Hard Candy Rose Gold Pro Palette review and swatches

Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold

Looking for something fun that won’t break the bank?  Hard Candy always has great options – quality stuff that is affordable, interesting shades, lots to play with and no guilt!  The Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold ($10) is a perfect example.  It has fifteen eyeshadows, with shades that range from cream to dark brown, and textures from matte to frost.

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Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold

All these eyeshadows for just $10?  Talk about frugal!  And fun, too.  There are tons of great colors and textures for experimenting, and this palette is easy to find at Walmart.

Standout shades for me are the beautiful neutrals Charmer, which is a champagne shade with a gorgeous sheen and Sweetheart, which is a fabulous peach that really makes eyes pop.  I also love Double Date, a transfixing complex shade that is amazing for a smoky eye.

There is a lot to love in this wonderfully affordable palette!  Be sure to check it out on your next trip to Walmart.  – Lisa

Hard Candy says “Just Glow!”

In the spring I introduced you to a great Baked Highlighting Trio from Hard Candy. It was part of the collection called Just Glow! and it’s a beauty. If you aren’t using Hard Candy cosmetics that’s a big mistake on your part. These may be some of the least expensive products but they are also some of the best around. They have everything from the trends to the classics. It’s a line that is great for teens and adults.

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Unfortunately like so many brands we can’t guarantee that the products we fall for will be there in the future and I’m worried about the Just Glow! Baked Highlighting Trios being gone soon since there are limited amounts left on Walmart’s website. These $9 palettes would make you just as happy and glamorous as the “high priced spread”.  So let’s take a look at them!

Cruisin the Coast
A Touch of Moonlight
Rooftop Rendevous

Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti Baked Highlighting Trio

Meet Me in Tahiti Baked Highlighting Trio was the one I tried in the spring and one lucky BIZ subscriber even got to win her. This is the golden trio of the group. The first is a soft golden peach, the middle a light gold, and the third a darker bronzey shade.

Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti

From gold to silver we now have A Touch of Moonlight. This is the most unusual since it’s rare to find silver highlighters. We know that gold is big but everyone, except Hard Candy, seems to forget about silver.

Hard Candy A Touch of Moonlight

Hard Candy A Touch of Moonlight

The first shade is a twinkly true white, the middle shade is a true silver but not too dark, and the third is a combination of the two with the prettiest light silver (my favorite shade in this trio).

CRUISIN THE COAST is probably my favorite of the group because it has the perfect blush tones for me. The first is light pink  with just a touch of shimmer, second is a golden white that I’ve worn on my eyes and it glows, and the final shade is a sparkly light peach.

Hard Candy Cruisin’ the Coast

Cruisin the Coast

Last is ROOFTOP RENDEVOUS which is quintessential summer with its bronze and gold tones.

Hard Candy Just Glow Rooftop Rendevous

Hard Candy Rooftop Rendevous

First you’ll find a coral bronze, next a soft gold, and last a very soft white that is almost opalescent. Rooftop Rendevous doesn’t have shimmer to it so it’s a wonderful palette for those of us who aren’t shimmer/glitter fans.

swatches from Hard Candy’s Baked Highlighting Trios

Two sad things about these palettes is that you can order them online but they won’t ship them from Walmart. And the other is that they are mislabeled online. They are labeled as Baked Trio Eyeshadows but the palettes are actually called Baked Highlighting Trio

Hard Candy Just Glow! Baked Highlighting Trios

Now for three happy things. Happily Hard Candy is cruelty-free. The palettes come with a truly usable brush that’s soft and works wonderfully for highlighting. And the third is that these all work well as eyeshadows. While the description might be wrong on Walmart’s site, it’s right since these look luminous on eyes.

Don’t lose out on these great palettes. They’ll bring you wonderful days of beauty with money left for lunch!  —  Marcia

 

Three summer must haves and a giveaway for Colorproof Powderfix!

I am always on the look out for quick, easy to use, wonderful products that I can throw in my purse or my beach bag for the summer. In the summer I wear less makeup and I am outside all the time so my hair is a lot more unruly. I need quick fixes and things that help my more natural, easy-going look. I have three products today that do the trick, and two lucky readers will win a ColorProof Powderfix!

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ColorProof Powderfix

  1.  ColorProof Powderfix ($25) is a fabulous way to get volume and texture instantly, even in limp, lackluster hair. The bottle fits handily into any purse or bag, and the puff applicator sprays this fine powder right onto your roots. Just massage the powder in, then brush and hair gets an amazing lift and wonderful texture.

    ColorProof Powderfix

    ColorProof Powderfix

    • Delivers optimum fullness and weightless body for unlimited styling potential
    • Superfine, silky powder is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp to provide all-day texture, volume and lift with maximum color and heat protection
    • Designed exclusively for color-treated hair with a proprietary blend of revolutionary volumizing polymers and Pro Vitamin B5 Panthenol
    • 100% vegan, sulfate-free, salt-free, gluten-free paraben-free and never tested on animals

      Speed Brush Mini G

  2. The Mini G Speed Brush ($12.00) is an excellent option for brushing in that ColorProof Powderfix! The Mini G is made by HotHeads, and it’s a palm-sized compact hairbrush. It really is the perfect size for any purse or beach bag and it’s amazing for detangling hair, something that I really appreciate since my hair is fine and very long. Being outside in the wind can really do a number on my hair. It’s great for wet brushing too – I like to put my hair in a ponytail after swimming and this little brush is incredibly handy for that as well.

    Speed Brush Mini G

    • The MINI-G is multi functional for quick touch ups and styling.
    • Our unique GENTLE TOUCH 3D Bristles feature 3 types of bristles
    • Firm V shaped nylon for back brushing, dry shampoo application
    • Black/ White natural boar for adjusting tension and increasing the surface shine plus frizz control on dry hair.
    • The narrow oval cushioned pad creates a higher center profile, which allows better back brushing.
    • Born to travel from the gym to any destination

      Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

  3. Hard Candy Non-Touring Glamour Duo ($7.00) is a very fun product to have in your bag as well. I don’t wear a lot of makeup in the summer because I faux tan which gives me color, but I do like to highlight and this highlighting duo is great. This shade is Rose Gold. One side is a cream stick which gives skin a more natural radiance and the other side is a shimmer stick with a doe foot applicator.

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    Heavily swatched

    After blending in

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    This side has lots of illuminating shimmer, so know that when you use this you will sparkle!  I use the stick cream side and my daughter is always grabbing it for the shimmery side.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:   ColorProof will send 2 lucky Beauty Info Zone subscribers a PowderFix Instant Volume Texture Powder Spray for their own!  In order to win, you need to be a US Beauty Info Zone email subscriber (not open for Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, or a PO Box) and leave a comment on this post. The Rafflecopter has all the additional entries and you can tweet daily for more options. The giveaway is open through 6/15/18 at 11:59 pm ET for US only. Good luck and hooray for summer! – Lisa

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From Glam to Glitz to Giveaway with Hard Candy

Hard Candy Strobe of Gorgeous eyeliners, Metal Glaze Liquid Foil, Just Glow! Baked Highlighting Trio

Have you taken a swing through the Hard Candy makeup selection at Walmart lately? If you haven’t you are in for a delightful surprise. Hard Candy has added some new beautiful products that bring you glam or glitz and everything in between. If you already have Hard Candy in your collection then you know what I mean when I say that their cosmetics have a quality that is unknown in that price range. If you aren’t an aficionado yet, you’ll become one once you’ve had the pleasure of using the cosmetics. I have so many in constant use that bring a smile to my face. I also have some that are perfect for one off occasions when I need something for that perfect party/event but don’t expect to use it that often. Hard Candy does all that for you and me.

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Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti Baked Highlighting Trio

We all know that highlighting is the thing! There are an incredible amount of highlighting palettes out at all price ranges. I love them all but I don’t highlight all the time so spending $9 on one of the Just Glow! Baked Highlighting Trios is perfect. There are 4 total: Meet Me in Tahiti (reviewed today)

Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti

Cruisin’ the Coast

Hard Candy Cruisin’ the Coast

A Touch of Midnight (silvery tones)

Hard Candy A Touch of Midnight

and Rooftop Rendezvous

Hard Candy Rooftop Rendevous

Now you can’t tell me that these aren’t trendy and beautiful. The Baked Highlighting Trios are mistakenly called Hard Candy Baked Trio Eyeshadow on the Walmart site but don’t be fooled, these are the Highlighting Trios that are meant for your nose, brow bone, cheek bone, top of the chin and anywhere you like to highlight. The shades are lighter than I like for my eyes but adding a quick wash over my shadows adds a lovely sheen. The palettes come with a blending brush that you won’t believe. It’s soft and efficient. I would buy the brush alone so it’s a bonus that it comes in the palette.

Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti Baked Highlighting Trio

I love the shades in Meet Me in Tahiti. The first is a soft golden peach, the middle a light gold, and the third a darker bronzey shade.

Meet Me in Tahiti

Even though they are baked they don’t feel that hard, actually they are a great texture to use on cheeks etc since they don’t kick back a lot of powder. And even though they are glittery the glitter doesn’t migrate if you are careful. Any of these 4 Just Glow! trios would be perfect for Prom and graduation parties.

If you really want to up the glam and glitz factor that’s where Metal Glaze comes in. These are so unique and fantastic at just $5 each (in store only, not online). Four shades are available with these too and would work great the palettes.

Hard Candy Metal Glaze

These are called a Liquid Metallic Foil and they are recommended for eyes, brows, and lips. I have it in gold to show you and it’s the most intense gold. You will really stand out with one of these on. As a cream eyeshadow wearer I couldn’t wait to try it out. My advice is to shake it first since it can be a little watery otherwise. It’s totally budgeproof. I doesn’t come off until you use a makeup remover to remove it. Water doesn’t touch the color on my eyes. It’s there. I also recommend that you start with a little and build up if you want more.

Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold

Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold

Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold

Metal Glaze is infused with coconut water for hydration. Available in Gold, Burgundy, Rose Gold and Silver they are just fun and trendy items that you’ll enjoy.

For the more staid in us and the adventurer too there are 16 shades of Stroke of Gorgeous Long Wear Eyeliner Pencils ($5). The 16 shades are available in 5 versions.

Creamy Matte shades are Soy (black), Jailbreak (charcoal), and Dark Chocolate. Shimmer shades are Ice Queen (silver, Don’t wine). Glitter pencils are Abyss (black) and Treasure Chest (charcoal). The Chromes are Gold Nugget, Bronze Champion, Silver Fox, and Hot Pants and these pair perfectly with the Just Glow! palettes). Then there are the High Intensity Brights that are dupes for much more expensive liners: Firecracker (bright orange), Wink Wink (cobalt blue), Kryptonite (green), Twisted Grape, and Deep Sea (teal).

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Longwear Eyeliner Pencils

The four I have give me a long lasting finish that lasts. I don’t usually have great luck with pencils under my eyes but these are really budge proof. Plus when I apply them I have play time to smudge if I want.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous in Gold Nugget and Bronze Champion

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous in Kryptonite and Twisted Grape

Why would I pay $20 for an Urban Decay eyeliner in a trendy color like Kryptonite or Deep Sea when I can get a terrific pencil for $5?

Kryptonite and Twisted Grape; Gold Nugget and Bronze Champion

As you can easily tell, I’m impressed with these newest Hard Candy items. There are many items that aren’t appropriate for my age, there are many that I wish I could wear more often, and there are quite a few that are perfect for my life. Their quality has improved and their prices have remained wonderfully affordable.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Hard Candy is generously offering to send 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers some cosmetics that are mentioned in this review. You’ll receive a Just Glow Baked Highlighting Trios,Meet Me in Tahiti as well as the Gold Nugget eyeliner and Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold. Requirements are that you are a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber AND that you comment. The Rafflecopter has all the additional entries and you can tweet daily for more options. The giveaway is open through 4/13/18 at 11:59 pm ET for US only. 

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Spring 2018 launch! Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette

Happy Valentine’s Day!! What could be better on this day of love than a palette of eyeshadow that looks like a plate full of candy? All the excitement and color and none of the calories! I am talking about Hard Candy Galactic Eyeshadow Palette ($8.00).

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Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette

The Galactic Eyes Palette is not a palette for the faint of heart. If you are adventurous with your eyeshadow and like bright metallic shades at the right price, this collection is going be total love for you. The description says the palette “combines the mesmerizing glow of the cosmos with the hot trends of the runway.  Each shade has a strong color payoff and glides on perfectly for a truly gorgeous finish.” I agree, they do glow and they do have a strong color payoff. Some of the shades glide on better than others…some need a little work as they tend to ball up and go on in chunks.

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette

I actually found that these apply best when using my fingers as opposed to a brush.  I think body heat help sort of melt the pigment and gives them a smoother application – you can see the difference in the swatches between the ones I did with a brush and the ones on my fingers.

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette top row:  Supernova, Retrograde; bottom row:  Meteor, Blue Moon

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Meteor, Supernova, Blue Moon, Retrograde

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Meteor, Supernova, Blue Moon, Retrograde

Meteor is a pinkish metallic red that I found was much easier to apply with my fingers. I had a tough time working with this one using a brush. It’s a hard color for me to wear anyway, so I won’t get a lot of use out of it, although it’s pretty lightly patted on over brown shades. Supernova is a very pretty lavender shade that I will wear often. I also really love Blue Moon and use this quite a bit as a liner especially under my lower lash line. Retrograde is another one I had problems with texture-wise – it’s an interesting grey/green shade, but you really have to work with it to make sure it applies evenly.

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette top row:  Nebula, Eclipse; bottom row:  Shooting Star, Constellation

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Shooting Star, Nebula, Constellation, Eclipse

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Shooting Star, Nebula, Constellation, Eclipse

Shooting Star is a beautiful shimmery yellow shade. You do get some fall out from this one – you have been warned! Nebula is a medium metallic brown that is very pretty and better applied with a finger than a brush. Constellation is a gorgeous lighter golden brown that I am in total love with…a fabulous lid shade that really brightens the eye. This one has a silkier texture than most of the others and is just lovely. Eclipse is a charcoal gray that can be difficult to work with but makes for a great smoky eye.

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette top row:  Alien; bottom row:  Spaceship

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Spaceship, Alien

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Spaceship, Alien

You can’t have a galactic eyeshadow palette without some greens and Spaceship and Alien are the greens smack in the middle of the palette. Spaceship is a shimmery light green that is pretty neat – glowy and ethereal. Alien is a dark grey green with silver shimmer, a great liner shade or crease shade.

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Meteor, Supernova, Blue Moon, Retrograde, Spaceship, Alien, Shooting Star, Nebula, Constellation, Eclipse

All of the shades can be sheered out for less intense color and if you want bold these are bold, baby, bold! And hey, the price is right – 10 big pans of eyeshadow for a mere $8. You can find this lovely palette at Walmart and at hardcandy.com.  – Lisa

Hard Candy Galactic Eyes Palette

Let’s plump and win this Hard Candy Plumping Serum giveaway

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Lip Gloss

There’s a new kid in the serum lip world and her name is Hard Candy. She has 22 shades of her Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss for you to choose from. We know that serum lip products are really popular these days and solve the problem of all that matteness out there. What differentiates Hard Candy from the crowd though is the $6 price tag. You could pay up to $32 to buy a similar product at YSL but why would you when you can get 5 for that amount of money.

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There are 11 new shades of the Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss and I have two for “Show and Tell”. If you are one of our winners you’ll get to pick 2 for your own “show and tell”. (Former 3rd grade teacher writing!)

Hard Candy Plumpin Serum Gloss in Dirty Mind and First Kiss

These fun serums aka glosses help plump your lips quickly to give them the appearance of being fuller. They do tingle and that lasts for about 20 minutes on me but they don’t hurt. I just know it’s doing its job. Hard Candy uses an exclusive Plumping Serum System that contains hyaluronic acid which helps minimize the appearance of fine lips. I was thrilled to see how much less lined my lips looked. I can’t say they reached outrageous proportions but my lips looked nicely fuller.

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss, First Kiss

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss, First Kiss

At first I notice the fragrance that comes from hydrating fruit extracts but that doesn’t last at all. What lasts is how hydrated my lips feel.

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss, Dirty Mind

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss, Dirty Mind

These are shiny and as a gloss don’t last as long as a lipstick would. What does last though is the terrific feeling on my lips from the added hydration.

First Kiss is a pink nude on my lips. It’s a YLBB shade for me (Your Lips But Better). It’s sheer and works with everything. The surprise for me though was Dirty Mind since it looked so purple in the tube. I don’t normally pick a purple lip but this is sheer and gorgeous on. I am pleasantly surprised with how flattering this is. It turns into a mauve lavender on my pale lips.

Here are the shades available (Walmart in stores) and my attempt to describe them from the website but remember these are all sheer so keep that in mind.

1390  Sugar Sugar: light peach

1391  Barely There: beige nude

1393  Baby Doll: peach

BABY DOLL Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss

1392  Pink Teddy:  pink with tiny gold shimmer

PINK TEDDY Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss

1394  First Kiss:  pink nude

1396  Birthday Suit:  rosy plum

1397  Second Base:  brown

1398  Love Child:  burgundy

1399  Skin Deep:  brown with plum undertone

SKIN DEEP Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss

1404  Dirty Mind:  mauve lavender

1409  Sunkissed:  sparkly gold

SUNKISSED Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss

1411  Max Pout: clear

Hard Candy Plumping Serum is great on its own or top a lipstick with it to give you moisturized, non-tacky lips that look fuller. At this price you can do a little splurging.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

This is a US only giveaway for subscribers for 4 winners. The good news is that you’ll be able to choose two of the available shades (not MAX Pout) that you’d like to win. Not only will you get to try two but in the shades you like. The giveaway runs through 2/19 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Winners will be notified on 2/20 and have 48 hours to respond. Be sure you are an email subscriber and comment so you’ll be qualified to be a BIZ winner. Prizes will be sent by Hard Candy or their representative.

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Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection is perfect for giving or getting

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

Let’s first bow down to the price of the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection! At $14.88 you are getting an amazing amount of cosmetics that you can break up into three gifts, give as one gift, or keep for yourself. Hard Candy is only available at Walmart and since this is a big time to be at Walmart I wanted you to see what you should be searching out.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

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All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection contains a contour & sculpt kit, a blush & luminizer kit, a smoky eye kit, along with an eyeshadow primer, a perfecting primer, and a setting spray. This fabulous set has just about everything you need. If I were gifting it I’d add in a mascara and a fabulous lip shade. What a perfect gift or gifts.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

This is, of course, the first thing I opened when I received this set. Smoky Eye Kit is terrific with a mix of neutrals and even a drop of purple added. These 9 shades were coordinated to give you a variety of smoked looks. 7 of the 9 are lightly shimmered while two are more satiny.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

The pigmentation in Hard Candy eyeshadows is amazingly good. I have two sets from past years that I pick over my more expensive palettes often. The colors are true to what you see in the pan. They don’t change so you know what you’re getting. The All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection also includes an eyeshadow primer so you are set for beauty.

Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit has what you need to take your face to new places. There are 6 pans in there so you can Prep, Brighten, Contour, Blend, and Illuminate all with one palette.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

There are 4 cream products and 2 powders. It’s made to help you emphasize eyes, cheekbones, and your jawline. There’s even a tutorial guide on the back that teaches you the best placement.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

The creams are for prepping, blending, contouring, and illuminating while the two lightly shimmered powders are for brightening and contouring. Some of the shades look too dark for me but the way they blend is perfect so that it’s not obvious at all.

Hard Candy Primer Perfecting

By adding in the Sheer Envy Primer Perfecting you’ve got all you need prior to applying foundation. This primer helps to minimize lines and pores so you have a smoother finish. If you are breaking this kit apart then this is gift two.

The Blush & Luminizer Kit is a true beauty. Housed in metallic red it’s one terrific set.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

All the products are powders: Shimmer Blush in a glorious mauve/pink, Matte blush is a flattering neutral, Matte bronzer is a light bronzer without orange. The Luminizing Bronzer sits beautifully on top of the matte bronzer for a sweep of specialness and can also be used alone. The two Luminizers top off the set with their beauty in a light cream and gold.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

For gift 3 just add in the the Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray to make these products last throughout the day and evening.

Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray

I’m convinced this is the best buy on the market today. You can keep it in its original box and gift it to one person who’ll squeal with delight. Or you can break it apart into 3 gifts that cost you $5 apiece and thrill the recipients.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

I’m so impressed with the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection that I think gifting it as one is the way to go but then again I didn’t do well in economics in school. Which way do you want to go? Whatever you choose, go to Walmart to find this limited edition cruelty free collection before it’s gone.  —  Marcia