29, 06, 2017

Hard Candy

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As we’re constantly evolving, our taste naturally change over time as well. As I get a little bit older it’s becoming more apparent on how I treat and view makeup. My past perspectives were about trying to hide things I didn’t like, while my new perspectives are always trying to enhancing the features I was born with instead. Many, if not all of us, are also swayed by trends and we find inspiration in them. Makeup can be and will always be a fun thing to play around with no matter where you are in life.

Although I’ve been keeping things simple on a daily basis, I was recently sent over some makeup from Hard Candy‘s new SS17 collection, and it has reopened and given me ideas on how I can play with a full face of makeup again. Hard Candy really hooked me up and I was able to create a fresh and bronzy eyed look, which is very much my style when it comes to spring and summer makeup.

THE BASE.

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Correcting & Baking

To get my complexion flawless, I received a bunch of their Sheer Envy products to achieve this look. The Color Correct Cushion Wonder in Peach was something I was the most excited about because I was on the hunt for a peach neutralizer to add into my routine for the under-eye area. I absolutely love this one since I find other peach neutralizer too be too orange for my liking, however this one is very natural, light in texture, and creates a second skin instead of looking like you have obvious product on your face. The Cushion Wonder was a great prep before applying the Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder. I was pretty much a virgin before trying this banana powder out, so I was a bit unsure of what I was doing. I also didn’t really understand the hype with baking until now. It was actually much easily than I though and my makeup did not budge or get shiny once in the areas I applied it all day long.

Matte To Highlight

The Color Correct Perfecting Powder was perfect for setting everything in place. It’s very silky to the touch and did help a lot more than I thought it would with evening out my complexion. Since it’s on the light side, I see this being a favourite for those with a light to medium skin tone the most. It’s very mattifying, however just like with any powder you will need to touch-up throughout the day, especially if you’re an oily skin type. And to finish off the base, I used the Prismatic Highlighter to pop on the high points of my cheeks, chin, bridge of the nose, eyebrow bones, and Cupid’s bow. This was my first time with a holographic highlighter and I didn’t think I would like the refined purple and blue glitters, but it did end up looking great when creating a pretty glowing effect. Being honest here though, it did take me a few tries to figure out to apply it since it didn’t seem to work well with any brush. I do believe this can be a great highlighter once you know how to use it for yourself. I ended up applying it with my fingers and it worked out best that way.
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THE EYES.

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Gone Metal

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a full eyeshadow look so I was quite excited to play around with the Look Pro! Metal Eyes kit. The kit comes with 4 baked eyeshadows: a silver, yellow/gold, and 2 bronze shades (one slightly cooler than the other), a duel-ended eyeshadow brush, mini black eyeliner pencil, setting spray liquid to brighten up the shades, and a mixing well. I found that the gold and silver were difficult to work with and took a lot of time to buildup to their fullest effects. I know that sometimes baked makeup’s first layer needs to be scratched down so that you get to the true product, however it didn’t seem to do much with these ones. To be honest I kind of gave up on them and went straight for the bronzed shades since they’re very pigmented even without the setting liquid. I did however put some of the gold in the inner tear ducts of my eyes for a subtle sparkle.

Mark Or Kajal It

When I first received the Stroke of Gorgeous Kajal Supreme Eyeliner Duo, I thought it was a hot pink liner, which I thought was going to be very unique to try out. Although it turned out to be just black, it’s quite a nice liner for the price. I’m usually not a fan of Marker eyeliners but the tip is very pointed and gives a lot of control on how thin or thick you want to draw your eyeliner. I also really like the Kajal pencil because it’s also easy to control, and it applies very well on the waterline and/or lash line. I’ve recently been loving the look of using a eyeliner pencil halfway through my bottom lashes and smudging it out into a wing — the Kajal side has been perfect for this.
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THE LIPS.

I received 2 lip products, the first one being the Lip Artiste Lip Contouring Wand in Wine to Burgundy. I found the deep wine lip liner with the much lighter highlighting pinky shade to be a bit of a strange combo. I also learned that the highlight goes along way and all you need is a pinch before things can get out of hand. In my opinion, the liner/contour is a lot better on it’s own as an overall lip colour. The second lip product I received was the Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer in the shade Selfish. This was the first product that caught my eye when I opened up my Hard Candy package and I was hoping it would work out. I’m really glad it did because I’m absolutely loving this lippy! Everything from the very cute packaging to the actual product itself is perfect. If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you’d know I always mention (or complain) about how I can never find the right pinky-nudes when it comes to lip colours — I think I finally found one! I’ve worn this for long periods of times now and it does not disappoint. For a lip lacquer it’s very pigmented, moisturizing, and looks great for longs periods of time, with minor touch-ups here and there.
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Have you tried out any Hard Candy makeup before?


16 responses to “Hard Candy”

  1. That lip lacker looks beautiful on you!
    LA VEINE

  2. Such a lovely post! You look gorgeous. I definitely want to get into ‘baking’. I tried it once, I liked it i just wasn’t using the best powder. Now I’ve picked up the rcma no color powder so I am keen to go back at it.

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    • Stacey says:

      I’ve heard a lot of great things about the rcma powder! I love the baking effect more than I thought I would because usually when I’ve seen it done, they under eye concealer was so dramatically different and lighter and it just always threw me off. It’s nice to know it can be done in a more natural way!

  3. I love the photography in this post! That colour correcting powder looks fascinating too, love the pattern in it!

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

  4. Britney says:

    Your makeup looks so good! I love the bronze look. That eyeshadow suits you super well.

  5. Absolutely love your eye makeup here, so fresh and gorgeous 🙂
    xx
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  6. This makeup looks is smashing babe! Love the subtle eye makeup that gives such a striking effect. Love how you did the lips too, so gorgeous with all the gloss! Xx

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    • Stacey says:

      Thanks girl! I honestly haven’t worn a full face with eyeshadow in awhile so it was nice to get a bit glammed up again 🙂 and this gloss is so pigmented and great for the price <3

  7. Brandy says:

    I love how natural this look is. It’s very subtle and flows well. 🙂

  8. Akshita says:

    Girllllll you look STUNNING throughout this post! <3 I haven't used this brand before but your post has made me curious about it. Also, your skin looks absolutely flawless!

    • Stacey says:

      Thanks so much girl, you’re so sweet!! I’m going to sound old here but I remember Hard Candy in the 90s and I ALWAYS wanted to try them out, especially their nail polishes but my mother never let me lol. It was pretty cool that I finally got to try them out!

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