Hard Candy – Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist – Review

The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist “will Prime, hydrate and refresh your face with Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist, available in a 2.2-fl oz bottle. It can be used after your regular moisturizer to prepare your skin for makeup application. The coconut water infused formula boosts hydration benefits for up to 12 hours. It leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. Hard Candy hydrating mist can also be used after makeup application to help set makeup for extended wear.” The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist comes in a 2.2oz plastic spray bottle and sells for $9.00.

I truly love this as a setting spray. It actually does lock in your makeup for a full 12 hours and it gives your face a noticeable glow. I don’t think it does well as a hydrating primer. The third ingredient is coconut water, but I have never noticed any hydration benefits. I don’t really notice any benefits from it as a primer – I didn’t find that it prolonged the wear of my makeup as a primer either. Though, this spray is kind of sticky so that might help makeup stick down. I think you may not like this face mist if you do not like setting sprays that leave a sticky feeling (I don’t mind it, it doesn’t last all day) or if you don’t like dew or glow. The finish of this spray is a noticeable glowy sheen, it is not subtle at all. You might not like it if you prefer finer mists – the spray on the bottle is borderline shower-levels – it  has a wide, even spray but it does spray a ton on product.

The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist is honestly one of  my favorite setting sprays (as you can see, it’s very well-loved), the only reason I haven’t repurchased it is because it’s been out of stock the last few times I’ve been to the store (another negative – it’s only available at Walmart).

HARD CANDY Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist

 

DETOX MARKET – THE Subscription Box for a Skincare Addict

Look. Listen. If you are really into skincare, green beauty, or niche brands (or you really want to be) you need, NEED to check out The Detox Box. They just launched in October of 2017 and the November box is still available. October’s box was a Vitamin C Oil Serum from Odacite that retails for $150.00 *insert Home Alone screaming face*.

Each month, the box will feature one brand and each box has a guaranteed value of $90.00. The Detox Market describes the box as “a monthly box that allows us to share with you our tried-and-true favorites and game-changing discoveries. Each month you’ll receive products that are universal and exceptional—you know, the “holy grails”. Products that have people complimenting your skin, and asking what you’re doing. At The Detox Market, our search for the best in green beauty isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
We have strict ingredient standards, high expectations for performance, and a need to connect with the passion behind each brand. The products that make it are proven to be above and beyond.”

The Detox Box November 2017 – Value $97.00

Josh Rosebrook – Hydration Accelerator
One of my favorite hydrating fist mists (I was running low on my current bottle, so this was well timed!), it’s packed with aloe juice, nut oils, herbs, and essential oils. This face mist is “a great foundation for the rest of your skin care regime. This light spray of liquid nutrition prepares your skin by lowering the surface tension of your skin cells, lubricating and loosening so that nutrients can penetrate deeper and faster. It naturally fills cells with water to make them plump and firm, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a smooth finish.”

Josh Rosebrook – Advanced Hydration Mask
I have been struggling with re-balancing my skin after a change to colder weather and central heat turning on and this mask did what my other SOS products couldn’t do! I used this mask morning and night two days in a row and it brought my tight, itchy dehydrated skin back to life! Damn, if this box didn’t read my mind! – Well, it is winter, so I’m sure everyone is dry…

Andalou Naturals – Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher – Review

In a Few Words
A face mist toner with anti-aging ingredients.

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher states it is ideal for dry and very dry skin, dull and flaky skin, prematurely aging skin, and those with fine lines and wrinkles. “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol, CoQ10, and aloe vera polysaccharides instantly hydrate and replenish with essential nutrients, gently sooth irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH, geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion. Resveratrol and CoQ10, super antioxidants, support skin well being and essential building blocks, collagen and elastin, for a softer, smoother appearance and vitality. Skin’s truest self is fully realized with a portfolio of a nature’s most potent bioactvies and the innovation that captures it all.”

In a Few Words
A face mist toner with anti-aging ingredients.

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher states it is ideal for dry and very dry skin, dull and flaky skin, prematurely aging skin, and those with fine lines and wrinkles. “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol, CoQ10, and aloe vera polysaccharides instantly hydrate and replenish with essential nutrients, gently sooth irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH, geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion. Resveratrol and CoQ10, super antioxidants, support skin well being and essential building blocks, collagen and elastin, for a softer, smoother appearance and vitality. Skin’s truest self is fully realized with a portfolio of a nature’s most potent bioactvies and the innovation that captures it all.” The toner comes in a plastic spray bottle, has 6 oz of product and sells for $13.00.

The Takeaway

I bought my toner at Ulta a little over a week ago and have used it once a day since then. I picked out this toner because I love to try new face mists – I  keep most of my skincare the same, but toner is one step that I like experimenting with. I usually go for hydrating face mists/essences like Belif Hungarian Water Essence or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea. I liked that this toner has a base of aloe juice and has CoQ10, Vitamin C, tea extracts, and fruit stem cells. The price was right and the bottle was pretty big so I decided to give it a try.

A minor complaint it that the mist is not fine and gentle, it sprays a ton in a small area. I could overlook that if I really liked what was being blasted on my face, but I don’t. THe toner burns the dryer areas on my face around my eyes and cheek bones. I have dry skin, but I take good care of it, and my eye area can be dry and sensitive, but I don’t usually have any issues with it… except with this mist. I kept using it thinking that it wasn’t really burning or maybe it would stop irritating my face, but nope. Looking over the ingredient list, my best guess for the irritation/burning is alcohol in it. Admittedly, I knew there was alcohol  in this toner before I bought it. This toner has Phenethyl Alcohol for fragrance and inhibiting the growth of bacteria – according to my research fragrance alcohols are similar to simple alcohols and can be drying and irritating. Normally, I would have never bought a toner with alcohol in it, but it was pretty far down on the ingredient list, I liked other ingredients, and I was feeling adventurous and wanted to try something from brand I really hadn’t heard of. Unfortunately, the formula just really does not work with my skin.

Hard pass if you have dry or sensitive skin; the other ingredients don’t outweigh the alcohol in this toner.

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Notable ingredients it DOES have:
CoQ10 – antioxidant
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – Vitamin C

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens

Possible irritants:
Phenethyl Alcohol – fragrance, anti-bacterial
Essential Oil

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in the United States

Other Info:
Gluten free
Non-GMO Verified

Complete Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Juice (Organic), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauric Acid, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis), BioActive 8 Berry Complex (Organic), Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract (Organic, Fair Trade), Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Extract (Organic, Fair Trade), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts (Organic, Fair Trade), Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Oil (Organic), Geranium Maculatum Oil (Organic)