Deck the halls with POPs of Illuminating Powders

pop beauty’s Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders.

In Michigan when we talk about “pop” we’re thinking soda like Coke, Pepsi, Squirt and more. But on Beauty Info Zone when we talk about “pop” we’re thinking pop beauty! As much as I enjoy a caffeine free diet “pop” I’d rather have pop beauty’s Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders.

pop beauty Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders.

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You can shine with the best of them with Prismatic Pop Illuminators.  These cruelty free highlighters are only $12 and rival the ones that you’ve seen for double the price. They are silky shine without glitter. The luminosity is fabulous. While they are meant for your face I love them on my eyes. Gorgeous shine that doesn’t make me look like a disco ball.

There are 4 Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders and all are simply stunning. The hardest part is choosing which one/s to buy.

CELESTIAL LIGHT

This is the lightest and the one that’s the brightest. There’s a slight pink tinge to it so it’s beautiful on cool tone complexions. This is the true definition of luminosity.

pop beauty Celestial Light

pop beauty Celestial Light and Gilded Light

GILDED LIGHT

Just like the name implies, Gilded Light is the goldest one in the group. Not a harsh gold since none of these are dark. They are all ethereal shades. Perfect for holiday looks.

pop beauty Gilded Light

pop beauty Gilded Light

LUNAR LIGHT

Lunar Light has a bronze finish so it’s going to look fabulous on most people. Even I, with my very fair skin, can wear this though I think it might be better for someone with a deeper skintone than I have.

pop beauty Lunar Light

pop beauty Lunar Light

STELLAR LIGHT

Easily my favorite though all are fabulous. There’s a peach tinge to this and it works magically as a highlighter over my favorite pinky peach blushes.

pop beauty Stellar Light

pop beauty Stellar Light

pop beauty Lunar Light and Stellar Light

It’s hard not to fall in love with these three dimensional powders that help your complexion also have a dimensional effect when you layer them over your blush. But don’t be afraid to try them on your eyes since the silky smooth formula will brighten and make your eyes POP!!  —  Marcia

pop beauty can be found on their website as well as in store at select Rite Aid, Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.

 

Bronzers for those who don’t wear bronzers

Makeup Wars chose a topic for this week that is totally out of my comfort zone so I was sure I was going to bow out. I don’t fake tan, I don’t use bronzing lotions, and I barely wear bronzing cosmetics. But I gave this more time to come together in my head and I realized that I do wear bronzers every once in a while and the ones I use are so great that I need you to know about them. So I’m here with bronzers for those of you who don’t wear bronzers – I want to change your mind just like I changed mine.

Makeup Wars bronzers

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favorite bronzers: IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow, Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze, Senna Brilliant Bronze

Right now Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze (aka Strobe & Chisel Palette) that was done in collaboration with Maryam Maquillage is what’s gracing my vanity table and therefore my face. I have to tell you how much I love this palette even though I didn’t think of it at first when I thought bronzers. Yes it’s in the name but I don’t use it in the typical bronzer way. I actually just use these 6 shades as highlighters and blush.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

There are 3 glow shades: Highline, Empress and Lex (peach, pinky lavender, gold) that satisfy my crazy urges for highlighting. I lust after highlighters but I know I’m too old to get away with them. But this palette satisfies my craving because the glow shades add an iridescence without adding glitter. All three are great blush toppers or highlighting shades – and yes I’ve worn them on my eyes.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

The 3 bronze/chisel shades: City Kitty, Statuesque, 917) are bronze without being too brown. The only true bronze in my opinion is Statuesque. City Kitty is a warm matte light brown that looks very natural on my skin while 917 has more of a pink undertone (that’s what my camera was picking up); I’d describe it as a cool light satin brown.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

At $20 Pixi has created a bargain palette that will carry you through all seasons and will work no matter what level of bronzing you prefer.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow and Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow comes in three shades: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, and Warm Glow. Lisa has reviewed these here and I was insanely jealous and insisted that she bring me the one best for my pale complexion. I have gotten so much use out of this that it’s unreal. If I’m not wearing my precious cream blushes then it’s all about Nude Glow.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow

This triple threat has a little bit of highlighting, a beautiful blush, and a bronzing shade. I usually start with picking up the blush and applying it, then I’ll take the brush and sweep over all three shades to bring out the bronze and highlight. I make sure to use the brush from left to right to keep the lighter shades cleaner.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow

This is so silky soft that you’ll fall in love with it just for that reason. But remember it contains an anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides and Vitamin C infused formula. No shimmer in this at all. The brush is another amazing one from IT Cosmetics though you probably have a dual fiber brush you can use. If you want the brush as badly as I wanted it then go to QVC.com to purchase the set for $2 more than the compact alone.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Cosmetics isn’t one that’s talked about much on beauty blogs but it’s a fabulous brand. Brilliant Bronze comes in two shades: Dawn and Sunset. This too is a duo of highlighter and bronzer. The difference between these Senna bronzers and my others is that the Senna is glittery. Dawn is gorgeous for cool toned complexions but I’ll only wear it for “fancy”. I don’t want to glitter in the day but give me a good party and I’m up for it.

Senna Dawn Brilliant Bronze

Senna’s Brilliant Bronze compacts are baked minerals that are said to condition skin with amino acids and nourishing plant proteins.

All three of the above are cruelty free products.

One last one that I couldn’t find for the main photo is a great drugstore find: Covergirl TruBlend Bronzer.

TruBlend Bronzer from Covergirl

TruBlend Bronzer has no shimmer but there’s a satiny finish that gives me some glow. What I love about this is that there’s no orange at all – just a beautiful golden bronze that I can lightly use to perk up my ghostly skin. This came out with the Katy Perry collection in a variety of shades but it seems like just the darkest one, Bronze, is still available.

What do you think of my bronzers for people who don’t use bronzers? Would any of these be suitable for you?  —  Marcia

Join my friends who have their own bronzing favorites.


Getting a glow with Pixi Glow-y Powder

Pixi Glowy PowderThe days have been dreary but my skin hasn’t!  Pixi has a wonderful powder highlighter created by the gorgeous lifestyle blogger, Aspyn Ovard, called Glow-y ($18). Pixi recently sent all three shades to test – two are all over highlighters, and one is specifically for cheeks. Here they are!Pixi Glowy Highlighter and Cheek PowderPixi Glowy Powder Cheek Powder

London Lustre:  This one is best for lighter skin tones. It’s a luminous soft champagne that gives a beautifully soft glow to cheeks, forehead, and chin. I also like to thin out my nose by using a darker contour shade on the sides, then smoothing this highlighter down the center of the bridge. Pixi London Lustre

Santorini Sunset:  Ahhhh….this one makes me long for a strappy little dress and long summer days! I can’t wait to brush this all over my arms and chest for a soft shimmery glow. The gold champagne is perfect for medium skin tones. Pixi Santorini Sunset

Rome Rose: Don’t be fooled by this one…it looks very bright, but it actually applies quite sheer then can be built up. It’s perfect for those days that you want a hint of glowy color, not full on blush. I know I will definitely use this all the time in the summer when I have a slightly deeper skin tone. It’s a really fabulous golden pink that should work for all skin tones.Pixi Rome Rose 2

The glow they give is actually quite soft – I swatched them pretty thick so you could fully see them. But actually they blend in beautifully and give a luminous, glow from within effect. The texture is like butter…so smooth and soft. It’s not the least bit powdery, so it actually seems to hydrate skin as it provides that pretty glow.

Left to right: London Lustre, Santorini Sunset, Rome Rose

Left to right: London Lustre, Santorini Sunset, Rome Rose

Overall, I really like these soft, beautiful, glowy powder highlighters. The pans are huge so I can’t imagine ever running out! You can find the Glow-y Powders and Pixi Beauty online and at Target stores.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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Variety galore with Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

If you are ready for the prettiest blush palette of the season, I have the perfect solution for you. Just check out the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette, Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold. Be ready to swoon. When I was sent this palette for review my mouth totally dropped open when I took it out of the box.

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

I stared at it for so long because I couldn’t believe the gorgeous shades it contained. As a fan of rose gold in my fashion and cosmetic life I was eager to receive this and the realization is better than I ever expected. The palette consists of 4 baked powder shades, 2 shiny highlighters, and 2 matte pressed powder shades for bronzing or blushing.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2

Numbers 1 through 4 are the ones I’m getting the most use out of. #1 is a soft warm pink, #2 is a beautiful swirly peach, #3 is a glowy light creamy peach, while #4 is a stunning glowy rose. These all feel like they are baked powders so they aren’t particular soft when you touch them with your fingers but they apply beautifully with any brush I’ve used.

Now comes the variety since I like to mix and match all the shades in the palette. I like to layer these and as I’m typing this out I’m wearing number 1 and 7 as my cheek color.

Top row swatches 1, 3, 5, 7 Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2

Top row swatches 1, 3, 5, 7 Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2

#5 is a simply amazing gold that makes a fabulous highlighter. Plus I wear this on my eyes. This is very soft and it doesn’t take a lot to get a glowy yellow gold that is so striking. #6 is the only one that has any glitter to it and even then the glitter isn’t overwhelming. #6 is the one that gives this palette its Rose Gold name. It’s not subtle on me but it is gorgeous.

#7 is so soft to the touch, I find it to be mauve on me but I think different skin tones will pick this up differently. I consider this a bronzer but that’s because I don’t wear brown bronzers. #8 is the brownest shade in the palette but it’s such a light shade on me that it’s perfect.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2 - swatches for #2, 4, 6, and 8

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2 – swatches for #2, 4, 6, and 8

There is so much diversity in this palette that it will keep you blushing and glowing through fall and beyond. The best part is that it’s $10 – that’s it – just $10 for 8 colors!

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette and Chauffeur lipstick

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette and Chauffeur lipstick

We can’t stop with just blush when we know that there are 5 lipsticks in this Rose Gold collection. 5 for the price of $5 each. 5 creamy, smooth, pigmented, non-fragranced lipsticks! I have Chauffeur which is ideal for my taste and there’s also Red Carpet (red), Private Members Club (black), Diamond Life (chocolate), and Girl’s Best Friend (bright pink).

Makeup Revolution Chauffeur Lipstick

Makeup Revolution Chauffeur Lipstick

Chauffeur is a rose nude I can wrap my head around – actually wrap my lips around. It’s not deathly pale but it’s light. I look like I’m wearing lipstick when it’s on. If I want to deepen it then I’ll use a lipliner all over which also assists the lipstick in lasting for a longer time. The packaging of the Rose Gold collection is contemporary and rich looking. No one would expect this to be as well priced as it is.

Makeup Revolution USA Chauffeur

Makeup Revolution USA Chauffeur

These products are part of a collection you don’t want to miss. —  Marcia

Makeup Revolution USA Rose Gold collection products

Makeup Revolution USA Rose Gold collection products

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My friend Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has some fabulous swatch pictures if you want to see an artist at work.

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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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

 

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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