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

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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

Walmart Beauty Box – Spring 2015

I got my second Walmart beauty box in the mail yesterday and I’m thrilled with what I received! I mentioned in this post that I wasn’t sure which box that was – if it was Winter or Spring (I signed up in the beginning of February). Well, this box is definitely the Spring box, so that last one must have been for Winter. :]

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Here’s what I got:

Four sample sized products:
– “Lady Gaga Fame” sample perfume
– Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
– Dove Go Fresh body wash
– Essence ULTIME Omega Repair and Moisture shampoo and conditioner- Nivea In Shower Body Lotion

I also got multiple coupons, including:
$2.00 off 1 Essence ULTIME hair care product
$2.00 off One CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation Product
$3.00 off 1 ULTIME or Keratin Hair Coloring Product
$2.00 off L’Oreal Paris Cosmetic Purchase
$2.00 off Maybelline Fit Me Face Product (I also just realized there’s a sample foundation attached to the coupon.)
$1.00 off 1 Nivea In Shower Body Lotion

UM, THANK YOU WALMART. I think this box is GREAT for the $5 I paid to get it.

*Walmart beauty boxes are quarterly boxes and $5 each. You only need to sign up once and when it’s time for a box, Walmart will bill you and send you an email with a tracking number.*

IPSY – MARCH 2015

*IPSY is a monthly beauty box subscription. The cost is $10/month and you get five beauty products – a mixture of full and sample sized. To sign up, click here.*

We’re cutting straight to the chase today!

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Here’s what I got:

Three full sized products:
Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow – value about $12 (I couldn’t find this exact product on their site, so I took the cost of something similar.)
NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops – value $6
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter – value $18

Two sample sized products:
Acure Day Cream –  value about $10
skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – value about $3.75

So for $10 I got about $49.75 worth of products.

My verdict: EEEHHHH. Why IPSY, why?! I loved you for so long (well, ten months or so) and then I get two bags IN A ROW that I’m just not loving. =\
– The Pixi eye colors are really pretty and I do like the brand, but eh. I have so many of these colors AND they’re SUPER shimmery.
– I’m not a fan of lipstick. Haven’t we made this clear?!
– The highlighter is pretty. I guess…
– I won’t use the day cream because I’m currently already enjoying a moisturizer*, BUT I have heard this day cream is really nice.
– I’m pretty excited about the eye gels. I’m happy with this ONE product and the bag.

WOMP. I know you can’t win them all. I’m not going to cancel just yet… I am going to give IPSY one more chance and see how my next bag goes. Maybe the third time will be a charm.

 

Allure: The Second Chance Box

Hello! If y’all remember from this post, I wasn’t a huge fan of my first Allure box, but I said I would give them another shot before cancelling.

Well, the “second chance” box came in today.

I do like it more than the first box, but not enough to keep me subscribed. I was really excited about getting the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and my mascara loving brain screamed, “WINNERR!” But realistically, liking one of five products isn’t exactly a win. This box cost me about $16 ($15 for the box plus tax, free shipping).

Surprisingly I got two products in this box that I’ve received in past IPSY bags. That’s not a “bad” thing, but I was under the impression that Allure was a bit more upscale. Sadly, I will be unsubscribing from these beauty boxes.

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