Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. A holiday which involves love and sweets. And sometimes shiny jewels. Which, let’s be honest, is always a stellar gift. But let’s get back to the sweets. Lots and lots of delicious, sweet candy treats. Natasha and I both have a sweet tooth, but I may have a
wee tiny addiction extreme fondness for candy. But that’s neither here nor there… what we’re talking about today is cosmetics. One of our other favourite subjects. I can get so side tracked when it comes to sweets!
When we heard about the cosmetic company Hard Candy, we were intrigued. We thought it would make for a sweet Valentine post and give us a chance to play with some new make up that we’ve never tried before.
Hard Candy has the cutest packaging, they offer a wide range of products from bronzers, foundations, illuminators to nail polishes and the prices are f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s! You can afford to have fun and experiment with a bunch of new products! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all of my years as a beauty advisor it’s that a product doesn’t have to be expensive to be awesome. I think we’ve just discovered that with some of the Hard Candy products.
Hard Candy was founded in USA in 1995 by two sisters. The line began with one of the sisters mixing a nail polish to create an original light blue shade called ‘Sky’. After gaining much interest and popularity they started to sell it to major retailers. Later that same year the brand literally became an over night success when actress Alicia Silverstone appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and he commented on her interesting colour of nail polish. The rest is history as they say.
GLOW ALL THE WAY BAKED BLUSH in shade HONEYMOON ($6.98)
This blush applies and blends easily and can be used in 2 ways to create different effects. When applied dry it creates a softer look more like a high lighter/illuminator. When we applied it wet the colour appeared more dense/pigmented and looked more like a blush colour rather then a high lighter.
Tip: I prefer to use one of my favourite blushes then use this baked blush dry on my cheek bones. It adds the perfect warm glow and lasts for hours. So pretty.
TOP TEN CLASSICS EYE SHADOW PALETTE – PINKING OF YOU ($6.98)
The eye shadow palette offers a good mix of glitter, matte and shimmer shades to create a wide variety of desired looks. We do recommend using a base primer before applying the shadow (any shadows) to get the ultimate result and staying power. Also these shadows are very powdery so we found that you need to initially apply the shadow with a sponge applicator first then use a blending brush after to blend out.
PLUMPING SERUM VOLUMIZING LIP GLOSS in shade CRUSH ON YOU ($6.98)
We are both lip gloss/lip product junkies. We need lip gloss rehab I’m pretty certain.
However, Natasha avoids any ‘plumping’ lip products like the plaque since she had a very intense reaction awhile back. Something she would rather forget. But as for me, bring on the plumper!
I loved this plumping lip gloss. It is non-sticky, long wearing and actually does plump my lips slightly. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot just because of the price point but it is actually one of the better plumping glosses I’ve tried. It so turns out that a whole lot of other people out there in the world agree as it is rated as one of the top recommended plumping glosses. I’m so happy I stumbled upon this little gem!
PLUMPING SERUM GEL LIPSTICK in shade DESIRED ($5.98)
We were really pleasantly surprised with the quality of this lipstick. It is infused with mango butter so it literally glides on and feels like butter, is extremely hydrating and the colour actually lasted longer then some of the high end brands we own. Totally impressed.
SHEER GLOW ALL THE WAY in BLUSHING BABE is an illuminator in a light golden pink shade. It is also available in a beautiful bronze shade.
I found that this product actually was almost an identical version of one of my favourite products from Benefit cosmetics called High Beam. Sheer Glow comes in a much larger size tube and also costs a mere fraction. I typically use this product on my cheek bones after I apply my blush and a small dab down the bridge of my nose, chest and occasionally bare shoulders when desired. I would completely recommend this product. It’s definitely a steal!
Tip: The Sheer Glow All The Way illuminators (in either shades) applied to your chest, bare shoulders and on tanned legs is gorgeous!
I used the Glow All The Way blush in Honeymoon on the apples of my cheeks with a dab of the Sheer Glow illuminator on top of the cheek bones. It created a gorgeous subtle glow which I love. It actually wore through the whole day with no need to reapply.
Where to buy:
Hard Candy is available exclusively at Walmart.
Hope you guys have a very special Valentine’s Day!
Laura & Natasha xo