Monday, May 29, 2017

New Color Correction Options From Hard Candy Plus Giveaway!

Do you have redness or sallowness of the skin that your foundation doesn't quite cover?  Do your deep under eyes shine with color despite your concealer?  Color correcting products go quite a long way to even out those areas that we feel are flaws.  When combined with a makeup base, they can even skin tones and hide a multitude of unpleasant hues.  No company has a wider variety of color correcting products than Hard Candy, (sold at Walmart).  I have a few to show you today and at the end of the post, we have a giveaway for 5 people to each win the four items I am showing in this post.

Hard Candy has provided a full range of correcting colors as well as a variety of delivery systems.  There are creams, drops, brush-ons, palettes and sticks.

Hard Candy has a scale of colors for the following benefits:

Green - Neutralizes redness from rosacea, acne, uneven pigmentation and sunburn.
Yellow - Neutralizes and brightens mild skin redness.
Pink - Neutralizes dullness and sallowness in fair to light skintones.
Lavender - Neutralizes dullness and sallowness in medium to dark skintones.
Peach - Neutralizes dark circles and spots in fair to light skintones.
Orange - Neutralizes dark circles and spots in medium to dark skintones.

The first two I want to show you today are two of the Color Correct Expert Sticks, ($5).  These are creamy jumbo style pastel stick concealers.  They are soft retractable pencils so that you never need to sharpen them.   I have the yellow and the lavender.  These are easy to work with and precise in application.   I often use the yellow to brighten my undereye area.

The Color Correct Cushion Wonder, ($6), is my favorite of the items I received for testing.  The color correcting serum is squeezed out of the tube onto a cushion tip.  I use this just about every day in Peach to color correct before I apply concealer.  The applicator has a twist on and off.  Once in the on position, you can squeeze the product into the cushion.

The first time I used it, I squeezed a little hard and scared myself with how much had come out.

It blends really beautifully with it's lightweight formula.  I was quite surprised at how easily it blends.  Sorry for the poor quality, but I took these pictures on Snapchat of my first use and then saved them from Snap.

I blended it up onto my naturally red eyelids, too, and it worked for them as well.  After color correcting, I'd be free to apply my concealer, foundation and the rest of my makeup.  I often just powder this color correcter and put on foundation.  I don't really need to put a concealer on top because it matches my skintone so well.

The fourth product I received is this Color Correct Expert Creme Wand, ($5), in the color orange.  The wand has a brush tip applicator that is easy to get into all those contours, even to the inner eye.  It has a bling-y handle which makes it uber cool.

 I will often use the orange and blend it out on my under eye circles.  For me, this acts to cancel the color under my eyes and needs to be followed up with a skin toned concealer.

I have swatches on my arm of each product and below the swatches, I have them blended a little so that you can get an idea of what they might look like in use.

The Hard Candy color correcting items that I have in my possession are really good products.  It's almost hard to believe that you can purchase such nice products for so little cash.  They're definitely worth checking out.  Because I have such dry skin, both liquid products are the ones that I personally prefer.

You can purchase Hard Candy products at Walmart.  Visit them on their website and follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.  They are on Snapchat as HeresHardCandy.

For the giveaway:  Five people will be chosen at random to each receive the items I have featured.  Once I have contacted the winners, when they respond with their addresses, the items will be shipped from Hard Candy to the winners.  Just enter to win via the gadget below.  The competition ends at 11:59 pm on June 6th, 2017.

Hard Candy Color Correct Set of 4 - 5 Winners

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Now At Ulta Beauty - Models Own Cosmetics - Review and Swatches

There's a new video on my youtube channel which contains information about my Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette Giveaway, Models Own makeup, Pixi Beauty Misting Sprays, Becca Bronzers, Stila Cosmetics and more.  There are pictures and swatches, if you want to watch.  If youtube isn't your thing, read on below and let's talk a little about the brand Models Own, a UK cosmetics company now being sold at Ulta Beauty....and it's even on sale this week!!  Models Own is a cruelty free company with many vegan options.

I was super excited to see Models Own in Ulta.  I have a couple of their nail polishes that I bought years ago that are in my stash but I honestly had no idea they had makeup!  Today I'm going to show you the highlighter and two liquid lipsticks that I was sent as well as two eyeshadow palettes that I purchased to check out the brand.

In the above mentioned video, as well as my The Beachwaver video, I am wearing both Lix Matte Liquid Lipsticks that I received.  I'm using them as an ombre' type of lip with Coral Fresh on the inner lip and Berry Cool as the main lip color.  These are normally priced at $7.99 but are on sale at Ulta for $5.99.

I love to wear them both together as an ombre' but I have also worn them individually.  One thing that I particularly like about Coral Fresh is that it's a really wearable coral for me.  Sometimes coral can look too bright, too neon, or too garish on me, but this is a great color.  Berry Fresh is a color that will work for everyone and a good way to ease into a darker color or a red.

The wear of the Lix Matte Liquid Lipsticks for me has been really good.  I drink a lot of water day and night, (ok Diet Coke too!), and it doesn't come off when I drink.  There is color drain around the inner lip when I eat.  That will either bother you or it won't.  It doesn't bother me because it wears really well otherwise.  I find them comfortable and an amazing liquid lipstick for the price.  I obviously want to try more colors.  At this time, there are only six colors at Ulta, and I'm really hoping for a good nude pink to pop up in the future.  There are eight colors on Models Own website, which does ship worldwide.

If you follow me on social media, you know where I'm going next...Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighting Powder, (.5 oz).  The color I have is Golden Sand.  This is normally priced at $11.99 and is now on sale at Ulta for $8.99.  It's HUGE.

Guys.....guys....we just have to have a chat about this!!  This is an incredible highlighter!  Oh my gosh, like hidden gem in Ulta!  Go get both.  Now!  Seriously so pretty.  It shows a lightly pink champagne on me, which is my favorite highlighting tone.

I have more swatches in my video.  You might want to check them out.  This highlighter can apply lightly for a glow, or layered for a GLOOOW.  It lasts until you take it off.  The staying power is unreal.  It's so beautiful, doesn't have any glitter, and gives a stunning sheen.  I can say with confidence that this highlighter will definitely be in my Best Highlighters of 2017 video.  The best buying advice I've ever given you is to get this highlighter.

The first eyeshadow palette I'll show you is Vintage Rose. I bought these palettes at the full retail price of $17.99 but they're now on sale for $13.49 for a .24 oz palette.  I was wearing it in the video at the top of this post.  I think the packaging is pretty and gives you a good idea of what the palettes will be like.

I've just worn this once so far so I can't give you a full review but I do want to show you swatches and give you my initial first impressions.  I have some thoughts in the video as well.

The mix of colors is pretty.  I chose this as a supplement to the Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette.  That one is a nice lighter colored palette but for my taste, I have to throw some darker shades in and I think this palette will work well.  The matte shades show up very lightly on my arm but better on the eye.  They also come with a two sided brush, which I show in the video, that I used for my look.   Hmm, a picture of my eye look here would have been good, right?

My second palette is Wonderland, a cool mix of greys and blues.

I haven't worn this yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  I'm really a cool lover and wanted something vastly different from all the warm bronzes, oranges and reds we've seen lately.

This palette is mostly shimmers, which I really like.  The two mattes don't swatch well on my arm, but I can tell the plummy color is going to be a great crease color for me.  I love colors like that in my crease.  I can't comment yet on the wear but I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

So far, my experience with Models Own is really nice.  I look forward to checking out more of their products.  My testing of the highlighter and the liquid lipsticks has been very exciting and positive.

You can find Models Own products at Ulta or on the Models Own website.  Follow them on their social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

How about you?  Have you seen Models Own in your local Ulta?  Have you tried any yet?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag Unboxing Best Ever!

Guys!! Today I have my youtube unboxing of the Ipsy Glam Bag for May 2017. This is my best Glam Bag yet!!  You have to see what I received.  I can't wait to use it all.  Let me know what you got in the comments below.  I'd love to compare.  

Don't forget, you have until May 25th at 11:59 pm to enter my giveaway for a Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette.  You can enter on my blog or my TheBeachwaver and giveaway video.  Good luck to all and I hope you enjoy exploring my May Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing!!