Sweet bright fun with Hard Candy and a giveaway too

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy believes in fun cosmetics and now that it’s spring they’ve brought out a slew of beautiful spring shades to brighten your way. We were lucky to receive a variety of  jaw popping products to try and we’ve even got a few items in today’s giveaway. So many of our giveaways are for “anti-aging” but this one for is colorful, sparkly fun!

Hard Candy Nail Lacquers are just $4.00 and they run the gamut from classics to metallics and beyond to amazing glitter polishes. Graffiti polishes come in many different shades including the 3 shown here.

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Each of these has magical sparkles and are loaded with glitter. Fairy Ball is a champagne that leans to the pink side with white and clear glitter within. Pink Taffy has a dark pink base with black and white glitter that are small to medium sized. Mermaid Magic is a brilliant teal with medium size glitter in purple and pink. Whoever wears them catches the eye of the beholder.

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Teeny Greeny is a cross between a metallic and a glitter. The glitter is what Hard Candy calls Itzy Glitzy Micro Glitter Nail Polish. Sparkly yet not as obvious glitter.

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy has a line called Crushed Chromes and Crush on Metal is one of the newest ones. There are other shades on walmart.com of these too. Crush on Metal looks like molten silver when applied evenly on nails. You have to be careful not to get brush marks but the eensy weensy microglitter keeps it looking a little more even.

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

For more sweet fun with Hard Candy there are liquid eyeliners. At $6.00 each you can play to your eye’s content. At Walmart.com there are 13 shades but in Walmart stores there are more to be found. You can get basic black, you can be a glitter queen or you can just have some bright fun with their new neons.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Walk the Line eyeliner in Black Light is one of the new Neon Colors. It didn’t go on as smoothly as I’m used to so I had to go over it more than once. It’s a bright purple and I do wonder if it would look different under a black light. Glitzy is, well, glitzy! It’s a bright teal green with glitter. Not for us oldies but it’s certainly fun. Twist of Lime went on the smoothest of all and in spite of the lime brightness, looked the best.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon ($5) comes in a variety of shades like After Hours (plum), Camel Back (camel/taupe), Golden Rule (golden bronze), Cloud Nine (royal blue), Cat S Eye (emerald), and Mirror Mirror (white sparkle). To be honest, I didn’t test out the one I got because of the glitter in it. But I would love to try out Golden Rule or Camel Back. Instead Mirror Mirror is part of this giveaway.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Now for the GIVEAWAY!! We are giving away Nail Lacquers in Teeny Greeny and Mermaid Magic, a new in the box Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliner in Glitzy, and the Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror. 4 fun items for the young or young at heart. Our Hard Candy Giveaway is open for US and Canada through April 6th at 11:59 p.m. If comments close (which happens toward the end of our giveaways for some reason) then email me your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. You can then click “I commented” so you can continue with other options.

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Whenever you are in the mood to cheer yourself up, head to Walmart and the Hard Candy display. You’d be amazed at the great items you can find. What’s your favorite Hard Candy product? — Marcia

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*products provided for review and giveaway

 

Let’s have a little Kip with butter LONDON nail lacquer

butter london kip

 

butter LONDON has always captured my heart and KIP Nail Lacquer has the distinction of bringing spring to my step and my nails. I was thrilled to receive this for review and I’ll be wearing it often. Kip is “what the brits call a catnap, because even the beauty-obsessed need a bit of sleep.”

Kip is the perfect oxford cloth blue to my eyes. People have asked me if it’s periwinkle but when put up against a swatch of that shade you really can see that this skycloud blue is the most soothing shade. It makes me believe that spring will arrive again. As a matter of fact, since I applied this the temperatures rose and the snow is melting. Could it be Kip that did that?

butter LONDON Kip Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Kip Nail Lacquer

On the butter LONDON site they describe Kip as having shimmer but it’s absolutely miniscule. It has just enough in it to bring a lovely sparkle in the sunlight but in home or office light you’ll just notice this gorgeous creamy polish.

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip indirect light

butter LONDON Kip indirect light

butter LONDON created a High Tea Collection for the Spring of 2015 and Kip is actually one of 6 shades available. You can purchase Tiddly, High Tea, Kip, Ruby Murray, Sloane Ranger and Cheers! each separately in full size for $15 and for even better news through 3/14/15 you can get 30% off all butter LONDON on their website (promo code SPRINGBEZZIES30). Or you can check out ULTA on March 19th only for all butter LONDON nail lacquers and treatments to cost $9. Now if this gorgeous shade and those great prices don’t tempt you then I don’t know what will.

Spring 2015 butter LONDON High Tea Collection

Spring 2015 butter LONDON High Tea Collection

I’m totally in love with this shade and I’m so happy that butter LONDON has the philosphy of “we never add Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates or parabens to any of our products”. I’ll be taking a few Kips this spring and definitely this summer too. Will you? — Marcia

*provided for review

 

Say Ciao to Faby Italian Nail Lacquers

Faby nail polishes

Faby nail polishes

Well Hello FABY. You are a welcome addition to my nail polish life. I was lucky enough to receive these three polishes and they are a pleasure to add to my collection. I received these in the summer and then life happened but I’m glad to introduce you to these beauties at last.faby names

CLEO’S TALISMAN is the kind of polish I go crazy for. This is green, copper and purple depending on the light. It’s metallic and has the most amazing shine to it.

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

HIBISCUS BLOOM is a fabulous tantalizing red with pink shimmer. I’m a huge fan of red polish and this is one of the prettiest around. The shimmer is small and adds a twinkle to the finish. It’s not a glitter so it removes easily.

Faby Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

THE DANCE OF THE GRACES is the only one I haven’t worn yet. I received it in summer but it was mid fall before I was able to get my nails done and this gorgeous periwinkle cream just didn’t feel right for the season. It will be my first spring polish though.

Faby Lacquer The Dance of the Graces

Faby Lacquer The Dance of the Graces

Cleo's Talisman, Hibiscus Bloom, Dance of the Graces

Cleo’s Talisman, Hibiscus Bloom, Dance of the Graces

There are over 200 polishes made by FABY LACQUERS. They’ve covered the gamut with 6 different finishes: metallic, cream, shimmer, sheer, glitter, and frosted. You’ll find every shade you can possibly desire. One of the things I like best about their website is that the colors are accurate and they give you a description of the polishes to let you know what you’ll be ordering.

“With shades that are inspired by things like Italian culture, literature, cinema and fairytales, FABY nail lacquers are an expression of personal style that encourage you to make a statement and live “La Bella Vita” (“The Beautiful Life”).”

These apply beautifully and last me for the full week between manicures. They are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and other harsh, unnecessary additives. Plus they are cruelty free and never tested on animals.

Add some beauty to your life with FABY Lacquers. I’m certainly glad I was able to say Ciao to these. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Top Ten glittery polishes and top coats

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and this week we’re exploring glittery, shimmery polishes and top coats. With holidays and New Year’s this is the perfect time to show off the fun side of nail polish. Even if you don’t wear this to your workplace, these occasions are perfect to shine at all of your parties. I’ve chosen 10 in my collection and all but one are still available but I love it too much not to include it.
1418587443_img_20140309_183616-340x340KB SHIMMER PRISM BREAK – This is a shimmery though not glittery top coat. It’s wonderful for every shade of polish you own so it’s great to own. You can jazz up what you are already wearing with this subtle shimmer. I love it!!
1418587171_the_black_knight_lacquer_11142014BUTTER LONDON THE BLACK KNIGHT – I picked this up during one of Ulta’s BOGO sales and it’s gorgeous. It has a black base and then is loaded with black, pink, blue, and silver glitter. Very deluxe.
1418587012_ice_duo_lacquer_set_11172014BUTTER LONDON DOUBLE TAKE ICE DUO – This is on last call at Butter London. It contains 2 polishes. Bluecoat Nail Lacquer: an opaque, navy shimmer and Leccy Overcoat: a sheer, blue opal fleck overcoat. As striking as Bluecoat is, it’s Leccy that’s the star of the show. The opal fleck is beautiful over so many polishes year round. BL sent this and I instantly bought the red set (Fire) that they were selling last year.*

butter London Leccy top coat

butter London Leccy top coat

1418586852_vinylux-night-glimmerCND VINYLUX NIGHT GLIMMER  CND Vinylux are great polishes because you don’t need a base coat, only their top coat. They last one to two weeks. Night Glimmer is deceiving since it looks like a pretty brown in the bottle but there’s a subtle shimmer once applied.*
1418586802_vinylux-gilded-pleasureCND VINYLUX GILDED PLEASURE  There is no shimmer or glitter in this but it’s a gorgeous color for the holidays. It’s gold – it’s green – it’s brass – it’s gold again. I love the changes of this polish.*
1418586538_img_20140913_125205-180x180KB SHIMMER PINE-ING FOR YULE  Not only is this absolutely gorgeous but it’s KB Shimmer’s 2014 Toys for Tots Charity Polish ($4 of the $8.75 will be donated to Toys for Tots). This is a glitter top coat with evergreen triangle trees and red stars, there’s holographic silver and red glitters in this. It’s a stunner.*

1418586061_arsenic_black_square_4_grandeOCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) ARSENIC NAIL LACQUER is the true glitter in this group. It’s the most glittery polish I own. It’s New Year’s Eve in a bottle.*

OCC Arsenic

OCC Arsenic

1418585886_5042847609NUANCE GOLDSTONE is the polish I wore last year for New Year’s. A wonderful blogger sent this to me as a gift when I couldn’t find it. I love it because it’s gold but not garish. It’s a satin metallic. It doesn’t exactly fit today’s post but not everyone loves glitter so this is a great alternative.

Nuance Goldstone polish

Nuance Goldstone polish

1396315823_jammy_thumbBUTTER LONDON LOLLY aka JAMMY This polish had two names. When it was sent to me it had the name Lolly but online I believe it was called Jammy. Sadly this is discontinued but if you can find it, grab it. This sparkly red is wonderful. I love Butter LONDON polishes anyway but when you get a color like this it’s even better.*

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

1396315762_stroppy_thumbBUTTER LONDON STROPPY This is an OMG polish. It was in the LOLLY BRIGHT collection like Lolly aka Jammy but luckily this is still available. It’s a full coverage polish with bright purple flaring shimmers in gel-like base. This metallic shimmer polish is one of my all time favorites. *

So there I am – 10 polishes that range from metallic to shimmer to glitter. All gorgeous ones that wear well. Are any of these on your to buy list?  Move on to my fellow nail polish lovers to see what they have to share. — Marcia


*some polishes had been sent for editorial consideration

The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

left to right;

left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  – Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

Sweet Somethings: Butter London Petticoat and Doily Nail Polish

Marriage season is here and Butter London is ON IT with their Sweet Somethings Set. This nail polish quad has everything a bride-to-be could want:

BL SS

Doily – “Something Old” (Light-pink lace overcoat)
Alabaster Gaze - “Something New” (Opaque, pearl-white shimmer)
Pink Ribbon – “Something Borrowed” (Sheer pale-pink créme)
Petticoat – “Something Blue” (Periwinkle-blue shimmer)

Butter London sent two of the shades to test, Doily and Petticoat.

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Petticoat is a light blue with shimmer. Actually, the shimmer shows in the bottle but it doesn’t show up on the nails. That’s ok, though, because Petticoat is a drop-dead gorgeous blue that makes for a stunning mani or pedi.

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily by itself, 3 coats

Butter London Doily by itself, 3 coats

Doily is so, so pretty. It has white bar glitter and several sizes of hex glitter in a slightly peach base. I tried it alone with three coats, and couldn’t decide if it was pretty or if it just looked like a doily threw up on my nails. But I did get tons of positive comments and strangers asked me for the name of the polish, so I guess it looked pretty good after all! I think that it is best as one coat over a matte shade. Doily is not easy to remove, by the way, my nail tech had to break out the drill.

So what do you think? Will you say “I do” to Butter London’s Sweet Somethings Set? Personally I am ready for the commitment, and want all four shades!  – Lisa

oops – Marcia butting in. While Lisa showed you the summery way to use Doily, I’m showing you that this is great for you all year. I borrowed this from her to use it over Dior Front Row. Look how gorgeous it is!

butter LONDON Doily over Dior Front Row

butter LONDON Doily over Dior Front Row

*sent for editorial consideration

Top 10 Tuesday shares spring and summer nail polish

Top 10 Tuesdays picked a topic that’s close to my heart for this go around. I’m a nail polish junkie even if I have no artistic skills and can’t even apply well. I love having a collection of the prettiest and newest nail polishes but I rarely forget about my previous ones. I didn’t quite narrow it down to 10 but I forced myself to stop adding new ones. It’s easy to see what my favorite colors are in my pictures but I’m always willing to experiment. I hope you enjoy what you see. Let me know if any of these are favorites of yours too. — Marcia

1. TRIND Caring Color in SURF’S UP – this is the prettiest teal I own. I’m crazy about metallic polishes and Surf’s Up is an outstanding one. The wear was great. Toes will cry out for this shade but so do my nails.*

2. FORMULA X in A LITTLE SEXY - I feel a whole lot sexy with this denim blue almost lavender polish. This set me off on a light blue craze but this is my favorite of the ones I used. Pick this up at Sephora before it’s gone since it’s a limited edition.

3. ROCOCCO in SANDRINE CREAM – I love this blue too. It’s deeper and less denim than the FormulaX but it’s a stunning light blue that is perfect now and will remain so in the summer. I bought this online but it’s harder to find now.

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

4. COLOR ME MONTHLY – CHIFFON – Whenever Color Me Monthly sends a polish I swoon. The surprise of this subscription box is what makes it so much fun. Chiffon is a beautiful lavender that I hope will be in their Vault so you can pick it up if you don’t subscribe.*

5. FACE STOCKHOLM #168 - Not an original name but this purple is just too pretty for me to care!*

6. FACE STOCKHOLM AURA – Last summer Face Stockholm came out with holographic nail polishes and Aura blew me away. Imagine sitting in the sun and being able to look at this beauty. It shines and so will you.*

7. butter LONDON MOLLY CODDLED – This is the first Radiant Orchid item I bought once the color was announced by Pantone. It’s still my favorite Radiant Orchid cosmetic. This will always be in style, no matter what the color of the year is.

8. FORMULA X in FIERY – I do love my red polish. Fiery is a flaming red metallic that you’ll love all year long. This is truly seasonless – wear it on your toes this summer and your nails any time.

9. DIOR in FRONT ROW – I obviously didn’t need another red polish but this is more of a pinky red and it’s Dior’s new gel formula so I was justified in buying this. The wear and application are terrific and I’ll be back for more new Dior now.

10. butter LONDON in KERFUFFLE – The best peach I’ve ever tried. I normally don’t look good in peach but this is a pinky peach that is perfection. I hope Ulta does more BOGO so I can buy more colors like this.

11. and 12. butter LONDON LOLLY BRIGHTS in Lolly and Stroppy – These two polishes got compliments galore and will continue to do so all spring and summer. They are metallics with shimmer embedded in them. The colors are bright and happy.*

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Visit the other Top 10 nail lovers to find the delights they have to share. I have my trigger finger ready for fun.

*items were sent for consideration