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Throwback Thursday: Hard Candy Pixie

Hey guys! How are y’all doing today? Another week is coming quickly to an end and I’m looking forward to the weekend once again. If you guys follow me on Instagram here, you’d have seen my Throwback Thursday contribution posted a few hours ago. Here’s Hard Candy Pixie.

Throwback Thursday Hard Candy Pixie

Does this ring a bell? I got this shade from a friend of mine. She thought it would be a nice addition to my collection – and it sure is! I have a few shades that are similar to it, but not the same at all. The glittery goodness is so pretty that I can use it over any shade. My favorite is over black cause it brings out the best of the pretty glitters in my opinion. Do any of you guys have this shade or remember any of the other shades from the same time this shade is released? They’re all long gone and I’d have to hunt them down online probably. I like their new shades, but there’s something about the older shades that I simply like more.


Hard Candy New Nail Lacquer Collection

Winter is wrapping up and color is beginning to pop everywhere. From the runways to the cosmetic aisles of Walmart the story is color and Hard Candy’s new collection – set to roll out immediately – tells a tale of “Poppin Pigments” and shades that will have you “All Lid Up!”

What you will be interested in is the 45 (!!!) new shades of Nail Lacquer that Hard Candy is launching. 5 new collections. 9 shades in each. Glitter, Chrome, Rich tones – something for everyone! Not only will nail aficionados fall for the colors but they will also flip for the price of $3.97 each!

Hard Candy New Nail Lacquer Collection

Crushed Chrome Collection. Luxurious and timeless hues embellished with a golden textured finish. This collection boasts refinement and sophistication and is infused with a vivacious luster.

Hard Candy Crushed Chromes Collection

Itsy Glitzy Collection. Intense, illuminating, and incandescent hues saturated with the richest and most extreme mica and glitter. Inspired from the runway and now at your fingertips.

Hard Candy Itsy Glitzy Collection

Crystal Confetti Collection. A unique collection based on artistic expression. Flourishing, adventurous, full coverage shades with various particle sizes and creative textures. Graffiti is revolutionary; it’s an outlet to create public art. Now take this artistic and creative expression to your nails.

Hard Candy Crystal Confetti Collection

Glitteratzi Collection. The combination of confident opposites and intimate tonalities mixed with the right amount of sparkle creates enthusiasm for the vitality of life. The hues are natural and are becoming more evolved and colored. Tasteful tones with all the personality to satisfy every trend setter.

Hard Candy Glitteratzi Collection

Candy Sprinkles Collection. Suspended in a clear top coat, shimmery flecks sparkle brilliantly with different shapes of shiny glitter. Candy Sprinkles is a fabulous top coat over any color.

Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Collection


Hard Candy Megawatt Smile Lipstick

The full name of this product is Hard Candy Saturated Lip Color Duo & Brush On Tooth Whitener, but I figured that most readers would refer to this as the Hard Candy Megawatt Smile Lipstick. I believe it’s one of their new products for 2012.

Hard Candy Megawatt Smile Lipstick

Described as “A lip duo that will have your smile looking perfectly pearly white! One side is a lipstick with a shimmer top coat center core, and the other is a brush-on tooth whitener. Shimmer center core is infused with blue pearls to make teeth appear more white. Tooth whitener can be applied daily for the brightest, shiniest smile around! $6″, this product comes in 8 different shades to choose from.

Hard Candy Megawatt Smile Lipstick (see the center core?)

What I love about this product? It comes in a typical lipstick size, so it will fit in your makeup bag and clutches just fine. The bottom part is the tooth whitener and that comes with a small brush for ease of application. The lipstick part has a nice center core that contains the shimmer in the product. The lipstick itself does not contain shimmer for the shade I got, Picture Perfect. Formula is smooth and creamy. It’s not as dry as some lipsticks I’ve tried. It’s more on the moisturizing side that could almost pass for a lip gloss, but not quite really. I’ve been seeing more and more lipsticks having this texture instead of the traditional ones where it’s more dry. It’s a pleasant change really. It lasts a decent amount of time on my lips, 6 hours or so. There is a minty feel that it leaves on my lips. I’m assuming it’s due to the center core part of the lipstick. The tooth whitener part works just like any other brush-on tooth whiteners out in the market.

What I don’t like about this product? None really. There is a shade for everyone pretty much and the price is very reasonable.

This item retails for about $6 is available exclusively at Walmart.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Hard Candy Shiny When Wet Duo

Hey guys! I’ve had lots of time to test this product extensively. It got my seal of approval, but read on to see if it’s for you or not. Here’s Hard Candy Shiny When Wet Duo.

Hard Candy Shiny When Wet Duo

Hard Candy’s Shiny When Wet Duo is both waterproof mascara and waterproof liquid eye liner in one nifty tube container. Easy peasy, eh? It’s so convenient! The liquid eye liner is contained in the mascara applicator. Genius! Just twist the mascara handle and it’s an eye liner applicator! The back of the metallic blue tube packaging states the following: “SHINY WHEN WET! Waterproof mascara plus liquid eye liner. Patent Gloss Black finish with unshakeable staying power. Swim, workout, cry, dance ’til you drop. It won’t budge. Lashes and liner stays glossy all day!”

What I love about this product? It works as it claimed to as a whole. Mascara and eye liner formula is indeed waterproof. The only time it smudged a little and I started getting the raccoon eye syndrome was at the end of the day when my eye lids start to get oily. We all know what oil does to waterproof formulas, so that’s not the product’s fault at all. The pigmentation is very dark and glossy. I love it. One thing I eventually got used to is the application method with this product. I’ve come to realize a while back that different mascara formulas have different application methods. I’m speaking strictly of the time it takes before you do a second coating. Some other brands dry really fast with a thin formula and you can immediately apply a second coating while others you can’t. This is one of the ones that I have to wait because the formula is thicker than most other mascaras I’ve tried. The eye liner part is where it really shines for me. I’ve always had a hard time applying liquid eye liner. This is the first time I’ve had no problems at all. Zero. It glided on smoothly and the applicator is fine and thin for that. I caked on too much the first time and got some flaking after a few hours, so take a note of that during application.

What I don’t like about this product? None really. Once I know how much to apply and the wait time in between coats, it worked flawlessly.

This item retails for about $7 is available exclusively at Walmart.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Hard Candy Eye’m Tired

Hey guys! I’ve been through a rough patch for a little over a month now, but trust me….things get better always and they have for me. Sometimes we get a little help along the way though, just like with this new product from Hard Candy. I’ve gotten the chance to try this out for review and it fared pretty well. Here’s Hard Candy Eye’m Tired.

Hard Candy Eye’m Tired

This depuffing eye serum comes with a massaging trio rollerball to spread the formula over the undereye area. It claims to de-puff, brighten and firms the sensitive eye area. The back of the box states the following: “Lightweight depuffing eye serum cools and calms tired eyes. Gently roll under eyes for instant rejuvenation & de puff those bags! Trio rollerball massages away bags as it refreshes the eye area.”

What I love about this product? It actually works. Just like I have mentioned before and earlier in this post, I’ve been going through some stuff in my life recently and let’s just say that I’ve had some days where you can tell I’ve cried the night before. I had this on hand and figured it’s worth a shot. Worst that could happen is that it makes no difference at all. But to my surprise, it actually does help a little bit. It actually makes my eye area look less puffy after applying it for a bit. It’s not a miracle worker, some people can still tell that I’ve had a rough night but it doesn’t look like I’ve cried a river. It’s easy to use and carry too.

What I don’t like about this product? None really. For the price, this is a good buy for the results you’re getting. It’s not a miracle product that will get rid of all puffiness, but it’s good for a quick slight fix.

This item retails for about $5 is available exclusively at Walmart.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011

If you still have some stockings to fill for a nail polish lover and haven’t even hit Walmart yet, you might want to now! These are only $1 each and most of them fared very well with me. Here are the limited edition shades from Hard Candy for Holiday 2011.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011

These have no names to them so we’ll just go by color. First up is the orange. This one has a foil finish and dries matte. I used a top coat in the last shot to show how it shines with it. Formula for this one is on the thin side, but dries very fast. It’s sheer when you apply thinner coats. I used 3 for this one.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Orange (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Orange (in shade)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Orange (with top coat)

Next up is the blue. This one has the same finish as the orange. Formula was thicker than the orange and applied better. This one’s more opaque than the orange. I used 2 coats for this.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Blue (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Blue (in shade)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Blue (with top coat)

Here we have the pink. Same story as the previous 2 shades, has a foil finish and dries matte. Formula is more similar to the orange one. It looks more glass fleck though with the top coat. It might be the angle or lighting. It’s a little bit on the sheer side. I went back to using 3 coats for this one to even it out.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Pink (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Pink (in shade)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Pink (with top coat)

Next we have the green. This one has a different finish than the previous 3. This is made up of green and gold glitter in a green jelly base. It dries to a glossy finish. The smell of this one is quite different from the other 3. It’s much stronger and reminds me of the formula from the good ‘ol days. Formula is great and this applied beautifully. It’s pretty sheer, so I stopped at 2 coats when swatching to show that.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Green (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Green (in shade)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Green (look at how squishy this is!)

We go back to the matte finish with the purple. The only difference with this shade compared to the other 3 matte shades is that the base of this is shimmer rather than foil. It has tiny pink glittery particles mixed in. Formula was okay. I used 2 coats for this.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Purple (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Purple (in shade)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Purple (with top coat)

Now we have my favorite among all 8, black. I didn’t expect much from this shade, but it surprised me a lot! It’s a gorgeous black shade with silver glitter. This one dried glossy. Formula was great and it smelled just like the green one. Shown is 2 coats.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Black (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Black (in shade)

Next up is gold. Like the green one, this is meant more for a glitter top coat. This shade is basically gold glitter in a slightly yellow (tinted yellow maybe?) base. It looks so squishy and jelly-ish. Formula was very good and the smell again is similar to the green and black. I sense a trend here with the glossy finish shades in terms of smell. Hmmmmm……that may just be me though. I used 2 coats for this one.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Gold (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Gold (in shade)

Last shade is silver. I can’t quite remember if this one smelled like the green, black and gold. The finish is not glossy really, leaning toward the matte side. This shade is a silver foil shade that’s sheer. Another one meant to be used for layering over other shades. Formula was easy to work with and dries fast. Shown is 2 coats. For some reason, I didn’t even bother using a top coat with this one even when it didn’t dry glossy.

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Silver (direct sunlight)

Hard Candy Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish 2011 Silver (in shade)

What I love about this product? Even though it comes at a smaller size of 4 ml / 0.14 fl oz, you can’t go wrong for $1. Regular sized bottles comes to $5, so this is actually a good price for them! There is a good variety to choose from (8 shades) and is pretty accessible for most (available at Walmart). Some of these finish are more glass fleck than foil, but it doesn’t matter in the big picture. How pretty they are makes it a WIN situation for me.

What I don’t like about this product? Formula is not consistent, but for the price and the lovely shades…..it doesn’t even faze me.

This item retails for $1 each and are available exclusively at Walmart. For the price, it’s worth it compared to similar items from other brands for more than double the price of these. I’ll be hunting down backups for the black, gold and silver definitely.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Hard Candy Eye Def Molten Metallic Cream Eyeshadow Miss Enid

I love eye shadows. I love and own colorful palettes even though I rarely use them. I own several palettes and sets. Admittedly, I have always been wary about cream eye shadows. I worry about smearing and how it would look at the crease and such. Naturally, I have my doubts about the product I’m writing about today. Enter Hard Candy Eye Def Molten Metallic Cream Eyeshadow in Miss Enid.

Hard Candy Eye Def Molten Metallic Cream Eyeshadow Miss Enid

This product is described as “A unique molten cream eyeshadow with a unique crease free formula. Gorgeous metallic shades that gives eyes a stunning flash of color.” I swatched it on my arm for you guys to see the difference between one swipe and 2.

Hard Candy Eye Def Molten Metallic Cream Eyeshadow Miss Enid swatch

Hard Candy Eye Def Molten Metallic Cream Eyeshadow Miss Enid swatch (lighting changed)

What I love about this product? The formula is so creamy and luscious! I fell in love with the texture of it. My concern was never the texture of it. My concern was how it holds up after application. I am happy to report that it got excellent marks from me for that. I applied it on my eyelids for a Katy Perry concert back in September and it held up beautifully. It is so pigmented and bold. I applied 2 coats on my eyelids and they lasted throughout the night. It was on my eyes at 2 PM and when I got home at 2 AM, it didn’t smudge at all and barely show any wear. Very impressive! This gold metallic shade goes with a lot of different looks too and can be worn year round.

What I don’t like about this product? Not really much of a negative thing, but I wouldn’t do much more than that due to the potential of flaking with more layers or coats. I tried doing 3 layers or coats on my arm swatch and it started flaking when dried. I used a generous amount for each layer when testing it. You might be able to pull off 3 or more coats if you applied it pretty thin.

This item is available in 10 different shades: Crystal Palace, Golden Earth, Jagged Jade, The Essence Of Envy, Miss Enid, Knockout, Electric, Rose Amour, Fake Bake, and Flash. They retail for about $6 each and are available exclusively at Walmart. For the price, it’s worth it compared to similar items from other brands for more than double the price of this baby!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Hard Candy Fox In A Box Hot Flash

I’ve always wanted to own Hard Candy makeup, even way back when I was still in the Philippines. There’s something about the edgy, hip brand that appealed to me. But of course, I never did. Wearing makeup before the college years is pretty much out of the question growing up. And so, I never developed a relationship with Hard Candy. Eventually, I moved to the US for college. College years were one of the most memorable years in my life. I loved everything about it. My mom had my eyebrows and my upper and lower water line tattooed. She didn’t want me to fuss with makeup while in college. Smart move! So alas, Hard Candy and I will have to wait for a few more years for our paths to cross again. It wasn’t until I got into nail polish that Hard Candy finally entered my life. That was only late last year. Now, I have moved past nail polish with Hard Candy. I want ‘em all.

Today, I have one of their new offerings for Spring. Sitting in a lovely package is a blushing quad called Fox In A Box.

Hard Candy Fox In A Box Hot Flash

Open up the packaging and you are left with this beauty.

Hard Candy Fox In A Box Hot Flash (cute packaging)

And of course, it’s small enough and easy to carry around with you. Anytime, anywhere. Just close the box and the lid snaps shut magnetically.

Hard Candy Fox In A Box (decently sized)

And here’s how it looks swatched against my arm.

Hard Candy Fox In A Box Hot Flash Swatch (in shade)

 

Hard Candy Fox In A Box Hot Flash Swatch (direct sunlight)

What I love about this product? 2 main things are it’s easy to use and it’s very pigmented. See the swatch above? That’s how pigmented it is, so definitely go light with this or else you’ll look like a clown. The size of it….it can fit in my purse. Granted, it’s not the smallest or most compact makeup object, but it’s not too bulky to deter me from carrying it in my purse. Instruction is given on the front of the packaging: “Swirl shades together for a perfect finish” and the result is quite pleasant! It goes on my face really easily after the first try. The text on the back of the main packaging states “A highly pigmented multi-color powder compact that will surely bring out your inner foxy lady. Each box contains coordinated shades that blend together perfectly and a custom Hard Candy applicator brush. Sweep across chin, cheeks, forehead and unleash the foxiness in you!”

What I don’t like about this product? I know I said that it can fit in my purse. Yes, that’s good and all. However, it can be more compact. And remember, the box is made out of firm cardboard. Not exactly waterproof and definitely doesn’t have more protection to the product than lots of other compacts and blushes that have hard plastic packaging. Another thing is the brush. I find the bristles a bit on the rough side. I’d actually use the blush brush I already own than use this. The formula has its pros (see above) and the only con with that is it doesn’t go on as smoothly on the skin as I had hoped it would. Easier to understand is it doesn’t “stick” to the skin immediately at first. Not a smooth, silky application initially. But after you get past that, it’s smooth sailing.

This item is available in 3 different color sets: Hot Flash, Spicy & Sweet and Smooth Talker. They retail for about $6 each and are available exclusively at Walmart. For the price, it’s worth it compared to similar items from other brands for more than double the price of this baby!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Hard Candy Mushroom

Hard Candy has been offering some cool sets for this Holiday season. If you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend it! The shade I am featuring today from Hard Candy is called Mushroom.

Hard Candy Mushroom

The name for this shade is cute and quite fitting. The thing I have to rave about this the most is the formula. It goes on so smooth like perfect, spreadable butter. It reminds me of the OPI creme shades I have tried. Drying time was quite speedy too for a creme shade. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Hard Candy Mushroom (in shade)

Hard Candy Mushroom (another angle)

Hard Candy (direct sunlight)

If I’m not mistaken, they have just recently dropped their price for nail polishes too! It used to retail for $5 a bottle and now it’s at $4. It just gives you more of a reason to pick some up. The glittery shades would be perfect for the Holiday season too for stocking stuffers!

Hard Candy (close-up)

So what do you think about this creamy, brown shade?

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Hard Candy Fabuluxe

I’m somewhat familiar with Hard Candy. I’ve seen the colorful packaging back when I was younger. I knew they made nail polish, but it seems that it disappeared or died down for a while. Maybe I just wasn’t paying that much attention. One of their most recent offerings is a pink glitter shade called Fabuluxe.

Hard Candy Fabuluxe

I adore this color once I saw the bottle. It is such a pretty, glittery pink. And I LOVE glitters! I had a bit of trouble when I applied this to my nail. Because it’s packed with glitter, it comes on chunky somewhat. I’m not going to let that get in the way of a beautiful shade though. I tried again and applied a thicker coat and I even had some time where I can attempt to “rearrange” my coat application if I wished. I didn’t need to though. Shown is 3 generous coats with no top coat.

Hard Candy Fabuluxe (in shade)

Hard Candy Fabuluxe (close up)

See how pretty it is? It’s stunning. I can’t take my eyes off it. I would highly recommend having a layer of top coat (or 2) over it, as the finish is somewhat gritty. I found it to be not too bad though, but your opinion may differ from mine. Drying time is fast, as with most glitter nail polishes. Removal though….well, everyone knows that removal for glitter shades are always a toughie. To me, it’s worth it.

Hard Candy is available at Walmart and retails for about $5 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*