Shiny and glowy Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars time. It’s been a while since I shared my thoughts on MW and this time I’m only sharing half of the subject: bronzers and glowy items. I’m a glowy person (at times) and rarely bronze. Pale is okay around here though every once in a while a bronzer sneaks in the back door. Onto my most used “glows” lately.makeup wars glowy open

PAT McGRATH LABS, SKIN FETISH 003 NUDE

Don’t hate me because this is beautiful and s.o.l.d. out. It didn’t take long to sell out and when I reviewed it I warned you. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d made a mistake buying this or not but the powder is so pretty and so hard to resist. It also comes with a buffing brush (I don’t use it though) and a Shiny Stick highlighter and balm duo. This is here to remind us all, don’t underestimate Pat McGrath and don’t wait.

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude powder

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude powder

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude Shiny Stick Highlighter and balm duo

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude Shiny Stick Highlighter and balm duo

URBAN DECAY AFTERGLOW POWDER HIGHLIGHTER in AURA

With pink being my favorite color, when Urban Decay came out with the beautiful Afterglow Highlighters, I had to buy Aura. It’s pink perfection without being over the top. Aura is a light pink iridescent powder that gives me a radiant look. It’s subtle unless I build it up but I prefer using it as an all over glow applied lightly with a stippling brush or as a cheek highlighter over my blush. I like it on my browbone too so it’s getting more use than just as a highlighter. These are only $26 and not limited edition but that doesn’t mean that it’ll be around forever.

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura

TOM FORD SKIN ILLUMINATING DUO in MOODLIGHT

The name of this duo is confusing at best. On Nordstrom’s website they call it Moonlight and I think I might have too when I first wrote about it. Even though Moodlight is $80, in the long run it’s saved me money. I often crave beautiful products that I don’t use often enough. This gorgeous powder duo reminds me I don’t need more. Described as “a soft white shade is like the luminous glow of daylight and a radiant golden shade is like the romantic illusion of candlelight. These lightly shimmering shades can be applied individually or layered together to create a multidimensional glow” Moodlight gives me the golden tones I want especially with complimentary eyeshadows.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

IT COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER EYE in ILLUMINATION

This might seem like an odd fit here and in a way it is. I’m a big fan of Bye Bye Eye and when I received this in Illumination (in Light) I wasn’t sure about it. I don’t really want anything shiny under my eyes. But this became a surprise favorite once I saw how much brighter my under eye area looked. I use it sparingly, unlike my swatch, after foundation is on. It contains Drops of Light Technology™ for added radiance and a lit-from-within glow. As with all IT Cosmetics facial products it has anti-aging ingredients. To top it off, it’s waterproof which certainly helps on these 90 degree days.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating Concealer

SENNA BRILLIANT BRONZE BAKED MINERAL BRONZER & HIGHLIGHTER in DAWN

A bronzer isn’t on my face very often but every once in a while that paleness can get to me and I want to fit in with the crowd that worships bronzers. One of my favorites is by Senna which you just don’t hear enough about. Brilliant Bronze is available in three combinations: Dawn (light bronze & seashell pink highlighter), Sunset (deep bronze & golden highlighter), and Gold Star (sparkling yellow gold & champagne highlighter). It is a shimmery option which makes it bronze AND glowy. It’s a combination of warmth and illumination. I love the description that Senna gives: “This delicate mineral veil contains specially cultivated fresh water pearls with amino acids and proteins to hydrate and nourish skin, keeping it luxuriously soft and smooth.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

While I have many more highlighters and even bronzers, these are the ones I wear these days. What about you? What are your favorites? —  Marcia

Join the Makeup Wars ladies that are bronze, glowy, and beautiful.


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Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist and Illuminate Strobing Mix-in Drops

Hard Candy 2016 Spring Summer CollectionNext time you are at Walmart, take a look at the Hard Candy Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Hard Candy has some terrific products that are definitely affordable. I recently tested two things from the latest collection: Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist ($8) and Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops ($8).
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Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist

The Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist is billed as a moisturizing spray, primer, and setting spray. The ingredient list includes coconut water, which is very good for skin.  

I think this is too wet to be a setting spray. It works as a primer, although you will want to give yourself some dry-down time. I typically spray it on after moisturizing but before drying my hair. By the time I’ve dried my hair, the primer has settled down to a slightly sticky state that is fine for makeup application. It’s definitely hydrating, and I love the coconut water infusion. If you have dry skin, this is a primer to consider. However, I think it’s best as a general moisturizing spray, which would be handy at the beach or whenever your skin is feeling extra parched.  

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

The Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops is a sheer white opalescent liquid that gives a luminescence…not strong enough to be anything near ‘strobing’.  

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

I find that the Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops get lost in foundation, but used alone it gives a very pretty glow that looks natural. It’s a great option for those no-makeup days in summer when you just want a little boost for your skin.

Hard Candy Soft Touch Cosmetics Bag

Both products are affordable and are good for your low maintenance days. There are some really cute makeup bags available too – I recommend the Soft Touch Cosmetics Bag ($6) in ‘Little Hottie’, a hot pink number with a zippered expandable base where you can store your brushes. You can find Hard Candy at Walmart, both in store and online.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Let’s start a Makeup Revolution – we can begin with Shimmer Brick Radiant

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant

Remember when the first shimmer brick became available? I do and I remember wanting it badly but I never did buy it. It was too expensive and it was too shimmery for me. I tested it so many times yet walked away looking like a glitter ball. Sadness prevailed. When Makeup Revolution sent their Shimmer Brick Radiant I was afraid, very afraid!! I thought it was just beautiful but all I could remember is the glitter ball. But I’m a champ and giving this a go was the only way to find out my results.

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant (overhead light)

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant (overhead light)

The results are positive. This $7 palette (exclusive to Ulta) is everything I was hoping for years ago. There’s a glow to it but there’s surprisingly no glitter. I was truly amazed by that fact. There are 5 shades in it that blend together beautifully to give me a golden peach glow. It’s not a palette I can wear on an everyday basis but nothing with this much gleam ever is.

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant individual swatches

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant individual swatches

There are two Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Bricks, Radiant and Rose Gold. Rose Gold would be better for darker skin tones than mine.

The best way I’ve found to use this is to take a large fluffy brush and highlight my cheeks. I can then use a smaller brush to bring attention to certain areas. The lighter shades work for me along my upper cheekbones.

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant blended

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant blended

The individual shades can be used as eyeshadows but I’d only do that in a pinch. A good eyeshadow primer is needed to make the shades adhere better since these are powdery. When I tried it I made sure that I tapped off excess in my sink so I wouldn’t have massive fallout. The colors are beautiful on.

Here’s some hints from Makeup Revolution on how to create a glowing, radiant skin:

“For glowing, radiant skin:

  • Select a powder blush that contains a slight shimmer.
  • Start by applying the blush to the apples of your cheeks. Then slightly extend under the cheek bones.
  • Lightly dust Makeup Revolution USA’s Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant on the top of your cheekbones; the light will naturally reflect off of it.
  • You can opt to mix all of the tones together for a multidimensional glow or you can pick and choose one by one for the desired effect.
  • Besides the cheekbones, you can add shimmer down the nose, between your eyebrows, or on your temples and chin.
  • For the eyes, sweep product on the lids and around the corners. For an enhanced eye, add the lighter tones under the brow bone.”

If you are as fascinated by highlighters as I am, Makeup Revolution needs to be #1 on your list. For $7 you can look and feel radiant.

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant (near a window)

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant (near a window)

What do you think of this beauty?  — Marcia

*sent for consideration

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Sleek MakeUP makes summer shine even better with Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals

Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals

Sleek MakeUP first came to my attention on Makeup Alley. The ladies there were going nuts over the amazing colors of their palettes and the even more amazing prices for this highly pigmented line. I ordered eyeshadows because I had to see what the fuss was about and I didn’t regret that one bit even though it was more expensive to get in the US. Happily now Sleek has made it easy to purchase their products on their website without the high prices and shipping.

Sleek MakeUP sent us a package of some of their newest products which Lisa and I have drooled over. She recently reviewed their VIP Lipsticks which are a semi-matte. I need to remind her that she promised me Private Booth. I took the Precious Metals Highlighting Palette and Eyebrow Stylist and I’m not promising them to her, I want them all to myself.

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette with names

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette with names

Sleek MakeUP Precous Metals Highlighting Palette is one of three Highlighting Palettes that they’ve created ($14.99) and it’s all I could ask for, especially with summer finally here. This is a high shine palette that contains 3 cream pans and one powder one. Some are more shimmery than others but all have a radiance that I love.

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

The four shades (clockwise from upper left) are Platinum, Royal Gold, Antique Bronze (powder), and Renaissance Gold. These are such versatile highlighters and I’ve found you can wear them anywhere on your face and also on your body. I L.O.V.E. them on my eyes. I’ve been a fan of cream eyeshadows for years and the Precious Metals palette is perfect for me. I start with an eyeshadow primer, apply the cream shades with my finger and usually put a powder eyeshadow in the crease or sometimes Antique Bronze there. It lasts the entire day without creasing or fading.

Sleek Precious Metals shades from website

Sleek Precious Metals shades from website

Precious Metals: Platinum, Royal Gold

Precious Metals: Platinum, Royal Gold

Platinum is meant to lift your browbone with its creamy white with a light pink undertone. Royal Gold is a bright yet light gold that is beautiful on my lid. Sleek suggests using Royal Gold down the bridge of your nose as a highlighter.

Sleek Precious Metals: Renaissance Gold and Antique Bronze

Sleek Precious Metals: Renaissance Gold and Antique Bronze

Renaissance Gold is less sparkly so I’ve used it a lot on my eyes. Sleek’s suggestion of applying Renaissance Gold on your cupid’s bow to make your lips more prominent is a winner! It’s a wonderful shade for that especially since it’s more natural while still being metallic. Antique Bronze works wonderfully as a bronzer and a highlighter. It’s also a great eyeshadow shade.

Sleek: Platinum, Royal Gold, Renaissance Gold, Antique Bronze

Sleek: Platinum, Royal Gold, Renaissance Gold, Antique Bronze

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette is not only a bargain to me with its 4 shades that enhance and glow but it’s one that’s going to make my summer more beautiful.

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

I was happy when I found Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in the package. My eyebrows went from nicely shaped and filled in naturally to scraggly monsters that are thin. I desperately need eyebrow products these days and this Eyebrow Stylist is great for me. This automatic pencil comes in three shades: light, medium, and dark. I was sent Dark which is a great shade for my brunette brows.

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Dark

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Dark

One end contains a flat tip so that you can create a light outline and then with the pointed angled edge fill in your brows. It’s easy to use feather strokes to create an illusion of hair. What I like is that I can heavily fill in the sparseness at the front of my brows and then flip it to use lighter strokes for the rest. This really fills in well and it’s not a waxy feeling.

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

The spoolie isn’t unusual but it does a great job of grooming your brows so it gets an A from me!

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Dark

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Dark

This is not the best shot of my brows because they needed some plucking but you can see how well this fills in and looks natural. You can easily layer this or apply a darker line if you need more coverage. At $8.99 this is one of the better buys I’ve found in eyebrow pencils.

 

Two great finds from SLEEK MAKEUP. We no longer have to worry about the difficulty and expense of buying Sleek since they’ve made it so easy. —  Marcia

 

*sent for editorial consideration

 

The bad and the beautiful of Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003

The hottest product available right now seems to be the Pat McGrath Lab Skin Fetish 003. This is a limited edition set that was once sold on her own site but it sold out in a flash. Sephora is the carrier of this right now and I’m quite sure that despite it’s $72 price that it will be sold out soon again. There are definitely reasons to buy this and other reasons to skip it.

The cosmetics themselves are beautiful and unique as seen in these photos from Allure.com

Pat McGrath Lab Skin Fetish 003 in Nude

Pat McGrath Lab Skin Fetish 003 in Nude

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 in Golden

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 in Golden

If highlighting and strobing items make your day then these will definitely be for you. I love the name Skin Fetish since that’s what we’re all about when we buy products like this. The two available shades are Nude and Golden. I bought this in Nude because of the beautiful pink in the photo. When it arrives what you’ll actually see is the compact is white but as you use it or turn it the iridescent pink appears.

The highlighting stick is almost the same in both sets with Nude being a light gold and Golden appearing darker and more golden. The brush is the same blush.

Let me start with the “bad” so I can get to the “beautiful”:

Bad 1:

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 packaging

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 packaging

The outer packaging is a throwaway. There’s nothing attractive or appealing about it although the sequins within would grab your eye.

Bad 2:

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 sequins galore

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 sequins galore

When I opened it, sequins went everywhere. I corralled most of them but I found two in my shower today and that isn’t even near where I opened the package. My advice: have a garbage can or a big plastic bag nearby to hold them.

Bad 3:

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 brush

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 brush

The packaging is flimsy and isn’t the quality you’d expect for this amount of money. The highlighter/balm stick is lightweight and doesn’t feel sturdy. The compact with the pigment is plain as plain can be and feels more drugstore than Sephora. The brush is decent but I don’t really think it adds much to the products. Most people who covet cosmetics like this have oodles of better brushes.

Bad 4: $72 — enough said.

But there’s also the Beautiful so now you have to weigh the bad against them!

Beautiful 1:

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Pigment

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Pigment for Nude

The pigment raises this to a new level. I have more cosmetics than you can imagine but I own nothing like this. It has a a subtle iridescence that you can build up. This is luminous without a touch of glitter which makes it even better. The buffer brush is used to buff this in for different levels of shine. I prefer a softer kabuki brush though personally.

Beautiful 2:

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Highlighter Side

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Nude Highlighter Side

The highlighter side of the dual-ended Shiny Stick™ is a softly mottled gold with a luminous finish. The balm side is exactly that: a balm like finish that creates a dewy look to your cheeks but doesn’t add any color. The balm is called a “beautifying balm” and is meant to amplify the color of the Shiny Stick.

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003  Nude

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Nude

As you can see I’m torn about this. I love the pigment though and would buy the one from the Golden set in the blink of an eye. But I’d have to buy the entire set which I don’t need. I’d be thrilled if Pat McGrath Skin Labs had just the pigments for sale.

Ways to use this according to Pat McGrath Skin Labs:

Accentuate by swiping the balm alone on the high points of your skin. This will give you a glow that isn’t colorful. You can then flip to stick to use the highlighter only to amplify your bone structure.

Amplify: To take it to the next level apply the highlighter and follow with the balm that you’ve pressed on top with your fingers.

Transcend:  Go all the way. Buff the pigment over the Shiny Stick duo for an aliengelic gleam of otherworldly opulence. (yes, they use the word aliengelic, it’s not a typo)

Lavish light anywhere on the face and body. Add sumptuous sheen to eyelids and lips. Brighten brow bones, corners of eyes. Dramatize décolletage. Glorify shoulders.

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish pigment (nude)

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish pigment (nude)

While I couldn’t get a picture of the angelic radiance it’s definitely there and that’s what makes this worth the money for me. I can use the pigment powder with or without the Shiny Stick™ and it’s wonderous.

What do you think? Bad or beautiful? — Marcia

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Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette review and swatches

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

I probably recommend the Paula’s Choice line more than any other, but honestly mostly for skin care. I have had a love/hate relationship with her color cosmetics. Cream Concealer? Not for me. Foundation? None of them are my favorites. Lip gloss? Nothing special.  Some of the color cosmetics are fantastic though – love love love the Bright & Berry Lip Collection, Brow Defining Cream, and Eyeshadow Palette.

I recently placed an order for about 10 of the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover – it’s so good I get anxious when I am down to five bottles! – and at the last-minute decided to add in the Blush It On Contour Palette. This is Limited Edition and costs $36. I was a bit uneasy spending that amount when I haven’t loved Paula’s blushes in the past, but I am happy I took the plunge and I’ll bet you might want to invest after reading my review.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette:  top row left to right – Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony; bottom row left to right:  Bronze, Dusty Rose, Soft Mauve

Prior incarnations of blush from Paula didn’t do much for me. They just weren’t pigmented enough and didn’t last on my blush-eating skin. However, this palette is a wonderful improvement from the previous blush formulas. The Blush It On Contour Palette has six shades for highlighting, contouring, and blushing like a school girl. The formula is silky smooth, blends in beautifully, and has a satin matte finish. The colors are long-wearing with minimal fading, and they don’t oxidize throughout the day.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony

The highlighting shade is Pearl, which swatches pretty dramatic but has a beautiful, glowy effect on that looks very natural. Paula is typically anti-shimmer yet pro-luminescence, and this highlighter definitely delivers. I love it on the tops of my cheekbones for a youthful glow, as well as down the center of my nose with the Bronze shade lightly brushed down the sides to give a ‘thinning out’ effect.

Delicate Coral is a very pretty coral shade that is gorgeous on warm skin tones and deeper skin shades. I love this when I have faux-tanned my skin into the medium range; it looks like summertime and sandy beaches to me.

Peony is a very pretty medium pink without shimmer. It is a perfect everyday shade for work, and it layers nicely for a more dramatic evening look.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Bronze, Soft Rose, Dusty Mauve

Moving on down to the bottom row, Bronze provides the ‘contour’ in the palette name. This is a soft but versatile contour/bronzer. I like that it’s matte – I think too much sparkle and shimmer ruins some otherwise terrific contour products. I love this just underneath my blush to give my cheekbones more definition and, as I mentioned, it’s awesome paired with Pearl for thinning out the nose.

Soft Rose is a light pink that pale complexions will adore. It’s probably too light for any skin tone darker than medium, but this is a great ballerina pink that is just tad bit peachy.

Dusty Mauve is my favorite of the blush shades. It’s a deeper berry pink that might be a tad too dark for you pale princesses, but is amazing on any shade darker than porcelain. It’s the most dramatic of the shades so go easy with it and build up to the color you want.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette Pearl and Soft Mauve

If I had my druthers, I would love for Paula to add two more shades to this palette – one more highlighter with less pink tint and more sheen, and one more bronzer in a deeper shade. But that’s really nitpicking.

While none of the colors are dramatic, they all give beautiful, natural washes of color that last all day. This is a great workhorse palette that you will find yourself reaching for time and time again. If you haven’t ordered from Paula’s Choice before, I have a code for $10 off your first order, just click HERE.  If you are looking for a great new blush palette I highly recommend this one – get it before it’s gone.  – Lisa

*purchased by me

Hard Candy is so 2016 – strobing, fierce lips, and glowy primer

Hard Candy Pure Defense Primer Serum, Fierce Effects Lipsticks, Strobing Kit

Hard Candy Pure Defense Primer Serum, Fierce Effects Lipsticks, Strobing Kit and Pencil

If you are looking for some up to the minute products with a price that’s unbelievable, Hard Candy is your best friend. Hard Candy is exclusive to Walmart and Walmart.com. so I think you should sneak over to the beauty section when you are buying your veggies. Hard Candy will only make a little bump in your budget, not even a dent. I have 3 types of products that were sent that you need to know about.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum has been on my face daily since receiving it. What do you hear about all the time online now? Color Correcting!! That’s what every company is is bringing out and what we are all fascinated with. When I first started using this I had a surprise:

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

It’s a teal blue just like the bottle. Why teal? To brighten your face. The Pore Defense Primer Serum does a little bit of everything. First it contains pore-tightening actives and astringents that absorb excess oil. There’s micro-fine powder in the serum that you won’t notice but your skin will because it blurs fine lines while color correcting. I find this gives a nice glow to my skin that doesn’t look greasy. Plus it helps my foundation last! I can promise you that this $8 primer will be among my favorites for the year.

ULTIMATE STROBING KIT AND STROBING HIGHLIGHTING PENCIL

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

It wouldn’t be 2016 without strobing. In 2014 we called it highlighting but starting late in 2015 everyone started saying strobing. Whatever you call it, the LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit is perfectly attuned to the times.

This $8 kit has everything you need to do your face: 2 Luminizers, Matte Bronzer, Matte Blush, a tube of Strobing Glow, and a travel size brush. The metallic kit closes firmly so it’s great for home or on-the-go. The colors in it are very flattering. I don’t use bronzers often so to find a light one that is good for some contouring is a pleasure. The color of the blush is peach and very flattering. The two luminizers will complement your look with a subtle radiant glow, nothing flashy. BUT if you want flashy that’s where the tube of Strobing Glow fits in. This gives a nice shimmer without glimmer and livens everything up. Use it on your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, or to highlight your beautiful eyes.

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Luminizers, Bronzer and Blush

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Luminizers, Bronzer and Blush

Hard Candy Strobing Kit

Hard Candy Strobing Kit

Hard Candy ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Strobing Glow and swatch and Strobing Duo Stick

Hard Candy ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Strobing Glow and swatch and Strobing Duo Stick

For $6 you can purchase the Hard Candy Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick. These two work perfectly together but just as nicely on their own. Use this duo wherever you want to strobe. I like to draw a line down my nose and blend. It’s great to apply to your bottom lip in the middle to help create some depth and glow. The stick is soft and easy to use; it doesn’t wipe away your foundation or blush when you use it either. This Strobing pencil is great to throw in a clutch for a quick touch up too.

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Both of these are highly impressive. Take off the name and no one would know that Walmart is your source.

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

While 2016 is all about matte lipsticks not all of us love that look or the dryness. Matte isn’t the only trend for 2016 though for lips – fierce colors that can create many looks are just as new.

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

These 18 shades of lipstick give you a moist looking lip with lots of shine. You just need the lipstick, no gloss to top it off, to look like you have luscious lips. They come in 18 shades (not all are online): Chalkin Pink, Provocative, Show Off, Galactica, Newly Berried, Prowler, Glisten to Me, Thunder, Black Diamond, Slylac, Heart Breaker, Sky’s the Limit, Nudist, Seduced, Sunshine, Night Queen, Jealousy, and Virtual Reality. The pigmentation is off the wall.

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

There is a lot to like with the Fierce Effects lipsticks –

  • only $5 each
  • Highly pigmented shades that don’t need a second coat
  • Mix and match colors to create “fierce effects” with them
  • Easy to blend two shades together to create a new shade
  • Fierce Effects lipsticks are infused with argan oil
  • Moist and easy to apply, no need for a gloss

These are scented though but it’s not offensive to me since it’s a bubblegum fragrance and it doesn’t last too long. In spite of the fragrance I like that you can create an ombre lip or your own shade.

So 2016! Knowing Hard Candy it’s only the beginning. They’ve got 9 more months to come out with fresh, innovative products that are up to the minute and so wallet friendly. Which of these would you most want to use? — Marcia

*sent for consideration