Liquid glitter is not new, but it has made a huge come back. They have all the sparkle and shimmer of glitter without the mess of loose glitter. Hard Candy has released 12 duos for spring 2019. Each duo comes with a glitter shade and a matching chrome shade.
The shade I have is Viva La Venus. The glitter shade is a light lavender, and the chrome is a mid-toned blue based purple. The sides can be used on their own or layered. I tried layering the glitter on top of the chrome in video below.
Lots of Fails, Hard Candy First Impressions and GRWM - YouTube
The results were okay, but I have found that using the glitter and chrome on their own is the best way to use them on hooded lids. Both products last all day with an eye primer. The glitter is made up of larger pieces of glitter, so I found that dabbing the product on with the applicator is the best way of getting a solid color.
Removal is best done with a micellar water or waterproof makeup remover and a cotton round. I hold the cotton round with the remover on my eye for around 10 to 15 seconds to allow the remover to break down the glitter and then gently wipe off the product.
For around $7, the Hard Candy Glitteratzi is a great option for liquid glitter. The chrome side is a nice addition, but I don’t see myself using that side as much as the glitter.
Left to Right: Chrome, Glitter, Glitter on top of Chrome
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It is rare that I see a palette that really want in the drugstore anymore. The NYX Ultimate Multi Finish Shadow Palette in Sugar High was the last palette I really wanted. It is a 12 color palette, with 4 mattes, 4 shimmers, and 4 sparkly metallics. NYX claims this palette is Coral, Blush and Mauve toned palette. They do have 3 other Ultimate Multi Finish Shadow Palettes.
The top row is the matte row. From left to right: 1: a light cream, 2: a light tan, 3: a pink-tones coral and 4: a purple-toned brown. This row is hit and miss. The light cream and purple-toned brown are pigmented and blend easily. The tan and the pink-toned coral are sheer, but can be build up and tiny bit harder to blend.
The middle row is the shimmer row. From left to right: 5: Sheer light pink-tone cream, 6: golden tan, 7: orange-toned coral, and 8: lavender with purple shimmer. This has to be my favorite row for everyday looks. The shimmer in most of the shades is a mild, making them great for one shadow looks.
The last row is the sparkly metallics. From left to right: 9: light pink and gold shimmer in white sheer eyeshadow, 10: pink and gold shimmer with a tan base, 11: red shimmer with coral base, and 12: red, gold, and purple shimmer with a purple toned brown base. This row is different as they are sheer shadows with a lot of shimmer in them. I use these shades more as eyeshadow toppers to boost shimmer in other shadows or to create new colors. These are shades that I really wanted the palette for. Glitter glue or a wet brush makes these apply more pigmented and shimmery.
While most shades are eye-safe, shade 11 is not eye-safe according to the palette. This palette is also not vegan as all but shades 9, 10, 11, 12 have carmine in them.
Each shadow is 1.18 grams, so the palette has a total of 14.16 gram.
This is one of the more expensive palettes in the drugstore. Nyx’s website has it for $22.
Overall, the NYX Ultimate Multi Finish Shadow Palette in Sugar High is a good palette. There are great shades and others that need some work. I would only recommended this palette if you looking for an everyday palette with some pops of high shimmer.
AOA and ShopMissA have been making a name for themselves, and it is clear to see why. They have been releasing quality products for only $1. The AOA Velour Mousse Highlighters are some of my favorite highlighters. Along side the highlighters, the AOA Velour Mousse Eyeshadows were released.
The AOA Velour Mousse Eyeshadows are similar to the highlighters, but they are a little more creamy. This makes it easy to pick up more product and easier to blend. However, the creamiest also makes them prone to creasing.
Left to Right: Holiday, Lucky Star, Groove
I have three shades. Two are shimmers, Lucky Star and Holiday and one matte, Groove. Lucky Star is a rose gold with pink and gold shimmer. Holiday is gold with bronze shimmer. Both the shimmer shades are pigmented and are easy to apply. There is no chunky glitter.
Groove is sheer salmon pink. The odd thing about Groove is looks more purple red in the pan.
The best way that I have found to use these eyeshadows is as an eyeshadow topper. I need to have a eye primer and a base shadow to help them stop creasing. This can be a pain at times, as cream eyeshadows can be a quick way of doing an eye look. If the AOA Velour Mousse Eyeshadows were a drier formula like the Velour Mousse Highlighters, they would be a better cream eyeshadow.
It is hard to not recommend anything from the AOA line due to the price. However, if we took the price point away, I would not recommend the Velour Mousse Eyeshadows. They are simply a challenge to get to stop creasing, and the shades similar to other cream eyeshadows. I will say these are great for photos or if you only need to wear makeup for a short time.
Concealer is one of the three makeup items that I’m super picky about. I’m always looking for the best concealer, which would be pigmented, long lasting, crease proof, and the right shade. The Body Shop Matte Clay Concealer is for acne-prone skin as it contains Tea Tree Oil and is 100% vegan.
I rarely break out, so it is hard to tell if The Body Shop Matte Clay Concealer helps reduce acne. I use it more as under eye concealer. I have permanent dark circles, which are challenging to cover as they are not purple/blue, they are more gray. Thats why I use full coverage concealers to cover them. The Body Shop claims that this concealer provides a full-coverage matte finish. I would say this is full coverage when applied with a finger or brush. With a sponge, it can lose coverage, but it looks more natural and blends easier.
The shade range is limited with 10 shades. I wear 014 Railay Beach, which is a light warm peach shade. It is more of a corrector of me, but I’m using it as an under eye concealer so the peach tone helps hide the circles. There is not a better match for me in the line as the shades run pink, peach, or orange. I would have to mix 012 and 014 to get the best match.
I love the wear time on this concealer. It can last up 16 hours without any major creasing or starting to break down. It is said to be sweat and humidity resistant. It is not waterproof as I have watery eyes and the concealer does break down when in contract with water.
Overall, The Body Shop Matte Clay Concealer is a great concealer if you are looking for a full coverage concealer that looks like skin. The packaging makes it easy to travel with, and it can be reapplied throughout the day without needing to set it with powder. It is $12CAN for 1.5 gram, but wait for a b2g1 or b3g3 sale for a better deal.
The Joe Fresh Fresh & Go Hydrating Spray is not really a makeup setting spray, but it looks very similar to the Joe Fresh Stay All Day Setting Spray. The Fresh & Go Hydrating Spray claims that it helps prep, prime, and revitalize the skin. I use it both as a primer and a setting spray, as I have dry skin. The spray is a super fine mist. It does take a few minutes to dry down, which can be a pain when I use it as a setting spray.
The packaging is super sleek. It is hard white plastic with a large spray nozzle with a clear plastic lid. Most of Joe Fresh’s line is in the same white plastic. It does get dirty very easy and some items look cheap compared to other products around the same price. The bottle is a 100mL, which is larger then most other makeup sprays in the drugstore.
It can be difficult to find Joe Fresh now, as Shoppers Drug Market no longer carries the line. Superstore is the only place that I know that stocks Joe Fresh Cosmetics at the moment. The price point is okay at $10. There are other makeup sprays that are very similar that are great for dry skin, like the Nyx Dewy Setting Spray and The Body Shop Makeup Setting Spray.
Pressed powder is one of the items that I use every single day, and I hit pan on the most often. This can be costly, but it does have to be. AOA Perfect Pressed Powder is $1 for 8 gram. It comes in 12 shades. It does contain talc, if you are worried about talc as an ingredient.
I have Banana and Porcelain. Banana is a light yellow powder that I use under my eyes to set my concealer. Porcelain is the lightest shade and has a pink undertone.
I would say that the Prefect Pressed Powder are a medium coverage powder foundation that can be built to full coverage with layering or using setting spray. This is a tiny issue with the Banana powder as it can make my under eye area super yellow.
This pressed powder is super light weight and finely milled. It is a natural finish. There is a lot of kick up when using a brush, so it is very easy to hit pan if you put you brush in the same place.
The packaging is super light weight made from plastic. The lid is clear plastic. Until most pressed powders, there is no mirror or area for a sponge, which is not really an issue for me.
Overall, the AOA Perfect Pressed Powder is a great option if you are looking for a new pressed powder. It can be challenging to find a shade, so I recommend pickup two shades that you think work. The packaging could use work, but the powder is great. I will be picking up more in the near future.
We all have an idea of what a retractable eyeliner looks like. Normally, they look plastic pencil that rolls up. Annabelle decided that they were going to package their newest liners in an unique package. This is not the first time that we have seen Annabelle release eyeliners in new types of packaging.
Annabelle Edge line is all about being bold. The closest thing that I can think of is retractable eye brow pencils with the rectangle opening. There is a learning curve with this eyeliner. I found that Annabelle Edge Eyeliners are best used for thicker liner and found lining the waterline.
Top: Carbon Black Middle: Electric Blue Bottom: Wild Carol
I have all three colors, Carbon Black, Electric Blue, and Wild Coral. Carbon Black is black eyeliner. Annabelle does make really good black liners, so its not surprising that the Carbon Black is great. Electric Blue is bright navy blue. It does show up over darker shadows and is a great option for doing a double liner look.
Wild Coral is pink based coral. It is not my favorite shade. I find that it is sheerer then the other shades and a touch drier.
These are tiny at only 0.28 grams or 0.01 ounces. The size of retractable eyeliners is always smaller then other types of eyeliner, so it is not shock. The Annabelle Edge Eyeliners are one of the most costly of the brand at $10-$11 mark. Lucky, Annabelle does go on sale regularly.
The Annabelle Edge Eyeliners are an okay eyeliner with odd packaging. They offer similar colors in their other liners, so I simply can not recommend this line on eyeliners. If you are looking at picking up eyeliners from Annabelle, I would recommend the Stay Sharp Liners, and Retractable Eyeliners.