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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Coastal Scents & Hard Candy Haul

Hola beauty buffs!*_*! I'm such a freaking spazz! I've had these items since last year December and totally forgot to post it. I've been using these products since I got them, and I love them! 

Coastal Scents 42 Double Stack Shimmer Shadow & Blush Palette

I cannot tell you how excited I was to get this in the mail, I was lemming!! If you were to ask me which shade I love the most, I wouldn't be able to pick. I mean; there's the pinks, purples, golds, blues, grey, peach, they are really awesome colours. 
These shadows are extremely pigmented and shimmery. However, the amount of shimmer is not overpowering at all, so no; you will not look like a hot mess rocking these shades! I love the versatility of this palette because you have a mixture of light tones, medium tones and darker tones all in one. Additionally, there is the added benefit of having 10 whole blush shades to mix and match to each look you create. Most of the blushes have shimmer, however it is not overpowering and when applied leaves just a slight hint of sheen, others just apply nearly matte. 
I would definitely suggest this Palette to any makeup aficionado. Perhaps if you are a beginner makeup gal, then I would suggest that you try any one of Coastal Scents Matte shadows or Matte Palettes. The packing is sleek and sturdy. Most important it's super affordable and who couldn't love that? These Palettes are great birthday gifts, Christmas presents, or just a nice surprise for anyone who enjoys makeup.

Coastal Scents Brushes:

These brushes are soft and they work! Although the Pink Duo Fiber Powder Stippler (shed like cra-zy at first) With a wash and a few uses, this stopped. I love the Italian buffer brush for liquid makeup application and I use the pink Duo Fiber brush for blush or powder application. 
The stellar gel liner has a nice texture and works well with the Angle Taklon Liner brush. The pigment sample is a lovely antique gold that is wearable for every skin tone and is a lovely single shadow colour.

  • Italian Badger Blender - 1b119 deluxe crease
  • Pink Angle Taklon Liner Brush (not pictured)
  • Sable Contour Brush - c138 deluxe contour
  • Pink Duo Fiber Powder Stippler 
  • Italian Badger Buffer Brush Large - 1b103 flat bronzer
  • Stellar Gel Liner
  • pigment sample (a soft antique gold shade- very wearable)

    Hard Candy Haul

    I haven't really used the Hard Candy blush as much and it doesn't seem to show up on my skin for some reason. When I do use it, I have to use a lot of it and really get my blush brush into the powder. It shows up as a reddish pink tone on my cheeks, I don't know how it will look on other skin tones. But the packing is really nice and it's something different too. I really wanted to order their pink blush because I'v heard great things about its colour  and everyone had one except me and still does. Every time I go online to order it, it's never available.
    I use the tinted moisturizer when I'm making short runs and errands. This shade was the darkest shade and it was still not a good match for my colour, it was a tad lighter than I would have liked it to be, but I worked with it. I also mix this under my regular foundation when I'm going out. I like that it's a squeeze bottle/tube and that I can control the amount of product I wish to use. However the scent does smell like sunblock and this may not appeal to everyone; though it doesn't really bother me. I think that Hard Candy should really invest in broadening their colour wheel and range in respect to their tinted moisturizers. I feel as though this would bridge a gap for more women of colour to sample thier products
    The lipstick is a very soft pink nude, however I think it is better suited for light skin tones. Unless a darker skin tone pairs it up with another lipstick or gloss, it doesn't work as well, in my opinion. The design of the lipstick is unique and some people think that it's tacky, others really like it. Me, I like boldness and colour, so the more the merrier.

    • Sheer Envy Tinted Moisturizer with spf 15; Deep (smells like sunblock)

    • Painted Lady Lipstick: Fire Alarm

    • Blush Crush Baked Blush: Bombshell Terra Rose (not as pigmented as I'd like)

      • Swatches of the tinited moisturizer and lipstick

      Note: All products were paid for by the writer and unbiased reports. This was not a paid or sponsored review.
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      xoxo, Krystia


      MW said...

      how do u find the hard candy tinted moisturizer -is it any good

      rayqueenbee said...

      nice goodies, your gonna love that palette, I have the matte one.

      Mz. More said...

      I have been eyeing that Coastal Scents palette. Swatches... pretty please!? :D

      Krystia-HouseofKrystia said...

      @ MW:
      It may not be the best moisturizer, but it's good as a primer and sunblock. You only need very little, because it's so spreadable. It actually has pretty good coverage, even better if your skin is blemish-free. So you could skip the heavy foundie, or use very little with face powder.

      @ Kim:
      Thanks KIm, I do love it. How do you like the matte double stack? Are the shadows pigmented and smooth?

      @ Mz. More:
      I will definitely try to do the whole swatch post, just as soon as I regain my energy. I've been a bit tired this week, so wish me luck and good health!

      xoxo, Krystia

      kdlkemp said...

      Hey love the haul!
      The golds in your coastal scents palette is to die for. And the hard candy stuff looks good..but do they show up well enough on your complexion?


      kdlkemp said...

      Hey girlie,

      Lately I've been using your brushes and coastal scents blushes a lot!
      I love the finished flawless effect that your brushes provide!
      And also the pink and bronze blushes r 2 die for!! luvs it!


      P.S. please respond to your comments.

      Krystia said...

      @kdlkemp: Thanks for always nabbing my makeup collection, sis! To ansa ur question about Hard Candy; the moisturizer shows up, so does the lipstick, however, I still need to experiment with how to use the blush.
      - I definitely agree with you that the CS brushes gives you a flawlessly blended look! And the gold e/s along as the blushes are great!
      p.s.- sorry for taking so long to respond; forgiveness! lol

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