The best Halloween candy? Hard Candy!

Hard Candy Halloween!
Halloween is almost here, so hurry up and head to Walmart for the best candy…Hard Candy, that is! I am having so much fun with some great new shades that are fantastic for Halloween and beyond. Check out the latest and greatest!                                                                                                                                                                    *samples

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Top 10 Satin in Lap of Luxury, $6:  10 – yes, count them, 10 – beautiful neutral shades from creamy tan to deep brown in a variety of finishes. You just can’t go wrong for this price. I love the tufted pink fabric compact, as well as the range of colors, although the shimmery shades have a tendency towards fallout that can be avoided by using an eye primer. It has everything you could need for any costume and this is a palette you will use all year round.

Hard Candy Halloween doesn’t stop at eyes – where it truly excels is LIPS.

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lip Gloss, $5 – Now this is some daring lip gloss! This super intense lip gloss has a great brush wand and is full of argan and citrus oils to moisturize and soften lips. There are 16 different shades available – absolutely everything you could want for any Halloween costume.

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Skyfall, Hey DJ, So Fresh, Trophy Wife

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Skyfall, Hey DJ, So Fresh, Trophy Wife

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

I was sent four different shades to test: Hey DJ, a bright purple/pink; Trophy Wife, a stunning orangey-bronze; So Fresh, a shimmery light green; and Skyfall, a creamy sky blue. My daughter tried all four shades to see which would best compliment her costume this year.

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Ok, so her last photo is pretty scary, but really Hey DJ is so pretty you can wear it year round. She might be using this for Halloween but I am totally taking it for myself for everyday!

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Trophy Wife

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife is certainly the most tame of the four shades, but the color is still intense and oh-so perfect for fall. Really gorgeous and for just $5 I highly recommend you pick up this one!

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss So Fresh

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss So Fresh

So Fresh is a little more tricky to apply – it goes on rather streaky, but if you are looking for a crazy shade for Halloween it’s pretty scary. I wouldn’t recommend it for every day just because it’s tough to get it applied evenly. Plus it’s not the most flattering shade!

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Skyfall

I have to say I liked Skyfall way more than I thought I would. It’s a costumey color, of course, but for a pastel it certainly applied far more evenly than I expected. This is a great Halloween shade.

Hard Candy also sent me one of their newest lipstick shades to test – and I am in love.

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick, $5 is awesome. The packaging is adorable – love the crystal studded tube! The lipstick is moisturizing with lots of shine. My particular shade, Twisted Metal, is a new shade – gunmetal grey with tons of silver shimmer. The shimmer can migrate, but otherwise this is a fantastic lippie.

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Wearing Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Wearing Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Sooooo pretty!! Awesome for Halloween, of course, but think how gorgeous this could be paired with a lighter lip gloss, like a soft purple or pink? I am definitely going to be playing around with this lipstick.

Hard Candy products are available for purchase only at Walmart and Walmart.com.  Happy Halloween!!!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

**BOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hard Candy makes me feel like A Living Doll

Hard Candy Living Doll

Hard Candy Living Doll

When I want to look my best I’ll choose a pink blush. Not only is pink my favorite color but it’s the most flattering shade for my fair skintone to liven me up. HARD CANDY sent the perfect pink blush that I’m totally enamored with. LIVING DOLL may be $7 but put it in different packaging and it would pass for Chanel. Seriously.

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush, Living Doll

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush, Living Doll

The Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll is made to make you glow but in such a subtle way that you won’t be accused of trying too hard.

Glow All The Way Baked Blush, $7

Baked blush offers cheeks an all over warmth and glow

Infused with ultra light micronized pigments with radiance enhancing pearls

Available in 2 shades including Living Doll and Honeymoon

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll

Can you see that slight glow on my finger? It’s so much better on my cheeks. This is a luminous blush that is never glittery. You can’t see shimmer in it because it’s not there. Instead it’s magic that infuses your cheeks with light. If I sound over gushy it’s because I’m crazy about this blush. This is a light pink so I usually have to go over it twice. It’s got just a touch of gold.

Hard Candy Living Doll

Hard Candy Living Doll

Blush like this makes me want to run to Walmart and stock up. Not only does this look beautiful in the warmer blush, Honeymoon, but there are also Ombre Blushes calling my name!

Hard Candy Blush

Hard Candy Blush

Can you resist this? It doesn’t even break my no-buy pledge (at least the way I do a no buy!!). — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist and Illuminate Strobing Mix-in Drops

Hard Candy 2016 Spring Summer CollectionNext time you are at Walmart, take a look at the Hard Candy Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Hard Candy has some terrific products that are definitely affordable. I recently tested two things from the latest collection: Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist ($8) and Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops ($8).
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Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist

The Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist is billed as a moisturizing spray, primer, and setting spray. The ingredient list includes coconut water, which is very good for skin.  

I think this is too wet to be a setting spray. It works as a primer, although you will want to give yourself some dry-down time. I typically spray it on after moisturizing but before drying my hair. By the time I’ve dried my hair, the primer has settled down to a slightly sticky state that is fine for makeup application. It’s definitely hydrating, and I love the coconut water infusion. If you have dry skin, this is a primer to consider. However, I think it’s best as a general moisturizing spray, which would be handy at the beach or whenever your skin is feeling extra parched.  

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

The Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops is a sheer white opalescent liquid that gives a luminescence…not strong enough to be anything near ‘strobing’.  

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops

I find that the Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops get lost in foundation, but used alone it gives a very pretty glow that looks natural. It’s a great option for those no-makeup days in summer when you just want a little boost for your skin.

Hard Candy Soft Touch Cosmetics Bag

Both products are affordable and are good for your low maintenance days. There are some really cute makeup bags available too – I recommend the Soft Touch Cosmetics Bag ($6) in ‘Little Hottie’, a hot pink number with a zippered expandable base where you can store your brushes. You can find Hard Candy at Walmart, both in store and online.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Hard Candy is so 2016 – strobing, fierce lips, and glowy primer

Hard Candy Pure Defense Primer Serum, Fierce Effects Lipsticks, Strobing Kit

Hard Candy Pure Defense Primer Serum, Fierce Effects Lipsticks, Strobing Kit and Pencil

If you are looking for some up to the minute products with a price that’s unbelievable, Hard Candy is your best friend. Hard Candy is exclusive to Walmart and Walmart.com. so I think you should sneak over to the beauty section when you are buying your veggies. Hard Candy will only make a little bump in your budget, not even a dent. I have 3 types of products that were sent that you need to know about.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum has been on my face daily since receiving it. What do you hear about all the time online now? Color Correcting!! That’s what every company is is bringing out and what we are all fascinated with. When I first started using this I had a surprise:

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

It’s a teal blue just like the bottle. Why teal? To brighten your face. The Pore Defense Primer Serum does a little bit of everything. First it contains pore-tightening actives and astringents that absorb excess oil. There’s micro-fine powder in the serum that you won’t notice but your skin will because it blurs fine lines while color correcting. I find this gives a nice glow to my skin that doesn’t look greasy. Plus it helps my foundation last! I can promise you that this $8 primer will be among my favorites for the year.

ULTIMATE STROBING KIT AND STROBING HIGHLIGHTING PENCIL

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

It wouldn’t be 2016 without strobing. In 2014 we called it highlighting but starting late in 2015 everyone started saying strobing. Whatever you call it, the LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit is perfectly attuned to the times.

This $8 kit has everything you need to do your face: 2 Luminizers, Matte Bronzer, Matte Blush, a tube of Strobing Glow, and a travel size brush. The metallic kit closes firmly so it’s great for home or on-the-go. The colors in it are very flattering. I don’t use bronzers often so to find a light one that is good for some contouring is a pleasure. The color of the blush is peach and very flattering. The two luminizers will complement your look with a subtle radiant glow, nothing flashy. BUT if you want flashy that’s where the tube of Strobing Glow fits in. This gives a nice shimmer without glimmer and livens everything up. Use it on your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, or to highlight your beautiful eyes.

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Luminizers, Bronzer and Blush

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Luminizers, Bronzer and Blush

Hard Candy Strobing Kit

Hard Candy Strobing Kit

Hard Candy ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Strobing Glow and swatch and Strobing Duo Stick

Hard Candy ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Strobing Glow and swatch and Strobing Duo Stick

For $6 you can purchase the Hard Candy Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick. These two work perfectly together but just as nicely on their own. Use this duo wherever you want to strobe. I like to draw a line down my nose and blend. It’s great to apply to your bottom lip in the middle to help create some depth and glow. The stick is soft and easy to use; it doesn’t wipe away your foundation or blush when you use it either. This Strobing pencil is great to throw in a clutch for a quick touch up too.

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Both of these are highly impressive. Take off the name and no one would know that Walmart is your source.

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

While 2016 is all about matte lipsticks not all of us love that look or the dryness. Matte isn’t the only trend for 2016 though for lips – fierce colors that can create many looks are just as new.

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

These 18 shades of lipstick give you a moist looking lip with lots of shine. You just need the lipstick, no gloss to top it off, to look like you have luscious lips. They come in 18 shades (not all are online): Chalkin Pink, Provocative, Show Off, Galactica, Newly Berried, Prowler, Glisten to Me, Thunder, Black Diamond, Slylac, Heart Breaker, Sky’s the Limit, Nudist, Seduced, Sunshine, Night Queen, Jealousy, and Virtual Reality. The pigmentation is off the wall.

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

There is a lot to like with the Fierce Effects lipsticks –

  • only $5 each
  • Highly pigmented shades that don’t need a second coat
  • Mix and match colors to create “fierce effects” with them
  • Easy to blend two shades together to create a new shade
  • Fierce Effects lipsticks are infused with argan oil
  • Moist and easy to apply, no need for a gloss

These are scented though but it’s not offensive to me since it’s a bubblegum fragrance and it doesn’t last too long. In spite of the fragrance I like that you can create an ombre lip or your own shade.

So 2016! Knowing Hard Candy it’s only the beginning. They’ve got 9 more months to come out with fresh, innovative products that are up to the minute and so wallet friendly. Which of these would you most want to use? — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Hard Candy makes stocking stuffers easy!

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

December 24th is always my day for stocking stuffers.  What do you put in your stockings?  I typically go practical and buy things that everyone needs but forgets to buy, like hand sanitizer, nail clippers, tweezers…then of course candy – this year I bought ‘decades’ candy boxes from OldTimeCandy.com.  It is so cool – pick a decade (like the 1970’s – Airheads, jawbreakers, and Pop Rocks!!) – then get a box of candy that came out during that time.  It’s an instant transport back to your childhood, or an instant education for your kids or grandkids.  Then, along with a few lottery tickets I always want to add some pretty and fun things, which is where Hard Candy comes in so handy.

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

They have several different lip gloss sets that are perfectly packages for the holidays and have a perfect price point too – the sets go for around $5, so every stocking should have one or two!  My set is the All is Bright & Glossy Lip Gloss Collection with 5 pretty layered glosses.  These glosses give a light tint and tons of shine and slip.  They are awesome for someone with pigmented lips, and I like to use them layered over lip liner.

There are other sets available, like the Tri-Me Lip Kit Collection which has 4 layered lip glosses and 4 shimmer lip glosses; the Tri-Me Face Kit with 2 layered lip glosses, 2 duo eye shadows, and 4 glitter eyeliner pencils; and the Glam Kit Eyeshadow Palette with a 24 piece eyeshadow palette – all of these kits are only $4.88 and you can find them at Walmart, www.walmart.com, and www.hardcandy.com.

Don’t wait until December 24th, though – these kits are so cute and so affordable I think they are going to sell out quickly.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Top 10 Under $10

Top Ten Tuesday is always fun but today is especially so. I got to pick out 10 items that cost $10 or less to show you. With the winter holidays peeking around the corner you need to find some stocking stuffers or just something to perk up your own life. Here are some of my favorite cosmetic items. I’d love to learn what yours are too. — Marcia

LIPS

1.  PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALMS ($8) come in 5 colors plus clear and they are totally awesome. They are a combination of a nurturing lip balm and a lipstick except they aren’t sticky at all. My blog partner Lisa raves about these constantly so I had to see what the fuss was about and now I agree with her. Pick from Ripe Raspberry, Coral Crush, Pixi Pink, Natural Rose, Honey Nectar or clear. I can’t wait to go back to Target to pick up Pixi Pink.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

2.  COLOURPOP is the hot brand of 2015. Their products are all so reasonably priced ($5-$8). They are known for their Ultra Matte lipglosses but those don’t do it for me. I do like their Lippie Stix though and I have several including the sheer Juice Bar in the collage. While not my favorite I appreciate all the choices and that they have matching Lippie Pencils for most of the Lippie Stix ($5 for the Lippie Stix, $5 for the Lippie Pencils). Totally fun pick me up and if you use the code “thanksbabe” you’ll get $5 off your order.

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BLUSH

3.  Speaking of ColourPop, they have 24 shades of blush in three different finishes (matte, satin, and pearlized). The texture of ColourPop blush and eyeshadows is not what you expect. They have a spongy feel to them and are a bit tricky the first time you apply them, but after you get the hang of them you’ll come back for more.

4.  MILANI ROSE POWDER BLUSHES aren’t in my collection but they need to be. There are nothing but raves for these. At $7.99 if you see them, grab them.

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EYES

5.  HARD CANDY SASSY EYES SULTRY PALETTES ($8) are in sturdy metal palettes with shadows that belie their price. There are 3 variations of these and if they are anything like the Smokey Eye Palettes that I have from the spring, then they are top rate. I still use my Smokey Eye Palettes all the time.

6.  SLEEK I-QUAD EYESHADOW & EYELINER PALETTES  ($8.99) are on my wishlist. There are 3 different palettes with three eyeshadows and a gel eyeliner. I’d have chosen one of the I-Divine eyeshadow palettes if it were under $10 but those are just above the limit at $11.99. This is a brand that I’m loving the more I use it.

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NAIL POLISH

7.  SINFUL COLORS ($1.99) amazes me. I’ve had the opportunity to review quite a few of their polishes and they last a full week on me. I know I mention them often but there’s a good reason for that.

8.  PIXI BEAUTY NAIL POLISH ($8) is another polish brand you’ll hear about from me over and over. I love how easy these are to find at Target, I love the colors, I love the wear. I just bought Olive Gold at Target after craving that shade for so long.With 40 shades you’ll easily find some you’ll crave too.

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HIGHLIGHTER

9.  e.l.f. ILLUMINATING PALETTE ($6) will satisfy your craving for highlighting aka strobing. 4 shades, $6. Can’t be beat. I just wish I could find the newer e.l.f. in stores.

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CLEANSING

10.  SIMPLE SKINCARE MICELLAR MAKEUP CLEANSING WIPES (approx $6) don’t totally fit this week’s theme for me but I just bought them and I’m impressed with a capital I. These wipes are different than the other brands I’ve tried. They are refreshing and remove cosmetics really well. They are gentle enough for my eyes which surprises me. Normally I use a separate eye makeup remover but so far I’ve even been able to get away without that. These may end up on my Top 10 list of the year.


Makeup Wars – 5 favorites under $10

Makeup Wars - 5 under 10

Makeup Wars – 5 under 10

For this week’s Makeup Wars the choices were infinite but the decision was made in a flash. These 5 (actually 7 since I’m like that) are the products that get constant use so you need to know about them. I’ll start with my eye favorites since that’s what I do when I apply makeup – go for the eyes.

MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER is one of the best primers I’ve tried no matter the cost. I usually switch between this and Too Faced Shadow Insurance but the truth is that for $6 this could be my only choice and I’d be just as happy as with my $20 TFSI.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

MILANI BELLA EYES GEL POWDER EYESHADOW in Bella Chiffon and Bella Espresso are my fall back shadows. I’ve purchased at least a dozen of the 31 shades. While I like them all, it’s these two that I couldn’t do without. Bella Espresso is a dark brown satin matte. If all mattes shadows wore like Bella Espresso I’d be a convert. It’s hard for me to believe it’s a matte since it has a sheen to it. I love that I can intensify it if I want it dark (which I usually do) and that this cool toned brown works with just about everything. Bella Chiffon is a shimmering off-white shade. There’s no glitter or sparkle but it’s bright and I love it on my browbone. At $4.49 you can buy them both for $10 but I bet you won’t stop at just 2.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Espresso and Chiffon

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Espresso and Chiffon

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Chiffon and Espresso

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Chiffon and Espresso

REVIVA LABS EYE MAKEUP REMOVER GEL ($5) is a fabulous eye makeup remover. I was sent one to test and shortly after bought a second – I don’t want to run out of this ever. This incredibly gentle gel removes even the most stubborn gel liners and mascaras. It’s moisturizing, conditioning and non-oily. Fabulous stuff from a fabulous company. Another reason I love Reviva Labs.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

HARD CANDY FAST & FABULOUS TRANSLUCENT FINISHING POWDER ($6) is the reason to drive to Walmart right now (well you can finish reading the review if you want). This is the only pressed powder I’m using these days. I use a soft kabuki brush to apply this matte powder and it helps keep my foundation set and looking good throughout the day. Its oil absorbing finish helps blur my many imperfections.

Hard Candy Fast & Furious Translucent Finishing Powder

Hard Candy Fast & Furious Translucent Finishing Powder

Two nail polish brands had to be included since they are fabulous easy to find products. The entire SINFULCOLORS line of nail polishes are $1.99. And they last, they really last! The colors are beautiful and the quality is equal to any high end brand you can think of. It’s rare that I can find a $2 treat that isn’t fattening but these fill the bill. Another brand that I love and can be found at Target is PIXI BEAUTY ($8). I’ve reviewed a lot of Pixi’s nail polishes and have loved them all. My newest one is Olive Gold and I found it on sale at Target for $3 – color me golden. I can’t wait to wear this fall shade and share it.

SinfulColors Let's Talk and Pixi Olive Gold polishes

SinfulColors Let’s Talk and Pixi Olive Gold polishes

For this entire post – all 7 items – the total would be $36! I’ve spent that much on a single mascara. I’d much rather have these 7. Let’s see what the other Makeup Wars bloggers picked. I’ve got all that change that I can spend! What’s your favorite under $10 product? — Marcia


*Hard Candy, Sinful Colors and Reviva were originally sent as press samples