For those curious, we went out for dinner at The Elm Tree on Elm Street in downtown Toronto and had some delicious Mediterranean food! (Dress is from Target, by the way.)
Since the 7th wedding anniversary traditional theme is copper, I wanted to go with some kind of a copper-coloured eye look. However, I don’t think I pulled enough orange/rust into the look, so it’s mostly just a warm eye look!
I used the Stila liquid glitter eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro all over the lid, and then pull in a bunch of shades from the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette (Sauced and He Devil through the crease, En Fuego and Ashes through the outer corner).
On my face is Too Faced‘s Born This Way foundation in Porcelain with NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan as my bronzer on top. I’ve got Smashbox‘s Culver City Coral blush (Rich Coral) on my cheeks, and then tarte’s Spellbound highlighter to add some luminosity to the tops of my cheekbones. And finally, to finish off the look: Charlotte Tilbury‘s Hot Lips in Miranda May.
Has anyone else spotted these adorable tin packages of lip gloss by Hard Candy at Walmart yet?? These are Hard Candy‘s Wet Ever – a bold hold lip lacquer, although I do believe they have a matte one as well.
Every time I see these tins I’m so impressed by the quality. I mean, it’s fairly unique to have a tin with a relatively large mirror inside (in the lid) to house your lip gloss! Even more so for a drugstore brand to do this! Each tin is colour-coded on the outside to match the lipstick inside with a dripping, melty lipstick that’s embossed on the tin. It’s such a nice touch!
The tube of product is actually entrancing – the component is specially crafted with upraised drips of “melting lipstick” and it comes to a flattened out point at the end. I know I’m talking a lot about the packaging, but I’m really quite enamoured by it. It’s so unique for a drugstore brand!
Twist off the top and you’ll pull out your doefoot applicator. This one doesn’t have the “bucket” that some doefoots now have, but this one has more of a scooped shape that comes to a flattened out tip. This does wonders to help cover your entire lip, and the tip is also great for getting more precise lines around the edge of your lip line.
The colour I have is Temptress – a deep burdgundy-red with a hint of brown. Pigmentation is solid in one swipe (as shown above) and it definitely has that lacquer-like look because it looks very, very wet on the lips.
In these shots, I’ve applied the Wet Ever in Temptress without anything underneath so I could show you just how pigmented the product is. Hard Candy says these have the longwearing properties of a liquid lipstick with the shine and hydration of a lip gloss. I agree completely with the lip gloss statements (shine and hydration) but I feel like it misses the mark with the liquid lipstick claims (you definitely need to re-apply if you want it to stay glossy).
In practice, I know that a lip gloss is never ever going to work on me because I am prone to lip line bleed out IMMEDIATELY upon application. You can see what I mean in the shot above- I had *just* applied the Wet Ever and you can see that I’m getting “the fuzzies” around the edge of my lips. So while the colour and pigmentation is gorgeous, for me this is a product that I have to use a lip primer and lip liner underneath in order to get it to stay put. I am an exception though, as most of the people I have talked to over the course of the years don’t experience such intense lip line bleed out as I am prone to, so please keep that in mind.
Longevity is what I would expect from a lip gloss – around 1.5 to 2 hours before I felt the need to reapply. I was extremely impressed that my lips continued to feel hydrated while wearing this even though I had tested it with a primer and a lip liner (which are generally prone to drying my lips out a tad). The colour is INTENSE on these too – solid, opaque and super glossy. I loved the consistency of the product and there was no scent, which is a huge bonus for me.
In short, although the Hard Candy Wet Ever needs a little bit of TLC from me in order to keep it in line, I think it’s a really decent product that packs one hell of a punch.
Limited edition for summer, the Too FacedNatural Love palette is a humongous 30 pan eyeshadow palette that focuses on neutrals. The fun thing about this palette (well, fun for me, maybe less so for others) is that it incorporates a lot of previously existing shades in Too Faced‘s collection. Since I never really bought most of their neutral palettes outside of the Chocolate Bar range, I was REALLY happy to see a lot of them in one big palette all at once!
Out of all of the shades in here, and considering how enormous my Too Faced collection is at this point, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I only had three shade duplications: Heaven, Satin Sheets and Makeup & Chill. So if you haven’t purchased some of Too Faced‘s older neutral palettes, this is a very good jumping off point for you instead.
The Too FacedNatural Love palette is a limited edition item and can be purchased at sephora.com for $59 USD. I’m not currently seeing it on the Sephora Canada site, so check in stores if you’re Canadian!