Hard Candy Cosmetics Review

While I was doing my make up this week, I noticed that there were three products that I use daily. Oddly enough, they’re all from the same brand – Hard Candy. This brand can be found exclusively at Walmart and they’re very reasonably priced. Most items are $5-$6. That’s a win in my book!

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Let’s talk about the Hard Candy Eye Shadow Primer* first.

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I can say, without a doubt, that this product works to keep eye shadow in place, and the fact that it’s only $5 is a total score. As you can see above, it’s a nude-y color at first, but dries completely clear. That amount shown above is about how much I use. I squirt that little amount on to the tip of my ring finger, rub my ring fingers together, and then blend it on my eye lids. I do recommend that you blend one eye lid at a time because this product dries VERY quickly and WILL leave harsh lines if you don’t blend it in right. (When you try to do both eyes at the same time, it’s hard to make sure it’s all blended in quickly. If you focus on eye at a time, that isn’t a problem.) I’ve had this tube for about a year and there’s still a ton left.
Here’s what it looks like blended out:

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Some primers actually show up as a light nude color, or even white (to boost the impact of the shadow color you’re actually using) but (as you can see above) this dries totally clear. To test this product out, I used some ELF Baked Eye Shadow without a primer and at the end of the day, there was shadow build up in my creases. The very next day I did the same exact eye look but with this primer and at the end of the day my shadow still looked great!

The second product I have been using a lot lately is this Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara*.

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The wand on this mascara is… ginormous (muahaha), but I don’t have a problem applying it like I thought I would. The formula is really dry (which I prefer), so just keep that in mind if you like a more wet formula. I think this does a great job at separating my lashes, but it doesn’t help with keeping them curled very well. (Waterproof mascaras are normally better for keeping lashes curled.) I use this product by itself all the time, but using it as a second layer is probably the best way to use it (since it helps with separating lashes).

The last (but not least) Hard Candy product that I find myself using quite often is this Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss*.

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I have it in the color “Uptown Girl”.

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It has this classic applicator that most lip glosses seem to come with.

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Now, a “plumping serum” is not something I would normally buy. This item was gifted to me and I just decided to go ahead and give a try. I can’t confidently tell you if this really makes my already plump lips look plumpy-er (yes, plumpy-er), but I do like the color and the lasting power. It’s slightly sticky when you first apply it, but that goes away pretty quickly. In my routine, I put on my BB Cream and then apply a balm or this gloss, then I do the rest of my make up and by the time I’m done, that sticky feeling has gone away. I really do like this color. It’s a “my lips but better” color, and those shades are the ones I usually reach for.

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You may have walked right past a Hard Candy display in your local Walmart and thought nothing of them since they’re considered “cheap/inexpensive”. I’ve noticed that a lot of the time, with cheaper products, you just don’t get the color payoff or the lasting power you would receive with a more expensive version, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with these Hard Candy cosmetics. I would definitely try other Hard Candy cosmetics!

Have you tried any Hard Candy cosmetics? What are your thoughts? If you haven’t tried any before, will you now? ;]

*Walmart links

Peanut at Fifteen Months

Gosh. I can’t believe my little Peanut is 15 months old today.

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We threw him his first birthday party in January. It was Disney Planes themed and he loved it! (Read all the details here.)

He’s doing and saying so many new things – I don’t know where to start!
In early February he learned to climb the stairs – I haven’t decided if that’s good or bad. Ha! At night, when I tell him it’s time to go upstairs (to get his pajamas on), he goes right to the stairs and starts climbing (with me RIGHT behind him). In late February is when he really started “walking”. Before that, he would walk along the furniture and stuff, but around this time is when he started taking his push toys and venturing out of the living room. It was so surprising to me because he just grabbed his Sit and Stand* toy and started going! That’s when Hubs and I really started working with him on walking. (Not that we weren’t working with him before, but he was finally actually showing an interest in walking around this time.) The next week Peanut started taking a few steps (without holding anything) here and there. Hubs and I would sit in the middle of the living room and have Peanut walk back and forth to us. (We sat about five (Peanut) steps away from each other.) I’m not kidding when I say the very next week he was walking on his own. He was still a little wobbly, but he was walking and when he fell down he’d get right back up and keep on going. Now (two weeks after he actually started walking) he’s pretty stable and is getting into everything. :] I was surprised with how quickly he picked up on walking!

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(Now you can see his cape.)

He’s also saying so many new things. Peanut has always been very vocal. I can confidently say that at 12 months he knew “Mama”, “Dada”, and Hubs’ side of the family (since my mother in law watches him while we work). So, he knew “Nana”, “Poppy”, “Ceecee”, and he also knew things like “Mickey” and “Baba”. (I actually wrote about him learning some of these words at 11 months.) He’s such a sponge and he’s learning so many new words all the time! He’s known where his nose, head, and feet are for a while now, and now he knows tummy and ear too. He knows “nigh nigh” for bed time and says “din din” for dinner. He knows that “putting his big boy diaper and pajamas on” means to go upstairs. He wipes his mouth with his napkin at dinner and I haven’t quite figured out what he’s saying when he wants a drink, but he reaches for his sippy and says something that sounds like “wawa” (water?). He’s learning the names of foods like yogurt and says “go go” for mango. He knows chicken, turkey, deer, fish. Just the other night, he actually fed himself an entire plate of ravioli. He wouldn’t let go of the spoon, so I helped him spear some ravioli and he put it to his mouth and fed himself the whole time. It’s so fun to witness him doing these new things, but it’s so sad at the same time!

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Since he’s walking now, he haaates being put in his walker. He throws a little baby fit. But, that’s a safe place for me to put him when I’m prepping/cooking dinner, so he does sit in it for at least 20 minutes a day. He’s recently taken to playing bumper cars with the cabinets and his walker… ha!

Oh! About a week ago we got his new convertible car seat*. I thought he’d fight me about getting into it, but he actually seems to like it. It’s much more roomy than the infant seat* and I’m sure it’s more comfortable too. Before we got his new seat, I always just popped the infant seat off the base and into his stroller. Now that we’ve installed the new seat though, I can’t do that anymore. (The seat is now one piece with the base and stays in the car.) Peanut sat in a cart (GASP – GERM ALERT) for the first time last Friday and he wasn’t quite sure what to do at first. He just sat there with his hands folded together – lol! Once he figured out he could touch stuff though, he was leaning over and grabbing stuff off the shelves. It was fun times… :] (I did use a cart cover* by the way.) (I have never really thought of myself as a “germophobe”, but I really didn’t want to put Peanut in a cart if I didn’t have to. Which is why he didn’t sit in one until he was almost 15 months old – ha!)

I can’t believe how fast time has gone by and I can’t believe how big my little dude is now.

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Hi. I'm cute.

Hi. I’m cute.

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Empties No. 1

I see these “Empties” blog posts and videos all the time in the beauty blog world and I thought I’d give it a shot too. :] I don’t know how often I will post these though. I don’t feel like I go through enough things to do them monthly, so maybe I’ll do them quarterly? Or maybe I’ll just do them when I have at least 4-5 products to talk about. Who knows?

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Jergens Natural Glow* – I love this lotion. I’ve used it for 2-3 years now. I’m not one to get in a tanning bed (They’re SO bad for you!) and I also don’t get out to the beach/pool as often during the warmer months anymore. This lotion does a great job of giving you a hint of color without smelling like a sunless tanner, leaving streaks, or leaving any orange-ness in any way. I use it once daily after my shower at night. This bottle was actually from last year. I took it out over the weekend since it’s starting to warm up and I wanted to get a jump start on not being so pale. There was about half a squirt left in it… Why did I decide to keep half a squirt from last year? LOL! I bought a new bottle this past weekend though, so I’m good to go.

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer* – This is actually my second bottle of this and I LOVE it. Over the Winter the skin on my face got super dry. I have sensitive skin and I’m always worried about trying new products. (No one likes a break out!) While I was searching for something more moisturizing, I came upon this product and saw that it was “all natural” and decided to give it a shot. (I also love that it has a little bit of SPF in it.) My face isn’t as dry in the warmer months, so I ran out of this product just in time. I probably won’t buy it again right away, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind for next Winter when the air is dryer.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters* – If you remember, I got this sample product in my first Walmart beauty box. I’m normally not a huge fan of trying new skin care items (sensitive skin) so I normally stick to my tried and true products – especially with cleansers. However, I’m a huge fan of Neutrogena so I did give this a try. Um, LOVE. I currently use the Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Make Up Remover*, but once that runs out I’ll go out and buy a full sized bottle of this Healthy Boosters product. It made my face feel SO soft and I’d love to test the claim about it “boosting evenness and radiance”.

Maybelline Falsies in Waterproof* and Rimmel Last Accelerator Endless* – I remember trying this Falsies mascara a while back and really liking it, so I decided to try the waterproof version. I don’t know if I just didn’t remember correctly or if the formulas are totally different, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this version. It’s a really wet formula and it just didn’t do much for my lashes.
I decided to try to this Rimmel mascara because I’m a big fan of Rimmel products and really enjoyed the original version called Lash Accelerator (not Endless). This one is nice, but I like the original better. (I also got this product in my first Walmart beauty box.)

Have you tried these products? What are your thoughts? What’s your FAVORITE mascara?

*Amazon Affiliate links