Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hard Candy is all up on my face

     I feel kinda guilty about this review taking so long to finally get put up. I've have the pictures ready since before prom, I've just been having some personal issues. Just please keep me in your thoughts/ prayers. I broke up with my boyfriend on Wednesday for reasons I don't feel like discussing. We've talked about getting back together, but I don't know what's going to happen. I think that's the scariest thing about this whole ordeal. I mean, I have a huge, terrible, crushing fear of dying alone and for almost two years, he was my hero that vanquished that fear- I thought we would grow old together. Oye, men. If this doesn't pan out I'm never dating again, ever :P So, enough about me, I'll get to the reviewing; I just thought I'd explain a bit.

     I've actually had the Blush Crush for a while now, I just didn't want to review it all by itself. The foundation I tried because I wanted a cheaper foundation with a more convenient packaging than the Physician's Formula one I usually use. I wanted something not-as-thick for Springtime, so I went ahead and got the concealer, too. The boxed blush/ bronzer duo I bought a while back while it was still snowy. I've never used a bronzer for contouring and I thought these would be a practical way to experiment.

After owning this for months, I only noticed that hot lavender veining when I took pictures. I feel so dense.....

Blush Crush in Honeymoon
Pros: I love this blush. It is just so "glowy" without having a shiny type of sheen or glitter effect. I use it when I'm going for that "lit from within" effect, as it is a very light, sweet color. Even though it may be too light for the color to really show much on a darker skin tone, it would make an ah-mazing highlighter. Medium skin tones could probably pull this off as a highlighter, too.
Cons: After breaking the lid off of this little beauty (um, my bad!) I looked and looked and even hit the internet to see if these were depot-able, and I don't think that they are. The color lasts a while, but since it isn't very dark, it doesn't last all day.
Stars: 4/5
Would I buy again?: Probably. Even though I'm a bigger fan of matte blushes, this one makes me super happy.

Ok, so this is going to be long: the order from right to left in all swatches is Light then Medium. Left is with flash, right is without flash. Top is straight-from-the-pump and bottom is blended out.

Just Face It- One Step Foundation in Light & Medium
Pros: Light turned out to be my perfect light/medium coverage foundation, I love it! It was very easy to apply with a sponge and didn't break me out or make my complexion look "off." On me neither oxidized (turned orange) or streaked/ smudged, which is usually a problem for me and my oily face. I love that this foundation comes in a pump bottle because I'm just a fan of that type of packaging, as I find it convenient and clean. These bottles are also plastic! Some people think it looks/ feels cheap, but then again, I doubt they've dropped a glass foundation bottle and had it smash into oblivion.
Cons: The medium formula is noticably thicker, which means that instead of a pat-pat motion with a sponge I have to to more of a pat-wipe motion. It also needs more blending so patches aren't left behind. It's not hard to apply, it just takes a wee bit more time.
Stars: Light wins 5/5, but Medium would get 4.5/5. I'm really curious about why there was such a difference in thickness.
Would I buy again?: Yep!

Concealer stick in Light then Medium, with the first picture with flash and the second without.
Light is on the left and Medium is on the right. The top photos show it straight out of the tube and the bottom ones are blended. Photos on the left are no flash and the ones on the right have flash.
Glamoflauge Concealer in Light and Medium
Pros: Both of these are the same texture, being quite opaque but easily blendable. They don't tend to look cakey or unnaturaly pale. I love that in addition to the tube of concealer you also get a little pencil concealer, which I prefer using on small, flat, discolored spots.
Cons: I can't really think of any.
Stars: 5/5
Would I buy again?: Yep! Me likey.

On the left is Skinning Dipping and on the right is Truth or Dare.
The top picture has flash and the bottom is without. The three swatches on the left are from Skinny Dipping and the three on the right are from Truth or Dare. In each group, the order goes: both colors mixed together, then the blush, then the bronzer.
Fox in a Box Blush/ Bronzer Duo in Skinny Dipping and Truth or Dare
Pros: Like everything else Hard Candy makes, these are fairly affordable. The packaging is adorable, even if the little brush is close to useless. The lid is magnetized, so it stays closed. Both can be applied sheerly or built of for a bigger pop of color. Truth or Dare would be flattering on most skin tones. The color pairings work well together, I think. Although none of the shades I purchased are matte, they're not shiny or sparkly. I think both looked natural on my face. There are quads available like this too, but I'm too lazy to work to get a single color so small on my brush without mixing everything together, so I skipped them :)
Cons: However cute it may be, the box is big. I guess you could say it has a false bottom? The pan itself is average- sized, but under it there is a peice of plastic taking up half of the box. I wound up depotting these and keeping the boxes (because Lord knows I need more junk to hoard away.) They are fairly easy to depot, though, and I'm sure if you were so inclined it would be easy to transform the boxes into cute little trinket boxes, like I plan to do to mine.
Stars: 4.5/5
Would I buy again?: Maybe! If I actually ever finish them! Yeah, like that's going to happen. The quads are cute, but like I said earlier- I'm lazy and usually in a rush.

     I hope everyone found this review helpful at least somehow! It took me about four days to actually type it up, because I would start, it would keep me distracted for a little while, then I would get disheartened and have to save and turn off my laptop. Oh well. That is the nice thing about blogging, though- it's a ceative outlet and lets me have some "me" time.


  1. I'm sure you'll be fine; breakups always seem to feel worst when they're happening. I hope for the best for you, but if this doesn't pan out, I'm still sure you'll look back at this someday and think, "Wow, I can't believe how upset I was back then; I don't even remember that guy's last name anymore."

  2. Sorry to hear about the break up. Whatever you guys decide to do, I hope things work out for the best :)

  3. Hang in there girl. Breakups are hard, but you will move on and find another wonderful man!

    Thanks for such a great review! I don't have any Hard Candy, except a polish. I guess non of their stuff has ever jumped out at me. But looks like you found some great stuff that works for you!

  4. I'm sure you will be strong and get this through this, no matter what you decide to do. :)

    I haven't tried any Hard Candy stuff (well duh, it isn't available anywhere near me!) but everything looks really good :D

  5. a girl named SamMay 25, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Thank you guys! The support means alot to me :)
    I like Hard Candy b/c it's cheap and it still performs well. I love the Truth or Dare blush/ bronzer :)

    Btw, Blogger is being wierd about me making comments. Does anyone know what might be wrong?

  6. i have a question about the Just Face It- One Step Foundation. Why does the Light shade look a bit darker than the Medium? Thank you. and nice i like your reviews :D

  7. @Momox3: Light is a touch more opaque than Medium. Light is also cooler toned and Medium is a bit warmer. Maybe this is the reason? Hope this helped, and sorry it took so long to reply!