Hard Candy

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.

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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

 

Stila

Bring Back The Stila Girl

Back in the 00’s, when I was in my early 20’s ….

Me: Geez why do I suddenly feel so old?

 

Inner Me: Umm…cause it’s 2017 and that was over a decade ago, you old geezer.

 

Me: Thanks, Inner Me. I appreciate your daily reality check. (Goes to cry in the shower)

Anyways, as I was saying. Back in my early 20’s, Stila used have a series of palettes, which contained an eyeshadow and blush combo, that was built around a theme. Like, Summer in the Hamptons or Striking in South Beach. All these palettes also had a cute, model type cartoon girl in the midst of some activity (i.e. rollerblading down Ocean Drive), dressed super trendy and looking like everything I wanted to be at that time: thin and beautiful with perfect hair.

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She had many looks and came from different parts of the world, but she was known simply as the Stila Girl. I used to go to Sephora and swatch the palettes every time a new one would debut and drool over how cool I would look taking out this thin wallet type palette for a touch up when I went out with girlfriends.

To be honest, I don’t remember if the pigmentation was any good or if the colors lasted all day, but the Stila Girl was the only persuasion I needed to shell out my hard earned money. She was like the Instagram Model of the day. If she looked like she was having the time of her life on that cover, then I wanted buy it, because she obviously knew better than I did.

I mean, don’t we all roller skate on South Beach in a blue romper in 90 degree weather? Forget the humidity and chafed thighs. You won’t be bothered with that looking like you do in your smoky blue eye.

Stila Girl South Beach

I think it was sometime around 2011 that Stila dropped the Stila Girl. Not surprising, that’s when I stopped buying Stila. I’m not saying that their quality declined , but the Stila Girl reminded me of my youth. Of the good ole days, when I was young and had the metabolism of an Olympian. I know if she was real, Stila Girl is probably married now, with a few kids. Probably blogging and doing the school drop off looking super chic in skinny jeans and cool v neck. Her hair, perfectly balayaged and in beachy waves. I still  want to be her.

So Stila, if you are reading this, consider bringing back the Stila Girl. I know that there others like me that would spend money for the opportunity to relive their past a bit.

Sincerely,

Maritza

 

 

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics – Agent Carter

Last Saturday night I was surfing the web and doing some window shopping. I stopped by Besame Cosmetics to check out their latest endeavor, the Snow White Collection, and also research some of their lipsticks. They have a range of lipsticks that are inspired by the colors used in that particular decade. As an avid watcher of the History Channel, I thought that was totally cool and was deciding which one to throw to the cart, when something caught my eye.

I see the name Agent Carter in the drop down menu. Like the imaginary spy I envision myself to be, I covertly click on the link and immediately begin to nerd out to much of the confusion of my husband and children. Besame is coming out with a line of Marvel Agent Carter inspired make up!!!

Besame Agent Carter Promo

For those of you who do not know who Agent Peggy Carter is, she is seriously one of the coolest ladies of Marvel. In the comics and movie, she is Captain America’s first love interest during WWII who fought along with him throughout the course of the war against Hydra. After the war, she joined Shield as one of the first female agents. There was a TV show, also called Agent Carter, which chronicled her adventures and challenges being female spy in the predominantly male oriented profession. Unfortunately, it got cancelled, but if you have a chance to catch it online, please do so. It was BAD ASS!

The line looks like it will be launching this fall and when it does, you better believe I will buying it.

Any other Marvel Agent Carter fans out there? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, Avengers….I mean Friends!

Maritza

 

BH Cosmetics

Galaxy Chic – BH Cosmetics

Galaxy Chic is one of those palettes that you first buy for the novelty. Let’s face it, the whole concept is a gimmick, down to the packaging. Each deliciously swirled color is baked into small circular pans that shimmer like far away stars. The name is catchy and cute and my first thought was that this would make a great Instagram pic.


I cannot believe how shallow that sounds. I mean, I literally admitted I bought something for the amount of likes it would get me on Instagram. I think I need to get some help or the very least a lot of perspective.

Anyhow….

The surprising thing is that when I actually began to play around with the colors and started creating eye looks, I realized how versatile and rich this palette actually is. Unlike the recent releases of red toned palettes flooding the market this summer, this has it all. Warm reds, yellows, oranges and browns that can compliment your Urban Decay Heat or Colour Pop’s Yes Please palette, as well as cool blues, greens and purples that allow you to create those unique individual look.


The only downside is that they are all shimmers, which does not make this palette a stand alone, in my opinion. I typically incorporate some matte shades in order to create the depth I like in my eyelooks. The colors also apply better with when dabbed with the finger, than with a blush, but that is not a problem for me as I usually apply my shimmers in that manner.

Did I mention that this palette is $15.99? If the colors and packaging aren’t convincing, then the price is. I spent more on lip balm and it’s not even half as entertaining as looking at this palette.

Let me know in the comments below any other palettes that I should try out from BH Cosmetics. I currently own the Solar Flare palette, which is another highly recommended one, and want some more recommendations.

Have a great Sunday!

Maritza

Lipstick Battle

Lipstick Battle – Lip Gloss Edition

About a week ago, I stopped by Sephora and saw the new Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss. I swear the display was haloed because it was calling to me. I glided over to the case and swatched this golden peachy perfection called Champagne Dream x Bellini and even under the fluorescent Sephora lights was mesmerized by their glittery goodness. I was sold!

I managed to snag the last one in that color (a sign that it was destined to be mine) and went to the register and happily shelled out my hard-earned $22. I even got some samples from the nice Sephora lady. This was the perfect day.

You would think the story ends there, but, my friends, you are wrong. Little did I know that a Lipstick Battle was brewing, because not even two days later, I received my order of  BH Cosmetics goodies, which contained a possible Contender for the title of Lip Gloss Champion 2017.

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Entering the ring at an impressively light $5.99 is the Nude Rose Lip Gloss in Marilyn. A gorgeous rose toned lip gloss with flecks of gold that shimmer in the sunlight like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Ohh…the Battle is on!!!

Both lip glosses work well as a topper or alone as a gloss and they both smell divine. Becca smells like vanilla cupcakes and BH like an orange creamsicle. Becca does have a little more staying power on the lips, but BH is almost a 1/4 of the cost.

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It’s almost a tie and I’m beginning to sweat here trying to make a decision. It seems that after each round neither has a real advantage over the other. However, after much deliberation, the winner, by the tiniest of margins, is Becca. Overall, the shimmer payoff is just slightly better than BH.

But there are no losers in this battle, my friends. Both lip glosses are winners and both deserve a spot in the top shelf of your vanities this summer.

Who will be battling it out next time in the ring? Stay tuned and find out!

Maritza

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Honey

Hey Honey…Check this Out

One of my favorite brands, Hey Honey, is having an awesome sale on their Boost It Up Daily Moisturizing Cream. Today and tomorrow only, Boost It Up, will be 50% off. That means you get this moisturizer made with,  Honey (DUH!), Vitamin E and Coconut Oil for $19!!!! The best part is that 100% of the profits made between July 14 -15 will be donated to Anti Defamation League (ADL) to combat hate and build inclusive communities!

Use code: NoPlaceForHate

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If you so choose, you can also use my affiliate personal link and type in HeyHoneyMaritza10 at checkout for 10% off your next order. This discount will not double with the NoPlaceForHate code, but if you like the Boost It Up Daily Moisturizing Cream, stop on by again use my code for your next purchase and save a little money while you are at it.

Have a great weekend, my friends!

Maritza

 

Fashion Inspiration

Summer Lovin

 

Summer Lovin

 

We are moving out of our apartment in August and so for the next few weeks, we will be decluttering, donating, boxing up and sending to storage most of our stuff. We are downsizing for various reasons, and it’s quite cathartic going through all your stuff and putting aside the things you truly love and giving away those items that are just not your style anymore.

And before you ask… yes, that also includes make up.

That still doesn’t mean that I don’t want new things, but it’s a give a take at this point. If I really want something, I made a promise, that I have to get rid of something I don’t use any longer. Once, we move into our permanent place, I am hoping that it will have the space for a big vanity and closet to house all my beauty things.

So, what do you when you can’t justify making a purchase, but really, really, really want it?
I like to make little vision boards of all the stuff that tickle my fancy and imagine me wearing it or using it on a particular occasion. Sometimes, this makes me want it even more, but other times, it removes that need after it’s been sitting in my folder for a while, particularly, the $1500 YSL purse and $13,000 Chanel watch. You know, got to feed my children and all, but it’s a Vision Board, so you put on there what you want!

 

The inspiration behind this particular board is poolside cocktails at The Delano Hotel in South Beach. I wanted something easy and effortless, but not pretentious.
Do you create vision boards? If so, leave your comments below and share some of your wants.
Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends.

Maritza

Lush Love

Lush Love

I love Lush. You walk into their store and everyone is so friendly and willing to let you sample anything. Their bath bombs are piled in in baskets or stacked like mini scented pyramids ready and ripe for the picking. The soaps are in display ready to be cut to your specifications and across the wall we have jars and tubs of creams, lotions and bath products ready to sample and select. It’s like the farmers market of my beauty dreams.

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I always go in for a bath bomb or two, but leave with a bag full of goodies. Admittedly, not stuff that I particularly needed, but will always end up using.
In this trip, I picked up:

Shampoo Bar in Honey I Washed My Hair. I bought this for Logan as he tends to overuse the bottled shampoo. The bar is supposed to last up to 80 washes, if you don’t leave it in standing water, which I think sounds about right for his short hair.

Massage Bar in Soft Coeur. I have no intention of sharing this lovely. It’s a solid massage bar with essential and moisturizing oils that you warm up with your hands and then rub it wherever you need it. It’s not heavy and the product sinks in quite nicely. This bar smells like white chocolate and I must literally stop myself from licking it off myself.

Soap Bar in Honey I Washed the Kids. I think most of my purchases revolved around this scent, but it’s just so damn nice. The young lady helping me carved it from the block in the display down to the size I wanted. I said it was for the guest bathroom, but who am I kidding? This sucker is for ME!!!

Bath Bombs x 2. This is what I initially came for. My kids are addicted to those Instagram videos that show bath bombs dissolving, so I always pick one up for them. I got a nice blue one that I believe is called Ocean Mist (don’t quote me on that) and it smells like sea salt and ocean spray mixed with a nice clean laundry detergent. I don’t think I’m doing the scent justice, but trust me when I tell you, it’s nice. I also picked up the Yoga Bomb for myself. This is my most favorite bath bombs of all time. It’s citrusy with a nice sandalwood undertone. It’s the perfect bomb to wind down in the tub with. The young lady helping me at Lush said that she believes they might discontinue this bomb, so if you are a fan, run to grab one before they go away for good.

Do you have any Lush recommendations? If so, leave them in the comments below. I will make sure to check them out.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, my Friends!

Maritza

nars

NARS. Don’t Call it a Comeback..Yet

Back in the day, when Nars’ iconic blush Orgasm hit the market it caused quite a stir. Not only did the name itself prove to be risqué, but the color was supposed to resemble the peachy-pink glow that is obtained only by reaching that particular state of completion.

I was so naïve in thinking that everyone thought I was a total Samantha from Sex in the City whenever I wore it, when in reality, I was more like a female version of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.

Since then, I really haven’t really been taken aback by any Nars products. The market is so over saturated with beauty products and cosmetic companies, that you really have to create something spectacular, or get on the right Beauty Influencer’s radar, to capture the public’s attention again.

Well, Nars has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes back into the beauty world. They released an entire collection around their little baby, Orgasm, to reawaken the interest of their past customers and also lure the newbies in with suggestive videos such as this one on their website.

Leading up to their Orgasm release, they also released a line of highly Instagramed NARSissist eye and cheek palettes with the tag line #areyouaNARSissist.

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Last month, they also debuted a series of liquid blushes that promised to give you a flushed, natural look that can be easily built up as needed. The formula swatches are highly pigmented, but when applied with a beauty sponge or brush,  deliver the perfect glow. If I can describe it, without making you all go “Is she drinking?”, I would say it provides a subtle touch of color with just the right amount of BAM!

 

As I write this blog, NARS has also gotten themselves into quite a marketing quandary. This past week, they announced that they will now be selling their products in China. What’s the big deal you ask? Well, local laws in China mandate that cosmetic companies test their products on animals before being sold in their market. NARS, a previously Cruelty Free brand, decided to backtrack on their animal testing stance in order to get a piece of that China pie. This move has brought on major criticism from other Cruelty Free brands, such as Kat Von D Cosmetics, and prompted an immediate boycott of their products from many of their customers.

NARS responded to all the backlash with an Instagram post stating (paraphrasing here) that they love animals, but love money just a little bit more.

Only time will tell if this move will have an impact on NARS. Their Orgasm Collection remains, for the most part, sold out and they are about to drop a set of Liquid Matte Lipsticks in a few days, so we will see the public response to that in our Instagram feeds and YouTube channels soon. However, if there is one thing we all know, controversy is not always bad to the bottom line.

What are your thoughts on this move by NARS? Will you still be buying their products. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Happy Hump Day, my friends!

Maritza

Beauty Favorites

June Hot Picks

Did anyone blink and suddenly it was July? I know that this is something that we all say, but I am really getting concerned about how quickly time is flying. It’s time to stop and smell the roses, people!!
With that being said, it’s also time to showcase June’s Hot Picks. These products were the ones that made me say “Damn, Girl! You look good” when I checked myself out in the mirror last month.

June Faves

Hot Damn Pick # 1
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I will start off by saying this product is EXPENSIVE!!! I don’t know about you, but shelling out hundreds of dollars all willy-nilly on skin care isn’t in my monthly budget. I’ve got kids to feed! But this stuff is good. I mean really good. It’s a retinol oil blended with crap loads of botanicals and essential oils. It’s does smell somewhat grassy and it’s blue straight out of the bottle, however, it sinks in clear. The morning after I first used it, my skin was glowing and I haven’t stopped using since then. A little goes a long way, so I recommend buying the 0.5 fl oz., which will cost about $55 at Sephora and you should get a good 3-4 months use out of it.

Muy Caliente Pick #2
Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation. This product was all over Instagram and YouTube in June. Some loved it, others hated it and the beauty world was divided. It was Civil War. I was in the love category. The formula is creamy and, although it says that it’s full coverage, I don’t particularly believe that claim as my freckles peek through. Not a problem because what I love about this foundation is that it looks like skin. It’s glowy, long lasting and a perfect base for your make up. It comes in a variety of shades and runs you about $10 or less at the drugstore.

It’s Getting Hot in Here Pick #3
Benefit’s Galifornia Blush. I’ve never been a fan of Benefits blushes. I know for the past few years, they have come out with their cheek palettes and they were very hyped, but I always found their blushes to be quite dusty and either too shimmery, too pale or too matte. In walks in this Beachy Babe of a blush. It’s a gorgeous golden peachy pink that flatters multiple skin tones. It’s perfect for summer as it gives you that “I just came back from the beach” look. It does have a slight shimmer, but it doesn’t look like you accidently picked up the highlighter instead of blush. Did I mention it smells like coconuts? Benefit also has a travel size version, which is just so darn cute and perfect to throw in your beach bag or tote.

Smoking Hot Pick #4
Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color. Back in the 90’s, I lived and breathed for Hard Candy and it’s like going back in time every time I peruse their display in Walmart. I ended up purchasing one of these lippie beauties this month and was completely blown away. First off, it smells like cupcakes. The formula is gorgeous. It’s went on even and the pigmentation was excellent. It’s long lasting, but surprisingly comfortable and they cost $6! I vowed to throw one in the cart anytime I was in Walmart because these are a great buy. I don’t know why I don’t see more people talk about them.

Jal -a -peno Business Hot Pick #5
Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm. I got a sample of this in one of my Sephora orders and kind of ignored it for a while. I was generally pleased with my nighttime routine and figured why change things. Of course, as is always the case, you run out of one of your regulars and shop the sample pile you have thrown in a drawer for a quick replacement to do the job at that moment. Boscia is one of my favorite skin care lines as their Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask is one of my favorites, so I figured they would not let me down. Let me tell you, the people at Boscia must have made some deal with the devil, because this stuff wipes every speck of makeup from your face. I don’t know how they do it, but all I can say is that my face is not only clean, but it doesn’t feel tight, which sometimes with products that have that kind of cleaning power, have a tendency of doing. I know they also came out with a Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser, but I like the product in a pot simply for storage and traveling reasons.

I know there were a lot of new beauty releases in June and I am excited to see what you all think should be added to the list above. Share and leave your comments below.

Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends.

Maritza