I'm going to have to periodically update this review throughout the day, since Monday (enter the collective "Case Of The Monday's" sigh here) is a very busy day at work. I'll probably have to post a little but and then come back to it later, but I'll bust it to try & get it done today. If you're my Instafriend then you might have seen these already!
I went home last night and played with all the products that I received from Hard Candy. I gotta say, it's a lot of fun to play with makeup. Basically your face is a canvas and makeup is the medium used to create something awesome. Whoa, I'm pretty sure I just sounded Bob Ross-like. Happy Trees.
Blush Crush Baked Blush in "Honeymoon" - First off, the color is very beautiful. It's a light pink/peach shimmer with lavender accents that puts a glow effect on the cheeks. (It is neither brown nor orange tinted.) I would consider it a highlighter more than a true blush, due to the shimmer and lightness of this particular color. I found it looked best when used on the apples of the cheeks. You do get a good amount of product on your brush with one swipe, which means your blush should last a while. The only real "con" that I found is that it doesn't come with a blush brush. I'm going to be honest- I usually throw those tiny things away, but for those who don't, it could be a potential problem.
Final Thought: Great for highlighting, but I'd use a blush under it and make this the highlighter on top for that extra glow. The look is a white round pop open compact with black swirlies which is pleasing on the eyes. ($7)
Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara in Dime. - Dime is a grey/silver mascara, almost a gun metal color. The applicator brush is plastic with many combs to grab each lash. The brush itself is particularly long so you have many angles at which to go about application. I had to use two coats to get a noticeable color, but it did a good job lengthening my lashes. They have seven total shades to try; Stash, Electric Blue, Carbon Black, Dime, Mudslide, Purple Haze, and Blackout). I'm excited to try the Electric Blue and Purple Haze colors, because I would like to see what it looks like just done on the outer lashes for a little extra "pop". I might end up looking like Jem & the Holograms but that's a risk I'm willing to take!but that
Final Thought: I'm not sure how I feel about grey/silver lashes. I think I would like something a little brighter for my eyes, and as I've said before, I really like to play up the eyes. If you are in the mood for something subdued, pick this color. The packaging is very nice. In this line, the tube matches the color of the product inside! ($6)
Fortune Telling Lip Gloss in Destiny. - The "Fortune Telling" line of glosses is done in cute 8-Ball packaging with corresponding names. The one I have is a peachy/pink clear type gloss, and it coordinates really well with the above mentioned "Honeymoon" blush. It has a very appealing smell, like fresh peaches. The applicator is a sponge tipped brush which applies evenly and without being gummy. Once it dries, it has a glass-like sheen on your lips and a pleasing peach note if you happen to lick your lips. It is a fairly good sized gloss tube, so you definitely get your money's worth.
Final Thought: I honestly love it. I like that it is almost a natural lip colored gloss but with a good amount of shine. The peach scent makes it more appealing to me. Stays on for a good while and is not sticky. The tube is really cute, with a white lid, 8-Ball designs & swirlies. ($6)
In The Shadows Eyeshadow Collection in Splendid/Foiled Again. - I have the collection known at Hard Candy's website as "Splendid" and at Wal-Mart as "Foiled Again"...not sure why there are two different names, but whatevs. The 5 color collection that I have has Black, Grey, Purple, Dark Blue, & White eye shadows and came with a free primer tube. This collection is perfect if you want a dramatic eye. It is pigmented well, and you don't have to use a lot to get the desired color.
Final Thought: This set brings the drama. It's fairly easy to get a smoky, seductive eye from this palette. The packaging is book style, with magnetic closures so it stays shut until it needs to be opened. ($7)
Just Nails Nail Color in Frenzy. - To say that I quickly became obsessed with this color is an understatement. I used one coat on my fingers & toes and that is all I needed. It is a creamy turquoise color that when dry displays a very glossy shine. You really get smooth application & beautiful pigmentation from this product.
Final Thought: Hands down, I love this color. It's very vibrant, very Summer. Each bottle comes with the signature plastic ring that matches the shade. Too cute. ($5)