Friday, May 27, 2016

Is Hard Candy's Moon Glow a Dupe for NARS' Albatross?

Ok, so yes the Hard Candy Moon Glow powder has now been discontinued but it is easy to find online. After seeing a few people online ask or think it was a dupe for Albatross by NARS, I decided to do a dupe post to find out since I own both. So how do they compare? Let's find out!

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They look different in the pan, but you can see the gold flecks on both. The Hard Candy powder almost just looks like a straight-up face powder, but you can precisely tell that Albatross is meant to be a highlighting powder. While in the last post, I said that I like Hard Candy's Moon Glow and that it is a good luminizer for the price, it does pale in comparison to higher end brands like NARS.

I can see why people might think it could be a dupe since they both have the golden sheen in the compact and on the skin, but Moon Glow comes across as more glittery and powdery versus the consistent shimmer of Albatross. Albatross is slightly warmer in tone and the gold comes across much stronger. I think both are great for fair skin, but might be a little too chalky or white for darker skin.

They are not really dupes, but both have something different to offer. Moon Glow could be used as an allover face brightener or a highlighter, but apply it with a fan brush or something light. And for a true golden glow, Albatross is the winner.
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Left: Hard Candy Moon Glow | Right: NARS Albatross
Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hard Candy Moon Glow Luminizing Powder

You know how I said that Hard Candy was hit or miss for me in the last post? Well, here's another hit. Unfortunately, it appears to have also been discontinued and replaced with another product. However, you can still find it on Amazon and maybe a few other places.

I won't sit here and say it is the best highlighting powder I have, but it is pretty good for the price point. So read on for my thoughts and swatches!
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Hard Candy Living Doll Baked Blush

Hard Candy is not one of those brands that I have had a lot of luck with in the past. I have just had more misses than hits. I remember trying a product or two when the brand was still at Sephora. Does anyone else remember when they were carried there? The display was so bright and colorful. I am pretty sure that one of their eyeshadow kits was one of my first purchases ever made at Sephora!

Also, for my fellow Americans, you'll notice that our Smarties are actually called Rockets here. That is due to there already being a Smarties candy and a country can't have dueling Smarties, now can they?! To be honest, I still call them Smarties. You can't combat so many years of a habit like that. They will always be Smarties to me, dang it. :)

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While I said that I have had many misses with the Hard Candy brand, this baked blush is certainly an exception. Living Doll is absolutely gorgeous and goes on like a dream. It reminds me a lot of MAC's baked blushes. This one gives a wonderful glow and is easily buildable in intensity, even being able to apply it wet or dry. I am a pale girl and this works without being too much on my skin. No clown cheeks, just a pretty pink glow. I can see this layering nicely over other blushes, as well.
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Have you tried Living Doll or any other of the Hard Candy baked blushes? If you have not been entirely pleased with the brand or you absolutely love them, I recommend these blushes. And if you have fair skin, Living Doll is a real winner.

I won't be updating until Wednesday. It is a holiday weekend here and Tuesday is my husband's birthday. See you all then!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

L'Occitane's Arlesienne Fragrance

I do not usually smell something once and fall in love with it. I usually have to keep coming back to it after taking a break, maybe spritz it in the air, or on a fragrance strip. I just like to make sure that I buy scents that I will actually use. It is very rare when I smell something and just know instantly. This is one of those occasions.

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L'Occitane's Arlésienne scent comes in different forms- shower cream, lotion, soap, etc. I want it in everything. That's how much I love this fragrance. It is described as a fusion of rose, violet, and saffron. I am not always attracted to floral scents, but I can be when they are done right. And by right, I mean not overpowering. This is crisp and light and perfect for warm summer days. If you have ever smelled Stella by Stella McCartney (one of my absolute favorites), this is like a lighter day version.

The packaging is superb. The rose gold and floral pattern etched on the glass makes this a perfect choice to display on your vanity. If you want to try this perfume out to see if it is for you, they offer a mini size! Arlésienne won a Canadian Fragrance Award last year and I am not surprised. I know scent is a personal thing and you may not like this, but I do think it will appeal to a lot of you!
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Have you tried Arlésienne yet? If you are near a L'Occitane, I highly recommend stopping in and smelling it. That and grabbing a bottle of their Almond Shower Oil, which is a necessity in my shower!

Friday, May 13, 2016

InstaMonth for April 2016

Holy guacamole, talk about a delayed Instagram post! I just had other posts that I wanted before it and now it's two weeks into May. Oops! I wish I could say this is the only thing on my "delayed posts" list, but it isn't. I'll get there! In this post, I'm giving a few highlights from my Instagram. To see more, let's follow each other!

Also, as usual, here's a little update on the ol' knee. It will be 11 months on the 27th. This stupid tibial plateau fracture is no joke and it's been a long journey that I am not certain will ever be over. But this month has seen a few improvements and some things have stayed the same. My leg is finally getting stronger and does not hurt nearly as much. I still can't get it fully straight, so the limp is still there. No matter how much I work on my extension, my knee just wants to stay bent. The BIGGEST news is that I can now go without the cane except for long distances. I'm finally walking with an almost normal stride, as normal as I can with the limp.

Hoping I can get my knee straight or closer to it by next month for the big one year "akneeversary"! Slowly but surely. I have my down days, but I do better when I can keep a positive attitude. It has been a rollercoaster, but I just want to kick my injury in the butt and not let it win. I think I'll do a more in depth post when I hit the year mark. I have learned so much about myself, life, and love.

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1. Always surrounding myself with pink.
2. After physio, I like to treat myself.
3. March favorites.
4. A winter OOTD with a few of my favorite pieces.
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5. Wet n Wild lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy.
6. A FOTD.
7. A major cleanout is necessary every now and then.
8. The best veggie sandwich I think I have ever had. It's from The Black Camel in Toronto.
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  9. Lifeline.
10. New York Color Expert Lipstick in Traffic Jam.
11. April favorites.
12. Despite not liking honey, I tried the Caramelized Honey Latte. I really enjoyed it and then BAM! Gone! I hate when I fall for limited edition things. It's like I'm a glutton for punishment!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

In the Name of Gucci by Patricia Gucci

I was kindly sent this book and it is my current read. In the Name of Gucci by Patricia Gucci is out today and perfect for fashion lovers or those that love a good memoir. My favorite part of any biography or memoir is personal pictures and this one delivers on that front, as well as telling about the Gucci brand and Patricia's life as the love child of Aldo Gucci.

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This is no boring story just talking about handbags and leather goods. This is a story of how Patricia became the first woman to be on the board of directors (at age 19!) for Gucci and became his sole heir. If you are not familiar with some of the history behind the Gucci brand and name, there is family betrayal, prison time, and a love affair that lasted through the ages.  I don't want to tell too much, because I think this is a story that many of you would enjoy and should read for yourselves. It is a well written look into the story from a different perspective.
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Author photo is from 2013 by Piero Gemelli.
The book is now available at bookstores and online. If you are in or near NYC, Patricia will be doing a book signing on Friday May 13, 2016 at The Strand Bookstore at 7pm!

**I received this book for reviewing and entertainment purposes.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Blog of the Month: May 2016

In April, Robyn from Lipstick on the Lake was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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This month's featured blogger is Shayne from Queen of All You See (meant in an empowering way and not in a diva way). I've been reading her blog for some time now, first finding each other through mutual friends/bloggers. She focuses mostly on beauty, but also has lifestyle and fashion thrown into the mix. And you can always expect beautiful photography, which is a definite plus to any blog!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2016 Met Gala Best Dressed

I'll be honest and say I didn't know where they would go with "Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" as a theme. Like was Gaga going to show up in a dress made of just iPhones? Was C-3PO going to show up in a tuxedo? I just was not sure what to expect with such a broad theme. I definitely got it with some celebs, but scratched my head on a few others that I just didn't get the theme vibe from at all. It was really hard to narrow it down and I loved many other looks. Here are some of my favorites from last night. I'd love to hear who you thought got the theme right!

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Claire Danes in Zac Posen - Yes, holy yes. THE BEST. Not only is it gorgeous, but it lights up. Amazing!
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Gaga in Versace - Ok, the iPhone dress didn't happen. But old-style Gaga showed up and it worked perfectly.
Kendall Jenner in Versace - I love the intricate blue and white pattern.
Jourdan Dunn in Balmain - The gray gradient in her hair is a nice touch. Love that accessories weren't needed.
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler - I don't usually like tiered dresses, but this is beautiful and delicate.
Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs - I can't wait to see what else she wears during this pregnancy. Love the black lace and the purple hair!
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I felt like I needed to separate these into their own category, because they are couples! I don't know if you know this about me, but I am hardcore obsessed with The Weeknd. I love Abel and Bella together and thank goodness I love what they wore, because it gives me a chance to validly share this picture. ;)

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger and Zayn Malik in Versace - I love the front draping on the dress. And C-3PO didn't show up, but I kind of feel like he partially did with the metal arms that Zayn sported.
Bella Hadid and The Weeknd in Givenchy - I love that they both wore Givenchy. Bella's thigh high shoes were on point and made that slit stand out from the crowd.

*images from Getty

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