The Epic Hourglass Retouching Fluid | More on Hobbies | Stuff I’ve Cooked

Love it.

This is one of those face products that you have to be in a certain phase and mindset to appreciate. With that said, if full coverage is your jam, keep on walkin’ Miss Lady. However, if you’re searching for a concealer that doesn’t look heavy and stays out of fine lines, add Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid to your wishlist ASAP!

For skin that looks like skin

It’s a semi-sheer liquid concealer with a doe foot applicator, and it’s available in six shades in the Hourglass permanent collection. Since it’s Hourglass (which means pricey), it’s not exactly budget, so a tube is $36. You do get a formula that’s free of a lot of things, including…

  • Parabens
  • Fragrance
  • Gluten
  • Sulfates
  • Nanoparticles
  • Phthalates
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • GMOs
  • Animal testing

I’m trying to reduce the amount of products with phthalates in my makeup collection (here’s why), which is one of the main reasons why I use it. I also love how it’s a beast at covering stuff while still looking natural.

I wear the shade Sand underneath my eyes, around my nose and at the corners of my mouth (I’m an NC42 in MAC, by the way). Sometimes I set it with a little MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder, and sometimes I don’t. Either way, my skin looks like real skin, which is my aesthetic nowadays since I have very little tolerance for anything opaque or heavy.

hourglass veil retouching fluid sand

Have you ever tried YSL’s famous Touche Eclat? This product is similar, but so much easier to blend, and I think it looks more natural. It’s worth your time to swatch during your next Hourglass counter visit. I usually restock at Sephora, but Ulta carries the line, too.

Some more thoughts on hobbies

Well, we’re three months into 2022, and I’m still in pursuit of new hobbies.

I’ve kept up reading solely for pleasure, and wow! It’s amazing how reading just a few minutes for fun can change how you feel. I find myself craving books now. Like, I physically feel off if I skip my reading-for-fun time. It makes me happy, so I’m going to keep it up.

Oh! I tried something new last week. I picked up a puzzle at a local bookstore in town, Copperfield’s, and enjoyed it so much. There’s something very meditative about searching for pieces. Connor helped me when she was in the mood, too.

I can’t wait to do another one, although I do wish there was some sort of library-like service with puzzles. I can see myself getting into it, but the last thing I need is more stuff in my house, ya know?

Last thing. I’ve been cooking my way through a cookbook!

A little backstory: I used to like baking and cooking, but last year, it bummed me out.

For most of 2021, I hated — like full-on despised — making food. I was stoked at first to be at home and cook when everything shut down in 2020, but after a while I started feeling like I took on a full-time kitchen job without realizing it. Last year, I was completely over it, and I’d get angry every time I had to cook, especially at dinner (I call it “dinner rage”).

Anyway, I recently started cooking new dishes, and it’s helped me to feel less rage-y. LOL. Here’s a couple things I made from “The Easy Filipino Cookbook” by Roline Casper.

Beef Picadillo (Giniliang Na Baka) with ground beef, tomato sauce and raisins
Easy Sauteed Shrimp (Ginisang Hipon) with shrimp, bok choy and seasame oil.

Happy Friday to you, and I hope you had a great week!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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