Hourglass Elephant Palette Available In Sephora
Hourglass Elephant Palette is available in Sephora.
I think I did not give much importance before to the Hourglass Elephant Palette in my listing about the best finishing powders. Now it is the time to pay more attention to it.
The Hourglass Elephant Ambient Lighting Edit Palette is my favorite Hourglass palette.
Hourglass Elephant Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ) is one of three six-pan Ambient Lighting Edit Palettes released some time ago in 2023. I waffled on purchasing any of these palettes for a while because I feel like the ones I already have in my collection I don’t use nearly enough.
I finally caved when they went on sale and I have to admit I don’t regret the purchase. I’m actually really happy I indulged. All three are truly beautiful and actually work great for me. The Hourglass Elephant Ambient Lighting Edit Palette was created for medium skin types and for me it’s the most similar to previous years. I’m leaning towards saying I liked it the most out of the three but I also really liked the Tiger Palette!
There’s just enough product here to add a flush of color to your face, a nice glow, and of course, a sheer wash of powder that perfects.
I’ve always been a fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder for this reason! As it adds a very subtle glow but also, smoothes skin and gives that perfect finishing touch.
Colors now include many additions: since the renewal of the line in summer 2023.
- Dim Light – sheer beige rose finishing powder
- Soft Light – sheer light beige finishing powder (wish they would launch this in full size someday!)
- Beaming Strobe Light (new since Christmas 2023) – metallic champagne gold
- Lustrous Bronze Light (new) – satin warm bronze
- Iridescent Coral (new) – pink coral gold shimmer
- Radiant Rose (new) – bold pink flush
Alternatives To The Hourglass Elephant Palette Available In Sephora
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Face Palette – Sculpture – $80
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Face Palette – Sculpture is a limited-edition Ambient Lighting Edit that will brighten, contour, highlight, and finish your skin, a 4-in-1 palette.
The lighting essentials are perfect for the holiday season to create your perfect light. The gold compact is gorgeous in and of itself with its architectural facets.
Each of the following 6 shades are 0.04 oz:
- Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush in Vibrant Flush (bright coral pink),
- Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Natural Bronze Light (neutral bronze)
- Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Glistening Strobe Light (pearlescent champagne)
- Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (neutral beige)
- Ambient Lighting Powde in Diffused Light (warm pale yellow)
- Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure (soft plum)
Apply Diffused Light or Dim Light finishing powder as you would any face powder all over the face or on oily areas like your t-zone.
Contour with Natural Bronze Light Bronzer along the temples, hollows of the cheeks, and jawline.
Apply Mood Exposure Blush or Vibrant Flush Blush to the apples of your cheeks.
Apply Glistening Strobe Light to the high points of your face (top of cheeks, bridge of the nose, brow bone, and cupid‘s bow). This highlighter can even be used wet for more intense highlighting.
This YouTube video gives you a better look at the gorgeous shades:
Hourglass’s wildly popular face palettes are the ideal luxury beauty gift. The nice thing about this palette is that you get multiple face products all in one. The shades are gorgeous and although an investment, the palette covers multiple steps in your makeup routine. Vegan and cruelty-free.
Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix Kit – $60 ($84 VALUE)
One of my favorite holiday kits of the season, Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix Kit is a hair-repair system that repairs, rebuilds, strengthens, and hydrates hair while eliminating frizz. This cult-favorite brand has many fans for good reason. The products simply work.
Olaplex’s Holiday Hair Fix contains:
- No. 3 Hair Perfector (3.3 oz)
- No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo (3.3 oz)
- No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner (3.3 oz)
- No.6 Bond Smoother (3.3 oz)
Olaplex’s products work at a molecular level to repair broken and damaged disulfide bonds in the hair with bis-amino diglycol dimaleate. Their products repair damage from blow dryers and other hot tools like curling irons and flat irons. They also repair damage from color and chemical treatments, from brushing, and environmental factors, such as UV rays, hot/cold weather, and pollution.
I use all of these products. No.3 Hair Perfector is a pre-shampoo treatment that strengthens hair, while Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Bond Maintenance Conditioner are daily staples for strong hair. Bond Smoother is a highly concentrated styling cream that works to eliminate frizz on straight or curling hair for up to 72 hours.
This set is a great introduction to the brand without having to pay for the full-size products!
Drunk Elephant Softy The Baby Kit – $88 ($144 VALUE)
For the softest skin, Drunk Elephant Softy The Baby Kit improves skin texture and tone and brightens and softens the skin. It contains some Drunk Elephant clean skincare best-sellers that cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and moisturize the skin in need of some pampering. This kit is also a great introduction to the brand.
This limited-edition set contains:
- T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (1.69 oz)
- Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser (1 oz)
- Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (0.5 oz)
- F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial (0.5 oz)
- Bonus – Compact Mirror
T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is an AHA/BHA treatment that resurfaces the skin with a 25% AHA Blend (glycolic + tartaric + lactic + citric acids) and salicylic acid (BHA) 2%. It exfoliates the pores by sweeping away dead skin cells with an pH of 3.5.
Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that removes makeup, oil, pollution, and dirt with mild coconut-based surfactants rich in fatty acids. It also contains glycerin and cantaloupe fruit extract to soothe and hydrate the skin.
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil contains antioxidants such as tocopherol (vitamin E), and omegas 6 and 9 fatty acids. It also contains polyphenols that provide antioxidant protection against pollution and free radicals. Drunk Elephant produces this oil by using a proprietary raw, cold-press extraction and filtration process that yields an extremely pure product. This facial oil is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive.
F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial is an overnight hydrating mask that is formulated with a Four-Electrolyte Blend to maintain hydration and support the skin barrier. It also contains vitamin F to support hydration and the skin barrier. Niacinamide provides multiple benefits such as improving the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Instant Eyeshadow Palette – $75
Inspired by jewels, Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Instant Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 new hypnotic eyeshadow shades. This is a gorgeous gift, starting with the silver starburst case. The palette includes both matte and metallic formulas found in other Charlotte Tilbury palettes plus two new soft shimmer and weightless wet-look metallic formulas. Wet powder technology ensures color pay-off and a creamy powder feel upon application.
The palette contains 4 color-coded, blendable, and easy-to-build eyeshadow looks that are universally flattering for all eye colors. Create a golden topaz eye, a ruby smokey eye, an amethyst-inspired eye, or a smoky quartz eye. Each look has a prime, enhance, and smoke shade.
The set contains the following shades at 0.24 oz each:
Look #1 – Happy Glow
Happy Glow – Prime (copper-rose metallic)
Happy Glow – Enhance (warm peach matte)
Happy Glow – Smoke (warm copper shimmer)
Look #2 – Love Glow
Prime (rose-gold shimmer)
Enhance (deep rose metallic)
Smoke (deep ruby matte)
Look #3 – Dream Glow
Prime (violet-champagne shimmer)
Enhance (warm violet shimmer)
Smoke (amethyst metallic)
Look #4 – Seduce Glow
Prime (bronzed-golden metallic
Enhance (cool, chocolate brown matte)
Smoke (smokey deep bronze metallic)
Sol de Janeiro Wild Extravaganza Set – $62 ($92 VALUE)
From the makers of award-winning Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, Sol de Janeiro Wild Extravaganza Set includes 4 products to moisturize, scent, and pamper your skin. Consider this the best of Brazilian body care in a box.
This limited-edition set contains:
- Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (8.1 oz)
- Brazilian Crush Hair & Body Fragrance Mist (3 oz)
- Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel (3 oz)
- Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter (0.21 oz)
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is an addictively scented smoothing cream for your entire body that is formulated with caffeine-rich guaraná. The luscious fragrance contains notes of salted caramel, pistachio, and vanilla. It also contains cupuaçu butter which helps to improve skin elasticity and seal in moisture. Açaí offers antioxidant protection and coconut oil conditions and moisturizes.
Brazilian Crush Hair & Body Fragrance Mist is formulated with the same warm and rich pistachio and salted caramel scent as the original Bum Bum Cream. Spray on your body, hair, or clothes.
Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel is a rich and creamy salted caramel, pistachio, vanilla-scented body wash infused with cupuaçu butter that is filled with fatty-acids, phytosterols, and polyphenols to improve skin elasticity and moisturize the skin. It also contains antioxidant-rich açaí and conditioning and moisturizing coconut oil.
Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter contains cupuaçu, açaí, and coconut oil, to condition and nourish the lips for a soft feel. The lip butter imparts a soft luster to your lips that enhances your natural lip color.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fenty Glow Trio Face Lip & Body Set – $42
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fenty Glow Trio Face Lip & Body Set is an exclusive makeup set that includes a full-size lip gloss, a mini face and body shimmer, and full-size cream blush. These are the perfect products for holiday parties and festive celebrations.
This limited-edition set contains:
- Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Fenty Glow (universal rose nude) (0.9 oz)
- Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Fenty Glow (universal rose nude) (0.1 oz)
- Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow (universal rose nude) (0.3 oz)
Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil is a a shimmering 3-D formula that provides a dazzling glitter finish to the face and body. A little goes a long way with this product.
Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush provides a beautiful flush of color on the cheeks and lips.
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is formulated with shea butter to condition the skin. The non-sticky formula is high shine and the shade Fenty Glow is a customer-favorite shimmering rose nude. The peach-vanilla scent is mouth-watering.
The Inkey List The Holiday Heroes Set – $34.99 ($38 VALUE)
The Inkey List The Holiday Heroes Set contains 4 products to plump, brighten and hydrate your skin. This is probably my favorite affordable skincare set for the holidays. The products are dirt cheap and they work. This set is perfect for addressing the signs of aging with targeted ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C.
This limited-edition set exclusive to Sephora contains:
- Hyaluronic Acid (1 oz)
- Vitamin C (1 oz)
- Retinol Serum (1 oz)
- Caffeine Eye Cream (0.5 oz)
Hyaluronic Acid contains Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Acid 2% and Matrixyl 3000, a peptide that supports collagen production. This serum is lightweight, hydrating and non-sticky. I can’t say enough about this hyaluronic acid. It is my favorite hyaluronic acid product that I’ve ever tried.
Vitamin C is a brightening cream that contains 30% pure l-ascorbic acid. It helps to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dullness, and fine lines. This was a little too strong for my somewhat sensitive skin but would be a good choice for those who aren’t sensitive.
Caffeine Eye Cream is formulated to improve dryness and under-eye lines and bags. Caffeine targets puffiness while Matrxyl 3000 peptide works to reduce the appearance of fine lines. This eye cream is very lightweight and works well under makeup.
Retinol Serum contains a slow-release formula of RetiStar Stabilised Retinol 1% and Granactive Retinoid 0.5% to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with minimal irritation. It works to even skin tone and support collagen formation. This retinol serum is so inexpensive and so effective. It’s a great introduction to retinol if you’ve never tried it before.
For a more in-depth review of the entire brand, be sure to check out this post on The Inkey List.
Kerastase Bestsellers Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum + Elixir Ultime Oil Serum Set – $55 – ($79 VALUE)
Kerastase Bestsellers Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum + Elixir Ultime Oil Serum Set contains day and night haircare formulates that hydrate, protect and add shine to hair.
This limited edition duo includes:
- Elixir Ultime Oil Serum (1.7 oz)
- Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum (3.04 oz)
Elixir Ultime Oil Serum contains a blend of 4 oils for anti-frizz shine, to prevent breakage, and to add strength and softness to hair (Maize Oil, Procaxi Oil, Argan Oil, and Camellia Oil). This oil serum can be used on dry or towel-dried hair. Use it as a pre-cleanse treatment, pre-blow dry treatment, a finishing treatment, or touch-up treatment.
Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum is an overnight treatment serum that detangles and treats hair to improve damage, split ends and breakage. It contains iris root extract to hydrate and protect hair fibers and reverse nutrient loss. A 5 vitamin blend leaves hair super smooth. Apply before bed to lengths of dry hair. NOTE: This product has a somewhat strong fragrance.
Kerastase manufactures some of the best hair products on the market, I’ve used and enjoyed both of these hair treatments.
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Pillow Talk Lip Set – $45 ($71 VALUE)
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Pillow Talk Lip Set contains a full-size lipstick, 2 mini lip glosses and a mini lip liner. This set celebrates Charlotte Tilbury’s infamous Pillow Talk shade (a gorgeous pink nude).
This limited-edition set contains:
- Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk (0.02 oz)
- Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk (0.12 oz)
- Jewel Lip Gloss in Pillow Talk (0.04 oz)
- Collagen Lip Bath Gloss in Pillow Talk (0.08 oz)
Lip Cheat Lip Liner resizes and reshapes your lips for a fuller lip look. It has a waterproof formula that won’t smudge, feather or transfer.
Matte Revolution Lipstick contains 3D glow pigments to make lips look fuller and wider. It uses orchid extract and Charlotte’s secret ingredients for a smooth finish. It has a square-angled tip similar to the shape of a lip brush to ensure precise application.
Jewel Lip Gloss is formulated with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to hydrate, condition, and moisturize the lips. It also contains diamond powder and jewel-toned pearls for a luminous light glimmering finish.
Collagen Lip Bath Gloss is infused with mustard sprout to plump the lips and marine collagen to hydrate and reduce the look of lines. Pearlescent pigments create a beautiful pink sheen, coconut oil nourishes and peppermint extract provides a cool zing of freshness.
Tatcha Pure & Glowing Trio – $72 ($104 VALUE)
Pure & Glowing Trio is Tatcha’s 3-step ritual for hydrated, plumped and radiant skin. The trio includes a mini face wash, mini eye cream, and full-size skin cream that combats dryness and dullness for brighter eyes and glowing skin. Tatcha products are such wonderful gifts as each product is itself a little luxury.
This limited-edition set contains:
- The Rice Wash Soft Cream Cleanser (1.69 oz)
- The Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream (0.17 oz)
- The Dewy Skin Cream (1.69 oz)
The Rice Wash is a pH-neutral cream cleanser that foams into a creamy lather. It removes makeup, dirt and oil without stripping your skin. It contains Japanese rice powder to soften the skin, hyaluronic acid and a Japanese algae blend to improve hydration, and Tatcha’s signature Hadasei-3 for a youthful-looking luminosity.
The Silk Peony Eye Melting Cream is an age-fighting eye cream that uses silk extract to form a protective shield of hydration, Japanese white peony extract to improve the skin barrier function and reduce dryness and sensitivity, and Tatcha’s Hadasei-3 Complex, a trio of anti-aging superfoods to reduce the premature signs of aging and water retention.
The Dewy Skin Cream is the customer-favorite rich skin cream formulated with Japanese purple rice, which contains a potent antioxidant to protect skin against UV damage, pollution, and other stressors. Okinawa Algae Blend and hyaluronic acid hydrate, plump and restore the skin barrier. It’s also filled with botanical extracts including ginseng, wild thyme, and sweet marjoram to nourish the skin.
Too Faced Enchanted Beauty Makeup Set – $36.00 ($155.00 VALUE)
Too Faced Enchanted Beauty Makeup Sets are available in two options (each sold separately): Foxy Neutrals (shown above) and Unbearably Glam. Whether you are looking for a sparkly glam festive look or seductive neutral look, these sets have you covered.
Each limited-edition set includes a palette that contains 12 multi-finish eye shadows, a highlighter and blush duo palette and a travel-size mascara. Plus each smells like Christmas cookies. These are the perfect affordable makeup gifts!
BONUS: Purchase both Foxy Neutrals and Unbearably Glam and pay only $59 for US customers ($310 Value) and $76 for Canada customers ($413 value). Each set is sold separately.
Enchanted Beauty Foxy Neutrals Makeup Set:
- Eyeshadows in Oh What Fun!, Ginger Snatched, Last Christmas, Lump Of Coal, Jingle Jangle, Chimney, Drummer Girl, Better Not Pout, Elfed Up, Claus Out, Cookie Butter, Lady Bells (12 x 0.03 oz)
- Here For The Hos Blush (0.1 oz)
- Angel Frostbite Highlighter (0.1 oz)
- Damn Girl Mascara in Black (0.2 oz)
Enchanted Beauty Unbearably Glam Makeup Set:
- Eyeshadows in Silver Bells, String Of Lights, Ice Queen, Boxes And Bows, Special Delivery, Nutcracker, All I Want, Candy Cane, Sex and Sleigh Bells, Blue Christmas, Lords A Leapin’, Christmas Dreams (12 x 0.03 oz)
- Makeup and Be Merry Blush (0.1 oz)
- Angel Kisses Highlighter (0.1 oz)
- Better Than Sex Mascara in Black (0.2 oz)
Fresh Rose Hydration Skincare Set – $65 ($97 VALUE)
Fresh Rose Hydration Skincare Set showcases 5 of Fresh’s best-selling rose skincare products for the ultimate in hydration and skin-softening benefits. Start with the makeup-removing cleanser (mini) , then move onto the petal-infused mask (mini) and toner (mini) . Finish with the customer-favorite moisturizer (full-size) and sheer-rose tinted lip balm (mini) for the smoothest and most hydrated lips ever, thanks to the time-release formula.
This limited-edition set contains:
- Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash (0.6 oz)
- Rose Face Mask (0.5 oz)
- Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner (3.3 oz)
- Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer (1.6 oz)
- Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 Rose (0.07 oz)
Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash is a best-selling 3-in-1 pH-balanced face wash that dissolves hard-to-remove makeup without stripping or drying out the skin. The lightweight gel contains amino acid-rich soy proteins, calming cucumber extract, and balancing rosewater, and is ideal for sensitive skin.
Rose Face Mask hydrates with real rose petals! This silk gel mask also contains rosewater, cucumber extract, and aloe vera gel to cool, soothe, and brighten the skin. A hydrating microalgae extract provides optimum moisture. Plus, it smells like fresh roses.
Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner is another cult-favorite product from Fresh. This daily toner contains real floating rose petals and hyaluronic acid to reduce the look of pores while improving hydration. This alcohol-free toner is on rose overload – it contains toning rose fruit extract, soothing rosewater, nourishing rose oil, and real rose petals.
Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer is a gel-cream that contains advanced hyaluronic acids to improve hydration and increase moisture. Hydro-patches form a protective moisture infused veil and Angelica Leaf Extract supports moisture retention. This lightweight moisturizer also contains rosewater, rose flower oil, and vitamin E to nourish and soothe dry skin.
Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 – Rose (one of my favorite lip balms ever) is a best-selling hydrating lip balm that contains sugar which acts as a humectant that helps retain moisture, meadowfoam and black currant seed oils for moisture, and grapeseed oil to smooth and soften lips. This award-winning lip balm is buildable for richer color. It also contains SPF 15 sunscreen protection.
Final Thoughts on Sephora Holiday Beauty Gifts: Skincare, Makeup & Haircare
These gift sets from Sephora are just a sampling of some of the fantastic beauty gifts available this holiday season. What are you shopping for this year? A great skincare set, a holiday makeup palette? Drop me a line in the comments! I’d love to know what you are shopping for this year…
In the meantime, for more beauty gifts, be sure to check out these posts:
Sephora Skincare Holiday Gift Guide: $25 and Under
Ulta Holiday Beauty Gift Guide: Skincare, Makeup & Haircare
The Best Anti-Aging Skincare Gift Sets
The Best Drugstore Holiday Beauty Gift Sets
Thanks for reading and until next time…
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