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

Makeup Wars shines with favorite Highlighters and Illuminators

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

MAKEUP WARS is sharing some of the highlighters and illuminators that make us twinkle and shine, that make us glimmer and shimmer, that make us excited to be women in 2016.

Not every one of my highlighters is shown here, just the 3 newest and one all time favorite. There are many more that I really like but some just stand out more than others. Introducing 4 of mine: TOM FORD MOODLIGHT, HOURGLASS AMBIENT IRIDESCENT STROBE LIGHT, IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT CREME ILLUMINATOR, and BECCA MOONSTONE.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight ($80) is one gorgeous illuminator. I resisted this for so long but the more I read about it and saw photos the more I desired it. This is amazingly subtle even if the photo doesn’t look that way. You are able to control the amount of illumination, easily building it up from an understated amount that brightens and lightens your face to a shimmery amount that gives more of a bronzing highlight. Tom Ford Moodlight (sometimes seen as Moonlight on a website) can be used separately or together. Use a big fluffy brush for an all over sweep of illumination or a blush brush to emphasize certain areas of your face.

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

There are 4 different Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders. I chose Iridescent since it has a touch of pink that the others I’ve been using lack. Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light is described as an illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight. I have very fair cool toned skin and I thought this would add enough brightness without being overwhelming. And I was right. This is subtle yet lights up my face. The powder is angel soft to the touch yet doesn’t ever look powdery on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ($38) is the golden highlighter that I have. I bought a set that contained a travel size of Moonstone and it was one of the best buys I made. Moonstone, one of 7 shades, is a pale gold. It is slightly sparkly so it’s not a daytime look for me. I prefer to apply this with my fingers instead of a brush. It has an almost creamy finish to it so my fingers pick up this very soft powder and I find that my face is more luminous when used this way. The formula is enriched with ultrafine luminescent pearls. If I had to pick one brand for highlighting and illuminating it would be Becca. They really do stand out in this field.

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

As someone who favors cream products I couldn’t leave out IT COSMETICS ($24). They’ve created two Hello Lights! Anti-Aging Illuminizers – Powder and  Creme. I love them both but IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer is my favorite.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

Besides having wonderful anti-aging and hydrating ingredients (infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and vitamins A, C, & E), it gives such a subtle and luminous glow. It’s perfect for spot highlighting like at the top of your cheekbones, above your eyebrows, and the cupid’s bow of your mouth. It’s a lit from within look and one I use often.

There are dozens more highlighters and illuminators that I enjoy using. Adding a bit of a liquid highlighter into foundation gives a beautiful dewy look, using an illuminating primer like COVER FX does all the work for you. Just don’t go without at least one of these wonderful products in your makeup collection.

Do you have a favorite in this category? Dare I ask what it is?  — Marcia


Favorite highlighters & contouring products

Top Ten Tuesday is into highlighting and contouring. I’m just learning about contouring and it’s a slow but interesting process. But it’s slowly coming along because, as they say, practice makes (almost) perfect. Now highlighting is something I love so it was easy to find what I wanted to share with you. Though my college shows 9 products, it’s actually 10 which I’ll mention below. What highlight & contour products do you like?? — Marcia
1429474283_luxlight-revitalizing-foundation1-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT HYDRATING PRIMER * ($14.99) is what I often start with when I want a more glowy look. I have other illuminating highlighters but this is the one I grab. The price is right, as is the Candlelight shade which gives a peachy radiance.
1429474197_mi-01-2tDEX COSMETICS MINERAL ILLUMINATOR ($33) is the unknown brand. No one talks about DEX, it’s more of a cult brand. When Lisa and I went to IMATS once she fell for the line, therefore I bought several items. This mineral illuminator is the one to find if you love a soft beautiful glow wherever you’d highlight. It brightens up the undereye area and looks great at the cupid’s bow to help your pout.
1429473863__82371DIOR SKINFLASH RADIANCE BOOSTER PEN ($38) is available in 6 shades. I bought 002, Candle Light, during a makeover. The makeup artist aka my sister loves this more than my favorite Touche Eclat. I still prefer TE but Dior did a great job on this pen. I mostly use it to soften the look under my eyes.
1429473386_luxlight-illuminator-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT ILLUMINATOR PEN* ($11.99) has the best price and it’s very close to the original Touche Eclat, Luminous Radiance, shade. Mine is in Candlelight for cool skintones and it’s also available Arclight for warm skintones. This stands out from the crowded field because of its excellence and price.
1429473252__9457300CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER ($35) is the first CT product I bought when it came to Nordstrom. I’m still deciding what else to buy from the brand but I wanted to see if I could find something better than Touche Eclat. I bought it in shade 1, Fair, which is lighter than my TE so it works great as a highlighting concealer.
1429473050__5813776YSL TOUCHE ECLAT, RADIANCE ECLAT ($42) is the first highlighter that I ever bought. Since then I’ve bought dozens of other brands but this remains my favorite. It is now available in 10 shades but I’m still in love with the original, Luminous Radiance. There’s just something about this that I can’t describe.

highlighting pens

highlighting pens

highlighting swatches - YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

highlighting swatches – YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

1429472802_2264104__detail_?1429472802IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT ANTI-AGING CREME ILLUMINIZER (and Hello Light Anti-Aging Illuminizer, the powder version*) ($24) is aaaamazing. I love creme products so that’s why this is the one in the collage. I can get this exactly where I want it to be and blend it with my fingers. As with all IT Cosmetics products for me, it’s the cat’s meow.
1429472649_2264092__detail_?1429472649IT COSMETICS MY SCULPTURED FACE ($38) has been in my collection for a long time. After I bought it though, I was afraid to use it. When I see dark colors for contouring I run. Once I started using it, I saw that IT Cosmetics only had my best interests in mind. The tones in this give you everything you need for highlighting, concealing, contouring and bronzing. It’s the perfect travel companion.

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

1429472501_smashbox-step-by-step-contour-stick-trioSMASHBOX STEP BY STEP CONTOURING TRIO *($45) is the best concept of all of these items. Three separate crayons that Contour, Highlight and Bronze

•    Contour: A darker shade that sculpts by creating shadows
•    Highlight: A light shade that pulls features forward
•    Bronze: A transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight shades

A full review is coming up tonight.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Now that you’ve seen my mostly highlighting choices, which of these 9-1o products would you want to try? And what others would you recommend? I know my other blogger friends have some ideas for us all and I’m ready to check them out.  — Marcia
*products were pr samples

Further reviews on these can be found on Beauty Info Zone
IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Hydrating Primer and Illuminator Pen

Dare to bare arms with Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

kate somerville body-glow_carton_tubeHow many of you avoid tank tops because they show your arms?  I used to have such great arms…but a few months ago I caught a glimpse in the mirror while wearing a tank top and thought, are you kidding?  That can’t be me!!  I decided no more tank tops in public.  Just forget it.  Soon after, Kate Somerville sent her Body Glow Sunscreen ($45) and suddenly tank tops in public became possible again.

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

So everyone knows that sunscreen is a must, and this lightweight body lotion has stabilized avobenzone so it has all the broad spectrum protection I need.  This means it’s anti-aging, and it has some terrific antioxidant ingredients that fight free radicals and keep skin looking younger.  The really effective antioxidants include vitamin E, algae extract, and rosemary extract.  Body Glow Sunscreen also has caffeine for firming and improved texture with regular use.

swatch of Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

swatch of Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

The Body Glow Sunscreen has a beautifully smooth and light texture that soaks in quickly and doesn’t leave a heavy, tacky feel.  It still is a serious moisturizer, though, with mango and shea butter doing the heavy-duty dry skin repair.   The broad spectrum protection, antioxidants, lightweight texture and excellent moisturizing ability are enough to convince me…but it’s the light reflective pearls that truly sell me on this sunscreen moisturizer.  Body Glow Sunscreen gives skin a golden shimmery gleam that makes saggy, wrinkled, and unattractive and imperfect skin suddenly look fantastic.  The glow isn’t exactly natural, but it certainly isn’t overdone to disco ball proportions.

Glowing hands from my Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Glowing hands from my Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

The only issues with Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen are the fragrance, which is a very light floral that could be an issue for those with sensitivity, and the price which is on the expensive side.  But let me assure you, you get what you pay for with this first-rate sunscreen glowtion.

If you want to keep the right to bare arms (or legs or chest or whatever you dare to bare), I highly suggest picking up this nifty body lotion that protects the skin from the sun, fights free-radicals, moisturizes and adds a beautiful glow.  – Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

Kate Somerville Body Glow 5

Active Ingredients:
Avobenzone, 3%; Homosalate, 7.5%; Octisalate, 5%; Octocrylene, 2.5%; Oxybenzone, 4%
Inactive Ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Propanediol, Undecylcrylene Dimethicone, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethyl Methicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Disodium Uridine Phosphate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Silica, Caffeine, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (77491)