On trend + affordable: Hard Candy summer 2017 items

I remember as a kid I was always drawn to Hard Candy products. The brand used to be quite pricey, but nowadays you can actually find it at Walmart and it still features all the trendy and cute items from before, but at a lower price point.

Not only is the packaging cute, but they also tend to come out with products that are so in at the moment.  There’s contour kits, lip pencils, setting sprays, primers, etc. For this season the brand has come out with their own versions of popular items, more commonly found in stores like Sephora rather than the drugstore, such as loose banana powder, colour correctors, and highlighters.

I received an abundance of items from their collection this season, and I’m kinda obsessed with everything. From the liquid colour corrector to the baking powder, they are definitely stepping it up a notch since these are all items that are super in at the moment, but often you need to spend major cash to pick them up.

The Sheer Envy Banana Powder (C$6.98) is probably my favourite item they sent over. It’s a loose banana powder that you use to set your concealer and bake it into the skin, giving you that airbrushed look and the prevention of creases.  Just apply the powder over your concealer, let it rest there for about 10 minutes (I usually use that time to do the rest of my eye makeup) then wipe it off.

Speaking of eyes, they have an affordable dupe to the Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadows with their Look Pro! Metal Eyes kit (C$8.98). This kit includes four metallic pearl eyeshadows (two browns, a silver and a gold), mixing liquid, a mixing well, a dual-ended eyeshadow brush, and a mini black eyeliner. You can certainly apply the shadows dry, or use some of the mixing liquid to get a metallic effect.

I have one of the Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadows, and although these is a clear difference between the two (the Stila one goes on more shimmery), I do appreciate this affordable version. The Hard Candy shadows apply metallic and to be honest, I really like the mixing liquid since you can use it with any eyeshadow, not just the ones in the kit. The brush is also quite nice and apply the shadows nicely.

Pair the eyeshadow kit with their Stoke of Gorgeous Kajal Supreme Eyeliner Duo (C$7.98), which features a soft kajal liner on one end and a ultra-black long-wearing liquid liner on the other. In the photos, I used the eyeshadow kit with the liquid liner and was quite impressed with how smooth and dark this applied. The liner also lasted all day (and I’m kinda obsessed with the packaging, it looks like a Crayola crayon and it’s bright pink!).

If you suffer from redness, dullness, or dark circles, they also have some colour correcting products to combat all of these concerns. I’m obsessed with the Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder (C$6.98), which is available in four shades depending on your skin concern. I received the peach shade (there’s also green, purple, and yellow), and this product comes housed in a squeeze tube with a cushion tip.  By squeezing the product, you’ll get the coloured serum dispensed in the cushion, which you apply to the area you’re trying to correct (I like using a peach shade under my eyes to combat dark circles). They say you can just use the cushion to blend in the product, but since it’s full of the stuff, I just used a blending sponge to pat it into my skin before my foundation and concealer.

Also as part of the Sheer Envy Color Correct collection is their powder (C$7.98), which features a woven pattern of purple, green and yellow ribbons, which you can use to set and mattify your makeup.  The pigments are designed to correct any skin concerns you have.

I did use this product as a setting powder, and although I don’t think it necessarily corrected anything on my face, I did like the idea of it. I don’t really suffer from many skin concerns, so I may not be the best person to try this out on, but it did leave me with a nice matte finish, so that’s always a plus.

To finish up the face I applied the Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter (C$7.98), a prismatic highlighter that you use to highlight the high points of the face and cheek bones. The colour is pearl with purple undertones in a powder formula, so I found that I really had to dig deep with my brush for some colour payoff. I would recommend using this product overtop of a cream highlight.

Finally, for the lips, I tried out the Wetever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer (C$7.98) in Selfish, a peachy-pink shade.  There are seven shades total and these give you major colour payoff with a glossy finish. The colour is very bold and long wearing and definitely feels like a gloss (i.e. it’s a little tacky). It did last a while on my lips before I had to reapply and when the glossiness faded away the colour still lasted.

Hard Candy has a few other products also new for this season, but these were the ones I was most excited to try. Anytime I get the chance to try out a drugstore colour correcting powder or a highlighter, I always jump at the chance since these are products that I associate more with higher end makeup lines.

Which Hard Candy product are you most excited to try?

Please note, these products were sent by PR.  All opinions are my own.

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Stuck on you: Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks

I love matte liquid lipsticks. If there is a new one on the market, I just need to try it out. I was clued into the new Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks by a co-worker and shortly after I saw some bloggers posting about them on IG.

After seeing some vids of the PR event in Toronto where they took bloggers to SoulCycle to test out the wearability, I knew I had to get my hands on some of these myself. The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink is a long-wearing matte liquid lipstick that promises up to 16 hours of wear. There are 10 colours to choose from, everything from a nude to a red, to even deep violet and fluorescent purple.  The product is applied via a tapered brush that lets you first line your lips with product then fill them in.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick wand

I received three of the colours, Dreamer (baby pink), Voyageur (merlot), and Creator (vibrant lilac purple). Naturally since I love my nudes and baby pinks I tried out Dreamer first. Although I did bring the lip colour with me the whole day I found I didn’t actually have to reapply the colour; it did fade a little, but not enough that I had to avidly reapply.  The real test was with Voyageur since it’s so pigmented.  The morning was great, after my oatmeal breakfast and coffee it didn’t wear off (even a coworker asked what I was wearing). I thought it would for sure wear away during lunch, where I packed a salad with an olive oil-based dressing.  Any sort of oil has the tendency to wipe away makeup. Thankfully though, this lip colour held up. There was some mild fading in the inner part of my lips, but for the most part, the colour still looked vibrant. The colour lasted through the afternoon and even stayed on quite well during an Orange Theory Fitness class (which is incredibly high intensity, over 600 calories burned in an hour). With a bold shade like this one, that’s practically unheard of!

Now I’ve said it before, but I don’t like wearing deeper colours usually since I find them messy to apply. I didn’t use a liner with this and instead opted for just the brush, and the pointed end of it really does make it easy to apply the colour.  The formula is thick and applies opaque off the hop. It dried down nicely and I do find there is some slight tackiness, but not really something you would notice (I did because I was testing it out).

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick in Creator Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick in Dreamer Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick in Voyageur

Overall, Maybelline killed it with these. I have my favourite matte liquid lipsticks, but I do find that a lot of brands you need to reapply the colour (Kat Von D). Even the deep one stayed on all day for the most part.

According to Maybelline Canada’s Facebook page, these official launch in stores tomorrow. I highly recommend checking them out!

Will you be picking up any colours of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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‘Shop that skin! Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup

Pores. Although they’re small they seem to be a big issue for a lot of people.

Although I don’t really suffer from big pores, a lot of people tend to say that that seems to be a problem area. I would assume that we all want smooth skin, something that large pores can totally put a damper on.  Lucky for us ladies and gents, there are so many brands out there that have come up with products to minimize the look of pores or blur them for an airbrushed look (without the use of an app!).

Benefit Cosmetics introduced their fan-fave The POREfessional primer a few years ago, which can be applied as is or under your foundation to help blur the look of pores.  New to the collection is the Pore Minimizing Makeup, which is face makeup to help minimize the appearance of those suckers on your face.

Available in five shades, from light to dark, this product targets pores through the use of a weightless long-wear liquid. The formula, which contains mushroom extract (known to minimize the appearance of pores) is quite thin, meaning that pores will be covered without settling into them or clogging them. Your face seems visibly smoother and instantly mattifies and controls excess surface oil for eight hours.

The product comes in a little bottle with a sponge that is detachable from the bottom. Just squirt a few drops onto the sponge and pat and blend onto your face.  Add a little more to build coverage.

I was a bit confused by the product when I first got it. Is it a primer? Is it a foundation? Well, it’s kinda both. I still use a primer and then apply this over top, focusing the product on my cheeks and nose, then I would apply my foundation and the rest of my makeup as I usually would. It just adds that extra layer of protection against the look of pores.  Benefit also says you can apply this over your foundation as well for extra-smooth skin.

Like I said, I don’t really have a problem with my pores. Sure, I have them, but they don’t annoy me like they do for other people. With that being said, I actually really like this product. I like the use of the sponge, which provides a targeted application and blends the product out really well.

In the above photos, there isn’t really much difference between the before and after when zoomed in.  I also posted a photo of me wearing just the pore minimizing makeup and my face looks flawless. The last photo is the complete makeup look, and no, I didn’t airbrush my skin or anything.

Even though large pores isn’t really an issue for me, I do find myself reaching for this product every morning to apply underneath my foundation. I like how it provides that extra layer of coverage, and really, once you apply your foundation and some powder, those little craters won’t even by noticeable!

Have you tried Benefit’s new The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup? What were your thoughts?

Please note, product sent by PR, all opinions are my own.

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