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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Vapour Organic Beauty now has a carmine free line

If you know about Vapour Organic Beauty then you know that this is an independent brand founded by three people who only create and sell what they believe in. It’s made entirely from pure minerals, essential oils and organic plant ingredients. Many consumers that are interested in Vapour Organic Beauty only use cruelty free products and vegan lines. Carmine is a beetle that is found in South America. The beetle is a parasite that lives on the prickly pear cactus. Their dye is used in clothing dye, food dye, and in cosmetics as well as other items. The beetle is basically boiled to remove the color. Knowing this, it makes sense why many want to only use carmine free products.

Vapour Organic Beauty carmine free products

Vapour Organic Beauty carmine free products

Vapour Organic Beauty has a big line of carmine free cosmetics and they sent 5 of their newest ones for us to share with you. These glosses, blush sticks and eyeshadow were newly added to Vapour in the spring. You’re going to want them all.

Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush in Charm and Cheeky

Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush in Charm and Cheeky

Vapour has created some fabulous Aura Multi-Use Blush ($36) sticks that I’ve reviewed before. The two new shades are fabulous and I can’t get enough of them. I love a cream blush so these make me very happy.  I have normal skin that is only oily in the t-zone. The Vapour Beauty Blush sticks work beautifully on me. They glide on, are easy to blend and last well. I like to have a thin layer of translucent powder on my cheeks on the days that I use a cream blush since that’s going to make them blend better and last longer.

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Cheeky

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Cheeky

Cheeky Multi-Use is a soft cool pink that looks great on a cool skintone as a blush but also as a lip color. You can use these sticks on your eyes too. Charm Multi-Use is a warmer, peachier tone. Vapour describes it as “peaches & cream”.

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour also makes cream eyeshadows called Mesmerize Eye Color ($20) or Mesmerize Eye Shimmer. This is my first experience using their cream eye color and I have the shade Ace. This is a beautiful plum tone brown described by Vapour as “smoky plum”. It’s a very subtle shade that can be used alone or with other shadows for more definition. I use an eyeshadow primer with this so it doesn’t crease on me but I think without one it would probably crease and/or fade. I apply it with my finger and then use a taklon brush to smooth it out.

Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

Vapour blush in Charm and Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

Vapour blush in Charm and Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

If you love lipgloss then you need to know about Vapour’s collection, Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss ($22). The two new carmine free shades are Flutter and Tickle and both make my heart flutter and tickle my fancy. These are cool toned so they work best for me with Cheeky blush stick. There’s a slight sweet fragrance to them at first and the plumping action is non-stinging. You’ll notice your lips but you won’t feel any discomfort. Elixir Lip Gloss contains Vapour’s unique lip-specific nourishing blend of healing ingredients such as vitamin-rich Lecithin, Jojoba Oil, restorative Lemon Balm, and antioxidant Green Tea.

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Flutter and Tickle

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Flutter and Tickle

Tickle is the lighter of the two and could be considered to be a pink nude shade. Vapour describes it as a sugary sweet shimmery pink. When they say shimmer though, it’s not glitter, it’s a luminous quality that makes it look shimmery. Flutter is more pigmented and is described as a “multi-dimensional mauve with a hint of pink” and also “grown up sexy pink”. This is a non-sticky formula that feels very comfortable on because it’s so hydrating. My lips just feel soft when I wear these and never gooey.

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Tickle and Flutter

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Tickle and Flutter

Elixir Lipglosses and Aura Multi-Use Blush

Elixir Lipglosses and Aura Multi-Use Blush

Kudos goes to Vapour Organic Beauty for being so socially aware and releasing carmine-free products. This collection is beautiful and filled with ingredients good for you and good for the earth. Do you have a favorite amongst these? — Marcia

You can find Vapour at online at www.vapourbeauty.com, www.spiritbeautylounge.com, www.b-glowing.com

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