Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hip Hop Candy! Hand Sweet Gifts! Product Review

This weeks product review is brought to you by Hip Hop Candy Sweet Gifts! Hip Hop Candy is a store that brings you kawaii life goods all from plushies, to deco style accessories and even hand made soaps, candles, perfumes and more!

Lately, (if you haven't already noticed from my recent hauls) I've been on a whole 'organic vegan product stuff craze' just to try stuff out and I'm a sucker for weird flavors of any kind and am tired of the same old stuff Bath & Body Works shoves in your face. Not to mention my sister broke out using some of their soaps and body washes. I still use their lotions but sparingly. Its a new year. I want a new change. I stumbled on Hip Hop Candy a year ago but didn't really give it much thought to ordering anything from them till recently. I figured, why not?! Besides, they've got a few products that has perked my interest!

Hip Hop Candy is the product of a hobby and art by artist Olivia Bruno, this lovely lady hand packs and hand makes (with love and care!) everything she carries on her store! From the cute packaging to the intriguingly sweet scents. Everything is also made with vegan and cruelty free products! Her website also provides a Frequently Asked Questions Page in terms of the products and whatnot!

But thats not the best part! When you sign up for an account on HHC your automatically enrolled on their Rewards program where in, with each purchase you make you earn HHC points redeemable towards your next purchase! Also  by liking and follow them on Facebook you'll be able to keep up with any new deals, upcoming item releases and more!

Their service is imperceptible, with each inquiry I had, I was able to receive a reply within 24hrs of my inquiry, some even on the same day!  They take careful care on packing the items to ensure freshness and keep things from being damage. I received my first order from HHC within 2-3 business days and most of the items were carefully wrapped in bubble wrap to ensure them from rolling onto each other and getting damaged. And once you get pass the bubble wrap, each item was also shrink wrapped to ensure freshness and to guarantee you're getting all brand spanking new product!

I've rattled enough about their store, you're probably done listening to me about that and are interested to read more about the products aren't you? LOL. Not surprised. Scroll on down below to see what my current haul from HCC is! But before you go!  HHC and Olivia has been more than generous and has given you guys a special code ontop of being part of the rewards program; you guys will receive a 15% off  on your purchase using the code 'DearCandyLove' but don't forget to like and follow their facebook fanpage for bigger and better deals!

My first order from HCC~ OwO
*All images are property of Hip Hop Candy, this is an update review and the notes expressed here are all on my own and does not reflect the views and opinions of HHC.*

First up is the Matcha Latte Perfume Roll! I'm pretty much obsessed with anything matcha, its exotic, its earthy, it smells and taste great(preferably sweetened LMAO coz I've tried regular matcha. omg, its more bitter than my soul lol!) 

  The key ingredients in this roll-on perfume are as follows: (taken from HHC) Isopropyl Myristate, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Styrene-Ethylene/Butylene-Styrene Block Copolymer
the ingredients are also listed on the bottle itself :D 

This is about 7ml, its super cute and compact. Its the size of your average lip balm and fits just about anywhere. But judge it by its teeny tiny packaging. This baby packs a good punch as far as scent goes! I honestly don't know how she did it but I am in awe because they HHC has definitely captured the scent of fresh matcha into a tiny little bottle. Its not overpowering, not too sweet, smells incredibly earthy and relaxing.

If she can make this into a diffuser scent or candle, then best believe I'd probably be hoarding a few of those. One for my desk at work and another for at home! I personally prefer the smell of Matcha versus Lavender as far as aromatherapy goes lol. I'm always up for something new and interesting.

As far as lasting power goes, roll-on perfume lasts a while, I would like to think its due to the fact that when it rolls out and onto the skin it comes out more of an oil thus making it more concentrated and pungent smell (which isn't a bad thing in this case!) I would normally wear this in the morning and I can still smell remnants of it halfway through the day. I'm sure if I paid more attention I can say it might even last you the whole day. But with anything, it does tend to wear out mid way but you can always reapply!

The only thing I could note about this, and I'm not particularly sure if its the packaging or the product being an oil base but I noticed that after rolling it about, you tend to get residue on the cap and around the edges. Not a biggie for me. But just be sure to cap it tightly to avoid the possibility of it spilling.

Toasted Marshmallow Lip Balm
Who doesn't like toasted marshmallows and s'mores? (well, personally, I prefer toasted marshmallows over s'mores. Yeah, I'm one of those crazy people who don't really like chocolate LOL)

Lip Balm: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Lauryl Laurate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Flavor.
 Delicious handmade lip balm containing an array of lip-loving, moisturizing ingredients. Where most commercial lip balms are created from petroleum products, we use natural ingredients like calendula wax, soy lipids, and beeswax. 

I've tried many different lip balms, high end, drug store, freebies from Clinique, body shop's aloe vera balms etc. And with anything, theres always the pros and cons to each product. To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this lip balm - particularly due to mixed reviews on their website or we're simply taught to think anything flavored is going to remind me of our childhood lip smackers which probably isn't the best lip balm to date lol. But I figured, why not?! Everyone was writing on the website that the balm was great and hydrating and I was itching to try something new that wouldn't leave my lips with a waxy feel and texture or the feeling of wearing a heavy layer of gloss just to get moisture in there (the body shop aloe vera lip balm feels like you're wearing a thick layer of gloss disguised as a hydrating lip balm. But, it IS aloe vera which is known to retain a lot of moisture and thus resulting in that very wet look. Not exactly what the look I'm looking for lol. 

This reminds me of the Burts Bees lip balms but less waxy feeling, this one slides on smoother and less of a drag against your lips (which can be bad for it btw) and you get the enjoyment of tasting and smelling toasted marshmallows! I work in an office where we have the AC and heater running 24/7. No matter how much water I drink I always find my lips to be pretty dry and always having to consistently reach for lip balm, I like that this lip balm locks the moisture in just a little longer and doesnt require me to constantly reach for lip balm. 

As far as smell goes and taste, if you like Vanilla or marshmallow in general. You're definitely going to enjoy this. Its not sickeningly sweet or too vanilla-y which I know some people might now like.  
but if you're feeling particularly bold - you know HHC does have a Pizza flavored balm.

But don't forget to exfoliate your lips once in a while too to really make sure you don't get a flaky effect!

Matcha (Green Tea) Latte Soap Bar

Key Ingredients
Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Water, Titanium Dioxide

This was one of the products I was most excited to try out among any of the products that HHC carried on their store. For one, I suffer from eczema, two; I love anything Matcha :D and after my sister broke out using soaps from Bath & Body Works, I weened out of using any body washes that contained any fragrances on it at all  since I don't have to battle with body acne either. And with winter well on its way, we have a tendancy  to stay in the hot shower longer which can be bad for our skin as it tends to dry our skin out and for anyone who battles eczema would know, dry skin is your worse enemy.

I did some more research onto this product before I event went ahead and did my purchase and realized that one of the key ingredients on their product is glycerin, which is what gives this soap a more translucent effect and all the good stuff that comes with it! Its what keeps your skin from being irritated since its all natural and has good moisturizing benefits as it helps draw in the moisture and lock it in place. Thus keeping your skin more hydrated and moist feeling. Great for anyone who suffers from eczema (like me!) as it does not irritate your skin. I tested this product for a good week before writing up this review and I can say it didnt break me out at all (when I work out, I tend to sweat. Gross. And for anyone who sweats, you know sweat and dirt can mean clogged pores and with any additional ingredients in most soaps may have a tendency to block your glands causing body acne )': nooo)

All the soaps from HHC are about an average size of 5-6 oz. Which is probably slightly an ounce smaller than your typical soap. It lathers as well as any soap when you use a lufa and leaves a nice earthy matcha smell on you well after you shower.

I'm probably going to take advantage of her reward system to keep coming back for more lol.

 Sweet Macaron Soy Candle

This one is more or less a treat to try lol. I like anything that smells nice and when you have a dog at home and several brothers, you'd be wishing you had something this nice smelly hahaha! 

This is the first time I purchased or even burned a Soy Candle before to be honest, I've heard good things about Soy Candles, mostly they tend to burn longer and last longer and does not release CO2 in the air. And to top it off the wicks are lead-free. Which is great since I notice when I blew out the candle it didn't leave a smelly burnt smell in the air that lingers after blowing out your candle.

First thing I noticed on this is, it smells like I was walking into a macaron shop. (Like the Lette shop in Little Tokyo! YUM!) The smell of almonds and sweet vanilla. Mhmm. Some people might feel its too sweet, but after burning it for a while you get used to it. But if your someone who enjoys sweet bakery scents. This is for you.

I wish HHC would released diffusers lol so I can bring them to work I can't exactly burn candles in an office hahaha! 


Overall pretty happy with the quality of all the products HHC carries and would definitely go back to get more from them, they do release new scents and products  every so often. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come out with! And take advantage of those rewards points! ;D

If smelly stuff isn't your thing, HHC does carry cute stationary and accessories to fit your deco kawaii lifestyle.

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