Why Chella Eyebrow Color Kit is a necessity to me

In the 6 years that I’ve been blogging I’ve gone from never touching my eyebrows except for some plucking to being extremely concerned about them. Never having to think about brows was easy. I’d do my entire face, spending forever on getting it just right, and not go near my eyebrows. Life happened though and through age and illness I now need to complete my eyebrows every single day.

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

Chella Eyebrow Color Kit is the perfect way for you to start on your eyebrow journey if you are anything like me. When this kit was sent for review I was thrilled, now I just need to fill in the pieces when needed. Chella’s eyebrow kits come in 6 great color combinations: Awesome Auburn, Beautiful Blonde, Dazzling Dark Brown, Elegant Ebony, Luscious Light Brown, and Tantalizing Taupe.

Awesome Auburn Awesome Auburn
Beautiful Blonde Beautiful Blonde
Dazzling Dark Brown Dazzling Dark Brown
Beautiful Brown Luscious Light Brown
Tantalizing Taupe Tantalizing Taupe
Elegant Ebony Elegant Ebony

Each kit contains the Eyebrow Color Pencil, a highlighter pencil, an eyebrow defining gel, and a dual size pencil sharpener, along with a small booklet to help guide you into shaping your brows perfectly for your face.

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

While you can buy each of these products separately the kit, normally $$54, is on sale for $37.80 which is a great price for all 4 of these items.

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil

The Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil is a mechanical pencil that doesn’t drag at all. I can’t tell you how many pencils I’ve used that stop gliding while I’m in the middle of doing my brows. This is creamy and allows you to draw individual brow strokes or fill in the places that are sparse with ease. It’s also smudgeable when it’s newly applied but lasts throughout the day once set.

Chella Latte Highlighter Pencil

Chella Latte Highlighter Pencil

Each kit contains a highlighter pencil. In Tantalizing Taupe it happens to be the shade Latte which is too dark for me. But with other shades like Ivory Lace which I already owned I can tell why this is such a raved about product. The pencil is meant to brighten and visibly lift your eyes. I need a very light hand when using either of the shades I have since they are intensely pigmented. It’s a multi-use product that can be applied on the brow bone (either above or below your brow), to help with dark circles, blemishes and red spots. But wait, it’s also safe for your waterline and the inner corners of your eye. What more could you ask for??

Chella swatches: Tantalizing Taupe and Latte

Chella swatches: Tantalizing Taupe and Latte

Now with a pencil as thick as the Chella Highlighter you need a pencil sharpener and Chella did us a favor and put in a dual size Sharpener to meet all our needs.

Chella Highlighter Pencil and Dual Size Pencil Sharpener

Chella Highlighter Pencil and Dual Size Pencil Sharpener

That’s not the end of the products you need because this contains Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. You especially want this in the summer. The clear gel helps hold your brow hairs in place and sets the color from the pencil. In the summer you get hot, inadvertently brush your hand across your face –  whoops, you’ve removed the color. This Eyebrow Defining Gel prevents that by keeping your brow color where it belongs without your brows feeling stiff.

Chella Brow Kit Eyebrow Defining Gel

Chella Brow Kit Eyebrow Defining Gel

4 perfect pieces + 2 uneven eyebrows + the desire to look your best all add up to a Chella Eyebrow Color Kit. Your eyebrows will thank you for the care.  —  Marcia

*press sample

 

 

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

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio defines beyond belief

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

When you know nothing about contouring but you do know that it’s the hottest game in Beautyworld, then you need to find out how to contour so you can be part of the in-crowd. Smashbox sent the Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio probably to test me out and see if I could step by step my game up.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

The set consists of 3 creamy pencils and a pencil sharpener to fit the larger size. Earlier today I wrote about contouring and highlighting and I gave a small hint to this product. I like it so much that I wanted to elaborate on it.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio - Contour, Bronze, Highlight

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio – Contour, Bronze, Highlight

•    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

One way Smashbox really helps is with an informational pamphlet inside that shows 5 different face shapes and where to place each of the three sticks to get a look that will contour and highlight without looking like you did. The finished look isn’t obvious; it makes a subtle difference that makes me feel so polished.

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Not only do they show the face charts but they explain how to determine which shape is yours. For example on a round face they’ve written “Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. Your jawline is round and curved.” Directions always start with the contour shade with a diagram to show exactly where to apply that pencil. Next they want to give your face some warmth with the bronze shade. The highlight shade is to help you change the shape every so slightly. Since my face is round they suggest using the highlight to help give an illusion of length by applying it to the center of my face. Of course after you use each of the three crayons you need to blend and for me that’s best done with a facial sponge.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

The colors are basically universal because the key to this is not seeing the crayons, just to create the illusion, blend well, and then apply your foundation without rubbing it. I like a liquid foundation that I can apply with my Beauty Blender sponge. It takes practice, or it did for me, but it’s worth it to finally understand contouring and highlighting.

CONTOUR
•    Sides of nose
•    Under cheekbones

BRONZE
•    Above contour shade on cheekbones

HIGHLIGHT
•    Bridge of nose
•    Middle of forehead
•    Under eyes
•    Chin

While the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio isn’t going to be for my everyday look, it’s fun to use these when I’m going out for the evening and want to look my best.

What do you do for contouring? Or do you skip it like I used to? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Side by Side: It Cosmetics Hello Bright Eyes lights up our way

Who doesn’t need a little lift now and then?  It Cosmetics Hello Bright Eyes Silk Anti-Aging Waterproof Brighteners lift and illuminate your eyes and any other area of your face that could use a little lift.  These brightening pencils are waterproof even after 8 hours, and have tons of great ingredients for your skin.

It Cosmetics Hello Bright Eyes

Inside the box are two brightening pencils, one matte and one pearl, plus a handy pencil sharpener.

These pencils have great stuff in them, including hydrolyzed collagen, silk proteins, and vitamins C and E.  They have ‘micro-illuminating pigments of light’ to brighten the eyes, give lips the illusion of fullness, and dimish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia think about these anti-aging waterproof pencils.

Lisa’s Side:

Oooooh, I like these!  These two pencils are extremely versatile, wonderful highlighters.

matte and pearl brightening pencils

I love using these on my waterline and underneath my lash line, it really opens up my eyes and makes them look brighter and younger.  I have had some real issues with allergies this fall, my eyes have been so puffy and swollen it’s ridiculous.  So I’ve turned to these magic pencils time and again to help conceal the damage the pollen has been doing to my eyes.

matte and pearl

I don’t really have a favorite between the two.  The matte shade looks extremely natural and just helps make the eyes look wider.  The pearl shade is very pretty and it gives a little more brightness to the look.

matte and pearl, swatched

While I typically use the matte shade just on the waterline, I use the pearl shade on the waterline and along the lower lash line.  These are very handy pencils that definitely help me look far more rested than I do without them!

 Marcia’s Side:

I’ve been enjoying using these Hello Bright Eyes Silk Anti-Aging Waterproof Brighteners so much. Just picture me with Hello Lashes, Hello Bright Eyes and a giant smile on my face. I’m ready to say Hello to the world with these.

The first one of these pencils I tried was the Pearl one since I love to add just a touch of non-glittery, non-shimmery color to my browbone. My eyes are getting a little more hooded and I need more opening up and Pearl absolutely does that for me.

Matte and Pearl

As you can see by the pictures the two pencils are different. Pearl has a light peach tinge to it that translates to a subtle color once on my browbone. Plus you can add a little to your lips to make them look fuller! Either define your cupid’s bow or put it in the center of your lips to give yourself a subtle pout.

Matte is a more nude skin tone. I’ve used the matte in the inner corner of my eye as well as on my waterline. I don’t look natural with a glowy white in the inner corner, I think it accentuates the lines in my eyes but the matte shade of this pencil gives me that lighter look while being more natural. After a night like I had serving a houseful of people on Thanksgiving you can be assured that this was needed the next two days. It’s so effortless and opens up my eyes, making the whites look much brighter.

At Beauty Info Zone we think It Cosmetics are IT! These two pencils again prove to us that they can do no wrong. Hello Bright Eyes Silk Anti-Aging Waterproof Brighteners are a set you definitely need for this holiday season (and any season). You can find them at QVC for $24 or on the IT Cosmetics site for $29 and free shipping.

*pr samples