Sunday, August 5, 2012

Vintage Stash Spam Week - Hard Candy and Urban Decay

Happy Sunday everyone!!! Today I am so excited to bring you the first day of my week of vintage bottle spam! I have been wanting to photograph my vintage collection for a long time and I finally am doing it! I know I love seeing bottle spam pics, so I hope you guys don't get too sick of it this week =) I promise I will have swatches of some of these fantastic vintage polishes for you in the upcoming weeks!

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I have a slight obsession with vintage polish. Any polish that is old and HTF means that I probably want it in my stash. I'm not quite sure when exactly my vintage polish love turned into a full blown obsession, but it was somewhere between the point in time where I started collecting nail polish and the time that I found Kaz's blog Pretty Random. If you are a new reader, and are unsure what I mean by vintage polish, here's a quick reference guide and FAQ about vintage polish I put together a few months ago: Let's Talk About Vintage Nail Polish!

The first bit of spam I wanted to do for you guys was an easy choice: Hard Candy and Urban Decay, of course! These are two of my all-time favorite polish brands because they came out during the 90's (the decade of my adolescence) and helped revolutionize the world of nail polish as we know it today! I had a bunch of Hard Candy and Urban Decay polish growing up, but unfortunately it was all tossed out over the years. If only I had known about thinner and the long shelf life of polish back then!! So, all of these polishes I have acquired in the past two years or so, mostly from eBay, swaps and blog sales. They are very hard to come by these days so if you ever see one pop up somewhere, I highly suggest snatching them up!

For a few little tidbits about the history of Hard Candy and Urban Decay, check out these posts: Vintage Hard Candy ManicVintage Urban Decay.

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First up is Hard Candy spam. I have broken it down into chronological order, with the original polishes (beginning in 1997) first and then the second release (beginning in 2001), flat bottle polishes next. For some reason, I forgot to take pictures of the 2009 vintage re-release generation (not the Wal-Mart stuff) so I will have to add that pic later today.

Hard Candy

Reds and Pinks, L-R:
Normal, Luscious, Porno, Scorn, Pussy Cat, Bubble Gum

Oranges and Yellows, L-R:
Weenie, Pulp, Tantrum, Dork, Hot Rod, Taxi Cab, Pixie

Greens Part 1, L-R:
Heist, Shag, Pea Soup, Tricky, Chronic, AWOL, Girlie

Greens Part 2, L-R:
Mint, Sushi, Gank, Mermaid

Blues, L-R:
Sky, Cloud, Static, Earth, Frigid, Hick, Manic

Purples, L-R:
Star, Haze, Scam, Fetish, XXXMas (decant)

Black, White, Silver, Gold, and Neutrals, L-R:
Jailbait, Galaxy, Space Boy, Gold Digger, Hype, Love Child, Angel

Minis:
Fiend, Blast, Chump, Trailer Trash, Platinum, Love

2nd Gen. Part 1, L-R:
Erogenous, Ego, Peep Show, Mirage, Solar

2nd Gen. Part 2, L-R:
Glitch, Liquid, Vinyl, Cosmic, Complex


Next up is Urban Decay!! These are almost all second generation ones, as the 1st generation ones are almost impossible to come by these days. I do have one very special 1st gen. Urban Decay polish that will be pictured at the end =) I believe these came out somewhere around 2001 as well. Enjoy!

 Reds, Pink, Orange, L-R:
Kiss, Metropolitan, O, Trip, Hotpants, X, ID

 Green, Blue, Purples, L-R:
Cult, Grafitti, Exhaust, Freakshow, AC DC, Toxin, Bruise

 The Rest, L-R:
Perversion, Flourescent, Strip, Midnight Cowboy, Burnout, Twisted

1st Gen:
DUDE

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Do you remember these brands? Did you have any Hard Candy or Urban Decay polishes back in the day?

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you guys enjoyed today's episode of vintage bottle spam! Stay tuned all week for much more!


34 comments:

  1. OH, wow, this is interesting...
    Unfortunately I haven't any polishes of either of these two brands (yet) - but it's very interesting to see them, thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome!! Hopefully you can come across some of these one day =)

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    1. Thanks, I love looking at them all lined up like that =)

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  3. these bottles are UNBELIEVABLY CUTE!!
    I'd love to see more posts like this)

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    1. Aren't they adorable!? I especially love the Hard Candy ones with the rings =)

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    2. they are!) i wonder if these rings are wearable?)

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    3. They definitely are! I used to wear them all the time as a teenager =)

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  4. Hot Rod is the ugliest nail polish I think I've ever seen in my life. I LOVE IT.

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    1. YES!!! It is definitely one of my favorite in my Hard Candy stash, so awesomely ugly! I can't wait to do a proper swatch of it!

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  5. Okay, seriously flipping out over your Hard Candy collection. I only have a few and I picked them up within the last year because I discovered how truly awesome they are! I love "vintage" polish. I actually have a lot of old Revlon and Loreal polishes along with some Sally Hansen that I bought years ago. I wish I had had money for something more than drugstore brands back then because I would have been a HC connosseur for sure! Thanks for sharing your awesome collection. I will look forward to seeing your swatches to see the ones I need to save up for on eBay! :)

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad to find another vintage polish lover!!! I absolutely love old drugstore polishes, especially Revlon, L'Oreal and Sally Hansen so it sounds like you have quite the collection yourself. Would love to see pics! I definitely will be swatching some of these babies very soon =)

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  6. You have an amazing Hard Candy stash!! The blues are my favorite section, especially Hick. The little flecks of glitter are beautiful. I actually remember when Hard Candy was sold at Sephora. My first ever purchase from the store was from them. It was a lip gloss, which I still have, and a purple eyeshadow. It became my favorite brand, so I was sad when it was gone. I regret not getting any of the nail polish when I had the chance!

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    1. Thank you!! The blues are phenomenal, I was always drawn to blues when I was younger so I always had quite a few of them. Hick is absolutely awesome, definitely one of my favorites of the bunch. I saw it on eBay very recently! It's not there right now but it is one of the ones that pops up quite frequently so keep your eyes peeled =) I definitely remember going to Sephora and admiring all the Hard Candy stuff! Those were the days =)

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  7. Wow as a fairly new polish collector it's so interesting to see pictures of polishes from the earlier years. They look fabulous and love the vintage bottles!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! There's definitely something about vintage polishes that is so fun!

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  8. Great collection! Do you use any of them or do you just collect them? :)

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    1. Thanks! Thats a good question! I tend to not use them as much as I would, for example, a core China Glaze color because they are so rare and once they're gone, there's not much a chance of replacing them. This isn't true of all vintage polishes, but some of the Hard Candys tend to be a bit frostier than I prefer so I don't always reach for them as much as I reach for some of my other vintage polishes, like my Revlon Streetwears. But I do plan on swatching a lot the ones I haven't already in the upcoming weeks!

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    2. PLZ DO THIS WITH THE STREETWEARS *___*!

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    3. The Streetwear post is going up tomorrow =)

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  9. Listen, you. I drooled when I saw all of your HC's & UD's in person, but MAN I'm drooling all over again! Those GREEEEEEEEENS!!!!!!!!! You lucky beotch, you! :P I've been collecting more UD's lately and this reminded me more that I need now!

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    1. I will forever be drooling over them too! lol, The greens are my favorite of the bunch too but I'm sure you already knew that!! Yes, you must get more UD's, they are so fun! I just wish we could find more of the originals =)

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  10. wow, you're rally passionate about it :-D
    those urban decays bottles are great, love them... but once again i must say, i never ever seen bottles like these :-D

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    1. I definitely have a passion for vintage polish =)) Aren't the bottles so cool? I love them!

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  11. I remember seeing Urban Decay ads in my old Seventeen and YM Magazines back in the mid 1990s and thinking they were the coolest ever! Same with Hard Candy! Wish I would have been a nail junkie then and bought all the old polishes! Thanks for sharing your collection with us! Love seeing older polishes-- those are my fave posts!

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    1. OMG so funny that you mention the ads, I have been picking up vintage teen magazines from the late 90s-early 2000s looking for UD and HC ads and I have not found a single one!! I am going to keep trying though! Glad you like seeing older polishes, there's much more to come =)

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  12. Whoa! This is amazing!!! I remember when Hard Candy first came out! They were at Neimans, now Walmart, just incredible!

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  13. so glad this post exists! thank you!

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  14. I'm so jealous!! I bet if you sold these you would have quite a chunk of change lol.

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