the City. When my friend initially mentioned this place, my go-to response was: “The grounds of Alexandria? Perfect! I love it there!”, to which she responded “No, you goose! The Grounds of the City. Totally different. It’s a restaurant on George Street!”.

Huh. One can see where my confusion may have come in (right?), and alas the name does indeed make sense as both places were created by the same team. The Grounds of the City has been around for the past few months now, but I can tell you the hype has not died down in the slightest. My first word of warning: Book. In. Advance. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. My friend and I rocked up, eyes gleaming, mouths watering, stomachs rumbling, only to find we had one whole hour (cry) to wait until a seat and table would be available.

Torn between finding the next nearest place to inhale and chow down on something (anything!!) or wait, we decided to take a deep breath and be patient. Behind a rather intimidating red rope and before two ladies standing guard in an information-desk-hole-in-the-wall, we gave our mobile number and meandered on our not-so-merry way to kill some time. 45 minutes later, and we were in!

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Wow. Stepping inside was like a jump, hop and a leap back in time. Think an old 1920s hotel. Stained glass windows, marble, antique pendant lighting, a lady wheeling around a tea trolley brimming with cakes and pastries. It had it all! Through a huge, heavy cast-iron door, we were led past all the comfy looking leather-bound booths and placed on stools at the bar. Not my first choice of place to perch, but hey! I should’ve listened to my own words of wisdom. Book in advance Alix, book in advance.

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The place was packed! Behind the bar, staff were busy making cocktails and crafting up coffee. For my photos, they even kindly offered to artfully grace a swan on top of my caffeinated brew! Now that’s service.

There were many delicious looking items on the menu, with most standing around the $20 mark. Not cheap, but I later learned is reasonably priced for the portions that come out. Let your eyeballs feast on this!

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We ordered the handmade Marrickville burrata (served with brioche, olive crusts, heirloom tomatoes, basil and fresh mint), pumpkin tart (with buffalo curd, roasted onion and thyme) and the smashed potato side (complete with bone marrow, thyme and burnt onion). Can you believe that giant bowl of goodness is a side?! Holy potato! My friend was most impressed with her burrata dish, and my pumpkin tart was melt in your mouth. Hugged in gorgeously delicate pastry, the flavours were absolutely delicious. On top were sprigs of what I assume to be parmesan-crusted kale chips which were crispy and delightful. A side salad you would usually think not to be noteworthy, but this was not your average side salad. A lot of care went into this little pile, I could tell. It was made up of layers! Lettuce, zucchini, radish, squash, a sprinkling of pine nuts and a lovely coating of dressing. Not too much, not too little. Nothing tiffs me off more than a salad that’s drowning in dressing or if a few leaves of lettuce, chunks of onion and tomato are chucked haphazardly on the side of your plate, dry as a desert. But nope, the vegetables and dressing were in perfect balance. Good job, guys! In my eyes, that little bit of extra care went a long way.

We followed up our banquet with a pot of chai tea and lovely little dessert to share; the lemon meringue tart. Smooth, creamy, and brimming with lemony zesty zing. The meringue was the crispy kind, rather than the soft pillowy kind, but that didn’t bother me too much – it just made for a slightly more crumbly experience!

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The damage at the end was around $30 each for a really filling, unique dining adventure. Not as bad as I was expecting! Overall, I was rather impressed with the whole experience. It is definitely a busy, moody, crowded place, so if that doesn’t appeal to your taste then I’d encourage you to perhaps try somewhere else. But, if you’re all about the hustle and bustle and are after a different-than-usual fooding experience, definitely give this place a go and see what you think!

Just book in advance. Did I mention that?

Alix xx