Monday, September 15, 2014

TRESemme Keratin Smooth vs. Proclaim Glossing Polish Color & Heat Protection. Who will win the war?

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Okay, so I used to have horrible frizz, and my hair would look like a tornado passed thru it. Not to mention my hair was never smooth. I tried so many different products, and none of them worked. I spent so much money for things that didn't help at all!  Then I came across two products which promised to reduce frizz, act as a barrier from hot styling tools and give my hair shine.  Those products were TRESemme's Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray and Proclaim's Glossing Polish Color & Heat Protection.  But which one gives me more bang for my buck?

TRESemme's bottle states that they have always been driven by a simple truth: all women deserve to look fabulous without spending a fortune. The product is infused with keratin to reduce frizz and act as a barrier from heat styling tools.  And it seals in shine to boot!  The result is that you have hair that is smooth and easy to style.

When I tried Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray, my problems with frizz disappeared for the most part. Now my hair is silkier and smoother than before. I used it on dry hair, and just sprayed it all over at a short distance, and gently brushed it in.  I left it alone for about five minutes and flat ironed my hair. My hair feels smoother, and not as dry and brittle as it did before.

The TRESemme retails for $5.99

TRESemme Keratin Smooth vs. Proclaim Glossing Polish Color
Proclaim Glossing Polish Color and Heat Protection is formulated with a unique blend of aloe, natural oils and silicone to seal and extend the life of hair color while providing lustrous shine and eliminating frizz.  

After towel-drying my hair, I put about three products in my hands, rubbed them together and distributed the product throughout my hair.  It tamed my frizzy hair with no problems and left my hair shiny and soft.  Proclaim has the perfect amount of sheen, moisture, and weight to it. It is great for heat tool junkies like me.

Proclaim Glossing Polish Color and Heat Protection retails for $6.00.

And who do I vote for (drum roll)?.............Proclaim Glossing Polish Color and Heat Protection.  This product made my hair shiner and less frizzy than the TRESemme.  And since there is only a penny difference I don't think it is going break the bank.

You may purchase the Proclaim Glossing Polish Color and Heat Protection at Sally Beauty or on

Thursday, September 11, 2014


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We all want long lashes, but in order to achieve that you will need to give your lashes the one two punch; Urban Decay's Subversion Lash Primer with Perversion Mascara.
Urban Decay's Subversion Lash Primer with Perversion Mascara
It definitely lives up to the hype of big, bold, blacker-than-black lashes. It has a nice, wet formula which easily coats evenly and works especially well over the Subversion lash primer. I love how long it holds the curl and doesn't flake off or clump even after several coats.  I also like the size of the tube and handle: the big round packaging makes it really easy to control and maneuver. The brush is big and bristled but I've not found myself applying the mascara to my lids, and the corner lashes are easy to cover.

As for the Subversion Lash Primer,  it adds length and volume to the lashes and makes them bolder than with just mascara alone. It makes your lashes look how mascara should do but generally fails to. The effect is a lot like multiple mascara coats, but minus the clumping/spider legs.

By far the most impressive aspect is how much length this adds to the tips of my lashes. It has a very fanned, false lash effect because it evens the length of the lashes all along the lash line.  Even the corner ones look as long as the middle ones.

These two together give me both length and volume like I haven't seen since the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume and Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascaras! The primer thickens my lashes with a very nice, creamy consistency product and lengthens them before the mascara is applied, and I love it!  This mascara is worth the splurge. Makes my lashes so fluttery and long and voluminous with no clumping at all. I always seem to have little flakes under my eyes by the end of the day no matter what mascara I use. This one has not flaked at all, ever. My lashes stay soft and jet black all day long. I love love love it!

Unfortunately, the mascara and primer are not sold separately.  You must purchase the Perversion mascara with a mini Subversion for $22.00.  If you like the full size Subversion primer you may purchase it for $20.00. These products may be found at Sephora, Ulta and

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LET'S GET NAKED - Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder

According to Sephora, Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Power blurs flaws, sets makeup, and cuts shine with this weightless formula that feels amazingly silky on the skin. It is designed to be virtually invisible, Urban Decay’s high-tech, light-reflecting formula fools the eye with optical blurring, seemingly airbrushing away imperfections and creating a soft-focus effect that looks professionally retouched. This creamy, buildable, jet-milled formula applies beautifully, never looks chalky or cakey, and will not settle into fine lines.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
This product, when dusted loosely over foundation, blurs out small imperfections and seems to smooth out pores. The micro fine, silky particles of powder spread easily and effortlessly and distribute evenly.

I have applied this over BB/CC Cream and over regular moisturizer.  When doing so, it delivers a decent light coverage.  If you have a naturally clear complexion, you'll love this product because it enhances a natural complexion rather than offering coverage. 

I came across this tip while researching the product. Apply a light dusting of the Naked Skin Loose Powder over bare skin BEFORE applying foundation! It sounds crazy, but it is a trick some backstage makeup artists use to create a beautiful HD effect to the foundation. It also helps the foundation adhere to the skin, and controls any surface oil from beneath the foundation. The trick is to dust a light amount over the skin first.

I have a LOT of finishing and setting powders in my collection, and I really need to start using up some of them before I purchase a new one, but I would not hesitate to buy this when the time comes that I need a new finishing powder.

You may purchase Urban Decay's Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder for $34.00 at Macy's, Sephora, Ulta and

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AN OIL-FREE MAKEUP REMOVER? I FOUND IT - Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

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Suffering from oily skin and cannot locate an eye make-up remover which will remove ALL of your eye makeup? Need something that is not going to cost you an arm and a leg?  Well, I got that too. It is Mary Kay's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.  This is not your mother's eye makeup remover.  Mary Kay is making a comeback, and they are targeting all age groups.
Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
According to Mary Kay the Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover is a unique two-phase product that gently removes even waterproof eye makeup without rubbing, pulling or tugging.  To use, shake until blended.  Apply a small amount to cotton ball.  Then gently wipe away all traces of makeup.

It takes off the eye make up pretty well, and it's easy going on your eyes, leaving them feeling extremely soft and not like you just rubbed them with a washcloth. It's oil free, which is the best kind of remover to use, as oily formulas damage the skin around your eyes and can be extremely harsh on the delicate skin.

This product is pretty much perfect. It has won too many awards to count. You shake it, and it takes off anything, even waterproof makeup, without oil. Even friends who have reactions to anything near their eyes, have no problem with this.

I honestly can't say enough about this product! I don't have extremely sensitive eyes, but this is the only remover that doesn't make them burn. Even if you put too much on the cotton ball, it never burns your eyes. It removes waterproof mascara and liner with ease! I am talking one to two swipes and it's gone! It's so gentle, and even though it's oil free it is still very silky on the skin. I have found some removers to make the corners of my eyes hurt, but that has never happened with this.

I just love, love, love this product!!! It is the best I have tried, it is very gentle to my sensitive eyes and my dry skin.

If you are interested in this product it may be purchased for $15.00.  You can log onto to locate your local representative.

Monday, September 8, 2014


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Ben Nye's Bella Luxury Powders give you more than enough reason to go bananas for these silky-fine, mattifying translucent setting powders!  With just a hint of color, you won't miss the white cast in your photos that often comes with other finishing powders. Ben Nye has created a series of powders currently known as Bella Luxury Powders.

These powders were created for people who work on stage and in front of the cameras to help keep their makeup on even with perspiration. Moreover, these powders are finely milled and comparable to French silk powders. They have a luxurious feel, and when shaken in the bottle seems to have a silk like effect as when waves move in the ocean. It's hard to explain until you shake the bottle, but truly they move like fine silk. They currently come in four shades, Banana, Beige Suede, Buff and Cameo.  Did you know that Kim Kardashian's makeup artist uses Banana?

Ben Nye's Bella Luxury Powders
Does your foundation always seem to pull pink on your otherwise warm-toned complexion?  The versatile Banana shade suits just about any skin tone as it softly and subtly color corrects surface redness and pink undertones, and neutralizes bluish undereye circles. Now, a word of caution. This banana powder does not look good on all skin types. Therefore, Ben Nye Bella Luxury powders come in different colors. Its best to find the shade that work for your skin color before you end up looking raccoon eyed. This Banana powder does have a bit of a yellow tone. So if you are fair skin, go easy on how much you apply.

It is specially formulated to absorb excess oil and soften the appearance of pores and texture.  You can use it to set your T-zone or your undereye, and for people whose skintone is darker than mine, this color can be used to brighten your undereyes and set your concealer.

I highly recommend this product.  You don't need a lot of product to achieve a matte look, so purchase a small amount of this product at a time.  It takes away shine and makes my foundation and concealer last longer.

You can purchase Ben Nye's Luxury Powder in Banana for $15.00 at 1.5oz; $20.00 at 3oz and $28.00 at 8oz.  The products can be found at, and

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A NEW HANGOVER CURE - Too Faced's Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer

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Too Faced says it loves your skin even when you don't.  Hangover is a revolutionary makeup primer infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin's radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer and more flawless wear.  Hangover Rx is silicone free, proactive and nourishing.

Too Faced states that after you use Hangover Rx, your makeup goes on 100% smoother, looks 100% more radiant and hydrated, and makes your skin appear as if you had a full night's rest.  You can use it alone to give your skin a lovely, healthy, dewy finish or under makeup for a super flawless appearance.
Too Faced's Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer
I have tried primers from Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Stila, Clinique, BareMinerals, etc and THIS is the absolute best primer I have used. I am excited to put my make up on every time I use it. First, I put my primer on, wait a minute, put my foundation on and in a minute my face is absolutely flawless.  

I have dry skin (even during the hot, humid summer months of the South), and was so excited to find this new primer by Two Faced. This primer does the trick when it comes to masking dry spots! It makes my face look flawless with a dewy finish, I absolutely love it and would highly recommend it to anyone with dry skin.  

For oily skinned gals, this is a great primer. It smells lovely, goes on like a moisturizer, and soaks in like a primer.  For my oily-skin friends, their skin feels slick from oil, and their makeup suffers.  Using this primer, your makeup will stay in place and your skin will look fantastic.  It will go on easily and improve the appearance of your skin.

The Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer is now a must have in my makeup kit.  The texture is thin, contains no silicones, and my skin absorbs it in no time. I hardly have to wait at all for it to set so I can apply my foundation.  I highly recommend that you make this a staple in your make up kit too.

Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer retails for $32.00.  It may be purchased at Ulta, Sephora, and

COMBINE THREE STEPS INTO ONE - Vichy 3 in 1 Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Solution

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Looking for a quick way to cleaning you face?  Want to clean, remove makeup and soothe your skin without needing three separate products?  I have the product for you; Vichy 3 in 1 Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Solution.
Vichy 3 in 1 Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Solution
Vichy 3 in1 Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Solution is an ultra-gentle, refreshing cleansing solution to purify skin, remove make-up and soothe irritation. It has a unique micellar technology to effectively remove impurities.

This solution is very mild.  It removes everything without leaving residue behind.  Vichy 3 in1 Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Solution is a wonderful product for sensitive skin, especially for the eyes.  The texture is light, almost like water.

Please note that this product DOES NOT remove waterproof makeup, nor does the product claim to remove waterproof makeup.  Therefore, you will need a separate product for your waterproof products.

If you are searching for paraben-free product that would remove makeup gently, this does the trick with no scrubbing or rubbing.  It leaves your skin feeling soft and conditioned.

I used Bioderma's cleansing water, but this one is really good for half the price. I use it on my face on a daily basis. My skin feels refreshed and soft after cleansing.  This is a trusted product in my routine. I've tried others and always come back to this. You get a good amount of product for a great value, and it cleanses without irritating the skin. It's really remarkable.

You can purchase Vichy 3 in 1 Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Solution for $17.00 at, and Ulta.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BE REFRESHED - Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

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Everyone loves the capability to take your makeup off in one clean sweep.  With facial cleansing towelettes, this is possible.  But not all facial cleansing towelettes are created equal.  In the case of Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes you can indeed take off your makeup in one clean sweep.
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Remove make-up, cleanse and tone in one easy step with Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract. Infused with white tea extract plus aloe, these facial cleansing wipes clean your face naturally.  They’re dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Just wipe your face with a cleansing cloth to clean. There’s no need to rinse.  The towelettes are organic and cruelty free. The product even has a nice clean smell.

If you have oily skin, these towelettes will remove your makeup completely and not irritate your skin.

I love how the tissues are soft and how they have just the right amount of wetness.  Not dry, but not dripping also. These wipes got rid of my makeup pretty well and make my face feel refreshed and clean with no residual feeling. The wipes are also a pretty good size because one is enough for my whole face and my neck.

I use these at least twice a day.  The first is used to clean makeup off my hands and sink in the morning, and the second is to remove the makeup and daily grime from my face. The cloth is good enough to stand up to vigorous rubbing, but soft enough leave the skin on your face. Best of all when you are done, there's no weird oily or smelly residue left on your skin.

I recommend Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes.  They are soft, gentle and work well.

You may purchase Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Toweletttes (30 count) for $5.99 at your local drugstore, Target and Ulta.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Concealer Wars....Benefit Erase Paste vs. BareMinerals Correcting Concealer

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Everyone is in need of a concealer to cover a little more than dark under eye circles.  That is where both Benefit Erase Paste and bareMinerals Correcting Concealer come in.  Both have their pros and cons, however, there is one which rises to the top.
Benefit Erase Paste vs. BareMinerals Correcting Concealer
I tried Benefit's Erase Paste in No. 2 medium.  I have light circles under my eye, some redness around my nose, and the occasional blemish.  I would say that the Erase Paste offers medium to full coverage. Now, if you have dry skin and/or fine lines, you may find this concealer a little difficult to work with.  However, if you dab a little primer before usage, there should not be a problem.  Also, remember when using Benefit's Erase Paste a little goes a long way.  This is also NOT a brightener.  It is strictly for covering facial flaws.  The Erase Paste lasts all day.  It did not have problems "disappearing." 

Then there is bareMinerals Correcting Concealer.  I tried the Light 2 color.  The bareMinerals felt lighter in consistency than the Benefit.  It did crease like the Benefit and settled into my fine lines.  But unlike its competition, it does not crease when set with your favorite powder.  Benefit had one leg up on bareMinerals. This concealer only lasted for 6 to 8 hours with powder.  But bareMinerals did cover the redness around my nose without looking too cakey.  And just like the Benefit Erase Paste, you only need a little concealer to go a long way.

So who is the winner? My vote goes to bareMinerals Correcting Concealer.  I like the fact that it does not go on very cakey and that I only need a little bit of product to color the redness around my nose and light dark shadows under my eyes.

bareMinerals Correcting Concealer may be purchased for $20.00 at Ulta, Sephora, and

Friday, August 29, 2014


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This is the first time I decided to try Dr. Brandt's BB Matte with signature Shinerase.  It has broad spectrum with SPF 30.  It controls shine, even tones and is oil-free.  The BB Cream is non-greasy and made for oil/combination skin.  It provides instant matifying coverage and oil-control for flawless, youthful and healthy-looking skin.
Dr Brandt's BB Matte with signature Shinerase

It is known for the following:
  • Regulates sebum & erases shine;
  • Smoothes & hydrates
  • Evens oil skin texture and tone and correct; 
  • Protects against YVA/UVB; and 
  • Non-Comedogenic
I found out about this product through a sample I received one day. I liked it so much I decided to buy the full sized product. The application of Dr. Brandt's BB Matte with Shinerase went smoothly, provided great coverage and left me shine free throughout the day.

People who have used this product have reported fewer break-outs and better looking skin overall.

I've tried many different BB products, and if you're like me, you hate the shine they leave. Dr. Brandt takes the cake with this one. It blends nicely and has great coverage-and no shininess after! My only complaint would be with the product packaging. I really wish he did a tiny pump version. The tube makes it a bit hard to control how much cream comes out.

You may purchase this product for $39.00 at Sephora, Ulta, and

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OLDIE BUT GOODIE EYE BROW PENCIL - Too Faced Brow-nie in Browne-y

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There is a flood of new makeup coming out these days, but what about the ones that still work and are a great stand-by?  Today I selected Too Faced Brow-nie in Browne-y.  This is an awesome eye brow pencil and a terrific go to brow pencil.

Too Faced Brow-nie Eye Brow Pencil

This two in one brow tool is perfect to sculpt and groom arches on the go. The double-ended multi-tasker combines a smooth, water-resistant pencil on one side to define and fill in brows.  Then there is a grooming brush on the other side to tame wild hairs and blend the color.

Too Faced Brow-nie Eye Brow Pencil Applied
I really like this pencil. I have auburn hair with dark brows.  This pencil is dark enough for my brows.  If you are a blonde there is a taupe-ish color called Blondie which may work for your color.

I use this pencil with a light hand when applying.  The color lasts a long time, so there is not "half-brow" at the end of a long day.

The spoolie brush is one of my favorites because it is soft and does not scrape like some of the other cheaper brands do.  The pencil is soft and smudges easily.  I quickly, but gently draw in little tiny hairs where I need filling in, brush through with the spooly, which is conveniently located at the other end, and I've got beautifully shaped brows that don't look harsh. It takes only seconds! I like that it's got a slightly thicker point than the self sharpening pencils and the point is always just a little bit rounded. I think it provides a softer shading effect.

So if you are in the market for a new brow pencil, skip the new ones and go to one that is reliable.  Choose Too Faced Brow-nie in the color Browne-y or Blondie.

You may purchase Too Faced Brow-nie for $20.00 at,, Sephora and Ulta.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A PERFECT PAIR - BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up and Lip Gloss in Risk Taker

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It is already football season, well pre-season, and school has started.  That means one thing, fall is about to start.  Are you ready for the cooler weather and the marvelous autumn colors?  I am.  And I am also ready for the new season of fall palettes, lip colors and blushes.  Today I bring to you what I call a perfect pair; a lipstick and lip gloss which look fantastic together.  It is the BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up and Lip Gloss in Risk Taker.

The Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up is creamy, super saturated and highly pigmented.  The color is a luminous bronze with kind of a golden sheen.  The lipstick has an ultra-fine texture which glides on with little effort.  Your lips appear full and sexy.  The infusion of minerals revitalizes your lips for a healthy looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex will help nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acid for baby-soft lips.
Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up

Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick Swatch

The Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Risk Taker is pretty and natural.  It conditions as it tingles.   This makes your lips appear finished without looking overly made-up.  This color is lighter bronze with a light shimmer.  It is very similar to your natural lip color, but fills in and polishes your lips perfectly.  The applicator is a "bent" doe foot applicator.  I love this gloss, the way it plumps the lips, and the minty taste.  It contains natural ingredients, exotic oils, biotanical extracts & antioxidants.  It has a refreshing formula that nourishes lips for exceptional comfort.  It provides sheer and vibrant color with a full satiny and shimmery finish which lasts for hours.
Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Swatch

Together these make a perfect combo.  A saturated lipstick and a sheer and shimmery lip gloss on top always look fantastic.  The duo lasts for hours and is complimentary on many skin tones.  Of course, you could always wear them separately.

Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss and Lipstick

The Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up can be purchased for $18.00 and the lip gloss in Risk Taker for $18.00.  Both may be purchased at,, Sephora and Ulta.

Friday, August 22, 2014

BE FLAWLESS & STAY FLAWLESS - Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer

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Want to take flawless into overdrive? Benefit's instant long acting primer acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for up to 15 long-lasting and flawless hours. This invisible stick primer glides directly onto your skin for optimal wear for a smooth, natural-looking finish. Simply glide this innovative primer stick directly onto skin, then immediately apply foundation, blending together on face.

Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
Benefit's Stay Flawless does all that it promises to. My only stipulation is you have to be sure to apply it lightly, and then blend. Putting too much on caused my skin to feel a bit sticky and heavy on my skin. Once I began applying a very thin layer, I have seen nothing but great results. Coverage lasted all day and night.

This primer is great if your live in a hot and humid climate. As you know, New Orleans is world famous for its humidity. But with this primer, my foundation stay fresh looking even after a hot and humid afternoon in New Orleans.

I did do some research for those individuals with oily skin. My conclusion is that people with oily skin will enjoy this product. I know that women with oily skin strive to find a primer that will control oil while still keeping their makeup natural looking. I recommend you try using this product with the Benefit Professional product. Your makeup with still on all day long and look as if it was just applied.

I definitely recommend this product to everyone. This product seems to work well will all types of skin, and I think you will like it as much as I do. You may purchase Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer for $32.00 at Ulta, Sephora, and

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THREE TIMES A CHARM....Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio

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Illuminate, contour and highlight in one easy step with Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio.  Instead of buying a bronzer, highlighter and blush separately you get all three in one case.  How easy and fantastic is that?

In this case, I purchased the color #840 - 3 x A Charm.  I really like this product with my light/medium toned skin.  My favorite thing to do (although probably not proper) is to swirl my brush across all three color and apply.  I have such a blast doing this.  The colors are baked, soft and pigmented with a soft shimmer.  The blush shade is more of a bronze/coppery shade and has a lighter more neutral bronzer. The highlighter is almost a light, shimmery gold. But the shimmer is not over the top.  The texture of Hard Candy's Contouring Face Trio is lovely and smooth.  The colors are quite pigmented and I wore the trio a long time; nearly 10 hours.  

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio
This is probably one of my favorite Hard Candy Products for their 2014 Spring line (yes, I am a bit late in reviewing it - sorry).  The brand itself tends to be hit or miss.  However, I am extremely impressed with their new Contouring Face Trios.  These trios are pigmented and blend easily which makes it convenience to use.  And at the price point, who can turn it down?

You can purchase the Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio $9.00, and comes in five different shades.  It may be purchased at Wal-Mart or