After I purchased this bronzer in the shade "Tropics", I just had to go back to Wal-Mart to get one more! A week later, after I purchased the shade "Tropics", I went back to my local Wal-Mart to get this bronzer in the shade "Hula Hula". I read so many positive reviews about it, so I had to give it a try. It is a nice soft tan shade, with warm undertones. It's the shade down from "Tropics", and is less intensive, and I love both of them. It looks soft and natural and applies so easily. I have not had any issues with irritation or break-outs so far, so that is a plus for me. It's nice to see that Hard Candy is back, and at an affordable price too; around $9.00 USD.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I am very pleased with this product. It gives a nice, natural glow and blends easily. It gives a matte finish, with a subtle glow (not glittery at all). I tan in the Summer and I can even wear it as an all-over face color; it gives nice coverage too! The price is pretty good for .35 oz. of product. Also, it has a nice, light fragrance (not heavy perfume smelling), which I love. This powder looks strikingly similar to MACs mineralized powders, and is made in Italy as well (hmmm). If I am in a hurry, I just brush on some of this bronzer, apply some mascara and lip gloss and I am good to go! On the down side, they could improve the design on the compact so that it opens and closes a little better.
I was so excited to hear that Wal-Mart now carries Hard Candy Cosmetics! After reading some great reviews on the So Baked Bronzer, I just had to check it out! I love "Tropics", it's a beautiful warm shade. I had such a difficult time trying to decide which shade to try. I love the packaging; really eye-catching and girlie! I also love, love, love that this product has no strong perfumes! Yay! Also, you get a large, .44 oz. of product for around $10.00, another yay for me! Another thing that I have noticed about this product is that it has very little, if any fallout, and all you need is one swipe on your bronzer brush; so, this will last me a while. I also love that HC does not test on animals.
The shade "Peach" is very pretty and works well with light to medium skin tones. The finish is very "sheer" and has a nice "glow" (appropriately named). This blush is not deeply pigmented; however it gives a nice, warm and natural coverage and could even be used as a highlighter. This blush is not shimmery at all. I am pleased with this purchase and I would recommend it. The only down side is that the size is a bit small (.05 oz.), (for around $8.00). On the positive side, there is little, if any fallout, so I'm sure this will last me a while! Overall, it's a very nice blush, when you are looking for something that is subtle.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This is quite possibly the best mineral powder make-up on the market. After numerous attempts to find the best mineral foundation, my search is finally over!
Now, it takes a product to "really" impress me in order for me to write about it, and everything I say in my reviews are my honest opinions, and from my own personal experience.
After trying several mineral make-up brands, I kept stumbling over formula's that just not work for my skin, or did not give me the finish or coverage that I wanted, until I took a gamble with Laura Mercier's Mineral Powder. After the very first application, I was impressed! The finish was amazing and "flawless", just like Laura Mercier claims.
I have been using this mineral powder for almost two years now and I still love it, and that is saying a lot about a product! I can honestly say that the look and texture of my skin has actually improved since using this product and I have received numerous compliments, and you know that you are doing something good for your skin, when people give you a nice compliment, especially when it comes from my Husband! Sorry honey, I had to give you props, lol.
Okay, enough about me, now onto the product itself. Laura Mercier's Mineral Powder is finely-milled, and when you apply it, it is not like anything have ever used before; because it applies so effortlessly, it takes very little time to apply. I use both the loose and the pressed form (thank you, Laura for the pressed compact). You only need a very small amount on your brush when applying (its better to start with less, then build up to the coverage desired). I love the compact, because I carry it in my purse for touch-ups.
This mineral powder contains pearl powder; is oil-free, and contains a SPF of 15, which I love. This mineral powder will make you soft and glowy! -- (not really a word, sorry). It is difficult to describe the finish this powder gives...it "is" what Laura "says": Flawless!! You will look as though you are walking around in candlelight!
A lot of Women have said that the "pressed" form is too concentrated, and I have found that you only need to dab a small amount onto your brush, then apply. If you use the sponge, you probably won't get the look you are trying to achieve, and since this powder is so finely-milled, you don't need very much at all.
The Laura Mercier brand is simply amazing; I love all of her products. This was the very first product that I purchased from the line and I don't know why I never tried this brand before. It's so exciting to try a new cosmetic line and be pleasantly surprised too!
Did I mention the value for your money? The loose mineral powder is a generous 9.6 grams of product and the pressed powder is 8.1 grams! This mineral powder will last a very long time--I still have a lot left! So, the price of $35 USD is well worth it.
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