Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hard Candy Cosmetics Review and BIG 10 Product Haul ($65) Giveaway!--Ends January 16, 2013

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Four Hard Candy eye shadows to help you get amazing eyes.

If you're looking for some spectacular cosmetics to get you ready for New Year's party going, then I know you'll want to dive into Hard Candy Cosmetics to help you get your glam on.  With their selection of fun and trendy products like the assortment they sent me for this review and giveaway, I'm sure you will outshine the competition and sparkle with your unstoppable, dazzling beauty.  

You'll turn up the heat in the room with sexy eyes with their Meteor-Eyes Baked Meteor Eye Shadows in Lunar Eclipse, a sultry olive-gold array with sparkles to help you shine and Supernova, equally enticing in glittering deep violet- purple.  These are very pretty.  

These Metero-Eyes Shadows blend together and appear darker when using straight from the compact dry with a random sprinkling of sparkles.  However, if you want the best effect from either, I found wetting my sponge applicator first made each bolder and more dynamic.  You can even line your eyes with this shadow if you dab a wet tip of an eyeliner brush into it for some interesting effects.

Kal-eye-Descope Eye Shadow in Bad Reputation is another way to catch male attention from this combo of glistening gunmetal gray and white.  With this compact, your eyes will instantly smolder.  I really loved this compact because it gave my eyes more of a charcoal type sheen with an illuminating white on my brow bone to set it off.  This stayed put for hours without any creasing to boot.

Split Personality Duo Eye Shadow  in Therapy is a cream shadow in two colors in one pencil.  You might have to work a little longer to get the shadow out, but once you do you will discover a softer green and a calming medium blue that will set male hearts a flutter.

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In the following photo, the closest shade to my wrist is Lunar Eclipse, then Supernova, and ending with Bad Reputation.

To banish dark under eye circles, I was sent Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealers in two different degrees of fair and light color. This comes in a twist up pen form where the product flows to the brush. Although it takes a few turns and disperses more than you need the first time, I found the formula was lightweight, blended easily, and provided decent coverage.  Both shades were useable with my light complexion.  

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Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealer

For cheeks, I got the Blush Crush Baked Blush in Bombshell.  My first thought when I saw how dark brown with specks of pink this looked in the compact, I worried that it would be too harsh a shade for my light skin tone.  Then, I swirled my blush brush into it lightly and found it delivered a warm rosy-bronze that was very natural, slightly luminous, and hardly what I expected.  In fact, this could double as an ideal bronzer to perk up pale winter skin and does have great staying power.

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Hide & Glow Cheek Tint Duo, Fox in a Box Blushing Quad, So Baked Bronzer and Blush Crush

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On the left in the next photo is the So-Baked Bronzer (Heatwave) and on the right is Blush Crush Baked Blush (Bombshell).

I also tried the So-Baked Bronzer in Heatwave, which is a lighter glow than Bombshell.  This is also a very beautiful golden-bronze color with a subtle shimmer to gracefully warm your cheeks.  I think this one is gorgeous especially for light-complexions like mine to wear along with a blush and to dust on your face for some extra radiance.

The Hide & Glow Cheek Tint Duos caught my attention.  I got to try In Love #315.  This has a peachy side and another with a pinker one that leaves you with a fresh flush of dewy sheer color that wears nicely for hours without failing you. 

I was also curious about the Fox In The Box Blushing Quad in Hot Flash.  You get a duo with a light and medium peach shade and another pair with a lighter pink and a deeper bold fuschia pink.  I advise using a light hand if you're on the pale side, but if you do, you can produce striking results.  This blush has a wonderful texture, blends nicely, and has amazing staying power.

Finally, I received two shades of the Perfect Cover Up Skin Clarifying Concealer to save you from any last minutes skin problems that could ruin your beauty.  This comes in another pencil that you twist to release the flow of the product. 

Though both were light, one was slightly darker with more beige to better match my complexion over the paler shade.  Unlike a thicker spreading product in a tube, this gives enough lightweight coverage to mask the problem once you blend it with a few taps of a finger into your foundation, without settling into that dreaded zit you want to hide like some crater.

I know I'm still having fun trying my new stash of Hard Candy Cosmetics for different looks.  If you haven't tried any of these products, I think you are missing out because with them on you're bound to break a few hearts!

Thanks to Hard Candy Cosmetics, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins these 10 fabulous cosmetics:  Meteor-Eyes Baked Meteor Eyes Shadows (Lunar Eclipse and Supernova), Split Personality Duo Eye Shadow (Therapy), Hide & Glow Cheek Tint Duo (In Love #315), Fox In A Box Blushing Quad (Hot Flash), So-Baked Bronzer (Heatwave), Blush Crush Baked Blush (Bombshell), Lite Bright Brightening Concealer (Light), Perfect Cover Up Clarifying Concealer (Light), and Kal-eye-Descope Eye Shadow (Bad Reputation) for a value of $65!

Both Are Mandatory to Enter:

1. You must follow me on Google Friends Connect before any of your entries will count.  If you already follow, then INCLUDE your ***EMAIL*** with name in a comment!

2. Go to Hard Candy Cosmetics and tell me what products you would love to try or something else you learned from their site in another comment.

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Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Be sure you include your email address inside your comment so I can contact you if you win.   This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.

***Any entries that contain a link or website address for redirecting readers to your site to sell your products will be deleted when found.  I am giving you a chance to win, not advertise for free.*** Do follow the rules because I check entries.   Be alert that if you attempt to enter using multiple identities will be grounds for disqualification. 

This giveaway ends January 16, 2013 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.