Month: July 2013

Product review: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer

Yay for the weekend!! Here’s another review from my birthday haul.This concealer has been recommended to me multiple times so I finally caved and picked it up to try out.

The product: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer; $6 at Walmart stores

The claim: A heavy-duty, multi-use concealer that provides coverage for dark circles, blemishes, and tattoos. Comes with a mini concealer pencil.

Ingredients: Concealer: Petrolatum, lanolin oil, tridecyl, stearate, neopentyl, glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, isoamyl laurate, tridecyl trimellitate, VP/Hexadecene copolymer, ozokerite, silica, phenoxyethanol, cetyl alcohol (may contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides.  Pencil: Beeswax/cera alba/cire d’abeilli, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cera carnauba/cire de carnauba, euphorbia cerifera (carnauba) wax/candelilla cera/cire de candelilla, stearic acid, ozokerite, ricinus communis (castos seed) oil (may contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides).

Ingredient notes: Hard Candy maintains that they do not test their products on animals, but it’s important to note that not all of their products are vegan. This one, for example, contains lanolin oil and beeswax, which I would have noticed if I had thought to read the ingredients on the box before using it–blogger fail!

I tried it: When I say that I have dark circles, I mean it! They’re partly the result of not sleeping enough at night and partly a byproduct of being so fair-skinned–they really pop out against my radioactive pallor. Light-weight concealers do not cut it for me and I’m always on the lookout for something heavy-duty. I also need a concealer to deal with my acne scars, breakouts, general redness and other blemishes.

I bought the shade “medium” and it blended in very well with my skin tone and actually served to warm it up a bit, I think. It has a yellow undertone that really helped correct the grey of my circles and the weird combo of ash and pink in my skin. The concealer pencil has a soft, slightly oily/waxy feel to it and blends well. The liquid is very thick and requires careful blending; I strongly recommend applying this in natural light so you can see exactly what you’re doing, or else it’s easy to wind up with a streaky, patchy finish. 

I used the pencil in a “v” under each eye, lightly patting out the edges, and then on any redness or scars on my face. After this I used a stiff foundation brush to apply the liquid concealer. I was warned that a little goes a long way and it’s no lie: whatever you think you need, halve it, and then halve it again. And about half of that is all you need!

After applying concealer to my circles I also applied it to the redness around my nose, acne scars on my chin, cheeks and forehead, and the redness on my cheeks and forehead. I then used a thick bronzer brush to buff my regular light foundation all over the rest of my face and then used a fluffy brush to dust my Physicians Formula Super BB Powder all over to set my makeup.

Here’s a closer shot that shows how this looks after four hours of wear. You can see just how smoothly this blends in. The redness and blemishes across my face are gone and my circles are well-hidden.

I would definitely advise using a good all-over primer under this concealer. I did use the Hard Candy Sheer Envy primer all over my face and I feel like this primer is perhaps more moisturizing than some other formulas I’ve tried, which I think helped everything stay put without undue caking or settling. Typically with such heavy concealer I do worry about caking around the eyes, but I didn’t notice any even after several hours of wear.  As with all cosmetics, it’s mostly going to depend on your skin type, but I’m surprised that a full-coverage concealer could be so non-drying around the eyes.

My final thoughts: For a $6 concealer, this stuff really packs a punch. I’m not sure how it would work on a tattoo, but for dark circles, blemishes and redness, it’s great. I wish they offered the pencil in a larger size. My main gripe comes down to the inclusion of lanolin in the product, since I feel like it’s just plain icky and I try to avoid it–but again, had I been more careful of reading the packaging, I would have not bought it, so that’s my bad. It’s only been in the past few months that I’ve become more aware of the strange ingredients in my body products and I’m still adjusting to reading labels so closely. I won’t be returning it because if nothing else the pencil is really nice and I haven’t found anything similar to that at the drugstore!

So, in the end: it works great, it’s a great price, I just would not repurchase this due to the lanolin.

Random Thursday: 5 things on my bucket list

1. Travel. I would like to see so many places around the world–New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, etc.

2. Publish a book. Or more than one!

3. Learn a second language. I’m working on my German now.

4. Ride an elephant.

5. Take a multi-day hiking trip, just me and the wilderness. Or maybe I could bring one friend along, but I really like being alone in the forest. It’s special.

What are five things on your bucket list?

Favorite blog posts lately!

Hey lovelies! I haven’t done one of these posts in quite a while–I’ve been super-busy this month, it seems–but I wanted to share some of the blog posts I’ve been loving lately.

RainySunRayNails has a look at the full Essense Floral Grunge polish collection. Logical Harmony talks vegan nail polish. Shoes, Sushi and Spare Change is looking ahead to fall with five cruelty-free picks for wine-colored lippies. MakeUp Guinea Pig has a review of the new Tarte Amazonian Clay powder foundation that promises to give you full, airbrushed coverage–not typical for a powder formula! And ElleSees has a great DIY for coconut lime sugar scrub.

TheInsideOutBeauty has a post on the fear of failure and how it can ultimately motivate you to become more successful. I recommend taking the twenty minutes to watch the video at the end, which is J.K. Rowling’s commencement speech from Harvard in 2008. Blair’s Head Band shared a great quote from Ricky Gervais that I, personally, needed to hear today. And Dancing Branflakes shared a quick post about turning 30 and realizing it’s okay to not be quite where you thought you would be at that time. I think people, and we women especially, put a lot of pressure on ourselves to meet certain goals by certain birthdays and letting go of that can be quite freeing.

Finally, if you want a little bit of humor: Green Eyed Monster shared the creepiest ever vintage shampoo commercial. It has a funny animated GIF of a pug, too, to take the edge off.

Beat the Heat Swap package reveal!

Wheeeee! I finally get to reveal the swap package I received from the lovely Alyssa of (Go check out her lovely blog via the link!) Alyssa was my swap partner for Lin and Meg’s Beat the Heat Swap, and she put together an amazing package for me. Everything is pink and purple and girly–so me! Here’s everything she sent:

Mini dry erase board, accordion file, and to-do pad. These are perfect since I finally got the office organized this summer! Yay for having a real work space. (Her daughters tucked in a cute card too!)

Bath and Body Works lotion and mist in Secret Wonderland. I love this scent!

Nail polish and file. Feeding my addiction :)

CAT STUFF, PEOPLE. To be accurate, a hand sanitizer called Paws for Raspberry, showing a cat wearing cat-eye glasses. And a pair of cat earrings. You guys all know how obsessed I am with cats! I’ll have to take a better picture of the earrings later. I wore them to work and now one of my coworkers who is also obsessed with cats wants a pair too!

Initial necklace! This is too cute! It looks big but it’s actually very dainty, which is perfect for me.

Last but not least–glitzy tumbler for summer drinks!

Thank you Alyssa for the awesome package! This was so fun and I can’t wait for the next swap.

Update on Little Bear the cat!

Hi guys! Last fall I posted about a special needs kitten named Little Bear who needed surgery on his front legs in order to be able to walk properly. Now that summer is here and he has had his surgeries, I thought you guys might like an update on him! Here is a new video giving a quick update on his progress.

Here is the original video that I posted last fall:

Here is the link to Little Bear’s Facebook page, so you can get updates on him and see even more adorable pictures!