Hard Candy Rose Gold Pro Palette review and swatches

Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold

Looking for something fun that won’t break the bank?  Hard Candy always has great options – quality stuff that is affordable, interesting shades, lots to play with and no guilt!  The Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold ($10) is a perfect example.  It has fifteen eyeshadows, with shades that range from cream to dark brown, and textures from matte to frost.


Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold

All these eyeshadows for just $10?  Talk about frugal!  And fun, too.  There are tons of great colors and textures for experimenting, and this palette is easy to find at Walmart.

Standout shades for me are the beautiful neutrals Charmer, which is a champagne shade with a gorgeous sheen and Sweetheart, which is a fabulous peach that really makes eyes pop.  I also love Double Date, a transfixing complex shade that is amazing for a smoky eye.

There is a lot to love in this wonderfully affordable palette!  Be sure to check it out on your next trip to Walmart.  – Lisa

Hello Fab! Side by Side takes a look at First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty has come to our rescue many times for dry, cracked skin – but what about color products?  Is First Aid Beauty just as FAB in that area?  Lisa and Marcia tested out the Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28), Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer ($28), and Hello Fab Mango Butter Multi Stick ($20) to see if all the raves were true.

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Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer


Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is a lovely, lightweight combination moisturizer/primer. Much to my delight, it does have a very slight coconutty scent, nothing overwhelming but still enough to make us coconut lovers dance a happy dance. It gives skin a beautiful sheen so on low maintenance days it’s really all you need.  It’s great as a primer and provides a wonderful canvas for foundation.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The ingredients are terrific, featuring coconut water plus a host of other ‘superfoods’:


This is actually my first real go-around with First Aid Beauty. When we’ve received products from them they’ve gone to Lisa. I’ve mostly used samples that I’ve gotten in subscription boxes. For me, everything has to pass the “sniff” test. Let’s see my opinion of these.

First Aid Beauty

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is the one product I was most eager to try out. Some of my beauty friends adore this multitasker. It provides sunscreen protection of SPF 30. Equally important is that it makes my skin look soft and luminous. I was so excited when I first used this primer because of the way it felt and looked. I totally understood why others raved about it.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Now about that “sniff test”. I find the fragrance to linger but I’m not used to scented products. The smell is delicious though and definitely a coconut one. I’m using the primer in spite of the fragrance since it’s said to tackle dryness, dullness, pores, uneven skin tone and uneven texture. First Aid Beauty is describing my skin needs with those benefits.

free from Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol

Allergy-Tested, Gluten-Free, Non-Comedogenic, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan


Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer is available in 5 shades.

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer (from firstaidbeauty.com)

Ultra Repair Fair: For pale, cream and fair skin
Ultra Repair Light: For beige and buff colored skin
Ultra Repair Medium: For golden, olive or honey colored skin
Ultra Repair Tan: For caramel, tanned or medium brown skin
Ultra Repair Rich: For almond, bronze or rich brown skin

The good news is that this passes the “sniff test”. The bad news is that the Light I was sent is too dark for me. But from the pictures I’m sure that Fair would work well for me.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer in Light

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer in Light

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I really like the texture of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer since it’s mousse like. At first it sort of sits on skin but as it settles in it melds well with my skin. There are so many great ingredients in the tinted moisturizer like Colloidal Oatmeal and Allantoin (they help reduce redness as well as reduce redness and calm and soothe skin). It contains Hyaluronic Acid so I’m happy about that. I can wear the Light if I blend really well and it does cover enough to hide my skin imperfections. I need to try this in Fair though for the best look.

Mango Butter Multi Stick

Hello Fab Mango Butter Multi Stick

The Mango Butter Multi Stick is available in Champagne, Moonlight, and Rose’. Both of us received this in Moonlight which is a beautiful very light pinky/lavender with an opalescent glow.

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Rosé

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Champagne

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Moonlight

I was really surprised when I saw this was a cream to powder product. Almost all items like this that can be used on eyes, face, and lips are balm like. But the Multi Stick is dry to the touch. After gliding it onto the area you desire (even décolleté) just tap it lightly with your fingertips to blend. If you want more coverage you just need to layer it.

    Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol. Allergy-Tested, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan, Nano-Free

It’s a nice stick to carry with since it’s not going to melt under normal conditions. I’ve used it mainly as a highlighter since it doesn’t show up on my lips. The Multi Stick is a nice way to combat dullness.

I’m happy that I’ve had a great experience with these First Aid Beauty products but Lisa probably won’t be since I’ll want to try more of them.

You should try these and others for a great experience of your own.

Decorté Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color in BE 385, BR 381, BR 382

 DECORTE Cosmetics continues to impress me! While I haven’t tried their skin care line, the color products are full of winners. Every single day I am wearing something from DECORTE, whether it is the foundationconcealerprimer, or the lip palettes…or just reaching for my Kate Moss Makeup Favorites Kit which I keep in my desk at work. 

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Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Colors

Today I have yet another huge rave, this time for eyes. The EYE GLOW GEM GLOSSY EYE COLOR ($27) is total eye candy, so much fun! The texture is gel-like, definitely lighter than a typical cream eyeshadow with more bounce.  They apply slightly wet and are easy to blend, and dry to a silky finish with a pearlescence that gives them a three-dimensional effect. I think the Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Colors are more fun than usual because you apply them with your fingers instead of a brush. To avoid sticking your finger into the pot, just use a small spatula to remove some of the eye color and scrape it onto a steel palette, then let the fun begin! I really find that fingers work better than a brush, but you can experiment and find what works best for you.

There are 29 shades available that range from pale silver to deep dark blue. I find that these lovelies are long-lasting and don’t get dull or crease throughout the day.  

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BE385

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BE385

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BE385

BE385 is a beautiful champagne brown with hints of silver and pink. It’s a gorgeous transition color from the lid to the brow, really stunning! Sometimes I just wear this as a wash with lots of black eyeliner and super black mascara.

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BR381

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BR381

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BR381

BR381 is a coppery brown with flecks of silver and green. It’s a stunner, especially on hazel eyes. I love this as a lid shade although it’s also great for the crease.

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BR382

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BR382

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color BR382

BR382 is my go-to crease shade, a dark chocolate with pink and gold shimmer. Wow is this pretty! You can deepen the shade with another layer for more drama or sheer it out for less. It’s very versatile and looks amazing every single way I’ve tried it. Love love love.

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color left to right: BE385, BR382, BR381

You can find these beauties and the other 26 Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color shades exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue in the states.  – Lisa

Milani comes in all sizes with the Makeup Wars Team

Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe palette in Candle Light

The original vision for this week’s Makeup Wars was a particular palette from Milani which some of the bloggers will be sharing with you. But we couldn’t all find the palette which is my main complaint with Milani. I love what Milani has become but finding specific products is often a problem. So some of us are just going with the flow and sharing what we love. I’m one of those people.

Milani Hypnotic Lights and Stellar Lights

I previously reviewed Milani Hypnotic Lights in Luminous Lights and 2 Stellar Lights palettes in Rose Glow and Holographic Beams. Gotta tell you that I am crazy about these and find they have made a nice impact on my cosmetic life. To see more about these read my review and see the photos since you’ll want these too if you can find them. I know that the Hypnotic Lights are still available and they make a great a great alternative to Becca highlighters at a third of the cost.

Milani Hypnotic Lights Highlighter in Luminous Light

Today though I want to share a palette I found at Walgreens and have gotten a lot of use from. There are 3 different SPOTLIGHT FACE & EYE STROBE PALETTES available. I chose Candle Light because a) it wasn’t broken or used which the others were and b) these are MY colors. Plus the fact that it can be used on face and eyes sold me ($13 on Milani.com and $16 on Amazon).

Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe palette in Candle Light

Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe palette in Candle Light

The colors in this palette have a glow to them which is why I like using this so much. There’s a cream, bronze, and pink but they aren’t the typical cream, bronze, and pink. Instead they are light reflecting and take on a glow that I find so attractive.

Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe palette in Candle Light

Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe palette in Candle Light – swatches and a mix of the colors

The look I get on my eyes is radiant and soft. They are the perfect antidote to winter’s darker shades. I not only wear them as is from the palette (with an eye primer first) but I also mix them to create new shades as seen above.

When I want to wear them on my face I’ve got both a blush and a highlighter that coordinate well. The middle shade is a cool pinky rose on me and I love it. I’m sure I’ll use this up first. The bronze shade in the middle adds a warmth to use for contour or a deeper blush tone. But the best is using a fluffy brush all over and lightly powdering over my entire face. There’s glow, there’s radiance but there’s not glitter. No little piece of shimmer getting into my pores to ruin my look.

If Candle Light isn’t right for your skintone how about Sunlight which is the warmer version

Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe palette in Sunlight

or Golden Light, the darker version

Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe palette in Golden Light

No matter which of these Milani products you are eyeing, you just can’t go wrong. The quality, depth of pigmentation, and price make these cosmetics you’ll really enjoy owning and more important, using! —  Marcia

update  –  you can get 15% off at Milani’s site now with the code WINTER15. I don’t know how long that will last.

It’s eye inspiring! Beth Bender Beauty

As Marcia wrote about a few days ago, Beth Bender Beauty is all about accenting the eyes. I have a few more great products for you today – a brush set, a gel liner, and a fabulous highlighting palette. Use these with the stencils Marcia reviewed HERE and your look will truly be eye inspiring!

Beth Bender Sweet Dreams Highlighter Palette


The Beth Bender Beauty Sweet Cheeks Highlighter Palettes ($30) highlight skin, cheeks and eyes – my how I love multi-taskers! These beautiful powders reflect light and can be used alone or layered over eyeshadow, blush, or bronzer. The different powders come in matte, iridescent and metallic finishes and also look truly gorgeous on the eyes…in fact I honestly thought this was an eyeshadow palette at first. Used with a big fluffy brush they give skin a gorgeous glow, but used with eyeshadow brushes they give lots of drama and glimmer (especially when applied wet) and last forever. My palette is called Sweet Dreams.

Get Technical is the lightest shade, a creamy iridescent champagne –

Get Technical

The second lightest is the peachy Sweeten Up that has lots of glow and glimmer –

Sweeten Up

The finally, there is the purple Siren which is matte but makes for a very interesting glow on darker skin tones –


Beth Bender Sweet Dreams Highlighter Palette swatches left to right:  Sweeten Up, Get Technical, Siren

All three shades are excellent eyeshadows as well as highlighters.

Beth Bender Brushes

Beth Bender Brushes

Beth Bender Brushes

This six piece brush set is part of the Pro Makeup collection but you can also purchase these brushes separately.  Overall, they are very nice brushes that give a lot of bang for the buck.

Beth Bender Deluxe Pointed Eyeliner Brush

The Deluxe Pointed Eyeliner Brush (originally $17, right now on sale for $12.99)…so this isn’t my favorite brush. I think it’s too long and doesn’t have enough firmness. It bends too much too use with liquid liners or gel liners. I can’t really recommend it.

Beth Bender Angled Eyeliner Brush

The Angled Eyeliner Brush ($12) is truly perfection!! And look at that price! This is a fantastic gel liner brush. If you only get one Beth Bender brush, get this one. You’ll never use another gel liner brush again – it’s that versatile.

Beth Bender Dome Shape Mini Liner Brush

The Dome Shape Mini Liner Brush ($10) will be your best friend for working with gel liners. Great for upper and lower lid lining and creating cats eye looks, especially with Beth Bender stencils.

Beth Bender Pro Medium Shadow Brush

The Pro Medium Shadow Brush ($13) is a great brush, one of my favorites. It’s very soft but dense, and really packs eyeshadow on beautifully.

Beth Bender Pro Crease Blender Brush

The Pro Crease Blender Brush ($13) is a little too long and a little too soft for my old eyes. I need my crease brushes to be a bit more dense, but if you like softer crease brushes you will love this one.

Beth Bender Concealer Brush

The Concealer Brush ($14) is darn near perfect. I love the shape and it’s the perfect size for getting into those awkward dark areas around the eye/nose areas.

Beth Bender Valeria Gel Eyeliner

Now let’s talk eyeliner! The Valeria Gel Eyeliner ($14) is astoundingly good. Look at how gorgeous this is!! The texture is wet, so there is lots of play time before it dries down. You can build this up to be as dramatic as you’d like. The metallic amethyst really shows, especially if you use one of the Beth Bender stencils as your guide in creating a winged eyeliner look.

Beth Bender Valeria Gel Eyeliner

This eyeliner doesn’t crack, wear off, flake, or smudge. It just looks amazing all day long. I love it! Now, I’m pretty partial to this beautiful amethyst shade, but there are lots of other gorgeous colors available at Beth Bender Beauty so you should head on over to the website and poke around a bit.

Don’t forget to enter our Beth Bender giveaway!!  We are giving away three different Beth Bender sets and the giveaway ends on April 9th at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Click HERE to enter and good luck!! – Lisa

Do you know about ShadowSense Long Lasting Eyeshadow?

ShadowSense® Long Lasting Eyeshadows

ShadowSense® is part of the SeneGence family. The name may feel familiar to you since there’s been a lot of talk about their long wear lipsticks LipSense® Liquid Lip Color. I have a few of the LipSense® lipsticks and I like them so I was very interested in their eyeshadow version for a few reasons.

🙂  It’s a Cream to Powder formula and I love cream shadows.

🙂  These are long wearing shadows so you don’t have to worry about them fading away.

🙂  There are 21 shades in both matte and shimmer formulas.

I got very lucky and I won two of these in a giveaway from Bekah Loves back in late November. Even though my favorite post to write each week is The Sunday Scoop I barely enter any giveaways. A lot of the reason is that I am lucky enough to get product for review from companies plus I just don’t have the time. But this ShadowSense® giveaway really appealed to me so I entered and went back for additional entries.

My prize was 2 ShadowSense®of my choice and true to form I chose shimmery neutrals: Sandstone Pearl Shimmer and Moca Java Shimmer ($22 each).


If you follow me on Beauty Info Zone then you know that this type of shadow floats my boat. I love a cream shadow that doesn’t crease or fade away that I can use as a base or as the shadow itself. I’ve used these two ShadowSense® both ways and often.

Sandstone Pearl Shimmer gets the most use from me since it makes an awesome base for the neutrals I love. There’s a lot of gold to it yet I can blend it out to a more subtle shade. The shimmer adds some depth to it but that shimmer is going nowhere except on my eyes. It’s not the least bit garish like some gold shadows can be though you could top it with a gold powder shadow for more color if you wanted.

ShadowSense® Moca Java Shimmer and Sandstone Pearl Shimmer

ShadowSense®Moca Java Shimmer is a beautiful bronze that wears well on your lid as well as a crease shade. I like to wear the two of these together.

ShadowSense® Moca Java Shimmer wand

My favorite way to apply these is with a synthetic eyeshadow brush but the easiest way to use them is directly from the wand and then to use your finger to smooth the shadow. I prefer the brush since my nails are on the long side and I like the way it diffuses better.

According to their website the formula includes anti-aging SenePlex Complex™ for protection of the delicate eye area. They had me at anti-aging. When I return I have a list of a few ShadowSense® shades and a LipSense® shade I hope to purchase.  Have you tried either ShadowSense®or  LipSense® yet? If not what are you waiting for?  —  Marcia

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Eyes, eyes, and more eyes from Pixi!

The more I use Pixi Beauty the more I love it and today I have nothing but EYE love from this fabulously affordable and super fun line! They sell my favorite mascara – the Lengthy Fiber Mascara ($16) – but that isn’t even what I’m writing about today.  Today is all about eye liner and eyeshadow.

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Before I get into the eyeshadow palettes, I want to give a quick hello to these two pencil eyeliners – the Endless Silky Eye Pens ($12), one in MatteNude and the other in RoseGlow. They are sooo creamy and they really do glide on and the best part is that they just don’t budge. I can work out, sweat, cry, really cry, rub my eyes, it doesn’t matter – unless I am taking my eyeliner off with makeup remover, this eyeliner stays true! Plus, they are perfect for the waterline. This is holy grail stuff, my friends.

Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pens

• Gives the concentrated colour of a liquid liner in a silky, easy to apply pencil
• Stays looking flawless all day
• Hypoallergenic
• No mineral oils
• No preservatives
• No parabens
• Not tested on animals

MatteNude is perfect for the waterline. It’s a peachy shade that finishes the waterline and really opens up the eye making it look doe-eye huge. One word of caution – if this liner gets too warm it can deposit too much product, so be careful. Otherwise, perfection.

Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pens swatches in RoseGlow and MatteNude

RoseGlow is just gorgeous – a shimmery golden bronze that is so flattering, especially if you have hazel eyes. Application is truly delightful with lots of play time before it sets and I adore this shade but if it’s not your cup of tea there are 21 shades available so I’m sure you can find something that suits you perfectly.

Pixi Beauty Mesmerizing Mineral Eyeshadow Palette

Ok, now for some eyeshadow palettes. There are nine different Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes ($12) available, and we have reviewed several of them. Each palette has six shades of eyeshadow and a dual-sided sponge applicator. The eyeshadows are mineral shadows that have great pigmentation and all the palettes feature gemstone-inspired shades. My palette is Desert SunsetI didn’t think I would like this nearly as much as I do – the red shade scared me, but it’s really pretty! And you would be surprised how versatile orange really is. The other shades include a medium matte brown, a deep brown with tiny golden shimmer, a dark golden shimmery brown, and a medium shimmery brown. They are all very pretty, rich shades with a great color pay off that make this palette a great buy, especially since it often goes on sale for half off!  

On the larger palette side, the Eye Reflection Shadow Palette Mixed Metals ($24) is gorgeous! It’s a lovely combination of lighter and darker shades, some that give a creamy glow, some that give a three-dimensional metallic finish, and some with a matte finish. The twelve colors range from a light golden cream to a dark brown. I find all of the shades to be very interesting with a nice texture; beautifully blendable and heavily pigmented.

Overall, I think the Endless Silky Eye Pens are must haves – they are really perfect eyeliner pencils that apply so beautifully and easily and they come in an array of gorgeous shades. The Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes is a great buy if it’s on sale – the Desert Sunset collection is nice but it isn’t essential by any means; however, if it’s on sale for $6 it’s totally worth it. The  Eye Reflection Shadow Palette Mixed Metals is most definitely a great buy and if you are looking for some beautiful metallic shades to liven up your eyeshadow wardrobe without breaking the bank, this is a truly fantastic option! You can find Pixi by Petra at Target stores nationwide.  – Lisa