Friday, December 27, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | Sugarbomb - Review + Swatch

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | Sugarbomb, $16.00
If I were asked to pick one color that truly looked good on every skin tone, I'd pick rose gold hands down every time. The warmth of the gold and the flush of the rose pink look flattering on everything from lips, to eyes, to cheeks and is a hue that never goes out of style. I especially love wearing it on the lips as it gives an extra pow to your pout. And when it comes to bang for your buck, who better to turn to for the trends than Benefit Cosmetics when you want get high end quality on a working girl's budget.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer - Review


Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer, $28.00
Is there anything more gorgeous than sun-kissed skin? A lovely subtle tan just screams youthful fun and makes us dream of days spent lounging lazily on a white sand beach with a fruity drink in our hand. However, with the right bronzer, a healthy glow isn't just reserved for the summer hols. We can recreate that warm honeymoon hue with the flick of a brush without ever having to leave home. Lately, I've been faking that tropical vacation look with a beauty blogger darling.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Posietint - Review

Benefit Cosmetics Posietint, $30.00
It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of cheek stains. I love the concept, but I hate that they only seem to work well on women with flawless skin (something I sadly don't have). Setting my jealousy aside, I can't help but be drawn to beautiful pink cheek products, even if they are stains. And if they are from a trusted brand like Benefit, all the better. So despite my general misgivings towards cheek stains, I decided that it might be worth giving them another chance to change my mind.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara - Review


Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara, $19.00
Until this year, I was a total high-end mascara virgin. Despite not really giving me the effect I wanted, nothing could separate me from my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. I naively assumed that high-end mascaras weren't any better than the offerings at the drugstore, and that plopping down what feels like loads of cash on a do nothing mascara was a poor financial decision. It wasn't until my curious mom picked up a tube of Diorshow that I decided that it might be interesting to dip my own toes into the high-end waters (albeit with samples to ease myself in). And considering my love for Benefit Cosmetics, I figured what better place to start?


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dr. Sponge Facial Cleansing Konjac Sponges - Review


Dr. Sponge Facial Cleansing Konjac Sponges*, $7.50-$8.50
In the past year, konjac sponges have been taking the skincare world by storm. Made from the resilient konjac plant, they are an affordable, sustainable, biodegradable alternative to cloths and systems like the Clarisonic Mia. With time, konjac sponges are fast becoming the go-to tool for skincare fanatics. One such brand is setting themselves apart, and that brand is Dr. Sponge.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream - Review

Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream, $42.00
I'll be totally honest. I've got super fussy skin. Not only is it both oily AND dehydrated, but it's also sensitive and acne-prone with quite a bit of redness. Needless to say, it makes finding the right skincare routine frustrating as hell. I'm especially skeptical of moisturizers as that tends to be the area of my routine where the wheels fall off. So I'm always thrilled when I come across a product that seems to cause the least amount of chaos to my already chaotic skin. And while I love Benefit for their cosmetics, they aren't exactly known for their skincare products. However, I took a flying leap of faith with today's product, and I'm actually really happy that I did.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Eyeliner - Review


Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Eyeliner, $20.00
It might seem strange to say, but choosing the perfect eyeliner can be a very personal thing. Everyone wants something different from their eyeliners and need their liners to do different things. And once you find the one, it can take an act of God to buy something new. For years I've been using a Maybelline eyeliner that I love, but it is constantly smudging throughout the day. So it's back into the eyeliner waters to find a new love. If you're in a similar boat, then read on as we test out a cult classic liner from beauty fave Benefit.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional - Review

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, $30.00
While proper application is a huge factor towards having that flaw-free makeup of our dreams, it's not the only thing we can do to ensure the best results. An equally important necessity is to create a perfect blank canvas with our skin by eliminating flaky patches, neutralizing redness and dark circles, and filling in our pores. If your pores are an area of stress for you and you feel like nothing works to properly conceal them, then you'll want to stick around for today's amazing pore-filling miracle.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics That Gal Primer - Review

Benefit Cosmetics That Gal Primer, $29.00
Primers are an important first step in makeup application as they keep your slap on through all sorts of elements. But I love primers better when they can pull double duty and benefit your skin as well. Whether through the addition of SPF, supplying an extra bit of moisture, or improving your skin's luster, having a dual purpose can help cut down on the amount of products you put on your face and ensures you keep more money in your wallet. Today we'll be looking at a primer that keeps your makeup looking picture perfect all day and gives you glowing, fresh skin to boot.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Beauty Box Swap | Daphne from Subgenre of a Dream


When I first started blogging in June, Daphne from Subgenre of a Dream was one of the very first bloggers I met. We clicked immediately and spent a lot of time chatting away about life, love, and our passions for makeup, blogging and Doctor Who! After a couple of months of messaging back and forth (and working around a 12 hour time difference as she's from Taiwan), we decided to do a beauty box swap. We agreed to surprise one another, but we wanted the products to be from each other's home country or hard for the other to get in their home country.

After setting a budget we talked a little about what sorts of things we'd like to have in our boxes. Putting all of our trust in each other, we both set off to shopping, and it turned out fabulously! I was so excited when I saw the package in my mailbox, and after seeing all the goodies inside I was even more thrilled. I could not have asked for a better first swap. Here's all the lovely products I received from Daphne this fall!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | A-Lister - Review + Swatch

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | A-Lister, $16.00
If there is one shade that nearly everyone can pull off, it's a lovely, delicate pink. A perfect staple for the purse or makeup bag, a pink gloss is a bit playful, timelessly youthful, and always on trend. Plus, a simple pink gloss goes with almost any makeup look making it easy to get ready and go at the drop of a hat. If you're on the search for the ultimate pink lip gloss, and Benefit's Dandelion Gloss was too pearly for your tastes, then today's lippy is sure to go to the top of your beauty A-List!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam - Review

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Benefit Cosmetics High Beam, $26.00
Nothing screams youth like a dewy, luminous look to the skin. Such an important part of our makeup arsenal, highlighters help to accentuate our favorite features, as well as giving us that coveted fresh faced look. Whether you're looking for a natural glow or full on fairy sparkle, there is sure to be a product out there to meet all of your shimmery needs. If you're in the first camp and looking for something to give a little bit of subtle oomph to your everyday routine, then today's product is sure to be added straight to the top of your wish list.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint - Review + Swatch

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30.00
When we're dealing with loads of hustle and bustle, the last thing we want is for our makeup routine to take up any more time than necessary. To get us on our way without worry, we want quick, double duty products in our stash that can be applied in seconds and will stay all day. Cheek and lip stains are a notorious time-saving beauty mainstay. Today, we'll take a look at a cult classic stain that is sure to have you gorgeous and out the door in no time flat!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | Dandelion - Review + Swatch

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | Dandelion, $16.00
Vampy lips and berry hues may be the trend during colder months, but for daily wear something a little more demure never goes out of style. And while a matte pout is a winter staple, sometimes a fuss-free gloss is more our speed. Today we'll take a look at a lovely everyday gloss that is sure to be perfect no matter the season.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream - Review

Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream, $34.00
Hello, beauties! The holidays are a hectic time filled with jam packed days and boozy nights. Nothing gives away our festive revelry as much as the dark circles and eye bags we sport on through to New Year's. However, some makeup magic and a few dabs of nourishing eye cream can make the difference between a month's worth of raccoon eyes and a fresh, glowing face. Today, we'll take a look at one such eye cream from Benefit that will keep you looking bright eyed and bushy tailed after any late night, holiday soiree.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray - Review

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray, $26.00
With the impending holidays drawing ever nearer, the top beauty worry on our minds is ensuring that our slap stays put into the late hours. With all our running to and fro, the last thing we need is for our eyeshadow and liner to be sliding down our faces at the company party. Not to worry as this is where our primers come into play. Today's beauty offering from Benefit Cosmetics is their best-selling two-in-one eyeshadow and concealer primer, Stay Don't Stray!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics CORALista Blush - Review + Swatch


Benefit Cosmetics CORALista Blush, $28.00
Hello, beauties! Welcome to December! We're heading into the holiday season, and that means loads of festive decorations, yummy food, snazzy prezzies, and Christmas songs playing day in and day out. It also means the blogosphere is going to be filled to the brim with gift guides, outfit ideas, "best of" lists, and recipes for all sweets imaginable. It is truly one of the most incredible times of the year!

One of the best Christmas traditions is that of the advent calendar. In the UK, beauty advent calendars have been all the rage. So when Benefit Cosmetics released their advent calendar here in the US, I knew I had to snap it up! In honor of the holidays and beauty lovers everywhere, I'll be blogging about some of the spoils from the Benefit Countdown to Love Advent Calendar all the way up to Christmas!

Join me this month as we get to sample some of the best products that Benefit has to offer. Today, let's kick off the holiday season with their blockbuster blush, CORALista!

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