Makeup

Hard Candy brand review

Hello my loves! Welcome back to our blog. For those of you who are new, thanks for checking us out! For those coming back for another round of Hailey and Christine, thank you so much for all that support! Hailey and i tell eachother all the time, we honestly are so thankful for all of you. We’ve had this blog for almost four years now, and never in our wildest dreams did we think we would come this far.

A few months ago i had gone to my local Walmart to get some groceries as well as other little things for Valentines day (which was that day). Naturally my little bum finds its way to the makeup section of the store. Now i had already gotten makeup for Valenties day, so there was literally no reason at all that i needed to be in that section, but somehow i always find my way there! As i was searching for old favorites i came across a primer from hard candy. It was very affordable, i think i only spent 8 USD. I also noticed how the whole brand had very affordable prices, to me it looked like a mix between L.A COLORS and E.L.F. This made me a little hesistant to buy any more of their products. I didnt want to buy a full face of their brand and go home to realize its cheap and doesnt work. So for that day i only went home with one of their primers.

After going home and trying out their blurrifying primer i was very impressed and immediately went on their website and orderd an almost full face of makeup. My totally only came out to about 50 USD which i was very impressed with, usually a full face of drug store brand makup may come out to like 60 USD or maybe even 70.

Anyway…

Since i’ve now tried out a fair amount of products from this brand, i thought i would do a blog post on it. I will give a little disclaimer though, i know that you can only purchase Hard Candy’s products from Walmart or their website https://hardcandy.com/.

Lets get down to business. I’ll start with the primer first.

Blur Face Primer:

Sheer Envy Blur Face Primer blurs away imperfections to create a perfectly flawless skin finish. Worn alone or beneath makeup, this revolutionary liquid-to-powder formula glides on effortlessly, weightlessly; skin feels natural and silky smooth. Blurring effects work with the natural light to color-correct, fill and minimizes fine lines and reduces the appearance of pores

Lets take this step by step. Hard Candy starts with promising that their primer will blur away any imperfections. I will say i was a bit skeptical of this at first, when i hear of something blurring away any imperfections i think of there being some type of color in the primer to correct those imperfections. When i pumped the product into my hands i was surprised to see that it was a skin tone color. i didnt think that it would blur out any of my imperfections. Upon applying this to my face i was pleasantly surprised to see that it actually works both with and without makeup, which leads us to the next topic. Hard Candy assures consumers that this primer can be work with AND without makeup. I’ve never heard of wearing a primer without makeup, if im not in the mood to wear makeup, i will throw on a moisturizer and call it good, but even without putting on any other makeup, this primer gives my imperfections a airbrushed look. This i’ve noticed draws attention away from said imperfections. Now does this formula glide effortlessly, weightlessly and makes my skin feel silky smooth? Well yes and no. This is probably my only issue with this product is that when applied hands to face it feels a little dry going on, after while i feel like im tugging on my skin while massaging it into my skin. Althought i will say it does feel weightless on my skin which i really do like. No matter what look im going for on a day, i do not like the feeling of makeup weighing me down. The last thing that this product promises it does is color correct, minimize fine lines and reduces the appearance of pores. I was pleasantly surprised that it actually did all of this. My biggest issue is the pores on my nose are really big, but once i put this on it does make them look smaller, which gives my makeup look a perfect finish.

I would rate this product a out of 5 stars. My only real issue with this product was that it wasnt very liquidy, so it made it hard to massage into my skin.

Hydrating Coconut Water Infused Primer Mist:

The coconut water infused formula boosts skin hydration benefits for up to 12 hours. Use after face moisturizer to prime and prepare skin for makeup application.

This was one of the first things that i added to my cart. Those of you who have been following along with our blog for some time now know that im a huge sucker for anything that is lavender scented. What you guys may not know is that coconut scented things are also another weakness of mine. I’ve only been the the islands of H’awaii once, but for the like two weeks i spent there i was just covered in coconut scented things. So when i saw that Hard Candy had a Coconut scented mist primer you know i just had to get it. Their primer begins with promising to boost hydration in your skin. When i applied this mist, my skin did feel very hydrated. Like the primer i wrote about previously i also use this primer with out without makeup. If its a hot dry day in Texas sometimes i will throw it on in the morning just to give my face a little hydration boost to get through the day, and it does keep my face feeling hydrated both with and without makeup on. Thats all that was really written about this primer. Its oil free, so if you suffer from oily skin like i do somtimes, i feel like this primer is perfect. My biggest and only issue with this primer is that it didnt smell like coconuts at all, not even coconut water. That made me a little bummed because it smells just like cinnamon, not coconut. As for keeping makeup on for the 12 hours, i dont normally wear makeup for longer than maybe 8 hours, but i can say that it does keep my makeup on for the 8 or 9 hours that i do wear makeup.

I would have to also give this primer out of 5 simply because it doesnt smell like coconut at all and im really butt hurt about that.

Pore Primer Stick

This lightweight primer stick also helps reduce the appearance of pores and absorb excess oil to give you a mattified finish.

This was the second thing that i added to my cart. As i mentioned earlier, the pores on my nose are always so big, and i hate puting makeup on around my nose because it just makes it look so bad. Since this stick promised to reduce the appearance of pores i got this as quick as i could. I was really pleased with now much it minimized my pores, so much so that when wearing it you can hardly tell that i have pores on my nose. What i also like about this is that it really is lightweight. Once its on my skin i hardly notice its on at all. The fact that it absorbs any excess oils also makes me really happy. I dont suffer from super oily skin, but when im stressed out, or nearing my perioid my skin does tend to be a bit more oily than usual. So to have a priming stick that does that is really awesome! i use this on a daily basis, and i definitly will be re-purchasing it when it runs out.

I would rate this product a out of 5. I really love this product and how much it helps my daily look.

16 Hr Wear Full Coverage Foundation Glamoflauge Foundation:

Glamoflauge full coverage foundation is oil free, long wearing, super smooth liquid makeup that lasts for up to 16 hours.

Glides on effortlessly, leaving skin looking naturally flawless without caking, creasing or fading. The lightweight formula offers full coverage, yet feels weightless and comfortable with added Vitamin E.

This was the third thing i added to my cart. Other than lipsticks (wich im surprised that i didnt get from this brand) foundations are my other weakness. I have thousands of foundations, some of which i ever use because i have so many! Latley i’ve been having terrible luck finding true full coverage foundations, and full coverage is a MUST in my makeup bag! And when i read that this was a 16hr wear on top of that i just had to get it. This was 6 USD whihc is possibly the cheapest foundation i have ever bought. The price did sketch me at first, i had such high hopes for this i just didnt want anything bad to happen to it. I will start off by saying this foundation is truly ol free, in no way did my skin feel oily while applying and it throughout the day. As i keep saying in my reviews, i try not to wear makeup for too long. I usually wear makeup long enough to last me through work or a date and take it off right after. SO i only really wear makeup for 8 or 9 hours. Which i was plesantly surprised to find that it did last for the whole 8 or 9 hours that i wore this foundation. Hard Candy also states that this foundation effortlessly glides along your skin, giving it a naturally flawless look. The foundation as a little stick applicator, so it does glide on very easy, it does give a natrually full coverage look. When i think of full coverage foundation, i do think of cakeiness and creasing on the under eyes, so i was also very surprised to find out that it didnt cake or crease against my skin, which just made me fall in love with this foundation even more. Its full coverage without feeling heavy on my skin.

I would rate this foundation out of 5 stars. I had no issues with this foundation whatsoever. I have nothing but praise for it!

Instant Eye Fix Under eye treatment:

Awaken and illuminate dull, tired eyes. Instant Eye Fix eye treatment instantly brightens, de-puffs, and eases the appearance of fine lines. Metal tip applicator cools and immediately soothes delicate under eye area.

This product interested me greatly interested me. I’ve heard of eye serums,but never a i concealor type product. So i just had to try this out! As a young college student working 3 jobs, my under eyes are RUINED, i permenatley look like a 50 year old racoon. So i had high hopes on this working out. Anything to look more awake and more human im down to try. So lets start, does this awaken and illuminate my tired eyes? I would say it does make me feel more awake, but it doesnt illuminate my under eyes. Nor does it brighten my skin, but it does reduce morning puffiness. I would say other than dark under eyes, i suffer from really puffy eyes in the morning. It has a metal applicator which stays cool all the time, i dont need to throw it in the fridge or anything i just open the cap and its cool for me. The product itself comes out ina nude concealor type color, and it blends out very well. I will sy though, other than brining down the puffiness, this product doesnt really do much, i dont see it helping my under eyes in anyway.

I would have to rate this product a out of 5 stars.

Plumping Lip Primer:

Plumping lip primer for added pout & long lasting color.

I guess i did kind of order a lipstick from this brand. I got this plumping primer not because i want Kardashian big lips, but because on the days i dont wear makeup, i want a little colors to be brought to my lips. Hard Candy says that this primer will add a pout to my lips. Unfortunatly i didnt notice any plumping going on. I also realized that instead of a minty flavor that most lip plumpers give off, this one tasted more like vanilla which i didnt mind too much, it was an interesting surprise. AS for lasting color i noticed that if i didnt wear makeup it brought the blood flow up to my lips, giving them the natural tint that i was looking for. And when i did wear lipstick
it helped make the color last longer which is a huge pro for me.

I would rate this a out of 5 simply because it didnt do any plumping like it said it would.

Thats it for todays blog!

TATA!

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Makeup

Maybelline master precise all day liquid liner

Hello my lovlies! Welcome back to our blog! I hope youre all enjoying your spring! I always say that fall is my favorite season, which it is, but im really starting to LOVE spring down here in Texas. Other than the allergies its the most beautiful thing i’ve seen. Back where i used to live, all spring meant was rain rain rain.

Which leads me into our topic of today…Kind of. As many of you know im always on the look out for a good reliable eyeliner. Before i bought this Maybelline i was using a Wet n Wild eyeliner that just wasnt working for me. It would last maybe an hour and was not water proof at all. Having waterproof makeup is a huge must for me. For some reason my eyes always leak when im laying down, and it has ruined many a eyeliner. I had done some research and this eyeliner popped up every time. So why not invest in this?

So lets start with what this product promises to do.

Maybelline promises that this eyeliner is an all day liquid liner thats long lasting , smudge proof, water proof that delivers precise definiion in just one stroke.

What are its benefits?

It features an ultra-fine tip that delivers defined lines. Also fragranc free and is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Now the real question is, does it do all it promises? I will say when i wore this it was definitley water proof. Not once did it wash away from my leaky eyes. Nor did it wipe off when i constantly rubbed a it. I really liked that because not only do i have leaky eyes, but i constantly rub my eyes! So to have an eyeliner that is stronger than my leaky eyes and rubbing is AWESOME! It also did last my entire 10 hour shift, so basically all day.

one of my issues with this product was that it said it was suitable for sensitive eyes, but it really irritated my eyes. They itched a lot when i applied them as wings. So that was kind of a bummer.

Also i know it never said it was matte, but i wished it was because i love how bold and elegant matte looks on me. This kind of gave me water color vibe, which i wasnt a huge fan of.

I would give this product a 4.5 our of 5 stars. It was a good product other than the irritation it caused me. I didnt count the lack of matte to my scoring, just beccause they didnt say it was matte.

Thats it for todays blog. Let me know down in the comments what youre favorite eyeliner is!

TATA!

Makeup

Milani Make it last setting spray

Hello loves! Happy April, and Happy April fools. Nothing i can really trick you with, but i can grant you a small escape from all the trickery while you read this blog.

If you’ve been following along with our blogs you may have realized we have been reveiwing a lot of Milani products. Today will be another Milani review…If you couldnt tell by the title and picture above!

Since moving to Texas, i’ve began to really understand the importance setting spray can hold, espesially as it starts to get warmer. In Washington most of the time my face was so frozen im sure my makeup was just frozen on!

On a hunt for a setting spray that would hold my makup through biking to work and just the usual Texas heat i decided to give Milani a chance. Most Milani products that i’ve gotten havent let me down so i had high hopes for this winner.

So what does the Milani Make It Last Setting spray promise?

Lock in your makeup and keep that just applied look all day and into the night—no touchups needed! Make It Last Setting Spray primes, corrects and sets your look for up to 16 hours without a crease or smudge in sight, and prevents fading and shine. Spray under or over makeup, or wear on its own for a beautifully matte, flawless face.

Lets take this step by step…

Lock and applied look?

When it comes to keeping my makeup on i would have to say yes it really does. It also does keep my make up looking like i just applied it all day. Now i never really wear makeup for longer than like nine or ten hours, so i cant say if it last longer than sixteen, but it does last for the nine/ten that i do wear my makeup.

Primes/Correct/ Set?:

Now i’ve heard that you can use this product as a primer, although i personally haven’t tried it, so i cant speak for priming. Since i use this after i’ve applied my makeup i also can say if it corrects imperfections or not. What i can say is that it really does set my makeup. I will warn though, there is a very potent perfumy fragrance that you will smell when you apply this product. I have sensitive skin and i will say that this didnt really irritate my skin at all, but if you dont like products with strong fragrances then i would suggest maybe not using this product!

No creasing/smuudging?:

I can assure you that while having this on i hardly ever get creases, Its never really a problem i face without setting spray either. As for smudging it does help prevent smuding which i really like about this product because I CONSTANTLY RUB MY EYES! By the end of a nine hour shift i look like a fifty year old alcoholic! So i thank Milani from the bottom of my heart for creating a non smudge setting spray!

No fading or shine?:

When it comes to fading, i’ve been using this product for a few months now, and never once have i witnessed any fading throughout the day while wearing it. Because it is a matte spray there is also no shine which i also like because i feel like dewy sprays tend to make my face look a bit oily.

All in all i would have to rate this setting spray a four out of five. The only thing i didnt like about this product was the fact that the fragrance is so strong that sometimes its just a little too much. Other than that i really liked this product!

Thats it for todays blog! Whats your favorite setting spray?

TATA

Makeup

Milani stay put matte liquid liner

Hello loves! Welcome back to our blog, thank you all for following along with us, Hailey and i are both extremely thankful for all of you!

Now as i stated in my previous blog, aside from lipsticks eyeliner is my other addiction. I will always enjoy trying to find which one i like best.

Many of you may have noticed that i’ve gotten a lot of Milani products latley, thats because i’ve had a lot of good Milani products in the past. Out of all of them, i’ve never tested out any of their eyeliners. I got this at my local drug store, and it retailed for about $8, on their website it is the same.

Now what does the Stay Put Matte 17hr Wear Liquid Eyeliner promise?

For eyes that turn heads, you need this quick-drying liquid-to-matte liner that delivers full color for up to 17 hours. An ultra thin felt tip applicator lets you create natural to bold looks with ease and controlled precision—in one single step. No need for constant mirror-checks—this formula is humidity and sweat-resistant. Choose from four richly pigmented matte shades. Shake well before using. Remove with an oil-based eye makeup remover.

Lets take this liquid eyeliner through the promise.

Was it quick drying?

As for that, yes it was which i really liked. The only thing i noticed with its quick dry is that after wearing it for a few hours it began to get crusty. Now i dont know if its because im using other brands primer, foundation and concelor or if thats just what happens after a few hours.

Was it full color?

Unlike the Almay eyeliner i just recently reviewed, this one was definitely matte which i really like. As i said above about the quick dry, the crustiness was my biggest problem with this product. Out of any eyeliner i’ve ever used, i would have to say that this is my favorite eyeliner when it comes to the full color.

Ultra thin tip?

I would have do say i didnt really notice how thin the tip was. When you remove the lid/ applicator there is a lot of product that builds up, so if the tip is thin i wouldnt notice. So that leads to the other question, does it help to create naural or bold looks? Natural maybe not, bold most definitely. As is said before theres a lot of product on the applicator, so personally for me it created more bold looks.

Mirror checks?

Because of the crusty dry, yes, i definitley made frequent mirror checks and i would constantly have to go to the restroom to re-apply.

Humidity & Sweat resistant?

Since i live in Texas now it is rather humid, espesically now that spring is upon us. I will say that as for humidity it didnt really affect the eyeliner any differently. I also bike to work, and prefer to do my makeup at home and not at work so i can assure you that biking and the sweat that creates doesnt affect the eyeliner either.

All in all i would probably give this eyeliner four out of five stars. I really liked this product, the only real issue was the crusty dry 😦

Thats it for todays blog, comment down below if you’ve treid this product before?

Whats your favorite Milani product?

TATA

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Day In My Life: College Athlete, Student + Blogger

Hey guys! Welcome back to our blog. I thought it would be fun to share some more personal stuff on here. This is a little day in my life blog of what I do on Mondays since that is the day I’m writing this (but this post has been in my drafts for ages!)

Last semester I did cross country, this semester, (spring semester) is when track and field starts!

5:15 am – I wake up, eat something and head to the locker room, all of the girls on the team and I chill out in there and stretch before practice.

6:00 am – Practice starts! (it’s a real struggle for me, I’m a night owl and I would prefer to run at midnight than get up at 5.) We do different workouts depending on the day, Mondays are our easy days. Today’s workout was a 7 mile progression run, it wasn’t ‘easy’ but it is easier than our workout days.

8:00 am – Done with practice! Tuesdays and Thursdays we do weights from 8:00-9:00, but since it is not required on Mondays, I skip it in favor of eating breakfast.

9:00 am – I shower and get ready for my first class at 11:00 am. I usually also squeeze in a few minutes of liking people’s Instagram photos and blog posts before class!

OOTD:

Christine is definitely the girlier one of us, she’s always wearing dresses and heels, but I’ll stay comfy in my leggings and sneakers over here!

11:00 am – My first class is a seminar called Music as Protest, basically we just learn about how music has been used throughout history to spark social revolutions and I actually love it, it is super interesting.

12:30 pm – Time for lunch! I never skip any meals, I eat about as much as small horse. While I eat, I always am on Instagram or WordPress or something. Basically I fit in blogging whenever I can during my day, otherwise I’d have no time for it!

After that I have a break until my second class, so I usually do my homework for that class right now. On Mondays in particular I always plan out my week with my planner, that is the only way that I won’t forget to turn in assignments I swear. Highly recommend that you use a planner if you don’t already!

3:30 pm – I go to my second class (honestly my game plan for succeeding at college is to show up to all the classes and turn everything in on time, it hasn’t failed me so far!) This class is called Music of the World’s people and it is a music history class based around the traditions of a lot of different cultures.

5:00 – 9:00 pm – Then I relax and finish up any other homework I have. This is the time when I write posts, practice piano, be with friends etc. And I eat dinner of course! This is also when I work on my work stuff, I manage 2 artists at my college and I do transcription work for one of my professors so I try to squeeze that in when I get time.

9:00 pm – I start getting ready for bed around now, doing my skincare (my skincare routine is here) and brushing my teeth, the usual. I also roll out and stretch in the evenings (that helps me stay un-injured since I run roughly 40 miles a week during the season). Then I aim to go to bed by 10 so I can do it all over again tomorrow.

(Needless to say, I do absolutely nothing on the weekends unless I truly have to, I don’t know how some people are this busy all the time. I need like, two full days of sleeping in order to stay on top of my week)

Anyway thank you guys for reading! That was my daily routine, I don’t know if it contained any tips for helping you guys manage your time, but I hope so!

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Makeup

Almay brow pencil

Hello loves! Welcome back to our blog! Once again im here with another Almay product which i’m very excited to share with you.

I just recently started doing my brows (makeup wise) and im more of a natural looking brow look, nothing too dramatic. Let me tell you, this eyebrow pencil DELIVERS!

Lets start with what it promises.

One tool, three easy steps to perfect brows:

  • Define with pointed tip
  • Fill with flat edge
  • Tame with brush

As you can see from my picture above, it is one tool, which is really nice, i dont have to worry about loosing the spoolie brush (which happens to me a lot).

I also really like how the point is defined, the tip is slanted slightly which helps with that all natural look. I will say though the cream can be kind of soft at times, so i wouldn’t retract it up too far. IT WILL BREAK! If you dont retract if very far though it works perfectly.

The flat edge is probably my favorite part of this product, like is said above it really helps create that perfect natural brow.

Another win is the brush, the bristles really do tame my brows which i love because sometimes while im waiting for my brow appointment, the girls can get a little out of control. Having a brush that keeps the strays down and control is a huge help to the makeup routine.

When it comes to how i would rate this eyebrow pencil, i would rate it a 5 out of 5. I have no real issues with this product. I’ve actually re bought it 4 times already, each time it runs out i just have to get it again.

Thats it for todays blog! Whats your favorite eyebrow pencil?

TATA

Skincare

Current Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Hello guys! Welcome back to our blog. Today I’m going to share my skincare with you, this routine has helped cure my dry patches and help me deal with my dry skin in the winter!

Step 1: Vapour beauty clarity cleansing oil

I always use this to take off my makeup, it is a good oil cleanser and it has been working for me. It is quite pricy so I am trying to find a comparable one from the drugstore!

Step 2: Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser

This is a great skincare product, my skin feels gorgeous and soft after I use it. It is a gentle enough exfoliator, at least for my skin, to use everyday. So I do use it everyday as my face wash, and it is so moisturizing and really nice.

Step 3: The Body Shop hydrating toner Continue reading “Current Skincare Routine for Dry Skin”