Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gift the Gift of Dazzling Beauty with Hard Candy Cosmetics - #Review & #Giveaway #Holiday Gift Guide

Makeup is one of the most popular gifts every holiday season and for good reason!  For the most part, they're affordable and something that will be used on a daily basis.  You can transform your entire look with some great makeup and a little know-how!  If you're looking for cosmetic gift sets or even small stocking stuffers one of my favorite make up companies, Hard Candy, has exactly what you're looking for at a price you won't be able to resist!

More Information About Hard Candy
Hard Candy offers innovative products, intense color and a flair for the dramatic.  It's simply Beauty with Attitude!  Sold exclusively at Walmart, Hard Candy cosmetics are sure to help you turn heads, create buzz, lift your energy, start conversations, end boredom and give good face.  They offer cosmetics for the face, eyes, lips, nails and recently just launched an incredible collection of eyeglass frames, both prescription and sunglasses, that fit perfectly into the Hard Candy lifestyle.  Their wide variety of colorful cosmetics and very affordable prices make it simple for you to find the perfect make up for every day of the week and the fact that they don't test their products on animals means you can rest easy and never feel guilty about looking your best. 

Gift Ideas from Hard Candy
After browsing their site, I've found some fabulous gift ideas and stocking stuffers that are sure to please this holiday season.

Total Radiance Kit - $ 19.88
The Total Radiance Kit features six blendable contouring formulas to help sculpt and contour, six flattering blush powders, a conceal and correct kit and a smoky eye kit all for only $19.88.

Holiday Best Of Kit - $19.88

Their biggest and best gift set, this Holiday Best Of Kit includes one eyeshadow primer, one primer, one concealer, two blushes, one eye shadow palette, one liquid eye shadow, one eyeliner, one mascara, one lip gloss, one eyelash curler, three brushes and comes in a very handy tin to keep all of your new goodies in the same place.  For only $19.88, this kit is an amazing deal!

Get Your Color On - $9.88
Turn heads with gorgeous lips and nails to match!  Get Your Color on with Fierce Effects lip color plus matching nails will dazzle those around you!  This great kit comes with five lipsticks and five nail colors for only $9.88.

Beach Bum in Gold
Sunglasses make the perfect stocking stuffer and Hard Candy has some stylish sunglasses and reading glasses, also sold exclusively at Walmart!  The Beach Bum sunglasses in Gold are stylish aviator style glasses with colorful stripes which make these irresistible!

My Review
My friends at Hard Candy were kind enough to send me some amazing cosmetics to try out for myself.  I received their Season of Sparkle eyeshadow and eyeliner set which include one baked eye shadow palette, one glitter gel palette, and one set of 8 Take Me Out eyeliner pencils in glitter, metallic and standard colors. This entire set of two eye shadow palettes and eight eyeliners is only $9.88 and comes in two different color combinations.  At that price you can afford to get both!  I also received an adorable eyeshadow ornament in black and silver,  a Cheeky Tints sheer blush gel in 1091 Diva, and a mini hot pink nail polish that came with a cute, matching heart ring.  All three of these retail for only $1 and make the perfect stocking stuffers!

Season of Sparkle - Baked Eye Shadow Palette
The baked eye shadow palette came with 5 full colors - a light tan color, baby pink color, bronze, brown, and a fuchsia color as well as one eye shadow sphere that is split in half - half gold and half purple as well as a little applicator.  The light tan and baby pink spheres are a pearlescent color while the gold, brown, purple, bronze and fuchsia colors seem more metallic.
These baked eye shadows are easy to apply and blend and look incredible when finished!  I loved playing around with them and trying to see how many beautiful combinations I could come up with.  The colors are perfect for night or day, depending on how bold you apply the colors.  My favorite colors out of this palette are the baby pink color, the fuchsia and the gold colors.  When applied on my eyelids, the fuchsia color and gold color together make a gorgeous rose gold color.  These colors, which are closest to Hard Candy's Nudes n' Roses Shadow-Spheres palette, are amazingly flattering and carefully selected to reflect light which gives your skin a gorgeous, radiant glow. 
I absolutely love this palette and plan on purchasing more of these because they are so easy to apply, blend and be on your way.  For a beautiful subtle look, you can apply these dry and for a bolder more intense just apply them wet. 
Season of Sparkle - Glitter Gel Eye Shadow Palette
I absolutely love glitter so I was very excited to try this palette out.  After a little trial and error, I found the best way to apply the glitter gel palette was to apply primer and a complimentary base eyeshadow coat before applying the glitter gel.  When using the glitter gel, I also found it was best to dab it on as glitter gel can be a little tricky to use, especially at first.  The glitter gel eye shadow palette came with a clear glitter, light silver glitter, pink glitter, gold glitter, darker silver glitter and a purple glitter.  I love the clear, pink, gold and purple colors and was able to attempt another rose gold look with the glitter.  After a little practice and possibly watching some tutorials on how to apply the glitter gel, you can achieve a fabulous look for your upcoming holiday parties or a night out on the town.
Season of Sparkle - Take Me Out Eyeliner Pencils
This kit comes with 8 pretty, complimentary color eyeliner pencils that will help you complete your look.  I received one in standard black, gold, white, silver, dark blue, glitter black, glitter teal and glitter purple.  I'm a big fan of using black eyeliner however I really like the purple and glitter teal colors as well.  With eight colors to choose from you can really get creative and make a look that will make you the talk of the party!
Eye Shadow Duo Ornament
This marvelous, little eye shadow duo is the perfect size to fit in your purse or makeup case and bring with you on the go.  There are four different, shimmering color combinations to choose from and each box has a cute ribbon attached which make them easy to place on your Christmas tree as an alternative to a stocking stuffer.  Best of all, they're only $1 so you can afford to get all four!  I received the black and silver duo which is perfect for a night out on the town.  I attempted a smoky eye look but definitely need more practice!
Cheeky Tints - Sheer Blush Gels
If you're looking to give your cheeks a festive pop of color without worrying about looking like a clown, the Cheeky Tints - Sheer Blush Gels are perfect.  You are able to build up to your desired shade and the long lasting formula leaves your skin looking fresh and glowing for hours.  There are six colors to choose from - Ballerina: a light pink tint, You're a Doll: a medium pink tint, Goddess: a tannish/brown tint, Geisha: a red tint, Diva: a fuchsia tint and Surfer Babe: a salmon tint.  All apply sheer with just a tad of tint to them and you can reapply as much as you'd like to reach your desired shade.  They're easy to apply and look and feel amazing when you're finished!  For only $1, you can afford to pick up every color! 
When I first looked at Diva, I was worried that this shade would be very dark but after applying it I was pleasantly surprised! 
Nail Color Ornament
Looking to add a little more sparkle to the mix?  These limited edition nail color minis are perfect to mix and match with your new cosmetics!  They're only $1 and come with a really cute heart ring that matches each nail color.  There are five different shades to choose from including silver, red, hot pink, purple and blue all with glitter and glam.  I received the hot pink color and painted my toe nails.  I love the little hot pink, plastic ring that came along with it and have been wearing it every since. 

I highly recommend these and any of Hard Candy's gorgeous cosmetics for gifts or stocking stuffers this holiday season.  They have a rainbow of color combinations to choose from so you'll be able to find the perfect colors to compliment your skin tone, eye color and hair color as well as your favorite outfits.  Hard Candy's prices are hard to beat too which means you can pick up more makeup for your money! 

Where can you find more information on Hard Candy?
If you're interested in checking out what else Hard Candy has to offer simply visit their website or head to your local Walmart to check out their selection.  Remember, Hard Candy is sold exclusively at Walmart!  For more up to date information on new products, make up ideas and fun promotions be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram.

Giveaway Time!
I will be purchasing and giving away a small Hard Candy make up prize pack for two lucky winners!  Enter below for your chance to win!

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