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Hard Candy – Pinking of You Palette

I was trying to get into zone to write this post, so I did a quick search on Pandora for songs with the word Pink in it and I came across one from Aerosmith, which is actually called “Pink”. I think they may be talking about lady parts (not 100% sure as I tend to be quite literal), but don’t worry, today’s musing is definitely about Hard Candy’s Pinking of You Palette. Not lady parts.

I have a lot of love for Hard Candy. It takes me back to my youth, when they sold those nail polishes with the little heart-shaped ring on the applicator. I used to work at this department store in high school called Burdines that sold them and I remember that one Christmas I splurged and bought myself like 5 with my employee discount. I specifically remember one of the colors was this canary yellow color that I wore on my toes. I felt like such a baller!

Nowadays, Hard Candy is definitely way more accessible in price. As a matter of fact, nothing is over $10! So when I was in Walmart last weekend, I decided to anti-splurge and buy my self a little something-something. Sofia was with me, and she showed me the Pinking of You palette and at first I was like, “Nah”,  I have so many similar colors at home already. Off the top of my head, The TooFaced Sweet Peach Palette and Natural Love already carries most of these shades, so I declined. However, Sofia said she wanted it for herself, and seeing as my TF Palettes are off-limits to her, as things mysteriously enter her room, but never come back, I said yes.

Just a couple of hours later, I was the one taking Sofia’s makeup when I was getting ready for a night out with the family and I spied the palette sitting there and I was like “Why Not?”. On the outside it looks like a lovely warm palette with bright pinky corals, browns, creams and one red. They are all shimmers, which is a drawback, and didn’t exactly swatch very well as they seemed very sheer and powdery. However, I trucked on.

I ended up using my Marc Jacobs contour as a transition shade, and then dipped into the brick-red color and applied that to the outer V and blended that just a bit into the crease. I was not expecting the color to come show up, but it did. After building it up a bit, I was intrigued to try the others.

Trying to keep the look simple, I patted the pinky shimmer one in the middle (why does Hard Candy not name these colors?) with my finger on the middle of my lid and took it to the inner corner. Then, with the same brush I applied the red, just blended it a bit to remove any harsh lines.

Wanting a little more definition on the outer V, I took the dark brown shade on the left and darkened the corner a bit. I then took the red again and smoked the lower lid and added the dark brown again to the outer lower lash. Finished it off with the white shimmer shade on the brow bone and the inner corner and I was done.

Although these colors swatched like duds, they blended really nicely with a brush. I liked the look so much, that I replicated it for work the next day and I got TWO compliments, so I knew it was a winner and one that I needed to add to the repertoire.

I will say that you definitely need to use some eye primer as by the end of my work day, the look did fade a bit. The red I used on the outer was still visible, but the shimmery pink was pretty much all gone. I think next time, I would definitely use some setting spray to see if I can extend the life a bit. I always forget that step!

Anyone else have any other Hard Candy products they want to recommend? If so, leave in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Color Correcting for Dummies with Hard Candy

I realized that I am constantly correcting things. If a picture frame is tilted, I straighten it. If my children are picking their noses, I tell them to use a tissue (gross, I know). My husband goes to Starbucks and doesn’t bring me back an Iced Cinnamon Almond Macchiato? He dies.

Ok, I won’t kill him. But he will endure intense passive aggressiveness for at least a week.

Interestingly enough, the only thing I am not correcting is my face. As in color correcting, that is. I have always been intimidated by the whole process. Adding green, yellow or orange to my face seemed really counterintuitive, not to mention intimidating. I mean, isn’t the whole purpose of makeup to make the skin look more like your skin, only better? So how does adding non-skin like colors, make it more natural? And what if you add too much or don’t blend it out? You are basically going to be walking around like a clown college reject.

Stuff like this keeps me up at night.

Well, to ease my concerns and help with my sleep routine, the nice folks at Hard Candy sent me a trio of Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonders. These beauties come in a squeeze tube with a cushion tip that you twist to open and close. It doesn’t take a lot of pressure to get the product to come through, so my suggestion is to just squeeze a bit. A little goes a long way.

HC Color Correct

You can find these products at Walmart and they cost $6 each. Now that seems like a deal if you ask me, but, let’s test these babies out first, shall we?

Not coincidently, today I woke up with the usual dark circles under my eyes (see what keeps me up at night above), redness and discoloration on my cheeks, nose and forehead and, of course, a zit right on the bridge of my nose.

First I tackle the under eyes and use the peach to soften the darkness a bit. The formula seemed lightweight and went on smooth. When I rubbed it between my fingers, it felt a bit mousse like. It also had a very faint sweet floral scent, which I really liked. I moved on to yellow and apply a bit on my eyelids to cover the bluish veins and on my forehead and chin to add a little brightness. Since it is a squeezy tube, why not freehand a cute little design? No one said you can’t have fun neutralizing redness.

To conquer the zit, I hit up the green one. Out of all the colors, this is the one that freaks me out the most. I can deal with peach and yellow, but GREEN? The Hulk is green. Kermit is green. Me? I’m pasty white with freckles. But it’s ok, this will work. I apply a small (size of sun) dot on the zit and on the side of my nose and begin blending the products with my beauty sponge.

I start off with the peach and yellow and find that they blend out surprisingly easy. Then I tackle the Hulk colored areas. Once again, I find that the color sinks into the skin really well and immediately, the zit looks less red. By George.. I think we found something!

But before we get all excited, we haven’t passed the final stage. Blending your foundation and concealer on top of the Impressionist painting currently hanging on your face. So I grab by trusty Covergirl Vitalist and my Tarte Shape Tape and finish prepping my face. When I look in the mirror and check out my handy work, I am totally impressed. My under eyes look brighter. Same for my forehead and chin. However, what I am most impressed by is the zit on the nose. Right off the bat, you could barely tell it was there if not for the bump. Yet, that’s not all, my friends. Three hours later when I do a quick check in, it still looks good. This is literally one of the oiliest parts of my face. Products usually breaks up first around my nose area and I still could not pick up on any redness.

Color correct Pic
See the bump????

Boom! Mind is blown.

I have no idea why I was so worried. I guess, as with everything, the product you are using is key, so if you are like I once was and are a bit hesitant to venture into the scary world of color correcting, stop by your local Walmart and pick up one of these Hard Candy beauties.  I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed as they have made it practically goof proof.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza