You’ve heard the expression, “out with the old, and in with the new.” I’m not suggesting anyone should throw out all their beauty products. But as the seasons change, companies start bringing out their new cosmetics to suit the trends. Now that it is nearly Spring (official) it’s time to SPRING for some new cosmetics. It’s time to change from the “same old same old.” If your makeup is getting towards the end and you’ve had it for years, why not try some colors that take you out of your comfort zone? Besides, it really is time to let go of really old cosmetics that should really be tossed.
Hard Candy is one of my favorite budget cosmetics brands. The products are updated with the seasons and they’re always on-trend. In my photo are some of my favorite new products for Spring 2022 from Hard Candy. Let’s start from left to right in my photo below:
Sheerly Me Tinted Moisturizer:
On the left in my photo grouping, there are two of 5 tubes of the Hard Candy Sheerly Me Tinted Moisturizer. It offers sheer coverage and a natural finish. Foundation cosmetics are often hard to select even if you are standing right in front of them in person. Fortunately, sheer tints are forgiving, so if you make a mistake you don’t have to toss out the product.
I tried the two lightest. Honestly, they both looked ok, although the 210 was a smidge warmer. The tubes with screw tops look almost the same on the outside. (see the colors above). On the inside, you’ll find a skin-loving blend of hydrating hyaluronic acid, skin-perfecting niacinamide, and a product that’s vegan and cruelty-free. All this for under $8.00. You’ll want it!
Brows are big fashion news, but not wild bushy ones. Tame them with a clear brow gel called “Ghosted.” One swipe with the spiral applicator and even large brows hold their shape without being sticky or weird. Under $6.00 gives you enough for several months, depending upon how often you apply it. If you want, get it in Brunette or Black with thickening fibers. However, I love the natural chic of the clear.
Metallic Eyeshadow is not just for parties and clubs anymore. The Hard Candy Eye Def Metallic Eyeshadow (under $6.00) arrived in a voluptuous rounded tube. Inside is a creamy high shine, multidimensional liquid eyeshadow. I tried 2 of the 5 shades. Rose gold”sunswept” and a soft gold called “Golden Hour.” Both will be universally flattering on all skin tones and look great when the sun hits you. A thin wanded applicator dispenses a waterproof, smudge-proof high shine formula. It’s metallic but not “flashbulbs.” It is also Paraben & Phthalate-Free Vegan & Cruelty-Free.
It’s bronzer season, and I couldn’t be happier with Hard Candy’s Instant Summer (Under $8.00) in Natural or Illuminating.” The pressed powder is infused with mango and cocoa butter to be soothing and kind to your skin. The four colors are Toasted, Tan, Cocoa, and Beach Vibes. For someone with light to medium skin tone, I’d stick to Toasted. It’s the lightest and will give you a sun-kissed glow without “great pumpkin orange” or being “Kim Kardashian” deep. Deeper skin tones will find the tone that flatters, best. Do I have to mention again that these are Paraben & Phthalate-Free Vegan & Cruelty-Free? Well, why not.
You can find Hard Candy Cosmetics in Walmart!
Rinna Beauty Lip Icons:
Lisa Rinna Beauty has developed some really nice lip products. Most of the colors are in her signature “make mine beige” tones. One for Spring from Rinna Beauty’s Lip Icon Collection is the Showstopper Lip Kit ($45) shown in my photo. ‘Envy Me” is a creamy semi-matte lipstick in an elegant pewter-colored case. It’s not quite as toasty warm as in my photo It’s deeper, and more like a cocoa brown. Unlike some of the other lipsticks in previous collections, this one is quite deep. If you’ve been afraid of the natural lip, Envy Me might be the one to try.
Liner & Gloss:
Personally, I only use lip pencils underneath my lipstick and not to line my lips as Ms. Rinna does. But if you want to line, do it with the color-coordinated one in the set called “Notice Me.” The soft swivel-up lip pencil is really good quality and easy to use. As an accent, slick on some lipgloss in “Glow Up” which is shimmery and gold-flecked but very subtle. For more information visit the Rinna Beauty Website.
Doucce is a NY City-centric company that’s branching out to the world. The name is inspired by the French word “douce” which means “soft.”
Freematic Eye Shadow Palettes:
I really liked the customizable “Freematic” eye shadow palettes. Our editorial sample was a quad, but Doucce has larger ones too. The blue and neutral-centric “When in New York City” $35) did have soft, blendable but fairly intense color. Even better, the little rectangles of color have magnets on the back. However, the bonus is that each also has a clear plastic cover. Therefore they won’t get destroyed in a drawer when they’re switched out for others.
In my photo you can see the embossed squares on the colors: Abagail (brown) Sarah (off white) Claire (metallic blue) and Lexi (deep metallic charcoal green). The only thing that could make this elegant palette better, is if they put the names on the component, so when you switch them around with others, you remember which one is which.
I like the choice of a lip pencil or traditional lipstick. Doucce has both. The Relentless Matte lip pencil ($24) arrives with a pencil sharpener. This seems to be so rare these days, but it’s such a welcome bonus. “Nolana” was our editorial sample. It’s a deep purple that really looks great with a tan or if you’re naturally deeper skin tones. Our Matte TemptationLipstick Sample ($25) was also a deep rich color called “Darker Side.” This one is also a dark wine-red that looks more intense and deep than in my photo.
For more information visit the Doucce Website